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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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2,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,367
Reviews: 785
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 117 | 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.

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Photo of tempo013


3.8/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on my 22nd birthday out of a bottle cause my roommate offered me one.
Appearance- a light red color when help to a light with a light head
Smell- smells nutty and also hoppy
Taste- it tastes strong compared to light beers
Mouthfeel- almost bitter and somewhat strong that it makes your mouth tingle
Drinkability- I could buy a case of this beer and have it last a week or so. maybe drinking 4-6 a night

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 22:35:58 | More by tempo013
Photo of Bluemoonlover


3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Really good looking amberish reddish color with thick cream colored head.

S-Sweet, caramel grainy aroma.

T-Again a sweet caramel taste.A hint of toffee,kind of octoberfest kinda taste.

M-Really smooth. Not too carbonated but not too flat.

D-Very easy to drink.I could drink pitcher after pitcher.

I really enjoyed this beer.And drank it while eating a Italian meatball sub.A good combination.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2006 23:45:27 | More by Bluemoonlover
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of the best shots I've seen by a macro to make a craft-like lager. This isn't bad.

A- Copper-red with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a few minutes.

S- Hoppy and smooth. A little thin.

T- Everything an Irish Red should be, minus that faint thin taste that these macros just can't afford to lose. Slightly bitter to start, slight corny on the way through and a little dry ending. Too bad someone watered down the batch to save a little money...

M- Typical macro mouthfeel. Maybe a little bit heavier but not enough to call it something bold.

D- Nice for hanging out at a bar and watching football or something. Not really for me.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-25-2006 13:44:54 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of cjgator3


2.28/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I haven't had this brew in about 3 or 4 years which was before I got into the craft beer scene. I have finally decided to give it another chance. Pours a reddish orange color with a solid white head that left a good amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is very faint with some roasted malts and caramel. Taste is much like the nose in that has faint toasted malt and slight caramel flavors. There is also an almost medicinal aftertaste in Killians that has always turned me off to this brew. Overall, this is a pretty bland and watered down attempt at a quality beer by Coors.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 02:00:34 | More by cjgator3
Photo of BeerSox


2.55/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into mug.

A little background for this review: A friend of mine tried it and she said she didn't like it. Since it is cheap, I figured I would try it for myself.

Pours a crystal clear deep red. Almost no head, even with an aggressive pour. No lacing at all.

Malty aroma, slightly toasted and bitter, with sweet hints in the background.

Bitterness up front which quickly fades then transitions to a sweet finish. The aftertaste is metallic.

Watery mouthfeel with high carbonation to add some crispness.

Although I like this beer a little better than most mass produced beers, it is still too bland, and unnecessarily bitter for having no hop character. It is what it is, an alternative made by Coors to drinking Coors. Best for drinking in mass quantities to achieve inebriation.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2006 02:47:53 | More by BeerSox
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Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev +21.5%
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
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2.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Wow, I don't think I've had a Killian's in... probably 4 years. It pours a crystal clear, macro-filtered copper color. Slight pale head. No real aroma; a bit malty and a touch sweet. Taste actually starts off with a pleasant Maerzen-ish malt flavor, then gets buzzy from carbonation and syrupy sweet. After several sips, a bland metallic aftertaste sets in. Hrm... no thanks.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 01:08:07 | More by PeatReek
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West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with off white head. Nice light coppery,reddish color.Slight sweet malty. carmely smell.Slight sweet malty taste nice hop and malt balance not a real flavorful beer not a bad beer but not great either.Not flavorful enough for me. My friends that like the average beers really like this beer. Used to drink it years ago..

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2006 03:18:41 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of beachbum1975


2.1/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It appears that there are 353 other reviews on this beer, so I am going to take a different approach:

I can sum Killian's Irish Red on tap up in one sentence:

“The "exotic" beer you can find at your local dive bar when only other choices are Bud and Bud Light.” *

Great looks, sub-average smell and taste – if all else fails, it’s a heck of a lot better than Coors.

Also, if being consumed at that same dive bar, be prepared to get crap from your macrobrew drinking pals or old college roommate about being a “Beer Yuppie”… (Don't feel bad for them, they have NO idea what real beer is.)


Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2006 22:29:45 | More by beachbum1975
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2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Single 12 oz bottle given to me as part of a basket for a favor for hosting an engagement party, poured into a pint glass.

I must admit I have somewhat of a soft a spot for this beer- I drank it often my senior year of HS, liking its toasty malt flavor while most of my friends stuck to the flavorless BMC varieties- I guess this is technically a Coors offering. Now, most of my friends stick to the BMC offerings, while I enjoy imperial stouts and massively-hopped IPA’s. Let’s see how it holds up now:

A- Color is a beautiful red color, with pillowy, quick-developing head that fades rather quickly, leaves very minimal lacing

S- Tinge of fruit, mustiness, at slight bit of toasted nuts- nothing really stands out or is impressive- rather bland aroma

T- Stale bitterness up front, which fades into a skunky maltiness, finishes with a creamy, somewhat pleasant taste with minimal hop presence

M- Carbonation is somewhat heavy up front, leaves a very watery mouthfeel

D- The light flavor of this beer makes it somewhat easy to drink, but the skunkiness of it prevents me from wanting to- perhaps I had an older bottle.

Overall, I have to say that my tastes have come a long way. This was my go-to beer when I was in my teens, now I must say I’m not too fond of it. I see that the EXP date is in about a month- I may try a fresher sample in the future, as I’ve had this beer even recently and remember it tasting better

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 02:07:59 | More by llitsua
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3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a tall pilsner glass.
Has a deep maroon hue- an enticing and inviting color.
Tastes of subtle toasted malts but not enough flavor for me.
Definitely a macro brew but better than most macro brews.
For being made in America, it's a decent Irish Red.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2006 21:16:34 | More by dungaree
Photo of BryanCarey


2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Killians Irish Red is a beer that starts off weak but finishes with some good taste that makes it one of the better mass- produced beers. The weakness comes in the beginning. Killians has a nice, reddish- brown hue but there is little foam and it falls apart quickly. The nose isn’t very impressive either, with a smell that is a little paper like and dry. But once you get to the actual tasting, you discover that Killians is a good product. The flavor emphasizes caramelized malt and it is sweet and inviting. It finishes with a small dose of hops that, while inadequate when compared to a good microbrew, is pretty good for a beer produced by a large brewery. There is even a small amount of creaminess to this product that adds to its appeal and drinkability.

Killians Irish Red is a pretty good product from the Coors Brewing Company and it exceeds the taste expectations for a beer from this macro brewery. It can’t compare to some of the great red brews from around the USA and the world but it is still fairly tasty for a large- scale production brew. It isn’t as complex as it could be, but I still like it nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2006 20:54:11 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lot of friends brag about drinking this. It's the same price as the American Lagers at a local bar, so I have one sometimes if I don't want to spend a lot of money. Everyone thinks they are drinking some really cool micro beer, but it's really average.

Not demanding on the taste buds, almost kind of sweet. It's a nice copper color. Mouthfeel isn't impressive. I could drink a few of these, but wouldn't brag about it or enjoy myself nearly as much as my friends do.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2006 18:36:45 | More by jasonjlewis
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North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 brown bottle with a drinl before date of November 13. Pours a mediu amber with a 1 finger head that faded rater qiuckly. OK lace. A decent toasted malt aroma for a macro. Initial rich malts up front but nothing to back it up. All flavors quickly fade away leaving a trace of beer flavor in the mouth. A beer that makes macro drinkers think they are drinking something special. Flavorless and unappealing.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 16:53:00 | More by sabrills70
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2.03/5  rDev -33%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Neighbor offered me one -couldn't be rude. Poured ice cold into beer glass. Reddish amber color with 1 inch head the color of dirty wash water. Aroma was surprisingly rich for an Industrial Lager. Could actually detect toasty caramel hints. While this beer was much smoother than a Bud, it had the typical bite of 6-row lager malts. The body was fuller, and I could detect a sweet, carmal like background. Some bitterness in the finish, as well as lingering sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 19:19:59 | More by jpkoch1962
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3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, bright reddish-amber. Nice foamy head, nearly an inch.

Smell: Roasted grains, some hops, and a bit of malt. Fairly pronounced smell, or at least exceeded my expectations in that respect.

Taste: Mostly roasted grains, somewhat bitter hops, and caramel. Not bad, but not too complex. You don't notice anything new with subsequent sips.

Mouthfeel: Mostly smooth, with light carbonation. Light- to medium-bodied. Feels a bit grainy after swallowing.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable; alcohol isn't very prominent.

It's an alright beer, no major complaints. But it doesn't really have a lot going for it either. Usually fairly inexpensive, so it's ok to get once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 03:19:29 | More by mithrascruor
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3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with reddish hues, moderate off white head, with thin lacing ring.

Smell: Grains and a mild apple smell, maybe a little grassy hops in the background.

Taste: Wheaty upfront becomes a little fruity, and then a little alcohol warmth, leaves the mouth with a bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and light to medium bodied, finishes very dry, nice and crisp.

Drinkability: All flavors are very subtle, which is nice if you don't want something overpowering. A few bready and apple flavors make it unique. Completely enjoyable, no complaints.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 00:26:48 | More by guitarmage
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3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

clear orange amber with a touch of white head that leaves thin rings of lace.

sweet, woody, cherry-like roasted malt aroma with strong caramel backing.

toasted malts with hints of honey sweet cherry in the flavor. a touch of hop balance, but fairly light in bitterness. light, drinkable feel with a stingy carbonation. a surprisingly drinkable, flavorful widely available beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 04:13:09 | More by Prufrock
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New York

3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearamce- It poured a dark amber and had a significant head

smell- It was a sweet, fruity, malty mixed smell

taste- it was sweet up front with malt twards the end

mouthfeel- it went down pretty smooth

drinkablity- it very drinkable i could drink 3 or 4 in a night

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 14:52:02 | More by rhythmguitartz88
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3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap for free at the Belmont Stakes in Queens. Served in a plastic cup.

Deep red with more of a head than I would expect at a racetrak. There is little complexity to this beer, and what's there is at the surface. I do dig the smokiness of the malt, and it makes for a very drinkable beer sitting outside in the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2006 21:26:48 | More by bignick
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3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decided to pick up another random beer. looks like I did pretty good. one of the best macros I've tried so-far. boured an nice copper amber (almost orange) with about 3/4-1 inch cream colored head.that dissappeared quickly. taste was very smooth. with little to no dryness, slight caramel. a little weaterd down for my taste but FAR more more flavor than most amarican macro lagers. a little more carbonation would have helped the mouth feel. easily drikable and enjoyable. The only thing I didn't like was the smell of this beer which in my glass was that of puke. no kidding.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 12:50:28 | More by styxnpicks
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3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
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
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2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red with a huge off-white head. There wasn't much smell considering the big head on this beer. I did get it on tap, but even after the head faded there wasn't much going on. Smell was mixed with hops and malts, a standard macro. The taste is a bit different, hard to pinpoint, but a good mix and balance. Good for a macro, more flavor than your average, has a small bite to it. This is worth trying especially if you are looking towards average prices for a better macro than the rest. It has a good mouthfeel and it is easy to drink. If you are confined to buying from a grocery store with macro offerings Killian's is a good choice.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2006 04:22:47 | More by wingman14
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3/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug with a moderate amber body and a fluffy off white head. Not much in the aroma department except for a little grain and toasty malt. Again, this tastes grainy, a lot like a macro lager. What bolsters the rating on the flavor is the presence of the toastiness. Almost has a cocoa flavor to it. Mouthfeel was too light and prickly for me. Aside from the bad points, this was rather drinkable with my pizza.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2006 04:27:24 | More by goochpunch
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3.73/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is ok. Its appearance is the best thing about it. It is not anything special. But this beer is good for a beer that is brewed by Coors. Had a bottle at my grandparents house with dinner recently. A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This beer is a deep red/amber color with a white foamy head about over an inch thick when poured. Settles to a nice surface coating after about 5 minutes. Decent lace here. It certainly is much better than anything else I have ever had by Coors. The smell is a bit weak, it is of some mild toasted malt and a hint of caramel is also present, followed by a trace of hops. It tastes mainly of mildly toasted malt and some mild hops. It has mild carbonation and leaves a dry and bitter aftertaste. It could be a lot worse, but this beer is not all that interesting and leaves something more to be desired. It seems to me that this beer has more potential than its brewers have fully realized. This beer could maybe be more if its brewers would try harder. However, out of all the American macro lagers, this is certainly one of the more enjoyable ones out there.


Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 01:23:00 | More by neenerzig
George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,367 ratings.