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Bayern Killarney Red Lager - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Bayern Brewing, Inc. visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: kgotcher on 03-14-2006

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Ratings: 33 | Reviews: 24
Reviews by TheFlern:
Photo of TheFlern
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bayern, brewing some fantastical beers. The styles aren't so hip for the PNW such as IPA or DIPA but these are some great brews

Appearance: Pours an amber color. White head dissipates to nothing, no lacing.

Smell: Sweet maltiness but not overly syrupy sweet. Fruity, maybe some pear aroma. Good amount of lager yeast aroma as well.

Taste: Follows the nose but is actually better! :)
The pear flavor is more pronounced than on the nose and the sweetness is not there at all which leads me to say . . .

Mouthfeel: Finishes fairly dry from what I expected from the aroma. good amount of carbonation.

Overall: This is a really good beer. IMO, this can go head to head with any great craft lager on the market. Give it a try!

More User Reviews:
Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color topped by a half-inch of creamy white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, a touch of adjunct, and a nice honey character. Palate is balanced between sweet, honeyish malt and some mild fruity hops. Body is smooth and rather rich for a lager, with a nice, crisp finish. Overall, a pretty tasty lager that offers a decent amount of character.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up at the Albertsons in Lewistown Montana.. I only wanted 1 bottle and there was an open 12'er mixpack that had this one, so I snuck it into my 6-pack of other Bayern brews... poured into my makeshift pint glass.

Big 2" white head ... good lace and retention.. the brew is a clear dark orange...

This brew is a style that I'm not too familiar with... the nose is a nice mix of bready pale malts with touches of toast and a rousing caramel throughout.

The flavor has whaffs of toasted bread and some caramel that is in play from front to back.. sorta nutty.... no real hoppiness to speak of... a touch more body than I was expecting (a good thing).. and a average carbonation.. fairly clean.. but there may be some fruitiness that comes with the yeast.. but what do I know? Overall... I would be a little upset if I bought an entire 6-pack... It reminds me of a slightly ramped up macro.. It's been a very long time since I had a Killians, but I would expect this to be the bigger brother.

Photo of nghab
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Clean, medium malty aroma, some bready notes.

Appearance: Medium-copper colour, off-white head, good clarity.

Flavour: Malty, toasty, enough hop bitterness to balance, negligible hop flavour, finishes clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, medium-high carbonation.

Overall: Very flavourful for an "Irish"/"Red" (Irish Ale/Red Lager usually strikes me as a code word for bland beer), nothing that blows me away, just a very solid enjoyable session beer. If I were the type of person who would drink two consecutive pints of the same beer (Bartender: "Another IPA, sir?" Me: "Hell no, I just had one, it's a great beer but I want to have one of your other beers because I like variety. And, by the way, lose the "sir" thing."), I would drink two pints of this. Of course, I could say that of a lot of beers I enjoy, but I say that on this one because it's of a style for which I wouldn't expect to want another one.

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a caramel nutty amber with hints of orange and red. A cream colored head of a finger or two fades fairly quickly, leaving behind a bit of lacing here and there.

aroma of caramel, nuts, and some grain. A bit of toasted malt. a bit bready. a bit of honey.

sweet. caramel, sugar, grain, nutty. funky macro-esque adjunct quality/taste I can't get past. not sure from what... musty, grassy, straw, corn, funky grain. Not digging it. Bready, honey, caramely. a hint of hops at the finish... wishhed for a bit more.

mouthfeel is fair, a bit over carbonated. a touch harsh. smooth on the whole, with a pleasant creamy fullness that nears thick, but doesn't hit it.

dissapointed with this one. Almost seems like an amped up macro. which is unfortunate. lackluster, cant see drinking any more. just unimpressed on the whole. which is unfortunate - I'm generally a fan of Bayern. this one just isn't hitting on all cylinders.

Photo of TheBishop
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. I expected a run of the mill red lager but this is definitely a cut above the rest. Incidently the Abv is 5.7

It pours a dark gold color very nice head with good lacing. Smell is pure malt almost bock in nature. Taste is smooth with definite maltiness and nutty flavor. Not much hops in this brew but it is present. Mouthfeel is elegant and somewhat creamy again almost like a bock. Drinkability is good I could have a few of these.

All in all a solid beer worth a try.

Photo of ppoitras
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained in trade with riversideak. Thanks for the opportunity.

Formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear copery amber brew. Head quickly falls to a skim of small bubbles, with average lacing. Aroma is light and balanced. Taste starts nutty sweet, a tart shot in the middle, with a balanced close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is pretty good. A standard brew of the style.

Photo of Slats
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, well within freshness date.

Appearance: Clean amber color with a creamy khaki head. Good head retention and slight lacing.

Smell: Thin malty scents with subtle hops.

Taste: Roasted malts, honey and a bit of wheat bread crust. Honey becomes more prominent on the finish and as the temperature rises.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with soft creamy carbonation. Subdued alcohol.

Drinkability: Goes down easy and is reasonably sessionable. Flavors would bore me after more than one but a good food pairing would help out.

Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger cream head that fades to a ring leaving a little lace. Nearly clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Slight hoppy nose. Starts malty, becomes more balanced with slight hoppy finish. $1.19 for a 12oz bottle from John's Market Tigard, Or. Best before July 2006 and still okay.

Photo of froghop
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear copper-red with a thin white head, and not much lacing.

smell of caramel, nuts, and roasted malts.

taste is watery, caramel, malt, some nuts, a little roastiness, and a little sweet, with light carbonation.

overall really not much to it, kinda flat.

Photo of kgotcher
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before July 06.

Poured a hazy red tinded amber into a UK pint glass with a big thick 2 finger offwhite head. Good retention and leaves a bit of foam. Sweet aroma with lots of apple and caramel. Very little if earthy aroma noticable, mostly a fruity sweet malt aroma.

Medium body goes down pretty smooth with a clean lager finish. Flavor is pretty malty with a good buscuity flavor. Caramel flavor stands out a bit but the fruity sweetness that was in the aroma not really in the taste. Nice level of bittering hops balance the malt but don't really add any flavor on their own. Reminds me a bit of an amber German bock.

Overall very enjoyable with a huge malt profile. If you like malt accentded lagers try one soon.

Photo of mactrail
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This pours a handsome coppery red color in the tall tulip. It's clear and sports a fine white head. Moderately carbonated on the tongue. Sweet and rather fragrant with caramel malt.

So who decided this should be an American red ale and not the Irish style? This has barely a hop note, unlike every other hop circus in the Red/Amber category. The Irish style reads "A bit sweet, with a lightly hopped tea-like flavor" and even the "drying finish." This is precisely that. Or flabby and sweet, if you prefer.

There is just a woody hint of bitterness at the end, once the Long Island Ice Tea flavor wears off. Slightly drinkable if you don't let it warm up. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Special Brews in Lynnwood, Washington.

Photo of suspect
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mixylplik3 for the hookup!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Best by date punched was April '11 (I think...the month was somewhere between May and April)

A: Deep amber color with brown hues. Had to really examine it in the light to find the red. Aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger head that disappeared quickly. Medium lacing that spreads throughout the glass.

S: Heavy malts, caramel, and a touch of fruit but only a touch.

T: The caramel malts are nicely presented and really punch through the warmer the beer gets. This might be my favorite Amber Lager to date. Aftertaste is light and doesn't linger - it's the heavy aftertaste that usually turns me off to reds/ambers so this one was a nice change.

M: Heavier mouthfeel, which is to be expected. Medium carbonation and this beer coats my mouth nicely.

O: Overall, this is a particularly well done amber. It's definitely my first beer from Montana so that's fun. This isn't a beer I'd buy a sixpack of but I would definitely drink it again.

Photo of BowserBrewing
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First let me say this beer has been different every year, not a very consistent brew but when it is on it is a great beer.

Presentation- From a bottle I got at the local grocery store.

Appearance- Nice amber and light copper color with nice white head.

Smell- Really malty and sweet smell

Taste- Tasted exactly like it smelled, extremely sweet malty flavor to this beer with a thick molasses finish.

Mouthfeel- It was a little heavy for a Lager which I wasn't used to but it had great carbonation and a lot of flavor all the way through.

Drinkability- Like I said it is different every year, some years it is better than others but it is defiantly worth a try. I am yet to try it on tap at the brewery but I would go to Missoula to try it out.

Photo of GClarkage
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/20/08- Purchased on my two week trip in Montana.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a bottled on strip on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Amber-red colored pour with a 1/4 inch head and slight lace tracks.

Smell- Sweet and caramel scented malt with a light hoppy aroma.

Taste- Much sweeter than expectd. Very slight macro flavor in the malt that sneaks in. Caramel richness, mild hoppy flavor to compliment. Bready and rich. Great flavors minus the BMC factor which is slight.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium carbonation with a full mouthfeel. Slight creamy texture and hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability- Damn, quite good brew here. Not quite a session beer, but a good amber.

Photo of BowserBrew
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer from Bayern. I have not had it on tap but I love it in the bottle.

Appearance - Great deep red / copper color with light cream head
Smell - It has a toffee / Carmel smell to it that I love

Taste - Since it is a Lager it is clean and crisp but has great malt flavor

Mouthfeel - Like I said it drinks like a light lager but it had that little bit extra from the roasted malts but it still finishes clean

Overall I love this beer and would recommend it over any other beer from this company.

Photo of willsail4beer
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my absolute favorite beer, year in and year out. I'm told it has been done seasonally since 1988. Bayern Brewing is a very traditional German brewery, and pride themselves on their consistency. The owner and his master brewer both are graduates of Doemens' Masterschool for Brewing and Soft Drink Technology in Munich.

It is a dark rich red/amber color and is one of the most flavorful, easy drinking lager beers I've ever enjoyed. It is also available in bottle, however it can become inconsistent in flavor if it is more than 30 days old, or if it becomes room temperature. If you are lucky, they do a number of local wooden barrels locally, especially at the brewery tap room, usually on St. Patrick's Day. I wish they would make this beer year-round.

Photo of lighthabit
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

notes to me - from cm's stash. very safe red ale, nose and taste are very safe. nothing wrong, just nothing knocks my socks off. mouth feel a bit thin, but then i'm more of a stout person. hops barely there. a decent bet to take to a non-beer enthusiast gathering. a side note: the name throws me off. my first thought was "bayern? like the aspirin?". something new i'm making note of, the bottle smell in the morning was stale malty brew. i've noticed the really huge favorites of mine leave a container that still smells great the day after.

Photo of loren01
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours copper color, good sized white head, no lace down the sides of the glass.
S: Smell is sweet/malty. Little bit of caramel scent. No detectable sign of hoppiness
T: Sweet caramel taste followed by a peppery dry bitterness. ETOH aftertaste
M: Medium bodied, a little bit prickly on the tongue
D: Pretty good Red Lager, tastes a lot like their Amber to me.

Photo of sporklift87
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on draft at Iron Horse in Missoula. Clear dark amber in color with light tan head. Head shows little retention and no lacing. Definite aromas of cloves and garden herbs. Hint of menthol. Some fruity characteristics on tongue, some banana and pear. Doughy, almost syrupy mouthfeel, carbonation is mild and some acidity lingers on front half of tongue. Very pleasant red lager from a reputable brewery.

Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bayern Brewing, Inc.--Bayern Killarney Red Lager--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.70% ABV--15 IBU's? (4.4 / 5.0) Amber Lager--No sediment. Lacy medium thick off white head. Clear bright nucleating thin rich amber color. Mild malt fruit delicate hop front. Smooth rich light fruit caramel light sweet lager body. Refreshing quenching mild hop spice tasty smooth end. Delicate flavors. Nice. Sampled 4/15/2009. 6-Pack--$7.50. Bayern Brewing, Inc.--Bayern Killarney Red Lager--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV--15 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Amber Lager--Irish Red. Thin mild lace off white head. Clear bright rich amber red hint pretty color. Thick pour. Delicate malty toasted mild hop front. Tangy mellow sweet toasted mild cherry caramel peat? hint malty body. Smooth mild hop lingering tangy malt slightly hot clean lager end. Nice Irish Red. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Sampled 3/17/2010. 6-Pack $8.25.

Bayern Brewing, Inc.--Bayern Killarney Red Lager Beer Biere--2011 12 oz. Bottle. 5.70% ABV. 15 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Red Ale--Irish. Lacy thin off white head. Clear dark amber red hint color. Light smoke mild hop malty light herbal hint front. Slightly earthy crusty malty toasted toffee caramel not peat Irish smoke note smooth lager body. Clean mild hop spice lingering earthy malt end. Rich roasted Red Lager is Tasty Unique & Well Made. Sampled 2/15/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $8.39 @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 2/15/2011.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades almost instantly, leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a caramel smell along with some other aromas of a fruity nature of apple, grape and pear. Along with these aromas comes some lighter smells of a doughy and bready nature as well as some hints of a light citrus and herbal smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a caramel taste with a little bit bready taste. Some fruit flavors of a cherry taste as well as a little bit of apple are there as well, with the cherry getting stronger and stronger in nature as the taste advances. Along with these fruity flavor increases comes some hop flavors of a light citrus and more grassy nature are there more toward the end, leaving one with a nice sweet but still rather crisp taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the sweeter tastes of the brew the body is quite nice and makes for a very easy drinking and enjoyable feel.

Overall – A rather tasty red ale and one that is packed with a good sweet taste, but yet still very easy drinking.

Photo of chumba526
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It appears solid amber in color with a little white head.

It smells of cloves and bananas. I get a bit of a caramel malt flavor. I also get a bit of a grassy hop flavor as well,

It tastes a bit sweet. I get a mild caramel flavor. I get a bit of a floral and grassy hop flavor. The beer ends with a small but noticeable amount of bitterness.

The beer has a semi-smooth carbonation to it. There is ample carbonation to this beer.

The beer goes down smooth but it is a bit rough around the edges.

Overall a pretty good beer, though it does not taste like a UK/ Irish beer at all.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet potato orange with no hint of red that my eyes can detect. At least two fingers of ivory colored creaminess forms during the pour. The head has a wonderful texture and is doing a bang-up job decorating the glass. Nothing here but positives.

Red lagers, unless they're highly hopped (which this one isn't) struggle to impress where aroma is concerned. There's a bit of earthiness and some generic fruit, but not much else of note.

Killarney Red is actually pretty good beer. As a lager, it's less estery than an ale, although it still manages to deliver plenty of multi-layered flavor. The malt bill includes pale, caramel, Munich, wheat and 'German dunkel malt' (whatever that is). Hop varieties are a mystery.

KRL is slightly more caramel-like than toasted-earthy-nutty, due to a moderate amount of residual sweetness that helps rather than hurts. I wish I could come up with a way to more accurately describe the 'red' flavor that red ales and lagers possess. Hoppiness is close to nonexistent, which probably means a wider range of potential (non-beer geek) customers.

Taking style and ABV (5.7%) into account, the mouthfeel is pretty impressive. The beer is light-medium in heft, impressively glassy smooth and expands a bit on contact rather than falling flat and feeling thin.

Killarney Red Lager is only my fourth beer from Bayern Brewing, but it's easily the best of the bunch. Lovers of malt-forward lagers should find a lot to like in this seasonal release, St. Patrick's Day or no St. Patrick's Day.

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Bayern Killarney Red Lager from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.