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Copper Legend Octoberfest | Jack's Abby Brewing

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86
very good
105 Reviews
Copper Legend OctoberfestCopper Legend Octoberfest
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
469
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
22.89%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
74
For Trade:
1
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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 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 fx20736
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, caramelized malts, fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and fruit. Then a strong breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to pound down for a while.

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Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 Tiernan
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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 Brad007
3.99/5  rDev +5%
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 JamesStreet
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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 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 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 deltatauhobbit
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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 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 Kendo
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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 scotorum
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Maxwell
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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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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 gopens44
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

While I enjoyed another this season a bit more, this was my winner for best spot on representation. It had great balance with a thin layer of bitter before caramel finish. Nose was sweet for the most part as well. Not a ton of complexity but great depth.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz brown bottle with a mention of it being a 2012 fall release on the label ... better than no freshness date.

LOOK: Sunset orangey copper hue, very clear with ample frothing

SMELL: Fresh hay, toasted bread, grape skin, clean, floral, spicy hop

TASTE: Full malt jacket, grassy, grapenuts, herbal hop, bread crust, semi-clean, slight sweetness, hint of alcohol, long grainy finish

Very well put together, if this was a bit cleaner it would give its German counterparts a run for their O-fest. I'll be visiting this lager more often than other O-fests this year.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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 MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gn0sis for this one. Served in a pilsner glass.

A - White foam settles to a solid cap and a few splotches of lace. Transparent copper-gold body with plenty of fast-moving bubbles visible.

S - Earthy and spicy hops, toasted grains, wheat, slightly floral, a little bit of toffee sweetness, some mildly fruity apple and grape skin notes.

T - The taste is sweeter, with more biscuit and honey-drizzled bread. There's some nebulous berry fruitiness, along with a kiss of floral and grassy hop. As you'd expect from the style it's malty but not cloying, with a kiss of hops. The finish lingers a bit longer than your typical festbier though.

M - Surprising heft for only 5% - verging on medium-full in body. Pleasant moderate-to-low carbonation, with a creamy and smooth texture that finishes a tad sticky. No alcohol presence.

D - Not totally what I was expecting from an Oktoberfest, but a pleasant surprise. I really enjoyed the sweeter flavors in this one, although I could have stood for a little bit crisper feel. No problem drinking a half-liter on my own though.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle sent by Adam (thanks man!) poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a lighter gold color than I'm used to in Marzens...attractive, with decent clarity and a good amount off soft white head.

S: Softer malt presence with a definite sweetness, and even a fruitiness to it...yeast strain? Grainy earth, toasted barley.

T: Balanced sweetness and moderate toasted grain component...clean finish. Earthy notes, lightly toasted nuts, prototypical bread crust, hints of a darker malt sweetness.

MF: Creamy light-to-medium mouthfeel with lower carbonation.

O: Again, a lager from Jack's Abby that doesn't remind me of a lager...one of the best Oktoberfest beers I've had, and this is not a style I normally pull for.

Cheers!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%

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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Photo of WunderLlama
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
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 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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Copper Legend Octoberfest from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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