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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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2,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,610
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 16
Gots: 215 | 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 ruckus232
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle

Appearance: Clear red almost brown coloring with good head retention

Smell: Cidery with a slight toasted and sweet smell as well

Taste: Toasted taste with very little hoppy bitterness and almost a nutty taste. The nutty taste actually remains as an aftertaste for only a little.

ruckus232, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of BigBen61
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While I typically find macro brews to be on the boring side, I actually didn't find this beer too bad.

A-Nice clear,reddish brown color with really decent head for such a "watery" beer (see below)

S-The malt wasn't pronounced but was far more evident than in many other macro brewed beers.

T-Sweet gentle malts with a little bit of nuttiness and very little hop charicter.

D-Well...a six pack goes down a little too easy!

Overall, I would say there's nothing shameful about drinking this beer if it's what you have on hand.

BigBen61, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of mjwoolley33
2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very crayola red color with minimal burgundy head. Not too much lace on the glass. Tastes like a run of the mill beer with a slight bitter, cider after taste. Not very impressed. Very easy to drink. Would take this to a party to "appear" classy but still be able to drink a lot. Probably wont get this one again.

mjwoolley33, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of VictorEHuskie
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber red pour with slight head.

S- The smell is a little lacking but there is some slight sweetness to it.

T- The beer is refreshing at first and sweet but the taste changes to a more metallic taste. While I like the taste of the beer, and buy it often, for the price I can get better.

M- Goes down pretty easily.

D- A good session beer.

VictorEHuskie, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Bookseeb
2.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark reddish amber with a thin head and no lace. Smell and taste is lightly malted that has a saline sweetness leaving an off bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel seems thin and light bodied with lots of carbonation. It's been quite awhile since I've had Killian's and it'll probably be sometime again.

Bookseeb, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a really nice amber with a fair head that had some good retention. Lots of bubbles in this one.

Moderate aroma - a little caramel, light malt, and some boiled grain scents.

The brew has some caramel sweetness, some toasted grain notes, and some hop bitterness, but no hop flavors associated other than straight bitterness. Flavors are stacked next to eachother - each present but not really related to the other -- not alot of balance in this, or for a better description - flow of flavor. Just ok.

Decent carbonation and a medium body - this helped it along a bit.

Overall, this was a good return to the past. Must have been 15+ years since I've had this, and I really didn't miss much. A decent effort by Coors, and by no means a drainpour. When traveling for business in some parts of the country, I often see this as the "dark beer" choice. Decent pizza or burger beer.

OtherShoe2, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of JesseP09
4/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer a lot. It is the closest to craft macrobrews can get in my opinion. It has a rich, but not too strong flavor, and goes down smooth and easy. Personally I would drink this over just about any other macro on the market, and I can't say anything negative about this beer.

JesseP09, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of mikeal1917
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Killian's Irish Red is a strongly flavored beer that brings more look than taste to my plate.

Appearance- A beautifully dark red beer emerges after you pour, and a nice medium size head retains for awhile. The black and red colors are one of a kind as per my experiences.

Smell- Has a pungent smell that is strong and the malted barley smell come out with a few swirls.

Taste- the bitterness is quite strong with this brew, and can be overwhelming, but it was enjoyable. It accompanied my Lobster well, but I found that the butter made the beer even more bitter at times.

Mouthfeel- Not a thin beer, but not a thick beer, and had a well rounded feel as you drank it. Went down alittle hard, but not enough to affect the taste.

Drinkability- I find this beer would be a good accompaniment to a dinner that is on the bland side, such as a beef or pork based dinner. The caramel barley brings out a bitterness that wouldn't go well with a sweeter based dinner.

mikeal1917, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice amber body full of heavily streaming bubbles which cascade along the glass the for the entire drink supporting all the while a nice white head. No lacing. Smells of sweet malts with caramel and some earth notes, this is all hard to pick out however. Tastes decent, much better as it warms you can begin to pick out sweet malts with caramel and an almost nutty flavor.
Overall nice session beer that is much better on-tap than in a bottle.

AdmiralDiaz, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of Cavalier92
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A thoroughly average beer that attempts to get people with the irish red thing.

In actuality there is nothing Irish about this beer.

It IS red, with a thin cream-colored head that dissipates quickly.

The flavor is all sweetness and toffee, with a bit of earthiness. There's no finish, so don't wait for it.

Cavalier92, Feb 21, 2009
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at The Pizza Joint in Evans, GA.

Reddish-amber in color, showing off a short cap of rich cream-colored foam, which settles to a thin layer that grabs to the sides and leaves nice broken sheets of lace.

The nose is mildly fruity and slightly toffeeish, with a tinge of mustiness.

Body is fairly light with a nice middling level of carbonation. A touch of caramel, toffee, and biscuit, and fruit merges with a slight herbal hop balance, carrying all the way through to a finish that is somewhat dry but slightly sweet and a tad watery.

A nicely quaffable beer that is widely available and decently flavorful, all traits that make this a popular brew, and it's easy to see why.

superdedooperboy, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of BDIMike
3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-amber color with a very thin white head.
Smell has some toffee malts but also has a slightly sweet smell also. A bit of a roasted malt smell.
Taste has a sweet beginning with a bitter hop ending. The aftertaste leaves a bit of the roasted malts sitting on the tongue.
Mouthfeel has a nice smoothness to it. A little thin for the style that I prefer.
Drinkability is high on this beer. Despite this being a Coors product and most beer geeks turning it off because of that, it is not an entirely bad beer. There is nothing crazy or better than average about the beer, but that makes it very drinkable and a fairly good beer for the price.

BDIMike, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had it on tap at a pizza and sub shop in Concord, N.H. on Feb. 13, 2009. Although I have had this plenty of times before; this was the first time for rating purposes.

It was a copper-orange pour with a lot of foamy, cream-colored head and OK lacing. There wa not a lot of aroma except for a litle light hops and perhaps a little citrus. The mouthfeel was watery-to-medium and nothing extraordinary. The taste was of weak hops and a kinf of mix of bitter and tart. An adequate brew feom Coors.

puboflyons, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark reddish copper color with a very thin white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is mostly malty and buttery.

Taste is fairly plain but some caramel is detected.

Mouthfeel was fairly thin but not horrible. Overall, this is a very average beer that is just a step ahead of the macros. One and done for me.

Vengeance526, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of IrishRacer
4.05/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my beer of choice when dining out, especially with a thick rib-eye steak on my plate. A tall glass provides the color I compare all others to, and the (usually) half-inch head is the light carmel color I so adore. The aftertaste doesn't take away from my meal, yet is strong enough to give my tastebuds satisfaction. The slightly sweet flavors are a wonderful counter to the smokey steak. It is a bit thinner than the bottled versions, however, and possibly even slightly lower in alcohol content. Still, it's my choice whenever it's available on tap!

IrishRacer, Feb 10, 2009
Photo of Jablonski
2.4/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap the other day at the Times Bar and Grill. The selection was limited, and I remembered enjoying this beer a few years ago before my taste starting leaning towards IPAs and Tripels. I can see why I liked this beer more than most of the macros at the time, but I was slightly disappointed at this beer. A Bud American Ale is a better choice if you can make it, but Killian's Irish Red may be the best on tap when you go out sometimes. It poured decently enough: an average sized head with minimal lacing and a clear red color. The smell was weak, but nothing unpleasant. Largely based off a light caramel smell with alcoholic aromas in the background. The taste isn't much more. It's a very weak beer with a sweetness to it. It is also overcarbonated and quite watery. It's quite drinkable due to its low alcohol content (and the fact that there is nothing bad about this beer), but it still lacks the quality factor many are looking for. I'd only get this beer if its the best available on tap when I go out. Even still, sometimes I might just pass.

Jablonski, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Nascartailgatefa
2.9/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a small head which quickly dissapears. Dark reddish brown color. Very little aroma...slight hint of malt.

Taste is nothing overly special. More body than American lagers but lacking the taste of a true ale.

Very drinkable beer but loses a distinctive taste after the first one.

Nascartailgatefa, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of JayNH
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a clear deep copper color with a small short lived head.

S- a mild sweet buttery malt. A hint of sour green apple.

T- Bland.... some caramel/buttery malt with a hint of earthy hops.

M- Thin and light bodied.

D- Decent at best. I think I'd rather have a Bud....

JayNH, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap.

Poured a clear copper/amber brown body with an off-white head that very quickly disappeared. Minimal lacing is left.

Smell is really lacking - there's nothing really there. Slight caramel notes, some sugar.

Tastes of sweet, sugary, caramel malts. Not overly sweet, however. The finish is dashed with hops and gives it a very weird aftertaste. Almost earthy, but in a bad way.

Mouthfeel is decent, it has a metallic feel to it... if that makes any sense. Medium-light bodied with little carbonation. Slightly syrupy. Good session beer I guess, it's drinkable. Definitely better on tap rather than the bottle.

TMB0424, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of Cresant
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Dated best by: April 05 09. The body was clear amber with a cream colored head that faded to a tiny ring.

Smell was lightly vegetal. Mild all around.

Taste was a light spiciness. Red apple peel. Slight vegetable aroma.

Mouthfeel had some zip, with a light to medium body. Not as bad as expected.

Cresant, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
1.9/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this at a local sports bar that had it on special and didnt have many good options. Been while since I had it so i decided to try again.

appearance: Not really red, brownish with red tint, macro bubble froth

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear refresher

mouthfeel: very high carbonation, thin

drinkability: very easy but horrible dirty aftertaste. beer than a bud but not better than much other.

CampusCrew, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a coppery red. It pours a light head that, while it doesn't dissipate too immediately, does dissipate somewhat quickly. There is a fairly clean, light, caramel taste with lighter than expected malt overtones with very, very slight hops. The thickness is not as much as expected; about average. There is decent carbonation. Not a bad one for a night out, this is my go to for the places my friends like to go that offer fewer micros.

Brenden, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of rmasen
2.13/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A: Poured hard into a pint glass this beer has a short white head that dissipates extremely quickly. The beer looks beautiful when first poured with a coppery reddish color and a bright white head.

S: very little here. Clean with the hint of sweet corn sugar.

T: very light malty-ness and a sweetness that is corn sugar derived. there is no hop flavor that I can tell.

M: Thin and over carbonated.

D: Not too poor of a beer as a middle ground or an introduction to craft beer. It's a hell of a lot better than an american light lager but not even close to a craft beer.

rmasen, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used to buy kegs of this stuff for parties because it was cheap and decent. Now that I'm a bonafide connoisseur, did it still hold up to the test? Off the tap at a Boston airport it was a deep amber color with some ruby hues. The one-finger, tan head retained decently but left almost no lacing. The aroma was of roasted and caramel malt with some faint hops in the background. The flavors were well balanced, toasted malt and hints of caramel malt with a nutty, bitter finish from the hops. The mouthfeel was rather slick, the carbonation medium/low and the body medium. I can see now why I did purchase it in bulk. This beer is one of the best of the macro beers available, the price is good and it is genuinely sessionable even if unremarkable.

thekevlarkid, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of scottblaze
3.73/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aside from being produced by one of the dreaded "macro" breweries, there isn't a tremendous amount going wrong here: Decent head and inviting color. Scent of caramel and molasses. Taste is quite short of spectacualr but not bad at all, a slight hop bitterness against a malty background. Mouthfeel is Ok. Drinkability? This goes down easily so I'll say good.

In a simular vein as SA Boston Lager, Shiner Bock, it'll work, in fact, it is working just fine right now.

scottblaze, Jan 24, 2009
George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 2,610 ratings.