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Saint Arnold Weedwacker - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

Saint Arnold WeedwackerSaint Arnold Weedwacker

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: champ103 on 08-17-2010)
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Photo of BeardedRiker


4/5  rDev +7.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:38:30 | More by BeardedRiker
Photo of ballmouse

New York

3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is hardly a traditional hefeweizen; if I recall correctly, this is a kolsch with a hefeweizen yeast. It definitely has the crisp, light kolsch mouthfeel and taste, but with a slight hefeweizen taste as well.

The appearance looks to be a high carbonated golden/lemon-colored lager.

The smell has a lemon-flavor and slight hefeweizen smell to it. But there's also an odd funk I can't explain.

The taste is like a club soda with a splash of lemons and banana. It's not going to hit you over the head, but it's quite nice during this heatwave where you want something refreshing that isn't going to coat your tongue with sugar.

The mouthfeel is crisp and light. It feels a bit like a sparkling wine.

Overall, not a bad beer, but I feel I'd only order it for as a summer refreshment. It doesn't have enough flavor when I actually want to drink a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 02:39:51 | More by ballmouse
Photo of depechemode1983


3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Color is cloudy dark yellow. Pretty decent head on this one. Its thick, rocky, and has excellent retention. No lacing but no worries.

S - Some light orange peel up front with some undertones or coriander and clove. Through the middle you get plenty of wheat and other grains with and underlying spiciness.

T - A little light on flavor here. Seems a bit watered down. There's a touch or grains with some lemon and again a clove spiciness.

M - Good mouth feel. Well carbonated, smooth, and flows nicely.

O - Pretty decent beer from Saint Arnold. One of the better ones Ive had. I like this one better than Fancy Lawnmower. I could see myself purchasing this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 02:09:19 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of Treebs


3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade, thanks Brad! 12 oz. bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark straw with a half finger white head that quickly recedes in a nice film ring.

S: I pick up some light yeast, a little sweet fruit. Slight spice but the nose isn't over powering and is a slight let down.

T: Again with a light fruity yeast just like the nose and again it sort of lacks in real power and pop. There is a slight sweet bubblegum and clove spice at the backend.

M: Medium bodied with a nice grained mouthfeel. Very refreshing and there are some lingering yeasty notes on the palate.

O: This was a decent Hefe, but definitely not my favorite for the style. The flavor and nose profiles really lacked in this guy.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:29:22 | More by Treebs
Photo of Fenris244


4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

im really excited that this brew got pushed up to year round status, poured into my duvel tulip

pale yellow, a little hazy, towering 3 finger head off of an aggressive pour, little retention though.

Bits of lemon and orange, some wheat and some sweetness

Its like a hefeweizen but lemony, its really cool, the bits of orange are still there and a little spiciness, the flavors come in pretty softly and everything blends really well

very light and crisp, super srefreshing, excellent for the texas summer

Overall, fantastically refreshing summertime brew

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 00:00:54 | More by Fenris244
Photo of specksnreds


4.08/5  rDev +10%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 22:40:08 | More by specksnreds
Photo of jwinship83


4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle traded to me from attitudebrew. thanks! ive never heard of this one before. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- the pour yields a hazy golden colored body under a small but tight bright white head. the head lasts for a while before falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first things that i pick out of the nose are malted wheat and a touch of fresh baked bread. after that i get some heavy yeast notes. banana, clove, bubblegum, and coriander. not overly spicy. light earthy and lemony hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with the bread and malted wheat that i could smell. after that i get some banana and bubblegum from the yeast, which adds a little bit of sweetness. some mild spiciness moves in next with coriander and clove. maybe a touch of black pepper. very mild earthy and lemony hops at the end.

M- this has a solid medium body with a medium level of carbonation. nicely done.

O- an easy drinking very approachable beer that screams summer time. i can see myself drinking some of these after yard work or at a summer backyard barbeque. id pick this up often during the season were it only available here.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 22:46:22 | More by jwinship83
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from turfy 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 yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts and a little bit of citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. Then a mild sweetness from flavors of citrus, caramel and bananas comes in. The hops presence is mild but is exactly where it should be for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid lighter beer to pound down for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 22:32:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 21:45:47 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 23:53:26 | More by LXIXME
Photo of TheGordianKnot


4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to lnashsig for this extra! Hard to read but looks like bottled is dated 5.31.11

A- Pours a pale golden yellow color. About an inch head that actually settles at a quick rate for a hefeweizen. Hazy do to rouse before pouring

S- Awesome bubblegum and banana with a touch of clove aroma. This is up there with the best of them- and exactly how I like them. Picture prefect hefeweizen smell IMO

T/M- Taste is a little more subtle than the nose would make you think with the bouquet of esters it provides! Still, very good. Sweet and silky and a slight yeasty bite on the end. The aftertaste has a rubbery-ness familiarity I find in some beers. Very light body but the carbonation is just moderate for a hefeweizen.

O- Awesome summertime, hot weather, refreshing, feel good, drinkable beer! Definitely up there with the best american hefeweizens I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:14:13 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of ronzorelli


4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice cloudy wheat beer. Pale lemon in color. Nice light hop notes, and very gentle citrus hints. A little allspice and clove in the background. Pleasant and fruity. Very refreshing.

Perfect summer beer to enjoy while in the shade, and out of the Texas sun.

While the Lawnmower was very good, this is much better.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 23:47:04 | More by ronzorelli
Photo of genitempo


4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 03:20:20 | More by genitempo
Photo of jamescain


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one

Appearance: It pours a pale straw color with a fluffy white head about two fingers thick that recedes into a thin lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Hints of clove and strong hoppy citrus and fruit notes. Somewhat reminiscent of a hoppy wheat beer, although there are still similar to a Kölsch.

Taste: Reminiscent of a Kölsch but with more clove and yeasty flavor. The addition of the hefeweizen yeast is apparent in the taste and aroma.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a dry finish and a lingering yeasty taste that is refreshing.

Overall: Interesting take on a hefeweizen. I’m personally glad that they switched the recipe because I don’t really like Kölsches.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 17:02:40 | More by jamescain
Photo of EgadBananas


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 19:53:29 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of AlexFields


3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours extremely yellow in color, like a field of wheat basking in sunshine. Very pretty! Nice foamy head at the top too. (Poured into St. Bernardus witbier glass.)

Decent aroma, refreshing lemony wheat.

The flavor is light for a hefe but extremely refreshing. My apartment was getting really hot when I poured this and it really hit the spot. Slightly tart and lemony maybe, but mostly just refreshing.

Nice crisp and heavily carbonated mouthfeel.

A nice crisp and refreshing hefe, perfect for a hot day.


Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 17:01:37 | More by AlexFields
Photo of miket163


4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lovely hazy amber with a 2" fluffy white head, with very nice lacing throughout. The smell was dominated by lemongrass, hay, banana, and yeast. This beer had a very crisp/fresh taste: some citrus hops, banana, lawn, and wheat bread. Also had very nice kick of carbonation, yet was somewhat creamy.

Great beer for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 17:09:59 | More by miket163
Photo of dcloeren


4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden honey color with 2 fingers of creamy bright white head. After a few sips a finger of rocky head sticks around for the remainder of the beer. Left some good lacing

Smells of bananas, spices, subtle floral hops and some grassy aromas as well

Tastes is very clean and follows the nose. Lots of banana with clove, spices and a subtle bubblegum flavor that gives it that little something extra. Full of flavor but not overly sweet

medium to light in body with an abundant amount of carbonation. Very clean tasting beer for sure with a great lasting aftertaste

Overall this is a great hef in my opinion. A little thinner than most but I think that this is perfect considering its brewed in Houston. I spent a few weeks in Germany and I think that this beer would hold its own there with out a doubt. Great idea to change the yeast in their Lawnmower. Definitely created the best beer in the Saint Arnolds lineup. Pick up a six ASAP and you wont be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 23:46:36 | More by dcloeren
Photo of JMad


4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from an English pub glass...
The liquid is a hazy pale yellow color with a thin bubbly whit head. Smells of lemon, Belgian yeast, there is a slight funk to it and wheat. It tastes of lemon, banana, wheat, it's a little tart and has a bit of a clove flavor. Light, spritzy, very refreshing with a dry finish. This is a great beer from Saint Arnold, I highly recommend trying it.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 01:27:36 | More by JMad
Photo of ottovon


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cwolffman for this.

A: pours out a hazy straw yellow, with a decent 1 inch white head. it faded to leave a white coating over the beer.

S: it has a nice spicy aroma. i get clove and white pepper. there is hints of banana and lemon as well. I also get a bit of bread and cracker.

T: i get clove up front, and then it ends with banana. it is bready, with some nice yeasty spiciness. hints of cracker, lemon, and white pepper.

M: medium-thin with a good amount of carbonation.

O: i think this is a really solid offering from saint arnold. perfect for those hot days by the pool, and nights on the porch. I would buy this regularly if it was available here.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 05:11:24 | More by ottovon
Photo of zdk9


4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pale yellow. It's super cloudy but still the bubbles pop out at my eyes. Less than a finger of head that looks like lightly beaten egg whites.

S- Smells very yeasty and spicy and inviting. Bits of honey calling from the sides. The spice is pepper and grains of paradise. Very reminiscent of a Belgian wit.

T- Refreshing but complex, flavorful and not too sweet or at all corny. Spice is very present- the same pepper. Some lemon-lime notes. More yeast as it warms.

M- Pretty carbonated. Again I think it's important to note the lack of overwhelming sweetness. Could was down a little cleaner but overall ok in this department.

O- Good stuff- smells good, tastes good, feels good.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 17:40:16 | More by zdk9
Photo of Soonami


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 04:40:44 | More by Soonami
Photo of JayAre46


3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - same lawnmower bottle with a weedwacker stamp across the middle, i love the label. pours a very pale hazy orange with yellow streams throughout, definitely unfiltered, gives a 1 1/2 finger white fluffy head that shows great retention and a strong ring around the edges

A - strong banana aroma, subtle spiciness, clove spices as well, very welcoming aroma, easy.

T - a very clean and sweet banana flavor up front, lemony zest comes around, light spices again, subtle hop bitterness, the lemon gives it a great balance that doesn't keep it confined to the sweet bubble gum and banana, well done.

M - light to medium body, moderate carbonation, this beer is not quite creamy enough to make it really stand out for me, it coats the palate in a very soothing way that helps but just not creamy enough

O - i have had this beer so many times on tap and refused to review it that way for multiple reasons, from the temp to the atmosphere im really glad i waited to do it from the bottle at home. highly recommend this for the summer time and thank God they dropped Texas Wheat for this, solid move. gave this as one my extras on my most recent box can't wait to hear the reaction. well done saint arnold, i really was not a fan and this one, DR 11 and making DR 9 a seasonal is really helping me become a fan. keep it up. LET ME GETTA WEEDWACKA!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 04:32:19 | More by JayAre46
Photo of TenHornsProud


4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a big white head that laces.

Smells of spice and some hop spice. Slight sweet notes with small banana notes. The smell is big, not pungent, but there and nice.

Tastes of spice with some fruit notes then follows with a malt, sweet body and finishes with a spice/yeast kick. The taste is fantastic and refreshing. I can't imagine what I'd add. Awesome.

The mouthfeel works really well for the beer and style though it is a bit thin compared to some brews.

Overall this is an awesome summer beer that mixes the lawnmower with hefe aspects and produces a beer with a nice nose and killer taste. Perfect for the hot Texas weather. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 20:46:42 | More by TenHornsProud
Photo of tjkinate


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I agree with a previous reviewer who also commented about this beers great name!

A: Nice and cloudy accompanied by two fingers of head. However, head did seem short lived and dissipated relatively quickly.

S: Banana, lemon, and sweet. More subtle smell than other Hefe's I've tasted.

T: Very sweet, strong with lemon, light on banana.

M: Light, coats thoroughly.

O: Great beer for hot summer days, not revolutionary, but better than most Hefe's I've drank recently.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 21:50:25 | More by tjkinate
Saint Arnold Weedwacker from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.