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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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2,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,671
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 17
Gots: 270 | 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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Photo of techtatu
2.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poured a nice dark ruby color with a thin mocha colored head. Smell was very bland and the taste was barely up to par. It had an extremely light hint of spice and hops.

I wanted more flavor out of this beer. However I had this beer over a Kristoff and it enhanced the cigar's flavor. It's a beer I would lounge with outside with a cigar, if there are no other beverages available.

Photo of oldpinecone
2.09/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

Man what a terrible beer this is.

Pours a decent looking amber with a one finger white head that goes away within a couple minutes. This is about the only thing going for this beer.

Smell is super grainy and biscuity. No floral citrus, earth or anything you look for in a beer. It was just awful.

Taste was worst than the smell. Nasty super sweet candy grain. Oh this was a definite drain pour. Just a sweet off tasting terrible beer.

Mouthfeel was just simply seltzer. Super thin and over carbonated. Not pleasant at all.

Drinkablity...? No. Just No.

Photo of hockeyhead
3.46/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into tulip pint glass
A: pours nice and amber dark red almost ruby
S: smells like nice carmel bready tones fromt he malt and little drying fruitienss from hops
T: little sweet up front and kind of tart and no real hop flavor exept the drying from when the beer goes down
M: watery body with lots of carbination good though for this kind of beer
D: this beer isn't the best but not worst either its a good beer at good price for hot summer day drinking better than adjunct lager
i can tell you that much

Photo of ghebb
3.39/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear amber color with a thick head. Not much aroma to speak of. The dominant flavor is caramelly sweetness, that's not overpowering or cloying. No noticable hop presence, but has a nice medium mouthfeel and finishes very smooth.

In all honesty, I was quite impressed with this beer. I used to hate it, and feel it was overatted. It actually reminded me of a "dumbed down" version of Ten Penny Ale. Surprising that this is actually a lager.

All in all, a decent seeion brew with better flavor that most marco lagers.

Photo of TLove
3.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

(From Notes)

Having really "grown up" on this beer (my mother kept a separate beer fridge dedicated to Killians and just about anything darker), I was inclined to review this in perspective with what I have been reviewing recently (tough sell....very tough sell).

Decent, reddish dark color with a very watery base and a rough, thin strewn head. A touch of dark fruits and amber malts with a crisp, toasted rye-ish body that was well-carbonated, but disproportionately thin and watered-down. Hop structure is thin too and while wet and drinkable, it doesn't face up to the consistency that I've come to delight in.

Photo of tatoodkelt
2.91/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes - consumed 7/28/09, had a little tasting with some of the old favorites.

Bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Deep amber with a one finger white head that had decent retention. Very active carbination.

S- Very muted, just faint hints of sweet malt.

T- Caramel and a little bit toaty.

M- Smooth, a little creamy and a dry touch at the end.

D- This was my first beer and I pretty much wore it out. Glad I tried it again for old times sake but I wont be getting it again any time soon.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*I'm almost positive I had this beer on tap at the Stongforge Grill in Easton,MA and not the George Killians, which is a true Irish red.

A-Rubby red, almost maroon in color. Small, thin white head. Not overly carbonated.

S- I found this beer to have a very dry smell to it. The most I could smell was some of the toasted barley and malt smells, but that to me were subtle scents.

T- To me, this is the best macro lager out there. This American brew has some interesting flavors: toasted barley and the caramelized malts were an excellent feature. This would be a good fall-time beverage.

M- Smooth and buttery from the caramelized malts. Nice!

D- I could drink this without any harshness whatsoever. It's not as carbonated as most of the macro adjunct beers, which makes the drinkability all the more easy.

*-Overall this beer has tons of flavor for a macro lager, and at that macro price you can't beat Killian's Irish Red. Just remember, this beer isn't a true Irish red. I'm going to be interested in trying actual Irish reds in the future.

Photo of goblue3509
2.53/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish amber color with a one finger head that disapates quickly. The smell is of some roasted malt and a hint of hops as well. The taste is of some hops and a little malt on the back end. The overall mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, not too too bad. The drinkability is not too bad. You could have a couple of these, There is a slight complexity to this beer, it is better than most macros.

Photo of sgoodship
3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My brother in-law had some of these. This is his version of a craft beer, so I wanted to give it a fair shake.

A: Clear red amber color. Off white finger head that was fine bubbles and dissipated quickly to a ring. Plenty of visible carbonation.

S: Very basic stuff. A dash of malt - a touch of hop.

T: Like a macro - designed to be non-offensive. Too subtle caramel malt and very low hop profile.

M: Clean and crisp - good amount of carbonation. Body was light and felt thin at times.

D: I'd fall back to this brew before drinking the average crap they serve in bars. It's pretty easy to drink. It's ridiculously subtle - just doesn't deliver any lasting impression. A bit watery at times.

Photo of donmonkey1
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an amber/medium brown with a nice white head, good lacing.

Smell: Very faint, but sweet malt.

Taste: Not much, but a mildly sweet caramel malt. Also, a barely noticeable metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Watery, with a touch of sting.

Drinkability: It's so mild that it's much like barely flavored water. It's actually decent though.

Photo of AnonWut
3.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overall an decent beer, especially being that it's quite common and usually fairly cheap.

A - What can you say? When they say Irish Red, they mean it.

S - Very light hint of sweetness.

T - Starts very clean. Finishes surprisingly crisp. I would say it definitely tastes of a darker beer, but overall has a very light vibe and mouthfeel.

M - Fairly smooth and fairly creamy. But nothing spectacular. It's kind of in the middle.

D - Better than a lot of macrobrews. The finish doesn't leave you dreading having to drink the rest like some beers of this caliber. I find myself ready for another sip/gulp/whatever almost instantly.

Photo of aggiearcher13
2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, it was in the fridge this weekend so I took some notes:

A: Pretty solid actually. It's a reddish-brown, crystal clear, leaves a coarse head of about a half inch after I pour it. Looks quite carbonated.

S: A little fruity, some faint caramel malt.

T: Disappointing. No yeast character, not as full and rich and sweet as I would expect for the style. A little sweet, a little toasty.

M: Finishes rather dry on the palate, which surprised me. Overcarbonated.

D: Low, I had to stop at one. Just wasn't doing it for me.

Photo of TitanTake
3.39/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: nice amber color; clear with a light head

smell: light and inviting; slight fruity aroma; woodsy

taste: a little disappointing; the aroma and appearance draw you in and the taste gives you little more than an average, run-of-the-mill flavor; slight hint of hops.

mouthfeel: smooth and bubbly with a slight aftertaste.

drinkability: a nice drink on a hot summer day or something to drink with dinner

Photo of srrn
3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'm not reviewing this to style, it'd be below average, but as a malty macro lager it's pretty tasty with good drinkability. It is not rich like a better Irish Red should be, but it does have a bit of toast, sweet malt and a ddry slightly bitter finish. The ABV and the fact it is a pleasant brew lend it to sessioning if it's all that's available. I haven't had one of these in a long time, I've since had better brews but this is still fine.

I just looked at the style, BA lists it as an American Amber/Red Lager, if that's the case it's pretty good to style, but the bottle itself is misleading.

Photo of stockingcpl
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This brew pours with a nice traditional Amber Ale color. Head is frothy and a medium tan. Head retention is typical of macro-breweries, however surface spiderwebbing has some non-typical sustain. Minimal carbonation threads.

Smell: Light caramel malt. Not heavy, maybe a little thin. Slight toastiness detected during mids. Not bad.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt and hints of toastiness. Not bad for a macro-brew, but certainly not as flavorful as an American Lager...the flavor is jut a little thin.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation and caramel malt roll well on the tongue. This is a GREAT beer for a drinker who is beginning to develop their tasting tongue.

Drinkability: This brew is a little "heavy" and not really a summer type beer. As a winter brew, this would fit fine into a session rotation. Again, this brew is sufficiently restrained to be a good "beginner" beer for people who are familiar with American macro-brews and want to get into beer tasting.


Photo of drunkboxer1
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright red/amber with a small head that vanishes in seconds. No lacing. Smells very faintly of grain. It also (and I'm really trying here) smells slightly sweet; kind of like caramel I guess. There's also, and I'm hoping this was in the glass I was drinking it out of, kind of a soapy smell. I'm gonna ignore that soap in my scoring I think. Tastes very mild. A little sweetness, some very faint amber malt character. I guess some caramel? Its very carbonated. Body is quite thin. It's easy to drink though.

Photo of KTCamm
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a pint glass at a Lake Bluff, IL area pizza joint. Color was - what else - red! Some white foam and lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, but otherwise not noticable - or maybe it was difficult to discenr with all of the pizza in the air.

Taste is slightly sweet, some caramel, with a very minimal hop. Lower carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Back in school this was the high end beer we drank - I still like it, though clearly there are much better Irish Reds out there in the market. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable beer.

Photo of steanu
4.37/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I did not really get a look at the BEER itself because I just drank it out of the bottle. It's got a nice smell to it and it's got a nice even taste. It's not too strong, not too weak either. It also does not have an aftertaste nor is it harsh on the mouth. It's an exceptional beer and it is very refreshing.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Caramel-orange in color with a small and short lived beige head. Clear dull caramel. Looks pretty boring really.

S - Faint wispy caramel and brown sugar. This is EXTREMELY mild (how's that for an oxymoron?) and wimpy, but in no way unpleasant or offensive. Bland.

T - Sweet brown sugar, toffee, and a hint of caramelized sugar too. This is a generally sweet malty beer that isn't hitting any high notes, but isn't singing out of tune either.

M - Mellow, moderately carbonated, and really sugary with a super sweet finish.

D - This is refreshing and easy going in the same vein as Negro Modelo or Newcastle, and like those beers its borderline watery and underflavored. Honestly, this is a good budget beer that is way ahead of "cheap fizzy-yellow" brews, but is still pretty damn cheap. I picked up a sixxer of this for a little over five bucks at the gas station to enjoy with a nice cigar. Since full bodied cigars usually eat even Imperial stouts alive, I usually follow each puff with a swig of cheapo beer... or really expensive scotch. Go figure.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Reddish-brown color, not very transparent, but a one finger head.

Smell: It did not smell very good. It smelled a little skunky.

Taste: The taste is much better than the smell. It has a bitter, but good bitter, flavor without much of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick as the color would indicate and it was fairly carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty good. I could and have had several of these in a row, but it is not anything to get too excited about.

Photo of nlmartin
3.21/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At one time I was a Killians slayer. This was my goto beer for years. I cannot believe I have never thought of reviewing this beer. The beer was served cold in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured exactly as I remembered it. The beers body is amber leaning toward scarlet. The head is sort of biege and quickly resolves. I love the clearity and the brightness of the body.

Smell: Lightly toasted grain combines with a very subdued caramel. Otherwise the nose on this beer is very clean with no off aromas.

Taste: This isnt as tasty as I remember it being. The beer gives me notes of toasted and caramel malt. Nice dry finish noted to the taste.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation works well with the beer. The drinkability is pretty good. This has been a fall back when not even Sam Adams is in the house. Oddly enough, it could be nostalgia but I think I like this more than Sam Adams. Oh the horror!...

Photo of RickKrumenacker
2.79/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Clear amber, looks like soda with lots of larger bubbles rising to the top...2-finger head dissapates quickly, but swirling brings back a decent head

S. Musty and metallic..some sweetness as well

T. Metallic and grainy...maybe a little bit of caramel from the malt

M. Tight, prickly carbonation...a little bit of bitterness...metallic aftertaste

D. One of those beers that I used to go to quite a bit, but now is completely underwhelming...nothing overly offensive, but there are other ambers that I would reach for before this again

Photo of vacax
3.75/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I came across a couple of bottles of this by chance, having never had it before. I had never really heard any good things about it...

A: Dark honey amber and red beer. Pedestrian white head with little retention/lacing.

S: Caramel malt and some light floral notes.

T: Caramel malts, lightly fruity, crisp and easy. No off flavors. I am genuinely surprised as this is a pretty decent red lager.

M: Medium body and bubbly ala macro force carbonation.

D: High. Nothing too complicated, easily palatable, crisp and drinkable. I was surprised in a good way. One of the best BMC brewed beers I can think of.

Note: Unsure why this is a Euro Dark Lager and not an American Amber / Red Lager.

Photo of Poormon79
3.73/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Very amber, almost no head, light carbonation

S. Its a pretty simple smell

T. Has a caramely taste. Little malt

M. Light bodied, almost no carbonation

D. I dont know if id wanna drink alot of this. Its good i think for a starter then move on to something else

Final Thoughts: I enjoy this beer. Not my first pick but was decent

Photo of infi
2.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Into a glass.

Pours a ruby dark red-orange pour with a temporary one-finger head that goes away pretty quickly with no lacing. The brew doesn't have much of an aroma; there's some hint of malt, but that's all I can find. The taste is pretty simple. I can taste the yeast and malt flavors initially. There isn't much of an aftertaste either - awfully weak too, considering it's a lager. The mouth feel isn't very noticeable. Very light-bodied, with a light to medium amount of carbonation. Drinkability is fairly easy, just because it doesn't have much of a bite to it.

I'd choose a different beer over this.

George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,671 ratings.