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Saint Arnold Spring Bock | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 01-24-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
379
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
20.44%
 
 
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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 379
Reviews by beerdiablo:
Photo of beerdiablo
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Some might call Saint Arnold's the Dogfish Head of Texas.
I can see that with the marketing but minus the swagger and daring.

The bock style holds a special place in Texas due to Shiner Bock
and since Saint Arnold failed to put the traditional goat on the
label, how can one take this beer seriously?

This is a bit tastier due to the increased malt and better
ingredients but I'll stick with Shiner for the trueness of
a Texas Bock.

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Photo of match1112
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Clonies720
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of Ben7773
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Kappakoosh
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of nothunder
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of whoneeds8
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz brown bottle, no best by date. This is from the 2008 batch and has a reddish deep rust color with a ferocious head. It billows up from the beer in a light khaki color and almost flows over the glass. The head then dissipates down to almost nothing except a thin layer of bubbles that hides the surface of the brew.

Smell is sharp, malty and sweet but a little on the thin side. In fact the scent doesn't reflect the big malt flavors. The taste of this beer is all solid malts, sweet yet savory. There is a mid hop bitterness to the aftertaste but it is eclipsed by the maltiness. There is very nice carbonation that keeps that layer of head for the entire glass and adds a nice bite to the mouthfeel.

Smooth and clean, this beer is easy to drink and nice example of the bock style.

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Photo of En29356
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Qabil
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of hsus0225
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of CWVegas
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of prototypic
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to JDV for sending me such a fantastic extra.

Appearance: It's very clear and reddish amber color that's reminiscent of fall leaves. Oddly enough, it's a Spring Bock. But, looking at it reminds me of fall. I digress. Sitting atop is a two finger, foamy off-white head. It dissipated pretty quickly and left a light spotting of lace behind.

Smell: It's above average, but a little too weak to attain a better rating. Clearly, it's malty in character. Caramel/toffee malts are sweet and blend well with light spice and dark fruit fragrances. It has a yeasty or biscuit-like aroma toward the end.

Taste: Now this certainly tastes more like the spring beer I expected, but does feature some fall characteristics once again. Caramel/toffee malts are sweet and give it an excellent base. There light notes of cinnamon and brown sugar. It's lightly hopped and has just enough of a bitter kick to balance it out more than I expected. Light dark fruit is noticeable (mostly a light plum flavor). A bit yeasty toward the end. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It has a very light feel to it and features excellent carbonation. It's very crisp and perfect for a warm spring day. Mouthfeel is much better than I anticipated. It's extremely smooth and inviting. Given its relatively low abv, I could drink a number of these.

Spring Bock is a damn fine beer. I had somewhat high expectations given St. Arnold's lofty reputation and this certainly met the bill. The nose could certainly stand a little fine tuning, but it's still a fine beer despite that small flaw. Certainly recommended.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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Saint Arnold Spring Bock from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.
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