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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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2,485 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,485
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 15
Gots: 167 | 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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Photo of Swill5786
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish tinged amber. Two Finger head was mostly gone before I got to the couch. Most appealing part is simply the color, but this is just average.

S - Sweet caramel, fruity hops hiding deep in the background, but discernible.

T - Caramel malt, faint hops, smooth. Macro that feels macro. Not horrible, not great either. Again, average. Not even much of an aftertaste.

M - Decent... Slightly dry finish.

D - I could see many beer drinkers pounding this due to it's straightforward look, taste, and feel. Not very challenging to the status quo except in the color of the brew.

Swill5786, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of lou50rp
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice red color. not much head and it dissipates quickly.
Mild malty smell. Uninteresting.
Not a whole lot of taste. malt taste is mild with little bitterness.
Mouthfeel is light to medium.
Earlier, pre-Coors version, was better. this is lackluster. Drank one and it will probably be the last, ever.

lou50rp, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of bamojr
3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a good standard beer that has average taste and is a good standby if there are limited other options. I find myself purchasing this a lot for its easy drinkability, decent taste, and relatively low price. Killian's Red is also easy to find at most major chains that carry beer in the U.S.

bamojr, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a nice amber, red color to it, little bit of head and lace to it. A light smell of malt. It really doesn't have much of a taste other than a malt bitterness. It goes down smooth. My taste buds is saying get something that has a better taste. I would say for a cheaper beer it is good, but I'm not running out to get more.

chefhatt, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Spider889
2.55/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best part of the beer is the appearance, dark cedar color. From a distance, when I saw pitchers of this at a wedding, I had hoped for a craft beer given the dark color. Alas it was only Killian's.

The beer smells mildly of malt and of the bitterness (not hop bitterness) you normally find in BMC beers.

Taste is very light, mildly carbonated, not nearly as malty as the color would suggest. I also got a strong metallic tang in the beer, not sure if that is inherent to the beer or a byproduct of the keg...

Mouthfeel is very light, smooth going down. Ultimately for as light as the beer is, I don't find it very drinkable, because all it does is make me want to find something with more flavor and body to it.

Spider889, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me rate the first beer I have ever loved. George Killians Irish Red. Paired with "Kozy Shack Original Rice all natural Pudding"

Reviewed July 19, 2010

Wiseman Justin Reporting:

Appearance: Very Amber, clear with a thin head. Started thick but loses most of it. Some head retention, some lacing.

Smell: Grainy, like bread. Maybe wood chips, "cheap macro" smell is present but it's not that bad.

Taste: The rice pudding Kinda makes me nauseous drinking it along with a beer. The beer is not the perfect beer I remember it.... sigh. Such good memories we all had to start somewhere I suppose. Unremarkable.

Mouthfeel: Very similiar to cheap macro's but the quality is better.

Drinkability: Easy to drink and cheap but... my taste buds say no.

Pairing Score: F- Holy good god. I feel gross from the Rice Pudding.

ThreeWiseMen, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of bagpiper2005
3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour: A clear, effervescent reddish-amber color with one finger of head that dissipated instantly and left no lancing on the glass.

Smell: Light hint of caramel malts and slightly grainy. No hops.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the smell, it starts of caramelly and becomes slightly grainy. Finishes up with very low hop bitterness and slight nutty flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light with an extremely high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Drinks easily, refreshing.

Final Notes: This was the beer that started moving me more toward better beer. I remember really liking it back in the day, but now it's just okay. A good stepping stone and I'll drink it if it's the best thing there is.

bagpiper2005, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of Crowls
2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Amber color with little to no head, no lacing

Smell: small caramel malt with hints of spice

Taste: mostly caramel with nothing else really jumping out

Mouthfeel: simplistic, nothing awe-inspiring or enjoyable

Drinkability: Goes down easy just like many mass produced beers, not a bad brew just overly average

Crowls, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of jporf911
3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Although it's an Irish Red, its appearance differences somewhat from other Reds. It's actually a bit more brown, with the red seemingly thrown in as an afterthought. Decent head that leaves a good bit of clinging lace.

Smell- Hints of sweet caramel malt and toasted grain.

Taste- Similar to the smell; slightly sweet malt mixes with the toasted grain and finishes with a weak taste of hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, goes down easily.

Drinkability- This isn't a bad beer by any means, at least as far as macros go; however, you could do better. Still, it's drinkable and good enough to make a session out of.

jporf911, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of hu5om
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is amber-red and fairly translucent. Off white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smell and taste are mostly malty carmel. The first sixer I bought on my 21st birthday is not what I used to think it was. mouthfeel was subpar. SA Red is a lot better all around if you are desperate, but there are a lot of superior micro varieties. made by coor's, what do you expect?

hu5om, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
2.6/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a thick, foamy white head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Caramel malts dominate here. A bit of graininess also comes out.

Taste: Pretty light on flavor. Slight hop bitterness up front turns into a sweet caramel flavor towards the back. Kind of boring...

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery...

Drinkability: This is a simple, pretty drinkable beer. Much better than most other things for the same price but still fairly unexciting.

wahhmaster, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of Erish
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was tapped into a tall frosty glass mug.

A: Reddish amber. One-finger head falls quickly, almost no lacing.

S: Sweetness, apple.

T: Up front there is a ton of sweetness, lots of apple flavor, almost like they added sugar, the middle features raisin bread, light and indistinct hop character, the finish is mildly hopped.

M: Decent carbonation, medium weight, nothing special but not bad.

D: If you are seeking a sweet beer, this is it. I did not hate it, but I would not seek it out!

Erish, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Brynn
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a lovely red-gold, very lovely to look at when the light catches it. Head is off-white and barely noticeable.

Very little smell straight out of the glass, almost nonexistent. Might be a teeny bit hoppy, more malty than anything.

Taste is nothing to write home about, but the smell as you hold it in your mouth is fun and pleasant. Goes down easy.

This was my first beer ever, and I still enjoy it for nostalgia appeal and for comfort. Whenever I'm wiped out from stronger stuff it's nice to go back to this Irish Red for a nice drink I can enjoy without fighting my way past bitter hops.

Brynn, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

George Killian's Irish Red has a medium, off-white head and a very clear, red color. Carbonation is on the moderate to high side. Aroma is very weak, but a roasted grain smell can be faintly detected. Even though the taste is subdued, one can notice a hop presence. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and it finishes wet. I'd recommend giving this a try. It should go well with spicy foods.


RonaldTheriot, May 30, 2010
Photo of pasdachuri
2.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish brown with a filmy beige head.

A faint cereal malt and maybe a little caramel nose. Nothing much to speak of.

Not much flavor as well. A thin malt backbone with a spicy finish.

Thin and very carbonated mouthfeel.

If this beer's price was on-par with it's taste then maybe I'd consider some drinkability but its not so no, not very drinkable.

pasdachuri, May 29, 2010
Photo of dcook11
2/5  rDev -34%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Amber with a very small but persistant head.

S- Not all that much going on here. I get a little sweetness, similiar to taffy. A little hops but not all that much.

T- More hops come through with the taste then the smell and has a nice bitter finish to it. so-so.

Mouthfeel- not very pleasent. Mettalic finish.

Drinkibility- Low to moderate. Could not see myself finishing more then a couple of these back to back.

dcook11, May 25, 2010
Photo of Spica66
2.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber red, looks watery and transparent. Thin head.

S: I actually smell some hops, but the malt one would expect from an AA is just not there.

T: Almost nothing going on. A tiny bitter aftertaste. Bland.

M: Just thicker than carbonated water.

D: Nothing to stop you from being able to drink this beer.

I would not buy it except to avoid Bud Light...

Spica66, May 20, 2010
Photo of jmarvin4189
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured it from a bottle to a glass, looks amber red

Smell - nothing impressive has a hint of hops presence in the smell

Taste - a fuller beer than bud light, has a bitter taste, didn't taste any hops.

mouthfeel - high carbonation, not a beer to chug but it doesn't feel like water

Drinkability - Easy to drink and for the price i would rather spend a couple bucks to drink this instead of bud light or anything that is equivalent to seltzer water.

jmarvin4189, May 19, 2010
Photo of curasowa
2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a medium red color with 1 finger of head with pretty good retention but no real lacing. Hits of toasted malt/butter in the aroma, but mostly has a metallic/club soda smell. Initial taste is kind of like wet sawdust with a bit of roasted malt flavor, before thinning out with just the slightest amount of bitterness. Body is thin, finish is thin, fast and clean. Meh.

curasowa, May 11, 2010
Photo of 7thInningSuds
4.1/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Looked good.

S - Smelled good.

T - Good balanced beer. Not as much hop presence as I thought would be there.

M - Good.

D - Tried a 12-pack of these for my first Irish Red. Not disappointed. Will keep these in the beer fridge from time to time.

7thInningSuds, May 11, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
2.38/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Super clear and almost artificially colored red. The head is decent and it leaves some lacing.

S- Not nice. Corn, malt, lots of tin (even though this is from a bottle),

T- Sweet and malty. Maple syrup, caramel malts, caramel corn, aluminum, corn and very little hops.

M- Light and fizzy.

D- Obviously the ABV is very low on this beer since its coming from Coors. This is easy to drink as the taste isnt very strong. I can see how people who only drink other Coors products this this is a heavy beer. I mean its pretty dark! :P Anyway, this isnt a beer I will be having again.

MbpBugeye, May 06, 2010
Photo of thecarster1
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger of head with spotty lacing, bright amber red coloring.

s- bright, slight bit of hops, biscuit, not much else.

t- some sweetness, slight skunk, no real hop presence, dry biscuit, stale bready.

m- light bodied.

d- this is your average ale, not overly flavorful, but still enjoyable and drinkable none the less.

thecarster1, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper, with a pink tinge to it. Fairly transparent considering the color. Not bad, but not too interesting. Better on tap.

Smell: I got very little in this department. Sour biscuits maybe?

Taste/Mouthfeel: Disappointing. Bitterness and sweetness were nice, but nothing unique. Very malty. Mine was smooth, but also felt a little flat and pretty watery.

Drinkability: Ok drinkability. I feel like I would get bored after a while.

Overall: Not worth the extra money considering the experience. Killian's is by no means a bad beer. Actually, it's quite good. Just not memorable or anything. Better on tap.

tjsdomer2, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of jmich24
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 bottle

A: Light brown with a slight reddish tint. Quarter inch head dissipates fast. Faint lacing.
S: Just maltiness.
T: Smooth and malty, no hops to speak of, somewhat boring. Not good, but not terrible.
M: Very thin and watery.
D: This is a drinkable session beer when out at a bar with a lame beer selection.

I would never buy it for home consumption. Just so many better options out there. I will order this at a bar when your choices are lame.(Bud, Bud Light, or Killians).

jmich24, Apr 07, 2010
George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,485 ratings.