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Copper Legend Octoberfest | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Copper Legend OctoberfestCopper Legend Octoberfest

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by jlindros on 09-06-2011

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Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am in the midst of the #OktoberfestChallenge2016 and while the bulk of the entries are in bottle form, I am proud to CANtinue The CANQuest (tm) whenever possible.

From the CAN: "Fest Bier"; "Prost!"; "Locally Sourced Ingredients"; "Unfiltered/Unpasteurized".

That last saddens me since I had an ultra-large glass standing by to receive the CANtents of this "16 fl. oz. One Pint of Lager" CAN, but I do not want to rouse any lees that may have settled. Following the Crack!, my gentle Glug paid off, since the color was solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. An in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of fizzy, foamy, tawny head that quickly reverted to wisps. Nose was very bready with light caramel and underlain by a grassy-dried hay hoppiness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste more toasty than bready and less sweet than the nose had led me to expect. I still stand by the grassy-hay imparted by the Noble hops, though. I have to admit to being pleasantly surprised thus far, as I have thought of beers in the style as being sugary malt bombs, but such has not been the case. Finish was semi-dry, kind of biscuity or toasty and the hops worked perfectly to CANpliment the malts. I liked it, especially since I am not generally a fan of the style, but I would not take up a lot of cooler space with it. YMMV.

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with over a finger of head. The nose is bready but without the caramel notes that I really enjoy in this style. The flavor is about the same as the nose with a dry finish that is pleasant but not quite expected for this style.

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Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another beer courtesy of the commander of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is bready malts, caramel, a bit of hops are present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 07/27/16

Pours golden amber orange with a frothy white foam head. Smells like apple, toasty brown bread, light caramel, honey, biscuit, pear, grape, with spicy floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like red apples, toasty brown bread, husk, malty grain, light caramel, honey, biscuit, pear, grape, with spicy floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice Octoberfest beer.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich golden amber with a bubbly off white head that quickly dissipates.

Roasted malt, toasted bread, is balanced by a floral,citrus, herbal hop.

Crisp and clean with an almost lemon hop bite. Very refreshing. The bread, caramel, toast notes come through in the middle and more the more you drink it. Finishes dry with a rounded full nuttiness. Solid.

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Photo of drtth
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear rich copper color with a 1" ivory head that slowly recedes to a layer of foam and a ring around the glass. Sipping creates patches of lacing that mostly side back down to the liquid.

The aromas include some toasted, bready malt with a hint of carmel. While there is not a strong showing of hops, what is there offers a light touch of herbal spiciness.

The flavors pretty much follow the nose with the addition of a touch of bready sweetness from the malts and that same hint of almost spicy bitterness from the herbal hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with the light to moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the caramel sweetness begins to fade to a lightly bitter and dry ending that I like to have be just a bit more dry a just a bit longer.

Overall I rather like this beer and look forward to having more next. Although it doesn't displace any thing on my "repeat-next-year" list of Oktoberfests, it has earned a place on my "to-try-again-next-year" list. Another respectable offering from this lager brewer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a clear light amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light dry caramel malt with some nice cereal notes is quite enjoyable. Taste is a nice mxi of dry caramel malt with some clear cereal notes and a smooth finish. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. It is too bad I don’t have access this beer on a regular basis. Great example of the style.

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Photo of seedyone
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Just right for this late September night in the NE. Deep amber color, lively head that recedees to a thin but creamy lacing. The full body is the most stricking feature at first.

I have previously noted that I am enamored with the quality of the water used by the folks at Jack's. Everything is soft...luxurious. Add to tha the balance of bitter-sweet that makes beer what it is & I can easily say this could be a benchmark brew.

I'm witholding points as there are surely others that might surpass in certain areas, but on the aggregate this is way up there.

The tip off is I ordered a second & there are 40 taps to choose from.

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Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 16 oz can into a pint glass. Has a transparent copper color with a 1.5 head of cream-colored foam with solid retention. Mild aroma smells of toffee, caramel, nuts, and light hops. The taste is very clean, crisp and bright, featuring biscuity malt, grain husk, hints of caramel, and a mild hop profile. Very smooth and the flavors meld beautifully. Medium-light body and soft carbonation lend a creamy mouthfeel. Very well made and reminds me of New Glarus Staghorn.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 2016 batch can. Sampled on September 22, 2016 - first day of Fall 2016.

Attractive looking copper-amber pour under a modest short-lived head. Good clarity.

The aroma is full of toasted bread, cracker, and sweet caramel malts with a low to no hop profile.

Medium body.

The sweet malt flavor is forward with a slight toasted character and a clean, mildly dry finish. It is a good seasonal beer.

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Photo of Holderness
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L -- Pale amber with a nice two finger head. Slight lacing and no haziness.
S -- Malt and maple
T -- Peach, malt, tarragon
F -- A bit on the light/watery side, but to be expected for a lager
O -- Like most of the offerings from Jack's Abby, I mostly drink it for the unusual lager manifestations.

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Photo of kculrich
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a 16oz can, dated 08/03/16. Served in an imperial pint/nonic.

Pours a brilliantly clear copper with a lush two-finger head of foam. The head slowly settles back to a semi-solid cap leaving a little loose lacing.

Smells of brown bread, apples and honey.

The taste is rich, malty-sweet whole wheat rolls, apple peels, white grapes, grassy herbs and honey mustard. Earthy, grassy, floral. A little like golden syrup or treacle as it warms.

A slippery, mouth-coating, medium-bodied malt bomb, maybe a little under-carbonated.

Overall, a decent but not exceptional take on a Märzen that started out enjoyable but which, by the end, I was struggling to finish.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(6) 16 oz. Cans. $10.99.

Clearly copper. Large, chuncky, white head rises high, slow to roll down. Very proper.
A Very classic wheat/german malt aroma. Sweet bread, light herbs and green grassy/earthy hops. Very classic aroma from this festy.
A surprisingly light and slick feel and flavor. Very easy to drink but maybe too easy....
The flavor is a nice but thin malty effect. A light golden wheat and Munich malt keeps it classic. The malt is of light honey and bready flavor, a sour, grassy and herbal kick from noble hops rides in late with the finishing touches.
I'm actually starting to enjoy this light, easy mouthfeel, it allows you to "celebrate" with a few more without feeling malted-out. That's not saying, the flavor is weak, its a light feel and the MA wheat compliments a German classic malt very well indeed.
Simple but deep and effective flavors are hightend by a good balance for the style.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a gorgeous crystal clear deep golden color with a copper tint. The head is two fingers, off white and dense with excellent retention and some spotted lacing.

The smell is toasted bready malt, cereal grains, some hop spiciness and a light fruity note.

Taste is similar with some additional notes of grassiness, hay and a hint of citrus.

The feel is not ideal. It is not as crisp and clean on the finish as I prefer. The lack of carbonation makes it feel watery.

Overall a decent beer. I think the smell could be better and the feel is a mess and could be cleaned up and this would be a much better beer.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light golden copper in color with a finger of short lived off white head. Aroma is toasted malts with a touch of earthy hops. Taste is also focused on the toasty malts with a slight sweetness. Earthy and floral hops are present in the background. Decent mouthfeel, medium body. Overall a pretty solid beer, very drinkable. I'd be pretty happy having a few of these outside on a nice, cool autumn afternoon.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a Weizen glass.

Golden amber with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity with light carbonation.

Brown bread, caramel, brown sugar, and earthy leafy hops.

Brown bread drizzled in caramelized brown sugar. Earthy leafy hops balance out the malt. Suggestions of dark fruit like raisin and prune.

Medium bodied, silky, smooth, crisp, balanced, and refreshing.

Excellent balance and highly drinkable. A downright excellent Oktoberfest!

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Photo of smanson56
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A large white heads about 2 fingers appears even when gently poured into my glass. If they were trying to get a color of the beer to match the name they have succeeded. This beer pours a rich cooper color.
The nose is really lacking with some biscuit overtones to be about all I find.
The taste lacks as much as the nose with some of Munich malt coming through but after that there isn't a lot more too this beer.
The mouthfeel is okay but the head and carbonation fade fast.
I will first admit to not being a big fan of this style of beer but this would be very close to the bottom on my list for this style.

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Photo of cavedave
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A huge white head graces this clear copper beauty of a beer. Takes five minutes for it to kick back to an ample cap, and it stays for the ride.

Light strength aroma which is a simple mix of sweet crackers, light caramel notes, and floral and spicy hops.

Not much to the taste either. That simple mix of the aroma, with some malt sweet that is really thin, and really disappointingly neither full of caramel goodness nor full of hop flavors. A light herbal spice that is barely there is all there is of the hop character.

Thin, highly carb.'ed, finish that is not clean nor tasty, sorta the mouthfeel you don't want your festbier to have.

The most disappointing beer I have tried from Jack's Abby, a brewery I love. Get Ayinger, Spaten, or any of the easy to get and much better festbiers available instead of this one.

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.84/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. True to its name, the color is copperish with a foamy head. The taste is peppery during and after drinking, and slightly piney.

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden orange color with a 2-finger off-white head. The head is gone quickly and leaves just a touch of clingy lacing as it dissipates.

The aroma is light and pretty straightforward for the style. Cereal grains, with a touch of caramel and honey.

The flavor follows the nose. Lots of sweet bread and malts, with a hint of caramel.

The feel is medium-light bodied with lively carbonation. Pretty crisp, yet smooth and creamy. Finishes faintly dry.

Overall, a straightforward yet solid marzen. There's nothing that stands out about it but it's well done and highly drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down, leaving a thin collar of bubbles around the edge and some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a little bit of associated sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of wheat makes this a little lighter in body compared to other beers in the style. I guess you can call this a sessionable Oktoberfest.

Serving type: can

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Really attractive beer. Bright burnt orange color with a nice head, crystal clear. Head retention is great.
S: Quite toast grains, almost a soapy like aroma. Biscuit as well.
T: What's good is it is sweet, but not overly so. Once again toasty malt, and finishes with a dry bit.
F: Light and refreshing, carbonation is just right for me.
O: Pretty on point marzen.

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Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 jzeilinger
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium bright gold color with a soapy white lacing ring.

S - Light nose and honey malt.

T - Honey malt start to finish with some earthy hops buried underneath.

M - Medium body with gentle and almost creamy texture.

O - Solid beer.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Copper Legend Octoberfest from Jack's Abby Brewing
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