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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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 405 | Hads: 697
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)

Photo of Beaver13
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
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. (284 characters)

Photo of JamesS
2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of jnn4v
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of fisherman34
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of fightingwords
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of mcowgill
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden yellow with a nice creamy head that disappears very quickly. There is not much of an aroma to speak of but what is there is grainy and malty. The taste is also malty with almost a slight lemon hint. It is very crisp and refreshing and carbonated. This is a beer I probably won't seek out but it is a decent session beer. I think I expected a little more from Rogue. (396 characters)

Photo of malcontent
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Kells lager appears much the same way other lagers do when poured; a rich golden hue (although there is some cloudiness instead of the essentially clear look I'm used to with beer of this type).

The nose is faintly citrus but mostly reminiscent of the "beer-y" smells found in AB or Miller products.

To be sure, the taste of this lager is an improvement upon others in its class. There is subtle hoppiness but this is mostly a malty, wheaty beverage with a vague hint of fruit (& my wife swears she's picking up some clove). On the plus side, Kells doesn't leave much of an aftertaste & certainly not the unsettling one I'm accustomed to from other lagers. I usually look for a slighty more carbonated feel when it comes to pilsners & lagers, so on that count this beer falls short. However, in terms of taste this is very good for its type, and I would reccommend it for those in search of a simple, satisfying drink. (928 characters)

Photo of nickd717
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Whole Foods Los Altos. Drank it on St. Patty's Day. Came to the realization (which I already sort of knew) this year that Irish beer is really not as impressive as I once thought to be. This is...uh...meh.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a fairly large and foamy white head.

Very metallic aroma with a little bit of sweet malt poking through the metal.

Flavor is very tea-like and sweet, not nearly as metallic as the aroma would suggest. Malt is mostly pilsner, and hops have a negligible presence on this one.

Medium-light body, fairly crisp but not too exciting on the palate.

Overall this is an odd beer, and not in a good way really, although it is fairly drinkable. This is probably the least impressive Rogue offering I've had up to this point. (778 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  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. (420 characters)

Photo of lowbrau
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (324 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, shimmering gold with a puffy white head. Looks about like every other pale lager on the planet.

S: Aromas of caramel, apples, biscuits, and minerals are easily detected on the nose. Not much in the way of hop aromas.

T: The entry is smooth and sweet, leading to notes of grass, green apples, heavy cream, caramel, lemon, minerals, and biscuits. The finish is smooth and straight-forward with a combination of caramel, cream, and apple notes. In the end, it's almost like drinking a caramel apple.

F: Medium-bodied and relatively dry, this is far from the heaviest beer in Rogue's lineup. Left me wishing it had a bit more heft to it.

O: I don't really know what Rogue was going for here. In my opinion, this is just an amped-up version of Harp Lager (that green apple taste is almost identical to one of Harp's flavor components). I just don't see the point of this beer. It's not all that appealing. (923 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" white head with medium life. The body is a clear straw yellow color which would pass for standard BMC lager. There's almost no smell at all, even after it fully warmed. The taste although consistent with BMC lagers is a little sweeter and yeastier. The body is much creamier than average. And it's capped off with a standard crisp lager finish. (356 characters)

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On my last beer run I took a flyer on this brew. Thanks to participating in BA, I seem to be trying styles I haven't had in ages. That said, this is probably the third lager style beer I've had as of late. My score is indicative of my particular taste slant - I prefer a thicker malty lager.

A - golden straw colored. Actually could see my tv through the brew clearly. kinda fun.
S - light on the trademark lager yeast smell. hint of hops and grain.
T - Very lightly lager yeast, background tastes of hops, green apple and grain. Nothing really prominent through the taste experience, rather this brew seems to be intended as a compliment to a pub food experience or dinner.
M - Very light. can't say it enough.
D - easy to drink, low alcohol content so even at a 22oz bomber serving size it doesn't overwhelm. (820 characters)

Photo of JDV
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light golden pour with a big fluffy white head. Smell is of light malt, tart apple juice like yeast. Very, very light bodied, with a somewhat tart flavor of apples, light breadiness, and pale lager like malt. Easy drinking, smooth with a quick, clean finish with basically no detectable bitterness, but nothing to write home about.
If you have to pay $5.50 a bomber for it where you live too, I'd wait for a day when your girlfriend is being really generous and decides to buy it for you, as I did, because I can think of many better beers for the price. (but thank you honey) (577 characters)

Photo of ScarletLady
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light gold, slightly hazy. no real head to speak of with light carbonation
Smell: nothing distinctive
Taste: very light with a slight bitter finish. tasted very mainstream if that is an valid descriptive. I am guilty here of comparing it to Harp which has a bigger flavor.

Overall a very average beer, the best that I can say is that there wasn't anything offensive about it. A little disappointing since I expected more from Rogue, but overall very drinkable. (477 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer from the bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. What can I say, I guess I think this was just an average beer by the way I scored it. The beer was a noce gold color with a decent head. The beer tasted fresh with a bit of a bite at first taste. Fair lacing also. I guess I would buy again but only if there was not much of a choice of beer. (348 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden amber in to my glass witha slight white carbinated head that dissapates quickly leaving no lace.

S- It smell of light citrusy noble hops. Not a strong overpowering aroma but its follwed by a light malt prescence.

T - Light bicuity flavor, some bread, and maybe some vineous flavors bouncing around in there. Like a light chardonnay.

M - Kinda chewy for the style. not light enough. Creamy on the tounge, and has sharpness from the carbination on the mid-tip of the tounge.

D - Its a light Euro pale lager. Its not bursting with flavor, but it is true to style. (599 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden copper with a sizeable frothy head. Lots of thick lacing. Aroma is pale sweetish malt, wisps of sour apple fruitiness.

Tastes if lightly sour pale malt. Very lagery, very tinny tasting. As it warms a bit, a nice herbal hop backbone. Mouth is crisp but thin. Hops linger a bit in the finish. It's ok, nothing great, very average euro-style lager. (371 characters)

Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 405 ratings.