St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

St. VictoriousSt. Victorious
576 Ratings
St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Limited seasonal draft only release. Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

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Photo of morebeergood
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single from a mix-a-six pack. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark auburn color with orange highlights. Thin head, which is a bit of a letdown. Smell was malty and boozy. Taste was pretty decent, lots of malt flavor. The biggest gripe I have with this beer is the mouthfeel. Extremely sticky on the palate, and the alcohol profile is way too up front. Not a beer that I would want to have more than one of. An average beer, but not overly enjoyable to drink. The best-by date was 2011, and if I had a second bottle, I would try aging it. Just doesn't seem ready to drink now.

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Photo of adamette
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 oz. bottle that was given to me by my friend Bill, a fellow BA who picked it up in Erie, PA a few weeks ago. I have never seen this beer in a store here in Ohio. "Enjoy by Jan 5, 2011" stamped lightly on the label. Poured into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. I appreciated the following, printed below the name of the beer on the label: "A dark, rich, lager beer of sublime complexity and character." Per Bill's recommendation, I let it warm a bit before opening it, it was probably near 50 degrees F as I opened it.

A Light brown, puffy head over a nice, translucent ruby red body, right on target with the style and inviting. Head did not stay around long though (30 seconds?) and it left little to no lacing on the inside of the glass. 4.0

S Light smell of dark fruits, maybe some cinnamon and right after I poured it I thought I picked up some nice malt sweetness. Good and inviting from a style that at one time was my favorite (I was really liking Spaten Optimator for a long time). 4.5

T Oh yes, that great barley malt sweetness, light tastes of the dark fruits, nice lingering (but aftertaste is welcomingly light) moderate sweetness. This is a really great Dopplebock and now I only wish that I had tasted this years ago when I used to buy a few cases of Optimator, thinking that it was the cat's meow. Don't get me wrong, I have great respect for Optimator but this American craft brew rekindles my interest in the style and also it is nice to know that I would not have to buy an "import" at "import" prices to find the taste of a great Dopplebock, which St. Victorious most certainly is. 5.0

M Some bigness with the dark fruits, some malt sweetness but really this is a light to moderate feeling beer which translates nicely to the drinkability. 3.5

D Very good with the light to moderate feel, interesting and delicious tastes. 4.5

Notes: Thanks to Bill for seeing that I was able to enjoy this great beer from Victory, a brewery with a nicely rounded lineup of beers.

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Photo of dahlen22
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is awesome. Dark red color with a malty aroma. The taste reveals raisins, toffee and plenty of malts. There is a slight hoppiness at the end. The 8.50% is very deceptive as this beer is extremely drinkable. This is one of the best American doppelbocks that I have ever had and I highly recommend it. Cheers!!

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Photo of turnstile
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish brown with almost no head. Leaves a minute ring around the edge. No noticeable lacing.

Smell: Dominant aroma of sweet malts and notes of red grapes. A spicy hop aroma lingers in the background. Faint brown sugar aromas become more apparent with later sniffs.

Taste: Sweet with biscuity malt and grape sourness. A very mild bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. The higher ABV is hidden well and is almost un-noticeable. The complexities of St. Victorious reveals itself as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation with a medium, creamy body.

Drinkability: If it wasn't for a surprising 8.5% ABV, I would've proclaimed this brew sessionable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light chestnut brown with a nice off-white/tan head. Minimal lacing as it goes down, although it was fairly chilled when I poured it.

S: Sweet malt, caramel, and toffee. Good combination and proportions.

T: Fairly sweet, but not cloying. The dominant flavors are definitely caramel and, to a lesser extent, toffee. No alcohol heat and just the slightest amount of hop bitterness.

M: No discernible alcohol presence for a beer of this size, although the mouthfeel is decidedly lacking in viscosity, which is even more surprising given the sweetness of this beer.

D: Very drinkable. The thinner mouthfeel and lack of a super-sweet taste makes this one go down pretty smoothly.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the brewery last week and had my growler filled with this.

A: Ruby red, excellent carbonation. Nice head.

S: Raisins & syrup, caramel. Nice malty notes.

T: Sweet, malty tasting. Nutty. As with smell, I taste syrup. Fig? Bready.

M: Very nice. Excellent carbonation. Not overly sweet. Full bodied.

D: Very good! I never prided myself on being a doppelbock fan, but this beer could have me looking for other beers of the same category.

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Photo of bum732
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear reddish brown, ring of foam. Smells of strong raisins, other dark fruit, some breadiness, touch of alcohol, touch of citrus. Tastes similar to aroma, bold raisin, grape and fig sweetness. Decent earthy bitterness cuts through the sweetness. Decent mouthfeel and carbonation.

An interesting doppelbock, definitely more dark fruit forward than malt forward. Didn't really care for it, the winey notes and dark fruits was pretty intense, i'd prefer more of a bready profile.

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Photo of cooncat
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this at the Beer & Pop Warehouse in Erie, Pa., and just had to buy the case for $42. Poured into my SA glass at fridge temp. A hard pour produces red hued brew, the color of a ripened peach. Head color is fawn, but the size is small (to be expected for a beer this big). A small amount of lacing left on a swirl, but no big lacing.

The nose is malty as expected, but with an unexpected hop twang in the background. Toffee and cocoa are the malt aromas I'm picking up.

The taste is led by the malty goodness, and like the nose, there's plenty of toffee, caramel and cocoa in there, along with some biscuit flavor. Very complex. German noble hops provide an earthy twang way in the background, perhaps to add to the complexity. If all monks had during Lent was St. Victorious, they'd be living high on the hog ... great flavor. Mouthfeel is a shade over medium. Carbonation is low, adding to the mouthfeel. Hard to give this big boy top marks for drinkability at this strength. A couple of these will probably have you doing a Victory dance. Not a session brew, but I bet some will try to make it into a session brew. It certainly has all the makings.

Victory is one of my favorite craft brewers. All the beers I've had from them are SOLID. This one is no different. If you like doppelbocks, seek this out. If you don't like doppelbocks, seek it out anyway ... you'll be glad you did.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of claytri
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a translucent amber with a dab of offwhite lace. The aroma was of rich caramel malt. The taste was of caramel malt with a bit of alcohol burn and a medicinal finish. The feel was medium and wet. This was a pleasant enough beer, just nothing that really made it stand out from the pack.

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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, ruddy brown. Head is nice and tight and frothy, just a bit off-white. Deep, dark and complex looking.

S: Good sweet caramel malt aroma, bit of a kick of alcohol. Noticing some cherries, some honey and a bit of a bready aroma. Very complex malt profile, and haven't even gotten to the hops yet. I think I may be confusing some of the hotness with the hops present. I know Victory loves their hops, and wouldn't skimp even on a doppelbock. Good bitter hops that balance the malt sweetness very nicely. Super complex aroma.

T: Sweet malts and burnt sugar, some caramel. More of a burnt, bitter sugar though. Very hoppy for a doppelbock, but the hops only hit in the middle. You are hit with a delicate sweetness first, hops follow and a thick sugary sweetness remains on the back of the tongue after swallowing. Definitely has nice lager characteristics. Hops are kept at a low enough level for the bready malts to shine. Still has a good wet grain type flavor that I find in most lagers. Very flavorful.

M: I would venture to say that this beer is borderline chewy. The initial sip presents itself with a plain lager mouthfeel, but after swallowing you begin to notice how well it coats the mouth. The beer is quite thick. Well crafted Doppelbock.

D: I am enjoying sipping on this beer while watching a movie, but I could see putting a few of these back and regretting it. The alcohol is hidden very well so beware. Almost the same experience as with Troeganator, but I find this beer has so much more complexity to offer. Well worth a try.

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Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red pour with tiny off white head..recedes quickly

Aroma: Dark toasty malts

Taste is of dark and toasted malts..the flavor is a bit muted. Not much of the dark fruit presence, even though there is some background of raisins

Mouthfeel is medium, goes down well, and is very drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of speter
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep ruby red with a cask-like big-bubbled foamy head with little lacing.

S: Rich malt and a bit of booze.

T: Caramel, malt, and warm booze. Not much complexity over the tongue, although the caramel does linger quite a while in the aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied and warming, just as you want in a double bock.

D: I'm having this on a cold winter's evening as snow, sleet, and freezing rain pound on the window. Aside from a roaring fire, I can't think of anything else I'd rather have right now.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby hues when held to the light. Nice tan foamy head that is gone instantly. Some decent bubbles in this one as well.

I expected more depth in the scent, but I'm fine with what I got. Some boozy, fruity, malty aromas.

Very nice. Not a very complex beer - Good rich malt with some booze-soaked fruit, some brown sweet bread. Nice malty finish. Decent, but not one that sets itself from the pack of German versions, or even some domestics. The carbonation in this one keeps it drinkable, and in some way masks some limitations. Overall, I'd have this again, but it wouldn't be the first I'd reach for when I have an itch to drink this style.

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Photo of ksimons
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a dark amber with a thick creamy head, looks like a milkshake almost. Malt is the first smell to come to mind, has a break like quality to it. Taste is also malty with some caramel with a slight bitter aftertaste. Carbonation seems to appear at the end. Alcohol is not overpowering at all, hard to tell it is over 8%ABV. Feels very thick in the mouth and has a little burnt flavor to it that is nice. Overall a really good beer from Victory and one I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of jmalex
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's hard to believe I've never had this beer. I'm really looking forward to trying this one from brewery that's so good at lagers.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Hopback Amber glass a very clear reddish brown. The head is extremely small and settles out at a very thin collar.

SMELL: Runs the gamut from bready to toffee to chocolate to candied raisins. Very deep with a moderate alcohol heat. I could smell this all day.

TASTE: Much emptier than I expected. Some dark caramels and roasty chocolates are here, but it's mainly a sweeter bready-based lager. Dunkel lager, sure. But I wouldn't go as far as doppelbock for this one. That said, it really tastes good.

MOUTHFEEL: The biggest detractor in my opinion. This is medium bodied at best and quite crisp. The carbonation is medium and fine, but I would've preferred a great deal more chewiness out of this.

DRINKABILITY: Quite good actually. While not the typical beefy thick doppelbock many know and love, this helps the beer be quite a bit easier to drink.

So it isn't the type of doppelbock I'm accustomed to, but that shouldn't stop anyone from trying this beer. It's a drier, more drinkable example, and well worth the purchase.

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Photo of BeerGodz
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep amber color, fluffy head that dissipates quick, good lacing, a beauty

Smell: Malty, sweet, bready, nutty

Taste: Up Front: Caramel, roasted nuts, dark fruit, slight alcohol. Finish: Sweet with a tiny hop kick

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry, doughy

Drinkability: Yum in the tum! This one goes down easy! Mortalz should be aware of the ABV

Overall Impression: This is a damn good beer! This is the only style of Lager that I really like and it didn't disappoint! That said, this beer is worth looking for.

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Photo of animal69
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very fresh bottle, BBD- 1/18/2011 (bottled the same date in 2010), pours a clear deep copper-brown color w/ a thin off-white head which dissipates quickly leving a nominal lace in my glass

S- smell is mainly like a bakery, darker kilned malts with a hint of nuts and a dark fruity-type of alcohol, maybe some hopping but not really noticable over all that malt

T- taste is also loaded with lightly toasted bready malt, a metallic flavor also up front with hints of nuts, caramel and dark fruit (figs?) as it flows across the palate, very little if any of that "meaty" taste most dopple's have(cleaner yeast ??), finish is crisp and slightly bitter with just a touch of alcohol

M- very confusing, this beer is sweet, yet fairly dry with a chunky med-full body and moderate carbonation

D- a bit TOO drinkable, i had 3 just to get the feel of this one & could easily have 3 more before realizing not only was driving a prob. but walking would be difficult as well, def. doesn't drink like a 8.5% ABV brew, a great take on the style from an Am. brewery

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, deep cola color with great clarity and a ring of foam that retains for a while until finally giving in.

Aroma of fruits, over-ripe pears and a light roasted malt spice, and plump juicy raisins.

A rich and robust malt center with a leather like spiciness in the middle, some prune and chocolate like accents, all with a dry vanillin finish that has a tinge of the metallic to it. Alcohol is present but well integrated.

Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation, nice and smooth.

The complexity of the malts makes for an interesting and tasty beer, and one I'd happily drink more than one of in a sitting.

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Photo of garuda
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour gets over a finger width of foam which quickly dissipates. Color is a beautiful crimson red.

Aroma - Hit first by caramelly malts, then plum and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel has medium body which is very smooth with medium carbonation.

First taste is of caramelly malts with light citric hops through the smooth finish.

A very drinkable beer, almost scary considering the alcohol content. A slight sweetness in the aftertaste, balanced nicely by the subtle hops at the end.

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Photo of mempath
4.64/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep reddish-copper with big carbo-bubble head that settles very fast.

something in the nose is very enticing. at first (oddly) like beef jerky. then it's more like dark dried fruit. earthy malt sense.

oh this is much more than i imagained. again, getting this interesting (in a good way!) beef broth sense. then the fruity-alcohol esters kick in nicely. this is pretty impressive. i didn't expect such a hard-hitter. can't say the alcohol is the answer. very well hidden. but has that same viscous sense as, say, a DFH raison d'etre. there is heft. my o my, another swallow and i get tangy marinated-in-vodka berries. alot going on here, unfolding as it warms up slightly. perfect for watching the Olympics.

mouthfeel simply supports the whole, completing it. and making this stealthy doppelbock a very drinkable, daring session brew. a great brew to be stuck with during and after two blizzards. inadvertent monastery?


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Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 2/3

A: This beer pours a deep amber almost mahogany color. 1/4 inch of cream colored head that reduces to a film instantly. Minimal to no lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is of big caramel malts, hint of smoke, and a touch grassy.

T: Taste is starts with big caramel malt flavoring mingled with a healthy dose of dark fruit, plum, raisin, and a hint of dates are present. Finish has hint of grassy hop notes with a smoked finish more so in the aftertaste.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, rich and creamy.

D: Well blended, nice representation of the style. I could enjoy another pint or two of this beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-a clear dark ruby red color with a slightly dirtied white colored head that is thin leaving no lace and dissipates quickly.

S-the smell is solid and brings big caramel malts with earth tones. there is also notes of bready malts and dark plum in there with a touch of citrus hops at the finish.

T/M-the taste is right on spot! it brings a nice caramel malt with notes of bready malt. some dark fruits, mostly plum and a hint of raisin come in. extremely smooth and well carbonated with quite a rich body. the finish is crisp accompanied by some nice citrus hops and a touch of bitterness.

D-very tasty and right on spot for a doppelbock. I keep liking this style more and more b/c it is so smooth with great earthy malts and a nice level of sweetness. fantastic rendition of the style!

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smells of plums, chocolate, coffee, cocoa, you name it. Not much lacing down the glass. Kinda odd for a doppelbock, in the fact that, it is quite "smokey". I like that, however, and it is quite delicious. As high a quality American-made German-style beer you will find. Very creamy and smooth, way too drinkable for the abv, kinda scary. Medium bodied and pours a redish, black color. Very nice beer, glad I have a case of it.

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Photo of bob3701
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. I got no head when I poured this brew, just a thin filmed ring that slowly disappeared. No lacing what so ever. Very strong malty aroma with hints of alcohol. Clear rich mahogany color. Liquid seems to cling for a while to the glass. Small carbonation bubbles and the slight burn of alcohol plays on the tongue. Sweet and malty to start with a slight bitter finish. It is mighty flavorful.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hit Victory on 05JUN16 after breaking camp from the WWII Weekend at Reading, PA.... Got a 0.5l glass of this with dinner, then a growler to go. Am jumping into the growler today, 11JUN16.

It's a deep, clear mahogany brew. Lacing is beige, fine and thin. Has a solid, malty caramel nose. Bier is rather smooth and medium-bodied.

Flavor has more malty caramel sweetness, but never approaches cloying territory. There's also some subtle smoky action going on, which is atypical in a DBock yet most welcome here. Am liking this a lot more than I have in the past. Prosit!

Swung by Victory on 26JAN10 en-route to Lancaster. Had myself a pint of this to wash away the dregs of driving 6+ hours. Ahhhh...

St Vic was a clear, deep mahogany bier, with some carbo rising up. Head was beige, creamy and lasting, though thin. Good lace lined the Becher-style glass. Nose was fairly malty and sweet, with some toasty notes and caramel. Solid body - medium all the way, with a fairly smooth feel.

Flavor was more malt - caramel and some toffee, hints of brown sugar, lightly sweetened - with a minimal of floral hopping going on. A tasty bier, flavorful and almost in the solid category. Prosit!

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 576 ratings
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