Saint Arnold Weedwacker | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
Texas, United States
saintarnold.com

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.

Added by champ103 on 08-17-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
462
Reviews:
103
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
14.32%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
125
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 462 |  Reviews: 103
Photo of Sammy
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The base beer was unappealing, adding in all the banana yeast did not help it. Not so drinkable, on tap at the brewery.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Exiled for sending me this one!

Pours a murky light yellow with a 1 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to nothing. Small dots of lace quickly drip back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of wheat and spices with some citrus aromas as well. Taste is of wheat biscuits, spices, citrus fruits, and yeast. The aftertaste is very grain-like and I am getting some slight banana flavors too. This beer is highly carbonated with a very crisp mouthfeel. A bit too carbonated in my opinion. Overall, this is a pretty good hefeweizen and my first beer from Saint Arnold. I think I would enjoy this one more if the carbonation was a little less.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of oline73
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden color with a finger of fluffy white head. There is a decent amount of retention and quite a few bubbles.

Smell: Crisp and slightly sweet. Malt with mild hints of banana and some herbs.

Taste: Very light and crisp. This one has a flavor in it that reminds me a little bit of an adjunct lager mixed with a pilsner. There is also some mild fruit and a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a large amount of tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is a nice summer beer, but I don't know that I would have guessed that it was a hefe.

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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this beer Chris!
Neck is printed "61512", so its about a month old i'm guessing. Served in a large tapered mug that is weizen-shaped.

Color is a pale hazy straw yellow, that becomes murky with an orange tint. Thin cap of loose bubbles on the surface, eventually dwindles to a skim. Some random spotty lace in the glass.

Smells fairly clovey, phenolic and yeasty, light peanut butter and wheat, vague citrus, possibly lemon.

Somewhat astringent with a carbonic bite, lemon and wheat flavors, tangy finish. Dusty wheat lingers in the dry aftertaste. Slight pepper or clove spiciness. Overall it's ok, mouthfeel throws it out of "wack" a bit, but otherwise its pretty typical stuff.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A stray yellow/gold color that's not clear but not cloudy either, just thicker or something colored beer that sits below a small to medium head that dies rather quickly into a small lacing.

Banana, cloves, and a lemony citrus aroma, defines the style very well.

More banana, cloves, and lemony citrus goodness in the modestly carbonated taste.

A light dry with a very light lemon background in the aftertaste.

a pretty decent hefe, I could drink a few of these.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from turfy so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts and a little bit of citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. Then a mild sweetness from flavors of citrus, caramel and bananas comes in. The hops presence is mild but is exactly where it should be for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid lighter beer to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nice orange amber, hazy with a nice tow inch head at the top. Head faded to reveal a thin film, with no side glass lace. Nice visible carbonation from the bottom.

wheat and yeast, light with a touch of banana. Good balance, nice aroma.earthy yeast like flavor, light with just a touch of fruit, banana and pear mostly. Not watered down, flavor has a nice pop.

ight enough to just slide down, good carbonation kept it from feeling too thin, not slick, crisp and clean finish.

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Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think that optimator13 sent this to me at one point, but if not, thank you to whomever it may have been. Cheers!

This started out rather strangely as it initially poured clearly until a wad of yeast let go and turned everything cloudy. I had a finger of bone-white head with only limited retention. Color was a cloudy lemon-yellow. Nose had a lemon zesty citrusiness to it which was somewhat unexpected. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin and the taste was an odd banana-lemon melange. Finish was semi-dry and somewhat refreshing, but I felt underwhelmed. I will not be going back to this one.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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 AlexFields
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours extremely yellow in color, like a field of wheat basking in sunshine. Very pretty! Nice foamy head at the top too. (Poured into St. Bernardus witbier glass.)

Decent aroma, refreshing lemony wheat.

The flavor is light for a hefe but extremely refreshing. My apartment was getting really hot when I poured this and it really hit the spot. Slightly tart and lemony maybe, but mostly just refreshing.

Nice crisp and heavily carbonated mouthfeel.

A nice crisp and refreshing hefe, perfect for a hot day.

7.1/10

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Split a six-pack with a friend. I was expecting more of an American wheat based on Arnold's description, but instead found a pleasant and drinkable German-style wheat. The flavor is heavy on clove and lemon with a crisp, lightly bready finish. There's a juicy element mixed in with a touch of banana. All in all, this is a damn tasty hefe that can stand up to the German classics.

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Saint Arnold Weedwacker from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
3.77 out of 5 based on 462 ratings.
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