Winterfest | AC Golden Brewing Company

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AC Golden Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BradLikesBrew on 11-14-2009

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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 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 rowew
4.02/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist. They definitely make sure to avoid the fact that this is really a Coors product on the label. individually numbered bottles, seems like a bit of a gimmick to me. Only available in Colorado, according to the marketing. Best by date inkjetted on the neck.

Appearance: Clear red amber in color, nice off white head that fades to just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Clean malt, just a hint of floral hops.

Taste: Definitely classic vienna lager flavors - nice malt backbone with just a bit of floral hops in there, finishes clean.

Overall impression: An enjoyable offering - I wouldn't mind seeing this become part of the normal Coors offerings. Shows what the brewer can do when they try - this is a nice beer.

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Photo of ATMinBoulder
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of Domingo
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a review of the "new" 2009 Winterfest brewed under the AC Golden name.
Pours a medium cherrywood color with a fluffy white head. The beer surprisingly does a good job of retaining the head and lacing the glass.
Smells malty and full bodied...which is pretty suprising where it's coming from.
The taste is rich and malty, but with a pretty distinct hit of noble hops in the finish. There's a cinnamon spice note that creeps up, but I think it's just the malts used instead of spices. Reminds me a little of a slightly sweet take on an altbier.
This is really quaffable - I drank my bottle in a matter of minutes and I wish I bought more.
If someone gave this to most people and did a blind taste test, there's no way they'd guess this came from Coors.
It's not the greatest beer ever, but it's pretty damned good for what it is.
I plan on buying more of it.

(Edit: I guess this IS a lager, which is what I thought all along. The information on this always relates back to the older Coors labeled version. If anything, I think a comparison could be made to the Sam Adams winter lager, although the spice flavors aren't as heavy. Another point of proof that Coors can brew a good lager when they want to.)

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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 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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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Troy for the bottle.

According to fermentedly challenged, the alcohol is 5.5%, 175 calories.

Vienna Lager was my best guess for style and one of this beer's brewers agreed that it is the most appropriate style label.

I took the advice of some AC Golden employees and let this one warm up a bit. Pours an attractive copper color, clear with a white head that is still rocking 15-20 minutes after the pour. The aroma is mild, mostly caramel malt with a little grassy/spicy hop note. This is pretty much what you get with the flavor. Soft caramel notes, hops provide grassy, floral components to the mid palate and finish. Bitterness is barely there, just a touch for balance. The body is light to medium for a lager. Crisp carbonation suites the Hallertau hops.

Winterfest lacks depth, but it is well brewed and well balanced. This is a great holiday beer for people who might be scared off by dark Belgian beers, Imperial stouts, or beer brewed with spices. A sessionable holiday seasonal that stays true to traditional German lagers and is approachable for nearly any beer drinker.

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Photo of LucasShrugged
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of imprezawrxsti
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle found in my fridge after a party.

Pours a deep, clear amber. Smells more like an American macro lager than a limited run winter beer (points off for that). Head disappears quickly, but some lacing remains.

Tastes much different that it smells, a more flavorful lager than we've come to expect from the brewer (AC Golden Brewing is just a clever alias for Coors), with notes of caramel and faint hops, almost a weak version of a pale ale.

On the whole, I'd say it's probably the best Coors product I've ever had, save maybe Blue Moon. An appropriate winter brew, but I was left wanting more, perhaps from the tease of hops. That, and it seems like a beer hyping itself up - each bottle is individually numbered, emphasizing its small batch-ness.

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Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unless I'm horribly mistaken, AC (as in Adolph Coors) Golden is a Coors craft label like Blue Moon. Mine is bottle 56697 out of 85248, which mostly tells me Coors is playing the craft theme for all it's worth. I've poured Winterfest into a Perfect Pint glass and am hoping for the best.

A: Deep amber with excellent clarity and little visible carbonation. A soapy eggshell head is bigger than I was expecting. Retention is marginal and spots of lace are left behind.

S: Quite sweet. Toffee is the most prevalent aroma. As my nose lingers, I pickup a bit of cherry and a hint of lemon. Quite pleasant.

T: Bittersweet toffee is this beer's corner stone. A peppery bitterness adds just enough oomph to keep the sweetness in check. A slight fruitiness is at work, plus some extra straw like malt flavors. Finishes with a lingering toffee flavor.

M: The light body is slightly dry and has just about the right amount of carbonation.

D: This beer is proof that the same people who brought us Coors Light can make a good beer if given the chance. It's a safe winter offering that nonetheless brings nice flavor to the table. Yes, there are better winter seasonals out there, but this is a solid offering overall.

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Photo of jmbranum
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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 MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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 KeefD
3.39/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber orange color with an inch and half tall off-white head and sheety lacing. Aroma is lagerish, metallic, some light breadiness and caramel. Taste is well balanced by the lightly sweet caramel malts, some warm bread, a little rye-like spiciness in the middle, delicate bitterness, and a dry, metallic finish. Nice body on this beer with low carbonation. All in all not a bad Vienna lager, but leaves a little to be desired.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice offering from AC Golden for the holidays. I remember a thread in the forum asking about beer suggestions for non-beer geeks. This would be a good one.
A Vienna lager category here, I would think about that one. Anywho...dark chestnut pour, pretty good billowing head. It looks nice. Malt backbone aroma, sweet, and bit musky. Very subtle hops, more spicy than anything.
First and foremost in the taste is the malt. Not a malt bomb by any means. A bit light. Sweet and a touch grainy. The spice seems to be misplaced. It's not strong, but noticeable. Overall a good beer. Winterfest is a gateway brew methinks.

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Photo of Dapperticus
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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 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 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 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 wroywel
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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