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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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Reviews: 818
Hads: 2,855
Avg: 3.04
pDev: 36.18%
Wants: 26
Gots: 499 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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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Photo of Tone
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of yeast, hint of adjunct, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hops, hint of adjunct, hint of alcohol, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, too sweet for my taste, but decent appearance and blend.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Red and light brown appearance, almost no head on it, therefore no lacing or retention. Aroma was sweet and unhoppy, missing the usual red malt aromas, both good and bad thing in this regard.

Taste had some sweetness, not really getting the malt or toasted aspects of it, almost makes me wonder if they got the color here through nefarious means. A little bit of bitterness going for it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark caramel amber color, with a 2 finger popcorn head. It rapidly diminishes to a thin creamy ring though. Opacity is 70%.

Smells like stale grain and barley malt, with caramel and a good dose of melted butter. DMS in an amber lager?

The taste thankfully is marginally better, but still retains the DMS butter flavor and some cloying malt liquorish brown sugar caramel. Mixed with grass clippings and popcorn.

Buzzing carbonation...and an ugly creaminess and a pasty finish wrap this one up.

Overall, Killian's is among the worst beers I've ever had and for sure the worst amber lager I've had.

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Photo of JakeMegabyte
3.82/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a fine amber, and honestly, this is my go to if I'm hanging out with my relatives who don't really enjoy craft beer or couldn't imagine drinking anything else other than bud light. This is the beer I bring when I want them to try something "new." It's casual, it's easy, and it's the way your first amber honestly should be. Compared to other ambers like the Long Trail this is a godsend--it's not hoppy or bitter, it's warm, easy to drink, and the taste is "good enough." It's got a nice, light red-brown color, carbonates well, and has a nice head. The aromatics are mainly sweet caramel malts, a little nutty, a little, toasty, and the taste is about the same, mild sweetness with a fullness, though there is a wateriness that leaves a little to be desired but that's common with ambers. The thing this beer really does right, like with many Irish and Scottish ales, is that it's simply not hoppy. While this beer isn't good enough to be had warm, it's better cold than most ambers because it's not trying to be hoppy or limey like an IPA and has a body more similar to a Scotch ale than a lager or a porter. It's a great in-between beer and worth drinking just to get your bearings on a basic beer.

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Photo of schwansmantr
4.53/5  rDev +49%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look- The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short light beige head that hardly died down.
Smell- Light aromas of sweet toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose.
Taste - The taste is similar to the smell and is mostly dominated by malty flavors—toasted matls and bits of caramel sweetness stand out in particular. No bitterness.
Feel- feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
Overall - This beer is easy to drink light on the tounge and went down fast. The flavor was nice light and malty with next to no bitterness. I really enjoyed this beer and am glad I tried it because it's getting an A and yes I'll be getting it again.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/31/2015. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/roast malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Moderate dryness after the finish for roasted bitterness. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/roast malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very solid Irish Red styled lager. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready/roast malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.99/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a drinking glass of some sort, nice dark brown color.
Smelled uninteresting, nothing for me to set it apart from other beers, smelled kinda cheap.
Tasted better than it smelled, has a roasted taste, but of what I can't tell, their site says roasted/toasted caramel but to me it's a bold bitter flavor of wood taste.
Feels good though, medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Goes down fairly easy, besides the odd taste.
Overall, it's okay, wouldn't buy this again but could drink it again if offered.

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Photo of Das_Reh
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty standard amber lager. Malt forward, inoffensive but not too interesting. I have to put 150 characters, I wish they would just let you do number ratings.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yes, it's a fancier product from a mega-brewer. If you get stuck and have to settle for a non-craft beer, you could do a lot worse than this one. Malty and red just like an Irish beer should be. Not anything original or groundbreaking, but decent.

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Photo of hophead723
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is something of a classic to me so I wanted to give it a review.

Look: Pours a nice deep reddish-amber with a touch of gold in the light. The head is off-white and rapidly diminishes to a ring. The lacing is light and somewhat consistent.

Smell: Toasty biscuit malt and ale-like fruit esters dominate the aroma. Gets a bit more aromatic as it warms.

Taste: Toasted caramel malt at first with nice bready characteristics. There are no apparent hops and the alcohol is more phantom than spirit.

Feel: Smooth with medium carbonation. The back end is a bit watery.

Overall: This is an easy drinker for me, and has a bit of a nostalgic tie because my dad used to drink it. A bit watery and one dimensional but its a cheaper beer made by Coors so you get a good bit of character for the money.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
2.66/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a red amber with a thin white head. Head fades quickly but leaves behind some bubbles that linger atop the beer. Little to no lacing.

S: Caramel, sweet malts, vanilla, and hints of cherry.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet malts up front with caramel, vanilla, and some subtle fruit flavors.

M: Light bodied, low carbonation, smooth easy drinker.

O: Not bad not great but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of TtheGrey
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I went to my package store looking for Hooker Irish Red, but it wasn't in stock. They didn't have a huge selection of Irish Reds but they had Killians at $12.99/12pk which was a good price. Though not on the level of Hooker Irish this stuff was pretty good.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of GerryPendry
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
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/

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Photo of Wilshade
3.19/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of acdcsmith22
3.83/5  rDev +26%
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.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.37/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.83/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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...

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Photo of BB1980
4.02/5  rDev +32.2%
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"

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Photo of leantom
3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

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Photo of Premo88
3.69/5  rDev +21.4%
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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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Reddish brown with a large tan colored head

S: Little sweet malts, mostly lager yeast smell

T: Sweet malts, not much else. I had it a little too cold, I think a little warmer would bring out more of a flavor profile.

M: Medium

O: Not a bad beer for the price but not the best ever. Will buy again.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours redish amber with a bubbly light tan head that settles rather quickly with no lacing.

S: Pretty tame, a little bready and caramel malty sweetness, and a little earthy hops.

T: Caramel/toffee sweetness, bready maybe slightly toasted malt, a little earthy hops, and some grainy and cooked vegetable notes.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not terrible, better than your average BCM lager. Not a bad choice for a 6 pack to take to a party with a lot of non craft drinkers.

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George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 818 ratings.