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Pilsner - Legend Brewing Co.

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 13.84%


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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smakawhat

Maryland

3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:41:24 | More by smakawhat
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 15:34:17 | More by Minkybut
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TechTriumph

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 02/23/12:
Can't read the freshness date as it has been partially rubbed off; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch white fluffy head with nice retention; Crystal clear in appearance and light gold in color; Visible carbonation within the glass; Patchy lacing left behind

S - Aroma is on the lighter side, but pleasant; Notes of spicy and herbal hops, yeast, grains, and just a bit of sweetness

T - There are flavors of plentiful spicy, herbal, and lightly minty hops, fresh baked bread, yeast, and grains; Some sweetness and bitterness are in the taste, but they are in balance with one another

M - Plenty of carbonation; Light to medium bodied; Crisp mouthfeel, though the taste does linger; Semi-dry finish

O - This isn't my favorite brew from Legend, but enjoyable nonetheless. While I think the mouthfeel was the best aspect of this beer, the flavor was solid as well with a nice showing of spicy and herbal hops. I would prefer to go for other Legend offerings before this one, but I'll give it another try in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 15:23:48 | More by TechTriumph
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Crazyale

Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 03:32:11 | More by Crazyale
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n2185

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 23:59:11 | More by n2185
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 01:05:01 | More by Jimmys
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I actually passed by the Legend brewhouse this past weekend on our way back from a work-related trip for her. Something clicked in my brain telling me to sample their beer since they are local and I've never tried a single one.

A: Golden, crystal clear, with a massive amoeba-shaped head that resembled a mound of shaving cream. NOTE: Don't pour this one as hard as I did!

S: Caramel, toffee, nutty, and a very healthy smattering of German malts.

T: Same as the smell, only even more intense. I was totally surprised by how malty and non-citrusy this was. Sweet for sure, but in a toffee, honey-like kind of way.

M: There is a double-edged sword on this one: On one hand, it would have been cool to have more prickly carbonation, but that might have taken away from the very nice caramel flavor overall. I'll give it a pass in this department.

O: Very solid, drinkable, and tasty brew. I hope to sample lots more brews by Legend in the near future... maybe I'll even make the short trek up to the brewery soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 00:54:56 | More by Chaney
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 00:39:35 | More by vandemonian
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 01:56:10 | More by TMoney2591
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rootbeerman

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into perfect pint glass.

A: pours golden staw, with a huge white, two finger head that fell to a half finger layer.
S: tad more malty than i was expecting, light roast malt, earthy grassy hops, but yet balanced
T: light roast malt, lightly grassy hops again balanced
M: crisp, clean and smooth
D: easy, almost wish today was a hotter day so it could be even more refreshing

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 02:08:33 | More by rootbeerman
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice golden color with a great looking bright white head. Moderate noble hop aroma. Nice, mild hop bitterness upfront with a decent underlying maltiness. The malt is even more evident as the beer warms somewhat. Nicely balanced so it is. Good, solid body for the style-almost over done but I like it somewhat "thick". Overall a nice German pils. Wish there were more lagers out there like this.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 23:13:34 | More by lackenhauser
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BarrelO

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep yellow, almost orange. Big head with tons of lacing.

S: Noble hops and honey.

T: The honeyish malt is unusually prominent at front along with an almost wheat-like flavor. Hops become more assertive at the end, leaving a rather harsh bitter aftertaste. It seems like they struggled a bit with the balance.

M: Pretty heavy for a pils. Very carbonated.

D: Not the worst session lager I've ever had. For you Virginians with a thirst for pilsners who want to drink local, give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 02:45:40 | More by BarrelO
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blackie

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 03:09:46 | More by blackie
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Emerges from a 22oz bottle a clear, dark straw color. A stark white head tops the beer and leaves tons of lacing. The head stays around for quite a while and remains like a light meringue on top of pie.

Aromas were fruity and floral and grainy. Even a touch of floral hops as well.

Nice flavors. Fruity with a slight bitterness. Actually, a nice crisp hop bitterness is present. More of the raw cereal type flavors and german malts.

Easy drinker and a real winner. This is a very easy session beer that could be enjoyed anytime of year. I really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 20:59:11 | More by SaCkErZ9
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auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 14:57:48 | More by auxiliary
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a yellowish-brown color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a good half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of floral hops and a mild kind of maltiness.

T: There was a fruity quality in the taste (lemon, perhaps) along with bitter, floral hops, that combined with the mild malt for a tasty experience.

M: Highly carbonated with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is an easy to drink, tasty pilsner. Not exactly like others of the style, but very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 13:54:24 | More by avalon07
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 14:47:19 | More by ocelot2500
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Seanibus

California

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If this were marketed simply as a lager, it would be a big hit, but as a pilsner, I think, it is a bit off the mark style-wise. Not unpleasant, however.

Pours deep yellow with a huge fluffy head. The aroma is sharp and malty. The flavor is strong and malty, with a taste of honey. the mouthfeel is robust. It is good as a lager, but lacks the subtlety and complexity of a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 21:48:21 | More by Seanibus
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear yellow body with a big white head. Good retention, leaves behind lots of sticky lacing.

Smells mostly of pale malts.

Taste is dominated by pale malts too, with notes of what seems like bannana to me. Also some nice grassy hops in the middle. Mouthfeel is not especially crisp, and somewhat heavy.

A strange pilsner, rather complex, but still a good beer.

Legend is an excellent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 21:38:36 | More by Hojaminbag
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rstin001

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 01:59:29 | More by rstin001
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Lafe

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 01:46:04 | More by Lafe
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber, no dating of any kind, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold color, carbonation rising inside. the head formed 2-3 fingers thick and faded slowly.

Aroma: Grainy along with some piney hops.

Taste: Nice mix of grains and hops with a faint caramel maltiness in the background. The hops really come through in the middle and dominate the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy. The carbonation balances nicely.

Overall: A great thirst quencher on a hot summer day. I'm definitely going to pick up some more of this next chance I get.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 02:54:52 | More by FenwaySquid
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date. A hard pour reveals a nice deep golden beer with light carbonation and a 2" cream head that leaves some nice lacing. There's buttery, sweet diacetyl in the nose along with grains and light hops. The flavor is the same with additions of butterscotch, toasty malts, and light piney/grassy/grapefruit hops that aren't very bitter considering the 40 IBUs the website claims. It has a medium body that is smooth enough and leaves a medium finish, and overall is a pretty decent German-style pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 20:57:23 | More by mmmbeer
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 00:21:07 | More by arguemaniac
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 03:08:38 | More by weeare138
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