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Saint Arnold Spring Bock - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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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 ElJacobian
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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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 burnerfinger
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A = copper/orange - super clear, and light head settles quick the a thin film , NO LACING at all.

S gentle , understated (read WEAK) malty to the nose

T about the same as above ^ a nice malty taste but nothing further

M solid, standard carbonation, no ABV on the palate

D good sessioner IMHO - dive in deep to this standard beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. can into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a deep copper, nearly clear, with a fair amount of lively carbonation and a thin tan head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Rich toasty malts, a touch of grassy hops. Clean, like a lager should be, with just a hint of yeast esters. Not a huge nose outside of the bready malts though.

T: Clean flavors - toasted malts with slight sweet yeast esters and sweetness from the malts. Finishes as it fades into a touch of grassy or floral hop bitterness. Flavor a bit disappointing as the malts don't live up to the nose.

M: Light body, decent carbonation sensation, and low alcohol presence.

O: An easy drinker, and maybe a good gateway for someone getting into craft beer, but not the best Bock available for sure. Nothing offensive, but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -28.1%
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 RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not a fan of bocks.

The first sip on this one starts off really sweet. Thankfully that tones down on further tastes. Still pretty malty sweet. Smooth feel with a mild carbonation. A fairly easy-to-drink brew. Been ages since I've had a bock, or at least I can't recall the last time I had one. This isn't all too bad really.

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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 Premo88
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: burnt orange, crystal clear, pretty awesome tan head full and 1 inch thick; head sadly dissipates quickly and next to no lacing; but the pour is a good one, nice show

S: sweet malt and good yeast beer smell; floral at first ... in fact, that first whiff is great. as i work through it, can almost smell the alcohol (?) ... still, a really good smell.

T: medicinal ... sadly, to a fault. it kills me to give Saint Arnold a bad score, but this taste seems to lack so much; it doesn't taste like it smells to me. there's a slight nuttiness and a sweetness in there somewhere, but not much of it, and the finish is very bland. some grain (?).

F: solid, good weight, mouth-filling carbonation

O: hard for me to review to style because I've had so few bocks. but overall, i'm not a big fan. it looks good, smells good, tastes a little too mediciny and bland with nothing good taking over. it's a balanced bland.

FOOD NOTE: this thing really sweetens and opens up when I drink it with food. I'm not big on pairing food with beer, but this particular brew and a happy accident showed me how sometimes a proper food pairing can help bring out the good flavor notes in the beer -- anything salty seems to help this beer's taste.

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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 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 brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a plastic cup at Sydney's, New Orleans, during French Quarter Fest

A: amber, with a tan, one finger head that settles. Ample lacing.

S: light malts and toffee slide on in. I've got a good feeling about this one.

T: Full bodied. A great malt presense. Toffee, caramel, sweet. A bock in springtime, my kinda thinking.

M: medium with creamy carbonation.

O: A very sessionable beer. Robust but not overpowering. Bless you, St. Arnold.

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Photo of bmwats
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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

Got a sixer for 6.99 at Round Rock Specs.

Sharp copper color on this one... decent head that fades super fast...very little lacing at all.

A far-away sweet caramel malt scent...not too prevalent. Would certainly like this to be a bit more pronounced.

Getting more of the flavor of the sweet malt...kinda like it. Very easy drinking. Even a bit of hops on the backend...but mainly, a decent malty bock. Almost like a doppelbock light. So much better, and certainly more boozy than it's in state rival Shiner, for nearly the same price.

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Photo of TheYeagermeister
3/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of BoyFromTaint
2.35/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

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Photo of sitarist
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber, with a thin off white head that fades fast. Lots of soda-pop like bubbles that die off.

It has a faint aroma. Crackers, caramel, and hints of red delicious.

The aromas carry over into its flavor, with an added plastic element.

Crisp, lighter bodied, with little carbonation.

An easy drinking beer. I could see myself having one of these after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of match1112
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

first off thanks to UHCougar12 for this beer! translucent copper body with a thin off white head that settles rather quickly. taste and smell are very similiar, no big surprises. nice bready malt body with some caramel make this an easy drinkin bock. medium body and a slight crispness make an enjoyable bock beer.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of acevenom
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear dark copper with a two-finger length off white head. The aroma is sweet and bready. The taste is slightly sweet with some hop bitterness to balance. The roasted barley malt definitely comes through in the taste, but the flavors are certainly a bit odd. There is light carbonation and the beer has a medium body. There is a lingering aftertaste. This is an interesting and fairly easy to drink bock. I would recommend it.

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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 beergoot
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a beer trade...

Copper-red body with a thin head.

Toasted grains and pine-like hop aroma.

Taste is malty and slightly sweet. A decent bitterness follows and blends well with a light bread after-taste. Finishes clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel comes across very smoothly, medium body.

A good spring bock. A bit more head retention would be nice. Good malt character and fairly well-balanced with the bittering. Not a stunner, but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of BeersCriteria
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The appearance is amber red with a hazy white head.

S- Malts, honey and a little bready aroma.

T- The taste is malty goodness with just the right amount of citrus hops. It was smooth and a good drink to have after a long day of work. This is a good bock beer, one of my favorite bocks.

Food Pairing- Chicken, especially spicy chicken wings!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of wagenvolks. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a muddy light brown color with a thin off-white head. Limited spotty lacing on the sides of the glass before falling into a thin collar. The nose is fairly plain with some bready malt and a touch of caramel. Bread crust there, too. The flavor brings some malt sweetness and lightly-toasted bread. Slightly doughy with some caramel and light toffee. Perhaps a bit nutty. Light bitterness in the midpalate and in the finish. Actually, perhaps a bit too much bitterness, as it cuts through the sweet caramel that makes the flavor so enjoyable. The feel is medium with good carbonation. A solid take on the style.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of optimator13. Dated 2/22/11, and served in a pilsner glass.

A - Finger of off-white foam quickly settles to a partial collar and cap. Attractive transparent copper body with plenty of visible bubbles rising and adhering to the sides of the glass.

S - Toffee, nuts, berries, bread, perhaps some light floral hopping. Smells like a pretty typical bock.

T - Taste is somewhat unusual, as there is an odd tropical fruit note mingling with the caramel and grainy malts. It's a bit out of character for the style but I find it strangely enjoyable. Finishes with some light herbal bitterness.

M - Tingly and perhaps a touch overcarbonated for my liking. Otherwise it's a pleasantly medium-light in body, with a surprisingly dry finish.

D - A slightly above-average bock. Probably the definition if 'B' beer. Enjoyable in the moment, but not something I'd seek out again. Carbonation zest would keep me from having multiple bottles/pints.

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