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Copper Kettle Weiss | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Copper Kettle WeissCopper Kettle Weiss

Brewed by:
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 benito
2.62/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle, with no freshness date.

This is a handsome looking, lightish dunkelweizen with (as the name would suggest) a beautiful copper color and a persistent head. For a true weizen, the phenols are disappointingly light in the bouquet, and the flavor too lacks the heavy, banana bread flavors and feel of a great beer in this style. Perhaps it was brewed to be a lighter version of a German dunkelweizen, but from the yeast aromas and flavors, I was left wondering whether that had used an American hefeweizen yeast strain!

It is still refreshing and fairly smooth going down; not complex or challenging in any way. Again, a "light" dunkelweizen in style?

This was one of the only times I've been disappointed with a New Glarus beer; fortunately, there are many others out there for me to drink and love. Take a pass and stick with their other brews.

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Photo of getch
2.97/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a- nice color orange/red, too much foam, 4 fingers at least
s- herb smelling interesting mixture
t- gets better as it get warmer
d- can only take 1-2 of this beer at one sitting

This is one of my least fav. New Glarus beers to date and would not recommend the beer for a party if your going to have one

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Photo of Jerktookmyname
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of JanM
3.05/5  rDev -22.6%
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 DrJay
3.27/5  rDev -17%
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 badbeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange color with a white head that does retain, but not as well as other wheat beers. Aroma of clove, spice, orange peel, and cardamom seed. Taste begins almost spicy and cola-like, followed up by wood-y clove flavors. Highly carbonated with a medium body. Drinkability is OK, perhaps this one is just past its prime, I'll try it again next time around.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the third beer sampled during last night's tasting. As I tried to remove the bottle cap with a lighter to preserve it for my collection, it came booming off with all the ferocity of a shaken bottle of champagne. I thought for sure this beer would be soured, or at least bad. While it surely wasn't the best of wheat beers I've had, it wasn't one of the worst either. This beer has no freshness date on it, so I am unsure as to what may have caused the gushing.

The beer poured to a cloudy golden color with just a subtle hint of brown. Head was not as huge as I would have expected, though it seems a lot of the carbonation blew off with the cap.

The smell is doughy with a hint of banana and clove and a gentle roasty, nutty aroma. The flavor doesn't differ much from the nose.

Probably not something I'll drink again, as there are plenty of better, authentic German wheats on the market, but I'm glad I was able to try it.

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Photo of uwmgdman
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My first dunkelweissen in as long as I can remember pours a cloudy golden-orange into my mug with lots of off-white head, which surprisingly did not last long. The aroma of this beer has some malty sweetness, moderate-low with a rather pronounced tart clove aroma. The taste is of moderate malty sweetness initially and then a rather sharp tartness dominates followed by a hint of clove leaving the mouth slightly dry. There is not much in the way of hop bitterness, flavor or aroma, as one would expect just enough bitterness for the style. The beer is delivered on moderate-high carbonation and with a medium-full body. The beer is fairly smooth and has decent drinkability. Overall I am neither overly happy with the brew nor disappointed. I’ll admit it is not my favorite style. With that said, I what I do enjoy most is the balance. The tartness of the yeast is present enough but not overly so and the maltiness of a dunkelweissen is there enough too. I am disappointed with the appearance, I expected a long lasting head, but there was no head after it quickly diminished, not the slightest bit. I don’t think it’s a glassware issue as I haven’t had the problem before. If weiss beers are your style I’d say go for it, I bet you’d really enjoy it.

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Photo of Mdog
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
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 brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange copper with a fluffy off white head that lingers for a while.

S - Strong yeast characteristics with some spice, banana bread and a bit of honey.

T - Heavy banana bread and very yeasty. Some spice and honey are also present.

M - Very creamy and well carbonated.

D - A little too much banana yeastiness to have more than 1 of these in a sitting.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to EvilKeith for this one.

This beer poured a murky cider color with a thin film of large bubbled head.

Smells of a sweet and doughy weizen with ample wheat and a touch of bread dough followed up by a hint of red apple.

Tastes very light with only a touch of musky yeast and a bit of rye. The doughy yeast sticks around bit on my tongue, but most of the flavor is swept away by a dry plumb skin and lime that is amplified by the carbonation.

The gigantic storm of carbonation seemed way out of place, but it went down smooth enough.

Not too bad. I sincerely question that this one is actually a dunkel weizen.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice big head that pours like a hefeweizen and is hard to control. The color is very dark weizen brown. The lacingis good and sticks around quite nice. Aroma is nice with banana, a slight aging has given it some more gum quality which is less desirable in my opinion. The flavor is very nice, but still has that gummy quality which I would like less of. Still a lot of banana which keeps me drinking. Overall, nice, I should have had more when it was fresher.

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Photo of RobertDwight
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a perfect copper color, but I was expecting a darker brew since it is a dunkel. Smell is classic, clovey/banana. I think the taste is lacking...just doesn't quite do it for me...and weizens are one of my favorite styles. It has a good mouthfeel and would be fine to drink. The is an alright beer, but nothing I would purposely seek out.

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Photo of MrVisegrips
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was a nice caramel color with a very thick, rich head. Aromas are heavy in lemon and yeast, still very nice. Flavors are excellent with a light, toasty bread malt and more citrus notes. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with good drinkability. Overall, a nicely done brew.

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Photo of beveritt
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is the typical understated New Glarus un-bleached paper. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with the big, generous head of wheat beer. Probably 1.5 - 2 inches of creamy, off white head. This settles slowly into a thick coating of foam with some nice lacing. The beer itself is a bright, polished copper color. Only slightly cloudy.

Smell: Strong aroma of bananas and nuts. Very yeasty with a slightly bready finish.

Taste: Mouthfilling flavor. Creamy with enough carbonation bite and yeast tang to keep it interesting. Fruity and slightly sugary. Bananas with lemons zest in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Aerage carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: As usual, New Glaurs puts out a good beer. THis one seems to lean a little more towards a regular hefeweizen and isn't as dark or caramelly as many dunkels I have had, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tried this from the very last bottle they had at great lakes brewfest. poured cloudy and orange with a foamy white head. nice lacing in there. smelled spicy. mmmm. tastes weakly of cloves, wheat and belgian yeast. old bananas. nice and smooth. a fair to good offering from N.G.

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Photo of brdc
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a little different, perhaps inferior than the bottle couterpart.

It is still a nice golden beer, however, the hazyness is less prominent and the head shows worse retention (comparing to the bottle version).
Smell is exactly the same from the bottle version: pleasantly sweet, with yeasts, bananas and clove.
Flavor is good, although not as prominent as the bottle version. Yeasts, bread, bananas and clove again.
This is medium bodied, although lighter than the bottle version.
Easy to drink, with a lot more aroma than the average wheat beer, this is a good offering, but for whatever reason, inferior to the bottle version, which is better for most people since the bottle version is easier to find. Still worhtwhile, though.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

s hazy and full of suspension. Big, towering two inch plus head of foam on top nearly would not stay in the glass and really looked quite full. Tons of side glass lace and a great look. Smell was very nice as well, the main player here being a yeasty and wheat aroma, but the nicest blend of roasted malts and even a touch of some caramel or dark nuttiness mixed in really set it off. The flavor was fantastic. Such a smooth creamy feel, but then again such great carbonation that it did not feel too full or too dull. Flavors were all over, you could definitely tell it was a Hefe as the classic flavor was there, but there were definite hints of roasting, or smoked aromas which were also as big and served to not only darken up the flavor but also the color. Really quite rich, with a touch of sweetness in the middle, and a bite of bitter at the end.

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3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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 Hitman23
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice orangish-brown color. What a Dunkel Weiss should look like.

S - This brew has a great aroma, very spicy and sweet.

T - Weiss beers have never been my favorite, but this one has some real flavor to it. Hard to believe it is American brewed.

M - The term mouthfull comes to mind.

D - One or two in a sitting is all I could handle, but for the Weiss fans out there it probably is easier to put down.

Thanks to my cousin in Madison, WI for the chance to taste this seasonal from one of the best breweries in the country.

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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can I call it an amber or red weiss? Also tasted fairly american to me in terms of wheat beers. Maybe I just need to try more wheat beer. Anyways, it was a nice amber color with tall head and great retention. Smelled and tasted of lightly roasted wheat and a bit of fruity malt. Reminds me of a non-hoppy Gumballhead from 3F. Pretty tasty, but I like Franz dunkel and some of the other import dunkels better. Still worth a try.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another quality brew acquired via trade!

A - hazy reddish-orange, huge white
S - I have to agree with many assesments on the banana. I don't a wheat maltiness and a hint of yeast coming thorugh as well .
T - Similar to the smell but a bit more spice coming through.
M - medium bodied but very fizzy. Let this one settle in the glass for a while first!
D - Tasty. Definitely different than the last imported german dunkel weizen I've tried, in a good way for sure!

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Photo of Jredner
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bannana, yeast, bubblegum, apple and spice in the aroma. Body is a slightly dirty murly yellow with a massive off white head that is lasting. Estery yeast gives fruit and sweetbread flavors in the fore with banana cream and spice throught the middle. Knocks on the door of cocoa/caramel, but no one opens.

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