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Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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82
good

658 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 29
Gots: 28 | 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:
Beer added by: Jon on 09-28-2002

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
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Photo of HopsNPot
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- see through, very light yellow.
S- lagerish haha.
T- maybe its just because of the style of brew that it is, but i felt it was almost watery with a hint of citrus afterwards, almost like a wheat beer.
M- very light
D- goes down very easy and kinda grows on ya as you drink it.

OVerall i wasnt very impressed with the brew, it was too tame (like i said almost watery). but that may just be a personal bias becaouse i either like high hop IPAs or i like dark ass chocalate stouts n vanilla porters.

Photo of tbern007
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours yellow, hazy. Large head that stays for quite some time.
Smells a bit stale, yeasty, breadlike.
Tastes like a mix of wheat, stale, bread, yeast, malty, and a touch of lemon.
Creamy and less than moderate carbonation. Drinkable, average. Does not really stand out as being exceptional in any area.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good pristine golden color with some seriously fluffy head. Couldn't pick much up in the nose here, a little sweetness, but everything else was pretty nondescript.

Very light taste, was disappointed, thought from the appearance that we would have a light bodied, full flavored beer. Just got the light body, the minimalist floral hops were just too underwhelming. Didn't have the crispness an excellent beer in this style would have, there was some bitterness, but it just didn't pair well with anything. $6 for an easy drinker is a little much, negates the drinkability +.

Photo of EricCioe
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the glass it looks like James Taylor's 'Copperline' with a light, pretty head with good retention and nice lacing. A really pretty beer to look at. On the nose it's apples and sourdough bread, an odd combination for sure, but nice. On the tongue the apples come through right away with a nice bitter note at the front of the mouth lingering well after the swallow. In the mouth it's a bit too thin and it's a bit buzzsawish with the carbonation hitting pretty hard. But beyond that it's a very nice beer one could drink a few of. I wasn't expecting to like this very much but it's quite good.

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

Appearance: Golden with a slight orange tint. Decent, frothy, off white head with some lacing

Smell: Sweet with some earthy, grassy scents. Apple is identifiable.

Taste : Fairly "irish" taste, though not full-blown by any means. Mildly earthy with a medium sweetness. Fruity in the apple sense. Apple flavor is in the moderate to back end and accompanied by some bitterness.

Mouthful: Pretty smooth and a bit chewy.

Photo of Kaiser777
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Huge white head that looks like light whipped cream, golden cloudy yellow with little bubbles floating to the top, & a thick white lace that hugs the glass.

S- It has a very similar sent that most pilsners have, light hops, perhaps lemon sage, cloves, & granny smith apples.

T- Very smooth, light hoppy flavor with a twist of sweet malts, a pinch of fresh citrus lemon, & a hint of apple.

MF- Light carbonation, slight sour & bitterness that makes the cheeks pucker just a little which reminds me again of granny smith apples, very nice after taste, you can tell this
beer is of the freshes ingredients.

D- Very delicious & satisfying, I could drink this trough out the evening,

Photo of Offa
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd had this in a bottle before and liked it, so figured I'd try it on tap at the Rogue in Portland.

It was golden with a thin white ring.

Aroma was ripe grain and apple, pretty much a full-bodied standard pale American lager.

Taste was as for the aroma basicaly, but with a light vaguely defined bitterness popping up at the finish and lingering, mostly grassy with some vague citrusy bite.

Photo of July2Nov
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:Standard pale yellow with slight carbonation.

Smell: Smells sweet, with an apple scent coming through.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Light and crisp. Not very complex, but just a mellow and tasty brew. Not really too much to say about this one. It's simple and tasty, at the same time.

Drinkability: Easily drinkable. One level above water (not in a bad way). Had it with some sushi and it was the right match.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a pokal)
A- This beer has a clear golden yellow body with a matrix of big bubbles rising to the surface. There is a lumpy snow-white creamy head last for a good bit.
S- The dry green hop bite is mixed with a dry lightly toasted malt note.
T- The dry flinty note gives way to a slightly spicy graham malt note and a soft toasted malt note finishes the beer.
M- The light mouthfeel has a slightly full finish from the carbonation and no alcohol heat.
D- This beer is very dry with some good freshness to the malt flavors and some nice depth of malt. Very easy to drink.

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

650ml bomber poured into pint glass july7 2010

A clear golden yellow with a heavy amount of tiny bubbles feeding a two finger bone white head that has average retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S sweet grains with a little candy corn

T all I smell but with a tiny bit of apple and another fruity aspect that I can't quite place

M full for the color with decent length

D no flaws but nothing amazing, I could drink this again but beside other Rogue bottles for the same price it would not be my first choice

decent beer but like I said above it's a hard sell beside all the other Rogue bombers on the shelf

Photo of beergod1
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I know it's a Lager, but jeeze. Bomber, poured a LIGHT yellow, fluffy white head, dissipated quickly. Not much aroma at all. First sip seemed watered down, Carbonated, but....wait, a little malt sweetness. Warmed up a couple of degrees, and the flavor was tolerable. The sweetness "Almost" makes it taste like a Light, or watered down Belgian Golden Ale? Just kept shaking my head as I sipped. Wanted more I guess, but it is a Lager. I can think of some lagers with much better flavor than this. This is my "Rogue's" least favorite.

Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this because I had never had this beer but I had low expectations because I don't really like Irish Lagers. This really surprised me. It had a really great up front flavor. Good bitterness, great mouthfeel, light pale color than I expected. Overall very good. Not great aroma but I'll have it again.

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

22 oz. bottle:

Hazed golden-orange lager with a decent cap that lasts and laces.

Aromas of sweet doughy malts, hints of straw a light mustiness. Nice subtle pleasing aroma.

Great malt spine...chewy bready malts in the front with herbal-grassy hop offset, light lemony effect in the clean finish.

A top flight lager...but the price sucks.

Photo of ScottyC
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, yellow/blond color.

Smell: Very yeasty and slightly sweet. Almost cake-like aroma. Very subtle.

Taste: Very mellow. Slightly earthy taste, yet has a pleasant and subtle after taste. Barely fruity. Very crisp and clean finish.

Drinkability: Outstanding. Not only do you feel fantastic drinking it, the crisp bite makes you keep drinking!

Photo of introvertedone
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 4/4/10:

The Kells Irish Style Lager was a beautiful golden color. Upon pouring into the glass it presented a very strong floral aroma but the taste was surprisingly lacking in flavor. The lager had a smooth, light feel. It's a refreshing lager and wouldn't mind drinking this again but maybe needs some tweaking to get flavor just right.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color with some cloudiness. A nice head with decent retention.

S: A faint grassy aroma with a hint of apple. Also a slight metallic smell.

T: Pretty smooth upfront, but not a real noticeable taste. Has a brief apple taste on the back end .

M: Light and crisp

D: Easy to drink and sessionable, but not memorable. Average at best, probably something I would not buy again based on its price.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 20oz Guinness tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a very large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a pretty thick lace.

Smell: Grassy aromas prevail with some hints of grain. Also has a strong herbal aroma.

Taste: Begins with a slight herbal favor, finishing with a stronger grassy flavor that also has some apple sweetness about it.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with balanced carbonation and a very clean finish.

Drinkability: A solid beer, but nothing outstanding. I'd have it again if it were available, but I wouldn't pick this as my first choice. It is a pretty pleasant drink, though.

Photo of BDJake
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- translucent yellow with decent amount of off-white head, if you catch it in time

S- grainy malts, apple juice, and a little bit of spicy hops

T- husky and grainy, with a somewhat bitter finish mixed with apples

M- clean, crisp, simple, with snappy bubbles

D- pretty drinkable, a step up from stella or heineken but not worthy of rogue's asking price

Photo of tubacharlie
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intriguing smell of wet hay and a little yeast.

Pours cloudy honey gold color with a decent white head and some lacing.

Breaded wheat flavor predominates with a smattering of hops for a smooth, well-balanced profile. Easily quaffed while listening to an old Chieftans album.

Photo of zimm421
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Appears a straw color with a thin head that dissipates at an average rate. Leaving very minimal lacing.

Smells of corn and malts with apple juice and citrus. The taste is similar to the smells with the apple dominating in the aftertaste. Lots of malts, corn and maybe some yeast. Almost no hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. This is fairly easy to drink, has a nice citrusy flavor, but its just not my thing.

Photo of Kelp
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden color with a bit of cloudiness to it. A nice fluffy whit head on the beer, that dissipates at a good rate. Had decent lacing to it.

A very light but nice sweet malt comes through along with apples.

A nice clean taste to this brew. It has a taste of the malts and fruits up front. Then an odd bitter bite at the end. Great start with an eh finish at the end.

It is nice and smooth across the palate with no real aftertaste.

This would be nice on a warm day, but not my favorite Rogue offering.

Photo of farrago
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big frothy and whipped up head, loosely knit and dissolves at a rapid clip with a fair amount of dimpling, pure bleached white in color, minimal lacing. Curiously light yellow liquid, almost dilute, few and widely dispersed bubbles. The nose too is light and mostly shows corn, sweetish cocoa and general maltiness, lemon peel and quinine, soft peach, pear fruit accents, pleasing for taking a relaxed, non-pushy stance. Medium-bodied, has good bite while still smoothing out into a balanced presentation and clean finish. The mineral water, iron notes persist, more breadiness and less corn and malt sweetness. Conversely, the peach, apricot, apple fruit elevates some. The carbonation puts an attractive charge into things, not close to watery. Orange and lemon citrus takes up some ground. Close to peppery nip at the end. Stylistically, it comes across as fairly old school which may explain part of how it polarizes tasters.

Photo of nickd717
2.94/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Whole Foods Los Altos. Drank it on St. Patty's Day. Came to the realization (which I already sort of knew) this year that Irish beer is really not as impressive as I once thought to be. This is...uh...meh.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a fairly large and foamy white head.

Very metallic aroma with a little bit of sweet malt poking through the metal.

Flavor is very tea-like and sweet, not nearly as metallic as the aroma would suggest. Malt is mostly pilsner, and hops have a negligible presence on this one.

Medium-light body, fairly crisp but not too exciting on the palate.

Overall this is an odd beer, and not in a good way really, although it is fairly drinkable. This is probably the least impressive Rogue offering I've had up to this point.

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

On-tap at Lancaster Dispensing Co. served in a pint glass.
Clear pale yellow with a fluffy head that laced suprisingly well. Smells a bit musty with a few spice notes. Good flavor from the hops bring a clean, grassy taste with a hint of lemon. Very crisp and has a light feel in the mouth. Very sessionable and would be a good change of pace to the wheats of summer.

Photo of JayQue
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Its a lager!!! A step up from American Macro lagers but still not the most exciting style out there. Pours a hazy straw color with a much better head than Bud-type beers. Spotty lacing and fairly decent retention.

Smell is fairly mild, a bit sweet and a little skunky. Tastes better than it smells, mild crisp hops presence and slightly sweet maltiness mixed in there as well. No skunkiness, no "vegetable-y" nasty aftertaste either.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for this style. Drinkability is ok. Nothing offensive about this beer, mildly pleasant...would work on a hot day.

Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.