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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

602 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 602
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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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a 4oz pour sampler at my local place.

A - Pours a murky orange color with a half inch of off white head. Didn't see the lacing.

S - Smells like a yeasty lager with light tones of honey or orange. Smells rather sweet.

T - One of the more sweeter lager choices I have had with sweet malts and honey. Kind of boring but very drinkable.

M - Light to medium. Sample went rather quick.

Overall I would have got a bottle but was shocked that the price was around 8-9 dollars a bottle. Just for a lager? Upon research I found most places charge 6-7 dollars for this bomber which is kind of reasonable. Would like another sample though...

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 23:57:52 | More by DrDemento456
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden color, as anticipated, with a couple fingers of white head which stick nicely to the glass.

S: Sort of a generic lager aroma. Lots of lager yeast with a light malt aroma. Some pale cracker malts, floral hops, and a bit of wheat. As it warms up, the hops start to become a touch herbal.

T: The flavor is sort of ho-hum as well. Sort of unremarkable malt, hop, yeast flavors. Lightly sweet with bready and cracker flavors from the malts and light floral hop notes. Plenty of lager yeast, too.

M: Light in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: A decent enough lager, but there are plenty of better choices out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2011 19:03:13 | More by womencantsail
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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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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with 2 fingers of white fluffy head.

The scent is of yeast, caramel malt, herbal notes.

The taste is of caramel malt, yeast, herbal hops, some apple and spice.

Light body, crisp and clean, high carbonation.

This was a decent beer, very refreshing and easy to drink. Excellent beer for a summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 18:31:03 | More by BeerCon5
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. No freshness dates or anything like that. Nice, painted label art. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a hazed, pale-straw yellow. A huge, sudsy white head stays around and clumps around the glass. Bunches of carbonation. Looks almost comical, like beer in a cartoon. Smell is of mineral and a *lot* of that apple smell. Taste is crisp and fruity, apple-y as all get-out. Lite biscuity malts all the while. A bit of a Euro-hop finish. Feel is very carbonated, and almost a bit sour at the end. I swear this beer tastes exactly like the first batch of Mr. Beer (American Pale Ale) I made long ago. Crazy.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 04:32:42 | More by sixerofelixir
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claspada

New Jersey

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

Nice bright golden beer with average larger carbonation resulting in a big white fluffy cap with good retention.
Smells quite fruity and malty up front, it's pleasant and interesting. More fruity than I would expect from a lager but greatly appreciated.
A mix of fruity and sweet grainy flavors up front with a perfect European hop bitterness (earthy, slightly floral). It's delicate but definitely present. Medium to heavy bodied, almost chewy. This beer finishes medium dry with just a touch of floral flavors and herbal hops. It's definitely interesting, and extremely drinkable, one of the best lagers I've had in a while. (I really dislike lagers, btw).
Interesting beer with an good amount of character, worth a sample, nothing spectacular or mind blowing, just tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2011 14:33:38 | More by claspada
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ant5431

Rhode Island

4.88/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had my 1st at my favorite spot today liked it so much I had my 2nd & 3rd!
Had a nice white head on it, with a earthy citrus aroma. then I took my 1st sip it had a rich creamy taste with a touch of lemon over all a great beer I could sit at the bar watching the game and drink these all day long! Would be a nice beer to sip in the backyard on a warm night! Have to thank Kim from East Ave Cafe for recommending this beer!

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2011 20:06:00 | More by ant5431
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Jesse13713

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Persistent lacing that covers the glass. Appears to have average carbonation. It is an extraordinarily light yellow that almost appears white.

Smell - I hardly get anything in the smell here. Slight earth notes and hops.

Taste - A slightly maltier than expected beer. Feels frothy and well carbonated in my mouth. I can't help but think I'm drinking a juiced up adjunct lager. Tasty caramel and light cherry notes.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Delicious caramel malts linger for awhile and are delicious. Refreshing and crisp; but nothing too different or special. Exceptionally smooth, light bodied and easy to drink. I could sip this all night.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2011 04:28:10 | More by Jesse13713
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply fantastic tasting lager, I'm glad I grabbed a fresh bottle with the new neck label with Dare*Risk*Dream printed. God knows Rogue doesn't use any freshness info on their bottles, this was bought in season approaching St. Paddy's Day. Really a beer I've drank on tap and bottle in the past but have never written down any thoughts on it. APpearance is simple fizzy yellow beer at first site, but then you notice a slight haze to the straw golden body. Actual hop haze going on with a creamy texture fluffy white head that sticks around for awhile. Lacing is the same forms intricate chunky layers that add to the eye candy. Aroma has a mild rolling layer of citrus/herbal/grassy mild skunky hop notes going on. A nice dose of cereal grains backing up the malt profile. Flavor is a nice mix of malts and hops some would consider this boring, I think it proves what great brewers they have at Rogue this is a simple style flavor wise but extremely tough to brew. There's no hiding any sulfur or off flavors like diacetyl in this one. This is a well brewed clean crisp drinking beer, with herbal grassy hops from their own supply and no Pac Man yeast to create the typical Rogue house flavor. A touch of green apple tartness in the finish, but really a nice grassy/bready biscuit malt layer going on. Nothing off putting completely easy drinking experience, medium to light bodied lager carbonation is lively definitely doesn't fall flat, probably one of the better lagers widely available from a craft brewer. Up there with Sam Adams Noble Pils, Rogue Uber Pils, and Sierra Nevada Summerfest.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 19:51:32 | More by WVbeergeek
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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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mdr4669

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured clear & gold a little more than a fingers worth of head. The head retained nicely and eventually craterd to resemble a melting marshmallow.

Smell: Light resembles a traditional euro style lager, but seems to have something else. I just can't put my finger on it.

Taste: Surprisingly good, bready and citrusy (primarily lemon).

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very carbonated can feel the bubble as I drink.

Drinkability: It's crisp, clean and quite refreshing. This one may become a summer time staple. I can imagine sitting on the porch watching a lightning storm and enjoying one of these.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 00:26:10 | More by mdr4669
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice pale dull golden abler with a nice two finger head of frothy and fizzy lace that quickly faded and left behind nothing more then a thin film with no side glass representation. Smell was ll grain with a touch of euro hops, but mostly your classic light lager smell. The flavor was actually more then decent which suprised me. A nice crisp clean feel gave way to more then a decent swelling a grain and hops with hints at cereals and fresh cut grass. A long subtle and dried out finish only served to add on to this one and really make a great overall impression on me. It went down like water and I was suprised at just how drinkable this one was. Overall I would have to say not bad at all and I would definitly order this one again as for a session lager,.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 01:59:09 | More by mikesgroove
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vfgccp

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow with a light head that hangs around with average retention.

S - Light, slightly waxy lemon. Hint of tarragon.

T - White bread, lemon, touch of coriander. Rolling bitterness.

M - Crisp dry finish with a nice hop character.

D - Light and refreshing with enough hops to keep it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 18:00:23 | More by vfgccp
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Every time I figure I'll give Rogue another try they remind me that all of their beers have the same lingering after taste.

Pours a nice pale pislner-gold color, crystal clear, with a huge mound of head that retains nicely throughout the drink.

Smells of citrus and pines and thick with bready notes.

The taste is okay, very much a pilsner. So far as pilsners go it's not a bad one, but I wan't expecting a pilsner.

Thin and watery mouth feel.

This may be the best thing I've had from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 05:19:04 | More by donteatpoop
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HopsNPot

Nebraska

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 03:45:55 | More by HopsNPot
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tbern007

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 00:29:48 | More by tbern007
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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 +.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 19:45:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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EricCioe

Montana

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 03:39:20 | More by EricCioe
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Zundo

Kansas

3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 02:51:13 | More by Zundo
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Kaiser777

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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,

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 00:05:09 | More by Kaiser777
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Offa

California

3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 19:30:06 | More by Offa
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July2Nov

Hawaii

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 05:28:48 | More by July2Nov
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 03:47:28 | More by rhoadsrage
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 03:14:23 | More by wordemupg
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beergod1

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 23:41:52 | More by beergod1
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