Pilsner - Legend Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | 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.

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2/5  rDev -42.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of aquatonex
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Luckily, I found Capital Ales on my second trip to Richmond. Asked them what they had local on tap, and this was the choice...

Pours a nice golden wheat color with a thick foamy head, some good lacing as well. Looks very good. Hops, not so much floral though, and a little bit of skunk or metallicness in the nose. This is true of the taste as well, mostly dominated by hops and metallic taste. Maybe the tap is old or something, but I think it could have been better if not for the odd flavors messing up the brew. I'd be willing to give it another shot, but this time was a miss.

Photo of Minkybut
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a soft white head. The beer was a light color amber, strange for a pilsner. One thing I noticed upon reading the bottle was that the beer is suppose to be kept cold. I bought it hot from the store so I'm wondering if this messed with the taste of it. I thought the beer was really bitter and did not like it at all. Might have to try it again though like its supposed to be. I will contact Legend about this.

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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of Jimmys
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. reviewed on 6/12/11 - from notes:

A: deep gold. clear. vivid carbonation can be seen. tight bubbly white head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S: a definitive sweetness. even a light caramel. light spicy hop aroma. wish there was some more.

T: the sweet maltiness is very dominant. maybe a little appley? pretty much malt dominated leaving me wishing for some more hop flavor.

M: moderate carbonation on a light body.

D: drinkable, but not my favorite from legend.

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.

Photo of Boto
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught @ Brewpub. This one pours a crystal clear golden color. There was almost no head on it, and there was no lacing. Like their lager, the beer is pretty much devoid of aroma. Faint malts and maybe some grassy hops. The taste is OK, but very uninspiring. There was a weak bitter finish, with some faint malts. I wouldn’t bother with this one. Order the Lager is you are just interested in a cold one and nothing else.

Photo of leantom
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Had this on-tap at the brewery's restaurant. Here goes:

A: Not very good. It pours a very clear yellow and has decent carbonation, but it has no head and no lacing. I like my pilsners with fluffy white heads and adequate lacing, so this was a bit of a let-down.

S: Not good either. The pilsner hops were very muted - almost not present, in fact. I detect some wheat but not much else.

T: Just OK. I did detect the pilsner hops in the aftertaste, but these were surprisingly muted. Surprisingly, the beer had a lot of fruity esters, almost like a Kolsch beer. OK, but I wasn't expecting such flavors in my pilsner.

M: Good. Light mouthfeel and nice carbonation help the beer go down well.

O: Meh, nothing special. A little disappointed, actually.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of winpig3
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured nice with a good thick head. The beer had an orange-gold color that looked more like an amber ale than a pilsner.

Smell: it reminded me of straw and malt

Taste: a refreshing beer with an assertive hops taste and very malty, again, more like an amber.

Mouthfeel: full malt feel.

Drinkability: maybe I don't understand the true definition of a pislner but this beer strikes me more of an amber ale. All said, it was a nice tasting beer that I would try again. Maybe I would have a different experience from the tap instead of a bottle.

Photo of AbbieFerguson
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, golden hue without much head to it, being cask and all. Shiny highlights when held to light, decent enough looking.

S: Mellow hop aromas, pale male and a yeasty funk from the style of fermentation. Still, maintains subtle qualities that were enticing in their own right.

T: Hopped up in an odd way, which again, the cask must be the culprit at imparting this flavor. Mild, pale malt profile that was full on the palate, but the hops didn't quite taste as good as I'd hoped; a little too over the top.

M: Sort of a medium body, but maintained a syrupy quality, which was interesting for a German Pilsener.

D: Really not what I had expected, but still interesting to try this one from a cask rather than a keg. All in all, I'd probably stick with the keg due to the way the flavors were skewed, which is not what you'd want from a pils.

Photo of argock
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Legend Brewery (Richmond, VA).

A: Clear gold with short, 1/2-finger cap of white head with good retention and several lines of lace.

S: Noble hops with only slight bready malt presence. No off aromas but just not a really strong aroma profile.

T: Pretty good flavor overall, although some sharpening of the noble hoppiness would help. More breadiness in the malt profile would help too. It's a moderately hopped pilsner at most, with more haylike qualities than sharpness. Definitely fits the German style much more than the Czech.

M: Slightly lighter than medium body which is just about right for the style. Could be drier which I think would help the drinkability somewhat.

O: Not a bad beer, but I would try their regular Lager or their Porter instead.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Legend Pilsner, on tap at the Brewpub. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A translucent gold, slightly darker than the Lager, with plentiful and steady streams of small carbonation racing upwards towards the remnants of a pale white head. There's very little stick involved with this one - no ring of fuzz, no slight, breezy dusting of snow, and no tendrils or flecks on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Mild, with agitation showing pale honey malts, spicy hops, and a few fruit overtones.

Taste: A surprising fruit presence, with tons of orange, slight lemon, and a few other tropical fruit notes. A pale malt backbone hints at roast and candied fruit, and a strong spicy, grassy hop presence smacks of traditional pilsner, though an odd chemical-esque note detracts slightly, mingling awkwardly with the spicy bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Overly carbonated, with a bold, eruptive, assertive mouthfeel in a body that's probably a little too sticky. These in combination mitigate one another somewhat, but when considering them individually, I'm a little unimpressed.

Drinkability: A decidedly average pilsner, though I found it drinkable enough. The 5.8% is probably a little on the high side for a beer of this style, and the flavors a little too heavy, so for what it is, I suppose it's a little less drinkable, and I've had pilsners I like more. But I wouldn't not recommend it.

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.

Photo of dcbeers
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Pilsner from Legend Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.