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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)
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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Coors Winterfest pours out a mostly clear amber color. The aroma is butterscotch, hops, and whiffs of alcohol. The flavor starts out sweet with a caramel flavor, then becomes a bit nutty and fruity in the middle. Not a whole lot of bitterness, but the sweetness is not overbearing. Not entirely ale like in flavor. It tastes like they mixed half amber ale with half amber lager. No real off flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good beer and certainly the best I've had from Coors.

beveragecaptain, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing to brag about, yet nothing to bash either. As a winter beer it falls a bit short of recommended. It isn't as warm or full as winter beers should be. Spices are lacking too. However, the taste wasn't bad. I could drink more of this one if on sale.

color was a abit light for winter beer. I actually had some from the bottle (into a glass) and also from the Coors brewery. It's better straight from the facility which probably jaded my bottle tasting.

Worth a try

Mebuzzard, Jan 02, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
2.42/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle picked up as part of marketplace wine and spirits winter mix pack, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a decent looking amber color with a small fizzy off white head. A little lighter in appearance than I expected.

S - Basically has a cheap macro smell, nothing to brag about at all.

T - A grainy, macro lager taste more than anything. Nothing seperates this from regular coors original or extra gold for me, and I know because I drank quite a bit of it in college.

M - A bit watery. Very light bodied.

D - No less drinkable than too many other macros, however I'm very disappointed. I want to believe that these breweries are trying to go for quality and more of a craft apporaoch, but this is a huge swing and a miss.

EStreet20, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of riversider76
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ah Coors...Pours a honey color with a nice head,and lace. The look is the best part of this beer. Smell is of light skunk.Mouthfeel is watery and flat. Taste is light with a hint of spice. The beer was not awful,but I would not go out of my way to buy this beer.

riversider76, Dec 23, 2005
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
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3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a caramel amber pour, very aesthetic coming out of the bottle. Light mocha colored head froths up with some initial vigor but settles to a patchy cover rather quickly.

Aroma - pleasant aromatic bready malt with a touch of raisiny sweetness. Fades somewhat and doesn't develop beyond that, but it's a nice smelling beer.

Taste - malty base, leaning toward the sweet side. A touch of balancing hops at the end. I wonder if they started with the base formula for Killian's and added more grain and hops, that's the impression I get. Tastier than most Coors offerings, comes across like a ramped up Killian's, not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, body is a little lighter than average but not watery.

Drinkability - good by the fire, at a Christmas party, while reading scary ghost stories of Christmases long, long ago...

brewdlyhooked13, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of Higravity
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Higravity, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of LarryV
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, tawny red with a minor head. This is a fairly light bodied beer so there's not a lot of lacing going on. Aroma is malty with a raspberry like overtone. Taste is malty with raspberry overtones following through in the taste as well. Very nicely balanced with a hint of hoppiness in the background. Active carbonation is a bit prickly on the tongue. I think this is proof that companies like Coors can make a good brew when they want to. It's very drinkable and a nice alternative to the heavier bodied winter brews. I could easily toss a few of these back. Price is nice as well.

LarryV, Dec 14, 2005
Photo of BigRedN
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed 6-pack purchased at The Still. A Coors winter seasonal? Now this, I had to try.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz dated best by Jan 22 bottle into my pint glass a clear, dark, reddish amber. Thin 1/4 inch head was produced that disappated to a thick ring around the glass with little lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts, (aroma of toasted barley, and hints of caramel and chocolate. Hop aroma is herbal and spicy. Very warm and inviting.

Taste: First taste on the tongue is malt, roasted malt, slightly sweet. In the middle the hops kick in. A bit bitter through the middle and end, it also seems lightly spiced. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, lightly carbonated. A bit prickly going down. Hint of alcohol burn on the finish.

Drinkability: For a Coors product this is outstanding. I've never seen this before, and think this has been made in response to AB's Brewmaster Reserve seasonal. The price makes this definitely worth a try IMO. Miles beyond their macro products. With an abv > 5%, one must also not underestimate this beer either.

BigRedN, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of budgood1
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a perfectly clear deep amber colour, with a sparse and fizzy off white head. more lace than i had expected. a hard to distinguish caramel aroma leaning a bit towards phenolic and woody. after a few sips then a few swigs...it's quite hard to pick out any defining characteristics that make this brew stand out in any way. a non-offending burnt sugar maltiness is backed up by more slightly phenolic overtones. this is a really dry beer...really dry. a bit woody and refreshing if one is into those angles. hopping comes off bitter to balance, and that's it. mouthfeel is prickly suggesting the carbonation plays more of a role on the tongue than any real flavour. the body is below medium...but not weak and watery; very nice if you're looking to quench a serious thirst after some winter or holiday activities. reminds me more of a lager than being a genuine ale. finishes dry with ghostly hints of fruitiness. nice tasting and refreshing. i'd revisit this every holiday season.

brewed and marketed towards the BMC crowd who find this offering an adventerous foray into holiday celebrating. one never knows...it just might turn on a bored beer drinker onto bigger and better things.

ho ho ho...

budgood1, Dec 13, 2005
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 Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear deep red colored ale with a good tan head. Whatever maybe be in the bottle this looks great in the glass.

Smell is mildly sweet with the hint of lemon scent that only Coors beers have. A little bit bready with a good hop scent that is both citrus and herbal.

Taste is nicely sweet caramel with a serious strong herbal hop finish initially. A solid flavorful ale here with flavors of cake, vanilla, spruce, and oak in the glass. Lesser flavors of brunt sugar and leather detected. I grew up on Coors beer but I would NEVER believe Coors brewed this if I didn't pour it out of the bottle myself; this is very good!

Mouthfeel is good but not outstanding.

OK I am shocked at what I have here from Coors; this is an outstandingly good winter ale! I have to be honest I expected a straight 3.0 beer from Coors not bad but not really all that great either. This is much better than that. A serious good beer from a place I would have NEVER expected to find one. This is FAR more than a flavored Coors lager.

Zorro, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.98/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant ruby copper, with excellent clarity. The dense, two-finger head holds well and leaves nice patchy lacing. Toasted caramel malt and subtle hop aromas. Dark amber, Vienna, and roasted barley flavors are balanced well with citrus/piney american hops that clean up the aftertaste but never become dry. Medium body and active carbonation add some crispness to the mouthfeel, but this ale shows a rare lager-like smoothness. Finishes a touch residual, but easy to drink, and a nice surprise from the brewers at Coors.

PBRstreetgang, Dec 05, 2005
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 Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +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.

Gueuzedude, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear amber with a decent creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Aroma of fruits and nuts, bready caramel flavors, medium bodied with a kind of watery mouthfeel, finishes with a mild sweetness, an average American Amber Ale.

maxpower, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of Hunter
1.95/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hard pour into a pilsner glass reveals a ruby-red brew topped by a light brown head with some degree of staying power. Minimal carbonation or lacing, but not too bad.

Aroma: Smells like a Coors - that sharp aroma of hops and adjunct. Some amount of malt but it's faint.

Taste: Watery hops, faint bits of malt. No spice like I expected from a winter ale. This is essentially coors with red food coloring in it.

Mouthfeel: Thin and as vaporous as the taste.

Drinkability: This might be better straight from the bottle and ice-cold.

Hunter, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of KoG
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

KoG, Nov 14, 2005
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2.08/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer seems like it came from an alternate universe... a universe in whichthe Macrobreweries decided to brew ale instead of lager. That's the best way to describe this beer. Coors Ale is to real ale as Coors lager is to real lager. You can tell that this is an ale, but there's something about it that's just off. It has a metallic taste, and the ale bitterness seems fake. Try this beer if you've ever wondered what the macros would be like if they were ales.

WMBierguy, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of BeerBob
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coors Winterfest pours a dark red from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a twist of cap. Head goes to over two fingers in my 16oz glass beer tumbler. Very nice lacing, in fact this is one of the best lacing I have yet to see in any beer review.

Nose is... or is not, I’m not getting a lot to go by with the nose at all, if anything, I am getting just a hint of licorice and faint pine.

Palate is about as bland as the nose, not a lot going on here either. Coors Winterfest starts with a smooth malt like experience with good visual cue's, but gives no satisfaction. The carbonation is on stage next and is well represented, but with no other flavors to complement and no umph of it’s own, disappoints.

Maybe next year... maybe next year I’ll have something to look forward to.

BeerBob, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of Bitterbill
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Bitterbill, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a clear amber beer with a modest sized head. The coolest thing about it was the label... overprinted on cracked ice holographic paper.

The aroma was weak... and what little there was was of skunky hops. Not that appealing.

The taste wasn't that bad though, compared to most other Coors offerings. It was lightly malty, with a light hoppy finish, and was very subtle.

Overall, probably the best brew with the Coors name. Much better than the regular or light.

connecticutpoet, Nov 16, 2004
Coors Winterfest from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.