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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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Kells Irish Style LagerKells Irish Style Lager

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620 Ratings
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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | 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.

28 IBU
75 AA
9.8º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Jon on 09-28-2002)
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Photo of Natural510


3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale golden color with a decent lacing on the glass.
Lemon & wheat notes to the nose.
Flavor up front is sour and tart. Breaded malt blends with the citric lemon taste, and there's a bit of a hop kick at the end.
Refreshing and crisp; much like a hefeweizen without the banana/clove element.

Different, to be sure; not certain how many of these I could drink, but I enjoyed a new take on the lager. What's so Irish about it, anyway?

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 03:34:48 | More by Natural510
Photo of mightymoksha


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in 650 mL bottle, served in standard pint glass, 47*F.

Pours a transparent, light amber, reminiscent of butterscotch candy. Noticeable carbonation. Pure white head, featuring moderate stickiness and sub-par retention.

Unobtrusive aroma, featuring floral and apple notes. Hardly a punch in the face, but pleasing.

Medium bodied, featuring a biscuity malt flavor balanced by solid bitterness and faint apple and orange flavors. Finish is crisp and bready, with a mild apple aftertaste. Very satisfying.

For almost two years, I lived not 2 hours away from Newport, OR, the location of Rogue Headquarters. As one might expect, I was exposed to a plethora of over-the-top West Coast beers, and as a result experienced considerable surprise when tasting this beer for the first time. It certainly didn't strike me as a Rogue creation, but still proved to be quite enjoyable.

Whether or not it adheres to the style, I cannot say. No matter: I found this beer to be quite satisfying and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 04:59:38 | More by mightymoksha
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 03:59:15 | More by elniko
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bomber from the LCBO- Sparkling gold with a generous white fizzy cap, leaving good lace. Nose of floral hops, honey, buckwheat, bread crust, a bit of tin. Tastes of sweet saaz like hops, honey, rose petal, spices, biscuit and some lemon. Quite bitter and refreshing overall. Astringent finish. Not really a "premium lager" by any means. Seems very much like a pils to me. A good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 13:44:16 | More by mrmanning
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 23:51:17 | More by BeanBone
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New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Smith's

A: Golden straw color. Puffy white head.

S: Butter biscuits, lightly roasted nuts, mild hops.

T: Lightly toasted cereal grains, semi sweet notes with a little hop bitter bite

M: Not overly carbonated or waterly like many lagers. Medium bodied and smooth.

D: Very drinkable and refreshing. Top notch lager.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 19:47:07 | More by rfgetz
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drinkability - Very good and labelled as 4.8% alcohol. A great session beer. But a little expensive in my area ($6.35 Canadian) for a 650 mL bottle. I'd score it a 4.5 otherwise.

Appearance - clear and golden with a good head to start that recedes and fades as expected with a lager. Steady carbonation and light carbonation makes the beer look refreshing. Light lacing as the beer goes down.

Smell - Light and balanced malty sweet and aromatic from the hops. Clean as expected from a lager.

Taste - Very clean and balanced between malt and hop. No outstanding flavours and is very refreshing. Great pale lager.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and watery and not over carbonated. Goes down great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 01:18:53 | More by ecoastman
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4.55/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Bright yellow, translucent body with a slight haze. Head is interesting with a patchy lacing effect from the many different sized bubbles.

S- Reminds me of sourdough bread with the yeasty sulfur notes. There is also wheat/grain smell alike hay and hop aromas of lemons and flowers.

M- Flavor is doughy and biscuit-like with a noticeable Pils yeast influence. Highlights of sugar and honey. Bitterness is consistent and enjoyable.

M- Very well done with an extra-light body and a crisp, pinching carbonation.

D- Smooth drinking always.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 00:39:29 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

From a 22oz. bomber.

A - Pours a light gold color with a small white head that is sticky.

S - Attractive malt aromas as well as some alcohol notes and citrus hints. Grains and some nut hints are also present.

T - Nice crisp fresh malt taste, some sour notes and a nice dry hop finish with some bitterness attached. There is an earthy and grassy taste that leaves a nice tartness al along the tongue.

M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated.

D - Refreshing and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 04:05:57 | More by JoEBoBpr
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3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a well-carbonated light gold with a solid head that leaves lace patches. Great earthy/grassy hop smell with some citric notes. Light to medium body with some smooth and creaminess. Minor hop bitterness leads to a balance of mild citric notes and a dry, crisp sensation in the body. Somewhat husky although there is a very minor amount of malt sweetness. A good, clean ale that is literally a lawnmower beer but better - drank a bomber w/ my ol' man on Father's Day after mowing his lawn for him.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 15:37:34 | More by clayrock81
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Quebec (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A blonde beer with a lacy foamy head that came quickly to say hi and stayed shy.

Smell is cereal, hoppy at first, yeasty, some fruity notes, banana, apples, especially green apples.

Taste is very smooth and mellow, at first the shy bitterness and hoppiness of the beer come in play, with some fruity esters, followed by a cereal touch. Very smooth in mouth, the flavours come in and leave as they appear. Fresh, crisp and clean

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 05:24:01 | More by 3Vandoo
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 24oz brown pop top with nice painted label

Appearance: Nice bright dark golden beer with vibrant streaming carbonation and a big white fluffy cap with good retention.

Smell: Quite fruity up front, with nice light malt back. There's something incredibly familiar here, I just can't quite put my finger on what it is. At any rate, it's pleasant and interesting.

Taste: A mix of fruity and sweet grainy flavors up front; hop bitterness is delicate but definitely persent, and this beer finishes medium dry with just a touch of floral flavors and herbal hops. It's definitely interesting, and pretty drinkable, but...it doesn't really wow.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Interesting beer with a decent amount of character...but...just doesn't quite deliver the goods.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 03:55:10 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of seand


3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light yellow/orange straw color, with a few fingers of creamy white head. Pretty good retention, mild lacing.

S: Earthy and malty, with a hint of citrusy hops.

T: The hops are more prominent here. Other than that, much like the nose, fairly balanced.

M: Medium carbonation, quite crisp.

D: Very easy to drink, and low-ish ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 20:27:38 | More by seand
Photo of Brenden


3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer on tap, so I got a bottle. I didn't notice much of a difference.
The color is a pure pale golden with a one finger pure white head that hangs around for a couple minutes and leaves a ring of lacing at the top pf the glass.
The aroma is unsophisticated. Malt is strongest, and herbal hops hide underneath that and some grains.
The taste is similar, though the herbal hops come out a bit more up front. There's a toasty grains flavor and the herbal flavor remains strong. There's also a strong yeast and crisp apple.
The body is light and carbonation is moderate. This one's really smooth with a biting crispness and a moderate finish.
This one's plenty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 16:55:39 | More by Brenden
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 23:23:39 | More by ludachris
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3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice fluffy white head, good retention and OK lacing. Color is a light gold. Not the most appetizing looking beer, but not bad.

S: Light fruit, some grainy malt. Nothing complex about this one.

T: A little fruity, but not sweet whatsoever. Fairly bitter for a lager. Alcohol undetectable. Grain and hop flavors are strong and good. The main problem is it lacks anything but bitter grain flavor. It needs something sweet to balance it out.

M: Has a nice refreshing mouthfeel. Doesn't coat the mouth, but rather leaves it dry and ready for more. Medium-light body. A little watery. Non-astringent.

D: Goes down easy, but doesn't taste good enough to be super-drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 17:45:40 | More by ralree
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4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought this because i was intrigued by the label "irish style lager", i never knew that the irish made lagers, or were known for it anyway.

Poured into my Pilsener Glass from 22 oz. bomber.

A- Very pale golden straw color with not too much visible carbonation, and a very thin head. Not much lacing either.

S - I got a lot of apples, and a bit of biscuit.

T - slightly tart, yet clean and crisp. hops are extremely subtle. a bit sweet, kind of tastes like bitter apple cider, finishes dry but leaves a bready/yeast aftertaste. Smooth and only mild hop bitterness.

mf - perfect thirst quencher, very crisp however less carbonation than i excpected/hoped for.

D - very very high, perfect session, nothing too out of the ordinary, just a well made euro lager w/ a touch more sweetness than usual.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 18:54:56 | More by bonsreeb85
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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color with a nice head and lacing. Smell is tart, with some faint hop aroma. Tast is clean and refreshing with a nice mix of tartness and sweetness. Light-bodied and easy to drink. Nice change of pace when you are looking for a clean, crisp, no frills beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 03:02:44 | More by jhu1995
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure what an Irish lager purports to be, as the Irish aren't known for this style. What I noticed first about Kells though, is that it came served to me at the Issaquah Brewhouse with a complete lack of head. This deficit launches the drinking experience on an off-note it never fully recovers from.

The beer is very pale yellow and has a strong yeast-on-malt flavor that's dour and irascible. And it's none too clean where you'd expect a lager should be. In fact, it's a little tired, slightly buttery, and rather blasé.

Kells is just barely defensible as a lager and not up to Rogue standards. Not by a long shot.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2009 03:20:53 | More by RedDiamond
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3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw/gold color with a slight haze. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention settling to a thick cap. Sticky lacing through the first half a glass. Decanted continually.

S: Hay and grass with a citrus tickle.

T: Pale malts with light citrus and green apple taste. Mild hops to balance the subtly sweet finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and creamy turning to dry and crisp.

D: Tasty balanced lager. Very sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2009 02:06:28 | More by Haybeerman
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lighter to medium crystal clear copper color. About a 3 finger white pillowy head forms. Decent head retention with THICK, sticky lacing left on the sides. Nose is of pale malts, and a definite yeast/bready scent to it. Taste starts with a hop bite (though muted) and the real body of it is of yeast and pale malts. The finish is a touch of apple. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter bodied, but not quite a light beer. The beer is a bit chewy with a sticky finish. This is a decent beer to sit with for an evening.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 01:00:18 | More by Jayli
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 23:19:25 | More by Derek
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3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold color with a moderate white head that shrinks quickly to just a skim of foam around the edge.

The aroma is slightly bready with hints of apples, citrus and fresh hay.

The taste is light malt and wheat, a mild apple or pear note with a grassy, slightly citrus hops note. The finish is dry and crisp with a lingering grassy hops bite.

Light bodied, very smooth and very easy to drink. A very nice lager, crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 04:31:36 | More by whynot44
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice, slightly cloudy golden lager with a bright white, thick cap that settles slowly to some small clouds; modest lacing. Prominent carbo steam.

S - Faint aromas of citrus and some malt.

T - Some citrus, mild hops which play a nice supporting role. Seems to have a touch of tea with honey. This is all quite subtle.

M - Very nice creaminess with carbonation in support that doesn't dominate. It's not a light lager.

D - Quite drinkable and food friendly, too.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 21:59:40 | More by pinotboy007
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Russian Federation

4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale straw body, with a very foamy white head.

S: Smells of green apple and hops. A very surprising kind of scent for a lager.

T: This beer has a nice hoppy bite to it. Starts out fruity and hoppy, ending in a nice apple-like smooth finish. The bitterness is rather mild.

M: Carbonated like most lagers, but gets better as you drink it. For my palate, it's not really watery, more smooth thatn anything else.

D: Very drinkable and refreshing. I was well impressed with this one. A top-notch brew, especially for a lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 15:17:55 | More by NightINgale
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