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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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Kells Irish Style LagerKells Irish Style Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

621 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | 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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splat215

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 02:08:41 | More by splat215
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tastybeer

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 00:17:23 | More by tastybeer
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 03:54:57 | More by TheFightfan1
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veech

Tennessee

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 21:32:23 | More by veech
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LittleDon

Texas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2009 02:26:03 | More by LittleDon
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Greenlabel

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2006 00:41:20 | More by Greenlabel
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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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JoeBlevins

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

04-14-2013 20:16:43 | More by JoeBlevins
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beerman999999

New York

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

03-18-2013 01:32:28 | More by beerman999999
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Rave

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

12-10-2012 03:32:50 | More by Rave
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

03-25-2013 07:56:30 | More by bigbeers84
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getbehindthemule

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

05-18-2013 01:33:28 | More by getbehindthemule
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

03-17-2013 19:47:22 | More by pathman
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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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Stephen_Purdue

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

06-23-2014 00:34:09 | More by Stephen_Purdue
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

04-05-2012 05:29:54 | More by MarkyMOD
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acdcsmith22

California

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

03-18-2014 01:27:44 | More by acdcsmith22
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

11-27-2011 05:05:02 | More by schnarr84
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teg8612

Texas

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2006 12:46:15 | More by teg8612
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arguemaniac

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 03:59:58 | More by arguemaniac
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mattd017

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pilsner glass. Poured a beautiful golden color with slight haze and a huge pure white head. Tiny bubbles continue streaming from the bottom of the glass. Looks like a glass of champagne. Great smell, slight hop. Tastes clean and very refreshing, slightly hop bite, good malt character. Has a characteristic rogue sweet flavor present in all their lager styles. Very good, very tasty. If only Miller could get this recipe.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 19:46:49 | More by mattd017
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jkaufman

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz. bomber into a tankard.

A: Pours cloudy golden with a tall, fluffy, and tasty white head. However, the head eventually disappears completely, giving the appearance of apple juice.

S: Smells fairly malty with a slight scent of hops.

T and M: This is a well-balanced, well-carbonated lager. It is very flavorful and finishes clean and sweet.

D: Very drinkable.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 02:33:15 | More by jkaufman
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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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unclejimbay

Florida

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

Rogue Kells Irish Lager
10/9/08, 1 pt 6oz bottle to a tapered bottom mug,
Reviewed as a "Euro Pale Lager" = heavy hops w/ minimal bitterness, can have sweet notes?
ABV=BA unlisted?
A 4.0 Cloudy golden yellow, almost cider-like, great head and great lacing
S 4.5 Notes of apple and wheat, a surprise indeed, minor hop notes were present
T 4.0 a wheaty cider taste on palate, finish has hoppiness and citrus notes
MF 4.0 Heavy on carbonation, smooth on palate, feels like a home brew, a lot of character, medium- - body
D 4.5 Unique and different, not really a session beer as agreed by a buddy during this tasting.
Unique to try for sure! Reminded me of some saisons and/or hefes

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 20:50:30 | More by unclejimbay
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NitroGen

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 1PT.6 FL.OZ Brown Bottle

A: Light pale yellow pour with a whiter foamy two finger head that stayed around for a long time until it reduced to a slight cover that stayed until done with sporadic lacing.

S: Grainy with a bit of sweet grapefruit pith and mild pine finish

T: A bit of bite at the tongue of hops that quickly fades with a pronounced and slightly sweet malt and floral tones.

M: A bit thin and carbonated nip to the tongue that settles to involve the entire palate and then leaves with a slight sweet and dry and very pleasant aftertaste that really lingers.

D: I will be looking for this again, as it is a great session beer that is refreshing, especially in the summer heat.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 07:15:01 | More by NitroGen
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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