Saint Arnold Spring Bock - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 356
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 7.34%
Wants: 11
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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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: 356
Photo of JDV
2.31/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Muddy orange, brown pour with a medium yellowish tan head. Smell is slightly sour, sweet and strange, and may be coming from the yeast or perhaps its from being a bit old. Almost a teriyaki or soy smell/flavor. Taste is similar to the smell, oddly sweet, and not particularly pleasant. Didn't taste like the 2 other Heller Bocks I've had. Unusual and sort of hard to describe, but I wasn't impressed and didn't finish it. Need to rerate with a fresher bottle, probably. (469 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of BoyFromTaint
2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Other reviews have accurately noted this beer's characteristics so I will not bother you again with that. I like the beer fine but, having had many German bocks and remembering back to when I used to drink Shiner Bock (when it was a true bock), I find this one a bit too hoppy for the style. Sure, it fits the American taste (too many hops) but, again, not truly representative of the style. (391 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with uninteresting label art and branded red twist-off pressure cap acquired at my local H-E-B grocery and served into a Spaten stangenglas in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for a bock.

Served cold - straight from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of off-white colour. Disappointingly thin; a bit weak looking - especially for a bock. Lacks creaminess and doesn't appear full. Head retention is poor - it recedes inside 20 seconds. No lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a transparent translucent copper-amber of average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particles/sediment is visible. Appears adequately carbonated.

Overall, it's a bit underwhelming for a bock. A bock is a strong filling quenching style of beer, and this doesn't look like the kind of beer that could sustain a monk for a couple months of fasting.

Sm: Caramalt. Faint bready character. Biscuity. It's got a nice sweetness to it and a distinctive German yeast character.

No hop profile is noticeable. No alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant if painfully simple aroma of average strength. The artificial sweetness has me worried this might have a flavour profile with notes of malt extract or even candi sugar.

T/Mf: Caramalt, biscuit malt, bready malts. Ample amounts of residual sugars. Even a bit of crystal malt, methinks.

No hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol comes through.

It's painfully simple and lacks the strong filling presence of a good bock. Smooth, wet, and surprisingly light on the palate. Weak and thin - the opposite of what you want in a bock. Lacks body. Balance is decent and there's fair cohesion, but this isn't a gestalt, intricate, nuanced, or subtle build. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Below average depth of flavour.

Carbonation is adequate. I'm tempted to call this water. The mouthfeel is way off the mark.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or rough.

Dr: One of the weakest lightest bocks I've come across. Not sure what they were going for, but this is way off-base. I'd caution friends or trade partners from buying it. Even a cursory glance at the style's origins would inform one as to what's missing here. I definitely wouldn't get this again. Maybe German styles just aren't Saint Arnold's strong suit?

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.76/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 2/2/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a body which is amber red in color, clear, and has a medium-sized white head. Has a hoppy aroma. A nice clean taste, hops, and some malt, with a bitter aftertaste. Not too much flavor but clean, almost like a lawnmower beer. (264 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to mhewes for this one.

This one pours an amber color with a hint of cherry to it. Bubbles break at the surface and no head accumulates.

Smells of ambiguous sour fruits and overly charred sugar.

The flavor is similar with an ambiguous sour, over-riper fruitiness that dives into a rotten fruit that's rounded out by a touch of woody hop. This leaves a foul taste in my mouth.

Feels a little viscous with a lively carbonation. This fine, but with the flavor, it seems a bit odd.

What can I say? I just didn't like this one. (536 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
2.93/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to JDV for the opportunity to try this one.

Served in my Leute Bok glass. No freshness dating on bottle. Poured a nice hazy amber color. Three-quarter inch loose white head disappeared within about 30 seconds. Some watery lacing, but poor adherence. Nose is a little boozey and sweet as well as the presence of dark fruit. Flavor was definitely more full-bodied than the nose. Sweet, malty, bready, caramel and dark fruit flavors; finish was a bit tangy. Some effervescence in the mouth creates a light burn. Drinkability is limited. It was definitely worth a try and had an interesting taste, but wouldn't want more than one. (634 characters)

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (261 characters)

Photo of TheYeagermeister
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of beerdiablo
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some might call Saint Arnold's the Dogfish Head of Texas.
I can see that with the marketing but minus the swagger and daring.

The bock style holds a special place in Texas due to Shiner Bock
and since Saint Arnold failed to put the traditional goat on the
label, how can one take this beer seriously?

This is a bit tastier due to the increased malt and better
ingredients but I'll stick with Shiner for the trueness of
a Texas Bock. (445 characters)

Photo of tbone53
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a nice amber color and has a nice creamy head. laces moderatly down the glass.has kind of a carmal taste. not to bad juat a little different but as with all saint arnolds products it was good. this is a beer i will probably buy again. this is a good beer to show up at a party with. (288 characters)

Photo of dungaree
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy orange/red with a small white head. Smells of spices, alcohol, malt, and honey. First taste sweet and floral and even with tons of honey notes present, this beer falls off as it is devoid of much other flavor. Not impressed. (269 characters)

Photo of Risser09
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a white wine glass - 2008 bottling? - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a transparent orange/brown color with a 1.5" ivory head. Active carbonation rises to the surface with steady streams of bubbles. Good retention. Thick, scattered lace.

Smell: Strong malt aroma. Citrus aroma of lemon peel and perhaps some hops. Faint strawberry.

Taste: Malt forms the discernible taste profile. Caramel and toasted bread give more flavor. A tender hop flavor adds bitterness. Not much sugar to chew on.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with very little sweetness. The finish has noticeable alcohol and dryness. I wish it were more quenching for a SPRING bock.

Drinkability: This is a tasty beer, but should quench better. An all around solid brew. (753 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

St. Arnold Bock offers very good clarity and a small amount of foam that falls apart quickly. The aroma of this beer is sweet, bread- like, and grainy, with a touch of fruitiness. The beer offers the tastes of caramel, toasted bread, apples, and some roasted malt. There is little hop character in this beer as the taste of the sweet malt dominates.

St. Arnold Bock is a clean- tasting brew that offers a good flavor that is generally satisfying, even if not very adventurous or memorable. It is made in the German bock tradition and it contains no ingredients other than the basics: Malted barley, hops, yeast, and water.

This beer is a little milder than some of the classic bocks on the market and its taste tends toward the sweet side. The aroma of bread and grains is enticing, but the taste that follows is milder than you might expect. Not to say that this is a bad beer because it isn't. It is actually a good bock beer, even if it doesn't rank close to the world's finest.

St. Arnild offers many seasonals and this is one of the brewery's good, but not necessarily great seasnal products. Still, it is worth the occasional sample and it does have enough positive qualities to recommend. (1,201 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from breity, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a reddish amber color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spice, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy, with flavors of caramel and fruit that leave it predominantly sweet. There's a decent hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, my overall impression of this beer is that it's rather lack-luster, although it's difficult to pin-point exactly what is making me feel that way. I really wouldn't want to drink this beer again unless my options were limited. (941 characters)

Photo of filabrazilia
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent copper with a virtually non-existent head. There a thin ring that stands in for the head. I am so impressed by the lack of a head that I had to over emphasize it.

There is a pronounced malt nose that is joined by a hint of alochol. There is not alot of complexity in the aroma.

The taste is two dimensional but not remarkable. Malt and alcohol are present in the flavor but not very memorable.

This is a thin beer that is lacking in any discernable body.

This is not a bad beer but is nothing memorable. It is sweet thin and not very balanced. I want a truly good Amercian Bock. (611 characters)

Photo of karst
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the extensive brews sold at Central Market in San Antonio, Texas. Sold as a 12 oz single and refrigerated as there are no preservatives in this authentic, German-style Bock, celebrating the coming of spring, aged to create a smooth, malty taste with a hint of sweetness. A light addition of German hops (bitterness: 24 IBU) balances the malt flavor. Released February 15 this is a seasonal made of five different types of malt to create a rich, sweet complex malt flavor. Using only malted barley, no other grains or cereals such as corn or rice. The 2-row pale malt comes from the North Plains (Minnesota &Wisconsin). Specialty malts were from Belgium and hops used were two central European noble hop varieties: Czech Saaz and Tettnanger. Original Gravity: 1.064 (16.3° Plato) Alcohol By Weight: 5.1% By Volume: 6.4%

Poured clear copper with weak head and low CO2 effects. I watched the last rays of a Texas sunset leave the flat Wilson Co. horizon from the porch of my Uncle Kenneth's Ranch near LaVernia. Aroma of unexplainable vinous along with the expected alcoholic and sweet malts. I loved this characteristic but moving on to taste was disapointed in taste. I tried pawning off as much as possible to my cousin Rick who is never far from a 6 pack of Bush tallboys.
Raised in south Texas, he works hard and plays hard. He wanted little of this bock. At least its better than Shiner Bock. (1,405 characters)

Photo of depechemode1983
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear light brown in color with a soda like off-white head. Doesn't last more than a minute. No lacing at all. The nose is somewhat toasty with minimal hop presence. Seems to have lots of earth tones. Smells good but not very aromatic. You have to dig for it. Taste is of toasted grains and bread like. It has some bitter hops flavor as well. Nothing to special. Close to light bodied and high carbonation. Which makes it a little refreshing for a bock seeing is that the flavors are mellow. Drinkability is high in the sense that nothing is over powering. Although ABV would bring it down. An average beer at best. A little better than shiner bock. (655 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark copper, transparent, with a yellowish white head. The nose has hints of brown malt, loads of caramel, rather buttery caramel/toffee with a hint of grain underneath. The taste is much of the same but sweeter, buttery caramel and toffee cascade over the tongue as a fruity malt sweetness plays in back. The grain sits faintly underneath. The body is super creamy and lush, lighter carbonation but the body is actually rather airy itself. (450 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tastes like backwash. Truly terrible beer from an otherwise excellent Texas brewery. I bought a 6-pack and had to sue the remaining 5 beers to cook with. On a positive note, they do make great buffalo wings:

Steam the wings using the beer instead of water for 10-12 minutes. Put them in the fridge for at least 3 hours. Then bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes, flip, and bake for another 20 minutes. Remove from oven and toss in a bowl with whatever sauce you want. They are actually really good with the hint of bock beer. (524 characters)

Photo of mgdeth
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Copper color. about what a marzen should be. Poor head retention, no beer lace.

Smell - Sweet and malty, just as I had hoped. No scent of hops is present. I detect a very faint smell of honey. Pleasing.

Taste - Malty, but not as smooth or as clean as I would like. I also detect the taste of alcohol. No bitterness, which is good for the style.

Mouthfeel - The overall texture of the beer is okay. It comes off a little rougher than I would like for a lager, but it is acceptable.

Drinkability - Maybe bock is just not my thing, but this beer did not do it for me. This beer far outpaces a macro swill in terms of taste, character, and overall drinkability, but it still is not that great.

Comments - My poor luck with Saint Arnold's continues. Goes fairly well with cajun spicy pork and garlic roasted tomoatoes, with spicy carrots on the side. (873 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Saint Arnold pint glass.

A: Dark amber hue. Slight, foamy white head quickly dissipates. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. No lacing.

S: Baked bread malt, caramel, and molasses.

T: Robust, malty character. A bit woody. Has something of a synthetic sweetness.

M: Thick and syrupy. A bit of a cloying aftertaste remains.

D: Not much resistance. Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is decent. Nice hue, medium carbonation, not much head or lacing. Nose is malty with some sweet notes. Syrupy, woody malt character, with a cloying synthetic sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff. (625 characters)

Photo of textycoon
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time with St. Arnie's Spring Bock....bought a 6-pack.
Pours a very nice deep copper color, classic for a bock (Pilsner glass). Solid head; adequate lacing.
Nice aroma with some hint of maltiness and some spice. Mouthfeel was decidedly medium-body, which was refrreshing for a bock. Malt profile, however, was a bit disappointing. Hints of complex maltiness, but certainly not robust like other bocks. Finishes with medium spiciness, good level for a bock. Character richens some as it warms up.
Overall, a good beginner bock, certainly drinkable, but not very complex. (575 characters)

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