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Coors Winterfest - Coors Brewing Company

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83 Reviews

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 103
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 15.43%
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:
Beer added by: maxpower on 11-16-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 103
Photo of johnbonham1980
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of KoG
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked it up just for schlitz and giggles.

Nice deep red body with a slight brown tint, small tan head formed but disappeared and left no real lacing.

Smell is thin. Slight must and marshmallow hints with a slight malt backbone. Not offensive in the least really, a touch of phenols as it warms.

Taste is a bit thin as well. Nice slightly roasted taste with a faint spice and nut flavor. A lot better than what I thought it was going to be for sure.

Although a bit bland for a winter brew, it is fairly drinkable. Best thing I've had with Coors name on it, good price too at under $4.50 a sixer.

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Photo of Higravity
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As some one who will drink Coors Original this wasn't that bad and somewhat of a surprise. A nice red color with a decent head that actually gives up some lacing. The smell is close to a malty-beer but corn pops through with it a bit of sweetness and some muted hops. The taste is standard fare for a red larger, some slight caramel flavors and no real hop expression just a bland presence, thin and with no aftertaste really. Decent clean beer easy to drink and nice low abv. A shruger for sure when Coors could have done something so much more.

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Photo of badbeer
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's nice to see the macrobreweries branching out a little. Winterfest, albeit safe, is an improvement over any of their other products. The beer is cleanly malt / caramel / toast based with a very light hop bitterness. Smooth textured, though waters toward the end. I'm impressed that Coors is capable of brewing non-bad beer, but it is unfortunaltely, forgetable.

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Photo of kevinhulit
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a fine seasonal offering from Coors Brewing Company. as far as amber/red ales go it makes an honest effort. low cream-colored head when poored into a wide mug. dark amber in color highly drinkable for 2 or 3. mild characters through out, nothing outrgeous, but balanced with a hop note. tastful.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an amberish color into the old trusy pint shaker glass. Had a decent creamy head that has lasted over ten minutes; minimal lacing, though. Not much on the nose: malt was about it. Taste was not bad, though. Malt (leaning to the sweeter side) and a little caramel with no hop bitterness whatsover. Not bad; I'll seek out a bottle or two again next Winter but nothing special.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant orange-bronze with polished tangerine trim. The semi-stiff cap is the color of orange juice mixed with butter. Following the pour, a chiseled mesa of foam sits in the center of the glass and looks to be in no hurry to depart. Fat pillars of lace seal the deal on a good looking appearance.

What happened to the aroma that should be emanating from my glass? It'll be all I can do to figure out what this one smells like without getting the tip of my nose wet. I can appreciate a mildly toasted, earthy maltiness that I usually associate with Munich malt (a la Oktoberfests), but very little else. If there's a hop in there, I can't find it.

Winterfest is better on the palate, although it's still anything but boldly flavored. It tastes a little Oktoberfestish to me, even if I would never mistake it for a beer of that style. More malt would be better, but for a lighter, easy drinking ale, one could do a lot worse. Other than mildly sweet caramel, there's a bruised apple and pear fruitiness that's enjoyable.

I don't know if spices are added. If so, they're added with a light hand. The beer tastes a trifle spicy, but that could just as easily be hops. The hoppiness is surprisingly generous, although still relatively tame, and is the most enjoyable part of the flavor profile. A lingering sweetness tags along all the way through the finish and provides an interesting counterpoint.

The mouthfeel is lighter than I usually like in my winter warmers and the beer is the slightest bit fizzy. Neither one is a deal breaker, though, especially since the bubbles settle down nicely with time.

Coors Winterfest is pretty decent beer. Even though it does nothing extraordinarily well, it's still a worthwhile effort from the boys out in Boulder. It's also the best BMC offering that I've ever had, wresting the crown from Coors' own Blue Moon Belgian White. If you're looking for a sessionable winter warmer that won't break the bank, this one deserves a look.

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Photo of Drew966
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coors Winterfest pours a dark chestnut brown with a thin white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. I'm not getting much in the way of aroma. The taste is a bit on the sweet side with some caramel notes being noticeable. Pleasant, but not exciting. Worth a try.

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Photo of whynot44
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice dark coppery amber color with a good foamy off-white head that retains fairly well and even leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is faint bready malt with some hints of caramel and grassy hops.

The taste is mostly toasted caramel malt, sweet, nutty with a slightly drier finish and some spicy hops at the end.

Ligh/mediumt bodied, drinkable, best cold. Something a little different from Coors, worth a try on a cool fall or winter day.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of LuckyBrewer
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
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/

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.

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Photo of LvilleIPA
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a reddish color and the tan head leaves a pretty good lacing.

S - Lots of maltiness, maybe some grain as well.

T - It's shockingly very good. This is a fine example of what a macro can do when it tries creating something with some quality to it. There's some hoppiness that is backed nicely by bready (almost cake-tasting) and malty tastes. Very smooth and very typical of a traditional red/amber beer.

M - It's medium bodied. The carbonation feels quite nice, so far I have no majore problems with this one at all.

D - I'm liking it. Could definitely be considered a decent session beer for a winter afternoon. It's relatively average when compaired to a "good" red or amber ale (or lager), but I think Coors did a pretty good job with this one. I'm just trying to figure out if I'm more impressed by the beer or more shocked at who the producer is.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, it formed a decent head that lingered for a while then settled into a fine partial layer.

The smell of this deep gold brew is pretty malty but not all that exciting.

The taste is a decent balance of hops and malt with the malt lingering in the aftertaste quite well.

Overall, a good product from Coors that doesn't exactly titilate the taste buds but *is* quite drinkable.

PS: This is the first Winterfest I've seen for many years. If memory serves me well, the first editions of this product were much more complex.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown botle.
In appearance this is a nice enough, clear medium brown ale with livelly carbonation and a good sized creamy thick light tan head.
Good strongish aroma of caramel like malts.
Plain malty flavour, smooth and semi- sweet, like prunes or sweet figs. To be honest its quite pleasing.
The palate is average.. slightly thin for the style.
Quite a drinkable ale..not big compared to most micro winter ales..but nice and refreshing. A surprise coming from the makers of such horrors as "The Silver Bullet".!

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Coors Winterfest was a clear amber color with an off-white head. The head had decent retention. The aroma was sweet malt and a touch toasty. The taste was lightly sweet toasted malt with nice bitterness to balance and a dry finish. The body was about medium with medium carbonation. The drinkabilty was good. This is the best coors product I have tried.

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy tan colored head the starts out 1.5 fingers thick. The beer is a brilliantly clear amber color that shows deep ruby notes when held up to the light. The aroma is soft, yet fruity like cherries with a caramel sweetness and a hint of toasted malt type notes. The taste has a hint of sweetness up front. The body is quite light, but there is still quite a bit more than one would expect to have in a macro. The beer has a hint of that sweet cherry character that was found in the nose, but mostly this beer is quite malty with notes of caramel & toffee and perhaps even a note of lightly burnt raisins. It finishes with a nice solid bitterness and a bit of herbal astringency.

This is of course nice and clean and I am almost sure that the fruitiness in this case is from a combination of the hint of hops and the malt character. Decent beer, made all that much more interesting by the fact that Coors was brewing this beer long before Sandlot existed.

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Photo of jettjon
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the pint glass a bright ruby red clear color with plenty of bubbles rising up. Head of about one finger brownish tan suds fades fairly quickly leaving a solid cap and some minor lacing on the glass. Nose is surprisingly decent despite the “Coors” logo on the side of the box; it appears that the big boys are finally “getting” it, at least to some extent. Decent malt and hops balance on the nose, subdued but definitely there. Kudos, Coors. Taste is decidedly sweet but with a definite hops edge. The flavors are there, but again, it feels like they are holding something back. But I’ve got to give this beer its due; it’s as decent as some recent micros I’ve tried. Mouth, again, decent. Semi-viscous, nicely bubbly—not thin or watery as one might expect. Drinkability? I’d say pretty decent. At 5.6%, this beer has enough punch not to classified as empty calories for buzz purposes, and is tasty and crisp enough to enjoy a sixer over the night. Which is exactly what I plan to do.

Coors: One and a half thumbs up. Keep up the good work, fellahs.

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Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.54/5  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.

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Photo of Phatz
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the brewer this is actually a pretty decent beer. I probably would have been too biased to give it a shot if I hadn't got this beer in a trade. What a nice surprise. Way to go Coors. This is how you should do the rest of your beers :)

Appearance: Pours a noble amber color with golden highlights. It had a thick 2 finger off white head.

Smell: Very little aroma to this beer. there is a bit of mustiness in the nose but as far as scent you really need to stretch to find a bit of hop and spice.

Taste: Buttery sweet. Very nice. A bit of sweet malt and candied caramel. Sweet aftertaste that seems to keep coming back.

Mouthfeel: Light, but pleasantly smooth and buttery.

Drinkability: I was very surprised at how palatable this beer was. It not extremely special but for Coors it is more than I expected and it is certainly a very drinkable suitable selection.

Hope this is helpful.

Thanks to tgbljb for the trade!
Heres to finding good beer in Lancaster PA :) Cheers!

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Photo of Byeast
3.57/5  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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Coors Winterfest from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.