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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

641 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 24
Gots: 17 | 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 Jason
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.

Jason, Nov 12, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply fantastic tasting lager, I'm glad I grabbed a fresh bottle with the new neck label with Dare*Risk*Dream printed. God knows Rogue doesn't use any freshness info on their bottles, this was bought in season approaching St. Paddy's Day. Really a beer I've drank on tap and bottle in the past but have never written down any thoughts on it. APpearance is simple fizzy yellow beer at first site, but then you notice a slight haze to the straw golden body. Actual hop haze going on with a creamy texture fluffy white head that sticks around for awhile. Lacing is the same forms intricate chunky layers that add to the eye candy. Aroma has a mild rolling layer of citrus/herbal/grassy mild skunky hop notes going on. A nice dose of cereal grains backing up the malt profile. Flavor is a nice mix of malts and hops some would consider this boring, I think it proves what great brewers they have at Rogue this is a simple style flavor wise but extremely tough to brew. There's no hiding any sulfur or off flavors like diacetyl in this one. This is a well brewed clean crisp drinking beer, with herbal grassy hops from their own supply and no Pac Man yeast to create the typical Rogue house flavor. A touch of green apple tartness in the finish, but really a nice grassy/bready biscuit malt layer going on. Nothing off putting completely easy drinking experience, medium to light bodied lager carbonation is lively definitely doesn't fall flat, probably one of the better lagers widely available from a craft brewer. Up there with Sam Adams Noble Pils, Rogue Uber Pils, and Sierra Nevada Summerfest.

WVbeergeek, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -16.7%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold to bronze with a 4 fingers+ white bubbly head. Bubbles cling to the glass every where! Good head retention and lacing

Smell: malt & grainyness

Taste: Sweet malt and some floral hops. Slight graininess. Finishes crisp, slightly dry and grainy.

MF: Thin, but good carbonation

Pretty drinkable if taste isn't a big driver. Not very memorable or cheap. If you like non adventuresome euro lagers, then you're set!

russpowell, Mar 09, 2006
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -16.7%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is different than the one pictured, a silkscreened 22 oz. bomber, with an Irishman in an Irish sweater, playing a hornpipe.

Lightly hazed, pale yellow appearance, big, lasting, pure-as-the-driven-snow head...

Floral, perfumey nose...light, sweet...lager-y.

Tastin'...thickish intrusion on the palate, for a lager...big and chewy, grainy, but crispish and clean. Light body, neat finish, lays around a bit on the palate. Quite a nice lager.

Don't think I'll spend another $4.99 for a bomber, but that's just cause it's not my style. An excellent rendition, though.

feloniousmonk, Feb 16, 2006
Photo of mactrail
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a watered-down malt liquor. Slight sweet hint, nose of damp cardboard. Big head on golden beer with a chill haze. Quite lovely lacing in the wine glass. Rather coarse carbonation. Just the slightest touch of bitterness appears in the aftertaste, which is welcome to the taste buds. Extremely light bodied and refreshing at first sip, but turns a little soapy. Overall, pretty anemic, but clean and drinkable.

mactrail, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

MarkyMOD, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 07/20/11 notes. Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing this back from her trip to Oregon. Apparently one of her friends from Portland told her that Rogue does not get distributed outside of Oregon...she was wrong. Still, a Rogue beer I haven't tried before is always welcome. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a cloudy bright yellow color with high carbonation evident and one finger of fluffy white head. There is very light lacing on the glass and no real retention.

s - Smells of wheat, bread, grain, and very light citrus. Mostly wheat here, kind of average and bland.

t - Tastes of wheat, grain, light citrus, light apples and fruity malts, and bready malts. A definite step up from the nose as there is some fruit, but still a bit dominated by the wheat.

m - Light body and high carbonation. A bit too carbonated for me.

o - Overall a pretty average beer; lots of wheat and not much going on in the nose. I think this would be a good beer for someone first getting into craft beers, but it just didn't do much for me. Very drinkable because of the light body and ABV, but considering some of Rogue's other great products out there, I'd pass on this one next time.

mdfb79, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, dry malt scent that boasts of pale malts and a creamy "Irish" style, musty aroma. It is a bit sweet and breadlike. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that boasts of pale and carapils malts. It is sweet with a smooth slightly grainy finish. This is a full flavored lager; yummy. The mouthfeel is good as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good lager. It has flavor, unlike most on the market. This is a nice sessions brew; a good drinker.

WesWes, May 19, 2005
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle:

Pours slightly chill-hazed with a fluffy white head that slowly descends to a lasting cover. Some trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is of mild nutty grain - slightly grassy with a touch of wheat bread and lemon zest.

The taste is of mild sweet grain and some hay. Lemon and fresh apple in the back end. Bready dryness in the crisp, clean finish.

Light-bodied, but not thin or watery, this is a pleasant, clean, refreshing lager. I would easily take this over Harp!

jwc215, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale gold color (not quite straw). Fair bright white head with some lasting power. Slight lace

Clean crisp smell, reminds me of a cream ale. Pale malts predominate the aroma--very dry.

Very "round" body that seems far closer to an ale than a lager. Full mouthfeel that lingers with a small level of sourness. Although not listed on the ingredients, the flavor is close to dry rye ales. Very low hop levels except in the aftertaste where they linger a little longer.

Rogue typically produces some of my favorite beers, however this one falls far short of expectations. Maybe they were too high, or maybe this is their first average beer I've tried. It certainly isn't bad, but it is ordinary.

smcolw, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, pale, off-white colored head. The beer is a full gold color and shows an almost brilliantly clear, straw / light-gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of sweet honey-like malt with just a kiss of herbal and lemon-like hops. A deeper inspection doesn't reveal a whole lot more, but I do get a solid grain character, some cracker like malt and perhaps a wisp of cooked corn (DMS perhaps).

This has a solid, perceptible bitterness to it that nips at you as the beer first hits the tongue and slowly becomes a bit astringent with its bitterness as it moves to the finish. Quite dry tasting, with perhaps a hint of grain sweetness that comes into play in the late middle portions of a sip. Herbal hop notes are perhaps the biggest flavor contributor after the bitterness; the hop flavor is lightly green, a bit resinous, with a touch of lemon zest coming in where the sweetness is sensed. As the beer warms up a bit, the malt sweetness picks up just a bit and provides a touch of honey-like flavors to the brew. This is quite light and quaffable, definitely a beer to be drunk in quantity. Though I am finding that you don't want this to warm up too much as the hops become a bit more astringent than the light malt presence can handle.

About what I expected, but actually has quite a bit more hop character than I was expecting. This would be good on a hot summer's afternoon.

Purchased: BevMo, Tucson AZ

Gueuzedude, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03/06/06- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber poured into my Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Very pale and watery golden color. 1/4 inch spritzy head which evaporates immeadiately. No lacing to be found. Not a pretty sight.

Smell- Really not much smell. A bit of grainy and bready malt. Maybe a tad nutty.

Taste- Ahhh, the flavor is good at least. Nice bready grain flavor. Heavy biscuit taste with just the right amount of hops added in. Very crisp. Kinda a type of fruit in the aftertaste, but can't figure out which one. Huh, the label says apple, so I guess that's it.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, but enough to keep it intersting.

Drinkability- This beer doesn't look pretty or smell pretty, but it has a good flavor and texture. I can see myself getting another to go with some corned beef and cabbage.

GClarkage, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of Halcyondays
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a pale yellow, with a small, soapy white head, no lacing, fair retention.

S: Pale, bready malt and lawn clippings.

T: Light toasted bread hits first backed with the hops which add a grassy, minty character with some apple.

M: Light, medium carbonation, somewhat astringent.

D: An OK beer, but I can buy tastier pale lagers for half the price, I don't think I'll be coming back to this one.

Halcyondays, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

typical Rogue bomber. No freshness indication. Pours medium cloudy straw in color, minor head, but leaves some fine bubble wispy lacing. A few lazy bubbles keep on rising to the top. Nose is just a hint of some lemony grass. Clean and refreshing, some more lemon and some grassyness. Light, snappy and easy drinking. Decent for the style, (lagers, who needs em??) and not a bad warm weather sessioner. Doubt I would go for this one too often, rather have any one of a bunch of other Rogues that exhibit more character and complexity.

Billolick, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Lost Dog Cafe in Ithaca, NY.

Well, it is the best Euro pale lager I've ever had, but it's still Euro pale lager. There's a grainy background, but that's mostly hidden by a fruity ester flavor from the yeast. Not much bitterness, but not overly-sweet. If I was in the mood to drink a bunch of beer, and this wasn't so expensive I'd go here.

tempest, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a medium head that fades to a ring. Constant bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Smells tangy with lager yeast and with quite a bit of dry malt. Slightly grassy aroma as well. Same tanginess in the taste, and a good bit of malt. Its a bit sweet, still grassy, and has low hop levels. Fairly dry in the mouth, but not really very creamy or malty feeling despite the aroma and taste. No real bang here, just okay.

Georgiabeer, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -16.7%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color with some cloudiness. A nice head with decent retention.

S: A faint grassy aroma with a hint of apple. Also a slight metallic smell.

T: Pretty smooth upfront, but not a real noticeable taste. Has a brief apple taste on the back end .

M: Light and crisp

D: Easy to drink and sessionable, but not memorable. Average at best, probably something I would not buy again based on its price.

mdaschaf, May 25, 2010
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a pokal)
A- This beer has a clear golden yellow body with a matrix of big bubbles rising to the surface. There is a lumpy snow-white creamy head last for a good bit.
S- The dry green hop bite is mixed with a dry lightly toasted malt note.
T- The dry flinty note gives way to a slightly spicy graham malt note and a soft toasted malt note finishes the beer.
M- The light mouthfeel has a slightly full finish from the carbonation and no alcohol heat.
D- This beer is very dry with some good freshness to the malt flavors and some nice depth of malt. Very easy to drink.

rhoadsrage, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Zorro
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a near clear darker shade of gold with an orange tint. Good white head that doesn't last.

Smell is good clean malt with a touch of fruity esters to it. Nice herbal and flowers hop scent. Slightly sweet smelling with a hint of lemon in the scent.

Taste is slightly sweet with some mellow malt flavor and slightly herbal and bitter hops. After a bit a sour flavor develops similar to what you get from old malt extract.

Mouthfeel is OK.

I thought this was going to be a good beer right up till I tasted it. This tastes like a homebrew with stale ingredients. Such a waste of a good opportunity.

Zorro, Mar 27, 2006
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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