Winterfest | AC Golden Brewing Company

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3.34 w/ 32 ratings

Brewed by:
AC Golden Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BradLikesBrew on 11-14-2009

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of tylerstravis
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of COR8RFAN
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of spycow
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear, reddish-copper color with an ample cap of beige head. Excellent retention and lace.

Nose is toasty, sweet malt and spruce tips. Inviting, crisp malts beckon.

Malts are a bit too toasty and astringent on the taste, leading to a bitter aftertaste that is unfortunately not from the hops. Mouthfeel is full and almost sweet, despite the toastiness. Not one of the better vienna lagers out there. Aroma and appearance were promising, but the taste really fell flat. Glad I only got a single.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 19SKHJR57
4.19/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A. Copper with a tinge of gold. Nice thick off-white head with good retention.

S. Caramel malt and honey, along with some buttery-biscuit-like aroma. Very nice.

T. A brief hop snap, followed by a smooth, somewhat sweet bread flavor and sightly
bitter, lingering after-taste. Delicious!

M. Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. A tiny bit oily, but quite nice.

O. Outstanding presentation, aroma and taste. Very well done lager and highly
recommended. A sort of cross between a Maerzen and an Amber Lager.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a frothy 2" off white head that slowly falls with mild lacing. Color is a clear deep amber, lots of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: malt is dominate with the smell of fresh bread dough, also some toffee and spice notes (cinnamon?). Nice floral hop aroma as well.

Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, quite sticky with a somewhat dry finish.

Flavor: cracker, whole grain bread, toffee, some spice notes. Floral and herbal hops in the finish.

Overall: extremely well done to the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.81/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It's beyond me that the folks who make all the great beers these guys do also make this swill. Do people really like this? It's just short of bad for me. Sweet and thick for a lager, even a maltier one, with a forces spice character and a brutal filling and flat mouthfeel. I could never drink a whole bottle of this, and it like the style. Seems cheap and rushed and lazy, why? I don't care if it's only in Colorado and native ingredients or whatever else they claim, it doesn't taste good. Redeemable only in a BMC context.

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Photo of LucasShrugged
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of wroywel
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of jmbranum
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Kim for the bottle. "Limited Edition" 68781/99840." 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical pint glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely low; I'm not a big Coors fan.

A: Pours a three finger light khaki head of some cream, decent thickness, and above average retention. The "two inch" head advertised by the label does indeed emerge. Body colour is a dull semitransparent non-opaque copper-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Caramalt, toasted malts, and buried artificial fruit. An average strength aroma.

T: Heavy on the malt, with notable sweetness and only a bit of toasted character. A bit watery on the finish. Imbalanced and mediocre. Lacks complexity or subtlety. Not a flavorful beer.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Palate presence is decent. Too thick for the lack of flavour.

Dr: Drinkable but mediocre. I wouldn't have this again. Another poor offering from Coors, but that said it isn't as bad as I expected.

Low C-

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Photo of crobinso
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 56067 / 99840

Dark amber body, very clear, capped with a thick, creamy head. Emits a nice, soft malt scent. Taste also has a nice malt sweetness with a hint of spiciness and slight nuttiness. Very smooth, medium body with a clean finish.

A very good, easy drinking winter lager. Inviting appearance and smooth caramel sweetness combine to make for a refreshing holiday beer.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of ATMinBoulder
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Brouwerij
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle #51868 poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a coppery, amber color with one finger of head that dissipates relatively quickly.

Smell: Malty and sweet, with hints of grain. No hint of hoppiness.

Taste: Flavor is malty, but finishes with mellow grain tones. Not tasting any of the hops, although it leaves the slightest bitter aftertaste.

Mouthful: Smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Surprisingly clean, dry finish.

Overall: Wish it had a bit more alcohol, but an interesting winter beer all the same. Wouldn't go out of my way to have it again, but I am glad I gave it a shot.

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Photo of Dapperticus
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of hopfacebrew
2.33/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from generic bottle to pilsner glass. The beer pours an average copper color, clear, 1 finger white head with average retention and little lacing. The aroma is strong in pine aromas, earthy hops are prevalent as is a light caramel. Way too much pine. The taste follows right behind with a dominant pine flavor to which the caramel and mild hop flavor play second fiddle. Tastes like a pine cone, really. Very high carbonation and dry. Doesn't seem to be balanced whatsoever. Overall, I was hoping to be pleasantly surprised like I was with Native, but this wasn't worth it.

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Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint. 6er purchased from Loadout Liquors in Craig, CO. Around $8. Bottle #68311/99840

A: Pours a nice copper color with a fizzy tan head that bubbles up to almost an inch, quickly fades away to nothing. Excellent clarity, a few bubbles moving up from the bottom. Nice small spots of lacing left behind.

S: Caramel, a bit of roasted malt and an almost sulfuric lager yeast profile. Smells malty and sweet, grainy even. No touch of hops in here at all. Smells fairly deep though.

T: Any depth that was in the nose is quickly lost in the taste. Just a slight bit of grainy malts with a hint of caramel. Has a touch of bitterness in the finish, but nothing overwhelming. Pretty balanced, and definitely better than drinking a Banquet beer, but it lacks a little depth that say a Snake River Vienna Lager has. There is definitely some bitterness here, which helps and makes things pretty nice. Pretty average beer though with a couple of off flavors that I can't really describe, just something weird.

M: Light, crisp prickly carbonation, finish is dry and fairly clean with a few lingering flavors.

O: Not a bad beer here, but I wouldn't seek it out again. I wish I could quantify just exactly what the off flavors are here, but it just tastes like something is missing, and something kinda nasty has replaced it.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.24/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a generic pint glass:

A - presents a surprisingly appealing transparent copper/amber color. The head is 2 fingers, fairly creamy and relatively good retention. So far so good.

S - smells of light caramel, unidentified hops and stale adjunct washed together. It's going downhill fast.

T - follows the nose closely. Bland yeast and stale adjunct open followed by some bittering hops with no character.

M - HIGHLY carbonated, and dry on the finish. Doesn't work well at all.

D - I had high hopes for this one, but was let down. Certainly better than Coors original, but not by much.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.88/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A-- Poured a golden amber color. Lots of small carbonation bubbles. Short lived light brown head.

S-- Soapy quality. Get some floral and spicy hops and carmel and roasted malts. Could not get over the soapy part.

T-- Some floral hops but still a lot of soapy taste. Not impressed.

M-- Highly carbonated, very tingly. A bit of carmel and a little metallic in mouth. thought it needed more hops as it lacked a lot of the floral hops needed.

D-- One was more than enough. Some years Coors puts out a good batch and others they do not. Guessing this was not one of the better batches.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I walk into the LQ and the nice man behind the counter asks me if they have 'given me that beer yet?' I am interested in free beer so I pay attention. Apparently a year ago they ordered a case or so of this beer and lost a sixer. Now they are not sure it is still good but are sure I will be able to tell them. I take the thing and head home to see what style the beer is and sample a beer. It is fine. I don't expect it was ever great but as I said 'if it can live in beer it won't kill you.'

This beer is tart and bitter, though not pronouncedly hoppy. I get a sweet dried fruit taste and a bit of cherry in the nose and flavor. There is plenty of carbonation and the head is a deep tan color though lacing is not too impressive.

The color of the beer is a deep amber ant the mouthfeel is just on the light side of medium.

I can drink this beer though wouldn't choose it as an alone drinker. I would pair it with duck. I think the fatty-goodness of the fowl would compliment the beer well.


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Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head with good retention. Laced in wide rings. Lightly decanted.

S: Sweet caramel malt, almost toffee. Mellow cherries and cirus.

T: Bittersweet toffee and light fruity taste. Light wet straw malts linger through a peppery bitter finish.

M: Light body. Meduim carbonation. Slighly dry finish to balance the sweetness.

D: Good flavor, good balance. Very drinkable.

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Winterfest from AC Golden Brewing Company
Beer rating: 25% out of 100 with 32 ratings
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