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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

Kells Irish Style LagerKells Irish Style Lager

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604 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of JunkYardJake


3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lancaster Dispensing Co. served in a pint glass.
Clear pale yellow with a fluffy head that laced suprisingly well. Smells a bit musty with a few spice notes. Good flavor from the hops bring a clean, grassy taste with a hint of lemon. Very crisp and has a light feel in the mouth. Very sessionable and would be a good change of pace to the wheats of summer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2010 12:12:34 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of hustlesworth


4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- I'm gonna hold off the Irish references for a minute here, as much as I would like to get right to it. Pours a clear golden yellow with a dense soapy off white head. Foam settles quickly to a thick ring and there's some decent spotty lace. Keeping in mind this is a euro pale lager, I'm going to judge it as such.

S- subdued aroma, fruity and apple like, but I smell it to be leaning more on the pear skin side. Earthy and lacking the sweetness that would come from the meat of the fruit, be it apple or pear. Some bready malt, early harvest reisling, and a quick whiff of herbal hops are also present. A bit off a roasted poultry aroma as well. Modest, but not bad at all.

T- fruity and somewhat tart in the beginning. Sweetent up a bit until the hops kick in. The website says sterling and I would have called saaz, so I guess we are on the same page. Very nice balance of malt and hops and with a little more bitterness I would have called this one a Czech pilsener. Home made white bread, red apple skin, green pear skin, white grape, dry white wine, and cut grass come to mind, blowing the lid off any heine, Stella, amstel, or what have you. Calling an American pale a euro pale is a bit unfair, similar to calling an American made ipa an english style ipa when we all know damn well that it isn't. This is full of flavor for a lighter lager and is nothing short of a "German style" pils. Finishes with bright zesty herbal hops and a bit of lemon with to go along with the fading strong malty spine.

MF- I will agree with other reviews that the feel of this one is cake compared to other EPLs. Quality ingredients shine here and the malty density is perfectly offset by the crisp lively
carbonation giving it a plush and luxurious feel for such a... You know, pale euro lager. Tannins, alpha acids, and moderate alcohol all converge to form a voltron of immaculate dryness.

D- speaking of dryness and on to the big D. Steve Nash doesn't have this D. Never cloying and never overly tart, I'm happy to see this mick hovering in the middle. Don't mind the racial slur, I'm Irish. Graceful dryness and deceptive lightness give this one drinkability like a Bonnie lassie's (expletive) (censored) from the business end of my tin whistle. Please don't dis this well made version of an all too often hated on style. Maybe $5 for a bomber is a bit too much, but when there's a keg in front of you it's a whole different story.

...and the fiddle played Sean dun na ngall...

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2010 09:35:56 | More by hustlesworth
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2010 03:34:39 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of jdense


3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge poured into pint glass.
Straw yellow brew one finger white head, quick dissipation. Breadish malts dominate the nose, little hop presence. Cloying maltish sweetness on the taste still minimal hop presence. Decent mouthfeel, pretty drinkable if you can work through the sweetness. Don't anticipate I'll have this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2009 02:47:13 | More by jdense
Photo of Natural510


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale golden color with a decent lacing on the glass.
Lemon & wheat notes to the nose.
Flavor up front is sour and tart. Breaded malt blends with the citric lemon taste, and there's a bit of a hop kick at the end.
Refreshing and crisp; much like a hefeweizen without the banana/clove element.

Different, to be sure; not certain how many of these I could drink, but I enjoyed a new take on the lager. What's so Irish about it, anyway?

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 03:34:48 | More by Natural510
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Smith's

A: Golden straw color. Puffy white head.

S: Butter biscuits, lightly roasted nuts, mild hops.

T: Lightly toasted cereal grains, semi sweet notes with a little hop bitter bite

M: Not overly carbonated or waterly like many lagers. Medium bodied and smooth.

D: Very drinkable and refreshing. Top notch lager.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 19:47:07 | More by rfgetz
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 03:20:53 | More by RedDiamond
Photo of LittleDon


4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, it was cloudy slightly dark yellow in color with little head. Surprisingly, the first thing I noticed was the hop aroma, with a hint of barley. The taste was light, slightly acidic with hints of lemon in the finish. Light in alcohol, but very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2009 02:26:03 | More by LittleDon
Photo of everetends


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
Photo of cichief


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a nice golden-yellow with a very nice white head.

S- Smells somewhat malty and bready.

T- Nice and clean, somewhat yeasty and biscuit like.

M- Smooth, well carbonated, not overly done, thin to medium on the tongue.

D- Very tasty lager, great for the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2008 00:00:19 | More by cichief
Photo of BoitSansSoif


3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden straw hue. Aroma was slightly metallic w/overtones of mineral, and faint green apple and Bartlett pear. Taste was primarily pear w/slight mineral and light hops. Smooth, bold flavor that seemingly fails to totally perforate the taste buds. This is my least favorite offering thus far from Rogue, but it is still decent, and it is worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2008 07:49:28 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of toolbrew


3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 18:09:27 | More by toolbrew
Photo of jdg204


3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was out at the ol' Whichbrew in Easton and had to try one of their many draft offerings. I'd never had a Rogue brew before and this seemed like an ideal time.

Appearance - Very thin yellow color, I was honestly scared they'd brought me a Macro when it arrived.

Smell - Probably the best part o the brew, had a decent malty, floral/fruity aroma.

Taste - It took a bit to get to to the spring fruits, there a bit of a bland, bitter macro flavor that was a bit too dominant.

Mouthfeel - Fruity aftertaste was decent but had a bit too much of a drying effect.

Drinkability - This is likely an excellent interpretation of this style, just didn't care much for it. This was a decent brew and I'm defiently excited to try more Rogues, but needless to say I was really excited to order the something else.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2008 18:52:44 | More by jdg204
Photo of czfreeman


3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap, didn't have a head on it when I recieved it, so no comment on that aspect. Golden color, looks good, but doesn't really smell like anything. Very light flavors,very subtle. I must give it high marks on the drinkability, this is a great session beer to knock back a few anytime. I would drink a few pints at an Irish pub anytime!

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2008 02:50:14 | More by czfreeman
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2007 00:31:57 | More by JamesS
Photo of Perdue125

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on tap at Liberty Tap Room. This is probably the closest a Rogue beer will ever come to a domestic, but don't let that turn you off from it.
It pours a very clean golden color, the pint I got didn't have much of a head by the time it got to me.
The taste is very clean and crisp for a Rogue beer somewhat remeniscent of their pilsner. Definite taste of malt on this one with a hint of hops at the end.
All in all, a good selction for what it is, it's a good session beer and shouldn't disappoint lager fans.
It should be noted that this would be a good beer to transition someone off of domestic-macros to something a little more civilized

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2007 16:16:02 | More by Perdue125
Photo of loren01


3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden color, 1 finger width frothy white head. Good lacing
S: Smells malty, good grain scent. Slight smell of hops
T: Honey, malt, biscutty up front with a very slight hop presence at the end
M: Light to medium bodied, crisp and easy drinking
D: Nothing too over the top/fancy but nevertheless a good tasting beer, goes down very easily

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2007 20:01:53 | More by loren01
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap on St. Patrick's Day...poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy yellow-golden color with a light brown head that leaves some sticky lacing on the glass...much lighter color than I expected.

S - Spiced citrus with a solid grainy-malt backdrop...some earth tones come through once it settles for a little while.

T - More complex than other lagers I've sampled...wheaty mouthfeel with subtle fruit tones and peppery spices, all on a caramel/grain maltiness. Together, these flavors form almost a multigrain-bread taste with a little sweetness towards the end.

M - Lighter-medium body with a crisp finish...a little dry.

D - Overall, I enjoyed this beer - it was part of my St. Patrick's Day visit to the Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill. It seems like a stronger tap selection than from the bottle...but I have no bottle experience from which to speak of, in regards to this selection.

If I see it on-tap again, I'd definitely try another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2007 17:30:19 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of teg8612


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Locker Stock" Tap selection at the Addison Flying Saucer-No longer available, selection has changed.

A- Cold hazed, golden color. Nice lacing.

S- Nice. Malt has a nut and bready quality. Slight herbal hop aroma.

T&M- Very balanced brew as the herbal hop gives a slight lemon zest to a full malt taste. Very bready and smooth. Slight grain and yeast notes. Ends somewhat dry.

D- Nice lager. Kicks all kinda Euro Brew A$$. I hope they bring this back here soon.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2006 12:46:15 | More by teg8612
Photo of ScarletLady


3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2006 14:32:36 | More by ScarletLady
Photo of Bierguy5


3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, with just a slight orange tint. Thick, creamy white head. Very good retention, and some nice lacing on the glass. Very light aroma, simple perfume and toasty-ness. Light toasty malt flavor, with just a hint of bitterness. No real big flavor here. While I think this would be a good session beer, it seems to lack any real flavor. Light to medium body, with a slightly creamy feel to it. Not really one of my favorites from Rogue.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2006 16:05:36 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap amidst a few pints of Guinness at O'Donohughe's in Nyack, NY on St. Patrick's Day. I was quite surprised to see it!

A - Hazy, burnt gold color with a fairly decent head. Vibrant hue. Nice lacing initially, but lacking in performance as the pint was drained.

S - Grilled apricots - very much reminiscent of Magic Hat #9, but with more body in the nose. Floral hoppiness. Light honey-like malts. Nose gets nicer ar the beer warms.

T - The thing that amazed me most was, despite the sweet floral nose and overtly sweet taste, there was no cloying at all. Thank goodness. Also, the hoppiness was very subdued and there was almost no bitterness in the finish. Lastly, it yieldes an interesting mango aftertaste.

M - Nothing too incredible here. Smooth intake. Decent carbonation and roundness in the mouth. Normal swallow.

D - For the style (which frankly surprised me), this beer is better than most of the rest. Come on, this is in the same class as Heineken? ANYWAY... Rogue Kells is interesting. It's tasty. It's easy. It's definitely a session beer. But it's not a whole lot more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2006 03:04:27 | More by EPseja
Photo of jameaterblues

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2006 02:00:25 | More by jameaterblues
Photo of RoyalT


3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2004 19:40:14 | More by RoyalT
Photo of PatandDavid


2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was disapointed in this one...very hard to find lager like qualities at all. The one area in which it did was the appearance, but only I believe because I had just finished a keller bier and they looked similar. Pour was cloudy and tangerine. Aroma was of hops and syrup. My tasting notes say: this beer tastes like a syrupy, high alcohol brutal bitter. I really like brutal bitter, and if I'd wanted one, I would have ordered it instead...Sorry to be so harsh, but when I look to the right, and see other beers listed that are in the same category (like Samuel Smiths Organic lager), this beer just isn't the same.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2004 12:49:00 | More by PatandDavid
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