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Saint Arnold Spring Bock - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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312 Ratings
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 10
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of depechemode1983
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

depechemode1983, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into my new St. Arnold pint glass that came with this 6pk purchase. Pours light amber and clear in color, about two fingers of bubbly head, retention is pretty good but not much in the way of lacing.

S - Very malty, biscuit, toasted oats, sweet citrus, and grassy hops.

T - Sweet malts and citrus hops are balanced really well. Toasty biscuit notes are there and a little bitterness remains as it washes off the palate.

M - Pretty creamy and smooth, but not quite balanced.

D - Very drinkable, really great offering from St. Arnold.

StoneBrewFanatic, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of mjurney
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Medium amber color, clear. Some little bubbles. Foamy head.

Aroma:
Malty, toasted, slight grassy and earthy.

Taste/Body:
Rich maltiness up front, biscuity, toasty, touch of nutty. There's a slight grassy bitterness at the end. Medium bodied. Carbonation is nice.

Finish/Aftertaste:
Slight dry finish, but it's very smooth.

Overall Impressions:
Pretty good for a Bock beer, it's rich and flavorable.

mjurney, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of chickencoop
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, once again i'm biased about these guys, i like em' and what they are doing in Texas. Had this at a BBQ and found it very easy to drink, amlost too easy. I was not a fan of the damination of the caramely malty notes, kind of over-powered the beer. Good beer, but not one of the better ones from these guys.

chickencoop, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Kromes
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a clear darker amber color with a thin soapy off white head. Noticable carbonation in glass.

S: Very sweet honey malt aroma with some hop. It has a slight caramel aroma.

T: The taste is much like the smell. Sweet honey malt flavor that is slightly broken by a mild hop flavor and bitterness. There is a noticeable tang to the beer and a small yeast and alcohol flavor.

M: The beer is medium bodied and the carbonation is high. The beer finishes sweet.

D: It's actually quite good. It aroma is very sweet and the initial flavor is sweet, but there is just enough hop to reel in the sweetness.

Kromes, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark orange/amber color with a mild and short-lived off-white head on top.

S: A mild note of adjuncts (corn) in the nose. Sweet malt, a touch of caramel and chocolate.

T: A nice sweet caramel flavor along with subtle notes of chocolate, toffee, and coffee. A mild citrus and hop character to the beer in the middle.

M: Light to medium in body with a creamy carbonation.

D: Not a bad little bock. Easy drinking and refreshing, though not all that balanced.

womencantsail, May 21, 2010
Photo of NefariousR
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Lovely orange-amber with a light, off-white creamy head.

S - Malty, with just a bit of hops. Slightly floral.

T - Malt sweetness with a good hop balance. Very distinct nuttiness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thin, just a bit of stickiness and a pleasant level of carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink, and quite tasty. If it weren't a seasonal, would make a pretty good session beer. Recommended.

NefariousR, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of tronester
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thin tan head. Has a freshly kilned barley aroma. Taste is very malt oriented, as a bock should be. A hint of hops only to balance the powerful sweetness. A hint of alcohol is detectable in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, medium carbonation. I would drink this again, a good example of a style that you don't see too often.

tronester, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got to sample this one at the Ginger Man in Austin. I really like the new digs!

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a reddish copper with a tan head.

It has a nose of caramelized sugar and grains.

The taste is sweet with brown sugar, some mild hops that add perfume like notes and some Ritz crackers to finish.

The mouth could use a bit more heft but it works as a lighter version. The sweetness limited me to one, but it was an enjoyable one!

Redrover, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of textycoon
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

textycoon, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of specksnreds
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown pour into a pint glass. Nice head with little or no lacing. Lovely clarity that is very inviting. Subtle caramel malt nose. Floral aromas waft by intermittently. Taste is all malt and a clean finish Not a terribly complex beer, but I like its good malt flavor and drinkability.

specksnreds, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of Riccymon
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a pale amber color with a finger of white head. Smell is a little on the subdued side, but I pick up a good caramel/brown sugar note as well as some vanilla. Hops dance at the edges, but they're not too solid.

My first sip is noticeably spicy, sort of reminding me of a Christmas beer in spite of the name and label. I taste allspice and gingerbread among the sweet, biscuity flavors. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste keeps things from getting cloying, which I appreciate upon realizing it. While the flavors are tasty, they aren't necessarily robust; the body being on the light side doesn't help this, but maybe I'm expecting a little much from the beer, though. Following the thinner body, the beer finishes a little sticky.

Spring Bock is an interesting beer. There's some good flavors inside, and it's relatively easy-drinking, but the mouthfeel wasn't my favorite for a bock. All in all though, it's a nice spring seasonal that's off the beaten path of typical styles.

Riccymon, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of jwillcourt
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A - Clear copper color, with a slow stream of bubbles up the middle. Finger-sized white head comprised of larger bubbles. The head has average retention, leaving a sheet of lace and a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S/T - Smell includes toasted malt and slight hops. Taste follows the smell. Initial flavor is strong toasted malt, followed by a dry cracker taste. It gets slightly sweet in the finish. There is a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

M/D - Light- to medium-bodied with medium carbonation. It is overall dry, crisp and refreshing. It is a good toasted flavor.

jwillcourt, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Just a superb pour--copper and amber colors fade to gold at the edges, while the clear body shows lots of carbonation. The head initially formed half a finger's width of tan foam, then receded, and then slowly built BACK up to a dense cap of custard foam. Good aroma, with grassiness and floral "spring-like" hop notes. German malts add a crackerbread backing and a hint of sweetness. An overall nice balance to this Bock.

Pale & pilsner malts starting things off in the flavor department--some caramel notes pull through as it warms. Grassy hops lend a healthy dose of bitterness to balance the malt; mineral-water crispness with a trace of musty, sour sulfur in the finish. Mouthfeel is where St. Arnold's Spring Bock shines, as its medium-light body is both crisp and creamily smooth at the same time. Lingering bitter note from the hops is mild enough to allow the malt to sweeten up the back of the palate. Wow...what an underrated beer. Wish I would've known sooner. Definitely a repeat for me this spring...next stop: six-pack.

wagenvolks, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at Petrol station. Clear, bright copper color, 1/2 finger of foam with a half life of about 20 seconds. The aroma is malty-sweet and a little toasted, very much bock-y. The taste is what I would call strong lager, sweet, clean, and malty. Absolutely appropriate for the style while not being anything too out of the ordinary. The bodyis medium-plus, again giving appropriate bock presence. Very good for the style, should be rated higher in my opinion.

TurdFurgison, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of brendanmoody
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into a pilsner style glass

a- beautiful amber color. good amount of head at beginning, quickly dictates and little to no lacing

s- very malty but with a good dose of hoppy smell

t- very bready/malty but balanced very well by a hoppy finish. chocolate, citrus notes detected.

m- very syrupy feel, almost chewy, in a good way!

d- very drinkable, and very enjoyable. i wish that this beer wasn't seasonal.

brendanmoody, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of rfabian
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The blue background on the label is a field of bluebonnets, emblematic of spring in Texas. The picture of St. Arnold against this background makes one think of the hills around Halletsville where all those Catholic Czechs live, my forebears. Not too far away is the Spoetzl Brewery, which has long made a fine bock, very popular in the state. The moral is that this beer is an expression of longstanding Texas tradition.

Poured into a tumbler it produces an inch of head that leaves moderate lacing. The appearance is darkish amber and clear. The aroma is of toasted malt and a hint of citrus hops. The taste is toasted malty and sweet with little bitterness. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish.

This is a fine bock, just what I expected for the style, and very enjoyable and drinkable.

rfabian, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of zdk9
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a copper color. A full finger of head with a couple dots of lacing.

S- Sweet graininess, almost corn but not quite there.

T- Nicely balanced between the bitterness and sweetness. Although the hops flavor isn't very prounounced you can tell it's there. The malt comes out as huskiness, a touch of sweet almost corn, like the smell.

M- Just a touch syrupy, good. Just what I would want from a beer like this.

D- This isn't an increadible beer. It's not all that complex. But it is quite drinkable and works well for what it is. I will certainly try this again when it comes out in the spring. Could be a nice memory former for what spring in Texas is like.

zdk9, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange with a frothy head. Not a lot of lacing going on, though.

S: Bready and sweet malts with a hue of hop spice.

T: Malt caramel followed by a tinge of hop bite. Alcohol creates a warming and drying effect. Aftertaste is a sweet malt and fruit combination.

M: Sticky, but the medium body and carbonation are a plus.

D: A good bock. Nothing out of this world, but this is a good beer that I could and do revisit from time to time.

DeathbySexyBT, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of miket163
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful reddish-brown into a pint glass with a fluffy tan head. Killer lacing that stick to the glass!

smell: Smell is very malty, with a sweet floral hop like character. Excellent nose!

taste: Very malty brew! Sweet malt flavour, with a chocolate like note. Slight hop bitterness, but it does not get in the way of the malts.

very clean finish, nice carbonation, and very smooth. A great Bock!

miket163, May 14, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber to walnut body with a thing tan head quickly dissolving, leaving almost no lacing behind.

Sweet caramel malt aroma, little hop presence, if any, more of a grassy variety.

Again, sweet caramel malt on the palate, , perhaps a sweet nuttiness, and just faint hops.

Medium body with medium carbonation, but a generous malty palate as well.

Very refreshing, easy to drink, and a pleasant bock overall.

CHADMC3, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of rowew
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, label is a field of wildflowers. Cryptic date code printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an offwhite head that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet malty, with just a bit of grassy hops.

Taste: Again, sweet malt - the finish has a bit of the grassy hop flavor but finishes pretty sweet.

Overall impression: A nice spring offering, good bock flavors and plenty drinkable.

rowew, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with stumac, Thanks Stu!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear amber color with a beige head that thinned to a layer leaving spotty lacing.

S - malty sweetness and earthy Euro hop aromas.

T - sweet malty taste upfront with just enough bittering thrown in before finishing sticky sweet.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - good brew, celebrate Spring!

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought to the table in a pint glass. It's a very clear light copper color with very little in the way of foam, but this is a restaurant <sigh>.

Smell is almost exclusively caramel and toasty maltiness. Maybe a few hints of floral hops and cereal grains.

Not too many southern American bocks out there to compare to, it's an underrepresented style in the region. The flavor profile is sweet caramely malts playing off of toasty malts and a slight hop bitterness. Taste is pretty similar to the nose. A mild alcohol bite ensues in mid-palate and the finish is decently clean for a bock. It's ok, but perhaps a bit too toasty for me. Probably my least favorite seasonal from SA.

twiggamortis420, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Pours a nice clear/clean golden brown color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, with some spices and caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, spicey. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

Wasatch, Mar 15, 2009
Saint Arnold Spring Bock from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.