Lager - Legend Brewing Co.
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District of Columbia
4.33/5 rDev +28.9%
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.
06-05-2009 03:01:09 | More by Clydesdale
3.35/5 rDev -0.3%
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
05-16-2009 04:31:57 | More by blackie
2.13/5 rDev -36.6%
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.
05-02-2009 18:37:56 | More by sarahspat
3.9/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
04-04-2009 22:37:31 | More by rugerj
3.9/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
01-19-2009 19:39:29 | More by rlparker3
4.38/5 rDev +30.4%
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.
06-22-2008 03:15:31 | More by Hojaminbag
3.88/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
06-14-2008 01:40:16 | More by gearkraft
2.68/5 rDev -20.2%
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.
06-03-2008 00:09:02 | More by jwc215
3.88/5 rDev +15.5%
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.
04-01-2008 04:49:29 | More by Boppar
3.68/5 rDev +9.5%
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!
01-16-2008 14:41:11 | More by PhageLab
4.18/5 rDev +24.4%
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!
10-12-2007 15:59:47 | More by michaelc916
3.4/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
05-08-2007 19:56:16 | More by mmmbeer
3.78/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
04-14-2007 19:53:36 | More by JayQue
3.55/5 rDev +5.7%
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..
10-12-2006 01:30:33 | More by BeerIsland
3.43/5 rDev +2.1%
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....
07-17-2006 23:03:40 | More by MaltyGoodness
4.38/5 rDev +30.4%
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, its just got such a great caramel flavor (like many of Legends exceptional beers) and a very nice smoothness. And, as an added bonus, its usually less expensive than other micros. Highly recommended.
07-10-2006 04:25:26 | More by arguemaniac
3.98/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
04-03-2006 13:15:13 | More by Metalmonk
2.93/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
03-13-2006 19:08:03 | More by vtfan77
4/5 rDev +19%
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.
10-18-2005 02:46:49 | More by asabreed
4.33/5 rDev +28.9%
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!
10-06-2003 03:16:24 | More by NeroFiddled
2.65/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
12-30-2002 12:49:05 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Lager from Legend Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.