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
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
84
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
15.48%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of claytri
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a light clear amber with a bit of off-white head that quickly reduces to lace. The aroma is of sharp malt. The beer starts off with a toffee malt taste and then rounds out nicely as the hops kicks in, then has a bit of spicieness to the aftertaste. The feel is medium and very clean and dry. This is a good solid beer. Glad to see Coors doing some of this work under their own name. That being said, although nice there are better dark lagers out there so I doubt I'll be passing up other beers for too much Winterfest.

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Photo of scooter231
3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was quite impressed with this brew, considering it was a Coors product. Pours a beautiful red hue- somewhere between ruby and crimson colored- just gorgeous, with a big off white head that allows you to draw a smiley face in it- huge points.

Smells sweet and floral, definitely malty- nothing crazy. Taste is better- malty and bready with a lovely earthy kinda hoppyness going on. There's also a toasted quality that I'm digging. Mouthfeel is a bit chewy and smooth, but too watery. Quite drinkable- light and easy, not overwhelming, and just... good. A good, solid beer. From Coors! They CAN put out good stuff- if/when they choose to.

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Photo of Sipchue
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of RyanCrawford
4.12/5  rDev +22.6%

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 LarryV
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, tawny red with a minor head. This is a fairly light bodied beer so there's not a lot of lacing going on. Aroma is malty with a raspberry like overtone. Taste is malty with raspberry overtones following through in the taste as well. Very nicely balanced with a hint of hoppiness in the background. Active carbonation is a bit prickly on the tongue. I think this is proof that companies like Coors can make a good brew when they want to. It's very drinkable and a nice alternative to the heavier bodied winter brews. I could easily toss a few of these back. Price is nice as well.

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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 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 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 SuperSpy
3.61/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very clear, dark amber with a half-inch off white head.

S - A hint of sweet malt, but one dimensional.

T/M - Medium-light body and just the right amount of carbonation. Toasted malt in the begining, balanced out by a nice hop bitterness and a dry hoppy finish.

D - I would have no problem drinking a few of these. A very decent session beer.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 onz ambar bottle

A: Honey-like color with small creamy head

Smell: Rich , hops very present there.

Taste : Great taste,,malty and some sweet caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel And Drinkability: Very smooth,easy to drink,not any kind of hard taste.

Notes: The best beer i have tasted from this brewery

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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 clemtig76
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at six for $5.99 at Total Wine in Greenville, SC. Pull date of 01/21/07 on the neck. This is a Coors product? Wow - pours a beautiful reddish amber with a nice fluffy tan head. Sticky lacing clings to the glass after every sip. Smell is fresh, malty and sweet, with little hop presence. Taste is smooth and malty with toasty caramel notes. A steal for the price. Enjoy!

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Photo of Byeast
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish brown with a small offwhite head that diminshed quickly to some thin bubbles. Aroma is on the lightly sweet malty side , a bit thin but definatly some sweet brown maltiness , bit of bear claw scent , and hint of carmelized sugar. The taste is also on the malty sweet side , but not too sweet at all. Nice sweet brown doughnut /bread malt and some slight caramel quality mixes with some balancing , lightly leafy hop bitterness. Just a bit of slight metallic taste and sweet aftertaste. One of the better macro winter releases ive tried and worth the money. Goes down quite easily.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Mejestic Liquor Store for $2.98 for a six pack, I couldn't turn that down. Pours a transparent dark copper with a light tan head. Aroma is a pleasant mild bready maltiness, some hops there. Taste is carmel malts, mild tartness and finishes with a roasted like bitterness. Alcohol presence is detectable. Thin bodied, a little too much carbonation. This is a decent beer at a great price. This one was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Schmittymack
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an amberish color into the old trusy pint shaker glass. Had a decent creamy head that has lasted over ten minutes; minimal lacing, though. Not much on the nose: malt was about it. Taste was not bad, though. Malt (leaning to the sweeter side) and a little caramel with no hop bitterness whatsover. Not bad; I'll seek out a bottle or two again next Winter but nothing special.

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Photo of stinkydaddy
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Hhawk06
4.07/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I must say, my expectations weren't the highest going into this beer, but it was quite tasty to my surprise.

It poured with a steady, well sustained off-white head that's light mahogany in color and crystal clear. The aroma is fresh, bready, and slightly nutty...quite appetizing indeed. It displays a medium body with a little bit of traction in the mouthfeel. A bit gritty, mostly nutty, with sweet caramel notes. Converse slight piney hop notes balance the beer well. It finishes with the same nutty sweetness, a touch of creamy malt, and a bittering dry film. Overall, good craftmanship and certainly remains quenching throughout.

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Photo of jpkoch1962
3.54/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep bright clear amber red with a tight two finger, creamy head. Aroma was subdued, sweet, malty, with a very faint spiceiness. The taste was also subdued- mainly a combination of sweet caramel, and toffee. Surprisingly, this ale wasn't at all cloying, as it finishes dry and clean. The best feature of Winterfest is it creamy smoothness and perfect carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice brew -while nothing stands out as outstanding, it is very well made just the same. A nice session beer to enjoy on a frigid winter's night.

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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 swid
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Coors Winterfest pours an amber color into my pint glass. Atop the clear liquid sits a 1/4", cream-colored head. Low carbonation, little lacing. The smell is also quite restrained; however, bready, sweet aromas from the malt is evident, along with a soft herbal hop aroma.

The taste of this beer, however, it its strong point; it holds its own with Colorado's *other* red ale. The malt presence is quite evident; bread, toasted and caramel flavors being most noticeable. The hops blend in nicely, bringing a grassy, herbal element to this beer, along with a subtle bitterness. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and thin. Finishes mainly sweet, with a slight metallic harshness.

In conclusion, this is a decent attempt by Coors at a craft beer. It's a good and sessionable winter beer.

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Photo of BravoTwo
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very good specialty ale coming from a macro brewery. Put a micro label on this brew and no-one would question it.

A - Good tawny coloration, with a medium thck head, good retention and lacing.

S - Fragrant, almost a vanilla honey smell. Very pleasant and balanced.

T - Good complexity, with toasty flavoring, and a hint of sweetness and spices in the background. Creamy.

M - Average here, not too much to discuss.

D - Good drinkability here. As I said, if you did not now that this was a macro, it could have come from a craft brewery or a brewpub.

My father had this stashed in his closet, and offered it to me. I had never had it, so I tool him up on his offer. I was very pleasantly suprised by this beer.

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Photo of bilbo2012
1.75/5  rDev -47.9%

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 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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Coors Winterfest from Coors Brewing Company
3.36 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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