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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

642 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 25
Gots: 18 | 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 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.

jnn4v, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow daisy with a pillowy froth of pearl white head - Kells Lager reminds me more of tropical sunshine and white sand beaches than it does Ireland's mossy hills and rocky shores. Still, it looks unarguably appealing, even despite a heavyset haze. Not to mention the astonishing adhesiveness of this foam. I'm sure glad they didn't go all the way with the marketing and die it green - this is a nice looking beer.

The aroma also veers me to a specific spot on the globe, again not Ireland though. A deep, profound maltiness exhumes notes of fresh harvested cereal grains and crisp straw with even a generous sprinkling of green, leafy hops. I'd be far more likely to associate this with Germany - it has all the components of a nice Munich Helles. Pale lagers (especially on this side of the Atlantic) rarely smell this pleasant or clean.

Rogue's refusal to use chemicals, additives or preservatives pays big dividends, at least as far as well attuned palates are concerned. Not only does this *not* have any reminiscence of corn, adjuncts, chemical agents or artificial taste but it *does* have the honest, natural flavour of malted barley. It is clean and vivid - it's like the epiphany of tasting free range, grass fed beef for the first time all over again.

Aside from being happy not to be pestered by any corn or adjuncts, nothing about the mouthfeel wows me; then again, it's not expected to. This get's the 28 IBU, light drinking, highly quaffable, blessedly refreshing profile done in fine form. I don't often drink in the copious quantities associated with Irish habits or St. Patrick's Day celebrations, but this is something I could if were ever forced to.

Once a proud brewing nation, Ireland today is a market in which Guinness and Heineken own all but 4% of the share. Most of us associate the Irish with Stout but lager actually now accounts for roughly 60% of beer consumption on the island. It's too bad then that the Irish don't have access to Rogue's Kells Irish Style Lager. There's no competition between this and any actual Irish lagers I've had, this would win hands down.

biegaman, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Rainintheface
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: mostly clear, light golden in color with a short lasting white head that ends as a solid ring and wispy cover. moderate carbonation

S: herbal, grassy, grains and a hint of lemon. nice

T: very much what the nose detects. herbal and grassy to start with light malt to finish

M: light with some crisp carb and low hop bite

D: nice lager. easy drinking

Rainintheface, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of cratez
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 650ml bottle into a Murphy's pint glass. Part of the 2009 LCBO Spring Beer Release.

Appearance: bright yellow in colour with a sliver of white foam. Some lacing speckles the glass. Better looking than your average lager, but after a while the head and lacing disappear completely.

Smell: mild yeast, sweet malt, and grassy hops. Floral and grainy aromas give the beer a pilsner-like character.

Taste: light wheat and grain, vaguely bitter hops, and a dry malty aftertaste. The flavour is surprisingly tame.

Mouthfeel: silky and refreshing body is followed by a tingly carbonated bite and thin malted finish.

Drinkability: certainly nicer than your typical lager, but there's nothing particularly special about this brew. The taste is underwhelming, especially since I associate Rogue Ales with bold and feisty flavours. Overall, Kells is just a drinkable beer that falls short of the greatness that I expect from this brewer.

cratez, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color lager with large foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of light malt with no discernable hops. Taste is also dominated by some lightly sweet hops with no easily detectable adjunct. Body is quite lively with some good carbonation. Easily drinkable but not very complex or enjoyable for that matter.

Phyl21ca, Mar 13, 2009
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.

LittleDon, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of terryeckmeier
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up as soon as I saw it. We don't get to many American craft beer up in Canada so I'm glad to see more of it. Pour a nice golden yellow, good head retention smells rather sweet almost like a cider or apple juice. Almost bready smells coming off it yeasty. Kind of mellow flavours, not to much bitterness but just enough to enjoy it. Nothing over powers anything but nothing really stands out. All in all a pretty decent beer worth picking up again. Would be great on a summer day.

terryeckmeier, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im reviewing this beer purely within the confines of a "Euro Pale Lager". Its not my favorite style, but this is a great brewery so its worth a shot.

Pours a pale gold with a bit of haze, Im guessing this is unpasteurized? The patchy head sticks around a while leaving a few trails of lace on the glass. The aroma is sweet with a doughy, warm bread character. A pleasant herbaceous hop flavor makes itself known immediately in the first sip but quickly gives way to a glut of malt flavor. Dready, crackery, even vanilla notes comes to mind. The finish is malty, mildly bitter and long. The mouthfeel is softly carbonated for the style and light bodied.

A very decent representation of the style. Plenty of malt depth and even some hop balance. Worth a try if you like lagers. Beats Harp hands down IMO.

CAMRAhardliner, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of CanuckRover
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold. Pillowy white head recedes fairly quickly leaving a very thin foam. Short-lived lacings slide down the glass.

Fresh grass seed dominates the nose, one of the great pleasures of lager drinking. A lightly fruity malt lingers behind.

Hm... well it does have a certain Harp character to it, not sure whether that's a good thing or not. Light, grainy malt and floral, grassy hops. There's a rather unpleasant character to the yeast, a slight mustiness that doesn't quite fit.

Goes down smooth and quite drinkable.

I understand that the beer was created as the perfect black and tan partner to Guinness... not sure how noble a goal that is, and this offering from one of my favourite breweries was a bit of a disappointment.

CanuckRover, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Lepley
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy blonde with two fingers of white head, good retention and lacing.
S: Not too potent, floral, a hint of hops, grassy.
T: Sweet, fruity, malty, light citrus, lemon, light bitterness.
M: Smooth, light, well-balanced, refreshing.
D: Both Rogue and lagers are hit-or-miss with me. I think they pulled this one off well though.

Lepley, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a clear light amber yellow, very thick and chunky white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lacing sticks on in clumps, decent retention. Smell is nice, very malty, some caramel and toast, grassy, light floral, biscuity malt, not very complex but has a bit more sack behind it than the average Euro pale. Taste is very sweet and malty up front, honey and caramel, toast and biscuit, quite nice, light floral hops, orange peel sweetness, grassy, lightly sugary in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. As noted before, just has more to it than the average Euro pale, bigger and more flavourful malts, better body, quite nice. I like this stuff.

Viggo, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of ABOWMan
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To begin, I do not really like lagers. I am an ale man myself.

Poured from 650 ml bottle a nice white fulffy white head which is dissipating quickly. Color is of light straw which doesn't make me think theres much flavor in this one.

Aroma is very faint. Mild malt is about all I got.

The flavor and mouthfeel is where this beer picks up. Mild notes of apricot and green apple kick in at the tale end of the sip.

Still not a lager fan, although this is a nice beer to drink as far as lagers go.

ABOWMan, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of untamedbeer
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is understated, with very subtle hops detectable. The flavor is mild, more on the malt side. Again, you can't detect much, if any hop flavor. It has a crisp beginning and a slightly sweet finish. The aftertaste is brings in a slight fruit undertone. They call it apple on the label.

My favorite aspect of this beer which separates it from other light lagers is the body and mouthfeel. It actually has some substance to it, unlike the American Standard counterparts. It's a beer that I can drink and feel good about myself. The flavor is pretty mild, so that might be why I enjoy it, despite it being a lager.

untamedbeer, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours fairly clear straw, nice head reduces to ring. Thin, sudsy lacing.

S - Light. Some light malt, honey, wheat and apple.

T - Better than smell. Malt met nicely with a bite.

M - Good balance, nice overall mouth. Hits several areas of mouth really well. Good carb and coating.

D - Very! At 12 degrees Plato, I can't believe this one is much more than 5-6 ABV.

Good beer.

srandycarter, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of bort11
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a pilsener glass. Tall fluffy white white head creates a need to pour slow. Very slow to dissipate, in fact whipped cream cap sits on the surface to the very end. Fleck of lacing cling to the glass. Color is a clear pale straw yellow with very active carbonation.

Smell is mildly floral, grassy and dusty. Taste has a smoothly sweet golden delicious apple flavor. A little bit of lemon, and floral hops.

Very refreshing, though slightly filling. This would be great for the summer months.

bort11, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of Point
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very clear golden yellow color. Crisp white head that dissipates quickly, leaving moderate lacing.

Not much nose, what is there is light wheat and a hint of citrus.

Nice clean taste, fruity/citrusy, with a slightly sweet finish. Good mouth feel for a lager! Slight muskiness on the aftertaste. No real hop presence.

All in all a good representation of an Irish Lager. It would definitely go down easy on a hot summer day. Also doesn't seem to have much ABV, so it would probably do well as a St. Patty's session beer.

Point, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of WalterSobchak
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale straw color, very clear, white head that quickly dissipates. Very much a lager
Not much smell but hints of citrus and wheat.
Nice easy drinking lager with just enough flavor to keep it interesting and actually complex. Bright carbonation with a mellow hops and a subtle malty background; finishes with a sweet citrus flavor.
Great on the palate and very drinkable. This would be perfect on a hot day or such.

WalterSobchak, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of SShelly
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a giant ruination mug.

Straw yellowish with a decent fluffy white pillow on top.

Smells of light hops with a little malt sweetness.

Moderate bitterness with a little tart kinda thing mixed in as well. moderate bitter aftertaste but pretty smooth for the most part.

not sure ill ever buy this again, but reasonably drinkable.

SShelly, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Chapter40z
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was the first beer that pulled me away from my staple of Bud. I was with a buddy of mine (tehankh) and we just decided to try something we had never had before. I cant honestly say this was the best beer every, but at the time with only Bud to compare to it was heaven. It has been only a few months since this happened but i can happily admit that both me and my friend have since affectionately taken on the title of beer geek.

Now the review. Trying to do this from memory so bare with me.

A. Poured a crystal clear golden with a nice white head.

S. A small amount of citrus and hops.

T. Taste like it smells, nothing crazy but well balanced.

M. Crisp light and refreshing.

D. Very drinkable, would love to get some more of this.

Chapter40z, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a cloudy golden color with a very thick sticky white heading. A nice malty smell with a good blend of hops. Again taste is malty,hoppy, and a good citrus taste. A very easy beer to drink would like to have another but I don't want to get up.

TheFightfan1, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of hawks10
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Pilsner glass...

Pours a bright golden color, very clear with a decent foamy white head that left good lacing throughout the drink.

Well carbonated with bubbles rising from the bottom for the entire drink.

Taste is very typical of a Euro lager, reminded me a lot of many different macro beers I tried while in Poland this past summer.

Overall a nice light and easy drinking beer but nothing special really stuck out in my mind to set this beer apart.

hawks10, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a golden yellow color that produced a nicely sized, fluffy white head had some retention and laced sparesly along the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer had grainy malt characteristics and grassy hops

T - The taste of this beer had a light, grainy malt start, the hops in this beer is not the "in your face" American style that we are used to, but it this beer it is very level and well intergrated

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was a very good session beer, but since I cannot get it in 6-packs, it has to get some points taken away for the cost of it

cvfish, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of LuckyLucanite
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.

LuckyLucanite, Jan 22, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
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.

AdmiralDiaz, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of joerodiii
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!

joerodiii, Jan 15, 2009
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.