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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,185 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,185
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 69
Gots: 64 | 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 Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006, this pumped up marzen is a tad toasted malts and even a drop of smokiness. It is drinkable and fine with food, but a bomber is way too much. I get a lot of carmel offset by hops in the finish. More of less bitter dry aftertaste. Well done, but Maybe 6 oz. is all I want to drink.

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.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8. August 2011. 10.01% ABV per label.

Pours a crystal clear light copper with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that fades to a thin film. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel, biscuit/bread, and maybe some toffee aromas. Taste is heavy on the biscuit/bread from the malt, some caramel/toffee flavors, and a bit of citrus zest and alcohol on the finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and there is an alcohol kick. This beer has a bubbly carbonation level with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good but strong example of the style (Imperial Oktoberfest?) coming from Avery.

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel color with a half-finger white head and not much of any lacing. Nose brings some caramel and dark fruits along with quite a bit of booze. Taste is overwhelmed by alcohol and brings some dark fruit in the background. A bit of residual sweetness. Boozy, hot feel on a medium body. Drinks okay, as it somewhat reminds me of a rum-soaked dessert, but overall not a beer I really enjoyed.

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy orange in color and has a medium amount of carbonation. It poured into a stein with a finger high white head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that never quite disappeared.
S: There are aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is slightly sweet with flavors of caramel and raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: The taste appears share more similarities with barleywines compared to other types of Oktoberfest beers, possibly due to its higher alcohol content. Nonetheless, the alcohol is well masked so it isn't too difficult to drink.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of brentk56
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a decent head and pretty good lacing

Smell: Biscuity malt notes; smells very bready with some floral hops notes underneath

Taste: Strong bready malt profile from the Munich and Vienna malt bill, much as you would expect in an Oktoberfest, but the alcohol peeks through before the swallow; mid-palate there is a lot of caramel sweetness as if it were a barleywine; after the swallow it becomes very alcoholic, with some grainy bitterness on the finish from the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Have to say that the combination of high alcohol and Oktoberfest flavors didn't cut it for me; just didn't blend together very well

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rich O's Gravity Head 08:

Malitess hinges on Dopplebock sweetness and heaviness with less emphasis on hops. Very rich with Vienna and a little Munich barley character. Very nice beer.

August 05, 2005. Bottle

Boy, those silly Americans are having a lot to fun with beer. It has all of the flavors of a marzen and octoberfest. The aggression in the alcohol, hops, and sugar sources completely dominate the biscuity, cloying, and cleanliness of the original styles. It has nice caramel and barley malts in the nose and flavor. Sweet alcohol overtakes the flavors afterwards. Maybe some honey, and spices present, but they are small. Sweet ripe fruit flavors (tangerines, grapes and mangos). A little more estery (from late hop additions) than I expected. It's a neat beer. Not evident of style, but too drinkable to rate low.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a medium brown color lager with a generous white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of nutty caramel malt is perfect with some subtle bitter hops. Taste is dominated by semi-sweet nutty caramel malt with some light slightly bitter hops. Body is somewhat creamy with no discernable alcohol. I really like the take on this style while avoiding going overboard and keeping some balance and complexity.

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

Bottled in 2005. Burnished dark coppery orange with a definite reddish blush when backlit; the perfect color for an Imperial Oktoberfest. The cap is tremendous as well, both in terms of color (palest pumpkin) and consistency (dense, creamy and sticky). As an added bonus, it deposits an impressive amount of sandpaper lace that looks like it was generated by a DIPA. The Kaiser is a looker.

Although the nose needs to have double the power to truly impress, what's appreciated is nice, even if it doesn't smell much like the intended style. Surprisingly, for a classically malt-dominant style and for a beer that's approaching its first birthday, the aroma is balanced. Moderately toasted pale malt grapples with spicy German hops, neither gaining the upper hand.

Like the aroma, the flavor is nowhere near an Oktoberfest, Imperial or otherwise. It might be possible to create such a beast (although I've never tasted a credible version), but this most certainly isn't one. That doesn't mean that it isn't good beer however. My palate tells me that it most closely resembles an exquisitely balanced barleywine.

As expected, the malt structure is gargantuan with flavors of golden caramel, heavily toasted bread and cherry-infused vodka. Thankfully, there isn't enough Munich malt to ruin it for me; which, come to think of it, is also why it doesn't taste much like an Oktoberfest. The beer definitely has a sweet undertow, but there's plenty of hop bitterness left to smack it around, as well as a cleansing alcohol presence to mop up on the finish.

If some combination of the 4-Cs had been used instead of Magnum, Sterling, Tettnang and Hallertauer, The Kaiser would taste even more barleywine-like than it does already. The impressive spiciness of the hop bill makes it seem as though a hefty portion of malted rye was used, although the list of ingredients makes no mention of rye. The flavor profile isn't especially deep or nuanced, preferring instead to blitzkrieg the hell out of the taste buds with each sip.

Speaking of aggressiveness, the ABV is beginning to do a number on my senses. Although it's right up front, the alcohol isn't raw or hot in the least. Immediately after bottling, I doubt that it was as well-behaved. The body is medium-full and the mouthfeel is as firm as a Mauser to the midsection. As noted above, hop resins and ethanol keep the finish from being too sticky or slick.

The Kaiser is a big beer, no question about it. It isn't much of an Imperial Oktoberfest, but it is a pretty damn good German barleywine. After nearly a year, it's beginning to mellow, yet it still has a pretty good kick for those of us who like to smack around our taste buds and our brain pans on occasion. Another year in the bottle will probably only improve it.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into several Snifter Glasses

A – Poured a very nice deep orange color with a decent sized, maybe two finger high head of foamy white that faded quickly and left behind nothing more then a touch of side glass lace. Some carbonation was visible throughout the session.

S – The aroma was very tightly packed, lots of caramel and cereal and earthy grains blended in with a touch of alcohol and the ever present hint of a bit of spice. A little more complex of an aroma then I was expecting, you could definitely pick up the original marzen like smells coming through.

T – The flavor was brilliant to be honest. For something this big that was packing a punch of almost 10%abv, it was remarkably smooth. Great mix of earthy grains with a nice touch of caramel that rolled around and blended very nicely with a smooth laid back hoppiness in the finish. A good touch of spice was present, perhaps some nutmeg and all spice, very nice touch and the alcohol was blended in very smoothly. A hint of warming was present from it, but it was very well hidden.

M – Very nice and smooth. The carbonation kept it from becoming too syrupy, but it was a bit of a slick medium bodied ale. Had a good clean finish and the overall feel was very fitting for the style, just a tad bit heavier then normal.

D – Fantastic sipper. Despite being a bit of a big boy in terms of ABV, this was very smooth and had a very light texture. Super smooth going down you never really did get bored of this one. I would have liked to have had another when it was all said and done.

Overall I was very impressed with this one. An Imperial Oktoberfest, what a novel idea. This was pulled off wonderfully, as most things from Mr. Avery are. This will be one that I will look forward to in the future and will become a regular seasonal favorite. Very nice addition indeed. Would have to recommend this to anyone.

Photo of Knapp85
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color, the head was about and inch tall and left a pretty nice lacing. The smell of the beer was full of malts and some autumn spices. The taste was damn near perfect in my opinion. The Kaiser has so much flavor running through it. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a high drinkability to it even for a heavier beer. Overall, I love this beer it's got to be one of the top 3 Oktoberfest beers I've ever had if no the best. Really worth trying if you see it.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11 ounce goblet - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Near opaque, orange-amber body with a small, somewhat fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, boozy nose of apricots marinating in apple brandy with a background scent of toasted caramel malts.

Taste: Initial blend of caramel malts and hot apple brandy with a charged dose of sweetness. Pinch of crushed, toasted bread crumbs. Plenty of alcohol heat throughout. A particularly distinct spice character transitions into Noble hops with a medium bitterness. Basically, it's just more of the same till the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I've made several attempts to find, within me, some love for the Kaiser, but it's just not going to happen, I'm afraid. I'm hesitant to toss out the phrase "hot boozy mess", but it's pretty fitting. Perhaps it's time to for a replacement dictator-themed beer. May I suggest a Napoleon French Bière de Garde or Mussolini Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter.

Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was actually the first time I have ever tried this beer tonight,poured into a .5 liter stein a hhazed mix of gold,brown,with a tint of orange a 1/2 finger well kept together head atop with a few shotty layers of lace.It smell Americans if that makes any since it has some hefty brown sugar and nutty tones to it with a real leafy zippy hop note that all together is not typical fest beer-like but is very inviting.Huge sweetish malt hits up front at first swallow deep brwon sugar and caramel with a hint of vanilla that alcohol is prevelant straight through a decent spiey/herbal smack of hop hits and lingers late.A full near creamy mouthfeel is nice and goes well with the big flavors of this beer,it is not a stein chugging roasted chicken pairing fest beer its big and brash and a one and doner for me and worthy of a good cigar to pair with in my mind.

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,185 ratings.