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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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2,668 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,668
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 17
Gots: 267 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Photo of Derranged
3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this several times, on tap and on bottle.

Pours a dark red. I wouldn't say that this beer is great, but its pretty good, especially when you consider the fact that its made by an American macro brewery. Its a good price, I've had this for as cheap as $11.00 a 12 pack in New York. If you want to get drunk for a good price, you are much better off buying this than Budweiser or Coors.

Photo of Jerdmier
4.38/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first review. Hope it goes good. First had this back in 1989 in Denver. Couldn't find it back home in Illinois until '91/'92. My first beer outside the normal "mass-produced" lite beers. It's been my favorite since. Though the smell doesn't set my nostrils raging, the color is very inviting. When poured right, a nice thick head is produced with staying power. This is a beer I always go back for when there isn't a micro that is catching my eye. I believe this is a great beer to introduce to the rookie that has decided to venture forth and try something that isn't found on TV commercials. I have introduced this to several friends and now they are fans of the "going outside the norm".

Photo of smithza9
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A great beer for a great price. I had the opportunity to go to a Flogging Molly concert and this was my beer of choice beforehand because I knew the Guinness inside the concert was going to cost a lot. It has a rich taste like most Irish beers and is very drinkably, especially with friends and food. It looks great, smells great and feels great.


Photo of degerbah
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear ruddy brown with about two inches of head. The head dies down quickly leaving light lacing around the glass. The aroma is very sweet and malty with no hop aroma. The taste is very malty and not at all bitter. Extremely smooth and almost creamy to drink. The malt creates a biscuit like aftertaste. An easy drinker but a little thick for long drinking.

Photo of timhoth
3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my cheap go-to beers. Whenever i am having a bunch of people over and i need some cheap beer that tastes decent this is always a sure buy. Very smooth beer without the cheap beer aftertaste, which sets it apart from the budweiser or coors garbage.

Photo of garuda
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Fizzy white head, no retention, no lacing. Color is a clear amber/red. There's nothing strong on the aroma, just some sweet, toasted malts. Taste is similar, with some more caramel. I can't pick up any hops. Very light body for a lager, high carbonation, and sticky finish doesn't make for a very pleasant mouthfeel. Drinkability - I could have a few if I want to get buzzed, but otherwise, just one would be enough for me.

Photo of SamN
2.4/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Pretty amber red color, very clear and with big fat carbonation bubbles. A fair head-- big bubbles make up the less than one finger head. Fairly bubbly surface.

S- Play D'oh malts, metallic hops, a certain bitter sugar aroma. Very average smelling beer.

T- Lots of flat hops, lacking any real grain taste. What is up with the play d'oh here? Quickly subsiding bitterness, some tart fruity dryness, finishes very mild and balanced.

M- Very bubbly and sprtizy, very thin body and kind of rough on the palette with all the carbonation.

D- I remember getting smashed on ol' George several St Patty's in a row. Easy to swug and easy to not taste, this is a better-than-average macro for beer pong or whatever. I'd take this over anything with "Light" on the can, but don't get me wrong; this is not a very good beer.

Photo of jwillcourt
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle served into a pint glass.

A - Clear, copper red color with a steady stream of bubbles up the middle. 1/4 inch white head dissipates in a matter of seconds, leaving a ring of white foam and no lacing.

S - This beer has very little smell. It has a slight caramel malt smell, and is faintly sweet. As it warms, a stronger toasted malt smell comes through.

T - Initial flavor is faint too. There is a slight sweet malt flavor up front that gives way to a slight bitterness and dryness in the finish. As it warms, the toasted malt and cereal flavors emerge, leading to a drier, more grainy flavor.

M - Light bodied with aggressive carbonation. There is a slight grainy feel. Generally it feels watery, with its carbonation providing most of the body.

D - There is nothing offensive about this beer, but nothing attractive about it either. I found it to be more filling than a pint of water, but less refreshing.

Photo of jonziefle
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a clear reddish brown color. One finger bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Some visible carbonation. No lacing.

Smell: Roasted and nutty malts. Caramel and molasses like sweetness. Grainy.

Taste: Roasted and nutty caramel malts are present, but gives way to a grainy adjunct like taste. Moderate sweetness. A bit metallic.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with decent smoothness.

Drinkability: A very drinkable macro red lager. Decent flavor and body, but not the best. Any easy drinker and better than most adjunct lagers.

Buy Again? Yes

Photo of irishking1977
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Burnt copper liquid with no head and almost no lacing. Reminds me of the water that was poured for Marty McFly in Back to the Future III.

S:Sweet, burnt malt. Mild, somewhat unpleasant smokiness as well.

T: Initially tasted like burnt cinnamon, with a malty backbone. A so-so Irish ale.

M: Nicely carbonated, but nothing else too spectacular.

D: Decent drinkability, and for the price, certainly an alternative to most macro lagers out there.

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

A - Redish, amber brown. Decent sized beige tan head that goes down fast with really no lacing.

S - Light and almost not there. Faint caramel and grainy malt.

T - Some faint caramel malts with a bit of grain taste. A little grassy and earthy hop flavor. Mostly a lighter malty beer with a little hop and some grain.

M - Pretty light bodied and medium carbonation. Fairly watery feel.

D - Easy to drink and flavors aren't bad, they just don't grow and improve.

Notes: Alright beer that is easy to drink and a step up from the traditional light adjunct lager. Middle of the road for a Craft-like Macro offering. Not bad just nothing special.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Just not a big fan of reds. Looks, red, amazing clarity I guess. Smell, don't know what it is, but no thanks. Corn? Irish Moss? I dunno.

Taste, marginal. It has flavor, but its very restrained, like most red ales, but with a thin malt backbone. You know how Newcastle is a thin brown ale? This is like a thin red ale by comparison. Very carbonated.

Mouthfeel, lacking, didn't enjoy it from the beginning, at least it tames itself out a little more, becomes more watery. Way too expensive for this quality of beer.

Photo of lester619
3.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

They got this and Guiness on tap at the tavern for St. Patty's season. It's not made anywhere near Ireland so go figure. Anyway I think it's better from a keg than I remember from the bottle. Pours a nice looking deep red with a respectable head. Lacing holds up well for the most part. Clean sweet earthy notes in the smell. Balanced and easy drinking. Sweet and bready up front, a little bit of a spicy bitterness in the finish. It has faint metalic adjunct like quality. Mouthfeel could be a little more substanial and less watery. Eh, I like it. Very easy to put down quite a few pints of these. I'd like to try an authentic red from Ireland. I'm betting it would be way better. Not a bad beer though.

Photo of tykees88
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the read appearance that this irish red gives off. The taste is alright, slightly malty but nothing stands out. I can smell the alcohol in this beer, even though it doesn't have a high abv. I think it's an alright beer that many of my friends would consider a really good craft brew. I would call it a weak try by coors to enter the irish red realm.

Photo of bump8628
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Killian's is clean with a mellow, sweet caramel presence. Hops are quite minimal throughout giving a sweeter impression despite a drier finish. All in all it's underwhelming from the aroma through the finish, but it also doesn't have any glaring flaws. It just doesn't have much to offer to those seeking out hand crafted, flavorful, beers.

Photo of jt31914
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Red/Amber color typical of the style, very bubbly and a lot of head.

S: Smell is faint notes of earthy tones and some caramel/dry fruit sweetness.

T: Mossy/earthy taste, very simple and easy to drink. Good beer when nothing else is on tap.

M/D: It's easy drinking, but over bubbly on the mouthfeel.

I don't mind this beer for a macro, but it's definitely a last resort at a bar.

Photo of hardy008
2.08/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reddish amber color with a thin head, poor retention, and no lacing. Smell's slightly sweet. To be honest, not much going on with the aroma. Not much going on with the taste either. A tiny bit of sweetness, no hop flavor detectable. What gives? Thin and watery, the carbonation is fair. As far as drinkability goes, I do not recommend this beer. Save your money.

Photo of wolfpack87
3.8/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another very good amber lager. One of the few beers I will order on tap, just can't get past Killian's to try anything else. Has a very nice appearance and taste to go along with it. For me, it goes well with lunch and dinner. Not too heavy and certainly not too light. Mouthfeel was average, but everything else was good.

Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It took me a while to warm up to Killian's, but it is a decent beer. If you can find it on-tap, definitely give it a try (it's good from a bottle, too). It is an easy Irish Red brew to drink, if you haven't found one you like. It goes down very smooth and has a good deal of flavor.

George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,668 ratings.