The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 635
Hads: 1,245
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 80
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: maxpower on 08-28-2004

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

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Photo of are_doubleyou
4.89/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

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Photo of McStagger
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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Photo of rockaroo
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of Paincane
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.53/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours somewhere between orange and amber. Head has some body to it. Rings of lace are left. The beer's body is mostly clear.

S-Aroma is big and malty of course. Bread soaked in caramel, booze and a general fruitiness. There are hints of hops here too in you really sniff.

T-The flavor is a bit hot. Caramel liqueur. Lots of bready malts. Slight hoppiness. Toffee. Hot alcohol. It does in some essences mimic a Marzen but with its sheer girth it begins to lose its relationship toward the original style.

M-A bit too hot. Full bodied. Quite like a barleywine. Somewhat sticky.

O/D-A double Octoberfest sounds awesome. This one was worth a try but didn't impress me much. I feel like this interpretation of the Marzen could work (and many would say Kaiser does, indeed work) but this one doesn't work for me. I would still say its at worse a mediocre strong ale.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clear deep auburn color with a finger of off white head. Super malty aroma, dark fruit, raisins, toffee, and caramel.

On the lighter side of being mdium bodied oddly with a creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Starts with a bright toasty flavor which rolls into hearty baked breads and dark fruit marmalade. Finishes with a bold roasted malt character and just enough hop to balance everything out for a "goes down easy" kind of sip. Alcohol is undetectable. This beer really takes the styles flavor properties and brings them to the next level. An imperialized version that doesn't change up up the beer but rather heightens it.

A little messy at times and could be cleaner, but all the right flavors are there, i could go for a little less fruit as well.

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Photo of CHickman
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch No. 10, Aug. 2013-Pours clear copper color with a 1 finger foamy light tan head that faded slowly, leaving a film on top and very good lacing coating the sides with rings as it went down.

Smells of buttered wheat bread, caramel, grains, light toffee, brown sugar, herbs like tea leaf and a general sweetness like a nice malty brew with lots of caramel in the mix; it’s very sweet, very malt and very nice for an Oktoberfest nose.

Tastes of wheat bread, caramel, butter, toasted grains, toffee, brown sugar, herbs like tea leaf, light piney hops, yeast, syrup, biscuit, allspice or cinnamon, almost rotted pear, cherry and a sweet bready coating that seems almost tart with a hint of alcohol; like that the nose it’s sweetness is the strong point, with the bread and caramel tamed a bit by the hops but still dominant. Goes to the edge of being too sweet, but then the alcohol warmth kicks in and sets it all straight while masking the 10% ABV fairly well, or good enough to make it drinkable.

Mouthfeel is watery and yet chewy at the same time, with very mild carbonation, a medium body, very sweet bready notes, and a finish that is tart and on the bitter side with a sweet grainy finish that almost leave a yeast-like flavor lingering. ABV is present, but relatively well hidden, allowing this to go down easier than expected.

This is not your average Oktoberfest; it’s big, bold and tasty with a warming alcohol bite at the same time. I wish I drank this outside on a nice crisp, cool fall day as that would have matched this beer and essence perfectly. A great seasonal treat that was very tasty for such a strong brew; not a session beer, and not for a hop-head as this is sweet and malty, but certainly one to enjoy as the temperature drops. Overall I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up for the Oktoberfest extravaganza, but now have buyer's remorse...
Next to actual Oktoberfest beers, it was a cartoonish boozy sweet malt bomb.

Dark brownish copper color, thin layer of tan foam on the surface with minimal spotty lace. Somewhat hazy, not the greatest level of clarity.

Sweet caramel malt aroma, smells more like an old barleywine.

Taste is also full of sticky sweet caramel malt, some dried fruit and toffee, sticky on the lips and full bodied. Tastes like a barleywine, overly sweet and boozy, not remotely like an Oktoberfest or even a lager. Even in a small dose it wasn't all that drinkable or enjoyable. Maybe in an after dinner drink scenario it would fare better, but it fell pretty short in my opinion.

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Photo of philbe311
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Two and a half fingers worth of audibly fizzy late to develop crisp airy light khaki colored whipped frothiness comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention, especially considering the style... Once receded there is a thin-to-moderate veil of lacing the slight collar... The color is a vibrant light to medium caramel with a very slight glow and some light amber undertones... A limited bit of micro bubbled sluggish carbonation rises within... Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... A very nice appearance - one of the more regal and pristine examples of the Marzen / Oktoberfest style that I've encountered...

S - Rich toasted malty goodness... Light caramel... Toffee... Some overly ripened dark fruits... Desert breads... Very appealing and slight intoxicating... Again, spot on for the style...

T - Malt forward with out a doubt... Toasted malts... Slightly fruity... Sweet caramel and toffee notes... Some airy white bread and desert like dough notes... It comes in waves and varying complexities... Each sip reveals a slightly new nuance...

M - Interesting... Medium to full bodied... Insanely smooth... Limited (read: almost none) carbonation... A slight boozy burn permeates... Very reminiscent of a cask conditioned offering...

D - Certainly on of the more interesting Marzen / Oktroberfest offerings that I've come across... Definitely lives up to it's "imperial" label... Stellar appearance and aroma... The taste and mouthfeel are rather assertive and quite pleasing as well... Without doubt one of the better Marzen / Oktoberfest offerings on the market... Certainly worth investing in a bottle for late September / early October each year...

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick off-white head recedes slowly atop a clear dark orange/copper with lots of bubbles running around.

Booze, toasted bread, caramel, and floral hops.

The alcohol comes through. Malts like crazy as the nose indicates. Sweet, bready, and caramel. The hops cut through with a bit of bitterness and floral and herbal.

Thick heavy body that coats the palette with moderate carbonation.

Can't compare it to the usual Oktoberfest suspects as it's its own beast. It's huge and works well.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Insane imperial oktoberfest seasonal from Avery. Cracked a bomber and split with my wife after drinking Paulaner all afternoon, great way to finish the evening. Pours a deep coppery red with very little head. Awesome color - just looks like a badass beer. Heavy cherry on the nose, malt, bread. Surprising melon element in the flavor, as well as strawberry. 10.2 abv, and absolutely no indication of it. Medium to full mouthfeel, and light carbonation. One of my favorites from the large format Avery brews. Really nicely done.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is a cloudy haze of copper and orange. The head was thickly displayed with a ton of fine lacing.

The scent has some nice dried fruit sweetness, grainy malt, kilned oat and a toasty bran.

The flavors, and the feel, are thick, rich and savory. Mentioned to be an Oktoberfest, this has more elements of a barley wine. Proportional sweetness to malt dryness, the toasted grain mixes well with dried fruit elements. I catch a little date, prune and grape along with a some bran, barley and oat. Well balanced and awfully drinkable this is deceptively 10 pct ABV.

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Photo of rtrasr
4.87/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fabulous appearance for any beer, but especially for a lager. Deep orange and clear with a great lasting head and sticky lace that coats the glass.

Aroma and flavor are both boozy, plenty of heavy malt-bomb-ish base, some crisp floral hops to offer a little glimpse of balance, caramel malts galore.

Body is surprisingly heavier than expected, carbonation is about what I'd expect.

It's an interesting beer but not one I'll rush to pick up often, even if it was a year round offering. There are other high ABV beers that I enjoy better.

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.