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Lager - Legend Brewing Co.

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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.37%


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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Crazyale

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 05:03:44 | More by Crazyale
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KajII

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 15:45:56 | More by KajII
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avalon07

South Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 14:14:46 | More by avalon07
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 13:46:48 | More by IronCitySteve
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DefenCorps

Oregon

2.7/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:13:42 | More by DefenCorps
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 01:24:57 | More by tdm168
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rudolphjacksonm

Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -8.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:47:39 | More by rudolphjacksonm
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Zraly

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 21:11:53 | More by Zraly
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:53:41 | More by Jimmys
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Mosstrooper

California

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2011 02:00:58 | More by Mosstrooper
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 16:27:32 | More by CuriousMonk
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wahhmaster

Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 02:12:29 | More by wahhmaster
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 08:10:24 | More by TMoney2591
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goldbot

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 00:49:49 | More by goldbot
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 03:01:09 | More by Clydesdale
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blackie

Virginia

3.35/5  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

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 04:31:57 | More by blackie
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rlparker3

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2009 19:39:29 | More by rlparker3
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gearkraft

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 01:40:16 | More by gearkraft
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 00:09:02 | More by jwc215
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PhageLab

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 14:41:11 | More by PhageLab
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2007 19:56:16 | More by mmmbeer
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JayQue

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 19:53:36 | More by JayQue
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BeerIsland

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
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..

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 01:30:33 | More by BeerIsland
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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....

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 23:03:40 | More by MaltyGoodness
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arguemaniac

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 04:25:26 | More by arguemaniac
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