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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,050 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 608
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 62
Gots: 50 | 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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Photo of CaptainOats
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 into my Newport Storm tasting glass

A: Great dark copper color. Nice lacing on the glass

S: malt all the way on the nose. Just a touch of alcohol which can be expected for the 9 percent this beer js packing.

T: lots of toasted grains and a bit of heat

M: nice mouthfeel, solid with a bit of bite

O: a nice offering from Avery

CaptainOats, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of neonbrown82
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle was provided as part of a trade from Crosling. I would really like to try it when it is a little fresher, but it's still good. I thought the 9.3% ABV would be sufficient to keep this beer "fresh" enough for about 8 months, and it was, but I would still like to try it again sometime this coming October.

The beer pours to a hazy golden amber color with a plum hue. Carbonation is decent. Head is big, and after a few minutes it recedes to a centimeter, retaining for the rest of the drink. Decent lacing.

The smell is kind of weak. A bit of biscuity and caramel sweet munich and crystal malts. The hops have faded a bit by now. Have to inhale pretty deeply to get anything of it, however.

The taste is better. Rich malt presence, as expected. Tastes exactly like I would expect an "Imperial Oktoberfest" to taste. Lots of biscuity munich malt with a generous helping of caramel malt. Slightly vegetal lager yeast. Has a bit of a lingering bitterness, but any hops flavor it may have once had has faded.

The body is pretty big, but still has that crisp lager fizzy mouthfeel. Not so much clean, however. Lingering bitterness and toasted bread flavor. You can tell the alcohol is there, but it doesn't stand out in the flavor, just a slight burn. Average drinkability that might improve with freshness.

neonbrown82, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of Spidey13
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pours pours a nice looking, clear amber color with a small off-white head. Lots of toasted pecans on the nose. A good amount of alcohol and a hint of citrussy hops.

The taste is very sweet lots of toffee notes. Some maple syrupy flavors seems to be in there as well, with possibly a bit of honey. A fair amount of alchol is detected. Carbonation is a bit low. The mouthfeel is a bit slick and syruppy, which is something I have noted when drinking Imperial style lagers.

Overall, a fun beer to try but not something I would seek out.

Spidey13, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of ojiikun
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

ojiikun, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish orange, almost brown. Frothy yellowed head that dissipated quickly, but left loose nets of lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toasted bready malts with hints of prune and peach. Peppery and herby hops.

Taste: Sweet maltiness abounds. Caramel and earthy roasted malts. Mild taste of alcohol throughout. The finish of bitter grassy hops integrated pretty well with the malt bill.

Mouthfeel: Mild burn of booze. Thick in body, but not huge.

Drinkability: Boozier than a bock but not as darkly malty as a doublebock. Resembled a brown ale in flavor, looked like an Americanized marzen. Reminiscent of a Dead Guy, actually. Not certain if I like this experiment. It's not bad, but nothing to go ga-ga over. History tells me bad things tend to happen when Germans get imperial aspirations... thankfully this bucked the trend.

ManekiNeko, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of rfabian
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass it has a one finger amber-white head that leaves moderate lacing. The color is clear dark amber, almost red. The aroma is subtle and sweet, almost no hop smell to speak of. The taste is strongly malty and sweet with accents of cherry, maple and maybe coffee. The hops again to me are light and nondescript. The mouth-feel is rich and moderately carbonated. I was surprise to see that the alcohol content is so high -- that does not come out in the taste at all. I'd be saving this one for a quaff now and then, don't see that I'd be knocking a lot of these back in one session; it's a little too rich for that.

rfabian, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of gatorbev
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Dark amber color, with a nice head on the beer.

S- Smells fruity, alcohol can also be smelt over the smell of malts

T- Good overall taste, fruity, alcohol over powers the taste of malts. In my opinion they could have pulled back the alcohol content to around 8% for a better overall Marzen.

M- Medium body

gatorbev, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extreme version of the style. Lots of hops and alcohol compared to normal. Bit buttery flavor too. Malts come across as very slick and there is a subtle hop pineyniess throughout. Hops tingle the throat at the finish. Alcohol is doing its best too hide from me but it is very easy to pick out. Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Except for the piney tngle at the back of the throat, after I swallow it is almost as if this beer did not pass my lips (but the damn effects of the ABV contradict that theory). Poured a gorgeous reddish clear woth a big spongey head and incredibly sticky lace that just lines the edges of the glass as if it were French lace.

MuddyFeet, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of evilkalla
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving: 2008 Bomber into a lager glass.

A: Clear amber with 1/8 inch of head. Mild carbonation.

S: This one has a malty, sweet smell to it. Reminds me of an english-style barleywine with its caramel/molasses smell.

T: Malty with a bitter backbone, with a molasses/brown sugar taste to it. A little on the bland side to be honest - this one just doesn't work for me. Smooth though, and hard to detect the stated 10% ABV.

M: Pretty good; not too syrupy and a decent level of carbonation. Alcohol very hard to detect.

D: Not a bad beer, but this one isn't for me.

evilkalla, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich deep amber color. Poured a two finger of head that dissipated. Light and inconsistent lacing. Moderate carbonation decanting continuously.

S: Bready with some spices aromas.

T: Ample flavor of big bready malts and spice aromas more consistent with a bigger beer. Bitterness comes on the finish.

M: Full-bodied, achieving a clean and dry finish. Medium carbonation.

D: The high ABV would keep me from drinking any more than one bomber. that said, one of the more interesting Fest beers.

Haybeerman, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich auburn color with an orange tint. Two fingers of head off the pour that linger for a while and delicate rings of lacing line the glass.

S - Sweet with pine and very strong grassy hops. Smells similiar to some double IPAs I have had.

T - Very sweet caramel malt with a fairly powerful pine hop presence. This tastes like a double IPA too! It is a bit more mild, but it has the same presence.

M - Smooth, slick, pretty refreshing at that.

D - It is certainly a good beer, but it is not very true to the Oktoberfest style. Too much powerful American hops, but it is nice. Too strong for any sort of session, but it is enjoyable. I might have it again - doubt that I would pay for it though.

mrasskicktastic, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of ByTor2112
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful Copper color, excelllent malt flavor with a good dose of German hops that were balanced without being too spicy. Simply, a wonderful Oktoberfest with high octane. Alcohol very present on the nose. Alcohol in the mouthfeel as well, but no too overwhelming. I shared this big bottle with a friend and agreed it to be choice! Cheers, Joe

ByTor2112, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of wingman14
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thick off white head. The smell is mostly malt with some alcohol detected. A couple fruity and sweet notes in there. The taste starts with a dose of alcohol and sweet, a bit of warming, followed strongly by the malt and caramel. The aftertaste mellows to the strong characters of octoberfests. The mouthfeel is good, a good balance with the exception of the strength. I enjoy this beer but feel it could be much better if they didn't go for high ABV. The flavors would come out more. This is an easy drinker but I wouldn't do more than a couple because of sweetness and strength. Overall a good beer, definitely try if you enjoy octoberfests. Cheers!

wingman14, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of yamar68
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a classic looking pumpkin gold with a short-lived half finger of off-white suds that lace with a bit of boozy legs.

The nose features a slew of traditional pumpkin beer notes - cinnamon and nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin pie... and then there comes a wave of warming bitterness that dries things up.

All the ducks are in a row - proper spicing and pumpkin profile with the addition of some earthy hops, but it finishes in a weird way - sort of a cough syrup vibe right at the end. Can't quite describe it.

I'm not very versed in the imperial pumpkin beer game... I'll keep exploring.

yamar68, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of dwilkins
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear reddish brown, no haze. Small head, wisps of foam persist throughout.

S - Strong, munich malt smell - caramelly, not toasty.

T - Sweet caramel, much like a belgian dubbel without the fig/raisin/date overtones. Good hop balance, but certainly a shade toward more malty than bitter. I find this entirely similar in taste to a Dogfish 90 min IPA - strange.

M - Whew! More body than many barley wines. The thickness adds to the perception of maltiness.

D - As an imperial Octoberfest (whatever that is) it is as drinkable as I imagine it could be. As an Octoberfest, you gotta be kiddin me. If they served this at the real Octoberfest, there's no telling what consequences it would have for the rest of the world! (One 22-oz bomber/day - good enough).

dwilkins, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of mtbbaboon
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color with moderate off white head. Doesn't leave a lot of lacing. Smells malty, fruity and sweet but overall doesn't have a very strong aroma. I had to really sniff it to get a good sense of the smell. Mouthfeel is creamy with mild carbonation. Leaves some stickiness after swallowing. The taste is more malty than anything, although you can taste some fruit and the alcohol is noticable. The aftertaste is pretty much all malt. Reminds me of the last doppelbock I had. Overall, I've had better Oktoberfests, but it's a worthy beer at $6 for 22oz. I am enjoying it while watching the Olympics.

mtbbaboon, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one has been waiting for me in the fridge for quite a while as I bided my time, looking for the right moment. All about the Iron Cross and pith helmeted, mustachioed soldier on the front label and the Kaiser's quote about beer swilling gals. It was really only a matter of time before someone decided to put an Oktoberfest on steroids, time to take her for a test drink..

Impressive, sticky mass of head log after the pour is a big plus. Sparkling copper color, leaning towards maroon. Nose is sweet malt and faint notes of alcohol and fruit.

Huge malt profile in the taste, which masks but doesn't quite hide the giant abv. Still, this is more than just a fancy labeled, expensive malt liquor. With the touch of German hops, the hint of dried fruit, the smooth, satisfying finish, this is a legit marzen beer. Not the best I've ever had, buut definitely the boldest and among the most memorable. Props to the folks at Avery for the effort.

daliandragon, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of chilly460
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a cloudy amber red with a huge three finger, off-white head and leaves decent lacing down the glass.

S - Caramel and cinammon for sure, but then comes the booze. Some doughy bread in there too.

T - Immediate taste is sweet caramel, very sweet, and cinammon. Mid palate, the booze hits, prickly warmth, not subtle. Finishes with surprising earthy bitter hops.

M - Chewy, thick, full bodied, low carbonation.

O - My first imperial Oktoberfest, so not quite sure what to expect. Definitely has flavor and body ratcheted up a notch, more a sipper then a session beer. Booziness is a killer, raw booze doesn't mesh well. The earthy hops are a bit odd at the end with the overall sweetness of the beer for me as well.

chilly460, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, clear copper with orange highlights. A finger worth of foam leaves very little lacing behind.

S: Smell was somewhat weak. Hints of a malty sweetness come through with a few hints of fruit throughout, but not much more.

T: After the lackluster smell, the taste certainly came back to impress me. A big sweet caramel malt hits you up front followed by a light bittering brought on by the hops. Sugary sweetness and some apple-like fruitiness add a nice touch to this beer. Alcohol is barely noticeable for a 9.3% ABV.

M: Smooth and solid, decent carbonation and a nice dry finish round this one out. Very pleasant to drink.

D: Despite the high ABV, I could see wanting to session these on a cool crisp October day. It's tasty despite what the smell lets on and finishes really nicely. Well worth a try.

YonderWanderer, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Judge's Bench the other day.

The beer pours the expected copper color with good head retention and fair lacing. The aroma for this beer is very pronounced and, IMO, is it's best feature. There is a huge nose of sweet apple cherry, which underscores the rich malty aroma. Unfortunately, on the palate this beer is not quite as wonderful. The flavors generally do replicate the nose, but it's very, very boozy and the alcohol is very noticeable. It really hurts the drinkability of this beer, and IMO does not help the flavor profile at all.

This is a good beer, but it would be better if Avery could dial down the alcohol somehow. I don't see how that helps this beer at all, and frankly it cuts down on how many I can purchase at a sitting. Not sure how anyone can drink more then one pint of a 9% marzen.

John_M, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Blitzstyle
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into 2 glasses. Not much in the head department. Nice deep amber color, looks tastey.

Smells boozie and malty. The malt I expected but it smells alot like a barleywine.

Taste of strong alcohol with a nice maltyness to it. Pick up some butterscotch as well on the back of the tounge. Can pick out some hops as well.

A little over board with the alcohol taste to it kind of beats down the malty goodness. Would only drink one of these.

Blitzstyle, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of Kendo
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is honey-amber in color with an off-white/light tan head. No lacing at all.

S: Fruity sweet, malty and slightly musty.

T: Malt dominates -- roasted malt, caramel malt and dark fruit. Also a hint of brown sugar and candy sugar. And apples -- green apples and apple skins, and I wrote "apple cider-like." Some alcohol heat is noted at the back of the sip and on the way down.

M: Heavier than your average Octoberfest; let's call it just shy of medium. Good carbonation helps clear palate a little of the sweetness, but I would've liked some hoppy bitterness to help that along.

D: OK. A little too sweet for me.

Kendo, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Kaiser pours a copper color with a small white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is malty. I wasn't blown away by the taste, malt is most apparent up front, with some hops at the end. A friend who doesn't really drink craft beers (he's always willing to try what I'm drinking though) said it tastes like honey dipped bread. I think he liked it better than I did, but I can't disagree, some honey may be noticeable, and definitely some bread like flavors. Definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this one.

A: Clean and vibrant almond pumpkin color with dozens of streams of micro bubbles. Head started out fizzy but that ended quick and the head settled to a fairly dense mass of whipped butter hued bubbles.

S: Ritz, peanuts, caramel and peach.

T: Begins very malty with loads of roasted pistachio, toasted almonds, cooked carrots and a real caramely/toffee sweet streak to it. Flavor really jumps out at you in staggered waves happening brief moments from each other; starts with a toasted doughy feel, moves to a bit of soapy butterscotch then finishes candy like stewed bready tomatoes. Finishes with a bit of copper coil, red apple and lingering brown sugar.

M: Medium body with a good creaminess to it, with just a touch of carbo sting.

D: Not bad, interesting play on the style. Overall the alcohol is well hidden for the percentage. A bit sweet and cloying at parts but overly unbalanced. Good but not great.

Westsidethreat, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of ryanonline
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance is somewhere between brown and red slightly hazy. no head very little lacing.

sweet and malty, scents of apricots or peaches, mild alcohol as well.

right off the tongue is a flavor of butterscotch, malty flavor throughout with a strong finish of intense hoppiness. nice alcohol flavor too.

mouthfeel has medium carbonation and a moderate body.

its very drinkable though a bit heavy.

nice beer, definitely a nice step up from a lighter oktoberfest.

ryanonline, Nov 04, 2009
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.