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Saint Arnold Spring Bock | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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3.63/5
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391 Ratings
Saint Arnold Spring BockSaint Arnold Spring Bock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.


Added by kbub6f on 01-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,770
Reviews:
153
Ratings:
391
pDev:
12.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
75
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 391 |  Reviews: 153
Photo of FriedGold2112
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of beaulabauve
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of goblue65
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of GreatBloomer
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of truesolution
3/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Saint Arnold pint glass.

A: Dark amber hue. Slight, foamy white head quickly dissipates. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. No lacing.

S: Baked bread malt, caramel, and molasses.

T: Robust, malty character. A bit woody. Has something of a synthetic sweetness.

M: Thick and syrupy. A bit of a cloying aftertaste remains.

D: Not much resistance. Goes down easy.

Atmosphere is decent. Nice hue, medium carbonation, not much head or lacing. Nose is malty with some sweet notes. Syrupy, woody malt character, with a cloying synthetic sweetness. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of obrike
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a sixer for 6.99 at Round Rock Specs.

Sharp copper color on this one... decent head that fades super fast...very little lacing at all.

A far-away sweet caramel malt scent...not too prevalent. Would certainly like this to be a bit more pronounced.

Getting more of the flavor of the sweet malt...kinda like it. Very easy drinking. Even a bit of hops on the backend...but mainly, a decent malty bock. Almost like a doppelbock light. So much better, and certainly more boozy than it's in state rival Shiner, for nearly the same price.

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Photo of videofrog
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TheYeagermeister
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--Mahogany with a semi decent head that fades pretty quickly but leaves some lace.
S--Strong wheat, yeast, biscuit, brown malt. caramel, some light toasted nut notes.
T--Definitely follows the smell but another couple things--heavy on the alcohol (as though they didn't let it mellow out long enough) and a syrupy feel/sweetness behind that. The finish is bitter and sort of metallic, and that flavor lingers in the aftertaste. Hop bitterness overpowers the malty goodness.
M--Syrupy and slick.
Overall, to me it's Meh. Weird, like it can't figure out what style it is. Not too crazy about it. This will probably be my only one.

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Photo of BoyFromTaint
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Other reviews have accurately noted this beer's characteristics so I will not bother you again with that. I like the beer fine but, having had many German bocks and remembering back to when I used to drink Shiner Bock (when it was a true bock), I find this one a bit too hoppy for the style. Sure, it fits the American taste (too many hops) but, again, not truly representative of the style.

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

Pours a clear amber, with a thin off white head that fades fast. Lots of soda-pop like bubbles that die off.

It has a faint aroma. Crackers, caramel, and hints of red delicious.

The aromas carry over into its flavor, with an added plastic element.

Crisp, lighter bodied, with little carbonation.

An easy drinking beer. I could see myself having one of these after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of match1112
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of KevinMBarnard
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a dark copper, transparent, with a yellowish white head. The nose has hints of brown malt, loads of caramel, rather buttery caramel/toffee with a hint of grain underneath. The taste is much of the same but sweeter, buttery caramel and toffee cascade over the tongue as a fruity malt sweetness plays in back. The grain sits faintly underneath. The body is super creamy and lush, lighter carbonation but the body is actually rather airy itself.

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Photo of acevenom
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours clear dark copper with a two-finger length off white head. The aroma is sweet and bready. The taste is slightly sweet with some hop bitterness to balance. The roasted barley malt definitely comes through in the taste, but the flavors are certainly a bit odd. There is light carbonation and the beer has a medium body. There is a lingering aftertaste. This is an interesting and fairly easy to drink bock. I would recommend it.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a hard beer to pin down. Saint Arnold Spring Bock has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a bubbly, clear, amber appearance. The aroma is a bit unusual with sweetness, syrup, stinging something, and a dough smell of some sort. Taste is likewise odd, with unsalted cracker, medium-roasted barley malt, bitterness, and lots of alcohol forward in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium, and Saint Arnold Spring Bock finishes pretty crisp, dry, and refreshing. Even though it’s a weird beer, with slight ale body characteristics, I really am enjoying it, and I suggest you try it.

RJT

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Photo of ret3
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Leschber
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeffs713
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of MikeH210
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Bluestar
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of beergoot
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in a beer trade...

Copper-red body with a thin head.

Toasted grains and pine-like hop aroma.

Taste is malty and slightly sweet. A decent bitterness follows and blends well with a light bread after-taste. Finishes clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel comes across very smoothly, medium body.

A good spring bock. A bit more head retention would be nice. Good malt character and fairly well-balanced with the bittering. Not a stunner, but certainly enjoyable.

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Saint Arnold Spring Bock from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 391 ratings
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