Coors Banquet | Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Colorado, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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Ratings: 3,043 |  Reviews: 759
Photo of Sammy
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.47/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the brewery in Golden.

A: slight hazy and straw colored.

S: sweet bready notes. Some malt. No hops

T: very sweet bready taste. Its actually not terrible. I am not sure if I have ever had coors before now. Mostly had budweiser products back when I was going for quantity over quality (college)

M: high carbonation and light body.

Overall: Not as bad as I was expecting. sweet and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of jaydoc
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

this is no cowboy classic, this is crap. watered down yellow pee looking adjunct brew that only leaves you with a few extra bucks in your pocket and a hangover for the ages. this is for the birds. weak extracty malt nose, metallic taste, minneraly and off in the finish, a little sweet, and oddly grainy in feel. its got too much carbonation, not enough body, and is highly lacking in the tradition and western values it seems to have built its reputation on. is it better than a coors light? maybe in certain circumstances, but in isolation, this is a terrible beer and i would much prefer to not drink than to drink this 9 times out of 10.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and a distinct popcorn aroma. Taste is much the same with a sweet finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that is only drinkable when it’s super cold.

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2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Consumed at the brewery in Golden, Colorado, it's another animal! Very fresh "white bread" tones that are quite good. Again, however, the beer that is super fresh and never leaves the brewery simply is "better" than the can.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.97/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coors Original in most ways is a pretty standard looking and tasting beer. The pour is golden yellow with a thin head that vanishes quickly. The aroma of this beer is a fresh sweet smell of grains. The taste backs up the smell with a little bit of a honey flavor in the aftertaste. This beer is much better than their light version. I wouldn't mind consuming this one at a party or something like that.

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3/5  rDev +15.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +34.6%

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1/5  rDev -61.5%

Photo of metter98
2.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose-corn seems to stand out in particular. Notes of grainy malts and hints of grassy hops are also perceptible.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of corn adjuncts along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be not a bad beer for the style because it doesn't have a light-bodied or watery mouthfeel and has enough in the way of bitterness to balance off the malts.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +44.2%

Photo of biboergosum
2.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz can. The mountains are blue, so I guess it's time to finally get a kick at this so-called classic, procured at a pit-stop in Helena, MT.

This beer pours a crystal clear, bright pale golden straw colour, with one finger of fizzy white head, which doesn't stop to ask for directions on its way outta town, nor does it have the good graces to leave much in the way of any lace calling card.

It smells of grainy mashed corn, a bit of acrid plastic-like phenols, and some earthy, vegetal mustiness. The taste is sweet corn/ricecake 'malt', wet cardboard, some well past its prime lemon juice, and very soft musty, earthy, and dead weed hops.

The carbonation is average to low in effervescent joy, the body medium-light in weight for the style, but doing at least one better than the expected thin mouthfeel, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, the aforementioned adjunct sweetness somehow tempered, what with little else to really push the issue.

A fair lot better than its little brother, the only Coors brand currently available this side of the 49th parallel, but that's only saying so much. Still plain and stiff, but I give it props for the general lack of skunk. And even though I've finally sampled this, I suppose I'll never know if Joe the Cop was right in his assertion regarding the relative quality of Pawtucket Patriot Ale.

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3.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Traded a bottle of Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat to my flatmate for a can of this. I consider that a great trade. Canned April 07, 2014. Can is aluminum, with an appealing label I'm sure has gone through many a focus group. Served cold (per the asinine blue mountain temperature system, as opposed to "super cold" - can you hear my eyes rolling?). 5% ABV. This is one of the retro-looking Coors Banquet cans. Apparently the Rocky Mountain Water [sic] lends it a "Legendary Taste." Expectations are below average. Reviewed as an adjunct lager given common sense.

Side-poured lightly into an Independence brewing pilsner glass as overcarbonation is anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Fluffy but thin. Lacks creaminess and full frothiness. No lacing clings to the glass as it recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes. Consistency could be fuller and more inviting. Complexion is subpar.

Body colour is a clear translucent yellow. It's thin and weak looking, but not as severely so as most adjunct lagers. Subpar vibrance. Appears overcarbonated. It's clean looking, if perhaps a bit watery - I don't see any yeast particulate or hop sediment.

Overall, it's looking pretty standard for an adjunct lager - mass produced or otherwise. I've seen far worse head retention - even in craft brews below this ABV - and the body could be worse. Not an off-putting appearance by any means, but it leaves a lot to be desired.

Sm: I'm probably way off the mark, but I'm finding flaked oat and flaked wheat in addition to the requisite graininess - which while cereal-dominant, isn't as off-putting as it could be. Clean malted barley is featured here, and along with the corn adjunct lends the aroma that bland depleted character we've all come to expect from macrobrews. I also find it too sweet for an adjunct lager.

Hop character? None. At least nothing noteworthy. I suspect some Saaz was used.

What I'm really missing is any kind of crisp full pilsner malt foundation.

No yeast character or overt alcohol is detectable.

Sure, it's not a great aroma, but I've experienced far worse. It isn't medicinal or infected or anything like that, and there are no egregious off-notes. Maybe some mild diacetyl, but I doubt it given the brewery (say what you will, but they're damned consistent). I guess it's just a light buttery character.

It's an inoffensive aroma of average strength.

T: The corn adjunct is pretty noticeable. The biggest issue here is actually the overdone sweetness. The generic malted barley feels bland and depleted - like any flavour the barley might have had was sucked out of it somehow. I don't find any noticeable hop character. It's a bit buttery, to its detriment. I'm not finding the fresh crisp pilsner malt body I crave, but I guess if that's what I want I should crack open a proper pilsner.

Shallow depth of flavour. Below average flavour duration. Average flavour intensity (for the style).

No yeast character, egregious off-flavours, or overt alcohol comes through.

It's not really a well-balanced beer, which is a bit shocking given how little is going on here. I'd probably prefer an even blander adjunct lager to the off-putting sweetness featured here. There's no complexity, subtlety, nuance, or intricacy here, but the build is quite cohesive. It's not a gestalt beer.

I suppose it does a fair amount with only a few ingredients, and as a homebrewer I can respect that.

Mf: Overcarbonated, absolutely. It's lightly coarse on the palate, which accompanies the overcarbonation bite in a surprisingly complementary fashion. I'll take this weird coarseness over the disgusting syrupy slick texture of more inferior adjunct lagers any day. It's wet, but feels too "empty" to really refresh. Has a depleted feel, like it's the shell of a real beer. It's a bit syrupy, and I find it too thick for the absence of flavour, but it isn't as sticky as I expected. Overall presence on the palate is poor. But I suppose this texture matches the taste in the sense that both are low quality.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Not watery - which is a big improvement over most beers in the style.

Dr: Drinkable, but I've had far more flavorful and refreshing beers in the style - many of which are available around this price point (Trader Joe's stocks some house brews which are superior). I'm glad I gave this a fair shake; it's not a terrible brew by any means, and I think many reviewers will shit on it just because Coors. In a blind adjunct lager test, I think most discerning drinkers would put this in the middle of the pack. I won't be buying it anytime soon, but I have no doubt I'll be drinking it again.

High D+


"Pilsener" per the can.

A competent adjunct lager.




09/06/18 impression on-draught:

Honeyed malt. Soft mouthfeel. Not overcarbonated. I find no faults.


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Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Its middle of the road for an American Lager. Looks brightly straw with more than average carbonation. A stark white head that wanted to hang around. No lacing to mention. Smells sweetly of light malts and smooth vegetol flavors--corn? Tastes same smooth corn sugar flavors. Light grainy and barley like. Some sourness from fermentation, albeit light. Body is round for a lager, settles toward the finish. Finishes smooth and subtle. Everything about this beer is subtle, but clean.

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Photo of emerge077
3.2/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I was under the impression that Banquet was the "original recipe" Coors, but it seems to be marketing (BS) rebranding. Rated to style.

Pale anemic yellow, plenty of rapid champagne carbonation. A thin layer of white foam and even some lacing that forms a collar around the edges. Lasting coverage and retention.

Aroma is mild, and thankfully not skunky. Faintly floral hop and white bread.

Flavor is similarly mild, light apple and saltine cracker. Sort of bland, though clean and with a dry finish. Feel is a little astringent and over carbed. Lingering crisp apple note, and a slight dry paperiness.

Honestly, this is one of the better macro AAL's out there. Despite it's flaws it's very inoffensive and highly drinkable.

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2.25/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +35.8%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
2.63/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a bright, golden color with a small, short-lived head. Very fizzy and carbonated.

S - It smelled merely of corn.

T - Tasted of corn and grains. Just a slight hint of hops. And a little bitter.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not bad for a BMC product. Has a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste and nothing special in terms of flavor.

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2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.81/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Can: Poured a golden color lager with a medium bubbly white head with minimal retention and some light lacing. Aroma of light adjunct notes with light sweet notes. Taste is quite bland with light sweet adjunct notes that are noticeable. Body is light with good carbonation. Nothing shocking here and probably better then Coors Light but still incredibly bland at the end of the day.

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Coors Banquet from Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)
Beer rating: 2.6 out of 5 with 3,043 ratings