Kinsale Irish Lager | Kinsale Brewing Company,

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Kinsale Irish LagerKinsale Irish Lager

Brewed by:
Kinsale Brewing Company,

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 05-13-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
1.86/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear, pale golden color, with abundant lacing, a modest head, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet, with hints of light tropical fruits, and some honey notes.

Taste: Tart from start to finish, with a slight hop presence late in the taste with surge of metallic bitterness at the close.

Mouth feel: Thin and watery, with robust carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Unremarkable, a poor example of the style.

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Photo of Todd
3.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz brown bottle. Freshness date marked on the back.

Appearance: Bright clear golden that gives way to a thin layer of pure white creamy foam.

Smell: Metallic and floral aromas with just a touch of sweet grain.

Taste: Light bodied with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and smoothness. Malt sweetness is minimal and lives beneath a layer of a unique and assertive semi-citric even hop bitterness; lemony, metallic, touch of sulfur and raw hop oils. A thin layer of breadiness follows, then the palate dries with a husky grain character. More metallic and dry notes carry to the end and tarry in the aftertaste for quite sometime.

Notes: Personally, I have not imbibed in many Irish Lagers. Kinsale is unique though, amongst lagers in general, and well worth a try. Refreshing and easy to drink.

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Photo of badturtle
1.38/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

What is this? The bottle and name match the picture. It tastes like a macro lager, but the back of the bottle says ale. I drank it at room temperature. I understand why the bottle says to drink it cold. It poured with a large head with thick bubbles. It dissipated fast. There was no lacing. It was a pale yellow with a hint of orange, as if someone put a drop of red food coloring in a Mountain Dew. At first, it smelled of honey and weak hops. The smell disappeared in a few minutes. It tasted of honey, grapes, and water. It was too sweet. It tastes like a soft drink. The carbonation is barely noticeable. I had to look for it. 3/4 of the way through, I was a tired of it, so I had to finish it fast. It may be good for getting a BMC lover to start on imports, but otherwise, I can't recommend this. I need to go cleanse my palate.

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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin white lace on a faintly hazy pale yellow brew. Sweet and grassy pils malt with a touch of floral hop in the nose. Just as smooth as it is crisp which makes it go down real easy. Clean semi-sweet grassy grain provides a good base, hops are a bit confused not knowing to flavour or bitter but still seems to balance. Kind of reminds me of the real Irish Harp Lager, not the new Canadian brewed Harp that we get in the US. $3.99 a six-pack was a steal also so I took my chances knowing this is a relatively new brew in my area, still seems fresh.

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Photo of jsolack
2.82/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden very clear. Very light/thin head.

Typical lager smell... mildly floral smells

Malty burnt flavor with hints of black liquorish. Acidic finish, not entirely pleasant.

Carbonation is about the right level, consistency feels good.

Finish and harsh flavor makes this beer a bit too much for me!

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Photo of ADR
2.95/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Absolutely clear pale gold, head is foamy, 1/2 an inch to start but decomposing pretty quickly. Laces in dots. Lightly malty aroma, a bit of biscuit and some papery tones. Mouthfeel is pretty thin, with medium to high carbonation. Starts sweetish, some bread, pale-pale honey, and light hay but de-constructing mid mouth and without any noteworthy hopping to close the deal. Lightly fruity aftertaste. Pretty dang ordinary and middle-of-the-road, I'm sure it showed up at one of my stores just for the St. Patrick's Day sales effect.

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Photo of skillerified
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored, very pale. Decent head, strong lacing all the way down the glass.

Scents are light. Some non-distinct fruity scents with a bready texture underneath. Some cooked veggies. Just a slight wisp of that intentional skunked scent that you get on some of these Euros.

Taste was fairly non-distinctive in the way of specific flavors, yet the flavor as a whole was fairly distinctive itself. Meaning, I've not quite had a Euro Pale Lager that tasted like this before. I think it's the first one that I've actually liked. Just not one of my favorite styles. The flavors were slightly fruity and bready, much like the scent.

Very light and crisp, dry. Light bodied. Medium carbonation gives it a slight creaminess. Liked the way this went down.

A servicable brew. Nice summer beer. A light beer that's not entirely light on character.

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Photo of soper2000
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from a mixed sixer rack without really knowing anything about it. The words "Irish Lager" set me off a bit as I guess I have been conditioned to expect Irish Stout or something of similiar ilk. Well onto the review: Pours a fizzy golden color with a large white head whens has very little retention. Smell had some very faint notes of malt. Taste is clean and balanced like one would expect from a pale lager. A little bit of hoppy spiciness is also detectable. I'm sure that this brew doesn't really appreciate its "aging" on the liquor store shelves.. It was decent overall, but i'll probably be passing on it from now on.

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Photo of cokes
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Misty, sub-golden yellow with a tight, fleeting skim of white.
Grass and hay dominated nose, touched with honey and a general sense of diluted wetness.
Through the mouth, it's all honeyed graham crackers and saltines, dunked in water, and chased with a sliver of apple rind. Earthy leaning in the middle and through the close, with notes of hay leading it through an indistinct hop closure.
Wan in both body and texture, brightly carbonated but that suggests an even greated vapidness of flavor.
There seems to be some quality here, even if it is repressed and pale. It noses past most macro lagers, but it's too shallow to stand apart as anything more that a hot-wing washer.

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Photo of jackndan
2.98/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kinsale Irish: The bottle says ale, but it looks and smells like a Pilsner. Their web site is no help. So a lager it shall be. It looks like an American standard lager: clear, pale yellow, not much head. Slight skunk aroma. Thin bodied, fairly carbonated. Not too bad, tastes like an imported macro. If they were going for slightly better tasting Heineken, then I think they have hit their mark. My question is why they bothered.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.82/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything about Kinsale Irish is one small step above a typicall American lager. Received this bottle in a Beers of the World pack and it falls right in the middle between the ones I've tried. Nice copper color with no other redeeming qualities in its appearance. Good balance of hops and malts. Easy to drink and would be nice after a hot day mowing the lawns.

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Photo of beveritt
3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Had on tap at a local Irish themed bar. Served ice cold in an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Arrived with about 3/4 inch of foamy, white head. Decent head retention, stayed around in some form for most of the glass. The beer itself is a rather light yellow, like the color of apple juice.

Smell: Not much smell. Faint grassy hop aroma and a hint of malt sweetness.

Taste: A good malt background with just a hint of sweetness. Grassy hop aroma. SLight metallic taste.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is so-so, nothing spectacular, but not watery either.

Drinkability: A pretty easy drinking lager. Much more taste than your typical BMC, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer disembogues the 330ml brown bottle a somewhat murky pale gold color with a modest frothy white head that evaporates quickly leaving a thin veil of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and clean, crisp to the senses with the start that is lightly sweet with the top light to medium in feel. Finish is brisk in its carbonation the hops light but pleasant, the aftertaste quite dry, a tolerable brew tis true.

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Photo of redmosquito
2.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice golden color, clear with average carbonation. Very little hop aroma, just a hint of that British grass hop aroma and otherwise yeasty. Clean flavor, nothing dominating or unique, perhaps a bit bready. This beer would compare very well with an American/Canadian Lager.

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Photo of KoG
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks and smells like a typical lager, yellow with a light head and little lacing, malty with a bit of hop character.

Taste is light but not watery. Citric notes and a slight touch of irish creme flavor, little hops with a malty backbone.

Mouth seemed a bit different then other lagers. Not very much carbonation, almost flat actually, but this didn't harm it at all and if anything it improved the creamyness. Not a heavy feel either.

For a lagerr, not so bad. It's definately one of those "in the mood" brews for me.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.18/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear gold color, with a small head, fairly good lacing as head retreats, leaving only a small amount of froth on the beer's surface. Smell is lightly malts, that's about ti, kind of grassy, also. Taste is pretty bad. Malt and hops are very light, hardly noticeable. There is a taste like acidic stale cheerios that really makes this beer quite annoying to drink. This is pretty bad, I really dislike this beer. Avoid.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - a slight haze to the yellow-gold color. A white frothy head slowly sinks down to a thin cover.

Aroma - a brief skunkiness on the pour, but clears out quickly. Very light grain/yeast smell, very plain.

Taste - faintly reminiscent of an ESB, such is the soft maltiness up front. A sweet, lemony turn at mid-palate and swallow. A light roasted malt element as well as a small measure of balancing hops. Finishes dry, clean and tasty.

Mouthfeel - light body, well-carbonated.

Drinkability - It's tasty! A good session beer for warmer months.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.49/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A new addition to the taps at Marrika's Bierstube, Lexington. Easily recognizable upon the pour with a standard Pub Ale straw / golden color and immense, dense nitro head retention. Sturdy looking brew. Aromas are faint and hard to find, but share a caramel malt and softly phenolic profile. Flavors mimic the light profile and also give a modest caramel flavor. Light grains and ripe fruit flavor (apples, pears) dances around the periphery. Initially full and round, until the carbonation subsides, then the beer turns thin and watery in a hurry. Pleasant brew; perhaps a cross-over. Prefered over Boddingtons, but still no Guinness.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.25/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light sour sweet water aroma with a bit of euro hops. Pretty simple. Pleasant enough.
Pale gold and very watery looking. Slightly cloudy Smallish head.
Taste very much like aroma. Malt base with a sour quality. A bit of a watery quality too. Slightly sweet up front. Mildly bitter in middle to a more drying finish.
Not as thin as it could have been, considering the watery qualities. Has a refreshing quality.
This is alright. Not great, not horrible. Do fine in many occassions.

This sample via Mark at 3 Corners. Many thanks.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white lace head; actually quite nice. The aroma is good. It is mostly pale malts, but there is a real fruitiness here that I would guess is from the yeast. This is really pleasant. The taste is good also. It again is mostly pale malts, but it has a fruity yeast/malt flavor to it. It finishes clean, but a tad watery. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good sessions beer. I'm not really a big fan of light beers such as this, but this one would do in a pinch.

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Photo of kobeer
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of stirgy
3.84/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting a red ale for some reason. So, I was surprised to see a light and clear golden straw color. Decent head of bright white foam topped the beer off. Good amount of carbonation. The aroma has light bits of tangy lemony grains. The taste is soft and gentle with a natural grainy sweetness. Light body of malt, but yet sweet with grains. This is light, flavorful and refreshing. Pleasing and simple. Bittersweet lemony zesty finish. Nice and light. I enjoyed it. Nothing really to dislike about it, actually.

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Photo of JISurfer
3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one smooth brew. It doesn't have anything special that stands out in it, but it's really smooth and refreshing. The color was just your average super pale straw color, but the head was quite nice. The head wasn;t huge or anything, but it stayed around the whole beer, so that's good in my books. If your looking for a refreshing brew, then this is something to try. If your looking for something new and adventureous, then skip it. I like it though.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good lager beer from Ireland. The look is golden yellow with a reasonable white head and light lacing at the start. The nose is a bit malty and a tad grassy smelling. The flavor is fully lager with a good balance to the feel as it finishes with good crispness and is easily quite drinkable.

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Photo of Wildman
3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a yellow color and formed a small white head that left no lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops and some grain. A flavor of hops and dough. The finish was pretty light, but common for the style. For a lager, I found this to be surprisingly good. Wasn't too light and it finished well. I was surprised to see it was and Irish beer. Most of the times people associate stouts and porters with the island.

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Kinsale Irish Lager from Kinsale Brewing Company,
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