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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 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 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 acevenom
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours the color of slightly hazy pale straw with a tall white head, which means it doesn't look much different than Lawnmower. Plenty of tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass and the head dissipates slowly, leaving very little lacing on the side of the glass. A small amount of head is retained atop the beer. There are aromas of pale malts and banana esters. There's some citrus in the aroma as well. The taste is mostly of malt and banana with some citrus in the background. There's some mild spicy bitterness at the back end as well. The body is light with moderate carbonation. The beer is smooth with a dry finish. It is refreshing. The drinkability is very high. Overall, this is a very good beer. It has the qualities of a tasty, sessionable hefeweizen that is perfect for summer drinking.

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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 match1112
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: cloudy yellowish orange body with a bright white half finger of sudsy foam that stays for awhile. as the head settles nice lacing is left behind.

s: the usual bananna and clove with a touch of biscuit and lemon.

t: pretty much follows the nose. with a nicely blended not overpowering bananna and clove aroma.

m: kinda thin with decent carbonation. a clean almost watery finish.

o: decent hefe, nothing outstanding. would be easy to drink several in a session, like most saint arnold brews, nothing spectacular but easy drinkin.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obtained this is in a trade with my NOLA cousin. Was impressed with the Fancy Lawnmower; let's see how the Weedwacker goes!

Poured from a squat 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours a hazy straw yellow with a thin 1/2" head that reduces to a skim lid of foam.

Smell is subdued; mildly malty with slight notes of banana, orange, and bubblegum.

Tart orange, mild malt, and a lemony finish; not much else to describe in this one's taste.

Light bodied, with a clean finish. A very uncomplicated brew.

This is an American wheat beer, and a lighter one at that. Like many of this style, there simply isn't much to this beer. It is easy drinking, unoffensive, and not memorable; hardly winning qualities for a beer, as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sippin out of a plastic cup in the big easy... the beer appears a very pale hazy straw with a fluffy, sticky white head. The beer's nose is a light honey, much like its color. There is also a potent yeast characteristic that takes over once the beer begins to warm. Unfortunately the mouthfeel isn't perfect and sits a little too heavy on the palate, but is overall quite clean and leaves a slight bitterness. I think this beer is actually very tasty and totally drinkable/affordable.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz into Portsmouth pint glass. No bottle dating information is present. I think I have had this one for a couple of months.

A: Pours a faint yellow (BMC) color. Half finger of bright white head. Fades quickly. Not as hazy as others in the hefe class.

S: Smells like a Belgian. Breadiness from the malts. Some banana and clove. Some light spice.

T: It's actually a tasty little refreshing wheat beer. I get that Belgian spice on the tip of the tongue. Then that breadiness in the mid mouth. Banana and clove and other customary stuff. Crisp close.

M: Light and refreshing.

O: B-

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Photo of burnerfinger
2.55/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A: lots like a macro: pours maybe even a BRIGHTER yellow than miller light- with the same cotton white head, only a bit less clarity.
head settles to just a film.

S: a bit rank to the nose - not sure what to call this but I dont like it

T: not very nice - just a hint of hops, and whatver that smell was is reflected in the taste

M: not too bad here. lite body solid carbonation, no ABV burn

D: really I cant get past the smell / taste. I'll finish this so as not to waste, but make a note not to buy this swill IMHO
not good at all

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Photo of divineaudio
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. thanks to dcloeren for the trade on this.

a - pours a hazy, light yellow and forms a finger of white foamy head. after calming i have a thin film that leaves a few small spots of lacing in the glass.

s - coriander, lemon, bubblegum, faint earthiness.

t - lots of spice on top of a light, cereal grain malt base. faint banana notes. light, crisp bitterness and a malty sweet finish.

m - light in body with higher carbonation. co2 profile is a bit coarse though.

o - a nice, refreshing beer and drinks well. can't say how it measures up stylewise as i have limited experience with hefes, but i can't really find fault with this one. would certainly drink it again if the situation arose.

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Photo of Wimberley87
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy golden color, lots of floral aroma on the nose, some spice, and a little banana as well from the yeast I would think. Taste is the same, floral notes, banana on the back end, at least that's what I get. Really like this Beer by SA, very drinkable and tasty, a go to year around beer for me.

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy light gold, thin white head that vanished to just a ring around the side of the glass right away.

Smell: Quite strange, but I for some reason smell a barbecue essence in the aroma. The wheat malt and pilsener malts create an herbal bitterness and sweetness that just smells like some smoked meat to me for some reason or another. I also pick up a little hop character as well, but very subtle, mainly contributing the herbal character mentioned before.

Taste: The first thing that you notice is a sourness right up front, and you get the big wheat malt flavor and hop character after that. This beer has a wonderful freshness about its taste, there is a lot going on in the flavor and if you let it overwhelm you this beer could easily overwhelm you, but I really quite like it.

Mouthfeel: A nice crisp carbonation feel, opens up the palate for some of those more subtle herbal characters on the back of the tongue.

Overall: This is a strange beer, the same drinker could find it both delicious and off-putting, it is all about context. This would go great during the summer or when paired with food, but if you aren't in the mood for that sourness, it could really spoil your enjoyment. But that part aside, right now I am pairing it with a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on sourdough and it is great.

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

Very, very light murky translucent khaki beer with a quarter inch of sharp head that collapses and leaves a faint ring, leaving nothing on the glass. Aroma is more clove than banana, but yeast tops all the aromas. Heavy carbonation; soda-like, and sharp.

Flavor is light as the carbonation stings. Flavor of yeast but not bread--green and new tasting. Fresh. Citrusy. Short, dry finish. There is no hop taste: there isn't supposed to be. Lactic-tart.

They report the style as hefeweizen, but this is much closer to the ever-elusive Berliner Weisse. Where's the woodruff syrup? Raspberry? I'm really happy to have a taste as this seems a great match between region and style: hot Texas summers and light, sour beer.

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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 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 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 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 TownDunkel
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sain Arnold Weedwacker - bought this one on a whim at the beer store. Interesting labels always grab me for whatever reason... must be the shiny colors...

Appearance - Average look, almost an unfiltered look of a medium brown. Nothing to brag about here but still looks much better than a natty light

Smell - Almost sweet wheat smell to it, but still not there as well as a more sought after hefeweizen.

Taste - This is what this beer brings to the table. The taste is great and gives off a powerful sugar and honey like. The first hit fades away to a much more mellow second that sticks with you.

Mouthfeel - Better than an average beer, but gives a more fizzy feel that I appreciate.

Overall - 3.5, great affordable beer that is much improved over a regular bud light!

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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 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 stercomm
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew was $2 a pint as I think they were trying to finish it off as we are now deep into the fall.

A - A bright yellow, like watered down orange juice, slight haze, hardly any head or lacing by the time the beer reached us.

S - Classic hefe, lemons, bananas and cloves, not over bearing.

T - We had just finished a 45 mile bike ride and this was very refreshing, was worried given the price that the keg might be stale but the beer was fresh and also very refreshing. Again, lemons, more subdued bananas and cloves, nice dry finish.

M - light bodied, medium carbonation.

O - Really liked it, nicely balanced left a crisp taste in the mouth.

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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 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 TheAlamoWrocker
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed November 4th, 2011. 12 oz bottle, bottled July 27 2011, poured into a Tulip (forgive me I'm still in college and funds are an issue at times).

A: The head was extremely thin and then it vanished within seconds. This poured a cloudy yellow almost with a shade of lime. It's different, but with its quickly vanished head it simply does seem inviting.

S: Slight hops with a strange citrus hitting the noise. A slight banana is present which reminds me of a Victory Golden Monkey. I don't always pick up this smell in beers, but damn when I do it's inviting.

T: The banana taste is the first thing I taste and damn it's nice, but this drink changes on me. The second portion of this drink taste like a tart ...pear. Maybe this is what clove is supposed to taste like, but I personally do not know. It's not a bad taste just different for me.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. With it's missing head I feel like this drink really lost out on offering me something more.

O: Maybe it's the improper glass that alters the taste of this drink for me. The head did not stay and there was also no lacing. I guess the glassware can truly make a difference when making a drink. Hopefully I will have time in the future to review this drink again with the proper glassware.

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