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Copper Legend - Jack's Abby Brewing

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81 Reviews
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Reviews: 81
Hads: 390
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 23.28%
Wants: 17
Gots: 51 | 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: 81 | Hads: 390
Photo of JamesStreet
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - Nice, clean-looking copper color. Billowy, white head with loosely packed bubbles. Retention is moderate and lacing is minimal
Smell - Big, bready German malts followed by a nice caramel aroma.
Taste - Pretty much follows the nose with the big malt profile being prevalent. I get a little, zesty citrus note, but very faint. Hops are pretty minimal with a bit of noble variety coming thru in the taste with a sort of earthy character. The ABV is a bit on the high end for the style, but there really is no hint of alcohol at all
Feel - I get a medium body with good carbonation. Finish is full and crisp
Overall - Pretty closer to a classic marzen for an American brewer. Knowing Jack's Abbey, I thought there would have been a bit more hop presence but I'm glad it wasn't overloaded, breaking out of the style.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is coppery in color with a half-finger of off-white head on top. Nice rise of carbonation from the nucleation point in the glass reinforces a thin film of head throughout. Decent collar of lace up top.

S: Grainy sweetness; wheat bread doughy. Not terribly strong in the nose.

T: Follows the nose, more or less, with a good malt foundation of bread dough, cereal grain and caramel malt. Ever-so-faint hint of lemony, minerally bitterness at the finish provides just a touch of balance. Otherwise, this is predominantly about the malt profile, not the hops.

M: Fairly soft in feel with a nice creaminess but also some bite from the carbonation. Light to medium in heft.

O: Good to very good. Not surprised that the lager specialists at Jack's Abby did a nice job with this. It's nothing earth-shattering, and for my preferences I'd prefer a touch more lemony bitterness to offset the malt, but that's just me. Traditionalists would probably be pretty happy with this one.

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Photo of scotorum
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought on sale at Four Seasons Liquors in Hadley Mass. Label indicates it's a Fall 2012 product, which may affect this review.

a: Translucent amber, finger thick white head dissipated quickly to a moderate surface foam film and moderate lacing.

s: Mild citrus.

t: Nicely balanced malt/hops, slightly sweetish, very easy drinking.

m; Light to moderate, heavy carbonation.

o: Though perhaps lighter than some Octoberfests, a good one to have while the weather is still warm. Refreshing and quite tasty, really hard to tell this is close to a year old.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fiery caramel color, moving between amber and red tones. It pours with a lovely head of medium sized, lightly yellowed, slightly rocky bubbles that sit at a half finger’s width and slowly fizzle away. The head leaves a negligible lacing on the sides of the glass. In body the beer is lager-clean but darker, with a lazy stream of bubbles working to the top of the beer, and no particles present (just as there shouldn’t be in this style). On the nose, the beer smells spicy with a beautiful caramel malt blanket on the back of the smell. The caramel is layered and sweet, gracing the nose with just a touch of maple syrup and biscuit notes, and the hops are properly noble with a strong spice character, alongside fresh cut grass notes. The malt is the bigger player in the nose, however. On the tongue, the beer tastes mellow, with light bitters and sweetness which give way to a nice dry finish and only the slightest hint of acidity. In flavor, the beer tastes remarkably similar to several ESB’s I’ve had. The flavor begins as sweet caramel malt with a touch of apple juice, this moves into sweet bread, and then quickly to stale bread, and then bitter, herbal hops with just a touch of residual sweetness from the malt. Toffee notes also dance across the middle of the palate. The finish is dry, but is a nice blend of the malt and hops. In the mouth the beer feels medium in body, with a light, syrupy mouthfeel and softer carbonation that gives a quick bite and then caresses the tongue with velvet. The mouth is left dry except for a very faint trail of saliva, though it is by no means bone-dry. Overall this is a great beer to drink a lot of, it’s not too sweet, it’s not too bitter, and sits on the palate nicely with enough flavor to make you want another sip, but not enough to fill you up, etc… This is a good drinking beer, and would work very well in an Oktoberfest environment.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - Copper with two fingers of white head

S - Crisp lager aroma with caramel sweetness

T - Toffee, caramel, and spices from the noble hops with a green tea/mint finish. Crackery malts round it out.

F - Undercarbonated, but not too flat. Feels lighter than the abv would suggest, but still robust enough.

O - I expected more from a brewery that specializes in lagers, but this is still solid for the style with lots of flavor.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle with a mention of it being a 2012 fall release on the label ... better than no freshness date.

LOOK: Sunset orangey copper hue, very clear with ample frothing

SMELL: Fresh hay, toasted bread, grape skin, clean, floral, spicy hop

TASTE: Full malt jacket, grassy, grapenuts, herbal hop, bread crust, semi-clean, slight sweetness, hint of alcohol, long grainy finish

Very well put together, if this was a bit cleaner it would give its German counterparts a run for their O-fest. I'll be visiting this lager more often than other O-fests this year.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, AdamJackson!

Copper in color with a nice head of near-white foam. Appropriately pretty Oktoberfest.

Earthy, bready, and mildly hoppy beer. A touch of floral and sweet notes as well.

Biscuit and a bit of sweetness combine with low to moderate bitterness, and just a touch of floral, grassy hops. Quite nice. Very drinkable.

Medium to near full in body, at least for the style. Moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable, tasty to-style beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gn0sis for this one. Served in a pilsner glass.

A - White foam settles to a solid cap and a few splotches of lace. Transparent copper-gold body with plenty of fast-moving bubbles visible.

S - Earthy and spicy hops, toasted grains, wheat, slightly floral, a little bit of toffee sweetness, some mildly fruity apple and grape skin notes.

T - The taste is sweeter, with more biscuit and honey-drizzled bread. There's some nebulous berry fruitiness, along with a kiss of floral and grassy hop. As you'd expect from the style it's malty but not cloying, with a kiss of hops. The finish lingers a bit longer than your typical festbier though.

M - Surprising heft for only 5% - verging on medium-full in body. Pleasant moderate-to-low carbonation, with a creamy and smooth texture that finishes a tad sticky. No alcohol presence.

D - Not totally what I was expecting from an Oktoberfest, but a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed the sweeter flavors in this one, although I could have stood for a little bit crisper feel. No problem drinking a half-liter on my own though.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle sent by Adam (thanks man!) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a lighter gold color than I'm used to in Marzens...attractive, with decent clarity and a good amount off soft white head.

S: Softer malt presence with a definite sweetness, and even a fruitiness to it...yeast strain? Grainy earth, toasted barley.

T: Balanced sweetness and moderate toasted grain component...clean finish. Earthy notes, lightly toasted nuts, prototypical bread crust, hints of a darker malt sweetness.

MF: Creamy light-to-medium mouthfeel with lower carbonation.

O: Again, a lager from Jack's Abby that doesn't remind me of a lager...one of the best Oktoberfest beers I've had, and this is not a style I normally pull for.


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Photo of mdfb79
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1/2 liter poured into a Sam Adams glass

One finger of foam which quickly settles down to a thin white cap. Faint lacings.

Fresh beer, faint citrus, malt and grains. Fresh is the predominant aroma.

Good taste, faint carbonation, light to light medium on the tongue. Clean finish, refreshing. Would like more malty sweetness taste.

A good , drinkable beer. I could have more than one. Very enjoyable but not best in class, but worthy of repeating.

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Photo of tkelley
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mo bottle poured into my hobgoblin glass designed for beers that size.

A - great copper color like the name suggests. Not a lot of head but ivenoticed that withthis glass.

S - nice biscuity malt smell with a good hop backdrop. Smells like a nice day in thecountryside but near a country bakery. Grassy.

T - Malty but not not a malt bomb. Hops on the backside.

M - good carbonation. Slightly heavy. Good hearty drink.

O - awesome local marzen. Super stoked to have access to this for years tocome. Cheers!

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a cloudy orange color. Head is slight but it leaves long lacing sheets. Dim glow from the body.

S-Pretty standard for a Marzen except with a bit more pep. Sweet bread and yeast. Maybe a tad of hoppiness. Mostly herbal hop. Sweet and yeasty.

T-The flavor is very Marzen-esque but a bit more robust and it boasts a nice herbal and spicy hop finish. Yeasty. Simply put: a tasty, muscular Marzen that only variates from the norm with its zesty hop finish.

M-Tingly bubbes with a slick, medium finish. Mildly dry. Sweetness sticks to the palate.

O/D-A top-tier, up and coming brewery that happens to be one of my favs does a Marzen (one of my least favorite styles). This was perhaps the best Marzen I have had but it's still a Marzen to me. JA's worst brew so far, but still a great depiction of a mediocre style.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Missed reviewing this last year but always up for Jacks Abby reviews, probably my favorite brewery overall from MA. On-tap at Dive Bar in Worcester.

A- Golden light amber pour into a pint glass. One finger foamy white head with decent retention. Small ring remains atop the beer but only a few spots of lace are deposited around the glass.

S- Smooth toasted malty aroma. Caramel, toasted nuts and some fruity raisin-like hints. Brown sugars also come to mind with a good lager yeasty base.

T- Smoothed out slight buttery malty caramel base. Toasted nuts, raisin, fresh cracked grains and light caramel sweets in a maltier overall flavor profile. Hops in the finish are grassy and spicy, Noble varieties.

MF- Creamy, silky texture in a body that has a light-moderately thick feel. Moderately high carbonation with a super creamy, smooth feel. Light bitterness in the finish.

Good malt character with a nice complimentary Noble hop finish as well as lager yeast. Good buttery, toasted caramel malt feel.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jack's Abby Brewing - Copper Legend, poured into a stein.

Look - Pours a clear filtered bubbly copper amber with a decent sized fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves sparse lacing.

Smell - Sour lager yeast, smooth sweet malt, some slight hints of roasted malt, and a touch of bitter Noble hops.

Taste - Creamy and malty with a nice hop bittering pine finish.

Mouthfeel - Rests hop bitter but wet/creamy. Low carbonation. Light to medium body. Slightly warm boozy but it's pleasing. Good drinkability.

Overall - I am not a huge fan of this style in general, but I appreciated what they did here, particularly with the hoppy finish. I am willing to admit that I am a huge fan of this brewery and will try anything they put out at least once. Would recommend this for fans of hops that want a seasonal treat, would also recommend for those into the style, though they might be put off by the interpretation of it.

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Photo of predikit
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Arrived with about a finger's worth of head that quickly dissipated. The beer is a bold copper color with a mild haze to it. Some carbonation is visible in the glass.

S - I'm still working on identifying the distinctive smell/taste characteristic that I detect in German beers. This is the first American Oktoberfest that I've tried that has had it. Floral hop quality with sweet malts. Mostly caramel type.

T - Follows the nose. No surprises. It tastes quite authentic.

M - A Jack's Abby hallmark. This one doesn't quite rise to the level as others that I've had, but it is silky smooth and finishes clean, with just a little bit of flavor that lingers in the back of my mouth.

O - The first American Marzen I've had this year that gives me hope. Still not as good as the Germans make them, but not far off, and it tastes quite authentic.

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Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: 1/3 head, medium carbonation, golden brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and grain

Taste: toasted malt, mineral, and earth

Mouthfeel: sweet with a good deal of earthiness, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall:A solid mineraly tasting lager. Good for the style, and if I want a marzen I would look for it. However, I will probably not rush to pick this one up again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

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Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 12 October

Somehow this review fell through the cracks, so I'm going to drudge whatever I can out of memory.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with, you guessed it, some copper tints. The beer is crowned by a cream colored head that was pretty soapy looking to start off and died down at an average rate. Nice and clear with some carbonation trickling up from the bottom.

Smell: Sweet caramel malts. Definitely sweet. A bit of earthy funk as well. A pinch of toast smell. Not the cleanest nose.

Taste: The flavor was predominantly caramel malt flavors with a somewhat abrasive assertion of the toast note I mentioned in the nose. Thankfully none of the earthiness seemed to come out on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation. Quaffable.

Overall: I put this one somewhere between Sierra Nevada's magnificent Oktoberfest and Sam Adams as far as US Oktoberfests go. The beer was not as sweet as Sam Adams, but not as clean as Sierra Nevada. I'd definitely pick up a few of these if you like Oktoberfestbiere.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brassy orange with a friendly tuft of foam on top. Unfiltered so a tad hazy. My bottle says 5.9% abv.

Smells like crystal with some musty hop and...semolina?

Good balance. Sweet malts, just a little apple juice-y, balanced by drier bread crust and toast balanced by some subtle, but noticable, musty hop. Doesn't have an outstanding smooth lager mouthfeel.

While I certainly appreciate the balance of this beer over it's often overly sweet or semi-metallic brethren, the body leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Copper Legend from Jack's Abby Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.