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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

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-12-2004

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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 59
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.

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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 Kadonny
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Walken
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Strangford Lough Brewing: Legbiter (No date) (Tasted 05/20/10)
12 oz. twist-off bottle, poured into an imperial pint glass.
[Brewed in NY]

Appearance: Clear dark amber with hints of brown. Head is off-white, bubbly and relatively persistent, reaching a few millimeters high and retaining a nice hearty millimeter of foam, fat tidemarks around the edge.
Odor: Toasted white bread with hints of toffee and red fruit over a backdrop of minerally almost steely aromas. Not picking up much in the way of hops, but that's ok.
Consistency: Deceivingly big, medium bodied with a full, rich, malty feel. Carbonation rides low to medium providing a creamy feel.
Flavor: Yeast fruitiness is in full effect, providing a back-end to big toasted malt and pale malt sweetness, hints of tobacco. Not much in the way of hop character, suggestions of earthiness, low low low bitterness, barely balancing. Nutty yeast and toasted malt pair in the finish.

This feels like it might be categorized incorrectly. It feels like an English brown with some Scottish ale characteristics.

No matter what you call it, it is an extremely flavorful beer, especially considering the ABV. Unfortunately, the flavors lean sweet, I feel like this beer would be much better if there was a bit more in the way of bitterness, for balances sake.

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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 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.

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Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
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 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.

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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 scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Durge
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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 almychristopher
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a clear copper color with an off white, near tan head that stands big and tall for quite a while. the aroma is full of citrusy noble hops and biscuit malt, very nice. the taste also boasts of the sweet bready malts up front finishing with a nice citrus and bitter hop profile. the medium mouthfeel and good co2 make this a very enjoyable english pale ale, however, the sixteen ounce bottle it came in states that it was brewed in rochester... odd.

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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 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.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev +21.2%
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 oriolesfan4
3.68/5  rDev +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 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 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 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 whynot44
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark copper/amber color with a substantial tan head that slowly disipates to just a skin but manages some thin lacing all the way down.

The aroma is caramel malt with notes of apple, citrus, fresh cut grass and honey.

The taste is biscuity with caramel, apples and grassy, citrus hops, especially toward the finish.

Light/medium bodied, fairly smooth and easily drinkable.
My bottle was marked brewed and bottled in Rochester, NY rather than Northern Ireland as indicated in previous reviews, and was also darker in color and somewhat maltier than described, although still a decent brew.

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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 BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml dark brown bottle. Freshness date on side of label.
Note: This beer displayed some over-exuberance upon being released from its captive bottle. A slow, steady bubbly foam arose for about 20 seconds; when we decided to slooowly pour it into pint glasses before we lost any more goodness.
It poured a coppery golden color with a nice, thick off-white head with lots of sticky and trailing lace.
A full fruity smell is noticed before the pour is complete. Apples come to mind. Light citrus notes, a slight flowery bouquet and grassy malty aromas follow. The aroma lasts and lasts.
The flavor however doesn't quite live up to the expectations created by that promising aroma. The fruity taste is quite subdued. A citrusy bitterness mingles with a tart, slightly astringent black tea bite. A mildly bitter lemon rind sourness and an edgy yeasty, cidery taste emerge. A biscuity malt is too far in the background.
I had this on cask at NERAX a few years back, and thought I had already rated this beer by that serving type, but I guess I never entered it into BA. However, I do remember it being far mellower and smoothly balanced than this bottled version. All in all, it's a very gulpable brew. Quite refreshing! CypressBob came through...BIG TIME! More unique Irish Ale reviews are coming! Thanks John!

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Photo of mdagnew
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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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Photo of francisweizen
4.37/5  rDev +27%
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 cypressbob
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy light amber, golden body, hazy body with a fairly foamy head, slight retention

Smell, aromas of lavender, nice hop bitterness

Taste, dry and full of hops, might be goldings that are coming through, slight malt profile in the background, slight hop oil finish

A great hoppy ale, full of hoppy flavour, i'm in two minds though about whether its english or american as far as the style goes, almost somewhere in between, give it a try, its a raw brew

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Legbiter from Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 75 ratings
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