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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

The KaiserThe Kaiser

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very good

970 Ratings

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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: maxpower on 08-28-2004)
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Photo of rand


4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to pint glass

A: Pours a translucent, dark amber with lots of carbonation, forming a sudsy, two-inch head. Lots of sticky lacing.

N: Caramel, toasted malts, lemon, apple. Alcohol is strong here and warms the nose. Crazy for a lager.

T: Huge malt rush up front with a strong caramelly overtone. This is quickly met by alcohol, which warms the palate and only gets stronger as the beer warms. The alcohol bite is nicely countered with the sweet, fruity notes of the flavor profile - fuzzy notes of apple and lemon touch the edges of the palate. The brew is bready and one would think it's an ale if it wasn't for the 'Imperial Oktoberfest Lager' on the label (I haven't had that many imperial lagers so my tastes might be skewed). The beer finishes sweet with just a touch of earthy bitterness.

M: Rich and creamy as expected given the ABV, but not sticky. The ample carbonation washes away any residue.

D/N: Well, this is the most unique Marzen I've tried, and I'm sure this could be dubbed "experimental" and off-style, but who cares? This tastes good. If I was introducing someone to an Oktoberfest I might look elsewhere, but why introduce someone to an Oktoberfest? They're well marketed and seemingly everywhere - noobies can find their own. BA's, drink this.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 09:13:40 | More by rand
Photo of claytong


4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best oktoberfest I've had and I spent two years in Austria an hour away from Germany.
One of my favorite brews from Avery which says quite a bit.
So I had this in April so I'd guess it to be 9 months old or there about.
Pumpkin spice, honey, molasses, and just all things nice. my goodness.
Went down so well with my dinner, I think it's a pretty easy beer to pair.
I'm gonna stock up this autumn.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2011 17:58:40 | More by claytong
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.46/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Nice deep caramel copper color. Thick cream colored head that recedes to thick film of bubbles. Nice webby lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel, malts, toffee, fruit peels.

Taste: A toasted, caramelly blast at first. Then it eases into toffee, malts, and tangy fruits. Slight burn of 9.1% alc on the throat.

Mouthfeel: Kind of sticky, alcoholic burn.

Overall: Absolutely delicious. Great Oktoberfest representation. Love the caramel sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:41:00 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of ZAP


4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, clear, clean bronze color...sweet candied aroma...some caramel...the taste is caramel and toasted grains complemented by a nice floral hop presence..full bodied...not quite as big tasting as Summit O-Fest but still substantial...deeper in the ABV really started to become noticable..

A hell of a nice beer...a litttle more balanced than I expected...hops complement perfectly...I'd rate it slightly better than another of my favorite big o-fests, Summit (7.7%)...really nice beer altough the longer I drink it the more boozy it tastes...

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 01:09:00 | More by ZAP
Photo of Snow81


4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a Imperial Oktoberfest this was a very good beer! for me when i took a drink there was bitter then hops after taste stays with you for a bit, what gives you time to take this one slow at 9.30% and the crazyness of this hitting your taste buds and the fight between hops and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 18:41:18 | More by Snow81
Photo of eclaycamp


4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think it's great that Avery calls their Imperial series the "Dictator" series. It's a nice play on the imperial style. Tonight I've got a bomber of the Kaiser, which bills itself as an Imperial Octoberfest. 22 ounce bomber. Pulled out my dimpled mug for this one. Tradition and all. Pours reddish light amber with a fizzy head made up of small bubbles. Minimal lacing. Smell is of caramel and - can't believe I'm saying this - peach fruit rollups. I haven't had a fruit rollup since I was a kid. Low levels of carbonation present in the mouthfeel of the beer. Lends itself to a slick mouthfeel. The first taste gives you a huge caramel malt body and a gigantically warm alcohol finish. The lazy description would be to call this a malt bomb and wrap it up. That's not fair to the effort these guys clearly put into making this beer. Caramel syrup and toffee malt lends sweetness. Hops aren't at the front as with most styles. I get them more towards the middle of the drink, and they've got kind of a spruce type of flavor to them. Dried peaches and apricots are there too. But they're there only briefly, before more sweetness takes over and blasts you into a warming finish due to the high ABV. It's nice to finally see this beer back on the shelves. To me it's one of the beers I look for to let me know that, hey, despite it being nearly 100 degrees today summer is on the way out. This would be a great beer to enjoy in 50 to 60 degree temperates either outside camping or at your local football team's tailgate. I thoughroughly enjoy this beer, and in many respects it's the complete opposite of their summer seasonal. My only complaint is that it's not out nearly enough.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 00:59:38 | More by eclaycamp
Photo of codewarrior

New York

4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber (bottled in 2010) into a Dogfish Head Snifter

Oh avery, my avery. Do you make a bad beer? Nope. This beer pretty much is fall. It's simple, orange, tastes great, and warms you up.

A: Deep red, bordering on orange. Rusty. Lots of creamy, wonderful head.

S: Seet and strong, light and fresh, but also thick.

T: Slow starting, into a fat rich middle, tail is also fat and fans out into a sweet boozy finish that lingers wonderfully. No bite to it, perfect lager.

F: Rich and lush and warming in the belly. Wonderful. Avery seriously makes the best feeling beers, every time, it's amazing.

D: Just f***ing awesome. Seriously Avery, well done again, and for like $7 ... shiiit.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 05:27:33 | More by codewarrior
Photo of scruffwhor


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Original Gravity- 1.085
9.1% abv.

Appearance- Great clear copper with constant and steady small bubbles down to the last drop Not to mention the best lacing I've seen for any Oktoberfest beer. Great two finger head with a slow, gradual reduction. The best.

Smell- Lots of spicey toasted malts with a little hint of orange peeko tea. Not a very strong alcoholic presence. Medium sweetness compared to more traditional Oktoberfests from Deutschland.

Taste- A mix of semi-sweet toasted amber malt with chammomile. Some mild hop undertones in the front. The real spiciness hits at the very back of the throat. It leaves a very strong impression of what your drinking. A pretty strong Oktoberfest.

The best Oktoberfest beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 02:21:53 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a lovely dark golden yellow, very appetizing. Aroma is strong and malty with fruity hints, mainly apple. Flavor is rich and mouth filling, very malty with hints of spice and apple and just a whisper of sweetness. It goes down with just a touch of hop bitterness. Very satisfying. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 23:26:27 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Gehrig


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lush burnt orange body, topped by three fingers of off-white froth in the big DAB mug--just a sensational presentation, especially given the dense lacing it left on the glass. Good subtle nose, not great, giving off plenty of noble hops, malt, and the sweetness of fruit. The aromas become more pronounced as the beer sits.

The taste is rather impressive. There is some good spice in this, light but present pepper, a dash of ginger, but I'm tasting more of the malt and plenty of fruit--orange, pear, apple, and I believe banana. It's a bit unusual for an Oktoberfest--very delicious, for certain and not unexpectedly, but less spicy than I expected. Regardless, this is fantastic.

The mouthfeel does a lot to help keep everything in harmony--the fruit, malt, and spice intermingle quite well. It's rather drinkable for the high ABV (9.3%), but less than halfway through, I could feel the buzz full force.

A great way to end a cold night by the fire, with a mug of chilled Kaiser. Very good stuff; easily worth grabbing another for the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 05:32:19 | More by Gehrig
Photo of imperialbigswig


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Anyone who doesn't like this beer needs to put down their crack pipe and get help!!!

The smell was delicious and complex and the taste was well balanced between sweet and crisp. I absolutely loved this Oktoberfest, too bad it's seasonal. I am shocked that this was a 10% abv brew, you would never know. I could drink this all day!!!
Quite possibly the most dangerous beer I've come across, it's delicious and refreshing and you just don't have a clue about the abv until the last few sips. Go Avery!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 20:54:18 | More by imperialbigswig
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a big mug. Pours a dark orange color (looks like non-alcoholic apple cider). Pretty much no head, so nothing to retain, no lacing. It is a very attractive color however.

Smells delicious- a good dose of malty sweetness, a round pumpkin scent, a little bit of cloves, and maybe cinnamon.

Tastes great as well- huge malty flavor, pretty sweet. I taste a good bit of pumpkin along with cinnamon and a little bit of the cloves. It's definitely not too sweet and rounds of very nicely at the end- not a dry finish but doesn't finish sickeningly sweet.

Mouthfeel is good- I'm still getting used to lagers of all styles so I still think this could use a little more carbonation. Has a great medium body and has a tiny bit of carbonation. This is a fantastic beer- incredible smell and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 23:52:36 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of elNopalero


4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Avery’s version of an imperial Oktoberfest, Batch 8, bottled August 2011 and shared April 2012.

It pours an amber color with a golden ruby hue in the setting light of an afternoon sun. There’s some light foam, but not a whole lot. More than I was expecting for such a big beer. 10% ABV!

It has an aroma of figs, raisins, and dark cherries (but not quite any of those). There’s a sweetness around the edges, almost like a bourbon-esq note on the aroma.

Exceptionally smooth flavor. No roast nor cloyingly sweet malts either. More of the dark fruits, with a light touch of figs and cherries. I get some hints of candied orange peel and marmalade. It has a sweet finish with a flavor profile similar to some of the other Avery beasts. As far as I know it’s not barrel aged but it has a an oaky smoothness. Strong, yet smooth—I can taste the alcohol but its mellow and gentle. Delicious and the perfect desert beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 17:53:24 | More by elNopalero
Photo of rousee


4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber orange color. Forms a small head which remains pretty well and it also leaves some large bubbled lace along the sides of the glass.

Nice fresh sugary malt smell. Some hop elements too but its really all abou the malt. Some caramel and candy like aspects as well.

Taste is quintessential marzen.When you think about what a marzen is supposed to taste like, this is basically it. Sugarry and bready with caramel or toffee notes.Very subtle hops in the background but the finish is also somewhat coating and resinous. Slightly sticky mouthfeel but nothing too negative. Pretty smooth but not too drinkable due to the high abv.

Another great beer by Avery.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 21:59:39 | More by rousee
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 08:41:41 | More by badbeer
Photo of denjen


4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dennis: This beer is an example of why I like Avery so much as a brewery, they take something that is boring and mundane, and amplify it into something stronger. Every October you get besieged by a glut of Oktoberfests from just about every brewery out there, even Miller and Coors. Instead of just regurgitating another version of that though, they take and put the Avery spin on it, strong malts, and stronger hops designed to hide the increased alcohol behind it. The noble hops elevate this "lager" to a whole new level, very strong but not overpowering. The malt sweetness can be a bit overpowering, especially if you let the glass breathe a bit and warm up. Still for those of us that love large beers this is the beer of choice this fall.
Jen: I generally love Oktoberfests, and this one seems to top the list. It is unique and will stand out in a overcrowded shelf of fall brews. I get a nice malty beginning, followed by hops and ending with an alcohol pow, something you might not expect, but not overwhelmed with either. The mouth feel is a combination of tiny bubbles and a medium body. I look forward to the 2007 and planning on buying extra to cellar.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 23:27:30 | More by denjen
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into several Snifter Glasses

A – Poured a very nice deep orange color with a decent sized, maybe two finger high head of foamy white that faded quickly and left behind nothing more then a touch of side glass lace. Some carbonation was visible throughout the session.

S – The aroma was very tightly packed, lots of caramel and cereal and earthy grains blended in with a touch of alcohol and the ever present hint of a bit of spice. A little more complex of an aroma then I was expecting, you could definitely pick up the original marzen like smells coming through.

T – The flavor was brilliant to be honest. For something this big that was packing a punch of almost 10%abv, it was remarkably smooth. Great mix of earthy grains with a nice touch of caramel that rolled around and blended very nicely with a smooth laid back hoppiness in the finish. A good touch of spice was present, perhaps some nutmeg and all spice, very nice touch and the alcohol was blended in very smoothly. A hint of warming was present from it, but it was very well hidden.

M – Very nice and smooth. The carbonation kept it from becoming too syrupy, but it was a bit of a slick medium bodied ale. Had a good clean finish and the overall feel was very fitting for the style, just a tad bit heavier then normal.

D – Fantastic sipper. Despite being a bit of a big boy in terms of ABV, this was very smooth and had a very light texture. Super smooth going down you never really did get bored of this one. I would have liked to have had another when it was all said and done.

Overall I was very impressed with this one. An Imperial Oktoberfest, what a novel idea. This was pulled off wonderfully, as most things from Mr. Avery are. This will be one that I will look forward to in the future and will become a regular seasonal favorite. Very nice addition indeed. Would have to recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 03:09:34 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of smakawhat


4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very surprising inexpensive beer for Fall.

Copper like in apperance not so much opaque, keeps a good head. Bready smell, but mostly has a big giant smell of banana bread on taste and finish.

Good body, some slight sweet toffee taste on the finish also. Sort of a strange lingering finish of sweet and bitter.

Good price point also highly recommended. If you love banana bread you will not be dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 21:02:38 | More by smakawhat
Photo of dmolenik


4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I thought this beer was very delicious...and I will certainly buy another! The toasty biscuit flavors, to me, are awesome. Again, a great tasting beer.

With that said, if I must have an issue with the brew, it's the appearance and it's taste (stick with me here). I don't know if I poured mine incorrectly, but it was very cloudy...which I thought Oktoberfests are supposed to be clear (I'm thinking about Spaten, Sam Adams, and the like). Also, to me, the flavor didn't strike me as a strong Oktoberfest. I thought the bitterness was appropriate, and of course the mouthfeel is going to be amped up, but I didn't think Oktoberfest when I had the beer.

Again...GREAT tasting. In fact, I loved it! Just thinking about the Oktoberfests I've had (it's my favorite style :) ), it just didn't seem to...Oktoberfesty to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 18:48:32 | More by dmolenik
Photo of BeerWizard


4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Insane imperial oktoberfest seasonal from Avery. Cracked a bomber and split with my wife after drinking Paulaner all afternoon, great way to finish the evening. Pours a deep coppery red with very little head. Awesome color - just looks like a badass beer. Heavy cherry on the nose, malt, bread. Surprising melon element in the flavor, as well as strawberry. 10.2 abv, and absolutely no indication of it. Medium to full mouthfeel, and light carbonation. One of my favorites from the large format Avery brews. Really nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 03:08:39 | More by BeerWizard


4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had a 10oz. draught of this beer at the local Old Chicago-- part of the "Octoberfest Mini Tour."

Upon presentation the beer had a nice, 1" head; never entirely left as I drank. The taste was very malty, true to the Octoberfest style. The higher alcohol content was not apparent at all-- a very drinkable beer. I couldn't believe that the ABV was over 9%-- I would have guessed it at about 7.

Although I'm a fan of hoppy beers, this was a nice change for a style that is always good this time of year!

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2007 00:58:38 | More by IPALOVER
Photo of Tdizzle


4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in July of 2008.

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear deep copper color with a moderate sized white head that quickly settles to a patchy layer over the beer. Each sip leaves barely any lacing on the glass.

S- The aroma is dominated by tons of caramel maltiness with some spicy hops in the background. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

T- The huge malt profile is nicely supported by a mild hop character. I'm not a huge fan of malt bombs, which this beer most certainly is, but the immense maltiness never becomes cloying. There is a slight alcohol warmth on the finish, which is also surprisingly dry.

M- For an Oktoberfest-style beer, the mouthfeel is very good. It's full-bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. Each sip leaves a thin film on the inside of the mouth.

D- The hefty 10.03% ABV is exceptionally well-hidden. The warming finish is the only indication that this is a high-alcohol beer. I had to pace myself with this one lest I finish the entire bottle too quickly.

A great interpretation of the style. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 04:24:45 | More by Tdizzle
Photo of olmatty


4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- Pours an off white head that dissapates quickly and virtally no lacing but a beautiful very deep orange colored brew.

Smell- Amber malts and a hint of sourness

Taste- A rush of syrupy sweet amber malts and a good dose of bitter hoppiness.

Mouthfeel- Sliky smooth on the palate, a bit sticky and mouthwatering

Drinkability- Exceptional drinkability especially for over nine percent ABV. Tons of flavor and big alcohol presence is largely masked by massive flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 02:49:10 | More by olmatty
Photo of claminat420


4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*says bottled in 2008 on the 22oz

A- poured a hazy amber color. nice off white two finger head with heavy lacing.

S- alil earthy and spicy on the hop side. sweet and alil raisony on the malt side.

T- just as the smell but everything blending really well and nothing to strong. for 10.03abv you wouldn't even notice.

M- medium heavy bodied. nice carbonation.

D- wish i had another 22!!

Overall- this imperial marzen is pretty damn good! if you come across this one i say pick it up. i've been looking at other places i go to get microbrews and this one is hard to find. two 22's and you should be set.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 10:29:07 | More by claminat420
Photo of Knapp85


4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color, the head was about and inch tall and left a pretty nice lacing. The smell of the beer was full of malts and some autumn spices. The taste was damn near perfect in my opinion. The Kaiser has so much flavor running through it. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a high drinkability to it even for a heavier beer. Overall, I love this beer it's got to be one of the top 3 Oktoberfest beers I've ever had if no the best. Really worth trying if you see it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2011 21:03:27 | More by Knapp85
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
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