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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Photo of BeerIsland
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I scored a 22 ozer from Rick's in Alexandria which is my local specialty store and has a real good selection. This lager pours with a cumulous head which really hangs around. It's a very pale gold in the glass and nice and clear. The nose is malty with a touch of corn. The flavor is a good blend of malt and hops with a hint of grapefruit in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and and the drinkability is fine. I don't think it's quite as good as their Pils but a very nice beer..

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 OldFrothingSlosh
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this at a local pizza place (Uno's - they also serve Uno Amber, a pretty good beer made by the Boston Beer Co.) and it was not pleasant. Per the company's site, "This beer is brewed in the style of a premium export lager." I certainly hope premium exported lagers taste better than this.

Presented as a 20-oz. glass with zero head, the Bud Light-colored "premium export lager" had a malty aroma but, unfortunately, tasted terrible. I'm not sure if it had been sitting in the keg for some time, but it really disappointed. I kept thinking that I was drinking Bud Lite/Miller Lite/something-Lite. Flavor was really bland and was not impressive in the least.

After 3 attempts at drinking it, I asked the waiter to take it back and bring something else. I would like to try this again at the brewery's pub, just to see if I had a bad offering.

Photo of sarahspat
2.14/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has this on tap at Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg.

Appearance is clear and golden with a medium thick head which falls quickly.

Smell is really unpleasant to me. Kind of a weird musty sourdough scent. Gross.

The taste is only a little better than the smell. There's a cloying, aggressive biscuitiness. Skunkiness denigrates the brew also. Tiny floral presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy but has an off-putting astringent character to it.

I drank the whole 12 oz. serving but none of it was enjoyable. I will not be drinking this brew ever again. When I ordered this I was not aware that it was classified as an adjunct lager, but for the record, I would prefer a BMC over this based on taste. Just gross.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass @ Chiocca's in Richmond.

Appearance: A slightly hazy yellow, some decent lacing and a decent initial foamy head.

Smell: Lots of caramel in the body, which is both odd and extremely pleasant. There's certainly some hop presence to add the bitterness, and some sweet malts too from the caramel, I suppose.

Taste: Once again, a nice and odd mix between the bitterness of the hops and the caramel of the malts. I've never really had a lager like this, and it's a pretty good one at that.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, but the body is slightly thicker than what one may initially perceive the lager to be. Still pleasant to drink as it warms.

Drinkability: A great session beer if you see it on tap in Richmond. As I said, I think it's a pretty singular lager, very refreshing, and one that I never really get sick of in the least.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.99/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is extremely interesting, considering it's classified as an Amercian Macro Lager. Definitely not like any beer in the style that I've ever had.

Pours a big fluffy 3-inch head, which gets rocky and settles to about an inch for the duration. Medium carbonation with a golden body.

Smell? Yes, it does! This is one of the most unique aromas of any beer. It smells like a freshly opened box of Fiddle-Faddle: corn, nuts, butter, sugar and caramel. It's wild, compelling and a little weird.

Malt dominates what tastes like corn adjuncts, but the malt also works well with the strong wheaty heft. Some caramel in the flavor too. With a buttery mouthfeel that coats the mouth, this is the beer-world equivalent of waffles with maple syrup and butter.

A good lager that carries its own weight. You might even consider it dessert-y, and you can't say that about many lagers. I wouldn't always be in the mood for this, but it's a cool and unique interpretation of the style.

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 NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy, yellow-gold body is topped by a good-sized head of bright white foam that shortly drops to a collar but leaves some very nice lace. The nose displays a sweet, grainy malt backed by delicate, floral and grassy hops. Its medium-light body is accentuated by a very fine carbonation that lends it a gentle crispness in the mouth. The flavor almost seamlessly melds the sweetish, grainy malt with grassy/floral/spicy hops; and it seems to just fade away in the finish. Impressive balance! Great drinkability! An impressive session lager that falls somewhere between a helles and a pils; but it doesn't have the strength or bitterness of the export style that they suggest it is. Quite nice!

Photo of tempest
2.66/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Capital Ale House. I ordered a pint on special for $2 at the bar and it appeared a clear gold with a short white head. I was anticipating this one, but on the first sip it's obvious this beer is racked full of diacetyl. What a shame, there's no place for it to hide in a light beer like this that is otherwise smooth and drinkable.

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

Pours a clear, straw yellow with medium white head, lots of carbonation, and spotty lacing.

Not much aroma going on, but there are hints of caramel malts and a touch of herbal hops. Slightly bready. Taste is a bout a 50/50 mix of caramel and fruity hops. Actually nicely on the hoppy side for the style. Hints of berries, apple, and citrus. A touch of spicier, herbal hops towards the finish. A clean aftertaste with a bit of bready malt coming back out.

Feel is thin and crisp, about as expected. Nicely drinkable. The hops are a nice, refreshing surprise. Fruity and balanced.

Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours one finger of thick foam over a straw golden beer, good retention at first - eventually settling to a thin layer and ring

s: body of pale german malts, mostly clean but a touch nutty, perhaps a blend of pils and vienna, mild herbal hops, buttery biscuit - typical of Legend in my experience - but relatively tame here compared to some of their other offerings, still...I wish they could get rid of it in the lagers at least

m: soft carbonation on the low side of medium, body is light without being thin

t: standard lager malts - mostly clean with a dose of nuttiness and offering only a light flavor, diacetyl not totally offensive but it's out of place given the subtle context - artificial butter flavor carries into the finish, mild hop flavor and bitterness, soft overall but crisps up a touch in the finish, okay

d: easy enough, but certainly hindered by the diacetyl

$2.99 bomber from Farm Fresh, Hampton, VA

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 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 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 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 arguemaniac
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden amber with a thick, well-sustained white head. This tasty brew features a clean, smooth caramel flavor all the way through, from the aroma all the way to the finish. The hops are mostly detectable in the otherwise grainy caramel finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with mellow carbonation.

One of my favorite session brews, it’s just got such a great caramel flavor (like many of Legend’s exceptional beers) and a very nice smoothness. And, as an added bonus, it’s usually less expensive than other micros. Highly recommended.

Photo of jwc215
2.67/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this 22 oz. bootle from Virginia for me...

Pours straw yellow/ A large white foamy head descends in a rocky way.

The smell is yeasty with vague floral notes. Caramel and butterscotch mix in awkwardly.

The taste is of sweet grain, yeast, caramel and a touch of butterscotch. A bit salty, with a vague, non-descript hop bitter balance, though it remains sweet to the dryish finish.

Well, it has an adequate enough body for a lager, with a crisp touch.

A "homebrew" version of an American macro? I drank it, but some "odd" things about it (the chalky yeastiness, for example) make it less than impressive.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle thanks to my mom

Pours a clear golden straw with a fluffy white head that this. Mild lacing on the glass.

Very light malt aroma. Not much to smell.

Taste is light and malty upfront with just a slight hop bitterness. Finishes clean and rather dry with a slight malty taste. Refreshing.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

This is a nice brew for a hot summer day like today (100 degrees). I'll have to try and track down another bottle to see if I would give it the same scores in the winter....

Photo of gearkraft
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful golden blonde color with a few fingers of foam. (poured from a 22oz bottle). Average carbonation... quite average looking for a lager.

S: A light grain smell with a splash of hops on the finish.

T: I was actually quite blown away when I first tasted this beer. A subtle flow from malty smoothness to a blast of 'hoppyness.' This has a very floral taste that reminds me of (and I feel weird for saying this) Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. An exceptional brew in the American Lager category which tends to be clogged with (as the dutch say) sissy piss beers.

M: About the average mouthfeel for a lager. Clean and refreshing.

D: I give this a good drinkability because I can easily see myself drinking several of these in an evening. A great taste on the cheap, not to mention its made a few miles from where I live making all the batches extremely fresh. A great beer. This comes highly recommended.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright, clear pale golden color with some large carbonation bubbles visible. The white head is tall, thick, and frothy, with nice retention. The head leaves some nice trails of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet, mild grain in the nose. Some dry, fruity hints of white grapes. Clean floral and herbal hop aromas.

T: Sweet, grainy malt up front. Again, some mild dry fruitiness is present. Floral, herbal, and grassy hop flavors, with a dose of fading bitterness. Somewhat buttery with hints of salt.

M: Somewhat lighter than medium body. Carbonation is moderate, yet the beer has a very unique softness to it. A touch of drying crispness into the finish.

D: A finely-flavored, dare I say delicate lager here. A very appealing balance to this one. An excellent American lager. Tasty, yet easy to drink.

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 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 PhageLab
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pale golden coloration, rising suds, very nice 3 tip head which settled to a small layer of froth, riding all the way down. Good lacing, too, never seen lacing like this in a lager. Excellent presentation.

S - Hmmm...not too much in the nose, some odd grass notes, and not too much else.

T - Slight coppery tinge, some mildly hoppy grass flavors, and a slight grainy backbone that gives it an earthly texture. Meant to be consumed fairly cold, the taste is good, but don't let this one sit for more than a few minutes.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation, nice clean finish. Some of the grainy flavors ride over into the aftertaste, leaving a pleasant residue.

D - Damn good, this sessionable brew is a must try, if you can find it. Another winner from the locals. If you stop in Va, grab one!

Photo of TMoney2591
2.79/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Once I knew for a fact that I was leaving the NoVa area (thank God...), I figured I'd snatch up as many semi-local Virginia brews I could get my hands on. This case in point pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of thick white fluff. The nose is actually pretty tinny, though some light wheat, corn, and floral hops come through as well. Not very pleasant at all. The taste holds notes of corn, wheat, light raspberries (say what!?), and floral hops. The body is very light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. So, I'm not sure whether or not I got a bad bottle, but this was not all that good at all. I will try again, if I can, but this is thus far the worst brew I've yet come across from Legend. Boo this.

Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1/2" head. Some nice lacing develops during the session.

Smell: light lemon zest and some grassy tones are light but pleasant.

Taste: mild malt level here with some lemon zest, grass, and sweet green grapes. Bitterness is soft.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Strangely smooth and almost silky for the style. Aftertaste is brief.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this but if you are looking for a refreshing lager this one misses the mark.

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