Copper Legend | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Copper LegendCopper Legend
BEER INFO

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

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:
97
Ratings:
448
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
23.75%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
67
For Trade:
1
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Photo of logicalparadox
5/5  rDev +31.9%

A: Pours bronze with great clarity. Anais has the start be quickly dissipates. Not much lacing but a thin film of bubbles persists.

S: biscuity and malty. Toasted grain and mild sweetness.

T: Wow! This is what an Oktoberfest Marzen should taste like! Biscuity, a little chewy, but fresh and clean, with animal cracker and cracker flavors throughout. Mild hops in the back add some dimension to all of the grainy and bready flavors.

O: I love this brew! An instant classic. Maybe the best Oktoberfest offering I've yet had! One to try if you're a fan of the style or if you're a skeptic of the style.

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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 seedyone
4.55/5  rDev +20.1%
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 tzieser
4.53/5  rDev +19.5%
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?

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of horshack7
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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 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 Gatch
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

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 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 VictorWisc
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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 Reegze79
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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 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 justintcoons
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a Weizen glass.

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

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

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

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

Overall
Excellent balance and highly drinkable. A downright excellent Oktoberfest!

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Photo of utopiajane
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours perfect amber. Clear, serene and has a fat , creamy off white head that falls slowly enough. Nose is white bread with a touch of wheat sweetness. No hops no fruity esters. As the beer warms a light sweet hay or grassiness comes forward a bit. Taste is lovely. Lighter side of medium mouthfeel with a delicate lager bite form bubbles. Delicate because the bubbles seem so tiny. Not at all big or rough. Light toasty white bread with a nice crust on it. A dry crisp wheat and a lovely bit of what I am going to call floral. Grapeskins actually. This beer finishes dry and with the malt edging out any hop character at the very end. I love this. Not bitter at all.

This beer is bright, vivid and reminds me of how the fall leaves give off their last bit of light as color before they turn brown and fall. Delicate swift on the palate and has a measure of sunshine in the drink imparted by the wheat.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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 orcrist_cleaver
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
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 GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +10%
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 Hopdaemon39
4.14/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Ri0
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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 stella77artois
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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 DIM
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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 AndyAvalanche
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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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