Saint Arnold Weedwacker | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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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 Try-em-all
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good one here. Beer has cloudy color with minimal head. At first sniff, you will find banana and nuts. Taste is fruity, citrus and banana to be specific. Smooth and very refreshing, perfect for the Summer months.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying this beer at Ruby's in Terminal E of Houston Bush Airport. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent typical of most Heffe hints of clove and banana. The taste follows the scent and has some bread like tones. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a solid beer.

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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 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 princessbay710
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Before starting my account on beer advocate, Weedwacker was one of my go to favorites, especially when I'm drinking on a budget. Reviewing it now, I'm honestly not too surprised at my rating.

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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 Pegasus
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Somewhat hazy medium golden in color, with a modest, somewhat coarse white head, scattered, rather broken lacing.and a good amount of slow-rising carbonation. The head retention is unremarkable, leaving just a scattering of foam on the surface,

Aroma: Almost a banana bread aroma, with lots of cloves, wheat, and spicy phenolic alcohol.

Taste: The taste opens with a solid clove presence. Ripe banana is present as well, but nothing of bubble gum. As the taste progresses, the yeast and wheat malt offer some earthy flavors. late in the taste, there is a modest wave of malt sweetness, and a medicinal and metallic hop presence sufficient to add balance.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with modest carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Refreshing and drinkable, splits the difference between a classic Hefeweizen and an American Wheat. Well worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce short brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a little less cloudy than most unfiltered beers, and has a very strong banana and clove aroma. Taste wise it was very enjoyable, had the typical hefeweizen banana flavor. Unfortunately only had one bottle, but will be trying again for sure.

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Photo of jtladner
2.47/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light in color with a small head and a lot of floating particulate matter. Basically no smell, and very little flavor, but a kind of cloying mouthfeel. I probably won't finish it.

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Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank it straight from the brewery taps.
Slightly hazy golden color with a thick constant head and apparent carbonation. Leaves lots of laces.
Light aroma of banana-bubblegum, wheat malt and very light cloves and herbal hops.
Flavor of this beer was outstanding, maybe because this is completely fresh. Notes of bananas, yeast, orange citrus, mild spices including cloves and mild herbal hops.
Light body with appropriate carbonation.
Interesting that the recipe has the very same ingredients than their Kolsch (fancy lawnmower) but using hefeweizen yeast. And those little guys are sure driving the car.
A highly drinkable Weizen, milder but with a great balance between citrus and banana.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,5 Sab.3,75 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75

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Photo of Gowcheco
1/5  rDev -73.5%

Now i know why they call it weedwacker. Tastes like a fairly decent hefe that was ran through a strainer filled with grass clippings and onion weeds!

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Photo of TexasRedskinFan
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Saint Arnold Weedwacker is according to the company website the exact same beer as Saint Arnold Lawnmower Kolsch. Except Hefeweisen Yeast is used instead of the Lager Yeast used in Lawnmower. So this really isn't a wheat, or a wit, or a Hefeweisen. It is tasty though.

I have had this maybe twice over the last decade. Its rarely as available as Lawnmower even here in Houston. And probably with good reason. This is an awkward brew.

Bought fresh from my local Spec's Liquor. Poured overly cold (30°) straight into a standard drinking glass.
Pours an unfiltered, hazy golden hue. Creamy white head that lasted almost until I had finished the whole glass.
Smells slightly grainy and sweet. Faintest hint of spice. Can't tell if its clove or coriander.

Tastes very smooth and crisp. Very light and refreshing. But there is a definite spice characters sneaking around in the background. You get a big swell of spice up front that fades away. Actually at a very very low temperature this beer "swigs" like an AAL or a Kolsch or a Euro Lager. But the spice seems to pop up in the end again. I am not a huge fan of Spiced Wits or Weisse or any of the family of styles. The coriander and clove is not appealing to me. But these tasting notes are mild in this beer.

Overall this is a fine beer. Highly drinkable and very interesting mesh of styles. Not my favourite or something I would drink regularly. But I would not turn it down if offered to me. Looking forward to sampling the other two fine Saint Arnold offerings I bought later this evening. And looking forward to downing the other 5 Weedwackers in my fridge.

Cheers!!! Hail to the Redskins!!!!!!

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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 MDDMD
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-slightly hazy golden color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-wheat, lemon, grassy, yeast

T-wheat, lemon, yeasty, little grassy, hints of banana and clove

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent session beer, easy drinking

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Photo of bmwats
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen.

A: Golden hue. Moderate effervescence. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly. No real lacing.

S: Wheat, yeast, lemon citrus, and freshly cut grass.

T: Very wheat forward, prominent amounts of lemon citrus. Tastes like it smells.

M: Light, crisp, and refreshing. A little citrus hangs on the palate.

D: Session.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Moderate effervescence, slight head, no real lacing. Nose is wheaty and nicely accentuated with plenty of grass and citrus. Wheat and crisp citrus. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden with a short head that fades quickly, subtle lacing left on the glass.

S: Lots of wheat, some citrus, coriander and bread notes as well, what I'd expect from a here.

T: Good deal of yeast with some bread and a bit of a citrus, some spice and banana.

M: Light bodied and crisp with solid carbonation and goes down smooth and easily. Would be quite refreshing on a hot day.

O: Pretty good for the style and worth a try. Not my favorite style by any means but this is a beer worth drinking for sure.

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Photo of brurevu
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Hefeweizen yeast gives it a very different and dynamic flavor. It had the bright and clean tastes of the Lawnmower with the distinct bubblegum Hefeweizen flavor to round it out. The Weedwacker was kind of a light hefe and I prefer it over the traditional Lawnmower. Is was a great hot weather brew where the hefe yeast gave the beer a deeper more flavorful profile than the usual warm weather beers.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a significant amount of carbonation. This white head that lingered with no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Cloves, grass, wheat, citrus

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied, drinks like a soda. Taste of grassy notes with lemon and cloves.

Overall: Good brew, I would have this one again.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into tulip. I think a date indicates 06-12-13. not sure if it is a best before or born on.

A: hazy bright blonde body. head is sparkling bright white. retention is pretty good. lacing is completely lacking.

S: definitely can smell the wheat here. a good bit of yeast esters also packs some banana into the punch. other fruit is in there too. apple and pear perhaps. sweet.

T: the esters are still there, even more sulfur notes. a sharp sweetness. residual sugars are strong. a bit too strong. wouldn't have hated for this to be a bit more dry in the finish. fruity as well. a bit of pear.

M: carb is frothy. body is light, almost medium.

D: not bad, but not great. would have liked it better if this was a dryer as stated above. otherwise a solid stab at the style.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is decent. Lacing is good. Aroma of banana, wheat and cloves. Strong and decent. Strong wheat, clove taste with the banana coming through at the end. Phenolic with a medium body and moderate to heavy carbonation. Somewhat creamy at the end. Very enjoyable beer.

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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 BetterBeerPlz
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner mug. The color was a cloudy yellow with streaming bubbles. It had a one inch head that settled into a quarter of an inch. The smell had banana and banana bread notes.

The taste was a yeasty wheat with some spice and banana. The carbonation and yeast were too harsh and dominant on the flavor and mouthfeel. I wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of mactrail
2.65/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy pale amber in the New Belgium snifter. Plenty of coarse foam with big bubbles. Fairly sudsy in the mouth. Faint malty aroma.

Watery mouthfeel. Not much malt sensation. Pretty much of a lagery swill with some faint yeasty taste. More of an American wheat with just a hint of Hefeweizen esters. Quite tart and fades to a slightly bitter, woody aftertaste.

This would be a pretty good aprés-yard work thirst quencher. If you rate it as a Hefeweizen it has to suffer by comparison with so many great beers. From the 12 oz bottle bought in Texas.

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Photo of bboven
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is supposed to be a pilsner beer brewed with hefe yeast, so I am reviewing it as such.

A: Very hazy pale orange. No head or lacing at all which is surprising given the heast used.

S: 100% hefe yeast. This is great for a wheat beer, but I was hoping some of the pilsner malt would show up and make this a bit more interesting of a beer.

T: Now here I'm still getting 85% wheat beer flavors but there is a little astringemcy from the malt which I like. It finally showed up!

M: Thin as a pils should be but a higher, crisper level of carbonation from the yeast. A bit strange, but not bad.

Overall whatever you want to call this beer it's tasty. I was just expecting more hybrid flavors where there was mostly just hefe yeast. I think I'll stick with either individual style depending on what I'm in the mood for.

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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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