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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

1,176 Ratings
THE BROS
95
world-class

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Ratings: 1,176
Reviews: 628
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 70
Gots: 63 | 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 stephens101
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Second unexpected beer surprise of the week, as I had no idea this one was available here. Pours a ruby red and is completed with a lingering, two and a half finger light tan head. I get a hint of hops at the nose up front with some spices, caramel and malts mixing in after a bit. Tastes sweet, almost cloying, but not unpleasant. The Alcohol heat is present, along with some malts and a good amount of breadiness. There's some stickiness left behind on the lips. I think it all works in the end. Mouth-feel is a bit hearty, but goes down fairly easy. This brew is well carbonated. At first I was a bit skeptical, but having had a few Oktoberfests lately, I can say this is a good next step for those wanting a little something more robust and powerful. This would also be a good beer as an introduction to higher alcohol brews, as it retains many of the characteristics of an Octoberfest, while it takes on the challenges of bigger beer brewing.

stephens101, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
1.78/5  rDev -54%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Had this on tap at an Oktobefest celebration at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre, CA.

A- pours a nicely looking burnt orangish to red. Nice thick head sits up there with great retention. Not lookin too bad to start off.

S- Not sure how to really describe it. It almost smells like you would predict the taste... cloying. Its very sweet, some weird stuff in there too... probably the high alcohol.

T- Very hard to drink. There's alcohol, there's cloying sweetness and a toastiness that's trying to peak though. It doesn't work well at all.

D- too syrupy, doesn't make for a good oktoberfest style beer at all.

I understand that it's all about doing certain styles "Imperial" these days... but seriously, cmon. This is not a style that lends itself to the imperial. This was just flat out bad. The only reason anyone would give this a good score is if they are partial to Avery, or if they wanted to really believe that Avery is on to something new here with an Imperial Oktoberfest. They aren't. I didn't finish more than a few ounces so I gave it to my friend, and he couldn't finish it either.

MiScusi, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

2008 bottling-

Pours orange amber with a thin white head that becomes a wide fading patch.

The smell is of an O-fest on steroids - big caramel with an earthy, floral touch and plenty of alcohol.

The taste is of sweet malt and sweet, raw alcohol. Caramel candy is balanced by earthy, floral, leafy spicing, that, along with raw alcohol lends a dry finish despite sweetness. Alcohol and spiciness almost mask the maltiness.

The feel is thick and a bit sticky, though not too syrupy. Burning hot, especially as it progresses, the alcohol has a cleansing affect on the palate.

This bottle claims abv to be a hair over 10% abv, so I was expecting some heat - but this was too sharp, even for that. And, didn't seem to add much to it, but to slow it down. After this bottle, I'm not convinced that this is a style to be "imperialized". A 12 (or even 11.2) oz. bottle would have been plenty. This is one is interesting to a point (interesting floral touch to the caramel), but better to be shared (IMO).

jwc215, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My sixth pour at the Avery 15th Anniversary Party.
"Holy shit, they have a Vintage Tent!!!"

'07 Vintage

a: Copper/orange body, crystal clear. Off-white head.

s: Fruity malt smells exactly like banana bread.

t: Caramel malt, noble hops, and banana bread.

m: A tad chewy, stays on the tongue.

d: Wonderful, much better aged than fresh. Never would have thought that an Oktoberfest would age so well or that one year would make such a difference, but I think the high alcohol content really helps it age well. The strong alcohol really mellows with age and the malt becomes more and more complex.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of bort11
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ach geschissen, it the Kaiser!

22 oz bottle, poured into an over-sized mug. Thick loocking two finger head that is slow to recede. Speck of lacing stick to the glass, and a solid ring forms around the surface. Color is a dark orangish amber.

Smell is malty goodness. Dark sweet bread aromas mixed with a mild spicy note. The taste is a still heavy with the malt, like a gooey cinnamon bun. The hops add a baking spice zing.

Moufell has a medium body. A little sticky on the lips. The carbonation is refreshing. The label says it's a 10.03 ABV, very drinkable.

bort11, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of champ103
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear reddish/amber color. A tiny white head forms, and leaves little lace.
S: Sweet brown sugar and very malty. Sickly sweet, ethanol solvent like alcohol.
T: Very sweet and sugary and cloying. Just brown sugar and solvent like alcohol.
M/D: Pretty thick and heavy. Almost chewy. sticky adhesive like. Way to hard sipping on this, the sweet sugar and high alcohol makes this to harsh to drink.

Like most Avery high alcohol beers, just sickly sweet and no nuance. I have not had this in years, and not something I am coming back to soon.

champ103, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear ruby orange color with one finger head and a good ring of lacing.

Scent of sweet malts and cherries with some yeast present; wonderful smelling stuff.

Taste of caramel malts and cherries mostly, strong and a little uneven, but quite good actually. Tastes like a Marzen should, but there is just too much damn sugar for it to be a session beer.

Mouthfeel is heavy and smooth with a sharp edge as it goes down, great in its own right, but again it doesn't feel right for the style.

paco1029384756, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of John_M
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Judge's Bench the other day.

The beer pours the expected copper color with good head retention and fair lacing. The aroma for this beer is very pronounced and, IMO, is it's best feature. There is a huge nose of sweet apple cherry, which underscores the rich malty aroma. Unfortunately, on the palate this beer is not quite as wonderful. The flavors generally do replicate the nose, but it's very, very boozy and the alcohol is very noticeable. It really hurts the drinkability of this beer, and IMO does not help the flavor profile at all.

This is a good beer, but it would be better if Avery could dial down the alcohol somehow. I don't see how that helps this beer at all, and frankly it cuts down on how many I can purchase at a sitting. Not sure how anyone can drink more then one pint of a 9% marzen.

John_M, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of denflyr
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured part of a 22 oz. bomber bottle into a goblet and reserved the rest for a bit later as a sort of "warmer beer" experiment.

It came put a very rich and dark copper color and clear as one would expect from a lager. A very limited bubbly head persisted for less than a minute.

Not a terribly aromatic brew, but I do detect the high amount of malts and suspect the receipe has a ton of caramel malts in it.

The taste is of sweet malt, but in a cloying sweet way. It is there, but overbearing. The hops are but a whisper and it is a nice taste. I honestly expected a bit more of a "wallop" with it being an Imperial Lager.

While the carbonation is not readily apparent, you do feel it is the mouthfeel. Otherwise, there is a sweetness, but nice mouthcoating effect.

Sadly this beer is only average when it comes to drinkability simply because of its high ABV %. So enjoy one and then you have to watch it! Nice effort though and I am glad that I was able to get my hands on this brew with my trip to Colorado.

Oh and my experiment did not add anything to my review. I was trying to figure out if the nose or taste either improved or declined with a bit of warming.

denflyr, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this one at Tannins in Elmhurst, IL. What a great beer list for a wine bar! Served in a goblet (?), the beer was a deep copper with a thick white head. Not a ton of lacing.

The nose was of caramel, malts and earth notes.

The taste was sweet but still restrained. There were caramel, spices, suggestions of plums all backed by a whisper of alcohol. Lots of malty goodness but the beer seemed well balanced.

The mouth was decidedly thickish and smooth. I liked this beer, but the high ABV does not make for a session beer and O-fests are one of the ultimate session beers.

Redrover, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, vintage 2008 poured into an imperial pint glass

A- almost a copper color with a small off white head that doesnt stick around too long. not much lacing either

S- fruity malt and a hint of booze

T- woah, theres the 10% alcohol. grainy and not as fruity as it smells. certainly not as sweet. warms the throat and belly as it slides down

M- a little light feeling. pretty smooth

D- a decent beer. not quite favorite style, and this one seems too over the top for it. i do realize thats what they were going for, but i dont quite think it works. too strong to drink more than one, but finishing the bottle wasnt overly hard.

jwinship83, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance: It has a copper or reddish amber color with a thin and creamy, light tan head. The body has good clarity and some visible carbonation. Its head fades out quickly leaving just a few stray bubbles on top.

Smell: The aroma has a spicy hop presence with lighter malty notes and a hint of grainy alcohol.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor starts with its solid malty backbone that has a dark caramel sweetness. A grainy alcohol pops out and gives the beer some bite and its hop flavor is spicy and a little bit earthy. It finishes slowly with some bitterness from the hops. The palate has a slick heavy texture with mild carbonation.

Notes: The alcohol has a harsh unrefined quality to it, which holds down its drinkability. Overall it is still very interesting.

generallee, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of bbothen
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a pretty copper color with a thick & fluffy off white 2 finger deep head.

Smells of sweet caramel, some faint German hoppiness, fruity apple or grape, slight spice.

Massive sweet maltiness, melted caramel, some bitterness, slight fruity character, boozy presence.

Syrupy, thick, chewy, very light carbonation.

A 22oz bottle was enough. Would rather have this available in 12 oz singles.

Glad to have had the opportunity to try this one. Not my favorite style, or flavor profiles. Still quite interesting. Props to Avery for being different.

bbothen, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper color with one inch of head that settles to a thick cap. Heavy sheets of lacing is left on the glass during consumption.

I smell an earthyness and spice from the noble hops along with the sweetness of the caramel malt. A little alcohol is detected.

Starts of with a sweet caramel flavor but the combination of the hops and alcohol quickly dry the sweetness away. Finishes warm and boozy. This is not any ordinary Oktoberfest.

Thick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. The carbonation helps lighten the texture.

One thing this is not and that is easy drinking. Heavy body and high ABV will limit a person drinking much of The Kaiser.

morimech, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of rye726
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An average copper color and not much of a head. The nose has peppery yeast, roasted malts, fruits, candy, young alcohol and light hops. The taste is also malt powered. Quite sweet with a bit of bitter hops and spicy yeasts to balance it out. Body is a little syrupy and a little hot, but goes down fine. Not the most complex or best balance, but a unique brew from Avery. Needs a few years to come together.

rye726, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this at Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a crystal-clear light brown color with some red tints in there. Head is about half a finger, if you're feeling generous, of white foam and soon dissipates into a thin ring around the glass. The lacing is not very sticky.

Smells alright. There are some weak noble hop aromas while it's cold, but once it warms it's all sweet malt. Maybe a bit too sweet.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The noble hops are mild in the beginning, but as it warms the sweet malt takes over. There's also a caramel flavor that pokes its head through every now and then. There's not a whole lot of booze taste, but it does warm on the way down.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness, and the carbonation is a tad much, but not overbearing.

Drinkability is alright. This is good in the beginning, but it just gets too sweet near the end.

Overall I'm glad I tried this, but I think I'll stick with serf Oktoberfests. However, it's worth a shot because it's the best time of the year right now.

glid02, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22-ounce bomber from the 2007 bottling poured into a large tulip glass yields a glowing orange-amber body with a thin cap of mottled beige and off-white foam. The head collapses quickly with no lacing left behind on the glass.

The smell is sweet and caramel-laden with husky grainy notes and plenty of sticky malts. There is a whiff of alcohol in the nose, lurking amidst malty syrupiness that pervades the drink.

The taste is sweet, fruity, and malty with a definite boozy note, with a dash of juicy orange and a hefty and mushy bit of fallen-apple sweetness. Clean, sugary caramel is laced with a tangy graininess, and a slippery feel of banana rolls around the palate, bringing more syrupy sweetness, but no banana flavor, per se. Overripe canteloupe notes emerge late in the drink.

Overwhelmingly sweet, syrupy, boozy and sticky, The Kaiser isn't any run-of-the-mill brew. Tediously sugary with oddball fruitiness, a bomber of it is too much for my liking.

cvstrickland, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of beersheppard
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear copper color, fleeting tan/white head, minimal lacing, very little carbonation.

Smell: marzen malts.

Taste: marzen malts, somne alcohol burn (10.03 %), caramel, vanilla.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, not watery.

Drinkability: a decent Oktoberfest, I feel like this beer is almost there, the style is evident, but the execution is slightly off. I wish there was a little more lacing and carbonation, beer becomes pretty listless after a few minutes. High alcohol content would prevent me from drinking too many Big Boys. Interesting Festbier, good malty flavors. I definitely would recommend picking up one while they are in season.

beersheppard, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of HoppyMcStout
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this brew into a standard pint glass. Decent head with very mild lacing toward the very top of the glass. The color was a translucent reddish-brown. The scent was pure sugar, maybe a faint maple syrup? The taste was not pleasing. I suppose there is a reason why there aren't many imperial oktoberfests. This one had virtually no hop bite and was all malt. Not that all malt it necessarily bad, but this brew was just a mush of overly sweet flavors that had no distinctive character at all.

HoppyMcStout, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Winter
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a gorgeous clear copper with reddish hues. Aroma consists of malt, with a hint of nuttiness. Some fruitiness is also present. Mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied. The taste is smooth for such a big beer. Huge maltiness overall. Flavors of nutmeg seem to emerge midway. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish.

This was good, but I don't know if I'd want to reach for more than one. Price and abv also don't make this a very drinkable beer past more than one large bottle of it. Good to try but probably not one of my favorite Oktoberfest beers.

Winter, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich deep amber color. Poured a two finger of head that dissipated. Light and inconsistent lacing. Moderate carbonation decanting continuously.

S: Bready with some spices aromas.

T: Ample flavor of big bready malts and spice aromas more consistent with a bigger beer. Bitterness comes on the finish.

M: Full-bodied, achieving a clean and dry finish. Medium carbonation.

D: The high ABV would keep me from drinking any more than one bomber. that said, one of the more interesting Fest beers.

Haybeerman, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of abfraser
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Burnt orange, reddish, with a two finger head that dissipates pretty quickly upon resting. No lacing

S: Candi sugar all the way, caramel, toffee (?)

T: Exactly like it smells, straight sugary caramel; prominent hops, which seem a little out of place. Alcohol very present

M: Creamy mouthfeel, low acid

D: Very drinkable but a little too boozy to want to drink too much of it.

Good "imperial" oktoberfest. Very much in the Avery style. Enjoyable and worth picking up.

abfraser, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of BretSikkink
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy reddish-brown color with highlights of murky orange. Small streaming bubbles keep the ecru-colored cap from dissipating too quickly. Tough, thin layers of lacing.

As noted, plenty of hops here to do the job at hand. This definitely smells like a German brew; the characteristic yeast matches up nicely with heavily caramelized-sugar malts. This does have the twist of peppery, spicy hops that add a lot of depth to the nose. More power overall and I would bump it up to 4.5.

The flavor is an interesting melding of German festival sensibilities (pale side on the malt, lots of sugars, Munich yeast character) and American hop-genuity (citrics, peppercorn, high abv). I'm getting malt notes of boozy cherries, caramel and toffee interchanging, a little bit of toasted biscuit, and a definite 'feeling' of rye malt.

The hops are European in provenance and as such don't provide the bright flavors that we're used to from Avery and Colorado in general, but their heavy-handed application ensures that although the palate is slapped first by tons of sweetness, the flower will have its say.

The mouthfeel is smooth and full, not quite creamy but definitely pleasant and firm. Plenty of alcohol appreciable on the palate and the finish, but nothing obnoxious. Impressive concoction overall, probably not the style it's listed as here but who's counting right? Damn good high-abv beer, another winner from Avery's imperial series.

BretSikkink, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, toasted grain, and some fruit.

Very sweet up front with some caramel, giving way to fruit, and balances out a touch, though still leaning to the sweet side, with some slightly bitter hops. The bottle states this is 10.03% ABV and it is pretty unnoticeable. Good beer, but not one to be sessioned, thus I will probably go with the standard O'fests more times than not during the season as opposed to this imperialized version. Still one to pick up for a nice sipper on a cool night.

hckyfn9999, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in July of 2008.

A- Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass, this beer pours a clear deep copper color with a moderate sized white head that quickly settles to a patchy layer over the beer. Each sip leaves barely any lacing on the glass.

S- The aroma is dominated by tons of caramel maltiness with some spicy hops in the background. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

T- The huge malt profile is nicely supported by a mild hop character. I'm not a huge fan of malt bombs, which this beer most certainly is, but the immense maltiness never becomes cloying. There is a slight alcohol warmth on the finish, which is also surprisingly dry.

M- For an Oktoberfest-style beer, the mouthfeel is very good. It's full-bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. Each sip leaves a thin film on the inside of the mouth.

D- The hefty 10.03% ABV is exceptionally well-hidden. The warming finish is the only indication that this is a high-alcohol beer. I had to pace myself with this one lest I finish the entire bottle too quickly.

A great interpretation of the style. Highly recommended.

Tdizzle, Sep 04, 2008
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.