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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,206 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

sampled from a 22oz in a 12oz chalice

l - poured a beautiful soft amber, with nice carbonation and a thin white head, that built evenly to about .5", but dropped quickly. nice even lacing that moved quicikly down the sides of the glass, not a lot of hang.
s - a nice whiff of caramel/toffee and hits of turbinado sugar open up to a medium malty aroma, slight hint of alcohol, then finishes with another big hit of toasted sugar
t - a strong kick of alcohol, sherry like; opens to heavy notes of caramel and molasses - and then finishes warmly (9.5abv), with a nice hit of brown butter tart shell. very sweet, but with a good amount of astringency that quickly pulls the sweet away
f - light to medium body, good carbonation on the palate, a little little tannic like a mild sherry
0 - a very well made beer, if you're looking for a traditional marzen style oktoberfest beer this isn't it, this is an imperial Oktoberfest. As one reviewer said, this seems to be better suited as a holiday beer - served after thanksgiving. I'll be curious to see if this style becomes more popular, something tells me it will

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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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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.

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3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Traditional Oktoberfest beers were more or less just stronger versions of standard Helles lagers ("helles", I'll remind you, means "light"). Nowadays, however, brewers are adding more and more dark malts. And The Kaiser - a so-called "Imperial Oktoberfest" - has certainly done so; its clear complexion is far more ruby-amber than orange (let alone golden).

And if the colour didn't tip you off, the aroma sure will - this smells far sweeter than the style should. In fact, it doesn't smell much like a Märzen at all. Wafts of mulled cider, caramel sweetness, and dried fruits are vaguely Speyside scotch-like. It seems malty, rich, dense, and warming.

Indeed. The flavour profile is strikingly Barleywine-esque. Or perhaps it's more like a Doppelbock. Here, decide for yourself: there's plenty of apple, dried cherry and fig flavours, and a rich maltiness that smacks of toffee, molasses and, very subtly, of gingerbread cookies.

The Kaiser sure conquers the palate; the mouthfeel is marked by macerated fruit esters and honeyed, sticky-sweet maltiness. I'm still reminded of a Speyside whiskey, a notion furthered by the beer's less than subtle booziness (though in fairness it does go down with blissful ease).

The Kaiser may be intended as an autumn beer but nearly everything about it - right down to its warming alcohol presence - is strongly reminiscent of Christmas. (Actually, there's a striking amount of similarity to Eggenberg's Samichlaus.) I like the beer a great deal but sure 'tis no Oktoberfest. Buy a bomber, but don't open it until the pumpkin is composting and the tree is decorated and lit.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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