Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales
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3.88/5 rDev +7.8%
22oz bottle purchased from Julio's, Westboro, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy dark golden brew. Head fades down pretty quick, with reasonable sticky lacing. Aroma is damp pale grains, with a light citrus tinge. Taste is well-balanced, pale malts and citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is nice and soft over the tongue, and drinkability is nice and easy. High sessionability here, I'll have to keep it in mind.
03-29-2006 22:42:36 | More by ppoitras
4.03/5 rDev +11.9%
poured a medium yellow/golden body with a real nice foaming head. Sweet malt and light hops sprang forward in the aroma.
Taste was like a stronger Bud, and by that I mean better. Nice pear and malt balance with just enough hops to keep it refreshing.
Smooth and easy drinking. Not out-of-this-world, but a good beer.
06-13-2006 22:32:34 | More by Mebuzzard
3.68/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-17-2009 19:18:09 | More by biegaman
3.25/5 rDev -9.7%
A: Poured a pale yellow with a 1 finger, fluffy white head. Visible carbonation was very aggressive.
S: a light floral hoppiness, pale malt and a faint sour grain aroma.
T: The flavor was slighty bready, with a nice floral hopping per style. There was some fresh grains, hay, and finished crisp.
M: fizzy from the carbonation and very clean, some fresh cereal grains.
D: A light drinking euro style lager, moderate drinkability, mild enjoyment.
06-29-2008 13:52:16 | More by beerthulhu
3.98/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
03-07-2009 04:29:55 | More by Viggo
3.28/5 rDev -8.9%
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.
05-25-2010 02:27:17 | More by mdaschaf
3.08/5 rDev -14.4%
Hazy looking piss yellow. Thin off white head. Barely anything. Lace is minimal. Hmmm...On the nose, crisp malts, noble hops and a touch of acidity. Pretty basic with regards to flavor. Bland malts. A little grainy. A little biscuity. Not much to speak of. A touch of noble hop goodness. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Medium body. Pretty average brew.
12-20-2005 02:20:46 | More by Bighuge
3.19/5 rDev -11.4%
Good pristine golden color with some seriously fluffy head. Couldn't pick much up in the nose here, a little sweetness, but everything else was pretty nondescript.
Very light taste, was disappointed, thought from the appearance that we would have a light bodied, full flavored beer. Just got the light body, the minimalist floral hops were just too underwhelming. Didn't have the crispness an excellent beer in this style would have, there was some bitterness, but it just didn't pair well with anything. $6 for an easy drinker is a little much, negates the drinkability +.
10-08-2010 19:45:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5 rDev -1.9%
A nice golden color with a bit of cloudiness to it. A nice fluffy whit head on the beer, that dissipates at a good rate. Had decent lacing to it.
A very light but nice sweet malt comes through along with apples.
A nice clean taste to this brew. It has a taste of the malts and fruits up front. Then an odd bitter bite at the end. Great start with an eh finish at the end.
It is nice and smooth across the palate with no real aftertaste.
This would be nice on a warm day, but not my favorite Rogue offering.
03-26-2010 16:10:45 | More by Kelp
2.7/5 rDev -25%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Rogue is a reliable brewery so this undated bottle is probably past its prime.
Appearance: Pours lright yellow-gold with plenty of rising bubbles. The white head is good sized and durable, slowly fading into a thin top layer. Leaves decent lacing.
Smell: Some off or unattractive notes from Euro hops.
Taste: Better than what the smell hints at, this is a relatively robust and earthy lager. Mildly bitter, lightly hoppy finish and aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate-high amount of spft carbonation. Crisp and smooth.
Overall: Not a strong style and one of the least attractive offerings from Rogue.
07-23-2014 00:41:24 | More by chinchill
3.53/5 rDev -1.9%
Got this from Capital City Package in Atlanta.
Pours a dark straw color with a one finger head. Not very good retention, and the head recedes to a thin layer of bubbles on top of the beer. Very clear, and there's not much lacing.
Smells kind of sour, with apple smells. There's not a whole lot else going on.
Tastes much like it smells. Very crisp with an apple-y taste. There's a little bit of malt sweetness in there as well. Could have a bit more flavor.
Not much going on with the mouthfeel, but I didn't expect much. Thin but smooth, but enough carbonation to bring out the flavors.
This beer is pretty drinkable, a solid light lager.
Overall it's a good representation of the style, although as a beer it's not all that great. Worth a shot.
08-04-2008 00:58:40 | More by glid02
British Columbia (Canada)
3.73/5 rDev +3.6%
This is eclectic, rather than keltic!
An American krystal-wheat perhaps?
A: Yellow with a fluffy, white head, some retention & good lacing.
S: Floral & grassy hops with a hint of tartness & grain.
T: Interesting tart-bitter balance, floral & grassy spicing, hints of bready malt.
M: Light to moderate body is smooth.
D: Very drinkable. Would be a great summer beer.
04-02-2009 23:19:25 | More by Derek
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
The archetypal pour for the lager style a crystalline gold, the head portly in size, creamy in its consistency, a brilliant white, and as it erodes leaves behind a thick clinging sheet of lace to conceal the glass. The aroma of barley, freshly toasted, sweet, clean and a real treat for the senses. As for the start, you guessed it malt, sweet and the top middling in its mouth feel. Modestly acidic, the hops apropos to the style, dry and long lasting aftertaste, quite drinkable and a real thirst quencher irregardless the time of year.
01-14-2003 16:51:53 | More by Gusler
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
Color: Golden yellow color with a fluffy head that fades down to a one-finger head.
Aroma: Sweet and malty. Bottle describes beer as having an apple cider crispness but I can actually detect a bit of that in this. Smooth.
Taste: Smooth and sweet. Malty with hop bitterness in the middle. Bit of that apple cider crispness at the back of the throat. Crisp. Tasty. Inoffensive.
Mouthfeel: Hop bitterness, malt sweetness and apple cider-like flavor.
Verdict: A decent lager that is good for what it is.
03-03-2008 23:23:17 | More by Brad007
3.1/5 rDev -13.9%
Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, yellow-gold coloring with a steady, slow stream of carbonation bubbling and a low profile, frothy, white head that quickly settles into a sparse, uneven, filmy coating. Aromas of toasted grains and a slightly sour, floral highlight. Flavors are light, but sharp, with the toasty grains/cereal giving a good, solid backbone that support the sour tang and bitter hops at the end of the palate. The carbonation ends up giving a sharp, almost astringent feel along with the flavor profiles. The aftertaste is bitter and slightly sour, leading to a resiny, slick, and lingering finish. Not my favorite, that is for sure.
03-17-2012 19:23:53 | More by GarthDanielson
3.63/5 rDev +0.8%
22oz bomber, Riley's
Happy St. Patricks Day...Enjoyed during NCST/CAL game, GO PACK
appearance: sweet bottle...pours a clean golden orange, straw like, foamy white head forms on top, with clumpy lacing. appearance is fresh and clean
smell: noble hops, sweet and doughy, lightly toasted malts, touch of yeast in the aroma...lots of sweetnes - apple, pear...lots of sweet grain, and a noticable tartness
taste: again with the tartness, almost a sour apple...some sweet green apple/pear flavours, toasted malt, dry grain, noble and grassy hops come through...nothing too terribly impressive here but its easy drinking enough
mouthfeel: a little on the light side, tart tongue
drinkability: definitely a session
03-18-2006 01:09:32 | More by dirtylou
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
650ml bomber poured into pint glass july7 2010
A clear golden yellow with a heavy amount of tiny bubbles feeding a two finger bone white head that has average retention and leaves a few patches of lace
S sweet grains with a little candy corn
T all I smell but with a tiny bit of apple and another fruity aspect that I can't quite place
M full for the color with decent length
D no flaws but nothing amazing, I could drink this again but beside other Rogue bottles for the same price it would not be my first choice
decent beer but like I said above it's a hard sell beside all the other Rogue bombers on the shelf
07-08-2010 03:14:23 | More by wordemupg
2.78/5 rDev -22.8%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Color was a slightly pale hay yellow color. Little to say for a head, a little spritzy thing that was a film from the start and ended up into nothingness. A little bit of lacing noticed. Smell is a very pilsnery malt, with a little hint of running water. Taste was a little more sweet than a pilsner. But still tasted a litle tainted. The mouthfeel had some slightly refreshing crispness with a slightly floral hint. Which was this beers only saving grace.
03-27-2006 00:12:24 | More by scruffwhor
2.15/5 rDev -40.3%
Poured from bottle(room temp) a clear medium gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly.
The smell is of sweet malt. Kind of typical of a macro lager.
The taste is also of sweet malt but there's a sourness there as well that does nothing to help with the taste of this lager. I find it *very* ordinary and I'm a *big* fan of Rogue products so there is *no* anti bias associated with this review.
Bottom line: It's a Rogue product but don't let their reputation sway you into trying this lager. It's just not worth it.
03-05-2006 01:04:41 | More by Bitterbill
3.58/5 rDev -0.6%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a good-sized, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.
S: Aroma of grassy hops, malt, and grain.
T: Tasted of some malt and grain, a little lemon, and a lot of grassy hops. Not a terrible flavor, but certainly not the most interesting one.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, crisp finish. Light-bodied.
O: A decent enough beer, but hardly one I would buy again.
09-07-2011 12:03:34 | More by avalon07
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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