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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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2,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,489
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 14
Gots: 168 | 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 shirfan
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A forced-looking caramel/orange color, with a thin, lacking head.

Smells mildly malty; taste is more caramel in flavor than I expected. There is an odd finish to this beer, a sort of cheap lemon iced-tea note. Just a hint of bittering. Carbonation is a bit strong; strangely weird but not offensive flavor, this is surprisingly easy to drink.

Not something I'd buy, but as it came to me as a leftover from a house party, I won't turn up my nose at the rest of the pack. Slightly more interesting than a normal fizzy yellow beer.

shirfan, Dec 05, 2003
Photo of TastyTaste
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color, off white head. This beer is pretty common on tap around here. They try to pass it off as an "import style" (just look at their website). It tastes pretty bland for a red, but this beer is good, when your only other options are AB and Miller swill.

TastyTaste, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of skar
2.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

Appearance/Head: Television ads seem to advertise this beer's appearance and I have to admit it is a good looking beer. Rich, Scotch whiskey color. Very clear with a solid white head.

Aroma: Mild malt sweetness with a very little smoky note.

Taste: Subtle malt with a clean finish. All I notice in the finish is a little champagne-like carbonation.

Bottom line: I had a best friend who always drank cheap macros, but one day I saw him purchase a six pack of Killian's. Within two months, he was enjoying Summit Extra Pale Ale, Oregan IPA, and Samuel Adam's Cream Stout. So I can't argue with this beer's role as a solid transition choice. What I can argue with is this beer's role as a solid example of the style. Far too watered down.

skar, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
2.68/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

By the time I got to my in-laws after flying nearly all day, it was too late for any beer shopping. I was pointed to the beer fridge with the encouraging “help yourself.” Killians was the best I could do. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, Killian’s had a clear amber color and a minuscule white head and no lace. The smell was faintly of malt and caramel with not much else. Taste was mildly malty with a vague caramel flavor. The finish came on abruptly and lacked any hops flavor. The feel was light and thin.
What a way to end the day - a lifeless brew that simply spurred my anticipation for the coming day’s shopping spree.

Boilermaker88, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of bighops
4.08/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok, Killian's is my old goto beer. I've drank a /lot/ of this just because it's good all around. In fact, this beer is what drew me into the love of beer in general. So I had to review it. Nice red color when poured, but it's great straight from the bottle. It compliments just about any meal very well. It has a smooth, unassuming flavor, easy carbonation and just enough sweetness to make it a nice drink. I can put these down by the bottle or six pack, depending on what's needed at the time. Definately a good all-purpose beer.

bighops, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of ngandhi
2.23/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

It is red. And I'm sure it belonged to Killian (whoever he was) at some point. But I can't see what this has to do with Ireland.

The body is a deep red and looks natural. All in all, an attractive pour.

The smell is relatively neutral, a little sweet.

Though it has a surprisingly medium-full body, all I taste is dirty, dirty grain. The initial taste is sweet and enhanced by the darkness of the brew (makes me assume there's some brown sugar a la Bass). The pleasure quickly fades to an abrupt gag reflex as though having tasted a robust Bordeaux laced with rat poison.

Although the malty mouthfeel caught me offguard and was impressive, it really works against this brew. Its graininess proposes a crisp finish that the body never allows you to engage in. Instead, this swill coats the inside of your mouth and provides no refreshment whatsoever. I mark down in taste, however, and not mouthfeel because I think that the beer would be outstanding with a better basic recipe and less adjuncts; thinning it out would make it along the lines of High Life.

What you'd expect from Coors.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of Rootdog316
3.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Killian's Irish Red as of 9/16/03 is my new favorite beer of all time. It has a great taste, especially for a light beer. A very nice rich copper color too, kind of unordinary, but i like it. I really like just about anything produced by the Coors Brewing company, but Killians Irish Red is definitely the best thing other than Coors Light to come out of there.

Rootdog316, Sep 17, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.28/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish copper in color. Minimal off-white head presented with this serving.
Aroma on the faint side, but a sweet, caramel malt aroma is there. Alcohol often present in the aroma when served too cold as restaurants tend to do.

Taste is on the light side, would like to see a little bolder flavor profile. Sweet, biscuity, caramel malt profile. Clean. Earthy hops are there for balance, but fall a little short leaving the malt sweetness a bit cloying. Due to it's light flavor profile, taste of this beer can be lost if served too cold.

Mouthfeel comes off pretty good considering the lightness of this beer.
Above average drinkability.

Overall, this is a decent red lager. This is my clear choice in an establishment with nothing other than the usual macros.

PhantomVodoo, Sep 14, 2003
Photo of Dmann
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was one of the first beers I tried other than Coors, Bud and Mickeys back in the day and I must say it has not aged as well as I thought it would. It poured a nice reddish orange color with a suprisingly nice head that left lace down to the last drop. The taste had slight hop and malt flavors but was killed by a sickening sweetness that nearly ruined it for me. Not one that I will ever pay for again.

Dmann, Sep 12, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
1.68/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Topped by a tan head, that sticks around for only a short bit. Has a nice clear amber/ red color to it. Has a lightly malty sweet aroma to it with something else that is a bit off in there as well. Egads this one has a bit of an off putting finish as well, luckily it is not very strong of a taste. It finishes a bit vegetal. Other than that it is a bit caramely sweet, and does not have much in the way of hops at all. A bit of sharpness from the carbonation affects the back of my mouth as well. Overall there is something not quite right with this beer but I can't quite place what it is.

Gueuzedude, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of woemad
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at Domini's, a deli in Spokane. While this Killian's represents the best of their beer selection, this place is a must-hit if you like deli sandwiches. The sandwiches here are enormous. Order a small if your jaw doesn't resemble that of a pit bull.

This was the first beer I ever had that was not a typical macro pilsener. It made me realize not all beers had to taste like MGD, Bud, or Coors Lite (all I'd ever had to that point). I haven't had one in years...until now.
This turned out to be one of those things that was remembered fondly but turned out to be something less when examined in the cold light of day. It poured brownish amber color that was not unlike iced tea. It had a mildly malty odor with a faint scent of caramel in the background. The taste was very similar - very mild malts with a caramel background. There was a slight hop bitterness in the background, but like the malts, very unobtrusive. The mouthfeel was quite thin and watery. Instead of a macro that tastes like water, this is a macro that tastes like it was a good beer that someone thinned by adding water to it.

woemad, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
2.55/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Redish brown color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and slightly sweetish. Light malts, slightly sweet. Light body, mild taste good flavor. Mouthfeel is slightly thin. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. It's the best beer that Coors make that I have tasted.

beerguy101, Aug 17, 2003
Photo of SetarconeX
3.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well it certainly is red, I'll give it that. Not much in the way of head though, it seems to blow off fairly fast. Decent malty nose. When actually sampled, however, it's perhaps just a tad watery, and a bit more sugary than I had expected. Even so, I'll label this a completely drinkable beer. And from Coors no less! It could be better, but I still usually don't expect this level of quality from a macro.

SetarconeX, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.95/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle.This beer poured a small tan head that contained fine-small bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated and the hue was reddish-orange.The nose was lightly malty and the flavor was lightly malty as well.The mouthfeel was smooth and somewhat on the thin side.

hotstuff, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of Mustard
2.38/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12oz. brown bottle with no "bottled on" or "best by" date; swapped this from a housemate for a Full Sail amber; horse head on the label, but -- surprisingly -- not the ingredient's list; considering the taste, must be an oversight.

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear amber with a rocky, one-fingered head; adequate retention; light-to-moderate ring lacing.

Aroma: Sweet, caramel malt and light, citrus hops.

Taste: Faintly sweet upfront with a mild, earthy hop-finish; sallow, grain notes throughout; hints of roastiness; reeks of a flavor I think of as "macro-skunk". Thin, watery mouthfeel.

Notes: Weak. Pale imitation of a red.

Mustard, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
3.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well it had been awhile since the last time I had this but it was this or nothing in my book with what else was beeing offered at lunch today. On-Tap - Color is a decent looking darker amber, thin off-white head that faded some to bit of a haze and a thin ring with minimal spotty lace. Smell is barely noticeable with a sweetish twinge of malt ever so lightly present. Taste is more of the same, very stingey and sort of pale sweet malts, no help from hops in there, kinda bland, but enough of a touch to make it noticeable but not really all that good, just there kinda. Feel is fairly light, not thin but definately watery in most aspects. Its not to bad, actually a nudge over average but my concept of average has changed some so there ya go.

tavernjef, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of granger10
3.43/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like that red color this beer has. I had this yesterday after a hot day of golfing. I needed something on the 19th hole. I decided to get a Killian's from the tap for the first time. No exceptional flavors here just a solid mix of malts and hops with some alcohol taste in it. Nothing stood out but thats not why I was drinking it. I just needed something to relax me after a round and this did it. Definitely a good choice when there's nothing else to choose from.

granger10, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of TheDM
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This was a draft from Max & Erma’s restaurant. It had a light head of medium to large bubbles. Its body was a deep orange red with a lot of carbonated bubbles rising up the side of the glass. It has an initial bitter tart taste with a tangy finish. It a mild or no aroma and left a fair lacing.

TheDM, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
3.6/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a very good beer. It poured a bright amber/red color with an off white head. It discipated slowly leaving a nice lace. I don't know if it was my glass or what but there was a metalic smell to the beer. It tasted real good, definitely not what I expected out of Coors Brewing Company. A good beer from a macro.

Ellbert, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of beerbill
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a distinctive flavor of toffee which can be overpowering at times. The mouthfeel, while not brackish by any means, leaves a lot to be desired. Other than that I can't say anything bad about it. It is rather bland. I'd drink a bud over this any day.

beerbill, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of Boto
2.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was the best available on the golf course, and I hadn't had it in awhile, so what the heck....The beer is a decent enough copper color. It had a big head and was kind of fizzy. There was a slight aroma of something. There was a little bit of a malty taste to it. This is generally better than the BMC macro's, but absolutely pales as to what an Irish Red is supposed to be. I really wish that Smithwick's would make it to the US, as it is fabulous!

Boto, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of Gusler
2.05/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A nice burnished translucent copper color on the pour with a head that is modest in size and frothy in texture, the color a light tan as it disintegrates the leftover lace forms a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is malt sweet, crisp and clean with the start also somewhat sweet and the malt profile personable, the top is quite light. Finish crisply acidic with a decent hop presence and the aftertaste dry as desert bone.

Gusler, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer claims to be derived from a traditional recipe from George Killian a true Irishmen, however this beer is brewed by Coors. I will say this is a decent stab at an amber red from a macro perspective. This beer pours amber with a tan head that forms a decently even lace in my glass. The aroma is full of toasted malts and a mild caramel tone, but overall it is very faint. The taste is much of the same an attempt at what could be a really good beer ends up as a macro specialty beer with watered down caramel malt and mildly toasted malts. Not bad if in a jam, but never a go to that's for sure. Search for Crooked River Irish Red or even Conway's Irish Ale for a beer with some real flavor.

WVbeergeek, May 09, 2003
Photo of LarryKemp
3.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was at the Olive Garden and was faced with a choice of Irish Red or a Bud variant. I was surprised by the nice red hue that this clear beer had. My first glass was the first from a new keg and was lifeless. The second glass had a fairly thick head and plenty of carbonation. There was a slight aroma of malt but not much else. I could detect a nice hint of chocolate in the taste but in general the beer's taste did not stand out. The mouthfeel was okay. I don't remember it and I just left the restaurant. The beer was nice with a plate of pasta. I will drink it again when I go back to the Olive Garden.

LarryKemp, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of 86MonteSS
3.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice reddish-amber appearance and short-lived head. A slight alcohol taste prevails accompanied by bitterness and a faint sweetness. Drinkable, and a decent accomplishment for Coors. Considering the price however, it's not something I would buy again unless I'm presented with a limited selection.

86MonteSS, Apr 27, 2003
George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,489 ratings.