Coors Winterfest | Coors Brewing Company

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Coors WinterfestCoors Winterfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
coors.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by maxpower on 11-16-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
104
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
15.48%
 
 
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Photo of Hunter
2.01/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hard pour into a pilsner glass reveals a ruby-red brew topped by a light brown head with some degree of staying power. Minimal carbonation or lacing, but not too bad.

Aroma: Smells like a Coors - that sharp aroma of hops and adjunct. Some amount of malt but it's faint.

Taste: Watery hops, faint bits of malt. No spice like I expected from a winter ale. This is essentially coors with red food coloring in it.

Mouthfeel: Thin and as vaporous as the taste.

Drinkability: This might be better straight from the bottle and ice-cold.

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Photo of WMBierguy
2.12/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer seems like it came from an alternate universe... a universe in whichthe Macrobreweries decided to brew ale instead of lager. That's the best way to describe this beer. Coors Ale is to real ale as Coors lager is to real lager. You can tell that this is an ale, but there's something about it that's just off. It has a metallic taste, and the ale bitterness seems fake. Try this beer if you've ever wondered what the macros would be like if they were ales.

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Photo of satowns
2.3/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

tasted blind with other "winter warmers" 2009 vintage.

pours an orangish hue with a quickly fading head.

aroma is quite non existant. slight fruity esters, but nothing distinct.

flavor is much like the aroma. not much going on.

well rounded body. decent for style.

this beer is boring. it needs a lot of color and character.

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Photo of SetarconeX
2.45/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: A medium dark brown color, perfectly clear, and really sort of pretty looking, if a bit syrupy. No complaints here.

Smell: Not too strong in any direction. A lot of sweetness, a bit of malt, neither overwhelming. This might be a decent brew.

Taste: Oh ICK, and I was just starting to look forward to this one. Not sure where the sweetness and malt went, but it tastes like the hops died and were buried in a limestone quarry. Unpleasantly bitter, sharp, and astringent at the same time. Truly vile.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Feels and drinks like a chemical spill. The less said about these the better.

I think I'm going to give this a miss next winter. Dreadful stuff.

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Photo of EStreet20
2.46/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle picked up as part of marketplace wine and spirits winter mix pack, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a decent looking amber color with a small fizzy off white head. A little lighter in appearance than I expected.

S - Basically has a cheap macro smell, nothing to brag about at all.

T - A grainy, macro lager taste more than anything. Nothing seperates this from regular coors original or extra gold for me, and I know because I drank quite a bit of it in college.

M - A bit watery. Very light bodied.

D - No less drinkable than too many other macros, however I'm very disappointed. I want to believe that these breweries are trying to go for quality and more of a craft apporaoch, but this is a huge swing and a miss.

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Photo of xav33
2.54/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coors Winterfest
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a tulip glass
Best before 01/07, barely bested 01/07

Poured a clear dark red with a fizzy light brown mostly lasting head.

Smelt moderate brown sugar, mixed nuts, toasted malt, spices and dirt.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter dirty grain, mixed nuts spices and soy followed by a strong bitter awkward grain skin on a short finish. Palate was light bodied, watery, lively carbonated and slightly astringent.

There is something way off here. It tastes too much like grain-seeped well water. The old wells that are infected by God knows what. It's not unbearable, just awkward.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.6/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

These have been around for awhile. Looks decent, a darker red and auburn appearance, so dark makes you suspect like Coors would put that much malt in a beer, but yeah. Aroma is the typical red malt blend of crisp cedar and peat moss. Totally lacking hop aroma.

Totally lacking hop aroma, lots of carbonation, caramel type of off flavor, I dunno what its all about, but its kind of a sweet sour bitter funk. These seem to have alcohol pretty evident. In a way, this at least met my expectations, I'm not a Coors guy, nor am I a 'winter' warmer/red beer guy, nor am I a red beer guy but under circumstances making the beer more like another style than a red itself (hoppy/wild).

Not terrible, just not impressive, but malty enough to warrant its existence beyond regular Coors.

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Photo of riversider76
2.62/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ah Coors...Pours a honey color with a nice head,and lace. The look is the best part of this beer. Smell is of light skunk.Mouthfeel is watery and flat. Taste is light with a hint of spice. The beer was not awful,but I would not go out of my way to buy this beer.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Decent enough dark amber color, looks hearty for its producer. Aroma has that typical red malt toasting feel and smell to it.

Can't tell what they were going for, equal parts winter warmer, red and brown ale. Bitterness yet minimal hop flavors. Nutmeg? Malty fat tire kind of comparisons, but a little smoother, maybe more brown malt.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber, almost ruby color with a 2 finger head that falls rather slowly. Clarity is high. Nose is a little zippy. I get solid toastyness over a light toffee with a hoppy zing in the finish. Flavor is interesting. It starts nice and toasty, but moves to a moderate grainyness, finishing with a soapyness and a mild hop bitter. The finish is really not working for me at all. Its pretty offensive to me. Feel is moderate with a nice moderate to full carbonation. If not for that aftertaste, this would be a pretty nice offering. I just think that flavor it leaves detracts enough for me to not want it again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear reddish-amber color with a thin off-white head. Thin stringy lacing. The aroma is mildly hoppy with some grain and malt. Light-bodied and easy to drink with light fruit, sweet malt and hops flavoring. The finish is clean and refreshing but not very flavorful. Some mild hops and spice and not much else. All in all this is pretty good considering the source, yet about what I expected from a macro seasonal.

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Photo of BeerBob
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Coors Winterfest pours a dark red from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a twist of cap. Head goes to over two fingers in my 16oz glass beer tumbler. Very nice lacing, in fact this is one of the best lacing I have yet to see in any beer review.

Nose is... or is not, I’m not getting a lot to go by with the nose at all, if anything, I am getting just a hint of licorice and faint pine.

Palate is about as bland as the nose, not a lot going on here either. Coors Winterfest starts with a smooth malt like experience with good visual cue's, but gives no satisfaction. The carbonation is on stage next and is well represented, but with no other flavors to complement and no umph of it’s own, disappoints.

Maybe next year... maybe next year I’ll have something to look forward to.

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Photo of rye726
2.88/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is by far the best beer coors ever made. I use to get it on sale for $2.99 a six pack every Spring. Too bad they no longer make it. It is a brown color with a midling tan head. The nose has some nutty malts with light hops and Christmas spices. The taste has roasty malt bitter hops. Good flavor for a Coors product. Body is a little fizzy, but this drinks well.

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Photo of theopholis
2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very clear light burgandy or amber, with a one-inch off-white head that falls farirly quickly. Decent amount amount of lacing.

Aroma- A lot more carmel than I would expect from Coors. Some floral hops. Some malt sweetness.

Taste: Has some soft malty sweetness and a very nice balance of bittering and flavoring hops. Not overly impressive tho., and a slight nutty characteristic as well.

Mouthfeel- Pretty thin for the style, A little undercarbonated to, No clinginess at all. You drink it and wonder if you missed your mouth.

Drinkability: Not bad actually. Very easy drinking without the graininess/riciness of some of the major brewers. Not great mind you, but this is a beer that would be good on a sunny afternoon of mowing the lawn, or after a hard day's work.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
2.98/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a clear amber beer with a modest sized head. The coolest thing about it was the label... overprinted on cracked ice holographic paper.

The aroma was weak... and what little there was was of skunky hops. Not that appealing.

The taste wasn't that bad though, compared to most other Coors offerings. It was lightly malty, with a light hoppy finish, and was very subtle.

Overall, probably the best brew with the Coors name. Much better than the regular or light.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit aged best by Jan 06 date doesn't scare me too much it's only mid Feb. Appearance is ruby amber body with a nicely formed tan caramel hued head leaves even lacing around the pint. Aromatics contain an herbal floral hop spiciness with cereal caramel toned malts riding nicely as well. Taste is caramelized wheaties creamy and toasted nut tones run through this winter lager with the dash of bittering hops being tamed to the flavor of floral notes. Mouthfeel light to medium bodied lager evenly carbonated goes down smoothly. Drinkability: Very good coming straight from Coors creative side, I liked it.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer emerges from the 12-ounce brown bottle a clarion deep mahogany color with a frothy light tan head that is portly in size, after its demise the lace forms a splotchy coating of lace. Nose has an interesting malt aroma, chased by what I classify as vinegar like tones, which doesn’t bode well for this beer. Start is lightly sweet, fair grain profile, and the top light in its feel, finish is moderately carbonated. Hops are present and mild, the aftertaste quite dry and lingering, not what I would call bad, but not anything I would recommend.

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Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear amber with a decent creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Aroma of fruits and nuts, bready caramel flavors, medium bodied with a kind of watery mouthfeel, finishes with a mild sweetness, an average American Amber Ale.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nothing to brag about, yet nothing to bash either. As a winter beer it falls a bit short of recommended. It isn't as warm or full as winter beers should be. Spices are lacking too. However, the taste wasn't bad. I could drink more of this one if on sale.

color was a abit light for winter beer. I actually had some from the bottle (into a glass) and also from the Coors brewery. It's better straight from the facility which probably jaded my bottle tasting.

Worth a try

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Photo of budgood1
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a perfectly clear deep amber colour, with a sparse and fizzy off white head. more lace than i had expected. a hard to distinguish caramel aroma leaning a bit towards phenolic and woody. after a few sips then a few swigs...it's quite hard to pick out any defining characteristics that make this brew stand out in any way. a non-offending burnt sugar maltiness is backed up by more slightly phenolic overtones. this is a really dry beer...really dry. a bit woody and refreshing if one is into those angles. hopping comes off bitter to balance, and that's it. mouthfeel is prickly suggesting the carbonation plays more of a role on the tongue than any real flavour. the body is below medium...but not weak and watery; very nice if you're looking to quench a serious thirst after some winter or holiday activities. reminds me more of a lager than being a genuine ale. finishes dry with ghostly hints of fruitiness. nice tasting and refreshing. i'd revisit this every holiday season.

brewed and marketed towards the BMC crowd who find this offering an adventerous foray into holiday celebrating. one never knows...it just might turn on a bored beer drinker onto bigger and better things.

ho ho ho...

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Photo of mattcrill
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dogbrick for the sample.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a tight and fluffy white head. Head retention is very nice.

Smell: Apple slices, a little spice, light malt.

Taste: Stale wheat bread, a little bit of corn, a touch of some unnamed spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a clean finish.

Drinkability: Highly sessionable. Glad I tried it but there are better examples to be had.

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Photo of johnbonham1980
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Actually, pretty darn good for Coors. There are some points which strongly detract from the overall enjoyment, but most definitely some positives as well and the best I've had from Coors or Blue Moon.

Appearance is a dark amber, with a good amount of head, retention, and lacing...

Aroma is pretty bad in my opinion, considering it smells like a Coors Original. I was really apprehensive about the taste after the smelling this beer. Metal in the nose, and standard macrobrew smells waft from the glass. Apparently, they're using adjuncts. Beautiful.

The taste really made up for the awful aroma though. Little bit of roasty in there, quite a bit of caramel as well. Sweet bready notes are very pleasant. Extremely drinkable.

Finishes cleanly, very thin mouthfeel.

Worth a try. Probably wouldn't buy this in large quantities unless the price was significantly less than others, which it wasn't at the store that I bought the single at.

If Coors would cut out the adjuncts and improve on that aroma, this would be a great beer I think.

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Photo of KoG
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked it up just for schlitz and giggles.

Nice deep red body with a slight brown tint, small tan head formed but disappeared and left no real lacing.

Smell is thin. Slight must and marshmallow hints with a slight malt backbone. Not offensive in the least really, a touch of phenols as it warms.

Taste is a bit thin as well. Nice slightly roasted taste with a faint spice and nut flavor. A lot better than what I thought it was going to be for sure.

Although a bit bland for a winter brew, it is fairly drinkable. Best thing I've had with Coors name on it, good price too at under $4.50 a sixer.

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Photo of Higravity
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As some one who will drink Coors Original this wasn't that bad and somewhat of a surprise. A nice red color with a decent head that actually gives up some lacing. The smell is close to a malty-beer but corn pops through with it a bit of sweetness and some muted hops. The taste is standard fare for a red larger, some slight caramel flavors and no real hop expression just a bland presence, thin and with no aftertaste really. Decent clean beer easy to drink and nice low abv. A shruger for sure when Coors could have done something so much more.

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Photo of badbeer
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice red amber color witha frothy head leaving spotty lacing. Coffee, and some nuttiness noticed in the smell. Has a nice roasty taste to it with a little more coffee flavor in the finish. Light body, low carbonation. Pretty easily drinkable, and was a little surprised at this one, it turned out pretty good, especially since I got it free from a BMC buddy who hated this.

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