Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold Fancy LawnmowerSaint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: 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

Added by kbub6f on 09-21-2001

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Photo of txmilligan
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
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 +4.8%
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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Photo of 1ale_man
4.06/5  rDev +14%
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 -1.4%
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 +26.4%
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 +4.8%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The Fancy Lawnmower, consumed at a place where is presumably lots of grass to mow; Glove Life Park. On to the beer:

A frothy head which seems to stay above for the duration puts the beer at a good starting point. I smell some grassiness, mild overall with a little lemongrass and honey. Its taste is soft, quite soft. The taste is vague in general, with whisper of grass and citrus, filling the inside of a light bodied beer. Lawnmower beer indeed, but calling it Fancy would be a stretch, like calling Buick a luxury car brand.

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Photo of D1noB
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A mid to heavy bodied beer, slight bitter middle, that's light-fully smooth and a very pleasant taste.

Taste Rating in Words: The guy you don't know at the party. You don't think you'll like him. You've already gotten a bad first impression. You end up stuck in the corner with him. You are forced to small talk. Next thing you know you are 2 hours in, you realize he's a great guy and you have a lot in common. He's probably going to be in your wedding party, not a groomsman or a best-man but an usher maybe.

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Photo of beersands
2.23/5  rDev -37.4%
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 Mitchmoore12
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured nicely, great big white head. Only a little lacing left. Very clear/light golden appearance. Light malt and hop flavor with only a mild amount of carbonation. Slightly watered down feeling in my mouth though.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice easy drinker with a good balance of light citrus - orange, melon - crackery malt and subtle wheat. Faint bitterness is preceded by a bread/yeast flavor that ends crisp. A beer that's at its best ice cold on a hot day. Not gonna wow you but it'll satisfy.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Golden yellow with a thin white head
S: Grain, grass, floral hops
T: Grassy, hops, slightly bitter
F: Crushable, super easy to drink
O: A nice example of a Kolsch from Texas

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Kroger.
A clear light yellow with a thin head that falls off quickly leaving no lacing, this looks decent. The nose is lightly grainy with a blend of lightly fruity yeast, some dough and some honey. The palate is similar, mildly grainy, moderately sweet and with just a little bit of a fresh, mildly lemony hop bitterness. Solid.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with thick white head, smells of crisp herbal hops slight crackery malts, tastes of crackery malts slight lemon pepper hops, light bodies with light carbonation.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is malty, grassy. Taste is malts, some sweetness, apples, light hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For a kolsh, good looking yellow golden color with a skim of head. very grainey smell. grainey taste like the smell but with some good malts. good medium carbonation and good body. pretty good kolsh.

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Photo of TH28
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. 6/30/15 production date. Appearance: Light golden, crystal clear, with low white head. Aroma: Light grainy malt and slight fruity yeast character. Taste: Light grainy malt and moderate herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light body with moderately high carbonation. Finish: Dry and sticky on the tongue. Overall: Decent kolsch. Lacks the fruity yeast character of some oth

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Photo of cjgator3
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a fizzy straw yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is grain with grassy hops and a touch of citrus. The taste is sweet grain and citrus with a clean and refreshing finish.

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Photo of cowboy1962
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer twice. From the tap at a restaurant and from a can. It was much better from the tap. From the tap it had a great malt taste that was not in the can. It was never bitter or hoppy either time, but was just more enjoyable as a draft.

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Photo of Reema
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the major things I miss about Texas. Crisp, tart, refreshing. Just as the name implies, this beer is great after some yard-work during those hot, humid Houston days. The light feel and carbonation make this a pleasant drink. A very nice American representation of the Kolsh.

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Photo of Zonk
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good example of what it is. Great beer for outside on a hot day. Hard to give big numbers to some of these lighter beers for look and smell, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of tkelley
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12 oz bottle from beer of the every other month club poured into SAPP glass.

A - pale crisp yellow; very clear body with tons of bubbles; thin white head.

N - smells sweet like an American lager. Light grassy highlights.

T - tasty enough with light malt sweetness and kind of grassy hops.

M - bubbly and crisp.

O - I see where the name comes from. Good enough beer for what it is and I would be happy to drink it occasionally. Cheers!

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Photo of FLima
3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank straight from the brewery taps.
Golden color with a thick thin head with medium retention.
Light fruity aroma with sweet pale malts.
Very clean taste, sweet pale malt, bagels, very light papaya and finish with mild floral and herbal hops.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Refreshing and perfectly executed Kolsch. I am not so much into Kolsch, but this one I could session a whole day.
Ap.3,25 Ar.3 Sab.3,5 Sens.3,25 Cj.3,5

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Served on draft in a nonic pint glass

Clear straw yellow in color, foamy bone white head. Mild grainy aroma. Clean mild slightly sweet malt flavor, no hops. Thin body, medium to high carbonation

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a very, very clear bright gold, with tons of active visible carbonation. Forms a thin white head with poor retention.

S: Pilsner malts with only very mild sulfuric quality, the lightest of cracker malts, and a touch of mild fruity lager yeast esters. Not much else – this smells simple, clean, and subtle - but not bad.

T: Pilsner malts, lager yeast, mild sulfur and corn, and a light grassy and floral hop bitterness towards the end. Simple.

M: Light body, medium carbonation sensation, and no alcohol presence to speak of.

O: Difficult for me to rate - this is a good example of a Kolsch. Even the poor head retention is within style guidelines of the BJCP. Ratings above are for style - I would estimate a score based on my preferences would be closer to 3.35.This rather tasted like a better quality AAL. I could envision this being an excellent "craft conversion" beer, but it's nothing I'd grab repeatedly on purpose. Just glancing at the label, I thought this was going to be an APA…should have read better. Still, it's more than drinkable and refreshing while it's cold.

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