Cold Spring Honey Almond Weiss - Cold Spring Brewing Co.
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2.73/5 rDev 0%
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.
12-02-2012 06:16:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
2.75/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
07-02-2008 19:56:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.9/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
04-04-2009 20:40:41 | More by mikesgroove
2.55/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
06-03-2011 16:49:25 | More by Knapp85
2.45/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
07-20-2009 03:40:38 | More by emerge077
3.48/5 rDev +27.5%
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).
12-04-2012 00:19:13 | More by NeroFiddled
2.58/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
05-26-2010 22:16:29 | More by woodychandler
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.03/5 rDev +11%
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.
03-25-2009 21:57:55 | More by mothman
2.8/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-23-2012 19:04:27 | More by beertunes
2.25/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
05-18-2010 02:32:03 | More by scruffwhor
1.88/5 rDev -31.1%
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.
01-14-2011 05:45:31 | More by xnicknj
2.03/5 rDev -25.6%
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.
05-18-2008 18:43:12 | More by ZAP
2.28/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
06-14-2010 14:19:06 | More by DmanGTR
2.73/5 rDev 0%
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.
04-18-2010 21:48:45 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
2.28/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
09-20-2010 15:20:40 | More by tigg924
2.6/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
07-21-2009 04:38:12 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.08/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
01-02-2009 00:46:36 | More by budgood1
2.88/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
02-08-2011 06:44:16 | More by augustgarage
2.9/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
07-22-2010 23:27:35 | More by daliandragon
4.65/5 rDev +70.3%
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!
03-15-2012 01:58:46 | More by Beerlover
2.28/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
11-02-2008 13:56:50 | More by Mdog
Cold Spring Honey Almond Weiss from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
68 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.