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Coors Winterfest - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
okay

101 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 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:
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 BeerDreadz
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 onz ambar bottle

A: Honey-like color with small creamy head

Smell: Rich , hops very present there.

Taste : Great taste,,malty and some sweet caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel And Drinkability: Very smooth,easy to drink,not any kind of hard taste.

Notes: The best beer i have tasted from this brewery

BeerDreadz, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of BravoTwo
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very good specialty ale coming from a macro brewery. Put a micro label on this brew and no-one would question it.

A - Good tawny coloration, with a medium thck head, good retention and lacing.

S - Fragrant, almost a vanilla honey smell. Very pleasant and balanced.

T - Good complexity, with toasty flavoring, and a hint of sweetness and spices in the background. Creamy.

M - Average here, not too much to discuss.

D - Good drinkability here. As I said, if you did not now that this was a macro, it could have come from a craft brewery or a brewpub.

My father had this stashed in his closet, and offered it to me. I had never had it, so I tool him up on his offer. I was very pleasantly suprised by this beer.

BravoTwo, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of atuite
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unsure about the actual beset by date since I bought this from a shady corner alcohol store and the bottle has imprint JAN22 051- hope it's not best by jan 22, 2005. Otherwise, good reddish amber pour with white head. Smell of toasted caramel/butterscotch. Taste is sweet with slight malty flavor and undertones of caramel with a smooth mouthfeel and appropriate carbonation. Could easily drink 3-4 of these over the course of a laid back meal with friends. Will try next year during the winter, hoping I get the bottle that is not 2 months or 2 years too old.

atuite, Mar 06, 2007
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 kevinhulit
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

kevinhulit, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of jpkoch1962
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

jpkoch1962, Feb 04, 2007
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 xav33
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coors Winterfest
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Best before 01/07, barely bested 01/07

Poured a clear dark red with a fizzy light brown mostly lasting head.

Smelt moderate brown sugar, mixed nuts, toasted malt, spices and dirt.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter dirty grain, mixed nuts spices and soy followed by a strong bitter awkward grain skin on a short finish. Palate was light bodied, watery, lively carbonated and slightly astringent.

There is something way off here. It tastes too much like grain-seeped well water. The old wells that are infected by God knows what. It's not unbearable, just awkward.

xav33, Jan 22, 2007
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 theopholis
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very clear light burgandy or amber, with a one-inch off-white head that falls farirly quickly. Decent amount amount of lacing.

Aroma- A lot more carmel than I would expect from Coors. Some floral hops. Some malt sweetness.

Taste: Has some soft malty sweetness and a very nice balance of bittering and flavoring hops. Not overly impressive tho., and a slight nutty characteristic as well.

Mouthfeel- Pretty thin for the style, A little undercarbonated to, No clinginess at all. You drink it and wonder if you missed your mouth.

Drinkability: Not bad actually. Very easy drinking without the graininess/riciness of some of the major brewers. Not great mind you, but this is a beer that would be good on a sunny afternoon of mowing the lawn, or after a hard day's work.

theopholis, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of LvilleIPA
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

LvilleIPA, Jan 09, 2007
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.

afinepilsner, Jan 08, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
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.

Pegasus, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of SetarconeX
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: A medium dark brown color, perfectly clear, and really sort of pretty looking, if a bit syrupy. No complaints here.

Smell: Not too strong in any direction. A lot of sweetness, a bit of malt, neither overwhelming. This might be a decent brew.

Taste: Oh ICK, and I was just starting to look forward to this one. Not sure where the sweetness and malt went, but it tastes like the hops died and were buried in a limestone quarry. Unpleasantly bitter, sharp, and astringent at the same time. Truly vile.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Feels and drinks like a chemical spill. The less said about these the better.

I think I'm going to give this a miss next winter. Dreadful stuff.

SetarconeX, Jan 07, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
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!

HardTarget, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Byeast
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Byeast, Dec 25, 2006
Photo of Drew966
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.

Drew966, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Mejestic Liquor Store for $2.98 for a six pack, I couldn't turn that down. Pours a transparent dark copper with a light tan head. Aroma is a pleasant mild bready maltiness, some hops there. Taste is carmel malts, mild tartness and finishes with a roasted like bitterness. Alcohol presence is detectable. Thin bodied, a little too much carbonation. This is a decent beer at a great price. This one was a pleasant surprise.

Dizzy, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of clemtig76
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at six for $5.99 at Total Wine in Greenville, SC. Pull date of 01/21/07 on the neck. This is a Coors product? Wow - pours a beautiful reddish amber with a nice fluffy tan head. Sticky lacing clings to the glass after every sip. Smell is fresh, malty and sweet, with little hop presence. Taste is smooth and malty with toasty caramel notes. A steal for the price. Enjoy!

clemtig76, Dec 22, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 12, 2006
Photo of SuperSpy
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear, dark amber with a half-inch off white head.

S - A hint of sweet malt, but one dimensional.

T/M - Medium-light body and just the right amount of carbonation. Toasted malt in the begining, balanced out by a nice hop bitterness and a dry hoppy finish.

D - I would have no problem drinking a few of these. A very decent session beer.

SuperSpy, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of RJLarse
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

RJLarse, Dec 10, 2006
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.

jettjon, Nov 29, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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)

MrHurmateeowish, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of johnbonham1980
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

johnbonham1980, Nov 15, 2006
Coors Winterfest from Coors Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.