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Legbiter | Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd

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79
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59 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland) | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
75
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
13.62%
 
 
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 75
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 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 oriolesfan4
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

New beer showed up at my local beer store, just in time for St. Patrick's Day. Pours a nice semi-see through mahogany color... nice big head to it, small amount of lacing. Taste is medium bodied, little smash of hops followed by some caramel and bread type notes. Nice smooth finish, very drinkable. Definitely different and more flavorful than most pale ale imports.. I liked this one a lot. Give it a try if you get a chance to.

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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 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 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 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 russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +12.8%
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 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 Tone
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, and yeast. Fits the style of an English Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, slight pale malt, and slight pale hop. Overall, better than average EPA.

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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 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 scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice caramel and copper amber color with great bubbling and an ok head.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee with just a pinch of oarnge zest.

The taste starts malty, toffee sweet. Then slowly a little earhen and citric hops mellow out the malt sweetness. The finis stays toasted and a little sweet, but not so much to make the beer unsessionable.

Very clean, smooth, and sweet palate. This is the kind of session ale I would smile a little after each sip.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, mahogany color with nice pale kahki colored head, decent retention and lacing. Scent is of freshly backed bread with hints of light pear, toffee, cream, cotton candy and honey. Taste begins with a sweet honey and biscuity like flavor then moving into the sweet, watery pear taste. Hints of cotton candy (any sugar added?) and finally the sweetness mellows and taste is somewhat toffee like. Nice, creamy, real ale body, good carbonation for the style. Overall a plesent suprise... would never have picked this out on my own but the owner of a local irish establishment picked out a bottle fo rus to try. A nice find and one i would revisit.

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Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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 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 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 Durge
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottled brew shows a clear mahogany color with a decent off-white head and lacing to match. The aroma offers just a hint of citrus hop and toffee sort of sweetness. The flavor jumps out with more hops but blended very nicely with the toffee-caramel sweetness that results in a very pleasant red ale sort of idea. Very drinkable but offering a reasonable dry hop sense, a smooth feel with a medium body, fair carbonation. Just a very pleasant beer overall and more substantial than anticipated. Definitely in the Irish family of Killians only with a more legitimate hop element and better constitution. Recommended for a try if you like this style at all, and generally a brew that should offend few.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.37/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, dark golden, with some little floaties in there and a big white head of foam. Aromas are fresh, raw, citrus hops, with some light bready malts in the background. Taste is very hoppy up front, and almost reminiscent of SNPA, wow, this stuff is from Northern Ireland?! The middle is lightly biscuit-like and the finish is all hop oil, and zesty citrus dryness. Small, Irisih hop burps ensue. This is like a west coast pale ale pumped up with goldings instead of cascades....Nice. Mouthfeel is creamy and cask-like in it's real ale qualities and the drinkability is very good. Is this stuff bottle conditioned? Wow, almost like a great SNPA clone made in Northern Ireland. One of the beer worlds little suprises. Only two reviews for this stuff, people get a hold of this brew and rate it! Thanks again Bob, you are truly owed some good things to this one!

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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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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.

RJT

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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 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 mdagnew
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured a pale golden straw / yellow colour... Slightly off white head pours very big and foamy and lasts for quite a while... Quite a lot of fizzy carbonation rushes to the surface initially then fades to light stream... some quite thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice fruity / floral hops, grassy, notes of grapefruits, lemons, pineapples and apples, light biscuity malts, honey notes, some nuttiness...

Taste – Strong peppery hop bitterness, nice biscuity malts, some light spicy fruits (grapefruits and apples mostly), grassy, no real sweetness, light dustiness, some salty notes...

Feel - Very sharp and dry. Light to medium body... Pretty refreshing...

Overall - A very good pale ale from one of Northern Irelands few microbreweries... Recommended...

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Legbiter from Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
79 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.
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