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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,056 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,056
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 62
Gots: 50 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 08-28-2004)
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Photo of charlzm
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 04/30/08.

Burnished copper, good lacing, nice head. No active carbonation.

Strong juicy fruit aroma (Not the gum!): pear, apple, light plum. Malty, too.

Flavor is extreme Marzen. Everything you'd normally associate with an Octoberfest beer, but turned up to 150%: Caramel and biscuity malt character, a touch of brown sugar, some peppery spiciness from the hops (though this example is more bitter than spicy on the finish), smooth and easy to drink.

Well, this beer isn't so easy to drink due to the massive sweet maltiness, high alcohol content and slightly oily mouthfeel.

charlzm, May 05, 2008
Photo of Floydster
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange for about seven dollars, split with my dad last night, poured into my Bayhawk pint glass

A-Golden amber with some orange highlights, thick one inch soapy white head that stuck around for a few minutes, some retention, not much lacing

S-Floral hoppiness, tons of malt, a little barnyard, black pepper, toffee, raisins, funkiness, cloves, and caramel

T-Started off with a big chewy malt taste, caramel in the middle, booze in the finish, aftertaste got stronger and sweeter as time went by, hops were not really present in the taste except for some dryness a little later on but nothing to get worked up about, needed more to provide a balance, got really sweet by the end and it took me over a half hour to drink the last few ounces

M-Sweet, chewy, boozy, and spicy mouthfeel, needed more carbonation, medium to full body, taste lasted a while, little syrupy towards the end

D-Could barely finish the eight or ten ounces I had, way too heavy on the stomach, not exactly smooth, alcohol not hidden, ABV is pretty high

Strongest marzen I have ever tasted, not a big fan of these beers anyways but this one was too much for me, 2007 vintage would not drink again, worth trying once

Floydster, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of Portertime
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is one hefty Oktoberfest! I enjoyed this brew nicely chilled in a bubble glass. Pours a brilliant copper color with a nice head. Smells of up front malts with some floral hops bringing up the rear. The taste swirls between the hops and the malts with both giving your tongue a good butt kicking!

Portertime, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Kaiser poured a copper color with a good finger head. There was intermittent lacing. It had a bottle year on the front label. Maybe the high abv doesn't matter?

The aroma was puzzling to me. I let the bottle warm up from the cold fridge but the first smell that hit me was spicy garlic. There was a faint raisin smell and a peppery aroma.

It was a full bodied brew for sure. It was a little more reminiscent of an old ale. It was creamy. It started out with a malty backbone, spicy, then a little hop bitter as it enters the throat. It left a sharp bite in the mouth.

I didn't know what to do with this one. I will have to have next year's effort. I have like all of Avery's brews to date but this one was questionable for me.

cswhitehorse, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light transluscent copper with a huge fluffy white head. Points for a big, delicious and unique smell. Had a hard time describing it until my girlfriend mentioned raisons, so that is what I'm going with. Sweet, bright, honey suckled raisons. Taste is sweet, and raisiny sweet as well with an obvious alcohol flavor noticeable which detracts a bit. A bit sweet at times, but still drinkable. This one grew on me after a bit, and then faded away. Not sure exactly what to think, but its a decent all around beer that is certainly unique, but not something I'd buy again at 6.50 a bottle.

JDV, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of blakesell
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz foil capped bottle into a tasting glass. Bottled in early 2007.

Appearance- Beer pours a golden amber with a decent and impressive head of foam. Dissipates to a thinner layer of foam on the top of the glass. Cleanly layered.

Smell- Big malts, mostly light with very mellow hops. Fellow commenter's say they catch barnyard, but I say nay. Sweet light malts and very little hop. Yeast is present and mysterious.

Taste- Rich malty flavour with a rich hoppy background. Hops linger and nearly overpower but then the malt comes back reminding us that this is actually a Marzen. Warming and gingerbread on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full bodied with thick carbonation. No astringency. Creamy and enjoyable. Warming with the ABV of 9.37%, slightly sticky on the lips.

Drinkability- A nice Marzen. Time has balanced the beer slightly, but the beer could use much more time to come together. Adam could stand to make this beer a little lighter. As an Imperial Oktoberfest goes, Great job!

blakesell, Mar 01, 2008
Photo of brantadid
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber color with ruby highlights. Not much head formed. Very little lacing.

Smelled malty and sweet.

Tasted of sweet malt on the front to mid palate. Sweetness fades to slight tobacco notes and then bitterness and finally a very slight sourness. I had to take issue with this beer because: (1) If didn't taste like an Oktoberfest and (2) It tasted more like an ale than a lager. To me, this beer tasted more like an old ale. That being said, it was very tastey.

Mouthfeel is nice. Lots of carbonation cuts through the sweetness giving the beer a lighter mouthfeel.

brantadid, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of DogFood11
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber. Clarity can be seen through the bottle...it looks highly filtered. Poured into a pils glass it forms a modest head. Island type lace to follow. Light copper body and very clear.

I had suspicions that an "imperial" oktoberfest would be sweet and this is all that. Hard candy and ice cream type sweetness. Vanilla, creamy, mild toasted malt background. The toasted quality is there but it gets squashed.

Notes: Like most Avery brews its outside the box. They are not shy about taking on tradition and this is no exception. I can pick up some of the Oktoberfest qualities but really at the end of the day it tastes like an American Strong Ale with a lean towards the sweeter toastier malt bill. Decent.

DogFood11, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L:Bright beaming amber that you can see right through. A one finger bright white head.
S:A full almond flavor on first smell. A slight bubblegum scent?
T:All sorts of sweetness. Sweet almonds, sweet bubblegum, just sweet all over. A tiny touch of cinnamon as well.
M:Very syrupy. That syrup makes for a very warm feeling.
D:This one could stand to be sat down for awhile. A tad to sweet for me. The positive is you can't taste the 10% at all.

Scoobydank, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lush burnt orange body, topped by three fingers of off-white froth in the big DAB mug--just a sensational presentation, especially given the dense lacing it left on the glass. Good subtle nose, not great, giving off plenty of noble hops, malt, and the sweetness of fruit. The aromas become more pronounced as the beer sits.

The taste is rather impressive. There is some good spice in this, light but present pepper, a dash of ginger, but I'm tasting more of the malt and plenty of fruit--orange, pear, apple, and I believe banana. It's a bit unusual for an Oktoberfest--very delicious, for certain and not unexpectedly, but less spicy than I expected. Regardless, this is fantastic.

The mouthfeel does a lot to help keep everything in harmony--the fruit, malt, and spice intermingle quite well. It's rather drinkable for the high ABV (9.3%), but less than halfway through, I could feel the buzz full force.

A great way to end a cold night by the fire, with a mug of chilled Kaiser. Very good stuff; easily worth grabbing another for the cellar.

Gehrig, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of Jmamay22
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2007 Bottle

This hefty lager pours a dark orange amber with a thin white cap. Smells of spiced sweet bread. Bits of cardamom and all spice peak through as well creating a strong pumpkin ale like scent without the pumpkin. First few sips present the spiced smells up front. Moves to a sweeter caramel and biscuit like character. Finish is dry and the alcohol mixes well with the spices to create a nice warming effect upon my cheeks. Deliciously smooth and medium bodied. Drinkability is fairly high given the alcohol content. I'm looking forward to more of this next Oktoberfest.

Jmamay22, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of mcallister
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Butterscotch candy colored liquid with a thick blanket of an off white head that won't dissipate. Leaves a sticky lacing thin and choosing its spots wisely.

Bready cereal grains with caramel toffee and alcohol with a hint of hopping in the aroma. A slight spicey quality adds distinctivness and substance. Malty sugars.

Have to admit I love this beer and have since I first tried it four or five years ago. A huge lager with big complexity and flavor. With aging potential that really smooths things out. This however is an '07 batch and it's fresh, malty with a hop bitterness on the finish. Rich toffee and caramel with sweet earthy cereal bready malts. Thick and creamy and a treat on a winter evening. Spicey earthy qualaties really show through with alcohol on the long finish. A very good beer.

mcallister, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in 2007. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. It was a rich copper color. Good carb and lacing. It had a decent white head that settled into a constant broken foam. The aroma was very sweet - malty with caramel and fruit. Was almost too sweet smelling. The taste also was almost too sweet. In general, I'm not a huge fan of the style but find The Kaiser to be one of the few in it that I can have a couple times a year and really look forward to. Read a couple reviews that mention that a 12oz bottle would be better and I'd agree. Towards the end it gets to be too cloying but not enough to ruin it. Recommend. (Couple times a year)

TexIndy, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of Kendo
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a pint glass. Body is honey-amber in color with an off-white/light tan head. No lacing at all.

S: Fruity sweet, malty and slightly musty.

T: Malt dominates -- roasted malt, caramel malt and dark fruit. Also a hint of brown sugar and candy sugar. And apples -- green apples and apple skins, and I wrote "apple cider-like." Some alcohol heat is noted at the back of the sip and on the way down.

M: Heavier than your average Octoberfest; let's call it just shy of medium. Good carbonation helps clear palate a little of the sweetness, but I would've liked some hoppy bitterness to help that along.

D: OK. A little too sweet for me.

Kendo, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into several Snifter Glasses

A – Poured a very nice deep orange color with a decent sized, maybe two finger high head of foamy white that faded quickly and left behind nothing more then a touch of side glass lace. Some carbonation was visible throughout the session.

S – The aroma was very tightly packed, lots of caramel and cereal and earthy grains blended in with a touch of alcohol and the ever present hint of a bit of spice. A little more complex of an aroma then I was expecting, you could definitely pick up the original marzen like smells coming through.

T – The flavor was brilliant to be honest. For something this big that was packing a punch of almost 10%abv, it was remarkably smooth. Great mix of earthy grains with a nice touch of caramel that rolled around and blended very nicely with a smooth laid back hoppiness in the finish. A good touch of spice was present, perhaps some nutmeg and all spice, very nice touch and the alcohol was blended in very smoothly. A hint of warming was present from it, but it was very well hidden.

M – Very nice and smooth. The carbonation kept it from becoming too syrupy, but it was a bit of a slick medium bodied ale. Had a good clean finish and the overall feel was very fitting for the style, just a tad bit heavier then normal.

D – Fantastic sipper. Despite being a bit of a big boy in terms of ABV, this was very smooth and had a very light texture. Super smooth going down you never really did get bored of this one. I would have liked to have had another when it was all said and done.

Overall I was very impressed with this one. An Imperial Oktoberfest, what a novel idea. This was pulled off wonderfully, as most things from Mr. Avery are. This will be one that I will look forward to in the future and will become a regular seasonal favorite. Very nice addition indeed. Would have to recommend this to anyone.

mikesgroove, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of clemsonbrewer
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous copper light red color. Nice bubbly white head. Great smell to this beer. Very sweet nose with hints of hops but mostly malty caramel and fruit. Chewy full feel to this beer. Slight alcohol taste to it but it's hidden well behind the sweetness. Still very fruity and with a smooth dry finish that hangs around like the neighbor's dog when Lassie's in heat. An enjoyable beer to sit back with on a laid back afternoon like today.

clemsonbrewer, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was actually the first time I have ever tried this beer tonight,poured into a .5 liter stein a hhazed mix of gold,brown,with a tint of orange a 1/2 finger well kept together head atop with a few shotty layers of lace.It smell Americans if that makes any since it has some hefty brown sugar and nutty tones to it with a real leafy zippy hop note that all together is not typical fest beer-like but is very inviting.Huge sweetish malt hits up front at first swallow deep brwon sugar and caramel with a hint of vanilla that alcohol is prevelant straight through a decent spiey/herbal smack of hop hits and lingers late.A full near creamy mouthfeel is nice and goes well with the big flavors of this beer,it is not a stein chugging roasted chicken pairing fest beer its big and brash and a one and doner for me and worthy of a good cigar to pair with in my mind.

oberon, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. A: Pours a golden amber, moderate amount of head that retains very well. Moderate lacing. S: Rich caramel, brown sugar, earthy hops. Some fruit in there, too. T: Very, very sweet up front, some muted bitter/citrus notes toward the end. M: Very thick and chewy, moderate to low carbonation. D: It's definitely a good beer, but I do have to admit that as I continue through the glass I sort of wish this had more to say for itself. The hops are pretty distant and the sweet caramel nearly overrides everything. A huge malt profile is to be expected, but something seems off in the balance. I have to admit, though, that I've never had an imperial oktoberfest so I may just be ignorant of the style. Overall though, definitely enjoyable.

PlaywrightSam, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a lovely dark golden yellow, very appetizing. Aroma is strong and malty with fruity hints, mainly apple. Flavor is rich and mouth filling, very malty with hints of spice and apple and just a whisper of sweetness. It goes down with just a touch of hop bitterness. Very satisfying. Prosit!

Cyberkedi, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of hiikeeba
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A 2007 bottle.

A-Pours up dark yellow with gold highlights and a thick creamy head
S-Malt sweetness starts with citrusy hops in the finish
T-Starts off sweet, hops come up, then fade, leaving the malt sweetness
M-Full bodied
D-The malt sweetness is a little cloying. I might have another, but probably won't.

hiikeeba, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very sweet and full of fruit and caramelized malts with some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste takes all elements of an O-fest and brings them to a higher level than any other O-fest does. It’s very sweet with flavors of dark fruits and apricots. It’s very malty with a hearty breadines. It’s got a strong hops presence, a notable alcohol sting and a very good balance. The after-taste is sweet and bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky but clean for the style.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, 9.30% ABV so there’s a hell of a kick for an O-fest. This is a damn good beer, but it’s definitely a one-and-done. All right, maybe if you hadn’t had anything else, you could do two bombers, but anymore than that would do this beer an injustice.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark coppery amber with a giant tan foamy head. The head lasts and leaves good lacing. The smell is pungent with alcohol,sweet malt, and pine hops. The taste is different and very nice. A crisp sweet malt,vanilla,"woodiness",alcohol,pine hops,and carmel. This is a very sweet beer. The m/f is light for a high octane brew with all the flavors mixing well. I have to admit Ihad my doubts about this beer,but this is a real treat and you should not miss it.

jmz62565, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of jordanmills
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL into a pint glass. It has a dark amber color, perfectly clear, with a thick puffy head, very inviting. Smells of a complex marzen, slightly more hopy than you'd expect. Tastes sweet, complex, with a hint of fall spices pretending to hide in the thickness. Feels sweet and full but not overwhelming, crisp finish. It's slightly more filling than most, but expected of this brew. Overall, very pleasant, and I wish I had colder weather to enjoy it properly.

jordanmills, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of hopbar
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Wine Cellar, Ridgewood, NJ
1 Pint 6oz. Bottle
Tulip

A: First of all, the picture of the Kaiser on the front of the bottle is hysterical (I hope that was intended). Secondly, the beer poured a beautiful, amber color into my tulip glass with a creamy head. The head stuck around for a while and the lacing coated the glass all the way down.

S: Very nice scents emerging from this one. Some real good floral action commingling with hops that were not overpowering.

T: Rather sweet with some taste of cranberries. Hops were evident but balanced nicely among the sweeter flavors.

M: Smooth and almost a little creamy - mostly coming from the head.

D: I was especially looking forward to drinking the Kaiser since it was our annual Oktoberfest celebration and we were overwhelmed with massive helpings of German sausage and sauerkraut. The Kaiser complimented the meal very well. Between the smoked sausages, bitterness of the kraut and the sweetness of the beer, it was awesome. I wish that I had bought more to drink. If you have not realized it already, I will be drinking the Kaiser again.

hopbar, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Loved the first bottle I had a few weeks ago, couldn't wait to crack open another. The time has come...

It sure looks the part, boasting a foamy two-finger head atop a shiny copper color with excellent clarity and big swaths of lace coating the sides of the glass. Looks like your typical American version of this style (which my German wife tells me are darker than true German Oktoberfest biers). But after this it doesn't bother staying traditional.

Aroma is big, bold, and sweet...like sticking your head in a tub of smashed raspberries with fresh cream from the cow's udder just added. Lactic and fruity, not at all what you might expect, but just what is an "Imperial Oktoberfest" supposed to be anyway? You can't break the mold if there hasn't been one built yet.

The flavor is truly something to grapple with. I wouldn't be surprised if just as many people are reviled by this as those who praise it. While there's a bready, toasty malt flavor coming through, a hard-to-define pungency and berry-like tartness dominates the flavor. It leaves a lingering, puckery sweetness in the finish, nicely balanced by something I can only describe as cheesecake...or maybe Lucky Charms marshmallows. Birthday cake frosting, gingerbread, desserty spices and big round berries coat the mouth and remain at the forefront of the flavor.

What the hell is this? It's one big boisterous lager. Because it's so strange, or at least unprecedented, and because the alcohol is stealthily hidden, the drinkability isn't super-high. It's damn good, but I just don't see myself reaching for one unless I'm up for a trip to Weirdoland. It's certainly economical--just combine the high ABV with the fact that its oddness almost forces you to take it verrrry slow, and there you go. I'd recommended drinking it at a little higher temperature than stated here on BA. Not a damn thing like any Marzen / Oktoberfest I've ever had, and so what? It gets a big raised-glass "Prost" from me.

Metalmonk, Nov 09, 2007
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,056 ratings.