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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
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650 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Photo of hoplover82
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale yellow color with a medium to thin white bubbly head that quickly dissapates and leaves no lacing.

The aroma of adjucts is at a minimum. And I can actually detect a HINT of spicy/earthy hops. Some pale malts.

The flavor is quite good for the style. I think it might be hard to make this style good, but this one is not bad at all. The flavor is just simple and strait foward. Not much going on but it's good. And just a HINT of bitterness to make it interesting.

The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Almost medium bodied. Goes down very well.

I could drink the mess out of this. Although I'm glad I only got one from a mixed sixer. But i'm really glad I tried it.

hoplover82, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Atlas1
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's call this beer what it is, people: Fancy Lawnmower!

Pours a pretty golden straw color with a healthy two-finger white head on top that quickly settles down to one finger. The nose is nice. Lemony, slightly soapy, but clean and refreshing. What a pleasant aroma to greet you after mowing the lawn in the hot Texas summer heat. The taste is also refreshing. Crisp, with more lemon and starfruit. But beyond that is a strong malt character that sort of takes over and provides a funky herbal aftertaste. Nice, but not great. Mouthfeel is firm and sturdy, but crisp.

On the whole, this is a nice beer. It doesn't really match up stylistically with other Kolsch biers I've had, but it's not a bad effort. Especially in the nose, this beer really shines. A totally drinkable lawnmower brew. A fancy lawnmower brew, in fact. I can think of few brews I'd rather celebrate the growth of summer grass with more than this one. Cheers.

Atlas1, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of ETM
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got this as a sixer at a HEB in Houston, Texas.

I drank this straight from the fridge- cold beer to relax with at the end of the day.
In a bottle, it looks just fine.
Smell was mild with a promise of cool sweetness, hops were present and it smells like you want to drink it.
Taste was mild and very enjoyable. There was some lingering sweetness on the palate, but not too much. Mellow citrus with a little fresh mown grass.
Mouthfeel was thin, but I think that is characteristic for this style.
Drinkability was great. The moderate ABV and cool refreshing qualities would make this great for a warm outdoor party.

ETM, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of russpowell
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 joshuadlight
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coming from a rural Texas setting, this beer brought back memories of sitting out in the country. It doesn't look unlike a thicker version of a BMC, but its typical. It has a popping white head, think Sprite. Smells and tastes almost like a wheat beer, but not quite. I pick up grains like corn and wheat. The nose also reminds me of hay and alfalfa fields back home. The mouth is lively and carbonated, and it seems to fit the beer well. Low ABV, no strong flavors make this extremely drinkable.

joshuadlight, Mar 09, 2009
Photo of zdk9
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours out pale bright yellow. A finger of white head foams on the top of the beer but doesn't last long, nor does it leave any lacing to show evidence of its presence.

S- A lot of corn, like cooked cornmeal or tamales. A slight white grape skin twang.

T- The corn is still there, though less present, sharing the stage with some hayish malt, light lemony bitterness, and again the green grape flavor.

M- Light, I could take some more carbonation on this one though for how lightly flavored it is.

D- It's swillable, but really I'm wondering if I have a bad bottle. This beer tastes so much of corn that it really reminds me of Coors Light and some other not too tasty macros. Hopefully that's not the intention of the brewers, but I suppose with a beer that's meant to be drank after mowing the lawn, maybe that's what they were going for. Who knows.

zdk9, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to BeerZack for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus fizzy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some yeasty/grassy notes, with some spices. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, grassy, with spice. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew.

Wasatch, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
1.88/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 5/20/2006 (On tap @ Brewery):

Golden yellow color, nearly no head, white. Aroma of malts, something else(plants?, grass?) Light watery taste, aftertaste of malts, nutty, fresh, fizzy, light tasting, sour front-taste, water-like, headache-inducing.

jujubeast6000, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
1.83/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served in a bottle poured in a pint glass.

A- Very transparent yellow color with very little head.

S- Has some what of a yeast like scent. I want to say it smells grassy, but I don't know if that's something that came to mind because it's called lawn mower and has grass on the label or if it actually smells grassy.

T- Very bland, yeast like flavor. Again the word grassy comes to mind when tasting it.

M- Bitter beer, but not in a good way.

D- I could not have more than one of these. I really didn't like it when it was going down and was fortunate I was able to finish the one I had.

Overall a very nasty bitter beer. Extremely disappointed in this Saint Arnold's brew. The grassy, yeast like flavor really makes it an unbearable beer.

Bagman007, Jan 08, 2009
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 bluemoonswoon
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to xpimptastikx for including this as an extra in our trade.

12oz stubby brown bottle (see there is a picture of it up there) poured into a pint glass.

Pours out quick and clean, a bubbly straw yellow with a very scant, very white, head.
Light cereal graininess sligth and I mean very slight noble hop bitterness. Where this beer defines itself (like most beers seem to) is in the taste. Bright, crisp and clean. Honey sweet maltiness with a slight floral hop edge. Mouthfeel is snappy, this is where the hops are most noticeable. Maybe just the slightest bit of adjunct taste, I mean I can't say for sure if they are using adjuncts but there is a slight corny sweetness to this beer. I'm not saying its bad but it's a taste that I am not all that used to tasting. There is a slight spiciness here as well and covers up just a bit, the corny sweetness in this beer. I think that Full Circle has this one beat, but still a very nice, very drinkable beer.

bluemoonswoon, Dec 21, 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
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice and pale amber, as per the style suggests. The head is not much there, but I can live with that.

S- Clove, banana, and honey are present in the smell. I can also get a good whiff of the Lager yeast used, very lageresk.

T- Great taste, man if I was mowing the lawn I would totally want to drink this! Great lager malty taste, but the clove is tasty too, sort of like a roasted clove with drizzled honey to boot. Very tasty! I'm wishing Saint Arnold sold in my area for sure.

M- Feels very good in the mouth, nice solid beer taste.

D- Very drinkable. Would be great for a session beer, and just one to kick back when having a cold one after a day of work.

Wetpaperbag, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of MutualAid
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours yellow with a thick, fluffy white head.

S - Big yeast aromas with a hint of malt sweetness. I can not detect any hop bouquet.

T - Malt is a bit less sweet on the tongue; significant tannins. Hop bitterness is present but not that assertive. Long, less than pleasing finish.

M - Medium body, somewhat slick.

D - A good "session" beer with the strengths such a beer requires but with few of the faults such beers so often possess.

Overall, a beer that serves its purpose and by no means a bad brew. Good, but not at all great.

MutualAid, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Mostly clear, light golden color. Heavy pour only yields a one finger large bubbled head that fades away pretty quick. Does leave a nice collar and lacing is evident.

Wonderful kolsch aroma. Spicy sweet fresh kolsch yeast is very much on display here. Smells kinda like a freshly mowed yard and a load of laundry just out of the dryer.

Tastes pretty good too. Best described as cutting open a mild poblano pepper and licking the dark green flesh. Has a floral spicy finish and is quite dry. Light bodied, crisp and refreshing while maintaining a high level of flavor. This is a well done kolsch. I can see why it has won GABF awards.

twiggamortis420, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz stubby brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This Kolsh poured a very clear, very pale yellow color with a tiny 1/8" white head that quickly dropped to nothing. Pretty much zero lacing down the glass.

S= I really appreciated the mild aromas of malty and grassy sweetness, yeast fruitiness, and earthy hops in this beer.

T= This ale featured bakery malt sweetness up front, followed by a nice yeasty fruitiness and notes of lemongrass and oranges. Very clean finish without any noticable alcohol.

MF= Light bodied with a soft carbonation level.

D= Highly drinkable beer that paired well with pizza. This would make a great, umm, summertime lawnmower beer!

spointon, Oct 19, 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 KodyBrannon
4.68/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this beer into a longhorns pint glass.

L- Poured a pale yellow color w/ a little white head that disipated quickly.

S- The smell was of slight hops and malt

T- Slight hops in the taste, but more prominant malt flavor

M- Mouthfeel is very light and crisp

D- Drinkablity is god

Notes - This will become one of my favorite beers to drink on a summer day.

KodyBrannon, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Craft in Victory Park of Dallas. Served in a wider pilsner glass. Appears a hazy gold with awhite head.

Overall a crisp and tasty German ale that's highly drinkable. The aroma has sourdough notes with a bit of citrus character. And the flavor has a mix of dry biscuit malts with lemon. There's a subtle hop balance at the finish. Overall, a great lighter beer.

tempest, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

received in trade with mhewes... very cool extra... poured into my Boulevard Smokestack glass.

1" head dies back fairly quick.. nice collar atop a hazy yellow brew.. Probably shouldn't be so hazy.

pale malts... touches of grassy hops.. the malt is in the front on this one... nothing offensive at all.. actually smells very nice.

Flavor is very clean pale malts.. same as above low grassy hops.. touches of wheat.. subtle sweetness mid palate followed by a fairly dry finish... body is light as expected and the carbonation is also pretty much where it should be. Everything about this brew is subtle but prominent at the same time.. I would never ever hesitate to pick this up if it was available to me (as long as it was "Boise" hot outside).. Thanks again Michael for the nice extra, I probably never would have sought out a trade for this... now I might. :-)

3/3.5/4/3.5/5

JohnGalt1, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of jbphoto88
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A yellow golden beer that is mostly clear (there is a slight haze.) There is a white head that fades to nothing but a collar and a few errant bubbles in the middle of the brew. My first impression is that this one looks a lot like a macro lager. Uh oh.

The scent eliminates the initial impression of a macro beer. It is fragrant and very nice. There is a lemony spice with a grassy pale malt in the background. Not what I was expecting from how this beer looks.

Taste is pleasant like the nose. I am not a huge fan of the kolsch style but St. Arnold's is winning me over. As with the rest of their beers it is all about the malts. Definitely the dominate flavor but mixed with some nice hop spice and a little grassy/herbal/lemony flavor. Well balanced and quite delicious.

Very nice year round offering from a fantastic brewery. This beer is easy to drink and highly enjoyable. Especially on those final hot summer weeks before the temps start to drop and it becomes stout season. Yum.

jbphoto88, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of xare
2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a Fancy Lawnmower when I was in Austin - bottle presented very nicely - could see a nice head that kept washing the bottle walls. Average though.

Smell was a bit odd - a mix of malt, musk, and a bit of hoppiness.

Taste was somewhat like a Coors with hops added. Definitely didn't endear itself to me.

Mouthfeel was a bit below par as there was a lingering astringent finish that overstayed its welcome with me.

Drinkability was okay. I finished the beer but wouldn't search for more of these. There were too many other good beers, by the same brewer even, for me to search out more of these. I'd drink it again though.

xare, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A "drink anytime" beer, the Fancy Lawnmower is a clean, flavorful Kölsch with a distinctive grassy flavor

A- Very transparent golden with great head and carbonation

S- Smells earthy with a good balance of spice and wheat/barley malt

T- Taste is what I am usually looking for in a beer. Nothing overpowering, but when you feel for it, it pleases you with a refreshing mix of subtle hopping and grainy malts.

M- Feels and drinks like a light beer with some viscous quality to it

EnojysAnyBeer, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of usmittymc
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler glass.

A: Pale, clear straw color with a thin tight white head that fades quickly to a miniscule lacing.

S: Earthy grass and sweet malts.

T: Mild sweetness crosses the tongue at first, with a faint, quick hop/ carbonation bite. The sweetness stays on the tongue after the swallow.

M: Decent carbonation, very light bodied, typical for the style.

D: Easy to throw back a few of these on a hot day. Nont a bad representation of the style, but not the best. Wouldn't pass it up, but wouldn't seek it out either.

usmittymc, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
3.1/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly orange hue, with a bit of a haze. The head is white and minimal. The aroma is of untoasted malt and slightly of hops. Nice and clean...traces of lemon. It's a very subtle beer. Nothing over the top. Maybe even a little dissapointing.

Douglas14, Aug 11, 2008
Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.