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: 834 | Ratings: 2,970
Photo of mudROCK
3.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

When I am wanting to keep the abv down a bit from my go-to Lagunitas Sucks, this is one of my top options. Pre-craft explosion, this was probably my favorite beer. Great beer for what it is.

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Photo of Hackattack
2.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

This used to be a big deal back in the day before all the serious competition from the micro/craft breweries. Not so, any more to me....flavor is a little bland.

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Photo of 60sFolks
2.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very under rated fresh brew. Sure it is from Coors, but you have to do some research to find that out. Not only drinkable....remarkable color and full body.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
5/5  rDev +64.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer and has been for years now, it doesn't deserve such a low score it's a great beer. It's the only beer I've given a solid 5 to so far and it fully deserves it.

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Photo of The_Snow_Bird
2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Red amber lager with a white head on top. Rich with smells of malts and grains. It tasted like how it smelled but watered down. Not a bad beer for a decent price.

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Photo of MFMB
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber. Light toast on nose and not much else. Taste is of very bland and muttled malt and dough. A little heavy on mouthfeel. Nothing about this beer stands out. It is bellow average and forgettable.

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Photo of Parmesan
2.32/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

L: Clear Amber red color with a medium head and no lacing.

S: Not much of an aroma, some toasted brown bread and a little hop. Not very enticing.

T: Sweet malt, some toasted bread and not much else, not much flavor.

F: Medium body, seems to have too much carbonation.

O: A very bland Irish red.

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Photo of Trailboss76
4.27/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep amber-tawny color. Got a great beer smell from the head right from the git-go. Smooth. Very drinkable by itself but also pairs up nicely with a variety of foods. This is a go-to beer for me. Good to have on hand at anytime.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a red color like a cherry hardwood floor. Bubbles like other Coors brews, with a typical lager head. Tastes as it smells, slightly sour with a decent malt flavor that becomes plain very quickly. I question if the beautiful color is natural. Light bodied, taste declines significantly by the end of the glass, to the point where you question whether to even bother with another.

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Photo of The_Atom
3.44/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer at all, but nothing super special. Pours a pretty red color. Tastes primarily of malt with hints of bread. I've never been huge on red ales though.

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

Before craft, this was my favorite and go-to beer. I was sure it was the best, and had gotten liking it after three Coors brewery tours while on business travel to Denver. Now that I am into craft, it is an OK tasting beer, a bit malty, a bit bitter. If forced to drink macro, and this was available, it would still be my go-to macro.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Shared a pitcher of this after a round of golf.

Look: darkish red, finger of white head
Smell: mild malt, bread
Taste: somewhat bland. Malt, pretzels
Feel: medium body, easy to drink

Overall: this is in between a macro and a good craft brew. Enjoyable if you know that going in.

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Photo of Squire123
3.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Erin comes knocking.

Laudable effort. Beautiful reddish color (don't know how they do that) announcing a malty, hoppy, tasty brew that's a cut above the usual AAL. No, it's not what it could be, rather a dumbed down version for greater customer appeal. Still, not a bad choice for those looking for something a bit more at 30% less than usual craft prices.

Yeah, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rusty red with a finger of off-white foam that dissipates stick slightly.

Bread, toast, and some subtle sweet caramel/toffee notes.

Flavor matches aroma, very subtle bready, toasty, sweet caramel notes, but lacking much more than subtleties.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, semi-sweet, lackluster.

Overall, a decent brew if there is nothing else to drink,but on it's own lacks character to make it worth while.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. Nice taste, nothing offensive. Good compared to many macros. Nothing spectacular, but I'd take another. Looks like ice tea, a little more red, no head at ask. Caramel malt smell. Even taste, a little bite on the tongue, even though there's no carbonation.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Used to drink plenty of these years ago in my bachelor days. Had never revisited it as a “beer advocate”, so here goes.

Appearance: Clean amber, with a nice head of off-white bubbles. No lace.

Aroma: Malty sweet, some maple, caramel.. Not terrible but not appealing, either.

Taste: Seems really sweet, simple, and not at all complex here. I get a little metallic taste (and it’s from a bottle). Not an altogether awful beer, but just a mediocre and forgettable one.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Perfectly fine, especially with food, this is one of my favorite local pizza joint beers. Cold, frothy, light, a caramel sweetness, easy to drink. Not a serious beer-geek entry, but others will share in my pitcher.

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Photo of Tone
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of yeast, hint of adjunct, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hops, hint of adjunct, hint of alcohol, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, too sweet for my taste, but decent appearance and blend.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Red and light brown appearance, almost no head on it, therefore no lacing or retention. Aroma was sweet and unhoppy, missing the usual red malt aromas, both good and bad thing in this regard.

Taste had some sweetness, not really getting the malt or toasted aspects of it, almost makes me wonder if they got the color here through nefarious means. A little bit of bitterness going for it.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark caramel amber color, with a 2 finger popcorn head. It rapidly diminishes to a thin creamy ring though. Opacity is 70%.

Smells like stale grain and barley malt, with caramel and a good dose of melted butter. DMS in an amber lager?

The taste thankfully is marginally better, but still retains the DMS butter flavor and some cloying malt liquorish brown sugar caramel. Mixed with grass clippings and popcorn.

Buzzing carbonation...and an ugly creaminess and a pasty finish wrap this one up.

Overall, Killian's is among the worst beers I've ever had and for sure the worst amber lager I've had.

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Photo of JakeMegabyte
3.82/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a fine amber, and honestly, this is my go to if I'm hanging out with my relatives who don't really enjoy craft beer or couldn't imagine drinking anything else other than bud light. This is the beer I bring when I want them to try something "new." It's casual, it's easy, and it's the way your first amber honestly should be. Compared to other ambers like the Long Trail this is a godsend--it's not hoppy or bitter, it's warm, easy to drink, and the taste is "good enough." It's got a nice, light red-brown color, carbonates well, and has a nice head. The aromatics are mainly sweet caramel malts, a little nutty, a little, toasty, and the taste is about the same, mild sweetness with a fullness, though there is a wateriness that leaves a little to be desired but that's common with ambers. The thing this beer really does right, like with many Irish and Scottish ales, is that it's simply not hoppy. While this beer isn't good enough to be had warm, it's better cold than most ambers because it's not trying to be hoppy or limey like an IPA and has a body more similar to a Scotch ale than a lager or a porter. It's a great in-between beer and worth drinking just to get your bearings on a basic beer.

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Photo of schwansmantr
4.53/5  rDev +49%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look- The beer is crystal clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short light beige head that hardly died down.
Smell- Light aromas of sweet toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose.
Taste - The taste is similar to the smell and is mostly dominated by malty flavors—toasted matls and bits of caramel sweetness stand out in particular. No bitterness.
Feel- feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
Overall - This beer is easy to drink light on the tounge and went down fast. The flavor was nice light and malty with next to no bitterness. I really enjoyed this beer and am glad I tried it because it's getting an A and yes I'll be getting it again.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 8/31/2015. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready/roast malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown bread, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/roast, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Moderate dryness after the finish for roasted bitterness. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/roast malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.9%. Overall this is a very solid Irish Red styled lager. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready/roast malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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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 Das_Reh
3.21/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty standard amber lager. Malt forward, inoffensive but not too interesting. I have to put 150 characters, I wish they would just let you do number ratings.

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