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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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 75
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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 -6.4%
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 climax
3.69/5  rDev +7%
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 -4.9%
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 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 jizdepski
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
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 +11.6%
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 -9.9%
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 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 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 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 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 Walken
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +5.2%
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 -11.3%
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 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 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 AmberMan22
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +12.2%
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 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 almychristopher
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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 +4.3%
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 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 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 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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Legbiter from Strangford Lough Brewing Company Ltd
3.45 out of 5 based on 75 ratings.
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