GarrettB (1057) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
March 1st, 2012 - I appreciate tradition, though as a student of history I often read how dangerous or ill-advised it can be. Nevertheless, pedigrees and homages to distant origins fogged and then burnished by marketers strikes a chord with me, which is why I couldn’t help but put a bottle of Coors’ Winterfest in my holiday sampler pack. It’s a Cocker Spaniel brown color, with a thin tan head. Notes of nuts and corn give the aroma most of its character. A powerful carbonation masks the foretaste, which then slowly advances towards a light flavor with pilsner malt and a faint nutty aftertaste. Overall the flavors are light and even a little wan.
ads135 (3049) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2012
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This was the first beer that I couldn’t finish. Tastes like a mixture of dirt, sawdust, and soggy bread. Horrible mouthfeel, leaves you wanted to get the stale taste out of your mouth.
UncleKorm (851) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle poured a clear redish-amber hue w/ a quickly diminishing fizzy white head and some lacing. Light aromas of malt and a fishiness. Flavor is malty, but finishes with hay. Has a long bitter aftertaste. Light to medium body, lively carbonation, metallic feel and watery texture.
drjay44 (2674) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Number 30972 of 99840. BBD 4/15/13. Brewed by AC Golden. Pours a thick, well retained ivory head, with some lacing, over a clear amber (SRM 14) body....nose is heavy malt with cereal, lighter toffee/caramel, light hop spice......taste is heavy cereal, with light toffee/caramel, leading to a light bitter finish, with hints of sweetness......mouth feel medium, carbonation low. The label calls this a lager, and according to the companies web site, it was indeed lagered. This is a very malt forward beer with resultant richness. The hops are present but have been used with a light hand (and are from an area of noble hops) which makes for lower bitterness and more complex aromas and flavors. However, this is not overly complex, but has nice balance, and would make a nice session beer. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7
Brouwerij (930) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 Bottle #51868 poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a coppery, amber color with one finger of head that dissipates relatively quickly. Smells malty and sweet, with hints of grain. No hint of hoppiness. Flavor is malty, but finishes with grain tones. Not tasting any of the hops, although it leaves the slightest bitter aftertaste. Smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Surprisingly clean, dry finish. Wish it had a bit more alcohol, but an interesting winter beer all the same. Wouldn’t go out of my way to have it again, but I am glad I gave it a shot.
fletchfighters (1097) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A-- Poured a golden amber color. Lots of small carbonation bubbles. Short lived light brown head.
S-- Soapy quality. Get some floral and spicy hops and carmel and roasted malts. Could not get over the soapy part.
T-- Some floral hops but still a lot of soapy taste. Not impressed.
M-- Highly carbonated, very tingly. A bit of carmel and a little metallic in mouth. thought it needed more hops as it lacked a lot of the floral hops needed.
D-- One was more than enough. Some years Coors puts out a good batch and others they do not. Guessing this was not one of the better batches.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Brewery Pours a clear amber with a white head that fades quickly. Produces decent lacing. The aroma is faint of spice and cookies. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is well balanced and malty. Has a light body. The texture is crisp and clean. An easy finish and aftertaste. Not great but not bad.
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma - basic malt, faint spice;
Appearance - amber, fluffy head though fades quickly, decent lacing;
Taste - slightly roasted malt front, back has a balanced bitterness, light finish;
Palate - nice crispness, average body;
Overall - a good brew, nothing really great yet nothing really bad as well.
adnielsen (9285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2011
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle @ home. The bottle states that this is a limited edition beer- I got 12222/99840. I surprised I was able to get a hold of such a legendary, limited edition brew. Dark ruby red/amber appearance with a creamy off white head. Sweet amber malty nose with some hoppiness. Amber malts, some slightly piney hops, but still has that really nasty macro flavor. Bitter, amber malty finish. That sick macro flavor is inescapable in this beer and just makes it nasty.
DeadMeat (4) - USA - FEB 14, 2011 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an absolutely beautiful burnt amber color. Tall beige head slowly diminishes to an attractive lacing. Aroma is very reminiscent of Coors Banquet, with just a hint of cookie dough. Palate is malty and mildly bitter, lingering briefly on the tongue, but finishing fairly clean. There is little complexity to Coors Winterfest, but it compares well, in my experience, to other amber ales, including those from "craft" brewers. As with all special beers from "Macro Brewers", some will overlook this once a year treat because of its origin. That would be a shame, as Winterfest really is something good from mainstream source. Prost!