Copper Legend Octoberfest | Jack's Abby Brewing

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Copper Legend OctoberfestCopper Legend Octoberfest

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

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

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Photo of jaasen64
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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 BradMacMullin
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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 MistahBeah
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
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 -4.7%
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 chrishiker1409
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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 scottfrie
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into SN tulip pint. Thanks Michael!

A: Pours a clear copper color with golden highlights beneath a finger of off-white head. A long film lasted after the head faded, and a few streaks of lace were left down the glass.
S: Dry roasted grains, grain husks, bread crust, with a hint of earthy hops. Malty and dry smelling.
T: Follows the nose with dry grain notes, lightly sweet malts, earthy hops, hop spices, and a hint of citrus. The finish is sweet and earthy, and the aftertaste is drying and full of bread crust.
M: Medium body, sweet but not cloying, with bubbly carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.
O: Straightforward and easy to drink. Another solid beer from a solid brewery. Thanks again SneezyAchew.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finishing up the 4-pack of 500mls, trying everything I can from this brewery.

Pours copper orange with a big ol off-white head, which eventually reduces to a half-finger and retains fine.

Smell is simple, clean, lagery. Straight up grainy, bready, caramel malt.

Taste is similar, maybe a bit too clean for an oktoberfest. A bit on the sweet side for the style. Caramel and buttery malts dominate, with some light toastiness on the finish.

Very smooth mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Good thickness to it.

Pretty decent, but a little simple and sweet for my tastes, reminds me of alot of other American oktoberfests, great malty mouthfeel is a highlight.

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Photo of Dope
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice clear amber with a huge effervescent off-white head. Fades slowly but just a smattering of lacing.

S: Very wheaty. Yeasty bread. Quite sweet. Not a whole lot else. Smells good but it's pretty subtle and simple, hence the rating.

T: Wheat and bread up front. Quite grainy. Smooth and mildly sweet with some caramel. Touch of herbal bitterness on the back end. Just a little.

M: Medium-light bodied, crisp and smooth.

O: Like most/all Oktoberfests, it's a pretty simple brew. Don't let the scores dissuade you, this is probably the best of the style I've ever had. Super smooth and drinkable. Nice balance but at the end of the day it's pretty simple. Doesn't make it a bad beer by any means, I enjoyed it. Great sessionable beer for the season. Jack's Abby doesn't know how to disappoint.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%

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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Photo of braican
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Look: A light golden/coppery color with a small head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: malty sweetness and faint fruity aromas.
Taste: Follows the nose; more bready sweetness and that crisp lager profile. Virtually no hop presence at all.
Feel: lingering sweetness gives way to a dry finish. Goes down easy.
Overall: Very true to the general lager profile with a bit more to the malty side of things. Much lighter and less malty than some of the more mainstream oktoberfests that you'll see.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from somewhere localish.

Poured into my 2008 Pioneer stein, formed a 1" light beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head bubbles away, with lasting sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet, lightly fruity.

Taste starts worty and moderately sweet, fruity in the middle, and light bitterness through the close. Body seems lacking. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is way easy. Not bad, but doesn't quite come together for me as well as some of my Okt faves.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to cbeer88 for sending this one to me. Appearance is a deep clear orange with a razor thin layer white head. The aroma is malt forward with some significant sweetness present, notes of grapes, grains, and that festive autumn earthiness that is common for the style. The taste delivers every bit of the sweetness that the nose promised with notes of fruit and maple. This is countered by earthy grains and dry lager yeast. The mouthfeel is smooth with mellow carbonation. Overall, this leans a bit far on the sweet side of things, still enjoyable though.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brassy orange with a friendly tuft of foam on top. Unfiltered so a tad hazy. My bottle says 5.9% abv.

Smells like crystal with some musty hop and...semolina?

Good balance. Sweet malts, just a little apple juice-y, balanced by drier bread crust and toast balanced by some subtle, but noticable, musty hop. Doesn't have an outstanding smooth lager mouthfeel.

While I certainly appreciate the balance of this beer over it's often overly sweet or semi-metallic brethren, the body leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a deep copper color with half an inch of head that fades down to nothing

S: Get mostly graininess and a light sweetness from the Munich malts along with a light fruitiness

T: Starts off with the Munich malts, which provide a light graininess and some sweetness. This is followed by a husky fruit note. Finishes lightly bitter from the hops

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A decent American Octoberfest with a definite focus on malts. Not really all that complex, but it's very drinkable. Would be a good option at a festival

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Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Appearance: 1/3 head, medium carbonation, golden brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and grain

Taste: toasted malt, mineral, and earth

Mouthfeel: sweet with a good deal of earthiness, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall:A solid mineraly tasting lager. Good for the style, and if I want a marzen I would look for it. However, I will probably not rush to pick this one up again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Beric
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Andrew041180
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Arrived with about a finger's worth of head that quickly dissipated. The beer is a bold copper color with a mild haze to it. Some carbonation is visible in the glass.

S - I'm still working on identifying the distinctive smell/taste characteristic that I detect in German beers. This is the first American Oktoberfest that I've tried that has had it. Floral hop quality with sweet malts. Mostly caramel type.

T - Follows the nose. No surprises. It tastes quite authentic.

M - A Jack's Abby hallmark. This one doesn't quite rise to the level as others that I've had, but it is silky smooth and finishes clean, with just a little bit of flavor that lingers in the back of my mouth.

O - The first American Marzen I've had this year that gives me hope. Still not as good as the Germans make them, but not far off, and it tastes quite authentic.

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Photo of predikit
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Pours a nice amber, copper color.

The scent is malty, maybe a hint of smoke. Left a very small white head that disappears nearly immediately, no lacing is left behind.

The taste is light, picking up wheat, cream, and a little orange-like citrus.

Light bodied, is very crisp, and very drinkable.

I could see myself buying this again.

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Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Missed reviewing this last year but always up for Jacks Abby reviews, probably my favorite brewery overall from MA. On-tap at Dive Bar in Worcester.

A- Golden light amber pour into a pint glass. One finger foamy white head with decent retention. Small ring remains atop the beer but only a few spots of lace are deposited around the glass.

S- Smooth toasted malty aroma. Caramel, toasted nuts and some fruity raisin-like hints. Brown sugars also come to mind with a good lager yeasty base.

T- Smoothed out slight buttery malty caramel base. Toasted nuts, raisin, fresh cracked grains and light caramel sweets in a maltier overall flavor profile. Hops in the finish are grassy and spicy, Noble varieties.

MF- Creamy, silky texture in a body that has a light-moderately thick feel. Moderately high carbonation with a super creamy, smooth feel. Light bitterness in the finish.

Good malt character with a nice complimentary Noble hop finish as well as lager yeast. Good buttery, toasted caramel malt feel.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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 mnj21655
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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 VelvetExtract
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a cloudy orange color. Head is slight but it leaves long lacing sheets. Dim glow from the body.

S-Pretty standard for a Marzen except with a bit more pep. Sweet bread and yeast. Maybe a tad of hoppiness. Mostly herbal hop. Sweet and yeasty.

T-The flavor is very Marzen-esque but a bit more robust and it boasts a nice herbal and spicy hop finish. Yeasty. Simply put: a tasty, muscular Marzen that only variates from the norm with its zesty hop finish.

M-Tingly bubbes with a slick, medium finish. Mildly dry. Sweetness sticks to the palate.

O/D-A top-tier, up and coming brewery that happens to be one of my favs does a Marzen (one of my least favorite styles). This was perhaps the best Marzen I have had but it's still a Marzen to me. JA's worst brew so far, but still a great depiction of a mediocre style.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: A minimal head was poured that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, toasted grains, burnt bread, a little sweetness, lager yeast, and grassy hops.

Taste: Nice Munich malt, wheat, and Noble hops.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, a bit chewy, low to medium carbonation, and light bitterness.

Overall: Pretty nice Octoberfest. Would have preferred more sweetness, but I'm content with it.

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Photo of dar482
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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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Copper Legend Octoberfest from Jack's Abby Brewing
3.79 out of 5 based on 463 ratings.
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