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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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2,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,674
Reviews: 811
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 18
Gots: 273 | 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 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.

Photo of drtth
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled and poured into a mug. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The liquid is clear and deep reddish copper in color. The head is ½" of off-white foam that recedes quickly to leave a small ring around the glass. Sipping leaves no lacing behind.

Smell: The aroma is simple and clean with only sweet malt putting in an appearance.

Taste: The taste is uni-dimensional and consists simply of a clean slightly sweet caramel malt component.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied and thin and there is little carbonation. The finish is fairly short with malt sweetness just fading out to nothing.

Drinkability: Not a complicated beer and so it would be just fine for a hot afternoon of yard work to kill the thirst and just relax. But there are lots of fine pilsners that would serve the same purpose so I'll not be seeking out this beer.

Photo of Duhast500
2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

The color is a reddish amber with a slight foamy white head. No lacing.

The smell is a light fruity flavor with some hints toffee.

The taste is a bit of caramel and toffee flavors. Some slight hints of dark fruit and a yeast flavor that was surprising.

This beer is pretty light in body with light carbonation. Goes down quite well and is not a bad beer for an Irish red. A pretty good session beer.

Photo of jkbusman
3.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - ruddy amber color with an off-white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass

S - toasted malt most prevalent, with notes of caramel and toffee

T - a bit sweeter than i was expecting out front; bitterness follows with a crisp, clean finish

M - a fairly light body with a moderately high amount of carbonation

D - a good beer to get when you don't have a whole lot of money to blow (i can usually find a pitcher at a local bar for $6), but you want something more flavorful than a standard macro lager; i vastly prefer Smithwick's in the irish red category though

Photo of bsend
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance: Beer pours a dark, deep brown color with a nice 2 finger white head. The beer only lets in small amounts of light.

Smell: Beer smells of caramel malts, and sweet almost brown sugar.

Taste: Heavy caramelized malt that had a definite sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel: Beer has an average feel over all, moderate amounts of carbonation and a moderate body.

Drinkability: These beers go down nice but the sweetness in this one keeps it from having too much drinkability.

Final Thoughts - Not a bad beverage from the Coors Brewing company, but for the style, not my favorite.

Photo of projectflam86
2.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours nice amber red color with a nice white foam that leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Malt and grain make up the nose. A bit of sweetness detected, no real hoppy smells.

T- Toasted malt flavor with some biscuit and alcohol presence. Grain and a bit of an adjunct twang.

M- Crisp and dry, medium/light bodied. Lingering aftertaste.

D- Not a bad brew but it was a bit weak on flavor.

Photo of Keithmac115
3.76/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Well to be honest this is the beer that got me into beer. You could call it my gateway beer. I us to love it and still enjoy a bottle or one on tap when there isn't somrthing better available. Its a nice amber color and has a lot more flavor than its price comparable beers. It's on the sweeter side witch I think is what got me hooked when i started, that or the fact my cousin keep feeding too me the first time I had them til I was plastered. My opinion is for an average everyday beer it's better than most but it just doesn't satisfy my palate these days.

Photo of flexinwext
3.45/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Paninis in Columbus. Pours a nice copper redish color. Great head retention. Sweet smell carmelish. Slight hops presence. Tastes sweet and malty. ABV is moderate. Not one of the best but good for what it is. Would enjoy a few of these at a time.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

George Killian's Irish Red.

A- Very clean copper-brown color with an off white head that falls to a small foam rim around the glass. Small amount of lacing but there.

S- Smells like fresh cut wood and burt carmel malts. Scent is finished with a mild ferment smell.

T- Is very busy with malts and barley. Very carmel malt flavor with a hint of wood.

M-D- Mouthfull is very mild to full bodied. Smooth and flavorable make this beer a good drinkable beer...sometimes.

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

Killian's Irish Red has a beautiful copper color and is highly drinkable. This might work as a gateway beer to microbrew if it had a little more flavor and bitterness. As is, it's thirst quenching but unremarkable.

Slight sweet malt, fruit and faint chocolate.

Crystal clear copper color (one of the beer's highlights) with 2 fingers of foam that disappears quite quickly. No lacing to speak of. Foam is off-white, maybe even slightly tan.

Very little here to work with. Almost no hop presence, maybe slight floral if anything. Some barely perceptible toasted malt and a little caramel if you search.

Light bodied, medium carbonation.

Photo of ruckus232
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle

Appearance: Clear red almost brown coloring with good head retention

Smell: Cidery with a slight toasted and sweet smell as well

Taste: Toasted taste with very little hoppy bitterness and almost a nutty taste. The nutty taste actually remains as an aftertaste for only a little.

Photo of BigBen61
3.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While I typically find macro brews to be on the boring side, I actually didn't find this beer too bad.

A-Nice clear,reddish brown color with really decent head for such a "watery" beer (see below)

S-The malt wasn't pronounced but was far more evident than in many other macro brewed beers.

T-Sweet gentle malts with a little bit of nuttiness and very little hop charicter.

D-Well...a six pack goes down a little too easy!

Overall, I would say there's nothing shameful about drinking this beer if it's what you have on hand.

Photo of mjwoolley33
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very crayola red color with minimal burgundy head. Not too much lace on the glass. Tastes like a run of the mill beer with a slight bitter, cider after taste. Not very impressed. Very easy to drink. Would take this to a party to "appear" classy but still be able to drink a lot. Probably wont get this one again.

Photo of VictorEHuskie
3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Amber red pour with slight head.

S- The smell is a little lacking but there is some slight sweetness to it.

T- The beer is refreshing at first and sweet but the taste changes to a more metallic taste. While I like the taste of the beer, and buy it often, for the price I can get better.

M- Goes down pretty easily.

D- A good session beer.

Photo of Bookseeb
2.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark reddish amber with a thin head and no lace. Smell and taste is lightly malted that has a saline sweetness leaving an off bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel seems thin and light bodied with lots of carbonation. It's been quite awhile since I've had Killian's and it'll probably be sometime again.

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.99/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a really nice amber with a fair head that had some good retention. Lots of bubbles in this one.

Moderate aroma - a little caramel, light malt, and some boiled grain scents.

The brew has some caramel sweetness, some toasted grain notes, and some hop bitterness, but no hop flavors associated other than straight bitterness. Flavors are stacked next to eachother - each present but not really related to the other -- not alot of balance in this, or for a better description - flow of flavor. Just ok.

Decent carbonation and a medium body - this helped it along a bit.

Overall, this was a good return to the past. Must have been 15+ years since I've had this, and I really didn't miss much. A decent effort by Coors, and by no means a drainpour. When traveling for business in some parts of the country, I often see this as the "dark beer" choice. Decent pizza or burger beer.

Photo of JesseP09
3.93/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer a lot. It is the closest to craft macrobrews can get in my opinion. It has a rich, but not too strong flavor, and goes down smooth and easy. Personally I would drink this over just about any other macro on the market, and I can't say anything negative about this beer.

Photo of mikeal1917
3.11/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Killian's Irish Red is a strongly flavored beer that brings more look than taste to my plate.

Appearance- A beautifully dark red beer emerges after you pour, and a nice medium size head retains for awhile. The black and red colors are one of a kind as per my experiences.

Smell- Has a pungent smell that is strong and the malted barley smell come out with a few swirls.

Taste- the bitterness is quite strong with this brew, and can be overwhelming, but it was enjoyable. It accompanied my Lobster well, but I found that the butter made the beer even more bitter at times.

Mouthfeel- Not a thin beer, but not a thick beer, and had a well rounded feel as you drank it. Went down alittle hard, but not enough to affect the taste.

Drinkability- I find this beer would be a good accompaniment to a dinner that is on the bland side, such as a beef or pork based dinner. The caramel barley brings out a bitterness that wouldn't go well with a sweeter based dinner.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.11/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice amber body full of heavily streaming bubbles which cascade along the glass the for the entire drink supporting all the while a nice white head. No lacing. Smells of sweet malts with caramel and some earth notes, this is all hard to pick out however. Tastes decent, much better as it warms you can begin to pick out sweet malts with caramel and an almost nutty flavor.
Overall nice session beer that is much better on-tap than in a bottle.

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
3.31/5  rDev +9.2%
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
3.16/5  rDev +4.3%
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
2.8/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,674 ratings.