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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

638 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 23
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 scratch69
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of white head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Sweet malt aroma with some notes of apples and grassy hops.

Taste- Bread-like malt flavor with some herbal hop bitterness and a light hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with a average amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp with a bit of a dry finish.

Overall- A very good beer, not very complex, but very tasty.

scratch69, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - 2" white, soapy head. Pale yellow beer. Slight haze. Decent retention, nice lace. Not much visible carbonation.

S - Sweet malt. Hay. Bread. Pilsner like aroma.

T - Dull. Could use more carbonation to improve crispness. Slight bitter finish. Some biscuity malt. Not much here. Very macro-like.

M - Creamy, round mouthfeel. Very low carbonation.

D - Very low drinkability. Lame and overpriced. Very disappointing.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Feb 25, 2006
Photo of cubedbee
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, different design than the picture. Pours a golden straw with a thin fizzy white head. Large amount of nice looking lacing though. Nose is a nice sweet doughy malt with a bit of honey. Taste is full of grassy hops, there is a sweet grainy malt, a somewhat vegetably taste, and a fair bit of lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and rather dry. This is a pretty good example of a euro lager, simple but refreshing.

cubedbee, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of unclejimbay
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Kells Irish Lager
10/9/08, 1 pt 6oz bottle to a tapered bottom mug,
Reviewed as a "Euro Pale Lager" = heavy hops w/ minimal bitterness, can have sweet notes?
ABV=BA unlisted?
A 4.0 Cloudy golden yellow, almost cider-like, great head and great lacing
S 4.5 Notes of apple and wheat, a surprise indeed, minor hop notes were present
T 4.0 a wheaty cider taste on palate, finish has hoppiness and citrus notes
MF 4.0 Heavy on carbonation, smooth on palate, feels like a home brew, a lot of character, medium- - body
D 4.5 Unique and different, not really a session beer as agreed by a buddy during this tasting.
Unique to try for sure! Reminded me of some saisons and/or hefes

unclejimbay, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of ludachris
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this because I was very anxious to try a product from Rogue. They're in very low supply down where I live. But with the price tag of $7 a bomber, despite the supply, I don't think I would be buying these too often.

Pours a hazy straw with a two and a half finger bone white head after an aggressive pour. Nice retention. Thick, inconsistent patchy lacing. Some signs of carbonation.

Sweet floral and grassy notes followed by some light citrus, biscuity malts and dry hops with a hint of tangy apple.

Dry, buscuity malts up front accompanied by some citrus, floral and grass-like notes. Hop presence very low. Dry, crisp finish reminiscent of a granny smith apple, which can also be detected in the finish.

Mouthfeel smooth, dry, crisp and well balanced. Served straight out of the fridge and by golly is this beer ever refreshing and oh so drinkable.

Overall, an excellent lager. If the price was lower, would pick this any day over Kronenbourg. To me, this would be my quintessential lawnmower beer. Can't beat that dry, crisp, apple like finish. Super refreshing and highly recommended. Would love to try some of Rogue's other stuff.

ludachris, Apr 26, 2009
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 lsummers
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

lsummers, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of MSchae1017
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden with a foamy white head that leaves some lacing down the glass. The smell is sweet and slightly fruity. The taste mimics the smell but is quite tame. There is a a hint of apple and vanilla. The mouthfeel is appropriately light, smooth, and crisp. Overall, its a very drinkable lager, but at 4.99 a bottle, I would only pick it up on St. Patrick's Day.

MSchae1017, Mar 18, 2007
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.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 13, 2008
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 DaveRinn
4/5  rDev +11.1%

DaveRinn, Jan 23, 2014
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 17, 2006
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 CaptainPancakes
3/5  rDev -16.7%

CaptainPancakes, Jan 31, 2013
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 30, 2009
Photo of gafferjohn
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

gafferjohn, Jan 17, 2012
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 Blueribbon666
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Blueribbon666, Apr 20, 2014
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 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
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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