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 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 Erdinger2003
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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 brdc
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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 BeerRun13
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highly charged and all foam on this pour... I've had better luck since. Anyhow, this one settled out to a Ice cream scoop looking head on top of a slightly hazy, orangey, copper. Superb lacing.
Banana/clove like a mo-fo. Bubble gum undertones with a touch of caramel.
Banana/clove and bubble gum nicely play out with great balance.
Medium bodied. Highly carbonated. Somewhat creamy & warm. Think I get a little alcohol, but only 5.5%? Dryer finish.
Good beer. I really like this style.

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Photo of beveritt
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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 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 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 CharlesDarwin
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +3.8%
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 blitz134
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +0.8%
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 -5.9%
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 +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 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 RobertDwight
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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 +5.9%
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 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 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 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 doubleshovels
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +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 Hitman23
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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 +3.3%
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 -8.7%
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 -2.3%
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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Copper Kettle Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 79 ratings