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George Killian's Irish Red - Coors Brewing Company

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George Killian's Irish RedGeorge Killian's Irish Red

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2,759 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,759
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 22
Gots: 373 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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Ratings: 2,759 | Reviews: 840
Photo of Ryan4120
3.81/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Solid Irish red. Great smooth taste. Definitely had better, but nothing wrong with this one

Photo of sjones5045
3.42/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wreckers Orlando 5/20/15

They called it Wreckers Red but it was definite Killians. Not sure if I liked it better because I had several really bad beers before this one so the plain generic taste seemed better and refreshing. Overall it's a standard beer that doesn't offend but doesn't impress at a either. It's ok.

Photo of Urk1127
2.34/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Very sweet. If beer could be a candy this would be it.

Photo of GerryPendry
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What can I say...I've had worse, and I've definitely had better. This beer was probably much better before Coors got their hands on it, and I doubt it bears much resemblance to the original. I wonder how many people have confused this beer with the French version when rating it: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/4262/19190/

Photo of Wilshade
3.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

ABV: 4.9%
Glassware: Pint

Appearance: opaque ruby tinged copper with a thin off-white head

Smell: Strong roasted caramel. Very much like the caramel popcorn you get at the little stand on the boardwalk.

Taste: Roasted caramel with subtle sweetness

Mouth feel: Dances on the tongue. Finishes smooth with no after taste.

Overall: A nice, refreshing beer on a warm day.

Photo of acdcsmith22
3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer to pair with food, especially pizza. It is a darker beer however can still be considered one of those everyday drinkers. Reminds me of one of the darker Sam Adams. 2-3 Finger tall head of foam however it quickly dies. Nice amount of carbonation. Would definitely recommend if you haven't tried this before.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

OK to try but not something I would pass off on anyone as a worthy goal

Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

meh, it's a nice drinkable red beer that goes great with dinner, mostly because it's the best beer available at most restaurants. my wife likes it. but she still can't drink the whole bottle sometimes.... I don't mind finishing it. I guess that says something. don't even waste decent beer.

Photo of Lettsgo3
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A solid red color filled with taste that stimulates the tastebuds

Photo of drunkenmess
3.47/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A little too sweet for my taste. Maybe its just me, idk. Still good for a go to beer at any bar. Prefer Sam Adams Irish ale

Photo of YumaLaowai
4.03/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great irish beer that should be enjoyed and NEVER chugges

Photo of UPBrewer92
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

For a reasonably cheap beer that can be found most anywhere, this ranks high on my list

Photo of Fargrow
4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice malty amber that was tasting so nice on St. Paddy's Day.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste of caramels, biscuit and a bit peanut-y. I really enjoyed this beer, and it goes to show you can still make a good beer by sticking to the basics.

Photo of anon
2.04/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Looks okay. Tastes generic. Watery red ale. Have had far better. Would not buy again.

Photo of JohnnyI
3.27/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I usually drink these straight from the bottle, but what the hell. Pours in to a Craft Beer Exchange pint glass with a nice amber color and a high degree of transparency. 2 fingers of light beige foam disappear quickly, leaving only a thin film and a small collar. The aroma is pretty clean. Just some sweet malty aromas. Perhaps a little hint of ripened fruits. Not much there, but pleasant. The flavor of Killians is unmistakable. Of course there are the typical sweet caramel-like malt flavors that are common for the style. But there's also something more. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I'd say it's reminiscent of a vanilla extract flavor. It's a bit earthy, and reminds me of Jordanian almonds with that hard vanilla candy shell. I've picked this up in "vanilla" beers such as Snowdrift and Breckenridge, so it's odd to find it here, but it seems to work. The body of the beer is medium and easy. Quite unintimidating. It's simple and accessible. Despite some of the flavors being a bit disjointed, and a notion that the product may be on the "cheap" side, it comes together pretty well in the end. This is a classic that helped launch my love of craft beer. It was one of the first brews that I sampled that dared to stray from the fizzy, yellow water recipe, and I for that I am probably a bit a partial.

Photo of 31Sam13
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Really not so bad...my Dad had a penchant for this stuff and I had some as a youngster and it was the first time I remember savoring a beer...for what it's worth...

Photo of Izzi
3.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer, but not as good as other Irish Reds

Photo of ALC82
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Much better on tap than in bottle

Photo of CTJman
2/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

not that interested in this style

Photo of Bretton511
3.97/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely underrated beer, very good robust flavor with little bitterness.

Photo of BB1980
4.02/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Commercialized Red, but tasty. Used to have a good price tag on it but the price has continued to rise on it as if Coors was trying to get more drinkers by making it seem more like a "craft beer"

Photo of leantom
3.95/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A classic. Here goes:

A: Reddish-brown with a massive head and lacing. Also has a ton of carbonation. Crystal clear. Splendid-looking beer.

S: Baker's yeast, amber and caramel malt. Generic red lager.

T: Good. Caramel and amber malt give way to a touch of baker's yeast. Well-balanced and tasty.

F: Very well carbonated.

O: Solid beer. Would definitely have it again.

Photo of Oldmankeebler
4/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually a good red ale. It's usually pretty cheap at the bar too.

Photo of Premo88
3.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stick)

L: dark orange-red ... brilliantly clear; minimal head of beige foam, maybe 1/3-inch tall, no stick; no lacing but it's keeping a 50/50 skin and nice collar of beige foam; no major lacing

S: sour grain ... toasted barley; sweet nose, very pleasant; sour corn ... sour/toasted corn

T: good toasted barley malt, lots of sweetness, no major hop presence ... some corn, sour corn (not creamed corn); just a hint of rubbing alcohol taste, perhaps a bit medicinal

F: full, prickly carbonation and good midweight ... very solid

O: not bad at all ... this red almost has a toasted-malt taste like a good California Common, but there's definitely no hop presence, not even a bit of dirt; too big a swallow has a vodka/rubbing alcohol taste, but otherwise it's a decent little malty lager with some nice toasted notes and nothing to keep you from downing a few for a good session. very decent brew and a pleasant surprise.

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George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,759 ratings.