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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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very good

1,128 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,128
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 67
Gots: 55 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

archero, Oct 03, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

biboergosum, Oct 02, 2014
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2/5  rDev -48.3%

mspanos, Oct 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

rabiddawg, Oct 02, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

AndybIPA, Oct 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

dcisco44, Sep 30, 2014
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4.8/5  rDev +24%

RexBanner, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

ryanflc, Sep 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

hayesjw, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of MNishCT77
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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

MNishCT77, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Boca-X, Sep 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Zsaevre, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kylehay2004, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

BarryMFBurton, Sep 27, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -7%

WanderingFool, Sep 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

liquorpig, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jordanmckell, Sep 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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

hophead_87, Sep 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

dmorgan310, Sep 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Kahlstrom, Sep 25, 2014
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4.72/5  rDev +22%

Shannon-hart, Sep 24, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

jwps214, Sep 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

javlin624, Sep 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

mvelilla, Sep 23, 2014
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4.24/5  rDev +9.6%

farondb, Sep 23, 2014
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,128 ratings.