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 cswhitehorse
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kells sports the traditional harp in the name with an old guy playing. I would consider Kells THE Irish Bar in town. It pours a hazy straw color with a tiny foam head that leaves it web of foam on the side of the glass. I didn't get a lot from the aroma of the beer. I could faintly smell mellow hops. The taste was smooth with a little bit of apple finish. There wasn't alot there for the mouthfeel. It came and went. This would definitely be a great session beer.

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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 zimm421
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Appears a straw color with a thin head that dissipates at an average rate. Leaving very minimal lacing.

Smells of corn and malts with apple juice and citrus. The taste is similar to the smells with the apple dominating in the aftertaste. Lots of malts, corn and maybe some yeast. Almost no hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. This is fairly easy to drink, has a nice citrusy flavor, but its just not my thing.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy tan color. The smell is floral and slightly spicy. The taste is a little sour, perhaps floral – some degree of hops. The mouthfeel is full but not heavy The drinkability of this beer is quite good as it is flavorful, but not offensive.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Kells pours out a fluffy stiff head over a golden brew.
Carbonation is quite active, and the nose is a bit of malt and
sort of a rising bread aroma. The flavor is a bit bready as well,
with a very mild hoppy finish. The aftertaste is a bit of that hop
and a bit of wheat. That head leaves some nice lacing all the
way to the bottom of my glass. This is not an extreme beer, like
a lot of Rogue's other beers, rather, this is an attempt to reproduce
a particular traditional style and I think they did rather well. I have
also personally witnessed Kells made the base of some very fine
Black & Tans.

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Photo of qwert59
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a Rogue 22oz Bomber into a tall Pilsner glass.
Clear orangeish-gold with lots of fluffy head that didn't hold for long. Head quickly settled down to about 1cm. Plenty of active carbonation.
Smell is slightly grassy, slightly fruity, like apricots, pears or apples.
Tastes like a good lager. Slightly sweet malts, subtle hops. Slight taste of rice. Nice mouthfeel, pretty good body for a beer of this style. The carbonation on the finish is well done.
The after taste is a little fruity with a very subtle spicy hop on the finish. This beer finishes very cleanly.
It's very drinkable. I could easily drink a few of these.
Overall, I'd say it's not my favorite beer, but it's a good one to share with someone new to beer, and it is well done and enjoyable. This would be a good one to keep in mind when cooking for people, because it would be a good food pairing beer. It's a nice change of pace from the super heavy and hoppy ales I'm used to, but is much more interesting and enjoyable than macros of the same style.

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Photo of mickmanhattan
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale gold with a white 1 finger head and some minimal lacing.

Smells of light malt, some bread and green hop notes.

Couple of layers here. Breadiness, some very restrained hop bitterness, and some sweet/tart fruit. Clean finish.

Thought this one would be more carbonated, but it wasn't. Has some fair body.

Overall, easy drinking and a real step up in the Euro Pale Lager department. Has many great characteristics, but holds back from any true strong defining flavors. Glad I tried it, but I will move on. It's ok.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden yellow color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, bready, cereal, pale, lager yeast, herbal, and grassy hops.

Taste: Same as above with traditional lager bite and some bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, a little chewy, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty standard Euro lager. Definitely drink when nice and cold on a hot summer day.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a beautiful, clear golden color, with a frothy white 3-finger width head, which stays for a good few minutes.

Smell - Tart apple, very subtle hop and malt.

Taste - A lot of crisp grassy notes, but the promise of apple in the smell is faint in the taste. Subtle hop bitterness. Nothing offensive in the flavor, but nothing stands out, either.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Smooth, but just feels a bit under-carbonated; nothing to tickle the tongue, and I feel it should be there.

Overall - This is a well-balanced lager, but I expected more tartness and bite. I drank it once years ago and thought it was decent. It doesn't look like much has changed.

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Photo of JimmieFrisbee
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. Picked it up specifically for St. Patty's Day.

A very pale gold, pretty clear but somewhat hazy. White head. Looks like a nice little lager.

Smells familiar... maybe the pale malt? Smells almost like a Miller Lite maybe, but perhaps a little less offensive. By now, most of the head has receded.

Very smooth, low carbonation... again, the only way I can describe it is to say it reminds me of Miller Lite, but not as offensive. No astringent taste or harsh carbonation. I guess I'm getting the pale malt, maybe a little something from the hops, and, as it warms, a little pleasant creaminess from somewhere, I think. Actually has a nice aftertaste that I can't quite place, but I enjoy it much more than the smell or upfront taste.

Not great, but easily drinkable. Goes down smooth. If it were offered at an open bar I could probably happily make a night off this one, but with the price tag of almost $8 for a bomber, I don't think I'd find myself reaching for this one again.

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Photo of bataround
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It poured golden in color with little to no head.

smell was kind of fruity, grassy, grainy. It smell of light citrus noble hops. Not a strong overpowering aroma but its followed by a light malt presence.

taste was pretty good if you like non adventurous Euro lagers.

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Photo of EricKelly386
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden straw hue. Aroma was slightly metallic w/overtones of mineral, and faint green apple and Bartlett pear. Taste was primarily pear w/slight mineral and light hops. Smooth, bold flavor that seemingly fails to totally perforate the taste buds. This is my least favorite offering thus far from Rogue, but it is still decent, and it is worth a try.

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Photo of Redrover
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown bomber with the always informative Rouge label. No freshness dating.

Poured into a standard pint, the beer is bright gold with a midsize white head. I get some shards of lacing.

The beer has an aroma of plums, floral hops and straw.

The taste is a pleasant mix of grassy malts, some slightly peppery hops and hints of golden delicious apples. The beer has a pleasing aspect about it and I like the slight puckering bitterness that comes in later.

The mouth is clean and crisp. This is another easy drinker from Rouge. I don’t know if I would session this beer, but I bet plenty of folks would.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 20oz Guinness tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden color with a very large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a pretty thick lace.

Smell: Grassy aromas prevail with some hints of grain. Also has a strong herbal aroma.

Taste: Begins with a slight herbal favor, finishing with a stronger grassy flavor that also has some apple sweetness about it.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with balanced carbonation and a very clean finish.

Drinkability: A solid beer, but nothing outstanding. I'd have it again if it were available, but I wouldn't pick this as my first choice. It is a pretty pleasant drink, though.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and slight fruity flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but the smell on this one is slightly better in my opinion.

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Photo of DIM
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a very pale golden color. It poured with a fairly long lived fizzy white head.

s: Not much, a little sweet grain.

t: Sweet, slightly biscuity malts and little to no hops to speak of.

m: Crisp and long lasting active carbonation.

d: This was good for what it is, but I won't look for another.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 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 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 pentathlete
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold pour into the footed pilsener glass, 3/4 inch head, with 1/4 inch remaining after a minute, slight lacing on the glass. Plenty of tiny columns of carbonation. Not much in the nose, some malt, sweet notes. Taste is well-balanced, crisp finish. Mouthfeel for this style was quite good and full. This is an easy drinker and the spouse unit loves it. We'll be buying a bottle or two whenever we find it.

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Irish Style Lager from Rogue Ales
3.59 out of 5 based on 710 ratings.
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