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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

617 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 21
Gots: 10 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much to look at,pale and little head, but very decent and drinkable lager. Well malted, and tasty in that respect. A pint of this went down quickly after a hot summer day. Herbal, spot of spearmint, tad of spice,lightly lemony, well carbonated. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2005 04:46:29 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

12-26-2012 00:43:27 | More by t0rin0
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer's gone and all the flowers are dying
'tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
'tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so."


Luminous lemon when the bright golden ball of the morning sun is permitted entry. The cap fills one third of the glass after the pour and reflects the usual Rogue quality. The color of Irish linen, the cap is firm, persistent and fairly sticky, depositing arching streamers of lace across the upper portion of the glass. A good start.

The nose is not so wonderful, although still acceptable. I wondered whether this beer would be the Euro pale lager that it's designated as here or whether it would be the 'European-type Pilsner' that the brewery claims it is. To my way of thinking, the latter style is the hoppier by far. Unfortunately, Kells smells more like the former. It's pale malty with a smidgen of noblish hops (it uses Sterling, a Saaz-Hallertauer cross).

There aren't enough hops on the palate, not by a long shot. There's a reasonable quantity of sneakily sweet, lightly bready malt that ends up being the focus of the entire flavor profile, but just as in the nose, the hoppiness is too much in the background. That might make the beer more accessible to those whose palates are accustomed to macro lagers, but then they're unlikely to cough up $5 for 22 ounces of beer.

Without a more distinctive, more aggressive hop bill, I'm afraid the flavor is just too lackluster to hold anyone's interest. It certainly isn't holding mine. It's better than the vast majority of EPLs, but that's probably due to geography more than anything else. The actual European versions of the style probably aren't in the best shape by the time they reach our shores.

The one area in which Rogue almost always shines is mouthfeel. This beer is no exception. It's a few notches shy of medium, but is as smooth and as lightly creamy as the day is long. Quality breweries brew beer with quality mouthfeels, it's as simple as that.

It looks as though the Kells Irish Signature Lager silk-screened bottle has undergone a much needed transformation and now features an older Irish gentleman (who looks like he could be a member of the Chieftans) playing a tin whistle. It's time for the contents of the bottle to undergo a similar improvement.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 14:37:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is relatively clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high frothy white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of pale malts and yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and seems like a "light" version of Czech Pilsener with notes of pale and grainy malts plus a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and seems to be a lot more flavorful compared to other beers in the style, especially since there are no adjunct malts. It was a nice selection for an unseasonably warm spring day.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 22:56:33 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden color with a decent head that splashes some lace

Smell: Bread and tobacco aroma with a touch of buttery diacetyl

Taste: Starts out clean with a white bread and toasted oat profile; develops in a grainy direction by mid palate; just a touch of tangy apple appears after the swallow; finishes clean and dry

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: An excellent lager; easy to drink and no twang

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 23:27:11 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice pale dull golden abler with a nice two finger head of frothy and fizzy lace that quickly faded and left behind nothing more then a thin film with no side glass representation. Smell was ll grain with a touch of euro hops, but mostly your classic light lager smell. The flavor was actually more then decent which suprised me. A nice crisp clean feel gave way to more then a decent swelling a grain and hops with hints at cereals and fresh cut grass. A long subtle and dried out finish only served to add on to this one and really make a great overall impression on me. It went down like water and I was suprised at just how drinkable this one was. Overall I would have to say not bad at all and I would definitly order this one again as for a session lager,.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 01:59:09 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 02:30:34 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Don't know why it's taken me so long to try this beer. All of Rogue's Lagers are terrific. Pours an ideal clear, crisp, sparkling golden-straw, with a stark white, dense head retention that laced well. Smells strong with pale malts for a lager with great apple, pear, and mago aromas. Spiced with English hops for an earthy and lightly grainy note. Aromas transition to flavors really well, throw in a solid bready, yeasty flavor with a new honey-like sweetness. Finishes mostly clean and crisp with light hop drying in the end. A great lager with finess and courage. All of Rogue's lagers are among the best.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 18:11:30 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden color, as anticipated, with a couple fingers of white head which stick nicely to the glass.

S: Sort of a generic lager aroma. Lots of lager yeast with a light malt aroma. Some pale cracker malts, floral hops, and a bit of wheat. As it warms up, the hops start to become a touch herbal.

T: The flavor is sort of ho-hum as well. Sort of unremarkable malt, hop, yeast flavors. Lightly sweet with bready and cracker flavors from the malts and light floral hop notes. Plenty of lager yeast, too.

M: Light in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: A decent enough lager, but there are plenty of better choices out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 19:03:13 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm just so wracked with excitement that I can barely keep my hands steady enough to pour out the Kell's Irish Style Lager!

"Irish Style Lager with a smooth mellow flavor and an apple crisp finish." That line on the side of the bottle is like an infection. And I'm coming down with it!

Appearance: Pours a golden, slightly hazy body with a thin off-white head.

Smell: Soft aroma of light grains, herbal hops, Granny Smith apples, and dried bread crusts.

Taste: Mild malt sweetness, slight floral bitterness, and some dough-like qualities. All the while, there's a vague apple-like fruitiness. Dry, faintly tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with a spritzy, cider-like mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not one of the more memorable offerings from Rogue, and certainly not worth the Rogue pricetag for what is simply a glorified lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 22:32:00 | More by ChainGangGuy
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

11-11-2012 01:20:06 | More by kjkinsey
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-05-2014 02:23:33 | More by jaydoc
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-16-2014 03:29:49 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull golden with a thinner white head that a trace amount of lace behind,lemony aromas dominate with a touch of tasted grain and bread dough underneath.I really like the flavors and sturdy,grainy mouthfeel of this lager.Very nicely balanced citrusy mainly lemon and herbal over top of lightly sweet caramel malt in a nice lingering finish.I think a very well made standard lager beer balanced and more than enough flavor to keep you interested and it is oh so drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 16:06:10 | More by oberon
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin white head and no real lace in a clear straw body. Aroma is mostly pale malt but distorted by the odor of the bar. Flavor is initially sharp with pale malt, piney with sour lemon notes. Light body and moderate carbonation. A little too sharp and sour which affects the drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2012 00:10:32 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that came and went pretty quickly. The smell of the beer has some nice sweet grainy aromas coming off of it, not much in the way of hop aroma. The aromas of wood and a little bit of grass kind of creep up in there too. The taste of the beer is sweet, not in a gross way but sweet like a wheat ale or something like that. The mouthfeel is thin on this one but it's supposed to be so I'm not being too critical on this. Overall this brew is pretty good for the style. I wasn't about to run and get more of it though because it's just not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 21:18:42 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

3/5  rDev -16.7%

03-01-2014 23:20:35 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -16.7%

11-23-2011 05:04:00 | More by JAHMUR
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zeff80

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden/yellow color with a white, bubbly, two-finger head. It had patchy lacing.

S - It smelled very sweet. Grains, caramel malt and citrus aromas were present.

T - It tasted very sweet and of grains. The caramel malt flavor is very light.

M - It was quite smooth and a light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice American version of a Euro Pale Lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 05:48:17 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear and golden with solid head retention and lots of sticky lace.

Smell - Pale, doughy malts, a bit hay-like. Subtly sweet.

Taste/mouthfeel - Bready sweetness, a bit of apple or pear and a hint of citrus. Moderate hop bitterness, though the finish is very clean; the aftertaste leaves the palate pretty quickly. Light-bodied and crisp; highly drinkable stuff. A great session lager with plenty of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 23:14:22 | More by largadeer
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Ah...the Beer of Kells - memories of Trinity College during my visit there many years ago. I do love the Yankee protests of '5 bucks for a bomber of beer?' filtering through this and other Rogue reviews. Come to Canada, ya cheap-ass whiners.

This beer pours a rather hazy medium golden straw colour, with one finger of restrained, foamy, and mostly creamy off-white head, which leaves a curtain of tightly webbed lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells quite strongly of gritty biscuity, grainy, and crackery pale malt, a touch of sassy lemon juice, and grassy, spicy hops. The taste is mostly grainy, wanly biscuity bready malt, more lemon fruitiness, with a tint of orange, and fairly plain, mildly leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is indeed noticeable, but in an understatedly frothy, somewhat fizzy manner, the body a weakly medium-light weight, a tad oily, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the plain pale malt doing well to hold its own in the face of some heady noble hops, Saaz the most outright aggressor.

Lots of pleasantly peppy stuff going on here, insomuch that this is more than yer typical pale lager - pilsner hops seem to have a tendency to pop up readily here and there. Tasty, and worthy enough of a session of Craic indulgence, even on this side of the pond.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 00:12:54 | More by biboergosum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue has produced a solid, malty golden lager with a floral and sweetish side in their Kell's Irish Style Lager.

It's a lightly-hazy golden with orange highlights beneath a frothy head of white. The head retention is good and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma displays a mildly sweetish and wheat-accented malt base with a bit of a perfumey/floral character. It lacks the crisp sulphury character of Harp, which may or may not be a good thing depending upon your palate.

It's smooth and decidedly medium bodied in the mouth. Just lightly crisp.

The flavor displays a subtly sweet, wheatish, and straw-like maltiness threaded through with floral/lightly grassy/sublimely spicy hops, backed by a low-key, but still solid, bitterness. It finishes dry with a stiff bitterness, some residual maltiness, and a scattering of floral hops.

Easy to drink with no barriers to accessibility, but trading-off complexity - as is the norm.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 02:13:54 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint. I could pick up a small amount of hops, honey, fruit and grain.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of honey, apple and spice and then a hearty malt & wheat flavor follows. The malt character is decent but not too heavy. Finally a moderate hops bite comes in. The after taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick even but not too strong, this might not be an outstanding beer, but it’s a decent one to session with.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 03:35:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

3/5  rDev -16.7%

01-15-2012 20:34:53 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

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

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with no freshness date, brewed for the Kells Pubs in Portland, OR.

Appearance: A dull golden hue with a fine clarity hold a good lacing effect that draws rings down the glass here and there.

Smell: Clean malty aroma with light hints of biscuity and nutty grain, touch of herbal hop in the back but the malt is the star.

Taste: Some hoppiness upfront as the maltiness comes in layer by layer of pale biscuity complexity. Hop stay around with an ample bitterness and lightly herbal flavour, a small note of yeast is there but does not distract the palate too much. Lingers long with lightly sweet grain flavours as well as dry suggestions of bread crust.

Notes: A firm but raw lager, flavourful and rich. Coming from and ale brewery this is a damn good beer, I’d pick this over most pale lager of this sort.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 20:31:41 | More by Jason
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Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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