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Saint Arnold Fancy LawnmowerSaint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower

Brewed by:
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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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 Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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 JanetCDavis
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Wyattldavis
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very light golden color, with a sweet smell. A very fizzy, fuzzy mouthfeel, which I personally don't prefer. The flavor follows the smell and fairly sweet. Not much bitterness here, and the sweetish flavor stays in the mouth for quite awhile. Overall, a reasonably refreshing beer that isn't too heavy.

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Photo of stinkydaddy
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

5 oz taster

a – slightly grassy but little hop presence. getting phenols. no DMS.

a – light straw. thin white head. no lacing. no haze.

f – pilsner malt with some breadiness balanced by hop bitterness. little hop flavor. getting oxidization.

m – low carbonation. medium body.

o – this may be an older keg due to lack of CO2 and the slight cardboard flavor. based on this sample would probably pass if offered again.

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Photo of mjurney
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straw color, slight haze. Lots of carbonation rising up. Frothy head.

Faint. Grassy, sweet, yeasty, a little fruitiness.

Sweet, grainy, grassy, cracker, hay. Hop bitterness is very mild, herbal. Finish is very clean, slight dryness. Body is clean, crisp, refreshing, soft, very nice carbonation.

It's very good beer.

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Photo of bmwats
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light golden hue. Rising effervescence is pervasive. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Settles pretty quickly. Slight lacing, mostly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: White bread and hay.

T: Wheat with a bit of a pungent, grainy, tone and just a hint of citrus zest.

M: Light and earthy. Finish of citrus and pepper.

D: Session style.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head and some slight lacing, lots of carbonation. Nose is light and bready with some dried grass or hay. Light hints of wheat, grain, and citrus zest. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

st arnolds does a lot of a good beers and not a lot of great beers.its appearance is straw yellow with a medium foamy head with little lacing.smell is slight skunky but pleasant.taste is some what the same a little skunky but not too bad.feel is smooth and light,easy drinking a good summer drinker just like the name implies.overall this is a good summer drinking session beer and like all st arnold beers its good but not great and thats pretty good.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a small head. Head retention is virtually non-existent. Lacing is very mild. Malty, bread, standard lager aroma. Some stale fruits. Light and crisp like the style should be. Bready, malts. with a stale fruitness at the end. Somewhat astringent but light bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation.

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Photo of swellcat
2.37/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Microbrew for macro drinkers—a very light beer.

First taste shows abundant carbonation, tickling, tiny bubbles. The fizziness dissipated fairly quickly in the glass.

Flavor seems to be dominated by a malt-liquor-like sweetness. May be a fruit note in the mid-palate. Finish is bitter-metallic, odd, and off-putting.

Food pairing attempted was fried chicken. The beer is much too insubstantial for that. Crab sashimi, maybe?

Not undrinkable; certainly not a go-to.

Hope I've not been harsh or faulted Lawnmower for being true-to-style.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass and served cold.

Clear gold body and a nice thick sticky white head.

Clay and raspy smell. Strong earth tones

Fruity front. More earth. Light hop bitterness is there but muted.

LIght and quickly fading carbonation.

Overall an okay beer. Certainly in line with the style but nothing outstanding. here. Nice and quenching quality. In a pinch in texas I would have this again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.09/5  rDev -13%
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 rapidsequence
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle Mom brought back from brewery.

Appearance: Very clear and bright medium yellow. Wispy white head with little retention. Spots of lacing.

Smell: I initially thought this would be some manner of pale ale, but the first sniff told me it was a Kolsch. Pale bready malt aroma, bit of light fruit, noble hops, and a kiss of sulfur.

Taste: Very much in line with the aroma. Malt sweetness wins out a bit over hops bitterness and dryness, leaving it a bit on the sweet side. Not as crisp in the finish as I'd like, but generally tasty.

Mouthfeel: A bit to sweet on the finish makes it not as crisp and clean as I'd like.

Overall: A solid Kolsh that would be a good lawnmower beer.

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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 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 VaterRoss
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of pgfault
1.71/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I picked up a 6 of this because it was on sale. Mistake. Pours with a moderate head that persists fairly well. Initial nose indicates that this might have a Kolsch taste to it, but scents can be deceiving. The first taste is surprisingly disappointing. There's a strong hint of corn, and some degree of bitterness. It completely lacks any bread flavor that I associate with a quality Kolsch. Rather, it has the mouth feel of an American lager+. In that sense, it's clean and non-offensive, and definitely a pounding beer -- as in just finished mowing the lawn in Texas beer. I hope Saint Arnold's reformulates this with possible adjustments to the malt and yeast (or rebrands it for what it is, along with a steeper price reduction), because a good Kolsch is hard to find. As is, it's disappointing, and I'll be avoiding it and its sidekick, Weedwacker.

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Photo of acevenom
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours the color of pale straw with a tall, quickly dissipating white head. Plenty of tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. There's also the appearance of some sediment. Some lacing is left behind on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. The aroma is of malt and yeast. It's a very basic sweet, bready smell. That sweet breadiness from the yeast and the malt hits the mouth up front. There are some minor hop notes, but these are not strong. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is high, especially on a hot summer day. This is a very good beer that is perfect for summer consumption.

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Photo of omnigrits
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A. Clear pale yellow with plenty of rising bubbles and a white head. Not too much retention.

S. The glass needs to be swirled around pretty vigorously to get much of an aroma but what comes up is sweeter than I was expecting. A mix of honey, malts and bubblegum.

T. Not quite as sweet in the taste, but sweeter than I prefer. Some nice noble hop notes. Almost a pilsner-like grassiness that's very pleasant.

M. Very light and crisp but the sweetness takes away from it.

O. I'm not familiar enough with Kolsch to rate it to style but I don't think I'd go for this again. A good German or Czech style pilsner is what I go for on a hot day, and there are plenty of hot days in south central Texas. This beer is just a little too cloying to cut through the heat for me.

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Photo of psuKinger
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer brought back all the way from Houston by my buddy Andrew. Thanks to him for hooking me up. I'm sorry two of them broke inside your case!

Bottle poured into a standard nonic.

A: Pours a very light golden/yellow color, a bit hazy, with a thin bone-white head on top. Maybe half a finger's worth, but it hung around fairly well.

S: Mild notes of sweet barley and bready yeast.

T: Bready yeast notes up front, malt sweetness arriving near the middle, and a nice touch of hop *brightness* on the back end to round things out. For a mild, light beer, this one holds it's own.

M: Light, carbonation bubbles are very *fine*. Would appreciate just a touch more, personally. Remarkable stickiness on the finish for such a light beer.

D/O: Not bad for a light beer. I see what the *fuss* is about. On a hot summer day, would follow this up with another without blinking.

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Photo of CTraft
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass, it has 2 fingers of head that goes away quickly. It is active and bubbly, and cloudy yellow.

Aroma: faint, yeasty

Taste: crisp, citrusy, yeast prominent

Mouthfeel: Light, tangy, with moderate to high carbonation. Feels good on the tounge and goes down easy.

This is a great, refreshing light beer choice for a warm spring/summer day. I would drink it again.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from my cousin Zack in NOLA. Let's see what Texas has to offer!

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass, this brew is a pale straw yellow color, with a 1" head that slowly disipates. The beer is slightly cloudy, with plenty of active carbonation.

Pleasant and clean, this has a mildly grassy aroma, with hints of cracker, toasted malt and nuts.

Creamy and smooth, it starts malty with hints of tart apple, lemon and banana. Quite easy drinking, it finishes crisp and slightly dry.

Light to medium bodied, it has a creamy mouthfeel up front, with a dry crisp finish.

Quite enjoyable, this would be great on a hot summer day, a cool spring day, a crisp fall day, or just about anytime! Definitely recommend this if you're looking for an easy drinking tasty brew.

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Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light, straw-yellow body with a good, white head. Excellent lacing on the pint glass.

Smell is light malt, perhaps a light cracker character, with some soft grassy hop notes.

Taste comes across with a rather delicate maltiness and subtle hop bitterness. Well-balanced and light.

Mouthfeel was light yet delightfully smooth. Carbonation gave it a soft character. Light-to-medium body. Finishes soft and dry.

Fancy Lawnmower doesn't leap at you with over-powering tastes and smells. It a light beer overall, yet has enough distinction with taste and mouthfeel, coupled with a relatively low ABV to make it a respectable session beer.

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Photo of OremLK
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly my favorite session beer so far. Time to review the Fancy Lawnmower!

A: Light gold, good clarity, so-so head fades quickly leaving very little lace.

S: Instant you crack open the bottle you can smell grass, pine needles, summer day. Nice strong scent reminiscent of the name. More scent packed in this mild drinkable beer than many IPAs I've had, but it works.

T: Follows the smell, but much more mildly, and with a nice touch of both malt sweetness and hoppy bitterness in the middle. Would like the flavor to be just a TOUCH more assertive, but all in all, very drinkable and balanced with just the right hint of complexity to intrigue the palate without powering too far over the obvious goals of the brew.

M: Moderate to high carbonation, very light and with a hint of dryness. Very drinkable. I could pour another as I write...

I'll be buying many more cases of these. One of the more enjoyable beers I've had, although better in the summer than in the wintertime. Fortunately, in the brewery's home city, Houston, it's essentially summer most of the year...

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

Appearance- Clear straw colored. Thick, stark white head. Bits of spider web lacing left behind. 3.5/5

Smell- Crisp hop aroma and very small malt smell. 3.5/5

Taste- Very balanced. I can't decide if the hops are more of a flavor or not. Throughout the sip there are crisp, slightly grassy hops and some sweet malt to back it up. Small amount of bitterness right in the middle. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel- Better than some, but still what you would expect from the style. 3.5/5

Overall- Good, easy drinking beer. 3.5/5

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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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