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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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-12-2004

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by jizdepski:
Photo of jizdepski
3.86/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle into warmish pint. nice golden brown color, some coppery edges. light tan head, nice lacey collar. smells dont jump out at you, but are pleasantly subdued. notes of must, hops, honey biscuits and malted barley. i like the flavors here, though im not really a goldings hops fan, i enjoy them here. its a very mild, classic tasting english pale. the hops do just enough bittering to balance out the honey like sweetness of the malts. is a bit one-note, but thats to be expected. sweet front to back with moderate hops pecking in and out. has a medium bodied feel with very light carbonation. quite smooth. i find it high on drinkability, and quite tasty and refreshing. pleasant surprise.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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 brownbeer
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber color, looks almost exactly the same as their Best ale.

Smells kind of alcoholic for 4.8% abv. It has a sharp hoppy fruitiness with slight caramel and other muddled malt aromas.

Light flavors and body, generic, sweet, semi-dark malts with a light, fruity hoppiness late. Neither offensive, nor desirable.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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 tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, orange-brown in color, clear

Smell: fresh meadow, toasted bready malts, caramel

Taste: toasted malt, tea, caramal, floral hops

Mouthfeel: slightly sweet, high carbonation, light body, very smooth

Drinkability: A decent beer that has a taste that I associate with an English pale ale. Not bad, but nothing that jumps out either.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a Brew only a few years old, of Northern Ireland, 2004. I brought this beer into my Store, Wines Unlimited, where I am the beer manager. Strangford Lough was just recently introduced into the USA, first through CT and RI. The Import owner, Michael Bean owns the rights to both states. Strangford is soon to release in 20 states. Michael Bean, president of the Import Franchise here in CT, brought me some samples, which I liked. The Legbiter, and the St. Patrick's Best. He is hosting a Tasting in our store on March 12th (Friday) 2010, 5pm to 9pm.

As for this Beer, the Legbiter:

Very refreshing, smooth, medium bodied. Good taste. Pours a nice amber color, with decent head, good retention and a bouquet of aromas are present. The aromas are very fruity, citrus, lavender, floral, some grassy notes, and honey. The taste is strong on the hops, notes of spicy fruits, sweet & salty notes, apples... and some subtle citrus.

This is a good beer, and a really good surprise from an Ireland Micro brew, I highly recommend this beer. Not as main stream as Guinness, but can compete with the market if marketed well.

Cheers, for good beer.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep amber color with a thick off-white head that dissipates but lingers, adding some nice lacing.

Aromas of bready malts with hints of hops and fruit (apples and pears).

Taste is consistent with light hops and fruit up front, ending with caramel and bready maltiness. A refreshing beer balanced with the carbonation you would expect from this style.

A nice drinking beer, leaving you wanting another.

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Photo of chinchill
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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 DerekP
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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 russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First beer I've had from Northern Ireland in over 15 years...

Pours an effervescent copper with 1 finger+ of tan head. Average head retention * lacing

S: Orchard fruit & leafy/tobacco hops

T: Mirrors the nose, plus plums, raisins & leafy hops up front. More of the same as this warms, plus some dryness & hints of butterscotch, but in a good way. Finishes dry with figs, dates & leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, good balance

Easy drinking BPA, won't knock the socks off of hops heads, but pretty sessionable all in all

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Photo of poopsmitherson
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of alleykatking
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
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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Photo of Treyliff
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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 tone77
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a small head. Smell is primarily of malts. Taste is of malts with some hops, balanced but not overly flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
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 emerge077
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Dodo2step
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
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 jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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 biggred1
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, dark honeyed amber with a creamy sand colored head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. Rich sweet malt and floral english hop aroma are nice. Dark fruit and caramel malt balanced nicely with goldings and american (cascade?) hops. Medium bodied with prickly carbonation. A good tasting if unspectacular brew.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

spotted this in the nick of time before making the mistake of ordering a $4 rail mixer. Glad I found it.

This beer really confused me at first, because I was expecting a light colored ale. Only when I looked at the style on this site did it make any sense.

Poured a semi-translucent brown, head disappeared quickly, but again, a plastic cup didn't do any favors there.

Smell was what really threw me off. I had no idea what I was getting into. It smelled like the opposite of an APA -- that is to say that Legbiter was slightly heavier on malt than the hops.

Taste was much the same, with an earthen malt flavor, backed up by a disappointingly low amount of bitterness. Hop presence was still there, but more would've been excellent.

In my mind, this doesn't quite stack up to SNPA in terms of flavor, but it's definitely the more easy going of the two. More of a session beer in my opinion due to the slightly relaxed flavor.

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Photo of erosier
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice amber color with a medium sized and medium bodied off white colored head that fades fast and leaves some lacing down the glass. Fades to a slight right around the beer.
S: Smells of sweet roasted, toasted, and caramelized malts with hints of some dark fruits and earthy hops at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted and toasted malts, then a nice caramelized flavor with some dark fruits and earthy hops at the end of it. More caramel than I was expecting but a nice taste to it.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, it was a decent version of an English Pale Ale. The low abv made it slightly more drinkable.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains honey, tea, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out a little sweet with flavors of honey, tea and a bit of citrus. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with a mild but complementary hops presence creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are definitely several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
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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Legbiter from Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 75 ratings