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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 12-30-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
141
Reviews:
55
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
15.09%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
14
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0
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Ratings: 141 |  Reviews: 55
Photo of getlonely
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of avalon07
2.68/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not much lacing.

S: Not a great aroma: A little hops, some malt, and a lot of corn.

T: Tasted like it smelled: Far too much corn, with a dash of lemon thrown in. The level of hops and malt are not nearly enough to offset the corn. Not very pleasant.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is just not a great example of a low end style. Could have been better.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a yellow color with some slightly golden hues. Provides a small white foam head with moderate retention. Has very small amounts of lacing.

S: Pretty light on the nose. There is some mild bready malts, caramel and some yeast. Very faint and not overly impressive.

T: Starts off with a sweet malty character up front, mostly lightly toasted bread, caramel and some brown sugar. In the middle there is a decent amount of hop bitterness that balances the beer a little. On the back end, it is similar to the middle. Some earthy hop character mixing with the sweet caramel malt.

M: A tad thin on the palate, but still pretty crisp and refreshing. Moderate carbonation on this light bodied brew.

O: I enjoy this much more on tap at the Brew Pub, but this got the job done. Not my favorite Pale Lagers, but an easy drinking one that has some flavor though not overly complex.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.73/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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Photo of derricksmalls
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tdm168
2.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a pale copper with a mountain of fizzy, dense, foamy, white head that has decent retention. The nose has a fruity sweetness, a note of something tart, hints of lager yeast, and a grassy aroma. The taste is fruity like a weird combination of blackberries and apples, there are notes of grassy, earthy hops that are almost spicy, and a lagery, lemony, yeasty finish. The mouthfeel is well carbonated, light, and smooth.

There is definitely something off about this one. For a lager there shouldn't be anything tart or fruity as there is here.

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Photo of rudolphjacksonm
3.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 22oz bottle of this on 11/10/11. I've always been a fan of Legend but I've only had the lager a handful of times and decided it was finally time to give it a review.

A - Nice solid yellow color. Two-finger, white head. Minimal lacing and not very much carbonation. 4.0

S - I seriously can't smell anything. Maybe a hint of yeast, maybe malt as well? I've put my nose almost in the beer and I still can't tell what I'm smelling. 2.0

T - Taste is pretty smooth and delicate. Sweet at the beginning with some subtle malt flavors and slight hop bitterness at the end. It's sweetness is a little off-putting at times, and it seems a bit watery. Otherwise it's incredibly drinkable and if it was on-tap for a decent price I'd pay for it over Miller, Bud, etc. 3.0

M - Smooth and crisp with a bit of carbonation. Insanely drinkable. 3.0

O - This is a decent Lager. I would definitely buy it on-tap over some of the other big name breweries, but on its own I think there are definitely better options. 3.0

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Photo of Zraly
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.94/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: bright gold. i haven't seen a head die that fast in a while. it was white and bubbly for a minute and now there is a slight rim of carbonation.

S: a mild sweetness. a bit corn like. a slight spicy hop component.

T: a strong sweet, malt component. a low hop presence. great balance. very dry finish.

M: light body with a medium carbonation.

D: a light, super drinkable beer. dont be fooled by the unicorn! good stuff inside.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy bright golden color with a medium-sized white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a lot of floating foam and a nice ring of foamy lace.

Smell: Sweet malts and fruit, with a slight citrus backing.

Taste: Begins with malty, buttery sweetness that rounds out to be a bit fruitier with some candy notes. The finish also reveals a little bit of breadiness and a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with balanced carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: This is a solid all-round beer. Certainly nothing I would get excited over or go out of my way to buy, but this is an easily enjoyable beer to share with those who aren't "beer people". Sessionable, and good to have around.

Shout out to wahhmaster for bringing this to share.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden with a rocky off-white head. The aroma has lots of butter, smooth minimally toasted pale malt, odd fruitiness and some plastic. Medium body with mild carbonation. The flavor starts with some sour fruit, funked up maltiness and light tartness. The finish is very medicinal and off-sourness.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, very pale, yellow color. Has a thin, fizzy head that dissipates almost immediately and leaves no discernible lacing.

Smell: Has a very clean nose with only a hint of malty sweetness to it.

Taste: Modestly bitter up front with a sweet maltiness that continues throughout the beer. Has a slightly bready quality to it as well. Pretty standard, unoffensive lager territory here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Drinkability: An average lager. Nothing really sets this one apart from the countless other craft lagers out there. It certainly isn't bad; there's just nothing that stands out about it. It's definitely drinkable and certainly worth a try but not something to go out of your way for.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.79/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Once I knew for a fact that I was leaving the NoVa area (thank God...), I figured I'd snatch up as many semi-local Virginia brews I could get my hands on. This case in point pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of thick white fluff. The nose is actually pretty tinny, though some light wheat, corn, and floral hops come through as well. Not very pleasant at all. The taste holds notes of corn, wheat, light raspberries (say what!?), and floral hops. The body is very light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. So, I'm not sure whether or not I got a bad bottle, but this was not all that good at all. I will try again, if I can, but this is thus far the worst brew I've yet come across from Legend. Boo this.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Arrives a pale translucent straw gold, replete with relatively large-bubbled and relatively quick effervescence. Only a thin and delicate but uniform ring of lace and a light surface dusting remain by the time this one arrives, but it looks like it initially sported a half finger or so of good pale, snow white head. Inviting.

Aroma: This beer's weakest aspect - even extreme agitation exposes very little. A few pale, empty malt notes, slightly husky, are about all that's goin' on here. 2.5

Taste: A simple, sweet beer, very pale, with a few traditional "lager"-esque off notes that I would normally think suggest skunkiness, but not here - maybe additives, or a fermentation temperature that's too high. Not a lot of hop flavor at all, and the off flavor detracts from the refreshing nature of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Thin and with plenty of bright, crisp effervescence that makes for a slightly creamy, slightly bold mouth. A faint film detracts slightly.

Drinkability: Drinkable, sure, but it something I'd choose to drink? There are better crafted and more flavorful lawnmower beers out there, though I gotta give the home state props, I suppose. Worth a try.

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Photo of goldbot
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, straw yellow with medium white head, lots of carbonation, and spotty lacing.

Not much aroma going on, but there are hints of caramel malts and a touch of herbal hops. Slightly bready. Taste is a bout a 50/50 mix of caramel and fruity hops. Actually nicely on the hoppy side for the style. Hints of berries, apple, and citrus. A touch of spicier, herbal hops towards the finish. A clean aftertaste with a bit of bready malt coming back out.

Feel is thin and crisp, about as expected. Nicely drinkable. The hops are a nice, refreshing surprise. Fruity and balanced.

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Photo of tempest
2.66/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of argock
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
3.48/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light seethru straw gold with bubbliness and a quickly dieing head. Grainy, grassy hops along with some minor citric notes pass for the aroma. Light and easy to drink, this beer has the grassy, earthy hops in there for a dry and crisp taste along with a little smokiness from somewhere and the malts are barely there. Quite an easy drinker to relax with and perfect while sitting outside in summer heat.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright, clear pale golden color with some large carbonation bubbles visible. The white head is tall, thick, and frothy, with nice retention. The head leaves some nice trails of lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet, mild grain in the nose. Some dry, fruity hints of white grapes. Clean floral and herbal hop aromas.

T: Sweet, grainy malt up front. Again, some mild dry fruitiness is present. Floral, herbal, and grassy hop flavors, with a dose of fading bitterness. Somewhat buttery with hints of salt.

M: Somewhat lighter than medium body. Carbonation is moderate, yet the beer has a very unique softness to it. A touch of drying crispness into the finish.

D: A finely-flavored, dare I say delicate lager here. A very appealing balance to this one. An excellent American lager. Tasty, yet easy to drink.

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Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of sarahspat
2.14/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has this on tap at Capital Ale House in Fredericksburg.

Appearance is clear and golden with a medium thick head which falls quickly.

Smell is really unpleasant to me. Kind of a weird musty sourdough scent. Gross.

The taste is only a little better than the smell. There's a cloying, aggressive biscuitiness. Skunkiness denigrates the brew also. Tiny floral presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy but has an off-putting astringent character to it.

I drank the whole 12 oz. serving but none of it was enjoyable. I will not be drinking this brew ever again. When I ordered this I was not aware that it was classified as an adjunct lager, but for the record, I would prefer a BMC over this based on taste. Just gross.

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Photo of rugerj
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a nice golden color with minimal head that fades quickly. Virtually no lacing in glass. Smell is of sweet malt and little hop aroma. Taste is of sweet malt with just enough hop aroma to balance the beer. A nice offering from a local Virginia brewery. Nothing fancy but well done.

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Photo of rlparker3
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2-Jan-2009 Baker's Crust at Short Pump Town Center

Poured a slightly foggy, rich, honey. Smelled bready as Legend beers do to me but also carried a dry, slight candied fruit overtone. This is a full, meaty lager... I think I prefer it over other most others in the style.

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