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Coors Winterfest - Coors Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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103 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
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.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -11%
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.

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

Photo of budgood1
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...

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.

Photo of KoG
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked it up just for schlitz and giggles.

Nice deep red body with a slight brown tint, small tan head formed but disappeared and left no real lacing.

Smell is thin. Slight must and marshmallow hints with a slight malt backbone. Not offensive in the least really, a touch of phenols as it warms.

Taste is a bit thin as well. Nice slightly roasted taste with a faint spice and nut flavor. A lot better than what I thought it was going to be for sure.

Although a bit bland for a winter brew, it is fairly drinkable. Best thing I've had with Coors name on it, good price too at under $4.50 a sixer.

Photo of Higravity
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of badbeer
3.2/5  rDev -5%
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.

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.

Photo of Schmittymack
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an amberish color into the old trusy pint shaker glass. Had a decent creamy head that has lasted over ten minutes; minimal lacing, though. Not much on the nose: malt was about it. Taste was not bad, though. Malt (leaning to the sweeter side) and a little caramel with no hop bitterness whatsover. Not bad; I'll seek out a bottle or two again next Winter but nothing special.

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.

Photo of Sipchue
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of whynot44
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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.

Photo of LuckyBrewer
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer: Winterfest
Style: Amber
Brewery: AC Golden Brewery Company
Brewery Location: Golden, Colorodo
Site: http://www.acgolden.com/

Review:
This is the 15940th bottle of 85248, for a brewery like MillerCoors, that is a somewhat limited batch. I will start with the good; this is a clear, crisp, well balanced seasonal beer with great taste of maltiness and carmel. The bad is that MillerCoors marketing is too scared to put their companies name on a good beer. I understand the marketing side of things, the average person will think they are getting a craft beer.

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.

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".!

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.

Photo of Bitterbill
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy tan colored head the starts out 1.5 fingers thick. The beer is a brilliantly clear amber color that shows deep ruby notes when held up to the light. The aroma is soft, yet fruity like cherries with a caramel sweetness and a hint of toasted malt type notes. The taste has a hint of sweetness up front. The body is quite light, but there is still quite a bit more than one would expect to have in a macro. The beer has a hint of that sweet cherry character that was found in the nose, but mostly this beer is quite malty with notes of caramel & toffee and perhaps even a note of lightly burnt raisins. It finishes with a nice solid bitterness and a bit of herbal astringency.

This is of course nice and clean and I am almost sure that the fruitiness in this case is from a combination of the hint of hops and the malt character. Decent beer, made all that much more interesting by the fact that Coors was brewing this beer long before Sandlot existed.

Coors Winterfest from Coors Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.