Description: "George Killian’s Irish Red is an authentic Irish lager based on an original family recipe that dates back to 1864 in Enniscorthy, Ireland. George Killian Lett’s great-grandfather first brewed a ruby ale that later became the inspiration for George Killian’s Irish Red. He used only pure spring water and the finest caramel malts roasted longer and slower to give his brew a rich red color and distinctive taste. The brew is still known for its rich amber color and thick, creamy head." — Unibev Ltd.
Random thoughts:This is part five of my tribute to St. Patrick's day—also known as Four Guinness and a Coors. Unbev is owned by MillerCoors, so Killian's is the Coors to which I have been referring. I have a personal connection to Killian's. When I lived in Illinois in the early 90's, I didn't drink beer because I loathed the options (Miller, Bud Light, etc.). At the time, Killian's was an "exotic" beer in my mind and I liked it. I wasn't crazy about it, but it was better than the other beers in my universe. I haven't tasted it in ages, but thought I'd revist this old acquaintance on St. Patrick's Day. After all, it's supposed to be Irish....
The tasting: Reddish-orange / amber in color (crystal clear) with a white head that dissipated very quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. The head was essentially gone by the time I framed the shot below and focused my camera. Aside from that, the color of this beer is gorgeous! Aroma is not very strong, but I picked up some toasted malts—that's it. Flavor of toasted and cereal malts. It's light bodied, has medium carbonation an has and effervescent mouth feel. If finishes dry and goes down easily.
Rating: 2 star.Drinkable, but not sure I want to.What can I say...my beer tastes have changed since I moved to Portland. Killian's is not a bad beer. It's definitely in a better league than Bud Light, Coors, Miller, and the rest of the industrial lagers. However it's still junior varsity because there's really not much flavor to it. Call me a beer snob if you like.
What do you think of Killian's Irish Red? Happy St. Patrick's Day to all! Have fun, be safe, and don't drink and drive!!!