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Coors Winterfest - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

102 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-16-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by LuckyBrewer:
Photo of LuckyBrewer
3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer: Winterfest
Style: Amber
Brewery: AC Golden Brewery Company
Brewery Location: Golden, Colorodo
Site: http://www.acgolden.com/

Review:
This is the 15940th bottle of 85248, for a brewery like MillerCoors, that is a somewhat limited batch. I will start with the good; this is a clear, crisp, well balanced seasonal beer with great taste of maltiness and carmel. The bad is that MillerCoors marketing is too scared to put their companies name on a good beer. I understand the marketing side of things, the average person will think they are getting a craft beer.

LuckyBrewer, May 03, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 onz ambar bottle

A: Honey-like color with small creamy head

Smell: Rich , hops very present there.

Taste : Great taste,,malty and some sweet caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel And Drinkability: Very smooth,easy to drink,not any kind of hard taste.

Notes: The best beer i have tasted from this brewery

BeerDreadz, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown twist off bottle with a freshness date printed on the bottle.

A- Great head retention with a good amount of lace sticking to the glass, clear tawny hue.

S- Hint of butterscotch, yellow cake and mild hop spicing.

T&M- Incredibly smooth with a creamy backbone. Toasted malt flavor, bit of caramel in the mix. Slight herbal hop leaves a balanced tone of a bitterness. Finishes a little sweet with a clean toasty aftertaste.

D- Very clean and balanced, easy to quaff but does a have a mild kick. Pretty damn amazing IMO coming from a macro brewer ... for less than $6 a six pack I will be revisiting this a few times this winter.

Jason, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of badbeer
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice red amber color witha frothy head leaving spotty lacing. Coffee, and some nuttiness noticed in the smell. Has a nice roasty taste to it with a little more coffee flavor in the finish. Light body, low carbonation. Pretty easily drinkable, and was a little surprised at this one, it turned out pretty good, especially since I got it free from a BMC buddy who hated this.

badbeer, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of Byeast
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown with a small offwhite head that diminshed quickly to some thin bubbles. Aroma is on the lightly sweet malty side , a bit thin but definatly some sweet brown maltiness , bit of bear claw scent , and hint of carmelized sugar. The taste is also on the malty sweet side , but not too sweet at all. Nice sweet brown doughnut /bread malt and some slight caramel quality mixes with some balancing , lightly leafy hop bitterness. Just a bit of slight metallic taste and sweet aftertaste. One of the better macro winter releases ive tried and worth the money. Goes down quite easily.

Byeast, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Mejestic Liquor Store for $2.98 for a six pack, I couldn't turn that down. Pours a transparent dark copper with a light tan head. Aroma is a pleasant mild bready maltiness, some hops there. Taste is carmel malts, mild tartness and finishes with a roasted like bitterness. Alcohol presence is detectable. Thin bodied, a little too much carbonation. This is a decent beer at a great price. This one was a pleasant surprise.

Dizzy, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

These have been around for awhile. Looks decent, a darker red and auburn appearance, so dark makes you suspect like Coors would put that much malt in a beer, but yeah. Aroma is the typical red malt blend of crisp cedar and peat moss. Totally lacking hop aroma.

Totally lacking hop aroma, lots of carbonation, caramel type of off flavor, I dunno what its all about, but its kind of a sweet sour bitter funk. These seem to have alcohol pretty evident. In a way, this at least met my expectations, I'm not a Coors guy, nor am I a 'winter' warmer/red beer guy, nor am I a red beer guy but under circumstances making the beer more like another style than a red itself (hoppy/wild).

Not terrible, just not impressive, but malty enough to warrant its existence beyond regular Coors.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit aged best by Jan 06 date doesn't scare me too much it's only mid Feb. Appearance is ruby amber body with a nicely formed tan caramel hued head leaves even lacing around the pint. Aromatics contain an herbal floral hop spiciness with cereal caramel toned malts riding nicely as well. Taste is caramelized wheaties creamy and toasted nut tones run through this winter lager with the dash of bittering hops being tamed to the flavor of floral notes. Mouthfeel light to medium bodied lager evenly carbonated goes down smoothly. Drinkability: Very good coming straight from Coors creative side, I liked it.

WVbeergeek, Feb 15, 2006
Photo of SetarconeX
2.38/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: A medium dark brown color, perfectly clear, and really sort of pretty looking, if a bit syrupy. No complaints here.

Smell: Not too strong in any direction. A lot of sweetness, a bit of malt, neither overwhelming. This might be a decent brew.

Taste: Oh ICK, and I was just starting to look forward to this one. Not sure where the sweetness and malt went, but it tastes like the hops died and were buried in a limestone quarry. Unpleasantly bitter, sharp, and astringent at the same time. Truly vile.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Feels and drinks like a chemical spill. The less said about these the better.

I think I'm going to give this a miss next winter. Dreadful stuff.

SetarconeX, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown Belgian appearance, head and malty aroma. Hoppy initially, dry and nicely malted but very drinkable after that, spice in finish. Not complex but pleasantly surprisingly solid beer by the macro. Full carbonation leading to medium mouthfeel. Dry but spice and sweetness in aftertaste.

Sammy, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coor's Winterfest pours a clear, crimson-stained mahogany body beneath a short but creamy head of light tan. The head drops shortly to a wide collar but leaves some nice splashes and spots of lace in its wake.

The nose reveals toasty and lightly caramelish malt with a spritz of spicy and floral hops.

The flavor is malty, toasty, and nutty with notes of scortched sugar, rounded out by a bit spicy and floral hops. It's backed by a firm bitterness, and it finishes fairly short and dry with some residual toasty malt and spicy/floral hops.

It's medium bodied and creamy in the mouth with a moderate carbonation that gently tingles the tongue.

Overall, this is an enjoyable beer that makes a great accompaniment to a holiday meal.

NeroFiddled, May 28, 2006
Photo of johnbonham1980
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Actually, pretty darn good for Coors. There are some points which strongly detract from the overall enjoyment, but most definitely some positives as well and the best I've had from Coors or Blue Moon.

Appearance is a dark amber, with a good amount of head, retention, and lacing...

Aroma is pretty bad in my opinion, considering it smells like a Coors Original. I was really apprehensive about the taste after the smelling this beer. Metal in the nose, and standard macrobrew smells waft from the glass. Apparently, they're using adjuncts. Beautiful.

The taste really made up for the awful aroma though. Little bit of roasty in there, quite a bit of caramel as well. Sweet bready notes are very pleasant. Extremely drinkable.

Finishes cleanly, very thin mouthfeel.

Worth a try. Probably wouldn't buy this in large quantities unless the price was significantly less than others, which it wasn't at the store that I bought the single at.

If Coors would cut out the adjuncts and improve on that aroma, this would be a great beer I think.

johnbonham1980, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First time I've had this in 5+ years. Not too shaby for $4-5.50 a sixer

Appearance: Amber color with white 1/2" bubbley head that faded. Some lacing

Smell: Good maltiness, with a whiff of pine hops

TasteL Malitiness, slight fruitiness and somewhat citic bitter edge with dryness on finish

MF: A little thin for the style

Can't complain, nice middle of the road choice that doesn't offend

russpowell, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of bditty187
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, red in hue, golden highlights; I am not going to lie, I didn’t expect this beer to be so dark. The liquid is very attractive. Beige head, the bubbles collected long enough to form a finger’s worth of head. The head retention was okay; it quickly faded to a thin, soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was very minimal; I counted about seven little spots of foam. While the color surprised me (pleasantly) nothing else about the appearance is noteworthy. Average isn’t bad; it still looks damn fine… especially considering it was brewed by Coors.

Well, it smells like an Ale; I detect a trace aroma of fruitiness. That is a good first step. I never know with these silly labeling laws, I was expecting a Red Lager (of sorts). Wow, there is malt in the nose… pleasant caramel malt, toasty in the background. Plenty of it too! There is some light earthiness but any pronounced hoppiness is held in check. The potency is moderate; still, I like the nose. Simple but inviting… I don’t smell adjuncts, just malt, as I should for the style. Is this All-Malt? My hopes for this beer have been elevated…

The palate is solid. Amber Ales are not the most impressive beer style but this one is pretty well done. My only grievance is the sharp, stinging finish. I don’t know what it is, clearly it is not alcohol. The cutting sensation has almost a grainy/sharp characteristic. I can live with it. What I do like about this beer is the maltiness; I found it from start to finish. It is clear as day, caramel malt with a toasty backdrop. While there isn’t much depth or bulk there is good flavor here. Low hop bitterness, this is a nicely balanced beer. Kind of clean, only traces of fruitiness can be detected. While simple tasting, it is perfectly likeable. Long, sweet aftertaste (once I get through that rough/grain/hot spot). On the whole, this is a very nice Amber Ale.

Medium/medium-light in body, the mouthfeel is a tickle thin (not watery); the carbonation is active and cleansing. Thankfully this is the case, there isn’t enough hops here for this beer to be sluggish. It has a pleasant mouthfeel.

Why is this beer not a year-round offering from Coors? It is very good. I purchased a single bottle in Lawrence, KS. I never saw this beer before so I snagged one. Well, it is found all over Omaha… and you know what? I might just have to buy a six-pack. It is a damn cheap Amber Ale. While not as tasty as Fat Tire (if you think Fat Tire sucks then you will hate this beer. If you hate Fat Tire do you like any Amber Ales? Seriously? This is how they are supposed to taste. But I digress.). This is a solid drinking beer. It is a good session beer, especially for a Winter Seasonal. Not bad… not bad at all. If you think Coors can’t brew, try this beer.

bditty187, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Date on bottle says Jan 21, I assume that's the best by date so I'm a little late drinking this. Oh well, a few days shouldn't make much of a difference. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/amber color with about an inch off-white head. It smells like toasted malt and caramel, it's definitely a sweet smelling beer even though the aroma isn't very strong. It tastes the same way to me, but there's a nutty taste too. Mouthfeel is light, but it finishes clean. Drinkability is good, I could drink it now and again. Overall, I think it's a decent beer. Not great, but good.

bluejacket74, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of theopholis
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very clear light burgandy or amber, with a one-inch off-white head that falls farirly quickly. Decent amount amount of lacing.

Aroma- A lot more carmel than I would expect from Coors. Some floral hops. Some malt sweetness.

Taste: Has some soft malty sweetness and a very nice balance of bittering and flavoring hops. Not overly impressive tho., and a slight nutty characteristic as well.

Mouthfeel- Pretty thin for the style, A little undercarbonated to, No clinginess at all. You drink it and wonder if you missed your mouth.

Drinkability: Not bad actually. Very easy drinking without the graininess/riciness of some of the major brewers. Not great mind you, but this is a beer that would be good on a sunny afternoon of mowing the lawn, or after a hard day's work.

theopholis, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of wcudwight
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color that shows some red hues when held to the light. Nice sweet malty smell with some raisins and mild spice to it. The taste suprised me! This is a really good beer from Coors Brewing Co. Nice bitterness at front balanced out well by a bready malty sweetness. Also a hint of nut and spice. Feels thick and chewy in the mouth. A very drinkable session beer. I was suprised by this beer. This is probably the best offering I've had from a macro brewer. I hope this is a sign of things to come from Coors Brewing Co.

wcudwight, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of scooter231
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was quite impressed with this brew, considering it was a Coors product. Pours a beautiful red hue- somewhere between ruby and crimson colored- just gorgeous, with a big off white head that allows you to draw a smiley face in it- huge points.

Smells sweet and floral, definitely malty- nothing crazy. Taste is better- malty and bready with a lovely earthy kinda hoppyness going on. There's also a toasted quality that I'm digging. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and smooth, but too watery. Quite drinkable- light and easy, not overwhelming, and just... good. A good, solid beer. From Coors! They CAN put out good stuff- if/when they choose to.

scooter231, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer emerges from the 12-ounce brown bottle a clarion deep mahogany color with a frothy light tan head that is portly in size, after its demise the lace forms a splotchy coating of lace. Nose has an interesting malt aroma, chased by what I classify as vinegar like tones, which doesn’t bode well for this beer. Start is lightly sweet, fair grain profile, and the top light in its feel, finish is moderately carbonated. Hops are present and mild, the aftertaste quite dry and lingering, not what I would call bad, but not anything I would recommend.

Gusler, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of jpkoch1962
3.55/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep bright clear amber red with a tight two finger, creamy head. Aroma was subdued, sweet, malty, with a very faint spiceiness. The taste was also subdued- mainly a combination of sweet caramel, and toffee. Surprisingly, this ale wasn't at all cloying, as it finishes dry and clean. The best feature of Winterfest is it creamy smoothness and perfect carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice brew -while nothing stands out as outstanding, it is very well made just the same. A nice session beer to enjoy on a frigid winter's night.

jpkoch1962, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber hue with a two finger frothy head. Decent retention and lacing as well.

The smell was a balanced sweet and spicy aroma. Hints of cinnamon and cocoa as well as cloves.

The taste was balanced as well. The initial flavor is of sweet malt, followed by a spicy bite and finishing with a dry hop.

The mouthfeel was thinner than most other winter brews, which was actually a nice change of pace.

A very drinkable winter.

I was impressed by this Coors product. Being from snowy Colorado has finally rubbed off.

plaid75, Apr 25, 2006
Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -40.8%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is an average beer. The best thing about this beer is the head leaves a nice lacing and doesn't fade until you get to the end of your beer. Nice and refreshing, worth the price. Fairly cheap and easy to drink. A little too thin on the mouth and that ruins the taste for me and drinkability. It's a nice beer and it's worth a try. A bit of a dry aftertaste and a little over rated in my opinion, but definetly worth a try. Pick it up this winter.

jasonjlewis, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden-orange color, with a one-inch off-white head, which retains superbly, with patchy lacing across the glass walls, and numerous streams of very small bubbles.

Aroma: Rich, toasty malt aroma, with slight notes of chocolate, earthy notes, and slight floral hop notes.

Taste: Opens with strong toasty malt notes, and a slight nutty characteristic as well. Later in the taste, some bittersweet chocolate notes appear. Finishes with a mild, lingering spicy hop note.

Mouth feel: Soft and full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Considering this is a product from a macro brewer, its amazingly good. I am made to wish that Coors made more beer like this.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Jan 07, 2007
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Coors Winterfest from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.