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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BA SCORE
70
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2,650 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 2,650
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 16
Gots: 232 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001)
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Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
3.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a crystal clear reddish amber with a light orange colored head that remains for a couple minutes, leaving light lacings on the glass.

smell is sweet, with caramel and pale malts showing, alongside a mild and grassy hop character. well balancedd in the nose, while remaining crisp in profile.

taste is lightly malty up front, with caramel malts over the rest, with a finish of light grassy hops. overall a lightly sweet tasting brew with a clean and crisp finish. a good lager, without much complexity.

mouthfeel is very smooth, with a medium-light body and a slight bite from CO2. finishes very smooth as well.

drinkability is great. this brew is crisp and clean, without complexity or overbearing flavors. it remains well balanced, and plays off subtle flavors to create a solid dark lager. cheers!

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Yes, this one is light red in color with brownish tints and it is very clear and shiny. The good head dissipated rather quickly.

Smell – The light American grain and ultra-light citrusy hops gave this one a distinctly US Euro Lager aroma. The malts were nice and toasty though and there wasn’t anything offensive in there, which is saying a lot.

Taste – The toasty malts actually come out pretty decent at the taste. The light hopping makes it to the tongue as well. Not bad.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied Lager is clean with a drying finish.

Drinkability – This is as good as a Coors gets.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

George Killian's Irish Red.

A- Very clean copper-brown color with an off white head that falls to a small foam rim around the glass. Small amount of lacing but there.

S- Smells like fresh cut wood and burt carmel malts. Scent is finished with a mild ferment smell.

T- Is very busy with malts and barley. Very carmel malt flavor with a hint of wood.

M-D- Mouthfull is very mild to full bodied. Smooth and flavorable make this beer a good drinkable beer...sometimes.

Photo of SIRIUS2
2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Nice clear ruddy color. Minimal to no head with zero lacing. Did I mention it had nice color?

S: Not real impressed with the smell. To be honest, I would have been hard pressed to distinguish this from any other macro lager.

T: A little disappointing. Was expecting something more flavorful and a touch of sweet malts similar to other reds. Instead it was much like other macro lagers. Not bad. Not great.

M&D: Mouthfeel was about average. The carbonation present in the brew was rather light, albeit consistent. This in and of itself isn't bad but there wasn't much else there to bring up the mouthfeel at all. I don't know if this is something I would ever ask for again but I wouldn't turn down a free one if offered.

Photo of davemarc87
3/5  rDev -1%

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3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of legalag11
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of wescrawford57347
3/5  rDev -1%

This is my fathers drink of choice and i can see why very tasty beer

Photo of tectactoe
2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Irish beer! Hah! This is what I would drink in my early years of college when I was trying to branch out from all of the "Bud Light" drinkers and whatnot. Though Killian's isn't what I'd consider "good" beer, I still consider it to be far better than many American Adjunct Lagers, and I still feel that way today.

On tap at Applebee's, it pours a deep orange color that bleeds with some red tints and rust near the edges. The slightly darker than white head doesn't stick around for long and leaves no lace behind. The aroma is solemn and hard to deceipher; maybe some toasted caramel malts, cereal grains, and a slight twinge of metallic, barely musty hoppage. Not much there, but it's not exactly off-putting, either.

The same thing could be said about the taste. There's a slightly brash bitterness that hits up front and takes the rest of the time to mellow out. Lightly toasted malts, some apple skins, mild hop flavor, and just a touch of sweetness in the finish. Again, not much going on here, but nothing is really making me head for the hills either. Thin bodied, over-carbonated a bit, crisp, clean and dry mouth feel in the finish.

This is more like a case of "where is it" than "what is it". Nothing that really stands out as being gross or offensive, rather everything is pretty muzzled and flavor/aroma-less. Not something I'd normally order, but when your other choices are Coors Light and Summer Shandy... well, desperate times call for desperate measures.

Photo of Tiernan
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of tohe9384
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of sgoodship
3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My brother in-law had some of these. This is his version of a craft beer, so I wanted to give it a fair shake.

A: Clear red amber color. Off white finger head that was fine bubbles and dissipated quickly to a ring. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S: Very basic stuff. A dash of malt - a touch of hop.

T: Like a macro - designed to be non-offensive. Too subtle caramel malt and very low hop profile.

M: Clean and crisp - good amount of carbonation. Body was light and felt thin at times.

D: I'd fall back to this brew before drinking the average crap they serve in bars. It's pretty easy to drink. It's ridiculously subtle - just doesn't deliver any lasting impression. A bit watery at times.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.39/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

LOOK: Clear dark brassy hue, creamy lacing

SMELL: Caramel, bready, slightly grassy, biscuity, clean

TASTE: Smooth, moderate-sized body, caramel, grass, biscuity, bread crust, modest hop bitterness, faint alcohol, faintly herbal, dry grainy finish

This doesn’t pretend to be anything less than a no-frills, easy-drinking lager. The brand has been somewhat reincarnated by recipe and packaging. The labeling is a bit more focused, and the beer seems to have a bit more life to it compared to its former self.

Photo of Dmann
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was one of the first beers I tried other than Coors, Bud and Mickeys back in the day and I must say it has not aged as well as I thought it would. It poured a nice reddish orange color with a suprisingly nice head that left lace down to the last drop. The taste had slight hop and malt flavors but was killed by a sickening sweetness that nearly ruined it for me. Not one that I will ever pay for again.

Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +48.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

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3/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BeerDreadz
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 onz amber bottle no freshness date

Appearance: Brown/red color with a cream color head.

Smell: Sweetness and some fruits are right there

Taste: Caramel beer,grains and some malt,medium bodied not a lot carbonation,sweetness.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Very easy to drink, too sweet for my taste, can have some more sips of this one.

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Todd
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to drink this back in the early days when pickin's were slim on the beer shelves. It's simply an average beer with fond memories ...

Photo of twi1609372
3.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i ahve been drinking this beer ocasionally for a while now and it has to be one of my favorite.would compare it to sam adams in taste and characheter.quite a dark beer deep malt flavor, slightly hoppy but strong malt.pretty smooth also, but definetly a beer drinkers type of beer. koors was smart not to put their name on the bottle for fear it would detract from their sales and image, but it is a quality beer.

Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

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George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
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