Copper Kettle Weiss | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Copper Kettle WeissCopper Kettle Weiss

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-23-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of SMark
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured straight up and produced a tremendous head causing some concern. Lot of tiny bubbles coming up indicating I had probably poured too vigorously. Hazy copper color with foam and lace abundantly sticking to side of glass.

Slightly yeasty with hint of clove. Did not pick up a lot of malt or hops but all together was very pleasant.

Fuller tasting wheat bear with cloves coming through as expected. Very much in the style of Bavarian wheat with spicy taste complimenting the acidity.

Clean and pleasant with flavors dancing around in the mouth. Lasted for a bit and then definitely invited another sip, then another, and so on.

A well made beer of this style and probably tough to improve on but then I've been told there is always room for improvement. The only reason for no 5's but I probably should have.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type 12 oz. bottle poured into a weisse glass.

A: Dark toned copper golden colour that leaves a nice 2" head and leaves great retention and lacings.

S: Wonderful traces of cloves,bananas,spices and a stint of hops and wheat.

T: Superb just like a american dunkel weisse should taste, it tastes of spices vanilla bananas and cloves with a hint of wheat and caramel in there.

M: Excellent swishes good in your mouth comes down clean and a little dry but overall just great.

D: Very good for a "dark weisse" goes to smooth and easy.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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 Windigstadt
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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 MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark orange and cloudy with excellent carbonation. The head is a full 3 fingers off white and very lacey.

The smell is of wheat and yeast some caramel notes.

The taste is good yeasty bread and a nice light toasty caramel.

The mouthfeel is very good, lots of good carbonation and a nice body.

The drinkability is also good. I like this brew and it is a little bolder then most.

Lots of thanks to jpm30 for a great trade!
Prosit MK

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Photo of trevorwideman
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank to demcorhip for getting me this bottle and many other amazing bottles. 12oz poured into a Weiss glass.

Pours with a nearly 2 inch head that recedes very slowly, my weiss glass really showcases the beauty of this one. Carbonation is quite violent and beautiful, it certainly keeps the head very alive. Hazey luminescent copper colour, not nearly as dark as some Dunkels I've had. Nose is typically Weiss with lots of bready/yeasty notes, the normal pear and banana aromas are subdued, with subtle earthy tones coming through, along with orange peel bitterness, and a pleasant lemon sourness.

Taste is extremely impressive, a caramel and banana sweetness very much in the forefront, lots of bready malt, sweet apples and juicy pears. Lemon is mild but is there in the background along with some mild coriander and floral sweetness. This is an excellent interpretation of the style, lots of body, hefty malt presence, creamy and smooth yet sticks slightly going down. Wow, this is a treat, and now I want to save my other bottle for a special occasion! Almost too drinkable this one is.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a hazy golden copper with a healthy inch of bubbly white head on top. Lots of active carbonation. Aromas begin with big banana, clove and bubblegum. Caramelized malts with a spike of yeasty spiciness. Citrus rind and a subtle kiss of hops.

First sip brings a caramelly, grainy maltiness that is lightly toasted. It quickly gives way to a rush of banana, clove and a bit of a bubblegum afterthought. A light fruity quality with citrus zest and toffee flows into a earthy, yeasty spiciness. The brew finishes crisp with a touch of herbal hops. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight grainy aspect. A burst of carbonation with each sip gets to be a little too much and I wouldn't mind it keyed down a bit. Otherwise, this is a tasty, refreshing and easy drinking brew. I must say that New Glarus can do no wrong with wheat beers as every one I've tried has been incredibly tasty, this being no exception. Keep 'em coming!!

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The head explodes, taking up well over half the glass so that I have to wait quite awhile for it to recede enough before I finish pouring. The head is a very light khaki, and the beer a hazy orange-copper. Nice lacing.

smell: A delicious smelling blend of wheat, caramel, and fruity German yeast upfront. Notes of light fruits, especially banana and a touch of apple, are found. Just the right amount of Noble hop aroma. I may be giving a half point too much credit for this parameter, but it smells damn good to me.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower side of the high range, and the body a lighter medium. Just about right.

taste: Wheaty malts with just a touch of caramel or toffee. Moderate esters of German yeasts make an appearance. Crisp Noble hop flavor and a drying bitterness that lingers into the finish with some wheat and yeast.

drinkability: Quite easy to drink, and interesting enough to keep me sipping.

Shipped to NC from Madison in a pretty sweet package by dirtylou

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$1.49 / Bottle
JR Liquor
Stevens Point, Wisconsin

Appearance - Orange hazy body and it pours 2 inches of white head. A very good looking brew.

Smell - A firm, thick, malty scent with a clove overtone.

Taste - A fine well rounded malt flavor. One of the firmest and most delicious malts I've had the luxury to enjoy.

Mouthfeel - It has coarseness not normally found in a Weiss bier. I think the texture does allow for more flavors to come through which does help it. You'll have to try it to know what I mean.

~ I'd really like to pull a pint off a keg and get the real feel for this brew.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mynie
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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 SheepNutz
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 malcontent
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost three fingers of rich, frothy head perched atop a hazy body that is golden towards the bottom and deep amber at the top. Even lacing trailed by the heads’ sticky remnants slathered all down the sides of the glass. Great-looking beer.

The nose is filled with vibrant grassy scents enhanced with sharp citrus and warm yeasty notes.

There is lots of yeast taste with light lemon notes followed by a slightly unpleasant bitterness that doesn’t seem to emanate from hops. Still, a substantial and tasty weizen.

Great mix of carbonation and chewy mouthfeel. Although the bitterness keeps distracting me everything else works so well that I’d gladly have another.

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the taste.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly cloudy dark orange color. Pours a huge head and fades to an eighth inch.

S - Very sweet banana notes with lots of wheat and toasty smells.

T - Taste is very sweet, banana, cloves and sweet bread tones.

M - Very light and refreshing mouthfeel.

D - One of the better Dunkels I've ever had and one of my favorite offerings from New Glarus.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A hazy copper brew with brownish hues, doesnt seem very "dunkel". Huge three finger very pale tan head formed on the pour and is doing its best to stick around. Well but not over carbonated. Thick lacings cling to the walls of my glass as i gradually empty my glass.

Banana bread with clove. The clove and bananna come through very cleanly and are the predominant aromas. Nutty, wheaty scents are also there, as well as a hint of chocolate. The Hallertau hops round out the nose with an earthy and peppery spice.

Liquid bananna bread spiced with clove and some chocolate shavings as opposed to chocolate chips. Clove and bananna from the yeast are a great compliment to the nutty wheatiness and the touch of darker, chocolate malts. The hops have a great earthy spiciness, with hints of lemongrass and peppery spice.

Great balanced brew with great contributions from the yeast, wheat and malts, and the hops. An almost creamy medium bodied beer. Very refreshing, and can see how this is a more substantial step up from hefeweizen's, and fitting to the fall season.

A very drinkable and tasty brew. Clean, refreshing, and more complex malts than ive found from the lighter cousin of this style, the hefe. Would make a great session brew, and a good crossover brew for anyone who enjoys clove and bananna bread. Ill be drinking alot more of this one.

I thought of knocking more off my rating for the relatively light dunkel appearance, but the great head and lacings on top of the brownish copper brew certainly made up for it.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Initial smell of banana and Juicy Fruit gum.

Pours a turbid orange-amber, with 4 fingers of head into a pilsner glass. Head dies down pretty quick, smell retreats into a more subdued grain & malt, with banana in the background. Second pour with the yeast caused an overflow, should have tilted the glass. Well carbonated to say the least. Foam sticks around for the duration after that...

Tastes bready, malty, banana again toward the end. Hallertau hops cameo mildly in the aftertaste. Yeast gives it a very smooth and drinkable mouthfeel, the only detriment is a mild phenolic note. Easy drinking, would be good for a session.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 jeffmonarch
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
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 sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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 objectivemonkey
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a cloudy copper with a nice white thick foamy head and good lacing. Aroma is of cloves and banana, slightly bready and slightly sweet, quite nice. Taste remarkably well done, a very nice earthy wheat malt, nice cloves and banana, a really good yeast strain used to impart an authentic dunkel-ness. No hops, and thats a good thing. Mouth is full, well carbonated, creamy smooth, a thoroughly drinkable beer, making me wish I got the sixpack instead of single.

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Photo of EvilKeith
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper Kettle poured a hazy copper, almost burnt orange in color. The head was rocky beige foam with the lace standing the test of time.
The bouquet was a real treat and then some. The expected smells of bananas and spicy cloves were augmented by a hint of bubblegum-like phenolics and a pleasant yeasty fruitiness.
The taste follows the smell pretty well with the addition of a mild citrus tanginess and the lightly roasted grain character being more pronounced.
The body was medium with a moderately active carbonation. This is obviously a well crafted beer, right on for the style. Highly drinkable and highly recommended.

Copper Kettle was a real treat. I almost hate to admit that this was the first New Glarus product I was able to get my hands on. If this is an example of the craftsmanship and the obvious pride they take in their brewing I am certain to enjoy all of their other offerings.

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +4.6%
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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Copper Kettle Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 79 ratings