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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

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263
Ratings:
887
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
14.61%
 
 
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Photo of jokelahoma
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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%
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.

THIS IS GOOD BEER. PERIOD.

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Photo of Premo88
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

2017 NOTE (Jan. 13, 2017) — I'm readjusting the original numbers and likely will re-review the beer soon, for it is MUCH better than I gave it credit for. The flavor has more light-malt sweetness with fantastic grain notes, and the medicinal flavor isn't overpowering ... just a bit of earthy bitterness in the background. A very solid brew and one I'll likely reach for again soon.

The original numbers: 3.5, 3, 2.75, 4, 3 = 3.03 (-14.6% rDev)

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Photo of Pintofbrown
2.69/5  rDev -24.4%
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 +6.5%
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 -39.3%
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 -14.3%
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 Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow, thin white head, mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Grassy and cloves.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste of mild cloves and grassy notes, some mild citrus as well.

Overall: Kinda watered down, but ok.

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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 Immortale25
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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 -13.5%
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 -15.7%
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 -24.2%
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%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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

Taste:
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.

Overall:
It's very good beer.

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Photo of bmwats
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Photo of BEERZILLA
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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 -1.4%
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 -33.4%
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 -1.7%
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 -13.2%
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 rapidsequence
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +7.6%
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 VaterRoss
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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