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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

633 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 633
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 23
Gots: 16 | 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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5/5  rDev +38.9%

Beertracker, Dec 01, 2011
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5/5  rDev +38.9%

EvanWilliams, Dec 23, 2012
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4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had my 1st at my favorite spot today liked it so much I had my 2nd & 3rd!
Had a nice white head on it, with a earthy citrus aroma. then I took my 1st sip it had a rich creamy taste with a touch of lemon over all a great beer I could sit at the bar watching the game and drink these all day long! Would be a nice beer to sip in the backyard on a warm night! Have to thank Kim from East Ave Cafe for recommending this beer!

ant5431, Mar 19, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

jsisko01, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of wailingwench
4.72/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Eye Candy: Golden Amber hue, light edges. Minimal rising lines of carbonation. Small, thin white head that vanished 1/4 way through. Slight hop clumping at pour. Thin and lifeless after 10 minutes (must be keeping with style).

The Nose Knows: Initially a touch grassy, but straightened itself out. Clean light malt aroma with a touch of biscuit, finishes with a hint of pepper.

Tongueland: Slight hoppiness upfront, malty middle, touch of caramel, biscuit end that is cleared by peppery, herbal hops. Light and airy end, not grassy as I expected. Finish reminds me of a light American Pale Ale. Lingering yeast and herbal hop.

Bender Factor: As far as Lagers go, this and Dortmunder (Great Lakes) are tops. Kells is amazing complex for such a seemingly simple style. This could easily be an all day affair.

wailingwench, Mar 03, 2005
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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

JoshuaMason, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of mjurney
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.

mjurney, Mar 10, 2013
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4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Bright yellow, translucent body with a slight haze. Head is interesting with a patchy lacing effect from the many different sized bubbles.

S- Reminds me of sourdough bread with the yeasty sulfur notes. There is also wheat/grain smell alike hay and hop aromas of lemons and flowers.

M- Flavor is doughy and biscuit-like with a noticeable Pils yeast influence. Highlights of sugar and honey. Bitterness is consistent and enjoyable.

M- Very well done with an extra-light body and a crisp, pinching carbonation.

D- Smooth drinking always.

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 08, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the recent 2006 production, Kells pours a beautiful 14K gold color with a rich-robust frothy head. The nose is of clean natural malt, un-roasted and fresh with a magnificent floral character, quite upfront when agitated in the glass with no ulterior or radical aromas emanating from within. This brew is quite focused and intense to the point of total balance. The sterling hops used in this product, the only variety of hops, perfectly accompanies the whole, with a very subtle yet focused and specific nose as the result of using this single variety of hops. You can really consider the brewmasters task in finding the quintessential variety to work with to reach this end. The mouthfeel is unbelievably soft and subtle, like liquid velvet; perhaps low mineral content in the water. Taste is ever-so-slightly bitter, very creamy and understated, with just enough residual sweet malt to finish. This brew would be a perfect accompaniment to a meal of fish, chicken, cream sauces or a vegetarian dish. The drinkability is off the scale, as this easy-going yet all so satisfying brew can be drunk endlessly. This is not a blow your doors off beer, the finesse and excellence are revealed in the fine tuned subtlety of this creation. Like a fine French White Burgundy, you have to pay attention to this one to find all that is good; and it is indeed!

barknee, Mar 11, 2006
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4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green silk-screened 650ml bomber, paid $5.29 @ Jack's. Bottle looks much different than the one pictured here. Brewed with Great Western Pale, Crystal-15, Wheat and acidulated malts. Hopped with Sterling and fermented with Czech Pils Lager yeast.

OG=12 plato, 28 IBU's, Bitterness=75 AA, 9.8 Lovibond.

Pours out to a sparkingly clean yellow golden, forming a large white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is slightly skunky from the yeast, very crisp and clean ferment, slightly mineralified, pale malts, and delicate floral hops. Mouthfeel is very crisp, clean and wet with a medium body. If you've ever tasted Harp, this tastes exactly like it. Bitterness is piquant and mild to moderate in intensity, leaving a nice grassiness on the back of the tongue. The finish and aftertaste are clean and minerals linger. Really nice mouthfeel and it goes down very easily. Absolutely no off-flavors and imperceptible alcohol.

Well, what can I say. Is it a good beer? Absolutely yes, but I can't justify paying the $5.29/bottle, when I can get a 6'er of Harp for $7.99. An interesting experiment, and a very well-crafted brew from the ever-stellar brewers at Rogue's, but I don't see what the point of this beer really is.

Mitchster, May 15, 2006
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hanlonrn, Jul 11, 2012
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Tatuchris, Jun 01, 2013
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Michaeldmanley, Oct 31, 2013
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JKAllen, Sep 08, 2012
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lccrunchy, Jan 11, 2012
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PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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Duggie, Aug 31, 2013
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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
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4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- I'm gonna hold off the Irish references for a minute here, as much as I would like to get right to it. Pours a clear golden yellow with a dense soapy off white head. Foam settles quickly to a thick ring and there's some decent spotty lace. Keeping in mind this is a euro pale lager, I'm going to judge it as such.

S- subdued aroma, fruity and apple like, but I smell it to be leaning more on the pear skin side. Earthy and lacking the sweetness that would come from the meat of the fruit, be it apple or pear. Some bready malt, early harvest reisling, and a quick whiff of herbal hops are also present. A bit off a roasted poultry aroma as well. Modest, but not bad at all.

T- fruity and somewhat tart in the beginning. Sweetent up a bit until the hops kick in. The website says sterling and I would have called saaz, so I guess we are on the same page. Very nice balance of malt and hops and with a little more bitterness I would have called this one a Czech pilsener. Home made white bread, red apple skin, green pear skin, white grape, dry white wine, and cut grass come to mind, blowing the lid off any heine, Stella, amstel, or what have you. Calling an American pale a euro pale is a bit unfair, similar to calling an American made ipa an english style ipa when we all know damn well that it isn't. This is full of flavor for a lighter lager and is nothing short of a "German style" pils. Finishes with bright zesty herbal hops and a bit of lemon with to go along with the fading strong malty spine.

MF- I will agree with other reviews that the feel of this one is cake compared to other EPLs. Quality ingredients shine here and the malty density is perfectly offset by the crisp lively
carbonation giving it a plush and luxurious feel for such a... You know, pale euro lager. Tannins, alpha acids, and moderate alcohol all converge to form a voltron of immaculate dryness.

D- speaking of dryness and on to the big D. Steve Nash doesn't have this D. Never cloying and never overly tart, I'm happy to see this mick hovering in the middle. Don't mind the racial slur, I'm Irish. Graceful dryness and deceptive lightness give this one drinkability like a Bonnie lassie's (expletive) (censored) from the business end of my tin whistle. Please don't dis this well made version of an all too often hated on style. Maybe $5 for a bomber is a bit too much, but when there's a keg in front of you it's a whole different story.

...and the fiddle played Sean dun na ngall...

hustlesworth, Feb 26, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One word: awesome.

The beer pours a light amber, similar to a really good filtered Apple juice. The scent is citrus, and very light, it smells pleasant. It pours a small head that dissipates as you drink the beer, not leaving any lace, but is quite bubbly, what you would expect out of a good lager.

Taste is excellent, very carbonated, with citrus hints and a crisp apple finish. Went very well with a chicken/rice dinner, and I enjoyed the second glass on it's own, which got better as it warmed up.

Once again, Rouge is proving that they are a great brewery.

KingPuuChuu, Mar 21, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale straw body, with a very foamy white head.

S: Smells of green apple and hops. A very surprising kind of scent for a lager.

T: This beer has a nice hoppy bite to it. Starts out fruity and hoppy, ending in a nice apple-like smooth finish. The bitterness is rather mild.

M: Carbonated like most lagers, but gets better as you drink it. For my palate, it's not really watery, more smooth thatn anything else.

D: Very drinkable and refreshing. I was well impressed with this one. A top-notch brew, especially for a lager.

NightINgale, Mar 27, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light straw yellow in to an American shaker glass with a finger of white head with great retention and moderate lacing.

S: Light sweet and mellow malt with a great wheat note backing it up. A tad fruity, apples and a bit of bananas.

T: A lot like the nose. More of the wheat and less of the apple, some bread and biscuit flavors with weak honey.

MF: Light body, Extremly crisp and refreshing. Great carbonation.

O: Awesome beer with some great things going on in the nose and the taste.

nickthetick, Jun 01, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful straw colored lager with a nice foamy white head. Smells of vienna malt, sweet and inviting. The beer has no discernable hop aroma, but that totally works for the style.

This is a wonderfully balanced beer. Wonderful malt flavor balances perfectly with the hop bitterness. The beer is dry and thirst quenching. There is an odd flavor at the end...kind of an earthy frutiness. It's not bad, but I have never tasted anything like it before.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are very good. Crisp and lager-like, I could drink gallons of this stuff. My only issue is that it seems slightly overcarbonated. Other than that...LOVE it!

joerodiii, Jan 15, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bottle

Appearance: This was a hazy, golden-amber beer with a coarse white head. The bubbles rose up easily to two fingers and settled down quickly. A lot of foam stayed ramped up around the circumference of the glass, its desperate clinging giving evidence to its stickiness. The glass was speckled with lace. This beer looks good for a lager, having a nice depth of color that many others in the style do not.

Smell: The aromas were typical, being comprised of sweet grass, grain, and just a hint of sulpher. (Not much of the latter, thank goodness.) A spicy hop character floated over the top of the other smells. As the beer sat in the glass, it picked up some fruit and vanilla aromas as well.

Mouthfeel: Much more body than I was expecting. The mouth-filling, chewy, medium-bodied character really surprised me. Plus, it was really smooth for a lager, providing a light carbonation tingle in the back of the mouth and on the back of the tongue.

Taste: Not only did the mouthfeel surprise me, but so did the flavor. It was nice, full, and complex. Upfront was a hit of light sweet grasses. In the middle came a somewhat herbal, somewhat spicy hop flavor. Then, immediately, some nice chewy grain and full malt flavors kicked in. They were the highlight of the beer. They were bready, cracker-like, and a little nutty to boot. In the background lay a smooth vanilla taste.

This beer completely surprised me. It was extremely good, and not just for a lager. The complexity of the malt and grain flavors on the finish was just amazing. This is the session beer from hell.

Quaffer, Dec 21, 2003
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Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.