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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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very good

978 Ratings

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 55
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared a 22oz. with a beer buddy of mine in Pa. Pours a crystal clear amber-red with a thin bone-white head. Aroma is very malty and sweet, smells like an octoberfest all the way. Taste is initially malty, bready and sweet followed by a nice dose of german hops. Finished is rough due to the extreme alcohol tatse. Not balanced at all! Thr alcohol is not well integrated into the beer, it just stands out too much. It's strange to here these words come out of my mouth cuz I love strong beers, it's all I drink! Some might really enjoy this brew, alas, I did not!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 16:13:54 | More by AlexJ
Photo of champ103


2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear reddish/amber color. A tiny white head forms, and leaves little lace.
S: Sweet brown sugar and very malty. Sickly sweet, ethanol solvent like alcohol.
T: Very sweet and sugary and cloying. Just brown sugar and solvent like alcohol.
M/D: Pretty thick and heavy. Almost chewy. sticky adhesive like. Way to hard sipping on this, the sweet sugar and high alcohol makes this to harsh to drink.

Like most Avery high alcohol beers, just sickly sweet and no nuance. I have not had this in years, and not something I am coming back to soon.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2008 01:38:21 | More by champ103
Photo of Jules11788


2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a gorgeous clear red-orange color; one finger-width head, light lacing

S: Grassy, floral, slightly herby, lots of corn and cheap grain smell. Not too appealing

T: Corn, grains, and some grassy herbs. Kind of has that nasty Steel Reserve/Malt Liquor taste. Blegh, this stuff is terrible.

M: Thick, creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated

O: I was expecting a lot from this beer because I love everything Avery does, but this was terrible, just terrible. Would never buy this again

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 20:23:58 | More by Jules11788
Photo of Buebie


2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized merlot glass. The label on the bottle says bottled in 2008.
Silver tinfoil wrapped neck and cap.

Pours a transparent deep amber with an orange marmalade tinge.
Head is light and fluffy, 2 fingers deep. Medium to mild lace with good retention.

Smell is predominatly a spiced cracked peppercorn hoppieness with sweet malty aromas coming through. Fresh baked bread-sourdough bagget, floral hops, apples, sharp cheddar. Some very mild alcahol fumieness.

Taste upfront is sweet with a spice kick. Carbonation zing, turning mildly bitter all the while releasing a spicy peppercorn flavor that lingers in the background, but does not dominate.
Alcahol in the flavor is a bit undesirable.
Herbal spiced tea like aftertaste, some hoppy bittering with a touch of pine as it finishes. Dry, with a lingering peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, carbonation melds well with this beer and does not overwhelm.

Interesting theme for an oktoberfest style. I cant say it was the best fest beer I've had, but it wasnt the worst either.

Edit: As it has warmed to about 50 degrees it has gotten worse. The alcahol flavor has become pretty dominant and borderline ubearable. Its more peppercorn dominant now. Modifying my score on this as well.
I wont be buying this again. Although some cellar time might really smooth it out. So keep that in mind. I'd really like to try a cellered version of this.
I will keep buying Avery products, they are that damned good.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 17:47:43 | More by Buebie
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2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 10/23/2008 (bottled 2007):

Pours a clear amber brown colored body, with creamy off-white head, which has good lacing, but is diminishing. An aroma of syrupy sweet maltiness. Also fruitiness, almost pungent. That same fruit in the taste. Malty. Eh, not a fan of oktoberfest style beers, I think.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 05:30:29 | More by jujubeast6000
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New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a clear amber color with a moderate white head that dissipates to a thin film.

The smell and taste of this beer really evoke strawberry jam. Other fruity and vegetal flavors are present. The beer is a little too sweet for my taste. Alcohol becomes a little more apparent as it warms, which actually improves the flavor.

Mouthfeel for this beer is quite good, it is smooth with an almost chewy feel like a good red wine. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit just because I would never another due to the flavor.

To me this beer from Avery misses the mark. I have a hard time getting past the jam-like flavors and therefore cannot recommend this beer, unless you are really looking for something totally unique.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 20:42:27 | More by Phenom
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2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this brew into a standard pint glass. Decent head with very mild lacing toward the very top of the glass. The color was a translucent reddish-brown. The scent was pure sugar, maybe a faint maple syrup? The taste was not pleasing. I suppose there is a reason why there aren't many imperial oktoberfests. This one had virtually no hop bite and was all malt. Not that all malt it necessarily bad, but this brew was just a mush of overly sweet flavors that had no distinctive character at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 15:16:23 | More by HoppyMcStout
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North Dakota

2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is shocking! This poured much, much lighter than I was expecting. Smelled almost like a sweet BMC, and had a mouthfeel on par with a glass of tap water. Very, very average at BEST. Not quite a drain pour, but close. The pour was a lighter orange bronze colour, like slightly watered down tea. The head was white and fizzy and it faded away rather quickly. Smell was very light and had a definite presence of grain to it. Taste was alcohol, sweet malt, copper coinage, and in that order. Mouthfeel was light. Very light. Thin, weak, empty. Very disappointing, and very average. Perhaps I got a bad bottle. I'll revisit this in a month or so. As it stands, though, this isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 22:25:22 | More by SilentSabre
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

10-05-2012 01:36:51 | More by trevorpost
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New York

2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

11-06-2013 18:13:55 | More by thudean
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

10-14-2012 14:50:52 | More by doucmehu
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

05-12-2012 05:11:20 | More by StubFaceJoe
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Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Purchased while on a trip to New York..Not fair, you Americans have such an amazing selection of beer! Anyway...

Pours a wondferul dark gold, amber with a thick thick creamy lacing head. Beautiful.

Smell is subtle of malt with flowery and herbal hops. A small sniff of alcohol.

Taste: Immediate malt that quickly dissipates into a strong alcohol flavor which then progresses to a strong bitter yet herbal hop flavor. Slight vanilla, slightly fruity...Very crisp, although the alcohol does seem to dominate a bit for me. I have a hard time drinking this.

Overall, very intersting. I do personally find the alcohol a bit overpowering. I really can't drink it due to the overpowering alcohol flavor. It really takes over as far as I am concerned.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 00:41:41 | More by jbonapar
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2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear copper with a medium head and lots of tiny bubbles rising within. Nose is caramel malts with a touch of tangy hops. Nice lacing all the way down.

Taste is some sweet caramel malts with a fair amount of spice. Bittering hops, not quite citrus but with a fruity edge, on top of a solid malty backbone. Elements of brown sugar or molasses come through, dark fruits, butter toffee, a lot of brown ale qualities. Alcohol flavor is not detected until later through the bottle, almost pushes to cloying at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, chewy, finishes a little muddled. Blurs across styles as a strong brown ale, a doppelbock, an eisbock, or even a sherry. I don't know if this works, as I expect my O'fests to be far more drinkable and less serious than this.

2005 Vintage, 8.9% ABV

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 02:15:36 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of jeffmonarch


2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 Pint 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Semi-cloudy orange brown with a thin light tan head.

S - Sweet and really spicy.

T - Really sweet. Good spice but there is a bitter sweet taste that doesn't seem right.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Not a fan of this oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 21:53:40 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of zerk


2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ok, let's be up front about this... this is not an O'fest... this is a dopplebock. That being said, let's continue on.

Pours a deep and slightly hazy amber with a very thin white head. Aroma is very fruity with raisins and figs and some spicy hop notes. Flavor is a bit overwhelming... dried fruits and rum... slightly cloying with a fair amount of spicy hops... and quite a bit too much of an alcohol burn, which made it difficult to finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2005 22:18:19 | More by zerk
Photo of hustlesworth


2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- great label design in this dictator series. deep persimmon burnt orange and red-orange and hazy with golden highlights. massive buff head leaves very nice 3-dimensional swiss cheese slices of lace and seems to stretch out clinging to them. elastic and webby with pits of various sizes and great holding power.

S- metallic and brown sugar sweet with some caramel, toffee, honey roasted nuts, vanilla, a little cinnamon, and some old socks. solvent dry-erase marker (methyl acetate?) alcohol and mild grassy hops, spicy and slightly herbal.

T- sweet at first, overly sweet actually, then a fruity tartness, then sweet/tart, then bread and cereal grains. the second half of this flavor profile is definitely better than the first IMO. alcohol esters are very pronounced and flowery but blend in once the toastiness hits. brown sugar flavor seems to stick with some artificial sweetness then sweet spiced fruits maybe apples or pears. nice graininess in the finish but still overly sweet with a cloying aftertaste with very little hop flavor coming through, only a lame earthiness.

MF- viscous boozy body and good medium carbonation feels imperial but also feels like a spoonful of sugar with each gulp. fights to dry out a little but never really gets there.

D- looks amazing and sure gets you effed up, but i was disappointed with the kaiser after being enlightened by the maharaja. too sugary and cloying to have another and the alcohol is too in-my-face.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 07:34:14 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of Quaffer


2.83/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle labeled as 8.9 % abv, not 9.3% as listed here. Picked this up in Boulder, CO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a crystal clear, amber-copper color. The dense, rocky head rose up easily to three fingers and settled very slowly. It was very sticky and left a lot of lace behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Nice aromas of roasted malts. Very bread- and cracker-like. It had a little bit of sweetness and fruitiness to it as well. Not much else and not too complex, but it had nice depth and smelled good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, getting close to edging towards full bodied. Mouthfilling and coating. Nice and smooth, becoming fuzzy on the back of the tongue.

Taste: Sweet malt assaulted the tongue, to the point of being cloying. It lingered a long, long time until it left an oddly sweet aftertaste in the mouth. Underneath lay an herbal and medicinal flavor along with a strange sourness. Overall, this was just odd and muddled.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 23:13:02 | More by Quaffer
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2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First time to try Kaiser- bottle dated Aug 2011, so pretty fresh for Avery distribution into Houston (last time we got Maharaja it was already 2 months old). Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a terrific dark amber color- perfect for the Oktoberfest style. Pour is pretty much crystal clear, no head at all, and plenty of alcohol legs on the glass. Smell- alcohol, caramel, toffee. The present alcohol smell is not appealing- makes me think I'm in for a sloppy boozy mess. Taste- caramel, cloying sweet malt, alcohol. This is a boozy mess of an Oktoberfest style beer. Interesting concept (Imperial Oktoberfest) but it doesn't work that well. This is gonna be a sipper, real tough to get down.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 23:31:33 | More by lnashsig
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2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pots a rich amber with a thin white head that disappeared to nothing, fast.
Aroma is super malty, lots of sweet notes, sugar and sweet fruit.
Very sweet flavors, carmalised sugars, almost barleywine like. This tastes nothing like a märzen. I get almost no hop presents at all.
Mouthfeel is really sticky, pretty weird body, it's big but thins out realy fast. Pretty clean finish, nice lingering feel. Going for style not great.
Overall not much like a märzen, but still interesting.H

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 06:00:03 | More by hdelavega
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2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I almost don't want to review this ale - I can't tell if I like it or not.

Pours a clear reddish orange color with a frothy beige head.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with much caramel.

Taste is very sweet and candy-like, with red apple, plum, maybe honey. Very medicinal hops. Overall, too sweet and syruppy, just not an oktoberfest ale.

Mouthfeel is undercarbonated and sticky, I won't drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 23:30:10 | More by kosmoraios
Photo of eddiebo

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2007 bottling poured Nov 29, 2008

pours a deep autumn orange rust color with a two-finger head which quickly dissipates

lots of ripe fruit, nuts, caramel, buttered toast, and nutmeg-like spice in the nose

cloying sweet and fruity taste with every bit of the 9.4ABV present, becomes a bit hard to swallow as it warms

mouthfeel is sticky and fairly viscous

Not really a very drinkable one for me, had trouble polishing the bomber off, especially as it warmed - probably better off to share this with someone or pair up with some cheese or food (maybe a nice slice of warm apple pie). I must say I was intrigued by the concept of an "Imperial" Oktoberfest but I found this much too sweet and malty for my taste - this beer IS the session

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 14:40:01 | More by eddiebo
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Quebec (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange hue displays red hints. White cover. Very oily aroma, nutty, fuelic hops/alcohol blend a la Stone. Very sweet yet very hoppy creates a condensed nut oil, almond skin like flavour. Heavily oily and foresty hops of a brend I don’t really like, peanut like. I can see myself enjoying this with a decent toasted malt background a a 90degrees turnover from those American hops to a noble hallertau like variety, the Avery yeast makes it feel pretty hot and fuelic a bit like hog heaven I find. Highly carbonated, thin-medium body. Not my type.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 00:34:46 | More by Rastacouere
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2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at Delilah's during their oktoberfest night

A: Amber color with a nice sudsy head, even for a short pour.

S: Very interesting nose; a nice floral nose without being very hoppy. Nice strong sweet malt backbone scents as well.

T: Slightly cloying taste - quite sweet, especially for this style of beer. Tastes somewhat similar to a barleywine. Alcohol is definitely present too.

D: With the sweetness and heat from the booze, this isn't very drinkable. I don't really want more than the 3oz. pour I have.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 03:49:45 | More by quinnsi
Photo of NorCalYeti


2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

taste- sweet malt, sour, spice

color- orange-copper

clarity- clear

smell- spice, floral, malt notes

body- medium body, oily, medium-long finish

appearance- clear, flat, little carbonation

overall impression- not my style of beer, the sweet malt and sour notes don't agree with me. for a 10.03 percenter, it's an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 05:18:21 | More by NorCalYeti
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.