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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark reddish/amber. Thicker head that somewhat dissapates over time. Doesn't leave any lacing.

S-Sweet and malty. A dose of that skunkiness found in many large-scale companies. Also a bit bready. Banana bread?

T-Quite mild. Doesn't taste awful by any means. Not a bunch of flavor but I have had much worse. Some detectable metal flavors. Reminds me of a poor man's Boston Lager.

M-Light/medium body with some carbonation. Quite creamy.

D-Not hard to drink by any means. Pretty mediocre, which isn't always a bad thing.

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Photo of Satchboogie
2.4/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottled, best by 11/15/10, poured into a Tulip Glass.

A: Dark red with ruby undertones, translucent, pours a 1/2 inch white head that disappears really quick and leaves no lacing.

S: Cranberries. That's pretty much it.

T: Very fruity, cranberry-like flavor takes the forefront. There's a good bit of malt here and almost no hop presence. I can definitely taste that it's a Coor's product, it has the corn sweetness to it (obviously not good). It's very mild and has virtually no aftertaste (good for a Coor's beer).

M: Extremely light and watery with a ton of carbonation, as much as a heavy soft drink.

D: This drinks like a bad wine cooler. Sure, I could drink these all night long with no problem, but I don't think I'd ever want to.

Overall this is a below average beer, but above average for Coor's. Personally though, I don't care for the overly fruity cranberry flavor.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty average beer. The best beer Coors makes though.

A- Red, amber. Translucent with little head.

S- Corn and roasted malt. Faint.

T- The only coors that has any flavor. You can taste the roasted qualities. Watery, but has a deep roasted taste to it.

M- Nice carbonation. Smooth and watery.

D- Drinkability is average. Quite watery and mellow. If you have no micro beers available, this might be a good go-to beer.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
2.29/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Pours a dark rose with a soon gone half finger head.

S: Nothing really. Some buttery malts and corn.

T: Typical adjunct lager. A whole lot of nothing.

D: The one redeeming quality of the AAL and this one has it. Loads drinkable in the same way water is drinkable.

Overall: Here's what to do: pour a bottle of Coors, drop a few drops of red food dye in it and call it Killian's. Seriously, I cannot taste any difference in this from a regular macro lager. Pass on this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly-darkened amber color with an off white head and a touch of lacing. Nose is light amber malt with a but of a nutty character and some mild earth. Taste is a bit sweet and earthy with a touch of caramel added. Medium feel with good carbonation and is slightly drink. Drinks well enough, but nothing special.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap last why not?

A- Pours a darker amber color. One finger light tan head shows poor retention and dies rather quickly. No lacing on the glass as it all falls back into the beer.

S- Caramel malts and a light toasted grain bill to this. It is a little muted but does smell better than most things that come out of Coors Brewing.

T- Pretty much like the aroma with a little bit of adjunct grain bill taste to it. It seems sweet throughout the entire beer but I somehow don't mind it to be honest.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is fizz killing the beer a little bit. Sweet malts from the palate to the aftertaste with a touch of alcohol added into the aftertaste. Balanced for a BMC beer quite well actually. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This is a drinkable beer and a choice I would go to if there was no craft on tap. The ABV makes it a easy pitcher or two. Good job on making a pretty good beer Coors.

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Photo of bmwats
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Medium brown. Pours about a 1 and half finger bubbly, off-white head. Settles pretty quickly. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Light coffee roasted malt with just a bit of woody and peaty note.

T: Nice woody robust malty flavor with a very subtle sweet hint.

M: Seems a little washed out, but full flavored.

D: Good drinking brew. Not heavy, but full and flavorful.

Atmosphere is pretty decent. Nothing really to speak of appearance-wise. Nose is a solid robust grain with a woody tone. Flavor is full and robust, but body is a little washed out. Overall, this is a pretty nice quaff.

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

Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thick off white head and some lacing. Smells of vanilla and some barley. Tastes much the same a little malty but not much in the way of hops character. The mouthfeel is too thin. And the drinkability is more or less average.

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Photo of NODAK
4.02/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is of a creamy maltiness...a bit of caramel and toastiness perhaps in there. Pretty smooth and nice.

Taste is, not surprisingly, rather malty. Taste is mostly of a nice, buttery sweet malt. Not very heavy, but not extremely light. It's like they took a bit of caramel, made it somewhat thin, and put some sweet cream in there. It's actually pretty tasty, and probably one of the best beers any macro producer puts out there. This is one of the few beers that isn't a disaster from them. Make no mistake though, it won't be confused with a high quality import.

The verdict on this beer is that it'd make a good fall back or session beer. If you go in not expecting to have your face blown off, you may be surprised.

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Photo of gatorguy
3.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ah Killian's. First off I will say that I enjoy Killian's, and it is a good brew for the price. The beer is a light red color that leaves a finger and a half head that goes away gradually with some lacing. Not too much to say in the smell department, a slight sweet aroma is all. Taste wise Killian's is somewhat sweet with malts evident, some corn, and a touch of honey to finish. Pretty good overall. Highly drinkable and goes down smooth. All in all Killian's is a pretty good beer with regular rotation in my fridge.

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Photo of bensamra
3.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into a frosted pilsner. Pour is a dark amber and the head is of thin off-white foam. Not much comes to my attention when trying to collect something from the aroma. All I really get is that faint beer smell that a lot of mass produced beers have. Nothing too special in this category. The taste on the other hand was quite nice. It is one of the smoothest Irish Reds but that isn't necessarily a compliment. Smoothness is often indicative of a low quality and simple beer. Don't get me wrong, if Killian's is available, it's probably going to be one of the better choices. All in all, a fantastic mass produced beer.

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Photo of Plokhooy
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another offering from a large commerical brewery under the guise of a "microbrew"-ish label. Coors does this we the Blue Moon line as well but Killians is not in that league. I will say that they are very drinkable, though, and they practically drink themselves.

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Photo of HUXC
4.68/5  rDev +53.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S- Served on-tap from a bar into a pint glass.

A- A beautiful dark amber color with red undertones, about a fingers worth of off white head that laces nicely on the brim of the glass.

S- Has a sweet malted aroma.

T- Delicious taste of sweet malt, almost a bit of a honey finish.

M- Not a whole lot of carbonation, full bodied Irish red ale.

D- Very easy to drink. I can drink this stuff all day long. Would buy it over and over.

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Photo of Bogforce
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If I get to a bar with some friends and my choices are the buds, miller and coors. I'll choose this beer..

A: Brown in color but not so dark you can't see through it, small amount of head that will stay for almost the whole drink

T: Very light red lager is the only way I can describe it

M: Very Light same taste throughout the whole drink

D: Very drinkable because it is so light

Overall if I want to drink a lighter beer this is my choice, pretty good taste

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a red-amber color, has a moderate-sized white head that quickly dissipates, doesn't leave lacing. Has a pretty medium level of carbonation, overall looks pretty average.

Smell is mostly sweet malts, graininess, I did notice a bit of "adjunct" taste to it but overall it's decent, but a bit on the sweet caramel side, needs a bit more hops. I think this is a pretty tame, almost bland beer, but it's at least better than other offerings from Coors. Pretty high on the drinkability scale, it's medium-bodied but not too heavy compared to a lager. I wouldn't turn one down if I had to choose over something like Bud Light or Corona, but I won't buy this one again, just wasn't as good as the Sam Adams' version.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep rich amber color with minimal head. Scent is weak and brings a slightly musty and lightly sweet smell with some adjunct like qualities. Taste is more balanced, lightly sweet malts with a bitter hop bite thats earthy and musty. Again some adjunctness to the taste such as steamed veggies. Medium bodied, lightly carbonated. A good change of pace from the BMC lites of the world, but still some off qualities.

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Photo of tjsmith910
3.52/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with a nice 2 finger head. On tap is definately more enjoyable than in the bottle. The taste is crisp with a little bitterness which is pleasant to my pallet. Not the best tasting beer with food though in my opinion. But if you have a regular beer or two of choice, then this does offer a nice change up from the norm. Though not fair to compare, it is probably the best amber beer made on american soil. Thats just my opinion though.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.16/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by Dec 13, 2010

It pours an amber red with a good 2 finger head of foam.

It smells grainy with some corn on the nose and some nondescript hop bitterness

The taste is a bit bland, has some grain, a light sweetness, and some hop bitterness. Not a whole lot going on here but not a bad tasting brew by any means. Usual mouthfeel for the style but is pretty easy drinking. I've had this on tap before and it's a better way of drinking Killian's.

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Photo of Onenote81
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep red/amber with a small off-white head on top. No lace left behind. Scents of toffee, caramel, honey. This is really on the sweet-smelling side. The caramel comes through in the flavor full-force. But that's where it stops. This is pretty one-dimensional. Very sweet finish. It had a decent amount of carbonation; body was firm. I don't's not bad, but it was pretty average. Nothing that I would scream to get more of.

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Photo of earthboundagain
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh I remember the days when I loved this beer, but as they say all good things must come to an end.

We have a amber brew with red highlights, the beer head was butchered bye the bartender but I guess they don't all know that a beer is suppose to have a head.

The nose is caramel malt and a touch of rising bread.

Ok time for the real test. Ok we have some sweet malt and a touch out a dry biscuit, no hops to speak of.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side, and has a lot f bubbles.

Ok its better then a Coors, and a notch under Blue Moon.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich amber orange hue with a crystal-clear body. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. I rather like the look of this beer.

Smell: aroma is quite sweet and lacks any hops. There is a bit of a caramel malty aroma but there's also the smell of artificial banana flavoring: think runts banana candies. It's not strong, but it's there. Weird, but alright.

Taste: quite a bit like the aroma, but with a touch of biscuit as well. Some of that banana is also there but it is pared back a bit. The worst thing I can say about this beer's flavor is that it is pretty bland; bad, though, it is not.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good dose of carbonation. Pretty creamy, especially for a lager.

Drinkability: quite drinkable; in fact, I'm quite enjoying this beer. To me, this beer is underrated; perhaps that's a function of its being a Coors product? I don't know, but this beer beats my expectations in all categories. I'd gladly quaff this stuff again.

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Photo of OhSoHoppy
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing impressive to say the least. more impressed with its hue than taste.fairly smooth and not to carbonated either, would like to see more ABV. but would have no problem drinking a pack to myself.
glad to see something like this coming from coors.
a good syandard irish red though
Not generally sold at Bevmo but did find it a a local shell station, don;t know whats up with that.

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Photo of mtnbikerpa
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle deep amber color, only about an inch of head. Strong scent of bready, uncooked bread. This is a pretty weak offering for a red lager. The malt flavor seems weak and no real hop profile. This beer is available in most resturants that have Coors products. I used to drink this beer more before I learned that there were better offerings in this style.

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Photo of beyah
3.14/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Heavily carbonated.
Taste is only slightly better than most commercial beers, not much hops flavor here.
This is a definate lawnmower beer, goes down very easily, so if I've just complete some outside yard work this would be a good choice.
It's better than the typical top 3 domestic beers.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Super clear amber brown with some reddish hues, head settles to just a little film after a few min but it is light, light tan in color

S: Like other mass produced amber lagers I've had, some light toasted malt with a crisp hop flavor that seems to be picked up by a metallic note

T: Not bad, a tad sweet, but nothing gross, not too cloying, but like a bready sweet, metallic note isn't as prominent, hops don't add much, touch sweet but better than nasty metallic which is what I get from Yuengling

M: Slight hinting towards dryness but not "dry", maybe tacky?, body is light-medium

D: Not bad, would be higher if sweetness was more mild or balanced

Notes: Overall not a bad beer. I'd say if you wanted a nice semi-sweet lager this is a good choice. It doesn't have any sharp or metallic tastes. That being said, it is just a little sweetness in a semi-medium bodied liquid, not that much in the way of flavor. All in all an average beer.

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George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
3.04 out of 5 based on 3,016 ratings.
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