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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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2,178 Ratings

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Ratings: 2178
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001)
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Photo of Tschnab

New York

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

A- dark red with a tan head of about half an inch with no lace.

S- the smell is all carmel and bready malt, some sweet doughy aroma, some toffee.

T- this is a malt bomb with all the flavors from the nose coming through and nothing else.

O- It's really cheap at my local bar so I get it often but it's really nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2012 14:06:37 | More by Tschnab
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served into a frosted mug.

A: Pours a clear dark copper color with a one finger light cream color head with poor retention and lacing.

S: The scent features light caramel...and that's it. Not a bad scent, just very, very lacking.

T: Like the smell, this tastes of light caramel and toffee, without much else. Depth and complexity is nonexistent, but it's crisp and easy drinking.

M: Lighter bodied with high carbonation and not much of a finish. Goes down like water, but not as empty as a regular BMC lager.

O: It is what is, and that is a step above the BMC usuals. This was a decent gateway beer for myself, but I have little interest in revisiting this unless I get it free. Still, it's a solid lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 21:26:23 | More by ThisWangsChung
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2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red/amber color with a one finger whitish head that goes down rather quickly and forms a ring. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma of crystal malt and toffee. Taste is similar and a bit sweet in the fore front and a bit of hoppy bitterness as it goes down. Light bodied.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 20:12:36 | More by blindpiglet
Photo of dmfrench


2.75/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dry, chalky, metallic, and sweet American Amber

A: Actually not a bad look... pretty blood ruby clear body with ample carbonation bubbles, and a surprisingly large but not all that persistent sudsy khaki head.

S: Very dusty and slightly spicy malt, very euro, and a bit of sweet caramel malt. Slight metallic, adjuncty smells as well.

T: Notes from the nose are all there... the malt is actually quite sweet, but along with them are a lot of metal.

M: A bit chalky and dry in a bad way.

O: my gateway beer... surprised it worked!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 18:40:36 | More by dmfrench
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New York

3.43/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into tulip.

pours out a deep mahghony red color, good clarity, a nice retentive layer of off white head with some fairly tight bubbles. a bit of lace from a swirl of the glass.

a very clean aroma, not a whole lot going on. mineral water and just some faint biscuit malts. a bit of fruits and caramel as it warms.

some sweet caramel flavors and just a touch of bready biscuit malt. just enough hops to balance, but none are really noticed in the taste. just a touch herbal and papery.

carbonation is a bit high, body is light, finish is crisp.

to me this isnt that great of an irish red or even really an "irish red" per say by style, but it is a decent amber lager. i would never buy this, but gladly choose it over any macro when in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 01:31:39 | More by dogfishandi
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3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single finger head with nice lacing on a clear light amber body. Aroma is a little musty with mostly sweet caramel malt and mild hops. Flavor is pretty sweet mostly following the caramel malt with a musty hop finish. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Overall a drinkable beer limited mostly by its mildly musty and bitter finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 22:04:16 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of scratch69


4.15/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Deep copper red with a two finger head. Decent amount of foamy lacing.

Smell- Malty and slightly nutty.

Taste- Mildly sweet malt with caramel and nutty notes.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and smooth. Nice carbonation and slightly dry at the finish.

Overall- I really enjoy this beer. I think the only reason some of the beer snobs don't is because it is made by Coors.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 20:09:00 | More by scratch69
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4/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

will always be one of my favorite beers on tap!! i used to work for a distributor in ohio that was the bigggest seller of killians in the country. the beer is great but the company sucked to work for. always suprised me that it doesn't sell more to the mainstream but i guess thats a good thing

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 19:18:35 | More by GoBlue16
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2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sweet beer. It's too sweet.

A-Dark brown, I tried to give it a head, still NO head. The head just doesn't exist.

S- Sweet, light

T- Chocolate, Grains, with a sweet aftertaste. It feels almost like a soda it's so sweet. I'm more of a bitters guy so this beer doesn't get me off

M- No head at all, so it isn't fluffy. It's pretty plain.

O- I give this beer a 2.5. It's just too sweet. Would not recommend

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 22:57:37 | More by Givemeyourtiredandhungry
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.68/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
May0712 printed on the shoulder in yellow.

A - The gorgeous vibrant amber red color that shines with clarity makes up for the short-lived off-white head. Little lace remains on the glass.

S - The light buttery aroma of Killian's is within range as the low caramel malt aroma sweeps in with a lingering dryness. No hop presences comes through at all leaving Killian's to finish out with a metallic hint.

T - Interestingly, that buttered toast character continues to emerge even though this is a lager. Killian's exhibits nice balance of a light toffee, touch of sweet caramel malt flavor, and finishes pretty clean.

M - Crisp opening, a decent level of carbonation trails through the light-bodied beer to a lightly roasted-malt-induced dry finish.

O - A lot of people remember Killian's as an iconic beer; the gateway beer that got them into craft beer, something offering more than the yellow fizzy stuff. A recent reformulation brings this beer back to me. An easy drinking pint, Killian's isn't anything spectacular to behold but, it sticks closely to the style and will flow like water on St. Patty's Day!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 21:01:57 | More by BeerFMAndy
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2.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Amber color - very light carbonation - almost too weak of a flavor

Has a bit of a fruity/malty taste, but seems to be almost watered down. Flows smoothy through the mouth due to that.

Doesn't offer the taste buds, or the senses in general, much to play with.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 03:58:55 | More by DexterP236
Photo of Labeerfinder

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

Red-amber beer with small, quickly diminishing head. Fruity, floral aroma, but a strong malty taste that's slightly sweet at first. Smells and tastes a lot like a wine cooler, with low carbonation. Drinkability is good for a cheap beer and probably worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 07:45:56 | More by Labeerfinder
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Manitoba (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap in Minneapolis, MN. Drank late run the night after many big and better beers, so this may play into the review...

Amber and clear with a light white head that leaves light lacing. Some citrus and pepper on the nose.Tons of corn in the nose too, which also dominates the body. Meh. Corn is not my thing, nor is this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2012 04:15:36 | More by kjyost
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3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Pours a nice redish color with a small white head that leaves some nice lacing. Smelled of caramelized malt, but it was pretty weak. Tastes of caramelized malt and light hops, but it is not overly strong. Has a nice smooth taste, not overly carbonated. Overall, an OK beer, at least it is better than green beer for the beer drinking holiday in March.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 04:34:22 | More by cyclonece09
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New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Ruby red and clear. An ok head.

S- a weak hops character. Smells like a typical, not altogether impressive

T- A tad malty, with .some hops on the finish. A little bland to me, but nothing too offensive

M- Kinda light and watery for me.

O- Not a terrible beer, good for the price. Not really something I would buy again, though.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 04:21:53 | More by CuteZombieDoll
Photo of rjplumer

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a reddish amber color with an off white head. Sweet malt aroma and taste is very similar. Has mild bitter middle with a clean clean sweet & sour finish. Highly carbonated and very drinkable. My personal favorite before getting into craft brews little over a year ago.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 07:18:51 | More by rjplumer
Photo of iSip


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

Killians Irish Red: It has been a while since I have had a Killians. I had a glass recently on tap meeting with a friend. Now that my beer knowledge and tastes have expanded, I wondered how the Killians would fare. The Killians is leather brown in color, which most people would call red. A nice head forms on top. There is a pleasing malty aroma. The flavor is very much in the English Ale style, lots of malt and very mild in the hop department. My memories were correct, and I have not been completely jaded by big “statement” beers I have tasted lately. The Killians was easy drinking and quite flavorful. One of the better Molson Coors products.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2012 23:11:10 | More by iSip
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2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a very dark amber color with a half inch thick, light brown head that dissipates instantly. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Toasted malts, a nutty character, a light sweetness, and a little bit of alcohol.

Taste - I love the caramel creaminess.. Toasted malts is the dominant flavor here. Has a pretty sweet aftertaste but is quite dry.

Mouthfeel - A medium, creamy type body with medium carbonation. Very dry though.

Overall - Not a bad beer but definitely not something I'd pick out on my own. I got this for free lol..

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 00:19:47 | More by jsisko01
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3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This isn't something I'd pick out myself, but a guest for New Years brought over a twelve-pack, so might as well tick it before the festivities begin. It pours a deep red with orange tinges. Head drops down very fast. Aroma is just a little bit offensive, it's got some metallic caramel malt thing going on here. The taste is alright though, it goes down fairly watery with a bit of a caramel malt finish that's rather pleasant. The mouthfeel is smooth, and the drinkability is pretty good. Overall, it's not a great brew, but I've had worse for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 00:51:50 | More by shand
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3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: light copper body, finger head, light lacing

S: light malt, caramel, nuts, malt

T: sweet malt, caramel, nutty, dry crisp finish

M: light body, semi-dry crisp
hint of smooth mouth

O: Ok brew for a macro.
Needs more body and flavor.


Serving type: bottle

12-22-2011 20:34:25 | More by BeerLover99
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3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Amber color with a poor, one-finger head that dies quickly.

S: Roasted malt is prominent.

T: Very smooth, a slight creamy taste and aftertaste with no bitter aftertaste. Slightly roasty which is a good thing for an amber.

M: Smooth taste, no water feel with a clean finish.

O: Not a bad beer. One of the better ambers, and I'm a guy who only prefers Belgium whites. Very satisfying with a clean enough finish but just enough flavor to make you want to drink more.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 22:17:53 | More by RossPeterson
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3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife has a friend that works for the Coors Brewery in Virginia and he got me some Killians for free

It has been a looong time since I had this beer in college (probably 10 years ago) and I remember it being decent on draft.

Smells ok nothing special

Decent taste do not taste anythign special, very dry mouth feel with a heavy after taste.

Bottom line it was a case (20 bottles) of free beer so I drank them all and it wasnt terrible...wouldnt spend my own money on it but if it was at a party, or my wifes buddy wants to get them for me again I wount turn it down.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 01:59:48 | More by hdf561
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3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Red, transparent lively head that dissipates within a few minutes

S: smells just like an average beer, a little bit of roasted malt might be detectable, not too much going on

T: smooth and refreshing slightly creamy. not very complex but it is enjoyably for the style that it is

M: not much carbonation, smooth finish. definitely a beer you could quaff down with ease no bite at all

O: overall a good cheap beer when not much else is readily available, Coors does this brew much better than their counterparts. Something that i will drink from time to time

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 05:03:42 | More by RepMichigan
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2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

In a pint glass:

A: dark red body with hints of copper, white creamy looking head and lacing that sticks to the glass

S: malty with light bland apples

T: malty, apples come back but in a bland way

M: light, sessionable, bland aftertaste and finish

O: I used to really like this beer, but am not sure if they changed the recipe. I don't think I would buy this again

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 17:20:42 | More by BeerKangaroo
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3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber color with a small head that fizzles away fairly quickly

S: Nice malts and caramel, along with some backing hops. Not really complex by any means, but is far from offensive

T: Again, caramel and bready malts dominate. Not much else, aside from some light hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate-full carbonation

O: This is a good amber lager. I'd definitely put it with the likes of Yuengling, or something in that realm. Easy to drink, would certainly be a beer to put down some burgers or hot dogs with at a BBQ

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 03:08:42 | More by BEERMILER12
George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
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