Originally Posted by larkinnm1
Will my beer have the same clarity and crisp taste if I don't secondary ferment?
Yes. In fact, it will be clearer.
Racking the beer to a secondary vessel does not contribute to clarity. If anything, it hurts
the clarity, because particles that were slowly sinking to the bottom are mixed back up into even distribution throughout the beer.
The crisp taste is a factor of your primary fermentation, and lagering protocol. But moving it to a secondary vessel does not affect that. All it does is increase your risk of oxidization and infection.
With an Irish Red Ale, I absolutely would not risk a secondary. It's doesn't add anything except risk.