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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

628 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 628
Hads: 1,219
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 76
Gots: 80 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: maxpower on 08-28-2004

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Photo of teromous
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My bottle lists the ABV as 9.5%, and it says "Batch No. 11" "Aug 2014" so this is exactly one year old. The date code is printed to the right of the "A" on the front of the label.

Appearance: Murky orange and medium-brown body with a fairly thick eggshell white head with tinges of yellow. I can barely even make out shadows in the glass.

Aroma: It has a huge caramel malty aroma similar to that of a Doppelbock. Smelling this blind I would probably mistake it for one. It is a very nice smell.

Taste: There is a medium caramel flavor here...not too strong but prominent enough to come out of the background. I pick up some light bread flavor in there as well. Of great notable importance is that this beer does not have any alcohol flavor at all. This beer has been aged for a year so that could have something to do with it.

Mouthfeel: it is a very thick beer. As an Imperial Oktoberfest it doesn't drink at all like its lower ABV cousin. The thick dexterous quality of the beer greatly hampers its drinkability.

Overall: I really liked the beer. I could only get this one which was aged for a year but it has a nice malty sweetness which is great. I really don't think it draws a close relationship to the traditional Oktoberfest beer other than that it has a good malt presence. If the body was a bit more attenuated it would be perfect, but as it is the beer is still quite enjoyable. I can't speak to the fresh version of this beer but if you like sweet malty high alcohol beers then I would recommend it. I would recommend it especially to fans of Doppelbocks. (1,572 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.9/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost opaque, golden amber color, speckled with orange highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with strong aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked soft pretzels. I also get strong notes of black pepper, brown sugar, light molasses, caramel and touches of ripe fruit, such as plums and apricots. Finally, I get some aromas of floral, grassy hops.

Taste: Wow! Exceptional beer! Like the aroma, I get strong flavors of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked soft pretzels. I also get strong notes of black pepper, brown sugar, light molasses, caramel and touches of ripe fruit, such as plums and apricots. Finally, I get some beautifully balanced, floral, grassy hops, at the finish. Absolutely delicious!


Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and extremely smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9.5%, there is a subtle, pleasant hint of alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is quite an exceptional Oktoberfest-style beer. Probably the best I’ve had outside of fresh from the cask fest biers I’ve had in Germany. Avery’s hit a grand-slam with this one! (1,327 characters)

Photo of LouZ
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber; a deep, dark brown amber with about one finger of strong head. Aroma was potent and sweet-smelling, and reminded me specifically of barleywine. Taste gave the same impression, and I was surprised to know this was not a barleywine, technically. Very sweet, malty flavors. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and easy to drink. (337 characters)

Photo of CelticBelly1
3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

sampled from a 22oz in a 12oz chalice

l - poured a beautiful soft amber, with nice carbonation and a thin white head, that built evenly to about .5", but dropped quickly. nice even lacing that moved quicikly down the sides of the glass, not a lot of hang.
s - a nice whiff of caramel/toffee and hits of turbinado sugar open up to a medium malty aroma, slight hint of alcohol, then finishes with another big hit of toasted sugar
t - a strong kick of alcohol, sherry like; opens to heavy notes of caramel and molasses - and then finishes warmly (9.5abv), with a nice hit of brown butter tart shell. very sweet, but with a good amount of astringency that quickly pulls the sweet away
f - light to medium body, good carbonation on the palate, a little little tannic like a mild sherry
0 - a very well made beer, if you're looking for a traditional marzen style oktoberfest beer this isn't it, this is an imperial Oktoberfest. As one reviewer said, this seems to be better suited as a holiday beer - served after thanksgiving. I'll be curious to see if this style becomes more popular, something tells me it will (1,115 characters)

Photo of Foyle
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

Sampled from 22oz bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: pours a modest off white head that slowly falls with mild lacing. Color is a cloudy amber with mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: rich aroma of caramel, tangerine, and bread dough.

Mouthfeel; light to medium bodied, quite sticky, with a dry and warming alcohol finish.

Flavor: caramel, toasted bread, raisin, cinnamon, tangerine are all prominent.

Overall: nothing to criticize with this beer. Quite delicious. (467 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Traditional Oktoberfest beers were more or less just stronger versions of standard Helles lagers ("helles", I'll remind you, means "light"). Nowadays, however, brewers are adding more and more dark malts. And The Kaiser - a so-called "Imperial Oktoberfest" - has certainly done so; its clear complexion is far more ruby-amber than orange (let alone golden).

And if the colour didn't tip you off, the aroma sure will - this smells far sweeter than the style should. In fact, it doesn't smell much like a Märzen at all. Wafts of mulled cider, caramel sweetness, and dried fruits are vaguely Speyside scotch-like. It seems malty, rich, dense, and warming.

Indeed. The flavour profile is strikingly Barleywine-esque. Or perhaps it's more like a Doppelbock. Here, decide for yourself: there's plenty of apple, dried cherry and fig flavours, and a rich maltiness that smacks of toffee, molasses and, very subtly, of gingerbread cookies.

The Kaiser sure conquers the palate; the mouthfeel is marked by macerated fruit esters and honeyed, sticky-sweet maltiness. I'm still reminded of a Speyside whiskey, a notion furthered by the beer's less than subtle booziness (though in fairness it does go down with blissful ease).

The Kaiser may be intended as an autumn beer but nearly everything about it - right down to its warming alcohol presence - is strongly reminiscent of Christmas. (Actually, there's a striking amount of similarity to Eggenberg's Samichlaus.) I like the beer a great deal but sure 'tis no Oktoberfest. Buy a bomber, but don't open it until the pumpkin is composting and the tree is decorated and lit. (1,623 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4/5  rDev +5%

This is not really an Oktoberfest beer. Its more of a dopplebock, although are we really splitting hairs here? This is way boozier than a standard o fest beer. One more thing then I will move on. I cannot stand those foil tops. I know its to make it look more expensive but it really is just a pain in the ass. I wish ALL brewers would stop using them.

Appearance: Dark amber almost brown. Looks like a standard Oktoberfest or dopplebock. Decent head retention.

Smell: Sweet, caramel,bubblegum, and alcohol.

Taste: Alcohol is not all that well hidden but it does something to the standard Oktoberfest that makes it stand out. It has a lot of caramel and sweetness too. Typical of the style(s).

Overall: I am over the Oktoberfest's. I really don't care for them. They are boring, this one only amps up the booze. If you want to get drunk with little taste profile then this is the one for you. Actually, they are all pretty much that way. This one just gives you more alcohol. If Oktoberfest's are for you. Then you will probably like this one more than most. (1,063 characters)

Photo of Wordsworth
4/5  rDev +5%

A rich, dense body with a palate that, in my limited estimation, accentuates the typical malty profile from traditional Oktoberfest-Marzens. The frame of reference in mind are the usual Hofbrau (though pale), Paulaner, Spaten, etc. Nothing less expected from an Imperial style, typical of Avery. (295 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap:
Pours nice clear copper-auburn, with nice yellowing teeth white head that sticks around quite well in this pour. Lacing is fairly significant. The nose isn't too strong to me, but is fairly standard Oktoberfest in my mind, with a little malty spice.

The taste is actually a little on the sweet side, perhaps a multiplying factor of style and ABV that might he just a bit too much. Nice spiciness, though - cinnamon and a ginger-like bite over light brown sugar sweetness. There's also a hint of copper mid taste reminiscent to me of an English bitter beer. Carbonation is decent, but there is a decently full body to this beer. The end tastes do bring back a "red hot" like cinnamon bite (very much muted) and hints of pine, with a somewhat drier finish than expected.

Not too bad, but just a tad sweet. The body I liked, even if not exactly indicative of style. Not sure going imperial in this style works for me, but an interesting concept. (960 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, doughy, and caramel malts with some warm alcohol, lager yeast, and grassy hops in the rear.

Taste: Definitely get the sweetness up front due to the high ABV. Toasted and doughy notes, alcohol, and some grassy notes in there too.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, smooth, medium to full bodied,

Overall: There beer almost runs the risk of being a doppelbock. Either way, I would still have another. It was delicious. (720 characters)

Photo of DrumKid003
1.67/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

A: Nice see-through copper color, with an off-white 2 finger head.
S: Way too sweet smelling for what I expect from an Oktoberfest. Did someone accidentally pour a couple of bags of Belgian candy sugar in this?
T: Way too sweet and overly hopped for what I would consider an Oktoberfest. What happened to the roasted malt? All I could taste from this was sweet and sugary.
F: Too heavy of a body for an Oktoberfest and none of the carbonation came through to lighten it up. Left a sweet molasses like coating on the back of my tongue.
O: This was awful, no two ways about it. I would only recommend this to my worst enemies and hope to God I never have to see this again. (676 characters)

Photo of Braz
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

High score for this style. Didn't know there was an imperial marzen but glad there is and hope more are coming. This is heavy and sweet having a pioneer type taste to it. I really hope brewers try to improve on this beer style as I like it but think it could be greatly updated. (278 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Seems unnecessary to make this an imperial, the booziness overpowers what makes a typical Oktoberfest enjoyable for me.

Mostly malt, no noticeable hop presence. Strong booziness as noted above, not much else going for it.

Overall, i'd rather pick up a sixer of Sam Adams Oktoberfest for the same price as this bomber. (319 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass as well as some light amber, golden yellow, and orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with light aromas of spicy + earthy hops. Hints of alcohol in the finish.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of toasted + caramel malts with a light amount of dark fruit sweetness (raisin). There is a light flavor of spicy + earthy hops towards the finish which imparts a touch of bitterness which does not linger. Slight hints of alcohol/booziness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight amount of dryness in the finish.

O: This is definitely a strong Oktoberfest, with some hints of barleywine to it... Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the beer is enjoyable though I would caution that it is a sipper not one that should be drank quickly. (1,214 characters)

Photo of 57md
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Copper. Nose is bready but not as strong as I anticipated. This is definitely malt-forward to say the least. Surprisingly, the body is not the heaviest Marzen I’ve ever sampled. There is a touch of sweetness on the finish and the alcohol is present but not obtrusive.

Tasty as is but this offering would be a candidate for barrel aging (that is if lagers can be barrel aged). (381 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear, copper-orange body with a thick, frothy, cream-colored head. Deep caramel malt aroma with a mildly spicy undertone; nutmeg and pumpkin. Robust caramel and toffee flavors; molasses and brown sugar; good mixture of spicy bitterness with a slightly burning alcohol heat; warm, nutty aftertaste. Heavy body; velvety smooth feel.

A very tasty imperial twist on a classic style. The alcohol burn readily appears but, luckily, the rich, deep malt flavors balance things out. There is an intriguing hint of a pumpkin ale buried within the heavy malt and high ABV that just adds more character and complexity to the beer. (633 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

9/17...big bottle...Pours dark amber brown, lighter orange colored bottom. Thick white foam, lacing around the side. Light malty nose, caramel, toffee, light fruit too. Heartier malt taste, boozy, whisky, bitter. Punchy. Not a typical Octoberfest by any shot. (259 characters)

Photo of BradC
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a orange Amber color, thick head. Smells of sweet warm sugar. Taste is up front sweet, caramel, rum and boozy. Not much hop bitterness at all here, tastes more like a Barleywine and lacks any lager characteristics. A well made beer, just not what I was expecting, a little too sweet and boozy for me, maybe could use some aging. (338 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a clear orange, copper color with a fluffy off-white head that leaves a big ring of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and some dark fruits.

Tastes of the toasted malts with plenty of booze. Toasted malts lead off with notes of caramel, toasted bread, and syrupy sweetness. This gives way to a big alcohol note. Touches of dark fruit creep in with raisins and figs before another wave of sweetness comes in.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is solid, but it is too sweet and boozy right now. It feels almost like a barleywine that could use some aging. (598 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, gold foil-capped bottle, part of the so-called 'Dictator Series' from Avery, and their apparent entry into the Oktoberfest craziness that grips the beer-drinking world, more or less, right about now (unless you're in Denver, of course!)

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splendid cobwebbed lace around the glass as things genially subside.

It smells of rather sweet grainy caramel malt, indistinct orchard fruit, patch-derived vegetables - pumpkin, natch, and additional squash and zucchini gourd - zesty clove, black pepper, nutmeg, and ginger spice notes, with a heady, yet weirdly understated booze contingent. The taste is fairly strong caramel/toffee malt, a slightly doughy breadiness, ethereal suggestions of sassy buttered biscuits, drupe and pumpkin patch fruit, muddled earthy spice, a hint of phenolic yeast, and yup, a certain unavoidable alcohol astringency.

The carbonation is quite unobtrusive in its dialed down frothiness, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and way more smooth than something with such an elevated ABV should have any claim to. It finishes well off-dry, the still underwhelmingly biscuity graininess ceding way to both an innocuous breadiness and a more overtly boozed-up caramelized sweetness.

As expected, this is a pleasant offshoot of the current watched style, rendered in a wholly new-world, American sense - if one is ok with the duly overclocked ABV, that is. An enjoyable sipper, with many a sidelong glance, especially when early October is more brisk than usual. (1,636 characters)

Photo of MNishCT77
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at Cleveland Park Wine & Sprits; Batch #11/Aug 204", poured into my Rustico Novemberfest mug drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - orange-amber coloration; slightly murky/hazy (cannot read or see through); pours with an initial frothy white head that settled into a subtle glass lacing; small visible bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass

S: 8/12 - mostly a caramel malt sweetness and booze; no hops, no gross flaws

T: 14/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a slight peppery/spicy Noble hop bitterness; the palate is then quickly overtaken with a German malt sweetness and large yeast cleanliness; I detected a weird/ineffable malt character (slightly sour/funky) on the backend with big alcohols; finishes semi-sweet

M: 4/5 - moderate carbonation; thick alcohols coat the tongue for a medium-to-large fullness

O: 8/10 - overall solid imperial Oktoberfest with big booze and caramel malt sweetness; I docked it at least a point for the funky/tart flavors on the back end, which are certainly inappropriate for style and might reflect a mild infection; nevertheless, for $8.99/bomber, it's at least worth a try, but, sorry Bros., this ain't a world class Oktoberfest

TOTAL - 36/50 (1,216 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous copper body with a fleeting, foamy head. Nose is sweet and warm, perfect for the season: brown sugar, marshmallow, cornbread, crisp rye. Inviting. Soft, sugary palate, sweet yet rounded - nothing cloying or overwhelming, just creamy oatmeal, molasses, and buttery biscuit with a hint of maple and vanilla. All in all, it comes together to make a dense, chewy beer that is very much "imperial" tasting (even goes down with a mild boozy kick on occasion)...but apart from being big and boozy, it just hits the spot. Equal parts dinner and dessert. Cheers. (562 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a mug, the beer is a bright, vibrant, slightly hazed, copper-amber coloring, with a tall, frothy, foamy, dense, off-white head. Aromas of caramel, sugar sweetness, tuber veggies, earthy highlights, hints of toffee, earthy notes, and an overlaying highlight of roast. Very rich and sweet. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, with a blast of caramel and toffee sweetness, a subtle bitterness in the backbone, char highlights, earthy and woody notes, and hints of booze. Malt bomb for sure, but with a balance and drinkability that is impressive. The body is smooth and robust, but light enough to quaff. Roasted sweet, rich, heavy aftertaste with a building warmth as you work your way through the bottle. The finish is smooth and slick, with a slightly sweet, cloying linger that makes you want more. Solid brew! (844 characters)

Photo of are_doubleyou
4.89/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours with a nice frothy head that soon dissipates. The color is a rich, dark copper. Almost brown. Exactly what I want from a Märzen.

S: Very strong caramel and roast malts with strong notes of dark fruit. My only complaint is that it smells a bit boozy.

T: Fortunately the boozy notes in the smell are non-existent on the tongue. A strong caramel malt flavor on the head that gives way to the clear dark fruit notes that you can smell. It finishes with a delightful balance of the two. The taste lingers lightly after you swallow each sip.

F: The mouthfeel is rich and malty. It goes well with the flavor and finishes with a very nice lager dryness.

O: I love almost everything about this beer. My only negative is the slight alcohol smell which slips through the malt and fruit flavors. I've never seen another Imperial Märzen, but this sets the standard very high. This specific beer was from the 2011 batch of Der Kaiser and was cellared for 3 years before this review. I saved this beer for the beginning of Oktoberfest and I am not disappointed at all. I highly recommend cellaring this beer and I will actively seek this beer out for future fests.

Poured into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at around 60 degrees. (1,229 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3/5  rDev -21.3%

A: Dark copper. Excellent clarity. Moderate carbonation. Head dissipates rapidly

S: Sweet, boozy, booze soaked fruit, alcohol.

T: Again, sweet, boozy, booze soaked fruit, werther's original, sherry like finish.

M: Well, the fullest bodied version I have had of this style. Medium to slightly heavy. The high alcohol throws this one for a loop. Hot on the end and with minimal carbonation present in the tongue.

O: This is actually a pretty good after dinner sipper. Still, it is such extreme example of a Marzen that it doesn't even really belong in the same category. (592 characters)

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.