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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 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
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 xnicknj
1.88/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

32oz can poured into pint glass (well, not all at once) - thanks to mrmiles for this during the Nice Cans II BIF

Pours a plain clear yellow with plenty of bubbly carbonation and a frothy white head. Retains for a bit before dissolving and leaving some patches of lacing on the glass.

Some toasted wheat, crackers and a slight hint of sweetness in the nose. Reminds me of adjunct lager initially.

The flavors begin clashing right off the bat with odd sweetness combined with strange citric, lemony characteristics. There's a moment where the beer almost tastes sour, before some honey and wheat flavors attempt to come through. Finishes with an unpleasant aftertaste laden with unbalanced sweetness and macro barley.

Lighter medium body, okay carbonation, somewhat chewy and sticky on the tongue. I wasn't expecting much from this one, and that's exactly what I received.

xnicknj, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of IPAchris
2/5  rDev -26.7%

IPAchris, Nov 12, 2012
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 ZAP
2.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Got a free bottle at the liquor store to sample.

This is clearly an American Wheat style beer. The nose has subtle notes of vanilla, and honey. No head at all...light yellow colored..

The taste is subtle...not much wheatiness to it...the almond/vanilla is evident but seems artificial...fizzy and thin bodied mouthfeel ...that is the biggest weakness of this beer. Finishes like a glass of seltzer water with a little almond extract tossed in...

No bad off flavors which Glueks is known for but nothing I would ever purchase again. Maybe the Miller Light crowd might fall for it, but true lovers of craft beer will not find this particularly exciting.

ZAP, May 18, 2008
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 scruffwhor
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from what they call a "double pint" 32 oz can.

Light amber with a little hazey hay and some copper too. Very quick head Barely even hazey after I swirled what I hoped to be some sediment in the bottom of the can. Almost non-existant bubbling.

You can smell a little honey at first, then a slight tart wheat bread and stale grass and turning lemons.

When the beer is colder, you can taste the honey pretty good along with a very watery toasted wheat malt. The middle even had a sweet nut flavor, this didn't remind me almonds but since it was a nutty flavor I'm assuming its from that.

But the beer starts to tarten up as it warms and becomes sour and vingegary to the palate. Not sessionable and a one time buy for me.

scruffwhor, May 18, 2010
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 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 Mdog
2.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold, thin head.

Smell: Sweetness, a little apple juice note.

Taste: Dull sweetness, grain. A slight touch of almond in later, warmer sips.

Drinkability: Could probably have a few in a sitting, but not really light enough or tasty enough to want to.

Tried a single of this beer from the former Gluek brewery. It's not terrible but nothing too great either. I suppose it's the Minnesota response to Leinie's Honey Weiss, and compared to that one, it's pretty much neck-and-neck.

Mdog, Nov 02, 2008
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 t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

t0rin0, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
2.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours out as a yellowish gold color, the head is thin and kind of fizzy. The smell of the beer has the typical soft wheat aroma with a touch of almond sweetness to it. The taste was very minimal, could barely get anything from this one other than some wheat flavors. I was hoping for something from the almond to step in but it didn't. The mouthfeel was decent, it was on the lighter side. Really not too much to say about this beer other than I expected something more flavorful and didn't get it. Better luck next time I guess.

Knapp85, Jun 03, 2011
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 ClockworkOrange
2.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker glass. The beer appears a hazed pale green/yellow color with not even half an inch of white foam. Nose and flavor consist of fruity apples, wheat, grassy, sweet, no detectable honey notes, very slight almond extract aroma. A bit thin bodied and lacking carbonation. Not recommended.

ClockworkOrange, Jul 21, 2009
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
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
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 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 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 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
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Cold Spring Honey Almond Weiss from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
68 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.