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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

642 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 25
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of andrewm190
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This review might be a bit harsher due to my expectations going in; I expect the best from Rogue each and every time. My last few experiences have been modest disappointments, until the Irish lager here, which was a colossal disaster. Drinking this beer was more or less a chore. I found it difficult to define exactly what was such a mess here. Was it the ingredients? was it old? Neither seemed to be the case. I'm inclined to believe it was just shitty beer engineering.

andrewm190, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of SickNukes
2/5  rDev -44.4%

SickNukes, May 22, 2012
Photo of Zbeetleman
2/5  rDev -44.4%

Zbeetleman, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
2.15/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle(room temp) a clear medium gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly.

The smell is of sweet malt. Kind of typical of a macro lager.

The taste is also of sweet malt but there's a sourness there as well that does nothing to help with the taste of this lager. I find it *very* ordinary and I'm a *big* fan of Rogue products so there is *no* anti bias associated with this review.

Bottom line: It's a Rogue product but don't let their reputation sway you into trying this lager. It's just not worth it.

Bitterbill, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of alysmith4
2.15/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm not a huge fan of this style, so I guess it's hard to give an unbaised review. That being said, I'll do my best to rate the beer and not the style. It poured well, a nice golden body with a half-inch head. Smell fresh, like new hay or straw, but I didn't detect much else on the nose. Taste was okay, kind of like a gourmet Budwiser if that's possible. It's probably one of the better Euro Pale Lagers, as I think most of the beers produced by Rogue are great. Worth trying if you like this style, but I probably won't have it again.

alysmith4, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of Carpentiere
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Carpentiere, Mar 21, 2014
Photo of kimcgolf
2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a perfect example of what happens when a very good brewer tries to flood the market with too many new products....every now and then, they are really gonna hit a loser. If someone had offered me this beer in an unmarked glass, I would swear I was drinking a lower grade BMC product or Caribean lager.

Pale yellow with little carbonation, thin white head and a grainy nose. Flavor was, again, the grainy quality of a cheap BMC, and the palate was watery, metallic and stale.

Stick to quality and not quantity, Rogue!!!

kimcgolf, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of MaineBrewing
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.

MaineBrewing, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of jgurley
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at my local Wine World. Poured with no head, no lacing. Really cold. No smell. Fairly tasteless. Cold, refreshing, thin mouthfeel. Drinks, smells and tastes like a macro. Not good, not off-putting. As average as a PBR, but not as cheap. Oh well.

jgurley, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of DogFood11
2.45/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Hazey slightly unfiltered look to it, golden to yellow, medium carbonation, white cover with good connected lacing.

Maybe its just the style man but it just comes across weak. Malts sweet some corn, carrots, and hops are euro style boring, More of a cleanser than a zip, if you follow.

I'm a HUGE ROGUE FAN. This is not a good offering, It tastes cheap and macro like. Not for me

DogFood11, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

mine looked different than the pic, had a green instead of orange label, the guy was facing the other way, same stuff

A - pours an amber color, with half a finger of white frothy head that disappears quickly

S - an uncomplex aroma, dry smelling with perhaps the slightest hint of Granny Smith Apples

T - unexpectedly watery, weak-bodied, even for the style

M - a light body, easy on the tongue and easy on everything

D - high due to its lack of body, is that a fair trade?

sinstaineddemon, Mar 24, 2006
Photo of Torey
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Torey, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of VikeMan
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

VikeMan, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Hopstout
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Hopstout, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Whiskeydeez, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of tjeppaint
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

tjeppaint, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 22 ounce archetypal Rogue Bomber. Screen-printed White and Green colored façade with a Guinness style Harp next to the words “Kells” above a penny whistle playing flat-capped old-timer, below which ”Irish Style Lager’ is added in a Celtic style font. “Rogue Signature Lager” is written vertically on the right hand side in a dark green font that is barely legible against the brown glass bottle. The geeky beer blurb lists this as an “Irish Style Lager with a smooth mellow flavor and an apple crisp finish” on the bottle, but its vital statistics are more scientifically expressed as 12° Plato, 28 IBU, 75 AA, 9.8° Lovibond.

Appearance: Soft polished golden body with a fantastic well water clarity to it. Pristine off-white pastel beige head with a light absorbing quality. Head retention is purposeful whilst the conditioning is above average, a stiff swirl will produce a feisty head and a creamy body that has a resemblance to Boddingtons from the Nitro-tap.

Nose: Skunky aromas, hop laden chunky puke and from enticing to be honest. Ever woken up stuck to your pillow in a pool of stale dried vomit!? Sort of smells like that. No seriously, it does.

Taste: Thankfully the off-putting facets of the nose do not transfer to the taste profile, well not exactly. This does have a sweet malt entrance with a biscuit middle which is utterly boring. I’m finding it hard to stay awake let alone expend energy thinking of how to describe it…….this should be renamed Kellzzz. One dimensional and that single axes is not even appealing.

Mouthfeel: Horrid sickly feel, despite this, the carbonation is supportive and it does tend to benefit from a smooth creamy feel. But it has this horrible “sick” taste to it that seems to linger and turn me off form enjoying the better parts.

Drinkability: The nose and strange aftertaste are big detractors in this case. I don’t really find this “Irish style lager” (whatever the hell that is), to be that clean. This is a dirty brew with too many niggling aspects that ultimately drag this one down.

Overall: Sort of……well, just…..erm, very average. This is a simple macro-style offering in truth. It looks great, but it is really all downhill from there. I expected so much more from this, a (not so bitter) disappointment from Rogue. Leave this one on the shelf and let the pseudo Irish-Americans snap it up for St. Patrick’s Day, oh my that’s only a few days away…… now that’s fortuitous isn’t it? Not that I’m suspicious of this fact, but I’m sure that the macro-swillers won’t find this one too difficult to accommodate ;-)

Sláinte!!

TheLongBeachBum, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of MaximalC
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.

MaximalC, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of PatandDavid
2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was disapointed in this one...very hard to find lager like qualities at all. The one area in which it did was the appearance, but only I believe because I had just finished a keller bier and they looked similar. Pour was cloudy and tangerine. Aroma was of hops and syrup. My tasting notes say: this beer tastes like a syrupy, high alcohol brutal bitter. I really like brutal bitter, and if I'd wanted one, I would have ordered it instead...Sorry to be so harsh, but when I look to the right, and see other beers listed that are in the same category (like Samuel Smiths Organic lager), this beer just isn't the same.

PatandDavid, Sep 13, 2004
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - 2" white, soapy head. Pale yellow beer. Slight haze. Decent retention, nice lace. Not much visible carbonation.

S - Sweet malt. Hay. Bread. Pilsner like aroma.

T - Dull. Could use more carbonation to improve crispness. Slight bitter finish. Some biscuity malt. Not much here. Very macro-like.

M - Creamy, round mouthfeel. Very low carbonation.

D - Very low drinkability. Lame and overpriced. Very disappointing.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured crystal clear pale golden. The head was moussy and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was slightly malty with a caramel fruity aspect.

The flavor was fruity and the hops are a bit harsh within the flavor. A slight bitter burned flavor stays through the aftertaste.

The finish was dry with a lingering bitter aspect that is not pleasant. The body was a little below medium but thin.

22 ounce bottle. I think Rogue should definitely skip the lagers...

GCBrewingCo, May 12, 2004
Photo of adamette
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought from Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield in Cleveland two days ago for $4.99 into my Samuel Smith pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A White merigue like head that leaves an interesting patchy type lacing on the inside of the glass. Body is pretty standard straw yellow translucent with carbonation rising up. 3.0

S A fairly standard smell of a basic barley based lager with minimal sweetness and hops. 3.0

T The smell is highly suggestive of the taste with this beer. Really a light lager which is just fine but not insipring at all. I strain to imagine what makes this "Irish." 2.5

M Light in a bad way. I would have really liked some more presence to this beer. 2.0

D Fairly good but it is so boring I cannot imagine looking for or buying it again. 3.0

Notes: Dissapointed in this Rogue beer. I still do not know what aspect of this beer is "Irish."

adamette, Nov 30, 2009
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 Halcyondays
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a pale yellow, with a small, soapy white head, no lacing, fair retention.

S: Pale, bready malt and lawn clippings.

T: Light toasted bread hits first backed with the hops which add a grassy, minty character with some apple.

M: Light, medium carbonation, somewhat astringent.

D: An OK beer, but I can buy tastier pale lagers for half the price, I don't think I'll be coming back to this one.

Halcyondays, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm just so wracked with excitement that I can barely keep my hands steady enough to pour out the Kell's Irish Style Lager!

"Irish Style Lager with a smooth mellow flavor and an apple crisp finish." That line on the side of the bottle is like an infection. And I'm coming down with it!

Appearance: Pours a golden, slightly hazy body with a thin off-white head.

Smell: Soft aroma of light grains, herbal hops, Granny Smith apples, and dried bread crusts.

Taste: Mild malt sweetness, slight floral bitterness, and some dough-like qualities. All the while, there's a vague apple-like fruitiness. Dry, faintly tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with a spritzy, cider-like mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not one of the more memorable offerings from Rogue, and certainly not worth the Rogue pricetag for what is simply a glorified lager.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 07, 2006
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Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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