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Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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Irish Style LagerIrish Style Lager

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406 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 406
Hads: 700
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 39
Gots: 47 | 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.

28 IBU
75 AA
9.8º Lovibond
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 406 | Hads: 700
Photo of allengarvin
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of quasimoto
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden amber in to my glass witha slight white carbinated head that dissapates quickly leaving no lace.

S- It smell of light citrusy noble hops. Not a strong overpowering aroma but its follwed by a light malt prescence.

T - Light bicuity flavor, some bread, and maybe some vineous flavors bouncing around in there. Like a light chardonnay.

M - Kinda chewy for the style. not light enough. Creamy on the tounge, and has sharpness from the carbination on the mid-tip of the tounge.

D - Its a light Euro pale lager. Its not bursting with flavor, but it is true to style.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy apricot color into my pint glass with a thin, seltzery head which soon vanishes, leaving some soapy lacing.

A little bit of spicy apple cider; Some astringency wafts my way.

A somewhat bland taste - there are flavors there, but they're not particularly pronounced. Not watery, just not that flavorful. Cider, orange peel, slightly grassy hops.

Spritzy, astringent mouthfeel.

Rogue's Uber Pils is amazing - why'd they mess this lager up?

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Photo of GClarkage
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03/06/06- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber poured into my Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Very pale and watery golden color. 1/4 inch spritzy head which evaporates immeadiately. No lacing to be found. Not a pretty sight.

Smell- Really not much smell. A bit of grainy and bready malt. Maybe a tad nutty.

Taste- Ahhh, the flavor is good at least. Nice bready grain flavor. Heavy biscuit taste with just the right amount of hops added in. Very crisp. Kinda a type of fruit in the aftertaste, but can't figure out which one. Huh, the label says apple, so I guess that's it.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, but enough to keep it intersting.

Drinkability- This beer doesn't look pretty or smell pretty, but it has a good flavor and texture. I can see myself getting another to go with some corned beef and cabbage.

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Photo of scottum
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out amber with a smallish bright white headskie. Kind of sweet with a textured malty feel. Hops add balance but no decernable bittering. Smooth and refreshing, quite decent. I'd never seen this Rogue brew before and am happy to have tried it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.18/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle(room temp) a clear medium gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly.

The smell is of sweet malt. Kind of typical of a macro lager.

The taste is also of sweet malt but there's a sourness there as well that does nothing to help with the taste of this lager. I find it *very* ordinary and I'm a *big* fan of Rogue products so there is *no* anti bias associated with this review.

Bottom line: It's a Rogue product but don't let their reputation sway you into trying this lager. It's just not worth it.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Rogue's Kells Irish Style Lager pours out a clear yellow color with a foamy, white head. Nice lacing. Biscuity malt aroma with a bit of honey sweetness. Malty flavor with a bit of a strange, herbal flavor, although mainly the flavor is clean. I taste some honey. Slightly hoppy and bitter, but the malt is the focus. Drinkability is good. I prefer this by far to your average euro lager, but than again, I prefer most Rogue beers to this one.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - 2" white, soapy head. Pale yellow beer. Slight haze. Decent retention, nice lace. Not much visible carbonation.

S - Sweet malt. Hay. Bread. Pilsner like aroma.

T - Dull. Could use more carbonation to improve crispness. Slight bitter finish. Some biscuity malt. Not much here. Very macro-like.

M - Creamy, round mouthfeel. Very low carbonation.

D - Very low drinkability. Lame and overpriced. Very disappointing.

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Photo of jameaterblues
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So normally I am a big fan of Rogue beers. But the Kells Lager kinda fell short of my expectations. it had a translucent golden color with a thin white head that left a slight lacing, it looked pleasing for a Lager. The smell was pleasant and fruity. But this one was particularly sweet(not fruity in taste at all), and it was kinda unexpected. Not that it really had a distinct flavor, but just a very sweet taste. It was very light on the mouth and the stomach, and I could see someone drinking alot of this beer. I guess it would be a good transition for people trying to get away from the macro brews. I was just expecting more from Rogue overall.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a little bummed I payed $5.00 for this one. Not an overly bad beer, but way too similar to your average lager. Pale gold, with timy foam bubbles that form a small head. Heavy lagerwheat on the nose. Sweet on the tongue, kinda reminds me of stealing a sip when I was younger.

A classic session beer, but don't waste your time or money. There are much better offerings from others breweries.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was recommended to me by the Beer Manager at a top beer store in MA (Julio's in Westboro) as I had been lamenting the lack of craft lagers. I'd never heard of it before but purchased a 22 oz. bottle. No freshness dating but the beer seemed to be
very fresh.

Poured a somewhat hazy golden color with a good and lasting head. Smell was about ordinary for a lager - not strong but maybe a bit fruitier than normal. Crisp, clean, light taste yet a full-bodied feel. Great drinkability - I only wished I had purchased more than one bottle. Unfortunately, the store is 70 miles away in MA and I've never seen Rogue products in NH. While the taste is different, I would consider the drinkability to be on a par with one of my other favorites, Victory's Prima Pils.

As others have noted, this product has obviously not been retired and I'm hoping it won't meet that fate in the future.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is different than the one pictured, a silkscreened 22 oz. bomber, with an Irishman in an Irish sweater, playing a hornpipe.

Lightly hazed, pale yellow appearance, big, lasting, pure-as-the-driven-snow head...

Floral, perfumey nose...light, sweet...lager-y.

Tastin'...thickish intrusion on the palate, for a lager...big and chewy, grainy, but crispish and clean. Light body, neat finish, lays around a bit on the palate. Quite a nice lager.

Don't think I'll spend another $4.99 for a bomber, but that's just cause it's not my style. An excellent rendition, though.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer, but it lacks the refreshing qualities I like in a lager. Seems almost pointless in that regard.

The beer pours to a nice clear golden color with a very healthy carbonation that supports a likewise healthy white head. Lacing sticks to the glass in sheets. Looks like a good lager, but unfortunately looks can deceive.

The smell is quite grassy, spicy, and herbal hoppy with only a subtle caramelized malt aroma. Smells good as well, but there is something fishy going on with the taste.

I'm no brewer, but I'm thinking this beer was fermented at the wrong temperature for a lager. Seems to have some ale characteristics to it, for instance it is buttery and has some fruity esters. Decently bitter. Starts off nice and crisp like I was expecting, with a great noble hop flavor, but the finish turns into a puddle of buttery Rogue crap. Tastes like very cheap malt, or as I already hypothesized, a warm fermentation.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for a pale lager, and the butteryness is unpleasant. The drinkability could be much higher if this lager were much cleaner.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently a beer that was brought back into production, this is the first time I have seen it around here.

Appearance: Hazed light copper color,streams of carbonation make their way to the surface. Head is small for the style.

Smell: Grassy, grainy, musty, like cooked vegetables. Nothing great.

Taste: Malty and full, lots of grass flavor. Crisp and fairly refreshing, but also has somewhat of a rotten vegetable flavor, not the best.

Mouthfeel: Just fine, no complaints here.

Drinkability: I will pass on this one, one of the least impressive beers that Rogue brews. The old guy playing the tin whistle on the bottle is kind of cool, though.

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Photo of hero27
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Just picked up a fresh bottle of this at my local beer store, so apparently it's making a comeback tour.

Clear yellow/gold color with a grainy, grassy aroma. The dusty pale malt character is a staple of most Rogue brews, and it's present here also. Clean, crisp finish, but leaves my tastebuds dissapointed. Classified as a Euro Pale Lager, this thing is was $5 for a relatively watery, obviously light bodied and low-alcohol beer. Putting this brew under the $4 mark would certainly make this a bit more attractive to any potential buyer.

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Photo of mynie
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note to whomever: this is no longer retired.

About as pretty as a Euro Pils can pour. Very dark golden, slightly hazed, with a nice white head.

Very dull fruit malt mixed with a dry hop. Absent is the pac man yeast or tasty hops of your usual Rogue. This just smells like a good Euro Pils--that is to say, pretty god, not great.

Tastes very much like it smells. Fruit grains alternating sweet and dry. Light hints of summertime hay. Ends on a very dry, lingering hop, Nice, pleasant, but far from what I expect from a Rogue.

Goes down like water.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm...I just saw this for the first time, but it's apparently retired.
Pours out a clear, weak yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that fades quickly. Some carbonation streaming through, but not a ton. Not a lot to look at.

Smell is lightly fruity, a bit of clean toasted grain, and a very slight Euro hoppiness. Not much action in the nose, either.

Flavor is light, slightly fruit, with some apple and peach flavors building on top of toasted grain and a slight corn-husk flavor. Finish is clean with little lingering aftertaste.

Overall: Just not a lot going on in this one, not bad per se, but definitely not worth five bucks a bomber. Mediocre.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy looking piss yellow. Thin off white head. Barely anything. Lace is minimal. Hmmm...On the nose, crisp malts, noble hops and a touch of acidity. Pretty basic with regards to flavor. Bland malts. A little grainy. A little biscuity. Not much to speak of. A touch of noble hop goodness. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Medium body. Pretty average brew.

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Photo of ZAP
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color...smells like wet mown grass....taste is on the sweater side but I wouldn't call it a bready profile...more of a crisp pilsner like grainy profile...very subtle hopping....works nicely....body is firm..crisp....overall a decent enough lager...probably a step up from Harp but nothing to hord cases of...

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Photo of cubedbee
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, different design than the picture. Pours a golden straw with a thin fizzy white head. Large amount of nice looking lacing though. Nose is a nice sweet doughy malt with a bit of honey. Taste is full of grassy hops, there is a sweet grainy malt, a somewhat vegetably taste, and a fair bit of lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and rather dry. This is a pretty good example of a euro lager, simple but refreshing.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much to look at,pale and little head, but very decent and drinkable lager. Well malted, and tasty in that respect. A pint of this went down quickly after a hot summer day. Herbal, spot of spearmint, tad of spice,lightly lemony, well carbonated. Well done.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, dry malt scent that boasts of pale malts and a creamy "Irish" style, musty aroma. It is a bit sweet and breadlike. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that boasts of pale and carapils malts. It is sweet with a smooth slightly grainy finish. This is a full flavored lager; yummy. The mouthfeel is good as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good lager. It has flavor, unlike most on the market. This is a nice sessions brew; a good drinker.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold pour into the footed pilsener glass, 3/4 inch head, with 1/4 inch remaining after a minute, slight lacing on the glass. Plenty of tiny columns of carbonation. Not much in the nose, some malt, sweet notes. Taste is well-balanced, crisp finish. Mouthfeel for this style was quite good and full. This is an easy drinker and the spouse unit loves it. We'll be buying a bottle or two whenever we find it.

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Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
81 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.