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Coors Winterfest - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
okay

101 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | 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 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.

Sammy, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber colored body with a beige head that declines to a ringlet and leaves an occasional flash of lacing around the glass

Smell: Smells malty and nutty at first, but the nose quickly fades to virtually nothing; What's with the disappearing aroma?

Taste: Starts out with a nice malty backbone that sticks around through the finish, but is joined by some pleasing moderate bitterness

Mouthfeel: A bit light and watery with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer; I should think this would be enjoyed by a lot of folks, both craft beer and macro enthusiasts

brentk56, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 12, 2006
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.

BEERchitect, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep copper color with a foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is off caramelized malt, tea, a little bit of spice and an ever-so-faint whiff of hops.

T: The flavor mostly consists of the caramelized malt. The hops character comes out a little bit as the beer warms. It also has some breadiness to it.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation and a clean finish.

D: It was tastier than I expected, easy to drink and has a decent kick. I could go with it for a whole evening.

This beer represented the style a lot better than I thought a Coors product would. However, it doesn’t really stand up to well against other winter releases.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
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 WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -11%
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 russpowell
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish amber with a thin, well-retained head.

The smell is of butterscotch. Some sweet graininess. Breadiness. A bit thin, but nice enough.

The taste is of sweet malt. Butterscotch with a hint of caramel. Earthy, bready hops balance out the sweetness while keeping sweetness in front. A touch of warming, peppery alcohol comes through, but never too much.

It's fairly smooth in a medium body. A touch of harshness keeps it from flowing more easily.

A pleasant surprise from a macro brewing company. No hints of adjuncts. Could easily be confused for a decent micro. A pretty good choice for a 6-pack of a winter brew that is on the more mild side.

jwc215, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -11%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
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.

Gueuzedude, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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 jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Starts with a slight sweetness, balanced with slight bitter finish, more like a brown. Far better than their lager. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
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 plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Beerandraiderfan
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
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 harpus
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

harpus, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -11%
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 Bitterbill
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
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 bluejacket74
3.38/5  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.

bluejacket74, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear reddish-amber color with a thin off-white head. Thin stringy lacing. The aroma is mildly hoppy with some grain and malt. Light-bodied and easy to drink with light fruit, sweet malt and hops flavoring. The finish is clean and refreshing but not very flavorful. Some mild hops and spice and not much else. All in all this is pretty good considering the source, yet about what I expected from a macro seasonal.

Dogbrick, May 25, 2006
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Coors Winterfest from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.