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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

604 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 604
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: 604 | Reviews: 392 | Show All Ratings:
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BoitSansSoif

France

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden straw hue. Aroma was slightly metallic w/overtones of mineral, and faint green apple and Bartlett pear. Taste was primarily pear w/slight mineral and light hops. Smooth, bold flavor that seemingly fails to totally perforate the taste buds. This is my least favorite offering thus far from Rogue, but it is still decent, and it is worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2008 07:49:28 | More by BoitSansSoif
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toolbrew

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a slightly cloudy golden-yellow color with a white head.

Had a weak fruity smell. Earthy, almost flowery.

It had a typical lager taste but with more of a sour finish. I couldn't taste any of the fruity smell.

The mouthfeel was thicker than I would've expected from the color of the beer. Had a drying effect.

It is a drinkable beer, but I would stick to one per sitting.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2008 18:09:27 | More by toolbrew
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was out at the ol' Whichbrew in Easton and had to try one of their many draft offerings. I'd never had a Rogue brew before and this seemed like an ideal time.

Appearance - Very thin yellow color, I was honestly scared they'd brought me a Macro when it arrived.

Smell - Probably the best part o the brew, had a decent malty, floral/fruity aroma.

Taste - It took a bit to get to to the spring fruits, there a bit of a bland, bitter macro flavor that was a bit too dominant.

Mouthfeel - Fruity aftertaste was decent but had a bit too much of a drying effect.

Drinkability - This is likely an excellent interpretation of this style, just didn't care much for it. This was a decent brew and I'm defiently excited to try more Rogues, but needless to say I was really excited to order the something else.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2008 18:52:44 | More by jdg204
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czfreeman

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap, didn't have a head on it when I recieved it, so no comment on that aspect. Golden color, looks good, but doesn't really smell like anything. Very light flavors,very subtle. I must give it high marks on the drinkability, this is a great session beer to knock back a few anytime. I would drink a few pints at an Irish pub anytime!

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2008 02:50:14 | More by czfreeman
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JamesS

Indiana

2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a nice straw color, towards the dark side of gold. It had a nice head and decent lacing. Not much of a scent, just a light whiff of maltiness. It could have been an old keg, I'll have to go back and find out, but the beer had a slight sour taste. There wasn't much there to begin with, just a slight sweet and carbonated taste. It does go down nice, though.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2007 00:31:57 | More by JamesS
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Perdue125

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one on tap at Liberty Tap Room. This is probably the closest a Rogue beer will ever come to a domestic, but don't let that turn you off from it.
It pours a very clean golden color, the pint I got didn't have much of a head by the time it got to me.
The taste is very clean and crisp for a Rogue beer somewhat remeniscent of their pilsner. Definite taste of malt on this one with a hint of hops at the end.
All in all, a good selction for what it is, it's a good session beer and shouldn't disappoint lager fans.
It should be noted that this would be a good beer to transition someone off of domestic-macros to something a little more civilized

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2007 16:16:02 | More by Perdue125
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loren01

Oregon

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

A: Pours golden color, 1 finger width frothy white head. Good lacing
S: Smells malty, good grain scent. Slight smell of hops
T: Honey, malt, biscutty up front with a very slight hop presence at the end
M: Light to medium bodied, crisp and easy drinking
D: Nothing too over the top/fancy but nevertheless a good tasting beer, goes down very easily

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2007 20:01:53 | More by loren01
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap on St. Patrick's Day...poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy yellow-golden color with a light brown head that leaves some sticky lacing on the glass...much lighter color than I expected.

S - Spiced citrus with a solid grainy-malt backdrop...some earth tones come through once it settles for a little while.

T - More complex than other lagers I've sampled...wheaty mouthfeel with subtle fruit tones and peppery spices, all on a caramel/grain maltiness. Together, these flavors form almost a multigrain-bread taste with a little sweetness towards the end.

M - Lighter-medium body with a crisp finish...a little dry.

D - Overall, I enjoyed this beer - it was part of my St. Patrick's Day visit to the Brewhouse Grille in Camp Hill. It seems like a stronger tap selection than from the bottle...but I have no bottle experience from which to speak of, in regards to this selection.

If I see it on-tap again, I'd definitely try another.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2007 17:30:19 | More by JohnnyM2002
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teg8612

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Locker Stock" Tap selection at the Addison Flying Saucer-No longer available, selection has changed.

A- Cold hazed, golden color. Nice lacing.

S- Nice. Malt has a nut and bready quality. Slight herbal hop aroma.

T&M- Very balanced brew as the herbal hop gives a slight lemon zest to a full malt taste. Very bready and smooth. Slight grain and yeast notes. Ends somewhat dry.

D- Nice lager. Kicks all kinda Euro Brew A$$. I hope they bring this back here soon.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2006 12:46:15 | More by teg8612
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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
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MattyG85

Minnesota

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright straw golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with good hints of biscuit and earthy hops. Upfront pale malts with hints of straw, grains, biscuit, crackers, toast, and wheat. Earthy Euro Noble hops along with some hints of grass. Fruit hints of green apple and lemon. A nicely bready and tart aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a crisp, bready, and toasty malt forward taste with good notes of biscuit and earthy hops. Pale malt with upfront notes of biscuit, straw, grains, toast, wheat, and cracker. Earthy and herbal hop presence with notes of Euro Noble hops and a little grass. Fruit taste of tart green apple, lemon, and orange. A solid Euro style lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth. Fairly drying.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the Euro pale lager style. Nice biscuit malt taste with some good fruit notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 06:37:24 | More by MattyG85
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2Cents

Nebraska

4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a large tulip.

A: Very clear, Straw yellow, with a white foamy head that doesn't stick around long.

S: Yeasty funk and malt .

T: A nice blend of yeast, malts and hops.

M: Kind of silky with ample carbonation.

O. I Think I have a new favorite lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 03:56:02 | More by 2Cents
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JoshuaMason

California

4.69/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Vintage:2013
Appearance: Transparent Gold, Honey, Straw, White Bubbly head, Great Lace
Smell: Honey Malt, Banana esters, Yeast, Green apples
Taste: Banana esters, Faint Honey, Apple tartness
Mouth-feel: Light body, crisp, Dry Finish
Overall: Best Lager I’ve had so far.
Comments: How Bud and Coors Should Taste

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 03:42:17 | More by JoshuaMason
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 8, 2013.

The pour is a heady straw yellow with lively carbonation and pretty good clarity.

Aromas of pale malts, toast, biscuit, sugar sweetness, and a crisp hop character. It just smells clean.

The body is light to medium with a keen smoothness.

The taste is vibrant with pale malts, sweetness, with an low to moderate bitter finish that lingers and coats the back of my throat. It meets the test of the style I believe.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 23:01:25 | More by puboflyons
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