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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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2,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,726
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 20
Gots: 335 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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Ratings: 2,726 | Reviews: 830
Photo of thagr81us
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a McGee's Irish Pub & Restaurant mug. Poured red-orange with a minimal white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and caramel. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, and nutmeg. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this wasn't really a great beer. I have never really been a fan of this beer and now I remember why... In my opinion there are just too many off flavors for this style and is not appealing to my palate. Nutmeg is also not one of my favorite flavors in a beer either. The aroma was okay though for the most part, but that is about it.

Photo of mikeg67
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours copper color with long lasting off-white head. Soda like carbonation. Very light aroma of floral hops, caramel malt, and alcohol. Light body. Flavor is also light: floral hops caramel malt and alcohol (too much for the style). Finish practically non existent. I still remember I used to like this beer when I was Coors Extra Gold fan.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Lemke10
3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this in a 8-pack Mircobrewery variety pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $12 in late 2010.

Killian's Irish Red to me is a very under rated beer. It pours a reddish amber color as the scent of carmal malts tickle your nose and also your tounge upon tasting. It has a very mellow taste which makes for some easy drinking. Hardly a craft beer but still a nice drink.

Photo of Shrews629
2.7/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Deep golden amber with reddish tints and orange hues around the bottom and sides. Off white head with average girth and retention. Some lacing left behind. Clear with a few bubbles rising.

Smell - Aromas are a bit hidden. I am detecting a slight dank, earthy hop presence. Some breadiness and touches of caramel

Taste - Some dry breadiness with caramel touches. Some hop bitterness is there, but not overly present. I'm finding a cherry flavored cough syrup type of flavor as the beer starts to warm.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light mouthfeel. Respectable dryness. A bit smooth and some aftertaste is left covering the palate. Not bad.

Drinkability - This is one of the first non-standard beers I ever tried. Not as good as I remember. May be a nice entry level Irish Red. I would choose this over any "macro", however I'm probably done experimenting with this. Not horrible, but if left to my own devices, I doubt if I choose this.

Photo of LacquerHead
3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown with a slight red hue along with a white foamy head.

Caramel malts were at the forefront of the aroma.

As for the taste, an Irish Red this is not! I wouldn't even say this was a decent American Amber/Red Ale. There was a very weak hops profile. For the most part the malts ran the show, and was hardly a performance. The hops were the first flavor I tasted but it quickly dissipated giving way to the malts. At first the malt flavor tasted good. It had a nice roasted-ness to it that worked well with its hops lead-in. Unfortunately, that initial hops/malt pairing was quickly over powered by a caramel beer swill flavor. For the most part all the good parts of this beer get washed out. It was tasty for only a few brief moments then it quickly turned to forgettable.

It does have an ease of drinkability, but this is barely a compliment.

Overall, real beer drinkers know this is not genuine. This is a beer for the macro crowd. I only drink this beer when I go to a bar with a limited selection. Sadly there are too many bars that carry this as a "premium," so chances are I will have it again. It's not necessarily bad, it just does not live up to its label.

Photo of wfcoyne
2.32/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Beautiful amber red color. Foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light ring around the edges

S - Slightly sweet aroma with hits of hops. Swirled and sniffed again and got a nose full of malts. Also, a slight unpleasant aroma - possibly metallic in nature

T - First punch of malt that mellows quickly and gives way to the hops. Also metallic taste after about 5 seconds.

M - Thin and unimpressive. Not much thicker than water. Bubbly in the mouth...almost seeming carbonated.

D - Very easy to drink and value priced. Nice alternative to other mainstream beers for a party or gathering.

Photo of Hopfenpeter
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tab the beer was a nice red golden color with almost no head and whatever there was , dissipated immediately with no lacing.
Almost no smell, may be a hint of artificial flavoring.
The taste was rather disappointing. Malt, artificial flavors, bread. Certainly not my favorite. A typical mass production beer.
Good drinkability.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A friend brought this over so I decided to give it whirl. The bottle filled the glass with red-orange colored brew with some semblance of a head. Sweet adjunct and artificial caramel dominate the nose. Thin on the palate. The flavors range from caramel malt to corn sweetness with not much bitterness at the end. Not Impressed.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark reddish/amber. Thicker head that somewhat dissapates over time. Doesn't leave any lacing.

S-Sweet and malty. A dose of that skunkiness found in many large-scale companies. Also a bit bready. Banana bread?

T-Quite mild. Doesn't taste awful by any means. Not a bunch of flavor but I have had much worse. Some detectable metal flavors. Reminds me of a poor man's Boston Lager.

M-Light/medium body with some carbonation. Quite creamy.

D-Not hard to drink by any means. Pretty mediocre, which isn't always a bad thing.

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

12oz bottled, best by 11/15/10, poured into a Tulip Glass.

A: Dark red with ruby undertones, translucent, pours a 1/2 inch white head that disappears really quick and leaves no lacing.

S: Cranberries. That's pretty much it.

T: Very fruity, cranberry-like flavor takes the forefront. There's a good bit of malt here and almost no hop presence. I can definitely taste that it's a Coor's product, it has the corn sweetness to it (obviously not good). It's very mild and has virtually no aftertaste (good for a Coor's beer).

M: Extremely light and watery with a ton of carbonation, as much as a heavy soft drink.

D: This drinks like a bad wine cooler. Sure, I could drink these all night long with no problem, but I don't think I'd ever want to.

Overall this is a below average beer, but above average for Coor's. Personally though, I don't care for the overly fruity cranberry flavor.

Photo of JayS2629
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average beer. The best beer Coors makes though.

A- Red, amber. Translucent with little head.

S- Corn and roasted malt. Faint.

T- The only coors that has any flavor. You can taste the roasted qualities. Watery, but has a deep roasted taste to it.

M- Nice carbonation. Smooth and watery.

D- Drinkability is average. Quite watery and mellow. If you have no micro beers available, this might be a good go-to beer.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.29/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Pours a dark rose with a soon gone half finger head.

S: Nothing really. Some buttery malts and corn.

T: Typical adjunct lager. A whole lot of nothing.

D: The one redeeming quality of the AAL and this one has it. Loads drinkable in the same way water is drinkable.

Overall: Here's what to do: pour a bottle of Coors, drop a few drops of red food dye in it and call it Killian's. Seriously, I cannot taste any difference in this from a regular macro lager. Pass on this one.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap last night....eh why not?

A- Pours a darker amber color. One finger light tan head shows poor retention and dies rather quickly. No lacing on the glass as it all falls back into the beer.

S- Caramel malts and a light toasted grain bill to this. It is a little muted but does smell better than most things that come out of Coors Brewing.

T- Pretty much like the aroma with a little bit of adjunct grain bill taste to it. It seems sweet throughout the entire beer but I somehow don't mind it to be honest.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is fizz killing the beer a little bit. Sweet malts from the palate to the aftertaste with a touch of alcohol added into the aftertaste. Balanced for a BMC beer quite well actually. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This is a drinkable beer and a choice I would go to if there was no craft on tap. The ABV makes it a easy pitcher or two. Good job on making a pretty good beer Coors.

Photo of bmwats
3.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium brown. Pours about a 1 and half finger bubbly, off-white head. Settles pretty quickly. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Light coffee roasted malt with just a bit of woody and peaty note.

T: Nice woody robust malty flavor with a very subtle sweet hint.

M: Seems a little washed out, but full flavored.

D: Good drinking brew. Not heavy, but full and flavorful.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Nothing really to speak of appearance-wise. Nose is a solid robust grain with a woody tone. Flavor is full and robust, but body is a little washed out. Overall, this is a pretty nice quaff.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thick off white head and some lacing. Smells of vanilla and some barley. Tastes much the same a little malty but not much in the way of hops character. The mouthfeel is too thin. And the drinkability is more or less average.

Photo of NODAK
4.02/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of a creamy maltiness...a bit of caramel and toastiness perhaps in there. Pretty smooth and nice.

Taste is, not surprisingly, rather malty. Taste is mostly of a nice, buttery sweet malt. Not very heavy, but not extremely light. It's like they took a bit of caramel, made it somewhat thin, and put some sweet cream in there. It's actually pretty tasty, and probably one of the best beers any macro producer puts out there. This is one of the few beers that isn't a disaster from them. Make no mistake though, it won't be confused with a high quality import.

The verdict on this beer is that it'd make a good fall back or session beer. If you go in not expecting to have your face blown off, you may be surprised.

Photo of gatorguy
3.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah Killian's. First off I will say that I enjoy Killian's, and it is a good brew for the price. The beer is a light red color that leaves a finger and a half head that goes away gradually with some lacing. Not too much to say in the smell department, a slight sweet aroma is all. Taste wise Killian's is somewhat sweet with malts evident, some corn, and a touch of honey to finish. Pretty good overall. Highly drinkable and goes down smooth. All in all Killian's is a pretty good beer with regular rotation in my fridge.

Photo of bensamra
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into a frosted pilsner. Pour is a dark amber and the head is of thin off-white foam. Not much comes to my attention when trying to collect something from the aroma. All I really get is that faint beer smell that a lot of mass produced beers have. Nothing too special in this category. The taste on the other hand was quite nice. It is one of the smoothest Irish Reds but that isn't necessarily a compliment. Smoothness is often indicative of a low quality and simple beer. Don't get me wrong, if Killian's is available, it's probably going to be one of the better choices. All in all, a fantastic mass produced beer.

Photo of Plokhooy
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another offering from a large commerical brewery under the guise of a "microbrew"-ish label. Coors does this we the Blue Moon line as well but Killians is not in that league. I will say that they are very drinkable, though, and they practically drink themselves.

Photo of HUXC
4.68/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S- Served on-tap from a bar into a pint glass.

A- A beautiful dark amber color with red undertones, about a fingers worth of off white head that laces nicely on the brim of the glass.

S- Has a sweet malted aroma.

T- Delicious taste of sweet malt, almost a bit of a honey finish.

M- Not a whole lot of carbonation, full bodied Irish red ale.

D- Very easy to drink. I can drink this stuff all day long. Would buy it over and over.

Photo of Bogforce
3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If I get to a bar with some friends and my choices are the buds, miller and coors. I'll choose this beer..

A: Brown in color but not so dark you can't see through it, small amount of head that will stay for almost the whole drink

T: Very light red lager is the only way I can describe it

M: Very Light same taste throughout the whole drink

D: Very drinkable because it is so light

Overall if I want to drink a lighter beer this is my choice, pretty good taste

Photo of Sudsy89
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a red-amber color, has a moderate-sized white head that quickly dissipates, doesn't leave lacing. Has a pretty medium level of carbonation, overall looks pretty average.

Smell is mostly sweet malts, graininess, I did notice a bit of "adjunct" taste to it but overall it's decent, but a bit on the sweet caramel side, needs a bit more hops. I think this is a pretty tame, almost bland beer, but it's at least better than other offerings from Coors. Pretty high on the drinkability scale, it's medium-bodied but not too heavy compared to a lager. I wouldn't turn one down if I had to choose over something like Bud Light or Corona, but I won't buy this one again, just wasn't as good as the Sam Adams' version.

Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rich amber color with minimal head. Scent is weak and brings a slightly musty and lightly sweet smell with some adjunct like qualities. Taste is more balanced, lightly sweet malts with a bitter hop bite thats earthy and musty. Again some adjunctness to the taste such as steamed veggies. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. A good change of pace from the BMC lites of the world, but still some off qualities.

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George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
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