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Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

675 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 32
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jon on 09-28-2002

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: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 675 | Reviews: 407
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of beergod1
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know it's a Lager, but jeeze. Bomber, poured a LIGHT yellow, fluffy white head, dissipated quickly. Not much aroma at all. First sip seemed watered down, Carbonated, but....wait, a little malt sweetness. Warmed up a couple of degrees, and the flavor was tolerable. The sweetness "Almost" makes it taste like a Light, or watered down Belgian Golden Ale? Just kept shaking my head as I sipped. Wanted more I guess, but it is a Lager. I can think of some lagers with much better flavor than this. This is my "Rogue's" least favorite.

Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this because I had never had this beer but I had low expectations because I don't really like Irish Lagers. This really surprised me. It had a really great up front flavor. Good bitterness, great mouthfeel, light pale color than I expected. Overall very good. Not great aroma but I'll have it again.

Photo of pootz
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Hazed golden-orange lager with a decent cap that lasts and laces.

Aromas of sweet doughy malts, hints of straw a light mustiness. Nice subtle pleasing aroma.

Great malt spine...chewy bready malts in the front with herbal-grassy hop offset, light lemony effect in the clean finish.

A top flight lager...but the price sucks.

Photo of ScottyC
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, yellow/blond color.

Smell: Very yeasty and slightly sweet. Almost cake-like aroma. Very subtle.

Taste: Very mellow. Slightly earthy taste, yet has a pleasant and subtle after taste. Barely fruity. Very crisp and clean finish.

Drinkability: Outstanding. Not only do you feel fantastic drinking it, the crisp bite makes you keep drinking!

Photo of introvertedone
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 4/4/10:

The Kells Irish Style Lager was a beautiful golden color. Upon pouring into the glass it presented a very strong floral aroma but the taste was surprisingly lacking in flavor. The lager had a smooth, light feel. It's a refreshing lager and wouldn't mind drinking this again but maybe needs some tweaking to get flavor just right.

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.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 20oz Guinness tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a very large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a pretty thick lace.

Smell: Grassy aromas prevail with some hints of grain. Also has a strong herbal aroma.

Taste: Begins with a slight herbal favor, finishing with a stronger grassy flavor that also has some apple sweetness about it.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with balanced carbonation and a very clean finish.

Drinkability: A solid beer, but nothing outstanding. I'd have it again if it were available, but I wouldn't pick this as my first choice. It is a pretty pleasant drink, though.

Photo of BDJake
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- translucent yellow with decent amount of off-white head, if you catch it in time

S- grainy malts, apple juice, and a little bit of spicy hops

T- husky and grainy, with a somewhat bitter finish mixed with apples

M- clean, crisp, simple, with snappy bubbles

D- pretty drinkable, a step up from stella or heineken but not worthy of rogue's asking price

Photo of tubacharlie
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intriguing smell of wet hay and a little yeast.

Pours cloudy honey gold color with a decent white head and some lacing.

Breaded wheat flavor predominates with a smattering of hops for a smooth, well-balanced profile. Easily quaffed while listening to an old Chieftans album.

Photo of zimm421
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Appears a straw color with a thin head that dissipates at an average rate. Leaving very minimal lacing.

Smells of corn and malts with apple juice and citrus. The taste is similar to the smells with the apple dominating in the aftertaste. Lots of malts, corn and maybe some yeast. Almost no hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. This is fairly easy to drink, has a nice citrusy flavor, but its just not my thing.

Photo of Kelp
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

Big frothy and whipped up head, loosely knit and dissolves at a rapid clip with a fair amount of dimpling, pure bleached white in color, minimal lacing. Curiously light yellow liquid, almost dilute, few and widely dispersed bubbles. The nose too is light and mostly shows corn, sweetish cocoa and general maltiness, lemon peel and quinine, soft peach, pear fruit accents, pleasing for taking a relaxed, non-pushy stance. Medium-bodied, has good bite while still smoothing out into a balanced presentation and clean finish. The mineral water, iron notes persist, more breadiness and less corn and malt sweetness. Conversely, the peach, apricot, apple fruit elevates some. The carbonation puts an attractive charge into things, not close to watery. Orange and lemon citrus takes up some ground. Close to peppery nip at the end. Stylistically, it comes across as fairly old school which may explain part of how it polarizes tasters.

Photo of nickd717
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Whole Foods Los Altos. Drank it on St. Patty's Day. Came to the realization (which I already sort of knew) this year that Irish beer is really not as impressive as I once thought to be. This is...uh...meh.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a fairly large and foamy white head.

Very metallic aroma with a little bit of sweet malt poking through the metal.

Flavor is very tea-like and sweet, not nearly as metallic as the aroma would suggest. Malt is mostly pilsner, and hops have a negligible presence on this one.

Medium-light body, fairly crisp but not too exciting on the palate.

Overall this is an odd beer, and not in a good way really, although it is fairly drinkable. This is probably the least impressive Rogue offering I've had up to this point.

Photo of JunkYardJake
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Lancaster Dispensing Co. served in a pint glass.
Clear pale yellow with a fluffy head that laced suprisingly well. Smells a bit musty with a few spice notes. Good flavor from the hops bring a clean, grassy taste with a hint of lemon. Very crisp and has a light feel in the mouth. Very sessionable and would be a good change of pace to the wheats of summer.

Photo of JayQue
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its a lager!!! A step up from American Macro lagers but still not the most exciting style out there. Pours a hazy straw color with a much better head than Bud-type beers. Spotty lacing and fairly decent retention.

Smell is fairly mild, a bit sweet and a little skunky. Tastes better than it smells, mild crisp hops presence and slightly sweet maltiness mixed in there as well. No skunkiness, no "vegetable-y" nasty aftertaste either.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for this style. Drinkability is ok. Nothing offensive about this beer, mildly pleasant...would work on a hot day.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- I'm gonna hold off the Irish references for a minute here, as much as I would like to get right to it. Pours a clear golden yellow with a dense soapy off white head. Foam settles quickly to a thick ring and there's some decent spotty lace. Keeping in mind this is a euro pale lager, I'm going to judge it as such.

S- subdued aroma, fruity and apple like, but I smell it to be leaning more on the pear skin side. Earthy and lacking the sweetness that would come from the meat of the fruit, be it apple or pear. Some bready malt, early harvest reisling, and a quick whiff of herbal hops are also present. A bit off a roasted poultry aroma as well. Modest, but not bad at all.

T- fruity and somewhat tart in the beginning. Sweetent up a bit until the hops kick in. The website says sterling and I would have called saaz, so I guess we are on the same page. Very nice balance of malt and hops and with a little more bitterness I would have called this one a Czech pilsener. Home made white bread, red apple skin, green pear skin, white grape, dry white wine, and cut grass come to mind, blowing the lid off any heine, Stella, amstel, or what have you. Calling an American pale a euro pale is a bit unfair, similar to calling an American made ipa an english style ipa when we all know damn well that it isn't. This is full of flavor for a lighter lager and is nothing short of a "German style" pils. Finishes with bright zesty herbal hops and a bit of lemon with to go along with the fading strong malty spine.

MF- I will agree with other reviews that the feel of this one is cake compared to other EPLs. Quality ingredients shine here and the malty density is perfectly offset by the crisp lively
carbonation giving it a plush and luxurious feel for such a... You know, pale euro lager. Tannins, alpha acids, and moderate alcohol all converge to form a voltron of immaculate dryness.

D- speaking of dryness and on to the big D. Steve Nash doesn't have this D. Never cloying and never overly tart, I'm happy to see this mick hovering in the middle. Don't mind the racial slur, I'm Irish. Graceful dryness and deceptive lightness give this one drinkability like a Bonnie lassie's (expletive) (censored) from the business end of my tin whistle. Please don't dis this well made version of an all too often hated on style. Maybe $5 for a bomber is a bit too much, but when there's a keg in front of you it's a whole different story.

...and the fiddle played Sean dun na ngall...

Photo of drouss48
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like most people, I sat down to drink this beer with my expectations set very high. I have never been disappointed with a Rogue brew...until now.

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pub style pint glass.

A: Straw/Golden yellow, with small white head. Carbonation appeared to be strong, judging from the amount of bubbles being produced.

S: Sweet malty, honey like. The small of apple at the end of the nose is rather overwhelming and might have even ruined the rest of my experience with this beer.

T: The taste is really clear to me with this beer...it's kind of all over the place. Its crisp, but sweet malt is a bit overwhelming. This is also where that apple comes into play as I almost can't help but think I'm drinking beer flavored apple juice that's been carbonated.

F: I expected more carbonation judging from the appearance. However, the feel is "thicker" than expected yet light towards the end...almost watery. Actually not 'almost'....definitely watery.

Overall I was very, very dissapointed with this beer.

Photo of MikeGill
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Looks very appealing. Clear, yellow gold with sudsy white head. Lots of bubbles apparant in the pour. Offbeat nose with honey, yeast and apple. Somewhat grassy as well.

Kells has a farmhouse cider quality. Or maybe a french white wine done sur lee. Apple peel, creamy yeast with very light hops. Tastes very mead-like as well. Good drinkability but finish is rather watery.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft serving at local pub. Pale gold with generous head from the draft pour. Nose has some faint malt and herbal and citrus qualities. On the palate it has a faint resemblance to a steam beer. Good balance of light malt flavors and light hops. Easy drinking.

Photo of andrewm190
2.01/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This review might be a bit harsher due to my expectations going in; I expect the best from Rogue each and every time. My last few experiences have been modest disappointments, until the Irish lager here, which was a colossal disaster. Drinking this beer was more or less a chore. I found it difficult to define exactly what was such a mess here. Was it the ingredients? was it old? Neither seemed to be the case. I'm inclined to believe it was just shitty beer engineering.

Photo of StoneTSR
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Ah...the Beer of Kells - memories of Trinity College during my visit there many years ago. I do love the Yankee protests of '5 bucks for a bomber of beer?' filtering through this and other Rogue reviews. Come to Canada, ya cheap-ass whiners.

This beer pours a rather hazy medium golden straw colour, with one finger of restrained, foamy, and mostly creamy off-white head, which leaves a curtain of tightly webbed lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells quite strongly of gritty biscuity, grainy, and crackery pale malt, a touch of sassy lemon juice, and grassy, spicy hops. The taste is mostly grainy, wanly biscuity bready malt, more lemon fruitiness, with a tint of orange, and fairly plain, mildly leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is indeed noticeable, but in an understatedly frothy, somewhat fizzy manner, the body a weakly medium-light weight, a tad oily, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the plain pale malt doing well to hold its own in the face of some heady noble hops, Saaz the most outright aggressor.

Lots of pleasantly peppy stuff going on here, insomuch that this is more than yer typical pale lager - pilsner hops seem to have a tendency to pop up readily here and there. Tasty, and worthy enough of a session of Craic indulgence, even on this side of the pond.

Photo of buschbeer
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a minimal white head. It is pale yellow in color and cloudy. It has that "euro lager" smell but without the skunkiness that I often associate with imports. It has a stale citrusy taste. It is actually a really smooth, easy drinking beer. Once again it is like import beer without the skunkiness. I am not a fan of the style but it is does go down easy.

Cheers!

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Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.