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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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617 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 21
Gots: 10 | 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 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 23:32:08 | More by Minkybut
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 02:18:18 | More by Frozensoul327
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 21:27:50 | More by bditty187
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 03:40:13 | More by edskirk3
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2007 20:01:53 | More by loren01
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 20:07:26 | More by kelticblood
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 02:33:15 | More by jkaufman
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 19:46:49 | More by mattd017
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 03:35:14 | More by TheManiacalOne
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 06:13:19 | More by xav33
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2007 17:30:19 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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

Pours a clear pale yellow under a briefly tall creamy pure-white head. Smells light...a bit of caramel and sweet fruit, almost like strawberry. The taste follows suit - sweet and a little doughy but very clean. Not a "European-style pilsner" like the website says, not nearly enough hop presence to make that claim. Light and slick on the palate.

Well-crafted as usual from Rogue, though not the most exciting.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 02:04:53 | More by wedge
Photo of MSchae1017


3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden with a foamy white head that leaves some lacing down the glass. The smell is sweet and slightly fruity. The taste mimics the smell but is quite tame. There is a a hint of apple and vanilla. The mouthfeel is appropriately light, smooth, and crisp. Overall, its a very drinkable lager, but at 4.99 a bottle, I would only pick it up on St. Patrick's Day.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 01:33:27 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of prototypic


3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a one finger head. Head lingered for a few minutes, but not long. Very light lacing remained.

Smell: Definitely a spicy aroma to it. There are some citrusy notes to it (a bit of orange and pineapple maybe). Also has hints of wheat and grains. Very faint hop smell. Nothing to get too excited about.

Taste: The spicy taste hit me first. That's a bit of a turnoff for me. Definitely has a wheat taste to it and the orange flavor is noticeable. Hops are there, but barely so.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This has a pretty lightbodied feel to it. But, it leaves an oily taste in my mouth. It's pretty drinkable though. This would be best on a hot day. Overall, it's okay. I can't go much better than that.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 01:25:04 | More by prototypic
Photo of jasonjlewis


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent lager. A no frills type beer. Easy to drink and highly sessionable. Easy to relax with. Very clean taste with a nice balance between malt and hops. Malting seems to be of pale and a little bit of caramelized malts. A very different offering from rogue, but I liked it. I was looking for a beer to continute my session and this hit the spot. Incredibly easy on the taste buds, but well crafted. Worth a try definetly.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 05:27:18 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Basic lager look, with excellent clarity, a shimmering and sunny yellow with a sticky head that gives plenty of lace as the glass empties.

Aroma is sweet sugary grains, light mustiness, even fainter caramel corn. Nothing offensive, though nothing extraordinary.

Flavor is lightly toasted malt, featuring a fresh graininess that rides through the whole sip; subtle syrupy sweetness, and cotton candy way far back there.

Mouthfeel is buoyant and buttery, gliding and tingling gently in the mouth. Crisp finish.

Drinkable? Hell yeah. This would probably find approval with macro-loyalists and craft diehards alike. Not a style I crave, so I can't rate the drinkability higher, but it's definitely solid and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 22:20:19 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of Schwarzbart


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A murky apricot color with a nice white fluffy head that receded quickly.
Smell: Not a whole lot for the nose other than some mild malt aromas.
Taste: Mild malt flavors with a good earthy hop taste and some fresh lemon like fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Light and creamy.
Drinkability: A very drinkable lager. This would be a joy to session on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 01:39:24 | More by Schwarzbart
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a Tyranena Pint Glass at Wonder’s Pub a crystal clear, light hay gold with minimal but easily agitated carbonation streams, no head, and just a thin ringing lace. Aroma of sweet malt and a touch of perfume. Tastes deeply malty, lagery, with a touch of biscuits and flowers. Ultra clean with a lingering sweet grainy character. Reminds me of Harp. If that was their goal, they did a fine job.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 21:00:37 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of tempest


3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Lost Dog Cafe in Ithaca, NY.

Well, it is the best Euro pale lager I've ever had, but it's still Euro pale lager. There's a grainy background, but that's mostly hidden by a fruity ester flavor from the yeast. Not much bitterness, but not overly-sweet. If I was in the mood to drink a bunch of beer, and this wasn't so expensive I'd go here.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 01:36:35 | More by tempest
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue has produced a solid, malty golden lager with a floral and sweetish side in their Kell's Irish Style Lager.

It's a lightly-hazy golden with orange highlights beneath a frothy head of white. The head retention is good and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma displays a mildly sweetish and wheat-accented malt base with a bit of a perfumey/floral character. It lacks the crisp sulphury character of Harp, which may or may not be a good thing depending upon your palate.

It's smooth and decidedly medium bodied in the mouth. Just lightly crisp.

The flavor displays a subtly sweet, wheatish, and straw-like maltiness threaded through with floral/lightly grassy/sublimely spicy hops, backed by a low-key, but still solid, bitterness. It finishes dry with a stiff bitterness, some residual maltiness, and a scattering of floral hops.

Easy to drink with no barriers to accessibility, but trading-off complexity - as is the norm.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 02:13:54 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of gmcfarre


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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a traditional pint glass

A - Clear yellow with an orangish hue and a lovely 2 inch white head. Head fades to leave behind a thin layer of unevenness. Carbo bubbles stream throughout.

S - Smell is clean and malty with a slight air of green apple skunkiness. Smells like a fruity, craft-brewed Heineken.

T - Clean and sharp up front with breaded malt tastes and a subdued sweetness. Aftertaste forgoes high bitterness for an almost puckering green apple sensation.

M - Great mouthfeel that transitions from smooth to creamy and carbonated to a slightly bitter, drying finish. Oddly, mouthfeel was the first thing that jumped out about this beer.

D - Nicely drinkable and a good sessionable brew, if only it was moe widely available.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 08:50:49 | More by gmcfarre
Photo of zuggy9


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

This lager pours a pale golden somewhat translucent color and a somewhat frothy head with little retention. The scent is a bit malty and a bit hoppy. Nothing really stands out. The taste is rather similar, with some fruity qualities. It's refreshing and has a decent mouthfeel, and it drinks fine. I would call this basically a slight better than average lager across the board.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2007 04:22:01 | More by zuggy9
Photo of RBorsato


4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy straw with a decent off-white head and nice active carbonation. Grainy aroma dominates with a touch of hops strewn in. Similar grainy lager flavor with decent balance. Medium-light bodied and fairly smooth with a dry grainy finish.

Worth a try but a bit pricey for a decent lager.

Per RAB website (strange contradictions):
Malts: Great Western 2-row, French Carapilsner malt.
Hops: Sterling
Czech pilsner yeast.
11.5P with 25 IBUs.
Measurements: 12P, IBU 28, AA 75, 9.8L

Same on bottle (except malts): Great western Pale, Crystal-15, Wheat, Acidulated Malts.

($3.99 / 22 oz. bomber)

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 18:39:11 | More by RBorsato
Photo of TheSarge


3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This lager is pretty good. I've never sampled any other Euro Pale Lager before, so I can't really compare it to anything else.

Like any lager I've had, this does give off the typical aroma of freshly mown straw, but with a slight floral fragrance.

When I pour Kells Lager, it has a lot of CO2 and forms a light and wet looking head, which dissipates quickly to form a thin ring on my glass.

This tastes a little more citrucy than I expected, but also creamy. Definitely this is not characteristic of a typical lager. Really smooth and not coarse.


Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 07:25:55 | More by TheSarge
Photo of horshack7


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

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color with a light frothy head and slightly hazy.

Aromas: Slight malt and light hop notes minor biscuity aromas as well.

Taste&Mouthfeel: Certainly quite a change from there other brews mild biscuity notes very light hops and crisp on the pallate. Hints of dried fruits quite nice.

Notes: This is very drinkable quite crisp and less hoppy and malty than their other beers yet a nice flavor. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2006 01:02:32 | More by horshack7
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