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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,956
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
905
pDev:
14.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
235
Trade:
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Ratings: 905 |  Reviews: 268
Photo of Sammy
2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kylehay2004
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
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 spycow
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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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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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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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 oline73
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of LXIXME
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of mothman
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
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 dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
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 jlindros
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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 nickfl
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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 mactrail
3.62/5  rDev +2%
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 billab914
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
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 smithj4
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 905 ratings
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