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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:
17.26%
 
 
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Reviews: 84 | Ratings: 104
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 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 dsa7783
3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle purchased from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
First time I've ever seen this brew anywhere...
Pours a deep, dark, amber hue with slight carbonation...
Amber, grainy, malt-dominated aroma...
Hints of sweet caramel, candied sugars, and vanilla essences thrown in the mix...
Heavy on the malts, low on hops with a strong caramel, honey finish...
An interesting sample from Coors...
Although not the best representation of an Amber beer, I give the macro-giant points for trying with this one...

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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 DarkerTheBetter
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a beautiful cherry and strawberry with a thin film of off white head.

Smells of red licorice, honey and barley. This is really overly-sweet.

Tastes of a robust barley and a little touch of ambiguous fruit and honey. This then dramatically transitions into a drying, nearly puckering dry leaves and birch bark hop. Honestly, it isn’t that bad.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a slightly thickening mini-carbonation that goes well with the flavor.

I’m surprised. I wasn’t anticipating this one to turn out this well. I won’t be rushing out to get a case, but I’ll happily enjoy what’s left in my glass.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a caramel amber pour, very aesthetic coming out of the bottle. Light mocha colored head froths up with some initial vigor but settles to a patchy cover rather quickly.

Aroma - pleasant aromatic bready malt with a touch of raisiny sweetness. Fades somewhat and doesn't develop beyond that, but it's a nice smelling beer.

Taste - malty base, leaning toward the sweet side. A touch of balancing hops at the end. I wonder if they started with the base formula for Killian's and added more grain and hops, that's the impression I get. Tastier than most Coors offerings, comes across like a ramped up Killian's, not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel - bubbly, body is a little lighter than average but not watery.

Drinkability - good by the fire, at a Christmas party, while reading scary ghost stories of Christmases long, long ago...

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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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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Coors Winterfest pours out a mostly clear amber color. The aroma is butterscotch, hops, and whiffs of alcohol. The flavor starts out sweet with a caramel flavor, then becomes a bit nutty and fruity in the middle. Not a whole lot of bitterness, but the sweetness is not overbearing. Not entirely ale like in flavor. It tastes like they mixed half amber ale with half amber lager. No real off flavors. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good beer and certainly the best I've had from Coors.

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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 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 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 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 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 BigRedN
3.82/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed 6-pack purchased at The Still. A Coors winter seasonal? Now this, I had to try.

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz dated best by Jan 22 bottle into my pint glass a clear, dark, reddish amber. Thin 1/4 inch head was produced that disappated to a thick ring around the glass with little lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts, (aroma of toasted barley, and hints of caramel and chocolate. Hop aroma is herbal and spicy. Very warm and inviting.

Taste: First taste on the tongue is malt, roasted malt, slightly sweet. In the middle the hops kick in. A bit bitter through the middle and end, it also seems lightly spiced. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, lightly carbonated. A bit prickly going down. Hint of alcohol burn on the finish.

Drinkability: For a Coors product this is outstanding. I've never seen this before, and think this has been made in response to AB's Brewmaster Reserve seasonal. The price makes this definitely worth a try IMO. Miles beyond their macro products. With an abv > 5%, one must also not underestimate this beer either.

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

Pours a beautiful clear deep red colored ale with a good tan head. Whatever maybe be in the bottle this looks great in the glass.

Smell is mildly sweet with the hint of lemon scent that only Coors beers have. A little bit bready with a good hop scent that is both citrus and herbal.

Taste is nicely sweet caramel with a serious strong herbal hop finish initially. A solid flavorful ale here with flavors of cake, vanilla, spruce, and oak in the glass. Lesser flavors of brunt sugar and leather detected. I grew up on Coors beer but I would NEVER believe Coors brewed this if I didn't pour it out of the bottle myself; this is very good!

Mouthfeel is good but not outstanding.

OK I am shocked at what I have here from Coors; this is an outstandingly good winter ale! I have to be honest I expected a straight 3.0 beer from Coors not bad but not really all that great either. This is much better than that. A serious good beer from a place I would have NEVER expected to find one. This is FAR more than a flavored Coors lager.

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Photo of jwc215
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish amber with a thin, well-retained head.

The smell is of butterscotch. Some sweet graininess. Breadiness. A bit thin, but nice enough.

The taste is of sweet malt. Butterscotch with a hint of caramel. Earthy, bready hops balance out the sweetness while keeping sweetness in front. A touch of warming, peppery alcohol comes through, but never too much.

It's fairly smooth in a medium body. A touch of harshness keeps it from flowing more easily.

A pleasant surprise from a macro brewing company. No hints of adjuncts. Could easily be confused for a decent micro. A pretty good choice for a 6-pack of a winter brew that is on the more mild side.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a six-pack of Coors Winterfest at a grocery to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a int tumbler.

Pours a deep mahogany brown color with red hues when held up to the light. A bubbly off-white head forms but dissipates quickly to a thin ring around the glass. There is some lacing left on he side of the glass as the beer is consumed.

The smell is faint and generally unremarkable. There is a bit of a sweet aroma like milk.

The taste is good. A roasted grain or nut flavor dominates, with some sweetness like caramel, and very mild bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is light smooth and clean.

This is a very drinkable beer. It's light yet full flavored, and sessionable. A very nice seasonal brew from the folks at Coors.

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

This is as my ratings suggest a good beer. I may also add it is a great beer for the winter months. It tours a dark chocolate brown color with a thin off white head. It smells of sweet roasted barley and chocolate. The taste is of the same perfect carbonation and nice smooth finish down the back of your tongue. Very refreshing and at the same time very full.

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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 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 atuite
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unsure about the actual beset by date since I bought this from a shady corner alcohol store and the bottle has imprint JAN22 051- hope it's not best by jan 22, 2005. Otherwise, good reddish amber pour with white head. Smell of toasted caramel/butterscotch. Taste is sweet with slight malty flavor and undertones of caramel with a smooth mouthfeel and appropriate carbonation. Could easily drink 3-4 of these over the course of a laid back meal with friends. Will try next year during the winter, hoping I get the bottle that is not 2 months or 2 years too old.

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