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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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very good

1,078 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,078
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 65
Gots: 54 | FT: 2
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 wingman14
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a thick off white head. The smell is mostly malt with some alcohol detected. A couple fruity and sweet notes in there. The taste starts with a dose of alcohol and sweet, a bit of warming, followed strongly by the malt and caramel. The aftertaste mellows to the strong characters of octoberfests. The mouthfeel is good, a good balance with the exception of the strength. I enjoy this beer but feel it could be much better if they didn't go for high ABV. The flavors would come out more. This is an easy drinker but I wouldn't do more than a couple because of sweetness and strength. Overall a good beer, definitely try if you enjoy octoberfests. Cheers!

wingman14, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich auburn color with an orange tint. Two fingers of head off the pour that linger for a while and delicate rings of lacing line the glass.

S - Sweet with pine and very strong grassy hops. Smells similiar to some double IPAs I have had.

T - Very sweet caramel malt with a fairly powerful pine hop presence. This tastes like a double IPA too! It is a bit more mild, but it has the same presence.

M - Smooth, slick, pretty refreshing at that.

D - It is certainly a good beer, but it is not very true to the Oktoberfest style. Too much powerful American hops, but it is nice. Too strong for any sort of session, but it is enjoyable. I might have it again - doubt that I would pay for it though.

mrasskicktastic, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of sid6581
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from local beer store.

A: Perfect copper color, poored carefully with a 2 inch head which lasted about 2 minutes.

S: Fruity, a bit more than the average marzen... but then this is nowhere near average. A tiny bit of hop aroma comes through.

T: Sweet, malty. Some raisin, banana. Slight alcohol warmth.

M: Smooth, well balanced. Definite crisp hop presence.

D: Suprisingly strong for this style (hence the reason it's called IMPERIAL Octobervest). Close to barley wine territory here.

sid6581, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of sleazo
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at O Briens

Didnt take notes on this one, so it is from memory. I never had a beer quite like this. it is like an Octoberfest on Steroids. the alcohol demands that this be sipped. While you definitely taste the alcohol, it is balanced by the malt. As the beer warmed, you could defininitely taste the yeasty malt. All in all i enjoyed this very much but had to go home afterwards as i probably would have been over the limit with another.

sleazo, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of Vancer
2.63/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Mark me as one of the thumbs-down folks on this one. The intense, harsh tree root flavor just did not go over well with me. Just not enough malt to balance this bad boy out.

The pour started out good – clear amber with ivory head, nice little sheet laces.

Not much in the aroma either, I barely detected fall spices – and I’ve got a pretty good size snozola.

Oh well, Avery has other offerings that are good.

Vancer, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler pint glass froma 22 oz bottle.

Appearance: A beautiful copper color with a goo foamy head that dissipated as drank.

Smell: Fruity and slightly as you would expect from a Marzen, but more fruity than usual.

Taste: Very good, but the detectable alcohol taste distracts from the fruity sweetness. Maybe uts the alcohol that makes it yummy sweet.

Mouthfeel: Good body and balance for such high ABV.

Drinkability: High alcohol taste brings this score down for me.

Overall: Very good. I'll drink it again; I was impressed with the fruity sweet taste, but the the high ABV was overall distracting from the Marzen style.

ProudBeerSnob, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

bjohnson, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Budlum, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

TastyTaste, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

akorsak, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of Osiris9588
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Osiris9588, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of sinistrsam
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

sinistrsam, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of SwillBilly
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SwillBilly, Oct 19, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

daliandragon, Oct 18, 2006
Photo of Tbone
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Tbone, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of Hibernator
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hibernator, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

MuenchenerKindl, Oct 13, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

BeerSox, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
2.73/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

SilentSabre, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of delicious
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

delicious, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of cameraman
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

cameraman, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

IntriqKen, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of boulevard2
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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!

boulevard2, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of sinistermadman
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

sinistermadman, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of weasbri
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

weasbri, Oct 06, 2006
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,078 ratings.