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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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688 Ratings

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 241
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 27
Gots: 80 | 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 angelmonster
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a big 2 and a half white head. Body is gold in color with tons of bubbles rising. Head retention and lacing are above average

Smells of sweet malt, some corn and grains, very light

Taste is very simple and clean, light malt and grass. Not much in hops area.

Mouth feel is nice. Carbonation is balanced and body is light but not watery

Drink ability is pretty good. Very session able, great, simple beer. A good substitute for a light beer but with more flavor.

angelmonster, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of myost88
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into pilsner glass

Appearance- Pours a clear gold. Perfectly see through. Two finger white head, likely the result of an aggressive pour. Head dissipated w/in two minutes. Leaves a thin rim on top of the beer.

Smell- Mostly citrus, little hops in the background. Malt not really present here. Not a strong smell.

Taste- Citrus again. Taste is stronger than the smell. Pretty good balance between hops and malt. But hops wins out on the back of the tongue. Somewhere between a pale ale and a pilsner. Less hoppy than a PA, more than a Pils. More yeasty than a pils. Aftertaste is similar to a communion wafer.

Mouthfeel- Nice and crisp. Nice carbonation tickles the tongue. Not at all creamy, nor should it be. Dances on the tongue.

Drinkability- I can a drink few of these down no problem. Very classic beer taste. Straightforward brew, not trying to mesh too many flavors.

Overall- Did not disappoint me. It was pretty much what I expected. Clean on the palate and an easy drinker. Very nice on a hot TX summer day. I think this would be a good beer to lead into a nice IPA or IIPA later in the night.

myost88, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby twist-off bottle into a pilsner glass.

Not sure what's so "fancy" about lawnmowers, but this kölsch pours a decently attractive pale golden hue that fades to white grape juice. Massively carbonated, the body houses a plethora of bubble trails rising up to supply a thin, spittle-white head. Lighter aromas of grassy hay and floral hops with a backbone of corn and pale crystal malts. No off-notes, but not many "on-notes", either.

Body is slightly sweet with creamed corn and vegetable husks. Finishes with a burst of grassy, floral hops and crisp, clean bready malts. Each sip bubbles profusely, adding some zip to the body that lightens it as well. Goes down easily, I could put away quite a few of these in a setting on a hot day. Overall, a solid summer session beer, but I've definitely had better kölsch's than this.

wagenvolks, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this as a first beer at the Flying Saucer in Houston. Wanted to try a local beer and begin the hot evening with a light and refreshing beer. This certainly fit the bill. I enjoyed it quite a bit..

The beer was very bright gold with excellent clarity. No head, no visible carbonation and no lacing.

The aroma was very light and of light bread and slight sweetness.

The flavor was interesting and while I would never describe this as nutty, the first flavor that came to mind was almonds. I have no idea why, but it was there. Slightly sweet, very bread like. And crisp.

Mouth feel was very light an carbonation is mild. Indeed it is refreshing and very drinkable. I would say this beer is spot on for what it's trying to be.

A light, crisp and refreshing beer to drink when it's hot.
Good Job Saint Arnold.

Reagan1984, Jun 11, 2009
Photo of diamondc
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer a couple days ago. I don't know if anyone has noticed, but now there is ink jet dating on the bottle now. Mine said 040709, pretty sure that is the bottling date.

This beer could pass as a regular macro lager in the glass. Pale yellow, a bit of a haze, not that much head sticking around just a thin cap of foam leaving some very light lacing.

Aroma is a bit lacking. I couldn't smell anything except for some slight breadiness/yeastiness mixed with some salty tortilla chips.

There's some honey, pear and nectar flavors on the initial taste. Some graininess comes through afterwards. No real hop flavors are detectable. Kind of reminds me of a macro adjunct lager with the out of place corn flavor, though.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability aren't that bad. This beer goes down smooth with nice carbonation and slight watery mouthfeel. That weird corn aftertaste kind of disappoints, if the hops were amped up a bit, this would be a really great beer.

diamondc, May 26, 2009
Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty awesome bottle art, right here. Good Kolsch pour, too--lightly hazy yellow with a tight white head.

Smells fresh and weed and alive. It's as uncomplicated as a warm summer's stroll, the good kind of ponderousness, boring and heavy but only because of its stifling weightlessness.

Tastes light and kolschy. Like an American macro minus the adjunct and with a complicated pollenyness to it. Drinks like water just like it's supposed to.

I don't know if this is exceptionally fresh or just a remarkably well brewed Kolsch. I'm fall into the same trap as most other BAs in that I normally don't give strong scores to lighter flavored beers, but this one is done very well.

mynie, May 22, 2009
Photo of lonestar1836
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden yellow with a light foamy white head that disipates fairly quickly

S: warm malty sweetness with just a hint of hopps

T: bright bready biscuty malt flavors with light fruity flavors that i can't quite place

M: light bodied with a lot of carboantion

D: this is a good summer beer and just as the name denotes, it's just right for mowing the lawn in a hot Texas day

lonestar1836, May 17, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
4.33/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a slightly cloudy light golden color with a bubbly/fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells fruity with apples and lemons coming to mind, grassy, grainy, slightly malty. Taste is grainy and fruity. Carbonation level is high, it pierced the tongue with every sip. Body is light an quite quaffable. Mouthfeel sweet lightly syrup and malty. Great hot weather drinker here. Just enough sweetness light body, just great.

johnnnniee, May 16, 2009
Photo of miket163
4.45/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an excellent beer from the great state of Texas!

appearance: Poured a pale gold colour into a pint glass with a 2 inch head. great lacing the entire beer.

smell: Smelled very pleasant, fruity and grassy hop character. Underlying grapefruit note

taste: Very fresh light malt character, with a good hop bite. Very clean, yet great hop flavor that makes this very refreshing !

excellent beer! Great for summer!

miket163, May 07, 2009
Photo of thirdeye11
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from draft tap into 22oz plastic cup at the Rangers game. Not exactly the ideal review spot, but good enough.

A: Pours a pretty pale golden color, no head to speak of although could be who was pouring it not knowing any better. Laces on a plastic cup which impressed me for the style and the presentation.

S: Smells like a pale lager style beer, but I'm also getting some apple notes here. As I swirl the glass I get some nice fruity notes including apple, pear, and some citrus. Really a great smell especially as a summer beer this one works well.

T: Lots of spices like coriander, maybe some very muted clove or cinnamon, some pear and apple in the taste. Pretty impressive compared to how it looks. I don't want to give the impression this tastes like an apple cinnamon pie or a cider because it doesn't at all, but imagine a really good pale lager and adding those elements in very subtle quantities. The result would be this beer. It's really fantastic.

M: Carbonation is about perfect and stays that way the whole time I drink it, body is surprisingly good for a paler beer, but could use more creaminess.

D: Most pale beers tend to have a skunky aftertaste to me, this beer is not necessarily an exception, but on the very lowest end of the spectrum. I could drink these all day and not complain a bit about it. It will drink better when cold, but is still VERY drinkable as it warms something I cannot say for any other beer that I know that's even close to this.

thirdeye11, May 02, 2009
Photo of kkipple
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first St. Arnold brew I've actually sat down to review, thanks to Stopbarking - I got this today from my friendly beerman (read: Fedex delivery driver) and decided to drink it immediately as Kolsch never improves with age. Why wait?!

A. Well now. God bless Mr. Arnold, 'cause this beer is gorgeous. The head is massive, crowning, brilliant sticky white that goes up up and still further up, sitting a half inch above the rim of my Sam Adams glass but never faltering. The beer is shocking clear and fizzy, very pale yellow. The head sticks around much longer than it should, and leaves some lacing behind as it dies with panache. Well done, boys.

S. Pretty basic pils / pale malt, slight amounts of earthy, bitter hops and just a little corn in the nose. Smells like "beer". Clean and lagerish.

T. Solid and on-target for a Kolsch. Nothing really wrong here, we have a little pale malt sweetness, some dry, vaguely earthy and bitter hop, some corn and grainy character, but it's all diffuse and light and gentle. Easy is a good word.

M. Dry, thin, soft but high carbonation. Drink this one cold, mine has warmed up to 55 or so and it was much better fresh outta da fridge. I don't say this often, but I'd guess 40 degrees would be about right for this one.

D. Sure, and on a hot night like to night, doubly so. Goes down easy and the finish is mild and enjoyable.

"Fancy" Lawnmower beer is the sort beer that BMC could and should be brewing. Not the best Kolsch I've had, but I'd reach for this in a quick minute during a hundred-odd degree Texas heatwave. Recommended.

kkipple, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally a beer that is marketed to the lawnmowing crowd. I have a lawn man, but I'm still down with lawnmowers. The one on the front looks like a Toro I used to have. Pours a murky gold which clears around the edges. One and a half fingers of white head dissipates quickly, settling into a thin layer on top and leaving a fine sheet of lace. Smells of sweet hops mixed with some hops and subtle light fruits. Tastes of more sweet malts, a little honey, and a faint bit of spice. Hops aren't really noticeable, but the brew remains fairly tasty. Goes down easy and is well carbonated. The word refreshing comes to mind, and I'd say this would make an excellent summer brew to take on an outing or such. They should can this one.

stephens101, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of jpaltan
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear pale yellow; head comes up and out of the glass and then is gone in seconds leaving no lacing down the side. Citrus notes in the nose, but nothing overwhelming. Quite lemony at first, then kind of trickles off into a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and quite smooth.

jpaltan, Apr 21, 2009
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
Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.