Saint Arnold Weedwacker - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 7
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: champ103 on 08-17-2010

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Reviews by specksnreds:
Photo of specksnreds
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Pale, cloudy, yellow, foamy, lemony, nutty, fluffy, fruity and delightfully delicious. And your BA cliche' for the day is, "easy drinking." Oh and, "thirst quenching." It's better than cliche's. I like its fruit subtlety, instead of an ester wallop. The lemon finish is a nice surprise, and most welcome. I love lemons. C'mon SA...BOMBERS!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of bmwats
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen.

A: Golden hue. Moderate effervescence. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly. No real lacing.

S: Wheat, yeast, lemon citrus, and freshly cut grass.

T: Very wheat forward, prominent amounts of lemon citrus. Tastes like it smells.

M: Light, crisp, and refreshing. A little citrus hangs on the palate.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Moderate effervescence, slight head, no real lacing. Nose is wheaty and nicely accentuated with plenty of grass and citrus. Wheat and crisp citrus. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of Gowcheco
1/5  rDev -72.6%

Now i know why they call it weedwacker. Tastes like a fairly decent hefe that was ran through a strainer filled with grass clippings and onion weeds!

Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. It looks about like a hefeweizen should look. The aroma is a mix of bananas and wheat. I don't get too much clove character. The flavor is heavy on the bananas with a little bit of lemon and some wheat. There are some spices, but it is not quite the clove that you get it other hefeweizens. Medium, very soft mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a significant amount of carbonation. This white head that lingered with no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cloves, grass, wheat, citrus

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied, drinks like a soda. Taste of grassy notes with lemon and cloves.

Overall: Good brew, I would have this one again.

Photo of Soonami
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to davacano for sending this in the Refreshing Summer BIF

I tasted Saint Arnold Weedwacker without knowing what it was and from the aroma and taste, I guessed it was a Witbier because of the spiciness and lemony, fruity twang. I was suprised that this was listed as a hefeweizen, because I often get more banana, a little less clove and definitely less sweet citrus. Overall, though, it's a beautiful beer with a nice thick head and great foam retention, though not great lacing. The smell is a little understated, dominated mostly by the clove yeast. The beer is a little undercarbonated for style, but not bad. The beer is a little sweet for my taste and the balance of the phenols and esters is not quite right. However, I thought this was a delicious beer and something I'm going to enjoying having more of.

Photo of jtladner
2.47/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light in color with a small head and a lot of floating particulate matter. Basically no smell, and very little flavor, but a kind of cloying mouthfeel. I probably won't finish it.

Photo of LXIXME
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A stray yellow/gold color that's not clear but not cloudy either, just thicker or something colored beer that sits below a small to medium head that dies rather quickly into a small lacing.

Banana, cloves, and a lemony citrus aroma, defines the style very well.

More banana, cloves, and lemony citrus goodness in the modestly carbonated taste.

A light dry with a very light lemon background in the aftertaste.

a pretty decent hefe, I could drink a few of these.

Photo of lnashsig
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been a skeptic of St Arnolds, but they have finally put out a beer I love, and will drink a lot of this summer, as it is the ideal summer beer.

Poured into pint glass from bottle. Aggressive pour creates a nice fluffy head that actually has nice retention, and leaves awesome lacing on the glass. I'm impressed so far. Smell- fresh cut grass, bananas, cloves, light, airy, refreshing. Taste- bananas, and then I can definitely tell that this beer was made from the Lawnmower base- the refreshing base of the Kolsch beer is here, but it just works perfectly with the belgian yeast. Mouthfeel- nice carbonation, perfect when drank cold! Drinkability- this is something I can pound all summer. I found my perfect Houston session beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The base beer was unappealing, adding in all the banana yeast did not help it. Not so drinkable, on tap at the brewery.

Photo of TownDunkel
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sain Arnold Weedwacker - bought this one on a whim at the beer store. Interesting labels always grab me for whatever reason... must be the shiny colors...

Appearance - Average look, almost an unfiltered look of a medium brown. Nothing to brag about here but still looks much better than a natty light

Smell - Almost sweet wheat smell to it, but still not there as well as a more sought after hefeweizen.

Taste - This is what this beer brings to the table. The taste is great and gives off a powerful sugar and honey like. The first hit fades away to a much more mellow second that sticks with you.

Mouthfeel - Better than an average beer, but gives a more fizzy feel that I appreciate.

Overall - 3.5, great affordable beer that is much improved over a regular bud light!

Photo of BeardedRiker
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This the last beer in my fridge! :( So, it's hot, hot, hot in Texas so what's better than drinking a lighter and refreshing beer, a hefeweizen, from a Texas brewery.

Weedwacker looks like pineapple juice. It's a murky yellow that forms a white and frothy, thick, and white head. Not much retention or lacing. Looks interesting.

The strongest smells are lemon and straw. Very yeasty and a bit peppery. Smells yummy.

I really like the flavors here. It's not too yeasty, not too citrusy, not too sweet. All of the flavors balance well. Everything in your usual hefeweizen is in this. Banana and clove show up along with some pepperiness. Hefeweizens aren't one of my favorite styles but this one impresses me. I think it's because it's not as sweet as many other hefeweizens. In the finish it has a strong cracker flavor.

This is medium-bodied but on the thinner side. It's pretty creamy but the medium-high carbonation adds some bite to it that keeps things refreshing. Very drinkable. Perfect for a hot summer day in Texas.

Fours all the way!

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a six-pack with a friend. I was expecting more of an American wheat based on Arnold's description, but instead found a pleasant and drinkable German-style wheat. The flavor is heavy on clove and lemon with a crisp, lightly bready finish. There's a juicy element mixed in with a touch of banana. All in all, this is a damn tasty hefe that can stand up to the German classics.

Photo of MikeThumel
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Banana flavor is overpowering. Light color on the pour with very little head.

Photo of Treyliff
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- bright yellow in color, small foamy white head that dissolves quickly with no lace, quite clear.

S- fresh grassy seed, yeast, lemon rind, bready malt and a bit of banana.

T- lemon citrus with a bit of clove, undertone of bready malt, sweet banana, finishes dry.

M- crisp with low carbonation, light-med body with just enough fizz. Very drinkable.

O- very sessionable, a great summer beer that is very well balanced with a very drinkable mouthfeel.

Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this beer Chris!
Neck is printed "61512", so its about a month old i'm guessing. Served in a large tapered mug that is weizen-shaped.

Color is a pale hazy straw yellow, that becomes murky with an orange tint. Thin cap of loose bubbles on the surface, eventually dwindles to a skim. Some random spotty lace in the glass.

Smells fairly clovey, phenolic and yeasty, light peanut butter and wheat, vague citrus, possibly lemon.

Somewhat astringent with a carbonic bite, lemon and wheat flavors, tangy finish. Dusty wheat lingers in the dry aftertaste. Slight pepper or clove spiciness. Overall it's ok, mouthfeel throws it out of "wack" a bit, but otherwise its pretty typical stuff.

Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow with half a finger of foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smell. Belgian yeast with some cloves and a little bananna.

Taste. Nice crisp heffe taste. Belgian yeast, light colves and a little bannana.

Mouthfeel. Light body with a little stronger than medium carbonation.

Overall. Like I said, a nice crisp Heffe. A little on the light side making it a great drinker.

Photo of TexIndy
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on cask at The Ginger Man in Plano. I had it just about 23 hours after they tapped it so still in the good range but I wish I could have had it freshly tapped as well. Bar lighting but looked to be a cloudy pale straw color. It had a massive white foam head that took it's time to settle. It kept about a 1/2" of foam throughout the drink. Excellent sheeting which coated the glass and stuck.

The aroma was very interesting. Nice mix of the base kolsch and the hefeweizen yeast. The yeast makes a huge difference obviously so the hefe aromas of banana and clove lead the way. There was also quite a bit of lemon aroma which I wasn't expecting but it was good. I think cask tends to bring down the aroma a bit and this was no exception. The taste follows the aroma with the lemon and clove out front with some banana and grassy hops as well. Again, I think the cask brought down the flavor in my opinion. Since they serve the cask in the 50's and the kolsch/hefe range is usually colder, it hurt the final flavor in my opinion. Hopefully this gets re-released at some point and I can try a non-cask version. Mouthfeel was medium with light carbonation - would have preferred more but that's normal for a cask. Pleasing aftertaste.

Overall, a very interesting beer that I'm glad I got to try and really hope they re-release in tap and bottles. Highly recommend if you can find it - worthy of the search. I ended up having 2 and wish I could have stayed for another. One time special release. If available again, I would definitely hunt it down on tap. If bottled, it would be a regular in that rotation. [R;Y]

Photo of EgadBananas
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to HopsSchnapps!

Sunny, hazy color, bright white head, dissipates fast to a film. Notes of banana and clove burst through this things...maybe more than any other hefeweizen I've had. Earthy notes, light bready sweetness, and a touch of citrus hops. Taste is spot on with the aroma; very little if any deviation. Feels light and crisp, it's slick, good carbonation. Very refreshing. Enjoyed after a hard days work, and no denying it hit the spot!

Photo of gtermi
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a nice cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Doesnt leave any lace on the glass and there are a lot of bubbles continually floating up.

S: The beer has a nice fruity scent with a good amount of malt. Smells a lot like New Belgium's Trippel.

T: Like the smell, the beer has a strong presence of fruit, Im sure its from belgian yeast, and it has a nice bit of malt after all the sweetness fades away.

M: The beer has a crispness that tingles on the tongue, but the beer goes down pretty smooth after that. Pretty decent.

O: This beer would be great on a hot summer day. Hefeweizen's arent my favorite sort of beers, but every now and then they are enjoyable and different. Another very solid beer by Saint Arnold.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice orange amber, hazy with a nice tow inch head at the top. Head faded to reveal a thin film, with no side glass lace. Nice visible carbonation from the bottom.

wheat and yeast, light with a touch of banana. Good balance, nice aroma.earthy yeast like flavor, light with just a touch of fruit, banana and pear mostly. Not watered down, flavor has a nice pop.

ight enough to just slide down, good carbonation kept it from feeling too thin, not slick, crisp and clean finish.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.7/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saint Arnold Weedwacker has a creamy, medium white head and a hazy, swirling straw appearance, with lots of lacing rings and many little floating particles. Lots of streaming bubbles appear. The aroma is of sugar, corriander, banana, spice, and cake. The flavor is similar- so spicy and rich. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Saint Arnold Weedwacker finishes semi-dry and pretty crisp. Overall, this is a most excellent beer. RJT

Photo of genitempo
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours nicely, straw-colored but with obscurity, giving the subtleties of a Hefeweizen. Minimal head, minimal lace.

S: Citrus fruits, not overbearing, very pleasant.

T: Very enjoyable. Carbonation hinders the citrus from being to weighty, (this actually was a good thing) increasing the brew's drinkability. Rides well all the way through.

MF: Most hefees bring too much of a "pulp" feel. I dont think the weedwacker was trying to do this at all. This sits much like a lager, but brings a more flavorful taste.

O: This beer has a great taste:drinkability ratio. Perfect choice a 6-pack to pick up for a weekend cookout.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a very hazed yellow color with a frothy white head. Retention and lacing are both below average for a hefe, though I am not entirely sure the original lawnmower kolsch has a wheat component to it.

Bananas are bigger than cloves on the nose, but the cloves are also apparent. Nice and yeasty, pretty phenolic overall with a hint of acetone.

Very refreshing beer, you'd never know the recipe was not tailored for a hefeweizen if you tasted it blind. I do think the grainy character of Lawnmower tastes a bit odd here as opposed to a really soft and creamy wheat presence. The yeast also could be a bit tamer and not so rough around the edges. Still a tasty experiment though...something St. Arnold needs to do more of.

Photo of LeonardFournette
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good beer! Highly drinkable. You can tell they care!

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Saint Arnold Weedwacker from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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