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Lager - Legend Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 134
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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 Rifugium
1.53/5  rDev -54.9%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of sarahspat
2.14/5  rDev -36.9%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
2.59/5  rDev -23.6%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of Zraly
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.67/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of avalon07
2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.79/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of KajII
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (547 characters)

Photo of vtfan77
2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of all, this is an all-malt lager, not a macro like it says here. Legend's website clearly points this out, so like it or not, that's what it is.

A- light golden color, decent head, very sparse lace that disappears quickly

S- caramel/butterscotch malt aroma, a tiny bit of floral hops detectable

T- big time butterscotch flavors, almost like I'm drinking liquid butter rum Lifesavers; minimal hop presence, hardly any bitterness; quite unusual, not sure if I like it

M- medium-bodied, slick and a little creamy; moderate carbonation; again, quite unusual

D- no problem finishing the bomber, but I'm not sure I'd want another

This is a very strange lager. There's an obvious diacetyl presence that I don't believe is characteristic of the style. It doesn't taste "clean" like I would expect a lager to taste. The mouthfeel is also quite strange for a lager; it's not crisp at all. It is interesting, but I'm not sure it's for me. (952 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
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 (1,011 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of wahhmaster
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, very pale, yellow color. Has a thin, fizzy head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no discernible lacing.

Smell: Has a very clean nose with only a hint of malty sweetness to it.

Taste: Modestly bitter up front with a sweet maltiness that continues throughout the beer. Has a slightly bready quality to it as well. Pretty standard, unoffensive lager territory here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Drinkability: An average lager. Nothing really sets this one apart from the countless other craft lagers out there. It certainly isn't bad; there's just nothing that stands out about it. It's definitely drinkable and certainly worth a try but not something to go out of your way for. (803 characters)

Photo of maki88
3.17/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (882 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Legend Lager, on tap at the Brewpub. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Arrives a pale translucent straw gold, replete with relatively large-bubbled and relatively quick effervescence. Only a thin and delicate but uniform ring of lace and a light surface dusting remain by the time this one arrives, but it looks like it initially sported a half finger or so of good pale, snow white head. Inviting.

Aroma: This beer's weakest aspect - even extreme agitation exposes very little. A few pale, empty malt notes, slightly husky, are about all that's goin' on here. 2.5

Taste: A simple, sweet beer, very pale, with a few traditional "lager"-esque off notes that I would normally think suggest skunkiness, but not here - maybe additives, or a fermentation temperature that's too high. Not a lot of hop flavor at all, and the off flavor detracts from the refreshing nature of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Thin and with plenty of bright, crisp effervescence that makes for a slightly creamy, slightly bold mouth. A faint film detracts slightly.

Drinkability: Drinkable, sure, but it something I'd choose to drink? There are better crafted and more flavorful lawnmower beers out there, though I gotta give the home state props, I suppose. Worth a try. (1,243 characters)

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 (930 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
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.... (517 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (623 characters)

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Lager from Legend Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.