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: 808
Hads: 2,786
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 23
Gots: 407 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.11/5  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. (341 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.22/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Phebe's Tavern & Grill, New York, NY

A: 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.
S: Light aromas of sweet toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: 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 is perceptible, but there is enough hops to prevent this from being overly sweet.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. While it doesn't have much in the way of interesting flavors, it does have a pleasant mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap (794 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (835 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.61/5  rDev -14.4%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev +17.4%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.45/5  rDev -19.7%
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. (1,235 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (278 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.11/5  rDev +2%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.41/5  rDev -21%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.19/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This one was a real stinker for me. First off, I think it's weird that Killian's Irish Red is listed as a 'Euro Dark Lager' not an 'Irish Red'.. but whatever. The taste didn't sit well at all with me. Way too malty it seemed and not enough balance in the beer. Almost hard to swallow. I try this often and try to like it but just can't. (336 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
2.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a beer I might have had from time to time before embracing bolder, more extreme styles. I thought I would return to see how it fared compared to craft reds I have had lately

Served cold in a frosty mug
A - a medium amber w/ about 1 finger of pale head that vanishes after I look away. The clarity of the beer is good w/ moderate lace

S - An adjunct -like sweet malt aroma similar to toasted corn cereal

M - A really high carbonation level and very light body. The feel is slightly sweet and prickly and finishes with a touch of hop spice

T - A muted malt taste w/ subtle lager yeast flavor. The corn cereal taste elements are in the forefront w/ a hint of herbal hop. The taste is sweet, but that is the only flavor as the adjunct takes over the little hop and malt flavor there is - the gentle pale malt flavor comes out w/ a hint of toasted tinge near the bottom of the glass

D - A pretty bland lager, but it is still drinkable. It is similar to Yuengling lager and other 'amber' beers to me w/ something more in the taste -I would order this over a light or american pale lager. (1,095 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.21/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +13.8%
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 (451 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
1.23/5  rDev -59.7%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.51/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.81/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a Sam Adams Lager glass.

Reddish mahogany color; clear; a weak beige head that leaves little lacing.

Lighter aroma than taste: too light. The flavor [3.25] is decent, although rather simple, featuring caramel medium roast malt. Enough hops to balance the sweetness.

M: less smooth and more watery than if should be, and too astringent. {2.5}

O: An acceptable and low-price choice for times when the beer selection is weak. (452 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium amber in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some reddish brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted malts with just a touch of burnt toast. Light hints of earthy bittering hops and a touch of bready malts. Very light notes of light fruits - green apple in particular.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of toasted malts with some light notes of burnt toast and just a hint of breadiness. There are very light hints of caramel sweetness followed by some bitterness which lingers but not for too long.

M: Just heavier than light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: Of all the offerings I have tried from Coors, this is one of the better ones that I have tried - there is also a certain nostalgia factor for this beer as I drank quite a bit of this when in college in the early 90s and this was better than the average BMC available (man, craft beer has come a long way). Easy to drink but definitely not one I would go searching out in the future. (1,279 characters)

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George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
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