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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

The KaiserThe Kaiser

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very good

970 Ratings

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Ratings: 970
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%

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 rsdaugherty


4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass
A – Minimal 1 finger dusty white head on a clear red-brown amber brew, foam did stick to the glass as it settled but I would not call it lacing 4
S – A doughy mildly spiced caramel malt nose with plum/fruit, floral and alcohol notes 4
T – Lots of really well done caramel malts, a mild spiciness throughout the sip, finish had a nice hop showing, throw in a bit of brown sugar, alcohol is present, overall very good balance 4.5
M – Moderate body with a good carbonation, exceptionally smooth which eases drinkability which is pulled back by the 10%abv, creamy but with light carbonation well done 4.5
O – Adding to my best of Marzen list, mouthfeel adds to this well balanced brew, I’ll put this beer almost in my sipping category and buy again to break out for friends on the back patio 4

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 00:14:39 | More by rsdaugherty
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured unto a Pint.

Appearance: Transparent amber with a white 1/3" head off the body. Not too bubbly.

Smell: Malty, in reality if I were to compare to another type of beer maybe barley wine meets your dubbel.

Taste: Like most marzens this is creamy but slightly, the over powering taste of alcohol is just wow.

Mouth: Perfect balance of carbonation, medium to heavy which works out incredibly well for this beer.

Overall: For me this wasn't a beer that I loved off the bat, it is a beer you slowly want to take in and the patience will pay off. Little heavy on the alchol flavor but you will find few to no complaints from me. Salud.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 07:22:03 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a big mug. Pours a dark orange color (looks like non-alcoholic apple cider). Pretty much no head, so nothing to retain, no lacing. It is a very attractive color however.

Smells delicious- a good dose of malty sweetness, a round pumpkin scent, a little bit of cloves, and maybe cinnamon.

Tastes great as well- huge malty flavor, pretty sweet. I taste a good bit of pumpkin along with cinnamon and a little bit of the cloves. It's definitely not too sweet and rounds of very nicely at the end- not a dry finish but doesn't finish sickeningly sweet.

Mouthfeel is good- I'm still getting used to lagers of all styles so I still think this could use a little more carbonation. Has a great medium body and has a tiny bit of carbonation. This is a fantastic beer- incredible smell and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 23:52:36 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of RuckusDu


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8, 2011 from bomber to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Body is mostly cloudy orange - with a little red - medium amber. Head was about a finger tall with moderate pour. Only slightly off-white with hints of orange.

S - Almost like a barleywine. Sweet and boozy. Good caramel flavors. A little bit of pumpkin spice. It does burn the nose a bit though.

T - This is good. More bready than a barleywine with malts and a good hops profile. Provides the right amount of bitterness on the backend. Alcohol is well hidden. I do get some pumpkin and spice as on the nose.

M - Body is fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Sticks in the back of the mouth for a while afterwards.

O - This is good. I drink a lot of barleywines (which is why I kept comparing this to them, and this was a little similar) and this was a nice change from that. Great malts and a balance of hops (English bw can get too sweet and American bw are often too bitter for my preference).

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 00:02:21 | More by RuckusDu
Photo of beagle75


3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
2007 vintage

A: Slightly hazy, medium amber color with no foam head. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Toffee-candied bread pudding, with a deeper but less obvious thread of husky, savory malt. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins sweet, with aggressive brown sugar and layered crystal malt. Acidity is mild, slightly citric, into the toasty yet sweet and slightly spirituous middle. Heavy flavors become transformed, mature almost to the point of being leathery, during the second act. Earthy and sweet malty flavors linger on the palate. The absence of fruit flavors is noteworthy.

M: Medium viscosity, surprisingly wet on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This strong German-styled amber lager is a celebratory display of pure but heavy malt qualities. It could stand in as a fair approximation of Utopias, delivering similar qualities but with lesser intensity. It stands up well, in its own ways, to other American-brewed strong ales, such as Stone Double Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 14:41:28 | More by beagle75
Photo of Zraly


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide mouth Lagunitas glass. Nice, fluffy two-finger head atop of a rich, but glowing, amber lager. Huge smells of bread, malt, and ripe fruit. Smells delicious.

Tastes delicious, too. This is a malt bomb of the highest order. Malty, bready goodness is backed up by spicy hops. A touch of cherry juice and honey. Munich malt flavor comes out toward the finish. For a sticky, malty beverage, the finish is quite clean (although residual sweetness is there...just not as much as you think there would be). Lacing is tremendous.
Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side. Carbonation works hard to keep everything from cloying on the palate. Very nice.

I somewhat lose the categorical perspective of this being an Oktoberfest half-way through each sip. However, that touch of Munich malt and the subtle spice of the hops brings it home. I can see this aging well for a year or two.

Sticky, sweet elixir. Traditional German menu would work, although I wonder if this could work with a spicy hot pizza...? And props to Avery for pushing the envelope on this classic style.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 23:51:56 | More by Zraly
Photo of Hopfenpeter


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

Got this beer as a present from a friend and thought it a interesting bottle design. It poured a medium to dark clear gold with some copper. The creamy bone colored head builds about one finger high and leaves good lacing.
The smell is sweet malts, caramel and some fruits like peach.
Tasting this very flavorful palette, the sweet caramel, honey flavors dictate the front. In the middle some fruity hops somewhat balance the beer, but the sweet mats dominate through the end.
Nice beer, but a little sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 04:57:40 | More by Hopfenpeter
Photo of TheAlamoWrocker


3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 22 oz bottle, dated 11227, into a JFF is my BFF novelty Pint Glass.

A: Poured a half fingered creamy head. The carbonation appears extremely active rising amazingly in its nicely colored amber body. A nice minimal head circles, but none of it laces on the glass.

S: Great smooth malts with some spices hitting the nose. A small alcohol smell is present, but definitely not coming in strong.

T: The alcohol taste is definitely in that taste, but more so on the swallow rather than on the first intake. Toffee is blended in oddly with these malts. Dark fruits make a strong presence and feels out of place in this Oktoberfest because they creep up and dominate this drink.

M: The carbonation is shockingly light with all of its bubble, but the body is moderate.

O: I would honestly like for them to mask the alcohol taste more because it's obvious that when this warms up it will carry a strong alcohol taste. I can't truly say this is a Oktoberfest because it's just so different for the style. I admit that this does carry a complex taste, but this is simply an example that more is not always better. With the alcohol hitting this is not the easy drinker that I look forward to in a Oktoberfest, it makes me want to treat it as a sipper.
Don't expect this to taste like a Oktoberfest. If anything this feels like a Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 02:09:49 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
Photo of Whadawookie


4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010, this feller's gotten some good age'n time. This beer is delicious. Smooth and incredibly malty without being overbearing. I've never seen an imperial octoberfest anywhere before, it seems like a dopplebocks lighter cousin despite the fact that this is almost a 10%abv brew. It's basically a deep, hazy tan color. I'm not getting any head or lacing, but it might be because I drank another beer out of this snifter and rinsed without drying before pouring. I have another glass left in the bomber though, so I'll give it another shot.

I get a lot of apple and malt in the nose, caramel malts for sure.
When I take a drink, it seems to blast you with apples and vanilla and malt that almost beckon to mind a milkshake. It's no less filling than on anyways...

The aftertaste is mellow and enveloping caramel and an incredibly slight sourness. I am a definite fan of this brew, Avery strikes gold yet again.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 21:56:30 | More by Whadawookie
Photo of kbutler1


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Hmmm, Imperial Oktoberfest, huh? Pours a darker copper color with a nice slight light tan head that stays for a while. Rich aroma, caramel, slight spice, and biscuit. Medium mouthfeel. Nice lacing. Sweet upfront with notes of caramel, some fruit, and ever so slight booze. LIngering bitterness in the end. Probably not a true representation of the oktoberfest but drinkable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 00:00:00 | More by kbutler1
Photo of jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Purchased while on a trip to New York..Not fair, you Americans have such an amazing selection of beer! Anyway...

Pours a wondferul dark gold, amber with a thick thick creamy lacing head. Beautiful.

Smell is subtle of malt with flowery and herbal hops. A small sniff of alcohol.

Taste: Immediate malt that quickly dissipates into a strong alcohol flavor which then progresses to a strong bitter yet herbal hop flavor. Slight vanilla, slightly fruity...Very crisp, although the alcohol does seem to dominate a bit for me. I have a hard time drinking this.

Overall, very intersting. I do personally find the alcohol a bit overpowering. I really can't drink it due to the overpowering alcohol flavor. It really takes over as far as I am concerned.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 00:41:41 | More by jbonapar
Photo of Jules11788


2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a gorgeous clear red-orange color; one finger-width head, light lacing

S: Grassy, floral, slightly herby, lots of corn and cheap grain smell. Not too appealing

T: Corn, grains, and some grassy herbs. Kind of has that nasty Steel Reserve/Malt Liquor taste. Blegh, this stuff is terrible.

M: Thick, creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated

O: I was expecting a lot from this beer because I love everything Avery does, but this was terrible, just terrible. Would never buy this again

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 20:23:58 | More by Jules11788
Photo of hdelavega


2.9/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pots a rich amber with a thin white head that disappeared to nothing, fast.
Aroma is super malty, lots of sweet notes, sugar and sweet fruit.
Very sweet flavors, carmalised sugars, almost barleywine like. This tastes nothing like a märzen. I get almost no hop presents at all.
Mouthfeel is really sticky, pretty weird body, it's big but thins out realy fast. Pretty clean finish, nice lingering feel. Going for style not great.
Overall not much like a märzen, but still interesting.H

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 06:00:03 | More by hdelavega
Photo of mjurney


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2010.

Amber color, touch of haze. Nice amount of carbonation. Head looks pretty good.

Caramel malts, a little buttery.

Very malty up front with a clean spiciness in the finish. Malt character is very rich, I'm getting lots of toasted caramel with a touch of butter. There some hint of dried fruits. Hop bitterness is mild, spicy-herbal.

Full bodied. Carbonation is very nice.

Clean spiciness. A little alcohol warmth.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 00:49:16 | More by mjurney
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

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

Served from bottle into a Spaten Optimator dimpled mug. Poured a hazy red-orange with a minimal off=white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, pumpkin, fruit, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, spices, fruit, subtle sweet alcohol, pumpkin, subtle citrus, and subtle metallic. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I had this one sitting in my cellar for quite sometime if I remember correctly. It seemed to have held up pretty well over the past year or so in my opinion. All of the flavors that would define this one as a Marzen were definitely still present and were very well mixed together. Was surprised to see the alcohol aspect around, but you can't win them all I suppose. Worth trying, even if it is a vintage bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 17:38:33 | More by thagr81us
Photo of kkrez


3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy rich copper color.

Smell is dominated by caramel, bready biscuity malts and then a spicy noble hop scent.

Taste bombards the palate with malt, bready, nutty, caramel malt goodness. The noble hops bring the spicy, almost peppery balance before it finishes off with more malty flavors.

Mouthfeel is definitely thicker than most, a little sticky, and finishes pretty dry. This beer is devilishly drinkable at almost 10%.

This is not your average Oktoberfest to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 19:00:46 | More by kkrez
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New York

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

Had on-tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC on 10/25/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a nice deep copper color. This has a finger of off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some specs of lace behind on the glass. The nose has some pretty big dark fruit aromas. It smells of caramel malt and has a toasted malt aroma to it. There is also a small hop presence. The flavor follows the nose pretty well. There is quite a bit of dark fruit flavors, raisin, fig, and plum. There is some toasted malt flavor and some bitterness. There is a mild hop presence here as well as a touch of booziness. The finish leaves some lingering bitterness and sweet fruitiness. The body of this is on the heavier side of medium, and it has good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a chewy quality to it. Some alcohol warmth on the back end. This has good drinkability. It is a good beer, and definitely an interesting interpretation of the style. It is a super amped up marzen. I recommend trying this one. I really enjoyed it, and I would definitely pick up a few bottles of it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 09:55:12 | More by JizackFH
Photo of Crossmd


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

Poured 55 degrees Fahrenheit into a Sam Adams pint glass. No born date.

Pours a lucid copper, almost no head, capped with foam. No lacing to speak of yet.

Strong blend of malts with a hint of yeasty spiciness. Well projected.

The Marzen claim is the key here. Don't think it's more lager than Oktoberfest. Caramel malts and spicy banana finish blend with a pretty intense booziness. Not hard to see why it's a malt liquor.

Overall, a great offering absolutely. I don't know that I'm going to shell out almost $USD again for another 650, but I'm glad that I tried it. If looking for a unique Marzen style, a good place to start in looking for deviation from the norm.


Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 23:50:11 | More by Crossmd
Photo of jsulko


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

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pours a darkish clear amber with a decent amount of off white head that lingers for a little bit.

Smell is carmel with malt

Strong taste matching the style. Finish has quite the burn of the alcohol.

A good Oktoberfest on steroids. Don't know I would seek it out again but enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 03:16:39 | More by jsulko
Photo of dtivp

West Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived at the table in a snifter with a clear orange, copper color, a one finger light tan head that faded slowly to a thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel and a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste was initially sweet with caramel,toffee which was balanced with malt , spice, hints of hops and a very slight touch of alcohol.

Mouth Feel was medium body, light carbonation, smooth and slightly sticky. Surprisingly at 10 percent ABV, the alcohol was well masked.

Overall this was a nice Octoberfest beer to enjoy with some caution, it sneaks up on you.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2011 15:20:45 | More by dtivp
Photo of DrDemento456


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle for 8.99 at the Shadyside Giant Eagle.

A - Darkish clear amber with minimal head that turns to a lace ring.

S - Caramel, German Malts, sweet bread, and some booze in the nose.

T - Not bad taste of a typical offering with slight hops, touch of sweet caramel soaked breads, and little to no burn. Sweeter than expected which is pretty great.

M- Medium bodied for sure but a great imperial Marzen

Overall taste is pretty nice for an Imperial Oktoberfest with more sweetness than expected, little hops, and well hidden ABV. Very great offering that opens me up to extreme versions of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 04:05:22 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of divineaudio


4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a pint glass

a - came to the table a hazy copper liquid with a thin film of head. very little lacing present.

s - fresh baked bread, carmel, spice, subtle fruity notes.

t - carmel malt with notes of brown sugar, spice and subtle dark fruits. nice balancing bitterness in the finish. slight booziness.

m - medium body, lighter carbonation, slight alcohol warming.

o - really enjoyed this one, takes the style to a whole new level for me. probably can't drink more than one or two due to the abv, but that's ok. perfect for a cool fall afternoon in michigan. highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2011 21:22:32 | More by divineaudio
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for hooking me up with this generous extra in our most recent trade. Batch 8, Aug 2011 poured into a matching Avery cervoise. This brew appears a perfectly clear color of copper. Around the edges it shows more of a golden coloring and nearing amber through the body. A finger of creamy off-white head sits atop with pretty decent retention. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves thick patches of lace sticking to the glass.

The smell of this brew includes a sweetness almost like orange marmalade. Hops show a bit of citrus character mixed with oranges, some other fruity quality and a bit of floral aspect. The malt is caramel sweetness that gets increasingly more toffee-like. The faintest touch of butter and alcohol comes forward as the brew warms up. A faint amount of cheese character evolves towards the back along with some sulfur.

The taste includes toffee and caramel malt sweetness. A little bit of butter, some floral hops and a mild amount of herbal bitterness. As more sips are taken, a bit of alcohol warmth creeps up the back of the throat as expected for the 10% abv. As the brew gets warmer, it has a greater focus on some buttery diacetyl which initially was almost completely hidden behind the hops and toffee sweetness. More sips reveal a bit of fresh grainy character mixed with some cheese and sulfur.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For an imperialized version of an oktoberfest brew, this was done fairly clean and without much fault. However, as it warmed up it got to be a bit of a chore. If I could re-do the experience I would have served it colder as warming it up did not help it. However, it is to be noted how well this brew was done. My only gripe is the buttery aspect and along with the imperialization, it really lost that crispness I look for in the finish. Instead, it had a long drawn out toffee-sweetness and lacked that crispness which would have increased it's overall drinkability. Regardless, this was a nice change of pace and was an interesting experience. I would recommend giving it a try if you have the chance. Thanks again Brett!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 01:59:00 | More by stakem
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper/fire-like appearance with almost no head and no lacing. Cool name for this style..."Give me a woman who loves brew and I will conquer the world". - The Kaiser

S - Intense malt aromas with hints of darker fruits such as raisin and maybe some plum. Slight licorice notes come through here too.

T - As foreshadowed by the aroma, extremely malty - even more so than most marzens I've had. Almost no hops whatsoever leading to a complete lack of bitterness and a very sweet marzen. In addition to the fruits I mentioned, some sweeter elements are here such as cinnamon and brown sugar.

M - As expected, the sweet character survives for awhile after each sip. Otherwise, not much to say here.

O - This beer is a pretty good marzen altogether...if you have it as a dessert beer. It's very sweet, high in alcohol, and a large volume, so the sweet character really starts to build up after awhile. I would never want more than one of these at a time and as a result, I wouldn't choose this on a fall day because I would normally prefer a few octoberfests at a time :D

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 00:50:29 | More by BeerMaverick
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3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kaiser pours a nice copper amber color and is crystal clear. The head is a very light tan and fades disappointingly quickly.It does however leave decent lacing.

The aroma is quite sweet with plenty of caramel and some toffee. It also has a bit of a grainy quality to it and a slightly earthy spice component.

Wow, this beer is much stronger than the nose lets on. Much sweeter than a normal Oktoberfest and quite hot in general. There isn’t much room for the alcohol to hide in this brew, so it becomes one of the main components. The beer also posseses some marzen like caramel, toffee and grain, but overall I get sugary sweet munich malt and alcohol.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is not as sticky as I had expected. It has a pleasantly balanced finish.

Full disclosure here, I am generally not a fan of high gravity lagers and this brew does not buck that trend. It has a pretty nice aroma and some nice flavors, but it is too sweet and too hot for my liking. I know this is a fairly popular beer, but the appeal is lost on me.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 19:00:49 | More by zoso1967
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
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