Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The 12 Beers of Christmas: Day 10
A.C. Golden Winterfest

There are those guests at every holiday party who want something lighter, something that's not as, well, overwhelmingly Christmas-y as a Breckenridge Ale. And this year, even beer geeks can feel good about giving them something that fits their parameters and still delivers quality flavor: A.C. Golden's Winterfest.

The experimental Coors brewery has come up with a rich lager that isn't spicy or heavily malted but adds just enough texture to be part of the holiday style. Its red-brown color gives away its caramel personality, and the lighter body helps the caramel to be soothing rather than overpowering, like some other major-brewery holiday experiments.

Despite the lighter body, there is an almost British malty aftertaste that lingers in your mouth. This combination of attributes makes it both drinkable and memorable, and should please a wider swath of your guest spectrum than you might expect something coming from Golden, Colo. to do.

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