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 TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep copper color with a foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is off caramelized malt, tea, a little bit of spice and an ever-so-faint whiff of hops.

T: The flavor mostly consists of the caramelized malt. The hops character comes out a little bit as the beer warms. It also has some breadiness to it.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation and a clean finish.

D: It was tastier than I expected, easy to drink and has a decent kick. I could go with it for a whole evening.

This beer represented the style a lot better than I thought a Coors product would. However, it doesn’t really stand up to well against other winter releases.

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Photo of soulgrowl
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Fairly dark rusty red-brown, clear with sparse carbonation. Decent-sized tan-ivory head with decent retention.

Smell: Bread-and-buttery with mildly spicy hops. Somewhat weak and flat but still inviting.

Taste: Up front there is diacetyl and well-toasted caramel malts, bordering on chocolate. Lightly lingering, dry, woody hop character provides balance and rounds out the finish.

Mouthfeel: On the thin side, with a slightly syrupy stickiness in the finish.

Drinkability: A nice beer with simple but delicious flavors that blossom on your palate. I could definitely enjoy this on a winter night. Easily savorable and sessionable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coor's Winterfest pours a clear, crimson-stained mahogany body beneath a short but creamy head of light tan. The head drops shortly to a wide collar but leaves some nice splashes and spots of lace in its wake.

The nose reveals toasty and lightly caramelish malt with a spritz of spicy and floral hops.

The flavor is malty, toasty, and nutty with notes of scortched sugar, rounded out by a bit spicy and floral hops. It's backed by a firm bitterness, and it finishes fairly short and dry with some residual toasty malt and spicy/floral hops.

It's medium bodied and creamy in the mouth with a moderate carbonation that gently tingles the tongue.

Overall, this is an enjoyable beer that makes a great accompaniment to a holiday meal.

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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 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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Photo of plaid75
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber hue with a two finger frothy head. Decent retention and lacing as well.

The smell was a balanced sweet and spicy aroma. Hints of cinnamon and cocoa as well as cloves.

The taste was balanced as well. The initial flavor is of sweet malt, followed by a spicy bite and finishing with a dry hop.

The mouthfeel was thinner than most other winter brews, which was actually a nice change of pace.

A very drinkable winter.

I was impressed by this Coors product. Being from snowy Colorado has finally rubbed off.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber colored body with a beige head that declines to a ringlet and leaves an occasional flash of lacing around the glass

Smell: Smells malty and nutty at first, but the nose quickly fades to virtually nothing; What's with the disappearing aroma?

Taste: Starts out with a nice malty backbone that sticks around through the finish, but is joined by some pleasing moderate bitterness

Mouthfeel: A bit light and watery with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer; I should think this would be enjoyed by a lot of folks, both craft beer and macro enthusiasts

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Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown Belgian appearance, head and malty aroma. Hoppy initially, dry and nicely malted but very drinkable after that, spice in finish. Not complex but pleasantly surprisingly solid beer by the macro. Full carbonation leading to medium mouthfeel. Dry but spice and sweetness in aftertaste.

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Photo of Phatz
3.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Despite the brewer this is actually a pretty decent beer. I probably would have been too biased to give it a shot if I hadn't got this beer in a trade. What a nice surprise. Way to go Coors. This is how you should do the rest of your beers :)

Appearance: Pours a noble amber color with golden highlights. It had a thick 2 finger off white head.

Smell: Very little aroma to this beer. there is a bit of mustiness in the nose but as far as scent you really need to stretch to find a bit of hop and spice.

Taste: Buttery sweet. Very nice. A bit of sweet malt and candied caramel. Sweet aftertaste that seems to keep coming back.

Mouthfeel: Light, but pleasantly smooth and buttery.

Drinkability: I was very surprised at how palatable this beer was. It not extremely special but for Coors it is more than I expected and it is certainly a very drinkable suitable selection.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

THANKS:
Thanks to tgbljb for the trade!
Heres to finding good beer in Lancaster PA :) Cheers!

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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 BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's nice to see the macrobreweries branching out a little. Winterfest, albeit safe, is an improvement over any of their other products. The beer is cleanly malt / caramel / toast based with a very light hop bitterness. Smooth textured, though waters toward the end. I'm impressed that Coors is capable of brewing non-bad beer, but it is unfortunaltely, forgetable.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown botle.
In appearance this is a nice enough, clear medium brown ale with livelly carbonation and a good sized creamy thick light tan head.
Good strongish aroma of caramel like malts.
Plain malty flavour, smooth and semi- sweet, like prunes or sweet figs. To be honest its quite pleasing.
The palate is average.. slightly thin for the style.
Quite a drinkable ale..not big compared to most micro winter ales..but nice and refreshing. A surprise coming from the makers of such horrors as "The Silver Bullet".!

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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 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 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 tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at local beer store for $10.99 for a case of 24! How could I go wrong? Poured a crystal clear deep copper color with tannish puffy head that fell to a thin coating. Nice lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is impressive, with a nice strong toasted maltiness being in the foreground. Slight hop presence also to be found. Taste is good, and improves with susequent tastes and as the beer warms. Left a nice creamy mouth feel and a strong hoppy bitterness at the finish. I am very pleased with my purchase and will look forward to future year's offerings. Very easy drinking,

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Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice winter offering indeed. A good attempt at a annual winter brew. It pours a clear, dark amber with a nice full tan head. Lace is good, fluffy and thick with a trail of rings.
The aroma is toasted malts and winter spice. The taste carries the bread like malts, spice and a slight hop to balance. The carbonation is good without fizz. The mouthfeel is smooth and the drinkability aids this beer to pair well with foods. Winter stews fair well. The beer is of a winter style, though its not real filling or gets in the way.

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Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First time I've had this in 5+ years. Not too shaby for $4-5.50 a sixer

Appearance: Amber color with white 1/2" bubbley head that faded. Some lacing

Smell: Good maltiness, with a whiff of pine hops

TasteL Malitiness, slight fruitiness and somewhat citic bitter edge with dryness on finish

MF: A little thin for the style

Can't complain, nice middle of the road choice that doesn't offend

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Photo of wcudwight
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color that shows some red hues when held to the light. Nice sweet malty smell with some raisins and mild spice to it. The taste suprised me! This is a really good beer from Coors Brewing Co. Nice bitterness at front balanced out well by a bready malty sweetness. Also a hint of nut and spice. Feels thick and chewy in the mouth. A very drinkable session beer. I was suprised by this beer. This is probably the best offering I've had from a macro brewer. I hope this is a sign of things to come from Coors Brewing Co.

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

Coors Winterfest
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink label on the back of the bottle: Jan22 06259F
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours an attractive amber red with a thick head on top. Nice random patterns of sticky lace.

Pleasant aroma of sweet malts, pruins and hops.

Sweet caramel malt backbone with a nice hop presence on the finish. The mouthfeel has a nice bready quality to it. Chewy malts. Good drinkability and better than I was expecting.

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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 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 mynie
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2.99 a sixer, clearance. Good damn deal.

Pretty pour. Crisp red with a nice head and good lacing.

Smells like a cross between a solid marzen--chocolate and caramel--and a solid warmer--a different chocolate and caramel.

Tastes very much like it smells. Dry and very sweet upfront, fading into a warm chocolate spice, ending on a crisp, light hop. Wow. No macro aftertaste or nothing!

Unlike the other big brewers, whose fake-craft selections are tailored to mainstream tastes, this seems to be more or less the real deal. Surprising, to say the least.

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Photo of Enola
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good seasonal. This beer goes to show that the big guys are capable of much better if they would. The beer poured out a nice red color. It has a thin head. The smell is of spices and hops. The taste is a little bit bitter. You can detect some spices in there too. The mouthfeel is diminished a small amount due to the bitter taste left long after the beer is gone. Drinkability? I would say I could drink these again. These are on sale for $2.99 a sixer so I will pick up a few more sixers before they are gone for the year.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First thought: This is from COORS? There was taste, there was hops, there was an ale sourness. This is from Coors? It's kind of like a lesser quality microbrew but anything microbrewed is usually better than the big guys.

Appearence was drark amber, but there was a lot of carbonation that made it look like a Coors beer. Smell was non descriptive of how the beer would taste, malty yes, not much else. Mouth was above average, had some character, with a sour finish. Taste was, well, nicely complex. There was a little pumpkin detected, a slight licorace, alcohol that blended into the taste and was not overpowering, nice malt and hop flavor that was typical of winter warmers only not as thick and there was a little bit of a let down at the end as the taste seemed to fade away.

Again, this is from Coors? This made a great step, and is a little better than the JWD winter. Still, not my thing, but a nice crossover to darker beers and from a major? Right step.

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