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Lager - Legend Brewing Co.

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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 134
Avg: 3.38
pDev: 15.38%
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 Jimmys
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - according to the website, it's brewed in the Dortmunder style using 2-row barley, and hopped with Hallertau and Saaz. It pours a lightly-hazed pale gold, with medium carbonation and a big, pillowy, three-finger head that reduces to a thin blanket. The aroma is fairly buttery, with a touch of caramel malts, and backed with spicy/earthy hops. It is medium to light on the palate, with equal carbonation, and tastes of buttery, caramel, and toasted malts which are balanced by grassy/spicy/green and earthy hops that impart a medium bitterness. Overall not too complex, but tasty, and it kinda comes across as a Dortmunder light. Definitely sessionable, which is exactly what one would expect from a flagship beer.

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Photo of KajII
2.8/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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....

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Zraly
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
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!

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Photo of arguemaniac
4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

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Photo of obywan59
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of vtfan77
2.97/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of goldbot
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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..

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Photo of Boppar
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of sarahspat
2.14/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
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

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Photo of rugerj
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of Crazyale
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of gearkraft
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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