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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
82
good

620 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 23
Gots: 11 | 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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BeanBone

Texas

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A slightly hazy, pale golden-straw body capped by two fingers of off-white head that settles quickly into a thin sheet and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: Grassy and lemony hops over a sweet pale malt base.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma; grassy and lemony hops over a honeyish pale malt backbone. Simple, yet quite effective. The aftertaste is grainy and honey-like.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with good carbonation. Crisp with a clean, dry finish.

Drinkability: The 22 ounce bomber goes back rapidly, making this a very drinkable proposition.

Verdict: I may not be an expert on the subject of Irish Lagers, but I do know that this is a tasty brew. If you're looking for a lightish Lager with some character, you won't go wrong here.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 23:51:17 | More by BeanBone
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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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midnitesun11

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-17-2014 03:08:56 | More by midnitesun11
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little_star

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

03-05-2014 01:30:43 | More by little_star
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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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cichief

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a nice golden-yellow with a very nice white head.

S- Smells somewhat malty and bready.

T- Nice and clean, somewhat yeasty and biscuit like.

M- Smooth, well carbonated, not overly done, thin to medium on the tongue.

D- Very tasty lager, great for the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2008 00:00:19 | More by cichief
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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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hckyfn9999

Missouri

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

Pours a golden brown color with a white head. Slightly sweet aroma. Taste is a bit sweet and grainy. A bit of fruit and a faint hopiness. Definitely not my favorite of the Rogue offerings for sure, but not bad either, it drinks fairly easy. This will not be my go to beer for St. Patrick's Day. Not bad but not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 06:13:48 | More by hckyfn9999
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Jackal

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-26-2013 04:19:19 | More by Jackal
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elniko

Texas

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

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Standard lager coloring. Little bit of head, nice lacing. High carbonation.

S: Clean malt tone with some grassy characteristics.

T & M: Quite enjoyable. I definitely got the apple notes on the finish. Medium bodied, almost buttery maltiness.

D: Quite drinkable, would be a regular in the rotation if it was easier to find in DFW.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 03:59:15 | More by elniko
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deanhead

Vermont

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

I found this beer at the Brattleboro food coop.
It poured brilliant golden color, and was brilliantly clear,. This beer was also well carbonated.

Somewhat spicy aroma with floral accents. Distinct bohemian pilsener taste.

Bold and light and dry, finishes very clean. Somewhat of a metallic aftertaste.

Nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 04:18:28 | More by deanhead
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Redwood21

Virginia

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

A:flat golden color with a clean white head that lasts for a while and then goes away.

S: smell is faint and malty, but good just the same

T: Its a lager with an almost herbal floral taste to it, thats the sense i got. tasty with some malt and very little bitterness.

M: Its crisp and light like a lager should be there is a little bit of medium bbody to it, ie almost medium bodied.

D: extremely easy to drink flavorful and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 04:13:04 | More by Redwood21
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Blueribbon666

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.1%

04-20-2014 12:05:30 | More by Blueribbon666
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DaveRinn

Washington

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-23-2014 02:37:58 | More by DaveRinn
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light straw color with a white head that stayed for a bit and left decent lacing.

Smells were malty goodness, hops of citrus and herbal notes.

The taste hit the spot. Well-balanced between the cracker like malt and the crisp hop character. Enough carbonation to keep it all in check. Mouthfeel was lighter, but enough.

Too bad its $5 a bottle. That seems to be the beer's only downside. But, price is not a factor for review. So its a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 15:15:29 | More by rtratzlaff
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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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mcorwin

Ohio

4/5  rDev +11.1%

11-17-2011 04:05:13 | More by mcorwin
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a pint glass.


A-Murky golden color,no head and no retention also had a little bit of sediment in the beer.Didnt mind that though.

T-Typical lager taste,malty and sweet.Little burning in the taste.

S-Sweet and fruity

M-Not harsh or strong tasting what so ever.I dont know if you would put this in the same catagory as a Yuengling Lager but I think Yuengling is way better.This is one of the Rogues I didnt care for.

D-Not bad I would reccomend this to a lager drinker, but I wouldnt go out of my way to drink it again.Ive had better lagers.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 02:45:02 | More by MmmIPA
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Zach122

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-06-2014 18:54:49 | More by Zach122
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jsisko01

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

04-26-2014 17:40:00 | More by jsisko01
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-17-2012 02:34:18 | More by gafferjohn
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chugamugofsud

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

02-21-2013 00:29:29 | More by chugamugofsud
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a nice hazy golden color. very sweet nose to it, somewhat cloudy pour

Leaves VERY little head. no lacing either

Taste is very crisp and clean. hints of hay with a sweet apple finish Over all an intersting flavor, it is donimated by malt, sweeteness to boot, however, the is a definate clean hop presence to add some fun ot the party

Over all sweet, not in a citrus way, but in an appple way. there is some hops mixed in to even it out, but this is a nice brew. not the cleanest of flavor, but damn it mixes well. good show all around

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2006 04:36:12 | More by PSUDREW
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

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

Kind of a little bummed I payed $5.00 for this one. Not an overly bad beer, but way too similar to your average lager. Pale gold, with timy foam bubbles that form a small head. Heavy lagerwheat on the nose. Sweet on the tongue, kinda reminds me of stealing a sip when I was younger.

A classic session beer, but don't waste your time or money. There are much better offerings from others breweries.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 21:10:42 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-02-2012 23:44:16 | More by olympicgatorade
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
82 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.