Coors Banquet — Molson Coors

Another foray into the world of what we sometimes call macrobrewing, today I’m checking out Coors Banquet. My understanding is that the original Coors beer brewed way back when was known as “The Banquet Beer”. This is a nod to the original, and is different from Coors Light, which most people think of these days when talking about Coors.  Immediately, the most notable thing about it, is that I clearly have been sent an American can, as there isn’t a spot of French on it, and one side has the volume in ounces. Despite my passion nearing zeal for local beer, I still have ingrained in my psyche a fascination and yearning for American beer. Especially classic-looking packages like this one, or the Yeungling cans.

Coors Banquet — Molson-Coors

Coors Banquet — Molson Coors

From a classic 12oz US-style can, Coors Banquet pours a brilliantly clear gold. A 2″ lightly fluffy head drops to a little fuzz and small ring fairly quickly. Aroma is malty, like nice clean pale malt. It actually kind of smells like walking into a brewery when they’re milling, not that I expect a lot of people to know what that smells like.  Sweet and grainy, there is also a touch of some grassy hops. The taste is similar, though actually not as sweet as I was expecting. Malts are still tasting like chewing on pale 2-row (which isn’t a bad thing), and I’m not really getting any corn syrup, which makes me think either there isn’t any, or there isn’t much.  Maybe a touch as the beer warms a bit, but that could be my imagination. Hops are just a little grassy herbal note toward the back of the palate, and there really isn’t any bitterness to speak of. But compared to some of the soda-sweet beers made by some of the big brewers, this isn’t bad.  It’s super clean, malty and refreshing, with a fairly light body.  If your regular tipple is Coors Light, you mind find the explosion of flavours a tad overwhelming, on the other hand, if you prefer the imperial stouts, this will be a pretty light-weight offering.  Still, I would take this over a lot of the major labels. Even with the corny colour-changing mountains…..

Cheers to Molson Coors, I’m never against introducing more flavourful choices in the market place!

Buy Coors Banquet

Probably everywhere. Definitely at The Beer Store (it’s nearly half owned by Molson-Coors, after all), and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it popping up at many many bars around the province. Indeed, probably across the country. It’s also available at the LCBO, and is on a limited-time-offer right now. Save $0.15! #363085

Drink This With

A ball game. With a frank in mustard, a bag of peanuts and a bright summer sun shining down.

About the Brewery

Molson Coors Canada is the Canadian division of Molson Coors Brewing Company, a global brewer with operations in Canada, the U.S., U.K and Asia. The Company proudly offers some of the most popular brands in Canada with an award-winning brand portfolio which includes Molson Canadian, Coors Light, Molson Export, Molson Dry, Rickard’s and Molson M. Molson also partners with other leading brewers to offer such global brands as Heineken, Corona, Miller Genuine Draft, and Foster’s Lager. Molson Coors Canada employs 3,000 Canadians, operates seven breweries, including boutique breweries Creemore and Granville Island, and invests in communities from coast-to-coast through its various charitable initiatives and sports and entertainment sponsorships. Molson Coors Canada is committed to promoting its products and events in a responsible manner as part of an active, healthy lifestyle.


  1. Chris Storey
    Posted February 13, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    15 cents? Start the car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Posted February 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

    I cant imagine i will be seeing this coors in the UK anytime soon, all we have at the moment is coors light 🙁

  3. Posted April 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    For the past 5 years I use to bring cases back when i visited family in Chicago . Now its here in Ontario and tall boys to boot.
    I won’t drink any other beer. well almost any other beer. 🙂

  4. Richard Hammond
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    I’m at original joes in Ft Mcmurry AB I have enjoyed this beer all summer , and now we have it on tap. Perfect. Just waiting for the Hanns game to start a perfect blend lol

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