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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2,653 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,653
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.8%
Wants: 16
Gots: 236 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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....

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of likethetaste
3.98/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know this is by Coors. But this is a really good drink. It is VERY drinkable and taste pretty good. For a beer that is easily available and made by a Macro brewer, it is really good. I have had other versions of Irish Red and this one is just fine compared to them. Pours a clear red color with a nice head. Has a good clean flavor that is very drinkable.

This is a great go to beer.

Photo of penguinjive7
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany color with a thick creamy head that provides nice lacing. The smell is purely a strong malty profile. The initial tastes provides malts in a big way with a touch of hop bitterness towards the end. The finish is somewhat metallic and leaves an odd flavor in the mouth. The mouthfeel was a bit on the syrupy side which is not really something I look for in an Irish red. This is a fairly drinkable brew, and is not a bad choice in restaurants that don't have anything but macros on tap.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep, clear reddish-amber, with a three finger frothy off-white head. The head subsided fairly quickly, leaving a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Sweet. Smells of malt and apples, something I didn't expect to find in this beer. Bare hints of hops.

Taste: Sweet malts and muted bitter hops. Not too much to this one. There's somewhat of an astringent taste mixed in with the hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin and decently carbonated. About what you'd expect for this kind of beer.

Drinkability: Goes down very smooth. It's not going to be my first choice to buy, but I wouldn't refuse it if it was offered. Nice and refreshing.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.23/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/5/2006 (Tap @ BWW's CL, TX):

Pours a clear red/amber colored body, very light in color, with almost no head, fine bubbles, white, and diminishing. Has a very malty aroma, not much aroma. Very malty taste, nutty, semi-bitter aftertaste. Fizzy.

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

Poured into a pint glass from 12 oz brown twist off bottle.

A: Color was clear bright red amber with 3/4 finger head, moderate lacing that lasts half way through the quaf.

S: The nose was faint toasted grain, light sweetness from caramel.

T: Taste is simply sweet malt, toasted grain and following the nose a faint caremel slippery candy flavor. The malt is not a major deal in this beer, leaning to the dry side, almost no bitterness which worked well to the malt. A dry toasted grain finish with good carbonation

D: True session beer and regular beer for my taste but prolly a departure into "micro" beers from the macro fellows. I remember this beer getting lots of reviews about ten years ago now and has done well to make consumers think it's an import.

Photo of hoplover82
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, bubbly amber color with a very fluffy, delicate medium white head that quickly fades to no head to never return. No lace to be noted.

Aroma is blah... Just a hint of caramel, nothing else.

Flavor is watery and sweet... Blah... Nothing impressive.

Mouthfeel is watery and week, light bodied.

Pretty drinkable because of the lightness.

Photo of kirok1999
2.38/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had at an oyster bar in Panama City Beach Florida and it seemed the best choice. I was wrong.
Poured into a plastic mug. Ugh. Slight copper color, quickly fading head that left no lacing, but considering it was in plastic I wasn't surprised.
Smell was almost nonexistent. Slight sweetness and a lot of weird vegetable grains.
Taste was exactly like the smell. Very vegetal, mostly corn, no noticable hops and just a bit of malt.
Felt like seltzer water.
I guess it's easy to drink if you overlook the grainy taste. I couldn't so I sipped it so I wouldn't be asked if I wanted another.

Photo of Spikester
3.44/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About twenty years ago I was in Denver for some work related training with people from all over the U.S. We had a big snow storm the weekend that we were supposed to take a tour of the Coors plant. It turned out we were the only car in the huge parking lot. The folks at Coors were in the process of closing the public tour facility and kindly took us on a private tour. We also had more than one beer at the end of the tour. One of those beers I had was a Killian's Irish Red which was a new product.
At that time it was one of the best beers I'd ever tasted. So I figured it was about time to revisit an old friend. I have to say no Killian's since has ever equalled that brewery beer. And my recent purchase was no exception. My review: A fine alternative to regular macro beers. More and better malts, some real hop flavor and a clean dry finish. Very drinkable and a good introduction to something besides Bud, Miller, or Coors. Another plus is that it was cheaper than regular Coors!
Update for reformulation: 4/28/2014.
More pungent smell this time around. Malty sweet with a slight bitterness in the finish. Must have some added sugars to get it this sweet. Could use some more hops. Date on bottle says June 2, 2014. So it might be a bit old. Overall a decent product might be a good cross over beer.

Photo of Slatetank
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a beer I might have had from time to time before embracing bolder, more extreme styles. I thought I would return to see how it fared compared to craft reds I have had lately

Served cold in a frosty mug
A - a medium amber w/ about 1 finger of pale head that vanishes after I look away. The clarity of the beer is good w/ moderate lace

S - An adjunct -like sweet malt aroma similar to toasted corn cereal

M - A really high carbonation level and very light body. The feel is slightly sweet and prickly and finishes with a touch of hop spice

T - A muted malt taste w/ subtle lager yeast flavor. The corn cereal taste elements are in the forefront w/ a hint of herbal hop. The taste is sweet, but that is the only flavor as the adjunct takes over the little hop and malt flavor there is - the gentle pale malt flavor comes out w/ a hint of toasted tinge near the bottom of the glass

D - A pretty bland lager, but it is still drinkable. It is similar to Yuengling lager and other 'amber' beers to me w/ something more in the taste -I would order this over a light or american pale lager.

George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,653 ratings.