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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 braican
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Look: A light golden/coppery color with a small head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: malty sweetness and faint fruity aromas.
Taste: Follows the nose; more bready sweetness and that crisp lager profile. Virtually no hop presence at all.
Feel: lingering sweetness gives way to a dry finish. Goes down easy.
Overall: Very true to the general lager profile with a bit more to the malty side of things. Much lighter and less malty than some of the more mainstream oktoberfests that you'll see.

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Photo of Reegze79
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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...

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

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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 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 Mersh
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of DIM
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours an unsurprising copper color, with a half inch head and minimal lacing.

Smells very earthy, with some sweet malty tones as well.

The taste upfront is bitter floral hops, with some grass as well. The back end is very malty and satisfying, with caramel, toast, and a good amount of sweetness.

Crisp mouthfeel, could be a little drier.

Not surprised that Jack's Abby nailed this style. One of the best American made versions.

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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 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 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 johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Andover liquors.
Pours a deep copper color with a huge white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. Smells of rich caramelized malts with lots of bready pilsner and subtle spicy floral hops for hints of balance. The flavor is rich sweet and malty with lots of melanoidin and hint of prunes and plum with a light earthy spicy hop flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice Marzen! Not overly hoppy like some American versions, but rich and malty like better German versions. I enjoyed the hell out of this beer.

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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 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 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 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 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 oline73
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a clear amber color with a thick layer of off white head. The head fades quickly to a ring around the pour.

Smell: The overall smell is very mild. I'm getting a slightly sweet caramel malt note, but that's about it. Not particularly interesting.

Taste: Almost as mild as the smell. There is a fairly nice malt note, just a touch sweet and rather bready. The finish has a slight bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with tingly carbonation and a finish that is slightly dry.

Overall: This is a quite unremarkable beer. Nothing particularly interesting going on here. I don't need anymore.

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