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Lager - Legend Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 12-30-2002)
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Ratings: 128 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nofunyons
4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

nofunyons, Aug 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +33.9%

ShepardCommander, May 10, 2014
Photo of arguemaniac
4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

arguemaniac, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.38/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow body, translucent. Small white head that manages to leave some lacing on my glass.

Smells of pale lager malts with a some floral hops.

This is a great lager. Lots of pale malts come into play, but hops dominate the flavor. Floral flavors with a touch of citrus. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp.

Very drinkable beer. I drank several of these in a sitting and loved them. As far as American Macro Lagers go, this is the best I've had.

Hojaminbag, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
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!

NeroFiddled, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of Clydesdale
4.33/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

Clydesdale, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of michaelc916
4.18/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the quintessential Richmond, VA session beer. Pours with a slight head the quickly retreats. Golden, strawlike color and very typical lager characteristics...low, non-existent esters and smooth drinkability.

Everything you would want and nothing you wouldn't in this style!

michaelc916, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 20oz clear tumbler at 12th Street Taphouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear straw-yellow with thin cap of bubbly, white head and multiple spots of lace.

S: Fruity yeast aromas with solid slightly grainy malting with crispy noble hops

T: A wonderful lager with a nice toasty malty edge, likely from the heavy dose of Munich malts. Hops are crisp and leave a clean, refreshing finish.

M: Feel is very clean with average carbonation for the style. I love the aftertaste which is toastier than most lagers, again probably Munich malt-based.

D: An imminently drinkable brew and one of Legend's best (if not the best) in their line-up. Crisp, clean, and refreshing with a unique toasty malt character that is distinctive and delicious.

argock, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +19%
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.

asabreed, Oct 18, 2005
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4/5  rDev +19%

Mattyb79, Jun 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

rtrasr, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

theroguebrewer, Jul 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +19%

JessPrice, Jul 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19%

beerrat, Saturday at 08:51 PM
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4/5  rDev +19%

jadams11, Jan 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19%

dweeuu, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Metalmonk
3.98/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Metalmonk, Apr 03, 2006
Photo of Jimmys
3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Jimmys, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of rlparker3
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2-Jan-2009 Baker's Crust at Short Pump Town Center

Poured a slightly foggy, rich, honey. Smelled bready as Legend beers do to me but also carried a dry, slight candied fruit overtone. This is a full, meaty lager... I think I prefer it over other most others in the style.

rlparker3, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of rugerj
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice golden color with minimal head that fades quickly. Virtually no lacing in glass. Smell is of sweet malt and little hop aroma. Taste is of sweet malt with just enough hop aroma to balance the beer. A nice offering from a local Virginia brewery. Nothing fancy but well done.

rugerj, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of gearkraft
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

gearkraft, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of Boppar
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA prior to a Drive-by Truckers concert. Yeehaw! Served in a 14 oz. pilsner glass.

A: Straw yellow with a 1.5 finger white head. This looks exactly like any other macro lager.

S: It smells about the same as you'd expect: faint malty sweetness, a little biscuity and hints of bittering hops.

T: It tastes like a much better version of PBR (I really do mean this in a good way, but it's the only way I can think of to describe it). The breadiness is there, the biscuity dryness is there, there's a slightly sweet malty backbone which is a nice addition. The bittering hops appear mid-palate and segue into a crisp finish.

M: The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The beer is light in weight and very quaffable.

D: This is definitely a session beer.

All in all, it wasn't quite as good as my friend made it out to be, but given the style, you could do a hell of a lot worse.

Boppar, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

DavoleBomb, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +14%
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.

dbrauneis, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagers are not the most exciting style in the world, but good ones should be noted. Legend Lager pours a clear dark gold with a nice pillowy white head that slowly recedes. Leaves a good heavy lacing on the glass. Smell is nothing that notable. Taste is pretty good, sharp and crisp but not much of either a malty or hops taste.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, not at all light or watery. Drinkability was excellent. Swilling a bunch of these on a hot day would be very nice.

A good summertime or session beer.

JayQue, Apr 14, 2007
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Lager from Legend Brewing Co.
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