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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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very good

1,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 62
Gots: 51 | 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 jameaterblues
4.22/5  rDev +9%

A-I just poured a bottle of the 2006 batch of Avery's Kaiser. This bottle was poured into a pint glass, and has an amber hue(as expected), a foamy off white head that is about 1/4 inch tall, diminish quickly, but leaves the top of the liquid covered with a layer of off white almost tan colored bubbles. With a dense sticky lace that almost coats the glass.

S-Rich well rounded roasted malts(caramel), almost a bread-i-ness or buiscuity scent, along with some flavorful nuttiness. A very well rounded herbal/floral hops, and a slight hint of alcohol.

T- Big caramel and alcohol flavors throughout the body. You can tell that the alcohol is there, but it is not totally dominant. There is a lingering herbal flavor from the hops, but not too bitter. This is really a nice change from what I was expecting, b/c I usually think 'Imperial' means more american hops, but avery stuck with german hops and came out with a great beer that is high in alcohol, but not overly hoppy! Good Job!

M/D- Fairly heavy body for the color of the beer, moderate carbonation, and a lingering smooth alcoholic finish with the caramel carrying over. I think this beer is highly drinkable, and I am extremely happy to be drinking it out of season!

jameaterblues, May 30, 2007
Photo of dsl72701
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

dsl72701, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of Renegrenade
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Renegrenade, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of rolive
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rolive, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of shererjt
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured a clear, reddish-copper color with a large, beige long-lasting head. Beautiful. Fair amount of hops in the nose but mostly fairly clean, assertive malt. Some grainiess and maybe a faint smokiness. Reminded me much more a a barleywine than an O-Fest. Was fruitier in the flavor than in the smell. A bit over-the-top on sweetness, and I love sweet beers. Just barely enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Alcohol was minimally noticeable. Firm, lively mouthfeel. Drinkability was okay; this was pretty substantial and not something I'd drink liter after liter of, but all things considered it's above average.

Interesting concept. I don't think it replaces the standards like Paulaner and Ayinger, but there's certainly something to be said for it. Would make a great after-dinner or end-of-session beer.

shererjt, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of maltlikker
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

maltlikker, Jan 08, 2014
Photo of mhbarber
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

mhbarber, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of eclaycamp
4.45/5  rDev +15%

I think it's great that Avery calls their Imperial series the "Dictator" series. It's a nice play on the imperial style. Tonight I've got a bomber of the Kaiser, which bills itself as an Imperial Octoberfest. 22 ounce bomber. Pulled out my dimpled mug for this one. Tradition and all. Pours reddish light amber with a fizzy head made up of small bubbles. Minimal lacing. Smell is of caramel and - can't believe I'm saying this - peach fruit rollups. I haven't had a fruit rollup since I was a kid. Low levels of carbonation present in the mouthfeel of the beer. Lends itself to a slick mouthfeel. The first taste gives you a huge caramel malt body and a gigantically warm alcohol finish. The lazy description would be to call this a malt bomb and wrap it up. That's not fair to the effort these guys clearly put into making this beer. Caramel syrup and toffee malt lends sweetness. Hops aren't at the front as with most styles. I get them more towards the middle of the drink, and they've got kind of a spruce type of flavor to them. Dried peaches and apricots are there too. But they're there only briefly, before more sweetness takes over and blasts you into a warming finish due to the high ABV. It's nice to finally see this beer back on the shelves. To me it's one of the beers I look for to let me know that, hey, despite it being nearly 100 degrees today summer is on the way out. This would be a great beer to enjoy in 50 to 60 degree temperates either outside camping or at your local football team's tailgate. I thoughroughly enjoy this beer, and in many respects it's the complete opposite of their summer seasonal. My only complaint is that it's not out nearly enough.

eclaycamp, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of rtrasr
4.89/5  rDev +26.4%

Not a fan of big beers but this is the exception. The aroma is orange, orange blossom. You can tell this is a big beer. You get a full mouthful with this beer. It tastes of citrus only now much more grapefruit, hops but also a lot of maltiness. If you like beer with everything then this is the one for you.

rtrasr, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of SwillBilly
4.22/5  rDev +9%

22 oz bottle poured into a chalice

Appearance: Pours dark copper to almost amber in color with excellent clarity. A small lacy head topped the pour then faded quickly with a ring of lacing rimming the beer.

Smell: Initial hints of sweet, caramel malt and brown sugar and molasses. Fruity with an ever so slight wiff of hops thrown in. Big and malty almost reminds me of a dopplebock.

Taste: Starts big with sweet caramel malt coating the tongue along with the aforementioned brown sugar. The middle moves along with citrusy hops making an appearance then finishes with a malty sweetness with a hint of alcohol thrown in for good measure. The combo of malty sweetness and citrusy hops leaves a really nice balanced bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with a creamy mouthfeel that definitely coats the tongue with a malty, sweet goodness. Not overly carbonated but still fairly lively in the mouth.

Drinkability/Notes: Avery pushes the limits with this big Imperial O-fest. Definitely not true to style, closer to a dopplebock in my opinion but who cares. A great tasting beer with plenty of caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses and sweet potato with a dose of citrusy hops to balance out the sweetness of this O-fest. Alcohol is feintly present, but just enough to feel it on the face and in the flavor profile. I really enjoyed The Kaiser, Avery is always pushing the envelope and The Kaiser doesn't disappoint. Definitely one I will buy again, a sipper for sure due to the 9% abv but still very easy to drink. Seek and Enjoy. Definitely recommended.

SwillBilly, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of sraimondi
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%

What a pleasant surprise. Snagged this one at Plan B in Simsbury, CT today.

Poured into a pint glass with about a 1/2" inch head which hung on for awhile. Sheet lacing throughout the drink. A very pleasing auburn, medium copper color; definitely makes you feel a New England Autumn.

Vinous aroma with some raisin and fig presence. Malt and bread dominate.

Taste is VERY complex, so many flavors attack the tongue; dark fruit, malt and bread. Elevated ABV is very present at the front, but it doesn't overwhelm. MALT, MALT everywhere; with definite sweetness, but does not exhibit cloying qualities. As much as I tried, I could not detect any hops, but the hops must be there to provide some balance to the sweet malt.

Carbonation was "small" and provided for a very good & smooth mouthfeel.

The elevated ABV doesn't allow for too many of these, but you could always get a designated driver to cart you home.

An outstanding Imperial version of the style.

If you like malt, run don't walk to Plan B in Simsbury before this one kicks Not cheap at $7 per pint, but worth it, IMO.


sraimondi, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

The appearance was nothing special, a fine amber color with a fine head. The aroma was very inviting, with marshmallow, apple, grape/prune, and a nice alcohol base, while somehow still reminding me of an Oktoberfest style beer. In the mouth the alcohol sweetness tends to take over a bit, with maltyness and grape qualities kicking in at various points. This was a full bodied beer that I ended up drinking much quicker than I expected. Very good, has displaced Ayinger as my favorite fest beer.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of dorianmarley
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Appearance is a deep, red amber with a creamy light head and lacing.

Nose is caramel, orange, sour lemon zest, and sweet malt.

Taste has an up-front sweet caramel and malt, with a fervent alcohol bite. There is also some hop bitterness and a light grain taste.

The mouthfeel is wonderful; coats the whole mouth. It is creamy with light carbonation.

Overall, this is a very exciting take on Oktoberfest.

dorianmarley, Oct 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

There is no other beer quite like Kaiser for me. It reminds me of my favorite part of the year: fall. It puts me in a great mood no matter what else is going on.

The appearance is deep and dark with a copper or orange-ish hue. The smell is inviting and appealing. It's the taste that I feel is unmatched at this time by any other beer of its type. Its strong, yet balanced taste is perfect for what it's meant to be; which is a beer for drinking casually on a chilly day. The strong content will warm you, while its flavors of caramel and toffee with a slight sweetness will delight you. I like my beers big and bold; the Kaiser has plenty of both.

Interestingly, I have found more than any other beer that Kaiser changes its profile almost completely from tap to bottle. I have had it in both mediums multiple times (even a bottle from the tap room itself) and have found I do not enjoy it nearly as much from the bottle. In my opinion this is a beer you must have straight from the tap.

alexipa, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Dotcubed
3/5  rDev -22.5%

An impulse purchase that I believe won't be available to me when I move to NJ.

Poured an inspiring amount of foam easily. Seems to retaining well. Smells like October beer.... Spice.

Huge Malt.
Some burnt sugar flavor.
Tastes Like a strong beer, tangy. Warming.
Definitely outside the box. Similar to an Otto Style October-Fest on Steroids.

This could get interesting if it was aged but I don't think I have room for one.

Dotcubed, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of JasonMinck
4/5  rDev +3.4%

JasonMinck, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of Spaceangler
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Spaceangler, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of claminat420
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%

*says bottled in 2008 on the 22oz

A- poured a hazy amber color. nice off white two finger head with heavy lacing.

S- alil earthy and spicy on the hop side. sweet and alil raisony on the malt side.

T- just as the smell but everything blending really well and nothing to strong. for 10.03abv you wouldn't even notice.

M- medium heavy bodied. nice carbonation.

D- wish i had another 22!!

Overall- this imperial marzen is pretty damn good! if you come across this one i say pick it up. i've been looking at other places i go to get microbrews and this one is hard to find. two 22's and you should be set.

claminat420, Mar 19, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

BuzzFee, Yesterday at 07:40 PM
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Blahstarr, Jun 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.2%

poogas, Dec 12, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Kgrubb1224, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of NewGeneric
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

Had this one the other day with my father. Poured a translucent orange copper color with thin white head that faded quickly and left almost no lacing. Smelled of heavy malts, light fruits, and yeast. Tasted the same with some mild hops. Smooth, just a tinge overcarbed. Could definitely drink this one again.

NewGeneric, Jul 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Mtnbeerman, Dec 06, 2011
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,037 ratings.