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Saint Arnold Spring Bock - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 11
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-24-2003

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Ratings: 353 | Reviews: 146
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Photo of Clonies720
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Light copper brownish color. Thin ring of head

S: Rich malty goodness. Bready. Slightly grainy

T: Caramel. Slight astringency.

Mouth...Aw heck I can't finish this review. It's not a real traditional bock, but it's a good interpretation of it to me. Absolutely delicious and refreshing on a hot Texas day.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is pretty good. I get a ton of malt, mainly toffee and some bready malts. Just what I expect in a bock. The flavor is more of the same. There is a nice caramel and toffee backbone to the flavor. The alcohol is not noticeable. There is some slight hop flavor, but the beer is pretty sweet overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice bock.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a transparent red-brown with a one finger white head, no lacing. Smells like a bock with a good scent of roasted malts. Slight hint of chocolate malt. Taste is probably the best bock I've ever had. Which isn't really saying much, but still noteworthy. Has a big malt front, with that bock sourness. Then a unexpected hop bite at the end. Very balanced. The mouthfeel is nice as well, just enough carbonation.

Like I said, this is the best bock I've had as to date.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz brown bottle, no best by date. This is from the 2008 batch and has a reddish deep rust color with a ferocious head. It billows up from the beer in a light khaki color and almost flows over the glass. The head then dissipates down to almost nothing except a thin layer of bubbles that hides the surface of the brew.

Smell is sharp, malty and sweet but a little on the thin side. In fact the scent doesn't reflect the big malt flavors. The taste of this beer is all solid malts, sweet yet savory. There is a mid hop bitterness to the aftertaste but it is eclipsed by the maltiness. There is very nice carbonation that keeps that layer of head for the entire glass and adds a nice bite to the mouthfeel.

Smooth and clean, this beer is easy to drink and nice example of the bock style.

Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to JDV for sending me such a fantastic extra.

Appearance: It's very clear and reddish amber color that's reminiscent of fall leaves. Oddly enough, it's a Spring Bock. But, looking at it reminds me of fall. I digress. Sitting atop is a two finger, foamy off-white head. It dissipated pretty quickly and left a light spotting of lace behind.

Smell: It's above average, but a little too weak to attain a better rating. Clearly, it's malty in character. Caramel/toffee malts are sweet and blend well with light spice and dark fruit fragrances. It has a yeasty or biscuit-like aroma toward the end.

Taste: Now this certainly tastes more like the spring beer I expected, but does feature some fall characteristics once again. Caramel/toffee malts are sweet and give it an excellent base. There light notes of cinnamon and brown sugar. It's lightly hopped and has just enough of a bitter kick to balance it out more than I expected. Light dark fruit is noticeable (mostly a light plum flavor). A bit yeasty toward the end. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a very light feel to it and features excellent carbonation. It's very crisp and perfect for a warm spring day. Mouthfeel is much better than I anticipated. It's extremely smooth and inviting. Given its relatively low abv, I could drink a number of these.

Spring Bock is a damn fine beer. I had somewhat high expectations given St. Arnold's lofty reputation and this certainly met the bill. The nose could certainly stand a little fine tuning, but it's still a fine beer despite that small flaw. Certainly recommended.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a small head that vanishes instantly. A bit of lacing, but it's good quickly too. Deep clear copper. Kinda looks like a Yuengling.

Smell - Caramel malts and a bready smell. It has a lager-y smell, which I generally don't like (I have no better way of describing that smell, sorry).

Taste - The flavor is redeeming. Caramel malts dominate, of course. Slight bitterness, but I'd hardly call it a hop presence. Not sweet a all. Just caramel goodness. Has a very bready finish. Not sure if I like the breadiness.

Mouthfeel - To be honest, this is my first Bock. I don't know how thick it's supposed to be, but I'd like it thicker. Good carbonation, just a bit thin. Nary a hint of alcohol. So drinkable.

Overall - I'm just discovering the whole bock concept. I just don't like most lagers, but this is good. I don't know that I'd seek it out, but it's tasty and I could put a bunch of these away no problem.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Finnman for this one!

Pours caramel/orange with 3 fingers pf sand colored head. Slight lacing & average head retention.

S: Grainyness, honey malt & boozeyness

T: Breadyness, some grains,brown sugar & caramel up front. Grainyness, brown sugar, & dryness follow as this warms up. Finishes with honey malt, some more dryness, a little boozey with a touch of pecans. almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy, some syruppyness, low carbonation & great balance

Drinks pretty easy, a solid Bock

Photo of dungaree
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The copper color is good for its style. The head is lacking. As it pours, it appears to be low on carbonation (even less than its style). The smell brightens the senses and wants to make up for the lackluster carbonation. The first taste is a very good malty sweetness. As it swishes in the mouth one gets the hint of hops. After a couple of minutes, the taste becomes dominated by caramel. As it warms even more, caramel and almost a buttery taste takes over. This makes the drinkability rather disappointing considering the decline in taste is quite rapid.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the brewery. Had a decent light brown color with a short head. Not too bad for a spring beer. Decent flavor with decent body. Not too much flavor. Goes down easy and was very nice to drink. But nothing too spectacular as I was expecting more.

Photo of TheYeagermeister
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--Mahogany with a semi decent head that fades pretty quickly but leaves some lace.
S--Strong wheat, yeast, biscuit, brown malt. caramel, some light toasted nut notes.
T--Definitely follows the smell but another couple things--heavy on the alcohol (as though they didn't let it mellow out long enough) and a syrupy feel/sweetness behind that. The finish is bitter and sort of metallic, and that flavor lingers in the aftertaste. Hop bitterness overpowers the malty goodness.
M--Syrupy and slick.
Overall, to me it's Meh. Weird, like it can't figure out what style it is. Not too crazy about it. This will probably be my only one.

Photo of goochpunch
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was poured out a clear, dark amber with a minimal white head. The head didn't last long, but left a decent amount of lacing. Smell was a bit fruity with a heaping helping of sweet malts and a tinge of hops. Taste and mouthfeel was your typical St. Arnold's, really. Unbalanced in favor of being cloyingly sweet with a syrupy mouthfeel. This is a very poor example of a bock, as far as I'm concerned. The only thing keeping this from being totally undrinkable was a hop presence that managed, somehow, to keep me from gagging with each sip.

St. Arnold wins again.

Photo of BeerSox
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into mug.

Clear amber color with a red tint. A thick light tan cap slowly settles to a thick rim.

Crisp malty scent with the clean characteristics of a lager yeast.

Malts, malts, and more malts create a sweet flavor. A little bit of hop bitterness shows up toward the end. Medium bodied with high carbonation. A little bit of a flavorless cloying bitterness shows up in the finish, along with the grainy malts.

A solid bock, much better than the one Shiner makes. It's a beer worth trying, escpecially if you are a bock fan.

Photo of cheers2beers
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tall weizen glass:

Appearance: This beer poured a red orange hue with a soft cream colored head that didnt stick around.Lots of beading inside my glass and minimal laceing.

Smell: Smells like the garden.Very floral/herbal in the nose. Sweetened pumpkin and squash.Interesting.

Taste: The palate detects purated flowers.A sweet malt start with a strong bitter hop finish.The alcohol doesnot reveal itself fully but you know its there.Low to medium carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium substance, a little grainy and silky at the same time.Smooth easy to drink.

Drinkability: Definitely a very quaffable brew and worth a try,especially for the price.

Cheers2Beers

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like honey out of the battle settling into the glass just the same. Head is a quick fading biscuity tan standing at one and a half inches. Nose has sweet ripe grape skins matched with soft but zesty phelonic spicey tones. As you take first sip you get creamy carmalized sweetness and dusty peppery feel. The spice feel is consistant and very dry throughout the palate. Leaves kind of a bitter resin like mouthfeel. Would maybe go well with a piece of rubarb pie. Drinkability is average.

Photo of charlesw
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep amber color. Dark tan head that dies quickly to a lasting lace. Slightly metallic smell (?). And then... It tastes... It tastes... Well... Big and malty. Fruity - but, hmm, what fruit? Not a zesty citrus - something more reserved. (sip) A nice, ripe red delicious apple. A wee bit earthy. Lingering malty taste and feel. Ah, a touch of the butterscotchy diacetyl, perhaps? A fine beer - pour me another, barkeep!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a bottled on notch (Dec 06) on the front label. Had a very small head that quickly disappeared. The color was a clear amber/copper with good carbonation. The aroma was very bready with bunch of sweet malt and a hint of caramel. The mouthfeel was standard. The taste was malty with a good hint of the alcohol in it - warms you up as you drink which surprised me since only 6.4%. It's a middle of the road beer for me - not great but not bad. Don't see a place for this in my regular rotation but worth having a single or two each year. (3.5, RB, T, O)

Photo of BeanBone
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear copper body with a decent creamy head that dissipates quickly

Aroma: Nice balance of malt and hops with just a tinge of booze

Taste: Roasted malt and citrusy hops dominate weaker tones of dark fruit, grains and nuts with the alcohol slipping in right at the end

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation

Drinkability: Goes down smoothly with a nice bitter aftertaste, I could easily drink a few of these despite the alcohol content

Verdict: Spring Bock is a well-balanced dark lager with rich malt and crisp citrus hiding above-average potency. With this beer Saint Arnold is really forcing me to rethink my standards for a good bock, and I love them for it.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this along with the rest of the Saint Arnold series from a fine gentleman down in Texas. I was excited to try this one, as it is one of my favorite styles. Poured out a deep russet brown, very clear with lots of carbonation, really quite nice and a classic look for a bock. Thin off white head formed on the top, but quickly faded to just a thin film that stayed throughout the session, but offered no side glass contribution.

The aroma was your classic malty bock. Nice sweet caramel and nutty aromas mixed in with a good earthy tone. The flavor followed through very closely with a nice bitter malty flavor and a good amount of sweetness in it as well. Carbonation that is more then decent never let it go flat and kept you entertained throughout the session. Easily a sessionable beer, as I could have thrown down more then one.

Overall, I thought this was a very solid offering from them. I would have no issues with drinking this one down regular. Very nice offering.

Photo of wcudwight
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to wolfman17 for the beer.
Chestnut colored with a fizzy tan head that recedes rather quickly to bubbles on top of the beer. Nice thick ring of lace.
Huge malty smell with some honey.
Nice variation of the flavors. Lot's of sweet malts. Caramel, Toffee. Grainy and toast. I taste some cornbread in this beer. Mild fruitiness through the middle with some bitterness in the finish. Good Bock.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some grittiness.
Good drinkable beer. Perfect for spring with it's warm days and cold nights.

Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear copper with an off-white head. Retention wasn't great, but I think that was my fault for using a semi-wet glass.

Smell: Toffee-like sweetness, toast, a bit of earthiness. Not unpleasant but somewhat bland.

Taste & mouthfeel: Caramel, pie crust, hints of citrus and dried fruit. Dries up a bit in the finish with a hint of earthy hops. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, but too rich to be quaffable.

Notes: Very enjoyable stuff, one of the better American-made bocks I've tried.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a hard beer to pin down. Saint Arnold Spring Bock has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a bubbly, clear, amber appearance. The aroma is a bit unusual with sweetness, syrup, stinging something, and a dough smell of some sort. Taste is likewise odd, with unsalted cracker, medium-roasted barley malt, bitterness, and lots of alcohol forward in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, and Saint Arnold Spring Bock finishes pretty crisp, dry, and refreshing. Even though it’s a weird beer, with slight ale body characteristics, I really am enjoying it, and I suggest you try it.

RJT

Photo of Riccymon
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a pale amber color with a finger of white head. Smell is a little on the subdued side, but I pick up a good caramel/brown sugar note as well as some vanilla. Hops dance at the edges, but they're not too solid.

My first sip is noticeably spicy, sort of reminding me of a Christmas beer in spite of the name and label. I taste allspice and gingerbread among the sweet, biscuity flavors. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste keeps things from getting cloying, which I appreciate upon realizing it. While the flavors are tasty, they aren't necessarily robust; the body being on the light side doesn't help this, but maybe I'm expecting a little much from the beer, though. Following the thinner body, the beer finishes a little sticky.

Spring Bock is an interesting beer. There's some good flavors inside, and it's relatively easy-drinking, but the mouthfeel wasn't my favorite for a bock. All in all though, it's a nice spring seasonal that's off the beaten path of typical styles.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought to the table in a pint glass. It's a very clear light copper color with very little in the way of foam, but this is a restaurant <sigh>.

Smell is almost exclusively caramel and toasty maltiness. Maybe a few hints of floral hops and cereal grains.

Not too many southern American bocks out there to compare to, it's an underrepresented style in the region. The flavor profile is sweet caramely malts playing off of toasty malts and a slight hop bitterness. Taste is pretty similar to the nose. A mild alcohol bite ensues in mid-palate and the finish is decently clean for a bock. It's ok, but perhaps a bit too toasty for me. Probably my least favorite seasonal from SA.

Photo of brendanmoody
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into a pilsner style glass

a- beautiful amber color. good amount of head at beginning, quickly dictates and little to no lacing

s- very malty but with a good dose of hoppy smell

t- very bready/malty but balanced very well by a hoppy finish. chocolate, citrus notes detected.

m- very syrupy feel, almost chewy, in a good way!

d- very drinkable, and very enjoyable. i wish that this beer wasn't seasonal.

Photo of Kromes
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a clear darker amber color with a thin soapy off white head. Noticable carbonation in glass.

S: Very sweet honey malt aroma with some hop. It has a slight caramel aroma.

T: The taste is much like the smell. Sweet honey malt flavor that is slightly broken by a mild hop flavor and bitterness. There is a noticeable tang to the beer and a small yeast and alcohol flavor.

M: The beer is medium bodied and the carbonation is high. The beer finishes sweet.

D: It's actually quite good. It aroma is very sweet and the initial flavor is sweet, but there is just enough hop to reel in the sweetness.

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Saint Arnold Spring Bock from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.