Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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Irish Style LagerIrish Style Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

687 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 35
Gots: 42 | 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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Ratings: 687 | Reviews: 408
Photo of toolbrew
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a slightly cloudy golden-yellow color with a white head.

Had a weak fruity smell. Earthy, almost flowery.

It had a typical lager taste but with more of a sour finish. I couldn't taste any of the fruity smell.

The mouthfeel was thicker than I would've expected from the color of the beer. Had a drying effect.

It is a drinkable beer, but I would stick to one per sitting.

Photo of 57md
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For the most part, it looks, smells and tastes like a high-end AAL.

Truthfully, there is less of a corny essence than in most AALs, but the corn is still annoyingly there in the background. Also, the hop character on the back-end makes it mildly more enjoyable than an AAL.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery, this lager poured a light amber color with what seem a creamy head with so lace. The smell of malts, hops, with a hint of yeast filled the nose. The taste was of lightly rosted malts and spices, with a hint of a grainy yeast flavor. Not a really bad lagar, but just no overly impressed. Kind of lack luster, just an average lager, but worth trying!

Photo of UnionMade
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed gold, with a lasting white head. Great beading, evenly tiny bubbles, with splotchy lacing. Soft, soapy hop aroma. Pilsy clean malt. Pretty uneventful and inoffensive. Not clean enough to be a knockout, and too mild to really grab your attention. The flavor follows suit, with meek pale malt. Clean, with just a bit of grassy flavors. Soft, smooth finish, probably from the wheat, with a sedate hop presence. Floral and soapy. Overall, it finishes sweetish and dry. Crispy carbonation. Medium body. Ok, but nothing to write home about. I'd rather have this than Harp, though.

Photo of drouss48
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like most people, I sat down to drink this beer with my expectations set very high. I have never been disappointed with a Rogue brew...until now.

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pub style pint glass.

A: Straw/Golden yellow, with small white head. Carbonation appeared to be strong, judging from the amount of bubbles being produced.

S: Sweet malty, honey like. The small of apple at the end of the nose is rather overwhelming and might have even ruined the rest of my experience with this beer.

T: The taste is really clear to me with this beer...it's kind of all over the place. Its crisp, but sweet malt is a bit overwhelming. This is also where that apple comes into play as I almost can't help but think I'm drinking beer flavored apple juice that's been carbonated.

F: I expected more carbonation judging from the appearance. However, the feel is "thicker" than expected yet light towards the end...almost watery. Actually not 'almost'....definitely watery.

Overall I was very, very dissapointed with this beer.

Photo of bogus564
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounces, poured into a pint glass.

Earlier, I enjoyed a couple of hot dogs from my new favorite dog spot. It occurs to me that perhaps I should have had this beer with the dogs; hindsight is 20/20. But enough of that; on to the review...

A: Not what I was expecting; I was thinking that this would be more amber in color, when this appears to be more cloudy lemon to me. It produced a 2cm wheat-colored head that lasts about ninety seconds before slowly dissolving into lace.

S: Not knowing what to expect now, I dive in. Okay, now I'm really confused; the first thing I'm smelling is wet newspaper. Huh? I can't get anything past that. I hope to goodness it doesn't taste as it smells.

T: Okay, now I'm disappointed in full. I can taste a light citrus, like really diluted lemon and orange, and a teensy bit a grassiness, but this might as well be Coors Light for all the taste.

M: Ehh. Light in body, carbonated well, a forgettable finish.

O: I had such high expectations, this being an offering from Rogue and all. This might be the first beer from Rogue that I not only didn't like, but even disliked. Now I'm glad that I ate the hot dogs before.

Photo of whartontallboy
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm...I just saw this for the first time, but it's apparently retired.
Pours out a clear, weak yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that fades quickly. Some carbonation streaming through, but not a ton. Not a lot to look at.

Smell is lightly fruity, a bit of clean toasted grain, and a very slight Euro hoppiness. Not much action in the nose, either.

Flavor is light, slightly fruit, with some apple and peach flavors building on top of toasted grain and a slight corn-husk flavor. Finish is clean with little lingering aftertaste.

Overall: Just not a lot going on in this one, not bad per se, but definitely not worth five bucks a bomber. Mediocre.

Photo of Bighuge
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy looking piss yellow. Thin off white head. Barely anything. Lace is minimal. Hmmm...On the nose, crisp malts, noble hops and a touch of acidity. Pretty basic with regards to flavor. Bland malts. A little grainy. A little biscuity. Not much to speak of. A touch of noble hop goodness. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Medium body. Pretty average brew.

Photo of prototypic
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger head. Head lingered for a few minutes, but not long. Very light lacing remained.

Smell: Definitely a spicy aroma to it. There are some citrusy notes to it (a bit of orange and pineapple maybe). Also has hints of wheat and grains. Very faint hop smell. Nothing to get too excited about.

Taste: The spicy taste hit me first. That's a bit of a turnoff for me. Definitely has a wheat taste to it and the orange flavor is noticeable. Hops are there, but barely so.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This has a pretty lightbodied feel to it. But, it leaves an oily taste in my mouth. It's pretty drinkable though. This would be best on a hot day. Overall, it's okay. I can't go much better than that.

Photo of jameaterblues
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So normally I am a big fan of Rogue beers. But the Kells Lager kinda fell short of my expectations. it had a translucent golden color with a thin white head that left a slight lacing, it looked pleasing for a Lager. The smell was pleasant and fruity. But this one was particularly sweet(not fruity in taste at all), and it was kinda unexpected. Not that it really had a distinct flavor, but just a very sweet taste. It was very light on the mouth and the stomach, and I could see someone drinking alot of this beer. I guess it would be a good transition for people trying to get away from the macro brews. I was just expecting more from Rogue overall.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, yellow-gold coloring with a steady, slow stream of carbonation bubbling and a low profile, frothy, white head that quickly settles into a sparse, uneven, filmy coating. Aromas of toasted grains and a slightly sour, floral highlight. Flavors are light, but sharp, with the toasty grains/cereal giving a good, solid backbone that support the sour tang and bitter hops at the end of the palate. The carbonation ends up giving a sharp, almost astringent feel along with the flavor profiles. The aftertaste is bitter and slightly sour, leading to a resiny, slick, and lingering finish. Not my favorite, that is for sure.

Photo of tbern007
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours yellow, hazy. Large head that stays for quite some time.
Smells a bit stale, yeasty, breadlike.
Tastes like a mix of wheat, stale, bread, yeast, malty, and a touch of lemon.
Creamy and less than moderate carbonation. Drinkable, average. Does not really stand out as being exceptional in any area.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft serving at local pub. Pale gold with generous head from the draft pour. Nose has some faint malt and herbal and citrus qualities. On the palate it has a faint resemblance to a steam beer. Good balance of light malt flavors and light hops. Easy drinking.

Photo of RoyalT
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is light yellow in color with some noticeable carbonation and a big, beautiful, head even though I had it in a taster. The head left some foamy pits and lacing all over the glass.

Smell – There was no mistaking the raw American grain in this nose. It was mixed with some light, sucrose-type of sweetness and a grassy hoppiness.

Taste – The grain is a lot lighter than I thought after smelling this lager and the hops are muddled. The sweetness from the nose finished up the taste.

Mouthfeel – This one is light-bodied (lighter than what I experienced when drinking it bottled) with a nice, tingly sensation in the mouth. It is smooth and the flavors flow well together.

Drinkability – It seems that American breweries really struggle with this style. Having said that, this wasn’t half bad and is better than most.

Photo of aforbes10
3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks as a lager should. white head. skunky odor (although maybe i just think all lagers smell bad). smooth, fresh lager taste, i get a hint of the apples that they describe on the bottle...like apples that aren't quite ripe yet and a re still a little tart. Although later on i think that may have just been a mind trick since i was trying to taste apples. who knows. nothing special about this beer and certainly not something i'd expect from Rogue since they mainly make Ales, but it was ok to drink (for a lager).

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a little bummed I payed $5.00 for this one. Not an overly bad beer, but way too similar to your average lager. Pale gold, with timy foam bubbles that form a small head. Heavy lagerwheat on the nose. Sweet on the tongue, kinda reminds me of stealing a sip when I was younger.

A classic session beer, but don't waste your time or money. There are much better offerings from others breweries.

Photo of Enola
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very light yellow and there was a decent head. A fair amount of lacing. The smell is wheat like. The taste is pretty uneventfull. Tatses like a light lager and there are hints or corn but not with the usual off tastes. The beer is smooth and quite drinkable. This would be a very good session beer if not for the price. Attention Rogue: start canning this and lower the price somewhat. I could drink this beer daily. For what it is, it is hard to beat. A very good session beer.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber served chilled in a Guinness glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark golden color topped by a frothy white head. Very bubbly, though the head retention left something to be desired.

Smell: Lightly fruity malts with a bit of a sugary smell. No real hop presence and what there is is of the grassy sort.

Taste: Mildly tart and sweet pale malts. Bready and grainy overall.

Mouthfeel: Watery and lightbodied. Slightly refreshing.

Drinkability: Kinda underwhelming. I imagine this would be much better in situ with some fish and chips and a band playing in the background.

Photo of ralree
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice fluffy white head, good retention and OK lacing. Color is a light gold. Not the most appetizing looking beer, but not bad.

S: Light fruit, some grainy malt. Nothing complex about this one.

T: A little fruity, but not sweet whatsoever. Fairly bitter for a lager. Alcohol undetectable. Grain and hop flavors are strong and good. The main problem is it lacks anything but bitter grain flavor. It needs something sweet to balance it out.

M: Has a nice refreshing mouthfeel. Doesn't coat the mouth, but rather leaves it dry and ready for more. Medium-light body. A little watery. Non-astringent.

D: Goes down easy, but doesn't taste good enough to be super-drinkable.

Photo of BDJake
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- translucent yellow with decent amount of off-white head, if you catch it in time

S- grainy malts, apple juice, and a little bit of spicy hops

T- husky and grainy, with a somewhat bitter finish mixed with apples

M- clean, crisp, simple, with snappy bubbles

D- pretty drinkable, a step up from stella or heineken but not worthy of rogue's asking price

Photo of daburtman
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

for a rogue beer i had huge hopes for this one, but it wasnt as strong or heavy as i thought it may be. but still a pretty good beer, i was surprised how easy it went down, and how much lighter it was then great lakes's conway irish ale, but in all fairness, i havent had many irish beers but so far i like what ive had.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a lager glass. Cloudy, yellow color with almost three fingers of head.
Smells like golden delicious apples.
Mild taste overall. A bit of bitterness... nothing else.
Crisp and smooth texture. Low carbonation and a medium body.
It looks and smells good. The taste was a bit mild but not bad.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently a beer that was brought back into production, this is the first time I have seen it around here.

Appearance: Hazed light copper color,streams of carbonation make their way to the surface. Head is small for the style.

Smell: Grassy, grainy, musty, like cooked vegetables. Nothing great.

Taste: Malty and full, lots of grass flavor. Crisp and fairly refreshing, but also has somewhat of a rotten vegetable flavor, not the best.

Mouthfeel: Just fine, no complaints here.

Drinkability: I will pass on this one, one of the least impressive beers that Rogue brews. The old guy playing the tin whistle on the bottle is kind of cool, though.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazed yellow color with a splash of orange. Smaller head of yellowish white foam is consistant and leveled at about a quarter of an inch.

S: Distinct note of lemon and malts, with a sweet grain backbone. Hops are subdued. Nice and fresh.

T: Sweet, with initial flavors of floral-like citrus fruit, and mild buttery malts. A grassy, straw flavor is mild yet noticeable. Grainy element toward the finish adds an appropriate level of depth to this brew.

M: Nothing out of the ordinary; bubbly, smooth, slightly sharp. Goes down easy.

D: Again, nothing special. I wouldn't turn my nose up at it, but it's not something i'm likely to seek out again.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle in to a Fisherman's pint glass.

Appearance: Clear and super pale golden yellow. Bordering on straight gold. Head is bright-white and leaves almost no lacing. Carbonation is constant and effervescent.

Smell: Apples, touches of roasted grain, and the faintest touch of hops. The hops jog toward earthy and grassy. Sweet, but like apple juice sweet. A touch tart.

Taste: Lots of grain, some of it leaning toward toasted. The apple from the nose is barely noticeable on the back. Faint earthiness on the back of everything. A little sweet, but the sweetness is quickly covered up by the earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Decent mouthfeel, but it's a little heavy for what I was expecting. It's dry as promised, but lacks a certain nuance in the long run. It's dominated by an inability to decide which is more important, being dry, or having a body.

Overall: Relatively unexciting, but sometimes that's a good thing. Delightfully drinkable, but it loses a little in the long run. The big bottle format doesn't work for this beer. Given a 12oz size, it would be the perfect amount. After the first 12 ounces, this beer struggles to assert itself.

Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.