Legbiter | Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd

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Brewed by:
Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of brewdude1982
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

It pours a dark brown with some clarity but not truly transparent. It has a frothy head with mild retention and low lacing. By far the best thing this beer has going for it is a truly amazing malty aroma that does not dissapoint. If only the taste delivered the same punch. It has a mild malt taste and is followed by a metallic finish. This could be due to being Ina bottle so I would try again on draft but it did let me down. The body is kind of weak with decent carbonation. I would buy again if the price was right but it didn't strike me as awesome.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A finger of creamy head with clear-dark amber body.

S: Rich brown sugar. Malty...

T: Slight sugars, dry malt, vague hops. Big malty-brown with sugar.

M: Dry and slightly astringent before a boring endtaste.

O: Solid beer. Drinkable and interesting. Still vaguely bland.

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Photo of ferrari29
2.77/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a dark creme/brownish colored head; about 1/2 finger in size; no lacing; head doesn't hold very well; dark brown colored body; visibly well carbonated; opaque; cloudy

S - Very deep brown sugar and sweet maple nose; slight floral perfume scents; root beer or soda; caramel malt

T - Starts off watery and lacking flavor; sweet taste of maple and caramel picks up well after the sips begins; slight touch of bittery hop taste tingles well after you've finished your sip; finishes with a burnt malt taste

M - Very watery; not much flavor; very burnt malt aftertaste; bitter

D - Not a huge fan of this beer; very "all-over-the-place" on flavor characteristics; you get everything in this beer, burnt, sweet, and dull flavors; needs more body and a much more defined flavor profile

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich brownish red with some chill haze and a big off-white head. Some lace.

Some caramel, toffee, butter, and toasted malt.

Some burnt sugars and caramel up front, with some toffee, a little cocoa. Sweetness is balanced well with bitter, and the bitter is not overbearing. Some over browned toasted bread. A little butter and maltiness in the end. Finishes a bit dry.

Medium body, good carbonation.

Overall, very decent brew. Nice combination of flavors make this enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of brentk56
2.84/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: These Strangford Lough beers pour very nicely and this one pours a clear copper; while its head is not as impressive as the St. Patrick's, it too leaves a nice amount of lace behind

Smell: Very malty, with huge caramel and diacetyl elements; some earthy elements, as well

Taste: Starts out with a load of caramel which adds a lot of buttery flavors by mid-palate; earth tones in the hop bill but this is overwhelmingly malty

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: As much as I engoyed the St. Patrick's, I really don't care for this beer at all as it is way too malty and a diacetyl bomb, to boot

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Photo of emerge077
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Six pack from George's deli case, always some oddball beer in there. Brewed in Rochester, NY, per the label. "1060" Julian date on the neck of the bottle.

Pours quietly into a tulip glass, a murky chestnut brown that glints copper orange when held to the light. A finger of light tan foam rises up, it has a creamy surface texture, but doesn't remain long. Spotty froth around the edges of the glass.

Sweet buttered biscuit aroma, and more than a little touch of skunky euro hops lending some grassiness.

Toasted grains and specialty malt flavors, nutty and sweet. Fairly soft feel with a slight creamy texture, not bad. Flavors are a little faded and a touch bland, but that could be due to age. Medium dextrinous body, some astringency, light carb that seems to ebb away towards the end of the glass.

Overall not bad, a couple bottles paired well with charcuterie from the deli.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, ruby-copper coloring with a thin, off-white, low profile, foamy head. Aromas are super-sweet, with a blending of toffee, butterscotch, and bitters. Flavors are tangy sweet, with a caramel backbone and an overall roasted character. Fairly light bodied, with a slight watery feel underneath the initial bold flavor profile. The aftertaste is mostly roasted, with the sweet blend of toffee and butterscotch lingering around a bit. Tangy, slick finish, with a bit of a filmy linger left behind. Not a bad beed, and very easy to drink.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brownish red with a nice creamy head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a small ring and some lacing.

S & T- A fine, sweet caramel malt aroma and flavor. A touch of earthy hops and hints of baked bisquits. Aroma and taste match, except for the bitter-sweet dimension, with the taste being more balanced at first, and mildly bitter in the finish.
More alcohol than there should be in the aroma after warming.

T- Initially sweet and then an unsweetened caramel taste finished with a little bit of hop bitters

M- medium body; good, medium-light carbonation. Slight dryness.

O- A fine ale that I enjoyed more than I thought I would. Recommended.

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Photo of BrettMc
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Jail House Brewery tumbler. The appearance was of a deep copper or amber, with a bubbly thick one inch head with good lacing throughout. It smelled of caramel and a slight hoppiness. The mouthfeel was thin in body with low carbonation. The taste had hop bitterness up-front that transited to a light, clean watery flavor, with a biscuity aftertaste.

The light body, moderate ABV, and refreshing feel make this a very drinkable beer with high "poundability."

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice clear mahogany with a fluffy, if not too persistent, pale tan head. Malty aroma has apple and spice hints and is inviting if not strong. Flavor is mainly malty, again with an apple undertone and hints of spice and caramel. Texture is average-bodied and just a little fizzy.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.69/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium-brown body, the color of lightly stained wood, with a low, near-white head.

Smell: Thin, fleeting notes of caramel, two-day-old biscuits, faintly tart-scented apples, and lightly bitterish herbs evocative of a dash of Angostura-lite.

Taste: A light, lightly sweet taste of caramel over stale biscuits a beat ahead of some leafy, herbal tones and a mild bitterness. Sip of apple here and there. Remains lightly bitter as you enter the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I'm not exactly having a ball over here.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a decent creamy head. I'm picking of smells of caramel, licourice, buttered toast, butterscotch and a slight fruitiness. Taste is pretty well balanced, not what I would typically expect from an Irish Ale. The bready notes come through on the palate with a slight bitterness on the back end. Overall a pretty good brew, leaves an interesting sweet caramel taste on the backend.

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Photo of ColSanders123
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark brownish red with a nice thick head that dissipates after about 30 seconds.

S- Sweet caramel with not a lot but a little bit of hops

T- Initially sweet and then an unsweetened caramel taste finished with a little bit of hop bitters

M- At first it is a nice full feel and then it taste rather thin on the finish

O- Its good. Didnt really enjoy it as I thought I would.

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Photo of DerekP
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brownish-red in appearance (I gotta take issue with BA's categorization; I had Ohara's Irish Red a few days ago and it reminded me of Legbiter. This is more like an Irish Red Ale than an English Pale Ale).

Diacetyl and sweet caramel in the nose.

A nice bite up front with a malty, dry, buttery finish.

Seems attenuated but with enough hops to hide it. Damn drinkable.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours a clear copper color with a thin white head that fades fast and leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is malt forward with toasted bread, butterscotch, nutty notes, and a touch of citrus.

Lots of bready dry malt, toasted bread and toffee. Buttery notes, some woody earthy notes. Nutty qualities and a touch of citrus. Not very well balanced.

A bit watery and thin.

Overall, its drinkable but nothing I'd buy again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the U.S. brewed 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 7, 2011. It pours an amber-red color with a thin head. The aroma is incredibly sweet with English malts and sort of fruity. The body is thin but not watered down. The taste has a vibrant sweet caramel taste but it is also somewhat dry on the finish. Maybe a tad too sweet for me but not bad.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask in NC

A- a clear light plum like color mixed with brown highlites. Not much head and the retention is fair. Lacing is fair as well.

S- toffee malts and sourdough bread yest like smell. Different and unique. A dark candied fruit like quality as well.

F- dark candied fruit and toffe malts. Taste is like smell.

M- chewy like a raisin cookie with butter spread on it. It is alright.

O- not bad but i didnt expect an irish beer to be as weak as it is on abv. It is something you could pound back 3 or 4 in an hour.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Foamy two finger head, with lace that runs from the top on my mug clear to the bottom. Color is a 27 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is complex with fragrances of toffee, dark roasted coffee, carmeal, molasses, malt, and roasted wheat. Taste is slightly on the woody side, like chewing on a branch of oak. There are flavors of molasses, toffee, dark coffee, unsweetened chocolate, butter, grapefruit, and malt. Full mouthfeel, creamy, tart, zingy, a little coating on the sides of my tongue. Good flavored ale with lots of depth, every sip reveals something new. Good beer to sip while watching the sun set after a good day.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass a deep rich copper color with a thinner well defined white head,EPA aromas of biscuit malt and sweet caramel,faint leafy hops in the back end.Mild fruity and biscuit flavors make up the main components of the beer,a little caramel malt and leafy hops come into play as well.A standard easy drinking EPA thats brewed in New York state?Anyways decent no frills beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Legbiter has a medium, off-white, rootbeer-style head and a clear, amber-orange appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is faint, but some citrus (orange?)is detected. Taste is woody (for lack of a better word), with a standard hop bitterness in the middle and end of the sip. Mouthfeel is medium, and Legbiter finishes bitter and partly dry. Overall, this is a pretty good ale, and it's probably worth a try.


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Photo of Morey
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours reddish-brown in color with nice clarity. Creamy off-white head settles to a thin lace after about 5 minutes or so. Pretty good head retention.

Smell is extremely malt-heavy and slightly sweet. Not bad, but pretty one dimensional. Nothing really stands out or jumps at you here.

More of the same in the taste. Very malty with a little bit of hop-bite. It's a little sweet, and there's something almost a bit metallic in the finish.

Pretty thin body and mouthfeel. Carbonation tends to fizz on the tongue a bit.

I could drink several if I wasn't the one paying for them. I'd take this over a Yuengling, there's a bit more in the way of hops going on when you compare the two.

Morey's Bottom Line: I've seen this a lot around town. This bottle was given to me by a friend, and honestly, it's better than i anticipated. I don't think I'd pay for it unless I was super low on cash. It's pretty cheap at less than $5 a sixer!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

Mashed in Ireland and fermented in the US ... interesting concept.

This brew is clear and tawny with enough head retention to last the session. Butter, toffee, herbal woody hops, toasted bread and a vague fruitiness make for a very aromatic nose. Its fluffy, moderate-size body comes off as a bit wet. The maltiness is dry and goes from toffee to toasted bread crust quickly. Buttery flavors and hop bitterness battle it out as the maltiness settles in as a decent base. Suggestions of apple skin, ripe pears and nut- tiness are in the middle. The buttery character lingers and its maltiness holds together in the dry finish.

Good drinking for the ├╝ber beer geek who does not mind a bit of diacetyl (which is responsible for that buttery flavor).

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Photo of Ty1erC
2.4/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.*

a: a blend of copper and amber. good retention and some lacing. a nice looking brew.

s: grapefruit, malt, light hops.

t: in my opinion, this isn't a very flavorsome beer. slightly sweet, with a slight hop finish. the flavors present are well-balanced, though.

m: watery. moderate/high carbonation.

d: drinkable, but not my thing. i find this beer pretty bland and uninteresting.

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Photo of DKight
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.

Pours brown, has a light head, and a nice lacing.

has the taste of many types of beers. It wants to be heavy and thick but has the drink-ability of a lighter ale. A lot of carmely tastes come in to play, as well as the right amount of carmel and malty-ness. Overall it is an alright beer, I would drink it again.... if it were given to me. I would not go out and buy this beer. Better than some of the ales I have tried, but over all a mediocre beer.

Also it has a low ABV. boo

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Photo of alleykatking
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a brown sludge looking color. One finger light white head that shows light retention. This comes to leave light spotty lacing around the glass with each sip.

S- Light caramel malts dominate this beer from start to finish. A light hop in the backing doesn't really balance this beer out after trying. Overall sweetness in the aroma kind of kills any expectations for a pale ale.

T- Caramel malts come into play first like I thought they would. This gives way to a light toasted flavor that still for some reason has a sweet taste mixing or following very closely in the middle. A light bitter hop strikes for a second before being overtaken by a sweet caramel malt.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is low for the style but oddly fits the beer well. Sweet malts dominate everything from the palate to the sweet aftertaste. Off balanced for a pale with sweet malts helping that unbalance. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Flavors were dull and at times felt heavy on the palate.

D- It has a low ABV which means I should be able to drink a good amount of it...but I do not care for this beer at all.

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