1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Saint Arnold Fancy LawnmowerSaint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

700 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 700
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 26
Gots: 84 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower Alström Bros
Ratings: 700 | Reviews: 242 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Fenris244
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really transparent, straw yellow in color lightly head, no retention but obviously very carbonated.

Clean aroma, not much to smell, some grassy/metallic notes I guess

Flavors are light, sweetness is apparent, mineral/metallic/grassy flavor, slight bitterness, a little bland but not bad

Mouthfeel is light, very clean and crisp. During the summer this would be super drinkable but right now not so much. Not a bad beer just a little bland

Photo of depechemode1983
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a pale golden in color. The head though doesn't last too long but has good body. I'm not seeing any lacing. Looks refreshing. The nose is floral with some sweetness and a touch of grains. In the taste you get the floral hops upfront with subtle hint of wheat, bitter grasses and some oats in the background. Hops are dominant. Mouth feel is clean and light bodied with bubbly carbonation. This beer would be great on a hot summer day. Perfect for mowing the lawn. Very drinkable stuff here.

Photo of gkunkle
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, as far as American Kolsh goes, this is pretty darn good! I love the name and it is very appropriate for the style. A Kolsh is so great for a summer day and so much better than most lawnmower beers. This pours a golden color with a one finger head. Lots of visible carbonation. The smell is of grain and hops. The taste makes me wish for a hot sunny day very refreshing! The grains, hops and efverescent carbonation make this a great summer day beer. It sure beats the hell out of budweizer.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with a very thin white head that vanishes almost immediately and leaves no lacing.

Refreshing aroma of sweet malt upfront with floral hops in the back.

Taste starts off somewhat sweet then gives way to floral and grassy hops with hints of lemon and wheat in the background.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Very crisp, refreshing enough that having a few of these on a hot day would be nice.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

$6 on tap at The Chimes in BR... new to our market but I believe I've had these before in Texas.

Comes out in an imperial pint, clear golden color, not a whole lot of head, but I guess on a bar pour you don't want too much anyway.

Smells bready, with a faint hop trace to it. Again nothing too special.

The taste is more of the same, nothing really standing out, but nothing really bad either.

Extremely refreshing and easy to drink. Like the name says, this would be a fantastic beer to grab after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day.

Photo of Brent
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aptly named - I can certainly see several of these going down quite nicely on a summer day. Clean malt flavor with minimal hopping. A light citric note intertwines vague grassy touches. Reminds me of an old school pils back when the macro brewed made stuff that at least tasted like beer.

Photo of mothman
2.42/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours 1 finger of white head. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Bland from the get-go. Grains, corns, and a slight amount of floral hops.

Taste: More floral hops shine through here. It has a fruity boutique flavor. Grassy and earthy with some bready malts. Corn.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, and clean. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, fairly basic kolsch. Not too much flavors, but I didn't expect a lot. Taste is better than the nose. Probably not something I would want to drink very much of. Much better kolshs out there.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I imagine if I lived in Houston, that this would be the beer to drink, in copious amounts, after mowing the lawn. It is refreshing.
In a pint glass the beer was a pale yellow color with a medium-sized white head.
Aroma was grassy/outdoorsy, sweet, floral.
Average taste, sweet malt and a kiss of hops.
Nice enough, innocuous beer. Lots of better kolsches out there.

Photo of Kromes
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very pale straw color with a bright white thin head. Lots of carbonation bubbles in the beer.

S: Sweet and grainy with some grassy hop aromas.

T: Sweet and grainy up front and then the beer has a slight fruit flavor and the perfect amount of hop flavor and bitterness. It is a floral hop flavor.

M: High carbonation makes this beer very light and flavorful. The finish is sweet and dry.

D: Yeah, you can drink a whole lot of these beers. Only limiting factor on drinkability is the carbonation...lots of gas.

Photo of tchenery
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hazy yellow and has little head retention. It dissipates to nothing rather quick. Carbonation looks weak.

It has that semi-sweet ale smell to it with little hoppiness and slight citrus notes.

Pretty mild taste to the beer. It has a kind of fizzy taste to it on the end and leaves you with a dry mouth after the sip. Most of the flavor is coming from the pale malt giving it a fairly bready flavor.

Very drinkable.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours a very clear yellow with a small white head that leaves no residual lacing. The brisk carbonation keeps the small white head for the entire session.

S. Sweet corn, light malt, light grassy bitterness

T. Sweet malt with a nice mild grassy hop bitterness.

M. Smooth and creamy. Great for rapid consumption.

D. Crisp and refreshing. A bit more flavor and a lot more character than a lot of beers this would draw comparisons to. Not quite a Kolsch, but a beer I wouldn't turn down none-the-less.

Photo of merddyn2002
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light, refreshing, a bit on the sweet side but balanced hops. Has a slight green tint. Great from the tap or in the bottle. Perfect for hot summer days when you need to cool off after some yard work. I've had this straight from the beer hall in St. Arnold's beer hall, it doesn't get any fresher than that. I'd never turn one of these down.

Photo of boralyl
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass this beer produces a 1/4 inch of white head that fades quickly leaving a light ring of lace. The beer is clear and is a light straw color.

S - The nose is a mixture of grain, and grassy/fruity hops. The hops blend together nicely.

M - Light in body with crisp, active carbonation.

T - There is a slight graininess up front followed a light sweetness before melding into the hops from the nose. The grassy/fruity hops combo provides a nice finish along with a light bitterness.

Lawnmower beer is right! It's light, refreshing, and low in alcohol, yet it doesn't sacrifice flavor like the American light lagers. Perfect for this time of the year.

Photo of thasnazzle
3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Translucent yellow/straw. Small head which dissipates shortly and leaves a ring around the glass.

S - Very malty, earthy, with just a hint of hops.

T - Slight malt backbone with a hop presence that is up front without being particularly strong or overpowering. Bit of an earthy, organic, floral aftertaste with just a hint of hop bitterness. Definitely evokes the grassiness of the packaging in a good way.

M - Lots of carbonation without being overpowering. Really solid, adds a great touch to the beer.

D - Overall, strong drinkability for those hot Texas summer days. The mouthfeel and flavor strike a pretty good balance between the lighter summer offerings like pilsners and the sometimes cloying hefeweisens. I could (and have been known to) finish off an entire six-pack in one sitting.

Photo of Fladder
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Bright gold color with a moderate to high carbonation level. Pure white head. There wasn't much head and it dissolved away quickly.

Smell - very earthy smell. There was a hint of sprouts.

Taste - The taste began with a rough blanket of earth tones (with a touch of bean sprouts again?) with the hops imparting hints of citrus.
The aftertaste turned into a very pleasant light malt flavor. That was the best part of the beer for me.

Feel - The beer wasn't light and overly refreshing, but not to the extent that it could be called a heavy beer. It was a little stickier than I would have liked since a little more dryness would have complemented the flavors well.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought this beer in a 6pck at my grocery store. I drank it three different ways, straight from the bottle, out of a pilsner glass, and out of the new Samuel Adams beer glass.

This beer taste best out of a glass that has a laser etching that allows bubbles to form. There was little bubble retention in the pilsner glass which had no etching. The Sam Adams glass, however, managed to keep a layer of "head" the entire time.

My first impression was, "this is a very refreshing and crisp beer." The aroma was not very strong, however. There was a slight hint of hops but the overall taste was not very strong. It left very little aftertaste and was very easy to drink.

Overall I was not too impressed, but would buy this beer again in the right situation.
This beer was very drinkable. I would recommend this beer to anyone who wanted to stock their cooler with something refreshing and drink outside on a hot day.

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.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets pilsner glass.

Appearance: Light golden color with a large white head that leaves a pretty thick lace as it dissipates.

Smell: A light aroma of grains with some grassy backing.

Taste: Also lightly flavored- grainy beginning with a sweet malty finish backed up by hints of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with balanced carbonation and a very clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: This beer isn't the best, but is a perfect beer for hot Texas summers. This brew also has more flavor overall than many of the "lawnmower" beers people may have in their fridge, and it has a better flavor overall. Recommended for a good tasting, or, at least, as a good summer refresher.

Photo of corby112
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio.

Pours a golden yellow color and is very slightly hazy with very pale yellow edges when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white headthat quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

The nose on this beer is kind of bland with hits of earthy hops, subtle light fruit, light malts and straw. I'm picking up faint apple but all of these notes are a bit of a stretch and difficult to pick out.

Medium bodied and fuller than I expected with a nice crisp hop bite up front that provides a nice dry bitterness which is balanced out by pale malts, grass, straw and light apple and pear notes. Well balanced and very quaffable, especially in the hot ass weather down here.

Photo of beersheppard
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Apperearnce: deep golden color, fleeting white head.

Smell: grainy, roasted malts.

Taste: Pleasantly suprised, roasted malts with a mild nutty flavor gave away to subtle floral hops.

Mouthfeel: light, some carbonated tingle.

Drinkability: it was 85 degrees, I was outside, very refreshing and easy-drinking. A great beer after you get done mowing the lawn.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear but not totally transparent, pure gold, small thin head that dissipates to just film

S: Grainy malt, but no off aromas, very clean, again all malt aroma

T: Same as aroma, pretty sweet but not in an adjunct way

M: Fairly carbonated but not overly, light medium body

D: Great

Notes: Not necessarily identifiable as a kolsch, but it doesn't mess it up either. Just tastes like a clean light lager, could be a pilsner, but no hops.

Photo of NefariousR
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Light amber, but slightly hazy with a thin white head that dissipated after a few minutes.

S - Light aroma with malt and hops in fairly equal proportion.

T - Some sweetness with a light hop tanginess. Nutty aftertaste.

M - Medium-thin feel with noticeable carbonation. Refreshing.

D - An enjoyable beer, quite sessionable and refreshing. Good with light meals -- "American" food or pub-fare.

Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Flying Saucer in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a clear straw color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of straight pale malts with good amounts of leafy and lightly grassy hops. Also present as the beer warms are very light hints of pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet pale malt flavors kick things and are joined quickly by earthy and grassy hops. Midway through the sip the hops fade allowing the flavors to sweeten again, carrying through to an ending that manages to be neither bitter nor sweet.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a tad on the thin side with carbonation a bit on the high side.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another without a problem.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer although I'd like a crisper differentiation in flavors - the hops seem to run into the malt flavors instead of working with them. Still, an easy-drinker and it's worth a shot.

Photo of tronester
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served chilled with a medium pure white head that fades fast. Smell is of fresh grain and a hint of yeast. Taste is surprisingly light malty up front, with a yeasty middle and clean finish. Mouthfeel is was good, low carbonation. Good drinkability, a nice simple beer that I would drink again.

Photo of ppoitras
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1/2" bright white head above the clear golden brew. Head falls gradually, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is lightly sweet, with a somewhat vegetal character. Taste starts with pale malts, light bitterness in the middle, creamy close. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft over the tongue, and drinkability is good. Name fits purpose well.

Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.