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Copper Legend - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

71 Reviews
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Reviews: 71
Hads: 347
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 16
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jlindros on 09-06-2011

Ancient timelines talk of dark days, plagued by hardships and Kingdom demands. When hope was all but lost, a legend emerged. A plumber. With copper pipes and an uncanny wit, he battled fierce foes and saw to the brewery’s opening. Our Octoberfest is malty, smooth and exceedingly drinkable. It is perfect to celebrate and honor today’s legends. We use locally grown wheat from MA, Munich malt and noble hops.

22 IBU
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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 347
Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a reddish amber with a quickly dissipating head.

The aroma has fruity esters, apple, caramel, whole grain bread.

The flavor follows with that fruity quality up front. Light caramel sweetness throughout with a clean finish and touch of floral hops.

A refreshing and very solid beer in the style. Very lacking in carbonation though. (351 characters)

Photo of Tiernan
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells truly wonderful! Toasty. Buttery. Caramel. Taste is quite different from most Oktoberfest styles I've tried as it's rich with warm, roasty, caramel flavor yet very light and bubbly on the palate. Extremely welcoming and drinkable. (237 characters)

Photo of twosheds
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Orangey gold in color.

Has kind of a sourdough bread smell.

It's fairly malty and a little tart and sour at first. The sourness kind of lingers in the aftertaste, but not in an offensive way.

The mouthfeel is light and smooth.

I'm a little underwhelmed considering I really like the other beers I've had from this brewery. It's not bad, but nothing about really makes me want to have another one. (445 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Copper Legend is aptly named - it does in fact have a shiny copper colour. As for notions of it being "legendary", we'll have to wait and see how it compares to the likes of iconic brands like Hofbräu and Paulaner. By the look of things, however, it's off to the right start; fall tones, shimmering golden strands, and dense and blurry complexion are spot on for an Oktoberfest.

The malt bill also fits the bill - this scent of rich, lightly toasted German pale malt is one straight out of a Munich bier garden. It has the air of rustic bread loaf and smells substantial enough to serve as breakfast. Two things are apparent: 1) they used high quality grain; and, 2) they used a lot of it.

The flavour features more of that hearty, rich maltiness, clean and pure. Aside from a slight earthiness, hops aren't really tasted but do hold a tight, piano wire-strength tension with the grain that keeps sweetness firmly in check and ensure a bone-dry finish.

A couple things initially caught my eye about this one. It mentions the use of wheat which, so far as I'm aware, is neither traditional nor is it customary. And at 5.7% this veers towards the higher end of the style's alcohol spectrum. Neither factor turns out to be noticeable, however, as this drinks without interruption and features plenty of body and rich malt character.

Copper Legend is a beer made to high standards - I've come to expect as much from Jack's Abby. But does it live up to the highest standards of them all: German standards!? Absolutely. If your Märzen can be mentioned in the same breath as any of the original, iconic producers' then you've clearly done a good job. And it's not easy to emulate centuries of craftsmanship and tradition! (1,725 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: [3.00] Nice orange to amber color in the glass. Forms a tiny white head that quickly dissipates to nothing. The bottle lists IBU (22) and ABV (5.7%). I can't find any dates.

S: [2.50] Strong pie spices. Really pungent. Like hard cider almost. To the point that it almost smells synthetic or like chemicals.

T: [2.50] The taste does not follow the nose. It is much mellower. There is still some apple pie spices - but none of the harshness. However, it has a weird after taste as I continue to drink it.

M: [3.00] The mouthfeel is decent. Nice carbonation and body.

O: [2.50] This would be a nice beer to have at a German festival. It would make me feel like I fit in. Other than that I am not sure when I would seek this out. The flavors are decent but it is not really my thing. It is too bad because I have had mostly solid hits from Jack's Abby. (872 characters)

Photo of DonWeymouth
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Most Jack's Abbey brews jump out at you. This is a mild Octoberfest with an amber to good tone. The head disappears quickly but the carbonation sticks until the bottom. (168 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pokal a..well a copper color with a minimal head,I like a big white crown on my O-fest lager and this didn't have much of one at all.Some caramel and bread dough in the nose with a lighted note.a somewhat mellow flat feel to the beer wich again is off for the style.Flavors of caramel,bread dough,and a light smattering of herbal hops in the finish,not bad but the feel doesn't help the flavors.Maybe an off bottle as far as carbonation goes,would like to try fresh from the tap. (492 characters)

Photo of predikit
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a nice amber, copper color.

The scent is malty, maybe a hint of smoke. Left a very small white head that disappears nearly immediately, no lacing is left behind.

The taste is light, picking up wheat, cream, and a little orange-like citrus.

Light bodied, is very crisp, and very drinkable.

I could see myself buying this again. (336 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bought a single bottle from Beers of the World Coulmbus Day weekend 2014. Poured into dimpled mug at fridge temp.

look: burnished gold with copper tint. head disappears quickly.

smell: classic noble hop perfume

taste: well balanced malt and hops, toasted graininess at the end.

mouthfeel: crisp

overall: smells good, tastes very good, lack of head retention the only flaw. (378 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A minimal head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, toasted grains, burnt bread, a little sweetness, lager yeast, and grassy hops.

Taste: Nice Munich malt, wheat, and Noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, a bit chewy, low to medium carbonation, and light bitterness.

Overall: Pretty nice Octoberfest. Would have preferred more sweetness, but I'm content with it. (590 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

Appearance - clear light orange color with thin film of white head

Smell - caramel, nuts

Taste - caramel malts, nuts, breadiness

Mouthfeel - medium .bodied, higher level of carbonation, slight sweetness upfront, bit of bitterness on the back end

Overall - decent attempt at a marzen, though to me it leans heavier towards an amber ale than a true marzen. Worth a shot

Price point - $2/12 oz single (402 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%

From 09/17/14 notes at Post 390 in Boston, MA. Had two glasses, 16 oz. pours into pint glasses.

Pours a copper-dark amber color with one to two inches of light tan head and low to moderate carbonation evident. Lots of bready malts, some fruity mats, and light burnt malts. Some brown sugar, dough, wheat, and grains. Medium body and low carbonation, easy to drink.

Overall not my favorite marzen nor my favorite JA beer. Try if you lie the style but don't od too much to seek it out. (485 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reminiscent of Firestone Walker's Oaktoberfest. It has the bones of a marzen, but aspires to a better form resulting from nuance. Very bright gold, not sure I'd qualify it as copper. Nice head though. Importantly, the basics have been attended to. Malted Munich dominates a sweet aroma; no nuttiness, no pine, just malt. Crisp and soft body. Emphasis on the aged and thrashed flavor of wheat. Smells much much sweeter than actual taste, which is given balance by some Noble hops, herbal, and medicinal flavors. (511 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
5/5  rDev +31.9%

A: Pours bronze with great clarity. Anais has the start be quickly dissipates. Not much lacing but a thin film of bubbles persists.

S: biscuity and malty. Toasted grain and mild sweetness.

T: Wow! This is what an Oktoberfest Marzen should taste like! Biscuity, a little chewy, but fresh and clean, with animal cracker and cracker flavors throughout. Mild hops in the back add some dimension to all of the grainy and bready flavors.

O: I love this brew! An instant classic. Maybe the best Oktoberfest offering I've yet had! One to try if you're a fan of the style or if you're a skeptic of the style. (602 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours perfect amber. Clear, serene and has a fat , creamy off white head that falls slowly enough. Nose is white bread with a touch of wheat sweetness. No hops no fruity esters. As the beer warms a light sweet hay or grassiness comes forward a bit. Taste is lovely. Lighter side of medium mouthfeel with a delicate lager bite form bubbles. Delicate because the bubbles seem so tiny. Not at all big or rough. Light toasty white bread with a nice crust on it. A dry crisp wheat and a lovely bit of what I am going to call floral. Grapeskins actually. This beer finishes dry and with the malt edging out any hop character at the very end. I love this. Not bitter at all.

This beer is bright, vivid and reminds me of how the fall leaves give off their last bit of light as color before they turn brown and fall. Delicate swift on the palate and has a measure of sunshine in the drink imparted by the wheat. (912 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

A: crystal clear; copper colored (duh!); 1 finger off white head that receded quickly; no lacing;

S: sweet malt; bread;

T: follows the nose with the sweetness taking over at the finish; a touch of bitterness in the background;

M: light bodied; light carbonation;

O: mellow; easy drinking; a little sweet for my taste; (321 characters)

Photo of Reegze79
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Pours like a textbook Marzen style lager; clear, amber/ copper color and perfect carbonation levels. Aroma is incredible, rich, earthy, malty and even some hop tints as well. The beer is very smooth, medium bodied and the much desired malty sweetness comes through nicely. A bit of a metallic aftertaste in the top of the mouth but does not deter from hammering back another swig....and another...

I first started drinking the super-hopped Jack's Abbey Mass Rising and Hoponius Union and figured they were another brewer catering to the public demand for super hopped ipa's and ipl's. I have certainly been corrected...JA puts out a wide variety of lager style brews including this fine offering, Cooper Legend....A road trip to Framingham is on the to-do list... (768 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours, erm, copper-colored.

Smells sweet, zippy, and bready with a little bit of an amber ale crispness. Kind of a like a combination between a mellow bock and a lightly hopped red. Nice.

Tastes like it smells. Like autumn. Complex but mellow, wonderfully balanced between a sweeter front end and a lightly bitter finish.

A really, really good American Marzen. It tastes more in debt to Millstream's O-fest than to any traditional Munich ones. And while it's not as good as its Iowa counterpart, it's still probably the second best American marzen I've ever had. (570 characters)

Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +5.5%

A - One finger of off-white, dense head. Visible carb. is light. Copper-golden body.

S - Sweet and bready. A little light roastiness. Maybe a touch of smoke.

T - Again, sweet and bready which shifts to mild roast. The finish is slightly bitter.

M - Medium carb. Light body and easy drinking (304 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into pilsener glass.

A - Outstanding looking beer. A beautiful orange-amber with lot's of carbonation rising, as well as visible bubbles on the glass. Very clear beer, no haze. Only thing keeping this beer from a pefect appearance rating is a smallish head. Still though, one of the prettier beers I've seen in a while.

S - Pretty much what a Marzen usually smells like: Dankness, ferment, a general bitterness. Also detected a bitter flower aroma, and a touch of dandelion.

T - Oh, how do you say SMOOTH Oktoberfest? The upfront taste itself is quite normal for a Marzen: A general bitterness, very mild malts without much sweetness, light hints of grass and wheat. However, the late taste and aftertaste are it's strength. So smooth, the light bitterness plays off the very small amount of sweetness the malt provides.

F - Incredibly smooth and refreshing. Yes it's slightly thick, but man, is this a smooth beer that I wish I would have bought more of. If I could find this stuff cheaper, I could drink many of these.

O - A great Oktoberfest, certainly amount my favorites of the style, if not my top one. Great looking beer, all the mild flavor of an Oktoberfest, with incredible drinkability. Highly recommended. (1,243 characters)

Photo of Mersh
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty orange color with a foamy finger and a half head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing behind.

The nose is very cola-like, sugar cane, bready malt, wheat and ginger

Very thin feel in the mouth but exceptionally drinkable.

Very respectable taste to the style. Could put down a few of these if it was all that was available.

Overall; another good product from Jack's Abby that sticks true to the Oktoberfest style. Would definitely drink again. (467 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper/gold hue with a thin head into my glass. Looks very much like an oktoberfest.

The use of wheat compliments a malty base, especially in the nose. Very fresh too. Inviting.

Mellow, flavorful, the perfect compliment on a chilly fall night. Chewy, doughy bread comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is nice and clean. Makes me want to have some more.

Jack's Abby has got it going on. Fresh and flavorful octoberfest here. (430 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Clear coppery golden; pours with a short lived white head.

s: Toasted bready malts that are a bit nutty and potpourri or tea like fruit.

t: Lightly sweet malty goodness. Bready, nutty, and a tad fruity with a lightly bitter finish.

m: The old cliche, crisp and clean.

o: Really liking what I've tried from these guys, good Festbier for sure. (348 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep copper color with half an inch of head that fades down to nothing

S: Get mostly graininess and a light sweetness from the Munich malts along with a light fruitiness

T: Starts off with the Munich malts, which provide a light graininess and some sweetness. This is followed by a husky fruit note. Finishes lightly bitter from the hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A decent American Octoberfest with a definite focus on malts. Not really all that complex, but it's very drinkable. Would be a good option at a festival (551 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with orange hues, small but decent head, fades at a moderate pace, no lacing on my glass.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with a subtle hop character, nothing that grabs my nostrils attention.

Taste is surprisingly smooth and slick, the body is excellent with a nice creamy feel it to, carbonation is near perfect, taste is mostly malt but does has a decent hop balance in the aftertaste which helps to smooth it out, neither flavor is overwhelming but just the right amount, very easy drinking with a semi-dry finish that keeps you refreshed and coming back for more. (586 characters)

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Copper Legend from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.