Irish Style Lager | Rogue Ales

710 Ratings
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 rtratzlaff
4.07/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light straw color with a white head that stayed for a bit and left decent lacing.

Smells were malty goodness, hops of citrus and herbal notes.

The taste hit the spot. Well-balanced between the cracker like malt and the crisp hop character. Enough carbonation to keep it all in check. Mouthfeel was lighter, but enough.

Too bad its $5 a bottle. That seems to be the beer's only downside. But, price is not a factor for review. So its a great beer!

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good head retention and lacing. A crystal clear straw color with lots of bubbles making their way to the top.

Smells of fruits, grain and malts. Nothing over the top but it works.

Taste has a light bitterness, fruits and pale malts. Plain and simple but still well made and a solid drinker.

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Photo of Atron67
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a crystal clear golden color with a light white head on top. heavy effevescence kept the head going longer than it prolly should have, but crystal clear body etc. keep it on the pale lager style

S- smell lots of pilsener malts on the nose, slightly creamy scent (i know) slightly sweet with a light hop crispness.

T- light maltiness that fades to a clean lightly hopped finish. smooth pretty tastey maltiness at the start. pretty good, easily goes down, nice malt kick.

M- full body, high carbonation, smooth and clean finish

D- pretty solid, glad i picked it up, but nothing special

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Photo of FleeVT
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: A dull yellow brew with a slight haze to it capped by a quick 2 finger head that settles down to a constant thin lacing.

S: Not an overpowering nose; malts dominate with a delicate dance of bready yeast then sweetness.

T/M: An extremely smooth lager that presents soft bready malts up front. A brief herbal hop dose in the back. Moderate body with lighter carbonation yields a watery almost tinny finish that feels crisp.

D: Not bad, not bad at all. I guess I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this but was pleasantly surprised. It is Rogue after all. This is definitely sessionable. I like the light aromas, mild tastes. It would be a great introduction to the less adventurous.

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Photo of bboven
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold slightly hazy body with a thin head and no lacing. Seems a little dark and hazy for the style; making it look like a much heavier beer, which would not be very appetizing to me on a hot, pale lager type of day.

Aroma is fresh, clean malt until you stir it up. A huge hop wallop hits you then, way too high for the style. Good smelling, just out of whack for what it's labeled.

Initial perfect thin malt flavor gives way to a hugely bitter, metallic aftertaste from the hops.

Mouthfeel is light, thin, very carbonated and drying.

I know Rogue's thing is hopping up beers, but in this style it doesn't work. Not everything has to have a hop forefront. That being said, tasting it blindly without knowing what it was, I would say it is a very tasty beer, light and hoppy. Definitely highly drinkable for a hophead like myself. I had to ding it a bit for not being within the guidelines, though.

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Photo of hooligan
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz Rogue Bomber poured into a Guinness pint glass. I bought two and definitely didn't like the first one that I only gave 2 hours to chill, so I had the other after it had chilled properly. The result was the same.

Vigorous tightly bubbled head that dissipated quickly to a soapy foam that doesn't cling to the glass at all, capping a straw colored beer with a slight chill haze.

Smell is faintly hoppy, but for the most part smells "clean" without any potent odors in any way, shape, or form.

Slightly "skunky" hop flavors upfront that linger through a very faint maltiness and fairly pronounced (for a lager) strawlike yeast profile. In fact as this beer warmed the yeast character became quite overpowering, more than any other character of this beer.

This beer has a fizzy character and lean, watery body - as to be expected from the style. That being said, the strong yeasty flavor was not one for me to savor.

Personally I feel there are plenty of beers characteristic of this style, this beer could use a bit stronger of a malt profile to compare, and maybe a different choice or quantity of hops.

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Photo of stumac
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much no head. Very transparent orangish straw color. Aroma slight sweet malt. Little hop spicyness. Taste of very light malt. Not enough hops that an American craft beer should have in my opinion. Light lemony taste. Dry finish. Smoothe. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable for the style but not at 5 bucks a bomber. Maybe if I could find a six pack somewhere...

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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.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Okay lager - I wouldn't really describe it as a Euro. Nice golden colour with a foamy white head reminscent of Coors or Bud...or Harp.

Slightly sour malty scent with a slight bit of typical lager skunk. Malt mash taste, mild hop profile. No skunk in the taste. A plain, almost generic lager. Not bad, but certainly not the most exciting lager I've ever had.

Carbonation is a bit weak, but this is decent as a session beer.

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

This is in reality a decent lager with a not so Euro hop profile.( Is it just me or does this taste like Full Sail Session). The beer is clean and slightly sweet on the finish. My problem is that it isn't the type of beer that Rogue does best. An ok take on a style that doesn't really excite

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

Poured a slightly hazy golden color with massive white puffy head. Great retention and only slight lacing.

Smell is lightly fruity.

Taste is very refreshing. There is a strong hop presence with a nice fruit character, follwed by a persistent dryness that gets stronger as the beer warms.

Fihish is mainly dry, with a nice taste retention.

A nice easy drinker. Very simple and enjoyable.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with a cool old timey irish guy on the silkscreened label.

Pours a golden amber with a frothy vigorous head.

Nice malty and bitter hop armoa. Tad bit skunked, or so it seems. Bready, biscuity at first, and then a nice lager bitterness jumps into frame. Nice noble twang in there from the hops.

Good strong lager, with great drinkability. Bought this abck before St. Patty's day, but ended up not drinking it then....saved it an extra month, heh.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transparent yellow gold body, head disappears almost immediately. Loads of visible carbonation.

Aroma is crisp and sweet. Grains, light hops. Very pleasant aroma, though quite weak and it only lasts a brief period after pouring.

Flavor is sweet and smooth. Hops are so minimal they are nearly undetectable. Aftertaste is quite favorable.

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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 Halcyondays
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a pale yellow, with a small, soapy white head, no lacing, fair retention.

S: Pale, bready malt and lawn clippings.

T: Light toasted bread hits first backed with the hops which add a grassy, minty character with some apple.

M: Light, medium carbonation, somewhat astringent.

D: An OK beer, but I can buy tastier pale lagers for half the price, I don't think I'll be coming back to this one.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall tight spongy head capping a medium-bodied gold lager. Head settles to a thin sticky cap.

Aroma consists of sweet grains, leafy hops, and a good dose of apples, or more like apple juice. But it works with this, doesn't come across as "off" odours.

Rounded grainy malt starts off the flavour profile, and those leafy hops seem to float throughout the whole experience, only becoming an herbal wall within the finish. There is most certainly apple there in the middle as well, and poking in and out throughout. The hop aftertaste, combined with the apple, reminds me of mistletoe for some reason, although I've never tried it before, it's poisionous as hell. But something herbal along those lines. Or maybe I'm just having Druidic flashbacks at this point....

Mouthfeel is very soft and rounded, almost soapy, yet good solid body to it for a lager.

Very herbal without being very herbal is the impression I walk away with from this Irish lager. The hops aren't very overpowering at all, just present, and they make enough of a presence without being overwhelming. Yet they certainly steal the show. This would make a great lateral step into the English Bitter category as well, the real Bitters you get at the corner pubs on the island, and it's standing room only (as only women sit in the few seats available in a real English pub).

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Photo of danielharper
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours light orange, yellow-tinged, with a small but persistent white head. Highly carbonated and quite effervescent.

Smell: Very sweet, somewhat malty. No notes of corn. Reminds me more of an amber from the nose than a Euro Pale Lager. Slightly citrusy, almost like... grapefruit? Complex, rewarding, much better than expected.

Taste: Crisp, clean, slight notes of corn here but basically just a sweet lager. Hops are present but the don't exert themselves. Sweetness is a bit cloying on the finish, but it doesn't stick around and makes me want another taste. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick. Goes down smooth and silky. Not watery, but thin. The carbonation is quite mild.

Drinkability: Rogue's website claims this is 5% ABV. This would make a nice session beer. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One word: awesome.

The beer pours a light amber, similar to a really good filtered Apple juice. The scent is citrus, and very light, it smells pleasant. It pours a small head that dissipates as you drink the beer, not leaving any lace, but is quite bubbly, what you would expect out of a good lager.

Taste is excellent, very carbonated, with citrus hints and a crisp apple finish. Went very well with a chicken/rice dinner, and I enjoyed the second glass on it's own, which got better as it warmed up.

Once again, Rouge is proving that they are a great brewery.

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

Appearance: Deep gold colored brew with a densely compacted white head.

Smell: Smooth malt with a touch of hops.

Taste: This brew has a good yeast presence. Very rustic and crisp with hints of fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Comes across bolder than expected.

Drinkablity: Simple, yet complex and satisfying brew. A great micro-lager.

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

Poured from a bomber into a tall pilsner glass. Got this to celebrate St. Patrick, a great Saint.

Looks- Crisp, clean golden with lots of bubbles rising upwards. Little head goes away to nothing fast.

Sniff- Floral malts. Not much else.

Taste- Crisp, clean and very carbinated. Has some fruitiness, but pretty bland.

Mouth- Carbonated. Doesn't hang around very long.

Drinkability- Would be a very good lawnmower beer, but on a cold, raw day like today, doesn't fit very well. Probably drink this for hours with no effect, which isn't a bad thing.


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Photo of ryrust5301
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 brown bottle into a pint glass. Bought it a couple of weeks ago and was saving it for St. Patty's day.

Appearance - Pours a lite gold with a nice little bubbly white head.

Smell - Crisp malty aroma with some citurs hop notes

Taste & Mouthfeel - Malt sweetness with some bready flovors in the taste. Crispy with a good amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Finishes with a hop bitterness. Probably some lemon.

Drinkability - Not big on lagers at all, but an irish style lager on St. Patty's day was worth the try. Decent for the style, but not one i'm likely to buy again.

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

6 oz sample pored from a 22oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

A - golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that fell to a layer, leaving some good spots of lacing.

S - I thought it smelled sweet at first but it does have a light lemon bitterness to the nose on further sniffings.

T - Good tasting brew, malt sweetness is balanced with hop bitterness on the finish.

M - light/medium bodied with mild carbonation feel.

D - enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of throwitallaway
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass Yellow/gold color with a fat head that sticks around for awhile. Aroma has vague aromas of malt and hops. Tastes just like it smells with a bit of sweetness. Mouthfeel isn't bad, and carbonation is high and lively. Probably could drink a lot, but unfortunately it's not very interesting.

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

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a nice golden-yellow with a very nice white head.

S- Smells somewhat malty and bready.

T- Nice and clean, somewhat yeasty and biscuit like.

M- Smooth, well carbonated, not overly done, thin to medium on the tongue.

D- Very tasty lager, great for the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

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Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
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