Oktoberfest | Legend Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of 88caprice
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall: OK, but definite not one of my favorite Oktoberfests.

Look: Very clear, orange/amber color. Big-bubble head like alkaseltzer that dissipated quickly to bubbleless. Barely any lacing.
Smell: Unlike any Oktoberfest I've smelled. Some expected tang, but more on the sweet apple cider vinegar side. A faint aroma of buttered popcorn JellyBellys. Not much else.
Taste: Bready, sweet, very slightly sour, with a butter-flavoring-like taste. What is that?
Mouthfeel: Edging toward syrupy, but not quite there. Somewhat dead.

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Photo of obywan59
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly crystal clear and dark amber to red in color 1 1 1/2 finger head dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the glass that leaves nice lacing that quickly slides back down the glass.

Rich toasted malt aroma like molasses pancakes.

Taste of sweet toasted malt with caramel and just a hint of bitterness.

A bit over medium bodied with a light syrupy feel. Moderate persistent carbonation seems like it wants to be fizzy. A bit drying.

Not really what I'd call a sipper, but not an easy drinker either. It's kind of in between, but I like it. Nothing overly complex, but it's well done. Everything meshes together. It's well balanced. The taste and aroma both grew on me, and I really like the feel.

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Photo of teromous
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a review of a 12oz bottle. I don't see a date code anywhere.

Appearance: The body is a dark bronze color with hints of orange and brown. It has decent clarity and is only slightly hazy. The minimal white head shortly fades out to a featureless surface. No retention or lacing.

Aroma: There is a light buttered toffee aroma and nothing else.

Taste: The beer has a light caramel flavor with just a touch of bread flavor. No hop presence at all. There is just a bit of char at the end. The flavors are pretty faded though.

Mouthfeel: I wouldn't call the mouthfeel thick but it isn't quite clean either. It has just enough texture that you take notice of it; a bit of a chalky texture.

Overall: I really wouldn't call it a bad beer but it is at the point where it waffles between average and below average. It just isn't a quality beer. It is just very lackluster and there isn't much to say about it. It isn't a beer I would drink again or recommend.

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Photo of bwood06
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Frothy to slightly creamy head that is off white in color and tall with a moderately hard pour. Head dissipates somewhat quickly to a thin layer but more than lacing. Beer is clear and fluorescent amber in color. Moderate carbonation is visible (tiny bubbles, bubbles rise moderately paced). 4/5

S - Beautifully sweet caramel malt is backed up by a grassy hop note along with a bit of toasted white bread, biscuit, and Grape-Nut-O's cereal. 3.75/5

T - Caramel and a rich maltiness are the two notes that first jump out to touch my palate. Following the malt there is a bit of buttered wheat bread. There is a light fruitiness present, somewhat reminiscent of nectarines, but it is not overly powerful (more of a side note). At the end there is a rather noticeable grassy hop profile with a slight lingering bitterness but also a slight lingering sweetness as well. 4/5

M - Light carbonation burn up front transitions to a smooth creaminess and then to a slightly dry finish. Medium bodied and coats the tongue to linger in the mouth. 4/5

O - True to style Oktoberfest that is not overly heavy or light and is not overly sweet or bitter. Balance is well executed. Focus is definitely on the malt, which an Oktoberfest should be. 4/5

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Photo of generallee
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Appearance: The body has a deep copper color with a light haze. It’s head is creamy long lasting and makes some nice lacing on the glass. Smell: The aroma has a sweet toasted bread character with some dried leafy hops. Taste / Palate: It has a mild malty sweetness with a dark bready character through out. I also get some mild cooed vegetable notes in the background. The finish has very mild hop bitterness and dry leafy flavor notes. The carbonation and palate smooth and creamy.

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Photo of hophugger
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

pours a deep orange color with plenty of head that slowly leaves as it sits. Aroma is mild and nutty. Flavor is good with a nice balance of hops, fruits and some nuts. Overall, a pretty mild beer that seems as though it could use a touch of aging to bring out the complexity??

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Photo of delta490
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured an orange-amber with a big fizzy beige head that settles down and becomes a little creamier. Visible stream of carbonation keeps it going for a while. The aroma has nice nutty and fruity malt body with some spicy and herbal hops. The flavor lacks some of the depth of the aroma and comes across as more one note. There's a decent amount of carbonation on the palate.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, amber color with reddish highlights and a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very malty and bready, but buttery too, like buttered toast, and notes of toffee and caramel.

Taste: Very similar to the aroma. Malty and buttery up front, followed by some toffee or caramel-like sweetness. Finished by some beautifully balanced hops. Delicious!!

Mouthfeel: Medium with quite a bit of carbonation to tickle the taste buds and make them dance. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another damn good American version of an Oktoberfest beer, and one of the better one I’ve had this year! Great balance between malt, sweet and bitter. I’m definitely getting this again!!

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Photo of smakawhat
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

Deep dark chestnut brown, and red amber dark body, with some orange hinting hues. Head forms lightly with little retention and a tan light colored appearance. Manages to leave a small puck while drinking. Very faint rising carbonation that's a little hard to see.

Nose is real nice. Slight biscuity aroma, and nice crisp toffee angles on the malt side. Kind of simple but quite nice, with some dry grain.

Palate matches the nose but with much more of a drying quality. Dry airing grain finish, light toffee with some hits of very hot clove and drying brown spices. Biscuity chewy quality slightly on first sip but with the dryness taking over and leaving a little more cracker sensing quality. Muted toffee. Decent depth on the palate to let the flavors come out.

Overall pretty solid drinkable marzen.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light and off-white head that does not last long. The beer itself is a brownish copper that is clear.

The beer as a strong malty smell. The malts smell sweet and caramel with a hint of toffee. The malt appears to also be slightly bready but not by much.

The malts taste like caramel with hint of hoppy bitterness that complements the malts very well.

Biting carbonation and a medium body. The body is fairly light and smooth to drink.

A pretty good Oktoberfest and one that I'll probably pick up every year if I'm in their distribution area during October.

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Photo of CDGoin
4.78/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Being I am in Richmond, this is my favorite beer PERIOD. I wait all year for it to hit the shelves.

A perfect balance of maltly goodness, sweetness, and yet light and easy to drink.

The only problem I have had are when getting it from a store where it has been in the frig too long or cold. It will get a bite to it then. BUt from a tap or a fresh case.. there is no finer beer. It makes Sam Adams Octoberfest taste like swill (and I love me some Sam Adams Octoberfest.. )

I will say I am very partial to Belgians and Octoberfests in general.. and this qualifies as my "Light" beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - dark ruby amber with a large, off white, brownish head that is dense and foamy and has good retention

S - caramel and bread

T - fruity, creamy, butterscotch, caramel, faint bitter hops

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This had potential, but the creamy, diacetyl notes aren't complimentary to the rest of the flavor profile. There is a nice underlying beer here, but utlimately, I'll be avoiding this one in the future.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a becker a deep amber/bronze with a sticky one finger slightly off white head atop,great clarity and richness to the body of the beer.German malt aromas of lightly sweet bready dough,iron,and caramel malts.Not overly sweet on the palate like it should be,it's toasted and doughy with caramel being in the background not over bearing.American O-fest brewers should take a lesson from Legend,it's sweet but underlying sweet with its bready malt profile.I could fill a stein all day with this offering.

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Photo of maki88
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. Enjoyed at home.

A: A clear, rich amber color with a thick, off-white head, which lingered significantly for some healthy lacing. The color was striking, and the overall appearance inviting. The appearance strikes me as quintessential "Oktoberfest" -- a body that appears bold and pronounced, with a head that suggests a certain softness.

S: A sweet, caramel-like, malty smell. I found the smell somewhat underwhelming, especially considering how impressive this brew was in other categories.

T: A rich, healthy flavor of caramel malt. A tinge of sweetness hits the mouth "on impact," while the finish is significantly maltier. Very balanced and distinguished among other Märzens and Oktoberfests I've tried. This beer's taste had a unique quality that was both intriguing and enjoyable, without being overpowering.

M: Light-to-medium body. Smooth and drinkable. Clean and creamy, engaging various parts of the palate.

O: A solid Oktoberfest that is well above average. This beer is easily drinkable -- distinguished enough in character in flavor to stand out from among the Oktoberfest crowd, while not so overpowering that it can't be enjoyed throughout the course of an autumn afternoon or evening. By this time in the season, beers labeled "Oktoberfest" can tend to blend together or be easily forgotten -- not this one. Heartily recommended.

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Photo of paulginva
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pint glass, produced a light tan creamy, bumpy and uneven 1" head that dissipated slowly leaving good head lacing. Carbonation was moderate in a cloudy brown body. Looks terrific!

AROMA: Moderate caramel malts with lighter nutty sensation. Not all that strong an aroma but tantalizing.

TASTE: The caramel taste was a bit lighter than expected. Light notes of nuts and toffee as well. Good balance between the sweet and toasted flavors.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer has a light to medium body with a smooth texture, soft carbonation and good body lacing that dissipates slowly. The initial flavor is lightly sweet with a lightly dry finish that lasted for a moderate length of time.

DRINKABILITY: Quite repeatable and easy to drink, as a Märzen should be. This beer had great balance -- just enough hops to support the flavor of the rather heavy malts. It had a firm flavor that kept me wanting more. I believe that it is comparable to some of the good German Märzens, though certainly not best of breed. The price to value metric was very good and I'll definitely be back for more of this brew.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two fingers of fluffy whiteish head (an an Aventinus glass) atop a body that gradients from deep goldnrod to ruddy amber. Retention is great, plenty of bubbles throughout. Some slippery lace. Darn fine-looking beer.

Nose is nutty, tart malt. Smells much more British than German, but I always thought German beers lacked in that department anyway. Something else there too, almost marshmallow or cardamom.

Taste is full, tons of nutty malt, yet still crisp. Sort of a pumpkin-seed undertone as well. Faintly metallic, but that's not a real complaint.

Mouthfeel is light, almost thin. Surprisingly so, considering how much body it has. Not my personal preference in a beer, but for the style, as well as for easy drinkability, it's pretty spot-on.

I was really surprised. I think I tried this before, but this was much better than I remembered or expected and something about it makes it drink as well as a German Oktoberfest while smelling much better.

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Photo of Shumania
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into a sam adams perfect pint

a: dark armber color that leans towards brown. Very nice, half finger head that dissapates quickly.

s: not much on the smell. some sweet caramel malt

t: much more flavor than expected based on smell. Good balance between sweet and toasted flavors.

m: on the heavier side for an oktoberfest. Some creaminess in there, but doesn't diminish the beer.

this is a good offering and probably one of the better offerings from Legend. Not brewed exactly to style, but enjoyable

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Photo of fo5s
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in an oversized tumbler. Bottling date (?) of 8/23/11 printed in black ink on the bottle...barely visible once the bottle is empty and held up to a light.

A- pours a hearty amber. Gentle pour yielded little head.

S- thick caramel, toffee. Pretty robust for a marzen.

T- lots of caramel. Sweet and sticky. Feels closer to an underhopped amber than a marzen.

M- Body is on the thin side, perhaps on par for a marzen but seemingly in contrast to the flavor of this one.

O- Overall a tasty brew, albeit off-center for the style.

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bomber into my trusty Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale pint glass.

A: Poured an attractive, clear, gold-amber color, with a large beige foamy head that not only retained itself... the foam actually stayed idle for a good while.

S: Strong whiffs of toffee, nuts, and German malt. This smelled like a loaf of fresh baked bread, through and through!

T: I got a small splash of a fruity, hop character upfront, meshed through a strainer of classic, German maltiness. Very fresh, refreshing, and crisp. There was nothing rough about the finish whatsoever.

M: Not much sweet lingering left on the palate.... more like a banana nut bread, without the bananas. The lacing was splotchy at best.

O: For what I was expecting, this one actually blew me away. Legend should produce sixers of this stuff.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. A dark and hearty amber color. With the exception of the color, it's 100% completely clear, almost like it was triple filtered. Off white colored head with a little bit of lacing. All in all a very good looking beer.

Smells like it's pretty good, but it's not very strong. Malts very present, the feature here. Mostly toasted and caramel malts, probably lightly toasted, like toast just browned on the surface. A little bit of butter and spiciness, no real hop presence though. I like the smell, however it's not very strong.

Taste is a huge step up. Again, not a whole lot in the hop department going on, this ones a malt bomb. Slight spiciness again and a mix of buttered up malts. Caramel and toffee with the slightest bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Full bodied, feels buttery, creamy, yet somewhat clean at the same time. I guess that's because there's a slight bitter finish.

Strong and solid brew all around, one of the better Oktoberfests I've had in quite some time. Thanks CuriousMonk for the extra!

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Photo of droomyster
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark copper body with an eggshell colored head with decent retention. Aromas are primarily of toast and tea and less intense than most oktoberfests. I also catch a faint whiff of lavender or some similar floral note. Taste is toasty through lightly sweet on the front and mid palates, with a finish that brings out earthy and leafy flavors that provide a bit of balance but still allow it to be malt-forward (as an oktoberfest should be). Medium body isn't bad but could be a bit fuller. Overall a solid member of its style and a good value.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/19/11
*From notes

A: I would never has believed this to be a Märzen, as it looks just like a Brown Ale. A standard pour yields a 1.25 finger head and decent lacing.

S: Oddly malt liquory on the nose. Honeycomb, wheat bread and toasted almonds round out a strange bouquet.

T: It's kinda just there. Really nothing to it. Very, very bready, with a touch of sweet malt. The finish is too neat, it falls off on the back end and leaves me wanting more. Pretty plain Jane.

M: Too oily and thin for my liking. It's autumn for God sakes - put some oomph and body into your Märzens, people.

O: Legend's Oktoberfest isn't really a bad beer, not at all in fact. Rather it's just boring. There's nothing here worth getting excited about. Every facet of this beer is average or a slight bit better, leaving nothing to keep this brew from being easily forgotten.

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Photo of engagechad
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - ST tulip

Pours a brilliantly crystal clear, well filtered tobacco color with nice heavy head that dissipates moderately quick with not a whole lot of lacing. Smells awesome, it's different than the others I've whiffed, almost a salty meatyness to it.. in a good way! Taste is full and malty with pefect hop balance for an american oktober.

Overall - I loved this beer and this may now be my new favorite offering from my homer brewery, second now being the porter.

two thumbs up

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Photo of nandemo1
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper with a modest amount of head. Not highly carbonated and really doesn't leave any lacing in the glass.

Smell is heavily caramel and taste follows up with extremely sweet caramel and breadiness.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy.

I'd say this is a bit too sweet to be drinkable through the day but it makes a nice change of pace for a fall day.

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Photo of homebrewer88
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have not tried alot of beers in this style but this had the color I was expecting, copper colored with a white head that didn't last very long. The aroma was toffee caramel and toasted malts, nice. The taste followed with the toffee and caramel it was very sweet up front with a nice balancing hop bitterness on the finish. I did enjoy the beer and would buy again

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