Irish Style Lager | Rogue Ales

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Irish Style LagerIrish Style Lager

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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

Added by Jon on 09-28-2002

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Photo of fitzy84
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely had to try this one on St. Patrick's Day. Poured with a slightly dark gold appearance with a thick head that becomes a wonderful lacing. Nice aromas of hops, wheat and some spring-like spice. The taste is wonderfully thin and sweet with its very clean flavors. The mouthfeel is great with the taste, allowing it to be crisp and refreshing. Overall, a great St. Patrick's Day/Spring lager.

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Photo of Brewsmith
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz. bottle purchased locally poured into a 0.5L glass. Aroma has some grainy stray with a little lemony hop character. A clear yellow gold with a small, rocky white head. Clean rich malt, not that sweet, but malty. A little grassy hop/grain flavor. A hint of diacetyl, and balanced evenly, slightly towards the malt. Clean and dry, and very sessionable.

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Photo of bort11
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattlr n Hum, NYC. Nice. All one could want from a lager. Cosmetics aside this really hit the spot. Major plus was texture & the lingering aftertaste. The dryness is just right.Why on earth does it only have a 41 rating from "the other guys"? I'm in on this one.

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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)

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of cubedbee
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, different design than the picture. Pours a golden straw with a thin fizzy white head. Large amount of nice looking lacing though. Nose is a nice sweet doughy malt with a bit of honey. Taste is full of grassy hops, there is a sweet grainy malt, a somewhat vegetably taste, and a fair bit of lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and rather dry. This is a pretty good example of a euro lager, simple but refreshing.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the bottle, brewed by Rogue for the Kells Irish Pub. Not at all an Irish red, which is usually the incarnation most Irish lagers show up in - this is a good, bull bodied blond lager. Sweet and fresh in the nose, with a mild caramel blanced nicely by somewhat tart hopping. Finish is very clean with a touch of alcohol clearing out the caramel - good session brew.

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Photo of johnrobe
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting an Irish red, so I was surprised to see this pale gold brew cascading into the glass with a frothy, bright white head.
Nevertheless, this is a very enjoyable brew and one which would make an excellent alternative to the BudMilCoors of the world. Grain and herbal hops pervade the aroma. Hmm, seems more German than Irish to me. In the taste there is some pleasant lightly kilned malt along with a crisp, herbal hops bite and just a touch of fruity esters in the background. The hops seem to have a slight edge in the flavor, but not much. Finish is fairly dry, refreshing.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent lager. A no frills type beer. Easy to drink and highly sessionable. Easy to relax with. Very clean taste with a nice balance between malt and hops. Malting seems to be of pale and a little bit of caramelized malts. A very different offering from rogue, but I liked it. I was looking for a beer to continute my session and this hit the spot. Incredibly easy on the taste buds, but well crafted. Worth a try definetly.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light, dry malt scent that boasts of pale malts and a creamy "Irish" style, musty aroma. It is a bit sweet and breadlike. The taste is good. It has a nice malty flavor that boasts of pale and carapils malts. It is sweet with a smooth slightly grainy finish. This is a full flavored lager; yummy. The mouthfeel is good as well. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good lager. It has flavor, unlike most on the market. This is a nice sessions brew; a good drinker.

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Photo of kristiekatk
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A scally-capped, penny-whistle playing old man adorns the 22 oz. bottle of Rogue’s Irish Style Lager.

It pours a golden yellow, leaving a trail of sticky white lace. The aroma is spicy, full of herbal hops, with hints of yeast and tart fruits. And of course, that metallic and skunky lager smell that I love so much.

A mild malt sweetness provide a very even flavor. Slightly lemon-y and full of grassy hops; it is smooth and crisp, with a very clean feeling that surprisingly doesn’t remind me of drinking the dregs out of the bottom of a keg. The finish is dry and tart, followed by a bread-like graininess.

The light-medium body has a fairly high level of carbonation. Feels very spritzy. Overall, this seems a very drinkable and accessible beer. Some may say that it’s boring, especially with Rogue’s reputation, but boring doesn’t necessarily have to mean bad. It’s a simple yet well-done beer, and I can appreciate it for that.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on St. Patrick's Day, 7 p.m. in Toronto in a Samuel Smith glass. A light yellow-golden hue, almost butnot quite clear, with a white head that shrunk leaving a wispy centre and slow steady carbonation, several small-bubble centres spread across the top of the beer - that's encouraging! Smell of wet grass - of Ireland of course - with a mild citrus nose. I really like the taste of this beer: clean and crisp but with enough mild bitterness (28 IBU's) and understated malt to give it flavour. There is also a citrus or green apples backdrop that makes it refreshing and, although the body is on the light side, it has enough complexity to distinguish it from your run-of-the-mill lager. The second pour rustled up a thicker white head than the first and with a bit of lacing. I noticed that while the beer eventually settled down, it still had a carbonation pulse, slow but steady, a string or two of bubbles continued to make their way slowly to the top of the glass. A very easy drinking brew overall and a great sessional at 4.8 per cent ABV, just the ticket for today. Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

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Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this recently, but the bottle was different than the one in the picture. Pours a golden clear color with a tall head that hangs around for a while and leaves a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is full of caramel malts and hints of biscuit malt with some light hops. The flavor is much the same. Very clean and smooth with plenty of malt character and a touch of floral hops. Nice brew. The body is moderate and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of Jarod
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of deanhead
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Chapter40z
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Rogue's Kells Irish Style Lager pours out a clear yellow color with a foamy, white head. Nice lacing. Biscuity malt aroma with a bit of honey sweetness. Malty flavor with a bit of a strange, herbal flavor, although mainly the flavor is clean. I taste some honey. Slightly hoppy and bitter, but the malt is the focus. Drinkability is good. I prefer this by far to your average euro lager, but than again, I prefer most Rogue beers to this one.

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Photo of untamedbeer
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It pours a hazy golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is understated, with very subtle hops detectable. The flavor is mild, more on the malt side. Again, you can't detect much, if any hop flavor. It has a crisp beginning and a slightly sweet finish. The aftertaste is brings in a slight fruit undertone. They call it apple on the label.

My favorite aspect of this beer which separates it from other light lagers is the body and mouthfeel. It actually has some substance to it, unlike the American Standard counterparts. It's a beer that I can drink and feel good about myself. The flavor is pretty mild, so that might be why I enjoy it, despite it being a lager.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kells Irish Style Lager poured a golden copper color, with a large foaming head. There was a strong crisp apple aroma. The taste had a rather strong apple flavor, with just a bit of hoppyness coming through. Slightly watery, but nicely carbonated. Overall I found this beer rather unique. It was like a nice carbonated apple juice with just a hint of bitterness.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20 oz. bomber purchased at Ramsey Liquors. Served at fridge temperature in a nonic, this was real easy on tap last night for St. Patty's Day... now the bottle...

Appearance- Pours a hazy pale straw, the color of a really light weissbier. The three finger head crackles down to a nice, solid half-inch pillow that stubbornly remains. Much nicer than any other I've seen for the style. Best lacing too... it really holds on!

Smell- Clean, sweet grains and a faint hoppiness greet the nose at the outset... a suggestion of apple torte peeks through, adding an appetizing fruity scent. There is bread, and the malty aromas come forth nicely as the beer warms.

Taste- A typical Euro-pale lager character, with its signature hop profile and clean, brisk flavor, then turns and exhibits a biscuity note and a touch of caramel. The malt backbone really shows up in the middle and lasts throughout the swallow... again, adding a complexity to the style that I find very satisfying.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- I want to quaff the hell out of this... but I won't... at least not now. It's my only bottle. Last night we pounded this on tap, and they went down better than anything I've had in months. In the bottle, the mouthfeel is light, and the carbonation fizzles out real quick... even though it's got a substantial body. Not as great as on tap... it's lacking the mango-like finish I enjoyed so much last night.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a typical yellow golden with nice fluffy head. Nose is grains and some slight pepper. Taste is mostly grain and skunk. Some light fruit. Mouthfeel is good, but not amazing. Drinkability is good, a very slammable lager. Overall an ok brew, better than bud, but no munich brew!

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Photo of daythree16
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a pretty decent head.

Smells very strongly of grapes. It has a slightly winy aroma. There is also a little bit of sweet grain. Taste is grapes again, but also with a touch of honey. Has a very dry and slightly bitter finish. There is actually a decent hop presence. Very strange beer. It really reminds me of a dry, fruity white wine.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, and I could drink this for a while.

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Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
3.59 out of 5 based on 708 ratings.
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