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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 StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i mean, kolsch is a real light style, so don't expect huge things out of any of them as far as mind blowing complexity or anything, but as they go, this is a really nice one, light and drinkable, and not totally boring. it pours clear golden as you would expect, with a very obvious high level of carbonation, millions of little bubbles race eagerly to the surface and pile up in an inch of white head. it smells like german malts, light and easy, a little grassy. I get the label after a sip, this is lawnmower beer for sure. hot summer day, lots of sweaty yard work to do, this is your horse (if founders all day doesn't work for you). grassy finish, light and clean, refreshment to the max when ice cold. I haven't had a lot from saint Arnold, but what ive had so far I have enjoyed. solid American made kolsch here.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Fancy Lawnmower has a lot of malt sweetness and heaviness for a Kolsch-style beer. The vegital and yeastiness makes it more like a Cream Ale as well.

The hazy straw colored beer shows medium carbonations that forms an initial formitable but fizzy white head. The foam fades into a slight lace that lingers around the edge of the glass.

A medium malt sweetness and light grain flavors start the show with a lot of fruitiness and confections comming in shortly behind. Corn and butter notes also show up as the sweetness begins to fade. Yeasty and bready to go along with the sweetness, actually accentuate the fruitiness.

Body is sweeter and heavier, and without the crisp, clean, and refreshing character that is shown by Reisdorf or the like. A bit slick on the tongue seems to distract. The beer never attempts to dry out.

The beer isn't all that bad despite the negative comments. I expect a lot out of a Kolsch and this beer would make a better example of a Cream Ale. Thanks Exiled!

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Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a modest head that quickly declines to a ringlet and leaves scant shards of lacing

Smell: Grainy aroma with a hint of lemon

Taste: Starts out with a slightly sweet grainy flavor that accentuates the sweet element on the way down the gullet; some hops on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not really to style, this tastes more to me like a lager with a touch of adjunct

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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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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Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big white head over a crystal clear bright golden colored beer.

Slightly hoppy with some citrus and grasses in the aroma.

The citrus and grass hops come through in the taste as well as some light bread like malt aspects.

A dry aftertaste with a bit of the citrus hops sticking around giving this a slightly bitter ending with this light bodied kolsch.

A very solid beer with a nose towards the hops.

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Photo of mothman
2.4/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours 1 finger of white head. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Bland from the get-go. Grains, corns, and a slight amount of floral hops.

Taste: More floral hops shine through here. It has a fruity boutique flavor. Grassy and earthy with some bready malts. Corn.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, dry, and clean. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends very dry.

Overall, fairly basic kolsch. Not too much flavors, but I didn't expect a lot. Taste is better than the nose. Probably not something I would want to drink very much of. Much better kolshs out there.

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Photo of jlindros
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a sample pack of Saint Arnolds from TexasStout. Kolsh beers are hit or miss with me, so lets see how this one does. Seeing as how today was an usually hot day, I decided to crack this baby.

A: Pours with a large 2 finger head that slowly dissipates. The bright honey colored yellow orange color is pretty interesting and its pretty hazy as expected. Almost makes me sneeze seeing how pollen colored it is. After about 30 seconds the large head has died down to a light head covering that just covers the whole top of the beer and seems to hold pretty well.

N: Very interesting nose. Some vanilla and malty aromas, then some saison like nose with spice and zip, and even some almost wild yeast smells, perhaps a touch of banana. I hope it has all those tastes as well.

T: Hmmmm... starts pretty light tasting almost Bavarian wheat taste with some light wheat and touch of banana, then adds some yeasty tastes and other interesting almost tropical fruits like a papaya or something. It's also a little spicey. More banana comes out as the taste ages. Some light grassy tastes can be detected but aren't really as strong as I thought they would be. A little tanginess and touch of vanilla finishes it off. With the banana, yeast, and vanilla I almost get a vanilla yogurt taste...

M: Decent carbonation, pretty light but still semi thick, and spicey.

F: Finishes pretty dry and adds more of the banana yogurt and fruit that just sticks around for a bit. It doesn't finish as clean as I expected but is still pretty refreshing. Its also a little creamy.

Final thoughts: Its pretty refreshing and light, but has some interesting creamy banana yeasty vanilla yogurt like flavors and has a slightly spicey saison like feel but maintains a Bavarian Hefe style taste. It's strange for a Kolsh style but has a few interesting characteristics.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear shiny gold with a finger of poofy brite-white head. Thin filmy retention actually hangs pretty tough, getting thicker when swirled, and leaving some decent lacing back. The aroma is sweet up front with some prominent lager yeast coming out as well and I'm also getting a touch of lemongrass and light floral hops.

The taste is light feeling but supportive pale malts with a touch of breadiness to it, lemon zest, and a nice tingle of hops in the back. The mouthfeel is light bodied but still clean, crisp, and firm in the mouth and actually helps gives the flavors a bit more presence than they probably have.

Not bad. This was light but still fairly flavorful and crisp drinking. Definitely the best "lawnmower beer" that I've had in a while. I'd grab one in an instant on a hot day.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from breity, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with a little sweetness and a little spice. There's a decent malt presence that provides a nice balance. The malt character is light but still holds some substance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is beer is exactly what the name implies, light, refreshing and well worth pounding down for a long time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Opal Divine's Marina in Austin, TX

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall dense white head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts along with some fruity yeast and light amounts of grassy hops.

T: Light to moderate amounts of malty sweetness upfront with some bready malts as well. There are some notes of fruity yeast and just a touch of lemon citrus. The finish has a moderate amount of grassy hops and a light amount of bitterness which does not linger.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Easy to drink as the mouthfeel is light and the flavors refreshing and thirst quenching - definitely sessionable. This would be a great beer for drinking on a hot Austin summer day, especially if you were outside doing yard work. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite a yellow color in the glass. Plenty sudsy on the tongue, and has that tangy quality. Less foam than you might hope for.

Really not bad an does taste like something in the Kölsch family. Light bodied without a lot of malt in the mouth, though it does have malty flavors as you sip. Quite a pleasant perfumey flavor with aromas to match. Aftertaste hints of lemon and resins. Crisp and tangy without being too sharp. Gets better as you sip and the delicate aromatic hops begin to emerge. Quite a decent yard work quaff when you don't want an overdose of hops.

From the 12 oz bottle bought in Abilene at H and H Beverage.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Everso slightly hazy, yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Soft pale malts in the nose. Noble hops smelling spicy and of dehydrated grasses. Faint fruitiness. And there's a wheat note that gains in prominence as it warms.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with, perhaps, a slight hint of tangy wheat. Mildly sweet. Light touch of fruit. Spicy Noble hops provide a mild, balancing dose of bitterness. Finishes dry and reasonably crisp, with a lingering creamy wheat hint.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's crisp, clean, and quite drinkable. Though I could personally do with just a small bump in hop bitterness, I ultimately found it to be a quality Kölsch.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"My neighbor asked to use my lawnmower. I told him of course he could, as long as he didn't take it out of my yard."

--Eric Morecambe

Maize with cool lemonade borders. The beer is clear initially, then becomes moderately foggy as the final few ounces of yeast-laden liquid are added to the glass. The ivory colored cap looks good, not great, and is responsible for several streamers of suds.

The nose is simple... and wonderful. This SABC beer smells like it'll be modestly sweet and pale malty, as well as herbal-spicy on the hop side. Although the Hallertau hops aren't as grassy as Saaz would be, they're grassy enough to make the beer's name an appropriate one.

Fancy Lawnmower tastes like what a macro lager from BMC would taste like if those guys ever decided to brew good beer. Like the nose, the flavor is clean, simple and enjoyable. Not quite as enjoyable on the buds as in the nose, but close. It would probably deaden some the flavor, but I'd suggest drinking this one closer to the brewery's recommended temperature (35-45 degrees) than my current temperature (estimated 55 degrees).

Even though there isn't, it tastes like there's a little flaked corn in the house. According to Saint Arnold, the malt is all pale/pilsner and malted wheat. Hallertau flavor and bitterness, while noticeable, could stand a 50% increase. Some zip and zing would have assured the next highest taste score.

Considering the purpose, the mouthfeel is right on point. Ideally, it would be a little more full and a little more bubbled, but if one is looking for easy rehydration after strenuous activity in hot weather, it's good enough. I've decided to score drinkability as 'ease of'.

Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower is a pretty good warm weather kolsch that should be more popular down in Texas than Shiner Bock... but probably isn't. For that matter, it should sell better than everything brewed by BMC... but probably doesn't. I enjoyed this one. Under the cap... 'Make beer, not war'.

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Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a very fizzy light yellow/gold color with a big bubbly white head. The head settled down quickly after the pour but the steady stream of carbonation bubbles rose from the bottom pretty consistently.

Aroma has some grain and a moderate sweetness, but it also seems to have a crisp apple or apple juice type of smell to it. The taste has some graininess to it with some malt sweetness and a little bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and crisp with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's an easy drinking beer with some decent flavors. It's a decent beer for the style and would be a good alternative to a macro but it's not really something that really excited me much.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Twiggamortis420 for this one, cheers Greg!

Pours honey colored with 1 finger of pearl colored head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Much grassyness, & a touch of breadyness, plus some lemons as this warms

T: Grassy & lemony hops, a touch of honey & crackery notes up front. More of the same as this warms, nice breadyness as well. Finishes crisp, crackery & with nice lemony hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly assertive carbonation, nice crispness...

Drinks easy nough, a few will hit the spot on a warm day to be sure, fairly spot on for the style

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this one as an extra from a fine Texan who has hooked me up many times already. I was anxious to try as I have had most of this lineup with the exception of just a few. Grabbed the twelve ounce bottle out of the fridge and poured immediately into a pint glass. Very nice bright golden yellow with a nice two finger head of white foam that quickly dissipated into a batch of nothing, a broken crown lining the sides was all that I would get out of this one. Nice carbonation and a bit of residual side lacing helped to push it over the top and made a really nice addition to the overall presence of it.

The aroma was rather bright and summer like, with a light grain and herb like fruit note in the nose. A touch of clove and banana highlighted this one and really did a nice job at bringing the whole thing together. The flavor was much of the same. Surprisingly sweet, with a touch of maybe honey or light caramel, hints of apple and light fresh hay. The banana coming though nicely on the finish with a quick, clean, and very crisp cutoff in the overall taste. Very nice light bodied ale with more then adequate carbonation made for something that was easily session able and really just a wonderful thing to drink on a hot afternoon.

Overall I have to say I was quite impressed with this nice little light summer ale. I would have no issue with drinking this one again and in a good quantity to. As its name implies, this would be excellent while mowing the lawn!

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Photo of womencantsail
2.12/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The pour is a pale straw color with an initially fluffy white head.

S: Not a good aroma at all. Urine, grass, and corn are what I pick up after the first few sips and I can't be bothered to try any more.

T: I don't believe there is any urine flavor in this beer (though I probably wouldn't know if there was). But, it does have a distinctly malt liquor flavor to it, with plenty of adjunct goodness. A light bitterness, which is one of the few redeeming qualities.

M: The body is light to medium with plenty of fizz.

D: The flavor of this is not quite as bad as the aroma, but the smell of this beer just makes you not want to even try to drink it anymore.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is light straw colored, head is light and frothy. Aroma is clean, but not very strong. The available aromas are mildly sweet with a hint of wheat. The taste is mild, but balanced. Lightly sweet with some wheatiness. Light, but very crisp on the tongue. Fancy Lawn Mower Beer is a good term for this. This is highly drinkable and light, but still has enough flavor to drink just for the sake of enjoying beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived with a finger's worth of bone-white head with low retention. Color was a light, pale yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant, lager-like sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a light honey-like taste on the tongue. Finish was soft, slightly dry and definitely refreshing. Lawnmower beer, indeed!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On draft at Buffalo Wild Wings in Lubbock, TX.

The beer is clear and light golden with a pure white head. The aroma is mild, offering grain, slightly sweet, a hint of fruit. A bit of toast and mild sweetness in the flavor. Pretty bland, but a good chaser for washing down some hot wings.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.32/5  rDev +21.3%
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 RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed yellow gold with a white head. Nose is grassy sweet. Flavor is sweet as well. A bit more so than I would expect, but it's smooth enough to keep it interesting, though there is slight bite overall. Smooth liquid feel with a fairly full carbonation. An east drinker. A bit boisterous in the mouth, but still refreshing.

Thanks to ballewblake for this one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As an apartment dweller with no need for or interest in cutting grass, raking leaves, or shoveling snow, phrases like "lawnmower beer" have an abstract, metaphorical meaning for me only. I "need" a beer mainly to make my mouth happy, and will judge this, as I do them all, by that standard.
Tasted originally on a hot, early September afternoon, from notes...
Appearance: clear, pale yellow color, almost honeyish, closer to straw, with a white head that forms a tight, narrow collar on top.
Aroma: sweet, yet dull, adjuncty, cornish, typical pale lager smell, but not funky, just clean and airy.
Taste:...nice, tasty hops leading on the palate, finish is brief, but pleasant enough. Body, very light, taste, extraordinarily smooth, flavor, rather limited. Not too memorable, but a good soldier, does it's job, without need of thanks or reward, quenches thirst. Does little for that part of my tongue that yearns for substance and flavor.
I'm sure that if I were a Houstonite, though, I'd turn to this as my liquid bread in the summer heat, over the Swiller Low Lifes, and the Crud Lights, and the Boors Originals and such...
thanks to morris 729 for helping me to try it out!

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to BeerZack for this brew.

Pours a very nice clean/clear golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus fizzy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some yeasty/grassy notes, with some spices. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, grassy, with spice. Light-Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Craft in Victory Park of Dallas. Served in a wider pilsner glass. Appears a hazy gold with awhite head.

Overall a crisp and tasty German ale that's highly drinkable. The aroma has sourdough notes with a bit of citrus character. And the flavor has a mix of dry biscuit malts with lemon. There's a subtle hop balance at the finish. Overall, a great lighter beer.

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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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