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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 dcloeren
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy golden honey color with 2 fingers of creamy bright white head. After a few sips a finger of rocky head sticks around for the remainder of the beer. Left some good lacing

Smells of bananas, spices, subtle floral hops and some grassy aromas as well

Tastes is very clean and follows the nose. Lots of banana with clove, spices and a subtle bubblegum flavor that gives it that little something extra. Full of flavor but not overly sweet

medium to light in body with an abundant amount of carbonation. Very clean tasting beer for sure with a great lasting aftertaste

Overall this is a great hef in my opinion. A little thinner than most but I think that this is perfect considering its brewed in Houston. I spent a few weeks in Germany and I think that this beer would hold its own there with out a doubt. Great idea to change the yeast in their Lawnmower. Definitely created the best beer in the Saint Arnolds lineup. Pick up a six ASAP and you wont be disappointed.

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Photo of JMad
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this from an English pub glass...
The liquid is a hazy pale yellow color with a thin bubbly whit head. Smells of lemon, Belgian yeast, there is a slight funk to it and wheat. It tastes of lemon, banana, wheat, it's a little tart and has a bit of a clove flavor. Light, spritzy, very refreshing with a dry finish. This is a great beer from Saint Arnold, I highly recommend trying it.

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

Thanks to cwolffman for this.

A: pours out a hazy straw yellow, with a decent 1 inch white head. it faded to leave a white coating over the beer.

S: it has a nice spicy aroma. i get clove and white pepper. there is hints of banana and lemon as well. I also get a bit of bread and cracker.

T: i get clove up front, and then it ends with banana. it is bready, with some nice yeasty spiciness. hints of cracker, lemon, and white pepper.

M: medium-thin with a good amount of carbonation.

O: i think this is a really solid offering from saint arnold. perfect for those hot days by the pool, and nights on the porch. I would buy this regularly if it was available here.

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Photo of zdk9
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pale yellow. It's super cloudy but still the bubbles pop out at my eyes. Less than a finger of head that looks like lightly beaten egg whites.

S- Smells very yeasty and spicy and inviting. Bits of honey calling from the sides. The spice is pepper and grains of paradise. Very reminiscent of a Belgian wit.

T- Refreshing but complex, flavorful and not too sweet or at all corny. Spice is very present- the same pepper. Some lemon-lime notes. More yeast as it warms.

M- Pretty carbonated. Again I think it's important to note the lack of overwhelming sweetness. Could was down a little cleaner but overall ok in this department.

O- Good stuff- smells good, tastes good, feels good.

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Photo of Soonami
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to davacano for sending this in the Refreshing Summer BIF

I tasted Saint Arnold Weedwacker without knowing what it was and from the aroma and taste, I guessed it was a Witbier because of the spiciness and lemony, fruity twang. I was suprised that this was listed as a hefeweizen, because I often get more banana, a little less clove and definitely less sweet citrus. Overall, though, it's a beautiful beer with a nice thick head and great foam retention, though not great lacing. The smell is a little understated, dominated mostly by the clove yeast. The beer is a little undercarbonated for style, but not bad. The beer is a little sweet for my taste and the balance of the phenols and esters is not quite right. However, I thought this was a delicious beer and something I'm going to enjoying having more of.

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Photo of JayAre46
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - same lawnmower bottle with a weedwacker stamp across the middle, i love the label. pours a very pale hazy orange with yellow streams throughout, definitely unfiltered, gives a 1 1/2 finger white fluffy head that shows great retention and a strong ring around the edges

A - strong banana aroma, subtle spiciness, clove spices as well, very welcoming aroma, easy.

T - a very clean and sweet banana flavor up front, lemony zest comes around, light spices again, subtle hop bitterness, the lemon gives it a great balance that doesn't keep it confined to the sweet bubble gum and banana, well done.

M - light to medium body, moderate carbonation, this beer is not quite creamy enough to make it really stand out for me, it coats the palate in a very soothing way that helps but just not creamy enough

O - i have had this beer so many times on tap and refused to review it that way for multiple reasons, from the temp to the atmosphere im really glad i waited to do it from the bottle at home. highly recommend this for the summer time and thank God they dropped Texas Wheat for this, solid move. gave this as one my extras on my most recent box can't wait to hear the reaction. well done saint arnold, i really was not a fan and this one, DR 11 and making DR 9 a seasonal is really helping me become a fan. keep it up. LET ME GETTA WEEDWACKA!

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Photo of TenHornsProud
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a big white head that laces.

Smells of spice and some hop spice. Slight sweet notes with small banana notes. The smell is big, not pungent, but there and nice.

Tastes of spice with some fruit notes then follows with a malt, sweet body and finishes with a spice/yeast kick. The taste is fantastic and refreshing. I can't imagine what I'd add. Awesome.

The mouthfeel works really well for the beer and style though it is a bit thin compared to some brews.

Overall this is an awesome summer beer that mixes the lawnmower with hefe aspects and produces a beer with a nice nose and killer taste. Perfect for the hot Texas weather. Nicely done.

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

I agree with a previous reviewer who also commented about this beers great name!

A: Nice and cloudy accompanied by two fingers of head. However, head did seem short lived and dissipated relatively quickly.

S: Banana, lemon, and sweet. More subtle smell than other Hefe's I've tasted.

T: Very sweet, strong with lemon, light on banana.

M: Light, coats thoroughly.

O: Great beer for hot summer days, not revolutionary, but better than most Hefe's I've drank recently.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been a skeptic of St Arnolds, but they have finally put out a beer I love, and will drink a lot of this summer, as it is the ideal summer beer.

Poured into pint glass from bottle. Aggressive pour creates a nice fluffy head that actually has nice retention, and leaves awesome lacing on the glass. I'm impressed so far. Smell- fresh cut grass, bananas, cloves, light, airy, refreshing. Taste- bananas, and then I can definitely tell that this beer was made from the Lawnmower base- the refreshing base of the Kolsch beer is here, but it just works perfectly with the belgian yeast. Mouthfeel- nice carbonation, perfect when drank cold! Drinkability- this is something I can pound all summer. I found my perfect Houston session beer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Kloster Andechs weizen glass.

Head for days--the fluffy eggshell foam does not want to budge thanks to an overactive carbonation level streaming upward through the lemongrass-yellow body. Lots of yeasty haze and sticky lacing: Weedwacker checks all the right boxes in terms of appearance (and then some!). Aroma first presents a grainy mineral water note, soon followed by lots of wheat malts and fruity yeast esters. Floral hops, coriander spice, and citrus peel are all in attendance.

The body is a bit thinner than I had hoped in terms of both flavor and consistency. The Kölsch malt bill lends an extremely drinkable profile of grainy maltiness and floral hops, but the Hefeweizen yeast doesn't kick off much to excite the palate save for a few tiny tastes of bubblegum and vanilla sprinkled about. Mouthfeel is superb, however, with a creamy, well-carbonated light body that goes down smooth as velvet. Overall, Weedwacker fits well into Saint Arnold's lineup, and is probably one of the better summer beers on the Texas shelves. Give it a try.

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Photo of crusian
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from a local shop.
Pours looking like a white ale. It is the whitest hefe I have ever seem. Has about a finger of head with no lacing.
Moas has an expected wheat, lemon, Orange, coriander to it. Nice and clean nose.
Taste has more wheat than anything else, then rolls into a hint of lemon finishing with the Orange peel.
Mouthfeel... it leaves a thick coating in the back of my mouth... other than that the body is medium... not a bad hefe. I don't like the lawnmower, but this is nice. An easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of Randyweizen
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the label: Lawnmower's grass is replaced by dandelions and other weeds; Saint Arnold sniffs a wildflower.

The gimmick had me excited at first. Take Lawnmower's grain bill and hop schedule, but use a Bavarian Hefeweizen yeast. The label emphasizes this by presenting the name "Weedwacker" [sic] in sharpie-and-masking-tape style over the Lawnmower label.

Neat idea--not so good a result. The delicious malt profile of Lawnmower is almost entirely lost under the fruity-spicy yeast flavors, so you get the funny soft feeling on your tongue without the taste to justify it. As for the yeast flavors, other reviewers have noted that these are relatively subdued, no doubt because classic Hefeweizens require a lot more wheat malt to feed that famous yeasty character.

We end up with a beer that is thin, moderately fruity, and otherwise undistinguished. That's fine, but the same description applies to plenty of other summer beers that manage to avoid the whole yeast-swapping business.

My advice? Quit telling everyone that this is Lawnmower with a different yeast. It doesn't help.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had the Lawnmower a few times but didn't exactly leave a lasting impression...Lets try the Weedwacker. Recently bottled, 12oz.

Appearance-The look of a hefeweizien. Hazy hazy yellowish/orange. 1 1/2 finger head that dissipates slowly into a 1/2 finger head with nice retention and nice lacing. So far so good.

Smell-Not getting much of the classic banana aroma. I am getting some spice and some yeasts. Banana is there, just not as prodominant as I imagined it would be.

Taste-Very Sweet, sweetest hefe I've had. Banana is there, along with some nice citrus notes as well. Clove and Coriander. Very refreshing and sweet throughout the whole drink.

Mouthfeel-Really coats the mouth with all it's flavors. Prickly carbonation but it really cleanses the palate. I look forward to every sip.

Overall-Another nice Hefeweizen from a Texas brewery. I love the Live Oak, and Shiner's Hefe isn't all that bad either. I don't see myself drinking more then 2 in a sitting. Better then the Lawnmower, and be glad this beer is joining the Lineup. St Arnolds continues to grow on me.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Hefe glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a nice white head that fades to a small layer leaving some good lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is grassy and earthy at first with hints of citrus - mostly lemon, banana, and sweet malt as it settles.

T: The taste mimics the nose pretty well. Lemon citrus, very light banana, earthy/grassy flavors, and a muted malt taste. I expected a bit more banana and maybe some clove flavors but they were muted or non-existant.

M: The feel is slightly creamy yet crisp and refreshing. Best of both worlds here.

O: Definitely not the best Hefe I've ever had but it's pretty good and worth a try. Very refreshing and something I will be drinking occasionally during the hot days of summer.

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Photo of BeerHunter76
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this on tap when it first appeared, and when I heard the news of Weedwacker becoming a year round I was thrilled. Picked up my first six pack and cracked the first of waht I am sure will be many last night.

It pours like a good hefe should. It is a cloudy, pale yellow with 2 fingers of head that left a distinct lacing as you drink it down. It has a crisp, sweet, smell with a citrus burst as it goes down. There is a slight grassy tinge to the brew this is a welcome addition to the overall taste. You will also find a creamy mouthful when drinking.

This is a great summer beer, and a great addition to the St Arnold lineup and you can bet I am going to pick up more. If you haven't go get it!

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Photo of obrike
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just bought a freshly delivered sixer at Specs in Round Rock...hoping this one might be one of my summer staples.

Man...what a pour. Tall rocky head, falls slowly, leaving a decent bumpy head for the duration. Pretty spider wed lacing as well. Love the cloudy, pale yellow color too.

Crisp, yeasty smell...typical for the style. A bit of banana coming out, and yes...bubble yum bubble gum is there as well. Intriguing.

Man...that's refreshing! It's 95 degrees in the shade on my porch, and this is hitting the spot. Banana, light grass, that damn pink bubble gum, fresh cut very easy to drink.

This is what I'm talking about people! The Shiner Ruby Redbird was a disaster of a summer brew...this Weedwacker: a homerun.

Getcha some...and for the love of God, keep the fruit in the salad and outta the beer.

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

On-tap at the Flying Saucer

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - The yeast comes out strong with banana and clove scents

T - Just like the smell the new hefe yeast kicks this regularly tasteless beers ass into one that tastes good with banana and clove flavors

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - The new yeast has done wonders for this beer now it tastes good making it so I could drink this one all day worth trying if you see it around sometime

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Photo of LittleDon
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint served at the Gingerman in Austin, TX.

Note: Lawnmower recipe with hefeweizen yeast. Reviewed as a hefeweizen.

Slightly hazy and straw colored. Bleached white head with very good retention. Aroma is spicy, cloves with undertones of bananas. Bit of a carbonation bite up front. Spiciness comes next. Sweet, slightly bubble-gum flavored finish and on the dry side. Medium-light mouthfeel. Not my cup of tea, but very good for a hefeweizen.

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Photo of Duttonic
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled 8/19/10 at Canyon Creek Cafe in Houston.

A- Very cloudy, hazy, bubbly, no head, ample lacing, yellow/green in color.

S- Floral, fresh cut grass, citrus, sticky sweet, yeast.

T/M- Creamy, smooth, lemon, herbal, grassy, light.

D- Awesome. I thought this was a thoroughly impressive offering from Saint Arnold. I am excited to see what else is in their movable yeast series. I really wish that they would start making this a regularly brewed item.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on cask at The Ginger Man in Plano. I had it just about 23 hours after they tapped it so still in the good range but I wish I could have had it freshly tapped as well. Bar lighting but looked to be a cloudy pale straw color. It had a massive white foam head that took it's time to settle. It kept about a 1/2" of foam throughout the drink. Excellent sheeting which coated the glass and stuck.

The aroma was very interesting. Nice mix of the base kolsch and the hefeweizen yeast. The yeast makes a huge difference obviously so the hefe aromas of banana and clove lead the way. There was also quite a bit of lemon aroma which I wasn't expecting but it was good. I think cask tends to bring down the aroma a bit and this was no exception. The taste follows the aroma with the lemon and clove out front with some banana and grassy hops as well. Again, I think the cask brought down the flavor in my opinion. Since they serve the cask in the 50's and the kolsch/hefe range is usually colder, it hurt the final flavor in my opinion. Hopefully this gets re-released at some point and I can try a non-cask version. Mouthfeel was medium with light carbonation - would have preferred more but that's normal for a cask. Pleasing aftertaste.

Overall, a very interesting beer that I'm glad I got to try and really hope they re-release in tap and bottles. Highly recommend if you can find it - worthy of the search. I ended up having 2 and wish I could have stayed for another. One time special release. If available again, I would definitely hunt it down on tap. If bottled, it would be a regular in that rotation. [R;Y]

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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 Onslow
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

its like he's getting his ass kicked by a ghost...
There was really something to this beer..
Pours a cloudy sunset banana..
light lacing, typical hefe head on the pour but dies down to a well spotted pool..
10:46, get a watch that works...
Light light grass, light banana, and empty spice rack in the nose..
light mouthfeel, has that kolsch refreshment and that touch, that twist of esters..
its an interesting experiment, its similar to an american wheat basically..
happy to have had my two 22oz glasses...
you gotta walk before you can crawl..
reverse that...

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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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