Saint Arnold Weedwacker - Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold WeedwackerSaint Arnold Weedwacker

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Reviews: 97
Hads: 421
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 14.06%
Wants: 7
Gots: 87 | 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: 97 | Hads: 421
Photo of brurevu
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Hefeweizen yeast gives it a very different and dynamic flavor. It had the bright and clean tastes of the Lawnmower with the distinct bubblegum Hefeweizen flavor to round it out. The Weedwacker was kind of a light hefe and I prefer it over the traditional Lawnmower. Is was a great hot weather brew where the hefe yeast gave the beer a deeper more flavorful profile than the usual warm weather beers. (403 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into tulip. I think a date indicates 06-12-13. not sure if it is a best before or born on.

A: hazy bright blonde body. head is sparkling bright white. retention is pretty good. lacing is completely lacking.

S: definitely can smell the wheat here. a good bit of yeast esters also packs some banana into the punch. other fruit is in there too. apple and pear perhaps. sweet.

T: the esters are still there, even more sulfur notes. a sharp sweetness. residual sugars are strong. a bit too strong. wouldn't have hated for this to be a bit more dry in the finish. fruity as well. a bit of pear.

M: carb is frothy. body is light, almost medium.

D: not bad, but not great. would have liked it better if this was a dryer as stated above. otherwise a solid stab at the style. (788 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Straw-gold color, hazy. Lots of little bubbles rising up. Foamy head that dissipate slowly.

Aroma:
Bready malt, bananas, bubblegum, hint of cloves and coriander.

Taste:
Sweet breadiness up front, rich, biscuit, a little wheaty. Good amount of banana in the taste, along with some cloves. Zesty lemon towards the end. Some tartness in the finish, crisp. Body is light-medium, almost creamy, refreshing, dry, smooth.

Overall:
Well made American made Hefeweizen. (474 characters)

Photo of BetterBeerPlz
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner mug. The color was a cloudy yellow with streaming bubbles. It had a one inch head that settled into a quarter of an inch. The smell had banana and banana bread notes.

The taste was a yeasty wheat with some spice and banana. The carbonation and yeast were too harsh and dominant on the flavor and mouthfeel. I wouldn't buy again. (352 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.65/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale amber in the New Belgium snifter. Plenty of coarse foam with big bubbles. Fairly sudsy in the mouth. Faint malty aroma.

Watery mouthfeel. Not much malt sensation. Pretty much of a lagery swill with some faint yeasty taste. More of an American wheat with just a hint of Hefeweizen esters. Quite tart and fades to a slightly bitter, woody aftertaste.

This would be a pretty good aprés-yard work thirst quencher. If you rate it as a Hefeweizen it has to suffer by comparison with so many great beers. From the 12 oz bottle bought in Texas. (557 characters)

Photo of bboven
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is supposed to be a pilsner beer brewed with hefe yeast, so I am reviewing it as such.

A: Very hazy pale orange. No head or lacing at all which is surprising given the heast used.

S: 100% hefe yeast. This is great for a wheat beer, but I was hoping some of the pilsner malt would show up and make this a bit more interesting of a beer.

T: Now here I'm still getting 85% wheat beer flavors but there is a little astringemcy from the malt which I like. It finally showed up!

M: Thin as a pils should be but a higher, crisper level of carbonation from the yeast. A bit strange, but not bad.

Overall whatever you want to call this beer it's tasty. I was just expecting more hybrid flavors where there was mostly just hefe yeast. I think I'll stick with either individual style depending on what I'm in the mood for. (821 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
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 (430 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours the color of slightly hazy pale straw with a tall white head, which means it doesn't look much different than Lawnmower. Plenty of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass and the head dissipates slowly, leaving very little lacing on the side of the glass. A small amount of head is retained atop the beer. There are aromas of pale malts and banana esters. There's some citrus in the aroma as well. The taste is mostly of malt and banana with some citrus in the background. There's some mild spicy bitterness at the back end as well. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth with a dry finish. It is refreshing. The drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a very good beer. It has the qualities of a tasty, sessionable hefeweizen that is perfect for summer drinking. (831 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a dirty pale yellow with some sentiment floating around and a thin white head. You can smell the kolch notes, sweet caramel and roasted nuts, faint Saison yeast and spice. Sweet citrus and orange peel. The taste is more simple and a touch empty. Fair Saison yeast, very light spice, almost none of the malt notes, coriander, orange peel. Highly carbonated, fairly dry, firm body. (387 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: cloudy yellowish orange body with a bright white half finger of sudsy foam that stays for awhile. as the head settles nice lacing is left behind.

s: the usual bananna and clove with a touch of biscuit and lemon.

t: pretty much follows the nose. with a nicely blended not overpowering bananna and clove aroma.

m: kinda thin with decent carbonation. a clean almost watery finish.

o: decent hefe, nothing outstanding. would be easy to drink several in a session, like most saint arnold brews, nothing spectacular but easy drinkin. (536 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obtained this is in a trade with my NOLA cousin. Was impressed with the Fancy Lawnmower; let's see how the Weedwacker goes!

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin 1/2" head that reduces to a skim lid of foam.

Smell is subdued; mildly malty with slight notes of banana, orange, and bubblegum.

Tart orange, mild malt, and a lemony finish; not much else to describe in this one's taste.

Light bodied, with a clean finish. A very uncomplicated brew.

This is an American wheat beer, and a lighter one at that. Like many of this style, there simply isn't much to this beer. It is easy drinking, unoffensive, and not memorable; hardly winning qualities for a beer, as far as I'm concerned. (742 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sippin out of a plastic cup in the big easy... the beer appears a very pale hazy straw with a fluffy, sticky white head. The beer's nose is a light honey, much like its color. There is also a potent yeast characteristic that takes over once the beer begins to warm. Unfortunately the mouthfeel isn't perfect and sits a little too heavy on the palate, but is overall quite clean and leaves a slight bitterness. I think this beer is actually very tasty and totally drinkable/affordable. (484 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into Portsmouth pint glass. No bottle dating information is present. I think I have had this one for a couple of months.

A: Pours a faint yellow (BMC) color. Half finger of bright white head. Fades quickly. Not as hazy as others in the hefe class.

S: Smells like a Belgian. Breadiness from the malts. Some banana and clove. Some light spice.

T: It's actually a tasty little refreshing wheat beer. I get that Belgian spice on the tip of the tongue. Then that breadiness in the mid mouth. Banana and clove and other customary stuff. Crisp close.

M: Light and refreshing.

O: B- (584 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: lots like a macro: pours maybe even a BRIGHTER yellow than miller light- with the same cotton white head, only a bit less clarity.
head settles to just a film.

S: a bit rank to the nose - not sure what to call this but I dont like it

T: not very nice - just a hint of hops, and whatver that smell was is reflected in the taste

M: not too bad here. lite body solid carbonation, no ABV burn

D: really I cant get past the smell / taste. I'll finish this so as not to waste, but make a note not to buy this swill IMHO
not good at all (595 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. thanks to dcloeren for the trade on this.

a - pours a hazy, light yellow and forms a finger of white foamy head. after calming i have a thin film that leaves a few small spots of lacing in the glass.

s - coriander, lemon, bubblegum, faint earthiness.

t - lots of spice on top of a light, cereal grain malt base. faint banana notes. light, crisp bitterness and a malty sweet finish.

m - light in body with higher carbonation. co2 profile is a bit coarse though.

o - a nice, refreshing beer and drinks well. can't say how it measures up stylewise as i have limited experience with hefes, but i can't really find fault with this one. would certainly drink it again if the situation arose. (725 characters)

Photo of Wimberley87
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy golden color, lots of floral aroma on the nose, some spice, and a little banana as well from the yeast I would think. Taste is the same, floral notes, banana on the back end, at least that's what I get. Really like this Beer by SA, very drinkable and tasty, a go to year around beer for me. (311 characters)

Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy light gold, thin white head that vanished to just a ring around the side of the glass right away.

Smell: Quite strange, but I for some reason smell a barbecue essence in the aroma. The wheat malt and pilsener malts create an herbal bitterness and sweetness that just smells like some smoked meat to me for some reason or another. I also pick up a little hop character as well, but very subtle, mainly contributing the herbal character mentioned before.

Taste: The first thing that you notice is a sourness right up front, and you get the big wheat malt flavor and hop character after that. This beer has a wonderful freshness about its taste, there is a lot going on in the flavor and if you let it overwhelm you this beer could easily overwhelm you, but I really quite like it.

Mouthfeel: A nice crisp carbonation feel, opens up the palate for some of those more subtle herbal characters on the back of the tongue.

Overall: This is a strange beer, the same drinker could find it both delicious and off-putting, it is all about context. This would go great during the summer or when paired with food, but if you aren't in the mood for that sourness, it could really spoil your enjoyment. But that part aside, right now I am pairing it with a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on sourdough and it is great. (1,326 characters)

Photo of Mosstrooper
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Noble Pils branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden-straw color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves behind a few spots of lace.

Smell: Grassy and citric aromas backed up by yeast and some grainy/sweet malt.

Taste: Begins with zesty lemon and sweet orange flavors, rounding out to grainy malt and finishing with a combination of the other flavors backed up by hefeweizen yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with lively carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall: This is not a true hefeweizen, being St. Arnold's Lawnmower only with hefeweizen yeast. However, it is an interesting take on the style- it tastes more like a fuller, citrusy American wheat ale with real hefeweizen yeast alongside the crispness of a Kölsch. Excellent. (834 characters)

Photo of salvo
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very, very light murky translucent khaki beer with a quarter inch of sharp head that collapses and leaves a faint ring, leaving nothing on the glass. Aroma is more clove than banana, but yeast tops all the aromas. Heavy carbonation; soda-like, and sharp.

Flavor is light as the carbonation stings. Flavor of yeast but not bread--green and new tasting. Fresh. Citrusy. Short, dry finish. There is no hop taste: there isn't supposed to be. Lactic-tart.

They report the style as hefeweizen, but this is much closer to the ever-elusive Berliner Weisse. Where's the woodruff syrup? Raspberry? I'm really happy to have a taste as this seems a great match between region and style: hot Texas summers and light, sour beer. (716 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a pale, light yellow with a one finger white head. Good retention.

S - Wheat, pilsner malts, sweet corn.

T - Light lemons, wheat, and again pilsner.

D - Light body and an average carbonation. Thin.

O - Light and thin, a touch bitter and boring. I would call this a summer time beer. (335 characters)

Photo of gtermi
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. Stamped 181-182 081711.

A: Pours a milky white, with a bright white finger head forming and sticking around for a while. The beer is cloudy but transparent, a sort of whiter shade of pale. Yellowish in direct light. So far, not bad.

S: Clean and wheaty, with just a touch of citrus peel or sour yeast.

T/M: Delicious! A damn fine hefeweizen with just the right flavours I was looking for -- a quenchingly refreshing beer with a tart edge and drying finish. A soft wheat body makes for an exceptional mouthfeel and the gentle malted sweetness is complemented by the slightly lemony flavours.

O: I'm incredibly pleased by this beer, partially because I was expecting a more Kölsch-like beer (this beer is based on the Saint Arnold Lawnmower). An excellent American hefeweizen; recommended for all those who like wheat beer. Will seek out to have again. (909 characters)

Saint Arnold Weedwacker from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.