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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:
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(Beer added by: maxpower on 08-28-2004)
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Photo of walleye


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a a nice deep amber with a creamy head I do have to say of the beers I have had the re of the amber color this is the best looking of them all. aroma hops, fruity, citus leaning to the orange, floral as it start to warm hints of lemon and the alcohol comes out . flavor malts, orange, hints of grapefruit, and the alcohol comes out just right and it just adds to the good flavors of this good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 14:08:13 | More by walleye
Photo of Boto


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: The beer pours a fairly clear orangish-amber color. There was only a little head. The nose is somewhat caramel malt nose. Also hints of alcohol, spices and floral notes. The taste is a bit sweet, with some alcohol coming through. Also some evidence of fruits and spices. Good, but a bit rough around the edges. I agree that this could age a bit to smooth it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 03:17:33 | More by Boto
Photo of PSUDREW


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

Wow. I wasn't expecting much from this brew, but quite frankly, wow. The sweeteness was so properly balanced with the nice hopy tine. Thta really is the best way to descriibe it.

Pours a nice amber, with a tich, frothy foam with a subtle smell of floral sents. Looks so pleasdent. There is a alchohol taste, but it is subtle. It is there, but it is an after tought. This is such a pleasent brew. stron, yet subtle. Bold yet available to all taste. Wow.

I am sorry that I could not get more. This is highly drinkable, and highly desireabvle. I wasn't sure of this whe I got, but boy am I sold

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 02:50:05 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of beertravel

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was quite pleased with this brew. It came out of the bottle a picture perfect pour: a beautiful, ivory foam settling on top of a very bright, deep copper color body. The nose was malty and really set the stage for the tasting. The
malt was very much up front with just a slight bitterness at the finish. Not overly sweet. A slight alcohol warmth peeked through in this 9.8% abv brew. I found it to be very drinkable and not over the top as I expected. Look forward to my next one and will make it an annual purchase.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 17:05:41 | More by beertravel
Photo of ABV

New York

4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great example of the Octoberfest style taken a notch up. Big malty nose, thick textured mouthfeel, sweet but not too sweet, followed by some pleasing hop bitterness. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Very drinkable despite its stregnth. Pleasurable in every way.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 05:21:33 | More by ABV
Photo of mattcrill


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

Appearance: Pours crystal clear and dark amber/copper with a nice foamy tan head.

Smell: Maple syrup and sweetened tea. Really interesting. Definitely a malt presence to it. No hop bitterness detected.

Taste: Spicy up front with a malty sweet finish. Smooth and well rounded with only the slightest of bitter backgrounds. Cloves, pepper, and maple syrup come to mind. I know it sounds gross but it all blends extremely well. Although, I'm not sure how this is different than a big dopplebock.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. This definitely had some substance to it.

Drinkability: This beer is big and bold. Although, I don't think it's as unique as Avery thinks it is. It is still a very nice beer. A great fall beer to sip and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 21:06:09 | More by mattcrill
Photo of meathookjones


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sounded too interesting to pass up since an Imperial Oktoberfest is not something you come across every day. 22oz bottle with a picture of a Kaiser on the front. Appearance is a deep amber body with a tall off white head. Nice rings of lace were left decorating the glass as I drank this. The aroma of sweet malt and a bready smell masked the alcohol almost completely here. Still not a very complex smell. Malt sweetness dominates the palette along with a warming alcohol presence. A bit of a spicy sweet after taste lingers around for a bit. Mouthfeel is medium and almost full, definitely the thickest of the style I have had. Drinkability was fairly good, this is not where near a favorite style of mine but this is one I enjoyed. I would say give it a shot if you come across this.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 16:13:59 | More by meathookjones
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Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick and lacy ivory head settling upon clear deep coppery/amber liquid. A sweet and heavy malty, candyish nose tempered by lots of floral hop aroma. Thick mouthfeel supports flavors of apple, bread-like maltiness, a pow-pow-powerful hopping and a blast of alcoholic heat. The super long alcohol & hop show finish ends with alcohol felt in the throat...wow! I found this one to be an impressive take on the Marzen style, surely not for the timid of palate! Wish it were available by the six pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 19:29:38 | More by beerluvr
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby-amber-copper color. It is topped by a frothy white head that is generated by a medium level of carbonation. The aroma is sweetly malty with notes of caramel, biscuits. It also has a low level of hop aromatics that contribute a slightly fruity note intermingled with a spicy-herbal-grassy note. This beer is quite thick bodied and sweet, but the thing that I really notice during my first sip is how hoppy this is. It is quite a bit more balanced towards the hops than even a doubling of a traditional Oktoberfest recipe would suggest. Leave it to the American brewers to hop up a traditionally malty beer, though as a pioneer of the Imperial Oktoberfest, I guess they can do what ever they want.

Given all of this, this beer would actually not be as interesting or balanced if not for the over-the-top hops. The beer is quite sweet, and would likely be sticky if not for the hop punch. The beer has a pungent, spicy, bergamot, herbal hop flavor to it, which floats on a malty backbone that is redolent of caramel, and biscuit notes. The finish is a bit astringent, with a mixture of hop bitterness and alcohol. This thing could definitely use some mellowing. If it were not for the finish this would be at it's best now. I think a couple of months of age, could really help to mellow this beer out.

The new glow / appeal of this beer has definitely faded for me, now that I have finished half a glass. The beer just seems a bit too harsh and unbalanced. I definitely recommend aging this for quite a while, I have two more bottles which I will perhaps try again in the spring.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 00:26:44 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of cokes


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cherried shade of amber. Clear with little visible carbonation. The head is an ashen beige, and only present for a few moments following the pour(s).
Nose is sweet. Full of jellied figs, brown sugar, and plums. Wavering wafts of rum-like heat. Grass is here too- in that 'tweener stage between growing and dormancy.
Begins with a blanket of malt. Gooey caramel and purple raisins. In a brew that I'd figure to be malt dominated, everything stops short. Rum-drenched fruitcake ensues, with the dryish, abrupt, flavor-ending flame that unchecked booze provides. Hops are here in abundance as well, but their chlorophyll and rooty bitterness is nearly overlooked with the sticky, potency-laced conclusion.
I mention alcohol frequently, and for a reason. This isn't burdened to the point of being obnoxiously hot or difficult to drink. Rather, the associated booze-flavorings obscure most of the attractiveness. Being that there isn't a surplus of attractiveness, that's a bad thing.

With all the pomp and grandiosity, at the end of the day, this is a bit of a bore. It lacks depth of malt, and is cheaply recounted for with a bolstered ABV. It's drinkable, sure, but in a karaoke bock sense.

That's it for the review. Allow me to rant for a moment.

Hey Avery, call this a doppelbock and stop gloating over your supposed originality. There are other boosted "Oktoberfests" that pull this off much better: Autumnal Fire, Great Dane's Oktoppelbock, Summit's potent O'fest. And those are only my "locals"; I'm sure there are many others too. This is nowhere near as novel as you would have us believe.

Gimmicks only go so far.

There is potential with your brewery, but it is nearly always forsaken in the quest to churn out higher-octane, headline makers. The envelope needs to be pushed in the direction of craft, not strength.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 06:50:52 | More by cokes
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid malt base to the aroma with a chunk of floral hops. Pale cream colored head is fine in texture leaving patches of lace as it fades to a film island. Transparent, cranberry orange beer with a few traces of lethargic carbonation. Malt flavor is sweet up front, but begins to fade as the alcohol kicks in towards the end. Body is on the light side. Sweet malty alcohol taste was pretty nice at first and continued to grow on my throughout the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 03:06:35 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of clvand0


4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Avery and I was excited to try this one out. 22oz bottle. Pours a light amber color with a medium head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Caramel and hops are apparent in the aroma. Smells a little sweet too. Very sweet in the flavor. Caramel and grassy, with some alcohol as well. Normally Oktoberfest isn't my thing, but I really enjoyed this beer and will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 02:35:53 | More by clvand0
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber shared with AKSmokedPorter recently.

Clear copper in color. Frothy white lacing up front, only to ring the glass later. Some lacing of the glass. Aromas are very sweet, with a smattering of citrus hops. Flavor is...different. It's tough to picture what an imperial O-fest should taste like, but this one just felt a little too sweet for me. Not balanced by the miniscule hop levels. Slight harshness from the alcohol. Finishes with a lot of residual sweetness. Thick on the palate. Drinkabilty suffers due to the harshness. An interesting interpretation of the style, just not one I'd eagerly seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 23:29:46 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of ngandhi


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alcohol forward bock with sweet chocolately malt and a toffeed, leafy bitter finish that balances well and lingers long and juicy. The alcohol is apparent in flavor, but never hot or intrusive. Big and full -- but not a style unto its own, as the bottle would have you believe, nor true to the one it attempts to revise.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 19:53:42 | More by ngandhi
Photo of vladtheimpaler

New Jersey

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

Damn. This tastes rather like a German O’fest, or maybe Spaten Optimator. Big malty aroma and flavor. Munich notes everywhere. Rich. Alcohol comes through a bit so you know you are drinking something big, but overall the palate is smooth and mellow. Clean finish. I am impressed with the drinkability of this at over 9%.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 20:23:43 | More by vladtheimpaler
Photo of alexgash


3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was intrigued by this big scary bottle while I was at Liquormart last month, so I bought it. Pours a shiny yellowish-amber with a medium-sized light khaki head. Smells of biscuits that have been marinating in honey and corn syrup overnight. Lots of sugar. I notice a sharp hop bitterness too. Taste...whew! Now that's sweet. The Kaiser wastes no time in letting me know that he has a heart of pure sugar/cough syrup. Slight biscuit flavors are quickly, and rudely shoved aside by melted pixy stix and alcohol. Luckily, some bitter (almost astringent) hops kick in at about the same time and tame the sweetness a touch. Still, too cloyingly sweet to drink much. Big, cloying mouthfeel. I don't know how I'm gonna finish the entire 22 oz. bottle!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 01:34:01 | More by alexgash
Photo of CRJMellor


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hyper clear copper with golden highlights and an off-white head. Leaves sheets of lace on the glassware.
Aroma is caramel, malt liquor, some orange peel and a heavy dose of resing and floral hops.
Flavor is sweet caramel, grain, bread and butter with heavy pine hints and some resins. The high alcohol comes through to detract a bit but not too much.
Mouthfeel is sweet and robust to start sliding to a buttery smooth middle and finishing with a mellow slightly gritty hop note. The high octant hides what I think are some pleasant sweet malt notes.
Drinkability is solid. The aroma and flavor start strong but just get overpowered by jet fuel. Tone it down a bit and I bet this is a good beer. I seem to be in the minority but I enjoyed this one for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 19:07:32 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of kmpitz2


4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a DEEP red amber color with a finger of head that falls to a quarter inch over the beer. The nose is full of sweet, coton candyish malts, alcohol and earthy hops. Wow. The alcohol is up front and in my face. The malts are nice and roasty, staying on my tongue along with just a bit of a hop to balance them out. This is a good tasting lager beer. Mouthfeel is thick, as I would expect from this monster. Drinkability is pretty good for a beer of this magnitude. The aftertaste keeps me wanting more, so I'll go till this is done. Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this one over.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 23:40:31 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.3/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Crystal clear sunset-red body, topped by a fist of firm bone-china foam. Nice lacing evident early on.

A breeze of bread lurks in the aroma, but there's a licorice factory and a vodka distillery between my nose and the bakery.

An appropriately malty start, but the sweetness increases instead of balances. Classic octoberfests have a wonderous sense of depth to the malt. The baker is making bread, not just cookies. This is all sugar coating before yielding to a finishing burst of alcohol.

Nice body, not watery, not syrupy.

Drinkability: too sweet, too much alcohol. A struggle to get through. Thankfully, there is only one.

Imperial Octoberfest...this is either a bad idea, or a mediocre idea poorly executed. Pass it by.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 03:23:31 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of maxpower


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

Deep clear amber color with a small off-white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Bready, spicy candy like aroma, Fruity caramel and nutty flavors. Full bodied with a thick almost syrupy mouthfeel, finishes sweet. More like a dopplebock than an oktoberfest, I had no problem finishing the 22 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 21:21:58 | More by maxpower
Photo of bnuttz


3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appears a nice copper hue, like one would expect a typical octoberfest to look like. Smells quite malty, and that smell translates to taste. This is one malty beer, but dont get me wrong, it is backed up by hops with no problem. This is a nicely balanced beer and a good shot at an octoberfest on steroids. Good job Avery, keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 00:51:09 | More by bnuttz
Photo of Ahhdball


4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Spotted this at a local brew shop and for $6.99 and figured why not, it's Oktoberfest somewhere. Very interesting label, German WW1 flag with a picture of Kaiser Wilhelm on the front and an Iron Cross.
Slick, oily pour with a nice orange/sienna hue holding a two-fingered beige head. The smell of caramel, nuts, hops and some alcohol lingering in the nose. Bitter hops pleasently mixed exceptionally with sweet lingering malts, hiding the big 9.3 ABV. Don't get fooled by it's subtlty. Smooth and creamy with a velevety texture, it leaves a little of itself behind after every drink. Overall this is an exceptional brew from Avery and probably one of my favorites. Unfortunately this is limited so I'll have to grab another very soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2004 16:26:53 | More by Ahhdball
Photo of Sixpack595


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper-red color with a huge, yet short lived cap of coarse foam. High ABV surely contributes to the rapidly diminishing head, but it laces a bit and leaves a thin film to soldier on. Aroma is a bit fruity with black cherry and a bit of alcohol sneaking in. Flavor is almost like a Doppelbock with powdery cocoa, toffee, and a bitterness strong enough to cut the sweetness, but not overshadow the subtleties of the malt. Mouthfeel is dead on for a big beer with lots of alcohol. Thick enough to ensure you pace yourself, but not syrupy. This beer speaks softly but carries a big stick. You miss the ABV till it's too late. Great beer, great name.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2004 05:44:31 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of filabrazilia


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a glorious clear light orange witha medium tan head. Lace drapes to the sides of the glass.

I catch a distinctively malty aroma that is balanced with a touch of alcohol.

The beer is a little too strong for an Oktoberfest in that it is overwhelmed by the alcohol component. That being said, it is still very easy to drink. The sharpness of the alcohol is cut nicely by the sweet malt. While not what I'm used to in the style, this is still a very tasty beer. The malt lingers in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is spot on for the style--light and smooth in the mouth. This feels like a lager but has way too much complexity for the style.

A nice offering from Avery. Not quite what I expected, but still pretty damn good. These guys make big beers that are very easy to drink. I will definitely have another one of these before the fall is over.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2004 05:01:10 | More by filabrazilia
Photo of Gusler


4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer after it disemboguing from the 22-ounce brown bottle resides temporarily in my glass a limpid luminous brown with a behemothic creamy light tan head that erodes leaving a thick blanket of lace to obscure the glass. Nose is malt dominated, sweet and fresh to the senses, start is sweet with a delectable malt profile and the top moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is strikingly acidic, the hops determined in their spicy bite with the aftertaste decidedly dry, another magnificent beer from one of my top ten breweries, and a fantastic label, my kudos to the great people at Avery once again.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2004 17:38:51 | More by Gusler
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 970 ratings.