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Saint Arnold Spring Bock - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 360
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 20.77%
Wants: 11
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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: 360
Photo of miket163
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
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!

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of rowew
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a transparent red-brown with a one finger white head, no lacing. Smells like a bock with a good scent of roasted malts. Slight hint of chocolate malt. Taste is probably the best bock I've ever had. Which isn't really saying much, but still noteworthy. Has a big malt front, with that bock sourness. Then a unexpected hop bite at the end. Very balanced. The mouthfeel is nice as well, just enough carbonation.

Like I said, this is the best bock I've had as to date.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 3 Feb 2008.

Pours with a giant peachy colored head. Bright clear dark brown color. Aroma is light, malty sweet. Lots of caramel malt upfront, slight touch of spice and hops. Missing the signature St. Arnold strawberry jam flavor, which is probably a good thing here. A bit of vanilla and floral along with the caramel through the middle. Finishes sweet with a slight alcohol burn. Medium body.

A nice beer for early spring in Texas.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper amber. 1 finger white head falls quickly to nothing. Aroma is moderate sweet caramel malt. Very clean. Taste is sweet malts balanced with a spicy bitterness. The bitterness stays into the aftertaste, along with a lightly bready note. Didn't get much of the lingering sweetness the style should show. But it definitely has that lager crispness. Medium mouth.

Maltier than my usual brews but refreshing. I enjoyed the bitter kick at the end, but it might offend bock purists.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a bit of foam in my pint glass. Color is a mid amber.
Smell is malty , Vienna , pilsner malts no hops that I could detect.
Taste: Carmelly, malty , bready, sweet, a bit cloying.
Mouthfeel: pretty good , not too thin.
Drinkability: Good representation of a maibock. A bit sweet but otherwise very nice.
One of my favorite St Arnold beers.

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

This brew has a distinctively red body,d efinitely a lighter shade than I would expect from a bock. About a finger and a half of off-white head with a slight amount of lacing and just a touch of retention.

Surprisingly hoppy aroma. The earthy, spicy, noble hops are pretty noticeable. Some caramel sweetness is also there.

The taste here is pretty hoppy too, but it is definitely more sweet than bitter or hoppy. Up front comes the caramel sweetness that is just slightly biscuity, maybe even nutty. Some spicy hops balance it out. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Overall, a mostly sweet bock.

Pretty light body with a fairly low amount of carbontion.

Not bad drinkability. An interesting bock; a decent beer overall.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark, clear, cherry/brown color with orange/yellow edges. OK head

S- St. Arnold always pleases in this department. Loads of specialty malts with caramel flavors in front

T- Taste is noticeably more hoppy then the smell would lead one to believe. Floral, spicy, Saaz/Hallertau hopping goes excellently with the slightly sweet malting. Good flavor in respect to balance.
Overall caramel and whole-grain bread flavor.

M- Feel is what I expect from a high quality bock. Clean and refreshing, yet pleasantly full-bodied

D- Very drinkable for elevated ABV

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amberish body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling nutty, bready maltiness with a tiny hint of fruit and even tinier hint of spicy Noble hops.

Taste: Sweet candyish caramel tastes that's marginally bready and nutty. Light fruitiness. Very slight spicy hop character with only a small bit of bitterness, leaving you with a fairly sweet brew. Even with a touch of drying alcohol sneaking into the finish you're still left with a lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Reasonably decent on the drinkability though the sweetness would keep me from simply pounding them down, but, yeah, it's a good bock, overall.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy orange/red with a small white head. Smells of spices, alcohol, malt, and honey. First taste sweet and floral and even with tons of honey notes present, this beer falls off as it is devoid of much other flavor. Not impressed.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: snifter. clear, deep amber, tons of burnt orange. off-white head, with a mild retention rate. good lacing.

S: rich malts, no big hop characteristics. sweet malts kind of remind me of a barleywine.

T: wow! nice deep, rich flavors. mild hop flavors but very well-balanced. tons of honey and slightly roasted malts, very rich.

M: very smooth, buttery, with a nice carbonation level. nice aftertaste, mostly honey.

D: very drinkable, one of the better bocks I have had. great for early spring.

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3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like honey out of the battle settling into the glass just the same. Head is a quick fading biscuity tan standing at one and a half inches. Nose has sweet ripe grape skins matched with soft but zesty phelonic spicey tones. As you take first sip you get creamy carmalized sweetness and dusty peppery feel. The spice feel is consistant and very dry throughout the palate. Leaves kind of a bitter resin like mouthfeel. Would maybe go well with a piece of rubarb pie. Drinkability is average.

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Photo of mentor
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to TexasStout for the opportunity. Pours a two finger fine tan head over a hazed red-copper liquid. Smells toast, mild hop grassiness, drying biscuit malt chalky, some sour zang as a counter-point.

Tastes dark toasted malt that's drying from solid ferment. A mild flat sour cuts the wet and clears the way for hop flavor. Rounded flower hops, but also a dirty and vegetal contribution. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is moderate. If the flavors were more pleasing the mouthfeel would help with the flavors. Because the flavor is a bit unfavorable, the mouthfeel holding the flavors on the tongue is a negative.

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Photo of corey0212
3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from RickSawyer!

Pours a deep amber/copper color, minimal tan head rises and fades, spots of lacing on the glass. Smell is malt-mania! Sticky-sweet brown sugar, brown bread, caramel. Taste falls right in line with the smell, slightly tangy citric hop presence. Really active carbonation, tongue-zinging bubbles on this one, medium-bodied, slight drying effect. This is tasty...if it was available in my area, or on tap somewhere, I'd have it again in a heartbeat.

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

Appearance - This beer poured a nice honey golden color with a nice fluffy off white head.

Smell - Huge hoppy floral aroma with a sweet malty caramel smell.

Taste - Very sweet beer. Almost too sweet. It had a caramel sweetness weakly balanced with a citrus hoppiness.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium carbonation

Overall- Not a bad beer. I'm not a big Bock fan to begin with but I couldn't penalize it because of my personal tastes. Too me it was just a bit too sweet and not balanced well between the hops and malts.

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

A - rich clear amber brown in color with a nice off white head.
S - sweet nutty malts
T - Nice crisp nutty malts with a hint of caramel
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, slight warming effect, clean finish.
D - very nice drinking bock from Texaas

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronzed kumquat with a pristine interior marred only by multiple bubbles streams rising within. Their destination is a good-sized chunk of firm frothiness that is somewhere between pastel orange and ecru. Arching streamers of sudsy lace complete the bocktastic appearance.

The aroma could be more engaging, but then I'm rarely impressed with the olfactory charms of this style. The malt is lightly toasted and the hops are lightly earthy-spicy. Solid, although light years from spectacular.

Unfortunately, the same could be said of the flavor. Spring Bock is a quality lager to be sure. It fits the style guidelines to a 'T', it tastes well-crafted, it's nicely balanced and it's drinkable. It just doesn't have that spark, that something special that would allow it to compete with the best bocks.

Flavor intensity could use a boost. Each mouthful delivers a modest amount of sugar-crusted, toasted grain and earthy-herbal-spicy hops (Czech Saaz and Hallertauer). If anything, the sweet-bitter balance *almost* favors the latter on the finish. Cheers to that.

The mouthfeel is quality from start to finish. The beer has a pleasing heft and is as silky smooth as... well... as silk. Or polished glass. Or... you get the picture. The carbonation is enlivening without being annoying about it.

Something about Saint Arnold's bottles and labels appeals to me. Just thought I'd throw that out there. Spring Bock is a solid (there's that word again) version that is close to being good. If you love the style, bump the taste score to the next highest number. Thanks mhewes. Under the cap... 'Hop, drop & roll'.

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Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle received in a trade

A- Saint Arnolds Spring Bock pours a red/brown color with a 1 finger off white head that shrinks quickly. Lots of visible carbonation.

S- Sweet fruity malts, possibly some wood notes.

T- Bright and alive. A nice mix of smokey malts, cane sugar, cinnamon, cherry, and a tangy hop bite.

M- Medium body, lingering aftertaste, nice. My only complaint is its high level of carbonation.

D- Good beer! glad i was able to try this one!

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Photo of OHLRangers
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received in a trade with mhewes. Thanks- I enjoy a good bock.

Poured a deep amber color with a creamy off-white head (one finger) that quickly dissipates with little to no lacing.

The aroma is sweet and nutty- very nice.

There is a definite alcohol bite to this, though it does have a bit of spicy hop in the finish. Is a bit too dry in the mouth for me. But all in all, a very nice version of a bock. I could drink this frequently.l

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Photo of bboven
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark, deep copper with orange highlights. Thin layer of head but no lacing. Clear.

Nutty malty sweetness in the aroma, very inviting.

More malty sweetness in the flavor, though the alcohol is slightly harsh.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated and very drying.

A good beer, but a bit too high in ABV for the style, making it not as drinkable as others. This is pushing into Dopplebock territory, really.

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