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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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620 Ratings
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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | 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.

28 IBU
75 AA
9.8º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Jon on 09-28-2002)
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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely straw colour--nice drinkable crispness--pleasant finish--very palatable mouthfeel.

The Rogue guys really brewed a pleasant session 'pils-type' lager here--great bottle design.

The touch of wheat adds a nice bit of sharpness to the barley malt.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:57:45 | More by LuckyLucanite
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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured to pilsner.

A: Pours a golden color with a two finger head that has amazing retention and leaves lacing all the way from top to bottom with bubbles of carbonation flowing for the entire drink.

S: Smells slightly hoppy with a bit of malt and some fruit.

T: Tastes about the same as it smells, noting special, nicely balanced. Fairly dry with no bitterness.

Best things about this drink were the look, mouthfeel, and drinkability. Could drink this one all day and it stays extremely crisp. Will buy again, great for some social drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 03:37:25 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful straw colored lager with a nice foamy white head. Smells of vienna malt, sweet and inviting. The beer has no discernable hop aroma, but that totally works for the style.

This is a wonderfully balanced beer. Wonderful malt flavor balances perfectly with the hop bitterness. The beer is dry and thirst quenching. There is an odd flavor at the end...kind of an earthy frutiness. It's not bad, but I have never tasted anything like it before.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are very good. Crisp and lager-like, I could drink gallons of this stuff. My only issue is that it seems slightly overcarbonated. Other than that...LOVE it!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 22:19:46 | More by joerodiii
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4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

smell: i think it smells very inviting. first whif reminds me of honey and you can notice the hops more here than in the actual flavor.

taste: yummy. no flavors are over the top here. it gets a bit frothy but i think its needed to add body to the over-all feel. its probably attributed to the bisquit notes from the famous yeast that rogue uses in there beers. its clean. you get a grassy fragrance toward the finish thats over almost before you notice it. the finish goes on and on and its leaves a good taste of fruits on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 01:39:29 | More by mgmvh
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a very pale golden color. It poured with a fairly long lived fizzy white head.

s: Not much, a little sweet grain.

t: Sweet, slightly biscuity malts and little to no hops to speak of.

m: Crisp and long lasting active carbonation.

d: This was good for what it is, but I won't look for another.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2009 11:38:49 | More by DIM
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3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It poured golden in color with little to no head.

smell was kind of fruity, grassy, grainy. It smell of light citrus noble hops. Not a strong overpowering aroma but its followed by a light malt presence.

taste was pretty good if you like non adventurous Euro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 21:30:13 | More by bataround
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3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden Yellow with hues of orange. The beer is cloudy and there is some carbonation in the glass. There was a head, but it only lasted but a few seconds, leaving a thin white line.

Nose: Toasted malts, green apples, pears, spices, and sweet honey with a yeasty hint. There was hints of citrus, ester, cut grass, and butterscotch.

Taste: A nice complex toasted malt a bit different from the nose. There was green apples, pears, honey and spice. The notes were citrus, resin, and hops.

Overall: Another descent beer from "Rouge Ales". I was slightly disappointed I felt it was a bit thin. The mouth feel had a little bit of carbonation with a nice fresh cut green apple finish that is astringent. I noticed that is kinda had a pilsner feel but it was heavier than a Pils.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 06:39:03 | More by colts9016
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is drinkable. That's fo' 'sho

Pours a straw yellow color, grassy smell, slight malty taste. I'm not sure of the age of this beer as it was in the discount section, it doesn't taste skunked.

Nothing really to write home about, I could see drinking for our five of these bombers on St Patty.s

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 21:54:59 | More by cadenwhitaker
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2008 22:22:19 | More by jujubeast6000
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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Kells Irish Style

From a 22 ounce bomber. Pours light amber into the glass with about a 1" head.
Some lacings. I paid about $3.49 US for the bottle. Slightly fruity aroma.
Tastes like a high quality macro with a little bit more character.
A good session beer, but most micro drinkers will be dissapointed.
I would say this compares well with some of the bigger name European beers. Drinkabilty is very good.
Overall a bit of a let down from a fine brewer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 03:17:45 | More by Spikester
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3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice lager. Pours clear gold with a surprisingly thick white head. Good carbonation, not too bubbly. Nothing really stands out in the aroma; mostly grass and yeast. The flavor is more of the same. Good mix of malt and yeast, with some hops for that pilsner taste. Balanced, but not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 16:44:51 | More by magictrokini
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2.3/5  rDev -36.1%
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!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 20:40:22 | More by kimcgolf
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from Beeradvocate Magazine March 07.

Back in the late 1980s, we drank Harp Lager by the case. It was pretty much the best Lager in our area at the time, and one of two Irish beers we could get our hands on. So when an American brewer comes out with an "Irish Style Lager" you'd think that someone else out there drank a ton of Harp, too. Come to find out, this recipe is from a chain of Irish pubs on the West Coast. Go figure.

Pale, golden yellow color dulled by a slight haze. Thin, with a sticky white lace. Clean, spicy and herbal hop aroma, with a hint of yeast and granny smith apples, but clean after that. So damn smooth, with a push of crispness from the back. Doughy malt with a twang from the wheat; clean, spicy bitterness from the hops. Musty yeast flavor in the middle. Malt drops out to leave a clean and dry finish.

Nothing overly interesting, but easy to drink. No Rogue twists either--it is what it says: an Irish Style Lager, reminiscent of Harp Lager. Spot-on for what Rogue was attempting. Try splitting this bottle with a friend over a score of raw oysters.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 19:15:32 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint 6 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a thick white head.

S - Very faint. Some citrus and malt.

T - Crisp and clean. Very smooth with a slight citrus bite.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. I had to get this at a store in VA cause I can't find it here in OH.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 02:20:10 | More by jeffmonarch
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4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Kells Irish Lager
10/9/08, 1 pt 6oz bottle to a tapered bottom mug,
Reviewed as a "Euro Pale Lager" = heavy hops w/ minimal bitterness, can have sweet notes?
ABV=BA unlisted?
A 4.0 Cloudy golden yellow, almost cider-like, great head and great lacing
S 4.5 Notes of apple and wheat, a surprise indeed, minor hop notes were present
T 4.0 a wheaty cider taste on palate, finish has hoppiness and citrus notes
MF 4.0 Heavy on carbonation, smooth on palate, feels like a home brew, a lot of character, medium- - body
D 4.5 Unique and different, not really a session beer as agreed by a buddy during this tasting.
Unique to try for sure! Reminded me of some saisons and/or hefes

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 20:50:30 | More by unclejimbay
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West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

<from my St. Patrick's Day 2008 notes>

Bomber to an Imperial Pint glass, bright gold with white head, fluffy, no lacing to speak of.

Bright, malty aroma. Hops? Not here, my friend. All malt, but a high in the nose malt, not sweet at all.

Flavour (see, I'm using Imperial spelling! Yay, St. Patrick!): malty, beery, kinda malt liquouresque. But it's full of that flavour, no doubt.

Kind of crisp-to-harsh mouthfeel. Still, remains pretty drinkable.

Not bad for an Irish Lager. Not Rogue's best though.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 20:04:16 | More by rabsten
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3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is crisp with soft moderately-strong malt and apple fruit.

Medium-pale yellow (12° Plato, per description), good clarity, moderately sized head with better than mild retention.

First sip brings all the expected maltiness and fruit with a nice tartness, bitterness, and soft carbonation. Crisp, clean malt backbone displays mild-to-moderate sweetness, mild graininess, and a medium-to-medium-thin body. Fruit character is quite apple-like with sweetness and tartness. Mild hoppy splash adds floral notes, fruity hints, and citric suggestions; finish is summed up by a moderate hop bitterness.

Before looking it up on BA, I'm trying to decided what it's listed under. I don't see it under American All-Malt Lager or Czech Pilsner (via CP yeast). Okay, yeah I see, Ireland's in Europe.

I would be definitely happy with this Rogue if I had requested an Irish Lager; it's crisp, clean, tasty, and light enough to live up to the (perhaps mis)conception that lager is lighter. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 01:22:30 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kells Irish style lager was poured from a 25 oz bottle into a tumbler glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a large white head. I was surprised to see that the beer was yellow instead of the red that I would expect from an Irish Lager.

Smell: Not much going on in the way of smells. Only a light malt character comes through in the aroma.

Taste: As the label suggest there is the taste of crisp apple but not much is going on.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 22:28:47 | More by BierFan
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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on St. Pats this year.

Serving Type: 22 oz Bottle.

Golden color with white head. Aroma has some citrus hits with earthy hops. Sweet taste but not much going on . Decent grain and hop taste but not complex. Slight hop finish. Good beer for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 19:01:54 | More by hurleymanvw
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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a typical yellow golden with nice fluffy head. Nose is grains and some slight pepper. Taste is mostly grain and skunk. Some light fruit. Mouthfeel is good, but not amazing. Drinkability is good, a very slammable lager. Overall an ok brew, better than bud, but no munich brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 05:09:09 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a pretty decent head.

Smells very strongly of grapes. It has a slightly winy aroma. There is also a little bit of sweet grain. Taste is grapes again, but also with a touch of honey. Has a very dry and slightly bitter finish. There is actually a decent hop presence. Very strange beer. It really reminds me of a dry, fruity white wine.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and I could drink this for a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 05:46:15 | More by daythree16
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Capital City Package in Atlanta.

Pours a dark straw color with a one finger head. Not very good retention, and the head recedes to a thin layer of bubbles on top of the beer. Very clear, and there's not much lacing.

Smells kind of sour, with apple smells. There's not a whole lot else going on.

Tastes much like it smells. Very crisp with an apple-y taste. There's a little bit of malt sweetness in there as well. Could have a bit more flavor.

Not much going on with the mouthfeel, but I didn't expect much. Thin but smooth, but enough carbonation to bring out the flavors.

This beer is pretty drinkable, a solid light lager.

Overall it's a good representation of the style, although as a beer it's not all that great. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:58:40 | More by glid02
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another brew I indulged in at the J. Clyde this weekend while meeting a few middle Alabama BAs (BamaBeerBuff and AmishT are great guys and absolutely worth spending time over a pint with). Served in a standard pint.

A: Poured a pale golden/yellow. The carbonation was very active in this beer. Head was moderate but lack of retention took it down to a wispy nothing. No lacing.

S: Smell is actually pretty good. Bready malt, but not too sweet. Hops are there in the nose with a herbal tinge to them. Smells very earthy and of summer.

T: Taste is even better. The bready malt is present with a cracker note. The hops actually have a touch of bitter bite to them along with the herbal nature they bring to this pint. It is sweet, herbal and bitter all in the same gulp. Simple but very nice.

M: Closer to a light body than medium, but this brew does what it sets out to do. Crisp carbonation that makes this beer go down easy and refreshes in the heat. Only a slight note of bitterness and a faint (but pleasant) metallic aftertaste.

D: This brew is simple but gets the job done. I enjoyed it even if it didn't challenge my palate as much as the previous brews in the day. This went down easy but still had some flavor. Will drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2008 21:36:28 | More by everetends
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4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this a few times before but haven't reviewed it yet, so here it goes. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a . The aroma is sweet malt, freshly cut hay and grassy malt. The taste is extremely crisp and refreshing, with just enough flavor to keep me interested. This is a perfect session beer for me, and I would drink more often if it wasn't so damn expensive ($5-$6 for a bomber around here). Overall, Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager is an extremely quaffable brew and definitely one of my favorite lagers out there. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 02:36:57 | More by cjgator3
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pale yellow with a 1 finger, fluffy white head. Visible carbonation was very aggressive.

S: a light floral hoppiness, pale malt and a faint sour grain aroma.

T: The flavor was slighty bready, with a nice floral hopping per style. There was some fresh grains, hay, and finished crisp.

M: fizzy from the carbonation and very clean, some fresh cereal grains.

D: A light drinking euro style lager, moderate drinkability, mild enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 13:52:16 | More by beerthulhu
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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