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Kells Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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Kells Irish Style LagerKells Irish Style Lager

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617 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 21
Gots: 10 | 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.

28 IBU
75 AA
9.8º Lovibond

(Beer added by: Jon on 09-28-2002)
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

12-05-2011 04:37:44 | More by rab53
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pale yellow with a 1 finger, fluffy white head. Visible carbonation was very aggressive.

S: a light floral hoppiness, pale malt and a faint sour grain aroma.

T: The flavor was slighty bready, with a nice floral hopping per style. There was some fresh grains, hay, and finished crisp.

M: fizzy from the carbonation and very clean, some fresh cereal grains.

D: A light drinking euro style lager, moderate drinkability, mild enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 13:52:16 | More by beerthulhu
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle from the LCBO.

Pours a clear light amber yellow, very thick and chunky white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lacing sticks on in clumps, decent retention. Smell is nice, very malty, some caramel and toast, grassy, light floral, biscuity malt, not very complex but has a bit more sack behind it than the average Euro pale. Taste is very sweet and malty up front, honey and caramel, toast and biscuit, quite nice, light floral hops, orange peel sweetness, grassy, lightly sugary in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. As noted before, just has more to it than the average Euro pale, bigger and more flavourful malts, better body, quite nice. I like this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 04:29:55 | More by Viggo
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3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color with some cloudiness. A nice head with decent retention.

S: A faint grassy aroma with a hint of apple. Also a slight metallic smell.

T: Pretty smooth upfront, but not a real noticeable taste. Has a brief apple taste on the back end .

M: Light and crisp

D: Easy to drink and sessionable, but not memorable. Average at best, probably something I would not buy again based on its price.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 02:27:17 | More by mdaschaf
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3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy looking piss yellow. Thin off white head. Barely anything. Lace is minimal. Hmmm...On the nose, crisp malts, noble hops and a touch of acidity. Pretty basic with regards to flavor. Bland malts. A little grainy. A little biscuity. Not much to speak of. A touch of noble hop goodness. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Medium body. Pretty average brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2005 02:20:46 | More by Bighuge
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3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good pristine golden color with some seriously fluffy head. Couldn't pick much up in the nose here, a little sweetness, but everything else was pretty nondescript.

Very light taste, was disappointed, thought from the appearance that we would have a light bodied, full flavored beer. Just got the light body, the minimalist floral hops were just too underwhelming. Didn't have the crispness an excellent beer in this style would have, there was some bitterness, but it just didn't pair well with anything. $6 for an easy drinker is a little much, negates the drinkability +.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 19:45:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Hampshire

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

A nice golden color with a bit of cloudiness to it. A nice fluffy whit head on the beer, that dissipates at a good rate. Had decent lacing to it.

A very light but nice sweet malt comes through along with apples.

A nice clean taste to this brew. It has a taste of the malts and fruits up front. Then an odd bitter bite at the end. Great start with an eh finish at the end.

It is nice and smooth across the palate with no real aftertaste.

This would be nice on a warm day, but not my favorite Rogue offering.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 16:10:45 | More by Kelp
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4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a medium yellow/golden body with a real nice foaming head. Sweet malt and light hops sprang forward in the aroma.
Taste was like a stronger Bud, and by that I mean better. Nice pear and malt balance with just enough hops to keep it refreshing.
Smooth and easy drinking. Not out-of-this-world, but a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2006 22:32:34 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Capital City Package in Atlanta.

Pours a dark straw color with a one finger head. Not very good retention, and the head recedes to a thin layer of bubbles on top of the beer. Very clear, and there's not much lacing.

Smells kind of sour, with apple smells. There's not a whole lot else going on.

Tastes much like it smells. Very crisp with an apple-y taste. There's a little bit of malt sweetness in there as well. Could have a bit more flavor.

Not much going on with the mouthfeel, but I didn't expect much. Thin but smooth, but enough carbonation to bring out the flavors.

This beer is pretty drinkable, a solid light lager.

Overall it's a good representation of the style, although as a beer it's not all that great. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:58:40 | More by glid02
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The archetypal pour for the lager style a crystalline gold, the head portly in size, creamy in its consistency, a brilliant white, and as it erodes leaves behind a thick clinging sheet of lace to conceal the glass. The aroma of barley, freshly toasted, sweet, clean and a real treat for the senses. As for the start, you guessed it malt, sweet and the top middling in its mouth feel. Modestly acidic, the hops apropos to the style, dry and long lasting aftertaste, quite drinkable and a real thirst quencher irregardless the time of year.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 16:51:53 | More by Gusler
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: Golden yellow color with a fluffy head that fades down to a one-finger head.

Aroma: Sweet and malty. Bottle describes beer as having an apple cider crispness but I can actually detect a bit of that in this. Smooth.

Taste: Smooth and sweet. Malty with hop bitterness in the middle. Bit of that apple cider crispness at the back of the throat. Crisp. Tasty. Inoffensive.

Mouthfeel: Hop bitterness, malt sweetness and apple cider-like flavor.

Verdict: A decent lager that is good for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 23:23:17 | More by Brad007
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British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 23:19:25 | More by Derek
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, Riley's

Happy St. Patricks Day...Enjoyed during NCST/CAL game, GO PACK

appearance: sweet bottle...pours a clean golden orange, straw like, foamy white head forms on top, with clumpy lacing. appearance is fresh and clean

smell: noble hops, sweet and doughy, lightly toasted malts, touch of yeast in the aroma...lots of sweetnes - apple, pear...lots of sweet grain, and a noticable tartness

taste: again with the tartness, almost a sour apple...some sweet green apple/pear flavours, toasted malt, dry grain, noble and grassy hops come through...nothing too terribly impressive here but its easy drinking enough

mouthfeel: a little on the light side, tart tongue

drinkability: definitely a session

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 01:09:32 | More by dirtylou
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-06-2014 21:34:09 | More by dmorgan310
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

05-22-2014 17:50:53 | More by afsdan
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

03-20-2014 19:31:14 | More by harpus
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2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Color was a slightly pale hay yellow color. Little to say for a head, a little spritzy thing that was a film from the start and ended up into nothingness. A little bit of lacing noticed. Smell is a very pilsnery malt, with a little hint of running water. Taste was a little more sweet than a pilsner. But still tasted a litle tainted. The mouthfeel had some slightly refreshing crispness with a slightly floral hint. Which was this beers only saving grace.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 00:12:24 | More by scruffwhor
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bomber poured into pint glass july7 2010

A clear golden yellow with a heavy amount of tiny bubbles feeding a two finger bone white head that has average retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S sweet grains with a little candy corn

T all I smell but with a tiny bit of apple and another fruity aspect that I can't quite place

M full for the color with decent length

D no flaws but nothing amazing, I could drink this again but beside other Rogue bottles for the same price it would not be my first choice

decent beer but like I said above it's a hard sell beside all the other Rogue bombers on the shelf

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 03:14:23 | More by wordemupg
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

08-29-2013 18:11:54 | More by GraduatedCashew
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North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, yellow-gold coloring with a steady, slow stream of carbonation bubbling and a low profile, frothy, white head that quickly settles into a sparse, uneven, filmy coating. Aromas of toasted grains and a slightly sour, floral highlight. Flavors are light, but sharp, with the toasty grains/cereal giving a good, solid backbone that support the sour tang and bitter hops at the end of the palate. The carbonation ends up giving a sharp, almost astringent feel along with the flavor profiles. The aftertaste is bitter and slightly sour, leading to a resiny, slick, and lingering finish. Not my favorite, that is for sure.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 19:23:53 | More by GarthDanielson
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2.15/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle(room temp) a clear medium gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly.

The smell is of sweet malt. Kind of typical of a macro lager.

The taste is also of sweet malt but there's a sourness there as well that does nothing to help with the taste of this lager. I find it *very* ordinary and I'm a *big* fan of Rogue products so there is *no* anti bias associated with this review.

Bottom line: It's a Rogue product but don't let their reputation sway you into trying this lager. It's just not worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 01:04:41 | More by Bitterbill
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South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a good-sized, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: Aroma of grassy hops, malt, and grain.

T: Tasted of some malt and grain, a little lemon, and a lot of grassy hops. Not a terrible flavor, but certainly not the most interesting one.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, crisp finish. Light-bodied.

O: A decent enough beer, but hardly one I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 12:03:34 | More by avalon07
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3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a 4oz pour sampler at my local place.

A - Pours a murky orange color with a half inch of off white head. Didn't see the lacing.

S - Smells like a yeasty lager with light tones of honey or orange. Smells rather sweet.

T - One of the more sweeter lager choices I have had with sweet malts and honey. Kind of boring but very drinkable.

M - Light to medium. Sample went rather quick.

Overall I would have got a bottle but was shocked that the price was around 8-9 dollars a bottle. Just for a lager? Upon research I found most places charge 6-7 dollars for this bomber which is kind of reasonable. Would like another sample though...

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 23:57:52 | More by DrDemento456
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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light pale honey yellow. Small, stark whitened cap of whispy smooth foam. Keeps an adequate collar at the edge and a broken skim arcoss the top. Small curtains of lace drape in a ringed pattern.

Aroma is quite simple and somewhat floral with a sweetish fruit sided maltyness of pear, white grape, and apple and a nudge of crispy grain.

Flavors are about the same, quite simple and easy; moderately lengthy with a few seemingly empty drags in there as far as the body goes. Sweet with a small grain tilt of crispness thats a bit like a Czech pils breadyness and rounded off in a light pear/apple-like fruityness. Has s light Sterling/Noble-like hop dryness going off into the finish with some leftover bready tones.

As mentioned, the body and feel has a few empty areas that seem to take from the flavor profile a bit in places. Quite sad really, cuz with a bit more attention to some bigger body to fill in those gaps and this would be quite a nice brew to have more then a few of.

A bit boring, but has and shows potential with a subtle complexity in some of the flavors. Otherwise, one of the more unmemorable brews from Rogue.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 03:42:24 | More by tavernjef
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3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a cloudy gold/orange color, with a good sized white head. It smells like bread, apples, and a bit of hops. The taste is grainy and lemony, with some sweet malt and hoppiness in there too. The mouthfeel is on the light side, but it's nice and crisp. It's pretty drinkable, and it has enough flavor to make it interesting. Not a bad brew, but this would probably taste better on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 22:26:43 | More by bluejacket74
Kells Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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