Spring Bock
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Spring BockSpring Bock
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
German Bock
Ranked #87
Ranked #40,257
3.63 | pDev: 12.67%
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Spring BockSpring Bock
Notes: An authentic, copper colored, German-style Bock, celebrating the coming of spring. This big, deeply flavored lager has been aged to create a smooth, malty taste with a hint of sweetness. A light addition of German hops balances the malt flavor.
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 156 | Ratings: 401
Photo of imnodoctorbut
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into standard pint glass

A: clear deep amber body and a medium sized head with low retention
S: light aroma of sweet malt nuttiness and booze heat.
T: pretty much follows the nose with a thin sweet malty punch followed by some bitterness
F: high carbonation, light body, boozy heat, and finally, the brew completely coats the tongue with a bubble-gum consistency...

The mouthfeel, in my opinion, completely derails what could have been a totally average "such uncomplicated maltiness that it feels like a run-in with your newbie neighbor's malt extract home-brew" experience from one of Texas' most respected breweries. That is to say: PASS. All the bluebonnets on the bottle led me to hope that the brewery would be experimenting with the herb in this brew style (or perhaps lavender), but I was unfortunately let down...maybe a note for next time?? might as well..not much could "ruin" this brew in all honesty....this feels like a Frankenstein's Monster of brewing failures.

 1,013 characters

Photo of puck1225
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear reddish brown color with a decent head and good lacing. Slightly sweet earthy smell and taste. Pleasant bitterness. Not bad.

 171 characters

Photo of txmilligan
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

My experiences with bocks has led me to expect an almost black beer when poured, but Spring Bock poured up a light chestnut. There was not much to the aroma either. I was a bit underwhelmed, since my experience with St. Arnold has been pretty good up to now.

Of course, it's the taste that makes the brew, and St. Arnold's doesn't disappoint. A creamy, buttery flavor over the nice bready malt tones makes for a delicious beer, and finished with a subtle zesty aftetaste. The is a really good bock.

 500 characters

Photo of HipCzech
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 12 oz bottle ("01/31/17") poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Pours clear reddish amber with good head of whitish foam; scarce lace.

Smell: Grainy malt, toffee and slight alcohol.

Taste: Plenty of caramel malt and slight earthiness, with some rough grainy notes and alcoholic heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation with slight boozy heat.

Overall: Another typical Saint Arnold malt bomb. Big toasty, grainy flavors, but lacking some depth.

 487 characters

Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper/amber with a decent head but dissipates extremely quickly.

Smell is of light caramel malt and barley perhaps? A little grainy. My beer is only a week old from bottling.

Taste is much better than expected. Light, refreshing, malty goodness. A little bit of grassy hops thrown in for maximum refreshment. Leaves a lingering malt taste on the back of my tongue for a while.

Feel is medium bodied, a little dry but extremely refreshing. 6.9% is a cool amount of alcohol to have hidden in such an easygoing beer. Nice one again, St. Arnie's.

 560 characters

Photo of princessbay710
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty average looking transparent amber pour from a beautifully decorated bottle. Smells warm and malty, while the taste is flushing caramel malts and a bit weak and non lingering. A sip will cool you, a gulp will warm the roof of your mouth, but only for a moment, then there is no signs of the beer anywhere.
Was I incorrect to expect the "Spring Bock" to be a hoppy beer?

 375 characters

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 1.94 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.161/oz) at Total Wine, SATX
Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – none
Head small (Maximum two cm, aggressive pour), light tan, frothy, rapidly diminishing to an irregular two to three mm ring and thin partial layer
Lacing – none
Body – medium amber, clear
Flavor – caramel and malty. Slightly sweet but ends with a hint of bitterness. No distinctive hops flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly creamy, soft carbonation

Pleasant bock, cheap at twice the price

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

 627 characters

Photo of Cfred371
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a nice copper color, minimal head, and some odd floaters.

Smell: pretty much caramel, but somewhat muted.

Taste: similar to the nose but very flavorful, I really enjoy how this tastes. Plenty of caramel and some small muted hops

Feel: medium mouthfeel, very well carbonated and prickly.

Overall: this is a nice, easy drinking bock full of caramel flavor.

 373 characters

Photo of mncoinman
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reasonably good initial (bock) malt smell.Nice dark golden color. Very small foam head. No obvious visible carbonation. Smooth drinking with a good Munich malt flavor. Low bite....not much carbonation and not much hops (yea !!!). Good balance on the sweetness scale. Doesn't have the strong flavor or richness of a doppelbock, but this is a really decent version of a regular bock. A pleasant surprise.

 412 characters

Photo of dbean3
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like this seasonal offering from Saint Arnold's Brewery. Full of flavor and offers a refreshing change from the dark beers of winter. Not that I don't like the dark beers (I do) but sometimes, change is good.

 219 characters

Photo of Myotus
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured at 45°F from a 12oz bottle (dated 19Jan16) into a Mikasa Pilsner glass. Consumed on 20Mar16.
LOOK: 4 fingers worth of khaki foam is formed after the initial pour. Within 2 and half minutes, the massive foam head has dissipated into a half fingers worth. A subtle amount of very thick lacing is left behind from the dissipation. Amber in color with a slight cloudiness. Rising bubbles are subtle in quantity and small in size. Lacing is moderate in quantity and both thick and very thick.
SMELL: Strong aromas of caramel and white bread are backed by mild aromas of figs and plums along subtle floral and spicy hop aromas.
TASTE: Upon first sip, strong flavors of caramel and white bread strike the palate. Strong fig and plum flavors immediately follow as caramel flavors grow stronger. Subtle floral and spicy hop flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist. The hop flavors hardly bring balance to the beer, leaving it extremely sweet. I never thought I would say this, but this is too sweet.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth and creamy. Finsihes crisp.
NOTE: This doesn't necessarily taste bad, but it's not something that I could drink more than 1 of in one sitting. I suppose one could make a comparison of the sweetness to that of Not Your Father's Root Beer, except this isn't quite to that extreme.

 1,361 characters

Photo of GerryPendry
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear reddish light brown, small but determined off-white head. Fuity and malty aroma, no hops. Flavor is bready, toasted malt, dark chocolate, slightly sweet, more hops than I expected. A little sourness in the finish...? Nice medium-full body, appropriately carbonated. I was very impressed with St. A's Christmas beer, which I think is more of strong Scotch ale rather than Old Ae. This bock doesn't disappoint either. A very full, satisfying beer that's almost exactly what I want in this style, but maybe just a tad too bitter. Good stuff.

 545 characters

Photo of ElJacobian
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

 524 characters

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

 442 characters

Photo of burnerfinger
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

 391 characters

Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

 837 characters

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

 261 characters

Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
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?


 2,544 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

 331 characters

Photo of Clonies720
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

 311 characters

Photo of Premo88
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

 1,262 characters

Photo of Ford
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

 256 characters

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, medium brown. Good retention.
Nose is caramel, toffee, bready malt.
Taste follows. Biscuit malt, caramel, toffee, a light nutty character, toasted malt.

 167 characters

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

 953 characters

Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

 448 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Spring Bock from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 401 ratings