Pilsner | Legend Brewing Co.

PilsnerPilsner
BA SCORE
39.1%
Liked This Beer
3.53 w/ 64 ratings
PilsnerPilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States
legendbrewing.com

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.

Added by stirgy on 08-30-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,938
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
64
Liked:
25
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
13.88%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of Crazyale
2.8/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into Pilsner glass. Bottling date of 9/22/11, so this is on the old side, but 4-5 months shouldn't kill a pilsner.

A: Pours a light amber color with a quickly dissipating one finger head. At least a shade or two darker than most other pilsners out there. It's crystal clear with some light bubbles in the glass.

S: Sliced bread and yeast smells hit the nose first, and then a sweet strawberry-like fruit smell. The aroma is pleasant, but not exceptional.

T: Lightly sweet on the front end and bitter on the back end. It's fairly well balanced, although there's not a ton of flavor, merely vague sweet and bitter tones. The 5.8 abv is noticeable. If you're going to make a pilsner this strong, I think the alcohol should be better masked than this.

M: Typical for a pilsner, a bit on the watery side.

Overall this is a workmanlike effort from Legend. It's too high in alcohol to be sessionable, but not quite flavorful enough to stand on its own.

However, I'd like to try one that's fresher than this, and if I do I will edit this review if necessary.

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Photo of bluetrevian
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Boto
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught @ Brewpub. This one pours a crystal clear golden color. There was almost no head on it, and there was no lacing. Like their lager, the beer is pretty much devoid of aroma. Faint malts and maybe some grassy hops. The taste is OK, but very uninspiring. There was a weak bitter finish, with some faint malts. I wouldn’t bother with this one. Order the Lager is you are just interested in a cold one and nothing else.

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Photo of argock
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Legend Brewery (Richmond, VA).

A: Clear gold with short, 1/2-finger cap of white head with good retention and several lines of lace.

S: Noble hops with only slight bready malt presence. No off aromas but just not a really strong aroma profile.

T: Pretty good flavor overall, although some sharpening of the noble hoppiness would help. More breadiness in the malt profile would help too. It's a moderately hopped pilsner at most, with more haylike qualities than sharpness. Definitely fits the German style much more than the Czech.

M: Slightly lighter than medium body which is just about right for the style. Could be drier which I think would help the drinkability somewhat.

O: Not a bad beer, but I would try their regular Lager or their Porter instead.

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Photo of n2185
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with three fingers of head that recedes into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Pilsner malt and biscuit aromas at first. A very slight buttery aroma follows along with a lightly bitter smell from the hops.

T: Similar to the aroma, some pilsner malt flavor at first followed by a buttery biscuit flavor. A light piny bitterness brings up the finish.

M: Light body with medium body, I wish this beer were a bit more crisp.

O: An alright pilsner, though the buttery notes are a bit unusual.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.79/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. reviewed on 6/12/11 - from notes:

A: deep gold. clear. vivid carbonation can be seen. tight bubbly white head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S: a definitive sweetness. even a light caramel. light spicy hop aroma. wish there was some more.

T: the sweet maltiness is very dominant. maybe a little appley? pretty much malt dominated leaving me wishing for some more hop flavor.

M: moderate carbonation on a light body.

D: drinkable, but not my favorite from legend.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 vandemonian
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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 CrellMoset
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Legend Pilsner, on tap at the Brewpub. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A translucent gold, slightly darker than the Lager, with plentiful and steady streams of small carbonation racing upwards towards the remnants of a pale white head. There's very little stick involved with this one - no ring of fuzz, no slight, breezy dusting of snow, and no tendrils or flecks on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Mild, with agitation showing pale honey malts, spicy hops, and a few fruit overtones.

Taste: A surprising fruit presence, with tons of orange, slight lemon, and a few other tropical fruit notes. A pale malt backbone hints at roast and candied fruit, and a strong spicy, grassy hop presence smacks of traditional pilsner, though an odd chemical-esque note detracts slightly, mingling awkwardly with the spicy bitterness of the hops.

Mouthfeel: Overly carbonated, with a bold, eruptive, assertive mouthfeel in a body that's probably a little too sticky. These in combination mitigate one another somewhat, but when considering them individually, I'm a little unimpressed.

Drinkability: A decidedly average pilsner, though I found it drinkable enough. The 5.8% is probably a little on the high side for a beer of this style, and the flavors a little too heavy, so for what it is, I suppose it's a little less drinkable, and I've had pilsners I like more. But I wouldn't not recommend it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
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 rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
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 lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Norfawkers
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Legend beers may taste better at the source, but even at the brewery... eh.

Appearance: Clear golden, carbonated, minimal head

Smell: very light hoppy, some earth tones, faint

Taste: Hops, musty, earthy

Mouthfeel: Sweet up front with a bitter finish

Drinkability: It's pretty drinkable, good as a swilling beer, heavy carbonated feel

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Photo of BarrelO
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Gavage
3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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 clayrock81
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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 blackie
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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 SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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 auxiliary
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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 avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%
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 ocelot2500
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden honey color with a nice white head.

Smells of malts and grassy hops.

The taste is a bit more complex than I was expecting. Very light pale malts up front followed by a grassy hoppiness. The grassy hops leave a piney bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, indicative of the style.

Highly drinkable.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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 +7.9%
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 +6.8%
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 +9.3%
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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