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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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2,416 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,416
Reviews: 787
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 13
Gots: 138 | 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 henrysunset


2.23/5  rDev -26.4%

it's definitely red. about as dark as a cab sauvignon, but with a deeper reddish-brown.

smells a bit bitter, without much other scent. Tastes a bit thin.

it is about as bubbly as a soda, but the flavor is like a deeper lager taste. not too bitter, not terribly heavy, altogether much better than the worst beers, but not all that exciting either

05-09-2004 05:28:18 | More by henrysunset
Photo of Stingray5

New York

3.73/5  rDev +23.1%

Been quite some time since I've had this beer, and this is the first time on tap. I had this and a SA Bos Lager at the establishment, and both were exceptionally fresh. Mild malty aroma led to a smooth caramel malt taste, good, balanced sweetness. Bit of hop balance in the finish, dry.

I thought the beer snob in me would frown upon this offering after such a long time, but that just wasn't the case. Refreshing, tasty. I'd order it again.

05-02-2004 00:52:53 | More by Stingray5
Photo of jlh8643


2.28/5  rDev -24.8%

Pours a clear ruby copper color with an off-white/tan head. Not much going on in the way of aroma but I did detect a little bit of crystal/caramel malt in the nose. The body is very light with very little bitterness or hops. Very easy to drink considering that its not too far from being straight water.

04-29-2004 22:43:19 | More by jlh8643
Photo of mrpicklerelish


2.93/5  rDev -3.3%

Apperance - Poured a nice amber color with not much head present on the few that I have had.

Smell - Has a small hint of sweetness to it. Not much of an aroma to it that really sticks out.

Taste - Easy on the mouth with no really strong taste to it. The taste that is there is sweet with a very small hint of malt towards the end.

Mouthfeel - Very easy to drink mainly because of the lack of strong flavors.

Drinkability - Like I said before, east to drink but mainly because the lack of flavor. Easy going down but there isn't much there to enjoy.

Comments - Probably one of Coors better product in my opinion. Very easy to drink but a little light on flavor for my taste. Overall a good choice if you are lacking in choices of other available beer.

04-29-2004 14:22:03 | More by mrpicklerelish
Photo of cptnjck101


3.1/5  rDev +2.3%

This is one Hell of a beer. Although when drinking alot of them out of bottles, it starts to develop an odd after-taste. Great flavor and gets you really wasted. It's also a great bang for the buck, priced lower than other Ambers. Tastes great with seafood and goes down very smooth. A highly recommended brew.

04-26-2004 16:00:59 | More by cptnjck101
Photo of Bierguy5


2.85/5  rDev -5.9%

Pours a reddish, dark golden color with an off whit foamy head. The head disappeared quickly, and there was no loce left. Smells slightly roasty. Taste is slightly roasted and caramel, however I found it to be cloying. Moutfeel is thin. The cloying of the malt makes this not very drinkable. I wouldn't want much more of this beer.

04-24-2004 04:41:59 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of jimdkc


3.15/5  rDev +4%

Poured a reddish amber color, small white head that dissipated pretty quickly leaving a thin foam ring. Sweet malty aroma. Taste is also sweet and malty with some fruity notes. Just a little bit of hop bitterness. Slightly sour aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. Despite it's shortcomings, I found this to be pretty enjoyable and drinkable. Very smooth going down. If I were someplace that only served macros, this wouldn't be a bad choice!

04-19-2004 02:16:00 | More by jimdkc
Photo of Tballz420


2.95/5  rDev -2.6%

This brew is a red/brown clear colored brew, with a small fleeting white head. The scent is slightly malty, not very impressive. The taste is a weak malty taste with some hop bitterness in the finish. Thin mouthfeel. This isnt a bad brew but i would recommend many red lagers before this one.

03-22-2004 23:37:46 | More by Tballz420
Photo of watermelonman


2.8/5  rDev -7.6%

This poured to a dark red and orange color with a small head. The lacing is tiny but present.

The taste is seems a little plain and cheap. It's not terrible, but I'd think that they used a fair amount of cheap substitution grain. There's a touch of bitterness but that's so minor that its almost not worth mentioning.

It's a good alternative to the true swill beers, but that's about it.

03-20-2004 08:51:34 | More by watermelonman
Photo of AeroBrew


3.68/5  rDev +21.5%

Appearance: Nice reddish-amber glow, off-white sort of chunky head at first, dicipates quickly, very loose lace that doesnt last too long.
Smell: Nothing too discernable, it doesnt smell bad by any means, just a little weak I suppose.
Taste: Good taste, round and smooth as the old ads once said. Leaves no real aftertaste, sits a little heavy in the stomach, but this is after my 1/2 pound burger and fries at the corner pub. Overall a great beer for throwing darts, and kickin back on a budget.
Mouthfeel: Pretty average, nothing really holds it together. Decent at best.
Drinkability: A long night can be made out of these. Pubs usually run $2 pint specials. Smooth, real easy to down. Bitterness is on the low side.

03-17-2004 20:47:31 | More by AeroBrew
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +22.1%

The head from the pull was excellent, starting at about 1" and falling to a light foam that left a nice ring throughout the glass. The smell was very floral with a slight hint of light hop spice. The drink started with a very light hop bite followed by more light hops finishing very clean and sweet.

03-07-2004 22:15:19 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of claytri


3.63/5  rDev +19.8%

Pours a nice clear amber with a thin white head. The smell is light malt and a little fruity. The taste is sweetly maltly and a good bit of yeast with a slight hop bite. A nice light feel, slightly oily. Not a bad session beer, although I'd take Coors Blue Moon White or an original over it.

03-07-2004 02:48:01 | More by claytri
Photo of Zorro


3/5  rDev -1%

Pours a clear bronze brew, nice looking but make it look good is easy.

Smell is sweetish grain and then malt and a strong yeast scent. Faint bit of hops I think.

Taste is sweet and grainy at first taste. Faint malt and just a little hops. Tastes like a souped up Coors Regular.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side.

It is drinkable, this is a step in the right direction for a macrobrewer, but not enough to make it really a good beer. If Coors doubled the malt and hops and added some wheat to boost the mouthfeel then they would be on the right track!

03-06-2004 02:29:41 | More by Zorro
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +9.9%

hadn't had this one in a while and was surprised by how decent it was. pours your standard amber colour with barely any head. looks typical, average at best for the style. the smell is of sweet caramel with some malt. again, nothing that great, but certainly not bad. a somewhat inviting average smell. the taste was what surprised me the most. the body is light to medium, but there's actual flavour here. the smell is echoed well along with a bit of grain here. nice and crisp. not a grat brew, but, coming from coors, this ain't a bad option when you're stuck at a bar and all they have is other macro garbage like bud, rock green light or even stuff like heineken.

03-02-2004 21:33:15 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.5/5  rDev +15.5%

The beer pours an amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is average. It has a slight malty scent, but it is soured with a skunky lager odor. The taste is pretty decent. It has a smooth, refreshing, slightly malty flavor with a crisp finish. It has little complexity, but it doesn't much matter. It has good mouthfeel. This is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good macro beer. I usually have one of these if I'm having people over or if I'm out at the bars. It's pretty good, but nothing special; a run of the mill red lager.

02-23-2004 04:04:56 | More by WesWes
Photo of Stimack

New York

2.9/5  rDev -4.3%

Killian’s seems to be the “expensive” beer my friends are use to so have had quite a few of these over the years. Usually it is the best I can do at house parties unless I decide to bring my own. OK, with that said it is not a bad beer, probably one of the better or best macro’s that I have had.

Pours to a red amber color with a tan head that actually has good retention. The smell is s little basic with hints of sweet malt and caramel, but does not have much character.

The taste is not bad, not what I really want in a brew but it works when it is a last resort. Over all pretty bland but more taste than other macro’s. Has hints of the malt and caramel and has a clean finish and hardly any hop to it at all.

Over all not a bad brew, just not what I crave one that I usually go for while at establishments that only carry macro’s.

02-17-2004 01:09:50 | More by Stimack
Photo of genaro


2.8/5  rDev -7.6%

Killian's Irish Red was amber colored with just a bit of head that didn't last too long. There was even a little lace. The aroma was not too bad - a little caramelly and citrusy. Tastewise it was a bit caramelly with some sweetness, slightly nutty and citrusy. It also had some bite to it as well as some body. The finish was slightly dry and unremarkable. A mass produced American beer that actually had some taste.

02-16-2004 02:09:59 | More by genaro
Photo of JimsArcade


2.23/5  rDev -26.4%

Poured into a standard pint glass, Killian’s color is not reminiscent of its name. It is really just medium brown in color. Any appearance of red is probably just the result of the mind associating its color with its name. The light-tan head goes from one finger to about a 3/8 in. coating: definitely more than I expected.

In the nose, the aromas are difficult to discern. It smells little more than a standard U.S. lager: some malt and some hops, and some skunk, but much less so than a typical macro. Bringing the mouth into play little changes, but the aroma does become crisper.

The first taste offers hints of pear and malt. There is very little carbonation and practically no hop aspect. There is no complexity to speak of, but it is very easy to drink. However, as it warms towards the finish, any flavor characteristics it once had start to diminish.

Killian’s Irish Red is a macro lager, through and through. It just doesn’t offer enough to truly distinguish it from its sister brews at Coors.

02-15-2004 01:39:50 | More by JimsArcade
Photo of manofmanners


4.18/5  rDev +38%

Now many people think that Killians is actually from Ireland so they oreder it thinking they are drinking a Irish beer. Now I have had Killians from the bottle also, and like most beers it is much better form the tap. It has a beautiful dark red hue, which has a almost pure white head at times. It goes down very smooth, and is not that heavy. It will not fell you up, so if your not careful you can drink too much. I like it a lot, and if your on a buget and want a decent fake import fo for a Killian's.

02-09-2004 19:10:15 | More by manofmanners
Photo of masterbruewer


2.9/5  rDev -4.3%

I got this at the local country club at an awards dinner when I asked for an import.

Poured a light auburn color with a decent head, about 3/4 inch. Minimal lacing.

The smell was wheaty and creamy, I guess like cream of wheat, but I don't really remember what that smells like.

The taste was the same, but muted. No real strong flavors.

The mouthfeel was thin with ok carbonation.

This is highly drinkable, in that it's not offensive, but not remarkable either. It was, however, the best offering at the bar tonight.

01-30-2004 03:21:12 | More by masterbruewer
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.45/5  rDev -19.1%

As much as I hate to admit it, I too used to think that this was an import from Ireland. That was several years ago (before BA) when I was young and naive in the ways of beer. The impression lasted only as long as it took me to actually drink some of the beer; after which it occured to me that I was most likely drinking an American macro. One look at the label confirmed it. I'm ready, however, to give it another chance, another go-round now that my beer knowledge and experience have grown.

Reddish orange-amber and perfectly clear. An aggressive pour results in a medium-sized beige head that drops rather quickly to a thin film or less. Almost no lace. The nose is an improvement on the better known macros since it isn't offensive.

The most I can say for the flavor is that it isn't off-putting. Even though it struggles to be average, the beer is somewhat drinkable. There's some sweet malt initially, then a modest bitterness... then the whole thing ends rather abruptly.

The mouthfeel is thin and borderline watery. This is clearly not well-brewed craft beer, but Coors has done a passable job with it compared to their more popular lagers. I could drink Killian's 'Irish' Red again if I had to. But I don't, so I won't.

01-27-2004 18:20:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of wsouloa

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev +13.9%

Killians has a great appearance. It is reddish and gives a nice, short-lived head. There is not much when it comes to smell to this one. You can sense a little bit of caramel maybe, which you can definitely taste. It is a very refreshing beer and one of the best "common" beers that you can find. It is very alive in your mouth and goes down smooth. Definitely worth getting in your local bar.

01-23-2004 18:09:44 | More by wsouloa
Photo of CBFanWish

New York

2.8/5  rDev -7.6%

As far a macros go, this isn't too bad. Poured a redish orange colour with a small head. The smell was very weak with some malt and caramel. The taste was of mild malts and a little caramel. It wasn't too bad except there was no hops to be tasted. Went down smooth enough. I would drink this if there was nothing else to drink.

01-13-2004 16:16:36 | More by CBFanWish
Photo of ZAP


3.43/5  rDev +13.2%

Nice auburn colored beer...clear...small white lace....pleasant but soft malt nose...taste is a nice sweet, yet mellow maltiness...some caramel notes...medium bodied...firm....but a very slight watery mouthfeel...

Overall I hate this beer because every bar that thinks they are catering to the "microbrew" crowd has this on tap...It's on draft all over town...I wish they would put some better things up...With that said, this is actually pretty good and better than the other crap most other places have on tap...really a decent beer..better than I expected when I sat down to rate it...enjoyable to drink and a good cross over beer for the macro folks,..

01-13-2004 03:49:17 | More by ZAP
Photo of JAL67


3.55/5  rDev +17.2%

Good brew from Coors. Like the red/amber color and is a beer you can enjoy. I have had this a few times when nothing else was available and it was pretty good.

Taste of carmel and not a bad aftertaste at all. I do have to say that this is not an import even though Coors like to advertise it as such. I do not like to pay import prices for a non-import brew. So I usually don't purchase this too much. Many other beers of this type out there that you can try. But an ok start if you want to open the beer buds.

01-10-2004 16:47:26 | More by JAL67
George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,416 ratings.