The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

627 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 627
Hads: 1,215
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 72
Gots: 79 | 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 brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a decent head and pretty good lacing

Smell: Biscuity malt notes; smells very bready with some floral hops notes underneath

Taste: Strong bready malt profile from the Munich and Vienna malt bill, much as you would expect in an Oktoberfest, but the alcohol peeks through before the swallow; mid-palate there is a lot of caramel sweetness as if it were a barleywine; after the swallow it becomes very alcoholic, with some grainy bitterness on the finish from the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Have to say that the combination of high alcohol and Oktoberfest flavors didn't cut it for me; just didn't blend together very well (717 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - subdued burnt orange color, steadfast head of one finger in thickness. Thick patterned lacing.

Aroma - hefty malty smell with foreboding dark fruit sweetness. The Kaiser beckons further inspection...

Taste - whew! Big and sweet. Malts are thick, with the sweet and alcohol, you might get the idea this is heading for a typical Belgian profile but it doesn't quite get there. Before the sweet/alcohol take over, some fruity hops kick them back and allow some roasty malt flavors through on the swallow. The aftertaste has a dose of alcohol burn to it, other than that it is a delicious roasty malt flavor. This would be prime in my opinion at around 7.5% abv.

Mouthfeel - heavy and thick like a winter blanket. Average carbonation and great resiliance prolong the complex flavors.

Drinkability - a few of these around an October firepit and you'll be warm inside and out. Another one for the next Halloween party tasting. (945 characters)

Photo of budsboy
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jewel-like orange-copper with a small white sticky head.

It has a hoppy aromy, piney and a touch floral, with a raisin-like sweetness across the top.

Very nice hop-malt balance for my taste, with the hops first leaning toward the piney family, then flowing into the floral variety. Carmel sweet malt balances with help from a faint coffee toward the end. Warming on the swallow.

Full-bodied and big, almost chewy. Much fuller than other Oktoberfests I've sampled. Somewhat oily and definately warming.

This is a special treat for me. Easy to enjoy, this should appeal to a wide variety of beer drinkers. (623 characters)

Photo of SheepNutz
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a medium red color with two finger of head. There is a little bit of lacing. The smell is sweet and malty, with lots of caramel aromas and a hint of alcohol. The taste is sweet as well, with lots of caramel flavor and some toffee flavors as well. There is just the slightest hint of alcohol. Really nice flavor. The mouthfeel is very nice, and the drinkability is ok. A really nice take on an "Imperial" Oktoberfest. (461 characters)

Photo of Rastacouere
2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange hue displays red hints. White cover. Very oily aroma, nutty, fuelic hops/alcohol blend a la Stone. Very sweet yet very hoppy creates a condensed nut oil, almond skin like flavour. Heavily oily and foresty hops of a brend I don’t really like, peanut like. I can see myself enjoying this with a decent toasted malt background a a 90degrees turnover from those American hops to a noble hallertau like variety, the Avery yeast makes it feel pretty hot and fuelic a bit like hog heaven I find. Highly carbonated, thin-medium body. Not my type. (546 characters)

Photo of Truh
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Did the blitzkrieg bop with this one on 2/4/2005. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Initial big bubble froth, maybe about a ¼-inch of froth subsides to a dewy sheen. Pretty copper to super light red hue with clarity and medium action. Along with ching of malt, there is almost a floral presence on nose; peach, and a brown sugar sweetness. Crunching malt at start, but quickly and cleanly dries with the alcohol hitting the tongue immediately afterwards; sweet molasses sticks. Very dry and interestingly refreshing. (541 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a crystal clear deep amber with a tan tall head which fell slowly and coated the glass.

The aroma was malty with caramel and light fruits. The matiness was sweet and a comprised of Munich and Vienna malt aromas.

The flavor was malty and alcoholic. The malty sweetness was balanced with enough hop presence to keep the flavor from being overly sweet and despite the alcohol presence the flavor were well achieved.

The finish was dry with lasting maltiness. The body was medium full. The alcohol was present to some degree throughout the brew, but never really detracted from the flavor and aroma, simply it let you know to tread lightly.

22 ounce bottle. Bottled in 2004 on the label. (711 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, with an old, Imperial German flag adorning the label along with a photo of WWI era soldat... also notes it was bottled in 2004.
Der Kaiser has a clear, exquisitely vibrant copper hue, with a thin, fine off-white head. Some lacing sticks around in small wisps here and there. Aroma is mild, but suggests crystal malt and light sweetness. A bit of hop spice appears as well. Body is a solid medium, with a fairly smooth palate passage. There's just a smidge of a bubbly/foamy feel, though. Flavor does have a strong whack of toasty, lightly sweet malt; much more so than a typical Märzen... Following almost immediately thereafter is a sharp, noble hop spiciness, which lingers long and hard in the mouth. An interesting take on a traditional German standby bier. I generally liked it, though at 9.3% it is NOT something I'd have 2, 3, 4 litres of over the course of an afternoon or eve....

Prosit!!

overall: 3.95
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jan 14th, 2005: Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a thin off-white head. Minimal lacing. The aroma is sweet caramel and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of toasted malt, caramel and piney hops. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden too. The finish is lightly spiced and hoppy. This is a pretty good Oktoberfest, but I am not convinced it is deserving of slapping an "Imperial" tag on it just because there is more alcohol in it. (461 characters)

Photo of FormatKid
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I first heard of this beer it made me stumble mentally a bit. A marzen is one of the last beers I would expect to get the "imperial" treatment. I poured this beer out of it's neatly labeled 22oz bottle into a glass tumbler. The body is a deep combination of ruby and orange and nearly perfectly translucent. A sticky tan head steams up radidly, but recedes rather quickly as well to a clingy coating about the edge of the glass and a thin greasy layer on top. Honestly this is one of the most attractive festbiers I've seen to date. The nose is very rich with malts, luxorious and velvetty. My nose is dominated by fruity and caramelly flavors, so fruity in fact that it makes me doubt the fact that this beer truly uses a lager yeast. Tiny hints of spicy euro-hop peep through the thick curtains of malt. As I take a sip I notice the luscious, velvetty mouthfeel, a little thick for a marzen but I enjoy it none-the-less. Caramel blends with sharp fruity flavors, caramel dipped pears comes to mind (again a bit out of character). The finish is biting with spicy hops, and phenolic punch. I do actually pick up on tones of muted lager yeast flavors which confuses me a bit. This beers warms my throat up quickly and as I sip I can feel it working it's way to my head already. Stylistically, I'd have to say this beer is out of character, however I think it's damn good. Styles be damned anyway. I know I'm enjoying it a little late in the season, but this is a damn fine accompaniment to chili and fritos. Fine dining at it's best! (1,537 characters)

Photo of GIVEMEBACKMYSON
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells hoppy, grassy, sticky, and sweet.
Color is a deep red and brown, (but not amber, strangely enough) and has a goot frothing head. Quite a nice beer to look at, for whatever that's worth.
Random flavor notes: This is pretty darn malted, with a bit of a caramel feature happening with it. Grapenuts cereal, cherry pits, and rum balls are all hinted at. I don't know what this Kaiser's got on the agenda....
The mouthfeel has a strange little zing that seems inappropriate for the style. On a heartier pull, it's fine though. Drink this like it's just a regular oktoberfest, and it is absolutely good. Sip it like an imperial something, and it's not bad, persay, but not quite right.
As it is, this is way out of the ordinary, but i've come to expect that. Roll with the punches and this is enjoyable enough. (817 characters)

Photo of kegerator
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

very nice brew. Is this really an Oktoberfest beer? not in my opinion. To me it came off as more of a Barley Wine style then Oktoberfest..

poured out a nice deep copper color with ruby hints and a decent 1/2 inch off-white head that left some decent lacing.
Smell was a littel faint, hard to pick up but mostly smelled of sweet caramel malts with a touch of hop in the far background. when agitated the aroma reminded me of a cross between old ho and bigfoot. Interesting
Taste was a big hit of malt up front followed by a very balanced hop dry finish. I thought the alcohol hit at the very end but was well blended in. As it wamred the alcohol came out a touch more but was still very pleasant. To me it seemed dangerously drinkable. All in all a very enojyable brew with a nice mix of malt and hop that I would certainly purchase again. (843 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A double Oktoberfest? I get the feeling that Avery has run out of hops-heavy styles that they can pump-up, and now has said "hmm, what else is there we can stuff more hops into?" While this beer in particular is interesting and, in its own way, pretty well done, I don't think the style is improved by adding more hops - you just get a hoppy, malty amberish beer - which really defeats the malt-centric nature of the Oktoberfest style.

Poured a copper with nice, tight head. Malt and citric hops vied for dominance, with the caramel of the malt rising and falling back. Alcohol had a raw edge in the flavor profile. The beer was enjoyable, but not one that goes in a repeat lineup. (684 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brown in the glass with a good sized off-white head, nice lacings.

Smells rich and malty with hints of caramel and nuts.

Mouth feel is thick with abundant carbonation

Tastes slightly sweet up front, with caramel malt. Finish is initially alcohol and then very dry and very hoppy.

Well worth trying. (332 characters)

Photo of Skidz
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice, crisp amber brown and sits bright cherrywood in the glass with a good sized off-white/light tan head, nice lacings. Leaves a light skim on the surface, and gleams from across the room in the tuliped glass.

Smells rich and toasty filled with caramel and nutty goodness. Soft hints of hazelnuts, toasted almonds and toffee swirl around. Hops provide a soothing, tea-like aroma. Alcohol begins to shine as the beer warms up, mildly phenolic.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, lacings of caramel run down the toungue. Full, toasty character enters like steam off a bed of hot coals in a sauna. Alcohol shrivels the toungue and lits the hop flavors out from underneath the bed of malts. Melon, grapes and a light trace of orange lie flat on the surface. Finish is mildly bitter with extended toastedness and nutty flavors.

Smooth and soft in the mouth with a light, balanced carbonation in a medium body. Easy to manage, and quite pleasing to hold on to.

Not a bad Oktoberfest by any means. I think it would do much better without the exagerated alcohol content, as it distracts from it's fine O-fest qualities. Price tag a bit steep as well, a yearly distraction is fine for me. (1,201 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared a 22oz. with a beer buddy of mine in Pa. Pours a crystal clear amber-red with a thin bone-white head. Aroma is very malty and sweet, smells like an octoberfest all the way. Taste is initially malty, bready and sweet followed by a nice dose of german hops. Finished is rough due to the extreme alcohol tatse. Not balanced at all! Thr alcohol is not well integrated into the beer, it just stands out too much. It's strange to here these words come out of my mouth cuz I love strong beers, it's all I drink! Some might really enjoy this brew, alas, I did not! (563 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with a off white head that falls and laces well. Aroma is lots of malt caramel with light hop and spice aromas mixed thru out. Taste of lots of malt, very big bodied Oktoberfest, creamy with lots of caramel malty goddness abounding. Finishes with noticable alcohol presence that brings the spiciness and hops to the front. This is a very big Oktoberfest that was quite a treat only draw back was the noticable alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is leaning towards full, nice and creamy brew. Drinkability was good I would not mind to have this in the future. Want to thank melin48 for sharing it with me. (614 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle with mtnlover, thanks to a trade with clvand0. The Kaiser pours a clear copper amber body with a dense, ivory head that is one finger tall. Generous patchy lacing all over the glass.
Aroma has lots of toasty malts with caramel and toffee notes. Fruity alcohol esters are also prominent.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creammy, almost full bodied with a noticable alcohol presence.
Taste features a malty Oktoberfest maltiness with an alcohol kick and adequate herbal hops bitterness.
Better than expected, and definitely an unusual take on the style. You can certainly sense and feel the high abv here, but it's nicely done and pleasantly drinkable overall. (676 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with German malted barley and noble hops (i.e-Tett and Hallertauer), and a German lager yeast.

Graciously donated by Adam Avery after stopping by for an impromptu tour, a couple glasses of awesome brew, and plenty of shooting the shit about good beer.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear beautiful ruby red, forming a tall and rocky dark beige head with excellent retention and sticky sheets of lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer! Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is brimming with spicy and subtley perfumy German noble hops, and an exceptionally clean ferment. If you've ever been to the brewery, you will recognize a subtle Avery aroma which I attribute to their water source (drink the Boulder water and you'll see what I mean) and their meticulous fermentation. The mouthfeel is pillow soft and extremely smooth with a slick finish and a lightly syrupy medium-dense body. The taste begins with abundant spicy hops with some floral, tart, and lightly herbal characteristics, followed by a chewy and sticky amber malt body. The bitterness is well-balanced with the malts and adds a delicate woodiness to the finish. The finish is lightly dry and alcohol is barely perceptable as a peppery flourish towards the end. Very cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors.

Not having had an Imperial Oktoberfest, I can vouch that this bad-boy indeed deserves it's title and is not a dopplebock as I perhaps expected. Just like it's other high-gravity cousins, this is also a winner (but c'mon, let's be honest, the Salvation kicks ass). All solicitation aside, these guys remain one of my favorite brewers, and the warm welcome I received at the brewery proves that these guys are deeply passionate about their beer, and good beer in general. (1,762 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish orange, almost brown. Frothy yellowed head that dissipated quickly, but left loose nets of lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toasted bready malts with hints of prune and peach. Peppery and herby hops.

Taste: Sweet maltiness abounds. Caramel and earthy roasted malts. Mild taste of alcohol throughout. The finish of bitter grassy hops integrated pretty well with the malt bill.

Mouthfeel: Mild burn of booze. Thick in body, but not huge.

Drinkability: Boozier than a bock but not as darkly malty as a doublebock. Resembled a brown ale in flavor, looked like an Americanized marzen. Reminiscent of a Dead Guy, actually. Not certain if I like this experiment. It's not bad, but nothing to go ga-ga over. History tells me bad things tend to happen when Germans get imperial aspirations... thankfully this bucked the trend. (896 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful crimson in hue with influences of tawny-copper; tiny bubbles were noticed in the clear liquid, the animation was lively and raced quickly to the off-white head. The froth was two fingers in height at the apex, impressive. Head retention was very good, the majority of the foamy mass lasted for a long while. A tight cap lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was sticky, very widespread and organized. This is one of the most impressive looking O-fests I’ve seen. The nose was cleaner than I thought it would be. Malt was the focal point, it was sweet and very wide but it encompasses a very limited range that covers caramel and chocolate covered toffee. Hints of dark fruit, cherries mainly, maybe some candied red apples. Suggestions of grain, some earthy hops but the spicy grass aromas are more noticeable. There are only weak indications of alcohol. The potency is moderate and I did have to work at it a bit to smell everything but I was rewarded. I liked the bouquet. Inviting. The palate is not quite as refined and articulate as the nose suggested. I am disappointed. Still, the beer has some merits. I don’t believe this beer is really an O-fest. It is a Doppelbock. Also, the “Imperial” label is very lame. Summit’s Oktoberfest clocks in at 7.70% abv and it is much more refined, plus it doesn’t bullshit us into believing it is a new style. Hey Avery, lay off the marketing and just make good beer. Can you do that? Upfront the beer is malty, fairly sweet and mostly caramel with just hints of apples too. In the middle there is noticeable suggestions of grain, biscuits, earthy hops and some spicy grass. So far the palate is pleasant and tasty. Simple. It is straightforward and well rounded. Only if this beer didn’t have a finish because this sucker turns hot! It is way too raw, I mean can’t they hide the alcohol? The finish is home to the cherries and toffee. Fusel, rocket fuel… Jesus, I’m breathing fire here! This beer is beating the shit out of my brain. It is way too harsh; the aftertaste is dry and unpleasantly bitter. Once this beer is boiled down to the basics it really isn’t than complex or special and then you factor in the alcohol rawness and what is the point really? Basically this beer is a Malt Liquor Lager! Easy to drink if its your thing. For me, not so much as I find it pointless. I need some food if I going to finish this bomber. Somewhere around medium in body, moderate but appropriate carbonation, the mouthfeel is good; it is a little slick and kind of oily and, yeah, hot. I was shocked when I saw a bomber of this in Brookfield, WI; I gladly forked over the $6.00. In hindsight I have to ask why was I so enthused? It is drinkable, sure, I can finish the bottle but I don’t need to drink it again. I can see why some people like this but for me it is not very well brewed, give me less alcohol and more malt and you have winner here. I say it is still worth a try if you see it. Decent. (2,970 characters)

Photo of walleye
4.23/5  rDev +11%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (597 characters)

Photo of beertravel
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (519 characters)

The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.