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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

642 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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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.

12º PLATO
28 IBU
75 AA
9.8º Lovibond

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

Mosstrooper, May 24, 2010
Photo of BDJake
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
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

BDJake, May 07, 2010
Photo of tubacharlie
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

tubacharlie, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of zimm421
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

zimm421, Apr 01, 2010
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.

Kelp, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of farrago
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

farrago, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of nickd717
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

nickd717, Mar 18, 2010
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.

JunkYardJake, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of JayQue
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

JayQue, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of hustlesworth
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- I'm gonna hold off the Irish references for a minute here, as much as I would like to get right to it. Pours a clear golden yellow with a dense soapy off white head. Foam settles quickly to a thick ring and there's some decent spotty lace. Keeping in mind this is a euro pale lager, I'm going to judge it as such.

S- subdued aroma, fruity and apple like, but I smell it to be leaning more on the pear skin side. Earthy and lacking the sweetness that would come from the meat of the fruit, be it apple or pear. Some bready malt, early harvest reisling, and a quick whiff of herbal hops are also present. A bit off a roasted poultry aroma as well. Modest, but not bad at all.

T- fruity and somewhat tart in the beginning. Sweetent up a bit until the hops kick in. The website says sterling and I would have called saaz, so I guess we are on the same page. Very nice balance of malt and hops and with a little more bitterness I would have called this one a Czech pilsener. Home made white bread, red apple skin, green pear skin, white grape, dry white wine, and cut grass come to mind, blowing the lid off any heine, Stella, amstel, or what have you. Calling an American pale a euro pale is a bit unfair, similar to calling an American made ipa an english style ipa when we all know damn well that it isn't. This is full of flavor for a lighter lager and is nothing short of a "German style" pils. Finishes with bright zesty herbal hops and a bit of lemon with to go along with the fading strong malty spine.

MF- I will agree with other reviews that the feel of this one is cake compared to other EPLs. Quality ingredients shine here and the malty density is perfectly offset by the crisp lively
carbonation giving it a plush and luxurious feel for such a... You know, pale euro lager. Tannins, alpha acids, and moderate alcohol all converge to form a voltron of immaculate dryness.

D- speaking of dryness and on to the big D. Steve Nash doesn't have this D. Never cloying and never overly tart, I'm happy to see this mick hovering in the middle. Don't mind the racial slur, I'm Irish. Graceful dryness and deceptive lightness give this one drinkability like a Bonnie lassie's (expletive) (censored) from the business end of my tin whistle. Please don't dis this well made version of an all too often hated on style. Maybe $5 for a bomber is a bit too much, but when there's a keg in front of you it's a whole different story.

...and the fiddle played Sean dun na ngall...

hustlesworth, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of drouss48
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like most people, I sat down to drink this beer with my expectations set very high. I have never been disappointed with a Rogue brew...until now.

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pub style pint glass.

A: Straw/Golden yellow, with small white head. Carbonation appeared to be strong, judging from the amount of bubbles being produced.

S: Sweet malty, honey like. The small of apple at the end of the nose is rather overwhelming and might have even ruined the rest of my experience with this beer.

T: The taste is really clear to me with this beer...it's kind of all over the place. Its crisp, but sweet malt is a bit overwhelming. This is also where that apple comes into play as I almost can't help but think I'm drinking beer flavored apple juice that's been carbonated.

F: I expected more carbonation judging from the appearance. However, the feel is "thicker" than expected yet light towards the end...almost watery. Actually not 'almost'....definitely watery.

Overall I was very, very dissapointed with this beer.

drouss48, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of MikeGill
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Looks very appealing. Clear, yellow gold with sudsy white head. Lots of bubbles apparant in the pour. Offbeat nose with honey, yeast and apple. Somewhat grassy as well.

Kells has a farmhouse cider quality. Or maybe a french white wine done sur lee. Apple peel, creamy yeast with very light hops. Tastes very mead-like as well. Good drinkability but finish is rather watery.

MikeGill, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft serving at local pub. Pale gold with generous head from the draft pour. Nose has some faint malt and herbal and citrus qualities. On the palate it has a faint resemblance to a steam beer. Good balance of light malt flavors and light hops. Easy drinking.

yemenmocha, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of andrewm190
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This review might be a bit harsher due to my expectations going in; I expect the best from Rogue each and every time. My last few experiences have been modest disappointments, until the Irish lager here, which was a colossal disaster. Drinking this beer was more or less a chore. I found it difficult to define exactly what was such a mess here. Was it the ingredients? was it old? Neither seemed to be the case. I'm inclined to believe it was just shitty beer engineering.

andrewm190, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of StoneTSR
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Long before I first joined Beer Advocate and started writing reviews, the bar I work at got two barrels of Rogue Kell's Irish Style Lager. While American IPAs are generally my favorite types of beers, this one was just a perfect lager - delicious. I was devastated when we ran out of this stuff and I have not had an easy time finding it anywhere else. But, to my delight and surprise, there they were, two 22 oz. bombers sitting on one of the top shelves at Evanston 1st Liquors right around the corner from my bar. So with all that hype, I am about to dive in to my first bottled Kell's Irish Lager:

APPEARANCE: Poured into a pint glass a light, crisp, golden and transparent color. The head is almost perfect, about a quarter inch thick. Looks very appetizing.

NOSE: Very faint smell, but the apple flavor is apparent. It could be a little more intense in the nose, but the gentle smell certainly doesn't do any harm.

TASTE: The taste starts out slow. It begins very crisp and clean, but slowly gives way to a more apple and mildly bitter flavor. The taste from the bottle is certainly different than I remember it out of the tap. On tap it seemed to finish much more clean than it does out of this bottle. Mildly disappointing, but still delicious.

FEEL: The Kell's feels very alive as soon as it hits your tongue. Strong carbonation, which seems to add to the overall feel that this is a light, playful and easy drinking beer.

OVERALL: Yep, light, playful and easy drinking is a good way to put it. Yet, despite it's ease, it still has plenty of flavor. The mild apple flavor is not what I am used to in a beer, but it's a great change of pace. A fantastic session beer, and also an excellent beer for the seasoned beer geek, but it would also be a great beer to serve a newby to the craft beer world.

StoneTSR, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Ah...the Beer of Kells - memories of Trinity College during my visit there many years ago. I do love the Yankee protests of '5 bucks for a bomber of beer?' filtering through this and other Rogue reviews. Come to Canada, ya cheap-ass whiners.

This beer pours a rather hazy medium golden straw colour, with one finger of restrained, foamy, and mostly creamy off-white head, which leaves a curtain of tightly webbed lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells quite strongly of gritty biscuity, grainy, and crackery pale malt, a touch of sassy lemon juice, and grassy, spicy hops. The taste is mostly grainy, wanly biscuity bready malt, more lemon fruitiness, with a tint of orange, and fairly plain, mildly leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is indeed noticeable, but in an understatedly frothy, somewhat fizzy manner, the body a weakly medium-light weight, a tad oily, and mostly smooth. It finishes off-dry, the plain pale malt doing well to hold its own in the face of some heady noble hops, Saaz the most outright aggressor.

Lots of pleasantly peppy stuff going on here, insomuch that this is more than yer typical pale lager - pilsner hops seem to have a tendency to pop up readily here and there. Tasty, and worthy enough of a session of Craic indulgence, even on this side of the pond.

biboergosum, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a minimal white head. It is pale yellow in color and cloudy. It has that "euro lager" smell but without the skunkiness that I often associate with imports. It has a stale citrusy taste. It is actually a really smooth, easy drinking beer. Once again it is like import beer without the skunkiness. I am not a fan of the style but it is does go down easy.

Cheers!

buschbeer, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of adamette
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought from Warehouse Beverage on Mayfield in Cleveland two days ago for $4.99 into my Samuel Smith pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A White merigue like head that leaves an interesting patchy type lacing on the inside of the glass. Body is pretty standard straw yellow translucent with carbonation rising up. 3.0

S A fairly standard smell of a basic barley based lager with minimal sweetness and hops. 3.0

T The smell is highly suggestive of the taste with this beer. Really a light lager which is just fine but not insipring at all. I strain to imagine what makes this "Irish." 2.5

M Light in a bad way. I would have really liked some more presence to this beer. 2.0

D Fairly good but it is so boring I cannot imagine looking for or buying it again. 3.0

Notes: Dissapointed in this Rogue beer. I still do not know what aspect of this beer is "Irish."

adamette, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of alysmith4
2.15/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm not a huge fan of this style, so I guess it's hard to give an unbaised review. That being said, I'll do my best to rate the beer and not the style. It poured well, a nice golden body with a half-inch head. Smell fresh, like new hay or straw, but I didn't detect much else on the nose. Taste was okay, kind of like a gourmet Budwiser if that's possible. It's probably one of the better Euro Pale Lagers, as I think most of the beers produced by Rogue are great. Worth trying if you like this style, but I probably won't have it again.

alysmith4, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of jdense
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at EOU Faculty Lounge poured into pint glass.
Straw yellow brew one finger white head, quick dissipation. Breadish malts dominate the nose, little hop presence. Cloying maltish sweetness on the taste still minimal hop presence. Decent mouthfeel, pretty drinkable if you can work through the sweetness. Don't anticipate I'll have this again.

jdense, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of KTCamm
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz classic Rogue painted bomber into a pint glass. Pours golden yellow with 2 fingers white foam leaving a creamy iceberg of foam. Laces throughout.

Smell gassy/pine with some citrus.

Taste, backed by an assertive hop, this beer is clean throughout. Apple crisp finish. Very reminiscent of a Czech pils. Well carbonated in the mouth.

Solidly drinkable, and a tasty lager to boot.

KTCamm, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of ETF5000
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A light straw color, almost golden. A bit more honey colored than a pilsner. A very fine thing to look at indeed.

S- The first thing I get off this is spicy hop aroma, followed quickly by a nice natural lemon scent. A nice sweet malt smell lingers after the spicy hops vanish.

T- Personally, I smelled much more than I tasted. Perhaps I was drinking it a bit too cold but it seemed to lack a snap that I was expecting. I didn't get the hop bitterness that I smelled so profoundly in the nose. I also didn't get the apple finish advertised on the bottle, maybe my taste buds need a bit more developing. Overall, it was pleasant, but a bit underwhelming.

M- Very pleasant, not too carbonated, not too flat. For this type of beer, I was very happy.

D- The Kells is very drinkable. it's certainly not your crazy hop bomb that is common here out West, but it's a nice, smooth, highly drinkable beer that I think I may have to have again.

ETF5000, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Natural510
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, pale golden color with a decent lacing on the glass.
Lemon & wheat notes to the nose.
Flavor up front is sour and tart. Breaded malt blends with the citric lemon taste, and there's a bit of a hop kick at the end.
Refreshing and crisp; much like a hefeweizen without the banana/clove element.

Different, to be sure; not certain how many of these I could drink, but I enjoyed a new take on the lager. What's so Irish about it, anyway?

Natural510, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of mightymoksha
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in 650 mL bottle, served in standard pint glass, 47*F.

Pours a transparent, light amber, reminiscent of butterscotch candy. Noticeable carbonation. Pure white head, featuring moderate stickiness and sub-par retention.

Unobtrusive aroma, featuring floral and apple notes. Hardly a punch in the face, but pleasing.

Medium bodied, featuring a biscuity malt flavor balanced by solid bitterness and faint apple and orange flavors. Finish is crisp and bready, with a mild apple aftertaste. Very satisfying.

For almost two years, I lived not 2 hours away from Newport, OR, the location of Rogue Headquarters. As one might expect, I was exposed to a plethora of over-the-top West Coast beers, and as a result experienced considerable surprise when tasting this beer for the first time. It certainly didn't strike me as a Rogue creation, but still proved to be quite enjoyable.

Whether or not it adheres to the style, I cannot say. No matter: I found this beer to be quite satisfying and very drinkable.

mightymoksha, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of elniko
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Standard lager coloring. Little bit of head, nice lacing. High carbonation.

S: Clean malt tone with some grassy characteristics.

T & M: Quite enjoyable. I definitely got the apple notes on the finish. Medium bodied, almost buttery maltiness.

D: Quite drinkable, would be a regular in the rotation if it was easier to find in DFW.

elniko, Aug 07, 2009
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.