Saint Arnold Spring Bock - Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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2.3/5 rDev -36.1%
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.
03-26-2006 11:41:05 | More by goochpunch
2.3/5 rDev -36.1%
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.
03-30-2012 04:33:24 | More by BoyFromTaint
2.33/5 rDev -35.3%
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.
02-13-2008 21:39:37 | More by JDV
2.63/5 rDev -26.9%
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?
02-17-2014 03:05:45 | More by kojevergas
2.73/5 rDev -24.2%
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.
12-12-2008 03:04:26 | More by jujubeast6000
2.9/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
06-25-2008 02:45:25 | More by DarkerTheBetter
2.93/5 rDev -18.6%
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.
03-29-2008 02:02:15 | More by Jwale73
3/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
03-27-2014 02:28:59 | More by Richardbeerlover
3/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
04-01-2012 23:15:01 | More by TheYeagermeister
Saint Arnold Spring Bock from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.