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Copper Legend Octoberfest | Jack's Abby Brewing

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BA SCORE
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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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 469
Photo of chrishiker1409
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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 MistahBeah
3.61/5  rDev -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 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 BradMacMullin
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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 PeterIngemi
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .5liter bottle into a duvel glass.

A: pours a slightly orange copper with a finger and a half of creamy slightly off white head that sticks around before dissapating into a film.... Some nice spots of lacing.

S: malty wheatness, grassy/floraly hops, lightly toasted grain/bread, yeast, caramel.

T: much like the nose, slight caramel malt sweetness, with a coppery wheatness.... Lightly toasted grain.... Yeast.... Light grassy/floraly and lightly citrusy hops.

M: medium body with a creamy feel, a bit of moderate sharp
Carbonation.... A bit of a sweet and earthy aftertaste.

O: not a bad brew, but not exactly anything that knocked my socks off here, maybe it's just my personal tastes, as this beer is nicley rounded and very drinkable. Guess its just not my thing.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium orange with a chill haze and a bubbly white head. Some lace, a ring of foamy retention.

Dried malt in the nose, some light caramel and grain.

Nice beer, but lacks the depth of an octoberfest brew. Dry grain, some mild bread crust. Bitterness comes forward, and is in good balance. Dries out at the end. If you blind taste tested me, I'd never guess the style in a million years.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

Overall, nice beer, but not what its supposed to be. Very easy to drink, good balance, but lacks the richness of the German (and most domestic) octoberfest brews.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from 4-pack poured into Founders snifter. Bottle says 5.9% abv.

A- Pours a dark reddish brown copper with about a finger of white bubbly, foamy head that has good retention and slowly recedes leaving layered lacing. About average carbonation.

S- Some light hops, pale malts, a little bit grainy. About average aroma strength, definitely nothing special.

T- Caramel malts, pale malts, some light hops, a little bit of grain, some caramel on the finish that lingers. Again nice flavors, but nothing special.

M- Medium bodied, maybe a tiny bit light for the style, nice carbonation, easy to drink, nice feel.

O- This was a pretty decent oktoberfest, nothing special- which is what I've come to expect from Jack's Abby. I enjoyed drinking it, but it wasn't something that I would drink all the time. Not too much complexity or a ton of flavor. Definitely easy to drink and far from terrible, but far from the best of Jack's Abby lagers.

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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 Jwale73
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a nonic. Fall 2012 indicated on the back label. Pours a bright, orangish-copper with a slightly hazy clarity and a dense, one inch, off-white head. Head eventually settles into a fairly consistent skim; some spots of lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is somewhat subdued - light malts and perhaps a trace of diacetyl. Taste follows nose - definitely has festbier qualities in the flavor profile, but nothing really dominates. Some toasted notes, a hint of caramel sweetness a little skunk and a fairly clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium-light with a pleasant and consistent carbonation Overall, quite drinkable. The style in general tends to become a little too cloying for me; however, this beer has a very pleasant character to it.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper Legend opens with a largely grain-based aroma, full of toast, biscuit, Grape Nuts cereal, wet wheat, and hay. Slight touches of fruit esters – apricot, berry, orange – and pinches of brown sugar linger at the edges, difficult to notice. Even fainter are piney, citrusy notes from the hops. Obviously grains are dominant here, but even those aromas are relatively light, and one needs to place one’s nose fairly close to the beer to catch a whiff. As a whole, the aromas are nice, and feature just enough sugars to balance the grains, but the beer could use a bit more oomph to produce a stronger aroma.

On the tongue, the beer does continue to primarily feature grains, with wheat, toast crust, Grape Nuts cereal, yeasty dough, floury baguette, and even a bit of dark brown bread coming to the front. The sugars here are thankfully far more present than they were on the nose, adding good measures of orange, apricot, and berry fruits, as well as brown sugar and a touch of wildflower honey. The hops add a further citrusy note, as well as a pinch of pine, and gain a little strength in the latter part of the mouthful. In subsequent sips much of the finer nuance of the sugars is lost, and the beer comes across more like bread and hay. The aftertaste is mainly bread and hay, with a distinct bitterness from the piney hops, and lingers for a short time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, fizzing up in the mouth.

Overall, this is a good beer, and certainly far better than standard Anheuser-Busch fare. But it does lack a certain amount of punch, and the sugars are low enough that they become easily lost under the grains – especially in subsequent sips. A better sampling of orange, berry, and apricot notes would have served this brew better, and helped to balance the affair.

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Photo of oberon
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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 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 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 LeRose
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was an OK beer in my book. Easy drinker, nothing super special. Poured a deep gold/coppery color, nice head that lingered. Somewhat thick mouthfeel, maybe a touch of honey sweetness. A little hoppy and a little malty. Nothing extraordinary, but a very solid lager.

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Photo of jlindros
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice frothy 1 finger head fades fairly quickly light lacing, very clear amber orange copper color.

Nose light grainy toasty malts, light Munich like reddish malts with light lager crispness and hint lager fruit, light grassy leafy noble hops,

Taste dry and bready, cracker, biscuit, grainy, etc, light Munich reddish malt with hint of caramel like, toasty. Light lager crispness. Some grassy fruity hops, noble variety but earthier and more robust and bitter than I expected. Finish is dry as throughout with fairly bitter and dry bready slight lager crispness.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall eh, a bit too much cracker bready malts and toastiness, no decoction layered softness I would have wanted, a bit too bitter and earthy, but nothing really wrong, just not what I like in my German Oktoberfest beers, and not what I've come to expect of the top notch lagers from Jack's Abby.

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Photo of Schmuckles
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up right at the brewery. This beer started off nice with a nice copper color with good head and lacing.

The smell was just above average with some malt. Nothing special.

Taste is average. Not bad just not tasty as I was expecting.

It gave me a full mouth feel with good carbonation.

I like Jack's abby beers and thought this would be better than other octoberfests I've had but was a little disappointed. Don't take this as a downer. This beer is good, just not what I was hoping for. A little more taste would have rated this higher.

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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 Mersh
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
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 twosheds
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
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 alaimoa
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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 beerfreakmusicfreak
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
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 rudzud
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear copper hue with a good almost two finger creamy head that fades to a nice thick blanket, but not much lacing at all.

S - Aromas are typical of an Oktoberfest, some light copper aromas as well as, in my opinion, far too much breads.

T - Taste is relatively meh as well. Way too much bread for me, way too biscuity, though the german malts are nice.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, as always. One of the best aspects.

O - Overall, this was a disappointment for me. Really had assumed Jack's Abby would make a flawless Oktoberfest, far from it.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

A: crystal clear; copper colored (duh!); 1 finger off white head that receded quickly; no lacing;

S: sweet malt; bread;

T: follows the nose with the sweetness taking over at the finish; a touch of bitterness in the background;

M: light bodied; light carbonation;

O: mellow; easy drinking; a little sweet for my taste;

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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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Copper Legend Octoberfest from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 469 ratings.
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