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Pilsner | Legend Brewing Co.

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Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pilsner is the most imitated style of beer in the world. Prior to the 1840's all beers were dark and cloudy. In 1842 a new brewery in Pilsen, Bohemia introduced a brew that was golden and clear. Our version has a deep gold color and a firm malt background. The emphasis is on the assertive hopping with Hallertau and Sterling varieties. Expect a beer that is substantial in body while finishing with a crisp dryness. Spicy and floral hop flavors are evident throughout.

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 63
Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a yellowish-brown color and a slightly cloudy texture. There was a good half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of floral hops and a mild kind of maltiness.

T: There was a fruity quality in the taste (lemon, perhaps) along with bitter, floral hops, that combined with the mild malt for a tasty experience.

M: Highly carbonated with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is an easy to drink, tasty pilsner. Not exactly like others of the style, but very good.

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Photo of Lafe
4.38/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For me, a mere hop, skip, and a jump away from Richmond, this beer pours a pretty golden color from the 22oz bomber. It sets up a nice, tight, white head that lingers for a bit, then settles into lacing down the sides of the glass.

The aroma is gentle, and suggestive of hops and sulfur. When tasting, however, the malty sweetness is most apparent, followed by a crisp (though lingering) hoppiness in the finish. Truly, a refreshing pilsner.

Honestly, I could drink these back to back. And have. Usually with a friend, over snacks. Talk about a session beer! I highly recommend this friendly and drinkable pilsner to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A clear, very deep gold body is capped by a dense head of white foam that holds exceptionally well and leaves some very nice rings of lace with each sip. The perfumey bouquet is really nice, and a touch unique, in it's clear impression of fresh, dry-hopped floral, grassy, and lightly spicy hops. It's almost as if there's a touch of chlorophyll to it from wet-hops. It's not an overly bold hop aroma, but it does catch your attention; and some delicate malt works its way through as well. The body is medium, and it's very fine carbonation gives it a crisp edge that accentuates it's flavors and bitterness. The flavors are so perfectly melded that it's almost impossible to separate the grainy, hay-like maltiness from the hops until the swallow where the floral and spicy hop flavors become more apparent alongside it's omni-present but now more evident bitterness. It's boldly bitter, but not overly "stiff", and it lingers nicely with the residual hop flavors in a bone-dry finish that seems to go on forever. A most authentic German-style pilsner! Quite enjoyable and highly drinkable!

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Photo of vandemonian
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My Legend Pilsner poured with a yellow colour and a good 2-finger head. It maintained a head of about 1 cm throughout due to the good carbonation. The smell is hoppy and fruity: it smells like an IPA. The taste is of hops and orange rind with a slightly bitter fruity aftertaste. Very nice. The only problem is that the bitter aftertaste has a strangeness to it and it builds as you drink more. It isn't good. Still, this beer has a great taste apart from that.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into perfect pint glass.

A: pours golden staw, with a huge white, two finger head that fell to a half finger layer.
S: tad more malty than i was expecting, light roast malt, earthy grassy hops, but yet balanced
T: light roast malt, lightly grassy hops again balanced
M: crisp, clean and smooth
D: easy, almost wish today was a hotter day so it could be even more refreshing

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife and I actually passed by the Legend brewhouse this past weekend on our way back from a work-related trip for her. Something clicked in my brain telling me to sample their beer since they are local and I've never tried a single one.

A: Golden, crystal clear, with a massive amoeba-shaped head that resembled a mound of shaving cream. NOTE: Don't pour this one as hard as I did!

S: Caramel, toffee, nutty, and a very healthy smattering of German malts.

T: Same as the smell, only even more intense. I was totally surprised by how malty and non-citrusy this was. Sweet for sure, but in a toffee, honey-like kind of way.

M: There is a double-edged sword on this one: On one hand, it would have been cool to have more prickly carbonation, but that might have taken away from the very nice caramel flavor overall. I'll give it a pass in this department.

O: Very solid, drinkable, and tasty brew. I hope to sample lots more brews by Legend in the near future... maybe I'll even make the short trek up to the brewery soon.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Emerges from a 22oz bottle a clear, dark straw color. A stark white head tops the beer and leaves tons of lacing. The head stays around for quite a while and remains like a light meringue on top of pie.

Aromas were fruity and floral and grainy. Even a touch of floral hops as well.

Nice flavors. Fruity with a slight bitterness. Actually, a nice crisp hop bitterness is present. More of the raw cereal type flavors and german malts.

Easy drinker and a real winner. This is a very easy session beer that could be enjoyed anytime of year. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My holy grail; a perfect American Micro Pils. This was alnog the right track but not quite there.
Poured a clear straw-gold with a large soapy white head and good lacing.
The nose didn't give much; mild floral hops and grass but not much else. Maybe some very mild malt hints.
The taste was much of the same. Not much there but some buttery malt and very mild hops.
The feel was good, but made me think more of a Maibock with its buttery tongue-coating than a pils. Light-bodied and refreshing though.
Overall very drinkable but not really indicative of the style I enjoy.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured an attractive golden color with massive white chunky head that leaves fine lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is sweet, flowery and very enjoyable. Taste is a nice combination of the hops and malt giving a perfect blend of sweetness and slight bitterness. Finished long and dry leaving a strong desire for another taste. An excellent well done beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: bright golden yellow color with a 1" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: light floral bitterness and some grassiness is picked up by the nose.

Taste: mild malt profile with some grass, hint of citrus, and a light floral bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp from start to finish. Aftertaste is relatively clean.

Drinkability: definite session pilsner that you won't tire of.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice golden color with a great looking bright white head. Moderate noble hop aroma. Nice, mild hop bitterness upfront with a decent underlying maltiness. The malt is even more evident as the beer warms somewhat. Nicely balanced so it is. Good, solid body for the style-almost over done but I like it somewhat "thick". Overall a nice German pils. Wish there were more lagers out there like this.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a well carb'd see thru gold with one-finger head and lace. Had a somewhat awkward smell with minor hops and bread malt. Light-bodied and smooth, the hop bitterness is well-balanced with some sweet malts for a drying sensation that has a little sweet punch to it. Finishes crisp and clean, and although I am not a hupe pils fan this is one good beer for anyone to try.

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber, no dating of any kind, poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear gold color, carbonation rising inside. the head formed 2-3 fingers thick and faded slowly.

Aroma: Grainy along with some piney hops.

Taste: Nice mix of grains and hops with a faint caramel maltiness in the background. The hops really come through in the middle and dominate the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy. The carbonation balances nicely.

Overall: A great thirst quencher on a hot summer day. I'm definitely going to pick up some more of this next chance I get.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ The Weekend Pub. Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Effervescent Golden brew which produced a nice two tip head. Retention and lacing were solid.

S - Clean grainy aroma with some muted hop notes. Not bad, but not really much going on here.

T - Spicy earth toned body, pale malts and a pleasant hop tinge near the end. Very well balanced. Dry finish.

M - Crisp light body, sharp carbonation level, no odd residues, clean feel.

D - Pretty good for the style, and a tasty brew overall. Were the abv a bit less, this could be an awesome session brew. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clean, golden color with a fizzy but very well-sustained bone-white head. The nose features a slight graininess with a mild pine hop aroma. The palate includes a sweet but light caramel and grain maltiness which is nicely balanced by an equally mild minty hop bitterness. The surprisingly lengthy finish is dominated by a leafy hop bitterness. A fairly light mouthfeel with moderately active carbonation.

I feel bad for even thinking this considering that we’re talking about a Legend beer here, but this one sort of reminds me of an American macro lager, though in good way: it has the lightness and drinkability of that style, but it doesn’t have any of those corny adjunct flavors. Like I said, though, it is on the light side, but the flavors are tasty and very well-balanced. I see myself drinking quite a few bottles of this thirst quencher in the coming summer days. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear yellow body with a big white head. Good retention, leaves behind lots of sticky lacing.

Smells mostly of pale malts.

Taste is dominated by pale malts too, with notes of what seems like bannana to me. Also some nice grassy hops in the middle. Mouthfeel is not especially crisp, and somewhat heavy.

A strange pilsner, rather complex, but still a good beer.

Legend is an excellent brewery.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber with no freshness date. A hard pour reveals a nice deep golden beer with light carbonation and a 2" cream head that leaves some nice lacing. There's buttery, sweet diacetyl in the nose along with grains and light hops. The flavor is the same with additions of butterscotch, toasty malts, and light piney/grassy/grapefruit hops that aren't very bitter considering the 40 IBUs the website claims. It has a medium body that is smooth enough and leaves a medium finish, and overall is a pretty decent German-style pilsner.

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Photo of rstin001
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is my 1st review, so please bear with me and share any thoughts you may have.

Appearance: Poured from a bomber bottle into my 0.5 L Staropramen mug, the beer is a crystal-clear amber/orange color. A bit dark for a Pilsner, but still very appealing. Beautiful thick foam that never fully dissipates and leaves laces all the way down.

Smell: Grass, hops, and some other quality that I have not smelt in a Pilsner before that is deeply sweet and intoxicating.

Taste: The first time I tried this it was not what I was expecting from a Pilsner, and I was put off by it. But I now enjoy it and drink it often. It has a very medium-heavy character, and is not what I would call crisp. It might sound strange, but it almost reminds me of a Rogue Dead Guy, which is a very tasty ale. I guess it's just really malty. I would think that this is a definite no-no for a Pilsner, but it tastes so good I can't really complain. It's flavor is not quite as clean, but far more complicated than a typical Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: It hits heavy yet mellow. It is smooth and robust.

Drinkability: So long as you are flexible on your definition of a Pilsner, this is a very enjoyable beer. The heartiest of Pilsners.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - golden color with a decent white head that did leave some lace on the glass.

smell - Some floral hops smells here.

taste - Little bit of a lager taste and some floral hops here.

mouthfeel - Medium-light body.

drinkability - Not bad, I expected more from Legend though. Easy drinking beer, worth a try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

I want a battle unicorn. Anyway, this beer pours a clear semi-pale golden straw topped by two fingers of white foam, which settles to a perpetual single finger. The nose comprises very little, only some light corn syrup and florals. Some very soapy notes also pervade. The taste is characteristically straightforward, with notes of light honey, light corn syrup, floral hops, and a bit o' grass. The body is quite light, with a light carbonation and a crisp finish. Nothing all that exciting here, but definitely easy-going and a pretty decent pils.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Deep yellow, almost orange. Big head with tons of lacing.

S: Noble hops and honey.

T: The honeyish malt is unusually prominent at front along with an almost wheat-like flavor. Hops become more assertive at the end, leaving a rather harsh bitter aftertaste. It seems like they struggled a bit with the balance.

M: Pretty heavy for a pils. Very carbonated.

D: Not the worst session lager I've ever had. For you Virginians with a thirst for pilsners who want to drink local, give this a try.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Legend Brewing Company.

Dull clear copper in color. Smooth and creamy white head left a good dose of lacing on the glass. Slight malty sweet aroma. Taste was surprisingly refreshing. Tart flavor with a crisply bitter aftertaste. Low carbonation and smooth mouthfeel. A very tasty pilsner. Perhaps my favorite LBC beer?

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Photo of blackie
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a hazy golden-amber with a nice 1 finger cap, good retention

s: aromas of rich pale lager malts and biscuit, cereal grain, carries the same current of diacetyl that I've found in most Legend beers - it's usually pretty inoffensive but could stand to be reduced, spicy herbal hops

m: carbonation on the high end, light-medium body

t: much the same as the aroma, rich lager malts with maybe a handful of toasty vienna and crisp pilsner, mealy biscuit, corn cereal, diacetyl flavors carry from sip to finish, herbal hop flavors with a moderate bitterness, imperfect but quite tasty

d: a nice beer, but a little "busy" for a pilsner, the diacetyl is not entirely out of place for the style, and perhaps I'm oversensitive to the chemical, but at these levels it's really a distraction

bomber from Grape & Gourmet, Virginia Beach, VA

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Photo of TechTriumph
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 02/23/12:
Can't read the freshness date as it has been partially rubbed off; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch white fluffy head with nice retention; Crystal clear in appearance and light gold in color; Visible carbonation within the glass; Patchy lacing left behind

S - Aroma is on the lighter side, but pleasant; Notes of spicy and herbal hops, yeast, grains, and just a bit of sweetness

T - There are flavors of plentiful spicy, herbal, and lightly minty hops, fresh baked bread, yeast, and grains; Some sweetness and bitterness are in the taste, but they are in balance with one another

M - Plenty of carbonation; Light to medium bodied; Crisp mouthfeel, though the taste does linger; Semi-dry finish

O - This isn't my favorite brew from Legend, but enjoyable nonetheless. While I think the mouthfeel was the best aspect of this beer, the flavor was solid as well with a nice showing of spicy and herbal hops. I would prefer to go for other Legend offerings before this one, but I'll give it another try in the future.

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Photo of asabreed
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw gold color for the body with a rocky and porous white head that leaves some decent pocks of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A bit of diacetyl seemingly with a twang of grassiness and floral hops, and a bit light on all the aromas.

Taste: Floral hops with a grassy punch and a fairly quick finish. Not much of a backbone overall.

Mouthfeel: A bit more watery than I'd like, could use more carbonation and crispness.

Drinkability: Not bad for a style that to me is really hard to get right by all accounts. With their seasonals being my favorites, I'm not sure if I'll be trying this again, but I enjoyed it overall.

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Pilsner from Legend Brewing Co.
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