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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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1,035 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,035
Reviews: 604
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 62
Gots: 51 | 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 russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

22 OZ bomber pours copper to orange with a 4 fingers+ offwhite head with effervesence. Great lacing & head retention

S: Fruit &oak-like notes

Taste: Apricot & oakey notes up front. Caramel& maybe cherry vodka & alcohol burn surfaces as it warms, along with some hops bitterness, finishes oaky, dry & warming

MF: Thick & chewy with great carbonation levels. Skews malty but not to much of a detractor

A bit hard to drink even on somewhat cool summer's evening. The alcohol burn & heft slow you down a bit. Not bad, but I prefer dopplebocks to IMp Octoberfest biers. Still not a bad night cap/BBQ beer

russpowell, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%

Bottled in 2005. Burnished dark coppery orange with a definite reddish blush when backlit; the perfect color for an Imperial Oktoberfest. The cap is tremendous as well, both in terms of color (palest pumpkin) and consistency (dense, creamy and sticky). As an added bonus, it deposits an impressive amount of sandpaper lace that looks like it was generated by a DIPA. The Kaiser is a looker.

Although the nose needs to have double the power to truly impress, what's appreciated is nice, even if it doesn't smell much like the intended style. Surprisingly, for a classically malt-dominant style and for a beer that's approaching its first birthday, the aroma is balanced. Moderately toasted pale malt grapples with spicy German hops, neither gaining the upper hand.

Like the aroma, the flavor is nowhere near an Oktoberfest, Imperial or otherwise. It might be possible to create such a beast (although I've never tasted a credible version), but this most certainly isn't one. That doesn't mean that it isn't good beer however. My palate tells me that it most closely resembles an exquisitely balanced barleywine.

As expected, the malt structure is gargantuan with flavors of golden caramel, heavily toasted bread and cherry-infused vodka. Thankfully, there isn't enough Munich malt to ruin it for me; which, come to think of it, is also why it doesn't taste much like an Oktoberfest. The beer definitely has a sweet undertow, but there's plenty of hop bitterness left to smack it around, as well as a cleansing alcohol presence to mop up on the finish.

If some combination of the 4-Cs had been used instead of Magnum, Sterling, Tettnang and Hallertauer, The Kaiser would taste even more barleywine-like than it does already. The impressive spiciness of the hop bill makes it seem as though a hefty portion of malted rye was used, although the list of ingredients makes no mention of rye. The flavor profile isn't especially deep or nuanced, preferring instead to blitzkrieg the hell out of the taste buds with each sip.

Speaking of aggressiveness, the ABV is beginning to do a number on my senses. Although it's right up front, the alcohol isn't raw or hot in the least. Immediately after bottling, I doubt that it was as well-behaved. The body is medium-full and the mouthfeel is as firm as a Mauser to the midsection. As noted above, hop resins and ethanol keep the finish from being too sticky or slick.

The Kaiser is a big beer, no question about it. It isn't much of an Imperial Oktoberfest, but it is a pretty damn good German barleywine. After nearly a year, it's beginning to mellow, yet it still has a pretty good kick for those of us who like to smack around our taste buds and our brain pans on occasion. Another year in the bottle will probably only improve it.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of bruachan
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

this has been sitting in my collection for awhile now, and i see that it was bottled on my birthday last august. it's interesting that i'm reviewing this while some folks discuss the possible overextionsion of "imperial" as a style description; this is labeled an "imperial oktoberfest"

with flavors of clean munich malts and a full mouthfeel, as well as a lack of hearty hop character (though not a lack altogether) and a hint of ethanol this brew is getting into bock/doppelbock territory. having just discovered the wonders of korbinian, it's not too near that point on the spectrum but i would have been complacent if this thing had been labeled a "bock"

but that's all academic. it was a nice brew, and good looking, so i say cheers to avery (fun picture on the bottle, too)

bruachan, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of horndecker
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Big old 22 oz'er. In your face label art, bottled in 2005.

It's deep red orange, clear as a bell and glowing. A substantial tan foam billows up, very active, snap crackle pop. Fine and coarse bubbles, sits around for awhile. Bit of lace.

Smells of sweet malt, toffee, caramel, yum! A spritz of orange peel. A hint of chocolate and amaretto. The prescence of alcohol and wood.

A huge sweet malty start to the taste, slightly syrupy, somewhat oaty, with a smooth and subtle herbal hop bitterness. Alcohol isn't hiding, but it doesn't get in the way either. Not until later at least.Finish is long and only marginally bitter and herbal.

Mouthfeel is full and a bit syrupy, good latte fizz is soft and silky. Very drinkable, sure, but not in great quantities. Halfway to barleywine.

horndecker, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%

Bottle Inspection: Bottled 2005, 1.085 OG, 8.9% abv., and used German malts and hops.

Aroma: Big toasted aroma is noticeable at arms length! Nice deep caramel, a wood quality, and whiffs of hops and alcohol.

Appearance: Crystal clear brown/amber that holds a thin head. The clarity is striking. Some small traces of lace noted.

Flavor: Toasted bread, malt, and lots of hops. It took me a while, but the hopping is very similar to Great Divide’s Yeti, big and citric, despite the noble hops listed. Alcohol is noted deeper into the glass, but isn’t assertive.

Mouthfeel: Medium/heavy body, moderate carbonation, slight chew, slow lingering finish

Overall Impression: Wow, this is good. Rich and full flavored, a good sipper or dinner bottle. Malty, hoppy, clean, very enjoyable. I really like Avery’s big beers and this is no exception. Recommended.

HardTarget, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of taez555
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

This beer poured a slightly hazy orange body with a small white head.

Nose is extremely malty with waves and waves of a bit more malt. THere are some light fruit touches and even touches of hop that give a classic american big beer sort of presence. If I didn't know this was an octoberfest I'd say it was an american attempt at an english barleywine.

Taste is medium to full bodied with a rich juicy malt taste. Big malt all over the place. If you're a homebrewer you might think you're drinking straight up LME almost. Waves of a HI-C like juicy fruit flavor as well. Sort of all over the place but the fruit punch almost gives that squirting orange pulp type sense. Burnt caramel and toffee tones cut though as it warms. Hop bitterness is kept right on the line of being noticed. It gives balance and comes out in the finish, but for the most part knows it's place. Hop taste is even more subdued. Some slight earth notes, but mostly just there to offer balance.

I love the idea of an imperial octoberfest, but honestly it just tastes like a big english barleywine. Still, a kick ass beer from a kiss ass brewery.

taez555, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

Got the bomber and couldn't wait to try this one. Poured a clean mahogany with nice fluffy white head. I could smell the malt and spices as I poured. Some citrus and biscuit also appeared in the nose.
Taste was less than I expected. It was very malty, little hops and I couldn't detect any spices in it at all. Heavy on the yeast.
The lack of flavor lead to lack of mouthfeel. It was almost too smooth, like water with a hint of malt.
Disappointed in this beer. Perhaps it was the bottle I got.

Mebuzzard, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

From a 22 ounce bottle, this brew pours a clear, orange-amber color with a slightly off-white head. It has a mild and mellow aroma of lightly toasted malts and a little alcohol. There’s some Munich malt smells, but also a little fruit that seems misplaced. It’s malty and somewhat sweet up front, with more hop presence and bitterness than a traditional octoberfest. At times the beer is reminiscent of an English style barleywine, probably due to the alcohol, but with a decidedly German malt profile. It’s warming and fairly well balanced. It has a little yeast character and the fruitiness in the smell continues through the beer. I found it enjoyable, but despite the fact that I enjoy high alcohol brews, this one doesn’t have exceptional drinkability. It doesn’t have the cleanness that I expected. Regardless of that, however, the beer is certainly worth trying again.

Suds, May 21, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear light reddish-brown body with a thick spongy head of light tan foam. The carbonation is big bubbles that turn the head rocky after a bit.

S- The smell of lightly toasted malt has a nice fresh quality to it. There is a very faint earthiness to the malt followed by the crisp green smell of hops.

T- This beer has a nice malty taste with some slight sweetness and toasted notes combined. There is a big juicy citrus hop flavor followed by a nice bitterness from the hops to finish of the taste.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with some nice creaminess to the texture. No alcohol heat or astringency.

D- This beer has nice big sweet malt flavors with some big juicy hops that keep everything in balance. Very nice beer.

rhoadsrage, May 06, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Don't get me wrong, this was a quality brew, just a little much, being that it is a double oktoberfest. Some malts on the front, with light sweet caramel. More of an old ale, than an oktoberfest. Decent head and lacing down the glass. Very full bodied but the alcohol was overwhelming for an Oktoberfest. The alcohol seemed to control all the flavors of the beer.

bigdeuce, May 03, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
2.65/5  rDev -31.5%

I am pouring the beer at room temp into a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany hue with fluffy off white head that fades to an edge layer quickly.
Aroma is lite brown sugar and some hot booze. The booziness dominates but does allow for a bit of dark fruit to poke through.
First sip reveals a smooth syrupy body with fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is lite caramel and brown sugar then moves to some hot booze that overshadows all other flavors. The beer leaves a sweet sticky residue on my lips after each sip. The heat maintains this brew as a sipper.
Not the most well balanced or interesting beer and also not the most enjoyable. I wouldnt buy it again.

sulldaddy, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

This beer definitely deserves the name Imperial. The appearance is really nothing to impress, average amber color and slow emerging thin head typical for a for a martzenbier. The smell is pretty average, and non-overpowering as well. The flavor though is pretty good. It is a sweet beer but not too fruity, and no citrus flavor. The hop flavor is more resinous than anything. Lots of pale and carmel malts, a deep lager-y beer thats sweetness very much masks the heavy nature of the beer. Beware, too much of this can catch up with you fast.

dfried, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of UnionMade
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%

Clear caramel, topped with a receding white head. Deceent retention, dropping off quickly, though a swirl of the glass regenerates a modest film. No lacing. Kind of a malt liquor feel, with sweet, caramel malt. Not too much else, besides a vague, appley fruitiness and a bit of booze. Malt, caramel, and more malt. The flavor is much the same. Big and malty, lots of caramel, finishing sweetish and sugary. Not a whole lot going on besides caramel. Caramel up front, caramel dominating a little apple fruitiness, with a caramel finish. Definitely full bodied, pretty smooth, with milder carbonation. I could easily drink this after a few beers, but while I'm paying attention to flavor, it's completely uninteresting. Not bad, but nothing special either. Caramel malt, and not too much else. Big and sweet, but lacks depth and interest. I'll pass on this again.

UnionMade, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of TPoling
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Kaiser pours the color of teak with a moderate head. The high alcohol is forward in the nose, but with a spiciness from the hops to lend a little balance.

The malt is slightly chewy with hints of clove, tea and floral bitterness. The finish is medium and very warming at 8.9 percent. Overall, very reminiscent of a barleywine.

TPoling, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of dauss
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%

Presentation: 22oz brown bottle. Bottled in 2005, 8.9% ABV.

Appearance: Beautifully clear deep amber color. A large tight foamy head rests on top. Great retention and a lot of lacing:

Smell: Clean and big malt backbone. Caramel candy sweetness, with some moderate hop aroma and a strong spicy alcohol aroma.

Taste: Thick and sweet malty body and finishes sweet. Not much hop flavor or bitterness left in this, probably from the huge malt presence. Even though it is thick, it thins out, probably due to the high alcohol. I can't really taste the strength, but I can feel it.

Notes: Light carbonation. It does have some hints of an Oktoberfest. Clean fermentation characteristics, sweet, and malty, but the hop bitterness is lacking along with the dry finish. It has gotten some age on it, so its mellowed out. Its nothing that special.

dauss, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

A real "take the bull by the horns" approach to a traditional Oktoberfest!
Of note, I actually compared this side by side to a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest and it stacks up quite well!
Pours a bright orange color. Really nice to look at. A little darker and more vivid than most.
Smell is actually almost identical to the traditional brew, but sweeter and with a little more alcohol.
Flavor is top-notch. It actually captures the essense of the malty lager-based brew, but infuses it with extra sweetness, a stronger maltiness, and even some hearty hops on the back end.

The only issue with this brew is that it tends to come in large bombers and has a pretty potent alcohol level. I'd really like to see this one in a 4 or 6-pack variety in 12oz bottles instead.

Sometimes Avery takes something traditional and goes a little crazy with it, but I REALLY liked this brew. I think it compares quite favorably with the Bavarian originals.

Domingo, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +3.4%

I believe I picked this up at Bauer Wine on Newbury Street, Boston.

Beautiful, creamy head. Very rarely does a beer with a head like that ever disappoint.

Smells sweet of caramel, molasses.

Rich malt, caramel taste.

Easy on the mouth, smooth and creamy.

I've been into heavily malted beers lately and this one fit that mold quite well. Very tastey and filling on a cold winter night.

Not going to want more than a bottle of this one at a time, but that one bottle you do have I'm sure you'll enjoy.

fdrich29, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a thick 2" fluffy head that lasts quite a while.

Smell: the nose picks up caramel, brown sugar, and some hop bitterness.

Taste: this is almost a meal in a bottle. Many flavors in this one as strong caramel, graham crackers, prunes, toasted nuts, honey, mild alcohol, and a decent piney bitterness are all easily detectable.

Mouthfeel: crisp on the tongue, and long on the caramel, bitterness, and fruit tones in the aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: For a higher alcohol oktoberfest, this one is quite drinkable. Worth seeking this one out for an over-the-top flavorful version in the style.

Gavage, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Many thanks to fitzIPAtrick and growler for this bottle...a couple months behind, but well cared for in the meantime.
Pours a vibrant copper color...a full finger of bright white head. Lacing is thin and has very little cling to the side of my snifter.
Pleasant aroma...spicy, peppery, tropical fruit and a hint of alcohol.
Taste is quite good...a malt bomb yet not overly sweet...the german hops really balance this one out. Very spicy with just enough alcohol to makes you respect the Kaiser...like most of Avery's big beers.
Mouthfeel is agressively thick, yet not cloying...carbonation is where I like to see it and the finish is very clean.
Another winner from these guys...

warriorsoul, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev +3.4%

I had this on tap at the Stone 9th Anniversary Festival. It was one of the few lagers present and a good way to break up all the ales of the day.

The beer was a clear dark amber with a small tight head. The aroma was mostly Munich malt with very little hops. The flavor was full and boldly malty, like most Oktoberfests, but finished remarkably dry and clean considering it was 9%. I never would have guessed its alcohol to be that high had I not known. The hops were well rounded and on the high side for an Oktoberfest, but in a good way. The carbonation was just right and the mouthfeel was medium.

Another solid beer from Avery and one of the smoothest high alcohol beers I've had.

SacoDeToro, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4.22/5  rDev +9%

A funny quote lines Avery’s The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest from Kaiser Wilhelm II that goes “give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.” You don’t need a woman (or the world) to try this excellent German (ya!).

Poured a copper amber to red color. The beer itself is visible which is a little different noting that there was some sediment on the bottom. The smell is strong in malt. Almost sweet like brown sugar and plums mixed together.

The taste is excellent with strong sweet esters and a great mix of malt to hop combo. It’s hard to miss the alcohol flavor but really that adds to the flavor of the beer. A complex malt backing but sweet like an Old Ale. A raisin taste with stronger tones of spiciness and more sharper or earthy hop tones are noticeable. This is a great beer to taste a lot of different flavors. Well done for the taste buds.

Funny that an Oktoberfest is suppose to be 4.5% to 7% ABV. Avery like the good brewers they are push the envelope on this one to a nice 9.3%. It’s noticeable but with so much going on easy to by pass. So Kaiser made some bad decisions and was considered one of the major catalyst towards WWI, doesn’t mean you cant enjoy a fantastic beer named after him.

Oxymoron, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

I bought this 22 oz brew at Eagle River Liquor in Fulton, IL.

Pours a clear coppery orange with a head that leaves thick lacing. Very attractive.

Smell is very malty. I also get caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar.

Taste is sweet malts with a nice citrusy slightly bitter finish. Spices and some slight dark fruit flavors. The alcohol is subdued but lingers on the tongue. I was really surprised with this interesting brew.

Mouthfeel is thick buttery and smooth. Very nice.

I find this beer more reminiscent of an imperial dopplebock than an Oktoberfest. However it is still an excellent beer. Drinkability is amazing. This is one of the few beers that I will purchase by the case and drink throughout the year.

Blakaeris, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%

Bottled in 2005. 8.9% ABV.

Presentation: Silver foil covers the black logo’d Avery crown cap and upper neck. The main label looks just like the one shown in the BA Database with am Imperial design that revolves around a picture of said German chappy himself, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the 9th King of Prussia and the 3rd Emperor of Germany. Listed as ‘The Kaiser – Imperial Oktoberfest Lager’ and ‘Bottled in 2005’, with an original gravity of 1.085 and a stated strength of 8.9% by volume.

Appearance: A glowing nuclear orange body with some lovely deep ruddy browns thrown in for good measure. Soft tan colored head rises at the start but settles to a broken covering with a halo ring finish. Minimal blotchy lacing with a decent enough level of conditioning that reinstates a nice ½” thick head on the swirl. A gentle swirl reinstates a great appearance to this one.

Nose: Well, I’ll write it as I smell it, but I get a very dry powdery crushed wholemeal flour aroma…rather strange I have to say. Beyond that there are some light sweet malts and a sweaty dark fruit twinge in the back end.

Taste: Rising malts start this one, dry almost chalky feel with some brash dark fruits and a funky feeling herbal character. Yeasty tones with a drying finish which has a sugary bitterness. Feels a little rough at times with some raw alcohol always lingering around.

Mouthfeel: Grainy with a boring biscuit feel that has an earthy soily feel. Benefits from a medium body, which belies its stated strength. Far from smooth and a tad raw and organic for my tastes.

Drinkability: Started out good enough, but after half the Bomber I started to slow rapidly down. I didn’t really struggle with this one, but neither did I find it to be one of those Bombers that drained quickly. Every time I topped up my Glass there seemed to be yet more beer left in the bottle. A slow drink of sorts and the Bomber was a hard one to work through completely.

Overall: Nice enough, and a good solid drink, but I’m not really sure I follow this one to be honest…..and the nose is too weird for words. Sometimes things can just be “souped up” way too much I think.

A Danka Schön to Kaiser Joe for this. Nice One Sir!!!

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 28, 2005
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

The Kaiser is a glowing amber, orange with a 2 finger dense head that fell too quickly. Left some nice sticky lace rings.

Rich and malty in the nose. Prominent alcohol aroma, some fruit. Light hops detectable.

Sweet and malty. Nutty, spicy with a tiny bit of caramel. Earthy finish and very sweet. Big alcohol.

Full, chewy mouthfeel. Slick. Nice warming effect.

Drinkability is decent. The alcohol almost overpowers everything. I will hold onto one bottle and see if it mellows out well or not. Definitely a unique beer.

Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours with a two-finger cream head that fades slowly and leaves a ton of lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is a malty bread. Starts sweet with a good malt/hop mix, stronger flavor than normal Oktoberfest. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Nov 12, 2005
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,035 ratings.