Saint Arnold Weedwacker | Saint Arnold Brewing Company

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Saint Arnold WeedwackerSaint Arnold Weedwacker

Brewed by:
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.

Added by champ103 on 08-17-2010

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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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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 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 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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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 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 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 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.


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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 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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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. It looks about like a hefeweizen should look. The aroma is a mix of bananas and wheat. I don't get too much clove character. The flavor is heavy on the bananas with a little bit of lemon and some wheat. There are some spices, but it is not quite the clove that you get it other hefeweizens. Medium, very soft mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Pours a pale, light yellow with a one finger white head. Good retention.

S - Wheat, pilsner malts, sweet corn.

T - Light lemons, wheat, and again pilsner.

D - Light body and an average carbonation. Thin.

O - Light and thin, a touch bitter and boring. I would call this a summer time beer.

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Photo of champ103
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Anvil in Houston.

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color. A massive, foamy, white head forms that takes a minute to settle. About a finger of rocky foam sticks throughout the pint. Some sticky lace is left behind as well.
S: A great aroma of phenolic yeast, banana esters and spice. Grassy, hay with some very slight hops. A very clean aroma.
T: Follows the nose. This is incredibly clean. Phenolic yeast, banana, and spice. Very much like a Hefeweizen.
M/D: A light body that is a little under carbonated. Fairly smooth, but lacking the great crispness I would expect. I think the cask conditioning has a little to do with that. Very easy to drink. This is something I can drink all day.

The first In Saint Arnold's Movable Yeast Series. This is the Fancy Lawnmower with a Hefeweizen yeast. The difference between this and the regular Lawnmower is very apparent. This is more of a Hefeweizen than a Kolsch with the new yeast, and a good one at that. Overall I think this is one were the cask kind of kills the mouthfeel, but it is still really enjoyable. Something that I would recommend if you can find it.

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Photo of Rutager
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a hazy yellow with half a finger of foamy white head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

Smell. Belgian yeast with some cloves and a little bananna.

Taste. Nice crisp heffe taste. Belgian yeast, light colves and a little bannana.

Mouthfeel. Light body with a little stronger than medium carbonation.

Overall. Like I said, a nice crisp Heffe. A little on the light side making it a great drinker.

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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 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 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 cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour is a dirty pale yellow with some sentiment floating around and a thin white head. You can smell the kolch notes, sweet caramel and roasted nuts, faint Saison yeast and spice. Sweet citrus and orange peel. The taste is more simple and a touch empty. Fair Saison yeast, very light spice, almost none of the malt notes, coriander, orange peel. Highly carbonated, fairly dry, firm body.

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Photo of gtermi
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a nice cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Doesnt leave any lace on the glass and there are a lot of bubbles continually floating up.

S: The beer has a nice fruity scent with a good amount of malt. Smells a lot like New Belgium's Trippel.

T: Like the smell, the beer has a strong presence of fruit, Im sure its from belgian yeast, and it has a nice bit of malt after all the sweetness fades away.

M: The beer has a crispness that tingles on the tongue, but the beer goes down pretty smooth after that. Pretty decent.

O: This beer would be great on a hot summer day. Hefeweizen's arent my favorite sort of beers, but every now and then they are enjoyable and different. Another very solid beer by Saint Arnold.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a very hazed yellow color with a frothy white head. Retention and lacing are both below average for a hefe, though I am not entirely sure the original lawnmower kolsch has a wheat component to it.

Bananas are bigger than cloves on the nose, but the cloves are also apparent. Nice and yeasty, pretty phenolic overall with a hint of acetone.

Very refreshing beer, you'd never know the recipe was not tailored for a hefeweizen if you tasted it blind. I do think the grainy character of Lawnmower tastes a bit odd here as opposed to a really soft and creamy wheat presence. The yeast also could be a bit tamer and not so rough around the edges. Still a tasty experiment though...something St. Arnold needs to do more of.

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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 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 Treyliff
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- bright yellow in color, small foamy white head that dissolves quickly with no lace, quite clear.

S- fresh grassy seed, yeast, lemon rind, bready malt and a bit of banana.

T- lemon citrus with a bit of clove, undertone of bready malt, sweet banana, finishes dry.

M- crisp with low carbonation, light-med body with just enough fizz. Very drinkable.

O- very sessionable, a great summer beer that is very well balanced with a very drinkable mouthfeel.

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

Big thanks to HopsSchnapps!

Sunny, hazy color, bright white head, dissipates fast to a film. Notes of banana and clove burst through this things...maybe more than any other hefeweizen I've had. Earthy notes, light bready sweetness, and a touch of citrus hops. Taste is spot on with the aroma; very little if any deviation. Feels light and crisp, it's slick, good carbonation. Very refreshing. Enjoyed after a hard days work, and no denying it hit the spot!

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