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 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 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 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 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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Photo of granger10
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +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 goodbyeohio
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of Jredner
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Now isn't this an interesting looking brew. Pours a dark peach...almost a golden copper color with pronounced amount of haze to it. Almost toffee like. Head is huge and soapy, almost stark white.

S: Spicy yeast, grass trimmings, vanilla and banana with a touch of clove.

T: Mmm, creamy like banana taste with a hint of pina colada. Some bassic lemon qualities with a hay like finish. Aftertaste is gentle black pepper and caramel (oooh peppered caramel....)

M: Medium body, very nice round mouthfeel.

D: Tasty darn beer there. Another good one from New Glarus.

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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 uwmgdman
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Winter
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish-orange with a nice rising fluffy light tan head. Aroma consists of bananas, wheat malt, bubble gum, vanilla and a touch of spicy yeast. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, airy and well carbonated. Rich dark wheat malt flavor. Ripe banana with a creamy vanilla flavor toward the back of the tongue. Hallertau hops add a nice bitterness. Finish is light and crisp. A decent dunkel weiss, but it seemed like it could offer just a little bit more flavor. It hits the mark for the most part but not as well done as some of the German imports. Still another decent offering from New Glarus and worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of MrVisegrips
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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 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 bennetj17
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The caramel color is on the lighter side for a Dunkel Weizen. A three finger thick head protrudes from the top, and slowly fades to a centimeter layer of foam. Notes of banana, popcorn, lemon and yeast are present in the nose. I would have liked it to be a bit more potent though.

The taste is lightly sweet, with a bread malt that's lightly toasted plus some caramel and a hint of lemony tang. The light and crisp bitterness in the finish concludes the experience nicely. I thought the mouthfeel held up well. It was dense and creamy, very smooth. The carbonation was strong and foamy too.

This beer wasn't a typical Dunkel, but it was drinkable anyway. It was like a Hefe Weizen with a hint of toasted, buttery popcorn. I prefer New Glarus' Black Wheat, but this isn't too bad as a replacement...

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is supposedly the replacement for Black Wheat (RIP)

A-For a dunkel, this is way too light. I was hoping for something similar to the afformentioned Black Wheat. Burnished copper body with a beautiful full sparkling head.

S-Nice weiss yeast profile with plenty of cloviness and banana presence.

T-Very nice sweet malt up front. The yeast takes most of the show. The spiciness of the yeast is matched well with the subtle hops. Fruitiness leads to a semi-dry finish.

M-Carbonation was a little sharp for this beer. If it were a little less, the malt would be able to stand out a bit more for a fuller mouthfeel.

D-Easy to drink, but may be a little sweet and fruity for some die-hard weiss fans.

Nice beer, but nothing can replace the infamous Black Wheat!

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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 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 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 neonbrown82
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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 pweis909
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A copper colored dunkel a good-sized head in it.

Bubblegummy aromas typical of some hefes

The first time I tried this beer, the taste was slighthly metallic. Was that the copper kettle? Really, I'm not making this up. The metallic taste is distracting.

Subsequently, I have had one of these and the off flavor was not present. The first experience must have been a bad bottle.. Flavor is crisp wheat malt, with a dry carbonation finish. Good thirst quencher.

Nice choice 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 Tbone
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale Amber. It's a bit too pale for a dunkel Weizen.
A modest bannana-clove nose and taste. Lacks the roastiness of a true Dunkel, and is less sweet and more dry than alot of weizens.
A bit thinner than expected.
As a straight weizen I like it, but I have to knock it a bit for claiming to be a Dunkel.

I last had the Soltice (their regular Weizen) a few years ago and was quite impressed. Thus, I had high expectations for this beer, which were not quite met.

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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 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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Copper Kettle Weiss from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 79 ratings