1. American Craft Beer Fest is this weekend in Boston, Mass. Join us for 640+ beers from 140+ brewers! Tickets for Friday, May 29 are still available. Cheers!

The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
The KaiserThe Kaiser

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,212 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 71
Gots: 72 | 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:
Beer added by: maxpower on 08-28-2004

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 1,212 | Reviews: 630
Reviews by ojiikun:
Photo of ojiikun
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live reviewed from Collins Pub in Seattle, WA.

Tap handle simply said "Imperial Oktoberfest" on an Avery logo, so I can only presume it's the Kaiser. Served up in a medium flared goblet with 1/2" of good, dark-creme head. Body is moderately dark and very orange. Crystal clear.

Smell is malty as heck and has hints of vinegar. Mashed fruit undertones, not sweet at all. Grapefruits and whole-wheat bread.

Taste is wickedly tart and fairly hoppy. Sour fruit dominates along with darkly toasted malt. Black cherry and champagne.

Paired with a salad with a very spicy vinegarette, the tart flavour tones down and a caramely malt surges forth. Yeast takes on an almost Belgian cast rather than German.

Mouthfeel is good, clean for a 9. Carbonation is sufficient, but not exciting.

I haven't had many strong Marzens before, but this one seems to be a bit sour for my taste. Will have to try a few more before I can recommend for or against.

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.

Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.71/5  rDev -30%
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.

Photo of generallee
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

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.

Photo of Jason
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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...

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.

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...

Photo of badbeer
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber shared with AKSmokedPorter recently.

Clear copper in color. Frothy white lacing up front, only to ring the glass later. Some lacing of the glass. Aromas are very sweet, with a smattering of citrus hops. Flavor is...different. It's tough to picture what an imperial O-fest should taste like, but this one just felt a little too sweet for me. Not balanced by the miniscule hop levels. Slight harshness from the alcohol. Finishes with a lot of residual sweetness. Thick on the palate. Drinkabilty suffers due to the harshness. An interesting interpretation of the style, just not one I'd eagerly seek out again.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper pour with a thick off-white head. Hearty aroma of brown sugar, bread, yeast and noble hops. Unbeliveably smooth taste. Sweet with malt, but balanced by the nobles, some cookies, vanilla, and white pepper. I just wish they would have this year-round instead of Oktoberfest.

Photo of dwvarner77
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with deep orange undertones; an inch of ivory head falls quickly to a thin layer of froth and leaves a bit of lacing. Some active carbonation is visible.
Nose is malty, sweet, hints of caramel, and a grassy hop aroma is present that i didn't quite expect.
Taste is malty and sweet at first, then there's a big aftertaste of citrus and grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and crisp, and the hop aftertaste lingers a bit.
It's a tasty beer, but the hop presence is not what I was expecting or looking for in an Oktoberfest.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Big rich liquid bread malt nose seasoned with spicy, herbal, floral hops.
Hazy peach body under a 3" snow white foam cap that is reasonably persistent and lacy for such a big alcohol beer.
Palate: creamy, rich, thick and malty liquid bread kept under control by a moderate hop bitter presence on the finish. Big malt masks the alcohol.
Full body, medium to medium low carbonation, warming.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange-hued copper out of a bottle with a German military theme--Maltese crosses and a Kaiser wearing a pointy helmet. The 3-finger white head is creamy, with great retention--a topography of foamy pockets develop, yet it never really recedes on its own, only when sipped.

Those consists of malt and orange, pear, white grapes, and floral notes. The taste is subtlely spiced, along with apple, light berry, pepper, and malt.

The mouth is medium-bodied, yet smooth and slightly creamy, offering a stong amount of complexity. One of the best along with GLBC Oktoberfest, if not the best, of the season.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Batch No. 8 August 2011.

Appearance: Deep and hazy copper like amber orange with lots of bubbles sticking to the wall of the glass. Decent three fingers of off white head that fade into a patchy layer. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of caramel malts and bread with hints of toffee and citrus hops. Also some wheat grains. Hints of alcohol linger. Has a herbal tea like quality. Smells sweet and boozy.

Taste: Big taste of caramel malts with lots of bready sweetness. Some wheat grains and toffee. The malts are almost overwhelming but a fairly strong presence of citrus and herbal hops help balance things. Finishes with a moderate bitterness and a little booze heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Feels somewhat thick, chewy, and sweet. Has a mild kick of heat from the alcohol.

Overall: A very interesting take on a "imperial" Marzen. Very bold in both the malts and hops. Another Avery booze bomb that comes out pretty good.

Photo of Thrasher
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love Fests but I hate beers that are overly strong for no good reason. I was in a good deal of suspense before I tried this "imperial Oktoberfest" without any real expectation of which way I would go. Ok, to be honest, I thought I would hate it. But I didn't, I really didn't, and I didn't find this to be anywhere near a doppelbock either. It's a true fest, with the tautness and suppleness of a light lager, and a healthy autumn maltiness that is respectably close to style. The hops are somewhat obscured, though, and one would never mistake this for the real thing. The drinkability sucks, for one. You can only take small sips; otherwise the alcohol chokes. A far cry from a true Marzen which, while being somewhat weighty in alcohol, demands being drunk by the liter in rapid succession. The beer had a good head and some nice lace; a humdrum, wine-y aroma; a solid malt backbone with lackluster hops; a pleasing, watery mouthfeel; and a deliberate, painstaking drinkability. It's worth a shot, and may be the ideal beer for Oktoberfest fans who are also raging alcoholics. But to most, it will be just an interesting experiment.

Photo of far333
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I guess I'm a little out of season with this one, but hopefully the high ABV has helped it stay together. It certainly looks and smells great.

Dark copper colored with an orangey beige foamy head that sinks quickly, but leaves spotty bubbles of foam around the edges of the glass. Strong malty and biscuity aroma, very rich, plus some ripe fruit, and just a hint of the alcohol coming through. My mouth is actually watering.

Flavor - wow - big and rich right upfront, sweet malts, lots of substance, some butterscotch and gooey melted brown sugar, sweet candy, a tiny hop tingle in the finish escapes the malt, and then quickly is overshadowed by an alcohol singe. A citrus peel bitter lingers. Mouthfeel is full and round, hitting all the corners of the mouth, makes me want to chew on it.

Despite the rich flavor and the ABV, I'm finding this one very drinkable. My first imperial oktoberfest, a great style. Many thanks to Brent for sending this one along.

to view more.
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,212 ratings.