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Saint Arnold Spring Bock - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Spring BockSaint Arnold Spring Bock

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 359
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 11
Gots: 54 | 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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Reviews: 143 | Hads: 359
Photo of KodyBrannon
4.92/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one on tap at the flying saucer, Came out in a pint glass,Poured an amber color with a 2 finger beige head. The smell was malty with a hint of bread crust. The taste was malt, bread and just a hint of honey after taste. The mouthfeel was not as light, a bit bitter in the end. But overall this beer was very very enjoyable. I hope to find this for some home consumption. A great seasonal bock to enjoy

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Photo of miket163
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful reddish-brown into a pint glass with a fluffy tan head. Killer lacing that stick to the glass!

smell: Smell is very malty, with a sweet floral hop like character. Excellent nose!

taste: Very malty brew! Sweet malt flavour, with a chocolate like note. Slight hop bitterness, but it does not get in the way of the malts.

very clean finish, nice carbonation, and very smooth. A great Bock!

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Photo of jordanmills
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks golden with a little red in it. Smells of lots of flavor, light but complex - almost citrusy, can't quite put my finger on it. Tastes sweet and heavy, what I smelled came back for more. Heavier on the tongue than I would have expected, given the color, but right for a bock. Carbonated just right. I probably couldn't drink as much of this in one sitting as I want - our Texas spring is like everyone else's deep summer, I imagine this would be a lot better in a cooler evening after some hard labor in the sun.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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.


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Photo of Higravity
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this at in the box outside my door temp ~ 50F. Into my Troegenator mug I gave it a stiff pour which produced a heady beer with a nice amber shine body. Smells like a very light cream caramel with a touch of citrus spice. Beautiful taste very delicate but sure, sticky malt but thin enough with just enough alcohol to make sure it is not cloy. Great mouthfeel and very drinkable.

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Photo of Ford
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

This is probably my favorite beer from Saint Arnold... it's a bock.. with an incredible freshness to it... flowery.. sure.. some fruit.. a bit...

Just a great beer and one I look forward to every Spring when it is released.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark, clear, cherry/brown color with orange/yellow edges. OK head

S- St. Arnold always pleases in this department. Loads of specialty malts with caramel flavors in front

T- Taste is noticeably more hoppy then the smell would lead one to believe. Floral, spicy, Saaz/Hallertau hopping goes excellently with the slightly sweet malting. Good flavor in respect to balance.
Overall caramel and whole-grain bread flavor.

M- Feel is what I expect from a high quality bock. Clean and refreshing, yet pleasantly full-bodied

D- Very drinkable for elevated ABV

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Photo of ppoitras
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a scant 1/4" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head fades down to a film of small bubbles pretty quick, but with ample lacing. Aroma is a bag of grain, with plenty of fruitiness. Taste is great maltiness, the tinges of fruit in the middle, with a slightly gritty close. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is very nice. Mmm, bock.

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Photo of Clonies720
4.27/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saint Arnold, The only saint this Atheist can appreciate. ;-)

This one pours a very nice amber color that is slightly cloudy with a nice rick creamy head that is slightly tan and settles slowly leaving subtle lacing down the glass.

The nose is pleasant hops with traces of allspice, nutmeg and caramel with a floral hop undertone.

The flavors are very complex with the hops just barely dominating the malt. The beer is bitter and fruity at the same time without the flavors battling it out. This one is really well balanced and is very good and enjoyable. There are hints of fresh bread, bitter hops, alcohol and a sweet cacophony of flavors like butter, nutmeg, pine, Crème Brule and mmm, mmm good.

Overall I really like this spring bock because it is such a complex flavored beer with a rather high alcohol content in which the alcohol does not dominate. The boys and gals at Saint Arnolds have a great beer here and I tip my virtual hat to them.

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Photo of wierdo1212d
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Beer had a good bock color. The nice was nice but not over bearing. I smelt malts originally. The taste was the same. Lots of sweet malts and very easy on the pallate. I really enjoyed this beer. One of the best bocks that ive ever had. Really really good beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Rich toasted malt aroma with slight hints of alcohol. I also get a hint of coriander
Appearance: Lovely red-amber with orange edges. Light coming through it is deep red. Subdued carbonation, head died out quickly as it often will in a bock, but a fresh burst of bubbles greeted every tip of the glass.
Flavor: Deep malt backbone that slowly fades to a nice bitter end. I get the wet wood, coffee and spice other reviews noted, but not much of the caramel. All the flavors are well integrated. Having tasted Salvator Dopplebock recently, I find similarities between the two beers, but this bock is much lighter and thinner than it’s dopple German cousin.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a touch of chew and a thick coat that slowly fades like a good dream.
Overall Impression: While others have stated that this isn’t their best brew, I think that says more for the quality of their other offerings. I found this quite enjoyable and drinkable. It’s heavy enough for one to scratch my beer itch, but I’ll be bock for more (sorry). Recommended.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the local HEB.

A - Pours up golden amber with minimal head. Crystal clear.

S - Caramel aromas accented with some spicy hops. Very nice aroma.

T - Starts of caramel sweet, with a malty huskiness and a spicy hop finish. A little harsh.

M - Slightly thin, but with good carbonation.

D - A very nice Texas bock, with a hint more hops that the brew from Shiner, Texas. This would be perfect watching the barbecue on a spring day.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Just a superb pour--copper and amber colors fade to gold at the edges, while the clear body shows lots of carbonation. The head initially formed half a finger's width of tan foam, then receded, and then slowly built BACK up to a dense cap of custard foam. Good aroma, with grassiness and floral "spring-like" hop notes. German malts add a crackerbread backing and a hint of sweetness. An overall nice balance to this Bock.

Pale & pilsner malts starting things off in the flavor department--some caramel notes pull through as it warms. Grassy hops lend a healthy dose of bitterness to balance the malt; mineral-water crispness with a trace of musty, sour sulfur in the finish. Mouthfeel is where St. Arnold's Spring Bock shines, as its medium-light body is both crisp and creamily smooth at the same time. Lingering bitter note from the hops is mild enough to allow the malt to sweeten up the back of the palate. Wow...what an underrated beer. Wish I would've known sooner. Definitely a repeat for me this spring...next stop: six-pack.

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Photo of Dubblebock
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I caught Saint Arnold's Spring Bock on sale at the local HEB for $5.99/sixer. Colorful bottle with badly designed text on the neck label that bleeds so far into the background that it's nearly illegible. Small quibble, but if you're going to the trouble of a neck label that gives some information about the beer/brewery, you might want to make it readable.

Fortunately the beer more than made up for the packaging presentation. This is a fine bock beer, sweet and sensual, from a well-respected and established Houston microbrewery.

It poured ok, with a presentable head and a caramel-copper coloring. Not quite as dark as I had expected, but not looking too thin, either. Above average nose, hints of malts and a very slight alcohol twinge.

The taste was dominated by pure, sweet, malty goodness. Smooth and full of character. The hops made their presence known in the wake of the brown-sugar malt sweetness, but they were definitely muted and pushed to the background, there for balance only. Slight nuttiness on the back of the tongue.

Good mouthfeel with nice carbonation level.

Exceptionally drinkable. The first one was down before I even realized it. I'll buy this one again for sure. Saint Arnold's produces a good lineup of brews, and the Spring Bock is a great reflection of their ability to craft quality beers at affordable price points. Good show.

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Photo of Bdc
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from bottle. Pours a crystal clear chestnut brown with a thin, scattered, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is mild roasted malts and is, for the lack of a better word, clean. Flavor is somewhat bitter for a bock (yeah!) and the roasted/toasty flavors of the caramelized european malts are truly special because the flavors are layered, and not one-dimensional: a complex malt flavor with just a hint of a spicy hop flavor addition. Medium to full-bodied and smooth as glass. A hint of alcohol presence takes a bit away from the mouthfeel, but this is easy drinking. If you are in Texas, home to both Shiner Bock and St. Arnolds, do yourself a favor and pick up the St. Arnolds Bock over the Shiner. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with twist-off cap bottled on 01/22/2015 poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear deep amber with 2 fingers of head that recedes

Smell: Bready malts

Taste: Malt-forward with hints of toffee and and bread pudding and a slight hop bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium and well-cabonated

Overall: A nice traditional bock. Offers a clean finish while still being satisfying and offering a good ABV for the style.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a carmel/red color, with a small creamy tan head. Smell is carmely and malty, with hints of brown sugar. Taste is supersweet with brown sugar and carmel flavors. Slight roasted quality and a hint of alcohol are also present in the flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and full, perfect carbonation that seems to sit in the background. Drinkability is good, I could down quite a few of these. A very good beer from a brewer that I have never heard of until a week ago, but I now respect each of their offerings. Thanks aain assurbanipaul for the Texas sized trade. (even though I hate the "Texas-Sized" cliche)

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Photo of rfabian
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The blue background on the label is a field of bluebonnets, emblematic of spring in Texas. The picture of St. Arnold against this background makes one think of the hills around Halletsville where all those Catholic Czechs live, my forebears. Not too far away is the Spoetzl Brewery, which has long made a fine bock, very popular in the state. The moral is that this beer is an expression of longstanding Texas tradition.

Poured into a tumbler it produces an inch of head that leaves moderate lacing. The appearance is darkish amber and clear. The aroma is of toasted malt and a hint of citrus hops. The taste is toasted malty and sweet with little bitterness. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish.

This is a fine bock, just what I expected for the style, and very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Noble Pils branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a medium-sized off-white head that dissipates sort of quickly, leaving behind a few spots of lace and a foam floating on top of the beer.

Smell: Lots of sweet and fruity malt with a bit of a grainy hint.

Taste: Begins with a slight hop flavor, rounding out to some breadiness and finishing with sweet caramel and fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with light carbonation and a very clean finish.

Overall: A good bock and a perfect brew for spring. This is another winner from St. Arnold and a beer I would enjoy drinking again and again. This bock would also stand up very well to its German counterparts. Certain larger companies that make "Bock" could learn a thing or two from this.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: snifter. clear, deep amber, tons of burnt orange. off-white head, with a mild retention rate. good lacing.

S: rich malts, no big hop characteristics. sweet malts kind of remind me of a barleywine.

T: wow! nice deep, rich flavors. mild hop flavors but very well-balanced. tons of honey and slightly roasted malts, very rich.

M: very smooth, buttery, with a nice carbonation level. nice aftertaste, mostly honey.

D: very drinkable, one of the better bocks I have had. great for early spring.

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Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Saint Arnold Spring Bock from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.