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Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
81
good

405 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 405
Hads: 697
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 38
Gots: 45 | 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
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Reviews: 405 | Hads: 697
Photo of andrewm190
2.01/5  rDev -44%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of alysmith4
2.16/5  rDev -39.8%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
2.18/5  rDev -39.3%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
2.29/5  rDev -36.2%
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!!! (533 characters)

Photo of jgurley
2.38/5  rDev -33.7%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
2.46/5  rDev -31.5%
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 (386 characters)

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.52/5  rDev -29.8%
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!! (2,640 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
2.52/5  rDev -29.8%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.53/5  rDev -29.5%
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? (487 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
2.56/5  rDev -28.7%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of adamette
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
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." (915 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
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... (483 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold color with a white head that subsides to a thin layer of foam. It leaves just a bit of lace on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is a light bread grain scent with a touch of floral hops.
the flavor begins with a touch of hop bitterness and a dry malty flavor that has a touch of wheat to it and just enough of a carmel malt flavor that it balances and gives some body. Very clean this was lagered perfectly, though I do like the Uberpils better than this.
The body is full of carbonation that lends a carbonic bite to the finish much like macro lagers.
This is quite drinkable though for me it is a bit too boring. (637 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Color was a slightly pale hay yellow color. Little to say for a head, a little spritzy thing that was a film from the start and ended up into nothingness. A little bit of lacing noticed. Smell is a very pilsnery malt, with a little hint of running water. Taste was a little more sweet than a pilsner. But still tasted a litle tainted. The mouthfeel had some slightly refreshing crispness with a slightly floral hint. Which was this beers only saving grace. (501 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.72/5  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. (418 characters)

Photo of beergod1
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know it's a Lager, but jeeze. Bomber, poured a LIGHT yellow, fluffy white head, dissipated quickly. Not much aroma at all. First sip seemed watered down, Carbonated, but....wait, a little malt sweetness. Warmed up a couple of degrees, and the flavor was tolerable. The sweetness "Almost" makes it taste like a Light, or watered down Belgian Golden Ale? Just kept shaking my head as I sipped. Wanted more I guess, but it is a Lager. I can think of some lagers with much better flavor than this. This is my "Rogue's" least favorite. (532 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/17/2006 (bottle):

Pours an amber golden colored body, with a good sized head, that is quickly diminishing, not much lacing, small, fizzy looking. Has a strong aroma of malts. A very warm mouthfeel, bitter, slight apple finish, malty taste, light tasting. (266 characters)

Photo of Tupperwolf
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy apricot color into my pint glass with a thin, seltzery head which soon vanishes, leaving some soapy lacing.

A little bit of spicy apple cider; Some astringency wafts my way.

A somewhat bland taste - there are flavors there, but they're not particularly pronounced. Not watery, just not that flavorful. Cider, orange peel, slightly grassy hops.

Spritzy, astringent mouthfeel.

Rogue's Uber Pils is amazing - why'd they mess this lager up? (461 characters)

Photo of hooligan
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz Rogue Bomber poured into a Guinness pint glass. I bought two and definitely didn't like the first one that I only gave 2 hours to chill, so I had the other after it had chilled properly. The result was the same.

Vigorous tightly bubbled head that dissipated quickly to a soapy foam that doesn't cling to the glass at all, capping a straw colored beer with a slight chill haze.

Smell is faintly hoppy, but for the most part smells "clean" without any potent odors in any way, shape, or form.

Slightly "skunky" hop flavors upfront that linger through a very faint maltiness and fairly pronounced (for a lager) strawlike yeast profile. In fact as this beer warmed the yeast character became quite overpowering, more than any other character of this beer.

This beer has a fizzy character and lean, watery body - as to be expected from the style. That being said, the strong yeasty flavor was not one for me to savor.

Personally I feel there are plenty of beers characteristic of this style, this beer could use a bit stronger of a malt profile to compare, and maybe a different choice or quantity of hops. (1,116 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Persistent lacing that covers the glass. Appears to have average carbonation. It is an extraordinarily light yellow that almost appears white.

Smell - I hardly get anything in the smell here. Slight earth notes and hops.

Taste - A slightly maltier than expected beer. Feels frothy and well carbonated in my mouth. I can't help but think I'm drinking a juiced up adjunct lager. Tasty caramel and light cherry notes.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Delicious caramel malts linger for awhile and are delicious. Refreshing and crisp; but nothing too different or special. Exceptionally smooth, light bodied and easy to drink. I could sip this all night. (660 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
2.79/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure what an Irish lager purports to be, as the Irish aren't known for this style. What I noticed first about Kells though, is that it came served to me at the Issaquah Brewhouse with a complete lack of head. This deficit launches the drinking experience on an off-note it never fully recovers from.

The beer is very pale yellow and has a strong yeast-on-malt flavor that's dour and irascible. And it's none too clean where you'd expect a lager should be. In fact, it's a little tired, slightly buttery, and rather blasé.

Kells is just barely defensible as a lager and not up to Rogue standards. Not by a long shot. (629 characters)

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