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:
710
Reviews:
408
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
53
For Trade:
0
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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 garymuchow
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hope this is the correct beer, as my bottle was listed as O'Kell's.
mmm...free range coastal waters.
Typical lager aroma of some sweet malt. Fairly refreshing and typical.
Brilliantly clear. Gold, yellow. Big full bright white head. Looks just as it should.
Malty clean. Semi-dry. Semi-crisp. Touch of sweetness followed by a very mild bitterness.
Moderately heavy for a lager. Clean enough. Nicely carbonated that feels fairly full, but soft enough.
Nice and easy drinker.

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

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with some yeast floating around. The white head was minimal with little lacing (could be due to my glass though). The smell was pleasent, hint of apples just like it says on the bottle. It tasted kinda fruity too with some notes of hops. It leaves a strong aftertaste, not the best to be honest. Initialy though, it tastes and feels quite good, dont think I would drink too many though.

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

Poured from a 650 ml. bottle.

Appearance--Typically cool Rogue bottle art. Poured a slightly hazy golden-orange color. Nice head retention.

Smell--some fruity undertones and faint malts.

Taste--At first I really liked this one--the first 3/4 of the bottle I thoroughly enjoyed, a very complex lager with a nice slightly fruity note. While drinking the last 1/4 of the bottle the fruitiness became a little more dominant.

Drinkability--Would have been better if the fruit flavors didn't come on strong at the end.

Notes--Overall not a bad beer. I'd have it again in the future.

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Photo of righthereisay
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a 22 bottle as a gift. No complaints on beer for gifts!

Appearance is golden, clear, nice head. Heads goes down quick, but the white will stay for a while. Appearance is maybe a little more orange/gold than your usual Coors/Miller beers.

Smell - Hops and malts...nothing to write home about.

Taste - Crisp, a bit fruity. Not sure why this is considered Irish...maybe it is a bit like Harp.

Mouthfeel - Light beer. Could throw these down at a picnic in the heat all day.

Overall I expected more. I'm not the biggest Rogue fan, but with all the competitors out there, and Rogue being one of the bigger craft beer companies, you would think they would have produced something better.

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