George Killian's | Brasserie Heineken

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George Killian'sGeorge Killian's

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Brasserie Heineken

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tjd25 on 08-07-2004

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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by benfons:
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3.07/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: amber colour, small head

S: malts, some caramel, some peach and chocolate

T: Malts, a bit bready, slightly burned, ends a bit too sweet

M: slightly overcarbonated, no dryness at all

O: I wouldn't mind drinking it again, there's nothing really bad about it. But it isn't particularly good about it

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Photo of jonny1138
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of BrianBeers1030
2.72/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of OompaMentor
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of PopGun
4.25/5  rDev +34.1%

Photo of fthegiants
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Une_Petit_Citrouille
3.64/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

When I was in college, this was our drink of choice at the local Irish pub- it was only $1!! I'm usually a lite beer type of person, but I definitely enjoyed this. I haven't tried many Irish ales, but as far as they go, I'd probably stick with this one- the taste was crisp and went down easily. I don't recall ever noticing a particular smell about it, but the taste was definitely something that has stuck with me nearly a year later.

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Photo of trackstar1043
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark reddish brown with a average foamy head that didn't last long.

S - Tart and pleasant aroma with hints of a smokey carmel and a slight fruity sweetness.

T - Fullbodied, with a sharp at first then smooth and clean finish.

M - Heavier beer, moderatlty carbonated that goes down very easy.

D - Nice every now and then with dinner, but best as an occasional beer.

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Photo of ekibala
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Boneheadmx
3.32/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a copper-ish amber with a cream colored head that subsides quickly.

Smell is light but I can pick out some hints of apple and pear. Quite nice.

Taste is slightly spicy with a good bit of maltiness. Long sweet and bready finish.

Mouthfeel is watery with not much in the way of carbonation. It also tastes a bit more alcoholic than I expected. (Although that in itself is not necessarily a bad thing.)

Drinkability is about average. However, I would say that at the price I got these at, these are actually quite good for making beer bread. Maybe I'll get some again and pour out half for bread, half to drink while I make it.

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Photo of Jim67
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jamesrange62
4/5  rDev +26.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of sauger86
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Sigmund
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can, as George Killian’s Bière Rousse (Bière Spéciale de Tradition Irlandaise), bought in France. ABV is 6.5%. Reddish amber colour, large off-white head. Moderate malty sweet aroma with notes of caramel and fruit. Flavour is also moderately malty with some caramel, very moderate hops. Little complexity. Drinkable beer, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of krome
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of tjd25
3.89/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Brasserie Pelforth, now part of the Heineken group, obtained the license to produce this Irish red ale from a brewery in Ireland.
The head was short and disappeared quickly on a red/orange color body. The smell was enjoyable, malty, earthy, herbal and slightly chocolaty. The first impression I got from the smell was a dark chocolate flavor, quickly combined with notes of coffee and caramel. Roasted malts with hints of smoke.
The mouthfeel is a bit light, but with a nice cocoa powder feeling on the tongue. Michael Jackson wrote that this George Killian’s is more aromatic than the one produced by Coors.
Haven’t had the Coors’ one, so I can’t tell.

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Photo of Metz
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of AD17
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

We pour a brew of pale copper. It holds a beige one finger head that seems to retain for quite some time. Bits of lacing are left around the glass as it departs slowly. The brew is thoroughly translucent, with no sediment noted. Carbonation appears to be moderate. This beer smells exactly like fresh tomatoes growing on the vine. This gives a mild sweetness, of vegetables, and pale and caramel malts. There is an added brown sugar sweetness, and a somewhat similar flavoring to banana flavored Runts. The faintest hop oil slips across the surface, but this is transient in nature. As we sip, toasted caramel malts hit up front. They arrive with a sugary sweetness and thick banana esters, giving a cooling aspect to the front. Through the middle there is a finer charred character, acting to cut the impending sweetness tsunami effectively. A more bitter grain comes in, with increased darkness. The fruitiness also becomes enhanced, but it moves away from a cool ester feel to one more of a sugary banana sweetness. This carries us through to the finale, which seems to concentrate all drops of alcohol into the last few ounces of the beer, for a pronounced finish. The aftertaste breathes of dark grain, faint esters, earthy vegetable (for the first time since the nose), and the finest brush of hop (also the first appearance since the nose). The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. The feel is cold and drying, with minimal froth and slurp. The mouth is ultimately left dried, with partial astringency. The abv is high for the style, but is hidden well until the very end. This makes for a relatively easily drinkable brew.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the darker malts used. It certainly fit the bill as an “Irish Ale”, but did so with the style of a mild bock. The malts used were almost certainly caramel or lighter chocolate, and they maintain a deep toast throughout the tasting. When cold the beer is actually quite sweet, but loses this as it warms. In the end, what we found was a satisfactory beer that was surprisingly pleasing for the style, and for the brewery.

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

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