Coors Winterfest - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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83 Reviews
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 103
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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.

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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 103
Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2.99 a sixer, clearance. Good damn deal.

Pretty pour. Crisp red with a nice head and good lacing.

Smells like a cross between a solid marzen--chocolate and caramel--and a solid warmer--a different chocolate and caramel.

Tastes very much like it smells. Dry and very sweet upfront, fading into a warm chocolate spice, ending on a crisp, light hop. Wow. No macro aftertaste or nothing!

Unlike the other big brewers, whose fake-craft selections are tailored to mainstream tastes, this seems to be more or less the real deal. Surprising, to say the least. (564 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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".! (523 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at local beer store for $10.99 for a case of 24! How could I go wrong? Poured a crystal clear deep copper color with tannish puffy head that fell to a thin coating. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is impressive, with a nice strong toasted maltiness being in the foreground. Slight hop presence also to be found. Taste is good, and improves with susequent tastes and as the beer warms. Left a nice creamy mouth feel and a strong hoppy bitterness at the finish. I am very pleased with my purchase and will look forward to future year's offerings. Very easy drinking, (586 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev +7%
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... (843 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber, almost ruby color with a 2 finger head that falls rather slowly. Clarity is high. Nose is a little zippy. I get solid toastyness over a light toffee with a hoppy zing in the finish. Flavor is interesting. It starts nice and toasty, but moves to a moderate grainyness, finishing with a soapyness and a mild hop bitter. The finish is really not working for me at all. Its pretty offensive to me. Feel is moderate with a nice moderate to full carbonation. If not for that aftertaste, this would be a pretty nice offering. I just think that flavor it leaves detracts enough for me to not want it again. (618 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle purchased from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
First time I've ever seen this brew anywhere...
Pours a deep, dark, amber hue with slight carbonation...
Amber, grainy, malt-dominated aroma...
Hints of sweet caramel, candied sugars, and vanilla essences thrown in the mix...
Heavy on the malts, low on hops with a strong caramel, honey finish...
An interesting sample from Coors...
Although not the best representation of an Amber beer, I give the macro-giant points for trying with this one... (532 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (2,777 characters)

Photo of rye726
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is by far the best beer coors ever made. I use to get it on sale for $2.99 a six pack every Spring. Too bad they no longer make it. It is a brown color with a midling tan head. The nose has some nutty malts with light hops and Christmas spices. The taste has roasty malt bitter hops. Good flavor for a Coors product. Body is a little fizzy, but this drinks well. (367 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.96/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: “… from the choices ingredients” I won’t ask what they brew with the rest of the year. Lasered neck list JAN21 (sampled JAN4), and odd, also lists 059 and then 44 F. Surely 44 F isn’t a storage or serving suggestion, and merely odd code.

Aroma: Brisks swirls bring up a little sweet maltiness and maybe just a hint of some grassy noble hops (I might be reaching). There is a bready quality here, like plain wheat bread.

Appearance: Poured in a pint glass it showed a completely translucent amber with a good half finger of tight froth which lasts and left a solid curtain of lace. Looks just great, but the excessive clarity is a bit unnerving.

Flavor: Subtle. A gentle dark malt characteristic which (I swear to God I’m not kidding) reminded me of Cask Ale from England, but lacking the complexity and mouthfeel entirely. There is also a yeasty quality that surprised me at first, but the taste is lost quickly in the glass. Hard to give a good description, there’s so little here, but what’s here is pretty good! The maltiness just comes through, but very little actual sweetness, which is the only indication of hops.

Mouthfeel: Light body, fizzy carbonation is overdone. I think my pour was a little conservative, I’d recommend a rough pour to sap off a lot of the carbonation

Overall Impression: I’m impressed! A very light but has some flavor, and the flavor’s good! My favorite Coors so far, by far! (1,454 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is as my ratings suggest a good beer. I may also add it is a great beer for the winter months. It tours a dark chocolate brown color with a thin off white head. It smells of sweet roasted barley and chocolate. The taste is of the same perfect carbonation and nice smooth finish down the back of your tongue. Very refreshing and at the same time very full. (360 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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... (1,210 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of Phatz
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
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.
Cheers!

THANKS:
Thanks to tgbljb for the trade!
Heres to finding good beer in Lancaster PA :) Cheers! (1,020 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coors Winterfest
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink label on the back of the bottle: Jan22 06259F
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours an attractive amber red with a thick head on top. Nice random patterns of sticky lace.

Pleasant aroma of sweet malts, pruins and hops.

Sweet caramel malt backbone with a nice hop presence on the finish. The mouthfeel has a nice bready quality to it. Chewy malts. Good drinkability and better than I was expecting. (457 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a beautiful cherry and strawberry with a thin film of off white head.

Smells of red licorice, honey and barley. This is really overly-sweet.

Tastes of a robust barley and a little touch of ambiguous fruit and honey. This then dramatically transitions into a drying, nearly puckering dry leaves and birch bark hop. Honestly, it isn’t that bad.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a slightly thickening mini-carbonation that goes well with the flavor.

I’m surprised. I wasn’t anticipating this one to turn out this well. I won’t be rushing out to get a case, but I’ll happily enjoy what’s left in my glass. (650 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a six-pack of Coors Winterfest at a grocery to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a int tumbler.

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with red hues when held up to the light. A bubbly off-white head forms but dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the glass. There is some lacing left on he side of the glass as the beer is consumed.

The smell is faint and generally unremarkable. There is a bit of a sweet aroma like milk.

The taste is good. A roasted grain or nut flavor dominates, with some sweetness like caramel, and very mild bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light smooth and clean.

This is a very drinkable beer. It's light yet full flavored, and sessionable. A very nice seasonal brew from the folks at Coors. (745 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper body with a little less than a finger of offwhite head. Smells like caramel malt, kind of toasty. Tastes caramel malty. Medium-bodied. Actually a pretty decent little beer. Tastes like a craft beer. Reminds me in some ways of Ayinger Oktoberfest-Marzen. I can see myself getting this one again. Kudos, Coors! (never thought I'd say that) (344 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dogbrick for the sample.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a tight and fluffy white head. Head retention is very nice.

Smell: Apple slices, a little spice, light malt.

Taste: Stale wheat bread, a little bit of corn, a touch of some unnamed spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a clean finish.

Drinkability: Highly sessionable. Glad I tried it but there are better examples to be had. (412 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -12%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Fairly dark rusty red-brown, clear with sparse carbonation. Decent-sized tan-ivory head with decent retention.

Smell: Bread-and-buttery with mildly spicy hops. Somewhat weak and flat but still inviting.

Taste: Up front there is diacetyl and well-toasted caramel malts, bordering on chocolate. Lightly lingering, dry, woody hop character provides balance and rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side, with a slightly syrupy stickiness in the finish.

Drinkability: A nice beer with simple but delicious flavors that blossom on your palate. I could definitely enjoy this on a winter night. Easily savorable and sessionable. (654 characters)

Photo of riversider76
2.62/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (262 characters)

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