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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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642 Ratings
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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 25
Gots: 18 | 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 ViveLaChouffe
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden copper with a sizeable frothy head. Lots of thick lacing. Aroma is pale sweetish malt, wisps of sour apple fruitiness.

Tastes if lightly sour pale malt. Very lagery, very tinny tasting. As it warms a bit, a nice herbal hop backbone. Mouth is crisp but thin. Hops linger a bit in the finish. It's ok, nothing great, very average euro-style lager.

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 15, 2006
Photo of PSUDREW
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy golden color. very sweet nose to it, somewhat cloudy pour

Leaves VERY little head. no lacing either

Taste is very crisp and clean. hints of hay with a sweet apple finish Over all an intersting flavor, it is donimated by malt, sweeteness to boot, however, the is a definate clean hop presence to add some fun ot the party

Over all sweet, not in a citrus way, but in an appple way. there is some hops mixed in to even it out, but this is a nice brew. not the cleanest of flavor, but damn it mixes well. good show all around

PSUDREW, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hope this is the correct beer, as my bottle was listed as O'Kell's.
mmm...free range coastal waters.
Typical lager aroma of some sweet malt. Fairly refreshing and typical.
Brilliantly clear. Gold, yellow. Big full bright white head. Looks just as it should.
Malty clean. Semi-dry. Semi-crisp. Touch of sweetness followed by a very mild bitterness.
Moderately heavy for a lager. Clean enough. Nicely carbonated that feels fairly full, but soft enough.
Nice and easy drinker.

garymuchow, Nov 25, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy tan color. The smell is floral and slightly spicy. The taste is a little sour, perhaps floral – some degree of hops. The mouthfeel is full but not heavy The drinkability of this beer is quite good as it is flavorful, but not offensive.

barefootbrewer, Nov 21, 2006
Photo of veech
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I find this beer ridiculously drinkable and refreshing for multiple reasons. The first of which is the balance of hops and malts, and the second is the apple like aftertaste that begs for more imbibition. This apple crispness is just an outstanding mild flavor that is unique and although I'm not usually a fruit beer fan, delicious. The appearance and mouthfeel are standard for a lager beer, and the taste and smell are apple infused with a crispness that sweetens the flavor profile without being overbearing. Another great Rogue offering.

veech, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of GregBrewski
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with some yeast floating around. The white head was minimal with little lacing (could be due to my glass though). The smell was pleasent, hint of apples just like it says on the bottle. It tasted kinda fruity too with some notes of hops. It leaves a strong aftertaste, not the best to be honest. Initialy though, it tastes and feels quite good, dont think I would drink too many though.

GregBrewski, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Wasatch
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice head, some lacing throughout the drink. Scents of hops, malts, yeast and apples. The taste is slightly hoppy, with a really clean brisk finish. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew from Rogue, if you have it available try it, otherwise I would not go looking for it.

Wasatch, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold/orange color, with a good sized white head. It smells like bread, apples, and a bit of hops. The taste is grainy and lemony, with some sweet malt and hoppiness in there too. The mouthfeel is on the light side, but it's nice and crisp. It's pretty drinkable, and it has enough flavor to make it interesting. Not a bad brew, but this would probably taste better on a hot summer day.

bluejacket74, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of teg8612
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Locker Stock" Tap selection at the Addison Flying Saucer-No longer available, selection has changed.

A- Cold hazed, golden color. Nice lacing.

S- Nice. Malt has a nut and bready quality. Slight herbal hop aroma.

T&M- Very balanced brew as the herbal hop gives a slight lemon zest to a full malt taste. Very bready and smooth. Slight grain and yeast notes. Ends somewhat dry.

D- Nice lager. Kicks all kinda Euro Brew A$$. I hope they bring this back here soon.

teg8612, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of UnionMade
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed gold, with a lasting white head. Great beading, evenly tiny bubbles, with splotchy lacing. Soft, soapy hop aroma. Pilsy clean malt. Pretty uneventful and inoffensive. Not clean enough to be a knockout, and too mild to really grab your attention. The flavor follows suit, with meek pale malt. Clean, with just a bit of grassy flavors. Soft, smooth finish, probably from the wheat, with a sedate hop presence. Floral and soapy. Overall, it finishes sweetish and dry. Crispy carbonation. Medium body. Ok, but nothing to write home about. I'd rather have this than Harp, though.

UnionMade, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm just so wracked with excitement that I can barely keep my hands steady enough to pour out the Kell's Irish Style Lager!

"Irish Style Lager with a smooth mellow flavor and an apple crisp finish." That line on the side of the bottle is like an infection. And I'm coming down with it!

Appearance: Pours a golden, slightly hazy body with a thin off-white head.

Smell: Soft aroma of light grains, herbal hops, Granny Smith apples, and dried bread crusts.

Taste: Mild malt sweetness, slight floral bitterness, and some dough-like qualities. All the while, there's a vague apple-like fruitiness. Dry, faintly tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with a spritzy, cider-like mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not one of the more memorable offerings from Rogue, and certainly not worth the Rogue pricetag for what is simply a glorified lager.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 07, 2006
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 07, 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
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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