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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Reviews: 245
Hads: 775
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.8%
Wants: 29
Gots: 150 | FT: 0
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 09-21-2001

Bronze Medal, 2006 Great American Beer Festival
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Photo of swellcat
2.37/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Microbrew for macro drinkers—a very light beer.

First taste shows abundant carbonation, tickling, tiny bubbles. The fizziness dissipated fairly quickly in the glass.

Flavor seems to be dominated by a malt-liquor-like sweetness. May be a fruit note in the mid-palate. Finish is bitter-metallic, odd, and off-putting.

Food pairing attempted was fried chicken. The beer is much too insubstantial for that. Crab sashimi, maybe?

Not undrinkable; certainly not a go-to.

Hope I've not been harsh or faulted Lawnmower for being true-to-style. (543 characters)

Photo of jneiswender
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass and served cold.

Clear gold body and a nice thick sticky white head.

Clay and raspy smell. Strong earth tones

Fruity front. More earth. Light hop bitterness is there but muted.

LIght and quickly fading carbonation.

Overall an okay beer. Certainly in line with the style but nothing outstanding. here. Nice and quenching quality. In a pinch in texas I would have this again. (425 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On draft at Buffalo Wild Wings in Lubbock, TX.

The beer is clear and light golden with a pure white head. The aroma is mild, offering grain, slightly sweet, a hint of fruit. A bit of toast and mild sweetness in the flavor. Pretty bland, but a good chaser for washing down some hot wings. (288 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle Mom brought back from brewery.

Appearance: Very clear and bright medium yellow. Wispy white head with little retention. Spots of lacing.

Smell: I initially thought this would be some manner of pale ale, but the first sniff told me it was a Kolsch. Pale bready malt aroma, bit of light fruit, noble hops, and a kiss of sulfur.

Taste: Very much in line with the aroma. Malt sweetness wins out a bit over hops bitterness and dryness, leaving it a bit on the sweet side. Not as crisp in the finish as I'd like, but generally tasty.

Mouthfeel: A bit to sweet on the finish makes it not as crisp and clean as I'd like.

Overall: A solid Kolsh that would be a good lawnmower beer. (690 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Opal Divine's Marina in Austin, TX

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall dense white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts along with some fruity yeast and light amounts of grassy hops.

T: Light to moderate amounts of malty sweetness upfront with some bready malts as well. There are some notes of fruity yeast and just a touch of lemon citrus. The finish has a moderate amount of grassy hops and a light amount of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easy to drink as the mouthfeel is light and the flavors refreshing and thirst quenching - definitely sessionable. This would be a great beer for drinking on a hot Austin summer day, especially if you were outside doing yard work. I enjoyed this one. (1,046 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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. (627 characters)

Photo of VaterRoss
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Appearance is a slightly hazy, golden yellow with a small and quickly receding head. Smell is a light sweetness with some lager yeast fruitiness coming out, fairly solid malt at the end Taste is mild, small spicy and bitter hops with a laid back light malt and 'fresh cut grass' Kölsch notes. Sweet and light enough that one thinks of the corn/rice in a macro, too sweet for the style TBH. Light body, carbonation is a bit high.

Not a bad beer, tastes like a hybrid of an American macro and a Kölsch. What I wish American macros tasted like, very good beer but not the best in the style by a long shot. (618 characters)

Photo of pgfault
1.71/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I picked up a 6 of this because it was on sale. Mistake. Pours with a moderate head that persists fairly well. Initial nose indicates that this might have a Kolsch taste to it, but scents can be deceiving. The first taste is surprisingly disappointing. There's a strong hint of corn, and some degree of bitterness. It completely lacks any bread flavor that I associate with a quality Kolsch. Rather, it has the mouth feel of an American lager+. In that sense, it's clean and non-offensive, and definitely a pounding beer -- as in just finished mowing the lawn in Texas beer. I hope Saint Arnold's reformulates this with possible adjustments to the malt and yeast (or rebrands it for what it is, along with a steeper price reduction), because a good Kolsch is hard to find. As is, it's disappointing, and I'll be avoiding it and its sidekick, Weedwacker. (853 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours the color of pale straw with a tall, quickly dissipating white head. Plenty of tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. There's also the appearance of some sediment. Some lacing is left behind on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. The aroma is of malt and yeast. It's a very basic sweet, bready smell. That sweet breadiness from the yeast and the malt hits the mouth up front. There are some minor hop notes, but these are not strong. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is high, especially on a hot summer day. This is a very good beer that is perfect for summer consumption. (695 characters)

Photo of omnigrits
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Clear pale yellow with plenty of rising bubbles and a white head. Not too much retention.

S. The glass needs to be swirled around pretty vigorously to get much of an aroma but what comes up is sweeter than I was expecting. A mix of honey, malts and bubblegum.

T. Not quite as sweet in the taste, but sweeter than I prefer. Some nice noble hop notes. Almost a pilsner-like grassiness that's very pleasant.

M. Very light and crisp but the sweetness takes away from it.

O. I'm not familiar enough with Kolsch to rate it to style but I don't think I'd go for this again. A good German or Czech style pilsner is what I go for on a hot day, and there are plenty of hot days in south central Texas. This beer is just a little too cloying to cut through the heat for me. (769 characters)

Photo of psuKinger
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer brought back all the way from Houston by my buddy Andrew. Thanks to him for hooking me up. I'm sorry two of them broke inside your case!

Bottle poured into a standard nonic.

A: Pours a very light golden/yellow color, a bit hazy, with a thin bone-white head on top. Maybe half a finger's worth, but it hung around fairly well.

S: Mild notes of sweet barley and bready yeast.

T: Bready yeast notes up front, malt sweetness arriving near the middle, and a nice touch of hop *brightness* on the back end to round things out. For a mild, light beer, this one holds it's own.

M: Light, carbonation bubbles are very *fine*. Would appreciate just a touch more, personally. Remarkable stickiness on the finish for such a light beer.

D/O: Not bad for a light beer. I see what the *fuss* is about. On a hot summer day, would follow this up with another without blinking. (870 characters)

Photo of CTraft
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass, it has 2 fingers of head that goes away quickly. It is active and bubbly, and cloudy yellow.

Aroma: faint, yeasty

Taste: crisp, citrusy, yeast prominent

Mouthfeel: Light, tangy, with moderate to high carbonation. Feels good on the tounge and goes down easy.

This is a great, refreshing light beer choice for a warm spring/summer day. I would drink it again. (410 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from my cousin Zack in NOLA. Let's see what Texas has to offer!

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass, this brew is a pale straw yellow color, with a 1" head that slowly disipates. The beer is slightly cloudy, with plenty of active carbonation.

Pleasant and clean, this has a mildly grassy aroma, with hints of cracker, toasted malt and nuts.

Creamy and smooth, it starts malty with hints of tart apple, lemon and banana. Quite easy drinking, it finishes crisp and slightly dry.

Light to medium bodied, it has a creamy mouthfeel up front, with a dry crisp finish.

Quite enjoyable, this would be great on a hot summer day, a cool spring day, a crisp fall day, or just about anytime! Definitely recommend this if you're looking for an easy drinking tasty brew. (800 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light, straw-yellow body with a good, white head. Excellent lacing on the pint glass.

Smell is light malt, perhaps a light cracker character, with some soft grassy hop notes.

Taste comes across with a rather delicate maltiness and subtle hop bitterness. Well-balanced and light.

Mouthfeel was light yet delightfully smooth. Carbonation gave it a soft character. Light-to-medium body. Finishes soft and dry.

Fancy Lawnmower doesn't leap at you with over-powering tastes and smells. It a light beer overall, yet has enough distinction with taste and mouthfeel, coupled with a relatively low ABV to make it a respectable session beer. (637 characters)

Photo of OremLK
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly my favorite session beer so far. Time to review the Fancy Lawnmower!

A: Light gold, good clarity, so-so head fades quickly leaving very little lace.

S: Instant you crack open the bottle you can smell grass, pine needles, summer day. Nice strong scent reminiscent of the name. More scent packed in this mild drinkable beer than many IPAs I've had, but it works.

T: Follows the smell, but much more mildly, and with a nice touch of both malt sweetness and hoppy bitterness in the middle. Would like the flavor to be just a TOUCH more assertive, but all in all, very drinkable and balanced with just the right hint of complexity to intrigue the palate without powering too far over the obvious goals of the brew.

M: Moderate to high carbonation, very light and with a hint of dryness. Very drinkable. I could pour another as I write...

I'll be buying many more cases of these. One of the more enjoyable beers I've had, although better in the summer than in the wintertime. Fortunately, in the brewery's home city, Houston, it's essentially summer most of the year... (1,077 characters)

Photo of MADhombrewer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Clear straw colored. Thick, stark white head. Bits of spider web lacing left behind. 3.5/5

Smell- Crisp hop aroma and very small malt smell. 3.5/5

Taste- Very balanced. I can't decide if the hops are more of a flavor or not. Throughout the sip there are crisp, slightly grassy hops and some sweet malt to back it up. Small amount of bitterness right in the middle. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Better than some, but still what you would expect from the style. 3.5/5

Overall- Good, easy drinking beer. 3.5/5 (510 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a clear and crisp slightly pale golden color. There is a nice white head that has some dense bubbles and recedes down to a thin mat.

S - Grain notes are quite present with some earthy and slightly herbal notes. Very bready and slightly sweet malt notes. There is some slight hopy herbal notes that rounds out the malt.

T & M - Starts off with some bread and then some nice herbal hop notes. It is pretty straight forward and mild but its very well crafted. Goes down smooth and easy. A nice alternative to macro swill. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and clean with a good bitter finish.

O - Its an ik beer. I dont think ill ever buy it again. (698 characters)

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler

Appearance-Straw yellow body, Fizzy yellow beer looking. Tons of carbonation clinging to the side of the glass. Head was about a 2 finger that dissipated quickly. Little lacing

Smell-Bready and sweet malts. Some black pepper and some orange and lemon.

Taste-Very one demensional, but it's got really nice flavor. Juicy lemon and some nice sweetness, not overpowering though. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonation, a little prickly. Body is very thin.

Overall-Great alternative to a fizzy yellow lager. Very drinkable and clean. Kept very simple and well done. (596 characters)

Photo of nukem5
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear golden color in a pint glass,slight lacing down glass. Nice thin layer of foam on top.

S: Maltly nose with a nice balanced light hoppiness about it.

T: Taste is of malt and hop just light in flavor.Not heavy and weighty light without being "light".

M: As stated nice light body and consitancy without being watery and light.

O: Could easily drink this on a nice warm summery day just hanging out doing nothing with a group of people or maybe
Bocce. (470 characters)

Photo of D11
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into pilsner

A-clearish golden color. decent head, decent lacing, doesnt last long though.

S-i smelled a lot of corn in this

T-not too bad. very light feeling in flavor, slight corn taste.

M-i did enjoy the feeling though. refreshing.

O-this isnt a bad beer. just not my type of beer. it was better than i had expected though, and refreshing. (366 characters)

Photo of ctempuser
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass

A: Pours a light golden color. Head faded quickly.

S: Fresh floral hops in the smell, along with orange/citrus. I find some very small hints of corieander and corn as well.

T: Tastes similar to smell. I also pick up some very small hints of corn.

M: Good mouthful, carbonation just right.

O: Good summer time beer. Would probably not seek it out, but its worth a try. Definitely refreshing. (434 characters)

Photo of layinbrix
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local pub, 105 degrees outside and was looking for a solid summer beer.

A: Lawnmower pours a slightly hazy straw yellow. It formed some head, with very good retention. Surprisingly good lacing as well.

S: Smelled a bit like an orange grove, citrus and light grassy hop notes.

T: Just like it smelled, although more lemon flavor over orange, and the lemon powered over the hops.

M: This beer was light and clean. Very mild mouthfeel, and it was as refreshing as water.

O: This is definitely a beer for the summer, I could see myself drinking several out in the sun. Less watery than the Saint Arnold Summer Pils but somehow more refreshing. I don't think I'd pick this one up in any other season though... (721 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this guy as an extra in a trade, thanks Brad!

A: Pours a very clear straw yellow with a nice fluffy white head and some nice sheets of lace on the way down.

S: Some nice grassy notes with an almost tart, sour grape note mixing in there. Hints of a light cracker malt.

T: Some light corned barley with a light bitter hop kick. Not as sour or tart as the nose which I like. The tartness does show itself slightly on the backend.

M: Very crisp and clean, light bodied. Nice bubbly carbonation with a great drinkability. A light tart grape is left on the tongue.

O: This is a very drinkable beer and my first real kolsch. I enjoyed the style for what it is, but I wouldn't go out of my way to enjoy one on a regular basis. Unless its 100 degrees like it is now, then it tastes great. (788 characters)

Photo of sweetwillyrolbar
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received in a trade, thanks Jeremy2027! My first Saint Arnold brew, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear but slightly hazy, moderate white head which had modest retention.

Smell: Crisp, slightest hint of sour, rather grassy.

Taste: Slightest bitterness that clings to the middle of the taste profile and rounds to a crisp final bite. Grassy, slight taste of lemon rind.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, pretty mild. The crisp opposite of slick. Goes down very, very easy and doesn't linger.

Overall: One of very few kolsch styles I've had, so difficult for me to rate to style. Great lawnmower beer, I suppose hence the namesake. Enjoyable, but perhaps a bit light for me. (697 characters)

Photo of JMad
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from a pint glass..

I could have swore I reviewed this before, I guess not. The beer pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow color with a thick foamy white head that left a lot of lacing. It smells mostly of biscuit malt with butter, honey, grassy hops and lemon. It tastes the same as it smells, very mellow flavors of malt and grassy hops. It feels light but not thin, soft/ perfect carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This a solid beer, enjoyable in all seasons, not just summer. (495 characters)

Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.