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Saint Arnold Fancy LawnmowerSaint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bronze Medal, 2006 Great American Beer Festival

Added by kbub6f on 09-21-2001

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Reviews: 256 | Ratings: 853
Photo of D1noB
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
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 -37.2%
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 +2.5%
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 rorykanderson
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +6.5%
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 -0.8%
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 +15.2%
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 -2.3%
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%
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 -14.4%
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 -14.9%
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 -4.2%
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 +23.4%
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 +10.7%
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 -8.5%

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 -5.9%
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 -1.4%

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 +7.6%
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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Photo of jokelahoma
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass at home.

Pours a clear, bright yellow. Big rocky head that takes its time falling back into the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet up front, followed by a bread crust smell, and ending with a faint floral hop note. It's all very clean, and nothing jumps out at you. The only issue I have is that it's really rather subdued. Not bad, just quiet and shy.

Flavor mimics the smell pretty well. Sweet and bready, with a nice doughy flavor, almost like being in a kitchen while bread is baking. Right behind that comes the floral hops again, more as flavor than bitterness. This isn't an exceptionally bitter brew by any means. It has a creaminess in the end that seems a bit out of place, but isn't disturbing or off-putting. It all ties together nicely by the time you've swallowed the sip, and the cleanliness of the taste makes you want to take another right away. Nothing out of balance, nothing challenging, just a good kolsch type flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with the exception of that odd creamy consistency that creeps in mid-drink. Otherwise, just about right for following up a day of yard work.

This is nicely crafted. Clean, crisp, doesn't try to be bigger or bolder than it should be. It's an easy drinking beer for those who actually *like* beer. If I were in southeastern Texas, immediately after cursing life for putting me there, I'd grab some of this. Good stuff.

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Photo of TexasRedskinFan
4.45/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower - 6 pack bought at local Walmart, 12/04/2013 date on bottle

I had never had anything from Saint Arnold before this. I had heard of them and was aware they are a local Houston brewery, but decided to try them out. There were a couple of offerings on the shelves but I chose this one because I am a fan of the style (Kolsch beers are popular in Texas).

Appearance - Light gold to clear yellow when poured into a glass. The first one I drank out of the bottle, but then I decided to pour one just to see. There is a very small white head, maybe an inch. But it doesn't last long and there is no lacing.

Smell - Smells like an average Adjunct Lager but with a little more hops and slight grassy smell.

Taste - Slightly sweet, mild hops and comfortable malt flavoring. Very dry, almost too dry. This is just a notch above AAL style beers in overall flavor profile. But what is there is perfect for the style. Nice flavor without being over powering or tough to drink. This is perfect beer for drinking after working in the yard.

Mouthfeel - Thin but not watery. Lightly carbonated.

Overall - This is a fantastic representation of the style. Most craft drinkers and beer snobs will not fully appreciate this beer. But this is fantastic for hot summer days at a barbeque.

The price of this beer is too high for my regular purchase ($8 a six pack). But I will definitely drink this again. Especially as the weather warms up.


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Photo of Premo88
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stick)
11/18/13 born-on date printed on bottle

L: light yellow (up to light) to pale gold, 100% clear; pours a white head maybe a finger-plus, and it dissipates quickly with no stick; no lace, but it does keep a nice, foamy collar; scores a 5 for the brew but a sub-3 for the head

S: stale grain; like a weak adjunct lager with just a pinch of sweetness thrown in

T: medicinal grain; just not much here, maybe a hint of some spicy noble-type hops, but the barley isn't showing up; at times -- corn

F: fantastic; light, well carbonated, super easy to drink

O: just not that good. it pains me to say it because I love Saint Arnold and all its done for beer in Texas, but this brew has all the hallmarks of SA's big market brews -- crystal clear, weak head, stale grain smell, stale grain taste that's very medicinal. all of it adds up to something a BMC-drinker can handle, a beer that isn't going to scare the Bud Light and Miller Lite fans out there.

SA makes some fantastic brews. this is not one of them.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
2.69/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had this in a shaker pint.

Clear golden body with a slight white foam on the cap, it fades quickly.

Slightly bitter aromas: grass, cracker malt barely gets through, slight macro astringency, mineral water.

The palate starts out with some lemon and mineral water flavors. Then a little bit of that grassy bitterness seeps in. Finally, a huge cracker malt flavor takes over. It also finishes quite sweet. Man, that was rough.

A little more on the watery side and too bubbly.

I like that a grassy hop bitterness is present. However, the other flavors are too astringent and unappealing to make it a beer worth having.

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Photo of Shaw
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Arriving in Florida later this month. Bottle provided by the brewery.

Pours a light golden color with hardly any head.

Light grape-like aroma with a hint of hops.

Nice lightly sweet malt flavor with a crisp hop aftertaste.

Hefty body.

Fancy lawnmower beer, indeed. A nice session ale.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.16/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours clear straw yellow with a medium fluffy white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet corny malts with a touch of fruit and metallic noble hops.

The flavor is subdued - sweet grainy bready malts with a touch of fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall, an OK lager, kind of bland.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded red pry-off cap and inspired label art acquired at me local HEB Grocery and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Bottled 09/05/13. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I'm in the mood for a kolsch. No ABV is listed on the bottle, but the website lists this at 4.9% ABV/3.9% ABW. Reviewed as a kolsch because it identifies as such on Saint Arnold's website. "Debuted August 2000." "20 IBU." OG: 1.045. (11.4 Plato).

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 2.5 finger wide head of weak off-white colour. Disappointingly thin. No real creaminess or frothiness. Uneven inconsistent traces of lace cling to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes or so.

Body colour is a clear blonde of above average vibrance. As transparent and translucent as they come. No yeast particles are visible.

It's right on the money for the kolsch style. Appears crisp and refreshing, especially in the stangenglas. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it isn't unique or special. There are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Pils malt, a hint of wheat, graininess, light grassiness, and clean barley. There's a floral hop presence which complements the other notes nicely, but overall the hopping is quite restrained (to style). I don't detect any adjunct, but the graininess does come close to evoking that character. Plenty of cereals. Cleanly fermented; I suspect the yeast attenuation was spot on for the style.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable.

A pleasant if somewhat reticent aroma of below average strength. Fresh and appealing. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: The pleasant body is comprised of leavening graininess, clean barley, crisp fresh pilsner malts, a touch of wheat (which I doubt I'd notice if I wasn't looking for it), and cereals. Luckily, there's no adjunct here. Has just a kiss of spice, but I can't quite identify it - maybe clove? I get some light orchard apple, a bit of hay, and a hint of honey. Hops have minimal presence, but do lend a complementary floral character to the flavour profile.

Constructively, the bitterness/sweetness balance is a bit off-kilter; it's too sweet in some places (primarily up front) and too bitter in others (primarily on the back end). Needs some structural tweaking.

Overall, it's a balanced enjoyable brew, if a rather simple one. I do like the inclusion of the wheat, even if it's so subtle as to approach being imperceptible. At least they're bringing something interesting to their grain bill. It's far from the most complex or subtle example of the style out there, but I can't see anyone hating it. Very approachable and likable stuff for what it is.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through, though it does seem quite cleanly fermented.

Mf: Crisp - just as a beer in this style has to be. Has slight overcarbonation, which actually works here. It's got good body and thickness. Nice somewhat refreshing presence on the palate. Not overbearing or harsh. It complements the flavour profile nicely.

Not oily, astringent, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Hard to deny the drinkability of this one. It's a pretty respectable example of a Kolsch, and I could see myself picking up a 6er or two in the summertime. Hides its ABV well and has an approachable refreshing texture and taste. The price point could be a bit better - especially considering it's a local - but overall I'm pleased I picked this one up. It's not a world class kolsch, but for an American brewed example of the style it doesn't disappoint.

Low C+

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