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George Killian's Irish Red - Coors Brewing Company

George Killian's Irish RedGeorge Killian's Irish Red

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2,182 Ratings

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Ratings: 2182
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 19.08%

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 Darkmagus82


3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – As the name implies the brew is served a clear dark red/mahogany color with a one finger off white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving only a very light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of roasted malt, caramel, as well as a brown sugar sweet smell. Mixed with these smells is a light nut.

Taste – The taste starts out heaviest of a caramel sweetness mixed with a lighter roasted malt flavor. As the taste advances the roasted flavors become slightly more pronounced, but never gain that much flavor, while a corn and brown sugar sweetness take mover the sweeter flavors from the initial caramel taste. A light nuttiness and a odd earthy hop flavor come to the tongue at the very end.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was average in terms of creaminess as well as carbonation. The body and carbonation were fitting for making a very easy drinking session brew.

Overall – While a little on the sweet side with some transitions that are a bit abrupt, overall there was nothing off putting about the brew and it was quite easy drinking and sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2012 01:36:42 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours clear with bright amber-ruby color and a pretty good size head and decent retention.

S- toasted grain, faint caramel, otherwise pretty clean and simple

T- follows the aromas of toasted grain with just a bit of malt sweetness. Finishes clean and dry with barely any trace of hop and some more toasted grains.

M- light-med body, medium carbonation, finishes smooth

O- I drank this a bit when I was first getting into beer, it's certainly better than the other micro options out there, but its very simple and decent at best. It is however a good value at less than $6/6pack.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 23:05:52 | More by Treyliff
Photo of KYGunner


2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When I was in college, Killians was a beer that made me feel like I had arrived. In 25 years things have changed. Gone is the burnt red coloring, now its an orangish red. Gone are the burnt aromas, now is the metallic sweetness of a cheap beer. Gone are the dry burnt feelings of a tasteful Irish Red. I understand when a beer is changed to appeal to the masses, certainly cost is a determinant, but I feel violated when a beer is assaulted this way.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 20:51:08 | More by KYGunner
Photo of brewerburgundy


1.98/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, best by 12/31/12.

Dark amber liquid with perfect clarity. Definitely a good head for a macro product with a little bit of stick and hints of tan.

At first it's yawningly clean cracker and dry. A little swirl gets me a small layer of fruitiness. Shortbread is a generous description.

Distressingly similar to the aroma; a bit of fruity, sweet malt overlays about as neutral a base as one could get.

It's light and bubbly, but not too much. It's acceptably average.

I was expecting something just a notch above macro, but I honestly think I would prefer to just go with the fizzy stuff if faced with a choice between, say, PBR, and this. This is a macro with a bit of sickening sweetness added.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 19:29:24 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of TempeBeerMan


2.43/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint.

A - Pours a clear reddish-brown with a two-finger, off-white, sea foam like head. Leaves just a few spots of lacing.

S - Dextrin malt sugars, grains, hint of caramel malt.

T - Taste follows the nose, with a cloying dextrin malt forward. Hops are bland and mild and very much in the background. Finish gains a strange, coppery astringency and kind of a stale malt pasty taste. I don't remember this beer being this cloyingly sweet when I had it years ago? Sure enough, looks like they changed the recipie. Not for the better.

M - Manages to be watery and slightly syrupy at the same time. Quite a feat. Also slightly undercarbonated, as it seemed to "go flat" during it's time in my glass. Epic fail.

O - Amber ale for the masses. Bland, meek, and inoffensive. Tastes like a "red adjunct" lager. (which is exactly what it is, I guess) Only drank this because someone left one in my fridge. Stay away.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 22:39:07 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of Winston_Smith


3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first had this about a year after decided I liked beer. Mostly used to BMC beers, I remember being of the belief it was a micro-brew. It was my gateway to darker stuff, and for that, I thank it.

Appearance- Poured into a standard pint glass, it has an amber hue, with a half finger of head which disappeared almost instantly. Not the prettiest thing to look at (pretty much no head at all), but at least it has some nice color.

Smell- There isn't much to smell. It's not repulsive, but not much of any smell really. Slight metallic odor (only slight).

Taste- The initial taste is semi-rich, and a little nutty. Its quite alright. Definitely flavorful compared to a domestic, macro light beer.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation may be a little more than it needs. Feels fine though. Nothing terrible to report.

Overall- I dig this stuff. If you're on a budget, its a decent go-to. It's also often on tap for cheaper than some other beers, and makes a nice alternative to having to drink lesser BMC stuff if you don't have much to spend. Not what I'm going for if money is no object (unless its a kegger).

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 03:24:09 | More by Winston_Smith
Photo of mjurney


3.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, clear. Good amount of carbonation rising up. Small frothy head.

Barley malts, a little toasted, crisp, clean.

Toasted malts, caramel, nutty, a little hint of honey, slight hop bitterness towards the finish. Light bodied, crisp, dry, well carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 23:30:18 | More by mjurney
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a Sam Adams Lager glass.

Reddish mahogany color; clear; a weak beige head that leaves little lacing.

Lighter aroma than taste: too light. The flavor [3.25] is decent, although rather simple, featuring caramel medium roast malt. Enough hops to balance the sweetness.

M: less smooth and more watery than if should be, and too astringent. {2.5}

O: An acceptable and low-price choice for times when the beer selection is weak.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 00:34:59 | More by chinchill
Photo of GMB


2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Killian's Irish Red is nothing to write home about, but it's also nothing to shake a stick at.

A standard pour yields a dark red body with an off-white head. The head is fuller than expected, but dies quickly. The beautiful claret body ought to be translucent, but the throng of bubbles clinging to the glass prevent me from appreciating the beer's visual characteristics.

Toasted malt dominates the nose: Aromas of butterscotch and toffee are palpable if subdued. There is also a very faint tinny smell.

The first sip tosses up mild malty richness. This richness continues to reign over the flavor until the last couple of sips, which also suggest faint notes of bittering hops. The beer's feels nice on the palate. It is a bit too gassy at first, then finds a nice balance, then falls flat.

Sweet, malty, and drinkable, Killian's Irish red is a cut above most of Coors Brewing Company's offerings. I enjoyed this beer, though I probably wouldn't drink it again unless it were given to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 19:48:41 | More by GMB
Photo of punky796


3.64/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Very red, not even really much amber color, two fingers of head that dissipates quickly but leaves a lot of pretty lacing. Medium carbonation.

S - The worst thing about this beer. Dirt? Mold? Corn? Kinda like much-worse American macros, actually.

T - The taste is far different from the smell. Very sweet and easy. Chocolate and toast, honey and MAYBE coffee, but less so.

M - More creamy than anything else. Enough carbonation, and doesn't hang in your mouth for an unattractive amount of time.

O - For being one of those beers that you think is a craft/microbrew before you know what those actually are, this ain't half bad, and there's all kinds of things I'd choose this over. It should also be noted that there is a massive difference in overall goodness when you compare Killian's out of a bottle vs. out of a tap. Tap wins almost every time.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 06:51:19 | More by punky796
Photo of Offa


2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a very simple, basic beer that really is a poor imitation of an Irish ale.

Copper, it has a small off-white head soon thinning to thin foamy ring.

Aroma is slightly caramelised, lightly toasty grain, vague hint of orange, grass. It's a bit like a caramelly pale lager.

Taste is light, simple, sweetish toasty barley (faintly caramelly), vague, thin grassy-peppery hop bitterness lurking under the sweetness. Overall, it is simple, thin, vague, and rather bland, but decent enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 06:21:04 | More by Offa
Photo of cambabeer


3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average red lager. Obvious red amber color with big carbonation. Nice head though.
Smells toasty and sweet and a little malty. Pretty common amber smell. Taste is very unimposing and simple. Sweet and malty with just a bit of bitterness at the end. The toasted malt is the dominant character here. This beer is fine, but it does taste a little too mass produced. I'd drink it again, but never as a first choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 18:27:33 | More by cambabeer
Photo of beertunes


2.88/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very attractive, clean, clear brownish red color. An aggressive pour yielded an inch and a half of light tan head that had OK retention that dissipated to a thin cap and had no lacing.

The aroma had a very low scent. Nothing bad, but nothing standing out either. Basically a bland "beer" smell. The flavors were also kinda meh, some basic malts, combined with just a touch of hoppiness, makes for a bland brew.

The body was OK, fairly typical for the style, but a lingering stickiness cost a half point. Drinkability was good, the beer went down smooth and easy, but with such an overall blandness, why bother. Worth having if there are no craft options available.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 19:55:30 | More by beertunes
Photo of Cavanaghty


2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a regular beer glass.

Appearance: Reddish Copper color with an off white head. Head was about three fingers and lingered for a minute before going to a small film of head leftover.

Smell: Toasted malts and grains, lighter smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth and well balanced. Toasted malts and chocolate like taste.

Overall: Not a bad beer for a "common" or popular brew. I will drink it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 23:44:31 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of JamesHenjum


3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice copper/dark amber red. Great looking beer with thick creamy 3 finger head that sticks around.

S: You can tell it is a dark beer. Roasted coffee/chocolate fill your nose. Malts are there as well.

T: Kind of crisp coffee/chocolate taste. Aftertaste lingers but it is of a creamy chocolate. Very malty. Can taste the alcohol. Flavors are not very strong but they stick around making it feel as it it was very bold.

M: Some carbonation. Slightly creamy. More like an Ale in many ways than it is a lager.

O: Very good beer especially for the price. I can drink a bunch of these. Aftertaste was off-putting at first, but it becomes very chocolatey. Very nice drinkable, flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 04:40:35 | More by JamesHenjum
Photo of nofalltoofar


4.7/5  rDev +54.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very pretty red. Like an Irish setter. Like blood-tinged honey. Like the blushing cheeks of your first college sweetheart.

S: Delicious, dark, oats, caramel.

T: Crisp and sweet, strong oats presence, some wheat. Delicious caramel tones are extremely present. Almost honey-ish taste.

M: Again, crisp. A little tingly. Smooth as it goes down. Not too oily or too dry. Perfect carbonation.

From the first sip, this beer knocked me off my chair. It is the most drinkable beer I've ever had. It's perfect, beautiful, and simply refreshing even in the dead of summer. For the moderate complexity of the taste, this is one red haired Irish girl we can all get along with.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 23:28:22 | More by nofalltoofar
Photo of netrioter


4.5/5  rDev +48%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings....paired great with pretty much anything ive ever eaten....i rank this as one of the best beers to have with food...Miller High Life is up there too.

This is also excellent out of a 12oz bottle at home..a solid 4+ store bought beer....great with food but not a session beer past a 6 pack...this beer is a bit thick and gassy at times and itll fill you up with no room to catch a buzz because you have to stop because youre full,a way around this is to glass it to remove carbonation....flavor is excellent regardless.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2012 09:45:44 | More by netrioter
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a reddish amber colour with a small white head.

The smell is malts, sweet with a bit of caramel not very strong though.

The taste was better than I was expecting sweet and malty like the smell was trying to hint at.

Light bodied with fairly high carbonation.

Overall it was better than I expected, it being a Coors product. I wouldn't buy it but my wife's parents had some in their fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 13:09:35 | More by Dave1999
Photo of soju6


3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear bright amber color with a decent head and good lacing.

S: Aroma of toasted grain and malt with some caramel sweetness.

T: Taste of malt and grain with some caramel sweetness. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: fairly moderate body, smooth and clean feel.

O: Not bad for a beer, for what it is, from one of the big brewers. I first had this long before craft brews were existed.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 15:23:40 | More by soju6
Photo of Mora2000


3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the mail, with some toffee and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is similar, with quite a bit of toffee and grain coming through, as well as a good bit of sugary sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not awful, but definitely nothing to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 05:32:07 | More by Mora2000
Photo of BostonHops


3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.
(review from notes)

pours a medium amber tone while yielding a finger beige/tan colored head; not much in the way of retention or lacing. not much doin' in the nose. subdued notes of caramel malt and some graininess. nothing to write home about.

flavor delivers a bit of toasted, maybe caramel malt, some grain, and maybe a touch of hops in the background. inoffensive but decidedly underwhelming. thin, medium-light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, not a drainpour but completely unremarkable. an average beer at best.

(originally reviewed: 07-19-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 21:45:44 | More by BostonHops
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.1/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Was handed a George Killian's while sitting around a fire at my buddy Gary's house. Open it up to a less than appealing smell, And it looked somewhat darker than the beer that I typically drink. I take a large gulp of it and I can't say that I prefer it. It tasted very stale and it didn't appeal to me. It isn't horrible by any means, Just not very good. I believe there were tons of these leftover the day after. I don't really mind darker beer but this is probably one of the worst.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 06:26:31 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of tectactoe


2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Irish beer! Hah! This is what I would drink in my early years of college when I was trying to branch out from all of the "Bud Light" drinkers and whatnot. Though Killian's isn't what I'd consider "good" beer, I still consider it to be far better than many American Adjunct Lagers, and I still feel that way today.

On tap at Applebee's, it pours a deep orange color that bleeds with some red tints and rust near the edges. The slightly darker than white head doesn't stick around for long and leaves no lace behind. The aroma is solemn and hard to deceipher; maybe some toasted caramel malts, cereal grains, and a slight twinge of metallic, barely musty hoppage. Not much there, but it's not exactly off-putting, either.

The same thing could be said about the taste. There's a slightly brash bitterness that hits up front and takes the rest of the time to mellow out. Lightly toasted malts, some apple skins, mild hop flavor, and just a touch of sweetness in the finish. Again, not much going on here, but nothing is really making me head for the hills either. Thin bodied, over-carbonated a bit, crisp, clean and dry mouth feel in the finish.

This is more like a case of "where is it" than "what is it". Nothing that really stands out as being gross or offensive, rather everything is pretty muzzled and flavor/aroma-less. Not something I'd normally order, but when your other choices are Coors Light and Summer Shandy... well, desperate times call for desperate measures.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 02:47:41 | More by tectactoe
Photo of fank2788


2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
A clear light brown or dark copper in the glass with a thin off white head that falls quickly leaving just a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. Faint caramel and light grain along with a bit of metallic tinge in the nose. The taste is very much like the smell the with just a touch of the light and toasted caramel malt which is balanced by a faint bit of hop. No real hop character or flavors are there just the bitterness. The overall character is dry and relatively light, a bit slick and some of that metallic slipperiness is in there as well. This is an ok beer obviously it isnt a true Irish Red but it's clear that somebody at coors thought about what an Irish Red should be before making the same light lager with a darker color. Probably good at a picnic, but definitely not a go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 22:29:24 | More by fank2788
Photo of thecheapies


2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best Before 'Jun 04 12'.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a caramel/light cola color with a half an inch of sudsy white topper. The foam is glazing the glass a bit. 3.0

Sweet malts with a generous toasting evident. Notes of caramel, barley husks, and wheat bread. A trace of hops. 3.0

Toasted malt, caramel, burnt toffee barely, husky astringencies in the finish, and light buttery quality. Not terribly off-base here. Lacking a more prominent hop. Some earthy tones flagged around. Opens without enough bitterness to counter the sweet toasty malt, and the finish is a little dirty. Needs general refinement all around. 3.0

Sudsy without being creamy. Thin-bodied. A little sticky on the lips, even. There's booze evident, which is a little ridiculous. Totally unexpected in that, but very drinkable. 2.5

An okay lager from Big Brother. Brings those Irish Red Ale elements to the table for the beer. A once-in-awhile check-in, at best. 3.0

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 04:27:24 | More by thecheapies
George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 2,182 ratings.