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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 628
Hads: 1,219
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 76
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 08-28-2004

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Photo of southeastmat
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was bottled in Aug. 2011 and I enjoyed it in Aug. 2012.

A: Ruby. Copper. Ruddish red. Good head on first pour. Great lacing as you go.

S: Big bready, yeasty notes. Some grain bill on the back and just a touch of sweet malt.

T: A classic Marzen. Huge malts up front and sweetness galore. Barely any hops. Given that this is a year old I think the malts have just conquered this brew. For a 10% beer this drinks quite easily. You can taste the alcohol as the beer warms.

M: A little too syrupy for me. Thick. The year of age hasn't dampened the carbonation either.

O: Not my favorite style of beer, but a nice change of pace. If you whipped a huge stew in the winter this beer would be perfect. (704 characters)

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a ruby tinged amber color with superb clarity. A finger of off white head is produced from an average pour. Solid head retention.

S- toasty doughy malt aromas with a note of caramel and dried fruit. Spicy alcoholic aroma on the finish.

T- doughy bready malt with notes of caramel and dried fruit. Alcohol heat in the middle that carries on into the crisp sugary finish.

MF- smooth silky mouthfeel with a heavy body. Average carbonation.

D- decently drinkable (471 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Avery’s version of an imperial Oktoberfest, Batch 8, bottled August 2011 and shared April 2012.

It pours an amber color with a golden ruby hue in the setting light of an afternoon sun. There’s some light foam, but not a whole lot. More than I was expecting for such a big beer. 10% ABV!

It has an aroma of figs, raisins, and dark cherries (but not quite any of those). There’s a sweetness around the edges, almost like a bourbon-esq note on the aroma.

Exceptionally smooth flavor. No roast nor cloyingly sweet malts either. More of the dark fruits, with a light touch of figs and cherries. I get some hints of candied orange peel and marmalade. It has a sweet finish with a flavor profile similar to some of the other Avery beasts. As far as I know it’s not barrel aged but it has a an oaky smoothness. Strong, yet smooth—I can taste the alcohol but its mellow and gentle. Delicious and the perfect desert beer. (934 characters)

Photo of rsdaugherty
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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 (824 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
3.83/5  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). (957 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,018 characters)

Photo of Zraly
4.19/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.77/5  rDev -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. (520 characters)

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (1,347 characters)

Photo of Whadawookie
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
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. (924 characters)

Photo of kbutler1
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of jbonapar
2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
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. (748 characters)

Photo of Jules11788
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
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 (487 characters)

Photo of hdelavega
2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
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 (486 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.77/5  rDev -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. (855 characters)

Photo of kkrez
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (1,096 characters)

Photo of Crossmd
4/5  rDev +5%
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.

86. (675 characters)

Photo of jsulko
4/5  rDev +5%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (575 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of divineaudio
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (591 characters)

The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.