Pilsner - Legend Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 08-30-2003

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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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 43
Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +24.3%
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!

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 Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.19/5  rDev -8.9%
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 weeare138
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
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 avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a well carb'd see thru gold with one-finger head and lace. Had a somewhat awkward smell with minor hops and bread malt. Light-bodied and smooth, the hop bitterness is well-balanced with some sweet malts for a drying sensation that has a little sweet punch to it. Finishes crisp and clean, and although I am not a hupe pils fan this is one good beer for anyone to try.

Photo of RBorsato
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
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 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

Photo of argock
3.36/5  rDev -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 tgbljb
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured an attractive golden color with massive white chunky head that leaves fine lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is sweet, flowery and very enjoyable. Taste is a nice combination of the hops and malt giving a perfect blend of sweetness and slight bitterness. Finished long and dry leaving a strong desire for another taste. An excellent well done beer.

Photo of Boto
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
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 Chaney
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of n2185
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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 lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
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 SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of Jimmys
2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Photo of vandemonian
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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