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Legend Brewing Co.

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Style:
Lager - American
Ranked #375
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
78
Ranked #48,317
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 15.04%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
147
From:
Legend Brewing Co.
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  19
SCORE
78
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Notes: A step above mass produced lager beers, Legend Lager offers the comfort of easy drinkability while also bringing a depth of flavor due to our use of 100% barley malt, yeilding a pure, bright malt flavor and a medium body. Modest hopping and cool fermentation temperatures make for a smooth character and a clean finish.
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Feb 01, 2012
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: light golden yellow with lots of carbonation
S: really light almost hoppy upfront with a touch of tropical back
T: mild pungy up from with dissipating a bit watery taste back end
F: light bodied and a bit watery
O: an okay lager

Nov 13, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A slightly hazy, yellow-gold body is topped by a good-sized head of bright white foam that shortly drops to a collar but leaves some very nice lace. The nose displays a sweet, grainy malt backed by delicate, floral and grassy hops. Its medium-light body is accentuated by a very fine carbonation that lends it a gentle crispness in the mouth. The flavor almost seamlessly melds the sweetish, grainy malt with grassy/floral/spicy hops; and it seems to just fade away in the finish. Impressive balance! Great drinkability! An impressive session lager that falls somewhere between a helles and a pils; but it doesn't have the strength or bitterness of the export style that they suggest it is. Quite nice!

Oct 06, 2003
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Zraly from Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mild, malty note up front. Pours gold with a two-finger white head. Decent looking.

Carbonation is plentiful. A bit soapy and the malt presence is meager. The finish is a bit astringent and slightly too dry for something lacking in body. I wish there was a bit more sweetness or something floral or interesting in the finish -- something a bit more European.

It's not great but it is not bad. I wouldn't go out of my way, though.

Sep 01, 2011
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OldFrothingSlosh from Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this at a local pizza place (Uno's - they also serve Uno Amber, a pretty good beer made by the Boston Beer Co.) and it was not pleasant. Per the company's site, "This beer is brewed in the style of a premium export lager." I certainly hope premium exported lagers taste better than this.

Presented as a 20-oz. glass with zero head, the Bud Light-colored "premium export lager" had a malty aroma but, unfortunately, tasted terrible. I'm not sure if it had been sitting in the keg for some time, but it really disappointed. I kept thinking that I was drinking Bud Lite/Miller Lite/something-Lite. Flavor was really bland and was not impressive in the least.

After 3 attempts at drinking it, I asked the waiter to take it back and bring something else. I would like to try this again at the brewery's pub, just to see if I had a bad offering.

Dec 30, 2002
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BeerIsland from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I scored a 22 ozer from Rick's in Alexandria which is my local specialty store and has a real good selection. This lager pours with a cumulous head which really hangs around. It's a very pale gold in the glass and nice and clear. The nose is malty with a touch of corn. The flavor is a good blend of malt and hops with a hint of grapefruit in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and and the drinkability is fine. I don't think it's quite as good as their Pils but a very nice beer..

Oct 12, 2006
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Gavage from Nevada

3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden yellow in color with a 1/2" head. Some nice lacing develops during the session.

Smell: light lemon zest and some grassy tones are light but pleasant.

Taste: mild malt level here with some lemon zest, grass, and sweet green grapes. Bitterness is soft.

Mouthfeel: lighter in body. Strangely smooth and almost silky for the style. Aftertaste is brief.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this but if you are looking for a refreshing lager this one misses the mark.

Jul 25, 2009
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Boto from Connecticut

3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught @ Brewpub: This one poured a pale golden color. There was a small white head that left no lacing. There was almost no aroma. Faint malt and a bit of grassy or earthy hops. The taste is OK, but very unexciting. A step up from commercial lagers, but not a big step. It is pretty well executed. Not bad for just a cold one.

Aug 23, 2011
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asabreed from New York

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass @ Chiocca's in Richmond.

Appearance: A slightly hazy yellow, some decent lacing and a decent initial foamy head.

Smell: Lots of caramel in the body, which is both odd and extremely pleasant. There's certainly some hop presence to add the bitterness, and some sweet malts too from the caramel, I suppose.

Taste: Once again, a nice and odd mix between the bitterness of the hops and the caramel of the malts. I've never really had a lager like this, and it's a pretty good one at that.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, but the body is slightly thicker than what one may initially perceive the lager to be. Still pleasant to drink as it warms.

Drinkability: A great session beer if you see it on tap in Richmond. As I said, I think it's a pretty singular lager, very refreshing, and one that I never really get sick of in the least.

Oct 18, 2005
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arguemaniac from Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep golden amber with a thick, well-sustained white head. This tasty brew features a clean, smooth caramel flavor all the way through, from the aroma all the way to the finish. The hops are mostly detectable in the otherwise grainy caramel finish. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with mellow carbonation.

One of my favorite session brews, it’s just got such a great caramel flavor (like many of Legend’s exceptional beers) and a very nice smoothness. And, as an added bonus, it’s usually less expensive than other micros. Highly recommended.

Jul 10, 2006
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DrJay from Texas

3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow with a whitish cap that fell quickly. The aroma was mild, a bit of doughy malt and faint spicy hops. Moderate bitterness, some malt and a hint of spicy hops. Light bodied and a bit dry, moderate carbonation, decent texture. Refreshing, but very mild in character.

Jan 03, 2014
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InsolublePancake from Georgia

2.97/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of all, this is an all-malt lager, not a macro like it says here. Legend's website clearly points this out, so like it or not, that's what it is.

A- light golden color, decent head, very sparse lace that disappears quickly

S- caramel/butterscotch malt aroma, a tiny bit of floral hops detectable

T- big time butterscotch flavors, almost like I'm drinking liquid butter rum Lifesavers; minimal hop presence, hardly any bitterness; quite unusual, not sure if I like it

M- medium-bodied, slick and a little creamy; moderate carbonation; again, quite unusual

D- no problem finishing the bomber, but I'm not sure I'd want another

This is a very strange lager. There's an obvious diacetyl presence that I don't believe is characteristic of the style. It doesn't taste "clean" like I would expect a lager to taste. The mouthfeel is also quite strange for a lager; it's not crisp at all. It is interesting, but I'm not sure it's for me.

Mar 13, 2006
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mmmbeer from Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - according to the website, it's brewed in the Dortmunder style using 2-row barley, and hopped with Hallertau and Saaz. It pours a lightly-hazed pale gold, with medium carbonation and a big, pillowy, three-finger head that reduces to a thin blanket. The aroma is fairly buttery, with a touch of caramel malts, and backed with spicy/earthy hops. It is medium to light on the palate, with equal carbonation, and tastes of buttery, caramel, and toasted malts which are balanced by grassy/spicy/green and earthy hops that impart a medium bitterness. Overall not too complex, but tasty, and it kinda comes across as a Dortmunder light. Definitely sessionable, which is exactly what one would expect from a flagship beer.

May 08, 2007
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blackie from Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours one finger of thick foam over a straw golden beer, good retention at first - eventually settling to a thin layer and ring

s: body of pale german malts, mostly clean but a touch nutty, perhaps a blend of pils and vienna, mild herbal hops, buttery biscuit - typical of Legend in my experience - but relatively tame here compared to some of their other offerings, still...I wish they could get rid of it in the lagers at least

m: soft carbonation on the low side of medium, body is light without being thin

t: standard lager malts - mostly clean with a dose of nuttiness and offering only a light flavor, diacetyl not totally offensive but it's out of place given the subtle context - artificial butter flavor carries into the finish, mild hop flavor and bitterness, soft overall but crisps up a touch in the finish, okay

d: easy enough, but certainly hindered by the diacetyl

$2.99 bomber from Farm Fresh, Hampton, VA

May 16, 2009
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MaltyGoodness from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle thanks to my mom

Pours a clear golden straw with a fluffy white head that this. Mild lacing on the glass.

Very light malt aroma. Not much to smell.

Taste is light and malty upfront with just a slight hop bitterness. Finishes clean and rather dry with a slight malty taste. Refreshing.

Light body, zippy carbonation.

This is a nice brew for a hot summer day like today (100 degrees). I'll have to try and track down another bottle to see if I would give it the same scores in the winter....

Jul 18, 2006
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one is extremely interesting, considering it's classified as an Amercian Macro Lager. Definitely not like any beer in the style that I've ever had.

Pours a big fluffy 3-inch head, which gets rocky and settles to about an inch for the duration. Medium carbonation with a golden body.

Smell? Yes, it does! This is one of the most unique aromas of any beer. It smells like a freshly opened box of Fiddle-Faddle: corn, nuts, butter, sugar and caramel. It's wild, compelling and a little weird.

Malt dominates what tastes like corn adjuncts, but the malt also works well with the strong wheaty heft. Some caramel in the flavor too. With a buttery mouthfeel that coats the mouth, this is the beer-world equivalent of waffles with maple syrup and butter.

A good lager that carries its own weight. You might even consider it dessert-y, and you can't say that about many lagers. I wouldn't always be in the mood for this, but it's a cool and unique interpretation of the style.

Apr 03, 2006
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tempest from New York

2.66/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at Capital Ale House. I ordered a pint on special for $2 at the bar and it appeared a clear gold with a short white head. I was anticipating this one, but on the first sip it's obvious this beer is racked full of diacetyl. What a shame, there's no place for it to hide in a light beer like this that is otherwise smooth and drinkable.

Mar 03, 2010
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JayQue from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lagers are not the most exciting style in the world, but good ones should be noted. Legend Lager pours a clear dark gold with a nice pillowy white head that slowly recedes. Leaves a good heavy lacing on the glass. Smell is nothing that notable. Taste is pretty good, sharp and crisp but not much of either a malty or hops taste.

Mouthfeel was pretty good, not at all light or watery. Drinkability was excellent. Swilling a bunch of these on a hot day would be very nice.

A good summertime or session beer.

Apr 14, 2007
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jwc215 from Arizona

2.67/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this 22 oz. bootle from Virginia for me...

Pours straw yellow/ A large white foamy head descends in a rocky way.

The smell is yeasty with vague floral notes. Caramel and butterscotch mix in awkwardly.

The taste is of sweet grain, yeast, caramel and a touch of butterscotch. A bit salty, with a vague, non-descript hop bitter balance, though it remains sweet to the dryish finish.

Well, it has an adequate enough body for a lager, with a crisp touch.

A "homebrew" version of an American macro? I drank it, but some "odd" things about it (the chalky yeastiness, for example) make it less than impressive.

Jun 03, 2008
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metter98 from New York

3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear deep golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Aromas of grassy hops, grapes and lemons are present in the nose along with some hints of sweet malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has grape-like flavors with notes of pale malts and a good amount of malty sweetness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer feels a bit crisp and clean like a pilsner.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some interesting flavors.

Apr 07, 2012
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Raiders757 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Mar 13, 2013
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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Jun 12, 2016
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argock from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a 20oz clear tumbler at 12th Street Taphouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear straw-yellow with thin cap of bubbly, white head and multiple spots of lace.

S: Fruity yeast aromas with solid slightly grainy malting with crispy noble hops

T: A wonderful lager with a nice toasty malty edge, likely from the heavy dose of Munich malts. Hops are crisp and leave a clean, refreshing finish.

M: Feel is very clean with average carbonation for the style. I love the aftertaste which is toastier than most lagers, again probably Munich malt-based.

D: An imminently drinkable brew and one of Legend's best (if not the best) in their line-up. Crisp, clean, and refreshing with a unique toasty malt character that is distinctive and delicious.

Aug 08, 2009
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DefenCorps from Oregon

2.73/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks, Mike.

I slugged this out of the bottle over the course of an hour, and so while I didn't get to see what the beer looked like, I did get a sense of every other aspect. The nose is surprisingly hoppy, with plenty of citrus (orange ), a rather fruity yeast character and some light sugar and a little caramel. A little grassy as well. The palate opens moderately sweet with some cirtus hops, light bitterness and some sweetness. There's a mild, simple, sugary sweetness, along with a mild spicy hop character. Mild sweetness on the finish, along with some fruit, both from yeast and citrus hops. Again, there's the mildly powdery, chalky character I find in Cascases, but still, decent. Not the best lager I've had, and not particularly good for the style either.

Nov 26, 2011
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FLBeerGuy from Florida

3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jan 26, 2015
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