gripweed57 (2314) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2017 Jlockleg (3) - USA - DEC 30, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
For Bud or Coors drinker that wants a little step up to a nice, smooth easy drinking seasonal, this is the one I would suggest. For a more serious drinker, this will be too light for you.
From old tasting notes. Brilliant Amber orange color. Foamy white head. Fragrant malt aroma with hints of grapefruit. Pleasant hoppy flavor. Excellent bittersweet finish. Dry aftertaste. Full bodied and robust. BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JUN 17, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting at Guinn’s house thanks to Casey. Pours a copper dark amber with a thin off white head. Decent beer. rdixon77 (2763) - Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2015
Old rating...tastes like being back from college during Christmas break and playing foosball in a friends basement. Slightly sweeter, maltier, and less corny than coors. Still not good. odannyob (149) - Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2015
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 (421) - Wyoming, USA - NOV 27, 2014
(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 (9442) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2014
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 (1583) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2017 December 21st, 2014 - With bottle 185153 out of 263520 I feel a little less special than most limited runs might, but good beer is good beer, whether stuck behind a scarcity gate or bursting off of grocery shelves. Winterfest, from Coor’s higher end brewing arm, is a healthy looking auburn brew with tines of carbonation running up my tulip glass, pushing a slightly sweet, honey-ish scent, with a background of malt. The palate is as active as it looks, so I leave it to settle, which reveals some light golden ale notes, but with a clean, clear lager finish. It’s a bit too light, and certainly doesn’t feel seasonal, but the delicate touch might work better for hotter days.
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. 6/3/6/2/12/2.9 ads135 (4590) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 13, 2012
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 (1315) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2012
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 (3682) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2012
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