Copper Legend Octoberfest | Jack's Abby Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
106 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:
106
Ratings:
473
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
10.79%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
76
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 106 | Ratings: 473
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 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 utopiajane
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%

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 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 jmarsh123
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got as an extra from someone, but can't remember who so thanks trading partner!

Pours orange with a small white foamy head. No lacing.

Smells of caramel with some earthy dirty aroma. A bit off.

Sweet caramel malts with a bit of apple and unfortunately a metallic dirty finish. Upfront flavors are ok, but the finish leaves a bit to be desired.

Thin bodied with good carbonation. I'd like more mouthfeel here.

Despite the words above I did enjoy drinking this beer. There were just little things in almost every aspect that made it average instead of good.

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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 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 Gatch
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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 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 JMScowcroft
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Jack's Abby Brewing - Copper Legend, poured into a stein.

Look - Pours a clear filtered bubbly copper amber with a decent sized fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves sparse lacing.

Smell - Sour lager yeast, smooth sweet malt, some slight hints of roasted malt, and a touch of bitter Noble hops.

Taste - Creamy and malty with a nice hop bittering pine finish.

Mouthfeel - Rests hop bitter but wet/creamy. Low carbonation. Light to medium body. Slightly warm boozy but it's pleasing. Good drinkability.

Overall - I am not a huge fan of this style in general, but I appreciated what they did here, particularly with the hoppy finish. I am willing to admit that I am a huge fan of this brewery and will try anything they put out at least once. Would recommend this for fans of hops that want a seasonal treat, would also recommend for those into the style, though they might be put off by the interpretation of it.

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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 StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 07/27/16

Pours golden amber orange with a frothy white foam head. Smells like apple, toasty brown bread, light caramel, honey, biscuit, pear, grape, with spicy floral earthy herbal grass. Tastes like red apples, toasty brown bread, husk, malty grain, light caramel, honey, biscuit, pear, grape, with spicy floral earthy herbal grass. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice Octoberfest beer.

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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 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 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 seedyone
4.55/5  rDev +19.7%
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 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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Photo of tzieser
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
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 AndyAvalanche
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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 jneiswender
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at the brewery in Framingham. Served in a 4oz tasting glass. Served cool.

A-off white head, thick, nice gem like copper color.

S-standard marzen yeast smell, nice hard candy smell

T-fruit stone, hard candy

M-medium

D-Okay style wise. A bit run of the mill. Not bad, but just not anything to scream about.

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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 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 orcrist_cleaver
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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 Beric
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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 keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

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