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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,074 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,074
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 65
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
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 claytong
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best oktoberfest I've had and I spent two years in Austria an hour away from Germany.
One of my favorite brews from Avery which says quite a bit.
So I had this in April so I'd guess it to be 9 months old or there about.
Pumpkin spice, honey, molasses, and just all things nice. my goodness.
Went down so well with my dinner, I think it's a pretty easy beer to pair.
I'm gonna stock up this autumn.

claytong, May 28, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber red with a 1 finger off-white head and leaves descent lacing down the glass.

S - Caramel covered cereal, sweet bready dough, a kiss of orange. Reminds my of cinnamon toast crunch.

T - Rich toasted malts, dense caramel, sweet cereal grains, some cinnamon oatmeal, hints of acidic fruit come through, earthy bitterness helps with the sugary malts, finishes a tad hot.
Has a honey wheat biscuit aftertaste.

M - Chewy, thick, full bodied, low carbonation.

Just as you would expect an Imperial Octoberfest to be. It's not complex but delivers a big punch of malt that is semi balanced with carbonation and herbal citrus hops. If you like malt bombs this beer is for you!

StaveHooks, May 20, 2011
Photo of dmolenik
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I thought this beer was very delicious...and I will certainly buy another! The toasty biscuit flavors, to me, are awesome. Again, a great tasting beer.

With that said, if I must have an issue with the brew, it's the appearance and it's taste (stick with me here). I don't know if I poured mine incorrectly, but it was very cloudy...which I thought Oktoberfests are supposed to be clear (I'm thinking about Spaten, Sam Adams, and the like). Also, to me, the flavor didn't strike me as a strong Oktoberfest. I thought the bitterness was appropriate, and of course the mouthfeel is going to be amped up, but I didn't think Oktoberfest when I had the beer.

Again...GREAT tasting. In fact, I loved it! Just thinking about the Oktoberfests I've had (it's my favorite style :) ), it just didn't seem to...Oktoberfesty to me.

dmolenik, May 19, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and biscuit malt, as well as a lot of grapes and brown sugar. A very malty, fruity beer. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grapes and flowers as well as a ton of caramel and biscuit malt. The alcohol is also very apparent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This tastes like an Oktoberfest on steroids, just like the brewer intended.

Mora2000, May 08, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is deeply malty, as could be expected. Loads of caramel malt and molasses with a good toastiness as well. Just like an "imperial oktoberfest" would smell I suppose.

Pours reddish amber in the glass. Small head.

The taste isn't a surprise in the least. Definite sweetness on the body, with caramel malts dominating the show. Along with that is a heavy toasty note battling with the sweet malts. In the end, there is a somewhat small but noticeable hop bitterness helping to close it out with the thick molasses. A bit of alcohol also shows through as well. A thick finish.

Honestly, it isn't to the point of being sickly sweet and overbearing, but it's bigger than most oktoberfests by a fair margin. It just comes across as a o-fest with more "oomph".

NODAK, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery The Kaiser, on tap at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY, part of an Avery "tap takeover".

Appearance: Served in an 8-oz glass filled to the brim, almost no head, just a white mantle with bubbles. Low carbonation and good lacing (very artistic). Color is Baltic amber, slightly transparent.

Smell: Malts, controlled sweetness, Kool-Aid, glue. A slightly metallic overtone. Weird but pleasant!

Taste: Dark-fruit juice, cherry, again the Kool-Aid. No alcohol, it is more of a fruity children's drink. Sweetness all around. Caramel. Some faint hops but mostly malt and sweetness. A bit underwhelming. I had i "The Kaiser" after going for Avery "The Beast", which is even sweeter, so it didn't bother me as much. My wife, though, was horrified. She found the Kaiser more cloying than the Beast.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, low carbonation, medium body and flavor. Alright, not great.

Overall: Drinkable but not too enticing. My least favorite of all the big Avery beers. A confusing beer also. Could be a Scotch Ale, a sweet big IPA, a Doppelbock... Imperial Oktoberfest? Whatever! I don't think I'll be having it again.

DoubleSimcoe, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of sprucetip
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Active, clear, copper/orange, with a thin white head fades gradually and leave patch lacing. Very attractive.

Boozy warmth and grainy notes add depth to the malty sweetness. Floral and fruity hops take some time to find, but they are there. Quite nice.

Slightly grainy but very malty and sweet. Some fruity flavors and modest hop bitterness balance the malty base. Balanced, clean and fairly complex.

Moderate warming, rich, full, and thick with high viscosity. Some bitterness in the finish.

My kind of lager! Can't believe I waked past this one so many times. Really nice brew.

sprucetip, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of rashbash22
2/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Looks like a less watery king cobra

Smell: Malts are overwhelming, not much else

Taste: Extreme malt flavor, It is almost unbearable to even drink.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and reminds me of a more refined old english

Drinkability: Very hard to sip.

rashbash22, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Axic10
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber orangish with a half finger of white head that settles quickly.

Smell: Extremely malty sweetness, caramel, just a very sweet aroma.

Taste: Very malty (kicked up bready malt), caramel, toffee the alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky mouthfeel, almost more like a barleywine.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer at all, but a very over the top Oktoberbest (hence being called an Imperial Oktoberfest). Will try again in the fall.

Axic10, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of SteveGNC
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great offering from Avery. This may be my favorite beer from them. Pours a lovely copper orange color with little head that does not linger. Great lacing and a very good aroma. Taste is dominated by sweet malt similar to a barleywine but not as cloying or heavy. I wish this beer was available year round.

SteveGNC, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Poured a clear, dark amber hue with a one-finger thick head of beige foam that lasted throughout the entire glass. Produced nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was caramel malts and notes f bread and cookies with some wood. The flavor was mild citrus hops (orange and grapefruit), bread, caramel. Alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Another excellent offering from Avery.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of biggred1
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, orange-amber with a big dense head of tan foam that leaves tons of sticky lace on the glass. Big and malty aroma of kirsch, caramel, rum and spicy hop notes. The Kaiser is really good if you like big muscular malt-bombs(I do!) and is balanced nicely with herbal tobacco-like hop flavors. Full bodied and creamy with a mild alcoholic warmth in the finish. I'm not sure how true to the style guidelines the Kaiser is as it's almost Barley Wine like in strength and flavor but I know it's a great beer.

biggred1, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of thebreederswow
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish brown, relatively clear, head quickly dissipated.

Aroma: Carmel, malt, some kind of berry.

Taste: Flavors of alcohol, strong maltiness, pear, apple, carmel, and at the very end some kind of squash or something? Exceptionally tasty and rich.

Mouthfeel: A little tingly for the flavors in the beer, but relatively medium-bodied and enjoyable.

Drinkability: I find this beer extremely drinkable, though others at the table gagged.

thebreederswow, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of hopheadjuice
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled in 2010.

Pours an amber orange with a fast rising/falling beige head that leaves little to no lace.

Smells super malty with a huge grain/bread taste and a nice herbal kick from the hops with a tinge of fresh cut grass and lemon peel.

Taste is very different almost sour in a way as previously mentioned below by other BA's. Very malty with biscuit taste and harsh tea like hop presence. slight alcohol warmth but nothing to complain about.

Mouthfeel is kinda thick and a little syrupy, but what else would you expect from an imperial Oktoberfest. good carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

For a beer of this power it is quite drinkable. This guy will probably mellow out after a few years, id love to try an older vintage as its very harsh fresh.

hopheadjuice, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Lauthaha
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tall beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a bronze/copper color with a vivid brightness. Moderate carbonation and a frothy white head. Light lacing on the edges of the glass.

Smell: I'm not a huge fan of Oktoberfest brews, but this smells heavenly. Light spices of cinnamon or nutmeg and a gentle hop addition accentuate a deliciously sweet malt nose. A touch of bitterness near the end, cloves as well. A smorgasbord of scents, all of which work well together.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Ooh, very sour! The alcohol makes no attempt to hide in this brew, that's the very first flavor to be noticed. Some sour fruitiness in the mix which is not unpleasant, per se; but it takes a moment to get used to. Brew is moderately heavy, with good foaming action. Cloves and hops are the only other taste-able flavors. Very bitter and sour.

Drinkability: The overall experience is worth it, this is a good beer. I'm not a huge fan of the genre, but this is probably one of the best I have had thus far. Maybe the 10% ABV is a touch excessive, but hey, at least there is flavor to go along with it.

Lauthaha, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of nkersten
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rusty orange with a 1/4 inch white head. Leaves a nice lacing and has good retention. Smell is lager yeast up front, sugary malts, some noble-esque hops. Taste is a very malty very sweet, slightly boozey. Mouthfeel is coating and heavy for a lager, but what i would expect from an imperial oktoberfest. Carbonation is low. Drinkability is pretty good for an imperial lager, especially given the ABV.

nkersten, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Duttonic
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 10/06/10. On-tap at Dancing Bear.

A- Burnt amber, 1cm of off-white head that dissipated quickly, and little to no bubbling.

S- Roasted/caramelized brown sugar and nuts.

T/M- Strangely similar to DFH 90min in taste, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, nutty.

D- This was my first experience with an "Imperial Oktoberfest" and I enjoyed it. I will be having this again and I am really curious how it is out of the bottle.

Duttonic, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of pburland23
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, intense coppery red with a finger or so of fluffy, white head. It really is a beautiful pour. There is a nice bit of lacing that stuck around.

The nose is dominated by bready malts, a touch of sweetness (caramel?) and it's a little boozy. The taste is slightly unbalanced in my opinion. The malt is at the forefront of the taste as well, There is some spice and hops bitterness, but not enough in my opinion to add appropriate counterbalance to the malt. Interestingly enough, I'm still enjoyed the taste.

The mouthfeel is thick and bready with sufficient carbonation. As for drinkability, this isn't really my cup of tea when it comes to an Octoberfest. The Kaiser is different, that's for sure, but it's not for everybody. I don't see myself picking this up again in the future.

pburland23, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of JayQue
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Imperial Marzen?? The same way Southern Tier Krampas is an Imperial Helles Lager. OK...you have to call it something. Good beer... doesn't remind me of an Oktoberfest in any way but still a good beer.

Pours a reddish clear amber color with a decent size head (considering the abv). Lacing and retention are about average. Smell is mild but you can tell that sweet fruit (apples and pears) and alcohol are going to be part of the equation.

Tastes good. This is a malty not very hoppy beer with a considerable alcohol presence and the type of fruitiness found in a Belgian Tripel (without the Belgian yeast, candi sugar or spiciness). The flavors are strong...this is a big beer. A sipper based on taste as well as strength.

Mouthfeel is very un-Marzen like. A rich beer, no lightness or wateriness and without the characteristic Marzen bitter finish. If I had another one, I would drink it from a goblet.

Drinkability is good. I shared this bottle and it still hits fairly hard. Would make a great nightcap if I was drinking the whole thing.

JayQue, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper color with an off white two finger head with good retention and some lacing. The aroma has a lot of sweet caramel, spices, and some noble hops.

As expected, this is a very sweet beer. Sweet caramel malt and alcohol are dominant, with some noble hops and biscuit. This is definitely a big malt bomb, which I won't complain about.

Medium bodied, proper low carbonation, and there is some alcohol burn. This is a definite sipper, and a beer I would buy again.

hardy008, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of Zodijackyl
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a rich white head that laces very nicely. Aroma of sticky caramel malt, very heavy, with additional nutty and honey flavors, as well as spices and hops. Taste has a very strong, sweet malt, with masked bitterness from the nut and honey notes - lots of caramel malt and a very definitive Marzen character to it. While there is a bitter character to the malt, it is well buried in the full flavors of several types of malt. For an extremely malty beer, it lacks bitterness, though the sweetness is a bit overpowering. Very sticky, rich feel, feels syrupy. Not the most drinkable beer though, at it is extremely heavy, even if there is hardly a hint of alcohol.

Zodijackyl, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of taigor
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Strong alcohol upfront with malts, caramel and raisins followed.

T - Sweet malts to start with followed by dark fruits and alcohol.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Alcohol is not masked at all and it should have been called Double/Imperial oktoberfest. I would recommend it but dont go out of your way to try it.

taigor, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. 2009 batch

A- pours a slightly cloudy orange with a one finger slightly offwhite head. Head sticks around for awhile, great lacing. Impressive looking for the style

S- the typical burst of spices you get from a Marzen: lots of nutmeg and cinnamon and malty goodness. Its a little subdued in this though. The freshness may be a cause of that

T- it tastes...dare I say...really fresh and fall-ish. There's a good bit of good juicy hoppiness and spice. Unfortunately, the booze comes through a lot on this one too...almost overwhelming.

M- super malty...like, really malty. Way too much there

D- not too impressed...the idea of an imperial Oktoberfest is interesting, but I don't think it ends up in a good spot. Too malty, too boozy

bigfnjoe, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of rand
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to pint glass

A: Pours a translucent, dark amber with lots of carbonation, forming a sudsy, two-inch head. Lots of sticky lacing.

N: Caramel, toasted malts, lemon, apple. Alcohol is strong here and warms the nose. Crazy for a lager.

T: Huge malt rush up front with a strong caramelly overtone. This is quickly met by alcohol, which warms the palate and only gets stronger as the beer warms. The alcohol bite is nicely countered with the sweet, fruity notes of the flavor profile - fuzzy notes of apple and lemon touch the edges of the palate. The brew is bready and one would think it's an ale if it wasn't for the 'Imperial Oktoberfest Lager' on the label (I haven't had that many imperial lagers so my tastes might be skewed). The beer finishes sweet with just a touch of earthy bitterness.

M: Rich and creamy as expected given the ABV, but not sticky. The ample carbonation washes away any residue.

D/N: Well, this is the most unique Marzen I've tried, and I'm sure this could be dubbed "experimental" and off-style, but who cares? This tastes good. If I was introducing someone to an Oktoberfest I might look elsewhere, but why introduce someone to an Oktoberfest? They're well marketed and seemingly everywhere - noobies can find their own. BA's, drink this.

rand, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was a dark amber color (certainly darker than I expected) with a medium-sized white head.
Smelled hot. Strong malt, a little fruit and spice.
Big huge malt presence. Some sweet fruit, some nutmeg. Noticeable alcohol.
I considered this something like a Bohemian Oktoberfest. Very strong malt, rich. It took me a fair amount of time to finish the bomber.

lordofthewiens, Oct 22, 2010
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.