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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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2,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,726
Reviews: 830
rAvg: 3.03
pDev: 19.47%
Wants: 20
Gots: 335 | 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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Ratings: 2,726 | Reviews: 830
Photo of jmbranum
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(I'm reviewing the 3.2 version sold in Oklahoma grocery stores)

Pours the color of iced tea. Not red really. Almost no head.

Pleasant sweetish aroma. The flavor is inoffensive but interesting. Pretty sweet, kinda malty but without any toasty character to speak of. A little bitty bit of hops in the background. Mouthfeel is decent when cold but goes downhill fast as it warms up.

The aftertaste is way too sweet which really cuts into its drinkability.

For its price (and considering that it is 3-point), it isn't bad, but compared to to other malty-lagers (i.e. Full Sail's Ltd. Series, Bottling #2) this pretty sub-par.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a delightful amber color with a little head that dissipates rather quickly.

Smell- A very weak smell, hints of vegetables and a slightly musky fridge, smells like a BMC.

Taste- Much like the smell, a very weak vegatably taste with a few hints of rice and lower quality grains.

Mouthfeel- Feels watery on the mouth, no lingering taste, overall just very little taste.

Drinkability- Could knock a few of these but the quality is just about the same as a BMC, nothing really to differentiate Killians.

Photo of dickieb
2.89/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poors a nice looking red with a deacent white head, probobly the highlight. I pick up a slight smell of malts and not much else. The taste is not much different with malts wraped up in a dry finish. I could easily drink a bunch of these, not much to it. Nothing special

Photo of viperpiper522
2.32/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A-Poured red with a creamy wite head and no lacing. I was excited by the color and look.
S- Nothing. That's it in a nut-shell. "Hey look I'm in a nut-shell!" -Austin Powers
T- Heavy on the adjunct. Corn written all over this one. I was expecting way more. I thought that the smell might have been because it was extremely cold, but then I came to my senses and relized it was a lager.
M- It was like a bottle of Aquafina. (Which has an excellent mouthfeel for water by the way)
D- I coulod see this one as a high class college bong beer. If it was free, yea I would take it but you won't see me buying this one any time soon.

Photo of ncvbc
3.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a last resort choice last night at a bar with, well, not many choices.

It poured a red amber, good clear color with a nice, creamy head.

Smell was of light malts and minimal hop presence. Somewhat sweet to the nose with a little caramel character masking a corn, grain smell underneath.

Taste is much of the same. Malts come through on the sweet side, somewhat dry also. I still pick up a hint of hops and also a cereal-like taste as well.

Mouthfeel is light. Pretty smooth and somewhat creamy. You pick up some substance in this one, at least.

Drinkability, aside from the beer being pretty one-dimensional, isn't too poor. There's nothing extremely flawed, so although there isn't much character, I could drink a few.

Photo of geokills
3.67/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On the mainstream ticket, this is one of the better ones. Pouring a crimson gold with lively carbonation, the head sticks around for the party and even leaves some lace for added comfort. Smooth and easy to drink, nothing too heavy here, an enjoyable beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice reddish amber with a frothy off white head, decent lace ringed down the glass and some nice chains of bubbles formed visible carbonation. Smell was bready, with a hint of bittering hops, but mostly cereal like. Taste was smooth, non descript and very sessionable. Lots of malts, and thats about it. Overall not bad, but doesnt stand out in a crowd.

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

i am not sure why this beer filled me up it is really not too heavy. it tasted good for a lighter beer. it was refreshing and i think the fact it was on tap helped. a pretty darn good beer for a macro.

easy to find, cheap, refreshing. i am glad that it has not become a red Coors beer. that would not be good!

beer is good food.

suckem up and moovem out!


Photo of soupyman10
2.82/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is one of those beers that I used to think of as good, back in college. I'm not sure if it's gotten worse, or I've gotten more discriminating since then. Either way, this one was not 'good,' that's for sure. Look is your standard amber color, some lighter highlights. Just a little head that goes away pretty quickly. Nose is non-existent. This beer has no smell. Taste is a little better. Sort of slightly roasted malt, a little caramel, nothing much else. Feel is thin, standard macro. In my opinion, this is better than those crap macro-lagers, although not much.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.71/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

in my ignorant youth i used to love this stuff...it was and is a slight step up from a macro lager. even before i knew any better about beer i liked this a lot more before i discovered it was made by coors, who i disliked for other reasons. appearance is fine, i won't knock it there because of who makes it...a nice copper/red with good clarity and a barely off-white head. some faint caramel and roasty aromas in the nose. taste is a hint of malt sweetness with a short, crisp finish. light and spritzy mouthfeel. carbonation seems forced. drinkability is fine but there is not enough going on to entice one to drink more...

8-2-11 i have since been forced to revisit this recently, and suffice it to say it's not as good as i remember when my only frame of reference was adjunct lagers and malt liquor.

Photo of gotweid
3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

APPREARANCE. Out of the bottle it's formed a nice head, almost 2 inches that lasted for quite a while and settled to a light foamy top. Color is a rusty brown. SMELL was a kind of a nutty, carmel malt. The TASTE is roasted bitterness. MOUTHFEEL has a stronger, somewhat dry finish that I don't care for in this style. DRINKABLE beer and a good price. I

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

Pours deep reddish brown with a very light tan head that leaves quickly. The aroma was a sweet and malty with no hop aroma to speak of. I don't know if there is corn in Killian's as an adjunct, but I could swear I smelled corn. The taste is crisp with a good balance of hops and malt - however, the good blend is a little watered down, only giving a hint at the potential that the flavor could have. It has a light mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a drinkable beer that goes down easy. A macro-brew that is better than most and works well after a day on the lawn mower or to keep around for non-micro-drinking friends. It would be more drinkable if the hop bitterness lingered through the end rather than only showing up for the beginning of the taste profile. The malty finish doesn't leave one begging for more.

Photo of auxiliary
3.93/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Copper-amber color nice head formed after the pour, left some lacing

smell - Grain, malt, has a bit of that macro smell too.

taste - Has some sweet malt, but not overpowering. Same with the hops, not overpowering.Beer is on more on the malt side.

mouthfeel -Medium body with carbination.

drinkability - Not a bad beer from the Coors family.Already have bought this before a few times when going out to eat.

Photo of micahgoldfus
3.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice, a solid red tint.

Smells nice, a little sweet.

Taste is a little watered down, bit still a little sweet and malty. I was hoping for more, with the smell and appearance.

A little too carbonated, felt a bit fizzy in my mouth for its flavor. Still, goes down easy enough.

Photo of Redwood21
3.2/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

it pours a nice reddish color but the head leaves alot to desire.
the smell is nice as well, its a lil sweet with some roasty notes.
the taste is a little roasted and alittle watery. Its not great but its good just the same.. not a whole lot of depth though\
mouthfeel is not bad. its a little more thick than most lagers
drinkability is higher than the rest simply because its a decent brew thats not to high in abv.

AVG brew but worth a try

Photo of fightingirishcmk
2.91/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The recipe for Killians was bought by Coors from George Killian's a little while back. While the recipe may be an import, it is brewed in US. I tried some on their brewery tour, but this is from a more recent pitcher.

Pours reddish brown with a decent sized white head. The head dissipates rather quickly.

Smells of sweet roasted malts.

Taste is alright, heavy on the malt, almost caramel like, not much hops. The taste is somewhat watery, but it has a thick feel. Its somewhat strange.

Its an alright beer to have at a restaurant if you have limited choices. Not a favorite, but better than most macros with a cheap pricetag.

Photo of therica
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a solid, drinkable beer but nothing outstanding, despite its popularity. It's a Coors macro populist-consumption beer, and does well for its purpose.

A= pours a nice nutty-brown with a tan head, which dissipates shortly thereafter, leaving some lacing that stays for much of the duration occasionally, other times nothing.

S= inviting nutty sweet slightly bitter scent, maybe a bit of woody-smoky hint of roasted malts and interesting hops.

T= satisfying, bitter enough to give character but not nearly enough for major-hops fans. More bitter-flat than enjoyable. Slight sort of a hint of liquor-taste which obviously isn't real, at 4.9ABV. Nutty, adequately sweet. Acceptable but not something that will overly excite a die-hard beer fanatic.

M= goes well with most foods, pleasant aftertaste but a bit dry-flat on the tongue.

D= anyone could probably drink this all night if it wasn't so gassy and carbonated,or if it was the standard fare and nothing better was offered. I've had it on-tap and for many years in bottles as an inexpensive offering.

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

a: copper color about a half inch of head dissapears kinda fast leaving a little lacing, very inviting
s: lightly toasted malt sweetness with a little citrus hop presence kinda
t: grainy not very sweet, hop presence is notable but notoverwhelming
m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall this is not a very good beer for its style diffinate adjuncts

Photo of johnrobe
3.1/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hate when one of the macros purports to be something it's not. Miller Lite calling itself a Pilsner, this beer calling itself an Irish Red. It irks me. Despite getting off on the wrong foot this brew is one of the better American macro beers. It's a light amber in the glass but won't support a head for long at all even though this is a fresh sample and I gave it a violent pour. The smell is fruity with a caramel sweetness lingering in the background, a little bit of grain as well. The taste is fairly sweet. Some caramel flavor is there and a definite fruitiness that reminds me strongly of Challenger hops. There is some adjunt sweetness here as well but it is masked better in this brew by the hops and darker malt than in other macro offerings.

Photo of brooks4
3.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a glass mug. Great head at first but dissipiated quickly, extremely light lacing from the tan head. The Color is a nice amber red which looked watery as it ends up tasting. Has that distinct irish red taste and overall ends up tasting like a watered down smithwicks to a point. Very easy to drink though and could see myslef downing many of these. Better than most beers made in america but not quite favorite beer material.

Photo of williamherbert
3.47/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent, clear dark rose-red color. Visible carbonation. The head is there at first, but disappears quickly.

Nice roasted, nutty malt smell. Slightly sweet, almost a hint of winter ale-like cherry.

Pleasant combo of the sweet character of the flavor and the bitter German malt flavor. Nice little bite at the end.

The feel is watery, but it has a slight almost ale thickness, even thought it's a lager. Has a nice, pleasant afterfeel too. Fizzy at first, dry at the finish. The malt is bitter, but also a tiny bit sweet. Overall a very solid beer. No, really.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Went out to dinner and this was the only Irish stuff they had on tap. Appearance is average-nice red body with white head. Strong malt smell and taste. Mouthfeel was a good medium body with medium carbonation. Average Drinkability-When I was done I did not want another

Photo of macpapi
2.36/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

St. Patrick's Day seems as good a time as any to review a true "Irish" beer. One brewed in Colorado, USA. Killian's is the "high-quality" drink for many a college student, and considered a premium (or import, which I never understand) beer at most establishments.

Pours a reddish-brown color with a full white head. There is moderate lacing. A pretty decent looking beer.

Smell is heavy on the malt. There is a bit of a crisp corn presence as well. The metallic quality of the aroma--typical of a macro I've found--takes away from an otherwise decent pull.

Taste is harsh and overly sharp. My initial impression is that this is an unbalanced beer. The malt, heavy on the nose, is an afterthought. A bit of hop pull, but not much.

Mouthfeel is sharp but overly biting.

While Killian's has more positive attributes than most macros this is not a beer I would make a regular drink.

Photo of zeff80
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a burgandy color with a 1+ finger head. Highly carbonated.

S - It smelled of malt and faintly of grass.

T - It tasted fairly malty with a subtle spice and hop flavor.

M - It was crisp and medium-bodied.

D - This is a descent beer. Great for the price.

Photo of alepsycho
3.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would rate george killian's irish red as one of the better of the so called "cheap" beers. I just picked up a twelve pack on sale for 9.99 and surprisingly the beer wasn't outdated! I've always felt killian's was a very drinkable beer without the horrible aftertaste that afflicts bud, michelob, etc. Although it doesn't compare with a nice microbrew, killian's is definitely worth a try if your wallet is a little light.

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George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
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