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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-06-2001

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Reviews: 834 | Ratings: 2,970
Photo of dcscientist
3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yes, it's a fancier product from a mega-brewer. If you get stuck and have to settle for a non-craft beer, you could do a lot worse than this one. Malty and red just like an Irish beer should be. Not anything original or groundbreaking, but decent.

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Photo of hophead723
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is something of a classic to me so I wanted to give it a review.

Look: Pours a nice deep reddish-amber with a touch of gold in the light. The head is off-white and rapidly diminishes to a ring. The lacing is light and somewhat consistent.

Smell: Toasty biscuit malt and ale-like fruit esters dominate the aroma. Gets a bit more aromatic as it warms.

Taste: Toasted caramel malt at first with nice bready characteristics. There are no apparent hops and the alcohol is more phantom than spirit.

Feel: Smooth with medium carbonation. The back end is a bit watery.

Overall: This is an easy drinker for me, and has a bit of a nostalgic tie because my dad used to drink it. A bit watery and one dimensional but its a cheaper beer made by Coors so you get a good bit of character for the money.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
2.66/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a red amber with a thin white head. Head fades quickly but leaves behind some bubbles that linger atop the beer. Little to no lacing.

S: Caramel, sweet malts, vanilla, and hints of cherry.

T: Follows the nose. Sweet malts up front with caramel, vanilla, and some subtle fruit flavors.

M: Light bodied, low carbonation, smooth easy drinker.

O: Not bad not great but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of TtheGrey
3.26/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I went to my package store looking for Hooker Irish Red, but it wasn't in stock. They didn't have a huge selection of Irish Reds but they had Killians at $12.99/12pk which was a good price. Though not on the level of Hooker Irish this stuff was pretty good.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wreckers Orlando 5/20/15

They called it Wreckers Red but it was definite Killians. Not sure if I liked it better because I had several really bad beers before this one so the plain generic taste seemed better and refreshing. Overall it's a standard beer that doesn't offend but doesn't impress at a either. It's ok.

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Photo of GerryPendry
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What can I say...I've had worse, and I've definitely had better. This beer was probably much better before Coors got their hands on it, and I doubt it bears much resemblance to the original. I wonder how many people have confused this beer with the French version when rating it:

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Photo of Wilshade
3.19/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

ABV: 4.9%
Glassware: Pint

Appearance: opaque ruby tinged copper with a thin off-white head

Smell: Strong roasted caramel. Very much like the caramel popcorn you get at the little stand on the boardwalk.

Taste: Roasted caramel with subtle sweetness

Mouth feel: Dances on the tongue. Finishes smooth with no after taste.

Overall: A nice, refreshing beer on a warm day.

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Photo of acdcsmith22
3.83/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer to pair with food, especially pizza. It is a darker beer however can still be considered one of those everyday drinkers. Reminds me of one of the darker Sam Adams. 2-3 Finger tall head of foam however it quickly dies. Nice amount of carbonation. Would definitely recommend if you haven't tried this before.

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Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

meh, it's a nice drinkable red beer that goes great with dinner, mostly because it's the best beer available at most restaurants. my wife likes it. but she still can't drink the whole bottle sometimes.... I don't mind finishing it. I guess that says something. don't even waste decent beer.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste of caramels, biscuit and a bit peanut-y. I really enjoyed this beer, and it goes to show you can still make a good beer by sticking to the basics.

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Photo of JohnnyI
3.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I usually drink these straight from the bottle, but what the hell. Pours in to a Craft Beer Exchange pint glass with a nice amber color and a high degree of transparency. 2 fingers of light beige foam disappear quickly, leaving only a thin film and a small collar. The aroma is pretty clean. Just some sweet malty aromas. Perhaps a little hint of ripened fruits. Not much there, but pleasant. The flavor of Killians is unmistakable. Of course there are the typical sweet caramel-like malt flavors that are common for the style. But there's also something more. I can't quite put my finger on it, but I'd say it's reminiscent of a vanilla extract flavor. It's a bit earthy, and reminds me of Jordanian almonds with that hard vanilla candy shell. I've picked this up in "vanilla" beers such as Snowdrift and Breckenridge, so it's odd to find it here, but it seems to work. The body of the beer is medium and easy. Quite unintimidating. It's simple and accessible. Despite some of the flavors being a bit disjointed, and a notion that the product may be on the "cheap" side, it comes together pretty well in the end. This is a classic that helped launch my love of craft beer. It was one of the first brews that I sampled that dared to stray from the fizzy, yellow water recipe, and I for that I am probably a bit a partial.

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Photo of 31Sam13
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Really not so Dad had a penchant for this stuff and I had some as a youngster and it was the first time I remember savoring a beer...for what it's worth...

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Photo of BB1980
4.02/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Commercialized Red, but tasty. Used to have a good price tag on it but the price has continued to rise on it as if Coors was trying to get more drinkers by making it seem more like a "craft beer"

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Photo of leantom
3.95/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A classic. Here goes:

A: Reddish-brown with a massive head and lacing. Also has a ton of carbonation. Crystal clear. Splendid-looking beer.

S: Baker's yeast, amber and caramel malt. Generic red lager.

T: Good. Caramel and amber malt give way to a touch of baker's yeast. Well-balanced and tasty.

F: Very well carbonated.

O: Solid beer. Would definitely have it again.

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Photo of Premo88
3.69/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into "craft beer glass" (wide-mouthed stick)

L: dark orange-red ... brilliantly clear; minimal head of beige foam, maybe 1/3-inch tall, no stick; no lacing but it's keeping a 50/50 skin and nice collar of beige foam; no major lacing

S: sour grain ... toasted barley; sweet nose, very pleasant; sour corn ... sour/toasted corn

T: good toasted barley malt, lots of sweetness, no major hop presence ... some corn, sour corn (not creamed corn); just a hint of rubbing alcohol taste, perhaps a bit medicinal

F: full, prickly carbonation and good midweight ... very solid

O: not bad at all ... this red almost has a toasted-malt taste like a good California Common, but there's definitely no hop presence, not even a bit of dirt; too big a swallow has a vodka/rubbing alcohol taste, but otherwise it's a decent little malty lager with some nice toasted notes and nothing to keep you from downing a few for a good session. very decent brew and a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Reddish brown with a large tan colored head

S: Little sweet malts, mostly lager yeast smell

T: Sweet malts, not much else. I had it a little too cold, I think a little warmer would bring out more of a flavor profile.

M: Medium

O: Not a bad beer for the price but not the best ever. Will buy again.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.12/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours redish amber with a bubbly light tan head that settles rather quickly with no lacing.

S: Pretty tame, a little bready and caramel malty sweetness, and a little earthy hops.

T: Caramel/toffee sweetness, bready maybe slightly toasted malt, a little earthy hops, and some grainy and cooked vegetable notes.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Not terrible, better than your average BCM lager. Not a bad choice for a 6 pack to take to a party with a lot of non craft drinkers.

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Photo of taters21
3.77/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a red/amber color with a very thin head that quickly dissipates
Smell: A brief peaty smokiness followed by caramel and malt
Flavor: Follows the nose with a dry finish, and a bready aftertaste that fades fast
Mouthfeel: Thin, but not as thin as a pilsner or light lager, follows a traditional red ale style
Overall: A good beer for the money, not one that I'd scoff at as a craft drinker, and one that a BMC drinker could also enjoy, would buy again.

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Photo of Foyle
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: pours a thick off white head that falls moderately with some very light lacing. Head retention is good throughout the drink. Color is clear reddish-amber with moderate streaming carbonation.
Aroma: malt is quite dominate with whole wheat bread and caramel. There is an earthy hop presence in the background.
Mouthfeel: fairly light and frothy with a quick somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: caramel and a strong bread presence with a mild earthy hops in the finish.
Overall: a decent and drinkable brew.

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.64/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dad was a beer drinker. He was easy to buy for: beer. We'd always get him something interesting for his birthday like Tsing Tao or something with a strange name. This was one of his favorite beers. When he discovered this, he raved about it. At his 60th birthday party, he had a keg of this. That was a good party.

As the name suggests, this has a reddish tint in its color. It's a great lager, and it has a wide appeal. Sophisticated beer snobs won't look down their noses at it, and less experienced beer drinkers will love it. It's perfect for a birthday party. Times have changed, and our favorite beers of yesteryear just can't compete with today's full flavored beers, but this is still great stuff.

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Photo of ordybill
3.39/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An amber colored lager that has a pretty good looking color to it and a nice aroma. Comes off clean and crisp after a sip which is to be exoected for a light bodied beer.

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

Appearance - 3/5
Pours a moderately dark orange-amber color. Extremely clear. No head presence. Can see an average amount of carbonation rising up at an average rate.

Smell - 3/5
Sweet maltiness, tastes like an amber ale. Maybe faint traces of breadiness or spiciness. Also a detectable alcohol smell.

Taste - 2.5/5
A deep syrupy malty sweetness, tastes of an amber ale. Not that great of a taste though. The taste is not very strong either, the beer is kinda bland.

Mouthfeel - 2.5/5
The beer is probably medium bodied, but it feels a lot thicker because it has a deep syrupy character to it. I don't really like the feel of this beer in my mouth. It is crisp and the carbonation is light.

Overall - 3/5
I remember having this beer before and liking it, so when I tried it this time, I was surprised at how unimpressive it was. I mean, I knew it was only a mediochre beer at best. But clearly my palate my changed. This beer was not that good. I would never go out and buy a 6-pack of it. I think I might even prefer a Miller/Bud lite over this.

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Photo of bwood06
3.29/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - clear reddish amber with a 1 finger white frothy head that dissipates quickly to a thin white layer. moderate to high carbonation. 3.5/5

S - toasted bread. malty. a hint of caramel. malty forward with an ever so slight hint of grassy hops. slight sourness. 3.25/5

T - grainy. cereal. grassy finish. lingering bitterness. biscuit. a hair buttery. flavor expresses more hops than aroma does. ever so slight hint of caramel. malt is somewhat muted compared to aroma. hint of green apple. 3.25/5

M - some carbonation burn. finishes dry. medium bodied. 3.5/5

O - decent macro offering. taste does not necessarily reflect the aroma. 3.25/5

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Photo of metter98
3.22/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Phebe's Tavern & Grill, New York, NY

A: 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.
S: Light aromas of sweet toasted and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: 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 is perceptible, but there is enough hops to prevent this from being overly sweet.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink. While it doesn't have much in the way of interesting flavors, it does have a pleasant mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.73/5  rDev +22.7%

Appearance: Amber color with no visible carbonation. Head about 1 finger thick, laces the glass the whole way down

Smell: Light malty aroma.

Taste: Wheat/grain taste, sweet maltness, light caramel, little spice

Mouthfeel: Very thin, water like

Overall: This beer is okay, its good I guess just with it was more. I would give it a C.

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George Killian's Irish Red from Coors Brewing Company
3.04 out of 5 based on 2,970 ratings.
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