St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious
BEER INFO

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

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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377
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571
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
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Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Brownish amber pour, just a thin layer of white head. Does retain pretty well.

Aroma has the malt and caramel, some herbal notes, more tea than hops.

Taste also has a nice prominent malt backbone. Toffee and a toasty earthy peat. Large cocoa midway. There is a little tea and leather like quality, but it fades into a dry herbal hop and lighter roast/cocoa finish.

Well carbonated and medium bodied. A little warming, but normal for the style. I thought this was a rock solid American take on the style.

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Photo of claspada
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are mainly like fresh baked goods with some darker kilned malts and a hint of nuts/dark fruits mixed in. Some hopping but not really noticable over all that malt

The taste is also loaded with lightly toasted bready malt, with hints of nuts, caramel and dark fruit. The finish is crisp and slightly bitter with just a touch of alcohol. This beer is sweet, yet fairly dry with a chunky medium full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is quite drinkable, maybe a but too much so for the ABV. One of my favorites from Victory.

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Photo of cbutova
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Crimson red body with a foamy white head that gets to be about two fingers. Retention is pretty good. A few small spots of lace from a small ring.

S- Really not much going on to me. I get some toasty nutty malt and dark, somewhat medicinal fruit. Somewhat grainy and a tiny bit roasty.

T- Toasted nutty malt profile with a dark fruit overtone. A bit of roast malt blends in with a general grainy feel. Just a tiny bit of alcoholic flavor. Fair sweets and caramel.

MF- Body is a bit light for me. It has a somewhat watery feel with high carbonation and a fair warmth from the high ABV. Some bitters.

DB- Flavorful but it is strong and a bit medicinal to me. It feels a bit out of balance and just doesn't drink smoothly in my personal opinion. Not bad but there are other style examples I would drink before this.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Firefly in Washington DC.

Pours a clear chocolate brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with medicinal hops and chocolate flavors that poke through every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malts kick things off, followedy by slightly bitter hop flavors that carry through the end of the sip. Chocolate flavors are a bit stronger than I would've gathered from the aroma, but they complement the malt flavors very well.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness for the style, with medium carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my bottle and I thought about buying a sixer at the store nearby.

Overall this isn't quite world-class, but it's one of the better U.S. micro-brewed doppelbocks I've had, if not THE best. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic doppel that rates with the best of the best.

Pours a nice clear auburn color...nose has some dark fruits...cocoa...very inviting.

Flavor is rich and malty....some dark fruits (plums) and cocoa...toasted malt impressions as well...

Body is on the low side of full....smooth...some nice warming characteristics but it is not harsh at all....very smooth...

Overall a hell of a doppel...reminds me some of Celebrator in that it is not a huge in your face brew....subtle...smooth...tasty...nicely done....

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Pencible
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear, dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like fresh barley and wheat with light lemon and copper hops. It tasted like lots of copper hops and roasted barley, with some lemon hops and bready yeast. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was very much like an Oktoberfest but stronger. It hid the alcohol well, and had decent body. The flavor was good, but wasn't as sweet or complex as I was hoping. Perhaps a couple years of age might help that? If so, this could become a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured red-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and subtle sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. Wow! Where did all of that flavor come from!? Based on the aroma I would have not expected there to be much going on in this one. It was definitely a pleasant surprise when I took my first sip. The flavor is really as that saved this one for me as the aroma was VERY weak in intensity. Worth trying for the flavor but that is about it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, roasty caramel and a small presence of alcohol. In the taste, caramel, roasted malt, with a small presence of earth and hops. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small sticky caramel like aftertaste. Big caramel and a bit sticky sweet, small boozyness and a nice mellow hop.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Blue Nile: Big lusterious head of thick yellowy ivory foam sits atop a luminous moonlit blood black. Glares brightened dark red in certain light along the edges and bottom, but make no mistake this a a darkened bloody black. Cap recededs slowly, patchy strings of lace take shape along the receding lines of foam keeping a firm skim always present and the lacing sticky.

Lofty yet somewhat shortened on the nose hairs with a dark fruity center of dark cherry and a good portion of dark toffee. Seemingly plummy and rendering a high ended sugary sweetness from a complex layering of malts.

Taste is sweet and complexly so. Lots of little nuances to it that sway to and fro with a dark fuityness preliminary of highly tanged dark cherry. There, and mixed well, is the toffee/caramel, and again a little more to the tang to it then gathered as it has a leathery backing along its course of flavor. Good sense of plummy stuff and seemingly port-like in some areas of its profile as it peaks a tad more towards the finish with a slight smokey tang and soft, dark chocolate waffer-like fluff.

Feel is tender, smooth, malty, and warming, semi light to medium body yet set within a soothingly sweetened texture and character.

A fairly decent effort here, quite Belgain-esk in some fashion as its complexity is more then enough to lift the eyebrows and swirl the mouth buds into a firm sense of stability in smoothened sweetness.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one was dark brown in color with an unusually large head that was lightly browned and showed terrific retention.

Smell – The malts here are really big. They are heavily-toasted and taste more like a Dark Belgian Ale than a DP. There are some refined raw sugars in here as well.

Taste – This one is big and malty, again more like a Belgian than a German Doppelbock bier. The sweetness is like brown or raw sugar and very granular and smooth.

Mouthfeel – This Victory offering is somewhere between medium and full-bodied. It is evenly balanced between malts and sugars.

Drinkability – This is a great-tasting beer that is a bit off-style from an authentic German Doppelbock. I enjoyed it very much though and will definitely seek out again.

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Photo of illidurit
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic, this dark amber beer is cloudy and forms a modest 1 finger head of tan suds. Dissipates quickly into nothingness, no lacing.

Smells of toffee and booze primarily.

Lots of toastiness in this one. Brown sugar, toffee, and caramel provide the sweetness, roasty malt evens it out a bit. No alcohol in the taste.

Kinda low on carbonation and a tad thin bodied for the style. Kinda sticky in the mouth.

Pretty sweet and rich drink, perfect for winter. Easy to drink.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh bottles sampled at the brewery upon release. Aromas are all heavy german malts with some pretzels and fresh bread in the aroma and some floral hops are lurking in the back of the room as well. Taste is well rounded. A malt monster, but not one dimensional, nice yeast complexity with chocolate, carmael, and slight coffee flavors emerging as this one gets warm. Dried fruits, and figs come into play as well as the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is really exceptional for a doppelbock and for an 8.5% beer. A return to form, of sorts, for my once favorite brewers.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a very colorful but classically styled Victory label which is styled along similar lines to the St. Boisterous which I tried last night. Dark purple background with a cheery Father Xmas like chap sporting a Monk style hair job and an under proportioned hand clenching a bottle which is raised with a classic V sign. Lots of blurb to the left describe the background to this brew and references the German Doppelbock style which it trades as. No strength listed but it has an ‘Enjoy By July 27 06’ Date.

Appearance: Looks the business, right from the first pour to the last sip which I sucked out of the glass. Shimmering body is perfectly pellucid with a crystal clarity that defines the mahogany body with a ruby sparkle. Medium conditioning level with a resilient presence which supports the tan colored head which stays around for the drink and leaves a light splodgenessabounds lacing which slides back into the mire with ease.

Nose: Rich odors of brown Brogues freshly polished with Kiwi Shoe Wax, new leather school satchels and dubbin soaked hiking boots all mixed in with some sweet malts, a bready middle and some caramel with a spicy Edinburgh toffee in the back end. Wow, it’s not often that a beer inspires me to immediately think of new phrases to describe such aromas, but this one does. Hard to slip into descriptive clichés for this one. Oooohh this is good stuff.

Taste: Deeper than the nose, the tastes seem to retain a fantastic composure given the intriguing aromas and complex presentation. The tanned hides and polished leather which I got from the nose runs through the middle of the brew as well. The malts are the headlining act here, toasted caramel and toffee with a Brandysnap finish. Deliciously sinful.

Mouthfeel: Excellent feel, just strong enough to support the laden malt middle yet still impart a light feel that lends an airy texture and continues to draw the drinker back for more. Some alcohol is barely detectable, it’s easy to forget that it is here though, way too easy in fact.

Drinkability: Gorgeously put together, supreme balance, just perfect all around, devastatingly drinkable. Get me a Case!

Overall: Whereas the earlier bottle of the sister brew, St. Boisterous seemed to lack carbonation, the St. Victorious was an awesome highly polished all-round performer, much better than I recall my first taste of this during my first ever visit to the Victory Brewery tap two years ago. Recommended.

A Churchillian V-fingered salute to the main man, BigHuge for this beauty. I’d be picking this up by the Six-Pack if I could.

Music: Splodgenessabounds, ‘Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please’

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by Dec 2009 date on label. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.15.

A: Solid deep mahogany hue with 1-2 finger, dense off-white/tangerine head with good retention and lacing.

S: Mild but enjoyable with leather, musty maltiness, and herbal hops aromas

T: Full-flavored without being overly sweet. Spicy hops play a big role in the interesting flavor. Bigtime caramel maltiness with a touch of cocoa and yeastiness adds to a good flavor profile. Alcohol is there but not overbearing.

M: Very sneaky smooth with medium-full body and medium carbonation and semi-sweet malty and herbal hops aftertaste

D: A highly drinkable dopplebock which is widely available and great quality as everything Victory produces.

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Photo of jsh420
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ DLD

pours dark amber with a 1 finger head that faded and left no lacing

smells of brown sugar dark fruit malts

taste is good - sweet brown sugar, rich dark fruit, nutty malts - good amount of earthy hops to balance sweet malts

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation that gives you that smooth creamy feel

drinkability - it wasnt the best beer i tried at DLD but it hit the spot on that cool cloudy day

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-deep ruby amber color with a light tan head and good lacing

S-malt, dark fruit, caramel, slightly smoky

T-rich malt, dark fruit, caramel, slightly burnt toast, moderately bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and rich

O-a solid doppelbock, nice flavor and very pleasant to sip

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out reddish-brown with a thick off-white head of tight foam that fades slowly.

Smell has a lot of caramel in it, with some doughiness and a surprising hop aroma.

The flavor definitely has a lot of the classic doppelbock maltiness and doughiness to it, but it's rounded out by a light smoke character and not too sweet. The hops come through fairly well in the mouth, too, which really rounds it out and aids the drinkability.

Overall: I'm admittedly not the biggest fan of doppelbocks, but this one really won me over. Surprisingly balanced, not too sweet, and nicely hopped. I'll take it!

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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep brown-amber colored lager with orange coming out around the edges, small wisps of carbonation produced upon pouring soon disappear to leave only a thin ring around my glass

s: rich with malty doppelbock aromas - dark tree fruits and toasty munich malt dominant with a sweet/sour thing going on, apple, hardwood and an interestingly smoky peat aroma, root spice, mild herbal hops, the malt depth makes it

m: carbonation on the low side, body full without being thick

t: a slight letdown after the aroma, with much of the complexity found on the nose not coming through, still, there's a nice toasty munich malt body, notes of dark tree fruit and apple, a brushing of butter on the tongue after swallowing, and a mild, pleasant herbal bitterness in the finish

d: lager-easy, especially for an 8.5 percent beer

single from Norm's, Vienna, VA - best by Dec 02, 2009

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Photo of Bierman9
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

3.7
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4

1208

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Photo of wedge
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chestnut color with crimson highlights and a modest, creamy tan head. The aroma is great: toasted caramel, sweet toffee, distant dark fruits - rich and creamy. Deliciously malty upfront - complex, layered malts - toasted then sweet then doughy with an unexpected hoppy finish. A little fruity alcohol. Full, balanced, and enjoyable.

I'm glad I found some of this in my area, a very tasty doppelbock. Goes well with all the rain outside.

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Photo of prototypic
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Victorious pours a very deep copper color. It's clear and has gorgeous crimson highlights when held to light. It's topped with an off-white head that rises to a finger or so in depth. It recedes quickly, leaving very little lace in its wake.

I like the nose. It's relatively simple and straight forward. It's a little malty up front, but doesn't smell sweet. Chocolate malts have a nice cocoa aroma throughout. It has an herbal quality to it that I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps it stems from hops, which are much more apparent than I expected. They smell like noble hops and have an earthy scent to them. Alcohol is blended extremely well.

The flavor is very impressive. The malt base consists of cocoa and light caramel. The caramel seems to add just a touch of sweetness. Noble hops are in the mix and have an herbal and grassy flavor. They have a lively flavor and really do spruce things up. Yeast has a surprisingly strong presence, and a nice flavor. It has an interesting, very positive effect. I like it a lot. Alcohol is masked extremely well. I wouldn't have guessed this is anywhere near 8% territory. Finishes earthy and dry, with just a hint of cocoa.

St. Victorious has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is relatively light, but a little more body wouldn't be a bad thing. Feels smooth nonetheless. Drinkability is excellent. This is one tasty Doppelbock that goes down so easily. A 12 oz. is honestly not enough.

St. Victorious is a really impressive release from Victory Brewing Company. It's an excellent take on the Doppelbock style, and could easily be confused with an authentic German Doppelbock. It has a ton of flavor and really delivers in just about every way. I wouldn't mind a little more body, but I can't complain. Excellent stuff! Seek it out.

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Photo of tpd975
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in color with a big billowy head. The head is a mixture of cream in caramel in color. Rather nice. It lingered and lingered and left behind several nice patterns of lace.

S: I was expecting alot of malt and I got it. Nice rich sweet malts. Tons of caramel and toffee with a hint of roasted nut.

T: Hints of dark fruit and brown sugar. Tons of malt. A bit of as well not over the top in any way.

M: Medium to full bodied.

D: Not my favorite style but drinkable nonetheless.

Overall: Not a bad brew, just not my cup of tea. This one has a solid malt character both in nose and taste. Being a hop guy I can probably not appreciate this as much as many. That being said, it's a pretty good beer, rather good for a doppelbock.

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Photo of Boto
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark brown color. Not much head to speak of. Aroma has a rich malty sweetness to it, with mayge a hint of fruitiness. The taste is very malty and sweet, with a hint of caramel to it. There is a good hop balance. A very good Bock! Maybe not up to some of the better ones, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-11-23 in Columbia, PA

Notes: It says on the bottle label "Enjoy By Dec 17 2011" so I'm having this near the end of the recommended range.

A - Mostly clear but mostly impenetrable mahogany with a 3/4-finger tan head that fades very quickly and leaves moderate lacing.

S - Grapes, mild roasted malt, mild caramel and mild hop floral.

T - Grapes, medium roasted grain, touch of caramel, fig, touch of citrus flesh and rind. Never quite dries but pallet clears well with a lingering grape/fig flavor and very moderate hop bitterness.

M - Thinner than I expected. Medium body and light-medium carbonation give a cream soda-like feel. Not chewy but not watery.

A - I like it well-enough but the grape sweetness/kool-aid isn't my cup of tea for this style. I'd rather have a hearty, toasted spicy-bready flavor for my doppelbock.

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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.05 out of 5 based on 571 ratings.
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