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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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very good

1,206 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,206
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 71
Gots: 71 | 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:
Beer added by: maxpower on 08-28-2004

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Photo of rabiddawg
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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 SolomonGrundy
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Time for football, FINALLY!!!! Beautiful rich amber with a very slight, almost impercebtible haze. Decent carbonation, and pours about two fingers of head the quickly wraps down into a very small head with little to no lacing. Nose is huge on the pineapple juice. Taste is similar - lots of pineapple juice right upfront, very full mouthfeel - rich and sweet. Some other characteristics - alcohol, some yeast. Finish is long and malty-sweet. $7.69/22oz. bomber though, so it's expensive (and hence the low drinkability (I use price as part of that rating)). Great, rich full beer but pricey and worth it.

Photo of sinistrsam
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the world beer festival in Durham this year(had this one towards the beginning, so I trust my notes and palate); poured a copper-orange and had a decent head with great retention.
Smell was very malty, with caramel and mild roast hints; sweet fruits and alcohol for sure.
Taste was rather alcoholic, almost a detriment, but had a decent hop presence and a lot of sweet fruit tones to balance the roast of the malts and hop bitterness.
Decent feel, but almost too alcoholic and sweet. These will definitely sneak up on you.
Decent, but not my favorite Oktoberfest.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 2007 bottle.

A-Pours up dark yellow with gold highlights and a thick creamy head
S-Malt sweetness starts with citrusy hops in the finish
T-Starts off sweet, hops come up, then fade, leaving the malt sweetness
M-Full bodied
D-The malt sweetness is a little cloying. I might have another, but probably won't.

Photo of Jdotswizz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Blazer22
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bigdaddypolite
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of alwaysplayin
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of calcutron
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

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 ChopperSmith
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass at the Ginger Hop bar and restaurant in Minneapolis.

Appearance: Deep clear Amber/Copper colored with a soap bubble white head that doesn't retain long and leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and spice notes. Has a sweet caramel aroma with some pumpkin pie and clove spice notes. Nice.

Taste: Pretty much like it smells, sweet roasted malts with caramel notes followed by some clove and cinnamon notes on the finish. A nice alcohol warming due to the higher ABV.

Mouth Feel: A medium to full body with good carbonation. Very smooth and warming to drink. An excellent fall-winter brew.

Drinkability: Now that fall is in the air, this is a perfect seasonal Märzen / Oktoberfest brew. Very easy to drink and a good ABV for a fall-winter brew.

Photo of LouZ
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of gmcfarre
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful clear copper with a solid 2 inch head and moderate lacing.

S - Very sweet barley with a molasses/caramel scent. Almost overly sweet in its scent. I'm calling for my dentist appt. as I type. High ABV becomes apparent as it warms.

T - Sweet sweet molasses and caramel with a nice carbonation tingle at the get-go. A slightly sour finish caps off a fairly unimpressive mid-range taste. Hops are pretty lacking.

M - Sweet with nice beginning carbonation that tails off into a smooth finish.

D - Super sweetness with high ABV makes this a once-in-a-while experience, especially given the cost and availability.

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 Foyle
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

Photo of TigerOwl
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Dieck
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Bp123
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kotzbauerm
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

A- Crytal clear orange/ copper color, with an off-white head. Laces nicely.

S- Orange peel, cherries, sweet malts, and some citrusy hops in the background. All smells came in that order.

T- The malts come through stronger on the tounge that through the smell, the bitterness in the hops is in the background. Also the is some alcohol burn in there as well.

M- Heavy and slick. The tounge is coated with a silky feel.

D- Well its called an Imperial Ocktoberfest, and compared to the other oktoberfests I've had it holds true. Big strong flavor, and high gravity.

Photo of thumperskibum
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Fairly standard pour gives me a glass of head. eventually dies down to show crystal clear light orange-copper beer. big white head with amazingly stratified lace all down the glass

S- pound cake, resinous hop, toast, some intense fruit upfront, whisp of dried-fruit character...none really appropriate for style, but very inviting anyway

T- fruity, good and deep malt falvor, maybe some caramel/crystal, grassy hop, safron?. Really very balanced and clean in the finish.

MF - This is the only place where alcohol is aparent, slightly warming, but serves mostly to "fluff" things up like an expensive vodka, mouthfeel is insanely slick and the whole thing just seems to slip off the palate, kind of makes it less refreshing, beer is quite obviously highly-carbonated, but feels flat in mouth, strange.

I would call this closer to maibock than o-fest. Its kind of funny to think of "imperial" o-fest because that style is all about balance and it just seems contradictory. I must say, for the alcohol content its amazingly balanced and drinkable. I bought this because I was curious. It is kind of neat but I probably won't buy again just because it has niether the warmth or complexity of bock and other high ABV beers, nor the refreshing qualitiesof German session beers, so it really fills no useful role in my cellar or fridge. I don't see it being especially great with food. Still, worth a try.

Photo of JLeege
1.76/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance- pours a deep orange to almost amber in color. crystal clear, one finger white head. Looks and poured very nice.

Smell- bready, dark fruits, caramel, butterscotch

Taste- not as much initial flavor as the armoma would suggest. fairly boozy as well.

Mouthfeel- Thick, yet slick... with low carbonation. A ton of alcohol warming as well.

Overall- I am disapointed in this years offering. This is pretty bad, and being jacked up to around 10% you are going to expect some alcohol to be present. But with this I am getting a lingering aftertaste of cheap vodka. The initial flavor is nice, but as soon as I am getting it down, it tastes like what I remember Skol tasting like.

I have been avoiding saying it this whole time, because I remember liking this beer a year ago...THIS IS A BOOZY MESS

I have never done a drain pour, if I buy a beer, I am going to drink it. But the other half of this bomber doesnt stand a chance, what a sad day!

Photo of lnashsig
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First time to try Kaiser- bottle dated Aug 2011, so pretty fresh for Avery distribution into Houston (last time we got Maharaja it was already 2 months old). Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a terrific dark amber color- perfect for the Oktoberfest style. Pour is pretty much crystal clear, no head at all, and plenty of alcohol legs on the glass. Smell- alcohol, caramel, toffee. The present alcohol smell is not appealing- makes me think I'm in for a sloppy boozy mess. Taste- caramel, cloying sweet malt, alcohol. This is a boozy mess of an Oktoberfest style beer. Interesting concept (Imperial Oktoberfest) but it doesn't work that well. This is gonna be a sipper, real tough to get down.

The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,206 ratings.