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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

631 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 23
Gots: 15 | 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 fisherman34
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold in colour with medium carbonation. Sweet malty aroma, with a touch of herbal hops. Flavor is again dominated by sweet malts, along with some bready and yeasty notes. Medium bitterness. A very average sort of beer. I found it a bit lacking in the hop department, and it could have been dryer. The yeasty flavor definitely seemed out of place.

fisherman34, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of StoneTSR
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long before I first joined Beer Advocate and started writing reviews, the bar I work at got two barrels of Rogue Kell's Irish Style Lager. While American IPAs are generally my favorite types of beers, this one was just a perfect lager - delicious. I was devastated when we ran out of this stuff and I have not had an easy time finding it anywhere else. But, to my delight and surprise, there they were, two 22 oz. bombers sitting on one of the top shelves at Evanston 1st Liquors right around the corner from my bar. So with all that hype, I am about to dive in to my first bottled Kell's Irish Lager:

APPEARANCE: Poured into a pint glass a light, crisp, golden and transparent color. The head is almost perfect, about a quarter inch thick. Looks very appetizing.

NOSE: Very faint smell, but the apple flavor is apparent. It could be a little more intense in the nose, but the gentle smell certainly doesn't do any harm.

TASTE: The taste starts out slow. It begins very crisp and clean, but slowly gives way to a more apple and mildly bitter flavor. The taste from the bottle is certainly different than I remember it out of the tap. On tap it seemed to finish much more clean than it does out of this bottle. Mildly disappointing, but still delicious.

FEEL: The Kell's feels very alive as soon as it hits your tongue. Strong carbonation, which seems to add to the overall feel that this is a light, playful and easy drinking beer.

OVERALL: Yep, light, playful and easy drinking is a good way to put it. Yet, despite it's ease, it still has plenty of flavor. The mild apple flavor is not what I am used to in a beer, but it's a great change of pace. A fantastic session beer, and also an excellent beer for the seasoned beer geek, but it would also be a great beer to serve a newby to the craft beer world.

StoneTSR, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of wingman14
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange with a light white head. No real aromas, some doughy almost wheat smells, not much going on, yet a very inviting beer. The taste is similar, yet didnt wow me. Being a huge rogue fan I was hoping for a little more flavor. The taste was similar to a macro with other elements mixed in slightly. Good aftertaste with some different flavors. Mouthfeel was good, I could drink these all day long, but not for the price. I would rather drink their smoked ale. Worth trying for the experience but Rogue has many others that I would recommend first.

wingman14, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of JIMTRK16
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

JIMTRK16, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of donteatpoop
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Every time I figure I'll give Rogue another try they remind me that all of their beers have the same lingering after taste.

Pours a nice pale pislner-gold color, crystal clear, with a huge mound of head that retains nicely throughout the drink.

Smells of citrus and pines and thick with bready notes.

The taste is okay, very much a pilsner. So far as pilsners go it's not a bad one, but I wan't expecting a pilsner.

Thin and watery mouth feel.

This may be the best thing I've had from Rogue.

donteatpoop, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of cd34
3/5  rDev -16.7%

cd34, May 20, 2014
Photo of KevChiTown
3/5  rDev -16.7%

KevChiTown, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came to me an amber/gold color that was crystal clear and well carbonated. It produced a creamy white head that was full and sticky, it produced a thick and sticky lace all the way down the glass, fading at the end. Aromas were of grainy bread, roasted and sweet malts, some nut, coffee and herbal hops. Malt seemed to dominate the nose. The flavors were of sweet and roasted malts, roasted coffee, barley grain, hops, and some fruit. The after taste was light and grainy, like bread, but very slight. Medium bodied. The malt in this beer make it exceptionally creamy. A fresh and clean beer that I wasn’t going to try, but glad I did.

Jarod, Jul 24, 2003
Photo of midnitesun11
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

midnitesun11, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Zach122, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of BeanBone
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, pale golden-straw body capped by two fingers of off-white head that settles quickly into a thin sheet and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: Grassy and lemony hops over a sweet pale malt base.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma; grassy and lemony hops over a honeyish pale malt backbone. Simple, yet quite effective. The aftertaste is grainy and honey-like.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with good carbonation. Crisp with a clean, dry finish.

Drinkability: The 22 ounce bomber goes back rapidly, making this a very drinkable proposition.

Verdict: I may not be an expert on the subject of Irish Lagers, but I do know that this is a tasty brew. If you're looking for a lightish Lager with some character, you won't go wrong here.

BeanBone, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of DaveRinn
4/5  rDev +11.1%

DaveRinn, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of EPseja
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.

EPseja, Mar 18, 2006
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.

cichief, Mar 16, 2008
Photo of Blueribbon666
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Blueribbon666, Apr 20, 2014
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.

JohnnyM2002, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brown color with a white head. Slightly sweet aroma. Taste is a bit sweet and grainy. A bit of fruit and a faint hopiness. Definitely not my favorite of the Rogue offerings for sure, but not bad either, it drinks fairly easy. This will not be my go to beer for St. Patrick's Day. Not bad but not memorable.

hckyfn9999, Mar 07, 2008
Photo of Jackal
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of deanhead
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this beer at the Brattleboro food coop.
It poured brilliant golden color, and was brilliantly clear,. This beer was also well carbonated.

Somewhat spicy aroma with floral accents. Distinct bohemian pilsener taste.

Bold and light and dry, finishes very clean. Somewhat of a metallic aftertaste.

Nice session beer.

deanhead, May 17, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Standard lager coloring. Little bit of head, nice lacing. High carbonation.

S: Clean malt tone with some grassy characteristics.

T & M: Quite enjoyable. I definitely got the apple notes on the finish. Medium bodied, almost buttery maltiness.

D: Quite drinkable, would be a regular in the rotation if it was easier to find in DFW.

elniko, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of Redwood21
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:flat golden color with a clean white head that lasts for a while and then goes away.

S: smell is faint and malty, but good just the same

T: Its a lager with an almost herbal floral taste to it, thats the sense i got. tasty with some malt and very little bitterness.

M: Its crisp and light like a lager should be there is a little bit of medium bbody to it, ie almost medium bodied.

D: extremely easy to drink flavorful and enjoyable.

Redwood21, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light straw color with a white head that stayed for a bit and left decent lacing.

Smells were malty goodness, hops of citrus and herbal notes.

The taste hit the spot. Well-balanced between the cracker like malt and the crisp hop character. Enough carbonation to keep it all in check. Mouthfeel was lighter, but enough.

Too bad its $5 a bottle. That seems to be the beer's only downside. But, price is not a factor for review. So its a great beer!

rtratzlaff, May 12, 2008
Photo of Jon
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Usually turned off by this style, I thought I'd give this beer a try solely based on the fact that it's a Rogue... I wasn't disappointed. It poured a pleasant, light golden hue and was complemented with a decent bubbly head. There was a hint of hops in the nose, and the taste featured a nice balance of Saaz-like hops and malt. Pretty smooth and creamy in the mouth and very easy to consume, this would make a quality session beer.

Jon, Sep 28, 2002
Photo of mcorwin
4/5  rDev +11.1%

mcorwin, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of MmmIPA
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.


A-Murky golden color,no head and no retention also had a little bit of sediment in the beer.Didnt mind that though.

T-Typical lager taste,malty and sweet.Little burning in the taste.

S-Sweet and fruity

M-Not harsh or strong tasting what so ever.I dont know if you would put this in the same catagory as a Yuengling Lager but I think Yuengling is way better.This is one of the Rogues I didnt care for.

D-Not bad I would reccomend this to a lager drinker, but I wouldnt go out of my way to drink it again.Ive had better lagers.

MmmIPA, Aug 23, 2006
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.