Fancy Lawnmower
Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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German Kölsch
Ranked #326
Ranked #43,849
3.58 | pDev: 14.8%
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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Notes: A true German-style Kölsch. Originally brewed in Cologne, this beer is crisp and refreshing, yet has a sweet malty body that is balanced by a complex, citrus hop character. Multiple additions of German Hallertauer hops are used to achieve this delicate flavor. We use a special Kölsch yeast, an ale yeast that ferments at lager temperatures, to yield the slightly fruity, clean flavor of this beer. Fancy Lawnmower Beer is a world class brew yet light enough to be enjoyed by Texans after strenuous activities, like mowing the lawn.

Bronze Medal, 2006 Great American Beer Festival
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3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

In Laurel.
look: Pours a very clear and very light pale straw yellow with a significant all white head. Creates a decent white head with decent retention, leaving some side glass lace.
AROMA: Grass, grain with a touch of lemon zest.
TASTE: Clean, refreshing, straightforward, nothing complex in this one.
Perfect name for this beer as this is the epitome for the occasional label of a post day of mowing and enjoying a thirst quenching easy drinking beer.

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jadpsu from Georgia, Dec 23, 2019
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1.62/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

If you like something that is both yeasty and fruity, and reminds you of drinking warm Coors in the back of a pickup truck as you circled around the lake looking for your friends who as it turned out just flaked, then this beer is for you. It is like a pile of squash and rotten grain farted right into your mouth. I realize these guys are hometown heroes, but this beer is disgusting and lacks sufficient alcohol.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance - The beer pours a crystal clear golden color with an almost non-existent fizzy white head of foam that disappears almost instantly.
Smell - The aroma is strongest of a very grainy smell mixed with a little bit of sweet caramel and a touch of light fruit. Along with these smells comes a touch of grain and toast.
Taste - The taste begins with a caramel sweet and slightly grainy and bready taste that creates a base flavor for the beer. As the taste advances some of the caramel sweetnesss fades a little bit all while some of the fruit (light fruit of harvest fruit) comes to the tongue and with a little bit of grass and hay, one is left with a nice slightly sweeter, but crisp and refreshing taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is averages as well. A little higher carbonation level may have been slightly better overall, but for the most part the feel was well done and made for an easy sipping brew.
Overall - A tasty brew with an easy drinking feel. A little sweeter of a kolsch, but still refreshing and very drinkable.

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Darkmagus82 from Virginia, Oct 27, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can.

In glass.

Transparency is balanced with a golden hue. White head; it lacks that tightness, so retention isn’t really there.

Crispy, bringing together some lemon and sweet grass with a hint of honeysuckle. Body is medium-thin.

Fancy Lawnmower is nice iteration of the style. I will enjoy this on a hot day for as long as possible.

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Photo of puck1225
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised I have not rated this before. Got it as part of a Father’s Day mix six from my son.

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear yellow color with decent initial white head and lacing. Clean slightly lemony smell. Grassy taste. Going well with the left over Father’s Day ribs!

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Photo of JohnDon
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Stange glass. Light straw yellow color and very clear (not hazy). Light mouthfeel and very slight bitterness. Very easy to drink (highly drinkable). Overall a Very good Kolsch especially on a hot summer day (in Houston).

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JohnDon from Texas, Jun 02, 2019
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3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can sered in a can-shaped glass. Bottled 11/13/18. Gift from a friend.

Pours clear light golden with a small head. Smell is yeast and malt.

Taste is yeast, malt, lemon, moderate to high sweetness. Just crisp enough to avoid a malt liquor profile.

Mouthfeel is light. Overall, not bad.

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snaotheus from Washington, Mar 24, 2019
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5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Crisp and clean, this clear yellow brew had a slightly perfume hop aroma, and crisp sweet slightly fruity malt. Lightly floral. Goes down easy but was enjoyable.

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JimboBrews54 from Michigan, Mar 19, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Golden color with lots of small bubbles. Smells of straw and floral hops. Medium body. Taste has some grassy sweetness mixed with floral character. Crisp finish. Great example of the style.

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Photo of LancePK
4.59/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full bodied and malty like all Saint Arnold, without sacrificing smoothness you expect from Kölsch style. Great beer. One of my favorites and always my DOC at Astros games. Compliments hot weather perfectly

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LancePK from Texas, Sep 05, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A perfect example of a Kolsch style beer. Maybe just a bit light on hops, but, then, I really like hoppy style beers. Perhaps just a nudge too much like a basic lager; i.e. a tiny bit too much down the middle of the road. But, in terms of the classic Koln beer, this is right on the money.

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Photo of ordybill
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear yellow color with a small white head. The aroma is faint citrus hops. The taste is a refreshing light hop experience.

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ordybill from Georgia, May 27, 2018
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3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look pale gold
Smell sweet malt
Taste is slightly sweet malt and slightly bitter.
Proper feel for this style...easy drinking.
Overall it's good and certainly better than the big name macro lagers.

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Photo of lloyddas
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear golden with effervescence cascading upward. Over one inch head with staying power. Fresh clean smell. Bracing taste with sour and slight hop bitterness. Finishes crisp with floral overtones that are refreshing. Very well balanced taste leaving one wanting more. However taste dissipates quickly leaving somewhat of a bland drink. Mouth feel smooth and light. Refreshing for a quick one.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, tulip, bottled 10/10/17.

Crystal clear golden beer with a rapidly vanishing white head.

Sweet, crisp pale malt in the nose and flavor. There's no hop aroma to speak of, just a little leafy green hop flavor. It seems like a particularly malty Budweiser with a little extra hop bitterness. I do certainly get a bit of the vinous quality noted in the style description.

The body is heavy and, while the bubbles try to counter it, it's too thick.

If you've read this far, I'm sure you can tell I'm not crazy about this beer. It is to style and I would be hard pressed to say anything is wrong with it other than it's a bit sweet. It's simply not my cup of tea (beer).

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brewerburgundy from California, Nov 22, 2017
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4.65/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great for a hot summer day, this has become one of my favorites. After all it's usually warm in Texas. Very smooth a bit citrusy. Definitely recommend if you can get your hands on it.

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omar from Texas, Sep 10, 2017
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4.87/5  rDev +36%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A thin, white head lingers on this brew. The dark amber color is pleasing and there is a slight herbal fragrance. This brew is deceptively simple and easy to drink, but is actually wonderfully nuanced. Overall, there is a pilsner like bitternes, which is nicely balenced by the floral kolsch malt. Nothing over-dramatic here, just great beer

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Photo of dcotom
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce can into straight-sided mug. Very attractive pour, clear pale golden color with tons of fluffy white head and tons of carbonation. Malt forward aroma, with notes of light cracker and just a hint of phenolic character. Taste follows the nose, with quite a bit of hop bitterness to balance out the sweet maltiness. I did not get the crispness I was expecting on the finish. There was a rather unpleasant cloying sweetness lingering on the tongue that detracted from the overall experience. Even so, a very solid offering from Saint Arnold.

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dcotom from Iowa, May 31, 2017
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3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this while down in Houston. Nice crisp clean smell that comes off a little better than the taste. This is a pretty solid Kolsch. I would put it middle of the road of the ones I have had. Good flavor but could be a bit fuller.

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Photo of txmilligan
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a nonic pint (because it was handy, I suppose), and received a nice straw, gold pour with a great head with minimal lacing. NO real aroma that I could discern, basic beer smell. Fantastic flavor, crisp, like a fresh apple, with a nice effervescence and nice tartness, with no bitter or metallic aftertaste. Clean. Exceptional beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap in a pint glass.

Light bright yellow-gold color with a 1F white cap. Heavy lacing.

Grainy and grassy with just a touch of floral hops. There's some lemon for funk.

Sweet malt, grassy hops, lemony yeast.

Refreshing feel, light body, good carb. Gentle hops.

Good and easy drinking kolsch. Not as much bite as others that I've had but it certainly invites seconds.

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NiceTaps from New Jersey, Feb 17, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle into a footed pilsner. Clear gold, almost like BMC pils. A shade darker. Very drinkable looking.
The nose is soapy, grassy, hay, yeast.
The taste is awesome! Follows nose but way more intense. Almost farmhouse/saisony to me. A fine bitterness at the finish. Very enjoyable!
Crisp on the tongue and a little dryness.
Overall a great beer! I keep this in my fridge year round. Very thirst quinching! Everyone should try this brew!

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty nice rendition of a German Kolsch. Pours a slightly hazy, very pale yellow with a big white head. Must be chill haze affecting the clarity because it clears as it warms in the glass. The taste/drinkability also improves greatly with slightly warmer temps. Nice clean ferment without excessive fruitiness which would be most unwelcome in the style. Grassy, pils-like aroma and taste with a grainy dryness in the finish. Most German Kolschs are a bit more aggressively hopped but this one is well-balanced and pleasant to drink. If I am looking for a true "lawnmower" beer, I might pick up an Even Keel which has even less alcohol and a fuller (albeit it different) flavor profile.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lawnmower at the brewery is so much better! Funny random and light lacing and a tiny reticient head. Nice, smoothed out grassy tones with a bit of lemon(grass?) and a touch of wheat. Nice yellow gold color and just a higher quality more refined ale than when you have it out of the bottle. Lawnmower is one of my least favorite 6 packs to buy but is absolutely among their best ales at the brewery. Age might have something to do with that. Smooth, refreshingly medium carbonated, and wet mouth feel. Nice one.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz bottle (stamped "07/07/16"), poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appeared: Clear, pale yellow with a frothy white head and spotty lace.

Smell & Taste: Light and clean. Mild grain flavors, a little sweet to start, followed by grassy hops and slightly fruity yeast. Finishes clean with only hints of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Unassuming in its light and simple character; but just right as a drinkable "lawnmower" beer for sunny afternoons in Houston.

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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 956 ratings