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 Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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 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 Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
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 mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Zorro
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of DrJay
3.27/5  rDev -16.6%
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 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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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +2%
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 +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 Gusler
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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 dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Rileys, a little late to the party on this release but i just have so much beer in my stock right now

appearance: i'll second MABZ...i was pretty surprised at the force which the cap came flying off of this one...pours into an imperial pint glass with an explosion of head which is rather unusual for new glarus. My first reaction was that I got a bunk bottle but all indications are that that was not the case...body is a hazy copper-orange, huge snowy fluffy white cap with great retention and lacing...very nice

smell: for some reason this wasnt what i expected which shows how much i know about the dunkel weizen style...aroma is a big burst of wheat, yeast, banana, bubblegum, lemon grass, various citrus

taste: i was a little worried when i read a review detailing a metallic taste but i dont get that at all so maybe that was a bad bottle...what i do get is pretty strong - strong wheat body, active and lively yeast, banana, lemon, light citrus, clove...very fresh, lively, and refreshing

mouthfeel: solid carbonation, clean crisp and refreshing

drinkability: high

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Photo of Beginner2
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Deuane
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy golden amber with a thick, fluffy white head.

S-Wheat malt and yeast (banana/clove/bubblegum)aroma. Very pleasant...kind of like fresh bread.

T-Very wheat forward with the yeast taking over later. Very good with a great finish and an aftertaste that is very crisp.

M-Medium-light body with a pleasant crispness.

D-Vey complex, for such a "simple" beer. Makes for a beer to come back to...very nice job.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is lighter than many a German dunkel weizen I've seen, being a coppery tan with plenty of haze. Even without agitation of the yeast it was hazy, and with the yeast poured in it becomes a cloudy miasma that is absolutely entrancing. All this underneath a huge bumpy head that looks like snow drifts.

Banana bread and yeasty funk hit the nose in a big way, with an interesting spice layer coming in (nutmeg, clove, allspice).

Flavor is not far off from the aromas. Everything is well-balanced, none of the flavors spiking out too much. A gentle spiciness carries everything else, even into the finish where I'm reminded of those dessert-y spices again. Some fluffy, almost nutty wheat comes through too, but it's all about balance with this one. Perhaps a tad too much carbonation for the style, but otherwise no real complaints.

Very nice. Not a mindblower, but a very solid U.S. wheat beer, obviously made with some love and not just tossed off like some other US microbreweries are doing with the weizen style. What else would you expect from New Glarus?

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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 cliff1066
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of joe1510
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
$7.59 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Copper Kettle Weiss poured into my weizen glass and immediately filled half the glass with a firm off white head. The body is the color of brightly polished copper although slightly hazy which it should be. Glassful of carbonation bubbles rise to that mammoth head. Head leaves meringue like lacing down the glass that eventually rejoins the body..

Aromas of mild banana and slightly stronger clove rise immediately to my nose. A solid wheat twang comes through as the canvas. Yeast spiciness and a mild metallic aroma come through as well.

Flavor has the same elements as the aroma, some more subdued and some bolder. More banana than clove in the flavor which differs from the aroma. The solid wheat twang is there but accompanied by a doughy malt characteristic. Finishes with a pleasant spiciness from the yeast.

Medium smooth body, especially considering the higher than average carbonation. Tickles the tongue on the finish.

Easy sipper with an excellent and pleasurable combonation of flavors.

This is a good solid dunkel that I could enjoy one after the other. Another winner from New Glarus. Every New Glarus offering I've sampled has been from good quality to outstanding.

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Photo of Mdog
3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Copper Kettle Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 79 ratings