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Saint Arnold Spring BockSaint Arnold Spring Bock

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by kbub6f on 01-24-2003

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a firm white head that retains reasonably well and leaves shards of lace

Smell: Caramel dominates the aroma, which is also rather fruity; there is an off-flavor which I think might be acetone - not very strong but just a whiff

Taste: Starts out with a malty caramel base with toffee elements; after the swallow, their is a surprising astringency that builds toward the finish and lingers after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation and a touch of warming

Drinkability: Not a bad bock but it does have a few disconcerting flaws

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

Appearance: Clear copper with an off-white head. Retention wasn't great, but I think that was my fault for using a semi-wet glass.

Smell: Toffee-like sweetness, toast, a bit of earthiness. Not unpleasant but somewhat bland.

Taste & mouthfeel: Caramel, pie crust, hints of citrus and dried fruit. Dries up a bit in the finish with a hint of earthy hops. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, but too rich to be quaffable.

Notes: Very enjoyable stuff, one of the better American-made bocks I've tried.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
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?


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Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of wagenvolks. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a muddy light brown color with a thin off-white head. Limited spotty lacing on the sides of the glass before falling into a thin collar. The nose is fairly plain with some bready malt and a touch of caramel. Bread crust there, too. The flavor brings some malt sweetness and lightly-toasted bread. Slightly doughy with some caramel and light toffee. Perhaps a bit nutty. Light bitterness in the midpalate and in the finish. Actually, perhaps a bit too much bitterness, as it cuts through the sweet caramel that makes the flavor so enjoyable. The feel is medium with good carbonation. A solid take on the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from breity, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a reddish amber color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spice, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy, with flavors of caramel and fruit that leave it predominantly sweet. There's a decent hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, my overall impression of this beer is that it's rather lack-luster, although it's difficult to pin-point exactly what is making me feel that way. I really wouldn't want to drink this beer again unless my options were limited.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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 mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this along with the rest of the Saint Arnold series from a fine gentleman down in Texas. I was excited to try this one, as it is one of my favorite styles. Poured out a deep russet brown, very clear with lots of carbonation, really quite nice and a classic look for a bock. Thin off white head formed on the top, but quickly faded to just a thin film that stayed throughout the session, but offered no side glass contribution.

The aroma was your classic malty bock. Nice sweet caramel and nutty aromas mixed in with a good earthy tone. The flavor followed through very closely with a nice bitter malty flavor and a good amount of sweetness in it as well. Carbonation that is more then decent never let it go flat and kept you entertained throughout the session. Easily a sessionable beer, as I could have thrown down more then one.

Overall, I thought this was a very solid offering from them. I would have no issues with drinking this one down regular. Very nice offering.

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Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to Finnman for this one!

Pours caramel/orange with 3 fingers pf sand colored head. Slight lacing & average head retention.

S: Grainyness, honey malt & boozeyness

T: Breadyness, some grains,brown sugar & caramel up front. Grainyness, brown sugar, & dryness follow as this warms up. Finishes with honey malt, some more dryness, a little boozey with a touch of pecans. almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy, some syruppyness, low carbonation & great balance

Drinks pretty easy, a solid Bock

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Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me a lot of Abita Amber which I most recently consumed about a week ago. Spring Bock's appearance is caramel amber in color with the usual slight head featured in Saint Arnold beers. The aroma is of sweet bready malts and a touch of grain. Taste is malty sweet, almost a little sugary, mainly of caramel malts. Overall, I find this to be a very drinkable, but not quite rich or complex enough.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours with a small head that vanishes instantly. A bit of lacing, but it's good quickly too. Deep clear copper. Kinda looks like a Yuengling.

Smell - Caramel malts and a bready smell. It has a lager-y smell, which I generally don't like (I have no better way of describing that smell, sorry).

Taste - The flavor is redeeming. Caramel malts dominate, of course. Slight bitterness, but I'd hardly call it a hop presence. Not sweet a all. Just caramel goodness. Has a very bready finish. Not sure if I like the breadiness.

Mouthfeel - To be honest, this is my first Bock. I don't know how thick it's supposed to be, but I'd like it thicker. Good carbonation, just a bit thin. Nary a hint of alcohol. So drinkable.

Overall - I'm just discovering the whole bock concept. I just don't like most lagers, but this is good. I don't know that I'd seek it out, but it's tasty and I could put a bunch of these away no problem.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of optimator13. Dated 2/22/11, and served in a pilsner glass.

A - Finger of off-white foam quickly settles to a partial collar and cap. Attractive transparent copper body with plenty of visible bubbles rising and adhering to the sides of the glass.

S - Toffee, nuts, berries, bread, perhaps some light floral hopping. Smells like a pretty typical bock.

T - Taste is somewhat unusual, as there is an odd tropical fruit note mingling with the caramel and grainy malts. It's a bit out of character for the style but I find it strangely enjoyable. Finishes with some light herbal bitterness.

M - Tingly and perhaps a touch overcarbonated for my liking. Otherwise it's a pleasantly medium-light in body, with a surprisingly dry finish.

D - A slightly above-average bock. Probably the definition if 'B' beer. Enjoyable in the moment, but not something I'd seek out again. Carbonation zest would keep me from having multiple bottles/pints.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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 biegaman
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to drewbeerme!

The beer a has glossy complexion and shares the colour of hot coals from a freshly stoked fire. Very fine, prickly bubbles that sharply shoot up and assemble a thin layer of head.

The aroma of candi-sugar coated malts. Sugary sweet with a very faint hint of peet or smoke. Swirling reveals hints of raspberries and a light scent of freshly picked flowers. Lovely.

The mouthfeel has a sandy, sugary bitterness that parts way to a sweet and caramel like aftertaste. Carbonation on the light side with an almost sticky texture. A fairly dense, heavy body makes this considerably filling.

The taste has a thick abundance of malt but a real shortage of flavour. Still an occasional hint of raspberry (or dried fruits) and perhaps even caramel. A very subtle hop profile starts to reveal itself. Largely though this seems to go around the palate, right down the throat and straight into the stomach.

One will hit the spot but another is unnecessary... that said, this is a well done bock.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy amber colored head that sits atop a orange-amber colored beer. The aroma has notes of caramel and a sweet concentrated, fruity maltiness that I associate with strong Lagers and notes of toasted malt. The taste is sweet up front with a rich malty finish that almost has a meatiness to it. I get notes of bergamot in this beer, though it seems to be a mix of the maltiness and perhaps the subtle hopping. This beer has a medium full body to it that coats the mouth with sweet malt notes. The finish has a bit of bitterness as well as an astringency that is a mix of toasted malts and a tannic like drying. Definitely interesting and tasty, though it could use a bit more oomph.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a scant 1/4" beige head over the clear copper brew. Head fades down to a film of small bubbles pretty quick, but with ample lacing. Aroma is a bag of grain, with plenty of fruitiness. Taste is great maltiness, the tinges of fruit in the middle, with a slightly gritty close. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is very nice. Mmm, bock.

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Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JDV for including this as an extra in a recent trade!
Medium amber with a very faint haze and a thin cap of fine, beige bubbles. Decent head retention with a little lacing. Malty aroma, bread crust, a little buttery, toasty with mild fruit character. Restrained, balanced bitterness. Just a little fruit, malt dominates the flavour profile. Notes of sweet toasty malt, bread, and honey. Bitterness comes forward in the finish. Medium bodied with ample carbonation, fluffy texture. Pretty good stuff. Quite a drinkable bock.

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Photo of Jwale73
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to JDV for the opportunity to try this one.

Served in my Leute Bok glass. No freshness dating on bottle. Poured a nice hazy amber color. Three-quarter inch loose white head disappeared within about 30 seconds. Some watery lacing, but poor adherence. Nose is a little boozey and sweet as well as the presence of dark fruit. Flavor was definitely more full-bodied than the nose. Sweet, malty, bready, caramel and dark fruit flavors; finish was a bit tangy. Some effervescence in the mouth creates a light burn. Drinkability is limited. It was definitely worth a try and had an interesting taste, but wouldn't want more than one.

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Photo of maximum12
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to DrDogbeer for throwing this extra into my first trade box, which caused all sorts of excitement throughout the household when it arrived.

I was a little nervous to pull this out - it leaked a bit in-transit. The box appeared to have been used in a game of kickball by nine year olds. I'm amazed anythig survived (everything else was in tip-top shape).

Beautiful beer. Light brown with a definite amber hue to it. Quick-dissolving head dissipates to nothing, although that may be due to the punishment it's received. The nose is weak & thin & reminds me of a macro.

The first taste was a pleasant surprise then, a lot more character than the aroma. The malts are strong & pleasant, with a little more bite than I'd imagined.

Mouthfeel is OK, but there's touch of lingering aftertaste, & not a a great one, but oddly, I either adjust to it or it disappears after a few sips. Drinkability is excellent - going down way too easily. I've had half the beer while typing for three minutes. Yeesh!

I'd be willing to partner up with this Saint for a session, & considering how quickly it's going perhaps it's good I only have one. Nice bock!

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Photo of champ103
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear red/amber color with a decent head, but fades to a small ring fast. Not much lace to speak of.
S: That distinct earthy Saint Arnold's aroma is present. A toasted, sweet caramel aroma as well. Very pleasant.
T: Again, a pleasant toasted malt flavor that follows the nose. Also, a sweet breadiness. Nothing to memorable though. Not a lot of depth.
M/D: A bit over carbonated and fizzy in the mouth for my tastes. This is a very easy to drink and seasionable beer though.

A decent offering by Saint Arnold's. I recommend trying this spring seasonal if you ever visit the Houston area.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of mhewes, this is my second St. Arnold's brew. Dark reddish color with a good sized head. The smell was kinda "beery" and average. I know that doesn't make sense so I'll say it smelled "lagerish". The flavor was nice and clean with a hint of fruitiness. This was a decent beer and easy to drink but I am just not able to appreciate lagers fully (yet).

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