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Pilsner - Legend Brewing Co.

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pilsner is the most imitated style of beer in the world. Prior to the 1840's all beers were dark and cloudy. In 1842 a new brewery in Pilsen, Bohemia introduced a brew that was golden and clear. Our version has a deep gold color and a firm malt background. The emphasis is on the assertive hopping with Hallertau and Sterling varieties. Expect a beer that is substantial in body while finishing with a crisp dryness. Spicy and floral hop flavors are evident throughout.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 08-30-2003)
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Reviews by vandemonian:
Photo of vandemonian
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My Legend Pilsner poured with a yellow colour and a good 2-finger head. It maintained a head of about 1 cm throughout due to the good carbonation. The smell is hoppy and fruity: it smells like an IPA. The taste is of hops and orange rind with a slightly bitter fruity aftertaste. Very nice. The only problem is that the bitter aftertaste has a strangeness to it and it builds as you drink more. It isn't good. Still, this beer has a great taste apart from that.

vandemonian, Oct 17, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Legend Brewing Company.

Dull clear copper in color. Smooth and creamy white head left a good dose of lacing on the glass. Slight malty sweet aroma. Taste was surprisingly refreshing. Tart flavor with a crisply bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. A very tasty pilsner. Perhaps my favorite LBC beer?

OldFrothingSlosh, Aug 31, 2003
Photo of dcbeers
3.5/5  rDev 0%

dcbeers, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw gold color for the body with a rocky and porous white head that leaves some decent pocks of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A bit of diacetyl seemingly with a twang of grassiness and floral hops, and a bit light on all the aromas.

Taste: Floral hops with a grassy punch and a fairly quick finish. Not much of a backbone overall.

Mouthfeel: A bit more watery than I'd like, could use more carbonation and crispness.

Drinkability: Not bad for a style that to me is really hard to get right by all accounts. With their seasonals being my favorites, I'm not sure if I'll be trying this again, but I enjoyed it overall.

asabreed, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of crwrunner
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

crwrunner, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, very deep gold body is capped by a dense head of white foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves some very nice rings of lace with each sip. The perfumey bouquet is really nice, and a touch unique, in it's clear impression of fresh, dry-hopped floral, grassy, and lightly spicy hops. It's almost as if there's a touch of chlorophyll to it from wet-hops. It's not an overly bold hop aroma, but it does catch your attention; and some delicate malt works its way through as well. The body is medium, and it's very fine carbonation gives it a crisp edge that accentuates it's flavors and bitterness. The flavors are so perfectly melded that it's almost impossible to separate the grainy, hay-like maltiness from the hops until the swallow where the floral and spicy hop flavors become more apparent alongside it's omni-present but now more evident bitterness. It's boldly bitter, but not overly "stiff", and it lingers nicely with the residual hop flavors in a bone-dry finish that seems to go on forever. A most authentic German-style pilsner! Quite enjoyable and highly drinkable!

NeroFiddled, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of VeganUndead
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

VeganUndead, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of n2185
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with three fingers of head that recedes into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Pilsner malt and biscuit aromas at first. A very slight buttery aroma follows along with a lightly bitter smell from the hops.

T: Similar to the aroma, some pilsner malt flavor at first followed by a buttery biscuit flavor. A light piny bitterness brings up the finish.

M: Light body with medium body, I wish this beer were a bit more crisp.

O: An alright pilsner, though the buttery notes are a bit unusual.

n2185, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with a nice white head.

Smells of malts and grassy hops.

The taste is a bit more complex than I was expecting. Very light pale malts up front followed by a grassy hoppiness. The grassy hops leave a piney bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, indicative of the style.

Highly drinkable.

ocelot2500, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of smakawhat
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pokal style glass.

A super bleach white and foamy whipped cream looking head with some decent staying power. Lots of bubble bath foam on this. Body color is a nice clear orange pale amber, with rising fast carbonation of cola bubbles, and slower thin rising bubbles to match. Nice looking pilsner here.

Bouquet is a little weak for a pilsner. Light malts, a sense of ordinary flour and dough. Not particularly crisp or with a spicy or grass hop angle. Fairly ok in general, but not sure where this is going.

Weird palate. There's that bag of flour like taste, not reminiscent or reminding me of any kind of pilsner malt backbone. Slightly sweet and mildly sticky. Missing lots of herbal and crisp qualities for most pilsners. Flaky and dry with not much lingering palate flavors at all. Mouthfeel is fairly doughy malt but missing lots of snap and crispness.

Overall, ok but not really something I feel like I want to go back to again.

smakawhat, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a hazy golden-amber with a nice 1 finger cap, good retention

s: aromas of rich pale lager malts and biscuit, cereal grain, carries the same current of diacetyl that I've found in most Legend beers - it's usually pretty inoffensive but could stand to be reduced, spicy herbal hops

m: carbonation on the high end, light-medium body

t: much the same as the aroma, rich lager malts with maybe a handful of toasty vienna and crisp pilsner, mealy biscuit, corn cereal, diacetyl flavors carry from sip to finish, herbal hop flavors with a moderate bitterness, imperfect but quite tasty

d: a nice beer, but a little "busy" for a pilsner, the diacetyl is not entirely out of place for the style, and perhaps I'm oversensitive to the chemical, but at these levels it's really a distraction

bomber from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

blackie, May 13, 2009
Photo of auxiliary
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - golden color with a decent white head that did leave some lace on the glass.

smell - Some floral hops smells here.

taste - Little bit of a lager taste and some floral hops here.

mouthfeel - Medium-light body.

drinkability - Not bad, I expected more from Legend though. Easy drinking beer, worth a try.

auxiliary, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of Lafe
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For me, a mere hop, skip, and a jump away from Richmond, this beer pours a pretty golden color from the 22oz bomber. It sets up a nice, tight, white head that lingers for a bit, then settles into lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is gentle, and suggestive of hops and sulfur. When tasting, however, the malty sweetness is most apparent, followed by a crisp (though lingering) hoppiness in the finish. Truly, a refreshing pilsner.

Honestly, I could drink these back to back. And have. Usually with a friend, over snacks. Talk about a session beer! I highly recommend this friendly and drinkable pilsner to anyone who enjoys the style.

Lafe, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of weeare138
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a hazy gold with a 1 inch white head and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of butter and toffee with mild grass notes.
Taste is of the butter and toffee with slight hops, along with light caramel notes.
Mouthfeel is sweet, and slightly bitter.

weeare138, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of arguemaniac
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clean, golden color with a fizzy but very well-sustained bone-white head. The nose features a slight graininess with a mild pine hop aroma. The palate includes a sweet but light caramel and grain maltiness which is nicely balanced by an equally mild minty hop bitterness. The surprisingly lengthy finish is dominated by a leafy hop bitterness. A fairly light mouthfeel with moderately active carbonation.

I feel bad for even thinking this considering that we’re talking about a Legend beer here, but this one sort of reminds me of an American macro lager, though in good way: it has the lightness and drinkability of that style, but it doesn’t have any of those corny adjunct flavors. Like I said, though, it is on the light side, but the flavors are tasty and very well-balanced. I see myself drinking quite a few bottles of this thirst quencher in the coming summer days. Highly recommended.

arguemaniac, May 15, 2006
Photo of rstin001
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is my 1st review, so please bear with me and share any thoughts you may have.

Appearance: Poured from a bomber bottle into my 0.5 L Staropramen mug, the beer is a crystal-clear amber/orange color. A bit dark for a Pilsner, but still very appealing. Beautiful thick foam that never fully dissipates and leaves laces all the way down.

Smell: Grass, hops, and some other quality that I have not smelt in a Pilsner before that is deeply sweet and intoxicating.

Taste: The first time I tried this it was not what I was expecting from a Pilsner, and I was put off by it. But I now enjoy it and drink it often. It has a very medium-heavy character, and is not what I would call crisp. It might sound strange, but it almost reminds me of a Rogue Dead Guy, which is a very tasty ale. I guess it's just really malty. I would think that this is a definite no-no for a Pilsner, but it tastes so good I can't really complain. It's flavor is not quite as clean, but far more complicated than a typical Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: It hits heavy yet mellow. It is smooth and robust.

Drinkability: So long as you are flexible on your definition of a Pilsner, this is a very enjoyable beer. The heartiest of Pilsners.

rstin001, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of RBorsato
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear light gold with a big pillowy white head and very active carbonation which leaves rings of lace. Intense flowery hop aroma; possibly showing light signs of oxidation. Flavor seems very flowery due to hops but definitely skewed due to oxidation. Light bodied, highly carbonated, and a very dry bitter flowery finish.

Strange since this one was not old to the best of my knowledge ... will have to try again.

Per Legend website: Our version has a deep gold color and firm malt background, but the emphasis of the Pilsner is the assertive hopping with Hallertau, Tettnang and Czech Saaz. It is dry hopped for additional aroma. 5.8% ABV, 40 International Bitterness Units.

RBorsato, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of Rifugium
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

First had: on tap at Legend

Surprisingly, the pilsner was not my least favorite at this brewery. Slightly hazy golden-yellow pour with a small but well-retaining white head. Aroma of pils malts, grains, light herbal/floral hops. Similar taste, biscuity pils malts, toasted grains, slight sugary sweetness with a touch of buttery off-flavors, mild herbal and floral hops. Light body, and drinkable for the style.

Rifugium, May 25, 2013
Photo of PhageLab
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Weekend Pub. Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Effervescent Golden brew which produced a nice two tip head. Retention and lacing were solid.

S - Clean grainy aroma with some muted hop notes. Not bad, but not really much going on here.

T - Spicy earth toned body, pale malts and a pleasant hop tinge near the end. Very well balanced. Dry finish.

M - Crisp light body, sharp carbonation level, no odd residues, clean feel.

D - Pretty good for the style, and a tasty brew overall. Were the abv a bit less, this could be an awesome session brew. Definitely worth trying.

PhageLab, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of bluetrevian
4/5  rDev +14.3%

bluetrevian, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

I want a battle unicorn. Anyway, this beer pours a clear semi-pale golden straw topped by two fingers of white foam, which settles to a perpetual single finger. The nose comprises very little, only some light corn syrup and florals. Some very soapy notes also pervade. The taste is characteristically straightforward, with notes of light honey, light corn syrup, floral hops, and a bit o' grass. The body is quite light, with a light carbonation and a crisp finish. Nothing all that exciting here, but definitely easy-going and a pretty decent pils.

TMoney2591, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright golden yellow color with a 1" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: light floral bitterness and some grassiness is picked up by the nose.

Taste: mild malt profile with some grass, hint of citrus, and a light floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is relatively clean.

Drinkability: definite session pilsner that you won't tire of.

Gavage, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of ZachKelly
3.5/5  rDev 0%

ZachKelly, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Crazyale
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into Pilsner glass. Bottling date of 9/22/11, so this is on the old side, but 4-5 months shouldn't kill a pilsner.

A: Pours a light amber color with a quickly dissipating one finger head. At least a shade or two darker than most other pilsners out there. It's crystal clear with some light bubbles in the glass.

S: Sliced bread and yeast smells hit the nose first, and then a sweet strawberry-like fruit smell. The aroma is pleasant, but not exceptional.

T: Lightly sweet on the front end and bitter on the back end. It's fairly well balanced, although there's not a ton of flavor, merely vague sweet and bitter tones. The 5.8 abv is noticeable. If you're going to make a pilsner this strong, I think the alcohol should be better masked than this.

M: Typical for a pilsner, a bit on the watery side.

Overall this is a workmanlike effort from Legend. It's too high in alcohol to be sessionable, but not quite flavorful enough to stand on its own.

However, I'd like to try one that's fresher than this, and if I do I will edit this review if necessary.

Crazyale, Feb 12, 2012
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Pilsner from Legend Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.