Fancy Lawnmower | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

Style: German Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
949
pDev:
14.8%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
249
Trade:
1
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 279 | Ratings: 949
Reviews by VaterRoss:
Photo of VaterRoss
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Appearance is a slightly hazy, golden yellow with a small and quickly receding head. Smell is a light sweetness with some lager yeast fruitiness coming out, fairly solid malt at the end Taste is mild, small spicy and bitter hops with a laid back light malt and 'fresh cut grass' Kölsch notes. Sweet and light enough that one thinks of the corn/rice in a macro, too sweet for the style TBH. Light body, carbonation is a bit high.

Not a bad beer, tastes like a hybrid of an American macro and a Kölsch. What I wish American macros tasted like, very good beer but not the best in the style by a long shot.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Joe_Howard
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty average appearance and smell, but is pretty dang tasty. Definitely worth a try if you haven't yet.

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Photo of harsley
4.21/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer to drink down in hot sunny Florida. Nice pilsner malt flavor with a light tart kick from the Kolsch yeast.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity!

Pours a slightly cloudy light golden color with a bubbly/fluffy white head that sticks around for a bit. Smells fruity with apples and lemons coming to mind, grassy, grainy, slightly malty. Taste is grainy and fruity. Carbonation level is high, it pierced the tongue with every sip. Body is light an quite quaffable. Mouthfeel sweet lightly syrup and malty. Great hot weather drinker here. Just enough sweetness light body, just great.

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Photo of Treebs
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this guy as an extra in a trade, thanks Brad!

A: Pours a very clear straw yellow with a nice fluffy white head and some nice sheets of lace on the way down.

S: Some nice grassy notes with an almost tart, sour grape note mixing in there. Hints of a light cracker malt.

T: Some light corned barley with a light bitter hop kick. Not as sour or tart as the nose which I like. The tartness does show itself slightly on the backend.

M: Very crisp and clean, light bodied. Nice bubbly carbonation with a great drinkability. A light tart grape is left on the tongue.

O: This is a very drinkable beer and my first real kolsch. I enjoyed the style for what it is, but I wouldn't go out of my way to enjoy one on a regular basis. Unless its 100 degrees like it is now, then it tastes great.

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Photo of Andy_Luft
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Leeroy0627
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jtslay
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - very clear, but bottle conditioning has left yeast in the bottle with the beer.

S - clean with a hint of citrus

T - very appealing and smooth. Nothing over powering. I very much prefer bottle conditioned beer.

M - smooth and not very much bite.

D - very drinkable. keep cold.

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Photo of zp6167a
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer_lover89
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcreator
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Typical amber appearance.

S: The smell is similar to a Bud, but has a less abrasive and sweet smell.

T: This beer fixes everything that Bud Light got wrong. Still not the most tasty beer out there.

M: It is a smooth beer that will not fill your mouth, but it is nice when it hits the tongue.

D: This would be a good beer to drink by the pool.

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Photo of ranger7
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of SicemWT
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Korymiller
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beersands
2.23/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Kölsch beer should taste like watered down, hopless, freshly baked buns. It should look light straw colored with a soapy head. It should smell bready malt. Overall it should be refreshing with bun bread tones. Hot bakeries on the poor side of Cologne Germany made Kolsch beer to supplement bread sales. Almost no hops are used. I judge this beer to its style, not to my contemporary taste.

This beer matches everything but too much hop aroma and taste to be called Kölsh. Maybe its American Kölsh, but we need to wait and see what that means. Modern beer styles are so contemporary. Talking to you, BJCP.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottleneck says 072513

A- Pours a clean dark golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large center patch of surface foam. Resilient lacing slides slowly down the glass.

S- Crisp aroma of husky grain that creates some apple and even pear notes with a tinge of alcohol behind it.

T- Kind of bland with just some corn-like flavor and not much else. Barely any hop bitterness and very light malt. I can see why "Lawnmower" is a part of the name.

M- Has a decent snap to it from the medium carbonation but a thin and watery light body.

O- This beer would actually be pretty decent if it had more flavor. I guess it doesn't put up a front though since it's clearly meant to just be a thirst quencher and not much else.

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Photo of omnibusfilms
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of jbehlar
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of txbrew81
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy straw color. Quickly disapating head that leaves some lacing.

S: Strong malt prescense and grassy hops. Really does remind me of a freshly cut lawn (fitting I suppose).

T: Crisp and refreshing. Sweet malts at first with a dry grassy finish.

M: Light carbnonation. Quaffable.

O: A great warm weather beer. Slightly different than other kolsch I have had but a great beer and decent representation. Will buy again and recomend.

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Photo of JanetCDavis
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Slightly plain on the appearance and smell, but surprisingly flavorful overall. Interesting and challenging mouthfeel. Refreshing, but not necessarily compelling. Like the Saint Arnold Weed Whacker better. But this would be a good go-to beer for a group that might have a variety of preferences. There is a little something for everyone here, with the exception of the malt-lover.

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Photo of iawaska
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bilyboy65
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner style glass. No BBD on bottle.

A first for this style of beer.

A: Crisp golden yellow that pours a nice thin white head that lasts the entire life of glass. Head really isn't clingy and there isn't much for a film left on the glass. Medium carbonation to be seen.

S: Smells grainy with a touch of hops and malts. Description says some grapeyness is supposed to accompany it, but can't detect it.

T: Has a dry quality to it. Mostly a hoppy taste with some grains following. Finishes kinda bittery, but not overwhelmingly so. Nothing really complex

M: A little carbonation to tantalize, but other wise kinda passes through without bringing much attention to itself. Leaves the mouth a little dry. Good part about that is that it leaves you wanting more.

D: Easy beer to enjoy. Nothing that is to extreme. Most people could enjoy this beer.

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Photo of bbadger
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.58 out of 5 with 949 ratings