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 blakelive784
2.24/5  rDev -33.1%
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 crobinso
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of hopfacebrew
2.33/5  rDev -30.4%
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 COR8RFAN
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -24.5%
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 StonedTrippin
2.81/5  rDev -16.1%
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 mulder1010
2.88/5  rDev -14%
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 wroywel
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of meeekyh
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
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 twiggamortis420
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
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 spycow
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brouwerij
3.13/5  rDev -6.6%
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 pokesbeerdude
3.15/5  rDev -6%
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 Dapperticus
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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 KeefD
3.39/5  rDev +1.2%
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 tylerstravis
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jmbranum
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev +6%
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 imprezawrxsti
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
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 LucasShrugged
3.68/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
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 Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
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
3.35 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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