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 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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Photo of Daredevil
2.52/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From the big 3 US beers (the other two being Budweiser and Miller Genuine Draft) this would be my favourite. Like the other two it is light bodied, but unlike those it does have a distinctive taste. Actually it doesn't taste like a Lager at all, rather somewhere between an ale and a Weizen, of course diluted with water .... anyway, I will have one when in the US again and no Microbrewery is to be found ....

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Photo of tesguino
3.98/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer better than its sister, coors light, good in appearance, taste and mouthfeel, stay in the range of american good beers for me; hops and malt well ballanced aroma, perfect for a mexican food and guacamole made in molcajete and nachos; its label its very attractive; i found only in US.

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Photo of Dithyramb
2.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampled at the Freshness Bar at the brewery during the tour in Golden, CO. We were driving through town, and to be honest, this may be the only reason to hit Golden. Described now as a banquet beer, because old Mr. Coors believed that his beer could be served at banquets instead of champagne. I believe he is now rolling over in his grave.

Looked perfect for the style, poured a pale yellow, clear as a urine sample, with a light bodied white head. Little retention and no lacing. Loads of "fresh" carbonation feeding it. We were told the clarity comes from their heavy filtering to give a clean, crisp taste. The filters were scary contraptions.

Smell? There may have been some grainy malts in the background.

The taste was about as fulfilling as those new flavored waters from Gatorade. Thin malts, no hops to speak of, and a generally averageness, even for the style. They actually said that the corn starch and short grained rice were there for body, not because it is cheap and easy. Almost nonexistant mouthfeel, with some light corn/malt aftertaste. Not very drinkable, but free, I stuck to Blue Moon at the end of the tour.

Note: Pictures of the old brewery workers during the tour showed them enjoying something porter like and enjoying themselves. This place now seemed more like an industrial food facility.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At $.35/can it was worth a try.
Aroma shows a sour malt quality that's typical for style and not necessarily distinct.
Pours looking like water, but darkens some once poured. Full white head with a steady dissappearing act. Water clear and straw gold.
Ice cold its kinda sweet with a very mild bitterness and a slight drying. Not bad. As warms the latter two qualities intensify and become gradually more unappealing. Also the adjunct becomes stronge, also lending a distasteful quality.
Soft carbonation, but more than enough. Water thin and clean. Thin and easy to drink quickly (I guess as it's suppose to be). Somewhat crisp.
I'd have to say one of the better macro's, but only when very cold. I'd say drink a small amount ice cold and very quickly, otherwise leave well enough alone.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A banquet beer. Hah. K. Whatever that means. This pours a clear pale yellow color with a very thin white head. The smell is of corn and chemicals. The taste though is smooth and clean. No malt to be tasted and barely some crisp hoppiness is detectable. Lots of cabonation. Mouthfeel is sorta thin and dry.The drinkablity on the other hand is pretty good. I would put this above bud but below miller high life.

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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 kmpitz2
3.35/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a solid straw color with a nice head from an agressive pour. I'm surprised at the retention. The head falls to a light coating, but it takes longer than expected. The nose is light grain and corn sweetness. Rather light, but its expected. Flavor follows suit, with a blast of corn sweetness and very light graineyness. Very crisp and enjoyable. Not a lot of harshness hanging on the finish. Well built. The feel is light to moderate with a moderate carbonation. No complaints. I'm pretty happy with this one. I have always gone towards Coors products over other domestic big guns. This was my first experience with their original and it worked well for me.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.9/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a light amber color with respectable white puffy head. Smell is slightly sweet but not much else. Taste is extremely light with little malt or hops noted. Finishes with very little taste and I have to rememer I'm drinking a beer and not water. Little to offer except thirst quenching

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Photo of ryantupy
3.01/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I first tried this beer with a friend whom i hadent seen in four years since he joined the Marines. I must say this was a great beer to drink and catch up on old times with an old friend. It poured a very clear pale color and smelt floraly. It tasted nice and smooth and was very drinkable it keep the conversation flowing and tasted good from start to finish. And afterall thats all that matters.

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Photo of mentor
2.85/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Can obtained from a local liquor store here in Colorado and consumed that same evening. Pours a full fluffy snow-white (two fingers) over a crystal clear dull and very pale yellow liquid. Many tiny streamers rush to the surface and keep the head at about a half finger. Smells weakly of malt and honey with an even fainter spice zing. Tastes watery, of course. But it's actually got a wet sweet finish with noticable hop floral. The hop floral is mostly smooth (Hallertauer) but with a small amount of tin character (Saaz, or perhaps just the metal fromt he can). Hop bitter is absent unless it's hidden beneath the sting from carbonation release. The aftertaste is much more pleasing than the actual taste, as the flavors are stronger and the malt sweeter. Light body and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.85/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light straw colored beer that generates a dense, three finger head, gradually turns to lacing. Smell and taste are both watered down, background malt. This beer seems more watered down than its very weak counterpart, Coors light. While not a good tasting beer, it is very refreshing and smooth. When tapping the rockies, aim to quench your thirst, rather than taste a good beer.

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Photo of blackie
4.05/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has an extremely light golden color, much like I would expect from a chardonnay style wine. I only make this comparison because just last night I had some out of the same glass. The head is white, thin, and short lived.

Smells lightly of malt and rice...grainy and breadlike (of course). Very slight grassy hops. Lightly sweet.

Carbonation is medium, maybe a little more. Body is very light, almost to the point of being watery but not quite.

Taste is of light grain and rice. Nothing offensive, nothing special. Finish is clean and watery.

September 18th is printed on the bottle, which I am assuming is the best by date. Because there is nothing bad about this beer and it is to style, it gets a good rating.

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Photo of ericsdawson
3.04/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

very pale, crystal clear yellow color. 1cm head that quickly fades to some lingering soapy looking film on the to of the brew. it smells like the softball games my dad took me to when i was little. also a hint of corn. tastes very crisp and clean, not much to it. thin body but decent for the style. tastes pretty basic, kinda grainy and carbonated. not too bad for the style, probably one of the better adjunct macros.

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Photo of rousee
3.75/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am reviewing to the style which is not my fave.

I think this is one of the best american adjuncts there is. It is a ballpark beer and not such a bad one. Smooth gold corn and adjuct-ish but still pretty tasty. It seems to have fallen out of favor with almost everyone,but I remember the original Coors (the banquet beer) as something that was sought after at least in New England way back when (the 70's). There are 3 american macros that I am willing to drink --they are PBR, this, and Miller high life. I think this one is the best of the 3 by far.

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Photo of merlin48
2.31/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear, apple juice pale yellow body with a white head that rises to a centimeter and quickly falls flat. Some flecks of lace are left on the glass.
Aroma is imperceptible, with a vague note of grain.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, with moderately high carbonation.
Taste has some mildly sweet adjunct notes, but is basically clean and crisp. Fizzy beer without any real taste. Nothing bad, just nothing good.
Drinkability is decent, but why bother. I recall the mystique about this beer 35 years ago when it was unavailable east of the Mississippi River. Now, I'm wondering what was the big deal. Clean and crisp, easy to quaff, but lacking any significant attributes.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.88/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lifeless, clear pale yellow. Good sized white head with some retention. Lace is adequate as well. Light grain notes on the nose and a little adjunct like sweetness. Fizzy mouthfeel. Light body. Taste is crisp, yet unbecoming. Sweet adjuncts and grain meet little resistance from hop counterparts. Overall though, really not bad compared to other macros.

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Photo of maek228
3.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a pounder can. 6 bucks for a sixer of pounders

Apperance: Pale gold with a suprisingly nice one finger head. This head thinned down, but actually stuck around for the entire beer. Beer seems to be exceptionally carbonated, which adds to it's appeal. Beer also has some cling-age as it goes down, which is another suprise. Actually looks

Smell: Not much. Metal is the strongest scent, probably cause of the can...some hops and malts...but barely there at all.

Taste: Crisp, carbonated, and void of any strong flavors. Like carbonated spring water with fresh cereal grain, thin malt, and oily hop flavors. Refreshing and smooth. Just enough flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thin and airy, but doesnt leave a bad aftertaste so...I guess it's decent.

Drinkability: This shit goes down the hatch. If I wanted to drink alot of beers, this would be a great choice.

Alright, this is what a macro-lager should be. There are no amazing flavors, but that's to be expected. Most importantly, what little flavor it does have, is pleasant. It also smooth and refreshing. Nice work Coors

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Photo of scaliasux
1.74/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a bubbly but quickly dissapating and watery head. Color is definitely off. Not quite sure what the problem is, but the beer looks funny (maybe a little green?). Quite pale. Smell is alcoholy (for a macro), a little unpleasant, but not as bad as some. Certainly nothing to write home about. Taste is a bit sweet, not much bitterness at all. Not altogether bad, but definitely not very beery tasting. This is a real "why?" beer. Got very little beer flavor, so why bother. This beer had, for me, the worst mouthfeel of any beer I've tasted so far, metallic and flat. Maybe its just the bottle I opened, but I doubt it, since it had carbonation initially. Coors is pretty much as (un?)drinkable as any other macro. Its light, clean, crisp, but uninteresting and low in flavor.

I'd like to hope that Pete Coors lost his Senate bid simply for attempting to make America believe there was something good (or even merely better than Miller or Bud) about this beer. While drinking this beer, I mourned that the wonderfully named Golden, Colorado and the majestic Rocky Mountains should have their image sullied simply so Coors Corp.can make millions redirecting the hopes and passions of misled Americans from true beauty and adventure to a flat, unimaginitive beer. Storied peaks dissolving into a flacid head. Wild streams into a mild buzz. I for one choose to honor the true majesty pictured on the Coors bottle, not the pure travesty stored within, by pouring out some Coors for my imprisoned homies, trapped on a bottle mocking their very meaning.

Came back to knock down the drinkability. Had three of these watching basketball today. The Coors became increasingly difficult to drink and left a distinctly putrid taste in my mouth.

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Photo of Luigi
2.38/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow color. Head starts off big then disappears to a small head. Smells very clean, sweet with a little grain. A small amount of carbonation on the tongue, and a bit of malt and grain too. A faint hop flavor is there too. Not too bad. This beer was my beer of choice in high school. This is the first time I have had it in a few years to be honest. All around a clean tasting American macro lager.

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Photo of Karyyk
2.72/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Please note that the only reason I bought this is because it was on sale : $6.99 for 18 is a good buy, regardless of the brew.

That being said, I've *NEVER* been a big fan of Coors' products, and I probably never will be. In fact, I enjoyed my Mickey's Malt Liquor quite a bit more, and I had that first. Even under the influences, Coors' still doesn't do much for me.

Appearance is what you'd expect, very light, with a head that dissipates quickly. To its credit, there is some noticeable lacing, which I haven't seen with a domestic in quite some time.

Smell is sweet, grainy, though there aren't many hops to be found here.

Mouthfeel is decent, active carbonation to the last. It's definitely light on the pallate, and a good beer to wash a meal down with. Then again...water is good for that too.

Coors is highly drinkable, but then again, so is water. I started the night with a Mickey's malt liquor, and have had a few Coors and Caguama since then, but the Coors' Original still manages to come up short. It's not a terrible brew, and is quite easy to drink, but there are better beers to be had. What I can't stand are people who swear by their Coors' or Bud, but have never had any other beers to speak of.

Ignorance is bliss I guess , but this standby of people everywhere, is only barely adequate. At least the price is right, but then again, so is a Mickey's (a Miller product...which I have to say I prefer).

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