Copper Legend - Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
84
good

345 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | 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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Ratings: 345 | Reviews: 72
Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into my 2008 Pioneer stein, formed a 1" light beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head bubbles away, with lasting sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, lightly fruity.

Taste starts worty and moderately sweet, fruity in the middle, and light bitterness through the close. Body seems lacking. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is way easy. Not bad, but doesn't quite come together for me as well as some of my Okt faves.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a mug with a good two fingers worth of head is a dark copper with some mahogany hues.

Aroma: At first a short burst of citrus hops with some floral notes. Cinnamon, faint spice, lots of caramel malts with a bready character.

Taste: Nice and malty but with a twinge of dryness. Light spice, floral hops, caramel malts are well used in this one. Faint cinnamon in the rather smooth finish.

Notes: Begining to end it's so very drinkable. Cheers.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a Hofbrau seidel. 'Tis the season.

A: Pours clear orange with great clarity. Thick, rocky off-white head dominated with four fingers worth of thickness. Retention is awesome. Thick, clumpy lacing affixes itself firmly to the glass. This is what an Octoberfest lager should look like. A very appealing beer to behold.

S: Light caramel and sweet grainy scents intermingle. Very slight and vague fruitiness. Grass and hay. Slight nutty/earthy yeast quality. This is spot-on. If I didn't know better, I'd think it came straight from Germany.

T: Grass and hay. Light caramel taste throughout. Strong toasted grain presence. The subtle fruitiness is there too. Nutty and musty lager yeast. Slight hop kick toward the end with a mild bitterness and grassy and spicy flavors. Clean finish of toasted grain and grassy hops. Textbook.

M: Medium bodied with firm malt character and a slight weight in the mouth. Creamy. Modest carbonation cuts the heft in the mouthfeel and lifts it just enough so that it feels firm but still remains smooth and quaffable. Great.

O: I'm very picky when it comes to Octoberfest lagers, especially American-made ones. Many brewers just use them as a token seasonal offering and don't even bother to stay true to style. They just brew some crappy, half-baked amber beer, often using an ale yeast to keep things more economical. The result is a market flooded with a whole lot of half-assed "Octoberfest" beers lacking character and substance. I'm happy to report that this is not one of those beers. Jack's Abby brews lagers exclusively, and boy did they nail this one. Copper Legend has to be the most authentic tasting American-made Octoberfest lager I've ever had. Ridiculously good, and highly quaffable. Give me some radishes and bratwurst and I'm in heaven. Jack's Abby. So hot right now.

Photo of Gatch
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled "Fall 2012"

A: Copper-orange in color with a fizzy, bubbly, eggshell white head that builds and fades quickly leaving behind little lace and retention.

S: Sweet, toasted malt with spices, some dark fruit, and a bit of hay/grass. Fits the season.

T: Delicious burst of sweet, sugary, toasted malt followed by a surprisingly fresh but faint hop presence. Very smooth and full of flavor with an enjoyable, dry finish.

M: Smooth, clean, crisp, refreshing, all with the right amount of carbonation to complement the flavors and body. Incredibly easy to drink.

O: I don't understand the less than favorable reviews this beer is receiving. Maybe there was a bad batch, maybe these people don't understand the style, or maybe there aren't enough hops? This style is meant to be malt-heavy. I was hesitant to buy this because of the reviews but this again proves that you must take reviews with a grain of salt. I expected Jack's Abby to get this style right, of all styles, because after all, German beers are their focus. And they did get it right. This is a great beer. And for the style (remember, that's how beers are supposed to be reviewed on this site), this gets high marks.

Photo of Jwale73
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a nonic. Fall 2012 indicated on the back label. Pours a bright, orangish-copper with a slightly hazy clarity and a dense, one inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim; some spots of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is somewhat subdued - light malts and perhaps a trace of diacetyl. Taste follows nose - definitely has festbier qualities in the flavor profile, but nothing really dominates. Some toasted notes, a hint of caramel sweetness a little skunk and a fairly clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant and consistent carbonation Overall, quite drinkable. The style in general tends to become a little too cloying for me; however, this beer has a very pleasant character to it.

Photo of tzieser
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brilliant copper hue with a fluffy white head that sticks to the glass for a long time

lots of bready malt aroma

tons of bready malt flavor without getting too sweet thanks to a light grassy hop flavor. finishes dry, leaving you craving more

i disagree with my peers on this one. jack's abby nailed a classic german lager style AGAIN. incredibly easy to drink, not too filling and tons of malty flavor. isnt that what oktoberfest beers are all about?

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 9 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Stein. Comes out a nice dark orange to brown in color, close to but I wouldn't quite describe it as amber. When held to the light there is a slight haze to it. Nice frothy white head with good lacing to it.

Smell is good, classic malt and grain backbone of the classic Marzen/Oktoberfest style. Toasted caramelized grains, lager yeast and slight hints of fruit.

Taste is really good. There are hints of crackers and toasted bread, biscuits, well basically it's bready, you get the drift. Sweet to then works to some slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Medium bodied to light. It's crisp and has a nice dry finish. Good carbonation level and insanely drinkable. The bottle goes before you realize it. Probably one of the better American takes on this style. Jack's Abby did a good job again here.

Photo of Dope
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice clear amber with a huge effervescent off-white head. Fades slowly but just a smattering of lacing.

S: Very wheaty. Yeasty bread. Quite sweet. Not a whole lot else. Smells good but it's pretty subtle and simple, hence the rating.

T: Wheat and bread up front. Quite grainy. Smooth and mildly sweet with some caramel. Touch of herbal bitterness on the back end. Just a little.

M: Medium-light bodied, crisp and smooth.

O: Like most/all Oktoberfests, it's a pretty simple brew. Don't let the scores dissuade you, this is probably the best of the style I've ever had. Super smooth and drinkable. Nice balance but at the end of the day it's pretty simple. Doesn't make it a bad beer by any means, I enjoyed it. Great sessionable beer for the season. Jack's Abby doesn't know how to disappoint.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and fruit. Then a strong breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while.

Photo of rudzud
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear copper hue with a good almost two finger creamy head that fades to a nice thick blanket, but not much lacing at all.

S - Aromas are typical of an Oktoberfest, some light copper aromas as well as, in my opinion, far too much breads.

T - Taste is relatively meh as well. Way too much bread for me, way too biscuity, though the german malts are nice.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, as always. One of the best aspects.

O - Overall, this was a disappointment for me. Really had assumed Jack's Abby would make a flawless Oktoberfest, far from it.

Photo of Schmuckles
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up right at the brewery. This beer started off nice with a nice copper color with good head and lacing.

The smell was just above average with some malt. Nothing special.

Taste is average. Not bad just not tasty as I was expecting.

It gave me a full mouth feel with good carbonation.

I like Jack's abby beers and thought this would be better than other octoberfests I've had but was a little disappointed. Don't take this as a downer. This beer is good, just not what I was hoping for. A little more taste would have rated this higher.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of jaasen64
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from 4-pack poured into Founders snifter. Bottle says 5.9% abv.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown copper with about a finger of white bubbly, foamy head that has good retention and slowly recedes leaving layered lacing. About average carbonation.

S- Some light hops, pale malts, a little bit grainy. About average aroma strength, definitely nothing special.

T- Caramel malts, pale malts, some light hops, a little bit of grain, some caramel on the finish that lingers. Again nice flavors, but nothing special.

M- Medium bodied, maybe a tiny bit light for the style, nice carbonation, easy to drink, nice feel.

O- This was a pretty decent oktoberfest, nothing special- which is what I've come to expect from Jack's Abby. I enjoyed drinking it, but it wasn't something that I would drink all the time. Not too much complexity or a ton of flavor. Definitely easy to drink and far from terrible, but far from the best of Jack's Abby lagers.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a stein- pours a somewhat hazy burnt orange color, with two fingers of bubbly light beige head. Modest retention, some nice spots and streaks of lacing.

I get a crisp barley smell from this one- some caramel, a little bit of hops. Perhaps a touch of wheat. Nice, but very subtle.

Taste is very nice- interestingly enough, there's a decent hop presence in this marzen, really distinguishing it from the german variety. The hops are there throughout, and are slightly bitter and a little earthy. Caramel malt and some wheat smooth out the flavor. Their house yeast is certainly present in this one.

Mouthfeel is very good but again different than traditional oktoberfests- medium light mouthfeel, moderate to full carbonation, moderately dry finish. It's an interesting take on the marzen/oktoberfest style. It's jack's abby, so of course I love it. If you're looking for a traditional smooth, super malty oktoberfest, look elsewhere.

Update: It's definitely better a little closer to room temperature.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a chill haze and a bubbly white head. Some lace, a ring of foamy retention.

Dried malt in the nose, some light caramel and grain.

Nice beer, but lacks the depth of an octoberfest brew. Dry grain, some mild bread crust. Bitterness comes forward, and is in good balance. Dries out at the end. If you blind taste tested me, I'd never guess the style in a million years.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

Overall, nice beer, but not what its supposed to be. Very easy to drink, good balance, but lacks the richness of the German (and most domestic) octoberfest brews.

Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice frothy 1 finger head fades fairly quickly light lacing, very clear amber orange copper color.

Nose light grainy toasty malts, light Munich like reddish malts with light lager crispness and hint lager fruit, light grassy leafy noble hops,

Taste dry and bready, cracker, biscuit, grainy, etc, light Munich reddish malt with hint of caramel like, toasty. Light lager crispness. Some grassy fruity hops, noble variety but earthier and more robust and bitter than I expected. Finish is dry as throughout with fairly bitter and dry bready slight lager crispness.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall eh, a bit too much cracker bready malts and toastiness, no decoction layered softness I would have wanted, a bit too bitter and earthy, but nothing really wrong, just not what I like in my German Oktoberfest beers, and not what I've come to expect of the top notch lagers from Jack's Abby.

Photo of PeterIngemi
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5liter bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a slightly orange copper with a finger and a half of creamy slightly off white head that sticks around before dissapating into a film.... Some nice spots of lacing.

S: malty wheatness, grassy/floraly hops, lightly toasted grain/bread, yeast, caramel.

T: much like the nose, slight caramel malt sweetness, with a coppery wheatness.... Lightly toasted grain.... Yeast.... Light grassy/floraly and lightly citrusy hops.

M: medium body with a creamy feel, a bit of moderate sharp
Carbonation.... A bit of a sweet and earthy aftertaste.

O: not a bad brew, but not exactly anything that knocked my socks off here, maybe it's just my personal tastes, as this beer is nicley rounded and very drinkable. Guess its just not my thing.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap recently @ Magouns in Somerville.

Pours a nice copper as the name suggests. Little head which goes away quickly.

Sweet, malty, slightly dirty nose. A bit of the same in the sip, a bit cloying, overly sweet. A bit of an unpleasant after -taste too which made my face pucker.

Above characteristics became highlighted & exacerbated as I drank the glass, it was a bit of a struggle to finish. Caramel notes were running rampant.

My least favorite offering from this new brewery so far, unfortunately. As a long time fan of Marzens & ofests, I cant help but feel this beer was rushed. Will try another time.

Photo of jneiswender
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at the brewery in Framingham. Served in a 4oz tasting glass. Served cool.

A-off white head, thick, nice gem like copper color.

S-standard marzen yeast smell, nice hard candy smell

T-fruit stone, hard candy

M-medium

D-Okay style wise. A bit run of the mill. Not bad, but just not anything to scream about.

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Copper Legend from Jack's Abby Brewing
84 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.