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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

650 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 650
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 27
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bronze Medal, 2006 Great American Beer Festival

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-21-2001)
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

t0rin0, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

acurtis, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head that quickly declines to a ringlet and leaves scant shards of lacing

Smell: Grainy aroma with a hint of lemon

Taste: Starts out with a slightly sweet grainy flavor that accentuates the sweet element on the way down the gullet; some hops on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not really to style, this tastes more to me like a lager with a touch of adjunct

brentk56, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"My neighbor asked to use my lawnmower. I told him of course he could, as long as he didn't take it out of my yard."

--Eric Morecambe

Maize with cool lemonade borders. The beer is clear initially, then becomes moderately foggy as the final few ounces of yeast-laden liquid are added to the glass. The ivory colored cap looks good, not great, and is responsible for several streamers of suds.

The nose is simple... and wonderful. This SABC beer smells like it'll be modestly sweet and pale malty, as well as herbal-spicy on the hop side. Although the Hallertau hops aren't as grassy as Saaz would be, they're grassy enough to make the beer's name an appropriate one.

Fancy Lawnmower tastes like what a macro lager from BMC would taste like if those guys ever decided to brew good beer. Like the nose, the flavor is clean, simple and enjoyable. Not quite as enjoyable on the buds as in the nose, but close. It would probably deaden some the flavor, but I'd suggest drinking this one closer to the brewery's recommended temperature (35-45 degrees) than my current temperature (estimated 55 degrees).

Even though there isn't, it tastes like there's a little flaked corn in the house. According to Saint Arnold, the malt is all pale/pilsner and malted wheat. Hallertau flavor and bitterness, while noticeable, could stand a 50% increase. Some zip and zing would have assured the next highest taste score.

Considering the purpose, the mouthfeel is right on point. Ideally, it would be a little more full and a little more bubbled, but if one is looking for easy rehydration after strenuous activity in hot weather, it's good enough. I've decided to score drinkability as 'ease of'.

Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower is a pretty good warm weather kolsch that should be more popular down in Texas than Shiner Bock... but probably isn't. For that matter, it should sell better than everything brewed by BMC... but probably doesn't. I enjoyed this one. Under the cap... 'Make beer, not war'.

BuckeyeNation, May 03, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Fancy Lawnmower has a lot of malt sweetness and heaviness for a Kolsch-style beer. The vegital and yeastiness makes it more like a Cream Ale as well.

The hazy straw colored beer shows medium carbonations that forms an initial formitable but fizzy white head. The foam fades into a slight lace that lingers around the edge of the glass.

A medium malt sweetness and light grain flavors start the show with a lot of fruitiness and confections comming in shortly behind. Corn and butter notes also show up as the sweetness begins to fade. Yeasty and bready to go along with the sweetness, actually accentuate the fruitiness.

Body is sweeter and heavier, and without the crisp, clean, and refreshing character that is shown by Reisdorf or the like. A bit slick on the tongue seems to distract. The beer never attempts to dry out.

The beer isn't all that bad despite the negative comments. I expect a lot out of a Kolsch and this beer would make a better example of a Cream Ale. Thanks Exiled!

BEERchitect, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this one as an extra from a fine Texan who has hooked me up many times already. I was anxious to try as I have had most of this lineup with the exception of just a few. Grabbed the twelve ounce bottle out of the fridge and poured immediately into a pint glass. Very nice bright golden yellow with a nice two finger head of white foam that quickly dissipated into a batch of nothing, a broken crown lining the sides was all that I would get out of this one. Nice carbonation and a bit of residual side lacing helped to push it over the top and made a really nice addition to the overall presence of it.

The aroma was rather bright and summer like, with a light grain and herb like fruit note in the nose. A touch of clove and banana highlighted this one and really did a nice job at bringing the whole thing together. The flavor was much of the same. Surprisingly sweet, with a touch of maybe honey or light caramel, hints of apple and light fresh hay. The banana coming though nicely on the finish with a quick, clean, and very crisp cutoff in the overall taste. Very nice light bodied ale with more then adequate carbonation made for something that was easily session able and really just a wonderful thing to drink on a hot afternoon.

Overall I have to say I was quite impressed with this nice little light summer ale. I would have no issue with drinking this one again and in a good quantity to. As its name implies, this would be excellent while mowing the lawn!

mikesgroove, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -15%

Texasfan549, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

kjkinsey, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
2.13/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a pale straw color with an initially fluffy white head.

S: Not a good aroma at all. Urine, grass, and corn are what I pick up after the first few sips and I can't be bothered to try any more.

T: I don't believe there is any urine flavor in this beer (though I probably wouldn't know if there was). But, it does have a distinctly malt liquor flavor to it, with plenty of adjunct goodness. A light bitterness, which is one of the few redeeming qualities.

M: The body is light to medium with plenty of fizz.

D: The flavor of this is not quite as bad as the aroma, but the smell of this beer just makes you not want to even try to drink it anymore.

womencantsail, Jul 03, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

spycow, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

jaydoc, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Everso slightly hazy, yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Soft pale malts in the nose. Noble hops smelling spicy and of dehydrated grasses. Faint fruitiness. And there's a wheat note that gains in prominence as it warms.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with, perhaps, a slight hint of tangy wheat. Mildly sweet. Light touch of fruit. Spicy Noble hops provide a mild, balancing dose of bitterness. Finishes dry and reasonably crisp, with a lingering creamy wheat hint.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's crisp, clean, and quite drinkable. Though I could personally do with just a small bump in hop bitterness, I ultimately found it to be a quality Kölsch.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Jason, Nov 18, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 light gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with a little sweetness and a little spice. There's a decent malt presence that provides a nice balance. The malt character is light but still holds some substance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is beer is exactly what the name implies, light, refreshing and well worth pounding down for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, May 03, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed yellow gold with a white head. Nose is grassy sweet. Flavor is sweet as well. A bit more so than I would expect, but it's smooth enough to keep it interesting, though there is slight bite overall. Smooth liquid feel with a fairly full carbonation. An east drinker. A bit boisterous in the mouth, but still refreshing.

Thanks to ballewblake for this one.

RblWthACoz, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear shiny gold with a finger of poofy brite-white head. Thin filmy retention actually hangs pretty tough, getting thicker when swirled, and leaving some decent lacing back. The aroma is sweet up front with some prominent lager yeast coming out as well and I'm also getting a touch of lemongrass and light floral hops.

The taste is light feeling but supportive pale malts with a touch of breadiness to it, lemon zest, and a nice tingle of hops in the back. The mouthfeel is light bodied but still clean, crisp, and firm in the mouth and actually helps gives the flavors a bit more presence than they probably have.

Not bad. This was light but still fairly flavorful and crisp drinking. Definitely the best "lawnmower beer" that I've had in a while. I'd grab one in an instant on a hot day.

Kegatron, Dec 20, 2008
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3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Twiggamortis420 for this one, cheers Greg!

Pours honey colored with 1 finger of pearl colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Much grassyness, & a touch of breadyness, plus some lemons as this warms

T: Grassy & lemony hops, a touch of honey & crackery notes up front. More of the same as this warms, nice breadyness as well. Finishes crisp, crackery & with nice lemony hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly assertive carbonation, nice crispness...

Drinks easy nough, a few will hit the spot on a warm day to be sure, fairly spot on for the style

russpowell, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As an apartment dweller with no need for or interest in cutting grass, raking leaves, or shoveling snow, phrases like "lawnmower beer" have an abstract, metaphorical meaning for me only. I "need" a beer mainly to make my mouth happy, and will judge this, as I do them all, by that standard.
Tasted originally on a hot, early September afternoon, from notes...
Appearance: clear, pale yellow color, almost honeyish, closer to straw, with a white head that forms a tight, narrow collar on top.
Aroma: sweet, yet dull, adjuncty, cornish, typical pale lager smell, but not funky, just clean and airy.
Taste:...nice, tasty hops leading on the palate, finish is brief, but pleasant enough. Body, very light, taste, extraordinarily smooth, flavor, rather limited. Not too memorable, but a good soldier, does it's job, without need of thanks or reward, quenches thirst. Does little for that part of my tongue that yearns for substance and flavor.
I'm sure that if I were a Houstonite, though, I'd turn to this as my liquid bread in the summer heat, over the Swiller Low Lifes, and the Crud Lights, and the Boors Originals and such...
thanks to morris 729 for helping me to try it out!

feloniousmonk, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i mean, kolsch is a real light style, so don't expect huge things out of any of them as far as mind blowing complexity or anything, but as they go, this is a really nice one, light and drinkable, and not totally boring. it pours clear golden as you would expect, with a very obvious high level of carbonation, millions of little bubbles race eagerly to the surface and pile up in an inch of white head. it smells like german malts, light and easy, a little grassy. I get the label after a sip, this is lawnmower beer for sure. hot summer day, lots of sweaty yard work to do, this is your horse (if founders all day doesn't work for you). grassy finish, light and clean, refreshment to the max when ice cold. I haven't had a lot from saint Arnold, but what ive had so far I have enjoyed. solid American made kolsch here.

StonedTrippin, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a sample pack of Saint Arnolds from TexasStout. Kolsh beers are hit or miss with me, so lets see how this one does. Seeing as how today was an usually hot day, I decided to crack this baby.

A: Pours with a large 2 finger head that slowly dissipates. The bright honey colored yellow orange color is pretty interesting and its pretty hazy as expected. Almost makes me sneeze seeing how pollen colored it is. After about 30 seconds the large head has died down to a light head covering that just covers the whole top of the beer and seems to hold pretty well.

N: Very interesting nose. Some vanilla and malty aromas, then some saison like nose with spice and zip, and even some almost wild yeast smells, perhaps a touch of banana. I hope it has all those tastes as well.

T: Hmmmm... starts pretty light tasting almost Bavarian wheat taste with some light wheat and touch of banana, then adds some yeasty tastes and other interesting almost tropical fruits like a papaya or something. It's also a little spicey. More banana comes out as the taste ages. Some light grassy tastes can be detected but aren't really as strong as I thought they would be. A little tanginess and touch of vanilla finishes it off. With the banana, yeast, and vanilla I almost get a vanilla yogurt taste...

M: Decent carbonation, pretty light but still semi thick, and spicey.

F: Finishes pretty dry and adds more of the banana yogurt and fruit that just sticks around for a bit. It doesn't finish as clean as I expected but is still pretty refreshing. Its also a little creamy.

Final thoughts: Its pretty refreshing and light, but has some interesting creamy banana yeasty vanilla yogurt like flavors and has a slightly spicey saison like feel but maintains a Bavarian Hefe style taste. It's strange for a Kolsh style but has a few interesting characteristics.

jlindros, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a yellow color in the glass. Plenty sudsy on the tongue, and has that tangy quality. Less foam than you might hope for.

Really not bad an does taste like something in the Kölsch family. Light bodied without a lot of malt in the mouth, though it does have malty flavors as you sip. Quite a pleasant perfumey flavor with aromas to match. Aftertaste hints of lemon and resins. Crisp and tangy without being too sharp. Gets better as you sip and the delicate aromatic hops begin to emerge. Quite a decent yard work quaff when you don't want an overdose of hops.

From the 12 oz bottle bought in Abilene at H and H Beverage.

mactrail, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap during a tour of the Saint Arnold Brewery. The beer poured a straw colored with a nice foamy white head. The beer had a slight lemony/grassy smell and taste. I have had this beer out of the bottle numerous times, but this was the first time I had tried it on tap and it was definitely better on tap. It was also very cool to be drinking the beer while the founder of the company was telling me the history of it. This is one of my favorite hot weather beers and I would recommend it to anyone needing a beer to quench your thirst.

Mora2000, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lightly hazy, with some floaties, orangish gold color. It is topped by a frothy, large bubbled pale head that disappears pretty quickly. The aroma is a mix of sweet grain and grassy notes with hints of peach and lemon. The taste has a lightly sweet grain character to it and finishes with a hint of bitterness that just manages to tickle the back of my throat. This beer is really quite light on the palate, quite thirst quenching and simple; with a name like Lawnmower that is probably the point. This is actually a pretty good example of the style; it is lightly fruity (lemon & pear) with a bit of herbal hop notes (some flower nectar type thing going on) and a light bitterness as well as some sweet grain notes. Simple and refreshing.

Gueuzedude, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded red pry-off cap and inspired label art acquired at me local HEB Grocery and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Bottled 09/05/13. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for a kolsch. No ABV is listed on the bottle, but the website lists this at 4.9% ABV/3.9% ABW. Reviewed as a kolsch because it identifies as such on Saint Arnold's website. "Debuted August 2000." "20 IBU." OG: 1.045. (11.4 Plato).

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of weak off-white colour. Disappointingly thin. No real creaminess or frothiness. Uneven inconsistent traces of lace cling to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes or so.

Body colour is a clear blonde of above average vibrance. As transparent and translucent as they come. No yeast particles are visible.

It's right on the money for the kolsch style. Appears crisp and refreshing, especially in the stangenglas. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it isn't unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Pils malt, a hint of wheat, graininess, light grassiness, and clean barley. There's a floral hop presence which complements the other notes nicely, but overall the hopping is quite restrained (to style). I don't detect any adjunct, but the graininess does come close to evoking that character. Plenty of cereals. Cleanly fermented; I suspect the yeast attenuation was spot on for the style.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.

A pleasant if somewhat reticent aroma of below average strength. Fresh and appealing. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: The pleasant body is comprised of leavening graininess, clean barley, crisp fresh pilsner malts, a touch of wheat (which I doubt I'd notice if I wasn't looking for it), and cereals. Luckily, there's no adjunct here. Has just a kiss of spice, but I can't quite identify it - maybe clove? I get some light orchard apple, a bit of hay, and a hint of honey. Hops have minimal presence, but do lend a complementary floral character to the flavour profile.

Constructively, the bitterness/sweetness balance is a bit off-kilter; it's too sweet in some places (primarily up front) and too bitter in others (primarily on the back end). Needs some structural tweaking.

Overall, it's a balanced enjoyable brew, if a rather simple one. I do like the inclusion of the wheat, even if it's so subtle as to approach being imperceptible. At least they're bringing something interesting to their grain bill. It's far from the most complex or subtle example of the style out there, but I can't see anyone hating it. Very approachable and likable stuff for what it is.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through, though it does seem quite cleanly fermented.

Mf: Crisp - just as a beer in this style has to be. Has slight overcarbonation, which actually works here. It's got good body and thickness. Nice somewhat refreshing presence on the palate. Not overbearing or harsh. It complements the flavour profile nicely.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Hard to deny the drinkability of this one. It's a pretty respectable example of a Kolsch, and I could see myself picking up a 6er or two in the summertime. Hides its ABV well and has an approachable refreshing texture and taste. The price point could be a bit better - especially considering it's a local - but overall I'm pleased I picked this one up. It's not a world class kolsch, but for an American brewed example of the style it doesn't disappoint.

Low C+

kojevergas, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived with a finger's worth of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a light, pale yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant, lager-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a light honey-like taste on the tongue. Finish was soft, slightly dry and definitely refreshing. Lawnmower beer, indeed!

woodychandler, Dec 22, 2009
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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.