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Coors - Coors Brewing Company

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649 Reviews

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Reviews: 649
Hads: 2,588
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 25.54%
Wants: 24
Gots: 409 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average beer that goes well when having house parties or barbeques. It goes down easy and has no strong or bitter aftertastes. I think that this is one of the smoother and tastier beers of the big three (Bud,Miller Coors) Overall a decent beer for the average Joe. (267 characters)

Photo of Rumpole
2.76/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back in the day, this was known as ‘Coors Banquet Beer’ and Coors must be going back to the future, because the bottled six-pack I picked up was not labeled ‘Coors Original’ but ‘Coors Banquet’. Under either of its noms de plume, this is Coors’ main market entry, priced at $21 for a 30-pack in glamorous Worcester, MA, pitting it squarely against Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft.

Aside from the name change, the label has changed little, and that’s not a bad thing; the packaging is simple, recognizable and not tasteless. The red ‘Banquet’ badge now occupies the gold caps. The beer itself is the pale gold you expect from a macro, not as pale as Budweiser, about the same color as MGD, maybe a bit brighter.

Banquet’s smell is alas an unpleasant surprise; it is a very odd sickly-sweet ‘off’ smell which is candidly off-putting, persistent and hard to ignore. Time after time I tried telling myself it was just me, that it actually smelled good, but the nose knows and would have none of it. I drank an entire 30-pack of Extra Gold and never noticed anything odd about the scent with that brew, but here it was a genuine distraction each time.

The flavor, thank goodness, is better, almost mystifyingly so; the scent leads one to expect a rather strongly flavored brew, but it’s all a front; instead we have the mild mass market macro we were all expecting. There’s a thin light maltiness which goes over quite smoothly, a very light hop note for balance, and then an odd sweetness, akin to the scent but not quite as bad, to round things out. The texture is just fine, no problems there at all.

This Banquet is sometimes recommended as at least a somewhat superior option over Budweiser and Miller, but I’m not sure I could do that; I compared this directly with MGD among others, and even with it’s split personality the MGD gave this Coors a very good fight. I didn’t have Budweiser on hand, but I did have Bud Dry, and that too held its own. Just to be sure of things I might get the Banquet in cans, but at the moment of going to press I’d have to say Coors’ very own Extra Gold would be a better, to say nothing of cheaper, option. (2,177 characters)

Photo of sammy44
3.03/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my favorite of the American macro's. Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly fades to nothing. No lacing. I noticed something interesting the other night, this beer tastes far better from the bottle than poured into a glass (pilsner in this case). Can only mean that the smell is throwing the flavor off. Has some unleavened bread taste to me (reminds me of Saltines) and a little metallic twang. No real hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and they go down pretty easy. (497 characters)

Photo of acrawf6
3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a light golden with a tiny white head that goes down almost instantly. Is light, but others in it's style are lighter.

Smells very much like a macro. Grainy. a very slight sweetness.

Taste is a little grainy. a little peppary too. adjunct flavor is present..

Mouthfeel is fuller than others of its style. lots of carbonation.

Overall, i say it is above average of it's style, but not totally around the top. Around here, i'm sure other places, it's not as available at normal bars as miller and bud are, so i dont get it so much. but it's not all that bad. (578 characters)

Photo of Applesauce1
2.29/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer at a party. Doesn't taste very good. Kinda skunky with that typical marcobrew taste. I can't taste any hops or anything that might define a real beer. Not a good beer to drink, not even that good for drinking games cause it kind of fills you up. Anyways, I'll probably drink more of these later, but I probably won't enjoy them. (342 characters)

Photo of EPseja
1.79/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Cleaning out my fridge, I came across a few straggler beers from events past...

Served from a 10oz. bottle into a pilsener glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pourse a crystal clear super pale straw-yellow color, with huge, rolling action in the glass. The head (amazingly) winds up at a full finger before settling down to a fairly well established mat. Lots of effervescent action can be seen in the glass as bubbles stream forth from invisible imperfections inside the glass. Unfortunately, I just can't get past the sad pale color of this beer to give it anything more than average. I'm also surprised that it's not as good looking a beer as it's Light counterpart...

S - Eek. Weird manufactured graininess and adjuncts. Rubberbands? Pleather? Some sort of unidentifiable fermented sweetness. Where are the hops? Nothing but disappointing American Macro scent here...

T - In the front there is almost nothing to taste. Strange, because this is where the malts should be. In the middle comes an odd, boxy, engineered sweetness along with a curious and out of place Scotch whisky characteristic that I can't peg. The finish brings forth a touch of bitterness, but I can't find any sort of hop profile to go along with it. Aftertaste is unpleasant, like that odd scent you find in a popular club as the floor gets mopped after hours. This is one uncouth tasting beer. I'm pretty sure they started out with normal ingredients, but what they did to them to arrive at this end is anyone's guess.

M - I'm actually pretty OK with the mouthfeel of this one. Starts a bit watery, but smooths out and finishes cleanly.

D - Even though I'd like to say that this beer is good for parties or summetime quenching, there are too many other beers out there that would do the job much better. Of the Coors lineup, this one is a poor entry. (1,851 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.
Pale yellow, small head.
Good beer for starters or fishing.
A slight 'beer' smell. I know its beer, but can't put my finger on the aroma...hay, flower, some malt.
Tastes of slight malt, slight hops, lots of water. Better than some macro lagers, but only some. (288 characters)

Photo of casualbeerman
2.32/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm seeing a couple of people giving a pretty decent review for this beer, and I can see their logic. Definately fits the style they claim for it, this is identifiable as an American pilsner. And its not that offensive either. You can tell they worked hard to filter out the taste of the adjunct garbage. Harder than their biggest competitors. But this is still a pretty lame beer. Appearance was light in color, with the tiny extra hint of depth over Budweiser. Head was very tall and foamy, and quickly disappated.
Smell was of hops and nothing else. And weak at that. Not really unpleasant, but certainly nothing that got me excited.
Taste was bitter up front, with a little bit of the cheap malts in the background, and more bitter in the finish. I don't like bitter, so I didn't like it. The main redeeming characteristic was that it had most of the noticable adjunct flavor filtered out. Mouthfeel would probably have been overcarbonated like Coors Light, but I had this at a party with its own keg, and they'd let it go close to flat, so in this case mouthfeel was fine.
Drinkability was average. I had two and would have been able to drink more without wretching I guess, but I was not enjoying myself. I gave up and went to soda. Definately better than Bud, might be as good as MGD depending on your mood and taste, but not for me because I don't like the extra bitterness, and think MGD's malts have a little better body. Anyway, the fact that Coors Light outsells Coors Origional should tell you all you really need to know about the level of this beer's taste. (1,575 characters)

Photo of joecast
2.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

commemorative super bowl bottle. best before date feb 26.

pours very pale. i never thought coors was this pale. always thought it had quite a bit more golden tones to it. oh well. very clear. needs better head retention though as it faded away pretty quickly.

slight tart aroma. not sure where its coming from. yeah, not much to distract from it either so thats all im getting.

taste it a bit better, smoother. has some substance where the maltiness would be. doesnt need much bitterness to keep it balanced which is a good thing, cause there isnt much there.

mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth. helps fill the beer out, but still wouldnt want much of it. (665 characters)

Photo of burnstar
2.29/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a good sized fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Weak aroma, perhaps a bit of grassy or floral hops. Taste is light sweet malt whith just a bit of bitterness in the finish. Very well carbonated with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Pretty easily drinkable. This isn't really all that bad for an american macro. (334 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. No freshness dating.

Pours a golden hued pale / yellowy brew, with a slow moving tight carbonation that forms a quick lived snappy head that settles to a decent white-ringed lace.

Faint notes of grain in the nose, hint of floral.

Fairly smooth on the palate, tight and tingly carbonation scrubs and livens with a bit of a creamy feel being created. Crisp. Even mouthfeel, with a distinct mineral quality. Subtle sweetness blends with a watery lemon-lime-rind-like hop character with a splash of bitterness to balance out the malty sweetness. Clean finish, with little residuals, though adjunct flavors and a rougher feel on the palate become more pronounced as the beer warms.

Coors Original is a bit more flavorful vs. some of its competitiors, with a fuller, more rounded body. For what it is, and keeping the style in mind (unlike most of the other reviewers) ... it ain't all that bad. (920 characters)

Photo of UnionMade
1.87/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale gold topped with white foam. Head dies out rather quickly, down to a thin collar, leaving spotty lace. Weak aroma. Mostly nothing, with a touch of green apple. Vague floral hops. Very light flavor, strong carbonation. Weak malt flavor up front, actually not very clean, with a strong green apple, grass and floral flavor dominating. Minimally hopped finish. Green apple and grain aftertaste. Nothing I'd ever buy, but I wouldn't turn down a free one. (455 characters)

Photo of Enola
2.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is average for a macro. Poured out of a 24oz can into a pint glass. No head. None. The color is a very light amber color. The smell is of grain. Cheap grain. The taste is somewhat more bitter and rough than the typical macro. The mouthfeel is somewhat harsh. It has a little coarsness to it but not so much that I couldn't drink a few of these around a campfire. A fairly easy drinking brew. (401 characters)

Photo of beeroclock
2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the better of the big name domestic beers out there. It has a decent look w/ the darker color and enough head (when poured). It doesn't have much smell to it. Taste is rather smooth, as i mentioned better than alot of the domestic labels out there. mouthfeel, kinda watery, but when its really cold it is great on a hot day. Like another poster suggested, really good for sports, wings, burgers, etc... (410 characters)

Photo of beersarang
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden color with a white head, no retention.

Faint grain aroma.

Extremely thing malts, characterized by grain and corn. Hops? maybe somewhere, slightest bitterness. Leaves no lingering flavor except a processed metallic medicinal flavor on the exhale.

Crisp and light bodied.

Wow. I'm so glad I tapped the rockies. This is pretty average. (351 characters)

Photo of nekronos
3.88/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was not that bad, actually, it was a little refreshing, and the colour is very nice, golden and not green like, like other beers that a re very undrinkable. Maybe is because the corny additives are not that notorious in this beer. BUt I would bet it was worse than it really was for me, cheers!. (295 characters)

Photo of Daredevil
2.52/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From the big 3 US beers (the other two being Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft) this would be my favourite. Like the other two it is light bodied, but unlike those it does have a distinctive taste. Actually it doesn't taste like a Lager at all, rather somewhere between an ale and a Weizen, of course diluted with water .... anyway, I will have one when in the US again and no Microbrewery is to be found .... (410 characters)

Photo of tesguino
3.98/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer better than its sister, coors light, good in appearance, taste and mouthfeel, stay in the range of american good beers for me; hops and malt well ballanced aroma, perfect for a mexican food and guacamole made in molcajete and nachos; its label its very attractive; i found only in US. (289 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
2.32/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Freshness Bar at the brewery during the tour in Golden, CO. We were driving through town, and to be honest, this may be the only reason to hit Golden. Described now as a banquet beer, because old Mr. Coors believed that his beer could be served at banquets instead of champagne. I believe he is now rolling over in his grave.

Looked perfect for the style, poured a pale yellow, clear as a urine sample, with a light bodied white head. Little retention and no lacing. Loads of "fresh" carbonation feeding it. We were told the clarity comes from their heavy filtering to give a clean, crisp taste. The filters were scary contraptions.

Smell? There may have been some grainy malts in the background.

The taste was about as fulfilling as those new flavored waters from Gatorade. Thin malts, no hops to speak of, and a generally averageness, even for the style. They actually said that the corn starch and short grained rice were there for body, not because it is cheap and easy. Almost nonexistant mouthfeel, with some light corn/malt aftertaste. Not very drinkable, but free, I stuck to Blue Moon at the end of the tour.

Note: Pictures of the old brewery workers during the tour showed them enjoying something porter like and enjoying themselves. This place now seemed more like an industrial food facility. (1,332 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.06/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At $.35/can it was worth a try.
Aroma shows a sour malt quality that's typical for style and not necessarily distinct.
Pours looking like water, but darkens some once poured. Full white head with a steady dissappearing act. Water clear and straw gold.
Ice cold its kinda sweet with a very mild bitterness and a slight drying. Not bad. As warms the latter two qualities intensify and become gradually more unappealing. Also the adjunct becomes stronge, also lending a distasteful quality.
Soft carbonation, but more than enough. Water thin and clean. Thin and easy to drink quickly (I guess as it's suppose to be). Somewhat crisp.
I'd have to say one of the better macro's, but only when very cold. I'd say drink a small amount ice cold and very quickly, otherwise leave well enough alone. (793 characters)

Photo of kbnooshay
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A banquet beer. Hah. K. Whatever that means. This pours a clear pale yellow color with a very thin white head. The smell is of corn and chemicals. The taste though is smooth and clean. No malt to be tasted and barely some crisp hoppiness is detectable. Lots of cabonation. Mouthfeel is sorta thin and dry.The drinkablity on the other hand is pretty good. I would put this above bud but below miller high life. (409 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Its middle of the road for an American Lager. Looks brightly straw with more than average carbonation. A stark white head that wanted to hang around. No lacing to mention. Smells sweetly of light malts and smooth vegetol flavors--corn? Tastes same smooth corn sugar flavors. Light grainy and barley like. Some sourness from fermentation, albeit light. Body is round for a lager, settles toward the finish. Finishes smooth and subtle. Everything about this beer is subtle, but clean. (482 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid straw color with a nice head from an agressive pour. I'm surprised at the retention. The head falls to a light coating, but it takes longer than expected. The nose is light grain and corn sweetness. Rather light, but its expected. Flavor follows suit, with a blast of corn sweetness and very light graineyness. Very crisp and enjoyable. Not a lot of harshness hanging on the finish. Well built. The feel is light to moderate with a moderate carbonation. No complaints. I'm pretty happy with this one. I have always gone towards Coors products over other domestic big guns. This was my first experience with their original and it worked well for me. (662 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a light amber color with respectable white puffy head. Smell is slightly sweet but not much else. Taste is extremely light with little malt or hops noted. Finishes with very little taste and I have to rememer I'm drinking a beer and not water. Little to offer except thirst quenching (290 characters)

Photo of ryantupy
3.01/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer with a friend whom i hadent seen in four years since he joined the Marines. I must say this was a great beer to drink and catch up on old times with an old friend. It poured a very clear pale color and smelt floraly. It tasted nice and smooth and was very drinkable it keep the conversation flowing and tasted good from start to finish. And afterall thats all that matters. (397 characters)

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