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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

652 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 27
Gots: 22 | 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:
Beer added by: Jon on 09-28-2002

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: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Quaffer
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.

Photo of mgmvh
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

smell: i think it smells very inviting. first whif reminds me of honey and you can notice the hops more here than in the actual flavor.

taste: yummy. no flavors are over the top here. it gets a bit frothy but i think its needed to add body to the over-all feel. its probably attributed to the bisquit notes from the famous yeast that rogue uses in there beers. its clean. you get a grassy fragrance toward the finish thats over almost before you notice it. the finish goes on and on and its leaves a good taste of fruits on the tongue.

Photo of splat215
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle

A - Light, clear, little-head. Looks good.
S - 4 - Slightly hoppy smell, very subtle, not picking up much here but that's not a bad thing.
T - Lke a lager from heaven - smooth, no bad afterbite, good suble flavorings - can't quite place any of the flavors but I like them.
M - Crazy super-smooth
D - Another solid offering from Rogue - I'm starting to like these guys. Beer like this should be served everywhere. This is a solid choice that's a bit reminiscent of Stella Artois, but better.

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

Color at first glance was similar to that of olive oil but upon further inspection seems more orange and gold. Good white head and solid retention. Nose is pleasant and interesting. Malts are lightly sweet and hops are brisk, floral and earthy. Tastes yummy. Very pleasant clean lager taste. Earthy, fruity, flowery and bready. There's a dankness about it as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly creamy. Nice bright carbonation and subtle bitterness. Very drinkable/Irishly drinkable.

Fully pleasant and would be excellent in large keg-like quantities.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a cloudy golden color with a very thick sticky white heading. A nice malty smell with a good blend of hops. Again taste is malty,hoppy, and a good citrus taste. A very easy beer to drink would like to have another but I don't want to get up.

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

I find this beer ridiculously drinkable and refreshing for multiple reasons. The first of which is the balance of hops and malts, and the second is the apple like aftertaste that begs for more imbibition. This apple crispness is just an outstanding mild flavor that is unique and although I'm not usually a fruit beer fan, delicious. The appearance and mouthfeel are standard for a lager beer, and the taste and smell are apple infused with a crispness that sweetens the flavor profile without being overbearing. Another great Rogue offering.

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

On tap, it was cloudy slightly dark yellow in color with little head. Surprisingly, the first thing I noticed was the hop aroma, with a hint of barley. The taste was light, slightly acidic with hints of lemon in the finish. Light in alcohol, but very drinkable.

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

This beer was recommended to me by the Beer Manager at a top beer store in MA (Julio's in Westboro) as I had been lamenting the lack of craft lagers. I'd never heard of it before but purchased a 22 oz. bottle. No freshness dating but the beer seemed to be
very fresh.

Poured a somewhat hazy golden color with a good and lasting head. Smell was about ordinary for a lager - not strong but maybe a bit fruitier than normal. Crisp, clean, light taste yet a full-bodied feel. Great drinkability - I only wished I had purchased more than one bottle. Unfortunately, the store is 70 miles away in MA and I've never seen Rogue products in NH. While the taste is different, I would consider the drinkability to be on a par with one of my other favorites, Victory's Prima Pils.

As others have noted, this product has obviously not been retired and I'm hoping it won't meet that fate in the future.

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

I'm no expert but as someone who is looking to be well versed in the world of alcohol this has been a great introductory beer.

Photo of scratch69
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.

Photo of JoeBlevins
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of beerman999999
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Rave
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of bigbeers84
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of getbehindthemule
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of 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! ...

Photo of Stephen_Purdue
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of acdcsmith22
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of jimmypowder
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

An incredible version of a Euro Style Lager. Better then the European versions.

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Smallsan
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of teg8612
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Locker Stock" Tap selection at the Addison Flying Saucer-No longer available, selection has changed.

A- Cold hazed, golden color. Nice lacing.

S- Nice. Malt has a nut and bready quality. Slight herbal hop aroma.

T&M- Very balanced brew as the herbal hop gives a slight lemon zest to a full malt taste. Very bready and smooth. Slight grain and yeast notes. Ends somewhat dry.

D- Nice lager. Kicks all kinda Euro Brew A$$. I hope they bring this back here soon.

Photo of arguemaniac
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice amber color with a slight haze and a brief, foamy white head. The mild aroma features notes of caramel and very mellow hops. The mildly sweet flavor has a very drinkable biscuity graininess with some caramel and a mild, but very crisp hop spice. The hop bitterness and a rougher grain flavor both dominate the finish. A smooth mouthfeel with a sharp but brief carbonation tang.

Very nice: crisp, smooth and very, very drinkable. Nice graininess balances well with a light hop spice. The finish is a wee bit rough, but nothing so bad that detracts from the overall flavor. Highly recommended.

Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.