Coors Banquet | Coors Brewing Company (Molson-Coors)

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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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Photo of Freshie
2.66/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color with soapy head, that fizzles after pour. Carbonation bubbles fizzle to the top. Very clear.

Smells grainy, with maybe some citrus. Very light smell.

Tastes very clean, with grain malt, and light hops. Sweet with some citrus rind. Finishes very clean. Very light-bodied.

As far as the genre goes, one of the best. Not my usual cup o tea, but works well on a hot day or a cookout in the summer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.3/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I don't like drinking coor's light, so I was apprehensive to taste this beer. However, I was not unimpressed. It was decent. Has more taste than Budweiser. It is watered down, but not to the point that I forget that I'm drinking a beer. It's not bad at all. It has a decent color, a nice smell, and it tastes alright. Not a great beer. But judging it as an American Macro Brew it is alright.

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Photo of goschool
1.53/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I had this at a welcome back party/baby shower this afternoon. A case of this and two cases of Coors Light were on hand because they're Kosher and cheap. I took notes while the people I was sitting with went inside to get some more to eat. Ooh, the can has a special new lining to keep it tasting cold. Let's check it out.

The pour is fizzy pale gold with a foamy white head that fades away about a third of the way in. The aroma has corn, a drop of vegetable soup, extremely faint malt and even less hops. Thankfully the nose is as weak as it is. The taste is thin and resembles beer the way a lager flavored Crystal Light mix in club soda would. Just before the halfway point, the corn really starts to stick out in all its adjunct, swill-ruining glory. At least an ice cold Budweiser can wash down food without tasting offensive. Note to self: Bring He'brew or even Goldstar next time.

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Photo of granger10
2.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale lager color with a nice medium creamy head. Head fades quickly but there's a good line of lacing and stream of bubbles rising.

Smells mostly like corn with a bit of a spicy hop and some grainy aspects under.

Taste is the same. A bit more flavorful really than I was expecting. Corn is still a bit too strong. Traces of hops and steeped grains in the finish.

What makes this beer stand out above many other macros is the body and carbonation. They really work well together. Lively and not too filling but the flavor is decent.

This still really isn't a good beer by any means but I downed three of these after golfing 18 on this hot Memorial weekend and it was quite nice.

Much better than their Lite version. Better than MGD but not quite as good as Bud. Hardly ever see it on tap or in bottles around here.

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Photo of ski271
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium straw with a white, foamy, medium-sized, quickly diminishing head. Smells of mild fruity grain. Taste is fruity, not really all that fruity but a lot more than I expected from a plain-old macro. A little berry in there. Other than that I taste cereal, light caramel and light buttery yeast. It has a thin body, lightly slick texture and moderate carbonation. Been a long time since I’ve had one of these. It’s actually not terrible. A bit dull, but not bad.

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Photo of rabsten
2.8/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"East bound and down, loaded up and truckin'"

If you're much younger than me and want to know what a beer wasteland the U.S.A. was in the late 1970's, just think that *this* beer was considered Premium Stuff back then.

Poured from a 24 oz can into a pilsner glass, pale yellow with medim, large bubbled head that dissipates the moment it hits air. The little lacing it leaves slides down the side so that it looks like I Rain-X'ed the inside of the glass.

Smells like fermenting grain. Corn and Rice. No hops at all.

Tastes just like an average, american macro lager. Better than some cheapies, not as good as some others. I put it higher than Miller and less than Bud.

Mouthfeel: fizzy, somewhat dry. Carbonation follows the beer down the throat like a soft drink does.

Drinkability, however, isn't all that bad. Probably because of the mood I'm in when I drink these, or the friends l drink them with.

Bottom line: If you're looking for Macro Lager, you can do worse. You can certainly do better too; I recommend Pabst or Strohs over the former "Banquet Beer."

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Photo of DogFood11
1.3/5  rDev -50%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour is easily managed, fizzy ivory white head quickly fades to nothing in a matter of seconds, pale yellow to clear color, tons of varied size carbonation, highly filtered.

Can't pick up much of anything in the smell and that is the theme with regards to the overall offering. Serve this ice cold and drink it fast as the corny adjuncts start to show their true colors about 2 minutes into it. Sweetness gets annoying, and the only thing that saves this brew is it finishes fairly clean and crisp.

Notes: Comparatively speaking *almost* all brews in this category are boring and this is no exception. Pabst at least has some sort of hop presence admittedly mild but its there none the less. I'll pass on Coors products unless its the only option and in that case it would make for a decent tailgate brew, inoffensive, light and fairly crisp when cold.

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Photo of Hibernator
2.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coors Original
12 oz brown bottle
Ink label that reads Jun11 086 01F
Served mainly out of the bottle, but also used an 8 oz juice glass for appearance

Pours a fizzy light golden yellow. Sparkling carbonation bubbles shoot to the top of the glass. Bone white, fluffy head on top that quickly vanishes. No lace.

Whiffs of corn, grains and hops.

Crisp mouthfeel with flavors of corn and other vegetables. Dry, grainy taste with sweet corn flavors. Sweet, floral hop snap.

As with most other macro beers, much better served cold and out of the bottle. A clear preference over Budweiser.

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Photo of TeutonicKnight
3.23/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A good American domestic beer. If you want a full-flavored beer, look no further. It does take a certian person to like a beer like Coors Original. To me, it has a taste of wheat bread, mixed with a malty flavor.

If you are tired of the "light" beers, try this one. You may be surprised. I put it over MGD, Budweiser, and Michelob.

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Photo of matty
3.35/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average beer that goes well when having house parties or barbeques. It goes down easy and has no strong or bitter aftertastes. I think that this is one of the smoother and tastier beers of the big three (Bud,Miller Coors) Overall a decent beer for the average Joe.

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Photo of Rumpole
2.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back in the day, this was known as ‘Coors Banquet Beer’ and Coors must be going back to the future, because the bottled six-pack I picked up was not labeled ‘Coors Original’ but ‘Coors Banquet’. Under either of its noms de plume, this is Coors’ main market entry, priced at $21 for a 30-pack in glamorous Worcester, MA, pitting it squarely against Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft.

Aside from the name change, the label has changed little, and that’s not a bad thing; the packaging is simple, recognizable and not tasteless. The red ‘Banquet’ badge now occupies the gold caps. The beer itself is the pale gold you expect from a macro, not as pale as Budweiser, about the same color as MGD, maybe a bit brighter.

Banquet’s smell is alas an unpleasant surprise; it is a very odd sickly-sweet ‘off’ smell which is candidly off-putting, persistent and hard to ignore. Time after time I tried telling myself it was just me, that it actually smelled good, but the nose knows and would have none of it. I drank an entire 30-pack of Extra Gold and never noticed anything odd about the scent with that brew, but here it was a genuine distraction each time.

The flavor, thank goodness, is better, almost mystifyingly so; the scent leads one to expect a rather strongly flavored brew, but it’s all a front; instead we have the mild mass market macro we were all expecting. There’s a thin light maltiness which goes over quite smoothly, a very light hop note for balance, and then an odd sweetness, akin to the scent but not quite as bad, to round things out. The texture is just fine, no problems there at all.

This Banquet is sometimes recommended as at least a somewhat superior option over Budweiser and Miller, but I’m not sure I could do that; I compared this directly with MGD among others, and even with it’s split personality the MGD gave this Coors a very good fight. I didn’t have Budweiser on hand, but I did have Bud Dry, and that too held its own. Just to be sure of things I might get the Banquet in cans, but at the moment of going to press I’d have to say Coors’ very own Extra Gold would be a better, to say nothing of cheaper, option.

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Photo of sammy44
3.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my favorite of the American macro's. Pours a clear yellow with a fizzy white head that quickly fades to nothing. No lacing. I noticed something interesting the other night, this beer tastes far better from the bottle than poured into a glass (pilsner in this case). Can only mean that the smell is throwing the flavor off. Has some unleavened bread taste to me (reminds me of Saltines) and a little metallic twang. No real hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and they go down pretty easy.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.15/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a light golden with a tiny white head that goes down almost instantly. Is light, but others in it's style are lighter.

Smells very much like a macro. Grainy. a very slight sweetness.

Taste is a little grainy. a little peppary too. adjunct flavor is present..

Mouthfeel is fuller than others of its style. lots of carbonation.

Overall, i say it is above average of it's style, but not totally around the top. Around here, i'm sure other places, it's not as available at normal bars as miller and bud are, so i dont get it so much. but it's not all that bad.

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Photo of Applesauce1
2.29/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer at a party. Doesn't taste very good. Kinda skunky with that typical marcobrew taste. I can't taste any hops or anything that might define a real beer. Not a good beer to drink, not even that good for drinking games cause it kind of fills you up. Anyways, I'll probably drink more of these later, but I probably won't enjoy them.

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Photo of EPseja
1.79/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Cleaning out my fridge, I came across a few straggler beers from events past...

Served from a 10oz. bottle into a pilsener glass at just above fridge temperature.

A - Pourse a crystal clear super pale straw-yellow color, with huge, rolling action in the glass. The head (amazingly) winds up at a full finger before settling down to a fairly well established mat. Lots of effervescent action can be seen in the glass as bubbles stream forth from invisible imperfections inside the glass. Unfortunately, I just can't get past the sad pale color of this beer to give it anything more than average. I'm also surprised that it's not as good looking a beer as it's Light counterpart...

S - Eek. Weird manufactured graininess and adjuncts. Rubberbands? Pleather? Some sort of unidentifiable fermented sweetness. Where are the hops? Nothing but disappointing American Macro scent here...

T - In the front there is almost nothing to taste. Strange, because this is where the malts should be. In the middle comes an odd, boxy, engineered sweetness along with a curious and out of place Scotch whisky characteristic that I can't peg. The finish brings forth a touch of bitterness, but I can't find any sort of hop profile to go along with it. Aftertaste is unpleasant, like that odd scent you find in a popular club as the floor gets mopped after hours. This is one uncouth tasting beer. I'm pretty sure they started out with normal ingredients, but what they did to them to arrive at this end is anyone's guess.

M - I'm actually pretty OK with the mouthfeel of this one. Starts a bit watery, but smooths out and finishes cleanly.

D - Even though I'd like to say that this beer is good for parties or summetime quenching, there are too many other beers out there that would do the job much better. Of the Coors lineup, this one is a poor entry.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.
Pale yellow, small head.
Good beer for starters or fishing.
A slight 'beer' smell. I know its beer, but can't put my finger on the aroma...hay, flower, some malt.
Tastes of slight malt, slight hops, lots of water. Better than some macro lagers, but only some.

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Photo of casualbeerman
2.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm seeing a couple of people giving a pretty decent review for this beer, and I can see their logic. Definately fits the style they claim for it, this is identifiable as an American pilsner. And its not that offensive either. You can tell they worked hard to filter out the taste of the adjunct garbage. Harder than their biggest competitors. But this is still a pretty lame beer. Appearance was light in color, with the tiny extra hint of depth over Budweiser. Head was very tall and foamy, and quickly disappated.
Smell was of hops and nothing else. And weak at that. Not really unpleasant, but certainly nothing that got me excited.
Taste was bitter up front, with a little bit of the cheap malts in the background, and more bitter in the finish. I don't like bitter, so I didn't like it. The main redeeming characteristic was that it had most of the noticable adjunct flavor filtered out. Mouthfeel would probably have been overcarbonated like Coors Light, but I had this at a party with its own keg, and they'd let it go close to flat, so in this case mouthfeel was fine.
Drinkability was average. I had two and would have been able to drink more without wretching I guess, but I was not enjoying myself. I gave up and went to soda. Definately better than Bud, might be as good as MGD depending on your mood and taste, but not for me because I don't like the extra bitterness, and think MGD's malts have a little better body. Anyway, the fact that Coors Light outsells Coors Origional should tell you all you really need to know about the level of this beer's taste.

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Photo of joecast
2.44/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

commemorative super bowl bottle. best before date feb 26.

pours very pale. i never thought coors was this pale. always thought it had quite a bit more golden tones to it. oh well. very clear. needs better head retention though as it faded away pretty quickly.

slight tart aroma. not sure where its coming from. yeah, not much to distract from it either so thats all im getting.

taste it a bit better, smoother. has some substance where the maltiness would be. doesnt need much bitterness to keep it balanced which is a good thing, cause there isnt much there.

mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth. helps fill the beer out, but still wouldnt want much of it.

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Photo of burnstar
2.29/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw yellow with a good sized fizzy head that dissipates quickly. Weak aroma, perhaps a bit of grassy or floral hops. Taste is light sweet malt whith just a bit of bitterness in the finish. Very well carbonated with a nice smooth mouthfeel. Pretty easily drinkable. This isn't really all that bad for an american macro.

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Photo of Todd
3.57/5  rDev +37.3%
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.

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Photo of UnionMade
1.87/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale gold topped with white foam. Head dies out rather quickly, down to a thin collar, leaving spotty lace. Weak aroma. Mostly nothing, with a touch of green apple. Vague floral hops. Very light flavor, strong carbonation. Weak malt flavor up front, actually not very clean, with a strong green apple, grass and floral flavor dominating. Minimally hopped finish. Green apple and grain aftertaste. Nothing I'd ever buy, but I wouldn't turn down a free one.

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Photo of Enola
2.4/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is average for a macro. Poured out of a 24oz can into a pint glass. No head. None. The color is a very light amber color. The smell is of grain. Cheap grain. The taste is somewhat more bitter and rough than the typical macro. The mouthfeel is somewhat harsh. It has a little coarsness to it but not so much that I couldn't drink a few of these around a campfire. A fairly easy drinking brew.

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Photo of beeroclock
2.78/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the better of the big name domestic beers out there. It has a decent look w/ the darker color and enough head (when poured). It doesn't have much smell to it. Taste is rather smooth, as i mentioned better than alot of the domestic labels out there. mouthfeel, kinda watery, but when its really cold it is great on a hot day. Like another poster suggested, really good for sports, wings, burgers, etc...

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Photo of beersarang
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden color with a white head, no retention.

Faint grain aroma.

Extremely thing malts, characterized by grain and corn. Hops? maybe somewhere, slightest bitterness. Leaves no lingering flavor except a processed metallic medicinal flavor on the exhale.

Crisp and light bodied.

Wow. I'm so glad I tapped the rockies. This is pretty average.

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Photo of nekronos
3.88/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was not that bad, actually, it was a little refreshing, and the colour is very nice, golden and not green like, like other beers that a re very undrinkable. Maybe is because the corny additives are not that notorious in this beer. BUt I would bet it was worse than it really was for me, cheers!.

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