Copper Legend Octoberfest | Jack's Abby Brewing

BA SCORE
85
very good
473 Ratings
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
Ratings:
473
Reviews:
106
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
75
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 473 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of InspectorBob
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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 BMart
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Dicers
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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 Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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 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 liamt07
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LoveStout
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of outoffocus
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Nichols33
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Copper Legend Octoberfest from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 473 ratings.
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