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

Poured from a 650 ml. bottle.

Appearance--Typically cool Rogue bottle art. Poured a slightly hazy golden-orange color. Nice head retention.

Smell--some fruity undertones and faint malts.

Taste--At first I really liked this one--the first 3/4 of the bottle I thoroughly enjoyed, a very complex lager with a nice slightly fruity note. While drinking the last 1/4 of the bottle the fruitiness became a little more dominant.

Drinkability--Would have been better if the fruit flavors didn't come on strong at the end.

Notes--Overall not a bad beer. I'd have it again in the future.

arnulfooxblood, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin fizzy white head that quickly diminishes to a thin ring that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is slightly sweet and grainy and kind of corny and vegetal.

The flavor is pretty mild - sweet honey, fruity, grainy with a subdued crisp hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light, a little watery with some sharp carbonation.

Overall, it's pretty drinkable and not offensive but not too exciting.

Beaver13, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of MmmIPA
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.

A-Murky golden color,no head and no retention also had a little bit of sediment in the beer.Didnt mind that though.

T-Typical lager taste,malty and sweet.Little burning in the taste.

S-Sweet and fruity

M-Not harsh or strong tasting what so ever.I dont know if you would put this in the same catagory as a Yuengling Lager but I think Yuengling is way better.This is one of the Rogues I didnt care for.

D-Not bad I would reccomend this to a lager drinker, but I wouldnt go out of my way to drink it again.Ive had better lagers.

MmmIPA, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of malcontent
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Kells lager appears much the same way other lagers do when poured; a rich golden hue (although there is some cloudiness instead of the essentially clear look I'm used to with beer of this type).

The nose is faintly citrus but mostly reminiscent of the "beer-y" smells found in AB or Miller products.

To be sure, the taste of this lager is an improvement upon others in its class. There is subtle hoppiness but this is mostly a malty, wheaty beverage with a vague hint of fruit (& my wife swears she's picking up some clove). On the plus side, Kells doesn't leave much of an aftertaste & certainly not the unsettling one I'm accustomed to from other lagers. I usually look for a slighty more carbonated feel when it comes to pilsners & lagers, so on that count this beer falls short. However, in terms of taste this is very good for its type, and I would reccommend it for those in search of a simple, satisfying drink.

malcontent, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of cbl2
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$4.99 22 oz. No best by date. Supposedly a one off release, but this one carries a different label than that online.


Pours a crystal clear pale straw gold with about a half inch of foamy white head.


Crisp, clean and refreshing with hints of granny smith apples and a touch of biscuity malt.


Mild and unassuming with no standout flavors. Slightly adjuncty, even though it doesn't contain any. This has a dry feel on the tongue, much like a dry cider, but lacking the tartness and acidity.

This is just ehh. Euro lagers are never exceptional (IMHO), and this is no exception to that rule. Not worth the $4.99 I paid.

cbl2, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of BlindPig
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- ¼” just off white head. Fades fast. Golden clear color. Medium/lots of carbonation. Almost no lacing.

Smell- Not to strong hop smell but was fruity upfront, light roast malt. Maybe grapefruit?

Taste-light hop taste upfront with a bit of malt taste in it also a bit fruit and light bitter aftertaste. Crisp taste. Malt background

Mouthfeel- medium carbonation, thin body

Drinkability- refreshing. It’s alright just average good beer. Would be really nice on a summer day.

BlindPig, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of fisherman34
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gold in colour with medium carbonation. Sweet malty aroma, with a touch of herbal hops. Flavor is again dominated by sweet malts, along with some bready and yeasty notes. Medium bitterness. A very average sort of beer. I found it a bit lacking in the hop department, and it could have been dryer. The yeasty flavor definitely seemed out of place.

fisherman34, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold color with a white head that subsides to a thin layer of foam. It leaves just a bit of lace on the sides of the glass.
The aroma is a light bread grain scent with a touch of floral hops.
the flavor begins with a touch of hop bitterness and a dry malty flavor that has a touch of wheat to it and just enough of a carmel malt flavor that it balances and gives some body. Very clean this was lagered perfectly, though I do like the Uberpils better than this.
The body is full of carbonation that lends a carbonic bite to the finish much like macro lagers.
This is quite drinkable though for me it is a bit too boring.

RenoZymurgist, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Pours a solid straw color with a finger of effervescent head that is maintained by an active carbonation from the bottom of the glass. Clarity is moderate and a modest lace is left as the head recedes. Aroma is very clean. There is a solid pilsner base with a light kiss of grainyness and a very light lemon zestyness. Very solid nose. Flavor is pretty solid as well. I get a solid pislner base that is lightly sweet, with a very light grain on the finish. Hopping is mild to moderate, with a nice earthyness and moderate bitter on the finish that really accentuates this one after swallowing it. Mouthfeel is on the light end of moderate with a moderate carbonation. Its not overbearing, and is very easy drinkable. This is a solid pale lager all around. I think the hopping is perfect on this. A nice brew.

kmpitz2, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a medium yellow/golden body with a real nice foaming head. Sweet malt and light hops sprang forward in the aroma.
Taste was like a stronger Bud, and by that I mean better. Nice pear and malt balance with just enough hops to keep it refreshing.
Smooth and easy drinking. Not out-of-this-world, but a good beer.

Mebuzzard, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kells' color is a hazy yellow with a high level of carbonation. Head is quite attractive for a pale lager, very thick and creamy, with a longer than expected retention. Aroma is a simple, sweet and clean lager malt with a hint of herbal hop. Taste has a nice, clean grainy sweetness. An edge of a honey-like sweetness rounds out a sip. Hopping is very low, but a touch of herbal flavor is noted throughout. This is one of the better euro-styled lagers I've sampled, very clean and pure of flavor, I'd make this a common session beer if it weren't priced like the rest of Rogue's products.

Gagnonsux, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of ski271
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a hint of orange. Head is small, white, creamy and slowly diminished to a tenacious film. The smell is very pleasant. Lightly sweet malt balanced by a light fruity hops presence. Bread and light broth. Flavor-wise, the hops aren’t there as much as the aroma implies, but they do impart a nice dry bitterness on the finish. Flavors of butterscotch, grainy bread, light yeast and light fruit. Not bad, but a little run-of-the-mill for a Rogue beer. But I also have to blame my perception of the style.

ski271, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber.

Pours clear yellow-gold. On the nose, sour tart fruit jumps out, flirting dangerously close to that "old keg" smell. A bad omen...

The flavors waffle between good and bad in a most worrisome fashion. Kells has all the common "lager" elements -- it's for the most part clean and taut. A medium dose of bitterness arrives early and stays through mid-palate, until a fruity, partly bitter finish takes over. The problem here is that this intermittent fruitiness takes the form of an obtrusive and unwelcome tartness far too often.

Not a deplorable brew but certainly close enough to average to be forgettable. Luckily I used to work for the folks who distribute Rogue, so I got to try this bottle free of charge.

VoodooBrew, May 26, 2006
Photo of ScarletLady
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light gold, slightly hazy. no real head to speak of with light carbonation
Smell: nothing distinctive
Taste: very light with a slight bitter finish. tasted very mainstream if that is an valid descriptive. I am guilty here of comparing it to Harp which has a bigger flavor.

Overall a very average beer, the best that I can say is that there wasn't anything offensive about it. A little disappointing since I expected more from Rogue, but overall very drinkable.

ScarletLady, May 25, 2006
Photo of jettjon
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Intriguing characteristics
Lows: Nothing truly stands out

This beer is described by Rogue as an Irish lager, and by BA as a Euro pale lager. Not sure what to expect from this style, but from the dusky clear yellow pour and craggy white 2-finger head, it’s looking like a witbier. A few bubbles fuel the large head for a while before it fades away, leaving plenty of lacing. Pretty good appearance overall. Nose is surprising considering my initial impression, smelling much like a good lager with barley malt, citrus, and perhaps apples. Taste again is an enigma, sweet and apple-tea like, not at all like a lager, but more like a sweet ale. While sweet, the flavor is not cloying, but is pleasing. Mouth is watery but not overly thin; not much happening there. Finish is unremarkable. Drinkability is good; it’s enjoyable and refreshing in a variety of settings.

Overall: This one is a head-scratcher for me. I guess I’m not familiar enough with the style to know what to expect. It’s a decent “pale euro lager” or “Irish lager,” I suppose, and worth a try if for no reason other than to expand your palate and make you think.

jettjon, May 16, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Green silk-screened 650ml bomber, paid $5.29 @ Jack's. Bottle looks much different than the one pictured here. Brewed with Great Western Pale, Crystal-15, Wheat and acidulated malts. Hopped with Sterling and fermented with Czech Pils Lager yeast.

OG=12 plato, 28 IBU's, Bitterness=75 AA, 9.8 Lovibond.

Pours out to a sparkingly clean yellow golden, forming a large white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is slightly skunky from the yeast, very crisp and clean ferment, slightly mineralified, pale malts, and delicate floral hops. Mouthfeel is very crisp, clean and wet with a medium body. If you've ever tasted Harp, this tastes exactly like it. Bitterness is piquant and mild to moderate in intensity, leaving a nice grassiness on the back of the tongue. The finish and aftertaste are clean and minerals linger. Really nice mouthfeel and it goes down very easily. Absolutely no off-flavors and imperceptible alcohol.

Well, what can I say. Is it a good beer? Absolutely yes, but I can't justify paying the $5.29/bottle, when I can get a 6'er of Harp for $7.99. An interesting experiment, and a very well-crafted brew from the ever-stellar brewers at Rogue's, but I don't see what the point of this beer really is.

Mitchster, May 15, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

looks as a lager should. white head. skunky odor (although maybe i just think all lagers smell bad). smooth, fresh lager taste, i get a hint of the apples that they describe on the bottle...like apples that aren't quite ripe yet and a re still a little tart. Although later on i think that may have just been a mind trick since i was trying to taste apples. who knows. nothing special about this beer and certainly not something i'd expect from Rogue since they mainly make Ales, but it was ok to drink (for a lager).

aforbes10, May 12, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy pale golden color with very little head. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they don’t do much to maintain the head.

Aroma: Very mild yet refined sweet toasty malt profile that seems derived from a significant portion of Vienna malt along with an already noticeable floral hop presence. As the beer warms a bit, the flavor showcases the hops more as well there is a slight mineral-like aroma becoming noticeable

Taste: The malt hop balance carries into the flavor also. The malt takes on a more honey like flavor than I expected from the nose. The hops are a pretty big player in this beer. I don’t know what to expect from an “Irish Lager” but this reminds me of a Northern German Pilsner that uses British hops. If that is what it is supposed to taste like, then they hit it. The finish is pretty balanced and ends clean with a slight sweetness to linger for a little while on the back of the throat. No alcohol is really noticeable in the flavor, but after drinking the entire bottle in about 20 minutes, I am a little warmer than I was previously. The flavor and aftertaste takes on a more bitter acidic taste as the beer warms up some.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer. I like the way that it remains balanced the entire time, and makes you really try to figure out who is in charge between the hops and malt. There is also enough flavor from the hops to keep this beer from tasting like a Vienna Lager. As I stated previously, if this is what an Irish Lager tastes like, I’m in! I would drink this beer again.

SkeeterHawk, May 07, 2006
Photo of kmo1030
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hazy orangey gold, with a white head.
malty, grainy and corny cooked vegetable aroma, that doesn't translate to as bad of an effect as it sounds, but not great.
the taste doesn't follow the flavors profile fortunately.
the taste is sweet and tangy with malty irish red qualities. it's got gainy malts, with lemon citrus flavor that sneaks up on you, and becomes quite strong. the sweet caramel cotton cangy-ish taste come in behind the ctirus, and cleans things up a bit. it actually reminds me a good deal of iced tea.
crisp medium body with moderate carbonation.
decent drinkability. i don't know... this certainly isn't a bad beer, but it's sort of all over the place, and doesn't have a great smell. worth a try, but not much else

kmo1030, May 05, 2006
Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this recently, but the bottle was different than the one in the picture. Pours a golden clear color with a tall head that hangs around for a while and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of caramel malts and hints of biscuit malt with some light hops. The flavor is much the same. Very clean and smooth with plenty of malt character and a touch of floral hops. Nice brew. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good.

clvand0, May 03, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Don't know why it's taken me so long to try this beer. All of Rogue's Lagers are terrific. Pours an ideal clear, crisp, sparkling golden-straw, with a stark white, dense head retention that laced well. Smells strong with pale malts for a lager with great apple, pear, and mago aromas. Spiced with English hops for an earthy and lightly grainy note. Aromas transition to flavors really well, throw in a solid bready, yeasty flavor with a new honey-like sweetness. Finishes mostly clean and crisp with light hop drying in the end. A great lager with finess and courage. All of Rogue's lagers are among the best.

BEERchitect, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of wingman14
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange with a light white head. No real aromas, some doughy almost wheat smells, not much going on, yet a very inviting beer. The taste is similar, yet didnt wow me. Being a huge rogue fan I was hoping for a little more flavor. The taste was similar to a macro with other elements mixed in slightly. Good aftertaste with some different flavors. Mouthfeel was good, I could drink these all day long, but not for the price. I would rather drink their smoked ale. Worth trying for the experience but Rogue has many others that I would recommend first.

wingman14, Apr 16, 2006
Photo of WMBierguy
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't think that I've ever seen a beer look more perfect than this beer. It poured a beautiful straw gold. It grew a ful bodied white head that stayed with the beer throughout and left lacing on the glass. It's what I think of when I think of a beer.

Unfortunately, its taste wasn't nearly as impressive as the appearance. It was very, very bland... almost as bland as a Natty Light or a Mich. Ultra. I don't understand how a beer can look so impressive yet taste so insubstantial. It's incredibly easy to drink, just like the other beers that I named, but it's not very rewarding. I'm disappointed. It would make a great session beer if it didn't cost $4.50 a bottle.

I recommend buying a bottle just to experience this beer's visual perfection.

WMBierguy, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of assurbanipaul
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light straw yellow color with a firm off-white head. Aroma is light, slightly grainy.

Taste is sweet with a touch of light grain. Wheaty, nice low sweetness with a little sour mash, but the finish is dry and clean. Not really fruity like a typical lager, difficult to say what the difference is but it's noticeably not a weisse ale (even though the draft looks exactly the same).

Mouthfeel is medium with plenty of body, well-carbonated. Comparable to a wheat beer but not as heavy or chewy. Draft version is a bit heavier than the bottle. Not sure how to classify this style, but it's sessionability is very high.

assurbanipaul, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of WanderingFool
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My glass of Kells Irish Style Lager was poured from a 22oz. bomber. The clear light honey color has a stiff white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a ring around the surface of the beer. A mild toasted malt aroma with a hint of apple hovers over the beer.

This light bodied beer is mildly carbonated. The flavor is mainly dry malt. Towards the middle some fruity notes of apple appear and it finishes with a mild hop bitterness. Some hoppy notes and toasted malt flavors remain behind.

I thought this beer was quite drinkable. The flavor reminded me of a Czech or German pilsner, but missing the crispness of the european hops.

WanderingFool, Apr 08, 2006
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 631 ratings.