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Saint Arnold Spring Bock | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Spring BockSaint Arnold Spring Bock

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 381
Photo of acevenom
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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 +20.4%
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.


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Photo of beergoot
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of BeersCriteria
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- The appearance is amber red with a hazy white head.

S- Malts, honey and a little bready aroma.

T- The taste is malty goodness with just the right amount of citrus hops. It was smooth and a good drink to have after a long day of work. This is a good bock beer, one of my favorite bocks.

Food Pairing- Chicken, especially spicy chicken wings!

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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 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 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 JMad
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass..

The beer was a dark copper orange color with a thick off white head. It smells of mostly sweet caramel with a hint of apple and lemon. There is a slight bitterness followed by loads of sweet malt, with nutty flavors, alcohol, lemon and a bready finish. The beer is medium bodied and sticky. This is a little too malty for my taste.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a schooner. No obvious best before date on the bottle.

A - clear amber beer with a fluffy tan head that resolves quickly without lacing.

S - not overly fragrant, but it does give off a hint of sweet caramel malt.

T - quite a sweet profile dominated by caramel malt; there is a bit of initial and trailing bitterness but it is dominated by the malt (as you'd expect!)

M - moderately carbonated with a medium body.

D - really drinkable; certainly not overpowering, nor overly sweet.

Decent beer. Very abundant locally in Austin but wouldn't be my first go-to for a mid/lighter style.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Noble Pils branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a medium-sized off-white head that dissipates sort of quickly, leaving behind a few spots of lace and a foam floating on top of the beer.

Smell: Lots of sweet and fruity malt with a bit of a grainy hint.

Taste: Begins with a slight hop flavor, rounding out to some breadiness and finishing with sweet caramel and fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with light carbonation and a very clean finish.

Overall: A good bock and a perfect brew for spring. This is another winner from St. Arnold and a beer I would enjoy drinking again and again. This bock would also stand up very well to its German counterparts. Certain larger companies that make "Bock" could learn a thing or two from this.

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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 wierdo1212d
4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Beer had a good bock color. The nice was nice but not over bearing. I smelt malts originally. The taste was the same. Lots of sweet malts and very easy on the pallate. I really enjoyed this beer. One of the best bocks that ive ever had. Really really good beer.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear light brown in color with a soda like off-white head. Doesn't last more than a minute. No lacing at all. The nose is somewhat toasty with minimal hop presence. Seems to have lots of earth tones. Smells good but not very aromatic. You have to dig for it. Taste is of toasted grains and bread like. It has some bitter hops flavor as well. Nothing to special. Close to light bodied and high carbonation. Which makes it a little refreshing for a bock seeing is that the flavors are mellow. Drinkability is high in the sense that nothing is over powering. Although ABV would bring it down. An average beer at best. A little better than shiner bock.

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

A - Poured into my new St. Arnold pint glass that came with this 6pk purchase. Pours light amber and clear in color, about two fingers of bubbly head, retention is pretty good but not much in the way of lacing.

S - Very malty, biscuit, toasted oats, sweet citrus, and grassy hops.

T - Sweet malts and citrus hops are balanced really well. Toasty biscuit notes are there and a little bitterness remains as it washes off the palate.

M - Pretty creamy and smooth, but not quite balanced.

D - Very drinkable, really great offering from St. Arnold.

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Photo of mjurney
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium amber color, clear. Some little bubbles. Foamy head.

Malty, toasted, slight grassy and earthy.

Rich maltiness up front, biscuity, toasty, touch of nutty. There's a slight grassy bitterness at the end. Medium bodied. Carbonation is nice.

Slight dry finish, but it's very smooth.

Overall Impressions:
Pretty good for a Bock beer, it's rich and flavorable.

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

First off, once again i'm biased about these guys, i like em' and what they are doing in Texas. Had this at a BBQ and found it very easy to drink, amlost too easy. I was not a fan of the damination of the caramely malty notes, kind of over-powered the beer. Good beer, but not one of the better ones from these guys.

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

A: a clear darker amber color with a thin soapy off white head. Noticable carbonation in glass.

S: Very sweet honey malt aroma with some hop. It has a slight caramel aroma.

T: The taste is much like the smell. Sweet honey malt flavor that is slightly broken by a mild hop flavor and bitterness. There is a noticeable tang to the beer and a small yeast and alcohol flavor.

M: The beer is medium bodied and the carbonation is high. The beer finishes sweet.

D: It's actually quite good. It aroma is very sweet and the initial flavor is sweet, but there is just enough hop to reel in the sweetness.

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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 NefariousR
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Lovely orange-amber with a light, off-white creamy head.

S - Malty, with just a bit of hops. Slightly floral.

T - Malt sweetness with a good hop balance. Very distinct nuttiness in the aftertaste.

M - Medium-thin, just a bit of stickiness and a pleasant level of carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink, and quite tasty. If it weren't a seasonal, would make a pretty good session beer. Recommended.

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Photo of tronester
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thin tan head. Has a freshly kilned barley aroma. Taste is very malt oriented, as a bock should be. A hint of hops only to balance the powerful sweetness. A hint of alcohol is detectable in the finish. Mouthfeel is good, medium carbonation. I would drink this again, a good example of a style that you don't see too often.

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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got to sample this one at the Ginger Man in Austin. I really like the new digs!

Served in a standard pint, the beer is a reddish copper with a tan head.

It has a nose of caramelized sugar and grains.

The taste is sweet with brown sugar, some mild hops that add perfume like notes and some Ritz crackers to finish.

The mouth could use a bit more heft but it works as a lighter version. The sweetness limited me to one, but it was an enjoyable one!

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Photo of textycoon
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time with St. Arnie's Spring Bock....bought a 6-pack.
Pours a very nice deep copper color, classic for a bock (Pilsner glass). Solid head; adequate lacing.
Nice aroma with some hint of maltiness and some spice. Mouthfeel was decidedly medium-body, which was refrreshing for a bock. Malt profile, however, was a bit disappointing. Hints of complex maltiness, but certainly not robust like other bocks. Finishes with medium spiciness, good level for a bock. Character richens some as it warms up.
Overall, a good beginner bock, certainly drinkable, but not very complex.

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Photo of specksnreds
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reddish brown pour into a pint glass. Nice head with little or no lacing. Lovely clarity that is very inviting. Subtle caramel malt nose. Floral aromas waft by intermittently. Taste is all malt and a clean finish Not a terribly complex beer, but I like its good malt flavor and drinkability.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a pale amber color with a finger of white head. Smell is a little on the subdued side, but I pick up a good caramel/brown sugar note as well as some vanilla. Hops dance at the edges, but they're not too solid.

My first sip is noticeably spicy, sort of reminding me of a Christmas beer in spite of the name and label. I taste allspice and gingerbread among the sweet, biscuity flavors. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste keeps things from getting cloying, which I appreciate upon realizing it. While the flavors are tasty, they aren't necessarily robust; the body being on the light side doesn't help this, but maybe I'm expecting a little much from the beer, though. Following the thinner body, the beer finishes a little sticky.

Spring Bock is an interesting beer. There's some good flavors inside, and it's relatively easy-drinking, but the mouthfeel wasn't my favorite for a bock. All in all though, it's a nice spring seasonal that's off the beaten path of typical styles.

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Photo of jwillcourt
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A - Clear copper color, with a slow stream of bubbles up the middle. Finger-sized white head comprised of larger bubbles. The head has average retention, leaving a sheet of lace and a ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

S/T - Smell includes toasted malt and slight hops. Taste follows the smell. Initial flavor is strong toasted malt, followed by a dry cracker taste. It gets slightly sweet in the finish. There is a slight hoppy bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

M/D - Light- to medium-bodied with medium carbonation. It is overall dry, crisp and refreshing. It is a good toasted flavor.

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Saint Arnold Spring Bock from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 381 ratings.
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