The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
The KaiserThe Kaiser

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,214 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,214
Reviews: 631
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 71
Gots: 77 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of The Kaiser Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,214 | Reviews: 631
Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Toasted, doughy, and caramel malts with some warm alcohol, lager yeast, and grassy hops in the rear.

Taste: Definitely get the sweetness up front due to the high ABV. Toasted and doughy notes, alcohol, and some grassy notes in there too.

Mouthfeel: Silky, creamy, smooth, medium to full bodied,

Overall: There beer almost runs the risk of being a doppelbock. Either way, I would still have another. It was delicious.

Photo of DrumKid003
1.67/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

A: Nice see-through copper color, with an off-white 2 finger head.
S: Way too sweet smelling for what I expect from an Oktoberfest. Did someone accidentally pour a couple of bags of Belgian candy sugar in this?
T: Way too sweet and overly hopped for what I would consider an Oktoberfest. What happened to the roasted malt? All I could taste from this was sweet and sugary.
F: Too heavy of a body for an Oktoberfest and none of the carbonation came through to lighten it up. Left a sweet molasses like coating on the back of my tongue.
O: This was awful, no two ways about it. I would only recommend this to my worst enemies and hope to God I never have to see this again.

Photo of Braz
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

High score for this style. Didn't know there was an imperial marzen but glad there is and hope more are coming. This is heavy and sweet having a pioneer type taste to it. I really hope brewers try to improve on this beer style as I like it but think it could be greatly updated.

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Seems unnecessary to make this an imperial, the booziness overpowers what makes a typical Oktoberfest enjoyable for me.

Mostly malt, no noticeable hop presence. Strong booziness as noted above, not much else going for it.

Overall, i'd rather pick up a sixer of Sam Adams Oktoberfest for the same price as this bomber.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass as well as some light amber, golden yellow, and orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with light aromas of spicy + earthy hops. Hints of alcohol in the finish.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of toasted + caramel malts with a light amount of dark fruit sweetness (raisin). There is a light flavor of spicy + earthy hops towards the finish which imparts a touch of bitterness which does not linger. Slight hints of alcohol/booziness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight amount of dryness in the finish.

O: This is definitely a strong Oktoberfest, with some hints of barleywine to it... Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the beer is enjoyable though I would caution that it is a sipper not one that should be drank quickly.

Photo of 57md
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

Copper. Nose is bready but not as strong as I anticipated. This is definitely malt-forward to say the least. Surprisingly, the body is not the heaviest Marzen I’ve ever sampled. There is a touch of sweetness on the finish and the alcohol is present but not obtrusive.

Tasty as is but this offering would be a candidate for barrel aging (that is if lagers can be barrel aged).

Photo of beergoot
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear, copper-orange body with a thick, frothy, cream-colored head. Deep caramel malt aroma with a mildly spicy undertone; nutmeg and pumpkin. Robust caramel and toffee flavors; molasses and brown sugar; good mixture of spicy bitterness with a slightly burning alcohol heat; warm, nutty aftertaste. Heavy body; velvety smooth feel.

A very tasty imperial twist on a classic style. The alcohol burn readily appears but, luckily, the rich, deep malt flavors balance things out. There is an intriguing hint of a pumpkin ale buried within the heavy malt and high ABV that just adds more character and complexity to the beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

9/17...big bottle...Pours dark amber brown, lighter orange colored bottom. Thick white foam, lacing around the side. Light malty nose, caramel, toffee, light fruit too. Heartier malt taste, boozy, whisky, bitter. Punchy. Not a typical Octoberfest by any shot.

Photo of BradC
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a orange Amber color, thick head. Smells of sweet warm sugar. Taste is up front sweet, caramel, rum and boozy. Not much hop bitterness at all here, tastes more like a Barleywine and lacks any lager characteristics. A well made beer, just not what I was expecting, a little too sweet and boozy for me, maybe could use some aging.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Pours a clear orange, copper color with a fluffy off-white head that leaves a big ring of lacing.

Smells of toasted malt and some dark fruits.

Tastes of the toasted malts with plenty of booze. Toasted malts lead off with notes of caramel, toasted bread, and syrupy sweetness. This gives way to a big alcohol note. Touches of dark fruit creep in with raisins and figs before another wave of sweetness comes in.

Mouthfeel is full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is solid, but it is too sweet and boozy right now. It feels almost like a barleywine that could use some aging.

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of MNishCT77
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at Cleveland Park Wine & Sprits; Batch #11/Aug 204", poured into my Rustico Novemberfest mug drank over 30 minutes

A: 2/3 - orange-amber coloration; slightly murky/hazy (cannot read or see through); pours with an initial frothy white head that settled into a subtle glass lacing; small visible bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass

S: 8/12 - mostly a caramel malt sweetness and booze; no hops, no gross flaws

T: 14/20 - on the front of the tongue, there is a slight peppery/spicy Noble hop bitterness; the palate is then quickly overtaken with a German malt sweetness and large yeast cleanliness; I detected a weird/ineffable malt character (slightly sour/funky) on the backend with big alcohols; finishes semi-sweet

M: 4/5 - moderate carbonation; thick alcohols coat the tongue for a medium-to-large fullness

O: 8/10 - overall solid imperial Oktoberfest with big booze and caramel malt sweetness; I docked it at least a point for the funky/tart flavors on the back end, which are certainly inappropriate for style and might reflect a mild infection; nevertheless, for $8.99/bomber, it's at least worth a try, but, sorry Bros., this ain't a world class Oktoberfest

TOTAL - 36/50

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous copper body with a fleeting, foamy head. Nose is sweet and warm, perfect for the season: brown sugar, marshmallow, cornbread, crisp rye. Inviting. Soft, sugary palate, sweet yet rounded - nothing cloying or overwhelming, just creamy oatmeal, molasses, and buttery biscuit with a hint of maple and vanilla. All in all, it comes together to make a dense, chewy beer that is very much "imperial" tasting (even goes down with a mild boozy kick on occasion)...but apart from being big and boozy, it just hits the spot. Equal parts dinner and dessert. Cheers.

Photo of hophead_87
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

don't get much of the "imperial" part.. but an alright octoberfest

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a mug, the beer is a bright, vibrant, slightly hazed, copper-amber coloring, with a tall, frothy, foamy, dense, off-white head. Aromas of caramel, sugar sweetness, tuber veggies, earthy highlights, hints of toffee, earthy notes, and an overlaying highlight of roast. Very rich and sweet. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, with a blast of caramel and toffee sweetness, a subtle bitterness in the backbone, char highlights, earthy and woody notes, and hints of booze. Malt bomb for sure, but with a balance and drinkability that is impressive. The body is smooth and robust, but light enough to quaff. Roasted sweet, rich, heavy aftertaste with a building warmth as you work your way through the bottle. The finish is smooth and slick, with a slightly sweet, cloying linger that makes you want more. Solid brew!

Photo of are_doubleyou
4.89/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours with a nice frothy head that soon dissipates. The color is a rich, dark copper. Almost brown. Exactly what I want from a Märzen.

S: Very strong caramel and roast malts with strong notes of dark fruit. My only complaint is that it smells a bit boozy.

T: Fortunately the boozy notes in the smell are non-existent on the tongue. A strong caramel malt flavor on the head that gives way to the clear dark fruit notes that you can smell. It finishes with a delightful balance of the two. The taste lingers lightly after you swallow each sip.

F: The mouthfeel is rich and malty. It goes well with the flavor and finishes with a very nice lager dryness.

O: I love almost everything about this beer. My only negative is the slight alcohol smell which slips through the malt and fruit flavors. I've never seen another Imperial Märzen, but this sets the standard very high. This specific beer was from the 2011 batch of Der Kaiser and was cellared for 3 years before this review. I saved this beer for the beginning of Oktoberfest and I am not disappointed at all. I highly recommend cellaring this beer and I will actively seek this beer out for future fests.

Poured into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at around 60 degrees.

Photo of McStagger
3/5  rDev -22.5%

A: Dark copper. Excellent clarity. Moderate carbonation. Head dissipates rapidly

S: Sweet, boozy, booze soaked fruit, alcohol.

T: Again, sweet, boozy, booze soaked fruit, werther's original, sherry like finish.

M: Well, the fullest bodied version I have had of this style. Medium to slightly heavy. The high alcohol throws this one for a loop. Hot on the end and with minimal carbonation present in the tongue.

O: This is actually a pretty good after dinner sipper. Still, it is such extreme example of a Marzen that it doesn't even really belong in the same category.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Big rich liquid bread malt nose seasoned with spicy, herbal, floral hops.
Hazy peach body under a 3" snow white foam cap that is reasonably persistent and lacy for such a big alcohol beer.
Palate: creamy, rich, thick and malty liquid bread kept under control by a moderate hop bitter presence on the finish. Big malt masks the alcohol.
Full body, medium to medium low carbonation, warming.

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +3.4%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy burnt orange with a one-finger head
S: Molasses, caramel, sweet malt, and something reminiscent of dried leaves
T: Malty and sweet, matches the nose adding a cherry note
M: Full-bodied, sweet, a hint of booze
O: Definitely tasty and a good fall beer though if the sweetness and alcohol were dialed down a bit it would be more balanced

Photo of rockaroo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Seemed like a sublime brew last year but this year I like larryarms847 review.

The Kaiser is the Imperial Pumpkin. Even though it has no pumpkin in it does satisfy my want to drink at least one pumpkin beer this year.

Vegetable rind could even be a tasting note.

Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a brilliant amber orange with a nice fluffy two finger head that dissipates quicky.

Caramel malts, some tart citrus (?), and definite hint of pumpkin.

Wow, this tastes more like an Imperial Pumpkin Ale than it does a lager. Heavy, heavy, heavy on the pumpkin, that's really all I'm getting. Anyone else?

Mouthfeel is crisp, slightly bitter, but finishes smooth.

Overall, I was a little let down that this was hardly a lager, but more so a pumpkin ale. Still delicious regardless though.

Photo of JParlow
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Great mouth feel, dark copper color, really nice malt finish, the higher alcohol content is negligible.

Photo of Paincane
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Opaque copper body capped by khaki head with good lace & excellent head retention.
S: Caramel & boozy malt floral hop notes on its nose. T: Caramel malt dominated flavors with ethanol presence. Huge malt presence.
M: Smooth mouthfeel that is not bery carbonated. Quite full-bodied.
O: Intense flavorful big beer.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Batch 9 bottled in August 2012. Pours moderately hazy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, molasses, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/toasty malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, pear, apple, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and toasted/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, raisin, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/toasted malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; with big malt presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial Oktoberfest. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/toasty/nutty malt and fruity ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brownish amber, almost opaque, no head but a quick swish brings up off-white bubbly rim. Bit flat-looking.

Intensely sweet, with toffee, brandy snap and molasses; rum and apricot, and yeah, just fortified anything. Too strong, too sweet.

Taste is intense grainy, with creamed corn, rice syrup, soy sauce and a bit of spiritous rum note. Tastes underfermented and grainy yet strong. Not completely unnuanced and deep-end sweet. I don't like it, but I can get the merit in the palate, and know it's not an amateur brew.

Flat, bit of heat at the back. Fairly uninteresting texture.

Bit rocket fuel-y, malt liquor-esque, but not as overblown as I may have expected. I had this blind and it's given Avery a big hit in the average ratings. Another example of a style that doesn't need to be imperialised.

The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.