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Cold Spring Honey Almond Weiss - Cold Spring Brewing Co.

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Cold Spring Honey Almond WeissCold Spring Honey Almond Weiss

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BA SCORE
68
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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 20.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cold Spring Brewing Co. visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ZAP on 05-18-2008)
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Reviews by Tobe:
Photo of Tobe
1.4/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer poured a cloudy golden with a thin head that quickly left the party.

the aroma is orange and buttery. This beer may have been off when I tasted it.

The flavor while rather bland does have a weak citrus note. A slight almond maltiness can be found (if you're looking for it.) The mouthfeel is not pleasant but astringent and rather flat. This was a vendor sample. If the cost was low I could see where some would want this but otherwise just pass if you value your taste buds.

Tobe, Jul 25, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
2.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: high carbonation, caution light yellow in color, 1 inch head, cloudy

Smell: wheat and honey

Taste: wheat, very light nut, honey, grass, and small hops at the end

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate to high carbonation, sweet with bitterness in the back and a very bitter aftertaste, smooth

Drinkability: From the label I was hoping to get some honey and almond. I really did not get much of either...rather a pale ale with a bitter and unpleasant aftertaste. I would pass on this if not for the aftertaste alone. A disappointment.

tigg924, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of dkoehler42
2.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer called to me from the shelf, tempting me with the hope of a clean, nutty, wheat beer. Unfortunately it was the siren's call, and my hopes were smashed on the rocks of reality.

Cold Spring's Honey Almond Weiss looks okay when poured. It's a light color, but darkness isn't everything. However, the smell is almost nonexistant and the taste and mouthfeel just aren't good. It's not a crisp feel, just kind of there. The taste reminds me more of a homebrew gone bad.

It was a good idea, but this is one to stay away from. On a side note, this is a screw top, so homebrewers should look elsewhere when manufacturing bottles.

dkoehler42, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
2.88/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 32oz (!) can into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Titanium yellow body, lightly hazy with a small ivory cap that recedes to a lasting collar. Decent sandy lacing.

Smells much like a breakfast cereal, cheap wheat with a kiss of honey and a few slivers of almonds.

Slightly sour palate entry likely from the wheat, though there is a mellow tinge of lemon zest and a vaguely lactic sour note as well. These give way to adjunct, pale malt, and perhaps a touch of hops lending a gentle bitterness to the affair. Tart, starchy, and wort-like in many ways. A touch metallic and muddled.

Well carbonated, lightly creamy yet spritzy.

Not the best crafted beer I've sampled, but still strangely enjoyable.

augustgarage, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold Spring Honey Almond Weiss

It was really the quart sized can that caught my attention and led me to try this, but the idea of a honey-almond weiss didn't hurt either, so here goes...

It's a slightly hazy dark gold that appears orange in an imperial pint glass. The head is a slight off-white that doesn't hold particularly well but does leave some lace behind. (Note added after initial review: the second pour brought up the yeast and changed the appearance and character of the beer. I'd suggests you gently roll it to rouse the yeast if you've got one of the quart cans).

The aroma is sweetly honeyish and almond-like, backed by some nice grain. (The yeast pour brings it a more weiss-like, yeasty aroma).

The flavor, as you might expect is... 'sweetly honeyish and almond-like, backed by some nice grain'. There's a minor bitterness to it, but I think the fairly zesty carbonation does just about the same amount of work to cut the sweetness. Somehow though, it never becomes cloying. (The yeast pour does even more, lending a slight underlying tang).

Overall it's a fairly interesting beer. I think they could have done a lot more with it, but as it is, it seems they've intended an easy to drink, sweetish beer that will have mass appeal. Not bad. (Again, note... the yeast really changed the character of the beer, bringing it from a simple, mainstream brew into a more complex weizen-type ale. With the yeast it had more character, but the first glass that was mostly clear had more charm).

NeroFiddled, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of emerge077
2.45/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Who knew there were 5 "honey almond" beers out there?

Poured from a big honkin' 32 oz. can. That's right.

Into a 22 oz. mug it looks like you average fizzy lager. Flaccid and soapy foam. Hazy gold body. No visible yeast. Smells like pond water, fish and all...seriously. Tastes like metallic apple cider, sweet extracts and industrial waste (just the barest hint).

Sort of heavier than water but not pleasant to drink, like pond water. Fizzy yet soft and dull. Somehow, when taste, smell, and mouthfeel are factored out, this is a drinkable form of fermented stuff.... err, beer.

"From the land of 10,000 lakes" "Brewed with glacial mineral water" "CRAFT BREWED" YEAH RIGHT, this is the "purple drink" of the craft beer world.

RIP Dash Snow, Farrah Fawcett, Michael Jackson, and Scooter the world's tiniest dog.

emerge077, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got this one as an extra recently as well. I decided to go after a bunch of new beers this weekend and grabbed this one out this afternoon. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/04/2009.

The pour was average at best. Amber color with a minimal head that faded very quickly and left behind really nothing in its wake. Small amount of carbonation coming up and over the top but nothing ever came of it across the glass. Like, weak aroma. Bready malts, hints of some light grass and grain, but really just not much to it at all. Clean flavor, but really light on taste overall. Small amount of sweet caramel like flavor in the back, but nothing really to write home about. Easily drinkable but with such a muted profile, not really sure why I would want to have another. Overall very forgettable.

mikesgroove, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of MN_Beerticker
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

MN_Beerticker, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of patre_tim
3/5  rDev +9.9%

patre_tim, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of MillRat
2.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice big quart can picked up at Binny's in Downers Grove on sale for 2.5 bucks. Poured a straw white with a quick-fading white head. Scant wheat malt aroma, touch of hops. Flavor pretty much the same. Maybe there's some honey in this, but it must've been added in primary because there's no honey flavor and it might explain the lighter, blander flavor. Almond? I'm going nuts (sorry) trying to find even a trace of almond flavor. Lightweight an drinkable enough to quaff 32 ounces, but the taste buds will wonder why if you grab another one.

MillRat, Aug 28, 2010
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2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have a weakess for giant cans of beer. I don't know why, but from Foster's to Faxe I've always wanted to try any giant liter or quart cans. So when I saw this while perusing the supplies at bullseye in Smithtown, I had to have it regardless of how mediocre it appears.

Giant orange can emblazoned with the words "Craft brewed" and "Double Pints". I also have no idea what a honey almond weiss is. Pale golden color and thin, wispy head with a cap of retention. Nose is citrus and wheat; I didn't get much honey.

Light and refreshing but a sour note in the finish takes this down a few notches. A little sweet malt and some noble hops but fairly tame and thin overall. Not something to look up for but not a disaster by any means. You just got to love big cans.

daliandragon, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of IPAchris
2/5  rDev -26.7%

IPAchris, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
2.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This baaad mamajama comes in a "Double Pints" CAN, which = a quart! What a CANmitment it takes to crack one of these open ... I CAN't tell you how I have been holding off on opening it.

I was looking at an initial two fingers' of foamy, bone-white head that fizzed and popped and fell like Wile E. Coyote off of a cliff. Color was a slightly hazy lemon-yellow, which seemed odd for a "Weiss", but not so much for an "AmeriCAN Pale Wheat Ale". WTF?!? Nose had a slight hint of honey, but otherwise, it was pretty nondescript. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with some odd flavors of lemon tartness and grassiness. Where was the honey?!? Where was the almond?!? It was not that it tasted bad, per se, but it just did not live up to its billing. I was also rendered less than ecstatic about having to drink a quart of it. Onward! Finish was not giving up a whole lot. I was still getting a tartness along with a mild astringency after the swallow. I was also not happy with the CAN itself, due to the top's opening further away from the lip so that I lost some beer on each pour as it ran down the side of the CAN. This is an idea (quart-size CANs, the beer in them, and the placement of the opening) that needs to be tweaked before I CAN buy into its success. In my cooler? No way.

woodychandler, May 26, 2010
Photo of Psilo707
3.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light golden hue which shines quite a bit when looking at it through the light. No head whatsoever and the lacing is very, very subtle. The smell isn't anything to write home about but it seems decent enough. A honey aroma definitely coming up from the top. Taste is alright, much less of an almond flavor than I expected (and had hoped for) but the honey is very present. Standard weisse stuff.

Mouthfeel is on the light side and could be much more prominent. Drinkability is pretty good, i had no problems downing multiple of these.

Overall an average Honey Weiss.

Psilo707, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of climax
2.83/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a murky golden amber, modest head faded VERY quickly and left next to nothing.

Nose wasn't lacking, sweet wheat, grass (not wheat-grass), some sweetened almost artificial almond flavor and maybe a bit of honey. So I guess everything in the name is in the smell, just maybe not harmonized to its full potential.

Flavor was bland, really nothing popped out. A bit cloying, all I could really gather is some honey and wheat.

Body was quite light and a bit watery, even lacking interesting carbonation.

Easy to drink because there isn't much there, enjoyable to drink....maybe under unusual circumstances. There are better alternatives for a wheat beer for the same price, which is luckily rather inexpensive.

climax, Jun 04, 2009
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3/5  rDev +9.9%

TheKOshow, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of tapman
2.23/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First of all I bought the 32 oz. can for $4 and the damn thing dribbles beer down the side s you pour so watch out!

Anyways, the color is light straw and pretty standard, though it is flitered for that 'cristal' appearance. Head is uge and frothy and white. Carbonation appears adequate for the style. Still, why filter? I like that cloudy haze in my wheats.

Smell i a little metallic with some yeast tartness to it. The aroma gets better as it warms, but right out of the fridge it is too metallic. Some mustiness, but no almond.

Very sour yeast profile. Very lemony. Some wheat sweetness and a little bit of caramel, but too much like a homebrew wheat for me. And where is the almond flavor? I had lowered my expectations and was ready to enjoy a flavored beer but...

Mouthfeel is alright, though thetart lemon dries out your cheeks a little a sometimes gives you pucker face.

For th size of the offering and the price (3.49+tax) it is a fine enough deal, and I might buy a pint if on sale for $3 at the bar, but too Leinenkugely for my taste. Has that macro-ish tang to it. Rice or other adjunct to lower the cost? Why is the yeast so sour?

tapman, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of Yagman3000
3.4/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a giant double pint can.

Appears a very very light apricot yellow. A very thin foam rests on top.

Smells of honey and mildly of sweet malt and wheat graininess.

Tastes very mildly of almond butter. Not sure if I would have pegged it without looking at the bottle first.

Mouthfeel is pretty plain. A little soda-like effervescence.

Not very good. Not getting again.

Yagman3000, Sep 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev +9.9%

wieshefe17, Jun 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +46.5%

gleemonger, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Can pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and some slight honey aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly odd sweet flavor on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that smells better than it tastes but that isn't saying too much.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of BeefyMee
2.98/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz can poured into a half liter weizen glass. Pale straw color, nice head, pretty good haze that gives way to a slight transparency. Smells a little sweet but mostly like wet straw. Don't think I would have guessed honey or almond had I not read the can. Average wheat flavor. Nothing offensive as most of the reviews here would have you believe. If it wasn't for a faint soapiness this would land right in the middle for taste. Feels good and is easy drinking. Certainly not the best but serviceable, and you gotta love that 32 oz can.

BeefyMee, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of Tio
1.7/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This is bad beer. I knew I should have left it on the shelf, but I couldn't resist the big can.

I smell honey and almond, but mostly I smell rotten pineapple.

Little carbonation or lace. Cloudy yellow.

Bad flavor of pineapple and paper bag. As someone else stated, this tastes like a bad homebrew.

Paid $4.09 for the "double pints" can. Drank one 12 oz glass and poured the rest out. :(

Tio, May 26, 2012
Photo of DmanGTR
2.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review from notes on 4/17/10.

Poured a fizzy pale yellow, a quick white head came and gone. How strange for a "weiss" to do that, although since it's under APWA, I can't really complain... Anyway, there's absolutely no almond here. None. Not even a faint hint of nuttiness at all. Although the sweet honey is abundant. In fact, it's not too bad but I was really looking forward to something to chew on in terms of having the almonds there. Twang of wheat, hint of yeast, a spoonful of honey, and that pretty much sums it up right there. Boring.

DmanGTR, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

32oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, bright yellow with a fluffy white head that had good retention and left a decent amount of lacing.
S - sort of a pilsner-like smell with a hint of lemon zest, no almonds or honey in the smell.
T - taste is lemony upfront with some bitterness before sweetness hits on the finish, no almond or honey flavors in the taste.
F - lighter bodied with mild carbonation.
D - it went down easy enough.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 18, 2010
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Cold Spring Honey Almond Weiss from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
68 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.