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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

628 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 23
Gots: 13 | 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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bort11

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

22 oz bottle, poured into a pilsener glass. Tall fluffy white white head creates a need to pour slow. Very slow to dissipate, in fact whipped cream cap sits on the surface to the very end. Fleck of lacing cling to the glass. Color is a clear pale straw yellow with very active carbonation.

Smell is mildly floral, grassy and dusty. Taste has a smoothly sweet golden delicious apple flavor. A little bit of lemon, and floral hops.

Very refreshing, though slightly filling. This would be great for the summer months.

02-27-2009 05:11:51 | More by bort11
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Point

Washington

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours very clear golden yellow color. Crisp white head that dissipates quickly, leaving moderate lacing.

Not much nose, what is there is light wheat and a hint of citrus.

Nice clean taste, fruity/citrusy, with a slightly sweet finish. Good mouth feel for a lager! Slight muskiness on the aftertaste. No real hop presence.

All in all a good representation of an Irish Lager. It would definitely go down easy on a hot summer day. Also doesn't seem to have much ABV, so it would probably do well as a St. Patty's session beer.

02-18-2009 03:15:47 | More by Point
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WalterSobchak

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a pale straw color, very clear, white head that quickly dissipates. Very much a lager
Not much smell but hints of citrus and wheat.
Nice easy drinking lager with just enough flavor to keep it interesting and actually complex. Bright carbonation with a mellow hops and a subtle malty background; finishes with a sweet citrus flavor.
Great on the palate and very drinkable. This would be perfect on a hot day or such.

02-16-2009 02:30:24 | More by WalterSobchak
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SShelly

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Poured into a giant ruination mug.

Straw yellowish with a decent fluffy white pillow on top.

Smells of light hops with a little malt sweetness.

Moderate bitterness with a little tart kinda thing mixed in as well. moderate bitter aftertaste but pretty smooth for the most part.

not sure ill ever buy this again, but reasonably drinkable.

02-15-2009 00:31:21 | More by SShelly
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Chapter40z

Florida

4/5  rDev +11.1%

This was the first beer that pulled me away from my staple of Bud. I was with a buddy of mine (tehankh) and we just decided to try something we had never had before. I cant honestly say this was the best beer every, but at the time with only Bud to compare to it was heaven. It has been only a few months since this happened but i can happily admit that both me and my friend have since affectionately taken on the title of beer geek.

Now the review. Trying to do this from memory so bare with me.

A. Poured a crystal clear golden with a nice white head.

S. A small amount of citrus and hops.

T. Taste like it smells, nothing crazy but well balanced.

M. Crisp light and refreshing.

D. Very drinkable, would love to get some more of this.

02-09-2009 05:25:48 | More by Chapter40z
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TheFightfan1

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a cloudy golden color with a very thick sticky white heading. A nice malty smell with a good blend of hops. Again taste is malty,hoppy, and a good citrus taste. A very easy beer to drink would like to have another but I don't want to get up.

02-07-2009 03:54:57 | More by TheFightfan1
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hawks10

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%

Bomber poured into a Pilsner glass...

Pours a bright golden color, very clear with a decent foamy white head that left good lacing throughout the drink.

Well carbonated with bubbles rising from the bottom for the entire drink.

Taste is very typical of a Euro lager, reminded me a lot of many different macro beers I tried while in Poland this past summer.

Overall a nice light and easy drinking beer but nothing special really stuck out in my mind to set this beer apart.

02-03-2009 02:05:59 | More by hawks10
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cvfish

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

A - This beer poured a golden yellow color that produced a nicely sized, fluffy white head had some retention and laced sparesly along the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer had grainy malt characteristics and grassy hops

T - The taste of this beer had a light, grainy malt start, the hops in this beer is not the "in your face" American style that we are used to, but it this beer it is very level and well intergrated

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer was a very good session beer, but since I cannot get it in 6-packs, it has to get some points taken away for the cost of it

01-30-2009 21:44:05 | More by cvfish
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LuckyLucanite

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

Lovely straw colour--nice drinkable crispness--pleasant finish--very palatable mouthfeel.

The Rogue guys really brewed a pleasant session 'pils-type' lager here--great bottle design.

The touch of wheat adds a nice bit of sharpness to the barley malt.

01-22-2009 04:57:45 | More by LuckyLucanite
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AdmiralDiaz

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

Bomber poured to pilsner.

A: Pours a golden color with a two finger head that has amazing retention and leaves lacing all the way from top to bottom with bubbles of carbonation flowing for the entire drink.

S: Smells slightly hoppy with a bit of malt and some fruit.

T: Tastes about the same as it smells, noting special, nicely balanced. Fairly dry with no bitterness.

Best things about this drink were the look, mouthfeel, and drinkability. Could drink this one all day and it stays extremely crisp. Will buy again, great for some social drinking.

01-18-2009 03:37:25 | More by AdmiralDiaz
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joerodiii

New York

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%

Beautiful straw colored lager with a nice foamy white head. Smells of vienna malt, sweet and inviting. The beer has no discernable hop aroma, but that totally works for the style.

This is a wonderfully balanced beer. Wonderful malt flavor balances perfectly with the hop bitterness. The beer is dry and thirst quenching. There is an odd flavor at the end...kind of an earthy frutiness. It's not bad, but I have never tasted anything like it before.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are very good. Crisp and lager-like, I could drink gallons of this stuff. My only issue is that it seems slightly overcarbonated. Other than that...LOVE it!

01-15-2009 22:19:46 | More by joerodiii
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mgmvh

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +21.7%

smell: i think it smells very inviting. first whif reminds me of honey and you can notice the hops more here than in the actual flavor.

taste: yummy. no flavors are over the top here. it gets a bit frothy but i think its needed to add body to the over-all feel. its probably attributed to the bisquit notes from the famous yeast that rogue uses in there beers. its clean. you get a grassy fragrance toward the finish thats over almost before you notice it. the finish goes on and on and its leaves a good taste of fruits on the tongue.

01-13-2009 01:39:29 | More by mgmvh
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DIM

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

a: This was a very pale golden color. It poured with a fairly long lived fizzy white head.

s: Not much, a little sweet grain.

t: Sweet, slightly biscuity malts and little to no hops to speak of.

m: Crisp and long lasting active carbonation.

d: This was good for what it is, but I won't look for another.

01-05-2009 11:38:49 | More by DIM
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bataround

Florida

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

It poured golden in color with little to no head.

smell was kind of fruity, grassy, grainy. It smell of light citrus noble hops. Not a strong overpowering aroma but its followed by a light malt presence.

taste was pretty good if you like non adventurous Euro lagers.

12-31-2008 21:30:13 | More by bataround
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colts9016

Idaho

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

Appearance: Golden Yellow with hues of orange. The beer is cloudy and there is some carbonation in the glass. There was a head, but it only lasted but a few seconds, leaving a thin white line.

Nose: Toasted malts, green apples, pears, spices, and sweet honey with a yeasty hint. There was hints of citrus, ester, cut grass, and butterscotch.

Taste: A nice complex toasted malt a bit different from the nose. There was green apples, pears, honey and spice. The notes were citrus, resin, and hops.

Overall: Another descent beer from "Rouge Ales". I was slightly disappointed I felt it was a bit thin. The mouth feel had a little bit of carbonation with a nice fresh cut green apple finish that is astringent. I noticed that is kinda had a pilsner feel but it was heavier than a Pils.

12-23-2008 06:39:03 | More by colts9016
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cadenwhitaker

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Well this is drinkable. That's fo' 'sho

Pours a straw yellow color, grassy smell, slight malty taste. I'm not sure of the age of this beer as it was in the discount section, it doesn't taste skunked.

Nothing really to write home about, I could see drinking for our five of these bombers on St Patty.s

12-20-2008 21:54:59 | More by cadenwhitaker
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -22.8%

Reviewed 3/17/2006 (bottle):

Pours an amber golden colored body, with a good sized head, that is quickly diminishing, not much lacing, small, fizzy looking. Has a strong aroma of malts. A very warm mouthfeel, bitter, slight apple finish, malty taste, light tasting.

12-19-2008 22:22:19 | More by jujubeast6000
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Spikester

Oregon

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Rogue Kells Irish Style

From a 22 ounce bomber. Pours light amber into the glass with about a 1" head.
Some lacings. I paid about $3.49 US for the bottle. Slightly fruity aroma.
Tastes like a high quality macro with a little bit more character.
A good session beer, but most micro drinkers will be dissapointed.
I would say this compares well with some of the bigger name European beers. Drinkabilty is very good.
Overall a bit of a let down from a fine brewer.

12-18-2008 03:17:45 | More by Spikester
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magictrokini

California

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

Very nice lager. Pours clear gold with a surprisingly thick white head. Good carbonation, not too bubbly. Nothing really stands out in the aroma; mostly grass and yeast. The flavor is more of the same. Good mix of malt and yeast, with some hops for that pilsner taste. Balanced, but not spectacular.

12-16-2008 16:44:51 | More by magictrokini
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kimcgolf

Georgia

2.3/5  rDev -36.1%

This beer is a perfect example of what happens when a very good brewer tries to flood the market with too many new products....every now and then, they are really gonna hit a loser. If someone had offered me this beer in an unmarked glass, I would swear I was drinking a lower grade BMC product or Caribean lager.

Pale yellow with little carbonation, thin white head and a grainy nose. Flavor was, again, the grainy quality of a cheap BMC, and the palate was watery, metallic and stale.

Stick to quality and not quantity, Rogue!!!

11-30-2008 20:40:22 | More by kimcgolf
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%

Review from Beeradvocate Magazine March 07.

Back in the late 1980s, we drank Harp Lager by the case. It was pretty much the best Lager in our area at the time, and one of two Irish beers we could get our hands on. So when an American brewer comes out with an "Irish Style Lager" you'd think that someone else out there drank a ton of Harp, too. Come to find out, this recipe is from a chain of Irish pubs on the West Coast. Go figure.

Pale, golden yellow color dulled by a slight haze. Thin, with a sticky white lace. Clean, spicy and herbal hop aroma, with a hint of yeast and granny smith apples, but clean after that. So damn smooth, with a push of crispness from the back. Doughy malt with a twang from the wheat; clean, spicy bitterness from the hops. Musty yeast flavor in the middle. Malt drops out to leave a clean and dry finish.

Nothing overly interesting, but easy to drink. No Rogue twists either--it is what it says: an Irish Style Lager, reminiscent of Harp Lager. Spot-on for what Rogue was attempting. Try splitting this bottle with a friend over a score of raw oysters.

11-04-2008 19:15:32 | More by BeerAdvocate
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

1 Pint 6 oz. bottle in a pilsner glass.

A - Cloudy golden yellow with a thick white head.

S - Very faint. Some citrus and malt.

T - Crisp and clean. Very smooth with a slight citrus bite.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. I had to get this at a store in VA cause I can't find it here in OH.

11-04-2008 02:20:10 | More by jeffmonarch
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unclejimbay

Florida

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%

Rogue Kells Irish Lager
10/9/08, 1 pt 6oz bottle to a tapered bottom mug,
Reviewed as a "Euro Pale Lager" = heavy hops w/ minimal bitterness, can have sweet notes?
ABV=BA unlisted?
A 4.0 Cloudy golden yellow, almost cider-like, great head and great lacing
S 4.5 Notes of apple and wheat, a surprise indeed, minor hop notes were present
T 4.0 a wheaty cider taste on palate, finish has hoppiness and citrus notes
MF 4.0 Heavy on carbonation, smooth on palate, feels like a home brew, a lot of character, medium- - body
D 4.5 Unique and different, not really a session beer as agreed by a buddy during this tasting.
Unique to try for sure! Reminded me of some saisons and/or hefes

10-10-2008 20:50:30 | More by unclejimbay
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rabsten

West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -4.2%

<from my St. Patrick's Day 2008 notes>

Bomber to an Imperial Pint glass, bright gold with white head, fluffy, no lacing to speak of.

Bright, malty aroma. Hops? Not here, my friend. All malt, but a high in the nose malt, not sweet at all.

Flavour (see, I'm using Imperial spelling! Yay, St. Patrick!): malty, beery, kinda malt liquouresque. But it's full of that flavour, no doubt.

Kind of crisp-to-harsh mouthfeel. Still, remains pretty drinkable.

Not bad for an Irish Lager. Not Rogue's best though.

09-27-2008 20:04:16 | More by rabsten
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

Nose is crisp with soft moderately-strong malt and apple fruit.

Medium-pale yellow (12° Plato, per description), good clarity, moderately sized head with better than mild retention.

First sip brings all the expected maltiness and fruit with a nice tartness, bitterness, and soft carbonation. Crisp, clean malt backbone displays mild-to-moderate sweetness, mild graininess, and a medium-to-medium-thin body. Fruit character is quite apple-like with sweetness and tartness. Mild hoppy splash adds floral notes, fruity hints, and citric suggestions; finish is summed up by a moderate hop bitterness.

Before looking it up on BA, I'm trying to decided what it's listed under. I don't see it under American All-Malt Lager or Czech Pilsner (via CP yeast). Okay, yeah I see, Ireland's in Europe.

I would be definitely happy with this Rogue if I had requested an Irish Lager; it's crisp, clean, tasty, and light enough to live up to the (perhaps mis)conception that lager is lighter. I like it.

09-23-2008 01:22:30 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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