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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
80
good

636 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 26
Gots: 56 | 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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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

It's a hot day, but the lawn is freshly mowed. Thanks jasonjlewis for this brew.

A - This beer poured a cloudy golden/yellow with a frothy white head. The carbonation bubbles are continuous.

S - This is a unique smell. It is floral, hoppy, grainy and spicy.

T - The taste is earthy. It is hoppy, but offset by a grainy sweetness.

M - Thin to medium bodied - it works for this beer.

D - I've never been a kolsch fan. That being said, this was refreshing and might make me rethink any preconceived notions.

06-05-2008 00:54:21 | More by barefootbrewer
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bilyboy65

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner style glass. No BBD on bottle.

A first for this style of beer.

A: Crisp golden yellow that pours a nice thin white head that lasts the entire life of glass. Head really isn't clingy and there isn't much for a film left on the glass. Medium carbonation to be seen.

S: Smells grainy with a touch of hops and malts. Description says some grapeyness is supposed to accompany it, but can't detect it.

T: Has a dry quality to it. Mostly a hoppy taste with some grains following. Finishes kinda bittery, but not overwhelmingly so. Nothing really complex

M: A little carbonation to tantalize, but other wise kinda passes through without bringing much attention to itself. Leaves the mouth a little dry. Good part about that is that it leaves you wanting more.

D: Easy beer to enjoy. Nothing that is to extreme. Most people could enjoy this beer.

06-04-2008 02:50:06 | More by bilyboy65
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Received as and extra in a trade with mhewes, thanks. Ok, so I took this beer literally and drank it while mowing the lawn. Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup (yeah, I know).

A: A light golden straw color with a nice whitish head.

S: Sweet malts with grains and a touch of hops.

T: Malt comes through as the main player here with a grainy sweetness and a touch of fresh grass. There is a backround taste of hops, but it is very subdued. Still it comes off as a balanced beer. Very refreshing.

M: Light and crisp with average carbonation.

D: High as they go down very easily, especially when thirsty after cutting the grass.

Overall a nice solid kolsch that I could drink on any hot day. Nice little beer.

06-02-2008 13:49:34 | More by Kadonny
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deepsouth

Mississippi

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%

this beer poured a nearly crystal clear yellow with pretty decent carbonation.

the smell is of wet grass (???). maybe that is why it's called lawnmower beer. it's a very different smell for a beer. this may be my first of this style.

the taste is bitter, but my palate sweetens after i swallow the beer. very clean tasting beer.

the mouthfeel is light and carbonated.

this would be the perfect beer to down a couple of after mowing the lawn. a nice summer beer that would pair nicely with some grilled fish i think.

05-30-2008 01:24:52 | More by deepsouth
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TheBCrew

New York

4/5  rDev +13.6%

After a hot sweaty day in Austin this beer was a welcome treat. 16 oz. pint poured a pale straw color with a decent white head that eventually dissipated leaving some lacing. Somewhat hazy appearance. This beer is delicate all around (as is the kölsch style). Slight lemony aroma and crisp malt flavor with a clean citrus finish. Very light, yet balanced. High drinkability due to the lighter body and lower alcohol.

05-29-2008 13:21:47 | More by TheBCrew
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mhewes

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +23%

A : Pours a pale golden color with a nice white head that leaves good lacing behind on the glass

S : Some grains, malts, and a touch of hops.

T : Crisp and refreshing. It is very light and clean with just enough malt flavor and hops to give it a nice balance

M : light and refreshing

D : An excellent example of a kolsch-style. Easy to knock back some of these on a nice summer day

05-19-2008 20:32:17 | More by mhewes
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%

Acquired via trade from breity, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with a little sweetness and a little spice. There's a decent malt presence that provides a nice balance. The malt character is light but still holds some substance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is beer is exactly what the name implies, light, refreshing and well worth pounding down for a long time.

05-03-2008 22:50:29 | More by TheManiacalOne
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%

"My neighbor asked to use my lawnmower. I told him of course he could, as long as he didn't take it out of my yard."

--Eric Morecambe

Maize with cool lemonade borders. The beer is clear initially, then becomes moderately foggy as the final few ounces of yeast-laden liquid are added to the glass. The ivory colored cap looks good, not great, and is responsible for several streamers of suds.

The nose is simple... and wonderful. This SABC beer smells like it'll be modestly sweet and pale malty, as well as herbal-spicy on the hop side. Although the Hallertau hops aren't as grassy as Saaz would be, they're grassy enough to make the beer's name an appropriate one.

Fancy Lawnmower tastes like what a macro lager from BMC would taste like if those guys ever decided to brew good beer. Like the nose, the flavor is clean, simple and enjoyable. Not quite as enjoyable on the buds as in the nose, but close. It would probably deaden some the flavor, but I'd suggest drinking this one closer to the brewery's recommended temperature (35-45 degrees) than my current temperature (estimated 55 degrees).

Even though there isn't, it tastes like there's a little flaked corn in the house. According to Saint Arnold, the malt is all pale/pilsner and malted wheat. Hallertau flavor and bitterness, while noticeable, could stand a 50% increase. Some zip and zing would have assured the next highest taste score.

Considering the purpose, the mouthfeel is right on point. Ideally, it would be a little more full and a little more bubbled, but if one is looking for easy rehydration after strenuous activity in hot weather, it's good enough. I've decided to score drinkability as 'ease of'.

Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower is a pretty good warm weather kolsch that should be more popular down in Texas than Shiner Bock... but probably isn't. For that matter, it should sell better than everything brewed by BMC... but probably doesn't. I enjoyed this one. Under the cap... 'Make beer, not war'.

05-03-2008 12:11:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

12 oz. bottle via Rick Sayer from Team Sinister, BIF Race 2008.

This one is a perfectly clear pale gold color with a small, thin all-white crown that dissipates pretty fast with not much lef over.

The aroma is of crisp wheat malt that becomes very herbal and slightly earthy with a classic sour-tangy yeast edge.

The flavor is very light and clean, very lager-esque with it's tangy wheat malt flavor and earthy, herbal yeast and hops. great balance.
This is light bodied, pretty thin actually with a bit of a dry finish, not as smooth and round in the finish as some of this style.

This is a decent spring time beer with it's easy quoff.

04-26-2008 15:59:48 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

A-Hazy light golden yellow with a medium white
head.

S-Maize, light spice and grassy/hops. All very light, save the corn which dominates.

T-Corn, light fruity hops and a slight citrusy note. Ends with a light dry hoppiness.

M-Light body with a fair carbonation. What to expect from this style.

D-A nice representation of style. Also, a beer with the perfect name. Certainly one I would grab after mowing the lawn!

04-19-2008 12:10:17 | More by Deuane
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%

Special thanks to BA "Turbine2475" for sending me this brew.

Pours a bright clear yellow with a white head that settles slowly to a thin layer of foam. Slow but steady carbonation bubbles. Smells faintly of grassy grains. Taste is faint floral hops. Mouthfeel is somewhat buttery, very moist finish. Fairly clean drinkable, simple kolsch.

04-16-2008 23:40:45 | More by BigJTrucker
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

This beer poured a golden straw color with a thin white head. The aroma was a grainy wheat smell. The taste was again a grainy crisp taste with low hop taste. Very refreshing. The mouthfeel was medium body with medium carbonation. Overall this beer doesn't pretend to be anything than what it is intended for..mowing the lawn. It is very refreshing which is perfect for just such an event.

04-14-2008 14:18:42 | More by Beerbuddha
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BgThang

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +16.5%

This beer is specifically for when you are hot and sweaty from mowing the lawn according brock.

This pours a light yellow color.
This is a crisp light airy kolsch style.
The bottle claims texas kolsch.
I think it hits the mark as a very good kolch style beer.

04-09-2008 15:57:51 | More by BgThang
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armock

New York

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

A - Poured a straw yellow color with a white head

S - Is of grainy earthy malt

T - Is similar to the smell grainy malt

M - Has a medium body with higher carbonation

D - Just like the name says its a fancy lawn mower beer perfect for when you want a beer thats cold and wet its not going to blow you a way but its still a good beer

03-31-2008 23:19:31 | More by armock
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +15.1%

On the first weekend of spring (Easter Sunday) this was my new beer after long-overdue housecleaning. A 12 oz. undated, twist-off capped bottle, poured to a pint glass. Beneath the cap reads: "I'll be bock"...funny, I'd hoped it'd be "kolsch"... Thanks to BeerZack for bringing this up to Portland.

A: Typically hazy straw-yellow color crowned with a nearly two-finger pure white head, prickly and frothy all at once. Foam fades quickly, leaving a creamy cover and denser ring; lace slips slowly down the glass. Few visible carbonation streams.

S: Big yeasty aroma - sweet and honey-like. Flowery, grassy, light hop spiciness. Can smell it from a couple feet away, even served straight from the chill of the fridge.

T: Honey and buttered biscuits. Mild fruits, like ripe melons or pears. Doughy chewiness and sugary grain are cut by grassiness and a touch of lemon, mildly bittering hops. A tasty malt-forward treat.

M: It's not a heavy or overly-carbonated style, the Kolsch. Still, I can't help but feel this could be livelier, perhaps richer, more lingering.

D: Try as I might, this was w-a-a-a-y too easy to drink; I'm guessing no more than 5 or 6 'sips' was all it took to finish the glass. Light, perfect for summer warmth. Would have this all the time (between July & October) if available in Portland.

03-24-2008 02:49:04 | More by msubulldog25
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Mora2000

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +11.6%

I had this on tap during a tour of the Saint Arnold Brewery. The beer poured a straw colored with a nice foamy white head. The beer had a slight lemony/grassy smell and taste. I have had this beer out of the bottle numerous times, but this was the first time I had tried it on tap and it was definitely better on tap. It was also very cool to be drinking the beer while the founder of the company was telling me the history of it. This is one of my favorite hot weather beers and I would recommend it to anyone needing a beer to quench your thirst.

03-21-2008 02:01:31 | More by Mora2000
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plaid75

New York

4.15/5  rDev +17.9%

Poured a hazy medium straw hue with a two finger creamy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy malt with a touch of lemon zest.

The taste consisted of a grainy malt, a good grassy hop, a touch of lemon and even a slight yeast ester.

The mouthfeel was on the fuller side of the style with a surprising and enjoyable creaminess.

Overall a very tasty kolsch that is supremely easy to drink. Thanks to brentk56 for this one.

03-14-2008 02:47:41 | More by plaid75
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BeanBone

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance: Golden, cloudy and effervescent with a thin head that dissipates quickly

Aroma: Floral and bitter, almost reminds me of sparkling apple cider

Taste: Crisp and bitter with citrus hints

Mouthfeel: Not as fizzy as its appearance led me to believe, cuts nicely

Drinkability: Somewhat bitter, but would be perfect for a hot Texas afternoon

Verdict: While Kölsch is not one of my normal styles, this is certainly a beer I can enjoy. If I was outside in the heat at a ballgame, this would be an almost perfect choice.

03-13-2008 19:43:06 | More by BeanBone
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turbine2475

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

A - Bright golden beer with a slight milky hue that pours a one finger head that quickly disipates
S - Biscuity yeast and earthy hints of wheat and alphalpha
T - Smooth hints of corn and yeast that break way for a citrus bite.
M - Smooth and crisp
D - Great brew for a hot summer day, trumps most beers I have had of the style. Great beer to get any of your friends off the piss beers.

02-10-2008 06:06:24 | More by turbine2475
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JDV

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -11.9%

White head, good hearty light sweet grassy, grain smell with almost no noticable bitterness, and almost creamy yet light. Light to medium carbonation, very easy to drink, but with a slight chemically twinge at times... A great summer beer all around, that is somewhat simple, and easy to drink.

01-07-2008 22:13:35 | More by JDV
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%

Big thanks to jasonjlewis for this bottle in a recent trade.

Pours lightlty hazy light yellow with a nice head to it that sticks around nicely, lacing is good.

Big aroma of fresh fruit, pears, apples, citrusy lemon. Very aromatic but not overwhelming. Soft mouthfeel and deliciously fresh tasting beer. Notes of wheat malt (maybe?) and lightly kilned 2 row. Carbonation brings out interresting fuit notes in the taste as well.

After prying of the cap with a bottle oppener, I realised it was in a twist-off bottle. These are the stardard in Quebec (although the bottle format is not the same) but I rarely see craft beer from the USA that comes in twist off's.

And twist-off = lawnmower beer for shure! I'd love a couple of these on a hot summer day.

12-23-2007 03:12:29 | More by bloberglawp
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MMAJYK

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%

A- This Lawnmower pours a bright yellow color that is non-transparent due to it being unfiltered. It leaves 1 finger of bright white head after a semi-agressive pour that dissipates quickly, leaving little to no film on the top.

S- The first smells are of wheat and grass. The rest is doughy and biscuity, like most people have already said. I pick up a sour note, but I cannot put a name on it.

T- Upon first taste, I catch the sweetness of the malt. It is very grassy and grainy just like the smells. There is a lemon-like (tiny) zing in there also, which adds to the refreshment factor of this beer. I am not very familiar with this style, but from what I have read, this is right on.

M- High on carbonation. It burns the entire surface of the tongue upon hitting it. I like this in a refreshment style beer.

D- Very high. I could drink this after doing anything to work up a sweat, or just chilling in the AC.

You may ask, why is he reviewing a Lawnmower in the middle of December?!? Well my friends, it is 77 degrees here in Atlanta today (record heat) and this beer just felt like the right one for the occasion. I understand what St. Arnold was trying to do with this one, and I think they definitely done it. Very refreshing and mild, but nice characteristics of a quality craft brew. Very nice guys! I enjoyed it.

12-11-2007 23:18:23 | More by MMAJYK
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RickSawyer

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

Since this beers just won a gold medal @ GABF I figured I should give her a good go around. Upsets me a bit that many people are judging this beer against their perferred style rather than this beers style. With that said, I haven't explored kolsch style too much, but have enjoyed a couple for what they are. Not my favorite beer, but such a nice, sessionable beer.

Pours a nice carbonated pour, full of brilliant golden hues. Stark white head that disipates in a couple of seconds. Smells biscuty, slight smell of citrus zest. Taste very similar to the smell. Doughy, biscuty sweet flavor with a nice floral citrus taste that follows. Very drinkable, very nice craft beer that might be a good segway for many into the world of craft brews... Good job Saint Arnolds and kudos on the medal.

Thumbs up.

11-15-2007 02:25:23 | More by RickSawyer
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

2.98/5  rDev -15.3%

This beer struck me as just sort of middle-of-the-road and unexciting. Not bad, but not especially commendable. Too hazy for the style (IMO, based on limited brewing expertise), comparable in taste than other Kolsch's I've had.

It pours a hazy dirty-yellow with a light BMC beer looking head which quickly dissipates. Aroma is Kolsch-like (as I understand it); with some grainy-ness and a bit of metallic (think copper) smell. Flavor is more cereal-y than metallic, but with enough copper-ness to make me think of it as "Kolsch-like" in flavor. Not bad, but nothing to seek out. After cutting the grass on a hot day, I might opt for something else.

11-10-2007 20:13:44 | More by BeerBelcher
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hiikeeba

Texas

4.4/5  rDev +25%

I have seen this on the store shelves for a while, but never bought it. I always went for the Shiner Kolsch. Since they recently won a Gold Medal at the 2007 GABF, I thought I'd give it a try

A: Pours up honey colored with a wispy white head. It's cloudy with golden highlights.

S: Citrusy hops aroma, with a sweet malt smell.

T: starts off with a subtly sweet malt taste, and finishes with a hint of hop bitterness in the finish. Very smooth.

M: Good carbonation.

D: A great beer for the Texas summers. I should have been paying more attention to this beer.

10-19-2007 23:38:54 | More by hiikeeba
Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.