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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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2,702 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,702
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 19
Gots: 304 | 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 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?

Photo of wahhmaster
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Photo of Erish
2.97/5  rDev -2%
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!

Photo of Brynn
2.97/5  rDev -2%
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.

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.


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.

Photo of dcook11
2.02/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

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...

Photo of jmarvin4189
3.11/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of curasowa
2.66/5  rDev -12.2%
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
2.39/5  rDev -21.1%
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
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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
2.94/5  rDev -3%
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
3.24/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.34/5  rDev +43.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev +23.1%
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
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
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
2.46/5  rDev -18.8%
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
3.27/5  rDev +7.9%
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
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,702 ratings.