Copper Legend | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
85
Ratings:
407
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
23.22%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
58
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Im4jojo
4.84/5  rDev +27.7%
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 -6.1%
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 +0.3%
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 +0.8%
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 -1.6%
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 -7.1%
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 +3.7%
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 beerfreakmusicfreak
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not Bad.

Very Drinkable.

Typical - Average American Made Octoberfest Beer.

Some sips give an earthiness - dirty kind of taste that some would call 'organic'

Yesterday, I was drinking SPATEN OKTOBERFEST which is considerably better than Jack's Abby Copper - and I am normally not a big fan at all of SPATEN relative to all the other exceptional German beers - yes, I know SPATEN is one of the most popular German beers and yet my comment stands - even though I am not normally a SPATEN fan, I consider SPATEN OKTOBERFEST to be pretty damn good as of yesterday when I had it for the very first time - and YES - I find SPATEN OKTOBERFEST to be SUPERIOR to JACK ABBY Copper ...that being said, I am indeed sitting here enjoying this Jack Abby Copper - it's not bad...HENCE...Rating 3.5.

If you want THE ...and I mean "THE" ULTIMATE OKTOBERFEST BIER, then treat yourself RIGHT to some AYINGER WEIZENBOCK - now THAT is the OKTOBERFEST BIER that NO one is EVER going to Improve upon or OUT-Do - it is the ULTIMATE - THAT is my Personal Guarantee and Promise to All of You Reading this review - TREAT Yourself right !

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L: Copper. Some head which immediately dissipates.

S: Bready, some caramel.

T: A nice subtle caramel. Your standard oktoberfest beer.

F: Smooth. Medium bodied, light to moderately carbonated.

O: I really liked this one from one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of youngs11
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Sheppard
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
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 JamesStreet
3.98/5  rDev +5%
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 Kendo
3.94/5  rDev +4%
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 dar482
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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 Tiernan
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smells truly wonderful! Toasty. Buttery. Caramel. Taste is quite different from most Oktoberfest styles I've tried as it's rich with warm, roasty, caramel flavor yet very light and bubbly on the palate. Extremely welcoming and drinkable.

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Photo of twosheds
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
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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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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 fscottkey
2.58/5  rDev -31.9%
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 DonWeymouth
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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 oberon
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pokal a..well a copper color with a minimal head,I like a big white crown on my O-fest lager and this didn't have much of one at all.Some caramel and bread dough in the nose with a lighted note.a somewhat mellow flat feel to the beer wich again is off for the style.Flavors of caramel,bread dough,and a light smattering of herbal hops in the finish,not bad but the feel doesn't help the flavors.Maybe an off bottle as far as carbonation goes,would like to try fresh from the tap.

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Photo of predikit
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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 fx20736
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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 keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

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 mdfb79
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%

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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