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Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewing with water, barley malt, corn, yeast and hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2001

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Photo of musicjustintime
3.97/5  rDev +47%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had this one in years. First off...It's MUCH better than it's little brother Coors Light. Now, that's not saying much..but it is what it is, as we here at BA always say. Has more flavor and "fullness" to it, and it's a very smooth and inoffensive flavor at that. I agree with some on here, in that Coors brews have that hint of "banana" flavor in there. Must be the hops?? Be kinda neat to know what makes that taste. Doesn't matter, though. Nice, easy-drinkin' American macro. This one is a keeper, and at 5% ABV....it's much more worth your "buck" to snag these rather than the Light, which is like 4.2% ABV. Not that alcohol content matters or anything...! ;o) Good, light, poundable football beer. ENJOY! Cheers and SAAALUTE my BA friends!

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Photo of malibujohnny
3.93/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah the great macro brew.Very fizzy as it pours into a pint and seems that the head will stick around until you hear the soda pop fuzz.A golden straw see-through color typical with these beers.Smells like a bean and corn field being harvested all at once.( I live in a farming town ) But do i detect a hint of malt and hop goodness? Well not too much but it is there in very light fashion.This Coors tastes great and is easily drinkable.Might I add that I live in Illinois I have visited the brewery in golden 2 times and loved it,I suggest the tour there to all beer lovers on history alone.Anyway back to the beer. This brew is one to drink and buy on a regular basis when the funds are tight.

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Photo of Floydster
2.3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pint from Bad Dog Ale House in El Segundo

Pour was a golden brown with a 1/2 inch head and no real smell

Taste was pretty smooth, but sweet and not the right kind of sweet like a good microbrew with malts

This is suprisingly heavy for an American lager, could not drink many at all

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Photo of RedBaron
3.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A slightly better-than-average macro brew.

Appearance: pale gold; quick dissipating head.
Smell: Fresh mown grass; Decent malty nose.
Taste: Unlike most mainstream American beers, this one actually finishes with a pleasant sweetness; there's actually a trace - TRACE - of hop bitterness up front, too.
Mouthfeel: Fairly well-balanced beer for what it is. No unplesant aftertastes, and for that alone it deserves at least a 3.0. In addition, there is an honest attempt here to give the drinker at least a decent try at enjoying mainstream swill.
Drinkabililty: In my humble opinion, this beer is better than Bud/Light, Miller/Lite, Old Style/Light, and Stroh's/Light (some of the biggest Macro brews out there). I wouldn't usually buy a beer like this under most circumstances, but in a pinch (e.g. you're traveling, you want a cold beer pretty immediately, you find a liquor store with only the BIG NAME brewers available in the cooler...), this will work fine to slak the thirst.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a golden, pale, straw yellow colour, with a white head, with fair retention, though the last pours are pretty bad.

S: Some faint hints of corn and malt, no hops to speak of.

T: Some light corn notes are the main flavour, overall, not bad for a macro, very sweet.

M: Very light, light-bodied, spritzy, with fizzy carbonation.

D: Not a bad macro, good for washing down dinner, but not something you'd come back to, not a great beer.

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Photo of bashiba
2.89/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very light yellow with a light white head.

Smell was very light with a hint of corn and grain.

Taste was suprisingly sweet with a smooth grainy flavor and a very trace amount of hops.

Mouthfeel was full of carbonation and slighlty slick.

Overall light and easy to drink, not to bad for a Macro, and the unusual sweetness gives it a little bit of charachter.

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Photo of dren
3.56/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Drank this one straight out of the can so the appearance score doesn't hold much weight.

Smells slightly sweet and malty.

Tastes of sweet malt and a hint of bananas in there. Must be the hops that Coors uses because I find similar tastes in several of their beers. A very light tasting brew.

Mouthfeel is much improved over the lite version and the Keystone brand. Less carbonation in exchange for a little more flavor. An easy to drink macro.

Up until this point I have never had a Coors regular before. I have had all of the other beers that Coors makes. This beer surprised me in how much better it was than some of the other macros. It didn't have more flavor, just better flavor. Easy to drink as well. If this beer was more available I would choose it over Bud and the likes. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but if it was on tap and cheap I woudl go for it. Doesn't beat out Schlitz which is my favorite session beer.

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Photo of KodyBrannon
2.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank this beer one night at a bar, when it was the special of the night. I have to say I wasn't very impressed, when handed that glass, there was no real sign of a head or any activity to show carbonation. when i asked the bartender if this was fresh, he assured me it was fresh. So i went ahead and drank it, but the smell and taste were almost non existant. To say this beer was good would be a joke.

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Photo of bboven
3.89/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note- This review is based on style accuracy, not my personal tastes.

Straw colored, completely clear and not a millimeter of head.

Malty and weak; you can actually taste a whisper of hops in there.

Thin and highly carbonated.

I could probably drink a gallon of this if I would want to do such a thing.

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Photo of KevinB
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Decided to finish a couple of leftovers from a fishing trip earlier in the day, pulled from a still cold cooler.
I would usually drink this straight from the can, but poured it into a mug. Appearance was a sparkling gold with a foamy,snow white head that quickly dissipated.
Smell was faint, hints of hops and very light malt notes.
Taste has a very light malt flavor, grainy, with a touch of hops, nothing stands out too much , so in that case it's a balance brew.
Mouthfeel was interesting, fizzy, watery, with high levels of carbonation but had a dry, somewhat flat tasting aftertaste.
Overall, not a bad brew if served freezing on a hot day, out of the big 3, this would be my third choice.

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Photo of bradford
3.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perhaps I may have become biased because I had two roommates in college from Colorado who swore by this stuff, but I don't think it's that bad. For what it is, I would say it is above average. In an age where most beer consumers want light, watery, low-carb beers, this one stands out for me. I drank this by the gallon when I was 18 because that's all my buddies bought, but I slowly became to appreciate it. It is not going to blow you away for being the best in the world, but when it is hot, or your at the beach, or come home from a long day at work, want to pound somthing out of the can to quench your thirst and get some flavor, this is where to turn. Although I rarely get hammered on this stuff anymore, there are few times when I will turn down a cold Coors O

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Photo of Neehan
1.72/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

24 oz can… Stand back, boys, this one’s got a frost brewed lining!

Pale straw colored pour with a thin head without retention. Smells of hops and barley and basically like every other beer in its class. The taste is very bready especially at first with a very lingering stale-like taste. There is a small bite of carbonation on the swallow and again there is the lingering stale-bread taste. The mouthfeel is very lightly carbonated and watery with the carbonation picking up on the swallow. The watery texture makes this drinkable, but again very common and un-original for its style. Coors original wallows in American macro Un-originality.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- light gold color, thin head, can see a lot of bubbles.

Smell-slight hint of hops and malt. not much though.

Taste-Smooth beer that has a nice hint of hops. but not too much taste to it.

Mouthfeel- very carbonated, smooth beer.

Drinkability-This is not a bad beer to have after mowing the lawn. Its not bad for its price for this class of beer.

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Photo of uabigdaz
3.31/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decided to finally try the original. I like Coors light enough to warrant a taste of his papa.

Pours a very nice golden yellow color. Surprisingly full of color unlike most macro lagers. Smell is very mild, it took me a few deep sniffs to detect much. Tastes very good, mild, and in my opinion quite refreshing as it is 102 outside, humid, and I have only swamp cooling. Very slight taste of hops, which I usually don't taste in this style. Mouthfeel is nice. Thin, but I think it suits this beer very well. This beer is very drinkable, I could see myself getting this again if I didn't feel like a light beer.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.08/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out a can of this into a glass mug. Poured a straw yellow with no real head or lacing worth anything. The smell was nothing, really - smelled a lot like the light version and slightly bitter. The taste was ok. Pretty bitter taste to it, similar to the light version. A little malty taste, but again, nothing noticeable. The mouthfeel is where the original distinguishes itself from the light version. It at least has a thicker, "beerlike" taste to it as opposed to the thinner, lighter version of it. Overall, it's pretty drinkable and still refreshing, just like the light stuff.

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Photo of bonbright7
1.85/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I used to drink Coors when I was underage in the late 70's and it was available on a limited basis from truckers on midnight cross-country runs to my area of NY. It was a real hit or miss situation then as it was unpasteurized and supposed to be volatile (!). When it was good, it earned the praise of US Presidents (Nixon kept the Whitehouse stocked with it) as it's massive creamy taste and light body just rocked everyone, which led to the Coors mystique. When it was bad, it was almost drain-pour material, like we have now.

I attribute the loss to mass marketing as the formula changed to the "Banquet Beer" when Coors rolled out across the States in the early 80's. I was in North Carolina at the time as NC State's Wolfpack was approaching NCAA greatness and the new shipment of Coors sold out every night for two years.

This sample was found at the supermarket in a tall can with the "frost brewed liner". It poured nicely..I had my hopes up with a return to glory...and the first taste...the head disappeared quickly...nothing but a watery underlying taste of malts. Obviously my taste for history has interfered with present day common sense.

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Photo of giblet
2.02/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

straw yeller. fizzy. taste - that i did not love. better than their light version. i am not a coors beer fan.

if this were ice cold it would be tolerable. much beyond that it rates too high on the gag o meter.

the funny/ironic thing is my brother in law went on a trip. on this trip they toured two macro brewries. the first was AB in St. Louis. he commented that is was super clean and nice. the second was Coors in Colorado. right next to it was a sewage treatment plant. he said the place was filthy. and made him wonder about the slogan...the mountain waters...hmmm.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of Newglarusguy
3.7/5  rDev +37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type 12 oz can poured into a frosty pint glass.

Appearance: Palish gold color that streams with carbonation and a frothy head that dissapates over a minute or so.

Smell: Grainy, slightly hint of hops and malt.

Taste: Far more superior then the others of it's kind it must be that rocky moutain water because this goes down smooth and easy i like that in a beer.

Mouthfeel: Can be a bit sour at times but has a cream like aftertaste that my mouth likes for a beer of this style i approve.

Drinkability: On a hot summers day i can pound a bunch of these and still respect beer, cheers!

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Photo of cyrenaica
1.43/5  rDev -47%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

An unimpressive entry from one of the big three. The beer is a very light yellow colour in the glass, with a very thin white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma dissipates as the beer is poured from the bottle into the glass. The taste reminds me of burnt sugar and this taste lingers for quite a while after the beer is gone. The mouthfeel is too watery as well.

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Photo of shroompod
2.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow. Smallish fizzy head , carbonation is apparent.

Smell is slightly grainy.

Taste is slightly metallic, modest amount of sweetness, very little hops evident.

Mouthfeel is thin, decent carbonation.

Drinkability of this is OK if macros are your thing.

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Photo of allengarvin
1.78/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Full keg served at work for a celebration. Poured into a little 12oz plastic cup. Clear gold color, not as pale as Coors Light. Grainy malt aroma with a strong corn presence. Quite sweet flavor, almost cloying. No detectable hop bitterness at all. Grainy and, well, bleagh-worthy. Thin, light body. Well... at least it's free. There, I drank my one social beer to fit in.

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Photo of xtremejammn
2.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another American Macro.

A: Pours a pale corn yellow, very unimpressive...Cool looking can though.

S: Smells of corn, average.

T: Starts out average with a bad corn taste, and leaving a dull and vile mildewy astertaste which brought it down quite a bit for me.

MF: It's actually exceptable in the mouthfeel if you discount the taste. IT's not too carbonated, and it is somewhat chugable.

D: The taste makes for a rough drinkability, but it's drinkable, enough to slam it and move on.

Another american macro for the fake beer drinker. Meh.

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Photo of Noxious26
2.88/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass.

Pale yellow, bubbly and clear. Thin white head on the pour that quickly disappears.

Aroma of corn & cooked vegetables. Standard for a macro.

Lightly sweet corn at the start. Goes to sharp petrol notes after the carbonation rush with light malt/corn in the background. No aftertaste.

Smooth drinking & great for the Maui heat. As far as American Macros go, this is pretty standard, and you could do much worse.

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Photo of guitarmage
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very pale yellow, almost a green hue. Big foamy white head disappates fairly rapidly, a very thin white lacing remains. Lots of bubbles in the glass.

Smell: Sour graininess, astringent, lime citrus, a mild skunkiness.

Taste: Metallic, a thin citrus hoppiness, white grapefruit like sourness, watery, a little bready in the nose, a little skunky.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonation mellows out and becomes light, watery.

Drinkability: Coors. What stands out right now is the citrus bitterness, and the sourness. No sweetness except a light malt sweetness in the nose.

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Photo of budgood1
1.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

pours out of the "frost brew liner" can a clear, very light golden colour, with a thick foamy head that seems to be reducing quite quickly. adjuncty aroma, hints of banana...whatever the aroma is it's quite pronounced (and not all that pleasant) for macro swill. light pale malt flavour, a bit grainy and watery in the taste. mouthfeel is weak and watery...and thus the body of this lager is below average. drinkability suffers, because IMHO, it's just not a very good beer. i'd much rather drink a budweiser or an mgd or high life than this.

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