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Saint Arnold Spring Bock - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Spring BockSaint Arnold Spring Bock

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BA SCORE
82
good

294 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 294
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%


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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macrosmatic

Florida

3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 18:32:53 | More by macrosmatic
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kojevergas

Texas

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?

C-

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 03:05:45 | More by kojevergas
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 03:36:20 | More by RblWthACoz
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Premo88

Texas

3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 23:12:35 | More by Premo88
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Ford

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 18:37:45 | More by Ford
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 20:23:11 | More by brewskifan55
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 00:17:43 | More by bmwats
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obrike

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 00:33:01 | More by obrike
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TheYeagermeister

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 23:15:01 | More by TheYeagermeister
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 04:33:24 | More by BoyFromTaint
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sitarist

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:38:20 | More by sitarist
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match1112

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 17:35:36 | More by match1112
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 22:59:04 | More by cpetrone84
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 23:24:08 | More by acevenom
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 20:41:05 | More by RonaldTheriot
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libbey

British Indian Ocean Territory

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a NB globe.

A: The beer pours a light ruby red with a minimal head that leaves a light trail of lacing throughout the session.

S: A sweet waft of candy carmal malt with no hop presence to speak of.

T: Again a sweet candy malt up front with a very minimal hop presence on the finish.

M: The carbonation is a touch low but the overall mouthfeel is pretty good. Medium body that leaves a lingering sweet taste on the pallet.

O: Overall this was a decent beer but nothing to remarkable. A nice bock that I would have again but certainly not seek out.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 07:04:23 | More by libbey
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beergoot

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 20:10:52 | More by beergoot
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 23:26:05 | More by Thorpe429
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 03:42:24 | More by MasterSki
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a small head that vanishes instantly. A bit of lacing, but it's good quickly too. Deep clear copper. Kinda looks like a Yuengling.

Smell - Caramel malts and a bready smell. It has a lager-y smell, which I generally don't like (I have no better way of describing that smell, sorry).

Taste - The flavor is redeeming. Caramel malts dominate, of course. Slight bitterness, but I'd hardly call it a hop presence. Not sweet a all. Just caramel goodness. Has a very bready finish. Not sure if I like the breadiness.

Mouthfeel - To be honest, this is my first Bock. I don't know how thick it's supposed to be, but I'd like it thicker. Good carbonation, just a bit thin. Nary a hint of alcohol. So drinkable.

Overall - I'm just discovering the whole bock concept. I just don't like most lagers, but this is good. I don't know that I'd seek it out, but it's tasty and I could put a bunch of these away no problem.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 22:55:07 | More by Alieniloquium
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JMad

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass..

The beer was a dark copper orange color with a thick off white head. It smells of mostly sweet caramel with a hint of apple and lemon. There is a slight bitterness followed by loads of sweet malt, with nutty flavors, alcohol, lemon and a bready finish. The beer is medium bodied and sticky. This is a little too malty for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 03:24:33 | More by JMad
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - clear amber beer with a fluffy tan head that resolves quickly without lacing.

S - not overly fragrant, but it does give off a hint of sweet caramel malt.

T - quite a sweet profile dominated by caramel malt; there is a bit of initial and trailing bitterness but it is dominated by the malt (as you'd expect!)

M - moderately carbonated with a medium body.

D - really drinkable; certainly not overpowering, nor overly sweet.

Decent beer. Very abundant locally in Austin but wouldn't be my first go-to for a mid/lighter style.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 03:44:27 | More by DoktorZee
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Mosstrooper

California

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 00:05:25 | More by Mosstrooper
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is pretty good. I get a ton of malt, mainly toffee and some bready malts. Just what I expect in a bock. The flavor is more of the same. There is a nice caramel and toffee backbone to the flavor. The alcohol is not noticeable. There is some slight hop flavor, but the beer is pretty sweet overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A nice bock.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 04:49:17 | More by Mora2000
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wierdo1212d

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 01:17:35 | More by wierdo1212d
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Saint Arnold Spring Bock from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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