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Saint Arnold Fancy LawnmowerSaint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

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 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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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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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -0.3%
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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