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Saint Arnold Spring Bock - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold Spring BockSaint Arnold Spring Bock

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293 Ratings
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Ratings: 293
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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-24-2003)
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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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depechemode1983

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 03:07:21 | More by depechemode1983
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StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 20:57:29 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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mjurney

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 23:00:19 | More by mjurney
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chickencoop

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 04:04:52 | More by chickencoop
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Kromes

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 00:02:23 | More by Kromes
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 03:05:39 | More by womencantsail
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NefariousR

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 04:13:07 | More by NefariousR
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tronester

Oklahoma

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 00:00:08 | More by tronester
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Redrover

Illinois

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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 17:06:18 | More by Redrover
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textycoon

Louisiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 00:05:15 | More by textycoon
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specksnreds

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 03:04:58 | More by specksnreds
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Riccymon

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 01:06:59 | More by Riccymon
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jwillcourt

Texas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 04:37:24 | More by jwillcourt
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wagenvolks

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 02:08:45 | More by wagenvolks
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2010 12:06:52 | More by TurdFurgison
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brendanmoody

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 03:53:20 | More by brendanmoody
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rfabian

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 02:00:28 | More by rfabian
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zdk9

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 03:54:57 | More by zdk9
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DeathbySexyBT

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 19:22:35 | More by DeathbySexyBT
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miket163

Texas

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 17:53:52 | More by miket163
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 20:52:11 | More by CHADMC3
Saint Arnold Spring Bock from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 293 ratings.