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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,044 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 63
Gots: 51 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 08-28-2004)
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Reviews by chanokokoro:
Photo of chanokokoro
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 vintage 22 oz. bottle poured into an Avery Brewing branded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours copper with glimmering orange accents topped with a creamy two finger off-white head. Above average head retention and a significant amount of lacing is present on the sides of the glass. The inviting, rich aroma of caramel with accents of toffee is rounded out by some grassy notes. Initially, semi-sweet caramel joined by bready yeast. Finishes with mild grassy bitterness and mild phenol alcohol. Medium to low level of carbonation, medium to full-bodied with a slick and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Interesting "amped up" version of a traditional marzen. Defintely trends boozy, however the above average abv never dominates. An very original seasonal especially for "big beer" lovers.

chanokokoro, Oct 26, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a brilliant amber orange with a nice fluffy two finger head that dissipates quicky.

Caramel malts, some tart citrus (?), and definite hint of pumpkin.

Wow, this tastes more like an Imperial Pumpkin Ale than it does a lager. Heavy, heavy, heavy on the pumpkin, that's really all I'm getting. Anyone else?

Mouthfeel is crisp, slightly bitter, but finishes smooth.

Overall, I was a little let down that this was hardly a lager, but more so a pumpkin ale. Still delicious regardless though.

larryarms847, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was actually the first time I have ever tried this beer tonight,poured into a .5 liter stein a hhazed mix of gold,brown,with a tint of orange a 1/2 finger well kept together head atop with a few shotty layers of lace.It smell Americans if that makes any since it has some hefty brown sugar and nutty tones to it with a real leafy zippy hop note that all together is not typical fest beer-like but is very inviting.Huge sweetish malt hits up front at first swallow deep brwon sugar and caramel with a hint of vanilla that alcohol is prevelant straight through a decent spiey/herbal smack of hop hits and lingers late.A full near creamy mouthfeel is nice and goes well with the big flavors of this beer,it is not a stein chugging roasted chicken pairing fest beer its big and brash and a one and doner for me and worthy of a good cigar to pair with in my mind.

oberon, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This actually looks like a real German Oktoberfest. It is a bright brown in color and clear with a modest head.

Smell – The German Oktoberfest malts are very raw and gooey here, again reflective of the style. There's a tinge of booze that caused me to step back at first, but mostly this smells like a good German festbier.

Taste – Oh, man, this is wicked. It may look and smell like an Oktoberfest but it tastes like a bottle of liquor. The malts are drowned out by the cheap alcohol, and the lack of complexity that I enjoyed at the smell has become a tactless abhorrence at the taste.

Mouthfeel – This is actually light-bodied with no bittering or pungent flavors, so in this sense it nails the style. That booze though just won't go away. It's not stinging, but it is in fact quite overpowering.

Drinkability – I felt like a wino drinking this bottle. I think at one point in the brewing process it likely held some potential, but the insistent Avery tradition of making every beer too big for its britches really hurt this effort more so than most.

RoyalT, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Fairly standard pour gives me a glass of head. eventually dies down to show crystal clear light orange-copper beer. big white head with amazingly stratified lace all down the glass

S- pound cake, resinous hop, toast, some intense fruit upfront, whisp of dried-fruit character...none really appropriate for style, but very inviting anyway

T- fruity, good and deep malt falvor, maybe some caramel/crystal, grassy hop, safron?. Really very balanced and clean in the finish.

MF - This is the only place where alcohol is aparent, slightly warming, but serves mostly to "fluff" things up like an expensive vodka, mouthfeel is insanely slick and the whole thing just seems to slip off the palate, kind of makes it less refreshing, beer is quite obviously highly-carbonated, but feels flat in mouth, strange.

I would call this closer to maibock than o-fest. Its kind of funny to think of "imperial" o-fest because that style is all about balance and it just seems contradictory. I must say, for the alcohol content its amazingly balanced and drinkable. I bought this because I was curious. It is kind of neat but I probably won't buy again just because it has niether the warmth or complexity of bock and other high ABV beers, nor the refreshing qualitiesof German session beers, so it really fills no useful role in my cellar or fridge. I don't see it being especially great with food. Still, worth a try.

JudgeRoughneck, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Tiernan
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Tiernan, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up down in KY while visting kmpitz2. Pours from the bomber a deep amber / red with a nice frothy off white head sitting firmly on top. Bits of lacing stick to the glass as it falls. Aromas are rich caramelly, nutty malts along with a strong flowery, spicy hop bouqet that rises up from the glass. Some sweet light fruitiness comes out as well. Quite intriguing.

First sip brings a wash of rich, caramel, nutty maltiness along with a backbone of spicy, herbal, floral hops that lend just a hint of bitterness on the way down. Fairly sweet and malty overall. The alcohol is there on the way down and warms the belly. I get a few hints of light fruit and toffee. An interesting amped up oktoberfest..quite tasty, yet it seems to lose the subtle nuances of a normal oktoberfest brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit syrupy with good carbonation. I found this to be pretty easily drinkable, except for the slight alcohol sting. A bomber goes down with no problem and works well on a nice day. If you enjoy the oktoberfest style, this one is worth a try.

orbitalr0x, May 21, 2005
Photo of bulldogg915
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a dark amber color (certainly darker than I expected) with a medium-sized white head.
Smelled hot. Strong malt, a little fruit and spice.
Big huge malt presence. Some sweet fruit, some nutmeg. Noticeable alcohol.
I considered this something like a Bohemian Oktoberfest. Very strong malt, rich. It took me a fair amount of time to finish the bomber.

lordofthewiens, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

freshflesh, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The Kaiser pours a reddish amber with a decent light brown head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

Its aroma is toasted malt, some spicy hops and some vinous alcohol.

The flavor is sweet (a little too much so), slightly fruity, caramel malts initially, with some spicy hops. A strong acidic alcohol taste dominates through to the finish. It tastes a little medicinal - it reminds me a little of cherry nyquil. It is pretty full bodied and creamy.

I wanted to like this. I like Avery beers, but this one, like the Beast, disappointed me. Too much alcohol, too over the top.

Beaver13, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of generallee
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: It has a copper or reddish amber color with a thin and creamy, light tan head. The body has good clarity and some visible carbonation. Its head fades out quickly leaving just a few stray bubbles on top.

Smell: The aroma has a spicy hop presence with lighter malty notes and a hint of grainy alcohol.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor starts with its solid malty backbone that has a dark caramel sweetness. A grainy alcohol pops out and gives the beer some bite and its hop flavor is spicy and a little bit earthy. It finishes slowly with some bitterness from the hops. The palate has a slick heavy texture with mild carbonation.

Notes: The alcohol has a harsh unrefined quality to it, which holds down its drinkability. Overall it is still very interesting.

generallee, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

SmellsofMahagony, May 15, 2013
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +3.4%

JakerLou, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Ayinger Kirta-Halbe glass. Batch #9, 2012-08. 9.1% ABV.

A - Light copper pour produces a very light khaki four-finger head of very dense foam that slowly collapses, leaving dense stripes of lace around the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is a vibrant orange/red apricot/copper and cloudy.

S - Big caramelized sugars, butterscotch, toasted malts, and floral hops all mix together and fight their way out of the glass. Beer smells a bit boozy, too.

T - Very similar to the nose. Luscious caramels lead, followed by dense, bready notes of toasted grains and yeast. Grassy/earthy hops push through at the end, providing an almost-instant balance to the sweetness. An under-tow of alcohol serves as a warning to go slow on this one.

M - Smooth and creamy, almost chewy. Dense, but not heavy. Structure is thoroughly blended. Relatively short finish, with caramelized sugars and hops both lingering. Full carbonation.

O - A big, boozy Marzen that's thick and full. A bold take on the style, it's almost a novelty, but one well-worth experiencing. Imagine making an Oktoberfest doppel - this is it.

BuckeyeSlim, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev +3.4%

megamass, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Jason
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

Hazy copper glow, impeccable lacing here ... wow. Sticky sticky sticky, I almost don't want to wash the glass now the lacing is that good. Massive caramel and toasted bready bomb in the nose, hint of hops and slight alcohol as well. Yeah, we have a malt bomb here. The malt sweetness is not alone though, the alcohol is warming and spicy and the hops leave a layer of herbal flavor to play with. The maltiness holds steady into the long lingering finish that veers to the sweet side.

Leave it to Avery to brew a beer like this and basically hammer drop their beer on the O-fest style. Love it, being a seasonal is not enough for me.

Jason, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle with mtnlover, thanks to a trade with clvand0. The Kaiser pours a clear copper amber body with a dense, ivory head that is one finger tall. Generous patchy lacing all over the glass.
Aroma has lots of toasty malts with caramel and toffee notes. Fruity alcohol esters are also prominent.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creammy, almost full bodied with a noticable alcohol presence.
Taste features a malty Oktoberfest maltiness with an alcohol kick and adequate herbal hops bitterness.
Better than expected, and definitely an unusual take on the style. You can certainly sense and feel the high abv here, but it's nicely done and pleasantly drinkable overall.

merlin48, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind tiger Ale House in NYC. This is a monster of an Octoberfest beer, but somehow Avery pulls this one off. I'm sure some O'fest purists will not be pleased, but as a lover of "Imperial" takes on various styles this one was very pleasing to me. Pours super clear, light mahogony, with some reddish highlights. Nose is malt, sweet malt. The pour leftt only a minor, tiny bubble head, but the lacing was top notch, fine, extensive and sticky. This is a very smooth, strong and tasty uber octoberfest. malt o'pleanty, but somehow quite drinkable, with the alcohol well in the background and the sugars not cloying. Just solid octoberfest flavors and fun. One of my favorites from Avery and I like Avery...

Billolick, Oct 12, 2005
Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe I picked this up at Bauer Wine on Newbury Street, Boston.

Beautiful, creamy head. Very rarely does a beer with a head like that ever disappoint.

Smells sweet of caramel, molasses.

Rich malt, caramel taste.

Easy on the mouth, smooth and creamy.

I've been into heavily malted beers lately and this one fit that mold quite well. Very tastey and filling on a cold winter night.

Not going to want more than a bottle of this one at a time, but that one bottle you do have I'm sure you'll enjoy.

fdrich29, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to fitzIPAtrick and growler for this bottle...a couple months behind, but well cared for in the meantime.
Pours a vibrant copper color...a full finger of bright white head. Lacing is thin and has very little cling to the side of my snifter.
Pleasant aroma...spicy, peppery, tropical fruit and a hint of alcohol.
Taste is quite good...a malt bomb yet not overly sweet...the german hops really balance this one out. Very spicy with just enough alcohol to makes you respect the Kaiser...like most of Avery's big beers.
Mouthfeel is agressively thick, yet not cloying...carbonation is where I like to see it and the finish is very clean.
Another winner from these guys...

warriorsoul, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of badbeer
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2005. Grabbed the wrong year, but I was cool with that considering the ABV.

Dark amber color with an off-white head with decent lacing. Smell was malty, plenty of caramel. Very nice and sweet flavor, seemed much more like a doppelbock, but it was very good nonetheless. Plenty of caramel in the taste, other sweet malts come into play as well. Mouthfeel was heavier than medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Overall, even though it was a year old, it was still very good. I'd buy this again for sure.

badbeer, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

reitzbrewing, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and biscuit malt, as well as a lot of grapes and brown sugar. A very malty, fruity beer. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grapes and flowers as well as a ton of caramel and biscuit malt. The alcohol is also very apparent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This tastes like an Oktoberfest on steroids, just like the brewer intended.

Mora2000, May 08, 2011
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

alienlifeforcecube, Sep 13, 2013
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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,044 ratings.