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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

982 Ratings
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world-class

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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 55
Gots: 36 | 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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very sweet and full of fruit and caramelized malts with some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste takes all elements of an O-fest and brings them to a higher level than any other O-fest does. It’s very sweet with flavors of dark fruits and apricots. It’s very malty with a hearty breadines. It’s got a strong hops presence, a notable alcohol sting and a very good balance. The after-taste is sweet and bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky but clean for the style.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, 9.30% ABV so there’s a hell of a kick for an O-fest. This is a damn good beer, but it’s definitely a one-and-done. All right, maybe if you hadn’t had anything else, you could do two bombers, but anymore than that would do this beer an injustice.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 06:17:21 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

10-21-2012 16:45:51 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

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

22oz bomber.

Hazy copper glow, impeccable lacing here ... wow. Sticky sticky sticky, I almost don't want to wash the glass now the lacing is that good. Massive caramel and toasted bready bomb in the nose, hint of hops and slight alcohol as well. Yeah, we have a malt bomb here. The malt sweetness is not alone though, the alcohol is warming and spicy and the hops leave a layer of herbal flavor to play with. The maltiness holds steady into the long lingering finish that veers to the sweet side.

Leave it to Avery to brew a beer like this and basically hammer drop their beer on the O-fest style. Love it, being a seasonal is not enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2010 01:55:49 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, copper-y appearance, lush head, cream-toned and rocky. Quite attractive in the glass.

Aroma speaks initially of caramel and nuts, then spices and dark fruits, malt is on top with a whisper of hops. Finishes it's display still full of character, before mellowing out.

Taste: Massive presence in the mouth, chewy and gooey maltiness, a well-rounded sweetness. Almost ponderously thick on the palate. Primary actors from the nose step onto the tongue and please the senses there. The fruitiness, the herbal/ nutty thing, but mostly the caramel malt. Full bodied, with a long, spicy, dry finish. Loving it!

This is a fresh 2005 edition, and the abv listed is 8.9%. The alcohol comes to the fore after 1/3 through the bottle, and begins a slight burn, but the taste is terrific, so it only adds to the excitement.

A real acheivement by Avery, this big, ballsy brew. I'm pointing all my thumbs upward in it's honor, and will now lay back and luxuriate with the remainder of the bottle.

Malty lager lovers, and Oktoberfest freaks, this is your commander, bow down before him!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 05:20:34 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 OZ bomber pours copper to orange with a 4 fingers+ offwhite head with effervesence. Great lacing & head retention

S: Fruit &oak-like notes

Taste: Apricot & oakey notes up front. Caramel& maybe cherry vodka & alcohol burn surfaces as it warms, along with some hops bitterness, finishes oaky, dry & warming

MF: Thick & chewy with great carbonation levels. Skews malty but not to much of a detractor

A bit hard to drink even on somewhat cool summer's evening. The alcohol burn & heft slow you down a bit. Not bad, but I prefer dopplebocks to IMp Octoberfest biers. Still not a bad night cap/BBQ beer

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2006 04:33:10 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this one for a long time, served in a shaker pint, beer is amber and clear with a lazy white head, low retention, moderate to low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is malty and sweet with a yeasty finish.

Beer is medium to big in body, much bigger than I expected, with a mildly bitter finish on the back end, a strong flavor, really malty, mildly sweet, minimal yeast. I did enjoy it and would have it again on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2012 19:03:31 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 21:43:39 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-25-2013 16:15:50 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Semi clear copper orange color with large 2 finger head with great retention

N: Sweet brown sugar, some raisin and dark fruits, and some dark malts

T: Starts with a deep dark fruits, raisin, and brown sugar, come dark roasted malts, slight caramel, pretty sweet taste, a slight bitter spiced hop, and some warming alcohol, pretty crisp and clean tasting

M: Lots of carbonation, pretty thick and creamy

F: A slight spicey bitterness, pretty sweet, more dark fruits and lingering earthy bitterness stick around for a bit, a little alcohol helps dry the beer off the tongue

Final thoughts: Not bad for an Oktoberfest. A little too much on the sweet side, and closer to a strong/old ale than Oktoberfest. Not as much hop bitterness as I expected from the reputation. Lots of dark fruits like raisin, as well as brown sugar, some earthy bitterness, its a little tough to drink as its so sweet and so much dark fruits, but otherwise a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 02:16:42 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/orange color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a rich, malty scent that is breadlike and toastey. It boasts of pale, light crystal, bisquit, and roasted malts. The taste is good. It has a warm, malty flavor that boasts of pale, light crystal, and roasted malts. It is toastey with a nice hop balance. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I love the concept. It is smooth and flavorful; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 00:58:34 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

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

The beer pours a clear dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and biscuit malt, as well as a lot of grapes and brown sugar. A very malty, fruity beer. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grapes and flowers as well as a ton of caramel and biscuit malt. The alcohol is also very apparent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This tastes like an Oktoberfest on steroids, just like the brewer intended.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 20:44:47 | More by Mora2000
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2008 bottling-

Pours orange amber with a thin white head that becomes a wide fading patch.

The smell is of an O-fest on steroids - big caramel with an earthy, floral touch and plenty of alcohol.

The taste is of sweet malt and sweet, raw alcohol. Caramel candy is balanced by earthy, floral, leafy spicing, that, along with raw alcohol lends a dry finish despite sweetness. Alcohol and spiciness almost mask the maltiness.

The feel is thick and a bit sticky, though not too syrupy. Burning hot, especially as it progresses, the alcohol has a cleansing affect on the palate.

This bottle claims abv to be a hair over 10% abv, so I was expecting some heat - but this was too sharp, even for that. And, didn't seem to add much to it, but to slow it down. After this bottle, I'm not convinced that this is a style to be "imperialized". A 12 (or even 11.2) oz. bottle would have been plenty. This is one is interesting to a point (interesting floral touch to the caramel), but better to be shared (IMO).

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 13:44:28 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby-amber-copper color. It is topped by a frothy white head that is generated by a medium level of carbonation. The aroma is sweetly malty with notes of caramel, biscuits. It also has a low level of hop aromatics that contribute a slightly fruity note intermingled with a spicy-herbal-grassy note. This beer is quite thick bodied and sweet, but the thing that I really notice during my first sip is how hoppy this is. It is quite a bit more balanced towards the hops than even a doubling of a traditional Oktoberfest recipe would suggest. Leave it to the American brewers to hop up a traditionally malty beer, though as a pioneer of the Imperial Oktoberfest, I guess they can do what ever they want.

Given all of this, this beer would actually not be as interesting or balanced if not for the over-the-top hops. The beer is quite sweet, and would likely be sticky if not for the hop punch. The beer has a pungent, spicy, bergamot, herbal hop flavor to it, which floats on a malty backbone that is redolent of caramel, and biscuit notes. The finish is a bit astringent, with a mixture of hop bitterness and alcohol. This thing could definitely use some mellowing. If it were not for the finish this would be at it's best now. I think a couple of months of age, could really help to mellow this beer out.

The new glow / appeal of this beer has definitely faded for me, now that I have finished half a glass. The beer just seems a bit too harsh and unbalanced. I definitely recommend aging this for quite a while, I have two more bottles which I will perhaps try again in the spring.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 00:26:44 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.4%

12-08-2011 19:40:34 | More by Rochefort10nh
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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

Nice thick-bubbled head. Ring lace on the glass with each subsequent sip. Orange-amber in color, clear.

Strangely, I smell oats. Perhaps it's the very high level of alcohol. This is, after all, an "imperial" Oktoberfest. Light levels of hop and dry malts.

Lots of alcohol warmth. This is a potent beer that loses a lot of the characteristics of a typical marzen. Nice hop finish. Predictably oily, relatively thick, but nicely balanced with a slightly high level of carbonation.

I love interesting beers. This one is like blending a barley wine with an Oktoberfest. I balked at buying this one because of the price ($7.49 for 22oz), but this was worth it for the experience of a truly different type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2005 18:35:48 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, with an imposing picture of Kaiser Wilhelm on the cover,

A: Pours a bright, amber, orange, the thick white head lasted all the way through the 10th to 13th innings of the Rockies-Padres game, while I drank it, so very good retention, spotty lacing, the the quality of the head bumps it up to 4.5.

S: Very malty, caramel and toffee abound, has a sour quality to it, almost like a mixture of sauerkraut and pumpkin, with a mix of sweet orange oil, fragant, but very strange.

T: The immensity of the malts hit you first, there are some hops in there, but they are light and you really only notice them at the beginning of the brew before the phenolic and alcoholic character of the brew comes into effect, very sweet, can be cloying at times, but this is not much of a bother to me.

M: Thick and syrupy, phenolic, a bit of medicinal character to it as well, very sweet with a lot of residual sugar, with a bit of an alcohol burn, what I would expect from something described as an Imperial Oktoberfest.

D: Lower than its 5-6% brethen, this is a high quality strong lager beer that demands respect, it is a sipper, and a great fall seasonal, definitely something different this fall, first time I've ever found it, and I'm glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 23:17:04 | More by Halcyondays
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.4%

03-18-2013 19:03:45 | More by mendvicdog
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a thick 2" fluffy head that lasts quite a while.

Smell: the nose picks up caramel, brown sugar, and some hop bitterness.

Taste: this is almost a meal in a bottle. Many flavors in this one as strong caramel, graham crackers, prunes, toasted nuts, honey, mild alcohol, and a decent piney bitterness are all easily detectable.

Mouthfeel: crisp on the tongue, and long on the caramel, bitterness, and fruit tones in the aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: For a higher alcohol oktoberfest, this one is quite drinkable. Worth seeking this one out for an over-the-top flavorful version in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2006 12:25:15 | More by Gavage
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-05-2013 10:17:26 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-08-2012 23:23:45 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 22:51:22 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

07-31-2012 17:32:52 | More by MarkyMOD
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was extremely excited to find a bottle of this at Platinum Liquor in Sydney. Avery were once one of my favourite breweries, and I could get their beers regularly in California. But then they stopped for some reason, and I haven't had anything from them for some time. Shared this bottle with Sam and Rich.

Pours an extremely cloudy orange-hazed murk with an underlying redness that I associate with a lot of Munich malt. Head forms a thin lattice of yellow-tinged off-white and leaves tiny specks of lace. Body is extremely thick and rich: bulbous and heavy in the glass. The cloudiness is probably not perfect for the style, but otherwise, I'm certainly looking forward to drinking it.

Nose is sweet and thick, but with a cutting bite like dried apricots, or perhaps more like apricot brandy—anything fortified with fruits in it, I guess. There's a strange, toasty caramel character to it as well, giving it oomph, sweetness in body, but without becoming sugary or sickly. I'm impressed.

Taste is also extremely good: big and rich, thick with an abrasive malt character that manages to balance itself seemingly by itself. In fact, I think the subtle booze character (which is noticeable throughout, but never forefront) is the thing which pares back the heavy sweetness, providing a biting cut to drag it back into a slight astringency. Finish certainly has a tingle of booze with more lingering apricot and barley sugar characters, but the feel manages to stay quite dry, meaning it's not thick and heavy after each sip. I'm again, pretty impressed.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. I love the restrained richness: the malt characters, the booze, the feel which goes from rich and full to light and crisp. I somewhat stupidly feared that this bottle might be quite old (after all, it was clearly grey imported, and it was some time ago that I even acquired it), but this is the sort of beer which works well even if it is old: and if this bottle is past its prime, then goddamn this must be amazing at its peak.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 01:44:39 | More by lacqueredmouse
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

A: Poured a clear amber brown with good carbonation and a nice white head

S:Rich, malty, booze and caramel

T: Sweet, bread, some caramel and booze. Some toasted notes

M: Nice, coating, warm and slippery

D: Good and one that could be aged for a while too.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 21:49:31 | More by barleywinefiend
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A bomber received in a trade with oldirtysurfer.

A: The beer is a crystal clear copper red color with a thick 3 finger head that overflowed my seidel at least one.

S: The beer has the malty sweetness of an oktoberfestbier with a ratcheted up alcohol content.

T: The beer is a labelled as an imperial oktoberfest. That classification confounds me because the style is, to me, about the subtle use of sweeter malts. The taste here is the sweet malty flavor that I expect, but it supports a very strong alcohol content that detracts from the malt presence. In increasing the strength, the hops also appear, giving the beer a stronger bitter component.

M: The stronger alcohol is a strain on the palate, overwhelming the malt strength.

D: The beer is an interesting strengthening of the style, but it seems to fall a little short.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 02:00:11 | More by akorsak
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
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