odannyob (83) - Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The 30th Limited Edition of Winterfest; numbered 81596/263520 and as the label states "in celebration of the holidays" and "Sold only in Colorado".
I recall when it initially came out. This one’s much, much, much better. I’d not tried any Winterfests for several years and thought WTF, give it go and recalling the 1st Winterfest batch had that "Colorado Kool-Aid" after taste.
Recommended; nice light-brownish orange coloring; a refreshing taste. Looking forward to 2015’s batch now.
foyle (290) - Wyoming, USA - NOV 27, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Actually A C Golden Winterfest, but made by Coors and has replaced Coors Winterfest)
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: pours a frothy 2" off white head that slowly falls with mild lacing. Color is a clear deep amber, lots of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: malt is dominate with the smell of fresh bread dough, also some toffee and spice notes (cinnamon?). Nice floral hop aroma as well.
Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, quite sticky with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: cracker, whole grain bread, toffee, some spice notes. Floral and herbal hops in the finish.
Overall: extremely well done to the style.
onceblind (4964) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear rich copperish amber with s thin Rocky off white head. Faint aroma with a dark malt and earthy/herbal nose. Rich blonde toast and dark malt flavor, a touch of herbal noble hops and a little raisin. But overall with a lot of blonde malt and golden toast. Slight raisin undertone and toffee.
GarrettB (1144) - 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 (3173) - 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 (974) - 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 (2827) - 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 (955) - 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 (1187) - 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.