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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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2,412 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,412
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 135 | 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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2.4/5  rDev -20.8%

A - 1 1/4" light beige head. Clear amber beer. The head hangs around for a little while before falling to a cap. Some lace.

S - Metallic. Honey. Grainy malt.

T - Very non-descript. Light. Tiny amount of malt. No hops anywhere to be found.

M - Super thin. No finish at all - swallow and it is gone.

D - Below average drinkability. Not enough flavor. A little left over sweetness and that is about it. For the same price, I am all over JW Dundee's American Amber.

05-01-2006 01:49:26 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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3.58/5  rDev +18.2%

Appearance- red (imagine that) with a golden foam- foam didn't hang around too long and it was only one finger
Smell- not a real lot of smell to it, a slight hop smell and that was about it
Taste- pretty decent flavor, the hops were a bit more apparent here, but the malt kinda overtook, tasted slightly watered down though
Mouthfeel- light on the tougne, carbonated up a bit
Drinkability- easy to slam if you wanted to, with just enough flavor to sit and enjoy in a pinch

04-28-2006 17:29:21 | More by supercolter
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3.05/5  rDev +0.7%

This is one of those 'round to it reviews. I have had Killian's Irish Red many times, never thought that much about savoring it and writing a review. Pours a nice coppery/reddish color with little head and lacing. Didn't notice any distinctive aroma. Mild malt taste, thin mouthfeel. A step up from BMC but not all that much flavor. I would do pitchers of this at Hooters (especially if the other choices were Bud lite or Coors lite!!). I much prefer Yeungling or Sam Adams for mass consumption and SNPA if I just want to kick back and savor something good.

04-27-2006 01:42:54 | More by JayQue
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2.5/5  rDev -17.5%

From the bottle: It pours a pretty dark red/amber (hence the name, I imagine) with fairly minimal lacing.

The smell and taste are both a bit funky, but not unpleasant. Minimal hops, but pretty strong sweet/dark maltiness. Nothing complex, but not unpleasant either.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are the strong points of this beer. It's exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. Certainly to be picked over most macrobrews.

Overall, though, Killian's isn't worth the price it fetches, at least around here. It's a good substitute for macro lagers, and it would be a fine backup beer if it were cheap, but anyplace with a decent selection should have better offerings in this price range.

04-23-2006 23:01:02 | More by Vibbly
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3.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Pulled from keg into 12 oz stein mug, frozen because we are in Georgia. The dark red color is most appetizing, the smell is of faint malt. The taste is also of malt but on the light side.Mouthfeel is very good, for a barleywine drinker, this is a session beer. The drinkability is also very good, a light bodied dark beer. Out of the bottle the malt is a bit more pronounced. I've enjoyed Killian's for years, often the only dark beer available on tap at bars with little or no selections beyond BMC etc.



04-23-2006 19:38:21 | More by barleyman
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North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -1.7%

I see this one around everywhere but always avoid it. Thought I'd try it for the first time in ages. It was so-so, whatever, nearly ho-hum, but far from undrinkable.

Surprised to see that the color was more hazy caramel than red. A small well-retained head, abundant carbonation and little bits of lace up and down glass.

Aroma is faint, with only the slightest bit of malty sweetness coming to the nose.

Good malt elements in the flavor, caramel-ish sweetness, with faint hops balancing things out. Acceptable but not at all remarkable. Not helped by a watery, thin mouthfeel.

Went okay with my mushroom-swiss veggie-burger, but not something I'll go out of my way for again.

04-23-2006 03:02:26 | More by Metalmonk
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2.95/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Poured a light paled amber color, with a slightly off white head those rose quickly. As the rocky head finally settles to a half inch,I realized this beer leaves a nice amount of laceing behind. I even notice a few lone beads floating to the top.

Smell: Has a slight stench of corn adjuct with some thankful caramel maltiness and light hop character. And to no surprise the alcohol is not present.

Taste: The flavors are all light and vague, but you can pick up some caramel lager notes, a subtle hop profile, and a raisiny aftertaste. Nothing exciteing, but much better than your typical BMCs.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied with a medium level of carbonation. A watered down grainy feel.

Drinkability: The only reason I gave this beer a 3.5 on drinkability is because it has always been a great light bodied beer to fall back on if a good craft beer isn't available. It is a notch up from American pilsners in my own opinion and would be a good gateway beer to craft brews.


04-19-2006 21:30:53 | More by cheers2beers
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2.35/5  rDev -22.4%

Lightest "dark lager" I've seen and not all that red really. No outstanding,m striking favor. Just tastes like any old lager. Hoppy, sharp, bitter aftertaste that stays with you. I liked this better when I was younger, and it is a good "starter" beer to jump from your Buds and Millers to, but it's nothing I'd intentionally drink if I had my choice.

04-17-2006 00:16:40 | More by JayTheFinn
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3.08/5  rDev +1.7%

This was served ice cold with absoultely no head and dark brown color. Mildly malty aroma with a toasty malt accented flavor. Aftertaste was carbonation and some hops thrown in. I was thirsty at the time so this went down pretty good especially with some spicy food. Overall not too bad for a macro but this is nothing to look forward to after a hard day.

04-16-2006 16:17:22 | More by John1985
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3.48/5  rDev +14.9%

Brewed by Coors locally. This bottle was left at my house by houseguests. Pours almost a finger of sticky, yet soda pop-like, head. Odd, sticky, but the bubbles were popping quickly. Anyway. Crystal clear gorgeous light copper-brown liquid. Smells sweet toasty and tannic. A bit of edge that could be hops or alcohol sting. Mildly of cherries in a brandy sort of way. Dry malts. Tastes pretty good actually. Sweet to start with malt jumping in strong and a swet sweet finish. The flavors in the aftertaste hang around a while before things dry out with a metalic edge. Toasty malt and buttery diacetyl. A bit of a dry caramel flavor. Light body but I think the buttery helps the liquid form a slick on the tongue (not fond of this characteristic of this beer). Modestly carbonated. Well done as a macro offering.

This beer is classified on BA as a Euro Dark Lager. Not a style I'm familiar with and there are presently no guidelines provided. So...this beer was not very dark...and not very lager, either. But for a macro product, it's one of the best. I guess I'll rate it partly as a Macro offering.

04-14-2006 06:37:14 | More by mentor
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New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +18.8%

Killian's is a good beer, BUT...

I used to consider Killian's a good dark beer...and then I drank dark beers. I really can only look at this beer as a red lager, it has no weight. However, if a beer drinker has only experienced the usual domestics, Killians will be a delight as it was for me when I first drank it.

Unfortunately, the taste can get old; it is not something you can chug or party with, well, without your stomach filling up with air. This beer will fill you up like you just ate dinner. Then again, Killian's with dinner at a regular chain restaurant is certainly not bad.

04-11-2006 03:56:00 | More by dubman003
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3.33/5  rDev +9.9%

poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug

A- my first experience with a red ale, and it really was red! in all actuality, it was more like a dark amber than red but i can definitely see where it got the name.

S- hops and wheat, not much else to report here

T- tasted like wheat mostly, with a slight hops after taste. not bad at all.

M- kind of thin, but well carbonated, much more so than i was expecting

D- i'd drink this again. a fine beer, not in my top 5 by any means but not a bad beer.

04-10-2006 03:09:18 | More by acarroll413
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3.8/5  rDev +25.4%

The appearance is a solid ruby with a bubbly head that fades into nothing. The smell is hoppy, sweet and it reminds me of melted sugar. The taste isn't to complex but it sastifies the palate with a big roasted caramel malt taste. The mouthfeel is okay, nothing obviously bad or good. The drinkablity, on the other hand, really stands out. Go ahead and chug it or savor it.

Coors has the best hybrid macros.

By the way, pour it into a glass. If you drink it out of the bottle it is sour and adjunct.

04-09-2006 03:43:31 | More by nicksta
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2.93/5  rDev -3.3%

If I had a choice, I'd take this over all of the other offerings from Coors. Two Extra Gold and I've got a skull splitter going on. Three regular Coors, the same. I don't even consider the Silver Bullet a beer, so I don't drink it. The first Killian's experience that I had lasted about six beers and, no headache. I don't know if it's mental but., at the time, I didn't realize that Coors made this. It doesn't taste anything like anything else from this brewery.
It's kind of sweet with a slight hint of malt. The reddish/copper color is appealing and the head stayed the duration. Not much going on in the aroma department. Maybe if it was served in a chalice? Mouthfeel is OK, consistent with most lagers that I have had. Just enough carbonation. However, I get left with an aftertaste that I can do without, espescially after about three or four. I also have to drink this extra cold. Anything above 35 degrees and that aftertaste I mentioned starts to be the domiant taste. It let's you know that this is no Euro lager. To me it's the best that Coors has to offer, but it's nothing to write home about.

04-09-2006 02:15:32 | More by cro250klr
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3.78/5  rDev +24.8%

this beer is a rather nice beer to drink, you can find it anywhere and its better than yer average beer. A nice caramel sweetness but just a hint. normal medium lager overall. smells like it tastes and it has a good feel for your entire tongue. had an average head.

03-27-2006 22:53:27 | More by squish059
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3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

The appearance was amber/copper with a normal head. The smell was about average of a medium lager and smelled of the malted grain. The taste is a little bit sweet and not too hoppy. Other than that, this beer was average except having the advantage of having more body to its taste than your average macro lager. Mouthfeel was again better than an average lager, but mainly due to its heavier content. I felt the drinkability was good and I do enjoy these as an alternative other beers when I'm in the mood for something with a bit more taste.

03-26-2006 07:18:28 | More by jdmorgan
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2.9/5  rDev -4.3%

pours dark amber...medium head.
was expecting more in the aroma department...not much..a little malty
taste and mouth feel were ok. Malty with a slight caramel to it, so it had a thicker mouthfeel and taste than say you average macro larger...but still nothing real special
drinkablility was average....nothing offending about it, but nothing really outstanding.
Was hoping this one would stand out a little..but alas..like most macros it just sits there. If they don't have anything extra special on tap or bottle..this would beat some of the others..flavor is better than say your average pilsner..but they could do better. (coors did a little better with the blue moon series of beers).

03-25-2006 17:48:16 | More by harpo111
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3.28/5  rDev +8.3%

Killian's Irish Red
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink label on the bottle that reads Jun23 007
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours an amber brown with light red highlights. Mini thin white laced head on top.

Whiffs of grains, malts and sweetness.

Smooth and clean lager taste. Highlights of caramel malt, sugary sweetness and toasted grain flavors with a baby hop snap on the finish. The mouthfeel is a tad thin and watered down, which really takes away from the overall experience of the beer.

When I was in high school, this was one of the first beers that I tried that was an alternative to common BMC products. At the time I thought this was the real deal, but it simply doesn't leave the same impression with me these days. An average Irish style lager by all accounts and a good choice when options are limited.

03-24-2006 23:44:11 | More by Hibernator
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3/5  rDev -1%

Pours a nice dark amber color. Little head, but it does lace nicely to the sides of my glass.

The smell was very light, but I could detect some toasted malt grain.

The taste was very malty and a bit sweet, and finishes with a dried malt character. Very little in way of hops.

It is smooth and very drinkable, but nothing overtly special about it. Very average, as my score reflects. Nothing offended, nothing complemented.

03-23-2006 03:08:22 | More by Freshie
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3.15/5  rDev +4%

As it is St. Patricks Day, I decided to go with an Irish style beer, had a "Smithwicks"..prior to this..
poured a clear amber, no real head to speak of, moderate carbonation.
smell was really non-existent.
taste was rather fruity, a little hint of iced tea...
mouthfeel is of a typical macro-lager, light and watery.
drinkability is decent, might make a good session brew...not bad...

03-20-2006 12:55:34 | More by steinlifter
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3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

Used to drink this thinking it was a "really good beer". This is my first one in about a year though.

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from a bottle.

This beer pours an amber color with a frothy white head that quickly dissipates without lacing but leaves a little film. The beer smells of caramel and roasted barley. The taste is quite sweet up front with some other malts in it. It is rather weak overall though. It could be thicker but I wouldn't call it watery. Overall a drinkable beer especially when nothing else is available.

03-14-2006 22:59:05 | More by MSchae1017
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2.95/5  rDev -2.6%

12oz bottle w/ "O'fficial beer of...." I thought the way they spelled "official" was cool. Anyway.

A- Reddish/amber in color, big white head, little retention. Little lace. Had a freshness date on bottle. Looks very good.

S- sweet watery smell. Like a carmel sweet smell though.

T- Rather bland. Doesnt taste watery, but flat. Hints of cherry, carmel. Clean and sweet though.

M- Very thin feeling, but yet high carbonation levels are obvious.

D- Very smooth, not hard to drink, through i wouldnt really search it out. Dont get me wrongthough, i would absolutley take this over a macro.

03-14-2006 20:01:25 | More by tonistruth
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3.53/5  rDev +16.5%

Picked up a 12 pack for my brother's birthday on St. Pats I am impressed with the creamy two fingered head that tops the auburn brew and slowly fell provide sustained lace on the etched Seidel / Stein attached to the package. Dot matrix APR09 030 06 K probable best by date on shoulder of bottle reverse the label side. Pleasent caramel aroma greets the olfactory neurons and move up to the CNS to olfactory bulb where information from these receptors is organized into patterns that bring back memories of many past associations with this brew.

This will pair with the brocks and beans we will grill after helping paint the main street of Rolla (Pine) green and welcoming in the spring with St. Pat and his court atop a green manure spreader.


The round mouthfeel and caramelized malts along with some rye flavors make a satisfling if not exceptional experience. At 4.9% your not going to need much of a shillelagh to keep the snakes away.


Happy St. Pat's to all my Irish friends and the rest of us "wanna be's"

Wonder is George Killian would recognize his brew?

03-13-2006 18:36:07 | More by karst
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2.78/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured med. reddish amber with light head that disappeared quickly.
Aroma was very light...slightly sweet malts...no noticable hops...Macro beer 'tang'.
Taste was refreshing...again no hops, but bright and mild sweet malts...tiny carbonation that did little for the tongue....light alcohol....very little aftertaste.
Macro roots much more noticable than any Irish roots....reminds me of aluminum cans and bad yeast.
I could drink several of these...they are light both in flavor and alcohol. Just not sure I would want to. Given a choice between this and conventional Macros, I would probably pick this.

03-12-2006 22:16:46 | More by IntriqKen
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North Carolina

2.38/5  rDev -21.5%

Clear copper penny colored pour with moderate tan head that is very creamy and dense, but only lasts a few minute. Thin streamers of lace are left on the glass.

Aroma is almost non-exsistant except for some mild caramel malt and soft floral green grass notes. Realy very difficult to pick anything else up.

Flavor is lightly sweet, roasty grain, corn?, toast, and some very mild floral hops in the finish. Certainly better tasting than your average macro, but only a little!

Body is between light and medium with coarse feeling carbonation and a thin mouthfeel with little texture. Fairly easy to drink and really not offensive in any way.

03-11-2006 23:40:25 | More by AlexJ
George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
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