Copper Kettle Weiss
New Glarus Brewing Company

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German Dunkelweizen
3.96 | pDev: 8.59%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 79
Reviews by Windigstadt:
Photo of Windigstadt
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper (go figure!), cloudy, lots of carbonation with a rocky head.
S: Banana on top with phenolic clove bite, yeasty, a hint of whiskey.
T: Surprisingly clean up front; caramel and honey sweetness on your tongue until yeast, banana and citrus notes take over; just enough bitterness in the finish to keep things together; clove aftertaste lingers.
M: Full carbonation, but still refreshing.
D: At 5.5%, this definitely qualifies as a session beer.
Overall: Belgian Wits (or poor domestic interpretations thereof) maybe the summer beer du jour right now, but this is a wonderful beer to enjoy on a hot day. The dark malt additions give the beer just enough depth to make it interesting for those that find Hefeweizens too pedestrian. At a time where many brewers think bigger is better, New Glarus continues to impress me with wonderful session beers such as this one.

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cherrywood in color...pours a little charged up...settles into a one-inch frothy head..a sweet dopplebock style nose...highly carbonated mouthfeel...smooth...subtle malt sweetness...a nice tasty easy drinking dark of my favorite styles and one I'd like to see more breweries try...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a slight hazed/slight murky mahogony. Good head. I get a little chocolate malt on the nose and some slight yeasty fruity notes typical of Bavarian Weizen yeast strains. Weizen characteristics are evident on the first sip. Fruity, slight vanilla and banana, phenolic character and some slight dark roasted malt tones. Very drinkable. Not quite as tasty as the Hacker-Schorr that I recently enjoyed, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a little lighter than I thought it would - more of a peach-amber color. All kinds of esters in the aroma - banana, clove, faint whiffs of alcohol, almost a Mary Jane peanut butter candy sort of aroma. Very complex.

Starts with banana off the rip, then the cloves, wheatiness, a little vanilla, and yeah, more of that Mary Jane flavor, along with a more pronounced hoppiness and bitterness than I've had from European dunkelweisses. A bit of spiciness in here - good stuff. A slight green-apple tartness emerges in the finish, balancing out the slightly caramelly sweetness nicely. Very tasty brew - appropriate mouthfeel and very, very drinkable. This would be great on a hot evening - still damned tasty on a winter's night!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There's a subtle smokiness to the almost bock-like maltiness of New Glarus' Copper Kettle that distinuishes it from other dunkel weizens. It's actually lighter in color than most dunkels as well, and in fact, quite a few examples of the standard weizen are just as dark or darker; but the maltiness is still there. It starts in the nose, rich and full, loaded with notes of bread and wheat and caramel, and carries straight through into the finish. Now, it may be due to a smoky phenolic from the yeast, or it may be from an addition of smoked malt, but there's certainly a touch of it in play amidst the clove and spice and green banana of the yeast. The dextrinous medium body and (restrained for a weizen) median carbonation add to its maltiness; as does its less than solid bitterness... leaving it a touch sweet. The balance between malt and yeast character is perfect though, with just enough fruitiness and spicy-clovey phenolic making its way through the caramel and dough to off-set it and clearly display it as a "weizen". It looses a bit of drinkability due to its sweetness, but overall it's very nicely done! Rich and satisfying!

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Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours to a chill hazed copper color, the head is large and frothy, light tan in color with a thick and sticky sheet of lace to drape the glass. Nose is banana like, sweet, crisp and clean, a real treat, with the start sweet and loaded with malt, top a bit thin. Finish is mild in its carbonation the hops pleasant and mildly spicy, a fine drinking beer to be sure.

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Photo of Winter
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish-orange with a nice rising fluffy light tan head. Aroma consists of bananas, wheat malt, bubble gum, vanilla and a touch of spicy yeast. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, airy and well carbonated. Rich dark wheat malt flavor. Ripe banana with a creamy vanilla flavor toward the back of the tongue. Hallertau hops add a nice bitterness. Finish is light and crisp. A decent dunkel weiss, but it seemed like it could offer just a little bit more flavor. It hits the mark for the most part but not as well done as some of the German imports. Still another decent offering from New Glarus and worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. It pours a hazy copper-orange color with four huge fingers of head. The head starts forming large bubbles and dies off rather quickly though. The color looks a bit light for a dunkel weizen. If I was just handed this in a glass, I would have thought it was a regular hefe-weizen. Anyway, the smell is fantastic. There's lots of banana and clove sweetness in there, and it smells closer to a German weizen than any other American brewery has come. It's a full aroma, with hint of yeast behind all the sweetness. The taste has much more clove than banana, and has a great pumpkin spice quality to it. It tastes almost just like a pumpkin ale! While it's not really close to style, it's still a great flavor, and I'm really enjoying it. The mouthfeel is very thick and almost chewy on the palate. The drinkability is very nice, I could have a few of these in one sitting easily. A very tasty brew, and it was a pleasant surprise to find that my friend Kevin had brought me a bottle of this on his last trip down from Chicago. We miss ya down here man.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a weizen glass.

A - Dark orange yellow color with a really thick white head that stays for a while.

S - This has to be wrong but i swear I smell peanut and orange. That's all I can get. While I was pouring it I smelled banana's.

T - Really light. Toasted malt and grains with a light caramel flavor.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer all around. I lucked out and a local beer store got these in somehow since they are not distributed in OH. If you get a chance to try this, get it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Demcorhip: Poured a cloudy brown color ale with a nice big thick foamy head with great retention and some lacing. Aroma dominated by malt with lots of banana and some caramel malt characteristics. Taste is very malty with some great banana and some light ester notes. Body was full and definitely above average for the style with great carbonation. Great take on a style that I don’t have the chance to experience that often.

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Photo of granger10
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden, actually copper color with a super large creamy, foamy egg white head. Not too much lacing but the head maintains really well. Looks enticing. Aroma is strong from the start with tons of yeasty smells coming forth upon opening. Spicy with tons of breadiness and some honey. Fresh baked banana bread. Taste has a strong spice, bread base. Lots and lots of banana with a touch of clove and some sharp wheaty twanginess. Honey and spent grains at the top. Very creamy mouthfeel, smooth body. Finish is the best with a touch of sweetness and some floral accents. Yeast finally leaves at the end. I really like the yeast but I was a touch overbearing at times. But honestly, this was really enjoyable. Not a session beer b/c of the intense German yeast flavors and the sweetness but this bottle was very, very good.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is supposedly the replacement for Black Wheat (RIP)

A-For a dunkel, this is way too light. I was hoping for something similar to the afformentioned Black Wheat. Burnished copper body with a beautiful full sparkling head.

S-Nice weiss yeast profile with plenty of cloviness and banana presence.

T-Very nice sweet malt up front. The yeast takes most of the show. The spiciness of the yeast is matched well with the subtle hops. Fruitiness leads to a semi-dry finish.

M-Carbonation was a little sharp for this beer. If it were a little less, the malt would be able to stand out a bit more for a fuller mouthfeel.

D-Easy to drink, but may be a little sweet and fruity for some die-hard weiss fans.

Nice beer, but nothing can replace the infamous Black Wheat!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Generously bubbled kumquat that has generated a massive head of orange creamsicle foam despite the gentlest of pours. As so often happens (in a non-Belgian ale at least), beer this carbonated isn't blessed with a very attractive head. The cap of airy foam falls relatively quickly and doesn't look very good while doing so. Minimal watery lace spatters the glass.

The nose is at least as much hefe weizen as dunkel weizen. Tangy wheat leads the way, with little or no 'darkness' in the form of cocoa or even toasted grain. Clove is much more prominent than banana and gives the beer a hint of Germanic authenticity.

Copper Kettle Weiss is pretty good beer that falls well short of inspired beer. I never know how much over-carbonation affects the flavor profile, but I have to believe it does to some extent. Not to start any unsubstantiated rumors, but CKW isn't listed on the New Glarus website. A beer known as Bavarian Weiss is scheduled to be released this summer. I wonder if the brewery simply couldn't get a handle on the quality control of this one.

The beer is still tart and tangy, but it's equally bitter, thanks to what strikes me as a more than respectable amount of Hallertau hops. It's a bit on the phenolic side as well, something I never mind as long as it isn't overdone. Banana esters make a valiant effort to pull even with clove, but don't quite make it. I'll give Copper Kettle a 3.0/5.0 on my (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter. It might even be a 3.5 by the bottom of the bottle.

In spite of all the bubbles, which are running out of steam at this point, the mouthfeel isn't all that chaotic after the first few ounces. At the midway point of each mouthful, things becomes slick and clingy, allowing the flavor to linger a bit.

New Glarus's version of a dunkel weizen is a better than decent effort that would probably earn bumps in each of the above scores if my bottle was as the brewers intended. In other words, if it was properly carbonated. I hope I'm wrong about it being given the brewer's axe. With a little spit and polish, this Copper Kettle would probably gleam more brightly than most domestic versions.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chocolate amber colour with some white head. Some wheat aroma. While drinkable with wheat bannana creaminess, essentially harsh lemon and orange peel and aggressive carbonation leads to drying finish. Some spices, clove, and quaffable.Thanks jpm30 for indulging me.

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Photo of Zorro
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled through the kind efforts of jj21 and the Simply Beer BIF.

This stuff is a powdery copper colored beer with a decent white head.

Smell is sweet and spicy with a cloves and banana funk that you normally expect from this beer style. There is a bit of candy apple with vanilla scent to this.

Taste is mildly sweet and stale bread at the start. Spices kick in fairly quickly in to the beer and it is Aventinus level spicy quite high. Lots of clove and cinnamon taste here. Banana bread cake flavor here this is very much like German Christmas cookies in flavor. Hops don't really make an appearance.

Mouthfeel is good.

A quite drinkable beer, especially for those that want a drier version of the style; low alcohol for the style too.

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Photo of Mdog
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy orange with a big head that doesn't stay around long.

Smell: Yeasty, slight citrus, spices.

Taste: Starts bready, then some citrus tanginess and clove flavor. Long aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: More substantial than most wheats.

Drinkability: Average.

This beer is pretty good but just doesn't quite hit the mark with me. I don't get any banana notes like other reviewers which would have helped me enjoy it more. It is a reasonably complex wheat and worth a try.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Warriorsoul for yet another great "throw-in."

Pours a murky copper color. Like old plumbing in a dingy basement (minus the green). Thick, foamy head that I almost have to mine my way through to get to the beer. Nose has a hint of citrus tartness behind a rich wheaty backbone.

Flavor just explodes on the palate. This beer would rock fresh out of the tap. Lemon and orange sitrus is very much present but hardly over the top. Cloves rise out of it all. And supporting the seet and tart flavors is a wheat base that mellows it all out and provides a full body feel. Even can pick out some slight yeast bread-heartiness. As the beer warms a warm, aromatic banana flavor comes out in each sip as well.

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Photo of Beertracker
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Perfect. Brilliant pumpkin orange body. Voluminous white head. Limitless retention. Carbonation streams are magnificent. Great lacing.

Aroma: chocolate malt, fantastic Bavarian fruity yeasts, banana, clove. Some Belgian Pale Ale like fruity/floral aromas.

Taste: Banana liquor, spice – mostly clove and perhaps some pepper. Alcohol is present. Hints of chocolate and a pinch of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Sweet fruity front with a nice back of the palate slight bitterness in the finish. Carbonation plays a symphony on the tongue and throat. Slick yet biting.

Drinkability: Outstanding. Light, sessionable as they come.

This doesn’t make up for the loss of Staghorn, Snowshoe, and Black Wheat but it comes close.

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Photo of JanM
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle in a Swedish-Canadian BA trade. Poured hazy and in a honey yellow colour. Lots of foam. The smell was sweet, yeasty and with notes of bread spices. The smell of fruit filled the air of the room. The taste was bitter and of ... prorridge? Initially there was a strong note of metal but it disappeared after a few minutes. It was less sweet than an ordinary weissbier which appeals to my taste. Some licorice too. But the main drawback of the brew was its wateriness.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. The beer pours a hazy oranged copper color with a 3 finger of bubbly head that falls to a finger of head over top. There is a nice bit of lace climbing the sides where the head has fallen. The nose is ripe with banana and creamy wheat, with a mild lemony zing in there that really adds a nice aspect. Nice aroma for a weiss beer. Flavor is right there with the aroma. There is a kiss of a dark, possibly roasted, wheat character in there that adds a level above the creamyness of the wheat. The banana is very strong. This is really creamy as well. I think it is enjoyable. The feel is very full and creamy, with a good carbonation of very large bubbles that really rounds out the feel. This one is a really easy drinking beer. I enjoy the flavor and the rich mouthfeel. This one will definately make a quick disappearance from my fridge.

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Photo of DrJay
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as part of BC2. Thanks JeffKrenner!
This one poured a hazy amber with a light beige head that was pretty big initially, but quickly dissipated with little stickage. Nice aroma with a combination of bready malt, cloves, a bit of banana and citrus zest. The flavour was strongly bready with hints of yeast and a rich, chewy wheat and bread crust character. Some fruitiness with clove spiciness throughout. The carbonation was quite lively. Medium/light bodied and lightly palate coating. Overall, this was an easy drinking beer, but everything seemed a bit muted and dull.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to JeffKrenner for hooking me up with this for BC2!

Pours a slightly hazed copper/orange, huge thick white head forms, settles down to a thin layer, some lacing. Smell is neat, very malty, banana/clove, vanilla, alcohol, hint of dates or dark fruits, nice. Taste is very grainy, bready, bit of yeast, roast, bit of a sweet banana/vanilla flavour, quite dry in the finish, bit of a citrus kick to it. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Different take on the style, I enjoyed this one. Thanks Jeff!

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Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

B-yootiful pour. Dark copper, like, well, a copper kettle. And there's a gigantic rocky white head that sticks like glue. It's about the most fantastic weizen pour that you could expect.

Smells of rich corriander, lemon peel, and rich, very deep wheatmalt. Perfectly balanced between zippiness and sweet, rounded spice.

Starts with sweet, zippy spice. Lemongrass, mostly, along with some tasty sweet yeast. This falls into a bitter, grassy middle--almost like adjunct rice or corn, very strange--and ends on a distinct wheatmalt clove and white pepper. Very nice, but not the rounded foaminess of the world class weizens.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a murky golden body that glows in the light with a thick creamy light tan head that pops up over the glass during the pour. There is a strong boiling carbonation that can be seen as the bubbles slide up the side of the glass. The head fades but slides up and down the glass with each sip.

S- This beer has a soft smell of bubblegum which becomes stronger and stronger as it warms. There are nice notes of yeast and Italian bread crust with some soft caramel malt sweetness in there aswell. A hint of dry pale malt comes through but is covered up pretty quickly by bubblegum.

T- The smooth slightly sweet taste of banana and caramel have a nice flavor with a hint of bubblegum. Just like the smell the bubblegum comes to dominate when it warms. There is a nice dry biscuit or Munich toasted malt which gives good depth and a hint of cream and a slightly more toasted malt. The finish has a soft hint of green flavor from the hops but it is very light. As it warms there is also a taste of buttered popcorn in the background which adds a bit more depth.

M- This beer has a big fizz finish to a medium-full body. There is a dry finish that softens the flavor along with the fizz.

D- This beer is very drinkable and has a nice bit of complexity which makes it unique for this style. The depth of flavor and smell was covered up by the bubblegum and that was soon all I could focus on. The first few sips were a 4.5 but the bubblegum flavor was really too much.

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Copper Kettle Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 79 ratings