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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

648 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 25
Gots: 20 | 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 sgttibbs
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Achoo_Bacca
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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.

Photo of nquigley16
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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?

Photo of goblin7704
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of mcowgill
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of mrfrancis
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of malcontent
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of nickd717
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.