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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

638 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 23
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 638 | Reviews: 397 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by HopsNPot:
Photo of HopsNPot
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- see through, very light yellow.
S- lagerish haha.
T- maybe its just because of the style of brew that it is, but i felt it was almost watery with a hint of citrus afterwards, almost like a wheat beer.
M- very light
D- goes down very easy and kinda grows on ya as you drink it.

OVerall i wasnt very impressed with the brew, it was too tame (like i said almost watery). but that may just be a personal bias becaouse i either like high hop IPAs or i like dark ass chocalate stouts n vanilla porters.

HopsNPot, Dec 23, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull golden with a thinner white head that a trace amount of lace behind,lemony aromas dominate with a touch of tasted grain and bread dough underneath.I really like the flavors and sturdy,grainy mouthfeel of this lager.Very nicely balanced citrusy mainly lemon and herbal over top of lightly sweet caramel malt in a nice lingering finish.I think a very well made standard lager beer balanced and more than enough flavor to keep you interested and it is oh so drinkable.

oberon, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is light yellow in color with some noticeable carbonation and a big, beautiful, head even though I had it in a taster. The head left some foamy pits and lacing all over the glass.

Smell – There was no mistaking the raw American grain in this nose. It was mixed with some light, sucrose-type of sweetness and a grassy hoppiness.

Taste – The grain is a lot lighter than I thought after smelling this lager and the hops are muddled. The sweetness from the nose finished up the taste.

Mouthfeel – This one is light-bodied (lighter than what I experienced when drinking it bottled) with a nice, tingly sensation in the mouth. It is smooth and the flavors flow well together.

Drinkability – It seems that American breweries really struggle with this style. Having said that, this wasn’t half bad and is better than most.

RoyalT, Sep 27, 2004
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a Tyranena Pint Glass at Wonder’s Pub a crystal clear, light hay gold with minimal but easily agitated carbonation streams, no head, and just a thin ringing lace. Aroma of sweet malt and a touch of perfume. Tastes deeply malty, lagery, with a touch of biscuits and flowers. Ultra clean with a lingering sweet grainy character. Reminds me of Harp. If that was their goal, they did a fine job.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from Beeradvocate Magazine March 07.

Back in the late 1980s, we drank Harp Lager by the case. It was pretty much the best Lager in our area at the time, and one of two Irish beers we could get our hands on. So when an American brewer comes out with an "Irish Style Lager" you'd think that someone else out there drank a ton of Harp, too. Come to find out, this recipe is from a chain of Irish pubs on the West Coast. Go figure.

Pale, golden yellow color dulled by a slight haze. Thin, with a sticky white lace. Clean, spicy and herbal hop aroma, with a hint of yeast and granny smith apples, but clean after that. So damn smooth, with a push of crispness from the back. Doughy malt with a twang from the wheat; clean, spicy bitterness from the hops. Musty yeast flavor in the middle. Malt drops out to leave a clean and dry finish.

Nothing overly interesting, but easy to drink. No Rogue twists either--it is what it says: an Irish Style Lager, reminiscent of Harp Lager. Spot-on for what Rogue was attempting. Try splitting this bottle with a friend over a score of raw oysters.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pleasant beer poured a pale yellow/orange with a small head that quickly dissipated. It had a sweet grain nose, like being outdoors on a sunny day. It had a grainy taste with some fruitiness in there, and was mildly hoppy. I liked how it felt, and how it went down. I'd drink it again.

lordofthewiens, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

DaftPatrick, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kells is a lager brewed for the Kells chain of pubs in Portland, OR. This sample was in the typical 650ml brown bottle; no freshness date. Some Celtic weave and an old man playing the penny whistle adorns the front label.

A rich golden coloured beer laced with a foamy pure white head; okay retention. Aroma is low, but maltier than most lagers with a pleasant light herbal nose and touch of metallic and real faint sulfur. A bit bland though.

Near medium-bodied with an even malt flavour that's slightly bready and sweet. Hops have a light splash of citrus, fresh and lemony, but not all that bitter. Crisp overall, turning a bit grain dry towards to finish with strong bready and faint eggy afters.

An enjoyable lager and a nice offering from Rogue that breaks their normal hoppy / malty West Coast style beers. Great session beer.

Todd, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin ring that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet and grainy and kind of corny and vegetal.

The flavor is pretty mild - sweet honey, fruity, grainy with a subdued crisp hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light, a little watery with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, it's pretty drinkable and not offensive but not too exciting.

Beaver13, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with no freshness date, brewed for the Kells Pubs in Portland, OR.

Appearance: A dull golden hue with a fine clarity hold a good lacing effect that draws rings down the glass here and there.

Smell: Clean malty aroma with light hints of biscuity and nutty grain, touch of herbal hop in the back but the malt is the star.

Taste: Some hoppiness upfront as the maltiness comes in layer by layer of pale biscuity complexity. Hop stay around with an ample bitterness and lightly herbal flavour, a small note of yeast is there but does not distract the palate too much. Lingers long with lightly sweet grain flavours as well as dry suggestions of bread crust.

Notes: A firm but raw lager, flavourful and rich. Coming from and ale brewery this is a damn good beer, I’d pick this over most pale lager of this sort.

Jason, Nov 12, 2002
Photo of merlin48
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber purchased on 12-30-03, in Blacksburg, Va. Most likely the same batch that Surfer reviewed. Pours a clear golden amber with a generous white head of tiny bubbles which continue their journey, from bottom to top, throughout. Sheet lacing follows.
Aroma is unlike a Lager. Plenty of floral and fruity hops are prominent to the nose, and dance playfully on top of the malty backbone.
Taste is as surprising as the nose. Mouthfeel is a creamy prelude to a citrusy flavor, well carbonated, light-bodied caramel underbelly. Pleasant tastes tease the palate. Finishes a full bodied maltiness, with enough hops to make you want a case of this stashed away in a secret cellar. Another extraordinary brew from Rogue.

merlin48, Jan 13, 2004
Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

typical Rogue bomber. No freshness indication. Pours medium cloudy straw in color, minor head, but leaves some fine bubble wispy lacing. A few lazy bubbles keep on rising to the top. Nose is just a hint of some lemony grass. Clean and refreshing, some more lemon and some grassyness. Light, snappy and easy drinking. Decent for the style, (lagers, who needs em??) and not a bad warm weather sessioner. Doubt I would go for this one too often, rather have any one of a bunch of other Rogues that exhibit more character and complexity.

Billolick, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of magictrokini
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice lager. Pours clear gold with a surprisingly thick white head. Good carbonation, not too bubbly. Nothing really stands out in the aroma; mostly grass and yeast. The flavor is more of the same. Good mix of malt and yeast, with some hops for that pilsner taste. Balanced, but not spectacular.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of NilocRellim
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.

NilocRellim, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Has a light, crisp aroma that consists mainly of toasted grain and fruit notes, smelling quite a lot like Grape Nuts cereal with berries.

On the tongue, the lager starts off equal parts grains and fruits, the Grape Nuts cereal flavors translating over well, and the fruit turning into light apricots and apples. The fruits fade off slowly, exposing the brew's grainy base, bringing hints of toasted wheat and wheat bread. Hops are always lightly present in the background, but make a third act appearance and provide a nice bitter fuzz in the end, as well as adding to the grainy aftertaste. All of the flavors are delicious and well-balanced, which is impressive, considering how light the beer feels on the tongue, and how easily it slides down the throat.

This would be perfect summer fare--say for a hot day at the beach or on the deck-- but would also match quite easily with any lazy afternoon.

jondeelee, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of Moo5152
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Moo5152, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
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.

MattyG85, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of HoppySeb
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

HoppySeb, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good pristine golden color with some seriously fluffy head. Couldn't pick much up in the nose here, a little sweetness, but everything else was pretty nondescript.

Very light taste, was disappointed, thought from the appearance that we would have a light bodied, full flavored beer. Just got the light body, the minimalist floral hops were just too underwhelming. Didn't have the crispness an excellent beer in this style would have, there was some bitterness, but it just didn't pair well with anything. $6 for an easy drinker is a little much, negates the drinkability +.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply fantastic tasting lager, I'm glad I grabbed a fresh bottle with the new neck label with Dare*Risk*Dream printed. God knows Rogue doesn't use any freshness info on their bottles, this was bought in season approaching St. Paddy's Day. Really a beer I've drank on tap and bottle in the past but have never written down any thoughts on it. APpearance is simple fizzy yellow beer at first site, but then you notice a slight haze to the straw golden body. Actual hop haze going on with a creamy texture fluffy white head that sticks around for awhile. Lacing is the same forms intricate chunky layers that add to the eye candy. Aroma has a mild rolling layer of citrus/herbal/grassy mild skunky hop notes going on. A nice dose of cereal grains backing up the malt profile. Flavor is a nice mix of malts and hops some would consider this boring, I think it proves what great brewers they have at Rogue this is a simple style flavor wise but extremely tough to brew. There's no hiding any sulfur or off flavors like diacetyl in this one. This is a well brewed clean crisp drinking beer, with herbal grassy hops from their own supply and no Pac Man yeast to create the typical Rogue house flavor. A touch of green apple tartness in the finish, but really a nice grassy/bready biscuit malt layer going on. Nothing off putting completely easy drinking experience, medium to light bodied lager carbonation is lively definitely doesn't fall flat, probably one of the better lagers widely available from a craft brewer. Up there with Sam Adams Noble Pils, Rogue Uber Pils, and Sierra Nevada Summerfest.

WVbeergeek, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of chinchill
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Rogue is a reliable brewery so this undated bottle is probably past its prime.

Appearance: Pours lright yellow-gold with plenty of rising bubbles. The white head is good sized and durable, slowly fading into a thin top layer. Leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Some off or unattractive notes from Euro hops.

Taste: Better than what the smell hints at, this is a relatively robust and earthy lager. Mildly bitter, lightly hoppy finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate-high amount of spft carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: Not a strong style and one of the least attractive offerings from Rogue.

chinchill, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Capital City Package in Atlanta.

Pours a dark straw color with a one finger head. Not very good retention, and the head recedes to a thin layer of bubbles on top of the beer. Very clear, and there's not much lacing.

Smells kind of sour, with apple smells. There's not a whole lot else going on.

Tastes much like it smells. Very crisp with an apple-y taste. There's a little bit of malt sweetness in there as well. Could have a bit more flavor.

Not much going on with the mouthfeel, but I didn't expect much. Thin but smooth, but enough carbonation to bring out the flavors.

This beer is pretty drinkable, a solid light lager.

Overall it's a good representation of the style, although as a beer it's not all that great. Worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of sgttibbs
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

sgttibbs, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of JIMTRK16
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
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Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.