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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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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
Photo of sgttibbs
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

sgttibbs, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Achoo_Bacca
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Achoo_Bacca, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of beergod1
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

beergod1, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of nquigley16
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

nquigley16, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of Tupperwolf
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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?

Tupperwolf, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of goblin7704
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

goblin7704, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of RedDiamond
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

RedDiamond, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

RenoZymurgist, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

jujubeast6000, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

scruffwhor, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of hooligan
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

hooligan, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of Zorro
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a near clear darker shade of gold with an orange tint. Good white head that doesn't last.

Smell is good clean malt with a touch of fruity esters to it. Nice herbal and flowers hop scent. Slightly sweet smelling with a hint of lemon in the scent.

Taste is slightly sweet with some mellow malt flavor and slightly herbal and bitter hops. After a bit a sour flavor develops similar to what you get from old malt extract.

Mouthfeel is OK.

I thought this was going to be a good beer right up till I tasted it. This tastes like a homebrew with stale ingredients. Such a waste of a good opportunity.

Zorro, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of JamesS
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a nice straw color, towards the dark side of gold. It had a nice head and decent lacing. Not much of a scent, just a light whiff of maltiness. It could have been an old keg, I'll have to go back and find out, but the beer had a slight sour taste. There wasn't much there to begin with, just a slight sweet and carbonated taste. It does go down nice, though.

JamesS, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin ring that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet and grainy and kind of corny and vegetal.

The flavor is pretty mild - sweet honey, fruity, grainy with a subdued crisp hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light, a little watery with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, it's pretty drinkable and not offensive but not too exciting.

Beaver13, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Stubbie1
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew starts of with a slight cloudy golden color and a white foamy head. The head fades and some lacing is hanging on. Aroma was a bit grassy…to grassy for me. Hops and a whiff of caramel mixed in. Taste is a bit grainy, a touch of sweetness and dry. Not bad but not a favorite.

Stubbie1, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of Jesse13713
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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.

Jesse13713, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of jnn4v
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow color. Slightly hazy. Minor white colored head w/ medium sized bubbles.

S: Sour lemon and wheat are the first two scents that hit me. A bit of bitter hops and lemongrass as well.

T: Not tasting much in the way of sweetness, wheat, yeast or malt here. Just mostly citrusy, lemony and mild bitterness.

M: Moderately carbonated. Otherwise watery. Not much to it.

D: While I don't personally enjoy it, it's not prohibitively undrinkable either.

jnn4v, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of fisherman34
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold in colour with medium carbonation. Sweet malty aroma, with a touch of herbal hops. Flavor is again dominated by sweet malts, along with some bready and yeasty notes. Medium bitterness. A very average sort of beer. I found it a bit lacking in the hop department, and it could have been dryer. The yeasty flavor definitely seemed out of place.

fisherman34, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of lowbrau
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, pale amber, with a fluffy head. Good head retention. Aside from appearance, I was pretty unimpressed with this beer. There was very little flavor. It gave me the impression of an American macro lager. I'll give it a nod for the drinkability and the clean finish, but I really expected more from Rogue.

lowbrau, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of fightingwords
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in halves from a 22oz bomber into a pilsner glass.

A--Hazy golden--borders on an orange color, but ulitmately just an unfiltered pale beer. Foamy 2 finger head falls fast. Lacing is strong on the pull but doesnt stick.

S--Sweet malts, grainy. Lot like a macro. Standard hop presence. Little spicy but nothing to write home about.

T--Pretty much like it smelled. bland. Grainy start right to a zippy finish. The fresh finish might be the only thing that redeems this beer. Nothing distiguishable when compared to other Rogue offerings.

M--Thin and weak throug the middle of the sip. Carbonated feel that finishes clean and quick.

D--Very drinkable, some what like a macro.

O--I was pretty let down by this beer. I dont want to say it but I'm afraid Rogue might have sold out to those masses craving a super pale light bodied beer like their BMC's on St. Paddys. Say it aint so Rogue, say it aint so.

fightingwords, Mar 28, 2006
Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a watered-down malt liquor. Slight sweet hint, nose of damp cardboard. Big head on golden beer with a chill haze. Quite lovely lacing in the wine glass. Rather coarse carbonation. Just the slightest touch of bitterness appears in the aftertaste, which is welcome to the taste buds. Extremely light bodied and refreshing at first sip, but turns a little soapy. Overall, pretty anemic, but clean and drinkable.

mactrail, Jul 11, 2011
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 633 ratings.