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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

Kells Irish Style LagerKells Irish Style Lager

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BA SCORE
82
good

604 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%


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.

12º PLATO
28 IBU
75 AA
9.8º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Jon on 09-28-2002)
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mattd017

Florida

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
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jkaufman

Ohio

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
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NitroGen

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 1PT.6 FL.OZ Brown Bottle

A: Light pale yellow pour with a whiter foamy two finger head that stayed around for a long time until it reduced to a slight cover that stayed until done with sporadic lacing.

S: Grainy with a bit of sweet grapefruit pith and mild pine finish

T: A bit of bite at the tongue of hops that quickly fades with a pronounced and slightly sweet malt and floral tones.

M: A bit thin and carbonated nip to the tongue that settles to involve the entire palate and then leaves with a slight sweet and dry and very pleasant aftertaste that really lingers.

D: I will be looking for this again, as it is a great session beer that is refreshing, especially in the summer heat.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 07:15:01 | More by NitroGen
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unclejimbay

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rogue Kells Irish Lager
10/9/08, 1 pt 6oz bottle to a tapered bottom mug,
Reviewed as a "Euro Pale Lager" = heavy hops w/ minimal bitterness, can have sweet notes?
ABV=BA unlisted?
A 4.0 Cloudy golden yellow, almost cider-like, great head and great lacing
S 4.5 Notes of apple and wheat, a surprise indeed, minor hop notes were present
T 4.0 a wheaty cider taste on palate, finish has hoppiness and citrus notes
MF 4.0 Heavy on carbonation, smooth on palate, feels like a home brew, a lot of character, medium- - body
D 4.5 Unique and different, not really a session beer as agreed by a buddy during this tasting.
Unique to try for sure! Reminded me of some saisons and/or hefes

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 20:50:30 | More by unclejimbay
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2Cents

Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large tulip.

A: Very clear, Straw yellow, with a white foamy head that doesn't stick around long.

S: Yeasty funk and malt .

T: A nice blend of yeast, malts and hops.

M: Kind of silky with ample carbonation.

O. I Think I have a new favorite lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:56:02 | More by 2Cents
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pint at the Rogue Pub in Newport dock.
In appearance it looks like typical lager , a good one, but at closer inspection the gold colour is more deep and solid than any I have seen.
First thing I noticed is that the "nose" of this lager is slightly stronger in the maltiness than I expected..but of course thgere is plenty evidence of the hops.
Great tasting lager, not too thin like many if its ilk..very malty to start..sweet and rather thick, then a great floral hoppiness takes over as the beer leaves the mouth on its journey down the throat.
Very acceptable on the palate..very smooth.
A very drinkable beer..I had three last night at the pub..that was after I had finished off a pint of the doppelbock and the chocolate stout.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2004 04:07:54 | More by Reidrover
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TangTKE402

New York

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer from a 22oz. bottle into a liter size mug. It pours golden brown with a nice carbonation to it. It has a nice head that doesn't linger too long. Aroma is nothing to write home about, but once the beer is in your mouth, the feel is incredibly smooth and refreshing.

To describe the beer in alternate terms, it feels like a summer drive across the Midwest with the windows open.

It finishes smooth, and on the swallow I tasted some light barley notes with a very slight toasted-hop finish. A well-balanced beer, with some slightly caramelized malt flavors prevailing.

Overall a very good beer, think Harp, but less harsh and with more flavors abounding.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 23:07:54 | More by TangTKE402
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured very cold from the bottle. This lager has a dark gold colour to it, much darker than most lagers. It is also cloudy, similar to a hefeweizen in appearance. The head was white and foamy, like most lagers and didn't last long. The smell sweet and fruity, like a sweet apple. The taste is not as sweet as the smell leads on and is very crisp and refreshing. It is less bitter than most lagers and has an apple-ish finish. All-in-all a slightly different, but great lager from Rogue.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely... and have numerous times. One of my favourite American lagers.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 05:14:16 | More by NilocRellim
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largadeer

California

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear and golden with solid head retention and lots of sticky lace.

Smell - Pale, doughy malts, a bit hay-like. Subtly sweet.

Taste/mouthfeel - Bready sweetness, a bit of apple or pear and a hint of citrus. Moderate hop bitterness, though the finish is very clean; the aftertaste leaves the palate pretty quickly. Light-bodied and crisp; highly drinkable stuff. A great session lager with plenty of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 23:14:22 | More by largadeer
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JBogan

Nevada

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light to medium gold with a one finger white head which stayed throughout and left excellent lacing.

Smelled malty and grassy, very clean.

Tasted of light malt and a hint of citrus. Nice and refreshing.

Mouthfeel was really nice. Very crisp and satisfying, with a light body and perfect amount of carbonation.

I was really impressed by this beer. A great choice in these warm weather months. Wish it came in a six pack but I'll certainly come back to this one again anyways.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 00:32:04 | More by JBogan
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 18:54:56 | More by bonsreeb85
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with no freshness date, brewed for the Kells Pubs in Portland, OR.

Appearance: A dull golden hue with a fine clarity hold a good lacing effect that draws rings down the glass here and there.

Smell: Clean malty aroma with light hints of biscuity and nutty grain, touch of herbal hop in the back but the malt is the star.

Taste: Some hoppiness upfront as the maltiness comes in layer by layer of pale biscuity complexity. Hop stay around with an ample bitterness and lightly herbal flavour, a small note of yeast is there but does not distract the palate too much. Lingers long with lightly sweet grain flavours as well as dry suggestions of bread crust.

Notes: A firm but raw lager, flavourful and rich. Coming from and ale brewery this is a damn good beer, I’d pick this over most pale lager of this sort.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 20:31:41 | More by Jason
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one at Trader Joe's. Probably should be unretired. The bottle is painted with a new picture and logo. TJs has plenty of these in stock ready for St Patty's Day.

Poured into a pilsner glass with a nice two finger, white head that leaves small sheets of lace.There is a good deal of carbonation and rising bubbles. The color is straw color with light orange tints coming through. The smell is mostly of apples and the taste is very similar. The taste is a tart apple flavor that is very well balanced with hops making it very smooth and very drinkable. The body is fairly light, but, the taste is different from other lagers. Another good one from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 01:58:52 | More by abcsofbeer
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 18:11:30 | More by BEERchitect
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Lepley

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy blonde with two fingers of white head, good retention and lacing.
S: Not too potent, floral, a hint of hops, grassy.
T: Sweet, fruity, malty, light citrus, lemon, light bitterness.
M: Smooth, light, well-balanced, refreshing.
D: Both Rogue and lagers are hit-or-miss with me. I think they pulled this one off well though.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 07:57:09 | More by Lepley
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im reviewing this beer purely within the confines of a "Euro Pale Lager". Its not my favorite style, but this is a great brewery so its worth a shot.

Pours a pale gold with a bit of haze, Im guessing this is unpasteurized? The patchy head sticks around a while leaving a few trails of lace on the glass. The aroma is sweet with a doughy, warm bread character. A pleasant herbaceous hop flavor makes itself known immediately in the first sip but quickly gives way to a glut of malt flavor. Dready, crackery, even vanilla notes comes to mind. The finish is malty, mildly bitter and long. The mouthfeel is softly carbonated for the style and light bodied.

A very decent representation of the style. Plenty of malt depth and even some hop balance. Worth a try if you like lagers. Beats Harp hands down IMO.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 02:16:13 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2009 19:47:07 | More by rfgetz
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty orange with an off white head - slight retention.

Smells of orange, malt, wheat, and clover.

Tastes of tart peach, acidic orange balanced by a sweet honey taste. Finishes crisp and clean with a hint of apple-wood. A very nice distinct lager.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 22:54:02 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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kirok1999

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got a fresh 650ml bottle.
Appearance- Slight coppery gold, white head with little retention.

Smell- Malty, with a slight citrus/herbal hop note. Maybe some nuttiness?

Taste- Malty, slighty hoppy, wheat sweet. Probably my favorite wheat style beer. Some yeast and nut as it finishes.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean, very nice.

Drinkability- Very nice session beer. Nothing exceptional and nothing objectionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 22:57:02 | More by kirok1999
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cjgator3

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had this a few times before but haven't reviewed it yet, so here it goes. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a . The aroma is sweet malt, freshly cut hay and grassy malt. The taste is extremely crisp and refreshing, with just enough flavor to keep me interested. This is a perfect session beer for me, and I would drink more often if it wasn't so damn expensive ($5-$6 for a bomber around here). Overall, Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager is an extremely quaffable brew and definitely one of my favorite lagers out there. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 02:36:57 | More by cjgator3
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LuckyLucanite

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely straw colour--nice drinkable crispness--pleasant finish--very palatable mouthfeel.

The Rogue guys really brewed a pleasant session 'pils-type' lager here--great bottle design.

The touch of wheat adds a nice bit of sharpness to the barley malt.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 04:57:45 | More by LuckyLucanite
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allengarvin

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a orange-brown color with a modest head, and quite a bit of cloudy haze. Very nice bready aroma, lightly toasted, lightly biscuity. Good emphasis on toasted malt character in the flavor, though there's not much more to say about it: just good, clean malt. Fairly bitter with a nice floral noble hop flavor. Neutral texture, moderate carbonation and body.

A darned good lager, I'd say. I'm not sure what's Irish about it, but it's clean and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 03:42:08 | More by allengarvin
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light straw color with a white head that stayed for a bit and left decent lacing.

Smells were malty goodness, hops of citrus and herbal notes.

The taste hit the spot. Well-balanced between the cracker like malt and the crisp hop character. Enough carbonation to keep it all in check. Mouthfeel was lighter, but enough.

Too bad its $5 a bottle. That seems to be the beer's only downside. But, price is not a factor for review. So its a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 15:15:29 | More by rtratzlaff
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice sized bright white head over a cloudy, pale golden body, with some carbonation flowing up. Touch of foamy lacing.

Aromas are fairly earthy and grainy - whole wheat bread. Light hops in the aroma.

Fairly creamy on the palate, with light bitter lemon, metallic tanginess, and naval oranges. Very smooth mouthfeel, and quite rich for the style, with a low carbonation level.

Drinkability is very good on this one - very tasty, rich (relative), and creamy for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 18:39:45 | More by BeerImmediately
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MobBarley

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This fine lager pours an average looking yellow-orange with moderate head and retention. No lacing evident. Smell is grassy with fruity malt undertones. Taste is well rounded with an initial green hoppiness that warms into a malty alcohol flavor before finishing with a dry and pleasant crispness. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated and crisp...refreshing. Drinkability is good.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 07:06:08 | More by MobBarley
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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