Copper Legend | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Copper LegendCopper Legend
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Jack's Abby Brewing
Massachusetts, United States | website

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:
95
Ratings:
446
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
66
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Ri0
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
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 puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Holderness
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L -- Pale amber with a nice two finger head. Slight lacing and no haziness.
S -- Malt and maple
T -- Peach, malt, tarragon
F -- A bit on the light/watery side, but to be expected for a lager
O -- Like most of the offerings from Jack's Abby, I mostly drink it for the unusual lager manifestations.

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Photo of kculrich
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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 CNoj012
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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 mnj21655
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, light golden copper in color with a finger of short lived off white head. Aroma is toasted malts with a touch of earthy hops. Taste is also focused on the toasty malts with a slight sweetness. Earthy and floral hops are present in the background. Decent mouthfeel, medium body. Overall a pretty solid beer, very drinkable. I'd be pretty happy having a few of these outside on a nice, cool autumn afternoon.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
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 smanson56
3.17/5  rDev -16.1%
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 -19.6%
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 Im4jojo
4.84/5  rDev +28%
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 ScaryEd
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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 metter98
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is crystal clear copper in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that died down, leaving a thin collar of bubbles around the edge and some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a little bit of associated sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The use of wheat makes this a little lighter in body compared to other beers in the style. I guess you can call this a sessionable Oktoberfest.

Serving type: can

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Really attractive beer. Bright burnt orange color with a nice head, crystal clear. Head retention is great.
S: Quite toast grains, almost a soapy like aroma. Biscuit as well.
T: What's good is it is sweet, but not overly so. Once again toasty malt, and finishes with a dry bit.
F: Light and refreshing, carbonation is just right for me.
O: Pretty on point marzen.

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Photo of Beric
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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 jzeilinger
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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 ThrewRedButter
3.93/5  rDev +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 beerfreakmusicfreak
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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 chrishiker1409
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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 youngs11
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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 Sheppard
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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 JamesStreet
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Kendo
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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 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 Tiernan
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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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