Monday, January 26, 2009

Coors Light (2009 original review)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (736) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Is it possible for a beer to truly be “refreshing”? That word implies a restoration of energy, but it’s a scientific fact that alcohol dehydrates the body and depresses the brain, so how can it be refreshing? But I have to give the brewers of Coors Light credit, because this beer comes awfully close. It’s not exactly alcoholic Gatorade, but it is easy to drink because it’s so plain.


Coors Light is rarely poured from anything other than a tap. After pouring my “Silver Bullet” can I realized why this is the case – because it forms a huge layer of bright white, fizzy head that disappears in a matter of seconds. This is something I’d expect to see in a soda, not a beer. The carbonation action is also so intense the beer is actually quite noisy from all the bubbling action. However, once the head dissolves it becomes silent and tepid.

The body is a bright, almost luminous shade of crystal-clear white gold. The scent is a generic, grainy “beer smell” with corn, or possibly some adjunct ingredient, being the most prominent in the nose. Oddly, it’s actually quite sweet-smelling.


It’s probably not a good sign when the first flavor you can detect in a beer is water. Coors Light lives up to its name well as its palate is extremely generic with a watery taste on top of that. I did not taste any hops or malts here, just a mixture of adjuncts such as rice and corn. However, the beer does have something of an underlying, sweet flavor. In fact, the flavor is quite clean and crisp like a pilsner, but with even less intensity. It’s bland to be sure, but at least it doesn’t taste bad.


It’s no surprise that a beer that tastes so watery would finish so smoothly. What’s interesting is the finish is proportionate to the amount of carbonation. After it’s poured, Coors Light is lively which gives it a bit of an edge to its finish, but as it inevitably settles down to complete boredom the finish becomes even smoother. In fact, it’s almost a little too smooth if such a thing is possible.


These are the stats a light beer usually strives for: 4.2% ABV, 5 grams of carbs, and 102 calories per serving. That makes this beer a perfect component for any type of social situation which involves gorging on large amounts of food (dining out, BBQs, etc.) or where the beer is drunk for its alcohol and won’t overwhelm the drinker (parties, clubs, etc). To criticize its light body would be a complete and total redundancy.


No beer drinker would likely drink Coors Light on its own for any qualities it may possess. As a compliment to food or a party drink it suffices, but we can all admit this isn’t a high-quality brew. Would just a bit more flavor be too much to ask for?

Grade: 5/10

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