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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
Reviews:
407
Ratings:
708
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
16.43%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
51
For Trade:
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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, golden/yellow color with a white, bubbly, two-finger head. It had patchy lacing.

S - It smelled very sweet. Grains, caramel malt and citrus aromas were present.

T - It tasted very sweet and of grains. The caramel malt flavor is very light.

M - It was quite smooth and a light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice American version of a Euro Pale Lager.

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Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull golden with a thinner white head that a trace amount of lace behind,lemony aromas dominate with a touch of tasted grain and bread dough underneath.I really like the flavors and sturdy,grainy mouthfeel of this lager.Very nicely balanced citrusy mainly lemon and herbal over top of lightly sweet caramel malt in a nice lingering finish.I think a very well made standard lager beer balanced and more than enough flavor to keep you interested and it is oh so drinkable.

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Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Rogue is a reliable brewery so this undated bottle is probably past its prime.

Appearance: Pours lright yellow-gold with plenty of rising bubbles. The white head is good sized and durable, slowly fading into a thin top layer. Leaves decent lacing.

Smell: Some off or unattractive notes from Euro hops.

Taste: Better than what the smell hints at, this is a relatively robust and earthy lager. Mildly bitter, lightly hoppy finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate-high amount of spft carbonation. Crisp and smooth.

Overall: Not a strong style and one of the least attractive offerings from Rogue.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rogue has produced a solid, malty golden lager with a floral and sweetish side in their Kell's Irish Style Lager.

It's a lightly-hazy golden with orange highlights beneath a frothy head of white. The head retention is good and it leaves some very nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma displays a mildly sweetish and wheat-accented malt base with a bit of a perfumey/floral character. It lacks the crisp sulphury character of Harp, which may or may not be a good thing depending upon your palate.

It's smooth and decidedly medium bodied in the mouth. Just lightly crisp.

The flavor displays a subtly sweet, wheatish, and straw-like maltiness threaded through with floral/lightly grassy/sublimely spicy hops, backed by a low-key, but still solid, bitterness. It finishes dry with a stiff bitterness, some residual maltiness, and a scattering of floral hops.

Easy to drink with no barriers to accessibility, but trading-off complexity - as is the norm.

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Photo of mactrail
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a watered-down malt liquor. Slight sweet hint, nose of damp cardboard. Big head on golden beer with a chill haze. Quite lovely lacing in the wine glass. Rather coarse carbonation. Just the slightest touch of bitterness appears in the aftertaste, which is welcome to the taste buds. Extremely light bodied and refreshing at first sip, but turns a little soapy. Overall, pretty anemic, but clean and drinkable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint. I could pick up a small amount of hops, honey, fruit and grain.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of honey, apple and spice and then a hearty malt & wheat flavor follows. The malt character is decent but not too heavy. Finally a moderate hops bite comes in. The after taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick even but not too strong, this might not be an outstanding beer, but it’s a decent one to session with.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm just so wracked with excitement that I can barely keep my hands steady enough to pour out the Kell's Irish Style Lager!

"Irish Style Lager with a smooth mellow flavor and an apple crisp finish." That line on the side of the bottle is like an infection. And I'm coming down with it!

Appearance: Pours a golden, slightly hazy body with a thin off-white head.

Smell: Soft aroma of light grains, herbal hops, Granny Smith apples, and dried bread crusts.

Taste: Mild malt sweetness, slight floral bitterness, and some dough-like qualities. All the while, there's a vague apple-like fruitiness. Dry, faintly tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with a spritzy, cider-like mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not one of the more memorable offerings from Rogue, and certainly not worth the Rogue pricetag for what is simply a glorified lager.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Oh Danny boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side
The summer's gone and all the flowers are dying
'tis you, 'tis you must go and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow
'tis I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow
Oh Danny boy, oh Danny boy, I love you so."


Luminous lemon when the bright golden ball of the morning sun is permitted entry. The cap fills one third of the glass after the pour and reflects the usual Rogue quality. The color of Irish linen, the cap is firm, persistent and fairly sticky, depositing arching streamers of lace across the upper portion of the glass. A good start.

The nose is not so wonderful, although still acceptable. I wondered whether this beer would be the Euro pale lager that it's designated as here or whether it would be the 'European-type Pilsner' that the brewery claims it is. To my way of thinking, the latter style is the hoppier by far. Unfortunately, Kells smells more like the former. It's pale malty with a smidgen of noblish hops (it uses Sterling, a Saaz-Hallertauer cross).

There aren't enough hops on the palate, not by a long shot. There's a reasonable quantity of sneakily sweet, lightly bready malt that ends up being the focus of the entire flavor profile, but just as in the nose, the hoppiness is too much in the background. That might make the beer more accessible to those whose palates are accustomed to macro lagers, but then they're unlikely to cough up $5 for 22 ounces of beer.

Without a more distinctive, more aggressive hop bill, I'm afraid the flavor is just too lackluster to hold anyone's interest. It certainly isn't holding mine. It's better than the vast majority of EPLs, but that's probably due to geography more than anything else. The actual European versions of the style probably aren't in the best shape by the time they reach our shores.

The one area in which Rogue almost always shines is mouthfeel. This beer is no exception. It's a few notches shy of medium, but is as smooth and as lightly creamy as the day is long. Quality breweries brew beer with quality mouthfeels, it's as simple as that.

It looks as though the Kells Irish Signature Lager silk-screened bottle has undergone a much needed transformation and now features an older Irish gentleman (who looks like he could be a member of the Chieftans) playing a tin whistle. It's time for the contents of the bottle to undergo a similar improvement.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice pale dull golden abler with a nice two finger head of frothy and fizzy lace that quickly faded and left behind nothing more then a thin film with no side glass representation. Smell was ll grain with a touch of euro hops, but mostly your classic light lager smell. The flavor was actually more then decent which suprised me. A nice crisp clean feel gave way to more then a decent swelling a grain and hops with hints at cereals and fresh cut grass. A long subtle and dried out finish only served to add on to this one and really make a great overall impression on me. It went down like water and I was suprised at just how drinkable this one was. Overall I would have to say not bad at all and I would definitly order this one again as for a session lager,.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this 22oz bottle chilled in a mug.

The color is golden with light chill haze and thin white head with fine bead after settling with visible carbonation, retention is great. The smell is slightly sweet with gentle floral hops with a grain aroma augmented by light yeast ester. The feel is full, creamy body with medium high carbonation with moderately sweet texture and low bitterness with semi-dry finish.

The taste is veery nice with creamy malt and light hop with floral sweet quality and mild yeast adding a creamy taste with mild hop bitterness to balance the malt sweetness which is toasty and light with a low alcohol flavor if any in the taste mostly herbal hops in the finish. Overall excellent lager in the general sense a bit generic however it is slightly more hop flavored than your average 'Harp' or whatever is sold as Irish Lager. Very drinkable yet still has a goodly amount of flavor for a 4.6% lager and it fits the style well.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden color, as anticipated, with a couple fingers of white head which stick nicely to the glass.

S: Sort of a generic lager aroma. Lots of lager yeast with a light malt aroma. Some pale cracker malts, floral hops, and a bit of wheat. As it warms up, the hops start to become a touch herbal.

T: The flavor is sort of ho-hum as well. Sort of unremarkable malt, hop, yeast flavors. Lightly sweet with bready and cracker flavors from the malts and light floral hop notes. Plenty of lager yeast, too.

M: Light in body with a fairly high level of carbonation.

O: A decent enough lager, but there are plenty of better choices out there.

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Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold to bronze with a 4 fingers+ white bubbly head. Bubbles cling to the glass every where! Good head retention and lacing

Smell: malt & grainyness

Taste: Sweet malt and some floral hops. Slight graininess. Finishes crisp, slightly dry and grainy.

MF: Thin, but good carbonation

Pretty drinkable if taste isn't a big driver. Not very memorable or cheap. If you like non adventuresome euro lagers, then you're set!

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Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz bomber with no freshness date, brewed for the Kells Pubs in Portland, OR.

Appearance: A dull golden hue with a fine clarity hold a good lacing effect that draws rings down the glass here and there.

Smell: Clean malty aroma with light hints of biscuity and nutty grain, touch of herbal hop in the back but the malt is the star.

Taste: Some hoppiness upfront as the maltiness comes in layer by layer of pale biscuity complexity. Hop stay around with an ample bitterness and lightly herbal flavour, a small note of yeast is there but does not distract the palate too much. Lingers long with lightly sweet grain flavours as well as dry suggestions of bread crust.

Notes: A firm but raw lager, flavourful and rich. Coming from and ale brewery this is a damn good beer, I’d pick this over most pale lager of this sort.

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Photo of smcolw
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale gold color (not quite straw). Fair bright white head with some lasting power. Slight lace

Clean crisp smell, reminds me of a cream ale. Pale malts predominate the aroma--very dry.

Very "round" body that seems far closer to an ale than a lager. Full mouthfeel that lingers with a small level of sourness. Although not listed on the ingredients, the flavor is close to dry rye ales. Very low hop levels except in the aftertaste where they linger a little longer.

Rogue typically produces some of my favorite beers, however this one falls far short of expectations. Maybe they were too high, or maybe this is their first average beer I've tried. It certainly isn't bad, but it is ordinary.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 07/20/11 notes. Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing this back from her trip to Oregon. Apparently one of her friends from Portland told her that Rogue does not get distributed outside of Oregon...she was wrong. Still, a Rogue beer I haven't tried before is always welcome. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

a - Pours a cloudy bright yellow color with high carbonation evident and one finger of fluffy white head. There is very light lacing on the glass and no real retention.

s - Smells of wheat, bread, grain, and very light citrus. Mostly wheat here, kind of average and bland.

t - Tastes of wheat, grain, light citrus, light apples and fruity malts, and bready malts. A definite step up from the nose as there is some fruit, but still a bit dominated by the wheat.

m - Light body and high carbonation. A bit too carbonated for me.

o - Overall a pretty average beer; lots of wheat and not much going on in the nose. I think this would be a good beer for someone first getting into craft beers, but it just didn't do much for me. Very drinkable because of the light body and ABV, but considering some of Rogue's other great products out there, I'd pass on this one next time.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Simply fantastic tasting lager, I'm glad I grabbed a fresh bottle with the new neck label with Dare*Risk*Dream printed. God knows Rogue doesn't use any freshness info on their bottles, this was bought in season approaching St. Paddy's Day. Really a beer I've drank on tap and bottle in the past but have never written down any thoughts on it. APpearance is simple fizzy yellow beer at first site, but then you notice a slight haze to the straw golden body. Actual hop haze going on with a creamy texture fluffy white head that sticks around for awhile. Lacing is the same forms intricate chunky layers that add to the eye candy. Aroma has a mild rolling layer of citrus/herbal/grassy mild skunky hop notes going on. A nice dose of cereal grains backing up the malt profile. Flavor is a nice mix of malts and hops some would consider this boring, I think it proves what great brewers they have at Rogue this is a simple style flavor wise but extremely tough to brew. There's no hiding any sulfur or off flavors like diacetyl in this one. This is a well brewed clean crisp drinking beer, with herbal grassy hops from their own supply and no Pac Man yeast to create the typical Rogue house flavor. A touch of green apple tartness in the finish, but really a nice grassy/bready biscuit malt layer going on. Nothing off putting completely easy drinking experience, medium to light bodied lager carbonation is lively definitely doesn't fall flat, probably one of the better lagers widely available from a craft brewer. Up there with Sam Adams Noble Pils, Rogue Uber Pils, and Sierra Nevada Summerfest.

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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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 ml bottle:

Pours slightly chill-hazed with a fluffy white head that slowly descends to a lasting cover. Some trailing lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is of mild nutty grain - slightly grassy with a touch of wheat bread and lemon zest.

The taste is of mild sweet grain and some hay. Lemon and fresh apple in the back end. Bready dryness in the crisp, clean finish.

Light-bodied, but not thin or watery, this is a pleasant, clean, refreshing lager. I would easily take this over Harp!

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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 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 GarthDanielson
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

typical Rogue bomber. No freshness indication. Pours medium cloudy straw in color, minor head, but leaves some fine bubble wispy lacing. A few lazy bubbles keep on rising to the top. Nose is just a hint of some lemony grass. Clean and refreshing, some more lemon and some grassyness. Light, snappy and easy drinking. Decent for the style, (lagers, who needs em??) and not a bad warm weather sessioner. Doubt I would go for this one too often, rather have any one of a bunch of other Rogues that exhibit more character and complexity.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

03/06/06- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber poured into my Rogue Dead Guy Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Very pale and watery golden color. 1/4 inch spritzy head which evaporates immeadiately. No lacing to be found. Not a pretty sight.

Smell- Really not much smell. A bit of grainy and bready malt. Maybe a tad nutty.

Taste- Ahhh, the flavor is good at least. Nice bready grain flavor. Heavy biscuit taste with just the right amount of hops added in. Very crisp. Kinda a type of fruit in the aftertaste, but can't figure out which one. Huh, the label says apple, so I guess that's it.

Mouthfeel- Lower carbonation, but enough to keep it intersting.

Drinkability- This beer doesn't look pretty or smell pretty, but it has a good flavor and texture. I can see myself getting another to go with some corned beef and cabbage.

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Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Lost Dog Cafe in Ithaca, NY.

Well, it is the best Euro pale lager I've ever had, but it's still Euro pale lager. There's a grainy background, but that's mostly hidden by a fruity ester flavor from the yeast. Not much bitterness, but not overly-sweet. If I was in the mood to drink a bunch of beer, and this wasn't so expensive I'd go here.

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