Coors Banquet
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #412
Ranked #49,733
2.61 | pDev: 29.5%
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Colorado, United States
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Notes: Coors Banquet is brewed with 100% Rocky Mountain water and Moravian barley from many generations of family farmers. True to its roots, it is brewed only in one place, Golden, Colorado, and nowhere else.

Ingredients: Water, barley malt, corn syrup (dextrose), yeast, hop extract
Reviews: 821 | Ratings: 3,195 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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TheSarge from Virginia

2.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz can into a weizen glass. Golden and clear, thin white head that dissipates to nothing.

Grainy aroma with some tobacco describes the smell of this brew.

The taste is of grains, mostly corn with sme lemon.

Feels thin and leaves the palate moist.

Feb 05, 2012
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jasonguit from Texas

2.88/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I get why people hate this beer. Truth is I used to as well. I'm not sure if it is just getting older or having tried every beer under the sun it seems like in the last 10 years and just getting palate fatigue, but I drink the heck out of this stuff these days.

While I still love stouts, porters, IPAs, trappists, and a myriad of other beers, sometimes I just want something cheap and simple. I reach for Coors for the same reason I reach for a good cheeseburger - I'm not looking for craft or to have my mind blown. I'm just looking to suck down something familiar and unwind a little.

Additionally, I'm not a fan of light beers, but I have had to become a hair more conscious of the calories stacking up as my 30s press on. My days of downing a four pack of Dogfish Head 90 minute and the subsequent 1200 calories are a bit behind me. Unfortunately, the American craft word is cuckoo for IPAs still, and while there are some good things going on with lagers and session ales, they are few and far between still at the local megamart. Seriously - I can walk across the street to HEB and find probably 20 different craft IPAs but not much in the way of lagers aside from the usual macros. Luckily, more session IPAs seem to be coming to market, but even so, sometimes I just want that white-bread-hint-of-mold drinkability of an adjunct lager. In my opinion, Coors does that better than anybody. Better than Budweiser, and don't even get me started on High Life.

And if you hate that, I get you and probably can't argue any of your points away. Coors is a Wendy's cheeseburger, a Clive Cussler novel, as summer blockbuster, or a Katy Perry single - not exactly high art. However, I contend sometimes you don't want high art. Sometimes you want mindless entertainment; sometimes you just want something cold and familiar.

Jun 18, 2015
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Todd from California

3.57/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crisp, Smooth, Clean, Crushable

After more than a decade, I thought I'd revisit this one now that I live in Colorado. Lively, bright, and pale yellow with a short-lived foamy head. Soft cereal grains in the nose with faint hops. Light bodied, very crisp and smooth. A thin, crackery malt base with a hint of sweetness joins light corn flavors, a gentle smack of bitterness, faint citrus rind and a soft Juicy Fruit gum-like note. Banquet finishes clean. Uneventful, but insanely crushable and refreshing.

Update: As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #110 (March 2016).


12oz brown bottle. No freshness dating.

Pours a golden hued pale / yellowy brew, with a slow moving tight carbonation that forms a quick lived snappy head that settles to a decent white-ringed lace.

Faint notes of grain in the nose, hint of floral.

Fairly smooth on the palate, tight and tingly carbonation scrubs and livens with a bit of a creamy feel being created. Crisp. Even mouthfeel, with a distinct mineral quality. Subtle sweetness blends with a watery lemon-lime-rind-like hop character with a splash of bitterness to balance out the malty sweetness. Clean finish, with little residuals, though adjunct flavors and a rougher feel on the palate become more pronounced as the beer warms.

Coors Original is a bit more flavorful vs. some of its competitiors, with a fuller, more rounded body. For what it is, and keeping the style in mind (unlike most of the other reviewers) ... it ain't all that bad.

Dec 13, 2005
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Severius from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As of this posting - very good.

I've sampled Coors for many, many years - pretty much ever since they went to national distribution. Back in the late 1970's, Coors was legendary - the most desired beer in the country. At the time, Coors didn't ship their beer east of the Rockies. It speaks to the integrity of the company - they refused to compromise their beer by exposing it to the deterioration it would undergo in a lengthy shipping route. Finally, in the early mid-80's, they began shipping eastward for the first time, and they did it in super expensive refrigerated trucks. They demanded that stores keep the beer refrigerated, to preserve quality. Most retailers only sneered. One retailer told me this when I asked about refrigeration of their Coors product: "Pffffftt".

Over time, the flavor of Coors varied greatly. By the 2000's, for whatever reason, it had declined. It tasted thin, winey, and sour. It lost favor among beer drinkers.

The flavor has continued to vary, year to year. For example, at this exact time one years ago, I tried some, and it was passable, but amazingly lacking in flavor - like some flavor-free light beer.

I don't know what's happened, but the batches I've sampled today [time dated May 2017 and June 2017] is super-chock full of lush, delicious beer flavor. No, it's not some weirdly and amateurishly unbalanced, overhopped, fruit-flavored, cement-mix-thick, chocolate-coffee-black flavored ale, stout, porter, or Draino bev; but it is a first class, pure American style lager.

At least as of now, this is one of the best American style true beers - beer, not ale, etc. - available. Three cheers!

Mar 18, 2017
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OldSchoolMike from North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer came from local to national prominence when I was a kid, back in the 1980's. I couldn't wait until I was old enough to sample it. There is nothing offensive about a Coors, especially in their distinctive cans (can beer rules). Nothing really outstanding either, but wake up people--that, to me, is what beer is all about. It's a staple drink, according to my philosophy, not a statement. Beer snobs piss me off, I'm sorry. Still, Coors tends to be more pricey in my market than AALs of similar quality.

Dec 07, 2017
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j200mr from Ohio

5/5  rDev +91.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stellar for a non-craft brew. Take it for what it is; a mass-produced big-brand beer, and it excels at that role. In my opinion, it is crisper, cleaner, and tastes and smells better than any other Bud/Busch/Miller etc. product. Severely underrated for what it actually is. Great malty taste and smooth finish.

Dec 11, 2018
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Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.94/5  rDev +89.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great tasting standard American Lager. The look is typical for its style. Light pale straw with a good amount of carbonation. The presentation is unique from most beers, with its off-white can. Very nice old school look. The smell is not pungent at all. The nose is slightly yogurt like with bready, yeasty notes. The taste is not impressive however, it is good. Upfront sweetness and yeasty white bread with a yogurt twang smooth through out and hop balance in the end. Very simple taste, well understood flavor that you find in nearly all adjuct Lagers. One thing it has going for it is the clean flavor. No DMS corny adjuct flavor going on like its counterparts. Moving on to feel. Smooth, light to medium body with some pricle. Not as bright crispness as one would find in Budweiser but we're not talking about Bud here. I can gladly say this is a excellent Beer with in the category of adjuct Lagers. I find beers like this to make great rotational beers. Reminds me of Schlitz malt liquor in some ways.

Dec 18, 2018
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AllanAllen from Illinois

5/5  rDev +91.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When you get sick of whatever is trendy, I'm looking at you hazy IPA, Coors Banquet will be there waiting. It stands the test of time and they haven't ruined it by adding corn or rice, unlike all the other major breweries.

Dec 31, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 9/4/2017. Pours crystal clear pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt/corn and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild balancing herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, corn, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a good pale lager style. All around good robustness of pale malt/corn and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Nicely flavorful and not watery feeling for the low ABV. Clean pils malt/grainy corn flavors with solid hop balance. A nicely enjoyable offering, and well made style example.

Dec 02, 2017
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Ryan565952 from Texas

3.36/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not everyone wants to spend a lot of money when they want to relax with a few beers. When you don't want to spend a lot you are kind of limited at the store, when it comes to cheaper beers you've got your Budweiser, coors, miller, Dos Equis, ect. And as far as those types of beers good this is pretty good. I personally can't stand Budweiser so I decided to try banquets a while back and I really enjoyed them. This is a very drinkable beer with a pale yellow color. Upon pouring it has a light foam head that as many other reviewers have noted dissipates very quickly. The beer itself has an aroma of wheat corn and alcohol. The flavor is very similar, a light corn flavor with an aftertaste of alcohol. It's not bad, I totally reccomend it.

Jun 22, 2017
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Lareoner from Colorado

3.66/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coors is by far a more flavorful beer of the Domestic variety. Its has a more richer flavor compared to Bud or Miller. Easy drink ability with little few after tones. Is my "Go To" daily beer.

Jan 28, 2019
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Tweezerjam from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I put this on par with Budweiser, which means for me its right up my alley. Its always fresh and crisp and finishes clean. Its a perfect session beer for me and a great value.

Dec 17, 2017
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Bru-ster from South Carolina

4/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember Coors not selling this beer east of the Mississippi River. I had my first one in 1973 when in Colorado and thought, why all the fuss. I started brewing beer in 1985 and began to appreciate how well made this beer is. Nice hop malt balance and you can taste the malt on the finish. A clean light beer, something that is harder to brew then the ales and lagers with higher gravities and more hops. There is no hiding flavors here. A great work of brewers art.

Apr 23, 2015
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jauntypallor from New York

3.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Adequate, always cheap and easily available cheap brew. The colder you can get it the better, but definitely packs a bigger punch than a watery PBR and can almost be refreshing when it's nearly frozen cold.

Jan 19, 2019
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JDW4195 from Florida

3.65/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is the quintessential "session" beer. Good taste, cheap as hell, and easily accessible. The only thing bad about Banquet, is the reputation it's gotten (based only on my opinion).

Jun 16, 2015
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Webby64 from Indiana

4.66/5  rDev +78.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't care what you beer snobs say. This is good American beer! Sweet and malty just like I like! Love the stubby bottles. Must be ice cold to enjoy at its fullest. To me this tastes good. that's it!

Jan 09, 2017
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lambpasty from New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The trouble with beers like these on a site like this is the knee-jerk reaction to rate them against their "craft" brethren, which honestly isn't appropriate. It would be like rating an IPA poorly because it doesn't taste like a BBA stout. If I'm being honest, I probably have several unfair old reviews of similar beers I probably should edit to reflect a more fair criteria.

Crystal clear with adequate carbonation and fairly lackluster head retention, as to be generally expected in this style.

When had fresh, there is nothing offensive happening on the palate or the nose. Just a smooth, clean, crisp malt profile with a little corn sweetness. Barely a whisper of hop presence, basically enough to dry out the finish. Quenching with no significant aftertaste.

For what this is - an American Adjunct Lager - its quite good.

Dec 06, 2015
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Tedga77 from New York

3.74/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like it as a middle of the road beer. If you're not looking for ibu's and high avb I think it's a good old fashion American beer. Sorry if my opinion is 'unrefined'.

Apr 15, 2016
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Lorenzai_Konstantinov from Ohio

3.15/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from one of the stubby grenade sized bottles this beer has a very pale yellow color. It is very effervescent. Some light barley malt, cereal grains(think Cheerios), and a very subtle corn sweetness make up the nose of this beer. I cannot detect any hops. The taste is actually a pleasant surprise for a beer in this category. The malt is light but detectable, and the cereal grains add a unique but not offensive flavor. Combined with the watery thinness of the beer and the carbonation, it is good and refreshing. This all adds up to create a classic American style beer that is above average in taste and drink ability. When I want a beer I don't have to sit around and ponder, I usually go for the Coors Banquet.

May 12, 2016
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beertunes from Kiribati

2.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

24oz can poured into 12oz tulip. Poured a clean, clear light yellow color with over an inch of white head that had moderate retention and no lacing.

At the crack of the can, a basic "beer"scent rushed out. Light grain and mild sweetness.

Same on the tongue, just the basic beer taste that's expected for the style.

The body was light, had good carbonation, and had a semi-sweet finish.

Drinkability was fine, for the style. Overall, it is what it is. Drink it if ya want, or don't.

May 09, 2018
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MVanTryke from North Carolina

2.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

At one time this beer was smuggled into east-coast states (1970s). To have 'the banquet beer' meant that you had connections. In my burg it even carried some cachet with the ladies. 'That guy has Coors, the golden beer from Golden [CO]; he must be someone who can get things done.' Ah, if only the delusional fantasy were true ...

Sep 09, 2017
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Oreland_PA from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +83.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the top brews in my favorite category - the American Adjunct Lager. Tastes great cold out of a bottle on a hot summer day at the ballpark or cutting the lawn. You can't go wrong with the Banquet!

Apr 19, 2015
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Kyleissobeer from Arizona

3.38/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

When looked at as a golden ale (I'm not pro) it has a smooth taste with a small honey like after taste. Definitely the affordable drinkable beer at the pub. *Must be poured in a glass

Sep 02, 2017
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4.33/5  rDev +65.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A perfect beer for what it is. Nice flavor and easy refreshing reliable stand-by. Sometimes I don't want to roll the dice after I'm done cutting the grass.

May 04, 2015
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sglooney316 from Texas

2.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L: Light yellow, weak foam

S: No smell of hops

T: Taste of corn, rice and other grains, medium carbonation

F: Light to medium

O: The better of the standard Coors lineup.

Oct 28, 2017
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