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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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2,182 Ratings

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Ratings: 2182
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 BuckeyeNation


2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

As much as I hate to admit it, I too used to think that this was an import from Ireland. That was several years ago (before BA) when I was young and naive in the ways of beer. The impression lasted only as long as it took me to actually drink some of the beer; after which it occured to me that I was most likely drinking an American macro. One look at the label confirmed it. I'm ready, however, to give it another chance, another go-round now that my beer knowledge and experience have grown.

Reddish orange-amber and perfectly clear. An aggressive pour results in a medium-sized beige head that drops rather quickly to a thin film or less. Almost no lace. The nose is an improvement on the better known macros since it isn't offensive.

The most I can say for the flavor is that it isn't off-putting. Even though it struggles to be average, the beer is somewhat drinkable. There's some sweet malt initially, then a modest bitterness... then the whole thing ends rather abruptly.

The mouthfeel is thin and borderline watery. This is clearly not well-brewed craft beer, but Coors has done a passable job with it compared to their more popular lagers. I could drink Killian's 'Irish' Red again if I had to. But I don't, so I won't.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 18:20:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice reddish amber with a frothy off white head, decent lace ringed down the glass and some nice chains of bubbles formed visible carbonation. Smell was bready, with a hint of bittering hops, but mostly cereal like. Taste was smooth, non descript and very sessionable. Lots of malts, and thats about it. Overall not bad, but doesnt stand out in a crowd.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 00:42:00 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of womencantsail


3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a sort of brownish red color with a short lived off-white head.

S: Certainly not the most pleasing aroma. Really kind of harsh with green apple and over-roasted/burnt malts. There is a little bit of burnt toast in there too, which I don't find all that appealing.

T: Flavor is slightly better but still sort of bitter and harsh. More of the burnt toast flavor. I don't get a lot of the caramel type flavors that I would associate with a red beer. No hop flavor, but definitely some bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is one good thing about this beer. Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation.

O: Disappointing. I remember liking this beer several years back, but every time I've had it since then, it's been a real let down.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 06:15:52 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a light amber color beer with an average size foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt is not the most complex but still somewhat enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by some medium sweet caramel malt with some limited complexity but also no adjunct as I had feared to be found. Body is about average with some OK carbonation. I guess I was surprised by this one considering the brewer but this is still not something I would seek again.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 19:27:40 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of BEERchitect


2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Drank at the local Applebees. Not a particularly good beer and not handled or delivered well by the establishment. My critiqe will be largely based on what I remember about this beer from a few months ago.

The beer looks nicely auburn and crimson with medium carbonation to liven it up. Subtle off white head that fades quickly. Smells a little toasty, caramelly, and biscuity. Tastes equals the aromas, but offers little in the way of boldness or strength. No real body or hop character. Weak body and watery mouthfeel. An easy drinking beer, but always expect more from this one.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2005 13:01:11 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Thorpe429


2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly-darkened amber color with an off white head and a touch of lacing. Nose is light amber malt with a but of a nutty character and some mild earth. Taste is a bit sweet and earthy with a touch of caramel added. Medium feel with good carbonation and is slightly drink. Drinks well enough, but nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2010 12:01:54 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.42/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Weak, nearly non-existent aroma with just a bit of green apple and hint of malt.

Taste: Overall light flavor, there's just a touch of grainy malt. More of the green apple from the "aroma". Very, very light bitterness. Watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A real letdown.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2008 02:11:03 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of TMoney2591


3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a slightly frosted shaker pint glass.

Apparently there are still Quizzo beers I haven't yet reviewed. As I tick this one, it pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises only light mandarin oranges and light toffee. The taste doesn't deviate too far from this, adding only a touch of orange peel and a small dash of pepper. The body is a straight medium, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a decent li'l brew, nothing to write home about but more than enough for Quizzo.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 08:19:51 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember these being a revelation while patronizing the Old Market pubs in Omaha many a year ago, me unaware of the hidden Coors ownership. Will the reunion be typically awkward? It's now labeled as a product of Unibev, Golden, CO. What thin obfuscation...

This beer pours a clear medium burnt amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, soapy ecru head, which melts away to leave only a meniscus of lace around the perimeter of the glass. It smells of sweet caramel malt, a bit of honey, and mild earthy hops. The taste is fruity caramel malt - apple and pear mostly. The hops are quite faint, lending more of a sense of balance to the sweetness, than any discernible flavour of their own. The carbonation is average, the body leaning a bit to the lighter side of middleweight, with some decent creaminess, and it finishes fairly sweet, the fruity malt seemingly unchallenged at the end.

I can see why I liked these years ago - malt forward, very low bitterness, smooth and easy to drink. Simple, but still moderately endearing.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 22:29:09 | More by biboergosum
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Vineyard in Attleboro, MA, served in a large mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown with a foamy yellowish gold head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but malty, with notes of caramel, tea & a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very much the same as the smell, caramelized malt, tea and a little bit of hops.

M: Smooth & crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, with a clean finish.

D: Easy to drink and not very filling, but a little lacking in flavor compared to most micro brews. However, I find it a good alternative if you're faced only with choices from the brewing giants. This used to be my favorite beer before I started drinking micros, so it still has a somewhat warm place in my heart and palate.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2006 16:31:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of russpowell


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

Had this on tap in Cavelier (sp?) ND

Pours caramel to red with a 1" white head. Minimal head retention & no lacing

Smell: Fruittyness & malt hints

Taste: fruity up front then caramel. Finishes malty & dry

MF: Okay balance, but nothing really asserts itself, slightly undercarbonated

Drinks okay, good beer to have when you're miles away from beer civilization. At its best (fresh) its better than this review. At its worst, just mundane

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2006 02:42:39 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is average. It has a slight malty scent, but it is soured with a skunky lager odor. The taste is pretty decent. It has a smooth, refreshing, slightly malty flavor with a crisp finish. It has little complexity, but it doesn't much matter. It has good mouthfeel. This is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good macro beer. I usually have one of these if I'm having people over or if I'm out at the bars. It's pretty good, but nothing special; a run of the mill red lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2004 04:04:56 | More by WesWes
Photo of Mora2000


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

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the mail, with some toffee and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is similar, with quite a bit of toffee and grain coming through, as well as a good bit of sugary sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not awful, but definitely nothing to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 05:32:07 | More by Mora2000
Photo of zeff80


2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a burgandy color with a 1+ finger head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled of malt and faintly of grass.

T - It tasted fairly malty with a subtle spice and hop flavor.

M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is a descent beer. Great for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2007 03:13:26 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


1.68/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Topped by a tan head, that sticks around for only a short bit. Has a nice clear amber/ red color to it. Has a lightly malty sweet aroma to it with something else that is a bit off in there as well. Egads this one has a bit of an off putting finish as well, luckily it is not very strong of a taste. It finishes a bit vegetal. Other than that it is a bit caramely sweet, and does not have much in the way of hops at all. A bit of sharpness from the carbonation affects the back of my mouth as well. Overall there is something not quite right with this beer but I can't quite place what it is.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 18:04:31 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Knapp85


3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably the first Irish Red I ever had. I know it's not a true Irish brew since Coors makes it. However, when I was just starting out I was just taking what ever I could get. Killian's pours out as an attractive amber color with a big rising tan colored head on it. The head settles into some random sudsy patterns on top of the brew for a little while. The smell of the beer is a bit earthy with a lots of caramel on the nose. The taste of the been is mostly caramel too in my opinion, not much in way of hops, but I still find it to be a tasty brew. The mouthfeel isn't bad, it's got a decent bubbly feel and it's a little thick too. Overall I had so much Killian's when I started drinking beers that I thought I'd had enough of it. I found myself with a 6 pack given to me on my birthday so here I go again with the old school stuff again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 04:04:48 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


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

Bright red with a thick head that quckly decends to a thin cover.

The smell is clean - not much of an aroma, but nothing offensive.

The taste - think macro lager with some sweet caramelish malt. Easy and clean, but not much going on but some maltiness that keeps it from being bad. No real depth or complexity.

Thin, but has somthing of a body, albeit too light, too it. Fleeting, but again, inoffensive.

Other than some caramelish malt, there's not much to say. Nothing too offensive and something to pick when the choices are limited to a few macros.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2007 16:16:53 | More by jwc215
Photo of WVbeergeek


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

This beer claims to be derived from a traditional recipe from George Killian a true Irishmen, however this beer is brewed by Coors. I will say this is a decent stab at an amber red from a macro perspective. This beer pours amber with a tan head that forms a decently even lace in my glass. The aroma is full of toasted malts and a mild caramel tone, but overall it is very faint. The taste is much of the same an attempt at what could be a really good beer ends up as a macro specialty beer with watered down caramel malt and mildly toasted malts. Not bad if in a jam, but never a go to that's for sure. Search for Crooked River Irish Red or even Conway's Irish Ale for a beer with some real flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2003 15:40:10 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Halcyondays


3.83/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 99 cent single at Total Wine Tustin, best by 12/28/08,

A: Pours amber/red with a medium white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: An interesting mix of malt and smoke.

T: The flavour surprised me at how good it was. Sweet malt and molasses character with a bit of biscuit and burnt toast. Hops are in a good balance offering grassy notes and spice. Something's missing in the aftertaste, the beer sort of peters out, but overall quite enjoyable.

M: It is watery and needs more body, it really doesn't have a finishing burst of flavour. Relatively light-bodied, an easy drinker.

D: Certainly the best beer I have ever had from the Big 3, at it's price I'll certainly buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 02:01:19 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.51/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this is another one of those beers that used to be pretty great and has changed in the corporate setting. still though, its the best thing coming out of coors, and still has a soft spot in my heart harkening back to my youth. pours a nice burnt brick red color with a fluffy tan head. it used to smell a little smoky amongst the dry red malts, but now it smells more like an adjunct heavy brew and they smoke is almost gone. its go an oatmeal sort of heavy complexion to it, and the sweetness is sort of familiar too, the finish is long and caramel centered. I don't know why this beer was changed, the original brew was really pretty good, but its become another factory beer casualty. better body than most though, and the carbonation is agreeable. I can still drink a 6er of these and enjoy them all, but its not what it used to be.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 16:31:21 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of barleywinefiend


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

Retried this over the past weekend after a few years away from it. Worse than I remembered. Poured a brownish red with a slight foamy head. Nose is of yeast and malt, and the taste follows suit. Not much character to this beer and just malt plus slight hopd. Euro Dark Lager??? Its drinkable and better than most Coors products.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2008 00:20:30 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Starts with a decent, albeit simple caramel malt aroma, but goes downhill from there. The flavor holds the nice caramel at first, but it gives way to a very unpleasant, almost acidic bitterness that's not fun at all. This beer isn't even inoffensive. I'd drink one if given to me, but I wouldn't finish it.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 02:29:00 | More by tempest
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 Rifugium


1.25/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: probably back in high school, stolen from a friend's dad's fridge or something.

Well, it's better than Coors Light anyway. Poured a clear, reddish-amber, carbonated, and a small white head. Sweet malty aroma...not much else to speak of. Light, sweet taste, malts, burnt sugar, bitter, and pretty weak. Light, watery body, stale, and a bitter aftertaste. Drinkable if you want drink whole cases at a time and get wasted. Otherwise, avoid this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 21:42:31 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Jason


3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Euro-style 12 oz brown twist off bottle with a drink before date printed right below the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: Bright reddish amber with a perfect clarity, the head does pretty well also and clings to the glass almost all the way down.

Smell: Very clean aroma with faint toasted grain and light sweetness is a caramel kind of way.

Taste: Moderate body with a clean palate and smooth mouth feel. Simple and quick malt flavours of toasted grain and faint caramel, a touch thin on the malt but it is there. More of dry malt character though not bone dry, hop bitterness is meek is at a good level in comparison to the malt. More toasted grain in the end with a clean and dry finish.

Notes: Decent at best, very undemanding on the taste buds. This seems to be the beer for macro drinkers to think they are drinking a micro … I guess if that makes them happy that is all that matters, sadly some people think this is an import. Sometimes this is all bars have aside from the pale swill … call it a last resort beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2002 11:18:43 | More by Jason
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George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
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