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Saint Arnold Spring Bock - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 10
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-24-2003)
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1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

WritersBlock, Feb 11, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -58.3%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -51.4%

Tron, Jun 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -44.4%

beaulabauve, Apr 29, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

strib, May 03, 2013
Photo of goochpunch
2.3/5  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.

goochpunch, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of BoyFromTaint
2.3/5  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.

BoyFromTaint, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of JDV
2.33/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

JDV, Feb 13, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

corekneelius, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
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?


kojevergas, Feb 17, 2014
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2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

jujubeast6000, Dec 12, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

jheezee, Aug 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

sd123, Mar 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

canders0927, Sep 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

dogfish7, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Jwale73, Mar 29, 2008
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

kwkdmk, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Richardbeerlover
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Richardbeerlover, Mar 27, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

TheYeagermeister, Apr 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

blastoderm55, Jun 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

ilikebeer03, Oct 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

goodshiz, Jul 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Wayne17, Jul 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

dcloeren, May 21, 2013
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Saint Arnold Spring Bock from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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