Legbiter | Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd

75 Ratings

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

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-12-2004

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of poopsmitherson
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of samurai221
2/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of Ty1erC
2.4/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

 424 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

 585 characters

Photo of Freshie
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear copper color, with fizzy body, and slight head.

Smells sweet. Like Candy and some citrus.

Taste is upfront malty and sweet. Light hops gain in the middle. Aftertaste is very raw, and medicinal, and somewhat nasty. finishes clean, but the raw taste hangs on the palate a bit.

A decent brew, but failing in the drink-ability.

 342 characters

Photo of buckyp
2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of ferrari29
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
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

 856 characters

Photo of brentk56
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
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

 649 characters

Photo of BDIMike
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark copper color that has a huge tan head that froths up and stays throughout the entire drink.
Aroma is a little weak. It has a good toffee malt smell and a subtle hint of Goldings hops.
Taste is a little weak also. There is a strong hop taste, but the toffee malt doesn't come together with it well at it falls flat.
Mouthfeel has an okay thickness, but is smooth all the way down.
Drinkability is okay, but the beer is really not very good. It is way too boring to even grab a second. I was excited about a new Irish beer, and then disappointed by the taste.

 570 characters

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.

 1,141 characters

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.

 317 characters

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of swungomonkey
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of morebeergood
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had lunch at O'Connor's in Worcester on Monday, so I decided to start with an Irish beer. Served on tap in a standard pint glass. Dark brown color with barely any head. No lacing at all. Smell faintly like raisins. Taste was pretty mediocre. Had a strange metallic tang to it, just like other ales like Smithwick's. I find that very unappealing. Mouthfeel was on the watery side and thin. I drank this with lunch, but switched it up to another beer when I finished this one. Nothing special here.

 496 characters

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into glass. Little to no head. A nice orange amber in color.

Smell: Extremely sweet. Hints of caramel with bready maltiness. Very slight hint of hops.

Taste: As in aroma the sweetness is extreme. Not in a bad way just really malty. There is a nice hint of hops but not too much. I expected more from a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation and medium body.

Overall: Overall it wasn't a bad beer but at the same time you wouldn't find me going out of my way to order it. Nothing spectacular about it.

 536 characters

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.

 417 characters

Photo of Jayli
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Luke's in Rockland, MA
Poured in to a pint glass
Consumed 6/15

A: This beer pours a deep copper with a hint of ruby coloring. 1/2 inch of khaki color head that recedes immediately. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is somewhat metallic, caramel malts, and a hint of fruitiness.

T: Taste has a bit of breadiness upfront followed by an odd hop bite.. citrus? Caramel malts and molasses come in to fill the middle with a dark fruit, date and raisin that follow. The fruit lingers in the finish as well as a metallic flavoring.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, somewhat thin but a touch sticky finish.

D: Goes down alright, low kick, a bit thin but certainly drinkable.

 697 characters

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.

 885 characters

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.

 785 characters

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of skullsplitter
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Color was a deep amber brown with a fairly decent head that rescinded quicker than it came. Very pleasing to look at.

S - Nice malty, buttery toffee smell. I also detected some caramel and light hops. Pleasing.

T - Pretty malty. A slight sweetness and toasted taste. The taste was lighter than the smell

M - Light bodied but pretty smooth drink.

D - I could throw back a couple of these. I wouldn't say I disliked it but I was hoping for a little more. It's a fairly new beer I believe. I'd give it another go down the road just to see if it's changed.

 560 characters

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.

 676 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Legbiter from Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 75 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.