Irish Style Lager - Rogue Ales

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BA SCORE
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404 Reviews
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Reviews: 404
Hads: 690
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 38
Gots: 44 | 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:
Beer added by: Jon on 09-28-2002

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
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Reviews: 404 | Hads: 690
Photo of Bitterbill
2.18/5  rDev -39.3%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
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 +. (574 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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 (622 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (501 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Straw/gold color with a slight haze. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention settling to a thick cap. Sticky lacing through the first half a glass. Decanted continually.

S: Hay and grass with a citrus tickle.

T: Pale malts with light citrus and green apple taste. Mild hops to balance the subtly sweet finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and creamy turning to dry and crisp.

D: Tasty balanced lager. Very sessionable beer. (457 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kells' color is a hazy yellow with a high level of carbonation. Head is quite attractive for a pale lager, very thick and creamy, with a longer than expected retention. Aroma is a simple, sweet and clean lager malt with a hint of herbal hop. Taste has a nice, clean grainy sweetness. An edge of a honey-like sweetness rounds out a sip. Hopping is very low, but a touch of herbal flavor is noted throughout. This is one of the better euro-styled lagers I've sampled, very clean and pure of flavor, I'd make this a common session beer if it weren't priced like the rest of Rogue's products. (588 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bright golden beer with average larger carbonation resulting in a big white fluffy cap with good retention.
Smells quite fruity and malty up front, it's pleasant and interesting. More fruity than I would expect from a lager but greatly appreciated.
A mix of fruity and sweet grainy flavors up front with a perfect European hop bitterness (earthy, slightly floral). It's delicate but definitely present. Medium to heavy bodied, almost chewy. This beer finishes medium dry with just a touch of floral flavors and herbal hops. It's definitely interesting, and extremely drinkable, one of the best lagers I've had in a while. (I really dislike lagers, btw).
Interesting beer with an good amount of character, worth a sample, nothing spectacular or mind blowing, just tasty. (774 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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... (638 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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 (726 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a well-carbonated light gold with a solid head that leaves lace patches. Great earthy/grassy hop smell with some citric notes. Light to medium body with some smooth and creaminess. Minor hop bitterness leads to a balance of mild citric notes and a dry, crisp sensation in the body. Somewhat husky although there is a very minor amount of malt sweetness. A good, clean ale that is literally a lawnmower beer but better - drank a bomber w/ my ol' man on Father's Day after mowing his lawn for him. (501 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Smith's

A: Golden straw color. Puffy white head.

S: Butter biscuits, lightly roasted nuts, mild hops.

T: Lightly toasted cereal grains, semi sweet notes with a little hop bitter bite

M: Not overly carbonated or waterly like many lagers. Medium bodied and smooth.

D: Very drinkable and refreshing. Top notch lager. (330 characters)

Photo of ZAP
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color...smells like wet mown grass....taste is on the sweater side but I wouldn't call it a bready profile...more of a crisp pilsner like grainy profile...very subtle hopping....works nicely....body is firm..crisp....overall a decent enough lager...probably a step up from Harp but nothing to hord cases of... (338 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer on tap, so I got a bottle. I didn't notice much of a difference.
The color is a pure pale golden with a one finger pure white head that hangs around for a couple minutes and leaves a ring of lacing at the top pf the glass.
The aroma is unsophisticated. Malt is strongest, and herbal hops hide underneath that and some grains.
The taste is similar, though the herbal hops come out a bit more up front. There's a toasty grains flavor and the herbal flavor remains strong. There's also a strong yeast and crisp apple.
The body is light and carbonation is moderate. This one's really smooth with a biting crispness and a moderate finish.
This one's plenty drinkable. (682 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (1,141 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy straw with a decent off-white head and nice active carbonation. Grainy aroma dominates with a touch of hops strewn in. Similar grainy lager flavor with decent balance. Medium-light bodied and fairly smooth with a dry grainy finish.

Worth a try but a bit pricey for a decent lager.

Per RAB website (strange contradictions):
Malts: Great Western 2-row, French Carapilsner malt.
Hops: Sterling
Czech pilsner yeast.
11.5P with 25 IBUs.
Measurements: 12P, IBU 28, AA 75, 9.8L

Same on bottle (except malts): Great western Pale, Crystal-15, Wheat, Acidulated Malts.

($3.99 / 22 oz. bomber) (605 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, shimmering gold with a puffy white head. Looks about like every other pale lager on the planet.

S: Aromas of caramel, apples, biscuits, and minerals are easily detected on the nose. Not much in the way of hop aromas.

T: The entry is smooth and sweet, leading to notes of grass, green apples, heavy cream, caramel, lemon, minerals, and biscuits. The finish is smooth and straight-forward with a combination of caramel, cream, and apple notes. In the end, it's almost like drinking a caramel apple.

F: Medium-bodied and relatively dry, this is far from the heaviest beer in Rogue's lineup. Left me wishing it had a bit more heft to it.

O: I don't really know what Rogue was going for here. In my opinion, this is just an amped-up version of Harp Lager (that green apple taste is almost identical to one of Harp's flavor components). I just don't see the point of this beer. It's not all that appealing. (923 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a light golden yellow colored brew with a foamy one finger white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading slowly over time to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is grainy and citrusy. A biscuit smell is mixed with some lightly toasted malt smells as well as a grapefruit and lemon citrus smell.

Taste – The taste begins with some of the grainy flavor that was detected in the nose. There is a light amount of sweeter orange citrus as well as some light caramel taste. Upfront there are some lighter flavors of grapefruit mixed within as well. The grapefruit isn't huge upfront, but this changes as the flavor advances further. More toward the middle and the end of the taste, a somewhat sour lemon and grapefruit hop flavor comes to the tongue. These give the brew a rather bitter and sour taste. At the very end a grassy flavor joins the mix leaving a rather odd sour but grainy and grass flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer on the average side in terms of its creaminess and thickness as well as rather average in carbonation. A bit more carbonation and a slightly thinner body may have suited better the sour flavors of the brew, but overall the feel was pretty decent.

Overall – I was not expecting the tastes that were in this beer. Although it is not one I think I would frequent, it has a relatively interesting citrus and sour flavor that make this one a try. (1,515 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (854 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Pours a fluffy white head which dissipated quickly with no lacing. A decent aroma actuallly with a sweet, hoppy smell. Taste is extremely light hops with a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel is very light and carbonated.

This one is not too bad and pretty drinkable as lagers go. (312 characters)

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