Irish Style Lager | Rogue Ales

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Irish Style LagerIrish Style Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States
rogue.com

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.

12º PLATO
28 IBU
75 AA
9.8º Lovibond

Added by Jon on 09-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
709
Reviews:
407
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
52
For Trade:
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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...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that came and went pretty quickly. The smell of the beer has some nice sweet grainy aromas coming off of it, not much in the way of hop aroma. The aromas of wood and a little bit of grass kind of creep up in there too. The taste of the beer is sweet, not in a gross way but sweet like a wheat ale or something like that. The mouthfeel is thin on this one but it's supposed to be so I'm not being too critical on this. Overall this brew is pretty good for the style. I wasn't about to run and get more of it though because it's just not my thing.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very clear pale gold color, big-ass bubbles and high carbonation supports an all-white head that is very spacious and bubbly, no surprise it dissiptes pretty fast with minimal scattered foamy rings.

The nose is very earthy, herbal maltiness with a hardy spicey hop scent that really busts through.

The malt is light but buttery and earthy, hardy is the best word. The subtle, earthy hop gives just the right amount of balance to this. The depth of flavor is a bit low but it's pretty right on for this style. corn on the cobb and wheat with sour-yeatiness finishes the flavor spectrum.

Light, crisp feel, very clean finish. right on.

A bit low in complexity but that might be true for this style in general, still a decent session brew.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Basic lager look, with excellent clarity, a shimmering and sunny yellow with a sticky head that gives plenty of lace as the glass empties.

Aroma is sweet sugary grains, light mustiness, even fainter caramel corn. Nothing offensive, though nothing extraordinary.

Flavor is lightly toasted malt, featuring a fresh graininess that rides through the whole sip; subtle syrupy sweetness, and cotton candy way far back there.

Mouthfeel is buoyant and buttery, gliding and tingling gently in the mouth. Crisp finish.

Drinkable? Hell yeah. This would probably find approval with macro-loyalists and craft diehards alike. Not a style I crave, so I can't rate the drinkability higher, but it's definitely solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of Jon
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rogue Kells Irish Style

From a 22 ounce bomber. Pours light amber into the glass with about a 1" head.
Some lacings. I paid about $3.49 US for the bottle. Slightly fruity aroma.
Tastes like a high quality macro with a little bit more character.
A good session beer, but most micro drinkers will be dissapointed.
I would say this compares well with some of the bigger name European beers. Drinkabilty is very good.
Overall a bit of a let down from a fine brewer.

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Photo of scottum
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out amber with a smallish bright white headskie. Kind of sweet with a textured malty feel. Hops add balance but no decernable bittering. Smooth and refreshing, quite decent. I'd never seen this Rogue brew before and am happy to have tried it.

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Photo of biegaman
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow daisy with a pillowy froth of pearl white head - Kells Lager reminds me more of tropical sunshine and white sand beaches than it does Ireland's mossy hills and rocky shores. Still, it looks unarguably appealing, even despite a heavyset haze. Not to mention the astonishing adhesiveness of this foam. I'm sure glad they didn't go all the way with the marketing and die it green - this is a nice looking beer.

The aroma also veers me to a specific spot on the globe, again not Ireland though. A deep, profound maltiness exhumes notes of fresh harvested cereal grains and crisp straw with even a generous sprinkling of green, leafy hops. I'd be far more likely to associate this with Germany - it has all the components of a nice Munich Helles. Pale lagers (especially on this side of the Atlantic) rarely smell this pleasant or clean.

Rogue's refusal to use chemicals, additives or preservatives pays big dividends, at least as far as well attuned palates are concerned. Not only does this *not* have any reminiscence of corn, adjuncts, chemical agents or artificial taste but it *does* have the honest, natural flavour of malted barley. It is clean and vivid - it's like the epiphany of tasting free range, grass fed beef for the first time all over again.

Aside from being happy not to be pestered by any corn or adjuncts, nothing about the mouthfeel wows me; then again, it's not expected to. This get's the 28 IBU, light drinking, highly quaffable, blessedly refreshing profile done in fine form. I don't often drink in the copious quantities associated with Irish habits or St. Patrick's Day celebrations, but this is something I could if were ever forced to.

Once a proud brewing nation, Ireland today is a market in which Guinness and Heineken own all but 4% of the share. Most of us associate the Irish with Stout but lager actually now accounts for roughly 60% of beer consumption on the island. It's too bad then that the Irish don't have access to Rogue's Kells Irish Style Lager. There's no competition between this and any actual Irish lagers I've had, this would win hands down.

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Photo of hurleymanvw
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on St. Pats this year.

Serving Type: 22 oz Bottle.

Golden color with white head. Aroma has some citrus hits with earthy hops. Sweet taste but not much going on . Decent grain and hop taste but not complex. Slight hop finish. Good beer for a hot day.

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Photo of MSchae1017
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden with a foamy white head that leaves some lacing down the glass. The smell is sweet and slightly fruity. The taste mimics the smell but is quite tame. There is a a hint of apple and vanilla. The mouthfeel is appropriately light, smooth, and crisp. Overall, its a very drinkable lager, but at 4.99 a bottle, I would only pick it up on St. Patrick's Day.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle is different than the one pictured, a silkscreened 22 oz. bomber, with an Irishman in an Irish sweater, playing a hornpipe.

Lightly hazed, pale yellow appearance, big, lasting, pure-as-the-driven-snow head...

Floral, perfumey nose...light, sweet...lager-y.

Tastin'...thickish intrusion on the palate, for a lager...big and chewy, grainy, but crispish and clean. Light body, neat finish, lays around a bit on the palate. Quite a nice lager.

Don't think I'll spend another $4.99 for a bomber, but that's just cause it's not my style. An excellent rendition, though.

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Photo of Amedlin18
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very easy to drink but relatively plain/bland for what I've come to expect from rogue. That's the style though I guess. $3 for a 22 isn't a bad price.

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Photo of Schwarzbart
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A murky apricot color with a nice white fluffy head that receded quickly.
Smell: Not a whole lot for the nose other than some mild malt aromas.
Taste: Mild malt flavors with a good earthy hop taste and some fresh lemon like fruitiness.
Mouthfeel: Light and creamy.
Drinkability: A very drinkable lager. This would be a joy to session on a hot summer day.

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this is drinkable. That's fo' 'sho

Pours a straw yellow color, grassy smell, slight malty taste. I'm not sure of the age of this beer as it was in the discount section, it doesn't taste skunked.

Nothing really to write home about, I could see drinking for our five of these bombers on St Patty.s

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with 2 fingers of white fluffy head.

The scent is of yeast, caramel malt, herbal notes.

The taste is of caramel malt, yeast, herbal hops, some apple and spice.

Light body, crisp and clean, high carbonation.

This was a decent beer, very refreshing and easy to drink. Excellent beer for a summer day.

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Photo of WertMaker
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served at the brewery, it was delivered to the table well above 50 degrees. For me, there was a little too much DMS (canned corn), but a good representation of a Lager Style. Clear, golden, light head that dissipated quickly, rich and medium bodied for a lager.

Would have been better cold.

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Photo of loren01
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
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

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Photo of vfgccp
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale yellow with a light head that hangs around with average retention.

S - Light, slightly waxy lemon. Hint of tarragon.

T - White bread, lemon, touch of coriander. Rolling bitterness.

M - Crisp dry finish with a nice hop character.

D - Light and refreshing with enough hops to keep it interesting.

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

Intriguing smell of wet hay and a little yeast.

Pours cloudy honey gold color with a decent white head and some lacing.

Breaded wheat flavor predominates with a smattering of hops for a smooth, well-balanced profile. Easily quaffed while listening to an old Chieftans album.

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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.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. decanted into pint glass

A: Clear gold color. The initial pour developed a pretty thick white head, but it dissipated quickly to a thin film on top of beer. Minimal lacing. Stray bubbles can be seen racing to the top.

S: Primarily grass, husky grains, fresh baked bread.

T: Crisp grass and grain flavor early, followed by a quick bit of sharp bitterness with finally a slight metallic taste. There is a bready malt base throughout the drink.

M: Goes down nice and easy. Medium bodied. There's a nice crispness to the beer that gives it an addictive quality.

O: Essentially a higher class lawnmower beer. I could session this all day long and be extremely happy. Really no complaints here. It's pretty uninteresting and could use some more assertive flavors, but I don't think this beer aims to be anything more than a session beer.

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Photo of rand
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 22 oz bomber to a pint

A: The brew displays a clear, lager-style straw-yellow, with a slight golden hue. On a gentle pour a sudsy, 1-inch head forms that never fully recedes, sticky lacing everywhere.

S: Gentle nose with touches of earthy vinous hops at the front, a crackery, slightly sweet malt note wraps the bouquet.

T: Really singular flavors as the bitter and sweet aspects are barely distinguishable. Grainy, buiscuity malts quickly converge with a tea-like hop-dryness, revealing a cracker-like profile. Touches of citrus and white pepper add a layer of complexity, but just barely. The finish is remarkably succinct with almost no residual flavors.

M: Light-medium body, foamy for the style. Lots a carbonation in this brew, on a couple of sips I thought it was a nitro-tap.

Rogue has been disappointing in many of its recent offerings, but not here. This isn't a style that I'd clamor over, but I'd drink this brew whenever it's offered.

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Photo of Moonshae_D
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of younger35
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler that I purchased at Rogue. I got it because my girlfriend really likes this beer. One step closer to weaning her off of that crappy ass Coors light. Drank from a Kells Lager pint glass I also purchased.

Appearance- Beautiful golden yellow with a nice one finger plus foamy head that leaves a awesome cap the entire time. Random lacing is left down the side of the glass which goes nicely with the very effervescent carbonation.
Smell- Lightly floral hop with very gentle doughy graininess. Slightly sweet smelling, almost sugar candy like.
Taste- Starts very crisp with a slight flowery bitterness. There is a sweet malty grain that leaves a doughy taste on the palate. Leaves a sweet dry finish with a light lilac like taste.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body with a nice bubbly carbonation. Dry finish with some residual sweetness.
Drinkability- I’m definitely an ale guy and not the biggest fan of lagers but this one is pretty tasty. It’s refined enough that my girlfriend will drink it but still has enough flavor that I can enjoy it. Decent choice if a nice crisp, cold lager is what you’re wanting.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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