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: 64
Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If this were marketed simply as a lager, it would be a big hit, but as a pilsner, I think, it is a bit off the mark style-wise. Not unpleasant, however.

Pours deep yellow with a huge fluffy head. The aroma is sharp and malty. The flavor is strong and malty, with a taste of honey. the mouthfeel is robust. It is good as a lager, but lacks the subtlety and complexity of a pilsner.

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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 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 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 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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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 CharlieMopps
3.37/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, golden hue without much head to it, being cask and all. Shiny highlights when held to light, decent enough looking.

S: Mellow hop aromas, pale male and a yeasty funk from the style of fermentation. Still, maintains subtle qualities that were enticing in their own right.

T: Hopped up in an odd way, which again, the cask must be the culprit at imparting this flavor. Mild, pale malt profile that was full on the palate, but the hops didn't quite taste as good as I'd hoped; a little too over the top.

M: Sort of a medium body, but maintained a syrupy quality, which was interesting for a German Pilsener.

D: Really not what I had expected, but still interesting to try this one from a cask rather than a keg. All in all, I'd probably stick with the keg due to the way the flavors were skewed, which is not what you'd want from a pils.

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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 aquatonex
2.64/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Luckily, I found Capital Ales on my second trip to Richmond. Asked them what they had local on tap, and this was the choice...

Pours a nice golden wheat color with a thick foamy head, some good lacing as well. Looks very good. Hops, not so much floral though, and a little bit of skunk or metallicness in the nose. This is true of the taste as well, mostly dominated by hops and metallic taste. Maybe the tap is old or something, but I think it could have been better if not for the odd flavors messing up the brew. I'd be willing to give it another shot, but this time was a miss.

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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 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 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 weeare138
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Appears a hazy gold with a 1 inch white head and scattered lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of butter and toffee with mild grass notes.
Taste is of the butter and toffee with slight hops, along with light caramel notes.
Mouthfeel is sweet, and slightly bitter.

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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 winpig3
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured nice with a good thick head. The beer had an orange-gold color that looked more like an amber ale than a pilsner.

Smell: it reminded me of straw and malt

Taste: a refreshing beer with an assertive hops taste and very malty, again, more like an amber.

Mouthfeel: full malt feel.

Drinkability: maybe I don't understand the true definition of a pislner but this beer strikes me more of an amber ale. All said, it was a nice tasting beer that I would try again. Maybe I would have a different experience from the tap instead of a bottle.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear light gold with a big pillowy white head and very active carbonation which leaves rings of lace. Intense flowery hop aroma; possibly showing light signs of oxidation. Flavor seems very flowery due to hops but definitely skewed due to oxidation. Light bodied, highly carbonated, and a very dry bitter flowery finish.

Strange since this one was not old to the best of my knowledge ... will have to try again.

Per Legend website: Our version has a deep gold color and firm malt background, but the emphasis of the Pilsner is the assertive hopping with Hallertau, Tettnang and Czech Saaz. It is dry hopped for additional aroma. 5.8% ABV, 40 International Bitterness Units.

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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 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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