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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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2,699 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,699
Reviews: 823
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 tykees88
3.06/5  rDev +1%
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
3.11/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.22/5  rDev +6.3%
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
3.78/5  rDev +24.8%
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
3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of jrallen34
2.49/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass.

It pours a dark red with an off white head with ok retention and lacing.

the aroma is light with a little hops.

the taste is ok, but a little strong for me with a weird aftertaste.

The feel is ok, not very drinkable to me.

Photo of TonyElOso
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a cheap beer. No way around it.

That being said, its one of the better cheap beers. It's a very crisp beer with a thin light flavor of an Irish red without the sour zing of cheap beer.

Its great go-to beer when you don't want to spend much or don't want to try something new.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foreword: On-tap at a local bar, poured into a pint glass. It was only $1.75, so let's just go ahead and deem this affordable right now.

A: Good, dark red color, but the head was virtually nonexistent. No lacing left as I drank away. Not too impressed.

S: Light, light hoppiness underneath a toasted malt scent. A bit on the sweeter side.

T: Not bad, really. Toasted malts with a hint of cereal grains in there. After a while, seemed like the hops were poking there heads out, but that sensation faded rapidly.

M: Good carbonation and a medium body. The aftertaste is fairly minimal, so +1 for that.

D: Pretty good, all in all. I could drink a couple of these with no problem, but after that, I think I'd want a change of pace.

Overall: Pretty standard beer, all in all. For that price, how could I say no? The bar I was at was pretty lively, but there's a no-smoking rule in Columbia, so that kept my senses in line. And yes, I had two before deciding I wanted something new. Try it out if you get a chance.

Photo of Flightoficarus
3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A little different than what I typically review, but what the hell, why not!

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Pours a nice red hue (as the name of the beer might suggest), with an off-white head.

Smell - Light smells of caramelized malts, grains.

Taste - Toasted malts, caramel, faint hops. A bit on the light side, but not bad.

Mouthfeel - A little on the watery side for the style, but adds to the sessionability of the beer.

Drinkability - The light body for the style makes it pretty easy to keep drinking.

Overall - Not a bad beer at all, but nothing too terribly special either. For the price, it's a win though. A better option than BMC lagers for slightly more money.

Photo of Eldalonde
3.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a nice red color. The head is too small, almost non-existent.

S - Aroma is pleasant with hops and some sweet caramel coming through.

T - It tastes decently of cereal grains. Which I really enjoy.

M - The body is actually pretty good, considering.

D - I was rather suprised considering it's brewed by Coors. Not a bad beer, there's just so many better beers out there.

Photo of kegbeerman
4.55/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-Tap is the way to go with beer. Bottles take away from the smell,and the appearance. A pint of Killian's has a drink ability of a light beer but the respect of an amber beer. The smell of a good amber draught makes may tong jump out my mouth like a dog drinking water.

Photo of NOOGIE
3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. No foam what so ever. Nice red ruby color.

Smell: Pretty basic smell, caramelized malts, grains, and hops.

Taste: Nice wetness in the taste department, pretty simple in the taste department, smoky malts and very faint hops in the taste department.

Mouthfeel: Average, some of the flavors hang around like the smoky flavor, but not much else.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability, no harsh wash back, nothing really special about this beer, but worth a try.

Photo of bonkers
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap served in a 23 ounce weizen glass. It is a light clear red with a thin whispy head. The nose is bready and faint. The flavor profile was hugely diapointing, a little bread and a little bitterness. The beer was thin and watery, and IMO the carbonation was low. Back in the day Killians was my good beer, but now it seems like red swill.

Photo of colts9016
2.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at 35 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger ivory color head that last only a few seconds. The body of the beer is amber color with a reddish copper hues. The clarity of is clear. There is some effervescence in the beer.

Nose: There is a caramel aroma followed by some citrus, and wood. The malt is slightly toasted.

Taste: A citrusy flavor followed by some bitterness, wood, and caramel flavor. The malt has a slight toast flavor.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and slightly astringent. The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium soft. This beer is not a great respresentative of this style. The flavor of the beer taste like a Coors with added flavors.

Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown with light amber hues. Very clear, filtered. Light carbonation appearance. Head formation light, limited lacing. Small film on top.

S - Toasty malt note, a bit of smokey and caramel notes as well. Malt forward smell. Light yeast bready note.

T - Starts off with a light caramel and toffee malt note. Sweet.. Mid-stream builds further with some toasty notes. Finishes with a sour, buttery note. Seems that this one may be oxidized.

M - Creamy body - moderate carbonation. Smooth and clinging sensation. Pleasing mouthfeel.

D - Very drinkable. Manageable ABV. Not filling. Somewhat refreshing.

Except for what I think is oxidation, I think this beer comes off very well.

Photo of CRichardsMN
2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice dark amber orange color with an off-white foamy head that falls to a creamy ring. Leaves only spots of foam stuck to the glass, not what I'd call lacing.

Light malty sweetness and a bit of tartness.

Lightly roasted malts and caramel that is pretty sweet. You can tell there are hops though not much and a hint of bitterness / tartness that barely lingers and cuts the sweet just enough.

Appearance is kind of deceptive in that the body is fairly thin and has a very long lasting carbonation tingle. Not as sharp as coke but maybe root beer... though root beer is heavier.

This one is pretty light and crisp with enough taste to not be boring. Not quite as good as my fridge beer (Newcastle) but this would do in a pinch.

Not a bad brew and readily available in all of my local liquor stores.

Photo of feelmefoam
2.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice reddish copper color with a finger of cream-colored head that disappears quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smells grainy with a little bit of sweet malt.

A pretty watered down flavor, you can taste some grains and some malt in the end, but not very full flavored.

Light body, moderate amounts of carbonation and not a lot of aftertaste.

Pretty drinkable, but in the same sense that water is drinkable. Not too bad, not too good, either.

Photo of ffking18
3.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I bought my first six pack of this stuff today, not being extremely optimistic about it. The first thing that i noticed was the newly improved bottle label. I wondering if they put as much effort as they did into the beer as they did the label on the bottle. The first wiff wasn't what i was expecting, lighter and less harsh on the senses than i would have figured. The appearance was a nice amber color with deep hues of red and brown. The taste was that of a better brand of beer since im used to the B.M.C.. and at first it was hard to believe it was made my Coors. The mouthfeel was light and inviting which i liked a lot. The drinkability seemed average, maybe on the heavier side.. I would recommend this to a friend and i will definitely drink this beer again. Just a warning, maybe it was just me but this beer got warm a little too fast for me..

Photo of kurp001
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle bought at Crackpot Liquors

Pours a bright reddish copper with about one finger of creamy off-white head that gradually fizzes down, leaving minimal lacing.

Smell is generally muted; a faint malt aroma and mild graininess are apparent.

Taste is a bit more interesting, but not by much. Mild malt sweetness upfront, with a more assertive graininess midway and on the finish. Not what I would call delicious, but not offensive, either.

Mouthfeel is medium to light-bodied with lively carbonation.

This is a decently drinkable beer, but not one that I can really savor as it's going down. For a Coors product, it's not that bad, but that's probably the nicest thing I can say about it.

Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is slightly sweet, malts and grains. Taste is crisp but not a whole lot of flavor. Some malts and a slight bitterness. Feels light in the mouth and goes down pretty easily. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

Photo of apbarwood
2.35/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light almost amber color with almost no head retention or lace. Not much of an aroma really, a little malt maybe with the slightest hint of hops. The flavor is decent at first but there's a kind of sour metallic finish to it that doesn't leave me wanting more. It's drinkable I guess but not something I'd try again.

Photo of will4240
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From my beer notebook...
All around not a terrible beer. Amber redish in color with a not all that impressive head and lacing. Tastes decent enough. Much better than say, natty lite... but still nothing to write home about. Body is light, hints of caramel. Not a bad brew if you are at a bad bar... Which you shouldn't be...

Photo of SLeffler27
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The big frothy head lingers, setting rings of lacing above the clear, rich, dark amber brew below. Orange highlights catch the lamp as each sip is brought up to the mouth.

Ones nose catches that unmistakable sweet caramel, with grains and hay. Once the hay takes hold, however, it dominates like other mass market lagers.

The flavors are clean, closely following the nose, yet the malt profile is more evident. Only a hint of bitterness, with a quick mild finish, that will not offend anyone, least not this pint glass.

Killian's has that typical light body and watery texture of other beers in it's class. Followed by fair carbonation, and no alcohol, this beer is clearly intended to reach a wide audience.

One follows another, as this brew easily flows from one container to another;-) Like a slinky, this one was great fun when I was younger, and comforting to return to occasionally, but certainly far from the edge. With so many truly challenging beers available, Killian's is reserved as a nostalgic indulgence.

Photo of Mavajo
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber color with a moderate head - a little more reddish when held up to the light. Smell is a mild malty scent - pretty faint. Taste is actually at its best when it's ice cold, in my opinion. At first pour, it has a nice salty, malty slight hop taste - minimal bitterness. As it warms, though, the taste becomes cloyingly malt-forward and sweet - I could barely stomach it. Moderately carbonated mouthfeel. Fairly drinkable.

All in all, it's nothing amazing, but it's not terrible either. One of my favorite macros.

George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,699 ratings.