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Lawnmower Light - Dogfish Head Brewery

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Lawnmower is our intro for those who need a little help jumping feet first into the crazy world that is Dogfish Head beer.

It's a starter beer, but it's not dumbed down. Lawnmower is made with quality ingredients and is a great thirst quencher. It's perfect to enjoy after a day in the sun mowing the lawn (or anything else that gets you hot and bothered)!

9 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-30-2002)
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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by rootbeerman:
Photo of rootbeerman
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got growler from Wholefoods Short Pump
A: pour clear and golden, about a half a finger of white head, oddly a nice thin halo on the glass.
S: a bit grainy, some light cooked veggies, very very light floral hop.
T: very basic, simple malt, very light hop, also lighter cooked veggies.
M: crisp, a little watery but not bad
O: the half liter I poured for myself went fast, it is poundable, simple APA to start down a new path of craft ales

rootbeerman, Aug 25, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice straw pour with a half a finger worth of head with active carb. Stronger flavor profile than i expected with nice citrus and grassy notes. The biscuity yeast flavors are paired nicely with slight hop undertones. The mouthfeel is very clean and crisp with little negative after taste or feeling on the palet.

ArrogantDeadGuy, May 13, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Rehoboth Beach brewpub as I guess it regularly is, what a great summer gulping session beer. I started with this one but I came for the experience and Palo Santo Marron which was tapped on Monday when I visited earlier this week. Appearance is a pale golden clear vibrant brew with a decent sized white head leaves even thin layers of lacing with each sip appeasing to the eye. Aromatics are light cereal malts with those light roasted malts comes a grassy lemon zest with mild herbal feeel to it really clean smelling overall. Flavor starts tame with a moderate crisp sweetness and citrus/grass flow of hop flavor and light bitterness truly clean and even but after a few gulps the hop burps arrive and it really has a more noticeable dose of hop presence than the average light brew definitely a beer I want after mowing the lawn. Mouthfeel is light even bodied with ample carbonation carries it very well not slick but an overall enjoyable texture that flows effortlessly on the palate. Drinkability is awesome a great all day brew if you were on your back porch however I'm sitting at the brewpub in Rehoboth all of a sudden this has become a nice starter beer and it's time to move on.

WVbeergeek, Jun 08, 2007
Photo of ggaughan
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the DFH Rehoboth brewpub as my wife wanted to try it. The beer poured a golden color with a nicely carbonated body and a medium thickness white head with some solid lacing on the glass. Aroma was a bit funky with some maltiness and a touch of fruit to it. The taste is true to the light lager style and is very easy to drink although there is not much after the initial taste of sweetness, malt and a touch of bitterness. This is a very good alternative for the friend who can't or won't order the other steller DFH beers that are BIG.

ggaughan, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the DFH brewpub in Rehoboth.

A: Was served in a pint glass. The beer was a clear, straw/golden color with a small white head on top, with little retention and lacing.

S: Light, not much going on. Light malt and a a little bit of grain. Faint floral and citrus hop aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, some grain and light malt with a little bit of grassy/floral hops, but very weak.

M: Light bodied, definitely on the thin side. Not watery really, just very light.

O: A good alternative to macros and other light beers, but the only place that serves it is DFH...and when there are so many other great options, I doubt I will get it again.

mdaschaf, May 28, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Basically a golden version of Shelter Pale Ale.

Smell: Basically fresh cut grass and lemon. Summery. I can see where it gets its name.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Extremely subdued. Grass and lemony hops with a nutty caramel background. Definitely a heavy alcohol presence, which surprises me.

Drinkability: The alcohol presence might make this rought as a session beer or during the summer.

Overall: Definitely respectable.

tjsdomer2, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy, golden in color with a white head that holds well and leaves some minor lace. The aroma is fairly full for the style, offering the Dogfish Head house-character, a grainy/bready maltiness, and some light background hops. The body is medium-light with a gently crisp carbonation. The flavor mirrors the aroma with a restrained bitterness supporting the malt. The finish is dryish with a gently lingering malt note. Although they make no bones about what this is - "Lawnmower Light", it's certainly a vast step beyond macro-brewed light beers in flavor. I enjoyed it, and then moved on to the 60 Minute IPA.

NeroFiddled, Sep 30, 2002
Photo of zaphodchak
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On draft at DFH Brewing and Eats in Rehoboth Beach.

Thin trace white head, clear yellow body.

Faintly grainy nose.

Cereal grains dominate the taste: light pilsnery, a bit of corn.

Mouthfeel is refreshing but a bit too prickly.

It's a lawnmower beer. What did I expect?

zaphodchak, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of HuaiDan
3/5  rDev -11.2%

HuaiDan, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of jsnoek
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

jsnoek, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of vandemonian
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish Head Lawnmower Light is a light and boring pale ale. If you have access to any other DFH beer, then don't get it.

A: Straw colour with a good head and lacing. 4

S: Grainy and a little sour with just a hint of hops. 3

T: Grainy and sour. I didn't particularly enjoy it. Not terrible though.3

M: Foamy. 4

O: Meh. 3.5

vandemonian, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the DFH Brewpub as part of a flight.

Poured a clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Crisp aromas of sweet, lightly toasted malt and grassy hops. Taste follows the nose closely, light, sweet, and a bit grassy. Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp with a light body and good carbonation. Overall a solid, easy-drinking beer that would be very refreshing on a hot day!

jsanford, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

burnt amber orange with a big white frothy head that slowly faded and left behind a multitude of lacey goodness in its wake. Smell is very malty. Slight hint of a citrus hoppiness in the back but main flavors were grain and musty malty bread. Taste followed a similar route, crisp clean, and the finish was very light and orange tinged in flavor. Overall this was a very quality brew and a fine pale ale.

mikesgroove, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of cubedbee
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Gaithersburg Ale House, a pale yellow beer, clear with lots of carbonation, thing white head that vanishes immediately, no lacing. Nose is mainly grainy malt with a slight bit of grassy hops. Taste is a light and grainy and grassy, with the fairly bitter hops taking precedence over the weak malt. Light bodied with a nice crisp finish. Overall, this is a hopped up version of a macro lager, a little weak tasting and not all that satisfying, this is definitely my least favorite Dogfish beer.

cubedbee, May 07, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at the DFH location in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger bone white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light cereal malt and grassy hop.

The flavor was obviously light and consisted of a bright grassy hop and soft residual doughiness.

The mouthfeel was typical of a light craft lager. Without brewer's notes here, I cannot agree with the classification of APA.

Overall a tasty and easily quaffable lager. Not much to think about, so easily enjoyable.

plaid75, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of frank4sail
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the brew pub (it was my first beer there and the only selection I had never tasted). It was gold in color medium carbonation with a little white head. Light notes of malt and a slight crispness to the finish. Faint hops are also detected. Quite a clean finish. It was pretty good but not a stand out as there other beers tend to be...

frank4sail, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of B00ZER
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

B00ZER, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a dark gold with a think film of head.

Smelled of green apples, nectarines, limes and a doughy biscuit.

Tasted of apple juice that faded into an earthy wheat and dry corn.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with a whole load of carbonation.

Way too carbonated, but I found the apple character to be charming. However, I fear that this would get old quick. This just may be a good gateway beer for the uninitiated.

DarkerTheBetter, Mar 14, 2006
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4/5  rDev +18.3%

Pecafaced, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Dithyramb
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled last week at the Rehoboth location. Explained as a light beer choice for light beer drinkers. Because of that, I pushed it on the two macro swill ladies in the crowd. They hated it. To be honest, I didn't like it either. Got the girls a couple of wits instead, and they loved 'em.

Pours a clear bright yellow with no head nor lacing.

Average grainy smells with a slight skunk in there somewhere.

Bitter, with no malt to chase it. I'm not sure the type of bitterness here, but it is the type of hop that does me wrong. Gives me the bitter beer face without all the other hop goodness.

Left the same aftertaste.

Not very drinkable and my least favorite of the 12 that I sampled during the week. I was hurtin to finish this. Although an okay beer, I don't think it will go over well if you are trying to rope in the macro folks out there. Needs a couple of malt flavors in there to tame it.

Dithyramb, Aug 21, 2004
Photo of BARBrewer
2.35/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at the Del Mar fairgrounds Coors Lite trailer. Was too late for Micro Fest.

A- yellow, just a bit darker than the macros.

A- tart, corny.

T- tasts like a Coors Lite aged in a sour barrel, some funkyness with no malt backing.

M- dry, slightly puckering.

O- not enjoyable. Just wanted to get it down. Perhaps they sold a bad batch to Coors. Good job if its the case, but bad job if it isnt. Only bad beer I have had from dogfish head.

BARBrewer, Aug 22, 2010
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2/5  rDev -40.8%

LJugel, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of marcpal
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Guilty pleasure here, have to admit it. Have to echo previous review in that this is what a light beer should taste like.

A: Very line corn colored with something of a hue to it. Carbonation was visible and modest head. Drank few of these out of pints at the Rehoboth location.

S: Already know this is not the run of the mill light beer by the smell- you can pick up on the grassy flavors. It may just be the lawnmower name, but thats what first hits.

T: Some citrus undertones I think with some sense of woodsiness, a good thing. Clean beer that had the taste that virtually all other 'light beers are absolutely lacking.

M: Low carbonation for a light beer but still there. Very thin film but smooth as can bet.

D: As drinkable as it gets. I wish they bottled this one to bring home for when I was in the mood for a light beer or some change of pace. Wouldnt have thought DFH would have done this well with a light beer.

marcpal, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of ghostwalker
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz swingtop bottle/mini-growler sent to me by cburian. Thanks for the care package, bud!

Here's his description of the contents, which apparently are not exactly the original Lawnmower Light...
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Strictly speaking, I'm not reviewing the Lawnmower Light, but instead its progeny--the Cali-Common-Cask-O-Lager "Not A Steam Beer" derived from it especially for the 2007 American Beer Fest "Night of the Lagers" held in Boston. Lawnmower Light (brewed with barley malt and 20% maize) was diverted to a cask, refermented with California Common yeast, and dry hopped with a huge bag of Northern Brewer hops.

Sam Calagione's spiel as he served up CCCOL: "It's a light hybrid beer, 4.5% alcohol, easy to drink, citrusy."
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Here's my review:

Light golden body with a thin white head. Looks much like a lawnmower brew, a little extra color, though.

Nose is crisp, tart hops. I can't guess what type, but they smell tasty!

Flavor is crisp and clean with a bubbly finish. Sharp hops before during and after swallowing. The light lager-ness I kind of expected is not present, this is very much a crisp, light Pale Ale. Tasty and quenching.

Mouthfeel is light, slick and effervescently carbonated, slight hop tooth on the finish.

Drinkability is great! A very good brew and easy to drink. Wish I had more.

ghostwalker, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of PicoPapa
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub. Pours a translucent straw color with a thin head. Zero lacing. Aroma is like fresh cut grass, hence the name I suppose. Slight lemon aroma. Taste is kind of like a cereal flavor. Malty. Crisp. Quite obvious this is a summer beer. Ridiculously drinkable, but I am guessing that is the main point. Overall this is the perfect summer brew. I would certainly like to see this bottled. Glad I tried it.

PicoPapa, Mar 14, 2011
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Lawnmower Light from Dogfish Head Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.