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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Reviews: 72 | Ratings: 79
Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle. Light warm bread dough and sweet pear phenolics aroma. Banana skins, esters-a-plenty, and cold grape juice. A fuming pour, almost gushing. With raging champagne bubbles in a golden-amber elixir. Five fingers of creamy, rocky lacing sticky banana-tinted ivory. A refreshing, rich beer with copious nuanced malts and heavily light toasted pepitas. A surprisingly awakening and complex flavor profile, with a multitude of pale fruit touches and creamy sweet malt. Banana rules. Light grain husks round out and a faint crisp tinge of lemon hops bite into the aftertaste. Excellent body, with a full mouthfeel, yet drinkable and quenching. Edging Belgian, but boldly German.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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 blitz134
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy peach skin color. Nearly white head that was persistant and left a spotty lace behind.

Sweet aroma. Yeasty with lots of wheat and slight banana aromas with clove spices. Has a bit of a pear fruitiness as well. I really like this, its a bit more complex than the typical hefeweizen.

Flavor is yeast and wheat again, but this time with more "dark" wheat flavors coming through. Then follows with a little biscuit malts. Corriander spices and less banana than the aroma. Finally a slight musty hoppiness comes through.

The flavor lingers and coats the mouth. Medium bodied. Low carbonation makes this seem a bit flat compared to most other wheat beers. Lacks that sharpness to accentuate the spices.

Good drinkability. Nice aroma and flavor. Easy to put down. I'm not a huge wheat beer fan but this one is nice and one that I might occassionally pick up especially as a once a year offering.

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Photo of terrabyte
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper-orange color with a large white head.

Aroma has a wheat and malt base, with a large amount of sweet oranges present.

Flavor is the same. It also has quite a bit of caramel, spices, and cloves that only show up when it warms.

Mouthful is nice and creamy. Works great with the flavor. Medium mody.

Drinkability: You HAVE to drink this after it warms. I've had this on tap at restaurants quite a few times and I've always bitched that it's just an orange version of Spotted Cow. Turns out they serve it too cold. This time it was so much better.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
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 sponberg
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Newglarusguy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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 RobertDwight
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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 umustdrink
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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 objectivemonkey
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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 malcontent
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
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 tempest
3.83/5  rDev -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 doubleshovels
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, on the head on this Dunkel Weiss. It's a thick, rich, and creamy top hat that just doesn't fade away. Good uniformity it the cooper cloudiness. Moderate fruit and wheat in the aroma, but no sign of the peppery spice kick I tend to enjoy and expect from a Dunkel Weiss. Still this is a very quaffable brew that brings out the best in many aged Goudas and some washed rind cheeses.

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Photo of blackie
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Hitman23
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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 maundythirsty
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper colored indeed. Hazy, with a great big fluffy white head. Pretty good lacing. Smells like spicy banana taffy.

More spicy banana taffy in the taste, with a tangy sourness, tea-like bitterness and a very fruity finish. Very aggressive carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel, but a strange metallic aftertaste.

I'd be all about this stuff in the warmer months. Nice, mild and thirst-quenching.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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 barleywinebrewer
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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 SheepNutz
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 MuenchenerKindl
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Mdog
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
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 granger10
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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 Zorro
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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 goodbyeohio
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours from a 12oz bottle like a carrot cake smoothie. the beautiful, steadfast creamy top is as thick as you would imagine said smoothie would be. i bask in the solid nature of this dunkel, and take a big whiff..

baaa-nana! lots of big banana.. not much clove as other reviewers have noticed. healthy yeast aroma that reminds me of yellow cake. there is even a welcome tweak in here that reminds me of burnt cinnamon stick. overall, the aroma displays a delicately handled weiss beer recipe. nice.

second beer in a row i've had tonight with too much fizz, and that's the first thing i notice. once the beer settles out, i am getting alot of the same flavors as their black wheat. banana puree and burnt cocoa powder. faint raspberry notion and carob smoothness. finishes boldly with a fizzy burst, the flavors in the aftertaste seem to be the ones i missed in the finish: apple pulp, roasted malts and more banana.. peels and all. very tasty and a really interesting take on the style, fruitier and fresher, bigger and fizzier.

another success from ng, recommended.

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Copper Kettle Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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