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George Killian's Irish Red - Coors Brewing Company

George Killian's Irish RedGeorge Killian's Irish Red

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2,174 Ratings

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Ratings: 2174
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 19.08%

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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Photo of Abra


3.48/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pleasantly surprised with this one!

I'm not one to go for a macro brewed beer but when the option was Killian's or Bud Lite, naturally I went with Killian's.
I can't accurately judge the look or smell, but the taste was not bad...dare I say I actually kind of enjoyed it and might even try one again. What I picked up was a smooth buttered popcorn taste from the malts with the slightest hint of a sweet undertone.
Overall I enjoyed it, but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 01:09:47 | More by Abra
Photo of hiemedall


2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on-tap and in the bottle.

I hope I can start a rallying cry for days of yore on this beer... I realize the almighty $ and taking it in the shorts from the craft beers on sales required the mega-brewery to try something.. but I miss the good ole' flavor of Killian's Red... I gave it over a year, but I miss the old flavor.. the celery seed flavoring (in my opinion) was truly unique and quite refreshing... Can I start a movement to go back to the flavoring it was before?? Is this old coke V.new coke?? I have tolerated MGD64 going to 64 and I am brand loyal to miller/coors... no Bud. has touched my lips in 30+ years...

But it is time to bring back the previous taste.. PLEASE

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 17:50:19 | More by hiemedall
Photo of Why-P-A


3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The red color when served on tap matched the name and is very visually appealing.

S: Not a lot going on, very light wisps of grain but minimal.

T: Nice toasted malt base which matches the red color. Almost no hop presence in either flavor or bitterness which may have overpowered this mellow beer anyways.

M: Smooth and clean, traditional of mass produced beers but still has great flavor/drinkability.

O: For a widespread domestic brew Killian's Irish Red has a lot of flavor. Easy to find both on tap and in bottles. It's hard to beat the taste for the price if you're in the mood for a smooth red ale.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2013 22:07:41 | More by Why-P-A
Photo of the3rdtriumph


4.85/5  rDev +59.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I usually have this in a bottle, but some restaurants in town have this on tap. The bottle is good but the tap is my review:
So damn good tasting. This is a dinner beer. Steak or wings go well with this darker beer. Lots of carmelly roasted smell. Roasted something when tasting, can't quite put my finger on it but damn it's good. This was my first venture into beer that wasn't piss yellow. Very good overall, would recommend starting here before you venture into craft beer. A friend did so for me and I thought it was a nice transition into some new stuff from your boring Bud Light.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2013 12:14:09 | More by the3rdtriumph
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – As the name implies the brew is served a clear dark red/mahogany color with a one finger off white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving only a very light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of roasted malt, caramel, as well as a brown sugar sweet smell. Mixed with these smells is a light nut.

Taste – The taste starts out heaviest of a caramel sweetness mixed with a lighter roasted malt flavor. As the taste advances the roasted flavors become slightly more pronounced, but never gain that much flavor, while a corn and brown sugar sweetness take mover the sweeter flavors from the initial caramel taste. A light nuttiness and a odd earthy hop flavor come to the tongue at the very end.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was average in terms of creaminess as well as carbonation. The body and carbonation were fitting for making a very easy drinking session brew.

Overall – While a little on the sweet side with some transitions that are a bit abrupt, overall there was nothing off putting about the brew and it was quite easy drinking and sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 01:36:42 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of netrioter


4.5/5  rDev +48%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings....paired great with pretty much anything ive ever eaten....i rank this as one of the best beers to have with food...Miller High Life is up there too.

This is also excellent out of a 12oz bottle at home..a solid 4+ store bought beer....great with food but not a session beer past a 6 pack...this beer is a bit thick and gassy at times and itll fill you up with no room to catch a buzz because you have to stop because youre full,a way around this is to glass it to remove carbonation....flavor is excellent regardless.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2012 09:45:44 | More by netrioter
Photo of tectactoe


2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 02:47:41 | More by tectactoe
Photo of Tschnab

New York

2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- dark red with a tan head of about half an inch with no lace.

S- the smell is all carmel and bready malt, some sweet doughy aroma, some toffee.

T- this is a malt bomb with all the flavors from the nose coming through and nothing else.

O- It's really cheap at my local bar so I get it often but it's really nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 14:06:37 | More by Tschnab
Photo of kylehay2004


3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single finger head with nice lacing on a clear light amber body. Aroma is a little musty with mostly sweet caramel malt and mild hops. Flavor is pretty sweet mostly following the caramel malt with a musty hop finish. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer limited mostly by its mildly musty and bitter finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 22:04:16 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of GoBlue16

4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

will always be one of my favorite beers on tap!! i used to work for a distributor in ohio that was the bigggest seller of killians in the country. the beer is great but the company sucked to work for. always suprised me that it doesn't sell more to the mainstream but i guess thats a good thing

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 19:18:35 | More by GoBlue16
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in Minneapolis, MN. Drank late run the night after many big and better beers, so this may play into the review...

Amber and clear with a light white head that leaves light lacing. Some citrus and pepper on the nose.Tons of corn in the nose too, which also dominates the body. Meh. Corn is not my thing, nor is this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 04:15:36 | More by kjyost
Photo of iSip


3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Killians Irish Red: It has been a while since I have had a Killians. I had a glass recently on tap meeting with a friend. Now that my beer knowledge and tastes have expanded, I wondered how the Killians would fare. The Killians is leather brown in color, which most people would call red. A nice head forms on top. There is a pleasing malty aroma. The flavor is very much in the English Ale style, lots of malt and very mild in the hop department. My memories were correct, and I have not been completely jaded by big “statement” beers I have tasted lately. The Killians was easy drinking and quite flavorful. One of the better Molson Coors products.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 23:11:10 | More by iSip
Photo of bsp77


2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into mug.

Appearance: Somewhat dark amber with moderate white head.

Smell: Very light caramel and metallic hops. Extremely faint.

Taste: Caramel and bready malts with very light spicy hops. Not much going on, but I guess it tastes fine. A little sweet.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body. Could be a little drier.

Overall: I remember thinking this was a high quality brew in college. How the times have changed.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 04:13:14 | More by bsp77
Photo of gtermi


2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is one of those average beers you get at a bar after you have had 10 drinks. It is cheap and easy to drink. The taste is not really there at all. You get a little bit decent flavors, but it is pretty bland for the most part. The smell is just like a basic beer and the mouthfeel is that of a lot of carbonation. Overall this is just an average beer. I would never seek this out just to have it, but I have had worse.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2011 06:29:54 | More by gtermi
Photo of boilermakerbrew


2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap tonight at Scotty's Brewhouse, West Lafayette.

Overall, I was not impressed. Had the typical "Irish Red" muted smell and taste. To me any Irish beer always has a thicker mouthfeel with a more muted, subtle taste. Killian's had this, but you can definitely tell it is a macro product. Little taste profile overall, but what it does have is mostly malt profile and little to no hops.

The appearance although wasn't too bad. A darker reddish color that you could see through. Also, only an average head at best. Mostly fizzy and dissipated very quickly.

Overall, a good change-up from a light lager, but not something I'm going to seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2011 02:47:34 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of ChadQuest


2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got a pitcher for cheap with a pizza in Dekalb, it was a near free deal, win.
Color is a pale redish color that is translucent and shows carbination.
The aroma and flavors are lacking any strong notes but some caramel in the distance is most noticable. any other notes of hops or others are so faint as to be undetectable under the minor malt presence.
Body is light and carbinatied and clean and refreshing. ok to drink with pizza and you dont want to interfere with the other flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 04:08:34 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of mdfb79

New York

2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From 08/26/11 notes. Had on tap in Holmes Beach, Florida at some random restaurant built out on a pier. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a reddish amber color with high carbonation evident and one inch of off white head.

s - Smells of roasted malts, nuts, caramel and toasted malts. Not bad at all.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, light bready malts, light nuts, and toasted malts, but seems a bit watered down. Small step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Easy to drink but way overcarbonated.

o - Overall an average beer but way better than something like Coors Lite. Would have it again at a bar with macro beers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2011 23:41:29 | More by mdfb79
Photo of BretSikkink


3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red amber color, clear, with a dun colored head of marginal stickiness.

Aroma and flavor can generously be termed clean. Very light and unoffensive. Grains are forefront, thee are lightly toasted. Mineral water and carbonation ar noted.

Boring, and not even a very good accompaniment to fish and chips. Golden, CO does Old Eire no favors here.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 04:13:10 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Northsider


3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not much to say about this one...I wanted to try an Irish Red and this was all that was on tap. Average all around beer. i'd drink it again, but it wouldn't be the first thing I grabbed for. Color was amber red, smell was sweet and malty, however taste just wasn't there. All I tasted was bitter.

Overall disappointing, but it's widely available and not *that* bad. Grab something better if you see it, but this is an alright go-to Red. I didn't know it was Coors, but I'll most likely try to avoid in the future if possible.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2011 13:22:36 | More by Northsider
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra


1.98/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - a dark red/maroon to amber color, with a modest head that actually lasted longer than I expected. The appearance is probably the best thing about this beer.

S - I couldn't pick up much of any scent, but at least it wasn't offensive. Maybe some weak bread scents, if anything.

T - tasted like sourdough bread to me. Malts flavor is dominant, but weak. There's a few seconds of a bitter/sour taste, then it's gone. Nothing complex or interesting going on here. But nothing offensive either.

M - watery. Not much carbonation.

O - not impressed, but considering it is a macro lager, it could be worse.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2011 13:54:00 | More by DeltaGolfSierra
Photo of BarryMFBurton


2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't want to spend a lot of time on this one. I've never been a fan of Coors, and this seems to me like faux-craft more than anything. I know a few people who sport Killian's as their go-to's, (and I don't think any worse of them), but I've had it before and never thought much of it. I've never really scrutinized it, though, and that's what I'm here to do now. Let's go:

Served on-tap at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Avon, Indiana.

A: This is one of the enduring things I like about Killian's. The say Irish Red, and they mean it. It a deep red with brown highlights, sporting a 2-finger white head. Lacing and head fade quickly, but it's because it's more like a micro-carb than anything.

S: This is where it starts to go downhill. Mostly cheap alcohol and mild yeast in the nose. There's some dark bitters, but it fades disappointingly quickly.

T: The flavor is at least a little more complex. Earthy yeast is satisfying, but gives way to some cheap, artificially fruity wheat. Not a great overtone. Underneath that, though, is a hint of dark coffee and some unidentifiable sweetness. It's almost like a syrupy mocha. A decent palate.

M: Smooth, but much more syrupy than the look implied. It's almost slimy.

O: A decent offering from Coors (considering their current bestsellers), but still not a go-to for me. On-tap, in a bottle: no thanks.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 04:25:11 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of CrazGreek


3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a darker amber color that's often associated with red lager. About a half-finger head, dissapated with some pretty good lacing. Presented a very inviting sight on a hot day, with a little bit of sweat on the glass.

S- A bit underwhelming of a smell. Mostly toasted malts, a touch of cereal grains.

T- Only a touch of hops, and primarily this beer is about the malts. Not much of that caramel flavor that you find in most red lagers. The taste is nothing exceptional, but it's pretty enjoyable, all things considered

M- Pretty good level of carbonation. Not overcarbonated like most cheaper, macrobrewed beer. Very smooth, without a lot of body.

O- I do enjoy this beer when I crave a red lager, as it's widely available and not hard on the wallet if you feel like using them to stay refreshed on a hot day. Not the best there is, but definitely worth sampling.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 05:25:58 | More by CrazGreek
Photo of jsprain1


2.05/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Dark amber/red, with a thick foamy head that retains pretty well.
S- Weak aroma. Not terrible smelling, but it pretty much is just faint malt.
T- Sweet malt, with what's interesting is that there seems to be no flavor in the finish. It's kind of bizarre really.
M- Light and low carbed, lending a sense of wateryness to the beer.
O- It's slightly better than most macro lagers, but it's just not that great.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 09:25:07 | More by jsprain1
Photo of LittleDon


2.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A pint marketed as La Jolla Lager at the Manager's Reception, Embassy Suites San Diego - La Jolla.

From the venue, you could probably guest as to the freshness of the beer. Given that most of the folks were drinking this and not Bud Light, I was holding out hope. Red in color, clear, the head was there and gone in a flash and could not be resurrected. The aroma was caramel and malty with a hint of what seemed to be strawberry ice cream. There was a slight mineral smell, but I think that might have been the glassware. Some carbonation in the beginning, plain middle: malty, a tad of hops, leans toward the dry side. Everything disappears in the end with an odd just perceptible metallic taste.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 02:01:46 | More by LittleDon
Photo of zrab11


3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Is a amber color, not too dark of a amber. can see right through the glass pretty well. Gives a nice big white head

S-Carmel malty smell with some yeast notes

T-Sweet notes but tasted alittle watered down

M-Good carbonation,feels light in the mouth

D-Easy to drink,not enough flavor though. would drink one if someone offered it to me bu prob wouldnt order again

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2011 03:53:29 | More by zrab11
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George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,174 ratings.