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Bayern Killarney Red Lager - Bayern Brewing, Inc.

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Bayern Killarney Red LagerBayern Killarney Red Lager

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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 18.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kgotcher on 03-14-2006)
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suspect

New York

3.6/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 15:27:39 | More by suspect
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mactrail

Washington

3/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2014 06:17:52 | More by mactrail
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neckbeered

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-12-2014 17:16:24 | More by neckbeered
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willsail4beer

Montana

5/5  rDev +40.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2014 00:40:27 | More by willsail4beer
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BowserBrewing

Montana

2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 21:34:29 | More by BowserBrewing
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lighthabit

Oregon

3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 16:14:34 | More by lighthabit
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Irrationalist

California

3/5  rDev -15.7%

04-23-2012 05:04:10 | More by Irrationalist
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

04-19-2012 01:39:44 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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TheFlern

Idaho

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 23:52:24 | More by TheFlern
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rogerthegill

Oregon

3/5  rDev -15.7%

01-26-2012 18:01:03 | More by rogerthegill
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

11-25-2011 03:42:31 | More by rab53
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ShwarzAl3r

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -43.8%

11-15-2011 06:57:22 | More by ShwarzAl3r
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chumba526

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 07:59:35 | More by chumba526
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BowserBrew

Montana

5/5  rDev +40.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:47:44 | More by BowserBrew
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philbertk

Washington

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2011 21:52:53 | More by philbertk
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 09:39:53 | More by JohnGalt1
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 12:42:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
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TheBishop

Montana

3.88/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 01:42:36 | More by TheBishop
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nghab

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 04:16:02 | More by nghab
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 21:00:54 | More by ppoitras
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 08:39:43 | More by djeucalyptus
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froghop

Washington

2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 23:23:41 | More by froghop
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GClarkage

California

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 20:53:37 | More by GClarkage
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Slats

Idaho

3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 21:40:36 | More by Slats
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loren01

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 06:11:50 | More by loren01
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Bayern Killarney Red Lager from Bayern Brewing, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.