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

4oz->Leinie Flight Glass
A ~ The color of white grape juice with a touch of haze with a bit of spit bubble head. No lace.

S ~ Fresh cut grains, German Hops, & toast with a whiff of Phenols.

T ~ Cheerios on the forefront with quite a bit of European hops backing it up. Overtones of lightly toasted Wheat bread & pear. The faintest hint of lemon zest & dried banana.

M ~ Toasty & hearty while maintaining lightness in body. Hops provide a grassy feel.

D ~ Great beer, I wish I had gotten to Enjoy it during the Summer. Good session. The thing that bugged me was its listing as "Hefeweizen" on BA, when it clearly is not! I am not rating to style, because this is very far from a hefe & I believe is merely categorized incorrectly.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was a nice hazy pale golden color with a thick white foam that retains well throughout.

The smell is a light lemony citrus, clove, and bready.

Taste is a good example of the style, very yeast heavy and thicker in the mouth than I would have expected though.

All in all, good 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 JoeyBeerBelly
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from whoneeds8. Thanks Maston!

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

L - hazed yellow color with a white head that thinned to a light ring in a matter of minutes.

S - earthy wheat, banana and some bubblegum.

T - good hearty wheat beer spiced taste with a citrus bitterness on the sides of my tongue.

F - light/medium bodied with mild carbonation, goes down very easy.

O - a nice little hefeweizen.

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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 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 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 eclipse54
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle received from turfy as part of his "A Taste of Texas" LIF; thank you! Poured into a Deschutes pint glass...

The body is a strange yellow color with a vibrant green tinge; it is mostly opaque from the haze, but the green luster is throwing me off a bit. About a half inch of foamy white head developed, but it didn't hang around long. It smells of citrus, wheat, a bit of banana, some clove, and faint hops. The taste is predominantly of wheat and clove, with some orange, lemon, banana, and grass in the rear to round it out. The mouth is crisp, clean, and refreshing, and the brew finishes smoothly. Overall, a decent hef, but quite a bit more citrusy than I had expected.

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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 Vengeance526
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a small white head that quickly fades to a light ring and leaves just a little lacing.

Smells of wheat, banana and lemon upfront.

Tastes of banana and spice upfront with lighter notes of wheat and lemon in the middle and into the finish.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation. Very refreshing, a perfect option for a nice hot day.

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I'm coming to the conclusion that no matter how many of these I try, I just do not dig heffeweizens, saisons, or anything else that has a prominent Belgian yeast or Belgian yest -like profile. I just do not care for the way it dominates the flavor and scent of every beer in which it is employed. I purposely drink new beers without even reading what KIND of beer it is, so I don't form a bias before even drinking it. But it only every tapes a sip or a smell to know what I'm dealing with, and it's always the same. That being said... This poured with virtually no head. It's a very light color. Almost pilsner-esque. The nose is citrusy, with some apples about. Taste isn't TOO bad. Very light and effervescent, with the ever present Belgian yeast playing a prominent role, as usual. Overall, this isn't my bag, but, I could put a couple down if it's all that was offered. I'm sure fans of this style will favor this beer more.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a straight pint, this is a limpid-yellow beer with a light but tall, frothy head, which fades quickly. Nose is on-style, with medicinal cloves and bubblegum fruitiness--phenols are a little more prominent. The flavor is, oddly, the opposite. I get a lot of banana fruitiness up front but not much clove. Nice acidity gives a citric tinge to the plentiful wheat flavor. Hops are appropriately low, only there to balance the sweetness. Mouthfeel is weak. This could really use more carbonation--a common fault that may have something to do with the strength of the bottle.

Not too bad of a beer. Certainly better than their standard wheat.

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

Poured into my Lost Abbey stem.

Pours an orangey pale yellow with a light white head. Very light wheat in the nose with big clove. A bit of a harsh wheat, like rye without the rye flavor, with a touch of sweetness, lemon and cloves. A bit grainy and a bit peppery. Surprisingly sweet just hanging on the tongue with overly strong carbonation. I would call this the definition of a mediocre beer. It all is fine, but not great.

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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 BeardedRiker
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This the last beer in my fridge! :( So, it's hot, hot, hot in Texas so what's better than drinking a lighter and refreshing beer, a hefeweizen, from a Texas brewery.

Weedwacker looks like pineapple juice. It's a murky yellow that forms a white and frothy, thick, and white head. Not much retention or lacing. Looks interesting.

The strongest smells are lemon and straw. Very yeasty and a bit peppery. Smells yummy.

I really like the flavors here. It's not too yeasty, not too citrusy, not too sweet. All of the flavors balance well. Everything in your usual hefeweizen is in this. Banana and clove show up along with some pepperiness. Hefeweizens aren't one of my favorite styles but this one impresses me. I think it's because it's not as sweet as many other hefeweizens. In the finish it has a strong cracker flavor.

This is medium-bodied but on the thinner side. It's pretty creamy but the medium-high carbonation adds some bite to it that keeps things refreshing. Very drinkable. Perfect for a hot summer day in Texas.

Fours all the way!

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Photo of ballmouse
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is hardly a traditional hefeweizen; if I recall correctly, this is a kolsch with a hefeweizen yeast. It definitely has the crisp, light kolsch mouthfeel and taste, but with a slight hefeweizen taste as well.

The appearance looks to be a high carbonated golden/lemon-colored lager.

The smell has a lemon-flavor and slight hefeweizen smell to it. But there's also an odd funk I can't explain.

The taste is like a club soda with a splash of lemons and banana. It's not going to hit you over the head, but it's quite nice during this heatwave where you want something refreshing that isn't going to coat your tongue with sugar.

The mouthfeel is crisp and light. It feels a bit like a sparkling wine.

Overall, not a bad beer, but I feel I'd only order it for as a summer refreshment. It doesn't have enough flavor when I actually want to drink a beer.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Color is cloudy dark yellow. Pretty decent head on this one. Its thick, rocky, and has excellent retention. No lacing but no worries.

S - Some light orange peel up front with some undertones or coriander and clove. Through the middle you get plenty of wheat and other grains with and underlying spiciness.

T - A little light on flavor here. Seems a bit watered down. There's a touch or grains with some lemon and again a clove spiciness.

M - Good mouth feel. Well carbonated, smooth, and flows nicely.

O - Pretty decent beer from Saint Arnold. One of the better ones Ive had. I like this one better than Fancy Lawnmower. I could see myself purchasing this again.

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Photo of Treebs
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade, thanks Brad! 12 oz. bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark straw with a half finger white head that quickly recedes in a nice film ring.

S: I pick up some light yeast, a little sweet fruit. Slight spice but the nose isn't over powering and is a slight let down.

T: Again with a light fruity yeast just like the nose and again it sort of lacks in real power and pop. There is a slight sweet bubblegum and clove spice at the backend.

M: Medium bodied with a nice grained mouthfeel. Very refreshing and there are some lingering yeasty notes on the palate.

O: This was a decent Hefe, but definitely not my favorite for the style. The flavor and nose profiles really lacked in this guy.

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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 specksnreds
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Pale, cloudy, yellow, foamy, lemony, nutty, fluffy, fruity and delightfully delicious. And your BA cliche' for the day is, "easy drinking." Oh and, "thirst quenching." It's better than cliche's. I like its fruit subtlety, instead of an ester wallop. The lemon finish is a nice surprise, and most welcome. I love lemons. C'mon SA...BOMBERS!!

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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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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 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 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 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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Saint Arnold Weedwacker from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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