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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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996 Ratings

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Ratings: 996
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 58
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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 bjohnson


4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

Bottled in 2006.

A: Pours a perfectly clear amber color. Little bit of bubble action going on in there. Nice frothy one finger cream colored head. Slick of film left on top with a coating of lacing on all sides of the glass.
S: Dark fruit with a sweet sugary speckled background. Caramel malts and a twang of fruit hops.
T/M: Sweet notes mostly of dark fruit, caramel, and sugar. Extra chewy, buttery, thick, and coating all over the mouth. Nice sharp bite of carbonation at first leads right into this maltyness. Extra long dry finish with a slight hop presence. Toasted grains and malt come through in the aftertaste. Excellent tasting imperial o'fest. Good above average body.
D: What a great tasting, well rounded beer. Very drinkable. High abv is only noticeable in the warming of the chest and stomach--not much in the nose or on the palate.

10-25-2006 22:16:10 | More by bjohnson
Photo of Budlum


3.65/5  rDev -5.7%

Pouring this beer carefully produces almost one inch of creamy, tan head. The head is retained for about one minute before leaving a thin layer present for the entire bottle. The body is ever so slightly hazy and a rich amber color.

Initial smells are supremely sweet and malty. The typical Marzen sweetness is briefly displayed before a rush of peppery hops take over. The moderately high ABV makes its presence known with a slight tingle in the nostrils.

The flavors start off strong with a big, malty, Marzen rush. Prune-laden and buttery brown sugar flavors do most of the work. Hops are nicely represented in the background throughout each sip. The finish allows the hop flavors to expand with strong vanilla flavors riding the continuous, malt fused rush.

The mouth presence of this beer is almost sticky. Only in mouthfeel does the higher than average ABV become a nuisance with a slight cloying effect.

Drinkability is just above average. One or two of these per season would be enough. With that said, I'll definitely buy another next year. Definitely not your typical Marzen.

10-25-2006 01:55:04 | More by Budlum
Photo of TastyTaste


4.55/5  rDev +17.6%

Appearance: Very bright red-orange body, nice looking creamy tan head. Slow rising head, tiny bubbles.

Smell: Malty, metallic, and sweet.

Taste: Very malty. Butterscotch, fruity flavors are bold and spicy (fortified by the abv). There is a metallic quality to it, from the malt, i assume. One of my favorites in the style, whatever style that may be.

Drinkability: A hearty Autumnal sipper, drinkable, with a full body. Very tasty.

10-24-2006 22:36:41 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of akorsak


3.38/5  rDev -12.7%

A bomber received in a trade with oldirtysurfer.

A: The beer is a crystal clear copper red color with a thick 3 finger head that overflowed my seidel at least one.

S: The beer has the malty sweetness of an oktoberfestbier with a ratcheted up alcohol content.

T: The beer is a labelled as an imperial oktoberfest. That classification confounds me because the style is, to me, about the subtle use of sweeter malts. The taste here is the sweet malty flavor that I expect, but it supports a very strong alcohol content that detracts from the malt presence. In increasing the strength, the hops also appear, giving the beer a stronger bitter component.

M: The stronger alcohol is a strain on the palate, overwhelming the malt strength.

D: The beer is an interesting strengthening of the style, but it seems to fall a little short.

10-24-2006 02:00:11 | More by akorsak
Photo of Osiris9588


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a orange-hued copper out of a bottle with a German military theme--Maltese crosses and a Kaiser wearing a pointy helmet. The 3-finger white head is creamy, with great retention--a topography of foamy pockets develop, yet it never really recedes on its own, only when sipped.

Those consists of malt and orange, pear, white grapes, and floral notes. The taste is subtlely spiced, along with apple, light berry, pepper, and malt.

The mouth is medium-bodied, yet smooth and slightly creamy, offering a stong amount of complexity. One of the best along with GLBC Oktoberfest, if not the best, of the season.

10-20-2006 18:12:47 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of sinistrsam


3.63/5  rDev -6.2%

Had this at the world beer festival in Durham this year(had this one towards the beginning, so I trust my notes and palate); poured a copper-orange and had a decent head with great retention.
Smell was very malty, with caramel and mild roast hints; sweet fruits and alcohol for sure.
Taste was rather alcoholic, almost a detriment, but had a decent hop presence and a lot of sweet fruit tones to balance the roast of the malts and hop bitterness.
Decent feel, but almost too alcoholic and sweet. These will definitely sneak up on you.
Decent, but not my favorite Oktoberfest.

10-20-2006 02:11:22 | More by sinistrsam
Photo of SwillBilly


4.22/5  rDev +9%

22 oz bottle poured into a chalice

Appearance: Pours dark copper to almost amber in color with excellent clarity. A small lacy head topped the pour then faded quickly with a ring of lacing rimming the beer.

Smell: Initial hints of sweet, caramel malt and brown sugar and molasses. Fruity with an ever so slight wiff of hops thrown in. Big and malty almost reminds me of a dopplebock.

Taste: Starts big with sweet caramel malt coating the tongue along with the aforementioned brown sugar. The middle moves along with citrusy hops making an appearance then finishes with a malty sweetness with a hint of alcohol thrown in for good measure. The combo of malty sweetness and citrusy hops leaves a really nice balanced bitterness lingering in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with a creamy mouthfeel that definitely coats the tongue with a malty, sweet goodness. Not overly carbonated but still fairly lively in the mouth.

Drinkability/Notes: Avery pushes the limits with this big Imperial O-fest. Definitely not true to style, closer to a dopplebock in my opinion but who cares. A great tasting beer with plenty of caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses and sweet potato with a dose of citrusy hops to balance out the sweetness of this O-fest. Alcohol is feintly present, but just enough to feel it on the face and in the flavor profile. I really enjoyed The Kaiser, Avery is always pushing the envelope and The Kaiser doesn't disappoint. Definitely one I will buy again, a sipper for sure due to the 9% abv but still very easy to drink. Seek and Enjoy. Definitely recommended.

10-19-2006 22:53:03 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

This one has been waiting for me in the fridge for quite a while as I bided my time, looking for the right moment. All about the Iron Cross and pith helmeted, mustachioed soldier on the front label and the Kaiser's quote about beer swilling gals. It was really only a matter of time before someone decided to put an Oktoberfest on steroids, time to take her for a test drink..

Impressive, sticky mass of head log after the pour is a big plus. Sparkling copper color, leaning towards maroon. Nose is sweet malt and faint notes of alcohol and fruit.

Huge malt profile in the taste, which masks but doesn't quite hide the giant abv. Still, this is more than just a fancy labeled, expensive malt liquor. With the touch of German hops, the hint of dried fruit, the smooth, satisfying finish, this is a legit marzen beer. Not the best I've ever had, buut definitely the boldest and among the most memorable. Props to the folks at Avery for the effort.

10-18-2006 02:24:06 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Tbone


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Served at room temperature.
Poured a clear copper with a white head.

This beer is just what is says. The overall profile of the smell and taste is very Octoberfest, but with each of the characteristics kicked up a few notches. I had this last year and was much hoppier and too hoppy for the style. This year it much more malty. The abv produces a degree of sweetness that might be a bit much for and octoberfest. However, for 9.3% this is dangerously drinkable and I could probably put down a liter.

If you prefer the O-fests that are on the darker and maltier side, you'll love this one.

10-15-2006 02:47:45 | More by Tbone
Photo of Hibernator


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

Avery The Kaiser
22 oz brown bottle with an attractive label design
Bottled in 2006 - 9.1% ABV
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a lightly burnt shade of orange with a bronze tint. Foamy head on top that sustains for a good deal of time. Interesting patterns of sticky lacings decorate the glassware.

Toasted grains, syrup and sweet caramel malt bombs. Smooth lager-esqe mouthfeel with a boozy finish. Thick malt bombs and sweet, juicy flavors. In many ways I feel that the hop profile and strong alcohol presence is what really makes this beer an "Imperial Octoberfest".

It's interesting to have an Oktoberfest of this extreme. A marzen lager with sugary sweetness and a lasting hop bite.

10-14-2006 21:23:51 | More by Hibernator
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from a Big Prussian sized bomber to a tall thick Hessian sized Mug. The Liquid is orange amber and cloudy, like a fog rolling over the Zugspitz in early spring. The carbonation is good, it pushes up a nice 2 finger head big foamy and rocky, like the Nordsee waves crashing on the coarse shores of Spiekeroog island.

The smell is of medium roasted malt, over powered by a full frontal assault of hops that smacks you in the face with the sting of a Stabsgefreiter's riding crop.

The Taste is way big, Secure your chin strap for this baby. Huge malt balanced by equally big hops, Imperial Marzen Yes, Thanks for brewing it and Well done.

Mouthfeel is thick, bold, sticky, chewy, and full.

The drinkability is also very good, I shall look for his again. Had the Kaiser had a steady supply of this brew he would not have needed that woman to concur the world, Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

10-13-2006 04:19:26 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of BeerSox


3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

Bomber into mug. Bottled in 2006 marked on the silver and black label, with a picture of an old German soldier in the middle. Kaiser being the German word for Caesar (Latin), which means Emporer. Also from Avery: The Csar, Russian Imperial Stout (also means Emporer).

Clear light copper/amber color. One finger thick head with mild retention, which settles to a thin cap. Clingy lacing.

Delicate sweet caramel malt scents along with firm leafy hop notes. Bits of alcohol are also present. Humble amounts of dried fruit can be detected.

Smoth sweet sugary malts are tasted first which then transitions to a mix of alcohol and noble hops. Lingering hop bitterness at the end, with a dry finish. Medium bodied thickness with medium carbonation. Slightly spicy flavors are mixed in with the hops. Alcohol becomes more perceptible as the beer warms.

Thoughts: Interesting concept from Avery. It has the normal characteristics of an Oktoberfest: the sweetness from the malts. But it carries heavier hop flavor and also a stronger alcohol content (9.1% ABV). It's not bad, but the hops and alcohol seem to overpower the sweetness from the malts.

"Give me a woman who loves brew and I will conquer the world."
-The Kaiser

10-12-2006 01:16:22 | More by BeerSox
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

2.73/5  rDev -29.5%

This is shocking! This poured much, much lighter than I was expecting. Smelled almost like a sweet BMC, and had a mouthfeel on par with a glass of tap water. Very, very average at BEST. Not quite a drain pour, but close. The pour was a lighter orange bronze colour, like slightly watered down tea. The head was white and fizzy and it faded away rather quickly. Smell was very light and had a definite presence of grain to it. Taste was alcohol, sweet malt, copper coinage, and in that order. Mouthfeel was light. Very light. Thin, weak, empty. Very disappointing, and very average. Perhaps I got a bad bottle. I'll revisit this in a month or so. As it stands, though, this isn't for me.

10-10-2006 22:25:22 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of delicious


4.22/5  rDev +9%

Pours a copper body with a fluffy cream colored head supported by a slew of tiny bubbles.
Lots of hops in the nose; some are fruity, and many are flowery.
The taste is tingly, warm in its start and finish, and hoppy all the way through. It starts out with some caramel and finishes dry like an O-fest, but it's warmer and hoppier. As the beer warms, the nose gets malty and bready, and the taste gets maltier. Very quickly the focus moves from hops to roasted malt with a fig-like fruitiness. I love the warmth, I love the flavor progression, and I'm really enjoying the swing between toasted malt and dry hops. The märzen drinkability seals the deal.

10-09-2006 02:16:42 | More by delicious
Photo of cameraman


4/5  rDev +3.4%

An amber reddish color, with about an inch thick white head, that laces slowly down the glass. The aroma of malt is strong, followed by a strong scent of alchol. The taste has that strong malt flavor, with strong than expected hop taste at the end . Medium bodied to slightly heavy, for a lager it has some weight. I want to guzzle this beer, buy wait I want to do that with every Oktoberfest, a very good beer.

10-08-2006 19:46:43 | More by cameraman
Photo of IntriqKen


4.08/5  rDev +5.4%

Clear copper in the glass with an impressive white head that melts to sticky lacing.
Aroma is sweet malt on top of lager yeast and alcohol.
Tastes massive...full thick mouth...chewy textures of sweet malt and sugary dark fruits..a little hop bitterness that struggles against the sweet malts and then both of them give way to the alcohol finish.
Just cracked open the 2007 vintage and it might even be better than the first time I tried it last year.
I'm buying more and will hopefully cellar some this time to see how it ages.

10-07-2006 02:57:26 | More by IntriqKen
Photo of boulevard2

New York

3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

22 oz bomber with no freshness date 10/6/06

Thanks to Bob C. for the donation. This beer pours a creamy amberish Marzen with a thick head that quickly disapates. Very malty and bready. The alcohol is very present in the nose and in taste. A great style and even better with some turkey dinner or some pumpkin pie. A great fall seasonal and I recomend trying this at least once!

10-07-2006 01:28:32 | More by boulevard2
Photo of sinistermadman


3.43/5  rDev -11.4%

This brew pours a deep, clear copper color with a finely bubbled head. Smell is slightly sweet with some very subdued fruit notes. Taste gets most of its dimension from the malt profile. Hops make their presence known with a bitter citrus finish. Medium body with an active carbonation also harbors a musty malt finish on the palate. Drinkability is somewhat hampered by the alcohol presence as the brew warms. Something is just off with this one. Just seems off balance, I don’t know. I don’t regret the selection, but it just isn’t doing it for me. I’ll stick with my “regular” Oktoberfests from now on.

10-06-2006 23:53:01 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of weasbri


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Nice copper color with a thick, slow dissipating head.
The smell reflects its high alcohol content, with caramel malt and some hops coming through too.
The flavor is surprisingly not dominated by the alcohol as I expected. It's pretty well balanced with caramel malt to start, finishing dryly with hoppy bitterness, and a tinge of alcoholic aftertaste at the back of the mouth, but just a tinge, as again it was surprisingly clean.
I've got to be careful with these high alcohol beers, they do hit me harder than I expect, but this is pretty drinkable nonetheless.

10-06-2006 22:01:58 | More by weasbri
Photo of scruffwhor


4.43/5  rDev +14.5%

Original Gravity- 1.085
9.1% abv.

Appearance- Great clear copper with constant and steady small bubbles down to the last drop Not to mention the best lacing I've seen for any Oktoberfest beer. Great two finger head with a slow, gradual reduction. The best.

Smell- Lots of spicey toasted malts with a little hint of orange peeko tea. Not a very strong alcoholic presence. Medium sweetness compared to more traditional Oktoberfests from Deutschland.

Taste- A mix of semi-sweet toasted amber malt with chammomile. Some mild hop undertones in the front. The real spiciness hits at the very back of the throat. It leaves a very strong impression of what your drinking. A pretty strong Oktoberfest.

The best Oktoberfest beer I've ever had.

10-04-2006 02:21:53 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of KarlHungus


4.18/5  rDev +8%

This brew pours a clear pale red color. The head is huge three-fingers in height, creamy and recedes very, very slowly into thick lacing. The aroma is wonderful, grapefruit, and rye(?). The taste is a bit fruitier than the aroma, but the spicy rye like flavors are still there. The alcohol burn in the finish and aftertaste is a bit too much though, and is rather unpleasant. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation, and quite silky. Overall, this is a good beer that I would drink again.

10-03-2006 03:29:03 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of asabreed

New York

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. I didn't want to do the pint glass as it's big enough to be savored, and I don't think a pint glass is going to help that. Bottled in 2006.

Appearance: A nice peach color with some light brown and yellow hues coming through at different angles of light. Head dissipates fairly quickly but lets a healthy dose of wet, clumpy lacing hang out for a while.

Smell: Peach, other sweet malt and fruit aromas, maple, oak and slight woodiness, and nice balancing amount of citrus hop oil in the nose. The sweetness of the malt and oil citrus aromas from the hops blend very well.

Taste: Lots of fruit and malt sweetness initially, but then a lot of hops, which do an awesome job in helping flavors from each come through. Again, some peach comes through, some slight woodiness, bread crust, slight smokiness, citrus from the hops, a touch of vanilla, and the finish is long, initially sweet, then the hops end up lingering on the tongue to switch it up. Singular and effervescent stuff.

Mouthfeel: Very full, but the carbonation is nice enough not to make it syrupy or cloying, though the mouthfeel is definitely big and packs a punch.

Drinkability: At around $7 a bottle this is a bit steep, but I'd like to see what happens after a year to this, as I could see a lot of complexity forming and some weird and good things happening. As is, I'm glad I tried it, as this is a great move to make an Imperial version of the style, and I continue to applaud Avery for what they do and will continue to buy their brews.

10-03-2006 01:53:48 | More by asabreed
Photo of Drew966


3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

The Kaiser pours a copper color with a small white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is malty. I wasn't blown away by the taste, malt is most apparent up front, with some hops at the end. A friend who doesn't really drink craft beers (he's always willing to try what I'm drinking though) said it tastes like honey dipped bread. I think he liked it better than I did, but I can't disagree, some honey may be noticeable, and definitely some bread like flavors. Definitely worth a try.

09-28-2006 05:22:15 | More by Drew966
Photo of briman


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber color. Quarter inch off-white head. Excellent retention. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is sweet and malty.

Taste is sweet and malty upfront. Settles into a pretty dry finish with a hint of hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol in the aftertaste

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Smooth, slighty syrupy mouthfeel. Balance leans towards the malt. Some alcohol warming is evident. Pretty drinkable, but probably only good for say one bomber in a session. It's not bad, but I really don't feel like it makes enough of a statement to make me really want to try another.

09-28-2006 00:42:18 | More by briman
Photo of gbarron


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

From a 22 oz. bottle. 2006 edition.

A - light golden copper, clear. Head is slightly off-white, very bubbly. Lacing and retention are both excellent.

S - very grainy, smells like bread, grain, pilsner malt. Metallic/noble hop aroma. A little sour/tangy smelling. Not a really clean aroma.

T - taste is much better than the nose. Somewhat sweet, malty. Chocolate, toasted nuts. Tangy. Hop flavor is slightly metallic, spicy, noble in character. Tilted in the sweet direction. Needs a little more bitterness IMHO. Tastes like a large o'fest. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.

M - medium bodied, slightly sweet/sticky. Carbonation average to low.

D - tasty beer, basically a very large o'fest. If you are a real big fan of the style, try this one.

09-26-2006 01:05:16 | More by gbarron
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
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