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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

600 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 600
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 600 | Reviews: 392 | Show All Ratings:
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ScarletLady

Maryland

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: light gold, slightly hazy. no real head to speak of with light carbonation
Smell: nothing distinctive
Taste: very light with a slight bitter finish. tasted very mainstream if that is an valid descriptive. I am guilty here of comparing it to Harp which has a bigger flavor.

Overall a very average beer, the best that I can say is that there wasn't anything offensive about it. A little disappointing since I expected more from Rogue, but overall very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2006 14:32:36 | More by ScarletLady
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, with just a slight orange tint. Thick, creamy white head. Very good retention, and some nice lacing on the glass. Very light aroma, simple perfume and toasty-ness. Light toasty malt flavor, with just a hint of bitterness. No real big flavor here. While I think this would be a good session beer, it seems to lack any real flavor. Light to medium body, with a slightly creamy feel to it. Not really one of my favorites from Rogue.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2006 16:05:36 | More by Bierguy5
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EPseja

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap amidst a few pints of Guinness at O'Donohughe's in Nyack, NY on St. Patrick's Day. I was quite surprised to see it!

A - Hazy, burnt gold color with a fairly decent head. Vibrant hue. Nice lacing initially, but lacking in performance as the pint was drained.

S - Grilled apricots - very much reminiscent of Magic Hat #9, but with more body in the nose. Floral hoppiness. Light honey-like malts. Nose gets nicer ar the beer warms.

T - The thing that amazed me most was, despite the sweet floral nose and overtly sweet taste, there was no cloying at all. Thank goodness. Also, the hoppiness was very subdued and there was almost no bitterness in the finish. Lastly, it yieldes an interesting mango aftertaste.

M - Nothing too incredible here. Smooth intake. Decent carbonation and roundness in the mouth. Normal swallow.

D - For the style (which frankly surprised me), this beer is better than most of the rest. Come on, this is in the same class as Heineken? ANYWAY... Rogue Kells is interesting. It's tasty. It's easy. It's definitely a session beer. But it's not a whole lot more.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2006 03:04:27 | More by EPseja
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jameaterblues

New York

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2006 02:00:25 | More by jameaterblues
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – This one is light yellow in color with some noticeable carbonation and a big, beautiful, head even though I had it in a taster. The head left some foamy pits and lacing all over the glass.

Smell – There was no mistaking the raw American grain in this nose. It was mixed with some light, sucrose-type of sweetness and a grassy hoppiness.

Taste – The grain is a lot lighter than I thought after smelling this lager and the hops are muddled. The sweetness from the nose finished up the taste.

Mouthfeel – This one is light-bodied (lighter than what I experienced when drinking it bottled) with a nice, tingly sensation in the mouth. It is smooth and the flavors flow well together.

Drinkability – It seems that American breweries really struggle with this style. Having said that, this wasn’t half bad and is better than most.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2004 19:40:14 | More by RoyalT
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was disapointed in this one...very hard to find lager like qualities at all. The one area in which it did was the appearance, but only I believe because I had just finished a keller bier and they looked similar. Pour was cloudy and tangerine. Aroma was of hops and syrup. My tasting notes say: this beer tastes like a syrupy, high alcohol brutal bitter. I really like brutal bitter, and if I'd wanted one, I would have ordered it instead...Sorry to be so harsh, but when I look to the right, and see other beers listed that are in the same category (like Samuel Smiths Organic lager), this beer just isn't the same.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2004 12:49:00 | More by PatandDavid
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Reidrover

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pint at the Rogue Pub in Newport dock.
In appearance it looks like typical lager , a good one, but at closer inspection the gold colour is more deep and solid than any I have seen.
First thing I noticed is that the "nose" of this lager is slightly stronger in the maltiness than I expected..but of course thgere is plenty evidence of the hops.
Great tasting lager, not too thin like many if its ilk..very malty to start..sweet and rather thick, then a great floral hoppiness takes over as the beer leaves the mouth on its journey down the throat.
Very acceptable on the palate..very smooth.
A very drinkable beer..I had three last night at the pub..that was after I had finished off a pint of the doppelbock and the chocolate stout.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2004 04:07:54 | More by Reidrover
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aracauna

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This isn't a bad little lager. It's a dark gold with a nice white fluff of a head that lasts for a while then fades to weather pattern after several minutes. It has a nice hop aroma, more noble hop aromas than I would have expected from a Rogue. Nice light maltiness and the hops add a little crispness. Good easy drinking lager without forsaking all flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2003 18:10:25 | More by aracauna
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beerguy101

California

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

Medium gold color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A medium bodied pale lager . Mild nutty malts and spicy hops Good balance. Nice flavor. Lighter taste. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2003 02:36:44 | More by beerguy101
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BeerManDan

California

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery, this lager poured a light amber color with what seem a creamy head with so lace. The smell of malts, hops, with a hint of yeast filled the nose. The taste was of lightly rosted malts and spices, with a hint of a grainy yeast flavor. Not a really bad lagar, but just no overly impressed. Kind of lack luster, just an average lager, but worth trying!

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2003 14:57:27 | More by BeerManDan
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

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

This beer came to me an amber/gold color that was crystal clear and well carbonated. It produced a creamy white head that was full and sticky, it produced a thick and sticky lace all the way down the glass, fading at the end. Aromas were of grainy bread, roasted and sweet malts, some nut, coffee and herbal hops. Malt seemed to dominate the nose. The flavors were of sweet and roasted malts, roasted coffee, barley grain, hops, and some fruit. The after taste was light and grainy, like bread, but very slight. Medium bodied. The malt in this beer make it exceptionally creamy. A fresh and clean beer that I wasn’t going to try, but glad I did.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2003 01:32:46 | More by Jarod
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Jon

Illinois

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

Usually turned off by this style, I thought I'd give this beer a try solely based on the fact that it's a Rogue... I wasn't disappointed. It poured a pleasant, light golden hue and was complemented with a decent bubbly head. There was a hint of hops in the nose, and the taste featured a nice balance of Saaz-like hops and malt. Pretty smooth and creamy in the mouth and very easy to consume, this would make a quality session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2002 14:27:21 | More by Jon
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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