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Coors Winterfest - Coors Brewing Company

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83 Reviews

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 103
Avg: 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:
Beer added by: maxpower on 11-16-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 103
Photo of Reidrover
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".!

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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.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
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,

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Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
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

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Photo of wcudwight
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of swid
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Coors Winterfest pours an amber color into my pint glass. Atop the clear liquid sits a 1/4", cream-colored head. Low carbonation, little lacing. The smell is also quite restrained; however, bready, sweet aromas from the malt is evident, along with a soft herbal hop aroma.

The taste of this beer, however, it its strong point; it holds its own with Colorado's *other* red ale. The malt presence is quite evident; bread, toasted and caramel flavors being most noticeable. The hops blend in nicely, bringing a grassy, herbal element to this beer, along with a subtle bitterness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and thin. Finishes mainly sweet, with a slight metallic harshness.

In conclusion, this is a decent attempt by Coors at a craft beer. It's a good and sessionable winter beer.

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Photo of scooter231
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was quite impressed with this brew, considering it was a Coors product. Pours a beautiful red hue- somewhere between ruby and crimson colored- just gorgeous, with a big off white head that allows you to draw a smiley face in it- huge points.

Smells sweet and floral, definitely malty- nothing crazy. Taste is better- malty and bready with a lovely earthy kinda hoppyness going on. There's also a toasted quality that I'm digging. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and smooth, but too watery. Quite drinkable- light and easy, not overwhelming, and just... good. A good, solid beer. From Coors! They CAN put out good stuff- if/when they choose to.

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Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of Enola
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good seasonal. This beer goes to show that the big guys are capable of much better if they would. The beer poured out a nice red color. It has a thin head. The smell is of spices and hops. The taste is a little bit bitter. You can detect some spices in there too. The mouthfeel is diminished a small amount due to the bitter taste left long after the beer is gone. Drinkability? I would say I could drink these again. These are on sale for $2.99 a sixer so I will pick up a few more sixers before they are gone for the year.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First thought: This is from COORS? There was taste, there was hops, there was an ale sourness. This is from Coors? It's kind of like a lesser quality microbrew but anything microbrewed is usually better than the big guys.

Appearence was drark amber, but there was a lot of carbonation that made it look like a Coors beer. Smell was non descriptive of how the beer would taste, malty yes, not much else. Mouth was above average, had some character, with a sour finish. Taste was, well, nicely complex. There was a little pumpkin detected, a slight licorace, alcohol that blended into the taste and was not overpowering, nice malt and hop flavor that was typical of winter warmers only not as thick and there was a little bit of a let down at the end as the taste seemed to fade away.

Again, this is from Coors? This made a great step, and is a little better than the JWD winter. Still, not my thing, but a nice crossover to darker beers and from a major? Right step.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.73/5  rDev -19%
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.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Coors Winterfest pours out a mostly clear amber color. The aroma is butterscotch, hops, and whiffs of alcohol. The flavor starts out sweet with a caramel flavor, then becomes a bit nutty and fruity in the middle. Not a whole lot of bitterness, but the sweetness is not overbearing. Not entirely ale like in flavor. It tastes like they mixed half amber ale with half amber lager. No real off flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good beer and certainly the best I've had from Coors.

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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

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Photo of EStreet20
2.46/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle picked up as part of marketplace wine and spirits winter mix pack, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a decent looking amber color with a small fizzy off white head. A little lighter in appearance than I expected.

S - Basically has a cheap macro smell, nothing to brag about at all.

T - A grainy, macro lager taste more than anything. Nothing seperates this from regular coors original or extra gold for me, and I know because I drank quite a bit of it in college.

M - A bit watery. Very light bodied.

D - No less drinkable than too many other macros, however I'm very disappointed. I want to believe that these breweries are trying to go for quality and more of a craft apporaoch, but this is a huge swing and a miss.

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Photo of riversider76
2.62/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of bditty187
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
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...

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Photo of Higravity
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As some one who will drink Coors Original this wasn't that bad and somewhat of a surprise. A nice red color with a decent head that actually gives up some lacing. The smell is close to a malty-beer but corn pops through with it a bit of sweetness and some muted hops. The taste is standard fare for a red larger, some slight caramel flavors and no real hop expression just a bland presence, thin and with no aftertaste really. Decent clean beer easy to drink and nice low abv. A shruger for sure when Coors could have done something so much more.

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Photo of LarryV
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, tawny red with a minor head. This is a fairly light bodied beer so there's not a lot of lacing going on. Aroma is malty with a raspberry like overtone. Taste is malty with raspberry overtones following through in the taste as well. Very nicely balanced with a hint of hoppiness in the background. Active carbonation is a bit prickly on the tongue. I think this is proof that companies like Coors can make a good brew when they want to. It's very drinkable and a nice alternative to the heavier bodied winter brews. I could easily toss a few of these back. Price is nice as well.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed 6-pack purchased at The Still. A Coors winter seasonal? Now this, I had to try.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz dated best by Jan 22 bottle into my pint glass a clear, dark, reddish amber. Thin 1/4 inch head was produced that disappated to a thick ring around the glass with little lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts, (aroma of toasted barley, and hints of caramel and chocolate. Hop aroma is herbal and spicy. Very warm and inviting.

Taste: First taste on the tongue is malt, roasted malt, slightly sweet. In the middle the hops kick in. A bit bitter through the middle and end, it also seems lightly spiced. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, lightly carbonated. A bit prickly going down. Hint of alcohol burn on the finish.

Drinkability: For a Coors product this is outstanding. I've never seen this before, and think this has been made in response to AB's Brewmaster Reserve seasonal. The price makes this definitely worth a try IMO. Miles beyond their macro products. With an abv > 5%, one must also not underestimate this beer either.

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