Saint Arnold Spring Bock | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Spring

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Added by kbub6f on 01-24-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
389
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
12.81%
 
 
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13
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73
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Reviews: 152 | Ratings: 389
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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Photo of wagenvolks
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into an Andechs weizen glass.

Just a superb pour--copper and amber colors fade to gold at the edges, while the clear body shows lots of carbonation. The head initially formed half a finger's width of tan foam, then receded, and then slowly built BACK up to a dense cap of custard foam. Good aroma, with grassiness and floral "spring-like" hop notes. German malts add a crackerbread backing and a hint of sweetness. An overall nice balance to this Bock.

Pale & pilsner malts starting things off in the flavor department--some caramel notes pull through as it warms. Grassy hops lend a healthy dose of bitterness to balance the malt; mineral-water crispness with a trace of musty, sour sulfur in the finish. Mouthfeel is where St. Arnold's Spring Bock shines, as its medium-light body is both crisp and creamily smooth at the same time. Lingering bitter note from the hops is mild enough to allow the malt to sweeten up the back of the palate. Wow...what an underrated beer. Wish I would've known sooner. Definitely a repeat for me this spring...next stop: six-pack.

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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 brendanmoody
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from bottle into a pilsner style glass

a- beautiful amber color. good amount of head at beginning, quickly dictates and little to no lacing

s- very malty but with a good dose of hoppy smell

t- very bready/malty but balanced very well by a hoppy finish. chocolate, citrus notes detected.

m- very syrupy feel, almost chewy, in a good way!

d- very drinkable, and very enjoyable. i wish that this beer wasn't seasonal.

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Photo of rfabian
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The blue background on the label is a field of bluebonnets, emblematic of spring in Texas. The picture of St. Arnold against this background makes one think of the hills around Halletsville where all those Catholic Czechs live, my forebears. Not too far away is the Spoetzl Brewery, which has long made a fine bock, very popular in the state. The moral is that this beer is an expression of longstanding Texas tradition.

Poured into a tumbler it produces an inch of head that leaves moderate lacing. The appearance is darkish amber and clear. The aroma is of toasted malt and a hint of citrus hops. The taste is toasted malty and sweet with little bitterness. The feel is medium bodied with a clean finish.

This is a fine bock, just what I expected for the style, and very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of zdk9
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a copper color. A full finger of head with a couple dots of lacing.

S- Sweet graininess, almost corn but not quite there.

T- Nicely balanced between the bitterness and sweetness. Although the hops flavor isn't very prounounced you can tell it's there. The malt comes out as huskiness, a touch of sweet almost corn, like the smell.

M- Just a touch syrupy, good. Just what I would want from a beer like this.

D- This isn't an increadible beer. It's not all that complex. But it is quite drinkable and works well for what it is. I will certainly try this again when it comes out in the spring. Could be a nice memory former for what spring in Texas is like.

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange with a frothy head. Not a lot of lacing going on, though.

S: Bready and sweet malts with a hue of hop spice.

T: Malt caramel followed by a tinge of hop bite. Alcohol creates a warming and drying effect. Aftertaste is a sweet malt and fruit combination.

M: Sticky, but the medium body and carbonation are a plus.

D: A good bock. Nothing out of this world, but this is a good beer that I could and do revisit from time to time.

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Photo of miket163
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful reddish-brown into a pint glass with a fluffy tan head. Killer lacing that stick to the glass!

smell: Smell is very malty, with a sweet floral hop like character. Excellent nose!

taste: Very malty brew! Sweet malt flavour, with a chocolate like note. Slight hop bitterness, but it does not get in the way of the malts.

very clean finish, nice carbonation, and very smooth. A great Bock!

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber to walnut body with a thing tan head quickly dissolving, leaving almost no lacing behind.

Sweet caramel malt aroma, little hop presence, if any, more of a grassy variety.

Again, sweet caramel malt on the palate, , perhaps a sweet nuttiness, and just faint hops.

Medium body with medium carbonation, but a generous malty palate as well.

Very refreshing, easy to drink, and a pleasant bock overall.

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

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, label is a field of wildflowers. Cryptic date code printed on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with an offwhite head that fades quickly.

Smell: Sweet malty, with just a bit of grassy hops.

Taste: Again, sweet malt - the finish has a bit of the grassy hop flavor but finishes pretty sweet.

Overall impression: A nice spring offering, good bock flavors and plenty drinkable.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with stumac, Thanks Stu!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear amber color with a beige head that thinned to a layer leaving spotty lacing.

S - malty sweetness and earthy Euro hop aromas.

T - sweet malty taste upfront with just enough bittering thrown in before finishing sticky sweet.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - good brew, celebrate Spring!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought to the table in a pint glass. It's a very clear light copper color with very little in the way of foam, but this is a restaurant <sigh>.

Smell is almost exclusively caramel and toasty maltiness. Maybe a few hints of floral hops and cereal grains.

Not too many southern American bocks out there to compare to, it's an underrepresented style in the region. The flavor profile is sweet caramely malts playing off of toasty malts and a slight hop bitterness. Taste is pretty similar to the nose. A mild alcohol bite ensues in mid-palate and the finish is decently clean for a bock. It's ok, but perhaps a bit too toasty for me. Probably my least favorite seasonal from SA.

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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 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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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 3 Feb 2008.

Pours with a giant peachy colored head. Bright clear dark brown color. Aroma is light, malty sweet. Lots of caramel malt upfront, slight touch of spice and hops. Missing the signature St. Arnold strawberry jam flavor, which is probably a good thing here. A bit of vanilla and floral along with the caramel through the middle. Finishes sweet with a slight alcohol burn. Medium body.

A nice beer for early spring in Texas.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear copper amber. 1 finger white head falls quickly to nothing. Aroma is moderate sweet caramel malt. Very clean. Taste is sweet malts balanced with a spicy bitterness. The bitterness stays into the aftertaste, along with a lightly bready note. Didn't get much of the lingering sweetness the style should show. But it definitely has that lager crispness. Medium mouth.

Maltier than my usual brews but refreshing. I enjoyed the bitter kick at the end, but it might offend bock purists.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just a bit of foam in my pint glass. Color is a mid amber.
Smell is malty , Vienna , pilsner malts no hops that I could detect.
Taste: Carmelly, malty , bready, sweet, a bit cloying.
Mouthfeel: pretty good , not too thin.
Drinkability: Good representation of a maibock. A bit sweet but otherwise very nice.
One of my favorite St Arnold beers.

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

This brew has a distinctively red body,d efinitely a lighter shade than I would expect from a bock. About a finger and a half of off-white head with a slight amount of lacing and just a touch of retention.

Surprisingly hoppy aroma. The earthy, spicy, noble hops are pretty noticeable. Some caramel sweetness is also there.

The taste here is pretty hoppy too, but it is definitely more sweet than bitter or hoppy. Up front comes the caramel sweetness that is just slightly biscuity, maybe even nutty. Some spicy hops balance it out. A touch of alcohol in the finish. Overall, a mostly sweet bock.

Pretty light body with a fairly low amount of carbontion.

Not bad drinkability. An interesting bock; a decent beer overall.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark, clear, cherry/brown color with orange/yellow edges. OK head

S- St. Arnold always pleases in this department. Loads of specialty malts with caramel flavors in front

T- Taste is noticeably more hoppy then the smell would lead one to believe. Floral, spicy, Saaz/Hallertau hopping goes excellently with the slightly sweet malting. Good flavor in respect to balance.
Overall caramel and whole-grain bread flavor.

M- Feel is what I expect from a high quality bock. Clean and refreshing, yet pleasantly full-bodied

D- Very drinkable for elevated ABV

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.76/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 2/2/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a body which is amber red in color, clear, and has a medium-sized white head. Has a hoppy aroma. A nice clean taste, hops, and some malt, with a bitter aftertaste. Not too much flavor but clean, almost like a lawnmower beer.

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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 ATLbeerDog
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy orange/red with a small white head. Smells of spices, alcohol, malt, and honey. First taste sweet and floral and even with tons of honey notes present, this beer falls off as it is devoid of much other flavor. Not impressed.

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

A: snifter. clear, deep amber, tons of burnt orange. off-white head, with a mild retention rate. good lacing.

S: rich malts, no big hop characteristics. sweet malts kind of remind me of a barleywine.

T: wow! nice deep, rich flavors. mild hop flavors but very well-balanced. tons of honey and slightly roasted malts, very rich.

M: very smooth, buttery, with a nice carbonation level. nice aftertaste, mostly honey.

D: very drinkable, one of the better bocks I have had. great for early spring.

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Saint Arnold Spring Bock from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 389 ratings.
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