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Pilsner - Legend Brewing Co.

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
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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Photo of CrellMoset


3.38/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2010 23:53:29 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of TMoney2591


3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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
Photo of rootbeerman


4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
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
Photo of lackenhauser


3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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
Photo of Norfawkers


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

Legend beers may taste better at the source, but even at the brewery... eh.

Appearance: Clear golden, carbonated, minimal head

Smell: very light hoppy, some earth tones, faint

Taste: Hops, musty, earthy

Mouthfeel: Sweet up front with a bitter finish

Drinkability: It's pretty drinkable, good as a swilling beer, heavy carbonated feel

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2009 19:35:21 | More by Norfawkers
Photo of BarrelO


3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2009 23:07:08 | More by Gavage
Photo of clayrock81


3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2009 15:41:26 | More by clayrock81
Photo of blackie


3.58/5  rDev +2%
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
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4/5  rDev +14%
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
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
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
Photo of ocelot2500


3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
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
Photo of Seanibus


3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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
Photo of rstin001


3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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
Photo of PhageLab


3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2008 19:59:47 | More by PhageLab
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 02:09:35 | More by asabreed
Photo of sinistrsam


3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My holy grail; a perfect American Micro Pils. This was alnog the right track but not quite there.
Poured a clear straw-gold with a large soapy white head and good lacing.
The nose didn't give much; mild floral hops and grass but not much else. Maybe some very mild malt hints.
The taste was much of the same. Not much there but some buttery malt and very mild hops.
The feel was good, but made me think more of a Maibock with its buttery tongue-coating than a pils. Light-bodied and refreshing though.
Overall very drinkable but not really indicative of the style I enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2008 17:49:37 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of CharlieMopps


3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: cask

09-22-2007 19:06:51 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of Lafe


4.4/5  rDev +25.4%
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
Photo of aquatonex

New York

2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2007 00:06:06 | More by aquatonex
Photo of FenwaySquid


3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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
Photo of mmmbeer


3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
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
Photo of arguemaniac


3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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
Pilsner from Legend Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.