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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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2,703 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,703
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 19
Gots: 306 | 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 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.

Photo of devilben02
2.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A nice gateway beer between mass-distributed American adjunct lagers and more flavorful craft beers. Pours with a rosy amber color, but only a thin head that dissolves quickly. The aroma is reminiscent of many adjunct lagers, but the taste brings more to the table. The flavor has a good amount of malty sweetness and a crisp but almost buttery mouthfeel. Overall, a slightly below-average lager, but it's a good baby step up from a majority of American light lagers.

Photo of deaconoflove
3.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ap. Medium dark coppery amber color with a smallish head that lasted only a minute or two. No lacing.
Sm. Not to much. A slight caramel.
Ta. Caramel and background toasted coffee with a slight sweet finish.
Mf. Medium everything...not bad, just not notable.
Dr. Yes, it tastes good, it goes down easy, but is pretty unremarkable for any reason.

Photo of vdread
2.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Killian's Irish Red
bottle to glass

appearance- almost red. more like a dark amber with orange highlights. pours with a tiny little foamy head that disappears within seconds.

smell- light malt, corn, grain.

taste- same as the smell. corn, strong adjunct/macro taste, some sweetness, slightly spicy.

mouthfeel- med. carbonation. watery. slight bite at the end.

drinkability- im not really impressed but i could drink one or two if it were my only choice.

i had this about a year ago and remember it not being so bad and thinking to myself that i should bring a notepad with me next time i visit texas roadhouse. back then it was a pretty impressive red. now, not so much. most of what i got was that adjunct corn taste that BMC is known for. it's an accessible unassuming beer for when there isn't anything better.

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.

George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,703 ratings.