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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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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
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 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.

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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 ColSanders123
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 Morey
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
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 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 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.

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Photo of DKight
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.

Pours brown, has a light head, and a nice lacing.

has the taste of many types of beers. It wants to be heavy and thick but has the drink-ability of a lighter ale. A lot of carmely tastes come in to play, as well as the right amount of carmel and malty-ness. Overall it is an alright beer, I would drink it again.... if it were given to me. I would not go out and buy this beer. Better than some of the ales I have tried, but over all a mediocre beer.

Also it has a low ABV. boo

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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 Hoagie1973
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a bit of an amalgam of several styles. It has the color of a Brown Ale, and the taste is somewhat of a combination of an EPA and an Irish Red.

Pours chestnut brown with a moderate head that retains well and leaves significant lacing behind.

Nose is malty and buttery.

Flavor has an EPA-like fruitiness with the slightly dry finish of an Irish Red. Malty throughout with hints of butterscotch and molasses. Halfway through my second one there was even a light whiskey-like booziness, which was strange from a brew under 5%.

Medium to full body with even carbonation; a touch prickly.

Not bad; pretty solid, but I'm not sure about the drinkablility. It might get a bit old after 3 or 4, but I rarely drink that many anyway.

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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 climax
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Legbiter poured a dark brown with ruby red highlights. The clarity was excellent, as well as the head. It faded slowly leaving a wall of foam around the edges.

The nose was hop heavy up front, but the intensity faded after the initial waft. What remained was a somewhat tinny variety of noble hops, citrus, with a dash of ripened fruit and diacetyl.

The first thing evident in the flavor was the buttery character. It was warming, and definitely sharp. Sweet caramel and toffee, wheat bread, and dark sugars made up a deep sweet taste.

The feel was very creamy with mild carbonation. The last bit went down foamy, and the finish was filmy and mouthwatering.

Bold and sweet, this one is a good sipper. The nose leaves some to be desired, otherwise a very good beer.

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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.

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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 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 bump8628
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a thin but persistent off-white head.

All the requisite flavors are here: bready malt, light caramel, a bit of toffee, light fruit, and an herbal hop bitterness.

Pretty much right down the middle for the style. Perhaps slightly less roasty than most.

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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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
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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