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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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652 Ratings
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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 27
Gots: 22 | 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
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Photo of RedDiamond
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not sure what an Irish lager purports to be, as the Irish aren't known for this style. What I noticed first about Kells though, is that it came served to me at the Issaquah Brewhouse with a complete lack of head. This deficit launches the drinking experience on an off-note it never fully recovers from.

The beer is very pale yellow and has a strong yeast-on-malt flavor that's dour and irascible. And it's none too clean where you'd expect a lager should be. In fact, it's a little tired, slightly buttery, and rather blasé.

Kells is just barely defensible as a lager and not up to Rogue standards. Not by a long shot.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw/gold color with a slight haze. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention settling to a thick cap. Sticky lacing through the first half a glass. Decanted continually.

S: Hay and grass with a citrus tickle.

T: Pale malts with light citrus and green apple taste. Mild hops to balance the subtly sweet finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and creamy turning to dry and crisp.

D: Tasty balanced lager. Very sessionable beer.

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

This beer pours a lighter to medium crystal clear copper color. About a 3 finger white pillowy head forms. Decent head retention with THICK, sticky lacing left on the sides. Nose is of pale malts, and a definite yeast/bready scent to it. Taste starts with a hop bite (though muted) and the real body of it is of yeast and pale malts. The finish is a touch of apple. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter bodied, but not quite a light beer. The beer is a bit chewy with a sticky finish. This is a decent beer to sit with for an evening.

Photo of Derek
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is eclectic, rather than keltic!

An American krystal-wheat perhaps?

A: Yellow with a fluffy, white head, some retention & good lacing.

S: Floral & grassy hops with a hint of tartness & grain.

T: Interesting tart-bitter balance, floral & grassy spicing, hints of bready malt.

M: Light to moderate body is smooth.

D: Very drinkable. Would be a great summer beer.

Photo of whynot44
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold color with a moderate white head that shrinks quickly to just a skim of foam around the edge.

The aroma is slightly bready with hints of apples, citrus and fresh hay.

The taste is light malt and wheat, a mild apple or pear note with a grassy, slightly citrus hops note. The finish is dry and crisp with a lingering grassy hops bite.

Light bodied, very smooth and very easy to drink. A very nice lager, crisp and refreshing.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice, slightly cloudy golden lager with a bright white, thick cap that settles slowly to some small clouds; modest lacing. Prominent carbo steam.

S - Faint aromas of citrus and some malt.

T - Some citrus, mild hops which play a nice supporting role. Seems to have a touch of tea with honey. This is all quite subtle.

M - Very nice creaminess with carbonation in support that doesn't dominate. It's not a light lager.

D - Quite drinkable and food friendly, too.

Photo of NightINgale
4.41/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale straw body, with a very foamy white head.

S: Smells of green apple and hops. A very surprising kind of scent for a lager.

T: This beer has a nice hoppy bite to it. Starts out fruity and hoppy, ending in a nice apple-like smooth finish. The bitterness is rather mild.

M: Carbonated like most lagers, but gets better as you drink it. For my palate, it's not really watery, more smooth thatn anything else.

D: Very drinkable and refreshing. I was well impressed with this one. A top-notch brew, especially for a lager.

Photo of Brewsmith
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally poured into a 0.5L glass. Aroma has some grainy stray with a little lemony hop character. A clear yellow gold with a small, rocky white head. Clean rich malt, not that sweet, but malty. A little grassy hop/grain flavor. A hint of diacetyl, and balanced evenly, slightly towards the malt. Clean and dry, and very sessionable.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear very light straw with a big billowy head of foam. Nose is grassy with notes of honey and apple. Fairly sweet, clean flavour with a bit of citrus hop, but more grassy with a coarse-ish bitter finish. Hint of apple. Smooth body is quite light and maybe a bit watery. Very drinkable everyday sort of beer.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with a white 1 finger head and some minimal lacing.

Smells of light malt, some bread and green hop notes.

Couple of layers here. Breadiness, some very restrained hop bitterness, and some sweet/tart fruit. Clean finish.

Thought this one would be more carbonated, but it wasn't. Has some fair body.

Overall, easy drinking and a real step up in the Euro Pale Lager department. Has many great characteristics, but holds back from any true strong defining flavors. Glad I tried it, but I will move on. It's ok.

Photo of damienblack
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin, light golden color, almost completely transparent. Decent soapy looking head. Smells like a thin pale wheat, some wheatiness combined with a wet-dog like almost musty smell. Hints of lime or something unique in there, but not very impressive.

While not the most impressive beer, certainly a step up above most macro lagers. Dry wheat flavor, straightforward malt flavor, not real sweet or much to it. A hint of lime/citrus kick, mildly hopped. Kind of watery mouthfeel, not overly satisfying. Drinkability is top notch, however, it is clean, no metallic, astringent or bitter aftertastes of any kind. It's like after you take a swill, it doesn't taste like the greatest thing, but you want to keep drinking it. Mostly inoffensive, I can see this being a good intro to people who usually drink macro lagers, to show that the craft world can be benign as well.

Photo of strangemusic
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was bought for something interesting and light to have with a hockey game on St. Patrick's day...

It has a translucent amber-gold hue to it with lots of big carbonation bubbles, but a minimal head.

The smell is "what beer smells like" - pale classic malt aroma, flat and not very interesting at all. Kind of grassy, reminds me of the Canadian standard cheap beer Alexander Keith's. Actually, this beer is Keith's-ish in a lot of ways.

The taste is crisp and a little bit bitter, lime and apple freshness in the mouth with a backbone of weak malt after a rush of carbonation and medium hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very fresh and the body is actually quite solid. This leads into a good drinkability, it's got something that really refreshes the palate despite not tasting all that great.

Overall this is your average, half-decent refreshing lager under the hood with a slightly nicer Rogue trim package sprucing things up. It's certainly not remarkable, but if you just want something to quaff, why not go ahead and grab this over whatever you normally see on the shelf?

Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Picked it up specifically for St. Patty's Day.

A very pale gold, pretty clear but somewhat hazy. White head. Looks like a nice little lager.

Smells familiar... maybe the pale malt? Smells almost like a Miller Lite maybe, but perhaps a little less offensive. By now, most of the head has receded.

Very smooth, low carbonation... again, the only way I can describe it is to say it reminds me of Miller Lite, but not as offensive. No astringent taste or harsh carbonation. I guess I'm getting the pale malt, maybe a little something from the hops, and, as it warms, a little pleasant creaminess from somewhere, I think. Actually has a nice aftertaste that I can't quite place, but I enjoy it much more than the smell or upfront taste.

Not great, but easily drinkable. Goes down smooth. If it were offered at an open bar I could probably happily make a night off this one, but with the price tag of almost $8 for a bomber, I don't think I'd find myself reaching for this one again.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on St. Patrick's Day, 7 p.m. in Toronto in a Samuel Smith glass. A light yellow-golden hue, almost butnot quite clear, with a white head that shrunk leaving a wispy centre and slow steady carbonation, several small-bubble centres spread across the top of the beer - that's encouraging! Smell of wet grass - of Ireland of course - with a mild citrus nose. I really like the taste of this beer: clean and crisp but with enough mild bitterness (28 IBU's) and understated malt to give it flavour. There is also a citrus or green apples backdrop that makes it refreshing and, although the body is on the light side, it has enough complexity to distinguish it from your run-of-the-mill lager. The second pour rustled up a thicker white head than the first and with a bit of lacing. I noticed that while the beer eventually settled down, it still had a carbonation pulse, slow but steady, a string or two of bubbles continued to make their way slowly to the top of the glass. A very easy drinking brew overall and a great sessional at 4.8 per cent ABV, just the ticket for today. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a clear light yellow with an inch of thick white foam.

Aroma of sweet malts and grain.

The taste matches the aroma. Sweet malts, grain and not much else. Finishes clean.

Light bodied and moderately carbonated.

A pretty average lager from Rogue. Nothing memorable.

Photo of jnn4v
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow color. Slightly hazy. Minor white colored head w/ medium sized bubbles.

S: Sour lemon and wheat are the first two scents that hit me. A bit of bitter hops and lemongrass as well.

T: Not tasting much in the way of sweetness, wheat, yeast or malt here. Just mostly citrusy, lemony and mild bitterness.

M: Moderately carbonated. Otherwise watery. Not much to it.

D: While I don't personally enjoy it, it's not prohibitively undrinkable either.

Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow daisy with a pillowy froth of pearl white head - Kells Lager reminds me more of tropical sunshine and white sand beaches than it does Ireland's mossy hills and rocky shores. Still, it looks unarguably appealing, even despite a heavyset haze. Not to mention the astonishing adhesiveness of this foam. I'm sure glad they didn't go all the way with the marketing and die it green - this is a nice looking beer.

The aroma also veers me to a specific spot on the globe, again not Ireland though. A deep, profound maltiness exhumes notes of fresh harvested cereal grains and crisp straw with even a generous sprinkling of green, leafy hops. I'd be far more likely to associate this with Germany - it has all the components of a nice Munich Helles. Pale lagers (especially on this side of the Atlantic) rarely smell this pleasant or clean.

Rogue's refusal to use chemicals, additives or preservatives pays big dividends, at least as far as well attuned palates are concerned. Not only does this *not* have any reminiscence of corn, adjuncts, chemical agents or artificial taste but it *does* have the honest, natural flavour of malted barley. It is clean and vivid - it's like the epiphany of tasting free range, grass fed beef for the first time all over again.

Aside from being happy not to be pestered by any corn or adjuncts, nothing about the mouthfeel wows me; then again, it's not expected to. This get's the 28 IBU, light drinking, highly quaffable, blessedly refreshing profile done in fine form. I don't often drink in the copious quantities associated with Irish habits or St. Patrick's Day celebrations, but this is something I could if were ever forced to.

Once a proud brewing nation, Ireland today is a market in which Guinness and Heineken own all but 4% of the share. Most of us associate the Irish with Stout but lager actually now accounts for roughly 60% of beer consumption on the island. It's too bad then that the Irish don't have access to Rogue's Kells Irish Style Lager. There's no competition between this and any actual Irish lagers I've had, this would win hands down.

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

A: mostly clear, light golden in color with a short lasting white head that ends as a solid ring and wispy cover. moderate carbonation

S: herbal, grassy, grains and a hint of lemon. nice

T: very much what the nose detects. herbal and grassy to start with light malt to finish

M: light with some crisp carb and low hop bite

D: nice lager. easy drinking

Photo of cratez
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 650ml bottle into a Murphy's pint glass. Part of the 2009 LCBO Spring Beer Release.

Appearance: bright yellow in colour with a sliver of white foam. Some lacing speckles the glass. Better looking than your average lager, but after a while the head and lacing disappear completely.

Smell: mild yeast, sweet malt, and grassy hops. Floral and grainy aromas give the beer a pilsner-like character.

Taste: light wheat and grain, vaguely bitter hops, and a dry malty aftertaste. The flavour is surprisingly tame.

Mouthfeel: silky and refreshing body is followed by a tingly carbonated bite and thin malted finish.

Drinkability: certainly nicer than your typical lager, but there's nothing particularly special about this brew. The taste is underwhelming, especially since I associate Rogue Ales with bold and feisty flavours. Overall, Kells is just a drinkable beer that falls short of the greatness that I expect from this brewer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color lager with large foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of light malt with no discernable hops. Taste is also dominated by some lightly sweet hops with no easily detectable adjunct. Body is quite lively with some good carbonation. Easily drinkable but not very complex or enjoyable for that matter.

Photo of LittleDon
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, it was cloudy slightly dark yellow in color with little head. Surprisingly, the first thing I noticed was the hop aroma, with a hint of barley. The taste was light, slightly acidic with hints of lemon in the finish. Light in alcohol, but very drinkable.

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

Picked this up as soon as I saw it. We don't get to many American craft beer up in Canada so I'm glad to see more of it. Pour a nice golden yellow, good head retention smells rather sweet almost like a cider or apple juice. Almost bready smells coming off it yeasty. Kind of mellow flavours, not to much bitterness but just enough to enjoy it. Nothing over powers anything but nothing really stands out. All in all a pretty decent beer worth picking up again. Would be great on a summer day.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold. Pillowy white head recedes fairly quickly leaving a very thin foam. Short-lived lacings slide down the glass.

Fresh grass seed dominates the nose, one of the great pleasures of lager drinking. A lightly fruity malt lingers behind.

Hm... well it does have a certain Harp character to it, not sure whether that's a good thing or not. Light, grainy malt and floral, grassy hops. There's a rather unpleasant character to the yeast, a slight mustiness that doesn't quite fit.

Goes down smooth and quite drinkable.

I understand that the beer was created as the perfect black and tan partner to Guinness... not sure how noble a goal that is, and this offering from one of my favourite breweries was a bit of a disappointment.

Photo of Lepley
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 652 ratings.