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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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647 Ratings

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Ratings: 647
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 27
Gots: 59 | 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 scootny
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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 -1.1%

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 +8.8%

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 -14.8%

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 +7.4%

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 -5.4%

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 -30.4%

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 +8%

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 -5.4%

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 20, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%

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 +13.6%

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
Photo of barefootbrewer
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.

barefootbrewer, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of bilyboy65
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.

bilyboy65, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of Kadonny
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.

Kadonny, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of deepsouth
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.

deepsouth, May 30, 2008
Photo of TheBCrew
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.

TheBCrew, May 29, 2008
Photo of mhewes
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

mhewes, May 19, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, May 03, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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'.

BuckeyeNation, May 03, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

A-Hazy light golden yellow with a medium white

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!

Deuane, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of BigJTrucker
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.

BigJTrucker, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
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.

Beerbuddha, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of BgThang
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.

BgThang, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of armock
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

armock, Mar 31, 2008
Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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