Cold Spring Honey Almond Weiss - Cold Spring Brewing Co.
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2.68/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
08-28-2010 01:47:48 | More by MillRat
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
2.23/5 rDev -18.3%
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?
06-16-2010 02:11:15 | More by tapman
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
2.58/5 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
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
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
2.6/5 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
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
2.83/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
06-04-2009 01:52:57 | More by climax
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
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
3.25/5 rDev +19%
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.
02-19-2009 02:30:28 | More by Psilo707
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
2.28/5 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
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
2.03/5 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
Cold Spring Honey Almond Weiss from Cold Spring Brewing Co.
68 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.