McGuire's Light Ale | McGuire's Irish Pub

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McGuire's Irish Pub
Florida, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This popular light ale is the lightest of the McGuire's beers. McGuire's Old Fashioned Ale is similar to but a step up from ordinary American factory beer.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2002

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3/5  rDev +11.1%

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Photo of chinchill
2.92/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served at McGuire's Pub in Pensacola.

A pleasant surprise. Starting with low expectations -- this is a "light" beer -- the beer itself is a VERY light straw color. It did have a decent white head.
The aroma was not as faint as expected, pleasant, and reminiscent of a good Caribbean lager.
The taste is largely Pils malt and is outstanding ... for a light beer, and it has some body! The Saaz hops were not obvious in the taste except for a mild affect on sweetness.

Highly recommended for those wanting a light beer, but I suppose those folks are unlikely to be reading this.

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Photo of HardyA
3.08/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of charlzm
2.49/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Called McGuire's Old Fashioned Ale when I was there on 03/27/08.

Very pale yellow with no active carbonation.

Sweet, grainy aroma (almost corn like) with floral hop notes.

Flavor starts well, as that floral hop smell translates into a similar flavor. Then, sadly, everything goes south and you're drinking a corny macro brew all of a sudden. A little parching on the tongue is small consolation.

This is the stuff most brewpubs make to appease the macro crowd.

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2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
1.28/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Sampled at McGuire’s Irish Pub during a recent visit back to Pensacola. I had tried all but the Raspberry Wheat girlie shite so I figured I would give this one a whirl too.

Appearance: Pale straw body with limited appeal, sort golden hints sit underneath a bleached white head that rests easy and stays a comfortable ¼” thick, for about 47 seconds, then it promptly heads South into the Gulf. Zippy streamer laden conditioning. Looks like fizzy piss….and I’m not trying to be funny.

Nose: I tried, honestly I really did, but got…..erm, zip. I think I tried so hard I ended up inhaling and smelling the Silica molecules in the inert glass….

Taste: I think I need GPS or a Compass….Sorry, couldn’t find any.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy, burp material of the highest order.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink, but it fails miserably to match Spicy food and is way too thin to quench any flavors, its like you drink it, then have a double take…..did I just take a mouthful?…..Blander than Billy Big Bland Balls the winner of the Worldwide Mr. Bland competition. Flaccid to say the least.

Overall: Advertised as:
“This popular light lager is the lightest of the McGuire's beers. Even though McGuire's Light is crafted like the finest European beer, the flavor is similar to an American style Pilsner Beer. This beer is low in calories and will compliment any meal” 4.2% ABV.

…that second sentence has to be an OxyMoron surely!!!!

Shockingly non-descript. Advertised as being brewed only from Barley, Hops, Water and Yeast……seems to me like they used a lot of Ingredient #3 and not much else, is this even fermented I peruse. Could this even be the World’s first “Zero-Calorie” beer I wonder? I think even the Bud-Coors-Miller Lite drinkers would be extremely disappointed with this one. Pass. Nil Points

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2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Antonius08
3.25/5  rDev +20.4%

Photo of jettjon
3.2/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From the tap a pale yellow clear color with minimal carbonation capped by a thin sheet of foam from the bar pour; some lacing follows. Nose is primarily barley and sweetish malts. Tastes malty, a bit of hops presence balances it out—slightly better than your average light macro. Mouth feels light, watery, and lightly bubbly, not too bad. Drinkability is OK; it’s light and refreshing—but why?

Overall: A pretty average light ale.

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Photo of maxpower
2.94/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color, decent white frothy head, leaves a nice lace. Very light malt aroma, very light body, almost watery. Not much flavor either, not a bad choice for the American Standard drinker, not for me.

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McGuire's Light Ale from McGuire's Irish Pub
Beer rating: 2.7 out of 5 with 11 ratings