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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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Gusler

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2005 23:16:47 | More by Gusler
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harpus

Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

06-18-2013 16:01:26 | More by harpus
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2005 18:24:21 | More by Bitterbill
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 16:10:03 | More by Dogbrick
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 00:27:35 | More by bluejacket74
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mynie

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 07:20:49 | More by mynie
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -40.7%

03-21-2013 00:01:39 | More by BGsWo22
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
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,

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 01:10:17 | More by tgbljb
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Reidrover

Oregon

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".!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 18:39:08 | More by Reidrover
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 07:31:43 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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cdwil

Texas

3/5  rDev -11%

12-25-2011 14:30:17 | More by cdwil
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

2.65/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 03:46:16 | More by kmpitz2
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
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...

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 20:36:06 | More by dsa7783
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 17:08:46 | More by bditty187
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Pegasus

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2007 01:23:53 | More by Pegasus
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rye726

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 06:40:46 | More by rye726
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +18.7%

04-23-2014 19:26:49 | More by Durandal_777
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HardTarget

Texas

4/5  rDev +18.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2007 02:14:34 | More by HardTarget
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 02:27:19 | More by JoEBoBpr
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 00:48:12 | More by budgood1
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Drew966

Florida

3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2006 03:09:38 | More by Drew966
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 08:20:37 | More by Phatz
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev +18.7%

12-01-2011 03:01:30 | More by JMBSH
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2006 22:58:59 | More by Hibernator
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

12-06-2013 04:28:03 | More by rorjets
Coors Winterfest from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.