Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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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

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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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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a clear and crisp slightly pale golden color. There is a nice white head that has some dense bubbles and recedes down to a thin mat.

S - Grain notes are quite present with some earthy and slightly herbal notes. Very bready and slightly sweet malt notes. There is some slight hopy herbal notes that rounds out the malt.

T & M - Starts off with some bread and then some nice herbal hop notes. It is pretty straight forward and mild but its very well crafted. Goes down smooth and easy. A nice alternative to macro swill. Mouthfeel is nice and crisp and clean with a good bitter finish.

O - Its an ik beer. I dont think ill ever buy it again.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler

Appearance-Straw yellow body, Fizzy yellow beer looking. Tons of carbonation clinging to the side of the glass. Head was about a 2 finger that dissipated quickly. Little lacing

Smell-Bready and sweet malts. Some black pepper and some orange and lemon.

Taste-Very one demensional, but it's got really nice flavor. Juicy lemon and some nice sweetness, not overpowering though. Very clean finish.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonation, a little prickly. Body is very thin.

Overall-Great alternative to a fizzy yellow lager. Very drinkable and clean. Kept very simple and well done.

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Photo of nukem5
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear golden color in a pint glass,slight lacing down glass. Nice thin layer of foam on top.

S: Maltly nose with a nice balanced light hoppiness about it.

T: Taste is of malt and hop just light in flavor.Not heavy and weighty light without being "light".

M: As stated nice light body and consitancy without being watery and light.

O: Could easily drink this on a nice warm summery day just hanging out doing nothing with a group of people or maybe

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Photo of D11
2.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from bottle into pilsner

A-clearish golden color. decent head, decent lacing, doesnt last long though.

S-i smelled a lot of corn in this

T-not too bad. very light feeling in flavor, slight corn taste.

M-i did enjoy the feeling though. refreshing.

O-this isnt a bad beer. just not my type of beer. it was better than i had expected though, and refreshing.

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Photo of ctempuser
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pilsner glass

A: Pours a light golden color. Head faded quickly.

S: Fresh floral hops in the smell, along with orange/citrus. I find some very small hints of corieander and corn as well.

T: Tastes similar to smell. I also pick up some very small hints of corn.

M: Good mouthful, carbonation just right.

O: Good summer time beer. Would probably not seek it out, but its worth a try. Definitely refreshing.

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Photo of layinbrix
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local pub, 105 degrees outside and was looking for a solid summer beer.

A: Lawnmower pours a slightly hazy straw yellow. It formed some head, with very good retention. Surprisingly good lacing as well.

S: Smelled a bit like an orange grove, citrus and light grassy hop notes.

T: Just like it smelled, although more lemon flavor over orange, and the lemon powered over the hops.

M: This beer was light and clean. Very mild mouthfeel, and it was as refreshing as water.

O: This is definitely a beer for the summer, I could see myself drinking several out in the sun. Less watery than the Saint Arnold Summer Pils but somehow more refreshing. I don't think I'd pick this one up in any other season though...

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Photo of Treebs
3.51/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this guy as an extra in a trade, thanks Brad!

A: Pours a very clear straw yellow with a nice fluffy white head and some nice sheets of lace on the way down.

S: Some nice grassy notes with an almost tart, sour grape note mixing in there. Hints of a light cracker malt.

T: Some light corned barley with a light bitter hop kick. Not as sour or tart as the nose which I like. The tartness does show itself slightly on the backend.

M: Very crisp and clean, light bodied. Nice bubbly carbonation with a great drinkability. A light tart grape is left on the tongue.

O: This is a very drinkable beer and my first real kolsch. I enjoyed the style for what it is, but I wouldn't go out of my way to enjoy one on a regular basis. Unless its 100 degrees like it is now, then it tastes great.

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Photo of sweetwillyrolbar
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received in a trade, thanks Jeremy2027! My first Saint Arnold brew, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear but slightly hazy, moderate white head which had modest retention.

Smell: Crisp, slightest hint of sour, rather grassy.

Taste: Slightest bitterness that clings to the middle of the taste profile and rounds to a crisp final bite. Grassy, slight taste of lemon rind.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, pretty mild. The crisp opposite of slick. Goes down very, very easy and doesn't linger.

Overall: One of very few kolsch styles I've had, so difficult for me to rate to style. Great lawnmower beer, I suppose hence the namesake. Enjoyable, but perhaps a bit light for me.

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

I drank this from a pint glass..

I could have swore I reviewed this before, I guess not. The beer pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow color with a thick foamy white head that left a lot of lacing. It smells mostly of biscuit malt with butter, honey, grassy hops and lemon. It tastes the same as it smells, very mellow flavors of malt and grassy hops. It feels light but not thin, soft/ perfect carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This a solid beer, enjoyable in all seasons, not just summer.

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Photo of kemoarps
2.66/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy straw colour, with a big thin head (big being the size, thin being the nature), leaving decent lacing down the glass as I drink.

It smells earthy. Not in the way that many heavier beers will have a loam-like earthy quality, but like it smells kind of like dirt. Almost manure-esque. While manure is techincally fecal matter, this doesn't smell like SHIT per se, it is not particularly a quality I've really noticed in other brews. Reminds me of the midwest, driving through corn fields and cow pastures.

Tastes like a light summery beer, not as thin as I had anticipated. Has kind of a hazy character to it, with that same fertilizer undertow, though it comes through more grassy on the tongue whereas the nose reminded me more of what is under the grass.
Grainy notes remind me again of a long flat drive through Iowa or somewhere similar.

This beer isn't BAD, it's just not something that I'm particularly a big fan of. I wouldn't buy it again, but if someone offered me one, I would drink it.

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Photo of StaveHooks
2.85/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy pale yellow with a 1 finger white head that diminishes pretty quick.

S - Old grass, a dose of grain, lemons, earthy minerals.

T - Sweet grain, lemons, minerals, yeasty with bits of fruit esters. A pinch of bitterness on the back of the tongue. Finishes semi-wet.

M - Fizzy carbonation, light bodied.

A refreshing beer on a hot day. Wouldn't be my first pick for a lawnmower beer though. Doesn't quite live up to the style profile.

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Photo of Francepants06
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance was a light yellow color beer. Medium size white foaming head.
It tasted of lemon grass and citrus notes with a malty finish. It is a very crisp refreshing beer.
This is not my favorite fizzy yellow beer but it is better than the BMCs. I definitely like the other Saint Arnold beers better. But this one is worth a try.

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

Poured into a stange. Thanks to twiggamortis420 for this.

4.0 A: Clear light yellow color. Three fingers of frothy white head with average retention and a decent amount of lacing.

3.5 S: Grassy hops and a very faint maltiness. Not bad for the style.

3.5 T: Light maltiness again with grassy hops. Clean and crisp.

3.5 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. Super smooth.

4.0 D: Good lawnmower beer. Goes down super easy. Leagues above the corny taste of a macro, but not much flavor overall.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 12oz stubster with the SA mascot pushing none other than a...lawnmower, i have heard "hazy" qualities from others, this beer is about as transparent as they make em' maybe it was a chill haze, but it pours a yellow straw color that gives a creamy 1 finger head that falls to minimal bubbles and a thin ring shows minimal lacing as well.

A - very grainy and grassy, clean and a light bitterness aroma with a more subtle smell offering a sweet note.

T - again extremely clean, grassy, straw flavor in the middle there is a sweet yeasty flavor that keeps it from being boring, and a big grainy middle to end with a very light hop bitterness. crisp and refreshing

M - light to medium body, moderate carbonation that moves this away from creamy and closer to prickly and crisp, refreshing and clean to say the least.

O - a good brew to keep things easy, im actually doing this as i watch a TABC license video. refreshing and a summer brew, don't expect to knock any socks off though.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a one finger head that gives way to a little lace. The aroma is of grassyness and grains, faint and very hard to get but par for the glass. The taste is of grains and grass but with a nice sweet fruity touch. Kinda like a banana or a sweet yeast. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. Overall it was a little more flavorful for a kolsch than what I have had in the past. The fruitness makes it stand out a bit, this is a very light and refreshing beer.

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Photo of txbrew81
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy straw color. Quickly disapating head that leaves some lacing.

S: Strong malt prescense and grassy hops. Really does remind me of a freshly cut lawn (fitting I suppose).

T: Crisp and refreshing. Sweet malts at first with a dry grassy finish.

M: Light carbnonation. Quaffable.

O: A great warm weather beer. Slightly different than other kolsch I have had but a great beer and decent representation. Will buy again and recomend.

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Photo of jALEson
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazed, light yellow with white head that fades to a thin collar with spotty lacing. Light grain, grass, and a green grape nose. Tastes of grain and faint herbal hop with some sweetness from malt showing up as it warms. Thin bodied and has a crisp carbonation. I generally prefer beers with more flavor, but this is a great hot weather or...."after using the lawnmower" beer.

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Saint Arnold Fancy Lawnmower from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.55 out of 5 based on 871 ratings.
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