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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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1,176 Ratings

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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 vickersspitfire
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: it's a medium copper color with a nice thick tan head that gently thins out into a thin layer of bubbles, the body is crystal clear with very, very little carbonation.
S: There a re some hops aromas along with some mild nut and malt smells along with some earth scents and a bit of caramel.
T: Very smooth, some good hops flavors, very mild bitterness on the side of your mouth and in its aftertaste... along with a bit of banana bread.
M: It has a medium body that warms up your mouth, it has a very slight carbonation feel to it.
D: Very smooth and easy to drink, I couldn't taste any alcohol in it

vickersspitfire, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Chilled to approx 45 degrees

Looks good. Clear mid-range amber color. Serious orange tinge. Light ruby notes. Small foamy head. Minimal retention. Okay lacing.

Malty goodness dominates the nose. Complex malts. Caramel, butter and toast. Slight earthy spiciness. Minimal alcohol smell, especially for the 10% it has in it.

Nice malty flavor with caramel and toffee notes. Good level of sweetness that is balanced nicely by a slight hops bite. Some heat from the abv content, but not as much as expected.

Feels good, with a nice body. I'd like it even better with a little more heaviness/thickness to it, but since it's an Octoberfest style, that wouldn't be quite right.

Here's one Octoberfest brew that I could drink alot of. I will look forward to this 'holiday' from now on, because of this beer.

coldmeat23, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of ChillMike
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always a treat to try a new beer from the guys and gals at Avery Brewing, let's see how this one goes....

A:Pours a golden-amberesque color with a smaller off white head that recedes quite quickly and leaves a bit of layered lacing. Nothing too great but nice enough.

S: Nice sweet malt scent with some earthy overtones as well. Does have the smell of a typical Oktoberfest with a bit more earthy hop type of smell. A slight slight smell of alcohol as well.

T: Sort of hard to describe, definitely has the Oktoberfest type of taste but it's kicked up a few notches. The malts come through a lot more stronger and there's a definitely strong presence of hops without it being overbearing at all. I like it a new take on classic.

MF: Pretty close to spot on, maybe a tid bit watery but I like it.

D: Very tasty beer that hides the alcohol quite well, quite warming, a little expensive for my tastes but I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to see this in a 6er.

ChillMike, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid deep amber, one half finger head.

S- Complex malts caramel and toasted aromas abound. No sense of alcohol can be detected in the nose.

T- Rich and malty, not overly nutty like most american oktoberfests. There is just the right amount of toasted malt and noble hops to keep things balanced. A slight alcohol note is detectable right before and leading into the finish.

M- A little thin, prolly due to the higher abv.

D- Fairly drinkable for an "Imperial" beer.

Honestly, I did not think I'd like this beer. I thought it would be over the top and unaproachable. I was wrong, although this beer is big, it has balance and remains enjoyable.

Pauly2X, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of jeffmonarch
2.8/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 Pint 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Semi-cloudy orange brown with a thin light tan head.

S - Sweet and really spicy.

T - Really sweet. Good spice but there is a bitter sweet taste that doesn't seem right.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Not a fan of this oktoberfest.

jeffmonarch, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of kcillini77
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is deep mahogany with a small head. Looks good, but little lacing.

Smell is sweet malt and fusel alcohol.

Taste is lots of sweet caramel, toffee, malty flavors. Delicious, but alcohol on the swallow is strong.

Drinkability suffers by the alcohol content. A good Oktoberfest to sip through an evening, but that's not really what Oktoberfest's all about, is it?

kcillini77, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of pleasewearpants
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is really beautiful when held up to the sunlight. Light amber and copper colors. I was impressed. Head poured kinda big and foamy but died down after a minute or two. The nose is bready I suppose. Definitely could smell the alcohol (and oh is there alcohol to smell). Not a bad smell at all but not something I would wear as cologne.

Taste is pretty similar to the aromas. Very malty, alcohol aftertaste. Nice bitterness hits the sides of the palate as it goes down.

This is a nice beer but is a little too boozy tasting. Kinda like the G5 of malt liquors....the only way to fly! Except this obviously is a lot better than malt liquor.

pleasewearpants, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of elniko
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass

A: Rich deep amber, finger of head that dissipated rather quickly. Mild carbonation apparent. Good looking brew.

S: Smells quite bready, some spices notes in the nose as well. Quite nice smelling brew.

T & M: I usually find marzen style beer to be lacking in flavor and mouthfeel, usually slightly. That is not the case with the Kaiser. The alcohol is apparent in the taste and in the warming sensation in the stomach. Hops are apparent but do not overwhelm at all but adds a nice touch and added textures to the brew. Breadiness and slightly herbal up front with the bitterness on the back end. Very nicely done.

D: High ABV would keep me from drinking more than one bomber but I will without a doubt be having this fine brew again to celebrate Oktoberfest.

elniko, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of mtbbaboon
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color with moderate off white head. Doesn't leave a lot of lacing. Smells malty, fruity and sweet but overall doesn't have a very strong aroma. I had to really sniff it to get a good sense of the smell. Mouthfeel is creamy with mild carbonation. Leaves some stickiness after swallowing. The taste is more malty than anything, although you can taste some fruit and the alcohol is noticable. The aftertaste is pretty much all malt. Reminds me of the last doppelbock I had. Overall, I've had better Oktoberfests, but it's a worthy beer at $6 for 22oz. I am enjoying it while watching the Olympics.

mtbbaboon, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Soft malty/fruity nose with no more than a splash of hops.

Pours a deep copper color, good clarity, mild-sized head that's persistently smooth and creamy.

Smooth and viscous body greets me bringing with it a wealth of flavor. Incredibly sweet and malty malt take spotlight. Soft, ripe fruit propagates throughout. A little leafy hop flavor and bitterness, a little earth and floral too. Sugary sweet edge near the finish reminiscent of honey. Crisp band of alcohol heat just past that honey edge. Finishes a little dry.

A seriously chewy brew, 22oz has been a bit of a struggle. I was hungry when I started, but now, with a few sips left, I'm stuffed.

MrHungryMonkey, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of Buebie
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized merlot glass. The label on the bottle says bottled in 2008.
Silver tinfoil wrapped neck and cap.

Pours a transparent deep amber with an orange marmalade tinge.
Head is light and fluffy, 2 fingers deep. Medium to mild lace with good retention.

Smell is predominatly a spiced cracked peppercorn hoppieness with sweet malty aromas coming through. Fresh baked bread-sourdough bagget, floral hops, apples, sharp cheddar. Some very mild alcahol fumieness.

Taste upfront is sweet with a spice kick. Carbonation zing, turning mildly bitter all the while releasing a spicy peppercorn flavor that lingers in the background, but does not dominate.
Alcahol in the flavor is a bit undesirable.
Herbal spiced tea like aftertaste, some hoppy bittering with a touch of pine as it finishes. Dry, with a lingering peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, carbonation melds well with this beer and does not overwhelm.

Interesting theme for an oktoberfest style. I cant say it was the best fest beer I've had, but it wasnt the worst either.

Edit: As it has warmed to about 50 degrees it has gotten worse. The alcahol flavor has become pretty dominant and borderline ubearable. Its more peppercorn dominant now. Modifying my score on this as well.
I wont be buying this again. Although some cellar time might really smooth it out. So keep that in mind. I'd really like to try a cellered version of this.
I will keep buying Avery products, they are that damned good.

Buebie, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of sholland119
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't think I will be hunting down another Imperial Oktoberfest.

Pours a clear reddish amber. Looks more like a double IPA. A bit of frothy head that does not linger.

Smell is very caramelly sweet with no real balancing aroma. Uh oh.

Taste is too sweet by quite a bit and the effect continues to build throughout. Way too cloyingly sweet by the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel is fine. Carbonation on the light side of moderate.

Half a bomber was plenty for me and too much for my wife. Didn't want to finish hers either.

Not my thing.


sholland119, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of GilGarp
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2007.

Pours from a foil wrapped, capped 22oz. bottle into the curvy sam adams glass.

Looks like an imperial IPA with redish golden color, ample white head, decent retention and lacing.

Smell is fruity and yeasty, somewhat like a belgian sour. cherries, apples, grapefruit, etc.

Flavor is more of the same. It has surprising amounts of fruit, bready yeast, spice and alcohol.

Mouthfeel has medium-full body, good carbonation, great balance, dry finish, and just enough burn to remind you - take it slow.

Drinkability is good for the high ABV.

This beer is surprising me in all the right ways. I couldn't think of the last Oktoberfest I had (probably Sam's and years ago) but this wasn't what I was expecting. Nevertheless, lots of depth to the flavors and impressively well-rounded having sweet, bitter, spice, and sour flavors all mingling happily together. It probably helps that this one was left to cellar for nearly a year.

I'll be looking for this one again in the early fall.

2011 version enjoyed fresh and cold 9-16-11

Much the same as I read over my previous review. The hops are more intense but I still get that diversity of flavor throughout. Sweet, bitter, spicy, and maybe a little tart or sour. Definately a unique beer.

GilGarp, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of Phenom
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a clear amber color with a moderate white head that dissipates to a thin film.

The smell and taste of this beer really evoke strawberry jam. Other fruity and vegetal flavors are present. The beer is a little too sweet for my taste. Alcohol becomes a little more apparent as it warms, which actually improves the flavor.

Mouthfeel for this beer is quite good, it is smooth with an almost chewy feel like a good red wine. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit just because I would never another due to the flavor.

To me this beer from Avery misses the mark. I have a hard time getting past the jam-like flavors and therefore cannot recommend this beer, unless you are really looking for something totally unique.

Phenom, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of Biggness
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark amber with a slight white head. The smell is very original and it certainly makes u want to try this beer. The flavor as well is original yet pleasing for an oktoberfest beer. It is a little over carbonated imo and that as well hold back on the drinkabliltiy. I good beer over all

Biggness, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of MisterClean
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from tasting at Manderes.

A - Copper, medium head, and dissipates moderately.

S - Smoke, cherry, currant, and light alcohol.

T - Smoke and cherries.

M - Smooth, pretty nice.

D - Good. Again, Avery may have aged this one for too long, picking up barrel like flavors. Also, I think Adam doesn't care much for the ur-Marzen flavor either.

MisterClean, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of BMoney575
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Sampled on 6-8-08
2007 Vintage

Pours a crystal clear bright orange, with a fizzy, thin head that leaves big, foamy lacing.

Smell is very sweet, almost pumpkin, with lots of caramel and sugar.

Taste is ultra sweet and malty, too sweet, with lots of light fruit flavors. The finish is super thick and slightly boozy, with an odd subtle vegetable character.

Mouthfeel is very thick, makes the sweetness stick to your tongue.

Drinkability is poor, the cloying sweetness is almost offensive.

Overall, definitely a sipping beer. Probably worth aging, but not worth drinking before that.

BMoney575, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of mhewes
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours an orangy copper with an off-white head. The head sticks around for a while and leaves some good lacing.

S: Big sweet malt aroma. Has some spicy notes along with a touch of hops

T : Lots of sweet malt with some raisin flavor also. A little bit of hop bitterness that gets overwhelmed by the malt.

M : Syrupy with good carbonation

D : I plan on coming back to this one. You don't notice the alcohol.

mhewes, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle just purchased for $7.99... "Bottled in 2007" on the front logo sticker...
This must be the mother of all Oktoberfest beers... coming in at a tremendous 9.3% ABV with a tremendous nose of baked bread, slight alcohol, graham crackers, and caramel...
Bright-orange, light-copper appearance with rising carbonation and a foamy head that exhibited impressive staying power...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a thick suggestion of bread and butter nuances and a powerful hint of caramel, a tinge of vanilla, graham crackers, malts, and alcohol... Although the warming alcohol was noticeable, it certainly wasn't overbearing to the point of corrupting the overall drinkability of the brew...
Great stuff from Avery... A truly muscular, big-bodied, thick beer...

dsa7783, May 14, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium burnt orange with a off white foamy head that was firm and sticky leaving a good lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: An agreesive rich caramel and fruitiness (apples) was detected on the nose. Smell was rich, and a lot heavier and darker then your typical octoberfest beer.

T: a big munich caramel bite with some booziness along with some dried caramel apples. The beer was massively hopped with a big spiciness (brown sugar), ripe fruit and a fresh flowery hoppiness. The palate was big warm caramel bread.

M: full, and very creamy on the tongue.

D: A very big drinking imperial ockotberfest, certainly no session beer. Big, hearty, nature that will warm you up with a nice toasted munich sweetness.

beerthulhu, May 10, 2008
Photo of saintwarrick
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Like my Octoberfests sessionable, obviously this goes in another direction. Pours a light copper with a medium-thick white head that resembles a pale ale. Aroma is mostly malty and sweet, biscuity, but with definite hop oil presence. Taste is very thick, unlike a normal Octoberfest, syrupy and fruity like jelly, but instead of a smooth finish like most of these brews, this one is decidedly bitter with a definite alcohol presence. Finish coast your tongue and is a bit oily with the hops.

Another instance of an "imperialization" of a brew. Not a bad brew, but more of a novelty than anything I would go back to.

saintwarrick, May 09, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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 -21.2%
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 +6.7%
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 -21.2%
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
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.