White Ale | Legend Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by meathookjones on 06-06-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by meathookjones:
Photo of meathookjones
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber found in the seasonal section. Pours a cloudy deep yellow color with a great frothy white head. The aroma is yeasty with a lemon zest to it. The taste has some spiciness to it and is a bit sweet up front. There is also a light hop flavoring present and a slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel is on par for a witbier with plenty of carbonation to be had. Overall this was a decent example of a witbier, pretty good but not great.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Samichez
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had a similar experience to pentathlete (2 reviews below) - i just felt that this brew was lacking in substance. Nose was nearly non-existant. Great head and lacing, but it had the color of budweiser (not that there is necessarily anything wrong with that, but for a wheat beer, i think there is). Palate is very subdued - highly drinkable because, frankly, there isnt too much there. Wheat and a touch of citrus round it out. Would have liked a little bit more here.

First Legend seasonal that i haven't liked - oh well, you cant win em all.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of weeare138
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazy, orange toned gold with a small, fluffy white head that slowly fades into a creamy cap. Lots of fluffy streaks are left around the glass. Hearty amounts of CO2 pumps up to the top.
Smell is of clove, white pepper, tangerine, vanilla cream, tart, citrusy wheat.
Taste is very mellow with less esters than that of a true Belgian Wit coming through. This is more along the lines of a Blue Moon wit but better with more dried orange peel and yeasty esters coming through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, creamy, mildly tart, and refreshing. Semi-dry finish.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of arguemaniac
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Now, I certainly enjoyed this very drinkable wheat beer, but it really didn’t strike me as the best example of a wit beer. It pours a nice golden color but doesn’t have enough of that whitish haze that many good wits have. Also, it features a lot of those great wheat beer flavors (some definite clove, nice citrus, etc) but not enough of those spices that make me love wit beers (coriander, orange peel and so on). The somewhat rough, but tasty graininess (most apparent in the finish) is more commonly found in American pale wheat ales. And, while this is a truly thirst-quenching, easy-drinking brew, it lacks that lip-puckering tartness that really good wit’s have. The finish has a nice lemony touch but also a distinct apple flavor, which to me is a bit strange all around (but very tasty). Again, let me reiterate, while this one just didn’t resemble most wit beers, it was pretty darn good. Recommended.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single somewhere in NoVA, either WF/Vienna, WF/Annadale, Norm's, or Rick's.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head above the actively carbonated golden brew. Head lasts very well, with foamy lacing when it grabs hold. Aroma is heavy on the wheat, with a touch of citrus. Taste is wheat up front, with ample citrus tang. Kind of like a lemon's already in it. Mouthfeel is not quite as nice as the wheat would have it, the sour a bit stronger than one may desire, but still remains imminently drinkable. Nice summer ish brew here.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bottle, no date information.

Whitewashed lemon with 8K gold highlights. Medium height, bright white head of tightly packed bubbles that fades at a slow pace to a thin skim coat and left no lacing. There are no carbonation streams visible. A bit of coriander and a bit of orange peel mix with some lemon and clove aromas, all of which are on the light and restrained side, and there is just a slight touch of yeastiness present as well. The taste is mainly of a wheat ale with almost none of the coriander or orange initially detected in the aromas. There is just the faintest hint of coriander arriving in the finish. There is a fair amount of clove and even some smoky phenolics as well which do not seem properly placed. This has a much heavier feel than expected for the style. The malt is a bit too forward and there is an almost hoppy crispness to the finish rather than the standard curaçao orange snap. Medium-full body and a lack of carbonation knock the mouthfeel down. This felt heavy rather than light as anticipated. If this was approached as a wheat ale, it might have been better received. I found this to not be in the same league as Blanche de Chambly and SPH Double White.

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Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good witbier. Unpasturized, should be refrigerated. Has all the elements: cloudy yellow color, big highly carbonated head and fairly good head retention. Smell is a bit less impressive, still highlights cloves, banana and an astringent quality.

Taste is good. Much more pronounced than the smell. In additon to the standard witbier flavors, there is a mild floral/perfumy quality to this beer that is fairly pleasant.

Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style, The bit of perfume in the taste does not affect the overall mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, this is a good beer.

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Photo of avalon07
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a thin texture. There was an inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: A sweet aroma of spices, malt and fruit.

T: Tasted of some of the typical witbier spices (coriander, cloves), malt, and citrus. Oddly, there was a bubblegum flavor here, more reminiscent of a hefeweizen than a witbier. Still, very light and spicy.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: While not exactly a classic witbier, this is a drinkable beer.

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Photo of danmouer
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Legend Brewery in Richmond Virginia is my local pub, I'm happy to report, and yesterday they tapped their first keg of this year's seasonal White Ale. Today they added a stash of 22 oz bottles to the chiller, and this report is based on one of each--a pint of draft followed several hours later by a bottle of Legend White.

Legend's current brew staff generally does an excellent jo with Belgian styles. Last summer's White ale was a real hit with me and my beer aficionado friends. If I had any complaints it was that the brewer's had was a little heavy on the addition of orange peel.

This year the white is, once again, superb. I can say that drinking Legend White when it is fresh is a truly wonderful beer experience. This beer pours with a very pale yellow tint and a full "white" haze of wheat proteins and yeast. A big three-or-four-finger crown rises in top to slowly settle back to a nice foamy wreath on top of the brew, leaving lace tracery on the glass.

The nise is heavily spicy from both yeast phenolics and from a slightly overdone hit of "real" spice, but I know this will mellow out in the days to come and leave a beautifully ballanced nose and flavor profile.

I know I shouldn't try to guess a beer's ingredients or brewing style, but I strongly detect the presence either of Continental pilsner malt or an exceptionally well-handled dose of American pils. I don't know if the wheat was raw or malted, but it is flavorful, crisp, grainy and clean in flavor.

Legend White is what a white ale should be. Medium full-bodied, lightly rich, cleanly crisp, zestily spicy, tangily citric, and fantasmatorically drinkable. I'll buy lots of it!

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Photo of ghostmech007
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber with label ‘Unfilter Wheat Beer Brewed on Belgian Yeast.’ Poured into a Pilsner glass.

Very dark for a Witbier. A very dark orange almost brownish. Lots of bubbles and thick head with little lace.

Spices, yeast, cloves, orange, and wheat all attack the nose. Nicely done to the brewers!

Creamy and medium body suit this perfectly. The carbonation takes a little out of it the cloves subdue the citrus notes. Not bitterness and little hops and when you get to the end the wheats really add to the flavor.

All and all not bad, not the best but not bad none the less. I just hope people forgo the orange slice on this one. The smell really brings you in to drink it and that is a good thing.

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Photo of phisig137
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this the other night, and had somewhat mixed feelings. After tasting Legend's Hefe, I was expecting fantastic things from this beer, and wasn't really disappointed.

Aroma was nice and tight, showing strong citrusy flavors, with only a hint of spice. Mouthfeel was smooth and silky, with tight bubbles. The finish was a little thin, I was hoping for a bit more body.

All in all, I thought this was a fantastic brew, that is very drinkable and refreshing on a nice summer night on the balcony. A little bit more of the phenolic belgian yeast charictaristic would be nice, but all in all, a very good beer!

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Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of pentathlete
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy peach with a small head that fell to a thin ring. Nose is nearly non-existent, some slight Belgian wheat with a city water background. Taste is spicy wheat with a touch of banana and some watery citrus in the end. Mouthfeel was a bit thin, too watery. Easy to consume though. Not bad, but nothing necessary here.

$4.29 for a 22 oz bottle at Once Upon a Vine.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with plain label that states it's "unfiltered wheat beer brewed on Belgian yeast." It pours pretty dark for a white ale - an opaque yellowed orange - with lively carbonation and a 3 finger, off-white head that leaves decent lacing. There is a wheat tang in the nose along with spicy yeast, clove, hints of pineapple/mango, and light lemon and coriander. It is medium and almost creamy body, yet it has prickly carbonation and it's lightly numbing because of the strong clove, nutmeg/allspice, the phenols, and the spicy yeast. In addition, there is also a light fruitiness with notes of lemon, pepper, and coriander, a low bitterness, and wheat that shows up as it warms. The cloves are a bit too strong for my liking but overall it's a good, fairly drinkable witbier.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- The first pouring is a slightly hazy light straw with a decent white head; the second pouring (with most of the yeast) is a very hazy light straw with even more head.

S- I really like the smell of this one. Phenols from the yeast are very prominent, giving the beer a nice clove-like smell right off the bat. Then a great coriander aroma comes in along with some wheat. Quite nice.

T- The phenols aren't as prominent as the smell might suggest, but they're definitely there and make a nice contribution to the flavor. The spices add a citrusy flavor that pairs well with the strong wheaty base. Bitterness is almost non-existent.

M- Decent enough; it's fairly light and kind of spritzy, although I wouldn't mind some livelier carbonation.

D- Very good. Legend's website lists the ABV at around 5%, so it's certainly not overly alcoholic. I could see making this into a session.

This is an impressive witbier. Although the style is not my favorite, I can see the merits of this beer. A good one to turn to on a hot day (like today was) as I could see it being a great quencher. Definitely give this a try if you're a fan of the style, and even if you're not, you still might enjoy it. Recommended.

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White Ale from Legend Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 19 ratings