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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

Kells Irish Style LagerKells Irish Style Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

603 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%


Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
7 Ingredients:
Malts: Great Western Pale, Crystal -15, Wheat & Acidulated Malts.
Hops: Sterling.
Yeast & Water: Czech Pils Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

12º PLATO
28 IBU
75 AA
9.8º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Jon on 09-28-2002)
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright straw golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with good hints of biscuit and earthy hops. Upfront pale malts with hints of straw, grains, biscuit, crackers, toast, and wheat. Earthy Euro Noble hops along with some hints of grass. Fruit hints of green apple and lemon. A nicely bready and tart aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a crisp, bready, and toasty malt forward taste with good notes of biscuit and earthy hops. Pale malt with upfront notes of biscuit, straw, grains, toast, wheat, and cracker. Earthy and herbal hop presence with notes of Euro Noble hops and a little grass. Fruit taste of tart green apple, lemon, and orange. A solid Euro style lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth. Fairly drying.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the Euro pale lager style. Nice biscuit malt taste with some good fruit notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 06:37:24 | More by MattyG85
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2Cents

Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large tulip.

A: Very clear, Straw yellow, with a white foamy head that doesn't stick around long.

S: Yeasty funk and malt .

T: A nice blend of yeast, malts and hops.

M: Kind of silky with ample carbonation.

O. I Think I have a new favorite lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:56:02 | More by 2Cents
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JoshuaMason

California

4.69/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage:2013
Appearance: Transparent Gold, Honey, Straw, White Bubbly head, Great Lace
Smell: Honey Malt, Banana esters, Yeast, Green apples
Taste: Banana esters, Faint Honey, Apple tartness
Mouth-feel: Light body, crisp, Dry Finish
Overall: Best Lager I’ve had so far.
Comments: How Bud and Coors Should Taste

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:42:17 | More by JoshuaMason
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 8, 2013.

The pour is a heady straw yellow with lively carbonation and pretty good clarity.

Aromas of pale malts, toast, biscuit, sugar sweetness, and a crisp hop character. It just smells clean.

The body is light to medium with a keen smoothness.

The taste is vibrant with pale malts, sweetness, with an low to moderate bitter finish that lingers and coats the back of my throat. It meets the test of the style I believe.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 23:01:25 | More by puboflyons
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rand

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 22 oz bomber to a pint

A: The brew displays a clear, lager-style straw-yellow, with a slight golden hue. On a gentle pour a sudsy, 1-inch head forms that never fully recedes, sticky lacing everywhere.

S: Gentle nose with touches of earthy vinous hops at the front, a crackery, slightly sweet malt note wraps the bouquet.

T: Really singular flavors as the bitter and sweet aspects are barely distinguishable. Grainy, buiscuity malts quickly converge with a tea-like hop-dryness, revealing a cracker-like profile. Touches of citrus and white pepper add a layer of complexity, but just barely. The finish is remarkably succinct with almost no residual flavors.

M: Light-medium body, foamy for the style. Lots a carbonation in this brew, on a couple of sips I thought it was a nitro-tap.

Rogue has been disappointing in many of its recent offerings, but not here. This isn't a style that I'd clamor over, but I'd drink this brew whenever it's offered.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 08:10:46 | More by rand
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metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and seems like a "light" version of Czech Pilsener with notes of pale and grainy malts plus a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and seems to be a lot more flavorful compared to other beers in the style, especially since there are no adjunct malts. It was a nice selection for an unseasonably warm spring day.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 22:56:33 | More by metter98
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CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle. This pours a saturated rich yellow colour. The nose has clean grainy malt notes with a hint of citrusy hops. Taste features lemony hops and a good dry lager taste. There's a slightly bitter finish. Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 22:55:12 | More by CookstLiquor
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a light golden yellow colored brew with a foamy one finger white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is grainy and citrusy. A biscuit smell is mixed with some lightly toasted malt smells as well as a grapefruit and lemon citrus smell.

Taste – The taste begins with some of the grainy flavor that was detected in the nose. There is a light amount of sweeter orange citrus as well as some light caramel taste. Upfront there are some lighter flavors of grapefruit mixed within as well. The grapefruit isn't huge upfront, but this changes as the flavor advances further. More toward the middle and the end of the taste, a somewhat sour lemon and grapefruit hop flavor comes to the tongue. These give the brew a rather bitter and sour taste. At the very end a grassy flavor joins the mix leaving a rather odd sour but grainy and grass flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer on the average side in terms of its creaminess and thickness as well as rather average in carbonation. A bit more carbonation and a slightly thinner body may have suited better the sour flavors of the brew, but overall the feel was pretty decent.

Overall – I was not expecting the tastes that were in this beer. Although it is not one I think I would frequent, it has a relatively interesting citrus and sour flavor that make this one a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2013 01:30:04 | More by Darkmagus82
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mjurney

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Pale golden color, slight haze. Tons of fine bubbles rising up. Thick frothy head.

Aroma:
Spicy noble hops. Sweet pale malts. Lemony. Crisp.

Taste:
Pale malt, bready, cracker, wheaty. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly spicy-herbal, a little lemony. Bitter-crisp finish. Body is light, crisp, refreshing, dry, lively carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 02:03:06 | More by mjurney
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scratch69

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of white head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Sweet malt aroma with some notes of apples and grassy hops.

Taste- Bread-like malt flavor with some herbal hop bitterness and a light hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a average amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with a bit of a dry finish.

Overall- A very good beer, not very complex, but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 14:36:34 | More by scratch69
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MickeyBeer

Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at 45 North poured into a pint glass

A- Pours golden in color with minimal white head and little retention.

S- Smell is sweet and malty with a little bit of a cider aroma as well.

T- Taste is sweet and malty with the slightest bit of hop bite to it as well. Smooth and easy all the way down.

M- Light bodied, crisp, and smooth. Could probably drink it all day.

O- This would make a very nice session beer. It is not very complex, but overall is smooth and tasty. I would have no problem putting down a 6-pack of it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2013 02:12:45 | More by MickeyBeer
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Monchshof half liter mug from the bomber, color is birght gold/pale straw, nicely effervescent, almost dense looking from the wheat; head presents 2" thick then dissipates but clings very nicely.

Smell is grassy, vegetal, lighter pilsen notes, subdued notes and scents but well done.

Taste is refereshing, great mix of pilsen malt flavors, some bread and wheat notes; light crispness (acid malt?), and great hop balance

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and flavorful, pilsen, wheat and acid malts create unique texture with a more crisp and biting mouthfeel than most euro pale lagers - sets this beer apart.

Overall, very well done, exceptionally tasty lager style beer with some great malt alternatives to provide unique flavor and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 21:33:04 | More by mvanaskie13
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to my bro for shipping this bad boy my way...

A - Pours a nice clear golden colour, finger of head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is bready, with hints of grassy hops, and a touch of citrus on the finish.

T - The bready malt notes dominate, offering up a touch of butter followed by the grassy hop notes and a bitter citrus rind lingers on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - A tasty euro pale that hits the flavour profile and satisfies your quench for thirst. A worthy offering and would be easily sessionable on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 00:08:48 | More by andrenaline
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kristiekatk

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A scally-capped, penny-whistle playing old man adorns the 22 oz. bottle of Rogue’s Irish Style Lager.

It pours a golden yellow, leaving a trail of sticky white lace. The aroma is spicy, full of herbal hops, with hints of yeast and tart fruits. And of course, that metallic and skunky lager smell that I love so much.

A mild malt sweetness provide a very even flavor. Slightly lemon-y and full of grassy hops; it is smooth and crisp, with a very clean feeling that surprisingly doesn’t remind me of drinking the dregs out of the bottom of a keg. The finish is dry and tart, followed by a bread-like graininess.

The light-medium body has a fairly high level of carbonation. Feels very spritzy. Overall, this seems a very drinkable and accessible beer. Some may say that it’s boring, especially with Rogue’s reputation, but boring doesn’t necessarily have to mean bad. It’s a simple yet well-done beer, and I can appreciate it for that.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 23:31:22 | More by kristiekatk
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very cold from the bottle. This lager has a dark gold colour to it, much darker than most lagers. It is also cloudy, similar to a hefeweizen in appearance. The head was white and foamy, like most lagers and didn't last long. The smell sweet and fruity, like a sweet apple. The taste is not as sweet as the smell leads on and is very crisp and refreshing. It is less bitter than most lagers and has an apple-ish finish. All-in-all a slightly different, but great lager from Rogue.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely... and have numerous times. One of my favourite American lagers.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 05:14:16 | More by NilocRellim
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MaineBrewing

Maine

2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Poured into imperial pint glass with white two finger head. Gold in color and hazy..

S - smells acidic, cidery, light malts, citrus hops.

T - really light taste with a bitter finish, not much in the way of flavoring hops, has a crisp cereal malt character in the background but cider dominates to an unpleasant degree.

M - medium body and carbonation.

O - finish is too cidery and the experience was not enjoyable, not sure if this taste is what the brewer intended or the bottle is bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 03:18:56 | More by MaineBrewing
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a lager glass. Cloudy, yellow color with almost three fingers of head.
Smells like golden delicious apples.
Mild taste overall. A bit of bitterness... nothing else.
Crisp and smooth texture. Low carbonation and a medium body.
It looks and smells good. The taste was a bit mild but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 00:37:33 | More by Fatehunter
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kells Irish Style Lager poured a golden copper color, with a large foaming head. There was a strong crisp apple aroma. The taste had a rather strong apple flavor, with just a bit of hoppyness coming through. Slightly watery, but nicely carbonated. Overall I found this beer rather unique. It was like a nice carbonated apple juice with just a hint of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 01:27:09 | More by vette2006c5r
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righthereisay

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 22 bottle as a gift. No complaints on beer for gifts!

Appearance is golden, clear, nice head. Heads goes down quick, but the white will stay for a while. Appearance is maybe a little more orange/gold than your usual Coors/Miller beers.

Smell - Hops and malts...nothing to write home about.

Taste - Crisp, a bit fruity. Not sure why this is considered Irish...maybe it is a bit like Harp.

Mouthfeel - Light beer. Could throw these down at a picnic in the heat all day.

Overall I expected more. I'm not the biggest Rogue fan, but with all the competitors out there, and Rogue being one of the bigger craft beer companies, you would think they would have produced something better.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 17:08:12 | More by righthereisay
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BoatsSinkBro


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

-Pretty much looks like your ordinary pale lager.
-Short head.
-Aroma has that crisp malt note and some very airy hops in the back.
-Taste is akin to a regular pale lager, but with much more malt in the finish and aftertaste. A bit of hop bitterness washes along the carbonation. Also a bit of bitterness peeping around in the aftertaste.

The main showcase is the malt backbone and the interesting notes of bitterness. Very drinkable.
Everything else is pretty much just like your run-of-the-mill pale lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 08:48:38 | More by BoatsSinkBro
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martino_cappachino


4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Stella Artois glass...

Head was minimal-lasting crystal white with a pebble-sandy looking texture. The scent was strong and lingering of old-forest pine.

Taste initial was of citrus tangerine and light perfume. Finished with a slight moldy feel in the mouthfeel. A slight hay taste from the malt as well... expresses itself more as the lager warms up. Despite buying it at the market sitting outside of the refridgerator, a green bottle skunk taste was un-apparent.

Pretty good beer, not quite what I expected. Just wished I had some better food prepared for it! ...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 08:20:43 | More by martino_cappachino
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MaximalC

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale orange with a good size head. Flavor is underwhelming, so much so that "average" might be an overstatement. Nothing here would have indicated to me that this beer was of an "Irish Style", or any particular style whatsoever. Not offensive, but it offers nothing redeeming, either. Maybe I'd be less critical if I hadn't recently had Great Lakes' Irish offering; unfortunately for Rogue, I have.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 01:24:53 | More by MaximalC
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vibrantly straw in color with bright white head good clarity and lots of visible carbonation. Fuller in body than expected with a big buttery malt profile. Buttered burnt toast comes to mind. Good lacing. Very clean finish profile but with a slightly dirty stringiness up front. Better in flavor and more put together than most other lagers I be had. Nothing crazy but good and easy drinking. would rather have it in 6 packs though but not at rogue 6 pack price.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 00:25:28 | More by jtierney89
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin white head and no real lace in a clear straw body. Aroma is mostly pale malt but distorted by the odor of the bar. Flavor is initially sharp with pale malt, piney with sour lemon notes. Light body and moderate carbonation. A little too sharp and sour which affects the drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 00:10:32 | More by kylehay2004
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, yellow-gold coloring with a steady, slow stream of carbonation bubbling and a low profile, frothy, white head that quickly settles into a sparse, uneven, filmy coating. Aromas of toasted grains and a slightly sour, floral highlight. Flavors are light, but sharp, with the toasty grains/cereal giving a good, solid backbone that support the sour tang and bitter hops at the end of the palate. The carbonation ends up giving a sharp, almost astringent feel along with the flavor profiles. The aftertaste is bitter and slightly sour, leading to a resiny, slick, and lingering finish. Not my favorite, that is for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 19:23:53 | More by GarthDanielson
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Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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