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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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2,338 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,338
Reviews: 783
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 107 | 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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Photo of ElGuapo

New Jersey

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

as i was told, killian's is much better on tap. i had it at a bar and out of a keg at a party, and the improvement from the bottle was impressive.

still pours to a red amber with a much more impressive head that sticks around for a little while. malts are nice and sweet, and it is smooth and rich. a quite enjoyable beer on tap which is a surprise coming from a mediocre bottled brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2002 17:38:21 | More by ElGuapo
Photo of cokes


2.13/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep golden body, leaning toward amber. Fizzy, off-white head doesn't stick around long.
Nose of toasted grains and forced sugary sweetness.
Toasted corn taste. Stale popcorn. Tortilla chips. Faint yet artifical sugary sweetness. Hops are disorganized and, luckily, next to invisible.
Short of atrocious, but far from tasty.
It's sad that many restaurants have this on their premium beer lists. What's the catch of the day then, tuna-flavored Whiskas?

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2002 00:38:24 | More by cokes
Photo of jackndan


2.03/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is the cause of much of the beer disappointment I have experienced. Time after time I’ve been invited to parties with a promise of a "good beer," and this is what they buy. It’s got malts and its got hops and they go together like ticks and fried chicken. Let me say it in Haiku:

Killians Red Beer
Not from Ireland, my friend
But the depths of hell.

Well, it ain’t that bad, its bad, but not that bad. Better than Bud, better than MGD, not nearly as good as Strohs. No way is it worth the money or the hype.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 20:22:51 | More by jackndan
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


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

Being Irish, I tried this run-off, thinking I was missing something. Well I wasn't. It has the worst blend of hops I ever tasted. I think one has to aquire a taste for it, like pigs feet. I could not get by the initial taste. It does have a nice red hue to it though....

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2002 09:45:04 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of putnam


3/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

"You look great!" That's what you say to the infirm who manage to get out of bed, right? This beer is peach brandy-colored and fine of mousse. Marvelous cinematic color. The smell offers a mild confection of powdered sugar, roasted red-skin peanuts and alcohol. The flavors are nice and dry, supported by a medium-body and finish with a fine dust of cellulose. Peanut M&Ms never got me so buzzed.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 11:52:26 | More by putnam
Photo of ryanocerus


3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber in color with minimal head. Malty sweet aroma with little to no hops apparent. The taste was malty sweet also, but there was a grainy quality that was not enjoyable. Above average mouthfeel and drinkability. Overall, an above average beer, but nothing great.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2002 07:12:55 | More by ryanocerus
Photo of Mick

New Jersey

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

This is a story that has become too familiar and painful too hear. Big company buys little company original aficionados get mass produced version of the recipe as a thanks for their support. Kllians was very good before being purchased by CBC. I will base my review on my fondest memories.

A crisp and lunging red color with amber/blond highlights. Smells like you think red would smell. If crayons tasted good kind of flavor. Present, malty not chalky; though some claim to detect a hint. Stern presence in the mouth but that passes to allow a memorable and rewarding malty flavor. A one of a kind.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2002 10:19:25 | More by Mick
Photo of chilidog


3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It poors a nice deep red with a nice pillow-like soft head that does disapate but laces well. The beer hints of slight hop and soft malt.Not really watery, but no real stand-out taste or bite. It is a easy drink and would go well in a trendy burger place.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2002 04:11:15 | More by chilidog
Photo of Lupe

New York

3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep red color with a nice head (though it disapates fast), also keeps some lace. Clean smell and a good flavor, although not strong. Does not taste like other Coors products, which is nice. A decent American macro, not something you would expect from Coors, but this is still average. A good lager and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2002 19:58:54 | More by Lupe
Photo of BeerBob


3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

George Killian’s Irish Red “Premium Lager” pours a rich red from a 12oz twist off cap bottle.

Head forms nicely then settles down to a nice blanket of foam and lace, with a well defined ring.

Nose of caramel malt and palate is soft caramel malt, rice, a slight bitter hops, and moss, with carbonation to spare.

Nothing major with the flavors going on, nice Beer, just not an intense Beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 17:18:32 | More by BeerBob
Photo of Jason


3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Euro-style 12 oz brown twist off bottle with a drink before date printed right below the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: Bright reddish amber with a perfect clarity, the head does pretty well also and clings to the glass almost all the way down.

Smell: Very clean aroma with faint toasted grain and light sweetness is a caramel kind of way.

Taste: Moderate body with a clean palate and smooth mouth feel. Simple and quick malt flavours of toasted grain and faint caramel, a touch thin on the malt but it is there. More of dry malt character though not bone dry, hop bitterness is meek is at a good level in comparison to the malt. More toasted grain in the end with a clean and dry finish.

Notes: Decent at best, very undemanding on the taste buds. This seems to be the beer for macro drinkers to think they are drinking a micro … I guess if that makes them happy that is all that matters, sadly some people think this is an import. Sometimes this is all bars have aside from the pale swill … call it a last resort beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2002 11:18:43 | More by Jason
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2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Auburn in color with a white head... no inviting smells. The taste is weak and watered-down. It is really quite flavorless. It even feels watery on your tongue.

I guess this beer is drinkable because it doesn't offend the drinker. It really isn't anything special. I would never pay a "premium" beer price for it that some restaurants sell it at.

It hovers around an average drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2002 17:05:25 | More by bditty187
Photo of ADR


2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear deep amber, head seems impressive until it pulls an "adjunct" and promptly disappears. Smell is decent, a little of pear. I'll give this brew this, it has respectable balance, a Karo syrup malt flavor is counteracted by a hop crispness at the finish. Utterly ordinary beer, not repulsive but a formula no better or worse than other macros. The darker color may lure beer "posers".

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2002 08:05:39 | More by ADR
Photo of zerk


2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not going to go into too much detail on this one, because, let's face it, everone has already tried this one. Because this beer is so available, I find it a decent beer to drink when no micro/craft brew is available.

Although the beer is brewed by Coors, it does have some distinguishing characteristics, and if not served too cold (as it usually is) is not half bad. It has little aroma, and is slighlty watery, but the taste has a decent malt quality, and isn't too sweet. Could use some hops to balance though.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2002 07:32:08 | More by zerk
Photo of goindownsouth


3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, despite this beer being commercial, it is really not bad and quite different. The color is a dark red and very attractive really. The aroma is not the best, but the real selling point of this one is the drinkability, which this brew has. Goes down pretty smooth. Not the greatest flavor, but I have had much, much worse.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2002 03:25:14 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of Dogbrick


3.9/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go-to beer when I am having a draft. This is my favorite amber, it has a great flavor and smooth finish. Nothing overly complex going on here, but it is consistently good and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2002 10:54:27 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of StevieW


3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to think this was the best beer out there, until I started to look around. I still think it better than average. Nice amber color, poured properly and little wrist into it, produces a big fluffy reddish head. Sweet, very sweet roasted malt and barley to it, not alot of hops to notice at all. Syrupy feel to it, and an puzzling bitter, smelly aftertaste that keeps it from being better. However, IMO the best the big macros have to offer. Cheers to Coors for this and Blue Moon Belgian White. I think they at least try. I was surprised to see this listed with Anchor Steam and Boston Lager. Believe or not, Killians with a little chopped garlic, makes a great steak marinade.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2002 17:17:00 | More by StevieW
Photo of canoehornpoint


3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber with little head but decent retention. The hop bitterness hits you and lingers through the finish (and beyond). This is an interesting bitterness that is difficult to explain. It is not citrusy, not flowery, but at the same time not just straight bitter. Perhaps it is bittersweet but more on the bitter side.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2002 05:44:27 | More by canoehornpoint
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3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep red, with nice foamy head. Smells somewhat hoppy. Taste is pleastantly fizzy and bitter; has a slight sour taste. Sweet malt finish. Could be better Not surprised being from coors brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2002 11:42:35 | More by psugrad98
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2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I remember when this beer was first being promoted. I like the coloring of the beer and looked nice, but I just have never been very impresssed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2002 06:26:58 | More by Wildman
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3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Boring beer. Tastes like a mass produced red with little balance or flavor. Disappointed with head and finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2002 17:22:09 | More by stoutman
Photo of proc


2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drinkable, with some malt taste present. Slight taste of burnt malt on the finish. A step up from lager, but a very, very, very small step. Decent, but there are so many better red beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2002 05:43:58 | More by proc
Photo of Suds


2.03/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Man....to think that I once enjoyed this beer. What was I thinking?

After several years without a Killian's, I had one on tap. No hop presence. No mouthfeel. Very watery. Perhaps more watery than typical American style pilsners. The beer was sweet, though - a sugary, unpleasant sweetness.
This beer is not worth the effort.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2002 11:50:02 | More by Suds
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2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light red and very clear w/ very poor head retention. Very light caramel malt aroma along w/ a touch of DMS. The taste is fairly bland yet clean all round. Very highly carbonated and lightly bodied. Smoother in flavor profile with less 6 - row graininess than the typical macrobrew, but the lack of distinctive malt character or hop flavor make this an uninteresting brew. There's a bit of corn sweetness there as well-- there's no way this brew is all barley malt. Finishes dry, clean and boring. I had to try this again. After the first few sips I was sorely craving a brew with real flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2002 15:47:51 | More by marc77
Photo of jreitman


2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nice red color and a decent aroma, but from there it went downhill for me. The beer had a very week palette except for the hop bitterness. One of the better major US beers, but unfortunately that's not saying a whole lot.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2002 14:55:43 | More by jreitman
George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,338 ratings.