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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 75
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 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 Freshie
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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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 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 BDIMike
2.91/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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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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Photo of brownbeer
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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 morebeergood
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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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 Jayli
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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 skullsplitter
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of erosier
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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 tone77
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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 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 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 Kadonny
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A medium golden orange color with a one finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Dark fruits and caramel malt with a twinge of hops. Very lager'ish.

T: Fruity with some grassy flavors coupled with a hefty caramel and bready malt flavor. Some toffee and a bit of citrus with some light floral hops. Finish is smooth.

M: Medium to thin. Not overly coating or any lingering flavors.

D: Good, it was very drinkable.

Overall not a spectacular beer, but one that I would drink if put in front of me. It was very "lager-ish" to me with its malt flavors. A decent brew.

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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 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 zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a three-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of malt and grasses. Some touches of caramel.

T - It tastes malty and sweet with a subtle, bitter, grassy hop presence. Really a pretty malty pale ale.

M - It was fairly crisp but a little thin. A light bodied ale that is very easy-drinking.

D - This is an okay English Pale Ale. Nothing to run out and stock up on, but it is worth a try.

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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 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 über beer geek who does not mind a bit of diacetyl (which is responsible for that buttery flavor).

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Legbiter from Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
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