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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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1,207 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 70
Gots: 71 | 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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Ratings: 1,207 | Reviews: 630
Photo of Duffman74
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage happened upon in a small liquor store nearby. I have had the 2009 and liked it but thought it too boozey to be savored, figured a few years might mellow it out. Drank from a Holy Mackerel tulip glass.

A Color is a very lush deep amber that loves to be seen against a light, light but persistent lacing provides delicate accent.
S Sweet malty bready goodness with faint hints of vanilla, some fig maybe.
T Begins as sure as it smells and surprises with a burst of flavor I was not expecting, but then gives way rather quickly to an astringent fade. It seems like the age cut the harsh edges off the flavors I wanted, but cut the finish off completely
M Moderate carbonation and stickiness, rather smooth overall, slick and chewy
D I think the aged version has better drinkability overall, especially considering the ABV. I am happy to be finishing the bottle.

Photo of corby112
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep coppery orange/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy yellowish head. Decent retention, slowly fades into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Toasted malty aroma with a lot of peppery spice, slight alcohol sweetness and subtle hops. Hints of roasted caramel and biscuit malt as well as some cinnamon, clove and brown sugar.

Medium bodied and the flavor is very similar to the aroma with lots of toasty caramel and biscuit malt and prominent spice character. Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar with subtle hops in the dry finish. Subtle pumpkin and alcohol notes. ABV is very well masked, making The Kaiser extremely quaffable. Very good.

Photo of JTahoe
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich clear amber. One finger off-white head settling by a bit more than half, thick and sticky on the glass.

S - Pretty subdued. Malty with roasted grains and just the most subtle hint of hops.

T - Sweet raisins, caramel, toasty bread, and lots of malt flavor. midrange, followed by a peppery hop finish. Just the faintest bit of hops in the background.

M - Pretty thick, rich, and chewy at first, but it finishes surprisingly thin... this quality wasn't pleasing at first, but was more appreciated as I got towards the bottom of the glass. Medium-light carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable with a lot of typical Marzen qualities, though a tad move bumped up which along with the high ABV I suppose warrants the "Imperial" label.

Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 2+ finger head. Fairly well carbonated. Very interesting cloudy dark orange color. Looks like an IPA in color. Not much lacing. Decent head retention.

S. Huge aroma of malt. Almost smells like a Barleywine. Dark fruit smell. Some piney hops, and raisins.

T. Taste is much like the mell. Huge malt flavors. Tastes like a Barleywine. Raisins, fruit, sweet, and alochol. Not much hops.

M. Medium/full bodied. Hint of alcohol but overally pretty dry. Just a slight touch of lingering sweetness. Medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable. If this is Avery's interpretation of an Octoberfest, you can count me in. Similar to some of their other high ABV offerings.

Photo of bminor7
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.
Consumed on 11/2/2009.

A - reddish brown. medium tan head.

S - spicy, with your typical malt and hop presence. nothing special.

T - sugary marzen...hops, candi sugar.

M - carbonated well with medium mouthfeel.

D - not much to be excited about. i will admit i was initially ecstatic to see an "Imperial Oktoberfest", but i'm really let down. not only is it not a good example of what such a beer could be, but ultimately not a good example of anything.

Photo of jgasparine
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured slowly from the bottle to yield a thin cream-colored head, which quickly receded to a bit of edge lacing. The body was a *SLIGHTLY* hazy orange amber, with some little bubble trains working their way up the sides of the glass.

S- A BIG malty and vinous bouquet... boozy... with restrained fruity and candy sugar aromas. No hop aroma detected.

T- Big punch of boozy malts meet the anticipated fruity and candy sugar notes... followed by some quinine-like bitterness... and a long hot boozy finish.

M- A BIG CHEWY body... syrupy and even a bit granular with the unattenuated sugar. Despite this big beautiful body, I found the cabonation to be a bit astringent... and this is what kept the mouthfeel from being a perfect 5 in my book.

D- Hmm. If I were only consuming a 4oz sample, I would say that this is very drinkable. Alas, this is a 22oz bottle... and after my first 8oz serving, the booziness, quininelike bitterness and astringent carbonation became big detractors... and I felt OBLIGATED to drink the remaining volume. Best share this bottle with 4-6 people...

Photo of rfabian
3.56/5  rDev -8%
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.

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.

Photo of Blitzstyle
3.6/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of babaracas
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, deep copper-orange, fizzy fast-fading offwhite head. Smell: toffee, spicy and floral hops, fruity, hint of alcohol. Taste: caramel sweetness / toffee, nice floral hop profile, fruity - white nectarine, golden raisin, pale malt backbone, little bit of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel: heftier and softer than the usual crisp marzen, I like this. For the style, drinkability is horrible, and with zero head retention or lacing, it's not a looker. Still, an interesting take on the style (I can see the double marzen, but could also be described as somewhere around a pale winter warmer or a big maibock), a decent fall sipper, and worth a try for ofest collectors.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Amber-brown. Strong white head that dies quickly. Strong carbonation.

S: Toffee, sweet with a bit too much alcohol. Faint, floral hops.

T: Strong alcohol flavors followed by toffee and even some butterscotchy sweetness. Finishes with a faint honey sweetness, but doesn't last. The hops are floral, spicy and pleasant.

M: Fairly light bodied for the amount of alcohol. Strong carbonation on the tongue.

D: Definitely not an Octoberfest. Tastes more like a lighter bodied dopplebock with some other stuff going on. It was enjoyable, but nothing I'm gonna run out and buy again. Worth a try for lager lovers.

Photo of Florida9
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper color. Pours with about 1/4" of thick, whitish head, but there is little retention and only minimal lacing. Slightly cloudy.

S: Heavy fruitiness. Malt, yeast, and a slight floral component.

T: Again a heavy yeasty fruitiness. Unripe sour plums or prunes. Some caramel malts that linger on the tongue. Fusel alcohols.

M: Medium in body with a medium-high carbonation level.

D: A decent beer, but not one which I find overly impressive. The alcohol (the bottle lists alcohol at 10.03% as opposed to what is listed above) is ever present and gives the beer a bit of a harsh, unrefined feel to it while the fruitiness is a little over the top. More reminiscent of a barleywine than an Oktoberfest.

Photo of Offa
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I find this actually to be a very good beer, but a good doppelbock rather like a weaker, less-characterful Eku 28. It is also an example of the idea of experimenting and seeking out new "styles" taken too far and gone haywire. This beer is in no way a marzen/oktoberfest, a revolutionary take on a marzen/oktoberfest, or, as the label proclaims, an entiely new style called "imperial oktoberfest." I bought the beer despite this rather ill-grounded claim, feeling from the start that in essence what a lager of over 9% ABV and the name "imperial oktboerfest" implied was essentially a doppelbock. Upon tasting it, I was right: this is a doppelbock under a different name, although thankfully it is also a pretty good one. My score reflects the beer itself without regard to its "category," but I feel compelled to address this here.

Deep red, it has a medium-big, off-white head steadily shriniking to a creamy, thin top that lasts, slowly shrinking to a thin foam. It leaves no lace.

The aroma is dark raisiny-fruity with strong whole wheat bread crust, hint of spices and herbs (maybe cinnamon element to it).

The taste has alcohol evident right up front, but not harshly and in a dark-raisiny way with gentle spiciness. Soon, toasty grain and raisin appear with a fruity-jammy quality and a vague, light, indistinct leafy element joins the crowd. These flavours are, though, all a bit muted under the fruity-spicey raisiny alcohol. It's on the sweet side, almost cloying but not quite. It's a bit frothy and gets a little to oily at the finish. it's a bit on the balnd side, but has some nice flavours, a hint of complexity, and fairly good balance. it's fairly drinkable.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhhh this is beer is a pretty example of an Oktoberfest. Deep coppery color with a tint of red. The head is light khaki and has a nice little bit of staying power.

The nose is a little weak for an Oktoberfest let alone an imperial Ofest. It doesn't have nearly the malts that I would expect although they are present. The alcohol content kind of mutes them and makes it smell more like an old ale rather then a Marzen. That's not going to stop me from drinking it.

The taste unlike the smell is very diverse and has many layers of flavor. Again not in line with the style claimed but still pleasing. The malts surge back from their obscurity in the nose and dominate. Sweet, caramelized and slightly toasted bread are the basis of the backbone. Fade that into a light stone fruit flavor (cherry, white grapes) mixed with a flavorless booze. There is a fantastic hop presence that bitters as well adds to the flavor. Even splashing a little spiciness into things. Although I like the flavor I have to score it lower because it is far from the style.

The mouthfeel is nice and prickly with great bitterness from the hops and light carbonation. Combine that with a slight alcohol warmth and dryness leaves you with a lovely feeling brew. Medium bodied and easy to drink. The ABV makes an appearance here and there but doesn't linger anywhere too long nor does it ever dominate. Quite high on my drinkability list.

Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery brown color with nice tight and fluffy dirty white head that leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Sweet malt, some pumpkin and spice, banana bread.

Like the nose. Some noticeable alcohol comes through as well. Rich malts with a nice spice bite and some nuttiness. Warm and tasty.

Smooth, medium bodied with some stinging carbonation. Finish is warm and semi-dry.

Can't drink this one real fast, just look at the ABV. A really nice take on an imperial Oktoberfest.

Photo of quinnsi
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a foil topped bomber into an oversized wine glass. Marked bottled in 2008, consumed October 2009. Bottle says it is 10.03 ABV.

A-Rich orange amber with filtered clarity. White head that settles rapidly. Very pleasing color...I wish it had a bit more of a head.

S-Sweet fruity malts, alcohol, and a whiff of hops. Oktoberfest? Could have fooled me. I'm detecting barleywine here, but the nose is very gentle and subdued.

T-Syrupy sweet malty explosion, quite the surprise after an understated nose. Caramel, toffee, a hint of cherry, The first impression was one of an almost cloying sweetness, but once the palate is acclimated, this is a very pleasing brew. Warming alcohol kicks in the midrange, followed by a peppery hop finish. A very big beer....no one is going to be chuggin this in oversized steins.

M-Thick, chewy, and just about perfect for this flavor profile.

D-This is an enjoyable brew. I wasn't sure what to expect from an Oktoberfest with a 10.03 ABV, but I would classify this more as a barleywine, although I have no idea what an imperial Marzen is supposed to be...I didn't know such an animal existed. My first sip shocked me a bit...I wasn't sure what to make of this. Savoring the next few sips however sealed the deal. I wonder what this will taste like with some age on it. Can't wait to buy some more, celler it, and find out.

Photo of atsprings
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a crisp dark orange with a decent frothy khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight burnt caramel. The taste is loads of burnt caramel malts, dried fruits and slight booze. The beer is fairly heavy bodied with a decent boozy alcohol presence, but a warming sipper for a blustery fall day. This one won Gold at the GABF for Doppelbock, and I must say, this is a very tasty one, but not so good as an Oktoberfest, even if you call it Imperial, time to change the label.

Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear Duvel tulip glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Rusty amber with thick, frothy, light beige 2-finger head with good retention and a coating lace that leaves multiple rings.

S: Caramel and toasted Munich malts are most prominent, but the herbal, spicy, leafy hops also put in a solid appearance with some sweet berry alcohol to round it out

T: Drinks like a stiff marzen with all the toastiness and subtle sweetness and complex spicy hoppiness of a good Oktoberfest lager with the extra kick of the alcohol which is not a distraction or detractor but enhances the sweetness and spiciness.

M: Medium-to-full body with luxuriously smooth feel and understated aftertaste.

T: The big ABV puts a small dent in an otherwise good effort from Avery. Not the best value, especially given that it is not head and shoulders above the best non-imperial marzen. It is pretty unique, but more than one bomber would have you asleep, not speaking German like the label states.

Photo of endincolorado
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got my hands on a bottle from 2007 (aged two years)

Appearance- Hazy, deep amber with a finger of off-white head that settles slowly. Good lace.

Smell- caramel, toasty malt and a honey-like sweetness. Little noticeable hops.

Taste- Sweet caramel malt, fresh bread, more honey. All hop traces seem to have died off (not that there would've been much to begin with). Lingering sweetness stays around on the palate and masks the slightly-evident alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Sticky, with little carbonation.

Drinkability- Tastes excellent, but high ABV makes this bomber more than enough for one person.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a copper bodied slightly hazed hue, imperial Oktoberfest lager there's something not right about that. Large tawny white head forms thick and dwindles pretty quickly. Leaves behind speckled lacing with each sip.

Aroma has big malty layers of mild caramel and a rounded nutty edge. Almost a simple syrupy like sweetness about very dessert like decadent sweetness. A touch of herbal noble hops in there but this one is focused on well hidden notes of alcohol and big malt layers. Spicy graham cracker drizzled with caramel and brown sugar sweetness.

Flavor a bit sweet and booze ridden in the flavor it really hits as it warms with the big malt caramel train wreck wrapped in alcohol flavor. A mild nutty and herbal finish but this one pretty much relies on alcohol and caramel malt sweetness for it's flavor profile.

Mouthfeel can become cloying with the thick bodied lager weighing heavily with sweetness again texture is like a reduced simple syrup, big malty beer leaves behind massive amounts of residual sugars. Malt heaviness without much balance leaves me thinking this is just rediculous.

Drinkability is alright not something I would cellar, trade for, buy again, or really like to drink anytime soon. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting but an Imperial O fest does nothing for me other than a quicker buzz. Somebody had to do it and I guess it's appropriate for Avery to be the one.

Photo of katan
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a goblet - 2008 vintage - 1 year age

A - Pours a brow to almost amber hue - lots of carbonation present in a strong head formation of about 1-2mm. Also very bubbly. Head is offwhite in color. Somewhat clear.

S - Malty and nutty scents - sweet backbone. Some phenolic tones are present as well. The specialty malt in this beer is very potent, caramel and toffee perhaps.

T - Starts off sweet, malty - edgy. Is somewhat - smooth and clinging, not clean like you would see on a lager. An almost maple syrup like flavor comes in. Hopping is not present. Finishes with a sweet malt note combined with a sour, belgian yeast bite. Phenolic flavors hang around for quite a while in the aftertaste.

M - Big time alcohol warming. Not much carbonation bite. Sweet and clinging on the palette.

D - Lightly filling. Flavors are easy to handle, smooth and sweet. A bit of a smack in the head from an ABV point of view. Probably a "one and done" beer.

I do like this beer - but a Marzen? I'm not sure that this beer fits that definition - more like an imperial lagered brown or something.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hefty and assertive malty larger. A delightful Oktoberfest bordering a barley wine experience.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Tongue in cheek authoritarian and provocative label design. Similar narrative that actually points to the brew within. Displays date of bottling (2009), does not show IBUs, but notes original gravity at 1.085, and Alc. (9.73%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber color with an orange shine. Quick foamy large head that fades quickly, leaving touches of lace and a thin ring with some traces on the surface traces.

S - Nice but not too notable aroma. Roasted malt sweetness with the faintest of hop notes.

T - Here the brew takes the upper hand with an assertive and tasty caramel malt taste, a nicely blended booziness that emerges slowly, and a tad of a hoppy balance.

M - Its a medium body that grows as it is had around a nice balance of carbonation and a smooth caramel texture.

D - Starts asking for more and ends reminding you that this could even be a sipper. A bit large for a bomber.

Notes: Nice sturdy larger! A great malty example, I´m not sure that it is to style nor that it matters. This is another one to remember Avery for, and to revisit often.

Photo of albern
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer looks awfully good with a nice slightly off white head, nice and creamy mind you, with pretty good lacing and excellent retention for the style. The beer is clear and copper colored. The nose is sweet malt, candied orange, and booze, probably in that order of proportion.

The beer is quite syrupy, not cloyingly so, but syrupy nonetheless. There is a definite honied caramel flavor, maybe some booze soaked florals, maybe a touch of the boozy pineapple. There are some subdued spicy type hops. This beer for me was just too boozy, too much ABV throatiness, and a touch medicinal on the way down. Not a bad beer but if the ABV had a leash on it, I would have appreciated the beer more. As it stands, the beer is a sipper only.

Photo of dbossman
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured it from a bottle into a tall stein.

A: very clear amber color with a fairly nice head with average retention; okay lacing

S: Quite a bit of booze in the smell; also a sweet maltiness--a bit of caramel or toffee

T: a strong Oktoberfest; malty and boozy; also that sweet toffee and caramel flavor

F: carbonation is balanced; it does dissipate fairly quickly

D: For a beer this strong, it's fairly drinkable, but toward the end the alcohol flavor is a bit overwhelming

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,207 ratings.