Copper Legend - Jack's Abby Brewing

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 375
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 17
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of Schmuckles
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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Photo of fx20736
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ha on tap at the Corner Bar in Back Bay. Typical seasonal beer - Oktoberfest is everywhere it seems. Pours a great copper color with a decent head. Very malty and breast type of smell and the taste carrys over. Not hoppy at all. Pretty carbonated beer and tasted artificial to me- I wasn't overwhelmed with this one. I like this brewery a lot, but this one was just ok for me.

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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 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 PeterIngemi
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a 20oz glass
A: copper color, off white pillowy 2 inch head a bit of lace left behind
S: rust/slight metallic, nutmeg,ginger
T: true to October brews, light and not aggressive on the alcohol. Slight nutmeg and smooth malt tones throughout and limited bitterness

Overall easy drinker, true to style and won't disappoint

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Photo of fscottkey
2.58/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper indeed. Bright orange around the edges with a dark copper center. A finger's worth of white bubbly head. Not much retention. Good amount of carbonation

Smells of slightly roasted grainy malt. Lager yeast. Caramel. Faint candied fruit aromas

Taste is yeasty with a big grainy malt bill. Wheat is evident. Hops are mild (noble variety) with floral notes

Feels crisp and smooth. Robust. Medium bodied

Overall pretty good. Not my favorite style but a standout marzen. Would get again if in the mood

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Photo of LeRose
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an OK beer in my book. Easy drinker, nothing super special. Poured a deep gold/coppery color, nice head that lingered. Somewhat thick mouthfeel, maybe a touch of honey sweetness. A little hoppy and a little malty. Nothing extraordinary, but a very solid lager.

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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 VictorWisc
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Marked Fall 2013, even though it's only August. Judging from other posts, this seems to be brand-spanking new production.

Pours deep copper--almost red. Plentiful cream-colored head that vanishes quickly. No noticeable lacing or visible carbonation.

Smells malty with candied orange peel notes. A hint of yeast comes through, but generally a clean bock-like smell.

Taste malty with slight bitterness (wheat?) upfront, some orange and spice notes follow, but fairly muted. Clean finish with only mildly bitter orange aftertaste that quickly dissipates.

Moderate to medium body, mild carbonation (at least, compared to the Samuel Adams version). Slight winy quality, showing off the alcohol, but not overwhelming (unsurprising at 5.7%)

Nicely rounded, pleasant representative of the style, but a bit short on malt and spice, compared to the original. Tastes clean, fresh and dry--and, given the blend of ingredients, likely to hold up under moderate aging. Stunning color, even for beers that are normally copper/orange/dark amber, immediately evoking the season (despite the fact that's it's still virtually middle of summer). Pleasant, sessionable beer that may win over more than a few cross-over drinkers, although the price is clearly a deterrent (the 4-pack costs nearly as much as a Samuel Adams 12-pack). Would drink more of it, budget permitting--and share with as many people as I can. Not as heavy or as flavorful as some other Marzen, but will do nicely for any Oktoberfest gathering.

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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 Sheppard
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Pours between a copper and gold hue. It's not as dark as most Märzens. Smells of caramel, some semblance of noble hops. It's on the light end of Märzens, but it's got that heartiness and malt forward you expect. It's very clean, like most Jack's Abby beers. It has very light bitterness. Overall, this is the perfect early fall beer.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Harpoon Octoberfest mug.

Pouring it into the mug, it appears as an earthy orange with a humongous frothy head, light cream in color. Huge maltiness on the nose – pie crust and barley soup. Taste is reminiscent of burnt crackers, bread crust and porridge. This is a terrific showcase of the malts used. It’s rich, earthy and tastes of iron. The mouthfeel is wonderfully crisp. Jack’s Abby knows lagers. The depth is not huge, but the flavors that are there are wonderfully tied together and makes for a great Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of youngs11
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into 13 oz tulip

Appears true to namesake and style. Transparent light copper, carb is quite visible,nearly white head settles mostly to ring with a little foam in the middle of the glass, spotty lacing.

Smells like mead, honey, caramel.

Taste is overall malt forward. Bitterness is slightly noticeable right when it meets the palate, immediately giving way to whole grain bread, almonds, sunflower seeds, popcorn kernel. Not very toasty, but obviously quite nutty. Really pleasant aftertaste that just kind of sticks to the tongue. Perfect for the style

This offering manages to make the malt obvious in taste, but not in body. Surprisingly drinkable coming in at just under medium to solid medium body. Although clearly visible, carb does not prick the tongue. It's there, but not too much.

JA did a great job with this one. It is not necessarily a mind blowing beer, but I think it is a near perfect example of what I want from the style. Surprisingly drinkable for its palate and ABV. Highly recommend.

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Photo of DonWeymouth
4.5/5  rDev +19%

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.

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Photo of twosheds
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Copper Legend from Jack's Abby Brewing
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