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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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1,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 68
Gots: 55 | FT: 3
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 Pencible
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear copper color with off-white head. It smelled like roasted barley and sweet nutty malt, with lemon hops and sweet yeast. It tasted like barley and honey malt, orange hops and creamy yeast, with light vanilla oak. It was oily with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a very tasty beer with very nice body. It was clean and easy to drink, with very little alcohol noticeable. I enjoyed every aspect of this, and I imagine it would only improve with some age.

Pencible, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
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.

jujubeast6000, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant and clear coppery/orange color with a one inch slightly yellowed head. Decent retention, but no lacing.

The aroma is really nice. A nice malty presence with some caramel and grain. A good spicing as well as a light hop presence.

The taste is interesting. I think I like it. Malty for sure, sticky sweet caramel and some rough grain. Pretty boozy, but it's working for me. It's pretty spicy too with a gentle hop profile. Oh yeah, it's working.

Mouthfeel is pushing full bodied and it is pretty syrupy and creamy. Gentle carbonation finishes the mouth out with very fine bubbles.

Drinkability is a bit limited. It's a tasty beer and really unique, but it's a bit too boozy to be really drinkable.

Goliath, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery's The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest pours a big stiff head over a clear, deep
amber brew. Carbonation is very very active- pour carefully! The nose is rich-
toasty malts, a note of butterscotch, herbal hop- everything stiffened up by alcohol,
The flavor is sweet malts balanced by spicy, peppery hops- there are notes of butterscotch
and fruit. Mouthfeel is round and full, but, again, it would have to be to boost the alcohol
by volume to 10.3%. It finishes crisp and cleansing due to the hops and the alcohol. A very
big beer, the alcohol only makes itself felt in the nose and the warming feeling. Share a bomber
with a friend or take it easy when you open one of these- it's smooth but it also really sneaks up
on you! It takes the pain away- get some if you can!

shadow1961, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Slightly cloudy orange/amber. A finger or so of off white head forms with decent retention considering the ABV. Minimal lacing.

S - Huge caramel and overripe, dark fruit aroma. The brown sugar meets currants, figs, berries, raisins, and even apple and pear with a slightly sour/overripe edge.

T - Very much in line with the aroma. Lots of brown sugar and fruit, with a touch of butterscotch. Fairly sweet with the same dark and stone fruits from the nose. Little to no bitterness and no detectable hop presence. Alcohol comes through slightly near the finish but overall is well hidden.

M - Nice medium body with medium carbonation.

D - Not a bad drinking beer for the ABV, but with the sweetness ultimately this is destined to be more of a sipper.

This is really a difficult beer to judge, because it is indeed a good beer but very far removed from the usual characteristics of marzens. The Kaiser is leaning more in the direction of doppelbock. Lots of sweetness, no detectable toasted malt, and none of the spiciness late palate in most others of the style. A good beer for sure, but this is no oktoberfest.

PatrickJR, Nov 03, 2008
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!!!

imperialbigswig, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a little bit of head, and almost no lacing. Very deep malt scent, heady and strong, almost overpowering. Extreme malt flavor, with hints of smokiness and peat, it tasted more like a scotch ale than any marzen/oktoberfest I've ever had. The alcohol is very discernible and hurts the flavor and mouthfeel. It's worth a try, and is a nice large beer, but there are better American marzens out there.

JamesS, Nov 02, 2008
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 donteatpoop
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, bottled in 2007.

This is the best Oktoberfest I've had this year. Absolutely fantastic.

Poured a nice clear amber color with a thick cap of white head, great lacing effect left on the glass.

Smelled like sweet grain and bread.

The taste is superb. The bready flavor dominates the mouth, it's slightly sweet but not intensely so. The hops are very pronounced and balanced nicely by a blend of malts. The alcohol is a bit high for a marzen, but it really doesn't diminish from the overall enjoyability of the brew.

Full in the mouth, goes down smooth despite the high alcohol content.

Great, great beer.

donteatpoop, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Aggressive pour yielded a nice, off white rocky head over amber with only the tiniest trace of cabonation.

S - Root beer; candied sugar.

T - Sweet alcohol with some smoky oak, vanilla, and apricots.

M - Nice weight, fizz and creaminess.

D - Too sweet for me and not much spice to it at all. Tastes more like a mediocre Belgian ale than anything like an Octoberfest. I don't think I'd buy this again but I've certainly had worse!

pinotboy007, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of Duffman
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color, quite dark for an Ofest beer. Aroma is fragrant and exceedingly sweet. Malty and a lot like taffy, that kind of sweet. Some definite honey notes and wineyness to the nose as well.

Strong alcohol taste. I taste biscuit, perhaps english muffin. Niced malted notes all-around. Some nice hoppiness coming through with grapefruit citrus waves coming continuously. Mild pepperiness and a very pleasant, though not exceptionally balanced or complex flavour profile. The alcohol is just too strong for me here and stifles the natural Ofest flavors to an extent. Not bad but I'm left wondering if the imperial Ofest is a necessary or good experiment here.

Medium-bodied, somewhat chewy and quite smooth. While it may taste a bit too much of the high alcohol content it is rather easy-drinking and enjoyable on the whole. For the price and presentation however it is not worth it and hopefully future endeavors of this style will be more fruitful.

Duffman, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of animal69
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

'08 release, pours a slightly cloudy light copper color w/ very little white head and almost no lace in my pilsn glass ; a strong smell a combination of bread, lots of nutty munich malts, and notes of caramel and dark fruits, some metal and alcohol detected as well ; wow, big malty flavor, tastes very similar to the smell, plenty of munich and caramel malts, some bitterness helps to keep the sweetness in check, more deep fruits and nuts, has a metallic finish and the alcohol def. lets itself be known esp. as it warms ; a rich almost too full body leads me to actually take points off for style reasons, moderately carbonated and a bit sticky ; not an undrinkable beer, just not my idea of a traditional fest, which, IMO should be a dryer lighter malty lager, but does drink well for a 10.03% brew

animal69, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of PhiloPsych
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't drink lagers very often. When I do, it's usually Doppelbocks or Marzens. I probably prefer Marzens, and this one is as good as I've had within that style.

There is a taste that I detect in all lagers that I don't really know how to describe, but it's clear in this beer. It's not a bad taste by any means, but it is definitely there. In this respect, and every other, this beer is true to style--and a very good representative of the style.

For me the most remarkable thing about this beer is that the high alcohol content is not noticeable in the taste or aroma. So this beer is knocking me in the skull ... but in a sneaky way.

PhiloPsych, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a .5 liter stein.

Pours a rich yet translucent red/brown color. Has a minimal white head that recedes to leave a bit of lacing around the glass.

Smell is herbal. Munich malts and just a bit of sweet bread.

Taste is again herbal. Sweet bread and slight vegetable notes.

Overall, pretty good. Certainly an intense version of a normal Americanized O-fest.

bluegrassbrew, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear golden copper in color with a moderate white fizzy head and decent retention. Good smell of sweet grainy malt. Light fruit and hops present. Doesn't show much alcohol for such a big beer but it is a little sweet. Taste isn't too bad. Toasted grain and bread, some fruit and a good balancing hop character. Just a little much sweetness of caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is a little cloying up front but also a bit overly drying toward the end. If not for the overwhelming sweetness this might just be wonderful. Underneath it, there is a good depth of flavor. It just seems to be a little masked, sad to say. Still, fairly drinkable for such a hefty version of the style but nothing to return to often.

ncvbc, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep and clear reddish gold with a thin off-white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, red berries, caramel, and booze.

The taste is bright, malty, and sweet with raisins, red berries, candy sugar and a boozy finish. It's hard to hide 9.3% alcohol.

Medium bodied, dry, and moderately carbonated.

I would have adored this brew with the sweetness knocked down a notch. As it is, it's still a fine Imperial Lager.

Monkeyknife, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey brown color with an average white head that reduced into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a honey bready malt with fruit (berry) notes. The taste is of a base marzen/oktoberfest with some berry sweetness and a noticable alcohol presence. The alcohol takes away from the doughy malt usually found in the Oktoberfests. The feel is fairly thick with good crisp carbonation, finishes sweet yet with a bitter hop aftertaste. An imperial style for the sake of being imperial. While the flavors are good, the additional alcohol is not needed. The doughy bready goodness that is an Oktoberfestbier is minimalized by the alcohol presence. Again, good flavors and enjoyable but the excess booze is not needed in this style.

Gmann, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of aforbes10
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BevMo in Vacaville. Pours a fairly clear brownish color, with a nice head that settles rapidly. Smells strong; ethanol and plummy, with unexpected vinous odors. Taste is similarly strong, with alcohol obvious and dominant. Pruney, sweet malt with chewy toffee body. Full bodied, even syrupy, and slightly flat. Its a weird beer...im not even sure what the heck they mean when they say imperial Oktoberfest, but its ok, i guess. the fruity sweetness grew on me, and appealed to my Old Ale fancy.

aforbes10, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of bonbini26
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2008

A- Dark copper orange, with a red hue to it, a very nice color with a nice head that fades quickly

S- Malty, sweet, toasted with hints of hops

T- Almost inbetween a barleywine and oktoberfest. Has some nice german hops in the initial taste. Also sweet caramel, toasted bread

M- Sweet. oily, some hops, large in the alcohol department,

D- average,
i dont know really what avery was going for here with an imperial oktoberfest. Dont get me wrong i love imperial beers (IPAs, Stouts, Red Ales) but i think some style are better left un-imperialized, and this is one example in my opinion. I noticed some ppl commenting on letting this beer settle and i would be interested to see how it tasted after a year or so

bonbini26, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with minimal head and a lace ring around my glass. Heavy caramel malt smell with some citric hops and spices in the background. Taste and mouthfeel are the same as this beer is a little thick for a Marzen, and it has a heavy caramel and some other sweet malts taste. Good hints of citric hops, a little floral perhaps, and light spices. Goes down real smooth and crisp and left me wanting more.
ABV hidden well, no alcohol burn even as it warms. I'd like to have this again.

clayrock81, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of kosmoraios
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.

kosmoraios, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tyler's in Durham, NC, in between sessions at the World Beer Festival. Served in a properly-logoed traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Served a transparent orange amber with lots of active and fine-bubbled carbonation. All that's left by the time it gets to me is a ring of snow-white lace, but the lacing as I drink is attractive enough for me to assume a Kaiser-like head once sat atop this brew.

Aroma: Mild and malty. Caramel, toast, faint grassy hops, and a faint whiff of alcohol in the finish. Pleasant enough without being exciting.

Taste: Malty and nice. Nice and malty, perhaps. Faint spice is noticeable (cinnamon, I think), lots of caramel, bread, sweet and doughy, brown sugar, golden raisins, hop spice and bitterness, mild alcohol. I almost taste hints of pumpkin, though perhaps I'm just filling in the beer gestalt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, creamy milky smooth even. Big and fluffy. A nice feeling beer.

Drinkability: A big tasty beer, though stylistically, I'd have to say it's less drinkable than your standard Marzen if only because of it's relatively huge abv%. Taking that out of the picture, you're left with a solid, decent-enough fall seasonal.

CrellMoset, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of opwog
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now listieng to: Eddie Bo - Dinky Do

Thanks to Beechwood for having this strong ale seasonal offeing on tap!

A- Dark, reddish orange, with a thin white head
S- smells of alchohol. spice and sweet malt
T- This tastes, as it smells. But as a strong ale, I think that it overwhelms any possibility of this being related to a traditional Oktoberfest taste.
M- Heavy mouth, but the carbonation may be thin, which would add to the syrupiness.
D- I have also had this in bottle, but this tasted less malty and more balanced on tap. But not much like an Oktoberfest either way.

opwog, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
2.3/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So I decided to give this another try last saturday at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena. I tried it out of the bottle last year and it tasted stale so I wanted to make sure I didn't like it.

Pours a orange/copper color. Very clear, some white head, not much retention. CO2 level is good.

Very malty and sweet. I heard honey in one of the other reviews, I could see that. Aroma was moderately pleasant but not to style.

Taste was real sweet and alcoholy. Heavy on the dark malts in the flavor. Moderate bitterness for an Oktoberfest but this was not at all to style. Made me think of a German Barleywine, if there was such a thing.

Very thick and oily for an Oktoberfest. Its a mouthfeel more suited to a Russian Imperial Stout.

Not very drinkable at all. Between my roomate and I we got through about half of it before I dumped it in the bathroom. Don't see what all the hype is about, it's in no way an "Oktoberfest" beer.

t0rin0, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of sevopie
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Caramel color with a thick cream head.

Smell - Sweet yet bitter malts, hint of honey, hint of maple syrup with alcohol on the nose.

Taste - Surprisingly mild and smooth for as aggressive as the nose was. Malts take a back seat a little bit, and the sweet flavors come out. Maple syrup again, slight nut flavor as well.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy and smooth, light on the carbonation.

Drinkability - Very easy to overlook the fact that this is 10%, very easy drinking. Fantastic brew.

sevopie, Oct 07, 2008
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.