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Saint Arnold WeedwackerSaint Arnold Weedwacker

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Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weedwacker is essentially a Bavarian hefeweizen. Except it isn’t. Weedwacker is exactly the same beer as Fancy Lawnmower Beer but we ferment it with Bavarian hefeweizen yeast instead of kölsch yeast. It is light and refreshing but has a spicy clove note and some banana esters that come from the different yeast. Weedwacker is our only unfiltered year-round beer.

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Photo of OverToad
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all this has the coolest looking beer label ever.

Secondly this is not a Hefeweizen and Saint Arnold will tell you that, so that needs to be taken down as just that. It gives this beer an unfair comparison vs a true hef. This beer is hybrid type beer.

The beer has awesome color with a nice head. Had both on-tap and bottled and on-tap is just fantastic. Banana upfront with a clean crisp finish. This is my year-round go to beer for sure.

Awesome job Saint Arnold on this brew.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.7/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saint Arnold Weedwacker has a creamy, medium white head and a hazy, swirling straw appearance, with lots of lacing rings and many little floating particles. Lots of streaming bubbles appear. The aroma is of sugar, corriander, banana, spice, and cake. The flavor is similar- so spicy and rich. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Saint Arnold Weedwacker finishes semi-dry and pretty crisp. Overall, this is a most excellent beer. RJT

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Noble Pils branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden-straw color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates somewhat quickly and leaves behind a few spots of lace.

Smell: Grassy and citric aromas backed up by yeast and some grainy/sweet malt.

Taste: Begins with zesty lemon and sweet orange flavors, rounding out to grainy malt and finishing with a combination of the other flavors backed up by hefeweizen yeast.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with lively carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall: This is not a true hefeweizen, being St. Arnold's Lawnmower only with hefeweizen yeast. However, it is an interesting take on the style- it tastes more like a fuller, citrusy American wheat ale with real hefeweizen yeast alongside the crispness of a Kölsch. Excellent.

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Photo of BigBarley
4.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard drinking glass, but poured the Hefe way!

A - Bright, cloudy yellow with about a half finger head that is nonexistent by the time you get to the end. Minimal lacing, but very very active yeast.

S - Instant banana-clove attack! Smells yummy, with that ridiculous undertone that all Saint Arnold beers seem to have. Whatever makes it happen, Saint Arnolds makes some good smelling brew.

T - Heavy wheat up front that vanishes almost instantly to be replaced by mild sweetness with a delicious fruit undertone. Tastes like it smells, but with a shifting touch that dances between the clove taste and the sweetness, with a faint bitterness on the palate at the end. Very good stuff.

M - Not thick enough to chew, but thicker than any old lager. Active carbonation, goes down smooth and leaves your mouth craving more. Easy session beer, on the mouth and the stomach.

O - Definitely one of my favorite beers of all time. A wonderful example of how Texas does a hefe

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Photo of ronzorelli
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice cloudy wheat beer. Pale lemon in color. Nice light hop notes, and very gentle citrus hints. A little allspice and clove in the background. Pleasant and fruity. Very refreshing.

Perfect summer beer to enjoy while in the shade, and out of the Texas sun.

While the Lawnmower was very good, this is much better.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. Golden color, very light carbonation - almost no foam head. It has strong wheat flavors with a smooth, malty finish. Enjoyable all around. Try this one of you see it.

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Photo of JMad
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from an English pub glass...
The liquid is a hazy pale yellow color with a thin bubbly whit head. Smells of lemon, Belgian yeast, there is a slight funk to it and wheat. It tastes of lemon, banana, wheat, it's a little tart and has a bit of a clove flavor. Light, spritzy, very refreshing with a dry finish. This is a great beer from Saint Arnold, I highly recommend trying it.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at St. Arnold's, much better than the average bottled Weedwacker. Nice wheat taste, Bavarian yeast shining in this on tap. Grassy, lemony, citrus wheat. A little bit of spice to round it out, some coriander. Cheeeeers.

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Photo of BeerHunter76
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on tap when it first appeared, and when I heard the news of Weedwacker becoming a year round I was thrilled. Picked up my first six pack and cracked the first of waht I am sure will be many last night.

It pours like a good hefe should. It is a cloudy, pale yellow with 2 fingers of head that left a distinct lacing as you drink it down. It has a crisp, sweet, smell with a citrus burst as it goes down. There is a slight grassy tinge to the brew this is a welcome addition to the overall taste. You will also find a creamy mouthful when drinking.

This is a great summer beer, and a great addition to the St Arnold lineup and you can bet I am going to pick up more. If you haven't go get it!

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Photo of Duttonic
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 8/19/10 at Canyon Creek Cafe in Houston.

A- Very cloudy, hazy, bubbly, no head, ample lacing, yellow/green in color.

S- Floral, fresh cut grass, citrus, sticky sweet, yeast.

T/M- Creamy, smooth, lemon, herbal, grassy, light.

D- Awesome. I thought this was a thoroughly impressive offering from Saint Arnold. I am excited to see what else is in their movable yeast series. I really wish that they would start making this a regularly brewed item.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden honey color with 2 fingers of creamy bright white head. After a few sips a finger of rocky head sticks around for the remainder of the beer. Left some good lacing

Smells of bananas, spices, subtle floral hops and some grassy aromas as well

Tastes is very clean and follows the nose. Lots of banana with clove, spices and a subtle bubblegum flavor that gives it that little something extra. Full of flavor but not overly sweet

medium to light in body with an abundant amount of carbonation. Very clean tasting beer for sure with a great lasting aftertaste

Overall this is a great hef in my opinion. A little thinner than most but I think that this is perfect considering its brewed in Houston. I spent a few weeks in Germany and I think that this beer would hold its own there with out a doubt. Great idea to change the yeast in their Lawnmower. Definitely created the best beer in the Saint Arnolds lineup. Pick up a six ASAP and you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a big white head that laces.

Smells of spice and some hop spice. Slight sweet notes with small banana notes. The smell is big, not pungent, but there and nice.

Tastes of spice with some fruit notes then follows with a malt, sweet body and finishes with a spice/yeast kick. The taste is fantastic and refreshing. I can't imagine what I'd add. Awesome.

The mouthfeel works really well for the beer and style though it is a bit thin compared to some brews.

Overall this is an awesome summer beer that mixes the lawnmower with hefe aspects and produces a beer with a nice nose and killer taste. Perfect for the hot Texas weather. Nicely done.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. Stamped 181-182 081711.

A: Pours a milky white, with a bright white finger head forming and sticking around for a while. The beer is cloudy but transparent, a sort of whiter shade of pale. Yellowish in direct light. So far, not bad.

S: Clean and wheaty, with just a touch of citrus peel or sour yeast.

T/M: Delicious! A damn fine hefeweizen with just the right flavours I was looking for -- a quenchingly refreshing beer with a tart edge and drying finish. A soft wheat body makes for an exceptional mouthfeel and the gentle malted sweetness is complemented by the slightly lemony flavours.

O: I'm incredibly pleased by this beer, partially because I was expecting a more Kölsch-like beer (this beer is based on the Saint Arnold Lawnmower). An excellent American hefeweizen; recommended for all those who like wheat beer. Will seek out to have again.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to DaveHack for this one.

A: Pours a cloudy straw with a ton of pure white head. The top foam fades quickly, leaving only a tiny rim on the beer.

S: Smells sweet of clove and banana. There is some nice citric acidity in the nose too. I'm picking up notes of lemon peel and candy cigarettes.

T: Starts off sweet with the clove and banana. That sweetness mixes well with the carbonation. The tastes stay true to the finish where there is a nice citrus bitter. But the bitterness is very subtle. It's very pleasant.

M: Light bodied. This is a smooth drinker that leaves the palate a bit dry, but yearning for more.

O: I'm really digging this beer. I usually don't like wheat beers but this could rival Dancing Man Wheat (my all time favorite) as the top contender. This is a seriously good drinker.

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Photo of genitempo
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours nicely, straw-colored but with obscurity, giving the subtleties of a Hefeweizen. Minimal head, minimal lace.

S: Citrus fruits, not overbearing, very pleasant.

T: Very enjoyable. Carbonation hinders the citrus from being to weighty, (this actually was a good thing) increasing the brew's drinkability. Rides well all the way through.

MF: Most hefees bring too much of a "pulp" feel. I dont think the weedwacker was trying to do this at all. This sits much like a lager, but brings a more flavorful taste.

O: This beer has a great taste:drinkability ratio. Perfect choice a 6-pack to pick up for a weekend cookout.

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Photo of Fenris244
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

im really excited that this brew got pushed up to year round status, poured into my duvel tulip

pale yellow, a little hazy, towering 3 finger head off of an aggressive pour, little retention though.

Bits of lemon and orange, some wheat and some sweetness

Its like a hefeweizen but lemony, its really cool, the bits of orange are still there and a little spiciness, the flavors come in pretty softly and everything blends really well

very light and crisp, super srefreshing, excellent for the texas summer

Overall, fantastically refreshing summertime brew

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Photo of miket163
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lovely hazy amber with a 2" fluffy white head, with very nice lacing throughout. The smell was dominated by lemongrass, hay, banana, and yeast. This beer had a very crisp/fresh taste: some citrus hops, banana, lawn, and wheat bread. Also had very nice kick of carbonation, yet was somewhat creamy.

Great beer for the summer.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce glass into a pint glass.

The first time I tried this beer was on a recent beach trip down to Port Aransas. It was on sale at their local IGA, so I figured I would give it a shot.

I am usually one of those beer lovers that is a stickler for style. If you have the word "hefeweizen" on a bottle, it better be an unfiltered beer with at least 50% of the malt bill consisting of wheat. In this case, although BeerAdvocate calls this a hefeweizen, Saint Arnold is forthcoming with the fact it is not.

As for the beer itself, this is simply an awesome warm weather beer. It has several elements of a good hefeweizen due the yeast, including a delightful blend of banana, lemon, and clove, but at the same time is very different. This beer almost seems to blend all the best worlds of a great summertime brew---As I stated above, you get several flavors of a hefe but you also get some slight orange and coriander flavors reminiscent of a good Belgian Wit, with the finish resembling the nice tingling, slight refreshing bite of a Kolsch. Only a hint of wheat malt is detectable (or maybe it's the ester flavors from the hefe yeast that makes me think I am tasting wheat along with other flavors that go along with a good hefeweizen).

The only problem with this review is that whoever classified this a hefe on BA needs to change it! If you try this beer and try to compare it to your favorite German Hefe, you will indeed be disappointed, but again, it's not a hefe! Rather, it's just a damn good beer that is a sheer pleasure to drink on a warm Texas day.

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Photo of mjurney
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straw-gold color, hazy. Lots of little bubbles rising up. Foamy head that dissipate slowly.

Bready malt, bananas, bubblegum, hint of cloves and coriander.

Sweet breadiness up front, rich, biscuit, a little wheaty. Good amount of banana in the taste, along with some cloves. Zesty lemon towards the end. Some tartness in the finish, crisp. Body is light-medium, almost creamy, refreshing, dry, smooth.

Well made American made Hefeweizen.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served at the Gingerman in Austin, TX.

Note: Lawnmower recipe with hefeweizen yeast. Reviewed as a hefeweizen.

Slightly hazy and straw colored. Bleached white head with very good retention. Aroma is spicy, cloves with undertones of bananas. Bit of a carbonation bite up front. Spiciness comes next. Sweet, slightly bubble-gum flavored finish and on the dry side. Medium-light mouthfeel. Not my cup of tea, but very good for a hefeweizen.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just landed in Texas, and was handed my trusty Lawnmower from Saint Arnold. Surprised though to find this was a Weedwacker. Interesting. A crispy Hefe on a hot day hits the spot, as today is a pleasant 142 degrees outside in Houston. A nice wheat / fruit smell hits you right away, and the taste is also a bit sweet. Nicely carbonated. A small bird just burst into flames as it flew by - it also would have liked this beer. I am not sure if I like this more than the Lawnmower, but a nice play on a very good beer. Saint Arnold is a find in Houston

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Photo of DCon
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 12 FL OZ. bottle of this in a trade from cfh64. Poured from the Grass Labeled bottle w/ a Pope on the front & a piece of tape with "WEEDWACKER" on it covering up the old label showing LAWNMOWER into a 16oz Mizzou Tiger's Homecoming Pint Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a nice light aroma with lemon, grain, and malt within. Nothing else but seems like it will be fresh and clean.

Appearance- Pours a 4 finger head that lasts for a good amount of time. Has a cloudy, dark yellow/golden colored body. Leaves tons of lacing behind.

Flavor- A very nice lemon taste is around with tons of wheaty taste. Very crisp and has a light hop bitterness. All very well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, Easy drinking, and has good wheat flavors that hang around palate.

Overall Impression- A great lemon taste made this Hefeweizen a success! VERY refreshing, smooth, and easy drinking. This is my first brew from Saint Arnold but do have more to enjoy at a later date. If it was still summer, I would be looking for more of these!

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Photo of jspencermorris
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Cloudy and light amber in color with minimal head and uneven carbonation on the surface.

S: Very sweet banana and nutty aroma.

T: Crisp fore-notes of citrus, with a banana body.

F: Carbonation is mild and overall quite smooth. Very refreshing.

O: Very good Hefeweizen, especially for warm or hot weather.

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Photo of zdk9
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pale yellow. It's super cloudy but still the bubbles pop out at my eyes. Less than a finger of head that looks like lightly beaten egg whites.

S- Smells very yeasty and spicy and inviting. Bits of honey calling from the sides. The spice is pepper and grains of paradise. Very reminiscent of a Belgian wit.

T- Refreshing but complex, flavorful and not too sweet or at all corny. Spice is very present- the same pepper. Some lemon-lime notes. More yeast as it warms.

M- Pretty carbonated. Again I think it's important to note the lack of overwhelming sweetness. Could was down a little cleaner but overall ok in this department.

O- Good stuff- smells good, tastes good, feels good.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle traded to me from attitudebrew. thanks! ive never heard of this one before. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- the pour yields a hazy golden colored body under a small but tight bright white head. the head lasts for a while before falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first things that i pick out of the nose are malted wheat and a touch of fresh baked bread. after that i get some heavy yeast notes. banana, clove, bubblegum, and coriander. not overly spicy. light earthy and lemony hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with the bread and malted wheat that i could smell. after that i get some banana and bubblegum from the yeast, which adds a little bit of sweetness. some mild spiciness moves in next with coriander and clove. maybe a touch of black pepper. very mild earthy and lemony hops at the end.

M- this has a solid medium body with a medium level of carbonation. nicely done.

O- an easy drinking very approachable beer that screams summer time. i can see myself drinking some of these after yard work or at a summer backyard barbeque. id pick this up often during the season were it only available here.

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