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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.01%
Wants: 27
Gots: 67 | 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 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. :-)


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
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
thanks to mhewes for this brew
A- This beer has a straw yellow crystal clear body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles. There is a thin bubbly white head that fades before the first sip.

S-There is a dry gummy candy note followed by a fruity yeast note followed by a soft green finish that is pretty clean.

T- The clean carbonated water taste has notes of softer muscat grapes and fresh raw grain hints. There is a carbonic acid finish with a faint green hop note.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a soft fizzy finish.

D- This beer ha a nice aroma but it is very light even for the style and the flavor is to clean. I like the flavors but I just wanted them to be a bit more pronounced.

rhoadsrage, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a light golden color. A large white head forms and gently recedes. Some spiderweb lace is left behind.
S: Not a lot here. Grainy and husky aroma. Light fruity flavors. Very faint though.
T: Husky yeast and sweet grassy malts. A doughy and biscuit flavor with some citrus fruits. I love the malt character here.
M/D: A light body that has the right amount of crisp refreshment and creaminess. Very easy and smooth to drink. As the style should be quaffable and sessionable. I could drink this all day.

The perfect summer beer as far as I am concerned. During a hot summer day, it does not get much better than this.

champ103, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

not sour enough and not cloudy at all, but full flavored for beer of this light yellow color, i think that this one wanted to be served with a slice of orange, or at least that is what i am going to do to my outher 2, this is good for a hot summer day. i would buy this one if it was avalabule in my area.

orcasteve, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of scootny
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into an ale glass. A respectable two finger head that slowly fades to a thin covering leaving streaks of lace on the way down. Active carbonation is visible in the straw colored lightly cloudy brew.

Smell is of wheat, lemon, light grains.

Taste is mild malt sweetness, faint lemon and light grassiness. Hops are very mild in the finish which is clean and mildly dry. Biscuits remain on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light and gently effervescent, just lively enough to refresh your mouth.

Drinkability is very nice. Easy drinking and quenching. A great summer beer for scorching days.

scootny, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

mhewes hooked me up with this one.
Poured a a light orange maybe e deeper yellow. Average carbonation with a small white head. The Graniy, grassy and fruity with little bit of hops is the best way I can describe the taste. A very small bite at the end from the hops but a drinkable beer for the style.

barleywinefiend, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ok, I don't really consider lawnmowing and beer to go together. I feel the same way about lawnmower fumes and cigars but I digress. Got this as a "taste of texas" as part of a trade.

A - pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice white head.

S - light grains, floral hops

T - light grainy biscuit malts, floral hops

M - light bodied, nicely carbonated, clean light finish.

D - light, pleasant with enough flavor notes to say hey, have another.

A kolsch as noted here I'm having a hard time but as a pleasant hot wether summer beer it works. Sometimes, why ask why....

barleywinebrewer, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

snifter. crystal clear pale yellow color. white head with low retention and low lacing. slight grassy aroma...could just be the name playing tricks on me. corn malts off the bat, very light malts. no big hop aromas. nice sweet citrus malt flavors, very light though. tons of corn malts. no distinct hop flavors. low to medium body. solid carbonation level. very easy to drink, nice and mild. great "lawnmower" beer....haha!

paulthebeerguru, Jul 06, 2008
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 OHLRangers
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired via trade from mhewes. Thanks Michael.

Poured into standard pint glass. Cloudy golden color with one finger thick white head- quickly dissipates with minimal lacing on the glass. Smell is very interesting- something sweet, could be honey? Light spice aromas reminding me of my fave Kolsch (DragonMead's Kaiser's Kolsch). Nothing stands out in the taste- there isn't any kind of sweetness in that taste, lacking in body. This is where this one separates from DragonMead's. It's a very sessionable beer that lives up to its name, no doubt, but doesn't stand out in the taste field, and that's what is most important, right?

OHLRangers, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of TAMU99
2.45/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

As patriotic as I am, and thus anxious to support (almost) anything Texan, I just can't get behind this beer.

Cloudy yellow pour with thick dirty white head. Smells like coors light (sorry, I know that stings). Taste is masked by a WAY over carbonated mouthfeel. I guess through all that carbonic acid is sweet floral flavor with some citrus. Hops are there, but it's just not worth finding them...all the bubbles keep getting in the way. All I taste is beery soda water.

TAMU99, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of jordoo
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade with mhewes, thanks!

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Very pale cloudy light yellow, with a thick sticky white head. I smell mainly grassy hops with some floral as well. I taste floral soapy hops with some grassy notes and stingyness throught there is a hint of bready malts as well. Thee is a nice lasting flavor well after the finish. This is very light in body and super easy drinking.

jordoo, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mhewes for this one!

This one pours a foggy golden peach color with an irregular film of white. Tiny bubbles struggle up from the bottom to sustain the head.

Smells of a crisp shot of white flour that transitions into birch bark, but has a slightly organic mushroom accompanying it. This has a dry woody edge to it. A great, unique blend.

The flavor starts with a light sweetcorn and an ambiguous fruity sourness that seems focused on the dry sting of CO2. This branches off from there to pick up on some of the woody notes from the smell and a distant lime rind, but over all, its rather bland.

Feels a bit thick with an electric swarm of bubbles that leaves my tongue reeling.

Not too bad. An easy summer beer, but the CO2 seems to be entirely too dominant.

DarkerTheBetter, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass on hot summer day in Dallas.

Light amber color expected of a Kolsch, half finger of head and little lacing. Not much on the nose, mostly malty.

Taste is solid, light but still with some complexity to it. A little citrus perhaps and a mild kick on the after-taste. Mouthfeel is great, very crisp but not overwhelming carbonation.

This is beer that I could definitely drink a lot of on a hot summer day. Plus here in Texas I can get a six pack for just a dollar or two more than a macro six. Out at the pool I can't think of a better option and look forward to trying more Saint Arnold brews.

elniko, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden yellow color. This white head with little retention and no lacing.

S - The smell was very neutral. Slight hint of grains and fruit. Maybe cherries or grapes.

T - Very clean taste of grapes and grain.

M/D - Medium bodied and highly carboanted. Very easy drinking beer.

ckeegan04, Jun 05, 2008
Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.