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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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Photo of Beerlover
4.65/5  rDev +70.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

IDK what THE HELL people are talking about with this beer. I loved this beer before i knew what "good" beer was and now that i have tried it again, after expierecing ALOT of craft and micro beers that have BLOWN my mind, i STILL LOVE IT. Its unique in my opinion, I've never had a beer quite like this one. the color is average for a wheat beer, the aroma is pleasant but the flavor is excellant! It has a very well rounded flavor of wheat and barley, hints of honey and almond, and who can beat the PRICE you fricks?! 2.39 for a 32 oz can?!?! come on?! I love this beer... LOVE IT!

Beerlover, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4/5  rDev +46.5%

gleemonger, Jun 22, 2012
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 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
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 budgood1
3.08/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a hazy lemon yellow sun colour with a forthy quarter inch head. it sticks and leaves some lacing. some lemon and honey in the nose, a touch of nuttiness, too. taste is of the wheatish variety...hints of fruit and honey and even some almond...all subdued and nothing offensive. it has an above average body and pretty smooth mouthfeel. i even detect a bit of coarse hopping and even the slightest alcohol sting, which was dreadfully lacking in all the other brews in the five pack sampler i purchased. i could see where this might be a summer quencher. drinkability is actually pretty good. i figured that this might be the low point in the sampler but i found it to be probably the second best out of the bunch.

#5 out of the five craft brews from cold spring. and i might seek this out in the summer if the price is right on a six pack. the other reviews weren't glowing, but i actually found this to be pleasant. although a bit boring, i could also see this as a crossover brew in the same vane as leinies honey weiss.

budgood1, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

No head, no retention, no lace. Color is a cloudy sunset orange.

Aroma is like a Belgian Pale Ale, cloves and bananas with some dried fruits.

Taste is just like the smell, no where near it's appropriate style. Bananas dominate the palate and cloves back it up.

Mouthfeel is crisp and seems overcarbonated. Then it smooths out a litte. Ends with a slight sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this isn't a bad beer, however it is no where near the style it is supposed to be. I could easily drink another.

mothman, Mar 25, 2009
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3/5  rDev +9.9%

patre_tim, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of TheKOshow
3/5  rDev +9.9%

TheKOshow, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of wieshefe17
3/5  rDev +9.9%

wieshefe17, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of DaveMiller
3/5  rDev +9.9%

DaveMiller, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of THECPJ
3/5  rDev +9.9%

THECPJ, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of robertjskelton
3/5  rDev +9.9%

robertjskelton, May 11, 2014
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 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 daliandragon
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 22, 2010
Photo of moester13
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice yellow coloring, not a lot of head but very lively caronation.

S: Sweet, flowery aroma, underwhelming at best.

T: Light, flavors are not robust or easily recognizable. Picked up a very subtle hop aftertaste.

M: thin and watery.

D: Could knock these down on a hot day, but wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

moester13, Sep 09, 2010
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 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
Photo of beertunes
2.8/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The final of the three Cold Spring 32oz cans that Elizabeth Station here in Bellingham carries. I thought the IPA was OK, for what it was, the Dark Ale was just a diacetyl butter bomb. Lets see what we get here.

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured mostly clear (with a slight haze) medium honey gold color that had a half inch of white head that featured moderate-low retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was mostly mild grains, with a noticeable sweetness, a touch of butter and, just maybe, a hint of almond. Or not. On the tongue, the beer wasn't as sweet or as buttery as in the nose, but otherwise the same as the aroma. The wheat flavors were barely noticeable.

The body was on the thin and meh-ish side of average. Drinkability was OK, 32 ounces was more than I enjoyed, I would have been fine with 12oz of this beer, but I did finish the oil can. Overall, an OK brew. Worth grabbing for the tick, or if you just want a cheap, cold beer. Not worth seeking out.

beertunes, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

MN_Beerticker, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bright amber with no evidence of the yeast that should be present in an unfiltered ale. Once the final inch of beer was swirled and added to the pint glass, things murked up nicely. The blanched almond colored crown looks decent and leaves thin sheets of BB-shot lace. This is pretty good looking beer.

The aroma is not so impressive. On the positive side, there's nothing offensive about it. On the negative side, it's bland. The beer smells sweeter than normal, but honey isn't appreciated. No sign of almond either. If you're going to call your beer Honey Almond Weiss, then make it smell like honey and almond, not just weiss.

HAW tastes like what it is... a sweet pale wheat ale. Unfortunately, the flavors just sort of lay on the tongue and then melt away. There's no crispness, no bitterness and no bite. This stuff is less challenging to drink than the BMC lagers (which I find very challenging to drink) and should be right up the alleys of those who like dumbed down beer. Sorry, but it's true.

The flavor profile consists of pale grain soaked in sugar syrup and... that's about it. An earthy, honey-like quality manages to join the party on the finish. Almond? I'm still not appreciating it. Vanilla maybe, but not almond. Those ingredients that don't make their way to the taste buds include Cascade and Mt. Hood hops. More hop flavor and more hop bitterness would be great.

The mouthfeel is supposed to be light, so no problem there. Actually, with the added sugars, it's more like light-medium. The reason it earns a below average score is a lack of bubbles. More mouth excitement *might* have raised the flavor score to the next level.

Cold Spring Pale Ale was a pleasant surprise given its brewery of origin. It appears as though these guys are making an honest effort to improve their products and I heartily applaud them for it. Honey Almond Weiss isn't where it needs to be, but it isn't that far off either.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of Huffs
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Huffs, Jan 26, 2013
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 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.