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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 DarkerTheBetter
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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%
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 +14.8%
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 +3.6%
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 +18.3%
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)

MrHurmateeowish, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of johnbonham1980
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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
Photo of whynot44
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice dark coppery amber color with a good foamy off-white head that retains fairly well and even leaves some decent lacing.

The aroma is faint bready malt with some hints of caramel and grassy hops.

The taste is mostly toasted caramel malt, sweet, nutty with a slightly drier finish and some spicy hops at the end.

Ligh/mediumt bodied, drinkable, best cold. Something a little different from Coors, worth a try on a cool fall or winter day.

whynot44, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

jasonjlewis, Nov 07, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
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 soulgrowl
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

soulgrowl, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
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 Dogbrick
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
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
Photo of badbeer
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice red amber color witha frothy head leaving spotty lacing. Coffee, and some nuttiness noticed in the smell. Has a nice roasty taste to it with a little more coffee flavor in the finish. Light body, low carbonation. Pretty easily drinkable, and was a little surprised at this one, it turned out pretty good, especially since I got it free from a BMC buddy who hated this.

badbeer, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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 brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Sammy
3.48/5  rDev +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 Phatz
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Phatz, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of claytri
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light clear amber with a bit of off-white head that quickly reduces to lace. The aroma is of sharp malt. The beer starts off with a toffee malt taste and then rounds out nicely as the hops kicks in, then has a bit of spicieness to the aftertaste. The feel is medium and very clean and dry. This is a good solid beer. Glad to see Coors doing some of this work under their own name. That being said, although nice there are better dark lagers out there so I doubt I'll be passing up other beers for too much Winterfest.

claytri, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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".!

Reidrover, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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 mattcrill
3.13/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

mattcrill, Feb 14, 2006
Photo of Hhawk06
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must say, my expectations weren't the highest going into this beer, but it was quite tasty to my surprise.

It poured with a steady, well sustained off-white head that's light mahogany in color and crystal clear. The aroma is fresh, bready, and slightly nutty...quite appetizing indeed. It displays a medium body with a little bit of traction in the mouthfeel. A bit gritty, mostly nutty, with sweet caramel notes. Converse slight piney hop notes balance the beer well. It finishes with the same nutty sweetness, a touch of creamy malt, and a bittering dry film. Overall, good craftmanship and certainly remains quenching throughout.

Hhawk06, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.78/5  rDev +11.8%
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,

tgbljb, Feb 04, 2006
Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice winter offering indeed. A good attempt at a annual winter brew. It pours a clear, dark amber with a nice full tan head. Lace is good, fluffy and thick with a trail of rings.
The aroma is toasted malts and winter spice. The taste carries the bread like malts, spice and a slight hop to balance. The carbonation is good without fizz. The mouthfeel is smooth and the drinkability aids this beer to pair well with foods. Winter stews fair well. The beer is of a winter style, though its not real filling or gets in the way.

chilidog, Jan 29, 2006
Coors Winterfest from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.