George Killian's Irish Red | Coors Brewing Company

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George Killian's Irish RedGeorge Killian's Irish Red

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 830 | Ratings: 2,954
Photo of RTJakarta
1/5  rDev -67.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A strong contender for the worst beer I've ever had.

To start, the smell is pretty indicative of what you got. A funky, slightly dirty smell is really overpowering before you ever take a drink.

The mouthfeel is way too carbonated, enough to make it really unpleasant. A dirty, kinda nutty taste to it, accompanied with the worst aftertaste ever. Every drink made me want to vomit, and I can't imagine ever wanting to drink this again.

Thank God it was free for winning a round of trivia. Would never recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.23/5  rDev -59.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: probably back in high school, stolen from a friend's dad's fridge or something.

Well, it's better than Coors Light anyway. Poured a clear, reddish-amber, carbonated, and a small white head. Sweet malty aroma...not much else to speak of. Light, sweet taste, malts, burnt sugar, bitter, and pretty weak. Light, watery body, stale, and a bitter aftertaste. Drinkable if you want drink whole cases at a time and get wasted. Otherwise, avoid this one.

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Photo of chocosushi
1.26/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Friend brought me 2 of these.
Haven't had one in 5+ years.

A ~ Heads gone in 30 seconds but the carbonation is style bumpin'. . .Looks like weak tea that's been carbonated. . .Or Coors with food coloring in it. Wait a second!

S ~ Smells like corn & tap water.

T ~ Tastes like corn and very wet dough.

M ~ Light bodied, but very Cloying and sticky. Touch of dryness that overcoats the tounge. Is this hops or just the excessive amount of grain in this brew?

D ~ I'm done with this brew. It tastes like Coors light. I have one more in my fridge that I will probably give away, or use for a marinade. That is the only thing that beers like this are good for.

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Photo of mynie
1.54/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pretty copper color with a small head and poor retention. Smells earthy, like dirt or smog with a really funky sour note in the back.

Tastes like a mixture of hops and dirt upfront, making way for the taste of dirty socks in the back. I thought my glass was dirty, but it was the same after I asked for a second pour.

Foul dogshit beer for people who know nothing about beer but want to look like they do. I've seen a six pack go for eight bucks!

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Photo of Beaver13
1.61/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle, dated Jan 2008. Pours a clear golden amber with a fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film.

The aroma is sweet metallic malts with a little toasted bitterness.

The flavor is sweet nutty and toasted malts with a little leathery bitterness at the finish. It's a bit medicinal. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some semi-sharp carbonation.

Overall, a step up from standard BMC beers, but not very good.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
1.71/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Topped by a tan head, that sticks around for only a short bit. Has a nice clear amber/ red color to it. Has a lightly malty sweet aroma to it with something else that is a bit off in there as well. Egads this one has a bit of an off putting finish as well, luckily it is not very strong of a taste. It finishes a bit vegetal. Other than that it is a bit caramely sweet, and does not have much in the way of hops at all. A bit of sharpness from the carbonation affects the back of my mouth as well. Overall there is something not quite right with this beer but I can't quite place what it is.

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Photo of magictrokini
1.76/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this out of a keg. Where someone got a keg of Killian's is beyond me. Just awful. Poured bright red with an off-white head. Metal and sour mash in the aroma. Ultra-grainy taste with a bizarre fake-caramel back. The more you drank, the worse taste it accumulated. Average beer masquerading as a craft brew (a la Henry Weinhard's). This beer actually made me wish the keg was full of Miller Lite. I hate you George Killian, if you do exist.

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Photo of germanbeer1
1.83/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It has a reddish body with a medium-sized head, but is almost completely devoid of any type of smell other than hops. This beer appears to have potential, but is corrupted by a level of bitterness that is only disrupted by a watery taste that is typical in most Coors products. The after-taste was a combination of these two factors and I could not finish the bottle.

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Photo of marcpal
1.87/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Out the 12oz bottle on St Paddys. I used to like this one, so I thought.

A: Dark red with a limp head.

S: Nothing shy of brutal. Incredibly BMC non appetizing odor with little to no malt but really skunkiness. I have to chalk some up to this one maybe being a bit old.

T: Watery with not much flavor and a bit of malt which is the only becoming part of this one.

M: Water like.

D: In terms of being waterlike, its easily drinkable but lack of any pleasure from it takes that right away.

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Photo of CampusCrew
1.88/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this at a local sports bar that had it on special and didnt have many good options. Been while since I had it so i decided to try again.

appearance: Not really red, brownish with red tint, macro bubble froth

smell: slight hops to almost zero smell

taste: Little to none, clear refresher

mouthfeel: very high carbonation, thin

drinkability: very easy but horrible dirty aftertaste. beer than a bud but not better than much other.

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Photo of packetknife
1.89/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've had it from the bottle and from the tap. I've cooked with it. And I'd have to say it's not worth anything much. It's got a bad aftertaste. No smell of note, slightly sweet.

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Photo of Drew966
1.89/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap today, nice amber color, but that's probably the best thing you can say about this beer. The taste is inoffensive, but not really interesting either. Perhaps a step above bud/miller/coors, but not much. If I were looking for a macro and this was on sale I might buy it, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Kwak
1.94/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Killian's Irish Red
Head was nice thick and foamy.The body was clear an redish brown color .It looked like the real thing but it tasted like a watered down was a little sweet a little biter but not much after that,the aftertaste was a little bitter andkind of bland.
A big brewerys attempt at this styleit looks good butt they sucked the taste out!

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.99/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a drinking glass of some sort, nice dark brown color.
Smelled uninteresting, nothing for me to set it apart from other beers, smelled kinda cheap.
Tasted better than it smelled, has a roasted taste, but of what I can't tell, their site says roasted/toasted caramel but to me it's a bold bitter flavor of wood taste.
Feels good though, medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Goes down fairly easy, besides the odd taste.
Overall, it's okay, wouldn't buy this again but could drink it again if offered.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
1.99/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - a dark red/maroon to amber color, with a modest head that actually lasted longer than I expected. The appearance is probably the best thing about this beer.

S - I couldn't pick up much of any scent, but at least it wasn't offensive. Maybe some weak bread scents, if anything.

T - tasted like sourdough bread to me. Malts flavor is dominant, but weak. There's a few seconds of a bitter/sour taste, then it's gone. Nothing complex or interesting going on here. But nothing offensive either.

M - watery. Not much carbonation.

O - not impressed, but considering it is a macro lager, it could be worse.

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Photo of bashiba
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a slight copper red with a touch of white head.

Smell was slightly of toasted malts.

Taste was limited to a slight toasted malt flavor and water.

Mouthfeel was light, thin, and watery.

Drinkability is pretty poor as is the rest of this beer, not much more than a typical American Adjunct Macro Lager with some food coloring.

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Photo of DannyDan
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A. Pours a dark red with a thin white head that has very little if any retention or lacing, but has lots of carbonation.
S. The nose has some grains in it along with a slight biscuit and caramel scent.
T. The taste has some watered down sweet malts in it along with some caramel that lost its flavoring. I also taste some grains that seem to have been around too long and leaves in unpleasant taste in the mouth.
M/O. The mouthfeel is rather dry, but still easy to drink and overall this is one poor excuse for a beer. I have never tried the import ones from France or Ireland, but if this was a good beer then coors sure has ruined it.

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Photo of rye726
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew pours a red color and has a fizzy beige head. The nose has cardboard and some leathery malts. The taste is a bit better. Some sweet mild malt and not much else. Decent medium body, but heavy carbonation. This is a marginal beer that goes down easy. Better on tap.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got a pitcher for cheap with a pizza in Dekalb, it was a near free deal, win.
Color is a pale redish color that is translucent and shows carbination.
The aroma and flavors are lacking any strong notes but some caramel in the distance is most noticable. any other notes of hops or others are so faint as to be undetectable under the minor malt presence.
Body is light and carbinatied and clean and refreshing. ok to drink with pizza and you dont want to interfere with the other flavors.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.02/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

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Photo of dcook11
2.02/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Amber with a very small but persistant head.

S- Not all that much going on here. I get a little sweetness, similiar to taffy. A little hops but not all that much.

T- More hops come through with the taste then the smell and has a nice bitter finish to it. so-so.

Mouthfeel- not very pleasent. Mettalic finish.

Drinkibility- Low to moderate. Could not see myself finishing more then a couple of these back to back.

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Photo of jackndan
2.03/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is the cause of much of the beer disappointment I have experienced. Time after time I’ve been invited to parties with a promise of a "good beer," and this is what they buy. It’s got malts and its got hops and they go together like ticks and fried chicken. Let me say it in Haiku:

Killians Red Beer
Not from Ireland, my friend
But the depths of hell.

Well, it ain’t that bad, its bad, but not that bad. Better than Bud, better than MGD, not nearly as good as Strohs. No way is it worth the money or the hype.

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Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A nice burnished translucent copper color on the pour with a head that is modest in size and frothy in texture, the color a light tan as it disintegrates the leftover lace forms a thin covering upon the glass. Nose is malt sweet, crisp and clean with the start also somewhat sweet and the malt profile personable, the top is quite light. Finish crisply acidic with a decent hop presence and the aftertaste dry as desert bone.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.06/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Dark amber/red, with a thick foamy head that retains pretty well.
S- Weak aroma. Not terrible smelling, but it pretty much is just faint malt.
T- Sweet malt, with what's interesting is that there seems to be no flavor in the finish. It's kind of bizarre really.
M- Light and low carbed, lending a sense of wateryness to the beer.
O- It's slightly better than most macro lagers, but it's just not that great.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
2.06/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bleh. What a waste of perfectly good water. This thing was downright unpleasant. No hops. Malt is hidden under some strange off flavor. I drank half a glass and finally decided i couldn't bear to punish myself any longer. Poured the damn thing out, which i never do... Beer is sacred.

Not this one.

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