Lager - Legend Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co. visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 12-30-2002

A step above mass produced lager beers, Legend Lager offers the comfort of easy drinkability while also bringing a depth of flavor due to our use of 100% barley malt, yeilding a pure, bright malt flavor and a medium body. Modest hopping and cool fermentation temperatures make for a smooth character and a clean finish.
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Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 54
Photo of HattedClassic
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little too malty for a lager. Slight hop notes in the taste but not a lot. The smell and taste seem to be mainly barley malt. The body is a bit right if not a tad heavy.

Photo of ShortPump
4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I keep returning to this beer when I know I'm going to be having more than just a round. It's drinkabilty and separation from the hop-ridden microbrews launched ad nauseum, make its fundamentaly sound taste unique! A very very solid beer

Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow with a whitish cap that fell quickly. The aroma was mild, a bit of doughy malt and faint spicy hops. Moderate bitterness, some malt and a hint of spicy hops. Light bodied and a bit dry, moderate carbonation, decent texture. Refreshing, but very mild in character.

Photo of obywan59
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly clear and more golden than yellow. 1 1/2 finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving basically no lacing. Carbonation is evident by the large bubbles rising throughout.

Sweet barley malt with light toasting in the aroma. Smells of doughy bread. Lightly citric.

Light citric tartness upfront. Then the sweet malt unfolds followed by a light bitterness. More bread dough and light caramel.

Fairly crisp with carbonation,but not fizzy. Medium bodied. Faintly warming in the throat.

Pretty decent. Nothing fancy, but well balanced. Pleasant taste and aroma. An easy drinker. Probably a good session brew.

Photo of Rifugium
1.53/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

First had: on tap at Legend

Here's the one for people coming in and asking "What's the closest thing y'all got to Miller Lite?" Straw-yellow pour, clear, with a small cap of white bubbles that fizzled out almost completely. Weak aroma of corn sugar and light floral hops. Taste of grains, corn, lager yeast, light hops lacking any crispness or depth. Light body. Any more than a sampler is essentially undrinkable.

Photo of Onenote81
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. Pours a deep transparent gold. Lots of bubbles rising through this, feeding the 2-finger width head. Aromas of wet grains, sugar cookies, lemon rind.

Crisp, clean mouth. Easy drinking, though this actually feels a bit heavier than expected. Sweet beer right off, bready flavors, some husk, and a touch of citrus noted. There's an odd flavor I can't place. Whatever it is, it make me think twice about having many of these on hand. There's so many better clean lighter beers I could get. Probably won't revisit this one.

Photo of maki88
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed at home.

A: Hazy golden color with a medium-size white head, which dissipated rather quickly.

S: Sweet-smelling with hints of citrus (lemon) and sweeter malts and a hint of toasty-ness. Perhaps some caramel and/or brown sugar as well. Aroma is pleasant, but not overwhelming.

T: Sweet and bready on impact, with some of the citrus flavors emerging in the end for a pleasant taste experience. Subtle aftertaste that resembles the front end -- a sweet maltiness.

M: Light body and sufficient carbonation. Unremarkable.

O: Solid, if somewhat mediocre, lager. Easily drinkable with limited after-taste, and the light body would allow for easy enjoyment with a variety of foods. Definitely not an irresistible beer, but certainly not bad.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium golden color with a gigantic white head. The head was huge but faded fast, so the pour had to take place in multiple step additions. After fading completly the head left only a very light spotty lacing.

Smell – The smell is light and is of a bready an lighter sweet fruit/veg aromas of a apple and corn.

Taste – The taste begins of bread and caramel malt sweetness. Soon flavors of a lighter citrus nature come to the tongue. Mixed with the citrus are some flavors of an earthy taste. These flavors diminish the caramel flavor as the taste advances but a sweet corn and malty flavor takes it place. .In the end, a pleasant sweeter (for a lager) and very lightly bittered taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the lower and thinner side with a very high level of carbonation. The carbonation and body are both very good for the brew and make it quite refreshing and easy drinking.

Overall – Not too bad. A bit on the sweeter side for a lager, but refreshing and very easy drinking none the less. It has nice flavor transitions and a nice feel, which when coupled with the lighter and more refreshing body make for a good session beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Crystal clear medium yellow color. Despite this not being bottle conditioned, there's a fuck ton of carbonation in this and I needed a few pours to get a full glass. Why would they carb it this much. Big foamy white head. Retention is pretty good and lots of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Fairly potent grassy and spicy hoppiness. Grainy malts with a moderate sweetness. A touch of wort-iness to this as well. Could be a tad cleaner, but overall smells good.

4.0 T: The taste has a good amount of hops in it as well. Grassy, spicy, and earthy in that order. Low bitterness. Grainy malts with a light sweetness and a lot cleaner than the nose suggested. Very nice.

3.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. A bit overcarbonated, but not too much. Lightly creamy and smooth enough.

4.0 D: Solid beer. 'Nuff said.

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear deep golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of grassy hops, grapes and lemons are present in the nose along with some hints of sweet malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has grape-like flavors with notes of pale malts and a good amount of malty sweetness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer feels a bit crisp and clean like a pilsner.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some interesting flavors.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with some light visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma of this beer is not too intense but is very pleasant with some sweetness and hints of lemon. Some lighter hints of toasted grains and grassy hops.

T: The flavor starts out a little sweet upfront and there are some grassy hops as well. I can detect some light fruit (grape) as well as quite a bit of lemon and some spicy yeast in the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Very easy to drink and definitely sessionable - I could see picking up a sixer of this the next time I'm a backyard cook-out (when I'm in the South). It has a refreshing flavor and is quite enjoyable. The beer is nicely balanced.

Photo of TechTriumph
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 02/22/12:
Bottled: 11/11/11; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch white creamy head that doesn't stick around too long; Clear appearance with a golden color; Some carbonation can be seen in the glass; Minimal lacing left behind

S - Not an overly strong aroma; Notes of apples, lightly toasted grains, sweet syrup, doughy yeast, and just a bit of lemon

T - Similar to the smell, but there's much more presence here; There's flavors of apples, barley and grains, biscuity malts, spicy/herbal hops, and a hint of lemon; Decent amount of sweetness in the taste with a bit of hop bitterness to bring some balance

M - Carbonation is a bit above average; Light to medium bodied; Pretty crisp with a fairly dry finish

O - Overall, this is a solid offering from Legend. Although this lager doesn't really stand out within the style, it has a nice flavor and is super drinkable and sessionable. I could definitely enjoy quite a few of these in one sitting while hanging out with some friends.

Photo of tlazaroff
2.59/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like most lagers that I've had, this is lacking in aroma. I get some grain qualities in it, but it's very subdued. It doesn't smell bad, it just lacks aroma.

The look of the beer is quite nice though. It's brightly clear with a big white foamy head and nice carbonation. Lacing isn't anything to write home about, but at least it's there.

Again, the flavor is pure grain. It starts with grain, mid palate is grain, and finish is super grainy. Nothing wrong with this, again, but I expected more.

The beer is light bodied with moderate carbonation and is super drinkable. It has a dry finish as well. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone but BMC drinkers that I'm trying to convert. It's just kind of plain.

Photo of Crazyale
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle brewed on 11/11/11.

A: Clear and golden with good effervescence; one finger head dissipates into a stable thin layer after a minute or two.

S: Apples, lightly roasted malts, alcohol and a little stale bread on the nose.

T: Freshly baked bread and yeast tastes coat the tongue, along with a little of sour green apple. This is actually quite pleasant tasting for a session lager. I can't taste any hops, and would've liked a little bit more bitter to go with the sour. Usually I get a certain "off" taste in lagers, but there is none here for me.

M: Medium bodied with a healthy level of carbonation.

This is quite good from Legend. This wouldn't be my #1 craft lager, but there's nothing unpleasant about it and I could see buying a 6 pack of this and enjoying it.

Photo of KajII
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

Poured a medium golden yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated rapidly leaving a thin layer of foam lying on top, but did not have any good lacing to speak of.

The aroma was very mild of a grain malt, herbal hops and an earthy yeast with just a hint of caramel.

The taste was mildly sweet with a hint of caramel at first and then became very lightly hoppy towards the end. The flavor lasted only a short while after the swallow with not much of an aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a light tasting beer with a mild hop finish. Great if you want to have more than a few and do not want to feel blotted.

Photo of avalon07
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: Not a great aroma: A little hops, some malt, and a lot of corn.

T: Tasted like it smelled: Far too much corn, with a dash of lemon thrown in. The level of hops and malt are not nearly enough to offset the corn. Not very pleasant.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is just not a great example of a low end style. Could have been better.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a yellow color with some slightly golden hues. Provides a small white foam head with moderate retention. Has very small amounts of lacing.

S: Pretty light on the nose. There is some mild bready malts, caramel and some yeast. Very faint and not overly impressive.

T: Starts off with a sweet malty character up front, mostly lightly toasted bread, caramel and some brown sugar. In the middle there is a decent amount of hop bitterness that balances the beer a little. On the back end, it is similar to the middle. Some earthy hop character mixing with the sweet caramel malt.

M: A tad thin on the palate, but still pretty crisp and refreshing. Moderate carbonation on this light bodied brew.

O: I enjoy this much more on tap at the Brew Pub, but this got the job done. Not my favorite Pale Lagers, but an easy drinking one that has some flavor though not overly complex.

Photo of DefenCorps
2.73/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Mike.

I slugged this out of the bottle over the course of an hour, and so while I didn't get to see what the beer looked like, I did get a sense of every other aspect. The nose is surprisingly hoppy, with plenty of citrus (orange ), a rather fruity yeast character and some light sugar and a little caramel. A little grassy as well. The palate opens moderately sweet with some cirtus hops, light bitterness and some sweetness. There's a mild, simple, sugary sweetness, along with a mild spicy hop character. Mild sweetness on the finish, along with some fruit, both from yeast and citrus hops. Again, there's the mildly powdery, chalky character I find in Cascases, but still, decent. Not the best lager I've had, and not particularly good for the style either.

Photo of tdm168
2.84/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale copper with a mountain of fizzy, dense, foamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose has a fruity sweetness, a note of something tart, hints of lager yeast, and a grassy aroma. The taste is fruity like a weird combination of blackberries and apples, there are notes of grassy, earthy hops that are almost spicy, and a lagery, lemony, yeasty finish. The mouthfeel is well carbonated, light, and smooth.

There is definitely something off about this one. For a lager there shouldn't be anything tart or fruity as there is here.

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.02/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 22oz bottle of this on 11/10/11. I've always been a fan of Legend but I've only had the lager a handful of times and decided it was finally time to give it a review.

A - Nice solid yellow color. Two-finger, white head. Minimal lacing and not very much carbonation. 4.0

S - I seriously can't smell anything. Maybe a hint of yeast, maybe malt as well? I've put my nose almost in the beer and I still can't tell what I'm smelling. 2.0

T - Taste is pretty smooth and delicate. Sweet at the beginning with some subtle malt flavors and slight hop bitterness at the end. It's sweetness is a little off-putting at times, and it seems a bit watery. Otherwise it's incredibly drinkable and if it was on-tap for a decent price I'd pay for it over Miller, Bud, etc. 3.0

M - Smooth and crisp with a bit of carbonation. Insanely drinkable. 3.0

O - This is a decent Lager. I would definitely buy it on-tap over some of the other big name breweries, but on its own I think there are definitely better options. 3.0

Photo of Zraly
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mild, malty note up front. Pours gold with a two-finger white head. Decent looking.

Carbonation is plentiful. A bit soapy and the malt presence is meager. The finish is a bit astringent and slightly too dry for something lacking in body. I wish there was a bit more sweetness or something floral or interesting in the finish -- something a bit more European.

It's not great but it is not bad. I wouldn't go out of my way, though.

Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught @ Brewpub: This one poured a pale golden color. There was a small white head that left no lacing. There was almost no aroma. Faint malt and a bit of grassy or earthy hops. The taste is OK, but very unexciting. A step up from commercial lagers, but not a big step. It is pretty well executed. Not bad for just a cold one.

Photo of Jimmys
3.94/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: bright gold. i haven't seen a head die that fast in a while. it was white and bubbly for a minute and now there is a slight rim of carbonation.

S: a mild sweetness. a bit corn like. a slight spicy hop component.

T: a strong sweet, malt component. a low hop presence. great balance. very dry finish.

M: light body with a medium carbonation.

D: a light, super drinkable beer. dont be fooled by the unicorn! good stuff inside.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy bright golden color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a lot of floating foam and a nice ring of foamy lace.

Smell: Sweet malts and fruit, with a slight citrus backing.

Taste: Begins with malty, buttery sweetness that rounds out to be a bit fruitier with some candy notes. The finish also reveals a little bit of breadiness and a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with balanced carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: This is a solid all-round beer. Certainly nothing I would get excited over or go out of my way to buy, but this is an easily enjoyable beer to share with those who aren't "beer people". Sessionable, and good to have around.

Shout out to wahhmaster for bringing this to share.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden with a rocky off-white head. The aroma has lots of butter, smooth minimally toasted pale malt, odd fruitiness and some plastic. Medium body with mild carbonation. The flavor starts with some sour fruit, funked up maltiness and light tartness. The finish is very medicinal and off-sourness.

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Lager from Legend Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.