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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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2,704 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,704
Reviews: 824
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 19
Gots: 308 | 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 Haybeerman
2.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Beer had nice clear, deep, amber color. Held the head nicely. decent lacing in the glass.

Smell: Somewhat malty/graining aroma. Not real impressive.

Taste: Blended taste without the complexity that I may have expected. A slight burnt caramel flavor, but doesn't match up to the color of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Not very impressive at all. Wasn't expecting something that crisp and kind-of dry.

Drinkability: Along with the yummy color, the other thing I liked about this beer. Very smooth finish and suprisingly light body make it really drinkable.

Photo of tdawgydog
2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I hadn't had Killian's in years. After a recent softball game it was between this, Corona and Bud Light Lime. I choose the lesser of three evils. 10 years ago I actually used to enjoy this on tap at a Irish Pub that I frequented in Germany. These days it just doesn't seem to measure up. There is nothing outstanding about the beer, I'm not sure if it's me but I frequently get the taste of a rusted bottle cap when drinking this. I'm not sure if that's the taste their shooting for but it is what it is. Again, I choose this over Corona and Bud Light Lime... Which one would you have chosen if you were in my shoes? Enough Said!

Photo of Baileyuk
2.59/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had this at a BW3s due to their amazing lack of variety. Was browner than I was expecting. Head was good, lacing was minimal.

Smell was malty, no hop presence and not tonnes else

taste was okay, a little metallicy. Less clean than what I was expecting.

Was something that was not great going down and I would avoid it when possible. Better than a lot of BMC offerings but still below par.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a keg into a clear plastic cup. Reddish brown in hue with an off white head and surprisingly, some lace.

S. Not too much to smell here, a bit of malt.

T. Malts, a slight sweetness. No hop profile.

M. Smooth and refreshing. Gets some love here.

D. Also very drinkable, a good go to beer in times of struggle.

Photo of Yegg
3.66/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear, light reddish amber. Appealing.

S - Faint overall smell. Hint of caramel.

T - Smooth, lightly sweet and light malt flavor.
Very good flavor overall. Very pleasing.

M - Good, average viscosity.

D - This is a very good tasting relaxing beer.
Very pleasing. Goes good with many varieties of food.

Photo of mdruiz
3.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very quaffable drink.

It has a really delightful after taste.

Can really taste all the different ingredients.

Full bodied, with a slightly sharp impact, and a clean finish.

The only thing I can think where this beverage can be made better is by not making it have much head in it.

Photo of Bockrules
3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass

A-Pours a 3-finger head that dissipates moderately quickly leaving a thin ring of bubbles. Brownish-amber in color with great clarity.

S- can pick out the faintest bit of malt. Not much smell.

T- Alcohol and malts on the nose, followed by a very malty body,with just a touch of hops for balance. The finish was very crisp and left a lingering sweetness in the mouth.

M- Very flat and creamy. Definitely not watery like many macro lagers. Very Smooth.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer and I kept finding myself wanting another sip. I could easily see drinking a few of these in an evening. I bummed one of these from my room mate, and I would consider buying if the price was significantly lower than any good micros or there were only macros to be had.

Photo of Atron67
2.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- poured a crystal clear red with a thin white head on top that isnt too bad, and the head held at a normal fall rate.

S- light malt smells, slightly sweet not really any hops, a little bit of that corn adjunct smell getting in the way here

T- very clean barely there light malt character, not bad, has a slightly caramel sweet finish that is ok. not bad, a little bland and not very exciting

M- very light, medium carb

D- its ok, in a pinch,

Photo of rye726
2/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew pours a red color and has a fizzy beige head. The nose has cardboard and some leathery malts. The taste is a bit better. Some sweet mild malt and not much else. Decent medium body, but heavy carbonation. This is a marginal beer that goes down easy. Better on tap.

Photo of bort11
2.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back in the day this was one of my go to beers. Didn't know anything about the Coors affiliation. Just thought it was better than most mainstream beers.

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. This light tan head with thin to minimal lacing. Color is a decent coppery red.

Smell is a sweet caramel malty mix and slightly metallic. Taste is pretty sweet as well, with a thin hops presence.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the sticky side. Overall, not as great as I remember it to be, but not bad.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P-Kokomos Bar and Grill

A- pours a light faint red color. A nice one and hand finger head hits the top. Very clear and looks watered down.

S- malt and alcohol and a hint of some sort of citrus. I can also smell the grain alcohol in it as well.

T- Pale and dry yet very wet and moist. the malt is more pronounced in the smell than the taste. also there is a slight roasted caramel flavoring as well. Compliments the malt very well.

M- crisp and refreshing. not as watered down as it appears. Moist and smooth.

D- these are easy to put down and smooth. i enjoy this beer but it isnt top quality.

Photo of meatmallet
3.38/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden red color with a thick tan head. Head retention was not bad and left a bit of lacing. Smells like grain and carmel malt with a bit of hopps. Not really a fresh smell but not skunk either. The taste is well balanced. Not powerful before during or after. Roasted malts and hopps followed by a sweet hopp finish. Overall not a bad brew.

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

Ah, on sale of $7ish for a 12 pack, what the hell, picked some up for a party for the non-geek beer drinkers in attendance. Turns out a few were left over from the party. Maybe it was too 'dark' for the PBR crowd.

Easy drinking, slightly sweet, nothing really happening in the hoppiness arena. It is better when it's cold too. It's not bad for the price, beats the lighter versions of easy drinking brew.

Photo of sirgeoph
2.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I used to drink this a lot in my early beer drinking days, but I recently bought some and I think that Coors went and changed the flavor a bit. Seems less flavorful than it used to be.

It has a smell that is quite pleasant and is the most noteworthy aspect of this beer nowadays.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.21/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mostly clear, dark amber color with quickly disappearing 1 finger head.

S: Mostly a roasted malt smell.

T: Roasty malt taste, slightly metallic, some spice and a little sweet. Fairly bitter finish.

M: Smooth mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

D: Pretty good beer. Not much of a standout, but I could drink a few.

Photo of ubermick
2.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an American pint glass

A: Well, it LOOKS like an Irish red. Deep red, with a respectable head. Hmm, this might not be so bad...

S: Off. Maybe a little roasted malt, faint hops. Wait, this doesn't really smell like a red...

T: (Smacking lips) well, the malts are there - barely - a little sweet, but overall it tasted to me like... flavoured Coors?

MF/D: Bland, bland, bland mouthfeel. It's a step up from the average offering from an MFD, but it's still exceedingly watery. When you compare this to a true Irish red like Murphys Red or Smithwicks, it's not even in the same league. For a mass market low budget beer, it's okay, but I wouldn't pay money for it.

Photo of JamesS
3.73/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice red/amber color, with decent head and a bit of lacing. Has a nice malty scent, slightly cloying, but in a bad way. Good taste, well balanced, a nice malty flavor to it with a bit of hoppy aftertaste. Goes down pretty well. While it wouldn't be my first choice of beer, it's a nicely done macro lager.

Photo of Proteus93
3.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: An amber/red pour. Head is a little lacking, and leaves just a trim of lacing.

S: A sweet malt and fruity aroma. Some scents of cherries, and a litle bit of a medicinal aroma.

T: Much like the scent, light cherry, a little medicinal or tinny, but not overwhelmingly so.

M + D: A little foamy carbonation, a lighter body, and refreshing. Nothing mind blowing, but quite easy to drink. Pretty straight forward and light. Probably wouldn't turn it down, but wouldn't seek it out, either.

Photo of Beaver13
1.61/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, dated Jan 2008. Pours a clear golden amber with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet metallic malts with a little toasted bitterness.

The flavor is sweet nutty and toasted malts with a little leathery bitterness at the finish. It's a bit medicinal. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some semi-sharp carbonation.

Overall, a step up from standard BMC beers, but not very good.

Photo of Lexluthor33
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I purchased a bottle from my local grocery store because an Irish -American friend told me she thought this beer was a small piece of heaven on earth.

The look was deep red as advertised and the head never developed and even the slightest lacing faded quickly.

The smell was not bad, a typical macro Euro-lager smell of faint malt , but not much else. The taste was not bad, just a boring non complex taste. It was a watered down taste and I was disappointed to say the least. The feel as it went down was light and smooth and I could see how some one would gulp down a few without hesitation. I guess I was built up to expect more yet I knew in the back of my mind it was not to be.

Notes: I would not waste my time buying this beer,but if at a gathering and offered one, I would take it over a Corona.

Photo of marcpal
1.87/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Out the 12oz bottle on St Paddys. I used to like this one, so I thought.

A: Dark red with a limp head.

S: Nothing shy of brutal. Incredibly BMC non appetizing odor with little to no malt but really skunkiness. I have to chalk some up to this one maybe being a bit old.

T: Watery with not much flavor and a bit of malt which is the only becoming part of this one.

M: Water like.

D: In terms of being waterlike, its easily drinkable but lack of any pleasure from it takes that right away.

Photo of mualphapiper
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Note: this is a dark lager, and really has no business being connected to Ireland or George Killian, whose ale recipe is most faithfully reproduced today by Smithwick's and others.

A: Ok, better than most other Coors offerings. The color is a dark but thin red-brown, it looks artificially colored. The head is a fluffy, foamy tan. It lacks the richness that one would expect from either an Irish beer (which it isn't) or from a dark lager.

S: basic dark beer, some roasted malt and generic hops

T: Thin, distant malt and hops. Not much complexity, but decently enjoyable in a mindless kind of way. Nothing makes me go back for more, but nothing repels either.

M: Not much, water comes to mind.

D: It is drinkable, but only because it is so light.

This beer is ok, considering the usual price, but why not skip a couple of six packs of Killian's and save for something better? Has no business being consumed on St. Pats: it is neither Irish nor is it in the style of anything Irish!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Weak, nearly non-existent aroma with just a bit of green apple and hint of malt.

Taste: Overall light flavor, there's just a touch of grainy malt. More of the green apple from the "aroma". Very, very light bitterness. Watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A real letdown.

Photo of beeragent
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a medium copper, forming a 1/2 inch tan head, which leaves very small spots of lace behind. The aroma is very maly, and thats about it. The taste is a mix of malts and grain. The taste really reminds me of a malt liqour, mainly Olde English, but not as bad. Smooth mouthfeel. This is an easy enough drinker, except that the flavor is lacking. Overall, not as bad as I thought, but not something that I'll keep on hand.

Photo of Gehrig
2.11/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Left at my wife's boss's home, this too got a try today. Not a half-bad looking beer, honestly--a rich, dark red body capped by two fingers of white froth, with modest lacing on the way down the glass. Mildly malty aroma with hints of berry, but little else emerges, as was the taste. It least it's smooth and not quick to flatten out, which do count for something.

Not a beer to which I'll return, thankfully. I honestly don't drink Coors products usually; I certainly don't buy them, largely due to the extremist politics of the Coors family. I've certainly had far better but, among macros, this at least isn't the worst.

George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,704 ratings.