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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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631 Ratings
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Ratings: 631
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 23
Gots: 15 | 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 tastybeer
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color at first glance was similar to that of olive oil but upon further inspection seems more orange and gold. Good white head and solid retention. Nose is pleasant and interesting. Malts are lightly sweet and hops are brisk, floral and earthy. Tastes yummy. Very pleasant clean lager taste. Earthy, fruity, flowery and bready. There's a dankness about it as well. Mouthfeel is smooth and lightly creamy. Nice bright carbonation and subtle bitterness. Very drinkable/Irishly drinkable.

Fully pleasant and would be excellent in large keg-like quantities.

tastybeer, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of goochpunch
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a slightly hazed honey with some abundant and thin bubbles reaching to the top of the glass, forming a thin head that leaves scant lace. Smells of toasty pale malt, with underlying Euro hop. Has a slight medicinal aroma and has an overall graininess to the beer. Taste starts off with an apple and pear fruitiness along with honey and bread with sunflower seeds. Finishes with subdued hop flavor and bitterness, but there is a tea-like quality found. Some graininess in the finish, but not bad. Mouthfeel is kind of thick for this and the carbonation levels are too low. This is pretty decent all around, but nothing really special. For the price of a Rogue bomber, I'd choose one of the other beers in their line.

goochpunch, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of mnj21655
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with just a bit more than a finger of slightly off-white head that has decent retention and some nice lacing. Smell is of a nice, sweet maltiness. Taste is like the smell. Sweet pilsner malts dominate but there is also a nice but not overwhelming bitterness that emerges midway through and rides into the finish. Mouthfeel is good, medium-light body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Good drinkability. This is a nice solid beer, nothing special but enjoyable none-the-less.

mnj21655, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt, 6 fl oz brown bomber, served in a pilsener glass.

Watery, pale maize in color; active carbonation. Dense and frothy, inch-high white head with good retention. Patches of sticky lacing in some areas.

Buttered, semi-sweet malted wheat; notes of grain and corn husks. Lingering whaff of citrus, orange peel with a light berry presence.

Lemon zest with fruity esters: raspberry, pommegranite. Light profile of toasted oats with a clean layer of diacetyl. A crisp finish is joined by minimal hints of grain.

Light bodied; crisp with a fine layer of creaminess. Inviting and unoffensive.

For a European Lager, this offering is quite pleasant. The mild creaminess and fruity-esters mask the typical adjunctory flavors found in similar styles.

NEhophead, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of daburtman
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

for a rogue beer i had huge hopes for this one, but it wasnt as strong or heavy as i thought it may be. but still a pretty good beer, i was surprised how easy it went down, and how much lighter it was then great lakes's conway irish ale, but in all fairness, i havent had many irish beers but so far i like what ive had.

daburtman, May 24, 2007
Photo of Perdue125
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on tap at Liberty Tap Room. This is probably the closest a Rogue beer will ever come to a domestic, but don't let that turn you off from it.
It pours a very clean golden color, the pint I got didn't have much of a head by the time it got to me.
The taste is very clean and crisp for a Rogue beer somewhat remeniscent of their pilsner. Definite taste of malt on this one with a hint of hops at the end.
All in all, a good selction for what it is, it's a good session beer and shouldn't disappoint lager fans.
It should be noted that this would be a good beer to transition someone off of domestic-macros to something a little more civilized

Perdue125, May 17, 2007
Photo of NCSUdo
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Standard Rogue 22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass (not all at once).

A: About an inch worth of head that quickly dies down to close to nothing. Pale golden color.

S: Not a lot to the smell. Mostly malt. Not getting a lot of hops at all. Reminded me of Rogue's pilsner offerings a little so I wasn't shocked that this brew uses a pils yeast.

T: Barely pick up some hop bitterness. Mostly malty flavor. Flavor ends in a sweet but watery taste.

M&D: This is where the brew stands out. Mouthfeel is better then expected. Not a lot of carbonation. Drinkability has to be an A+. Suggestions on throwing this brew into cans (or at least 12 oz bottles) make a lot of sense, I can see myself kicking back on a summer day, like today, and killing more then a few of these things.

Overall, this is nothing great. But where it lacks the creativity, which the brewery itself lacks none of, it makes up for in some part with the drinkability. A much appreciated brew at least in that sense.

NCSUdo, May 14, 2007
Photo of Enola
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a very light yellow and there was a decent head. A fair amount of lacing. The smell is wheat like. The taste is pretty uneventfull. Tatses like a light lager and there are hints or corn but not with the usual off tastes. The beer is smooth and quite drinkable. This would be a very good session beer if not for the price. Attention Rogue: start canning this and lower the price somewhat. I could drink this beer daily. For what it is, it is hard to beat. A very good session beer.

Enola, May 01, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

typical Rogue bomber. No freshness indication. Pours medium cloudy straw in color, minor head, but leaves some fine bubble wispy lacing. A few lazy bubbles keep on rising to the top. Nose is just a hint of some lemony grass. Clean and refreshing, some more lemon and some grassyness. Light, snappy and easy drinking. Decent for the style, (lagers, who needs em??) and not a bad warm weather sessioner. Doubt I would go for this one too often, rather have any one of a bunch of other Rogues that exhibit more character and complexity.

Billolick, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of penguinjive7
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lite golden color with a bit of white head that disappears almost immediately with no retention or lacing.

Smell is of straw and very little else.

Taste is hard to get a handle on. Bits of straw with a bit of a floral tinge. A great deal of carbonated water.

Mouthfeel is very light and watery. Not much substance to speak of.

This one is pretty easy to put down, but doesn't have much to speak of overall. Worth a shot, but not quite worth the $4.50.

penguinjive7, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:flat golden color with a clean white head that lasts for a while and then goes away.

S: smell is faint and malty, but good just the same

T: Its a lager with an almost herbal floral taste to it, thats the sense i got. tasty with some malt and very little bitterness.

M: Its crisp and light like a lager should be there is a little bit of medium bbody to it, ie almost medium bodied.

D: extremely easy to drink flavorful and enjoyable.

Redwood21, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got the 22 ounzer at Gullifties in Bryn Mawr, Pa. and Poured into a glass.
Appearance: It poured a deep gold color, with a bunch of white head. The retention wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either, leaving well defined rings of lace around the glass all the way down.
Smell: The smell was understated for the taste, but it had a strong malt backbone, with the suggestion of the bite to follow.
Taste: Again, there was a solid malt background, with a nice strong bite after the swollow.
Mouthfeel: Supprisingly smooth for the taste it gave off, but it still had ridgid moments.
Drinkability: Moderate to high, althgouh it could be just because I want to be the old guy on the bottle.
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Redrover
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber with the always informative Rouge label. No freshness dating.

Poured into a standard pint, the beer is bright gold with a midsize white head. I get some shards of lacing.

The beer has an aroma of plums, floral hops and straw.

The taste is a pleasant mix of grassy malts, some slightly peppery hops and hints of golden delicious apples. The beer has a pleasing aspect about it and I like the slight puckering bitterness that comes in later.

The mouth is clean and crisp. This is another easy drinker from Rouge. I don’t know if I would session this beer, but I bet plenty of folks would.

Redrover, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of shadow1961
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Kells pours out a fluffy stiff head over a golden brew.
Carbonation is quite active, and the nose is a bit of malt and
sort of a rising bread aroma. The flavor is a bit bready as well,
with a very mild hoppy finish. The aftertaste is a bit of that hop
and a bit of wheat. That head leaves some nice lacing all the
way to the bottom of my glass. This is not an extreme beer, like
a lot of Rogue's other beers, rather, this is an attempt to reproduce
a particular traditional style and I think they did rather well. I have
also personally witnessed Kells made the base of some very fine
Black & Tans.

shadow1961, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this beer from the bottle to a 50 degree tumbler. What can I say, I guess I think this was just an average beer by the way I scored it. The beer was a noce gold color with a decent head. The beer tasted fresh with a bit of a bite at first taste. Fair lacing also. I guess I would buy again but only if there was not much of a choice of beer.

Minkybut, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazed yellow color with a splash of orange. Smaller head of yellowish white foam is consistant and leveled at about a quarter of an inch.

S: Distinct note of lemon and malts, with a sweet grain backbone. Hops are subdued. Nice and fresh.

T: Sweet, with initial flavors of floral-like citrus fruit, and mild buttery malts. A grassy, straw flavor is mild yet noticeable. Grainy element toward the finish adds an appropriate level of depth to this brew.

M: Nothing out of the ordinary; bubbly, smooth, slightly sharp. Goes down easy.

D: Again, nothing special. I wouldn't turn my nose up at it, but it's not something i'm likely to seek out again.

Frozensoul327, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly Hazy, yellow-hay in hue; there is a fair bit of animation dancing towards the head (even in a crappy shaker glass). Of the head, the foam is rocky and bright white in color. At the apex the head was a healthy three fingers tall. Maybe I poured it too hard. Anyway, head retention was respectable; the bubbles were slow to fade to a modest cap. Lacing started before I took a sip; rings of lacing smeared the side of my glass. Overall, this is a pleasant looking beer (with style in mind).

The nose offers sweet lemon bread notes, fresh cut grass, hay, hints of apple skin (not flesh), with a faint fruity-earhty aroma too. It is not hoppy like a Pils, not malty like a Helles… it is a standard Euro Pale Lager. Smells fresh; I find the nose simple and straightforward but inviting.

Sweet, bready palate with notes of lemon, orchard fruits (faint), grass, hay, and caramel (very faint); the finish has a slight bitterness to it. I find a happy balance between tangy/earthy hops and the sweet malt flavors. Long “compact” aftertaste; plenty malty with a slight honey vibe… I like how this beer finishes. It seems this beer is a takeoff on Harp but a better version (and pricier one). Tasty enough…

Medium in body; moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is fitting. I am happy it is not too slender.

Easy to drink; something about the palate screams this beer would kick ass with grilled brats and sausages. Still I’m not sure who the target audience is for this beer. Beer geeks want Harp? Neophytes want to pay $4-5 for 22ounces? Diehard St. Patty’s Day goers want “real” Irish beer. Anyway, maybe Rogue should change the name (I’m sure they will anyway) and move it to a summer seasonal. My 2 cents. Worth a try.

bditty187, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of edskirk3
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

'Tis a twenty-two ounce bottle with me grandfather painted on it.

Vessel of choice: pint glass. Pours a nice straight gold with a healthy-looking white head. Minimal lacing and staying power. Light continuous carbonation.

Smells light and crisp, sort of like apple rind. Tastes very light as well. Has some body to it but not too much. Finishes dry.

Kells reminds me of an unspiced, odorless Saison. Subtlety was key here, apparently. I'd certainly have another one.

edskirk3, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of loren01
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours golden color, 1 finger width frothy white head. Good lacing
S: Smells malty, good grain scent. Slight smell of hops
T: Honey, malt, biscutty up front with a very slight hop presence at the end
M: Light to medium bodied, crisp and easy drinking
D: Nothing too over the top/fancy but nevertheless a good tasting beer, goes down very easily

loren01, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of kelticblood
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a decent head of soapy white foam that reduced to about half it's size. Slightly cloudy straw yellow color with random carbonation bubbles rising. Aroma has a slight distinctive lager smell along with a strong wheat smell with hints of sweet light malts. The taste also has a strong wheat note that I'm not used to in a lager. The finish is of dry citrus with the slightest of bitterness. It has more body than its appearance gives away. It is very drinkable and refreshing, and would be great in the summer. It is not too complex. It goes down smooth with just the right amount of bite. I think it could use more hops in the taste and nose. Thanks Mitch for the offering.

kelticblood, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of jkaufman
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 22oz. bomber into a tankard.

A: Pours cloudy golden with a tall, fluffy, and tasty white head. However, the head eventually disappears completely, giving the appearance of apple juice.

S: Smells fairly malty with a slight scent of hops.

T and M: This is a well-balanced, well-carbonated lager. It is very flavorful and finishes clean and sweet.

D: Very drinkable.

Highly recommended.

jkaufman, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of mattd017
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pilsner glass. Poured a beautiful golden color with slight haze and a huge pure white head. Tiny bubbles continue streaming from the bottom of the glass. Looks like a glass of champagne. Great smell, slight hop. Tastes clean and very refreshing, slightly hop bite, good malt character. Has a characteristic rogue sweet flavor present in all their lager styles. Very good, very tasty. If only Miller could get this recipe.

mattd017, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint. I could pick up a small amount of hops, honey, fruit and grain.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of honey, apple and spice and then a hearty malt & wheat flavor follows. The malt character is decent but not too heavy. Finally a moderate hops bite comes in. The after taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick even but not too strong, this might not be an outstanding beer, but it’s a decent one to session with.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager
22 oz bomber
Moderate pour in an English pint
Recent brewing, greened 03/07

Poured a clear gold with a large fizzy mostly diminishing head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate to strong cheesy sweaty yeast and moderate perfume hops and biscuit.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet biscuit and grassy hops followed by a moderate to strong doughy yeasty bitter moderate length finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, effervescent, watery and lightly astringent.

Overall, a pretty interesting beer for St Patty's. Nothing too fancy though. Just wee pleasant.

xav33, Mar 19, 2007
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
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.