ClarkVV (4352) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh bottle drunk 8/31/15.
Clear, light pumpkin pulp-colored body has a good dose of carbonation creating an off-white head that is medium-sized and showing moderate retention.
Spicy hops in the nose have just a touch of soapiness to them, but are otherwise balanced by honey and caramel malt flavors. Some light floral notes add levity and there’s a touch more soaked grain/biscuit character. No alcohol and no flaws, though.
Simple, honey-flavored malt notes up front slowly transition in to a slightly maltier caramel. Moderately bitter hop character is herbal (very dry, nearly astringent) and with some perfume-like floral notes. Quite carbonated and with a watery texture with minimal malt lingering; almost a sticky orange-laden caramel. Like the berliner, it’s fine but just dosen’t seem all that oktoberfest-like/berliner-like. Missing a richer malt flavor. Not suggesting the beer needs to be sweet, and overly chewy/malty, but just seems to be missing a little something.
Maxbier (704) - Maryland, USA - MAY 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper/orange with thin white head. Lemon, grains, southern German bier aroma (I.e., noble Bavarian or bohemian hops). Malty grassy with same hop character as aroma. Excellent for a festbier.
Frank (3471) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer has a very fine name. It sounds to be quite dignified and I would like the good people at Jack’s Abby to give their beer-namer a good raise and possibly health benefits if they are communist like that. This is a slightly hazed orange w/ a small head of fine white bubbles. This is a solid amber lager w/ lots of tasty, bready malt character, just a touch of caramel sweetness and a nice floral note from the hops. Above all things, it is not all kinds of godforsaken sweet like a lot of Oktoberfests but is still quite malty and flavorful. This is not done often enough. This is a full bodied brew w/ a crisp finish w/ some lingering Munich malt character and firm bitterness to blance. This is a very nice beer. I got it past its prime for sure but it’s still tasting really good. This is a definite must for fans of the style.
jb (2542) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This did not do much for me, but I think mainly because it just was not that fresh. I’m going with - standard Okt. Will rate as such.
rjplumer (691) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 9, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The appearance looks more like a traditional light cider mild hazy copper b Very little head. Mild sweet malt aroma that hints back to other Oktoberfest’s Subtle sweet malt taste with a hint of citrus. It finishes clean and refreshing.Very drinkable. Carbonated like a soda.
conway (2062) - - OCT 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Honey colored with almost no head. Aroma is floral and sweet fruit. Taste adds some earthy and nutty notes. Thin crisp mouthfeel. Super clean. Excellent.
John25 (1139) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light amber. Sweet malt taste. Light and crisp. Light chocolate on the finish with some toast and bread on the finish. Also a little lemon note. Excellent for the style.
thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Probably the most interesting of this style i have had, has a summer/lemon/citrus flavor going on, you can taste the malt that gives it that octoberfest flavor but the citrus twist makes it interesting...well done
Chad9976 (1443) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Jack’s Abby is a brewery that specializes in making ale styles as lagers, so you’d think they’d be able to knock a traditional lager style out of the park. Their “Copper Legend” is their take on the Oktoberfest/Marzen style, though it drinks more like some kind amber lager. It tastes and drink fine, but it’s not all that true to the style.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.45 ($0.20 per ounce).
Appearance: Bright amber/yellow hue. Sparse carbonation visible. Pours to a small, off-white, soapy head which dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Mild nose overall with faint hints of light malty sweetness.
Taste: The first thing I notice about Jack’s Abby Copper Legend is how sweet it is. A rich, honey-like flavor jumps out right away. There’s a slight graham cracker flavor that adds another component to this sweet palette. Biscuity malts are quite present as well, giving the beer an English character rather than something German. Usually, Oktoberfest brews have toffee and caramel, but they aren’t present here. There is a distinct hop presence throughout due to the use of Noble hops. Surprisingly citrusy rather than spicy or dry. This isn’t what you expect from the style, though the uniqueness is commendable.
Drinkability: For a lager, this beer has the mouthfeel and body of an ale (though that’s true of a lot of Jack’s Abby beers). Copper Legend is only moderately carbonated, so there’s a slightly thicker viscosity to the beer than most of the style. It’s not crisp and effervescent, though it is smooth. It probably could have a little more robustness for 5.7% ABV, though it feels like a much lighter beer than it is. It’s tempting to throw back several of these on a Sunday afternoon while watching football.
two7offsuit (373) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a gold / light Amber with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet malt. Flavor is light with some sweet and some malt.