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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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2,601 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,601
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 16
Gots: 209 | 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 EnojysAnyBeer
3.55/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised to see this is coors but the unsubstantial, light grainy malt taste should have reminded me.

A- Nice dark amber colored transparent body with an OK head

S- Smell is of grainy malts and not much else. Some banana ester as it warms

T- Taste a grainy cracker-flavored malt that I am very fond of. Earthy.

M- Watery light and low carbonation

D- Very easy drinking for an irish red. good for a euro dark lager

EnojysAnyBeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Rddymk
5/5  rDev +65%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had seen and heard of this lager for many years, but was never inclined to buy it. Finally bought 12 pack for $8.99 at my local Meijer. OMG!!!
I have found my next favorite beer. This was creamy, thick and hearty. No ting of heavy larger taste and overhang. Smooth, malty and absolutely incredibly drinkable. Will savor this forever and ever. Wish I would have found this delight earlier in my beer drinking career.

Rddymk, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of spointon
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this one at a work Christmas party last night.

A= This beer poured an extremely clear reddish amber color with a small white head. Not much lacing to speak of.

S= Aromas of caramel sweetness and toasted grain. That was about it.

T= Simple clean taste profile comprised of moderate caramel malt sweetness and a bit of toasted grains. Hop bitterness was mild to the point of non-existent but that is ok as the malt sweetness was not too strong either. Finish was short and moderately dry.

MF= Light to medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level also.

D= This beer seems to be an attempt at removing anything anyone might find objectionable in a beer. As such, it is easy drinking but then again, so is kool aid. Not a terrible beer, but not a beer of note either. I often think of this as my go to beer when I am in a restaurant without any non-BMC choices.

spointon, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Mistofminn
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm pretty sure everyone has had this at some point in there life. Many of my friends still don't believe its brewed by Coors. Some of them still consider it too "high class" for them, which is a shame. I've tried countless times to convince them otherwise to no avail.

Anyways, what can I say about it. It's appearance is dark amber. The thing I like about this most is the smell. The combination of caramel and malts is appealing to me. Taste and mouthfeel are what you would expect. Bitter taste and some carbonation. Drinkability is average.

Mistofminn, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of WakeandBake
3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright amber color with excellent clarity and a decent sized head that puts a bit of lace around the glass. Decent aroma with a slightly sweet caramel smell and a grainy character about it. The taste is similar as the grainy bready taste dominates the flavor with a bit of sweetness thrown in but overall a pretty watery taste. Mouthfeel is decent being about medium to light bodied and lacking a bit in carbonation. Much better on tap than bottle

WakeandBake, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
2.3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle at a friend's house.

A - Poured a deep, dark auburn. Maybe a half-finger of off-white head, which disappeared after blinking.

S - Caramel, malts, and bittering hops.

T - Bittering hops, light caramel and malts.

M - The bittering hops really dominate the mouthfeel. Very bitter with some carbonation.

D - Back in the day, this wasn't too bad. I think I'll pass and grab a Blue Moon from Coors next time.

MisterClean, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of cadenwhitaker
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

it's 'aight

Well, I'm sure everyone has drank killians, the only thing I can add is that I'm surprised with the alcohol taste for being only 4.9%. It is in the smell, taste, mouth feel and exhale.

Aside from that, I guess for being moderately priced it isn't bad and is a decent enough alternative to bring if you are going to be surrounded by bud light drinkers.

cadenwhitaker, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
1.73/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this out of a keg. Where someone got a keg of Killian's is beyond me. Just awful. Poured bright red with an off-white head. Metal and sour mash in the aroma. Ultra-grainy taste with a bizarre fake-caramel back. The more you drank, the worse taste it accumulated. Average beer masquerading as a craft brew (a la Henry Weinhard's). This beer actually made me wish the keg was full of Miller Lite. I hate you George Killian, if you do exist.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of eweneek83
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours amber/red with a medium white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

Smell: An interesting mix of malt and smoke.

Taste: Sweet malt and burnt toast. Hops are in a decent balance offering grassy notes. tastes a bit weak though.

Mouthfeel: It is watery and needs more body, it really doesn't have a finishing burst of flavour. Relatively light-bodied, an easy drinker.

Drinkability: this beer is very light and smooth enough to swill down at a cookout with some good grilled meats... good drinkability

eweneek83, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It poured into my tumbler a dark copper red with a decent amount of off-white head but the lace was lacking in any type staying power. It was little grainy in the aroma with a subtle hint of hops. The flavor was alright there were hop and grainy tones combined with just a little malt sweetness. The mouthfeel was a little watery and had a lot fizz bite. Not bad. I guess I would go with it being a middle of the road beer.

MTNboy, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, 99 cent single at Total Wine Tustin, best by 12/28/08,

A: Pours amber/red with a medium white head, good retention, spotty lacing.

S: An interesting mix of malt and smoke.

T: The flavour surprised me at how good it was. Sweet malt and molasses character with a bit of biscuit and burnt toast. Hops are in a good balance offering grassy notes and spice. Something's missing in the aftertaste, the beer sort of peters out, but overall quite enjoyable.

M: It is watery and needs more body, it really doesn't have a finishing burst of flavour. Relatively light-bodied, an easy drinker.

D: Certainly the best beer I have ever had from the Big 3, at it's price I'll certainly buy it again.

Halcyondays, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of echdk3
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a mug

A_Dark brown and amber color, translucent. Very thin head that dissipates quickly

S_A light biscuity malty smell

T_A sweet, roasty flavor with a surprising aftertaste of citrus

M_Medium body, not very carbonated

D_The aftertaste does not lend itself to drinking more than one or two of these. I will probably not return to drinking too many more of these

echdk3, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of germanbeer1
1.8/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It has a reddish body with a medium-sized head, but is almost completely devoid of any type of smell other than hops. This beer appears to have potential, but is corrupted by a level of bitterness that is only disrupted by a watery taste that is typical in most Coors products. The after-taste was a combination of these two factors and I could not finish the bottle.

germanbeer1, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of cottonkoozie
3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Nice reddish brown color. Decent off colored head with some retention, little lacing

Smell- Very balanced. Hints of malts, hops, and maybe caramel. Nothing overpowering.

Taste- Somewhat layered. First the sweet caramel-ish taste, followed by malts, then hops and a clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Too carbonated for me. Causes somewhat of a tingle on the tounge, similar to soda. Also a little syrupy.

Drinkability- Average drinkability for me. Not something I would want all the time, but good for something different now and then.

Overall a pretty good beer. Not a favorite, but good for something a little different.

cottonkoozie, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish amber with somewhat active carbonation. Off white head starts strong. It sticks well and leaves a little lace.

S: Caramel, toasted and straw malt scents come through, but not much else.

T: Caramel and toffee flavors are out front along with some raw grain. Bitterness follows with a faintly lemon twang. Finishes rather clean.

M: Light body is a little dry. Carbonation level is only a shade on the high side.

D: This is what I go for if everything else on tap is a macro. Not bad overall.

Rayek, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear reddish amber, almost a mahogany, with a fine-bubbled head. Aroma is typically malty with hints of spice, mainly cloves. Jazzy flavor is fairly typical of a dark lager but has a touch of spice to it. Finish is fairly smooth and satisfying.

Cyberkedi, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark rustic red color with a thin white head that fades fast. Smells of sweet malts with a small spice touch. A very watery beer, with some spices and carbonation. I feel like Killians is like waterdown Budweiser with spices and sweet malts. It's actually a decent beer. Extremely drinkably with a great mouthfeel, the first one tastes the same as the last.

nrpellegrini, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of LouieF
2.23/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: A dark reddish color with an extremely thin white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: A sweet malty aroma...not too much going on.

Taste: Fairly sweet throughout with a bitter finish...again, the same sweet malts that were present in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Lots of unpleasant carbonation.

Drinkability: I don't think I ever plan on having another one of these ever again.

LouieF, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of mterrence5
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice brown/red color. Sweet crisp taste with very very mild hoppy finish. This beer doesnt have alot to offer but its an upgrade over typical US beers available at most resturaunts abd bars that have a limited beer menu (ie Crud, Crud Light, Poors Light, Miller Smite).

mterrence5, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of LordofTime25
2.17/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

When poured into a glass beer is a deep red color with a white head that would stick around for 4-5 drinks.

Smells kinda roasty, but really a lack of any thing exciting.

Tasted pertty watered down with a hint of nuttiness to it. Not Impressed here.

Very little boby to it.

I don't recomend this. Probably won't drink again because there are better reds out there.

LordofTime25, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of apaltrineri
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too much to add to this run-of-the-mill dark lager... Simple roasted malt aroma with high graininess and a bit of a chlorine whiff unfortunately. Doesn't offend, and the carbonation is balanced well with the weight for a macro-lager. Pretty decent drinkability for a brew without much excitement going on in the flavor department. Pick up a sixer of this if you don't want to shell out for Heinie Dark - and check out the nearly indestructible bottles! Seriously, throw them at anything.

apaltrineri, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of n00tz
3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep red body with thin white head that sticks around. Nicely carbonated, not too excited, but not dead like my last one.

S - Some roasty tones behind the piney hops. Not terribly aromatic.

T - Slight roasted nut on the initial taste, but mostly a sweetened piney hops. Some nuttiness left on the tongue and in the aftertaste. If they could concentrate their flavors a little more, this would be a great lager. Unfortunately, it seems a bit watered down to my continually forming beer palate.

M - has a little bit of body to it, but it's no chocolate stout by any means. leaves a little bit of body behind after swallow.

D - this was my all time favorite mainstream beer until I was introduced to the Sam Adams lines. It still has a lot of drinkability value even after all is put together.

n00tz, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of philipquarles
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a decent white head that dissipates into a foam film. No lacing.

Smells like a lager--pretty much straight malt, though not overly sweet. Same on the palate; nothing worth mentioning aside from dark malt, but not unbalanced.

Overall, not terrible, but not a beer I would ever pay for.

philipquarles, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of Rhynes2
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A very decent brew. This beer has a nice reddish color as described in the name of it. Average head retention. The taste is sweet with a few off bitter notes. I found the bitter notes to throw off the feel of this beer. I can appreciate bitterness but it just didnt seem to belong in this brew. Overall the bitterness is overlooked as this is a respectable beer.

Rhynes2, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of erosier
2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a deep red color that is really clear with a short and thin white colored head that leaves some lacing but not alot down the glass.
S: Smells of faint roasted malts and some hops at the end.
T: Follows the faint nose. Not alot of malt or hops, but a decent mix of the two.
M: Light and crisp mouhtfeel with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Not bad, not great but not bad. I got it because it was on special - $1 a pint at the sports bar that didn't have much else.

erosier, Oct 06, 2008
George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
71 out of 100 based on 2,601 ratings.