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

Pours with a frothy tan colored head the starts out 1.5 fingers thick. The beer is a brilliantly clear amber color that shows deep ruby notes when held up to the light. The aroma is soft, yet fruity like cherries with a caramel sweetness and a hint of toasted malt type notes. The taste has a hint of sweetness up front. The body is quite light, but there is still quite a bit more than one would expect to have in a macro. The beer has a hint of that sweet cherry character that was found in the nose, but mostly this beer is quite malty with notes of caramel & toffee and perhaps even a note of lightly burnt raisins. It finishes with a nice solid bitterness and a bit of herbal astringency.

This is of course nice and clean and I am almost sure that the fruitiness in this case is from a combination of the hint of hops and the malt character. Decent beer, made all that much more interesting by the fact that Coors was brewing this beer long before Sandlot existed.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of abcramer
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jettjon
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the pint glass a bright ruby red clear color with plenty of bubbles rising up. Head of about one finger brownish tan suds fades fairly quickly leaving a solid cap and some minor lacing on the glass. Nose is surprisingly decent despite the “Coors” logo on the side of the box; it appears that the big boys are finally “getting” it, at least to some extent. Decent malt and hops balance on the nose, subdued but definitely there. Kudos, Coors. Taste is decidedly sweet but with a definite hops edge. The flavors are there, but again, it feels like they are holding something back. But I’ve got to give this beer its due; it’s as decent as some recent micros I’ve tried. Mouth, again, decent. Semi-viscous, nicely bubbly—not thin or watery as one might expect. Drinkability? I’d say pretty decent. At 5.6%, this beer has enough punch not to classified as empty calories for buzz purposes, and is tasty and crisp enough to enjoy a sixer over the night. Which is exactly what I plan to do.

Coors: One and a half thumbs up. Keep up the good work, fellahs.

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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 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 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 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 bditty187
3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, red in hue, golden highlights; I am not going to lie, I didn’t expect this beer to be so dark. The liquid is very attractive. Beige head, the bubbles collected long enough to form a finger’s worth of head. The head retention was okay; it quickly faded to a thin, soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was very minimal; I counted about seven little spots of foam. While the color surprised me (pleasantly) nothing else about the appearance is noteworthy. Average isn’t bad; it still looks damn fine… especially considering it was brewed by Coors.

Well, it smells like an Ale; I detect a trace aroma of fruitiness. That is a good first step. I never know with these silly labeling laws, I was expecting a Red Lager (of sorts). Wow, there is malt in the nose… pleasant caramel malt, toasty in the background. Plenty of it too! There is some light earthiness but any pronounced hoppiness is held in check. The potency is moderate; still, I like the nose. Simple but inviting… I don’t smell adjuncts, just malt, as I should for the style. Is this All-Malt? My hopes for this beer have been elevated…

The palate is solid. Amber Ales are not the most impressive beer style but this one is pretty well done. My only grievance is the sharp, stinging finish. I don’t know what it is, clearly it is not alcohol. The cutting sensation has almost a grainy/sharp characteristic. I can live with it. What I do like about this beer is the maltiness; I found it from start to finish. It is clear as day, caramel malt with a toasty backdrop. While there isn’t much depth or bulk there is good flavor here. Low hop bitterness, this is a nicely balanced beer. Kind of clean, only traces of fruitiness can be detected. While simple tasting, it is perfectly likeable. Long, sweet aftertaste (once I get through that rough/grain/hot spot). On the whole, this is a very nice Amber Ale.

Medium/medium-light in body, the mouthfeel is a tickle thin (not watery); the carbonation is active and cleansing. Thankfully this is the case, there isn’t enough hops here for this beer to be sluggish. It has a pleasant mouthfeel.

Why is this beer not a year-round offering from Coors? It is very good. I purchased a single bottle in Lawrence, KS. I never saw this beer before so I snagged one. Well, it is found all over Omaha… and you know what? I might just have to buy a six-pack. It is a damn cheap Amber Ale. While not as tasty as Fat Tire (if you think Fat Tire sucks then you will hate this beer. If you hate Fat Tire do you like any Amber Ales? Seriously? This is how they are supposed to taste. But I digress.). This is a solid drinking beer. It is a good session beer, especially for a Winter Seasonal. Not bad… not bad at all. If you think Coors can’t brew, try this beer.

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

Pours a four finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Starts with a slight sweetness, balanced with slight bitter finish, more like a brown. Far better than their lager. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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