Review: Killarney, Bayern Brewing

Bayern Brewing, Inc. — Missoula, MT

  • Style:  Red Lager
  • Bitterness:  Not provided
  • ABV: 5.7% ABV
  • Malts:  Two-row pilsner, caramel, Munich, wheat, and German Dunkel
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle.
  • Price:  $7.49 six-pack at grocery store

Description:  "Brewed for St. Patrick's Day, Killarney was created to honor the Irish influence on Montana's culture. Brewed first in February of 1988, before any other American breweries came out with their versions of an Irish Red style beer, Killarney is Jürgen's invention of the beer style and one of his favorite Bayern beers."  — Bayern Brewing, Inc.

Random thoughts:   This is part of my series on Spring seasonals.  In addition to this beer, Bayern also brews a Maibock as a spring seasonal.   

The tasting:  Deep amber in color with a white head that dissipated slowly.  Killarney is clear and has lots of effervescent bubbles.  Aroma of molasses and bready malt.  Flavor very similar to aroma with the addition of some nuttiness and a hint of smoke.  I didn't notice the hops in aroma or flavor.  Medium bodied with a creamy mouth feel.  It finishes with a healthy dose of sweet malt that lingers.  Killarney's strong malt sweetness is present from the beginning to end of the taste, and ultimately diminishes its drinkability.   

Rating:  2 star.  Drinkable, but not sure I want to.   Killarney is quite different from the lagers I have tasted in the past—it didn't have the crisp finish that I've come to expect.  While I don't pretend to know if this beer is a good representative of its style, I do know that the malty sweetness was a too much for my tastes.

Have you tried Killarney or any other Bayern brews?

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