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.

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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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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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Saint Arnold Weedwacker from Saint Arnold Brewing Company
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