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 mcowgill
2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden yellow with a nice creamy head that disappears very quickly. There is not much of an aroma to speak of but what is there is grainy and malty. The taste is also malty with almost a slight lemon hint. It is very crisp and refreshing and carbonated. This is a beer I probably won't seek out but it is a decent session beer. I think I expected a little more from Rogue.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a golden straw color, a nice fluffy head sits atop for a bit, then slowly falls back leaving a thin but mostly solid cover of lace on the sides.

Aroma - grain and sweetness, not too much unlike the Crazy Stallion I had last night.

Taste - a fine grain foundation with a crackery edge. Sweetens up on the swallow, presenting what they are calling an 'apple finish'. Hmm, it might be apple but if it hadn't been suggested to me I never would have arrived at that. Generally speaking though, it's a mildly sweet, average beer, but it does improve as it warms, more of a hop finish appearing at the end.

Mouthfeel - light to medium body, good crispness, a refreshing feel.

Drinkability - certainly drinkable as a session beer, but at 5 bucks a bomber, I'll pass. This was brewed more for the St. Patty's celebration anyway, so I have honored the Irish with a Rogue's craft creation, and for that I am glad.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this knowing that it was going to be a light and crisp lager. Many Rogue beers are so exceptional often because they are rich tasting brews that differ from almost any other brewery. This was that lightest Rogue I have had and it was nice. Again not a beer that is going to blow you away, just nice crips tasting, with a slight tartness. For it's style it is quite good, it just doen't have the complexity of other beers. Once could drink this beer anytime, anywhere.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.52/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 22 ounce archetypal Rogue Bomber. Screen-printed White and Green colored façade with a Guinness style Harp next to the words “Kells” above a penny whistle playing flat-capped old-timer, below which ”Irish Style Lager’ is added in a Celtic style font. “Rogue Signature Lager” is written vertically on the right hand side in a dark green font that is barely legible against the brown glass bottle. The geeky beer blurb lists this as an “Irish Style Lager with a smooth mellow flavor and an apple crisp finish” on the bottle, but its vital statistics are more scientifically expressed as 12° Plato, 28 IBU, 75 AA, 9.8° Lovibond.

Appearance: Soft polished golden body with a fantastic well water clarity to it. Pristine off-white pastel beige head with a light absorbing quality. Head retention is purposeful whilst the conditioning is above average, a stiff swirl will produce a feisty head and a creamy body that has a resemblance to Boddingtons from the Nitro-tap.

Nose: Skunky aromas, hop laden chunky puke and from enticing to be honest. Ever woken up stuck to your pillow in a pool of stale dried vomit!? Sort of smells like that. No seriously, it does.

Taste: Thankfully the off-putting facets of the nose do not transfer to the taste profile, well not exactly. This does have a sweet malt entrance with a biscuit middle which is utterly boring. I’m finding it hard to stay awake let alone expend energy thinking of how to describe it…….this should be renamed Kellzzz. One dimensional and that single axes is not even appealing.

Mouthfeel: Horrid sickly feel, despite this, the carbonation is supportive and it does tend to benefit from a smooth creamy feel. But it has this horrible “sick” taste to it that seems to linger and turn me off form enjoying the better parts.

Drinkability: The nose and strange aftertaste are big detractors in this case. I don’t really find this “Irish style lager” (whatever the hell that is), to be that clean. This is a dirty brew with too many niggling aspects that ultimately drag this one down.

Overall: Sort of……well, just…..erm, very average. This is a simple macro-style offering in truth. It looks great, but it is really all downhill from there. I expected so much more from this, a (not so bitter) disappointment from Rogue. Leave this one on the shelf and let the pseudo Irish-Americans snap it up for St. Patrick’s Day, oh my that’s only a few days away…… now that’s fortuitous isn’t it? Not that I’m suspicious of this fact, but I’m sure that the macro-swillers won’t find this one too difficult to accommodate ;-)


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Photo of barknee
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From the recent 2006 production, Kells pours a beautiful 14K gold color with a rich-robust frothy head. The nose is of clean natural malt, un-roasted and fresh with a magnificent floral character, quite upfront when agitated in the glass with no ulterior or radical aromas emanating from within. This brew is quite focused and intense to the point of total balance. The sterling hops used in this product, the only variety of hops, perfectly accompanies the whole, with a very subtle yet focused and specific nose as the result of using this single variety of hops. You can really consider the brewmasters task in finding the quintessential variety to work with to reach this end. The mouthfeel is unbelievably soft and subtle, like liquid velvet; perhaps low mineral content in the water. Taste is ever-so-slightly bitter, very creamy and understated, with just enough residual sweet malt to finish. This brew would be a perfect accompaniment to a meal of fish, chicken, cream sauces or a vegetarian dish. The drinkability is off the scale, as this easy-going yet all so satisfying brew can be drunk endlessly. This is not a blow your doors off beer, the finesse and excellence are revealed in the fine tuned subtlety of this creation. Like a fine French White Burgundy, you have to pay attention to this one to find all that is good; and it is indeed!

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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 allengarvin
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a orange-brown color with a modest head, and quite a bit of cloudy haze. Very nice bready aroma, lightly toasted, lightly biscuity. Good emphasis on toasted malt character in the flavor, though there's not much more to say about it: just good, clean malt. Fairly bitter with a nice floral noble hop flavor. Neutral texture, moderate carbonation and body.

A darned good lager, I'd say. I'm not sure what's Irish about it, but it's clean and tasty.

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Photo of quasimoto
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden amber in to my glass witha slight white carbinated head that dissapates quickly leaving no lace.

S- It smell of light citrusy noble hops. Not a strong overpowering aroma but its follwed by a light malt prescence.

T - Light bicuity flavor, some bread, and maybe some vineous flavors bouncing around in there. Like a light chardonnay.

M - Kinda chewy for the style. not light enough. Creamy on the tounge, and has sharpness from the carbination on the mid-tip of the tounge.

D - Its a light Euro pale lager. Its not bursting with flavor, but it is true to style.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
2.77/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy apricot color into my pint glass with a thin, seltzery head which soon vanishes, leaving some soapy lacing.

A little bit of spicy apple cider; Some astringency wafts my way.

A somewhat bland taste - there are flavors there, but they're not particularly pronounced. Not watery, just not that flavorful. Cider, orange peel, slightly grassy hops.

Spritzy, astringent mouthfeel.

Rogue's Uber Pils is amazing - why'd they mess this lager up?

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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 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 Bitterbill
2.18/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle(room temp) a clear medium gold with a large head of foam that dissipated slowly.

The smell is of sweet malt. Kind of typical of a macro lager.

The taste is also of sweet malt but there's a sourness there as well that does nothing to help with the taste of this lager. I find it *very* ordinary and I'm a *big* fan of Rogue products so there is *no* anti bias associated with this review.

Bottom line: It's a Rogue product but don't let their reputation sway you into trying this lager. It's just not worth it.

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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 abcsofbeer
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this one at Trader Joe's. Probably should be unretired. The bottle is painted with a new picture and logo. TJs has plenty of these in stock ready for St Patty's Day.

Poured into a pilsner glass with a nice two finger, white head that leaves small sheets of lace.There is a good deal of carbonation and rising bubbles. The color is straw color with light orange tints coming through. The smell is mostly of apples and the taste is very similar. The taste is a tart apple flavor that is very well balanced with hops making it very smooth and very drinkable. The body is fairly light, but, the taste is different from other lagers. Another good one from Rogue.

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2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - 2" white, soapy head. Pale yellow beer. Slight haze. Decent retention, nice lace. Not much visible carbonation.

S - Sweet malt. Hay. Bread. Pilsner like aroma.

T - Dull. Could use more carbonation to improve crispness. Slight bitter finish. Some biscuity malt. Not much here. Very macro-like.

M - Creamy, round mouthfeel. Very low carbonation.

D - Very low drinkability. Lame and overpriced. Very disappointing.

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Photo of jameaterblues
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So normally I am a big fan of Rogue beers. But the Kells Lager kinda fell short of my expectations. it had a translucent golden color with a thin white head that left a slight lacing, it looked pleasing for a Lager. The smell was pleasant and fruity. But this one was particularly sweet(not fruity in taste at all), and it was kinda unexpected. Not that it really had a distinct flavor, but just a very sweet taste. It was very light on the mouth and the stomach, and I could see someone drinking alot of this beer. I guess it would be a good transition for people trying to get away from the macro brews. I was just expecting more from Rogue overall.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a little bummed I payed $5.00 for this one. Not an overly bad beer, but way too similar to your average lager. Pale gold, with timy foam bubbles that form a small head. Heavy lagerwheat on the nose. Sweet on the tongue, kinda reminds me of stealing a sip when I was younger.

A classic session beer, but don't waste your time or money. There are much better offerings from others breweries.

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Photo of Greenlabel
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was recommended to me by the Beer Manager at a top beer store in MA (Julio's in Westboro) as I had been lamenting the lack of craft lagers. I'd never heard of it before but purchased a 22 oz. bottle. No freshness dating but the beer seemed to be
very fresh.

Poured a somewhat hazy golden color with a good and lasting head. Smell was about ordinary for a lager - not strong but maybe a bit fruitier than normal. Crisp, clean, light taste yet a full-bodied feel. Great drinkability - I only wished I had purchased more than one bottle. Unfortunately, the store is 70 miles away in MA and I've never seen Rogue products in NH. While the taste is different, I would consider the drinkability to be on a par with one of my other favorites, Victory's Prima Pils.

As others have noted, this product has obviously not been retired and I'm hoping it won't meet that fate in the future.

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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 kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just got a fresh 650ml bottle.
Appearance- Slight coppery gold, white head with little retention.

Smell- Malty, with a slight citrus/herbal hop note. Maybe some nuttiness?

Taste- Malty, slighty hoppy, wheat sweet. Probably my favorite wheat style beer. Some yeast and nut as it finishes.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean, very nice.

Drinkability- Very nice session beer. Nothing exceptional and nothing objectionable.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer, but it lacks the refreshing qualities I like in a lager. Seems almost pointless in that regard.

The beer pours to a nice clear golden color with a very healthy carbonation that supports a likewise healthy white head. Lacing sticks to the glass in sheets. Looks like a good lager, but unfortunately looks can deceive.

The smell is quite grassy, spicy, and herbal hoppy with only a subtle caramelized malt aroma. Smells good as well, but there is something fishy going on with the taste.

I'm no brewer, but I'm thinking this beer was fermented at the wrong temperature for a lager. Seems to have some ale characteristics to it, for instance it is buttery and has some fruity esters. Decently bitter. Starts off nice and crisp like I was expecting, with a great noble hop flavor, but the finish turns into a puddle of buttery Rogue crap. Tastes like very cheap malt, or as I already hypothesized, a warm fermentation.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for a pale lager, and the butteryness is unpleasant. The drinkability could be much higher if this lager were much cleaner.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently a beer that was brought back into production, this is the first time I have seen it around here.

Appearance: Hazed light copper color,streams of carbonation make their way to the surface. Head is small for the style.

Smell: Grassy, grainy, musty, like cooked vegetables. Nothing great.

Taste: Malty and full, lots of grass flavor. Crisp and fairly refreshing, but also has somewhat of a rotten vegetable flavor, not the best.

Mouthfeel: Just fine, no complaints here.

Drinkability: I will pass on this one, one of the least impressive beers that Rogue brews. The old guy playing the tin whistle on the bottle is kind of cool, though.

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Photo of hero27
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Just picked up a fresh bottle of this at my local beer store, so apparently it's making a comeback tour.

Clear yellow/gold color with a grainy, grassy aroma. The dusty pale malt character is a staple of most Rogue brews, and it's present here also. Clean, crisp finish, but leaves my tastebuds dissapointed. Classified as a Euro Pale Lager, this thing is was $5 for a relatively watery, obviously light bodied and low-alcohol beer. Putting this brew under the $4 mark would certainly make this a bit more attractive to any potential buyer.

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Photo of mynie
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Note to whomever: this is no longer retired.

About as pretty as a Euro Pils can pour. Very dark golden, slightly hazed, with a nice white head.

Very dull fruit malt mixed with a dry hop. Absent is the pac man yeast or tasty hops of your usual Rogue. This just smells like a good Euro Pils--that is to say, pretty god, not great.

Tastes very much like it smells. Fruit grains alternating sweet and dry. Light hints of summertime hay. Ends on a very dry, lingering hop, Nice, pleasant, but far from what I expect from a Rogue.

Goes down like water.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmmm...I just saw this for the first time, but it's apparently retired.
Pours out a clear, weak yellow color with a thin fizzy white head that fades quickly. Some carbonation streaming through, but not a ton. Not a lot to look at.

Smell is lightly fruity, a bit of clean toasted grain, and a very slight Euro hoppiness. Not much action in the nose, either.

Flavor is light, slightly fruit, with some apple and peach flavors building on top of toasted grain and a slight corn-husk flavor. Finish is clean with little lingering aftertaste.

Overall: Just not a lot going on in this one, not bad per se, but definitely not worth five bucks a bomber. Mediocre.

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