Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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702 Ratings
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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 26
Gots: 86 | 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 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.

Photo of billab914
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a very fizzy light yellow/gold color with a big bubbly white head. The head settled down quickly after the pour but the steady stream of carbonation bubbles rose from the bottom pretty consistently.

Aroma has some grain and a moderate sweetness, but it also seems to have a crisp apple or apple juice type of smell to it. The taste has some graininess to it with some malt sweetness and a little bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's an easy drinking beer with some decent flavors. It's a decent beer for the style and would be a good alternative to a macro but it's not really something that really excited me much.

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

Had 2/4 at the Sheraton Hotel in Dallas

A: This beer pours a hazy light straw yellow with a 1/2 inch of white head. Head retains decently leaving wispy lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is rather buttery with some vanilla hints.

T: Taste is buttery through and through. Hints of vanilla, caramel malts and then spiciness comes in with hints of fruit, some apple and banana.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy and almost velt like on the tongue.

D: Goes does quite easily, not a great representation of the style, however a very tasty beer that I enjoyed a few pints of.

Photo of brystmar
3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at their new brewery location. Awesome name for a beer btw!

A: copper in color with minimal head and virtually zero lacing.

S: malt and faint earthy tones. Not much here.

T: light and malty with some yeast. A little bland, but fitting for the style. Nothing interesting to report, unfortunately; blame the German purity laws.

M: light- to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: lightish mouthfeel & taste lend well to easy drinking.

Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived with a finger's worth of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a light, pale yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant, lager-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a light honey-like taste on the tongue. Finish was soft, slightly dry and definitely refreshing. Lawnmower beer, indeed!

Photo of BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Fancy Lawnmower has a lot of malt sweetness and heaviness for a Kolsch-style beer. The vegital and yeastiness makes it more like a Cream Ale as well.

The hazy straw colored beer shows medium carbonations that forms an initial formitable but fizzy white head. The foam fades into a slight lace that lingers around the edge of the glass.

A medium malt sweetness and light grain flavors start the show with a lot of fruitiness and confections comming in shortly behind. Corn and butter notes also show up as the sweetness begins to fade. Yeasty and bready to go along with the sweetness, actually accentuate the fruitiness.

Body is sweeter and heavier, and without the crisp, clean, and refreshing character that is shown by Reisdorf or the like. A bit slick on the tongue seems to distract. The beer never attempts to dry out.

The beer isn't all that bad despite the negative comments. I expect a lot out of a Kolsch and this beer would make a better example of a Cream Ale. Thanks Exiled!

Photo of maximum12
3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TexasStout for sending me a bottle of this recently. One of the best names for a beer ever! Just recently had a Summit Kolsch as part of their new Unchained series, so eager to see how this one with it's fancy name stacks up.

Pours an exremely pale, hazy yellow, with almost no head to speak of, lively carbonation evident in the glass, however. Smells like the grassy highlands of NeverNever...with a banana plantation in the middle. Inviting.

Fancy Lawnmower starts out strong & does well all the way through. The taste is almost reminiscent of a hefe more than a kolsch, with banana ascendant. Plenty of other stuff too, grassy of course, washed citrus, grainy, with a bit of spice tossed in at the end. Impressive complex of brews for a simpler style of beer. Very clean, crisp, & refreshing. I can see having a cooler full of this next to the grill on hot summer days.

Very good beer. Two good Kolsch in a row are beginning to turn me on to a style I haven't dug too much until now. Well done, Saint Arnold.

Photo of Spineypanda
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a light and see through straw color to it, and a head that hardly lasts.

The taste is light, but definitely malty. I do not recognize the hops as much as I would expect considering their other beers, but it is tasty as can be.

A very refreshing beer and I would enjoy this beer with a light fish or chicken meal.

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

A: had this on-tap at a texas rangers baseball game. slightly lighter than honey, with a decently thick, 1 finger eggshell white head that did NOT disapate.

S: not super strong, you can get a bit of maltiness balanced by bitterness that I cant quite recoginze as hops.

T: pretty good, (not too bad) but certainly not outstanding. the bitterness wins out over the maltiness but both are present.

M: really faily THIN.

D: maybe not hi quailty stuff but SUPER drinkable. Maybe that's what they werer trying for. This would make a good beer to drink by the sixer. Way better than the rice-based macros!

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a sample pack of Saint Arnolds from TexasStout. Kolsh beers are hit or miss with me, so lets see how this one does. Seeing as how today was an usually hot day, I decided to crack this baby.

A: Pours with a large 2 finger head that slowly dissipates. The bright honey colored yellow orange color is pretty interesting and its pretty hazy as expected. Almost makes me sneeze seeing how pollen colored it is. After about 30 seconds the large head has died down to a light head covering that just covers the whole top of the beer and seems to hold pretty well.

N: Very interesting nose. Some vanilla and malty aromas, then some saison like nose with spice and zip, and even some almost wild yeast smells, perhaps a touch of banana. I hope it has all those tastes as well.

T: Hmmmm... starts pretty light tasting almost Bavarian wheat taste with some light wheat and touch of banana, then adds some yeasty tastes and other interesting almost tropical fruits like a papaya or something. It's also a little spicey. More banana comes out as the taste ages. Some light grassy tastes can be detected but aren't really as strong as I thought they would be. A little tanginess and touch of vanilla finishes it off. With the banana, yeast, and vanilla I almost get a vanilla yogurt taste...

M: Decent carbonation, pretty light but still semi thick, and spicey.

F: Finishes pretty dry and adds more of the banana yogurt and fruit that just sticks around for a bit. It doesn't finish as clean as I expected but is still pretty refreshing. Its also a little creamy.

Final thoughts: Its pretty refreshing and light, but has some interesting creamy banana yeasty vanilla yogurt like flavors and has a slightly spicey saison like feel but maintains a Bavarian Hefe style taste. It's strange for a Kolsh style but has a few interesting characteristics.

Photo of chickencoop
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - very clean golden beer.
Smell - I got notes of grass, and earthy qualities.
Taste/ Mouthfeel - I loved this beer, and completely surprised how much I would like it. I purchased it at a Spec's and the beer guy there kind of discounted the Texas micros once I told him I was from NorCal, but I seriously had to hold back from finishing the 6-pack that night in my sad Holiday Inn. Very refreshing and tasted like candy.
Drinkability - loved it, heading back to Texas soon to stuff some more in my suitcase, it's not the best beer in the world, states or probably Texas but hit the spot when I drank it, and that's all I cared about. I think I'll get it on tap next time, hope it doesn't let me down.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a pale yellow with a thin white heaqd. No lacing. Not much of a scent, but what there is of green hops. The taste is rather plain, but well balanced for what is there. Which makes the drinkablity not bad. This, as with most Kolsch beer, make for a good beer on a hot Texas summer day.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To those who have lawns to mow, I raise a bottle of Fancy Lawnmower to you!

A: Pale yellow. Bubbly. Thin head.

S: Clean and crisp. Slightly sweet. You can smell the lawn in the Hallertauers.

T: Simple goodness like a Nilla Wafer (without tasting at all like a Nilla Wafer). While I would have preferred an increase in the aforementioned Hallertauers, this is still a good example of what a macro-lager should taste like if they weren't soul-less heathens.

M: Tingly and refreshing...which is exactly what the point of this beer is.

D: If you are outside in the Houston heat, this should be in at least one of your hands.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.