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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

653 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 27
Gots: 22 | 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:
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
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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!

Photo of adamette
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought from Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield in Cleveland two days ago for $4.99 into my Samuel Smith pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A White merigue like head that leaves an interesting patchy type lacing on the inside of the glass. Body is pretty standard straw yellow translucent with carbonation rising up. 3.0

S A fairly standard smell of a basic barley based lager with minimal sweetness and hops. 3.0

T The smell is highly suggestive of the taste with this beer. Really a light lager which is just fine but not insipring at all. I strain to imagine what makes this "Irish." 2.5

M Light in a bad way. I would have really liked some more presence to this beer. 2.0

D Fairly good but it is so boring I cannot imagine looking for or buying it again. 3.0

Notes: Dissapointed in this Rogue beer. I still do not know what aspect of this beer is "Irish."

Photo of alysmith4
2.16/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm not a huge fan of this style, so I guess it's hard to give an unbaised review. That being said, I'll do my best to rate the beer and not the style. It poured well, a nice golden body with a half-inch head. Smell fresh, like new hay or straw, but I didn't detect much else on the nose. Taste was okay, kind of like a gourmet Budwiser if that's possible. It's probably one of the better Euro Pale Lagers, as I think most of the beers produced by Rogue are great. Worth trying if you like this style, but I probably won't have it again.

Photo of jdense
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge poured into pint glass.
Straw yellow brew one finger white head, quick dissipation. Breadish malts dominate the nose, little hop presence. Cloying maltish sweetness on the taste still minimal hop presence. Decent mouthfeel, pretty drinkable if you can work through the sweetness. Don't anticipate I'll have this again.

Photo of KTCamm
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz classic Rogue painted bomber into a pint glass. Pours golden yellow with 2 fingers white foam leaving a creamy iceberg of foam. Laces throughout.

Smell gassy/pine with some citrus.

Taste, backed by an assertive hop, this beer is clean throughout. Apple crisp finish. Very reminiscent of a Czech pils. Well carbonated in the mouth.

Solidly drinkable, and a tasty lager to boot.

Photo of ETF5000
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A light straw color, almost golden. A bit more honey colored than a pilsner. A very fine thing to look at indeed.

S- The first thing I get off this is spicy hop aroma, followed quickly by a nice natural lemon scent. A nice sweet malt smell lingers after the spicy hops vanish.

T- Personally, I smelled much more than I tasted. Perhaps I was drinking it a bit too cold but it seemed to lack a snap that I was expecting. I didn't get the hop bitterness that I smelled so profoundly in the nose. I also didn't get the apple finish advertised on the bottle, maybe my taste buds need a bit more developing. Overall, it was pleasant, but a bit underwhelming.

M- Very pleasant, not too carbonated, not too flat. For this type of beer, I was very happy.

D- The Kells is very drinkable. it's certainly not your crazy hop bomb that is common here out West, but it's a nice, smooth, highly drinkable beer that I think I may have to have again.

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?

Photo of mightymoksha
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of elniko
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of mrmanning
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of BeanBone
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of ecoastman
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of 3Vandoo
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of ludachris
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of ralree
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.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.14/5  rDev +15%
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.

Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.