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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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1,131 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 68
Gots: 55 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: maxpower on 08-28-2004)
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Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2006

Appearance: It's a nice, clear reddish amber color. Head is a very generous two fingers. Excellent retention and lacing.

Smell: Very interesting. It's got a nice caramel, malty sweet aroma. Some grapefruit and other light citrus scents are present. Alcohol is definitely noticeable. Finally, it has a pretty strong hop aroma. Nice blend.

Taste: This is very good. Nice malty flavor to it. A bit of toasted nut in there. Alcohol is noticeable, but it's smooth for being so strong. Hops are there, but I wouldn't say it's bitter. Just very well balanced.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It leans toward medium bodied. Carbonation is very good. Extremely smooth. It's far too strong to session, but goes down far too easy for a beer this big. Overall, very fine offering from Avery.

prototypic, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of sweethome
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color. A little white head - to style for an octoberfest - surprised a beer of this alcohol heft can deliver this head.

Wow - intersting nose - all the maltiness of an octoberfest but one hell of an alcohol fire! Hits the palate full force - fire of alcohol at 9%, loads of malt - yes - Octoberfest is in there....so is Avery's over the top kick. What an experiment! If you like high gravity beers, this one is a keeper. I love Octobefest, also love barleywine. This baby hits on both. In some ways, reminds me of Shamischlaus (sp?). A lager that is smooth and full flavored, yet a real butt kicking alcohol bomb.

American micro inginuity at it's finest. I love what this beer does...just don't expect a "normal" octoberfest.

sweethome, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of denjen
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dennis: This beer is an example of why I like Avery so much as a brewery, they take something that is boring and mundane, and amplify it into something stronger. Every October you get besieged by a glut of Oktoberfests from just about every brewery out there, even Miller and Coors. Instead of just regurgitating another version of that though, they take and put the Avery spin on it, strong malts, and stronger hops designed to hide the increased alcohol behind it. The noble hops elevate this "lager" to a whole new level, very strong but not overpowering. The malt sweetness can be a bit overpowering, especially if you let the glass breathe a bit and warm up. Still for those of us that love large beers this is the beer of choice this fall.
Jen: I generally love Oktoberfests, and this one seems to top the list. It is unique and will stand out in a overcrowded shelf of fall brews. I get a nice malty beginning, followed by hops and ending with an alcohol pow, something you might not expect, but not overwhelmed with either. The mouth feel is a combination of tiny bubbles and a medium body. I look forward to the 2007 and planning on buying extra to cellar.

denjen, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of neonbrown82
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle was provided as part of a trade from Crosling. I would really like to try it when it is a little fresher, but it's still good. I thought the 9.3% ABV would be sufficient to keep this beer "fresh" enough for about 8 months, and it was, but I would still like to try it again sometime this coming October.

The beer pours to a hazy golden amber color with a plum hue. Carbonation is decent. Head is big, and after a few minutes it recedes to a centimeter, retaining for the rest of the drink. Decent lacing.

The smell is kind of weak. A bit of biscuity and caramel sweet munich and crystal malts. The hops have faded a bit by now. Have to inhale pretty deeply to get anything of it, however.

The taste is better. Rich malt presence, as expected. Tastes exactly like I would expect an "Imperial Oktoberfest" to taste. Lots of biscuity munich malt with a generous helping of caramel malt. Slightly vegetal lager yeast. Has a bit of a lingering bitterness, but any hops flavor it may have once had has faded.

The body is pretty big, but still has that crisp lager fizzy mouthfeel. Not so much clean, however. Lingering bitterness and toasted bread flavor. You can tell the alcohol is there, but it doesn't stand out in the flavor, just a slight burn. Average drinkability that might improve with freshness.

neonbrown82, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of jameaterblues
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-I just poured a bottle of the 2006 batch of Avery's Kaiser. This bottle was poured into a pint glass, and has an amber hue(as expected), a foamy off white head that is about 1/4 inch tall, diminish quickly, but leaves the top of the liquid covered with a layer of off white almost tan colored bubbles. With a dense sticky lace that almost coats the glass.

S-Rich well rounded roasted malts(caramel), almost a bread-i-ness or buiscuity scent, along with some flavorful nuttiness. A very well rounded herbal/floral hops, and a slight hint of alcohol.

T- Big caramel and alcohol flavors throughout the body. You can tell that the alcohol is there, but it is not totally dominant. There is a lingering herbal flavor from the hops, but not too bitter. This is really a nice change from what I was expecting, b/c I usually think 'Imperial' means more american hops, but avery stuck with german hops and came out with a great beer that is high in alcohol, but not overly hoppy! Good Job!

M/D- Fairly heavy body for the color of the beer, moderate carbonation, and a lingering smooth alcoholic finish with the caramel carrying over. I think this beer is highly drinkable, and I am extremely happy to be drinking it out of season!

jameaterblues, May 30, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great 2 finger thick head that sticks around for a while. The smell is of caramel malts and alcohol. Hops are very very faint in the backround.

Taste is smweet caramel malting with an alcoholic finish. Not overbearing. Strong, but balanced. An imperial oktoberfest? Good idea.

Mouthfeel is ncice. The beer clings to the mouth very well and is crisp and refreshing.

This is one sessionable beer, especially for a 9% abv beer. Definetly give it a try.

I gave the taste a 4.25 and the apperance a 4.75 range. I upped the apperance to 5 and downed the taste to 4. It seems right. This beer is great regardless.

jasonjlewis, May 13, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006, this pumped up marzen is a tad toasted malts and even a drop of smokiness. It is drinkable and fine with food, but a bomber is way too much. I get a lot of carmel offset by hops in the finish. More of less bitter dry aftertaste. Well done, but Maybe 6 oz. is all I want to drink.

Sammy, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a medium dark amber withy an okay head and merely spotty lacing. Not much retention. The smell is all lager yeast, with some tangy malt and light floral hops on the finish. The taste is big and alcoholic with more tangy malt, more lagerish flavors, an undercurrent of spicy cinammon, and some bitter hops at the end. A little sweet as well. Fairly smooth and creamy in the mouth helps its ddrinkability, but just a little too redolant of alcohol and strong flavors of lager yeast make it hard to have more than one.

Georgiabeer, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this one.

A: Clean and vibrant almond pumpkin color with dozens of streams of micro bubbles. Head started out fizzy but that ended quick and the head settled to a fairly dense mass of whipped butter hued bubbles.

S: Ritz, peanuts, caramel and peach.

T: Begins very malty with loads of roasted pistachio, toasted almonds, cooked carrots and a real caramely/toffee sweet streak to it. Flavor really jumps out at you in staggered waves happening brief moments from each other; starts with a toasted doughy feel, moves to a bit of soapy butterscotch then finishes candy like stewed bready tomatoes. Finishes with a bit of copper coil, red apple and lingering brown sugar.

M: Medium body with a good creaminess to it, with just a touch of carbo sting.

D: Not bad, interesting play on the style. Overall the alcohol is well hidden for the percentage. A bit sweet and cloying at parts but overly unbalanced. Good but not great.

Westsidethreat, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a medium brown color lager with a generous white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of nutty caramel malt is perfect with some subtle bitter hops. Taste is dominated by semi-sweet nutty caramel malt with some light slightly bitter hops. Body is somewhat creamy with no discernable alcohol. I really like the take on this style while avoiding going overboard and keeping some balance and complexity.

Phyl21ca, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Oxymoron

Pours a nice slightly cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy head which leaves quickly, but leaves some little islands and sticky lacing. The nose is kinda sweet and malty with a nice touch of spicies and caramel. the taste is malty and spicy with some caramel overtones. Medium body. Drinkable, my first Imperial Oktoberfest brew, pretty tasty.

Wasatch, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lighter golden amber with a nice off white head that lingers nicely. Clear with a bit of effervescence; nice lacing action after time.

S - A hint of the alcohol and hops first, then a sweet caramel, spices and the malt.

T - Warmth and a hoppy action followed by a nice spice (clove?) and malty characteristic that lingers on the tongue. That's nice.

M - Medium body with an interesting hop balance.

D - Very good. Kinda creamy with an interesting complexity. That alone makes it a stand out in the droves of harvest seasonals.

I recommend it.

jjayjaye, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of badbeer
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2005. Grabbed the wrong year, but I was cool with that considering the ABV.

Dark amber color with an off-white head with decent lacing. Smell was malty, plenty of caramel. Very nice and sweet flavor, seemed much more like a doppelbock, but it was very good nonetheless. Plenty of caramel in the taste, other sweet malts come into play as well. Mouthfeel was heavier than medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Overall, even though it was a year old, it was still very good. I'd buy this again for sure.

badbeer, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.13/5  rDev -45%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Vintage 2005, I know it's not quite meant like that, but Zipp's had one we thought was fresh...it wasn't.

The appearance looks very nice, the head is big and frothy and doesn't easily leave. It does however leave behind a very strong lacing. The color is light brown and looks good. The smell however reminds me of a Belgian with sweet tones of candy sugar and a slight hop fruitiness. Taste is a clash of bitter hops and sweet candy sugar and they collide on your tongue with an unpleasantness. The mouthfeel was ok and overall I would like to try this years version before putting this to rest.

Erdinger2003, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of roblowther
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with a medium density smooth head. It's red for an Oktoberfest. Smells of roses and candy sugar. It's taste is sweet malt up front with caramel overtones. The hops come on behind that but even the finish is dominated by the sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, surpisingly dense for the style. It has a dryish finish which helps fight the sweetness of the malt. Not a bad beer, all in all.

roblowther, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of arizcards
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 2005 edition from AJ's Labor Day weekend for $7.39.

Beer poured a reddish copper with a white head. Nose is primarily the sweet malts and little else. Taste is a blast of those heavy malts. Combined with the hops, this beer produces a fine marzen style taste. Mouthfeel is extremely creamy and smooth which makes the beer. Overall drinkability is good. There is a bit of alcohol (8.9 abv) backburn. This beer makes a fine annual Oktoberfest treat!

arizcards, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of sullysbeer
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Huge Munich Maltiness. Hints of caramel biscuit. No hop nose detected. Slight alcohol.

Appearance: Very clear. Orangish copper. Beautiful and Brilliant before pouring the yeast at the bottom. Slight off white head retention.

Flavor: Sweet malt up front. Pears and biscuit toastiness. ALCOHOL!! Ends up with a huge peppery bitterness that lingers a bit but not too bad given it's huge sweetness. Maltier Lager just like an Octoberfest should be.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with perfect carbonation.

Overall Impression: I know it's a bit late for an Octoberfest but I saw this and being an Imperial I had to grip it, and I'm glad I did. WOW, not only is the color of this beer worth buying for but the complex flavors. Make sure you pour the first half slowly because there is yeast at the bottom and enjoy the brilliant color. The flavor is balanced beautifully. Tons of alcohol in this one guys, being 9.3%. Very nice head buzz. Kind of reminded me of a lagered Barley Wine on a few sips. Your missin' out if you don't pick up a bottle of this one. Thanks Avery!

sullysbeer, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of zjungleist
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper/amber with a stout off-white head. Smells malty, but also grassy and grainy. The taste runs from sweet caramel, to a slightly tart and earthy middle, to a slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is the only real setback so far, it could use more carbonation, but it is fully bodied and silky in exchange for that. The drinkability is great, more than adequate for the ABV. I've only had a few imperial pilsners, and I loved every one, and I'd say this fits right in with those. I would almost say this is closer to a maibock than oktober fest, but I could see buying this when its availible.

zjungleist, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of 86sportster883
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest lager, bottled in 2006, is a BIG beer with a well disguised ABV. The beer pours as a beautifully clear orange/reddish copper with a thick cream colored head. The aroma is a combination of sweet peach syrup with hints of grassy and nutty scents. The beer maintains a thin head and leaves a long trail of lace. The carbonation seems just a bit too low and the mouthfeel is medium to full with a mouthcoating stickiness. The taste is mostly of caramel malt, balanced by alcohol and some hop bitterness. The finish is acidic, slightly bitter and a touch astringent. The 9.3% ABV will definitely catch up with you, and the beer does start to take on some barley wine like characteristics as it warms. Not a great beer, but certainly an interesting beer

86sportster883, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of Franchise
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber gold with a blonde head that is frothy and pillowy. The aroma is nutty, caramel, sour fruit, that has a crisp nose, and is tart in nature. The taste starts heavy on the palate syrup consistancy that has a caramel sweetness on the palate. The alcohal is warming and smooth followed by a toasted nut, charachter througout. The finish is again sweet with a nice hop bite that rounds out this delicious brew.

Franchise, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a crystal clear, copper, with a large heas that left lacing.

Aroma is mostly malty sweetness, with a friut hint, alcohol

Flavors of malt, with some woody character, plum, alcohol

Mouth feel is medium high bodied, with a medium low carbonation.

Nice fairly drinkable beer, it has a nice complex assortment of flavors.

amatuerbeerguy, Dec 11, 2006
Photo of gunnerman
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 bottle poured into a barley wine glass. Poured a amazing orange amber color with a nice fluffy head that left some nice lace on the glass. Smell is of your standard oktoberfest beer with that alchol smell mix in there, this is pretty standard smelling. Taste is pretty good it has that standard oktoberfest taste with a strong alchol finish, best tobe sipped. I had this after my thanksgiving dinner and I must say it was a good dessert drink, did take me some time to finish the bottle but I did want to savor it.

gunnerman, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz - 2004 Bottle
Sampled November (oops) 2006 - thanks HogTownHarry!
Pours a sludgy orange that settles a very deep shade. Head forms in the shape of loose bubbles that drift to the outside of the glass. Neat little dots as lacing. A really sludgy poor, the yeast that sullies the colour I think. A nice aroma - robust and lively with caramel stick, butterscotch sweet. Hops and yeast mingled in there too. First sip you can tell is a little boozy, alcohol shaded but not full out hidden. I like the idea of "Imperial Oktoberfest" - good thinking. It acts like a barley-wine but drinks like a marzen. Flavours a little too flat, but nice malt presence. Texture is a little dulled, maybe from age. Very easy drinking. This is like a marzen wearing the shoes of a barley-wine - the shoes suit it, but it doesn't quite fit into them.

biegaman, Nov 21, 2006
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3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle

Clear amber color. Medium, off-white head, which faded quickly.

A caramel malt bomb with some molasses thrown in if you missed the caramel. Grapes and alcohol were present as well.

Taste followed aroma. Vinous and port like, with a hot alcohol character. Hop bitterness showed up at the very end. Spicy finish as well. Could have used a bit more hops for balance.

Heavy/chewy in character, with low carbonation. Did I mention it was hot? Despite ABV, not terribly drying.

Overall, I am not sure we need an imperial O-Fest. While I appreciate pushing the style, an important characteristic of these beers is drinkability. Kudos to Avery for trying, but this one won't make it into my rotation.

, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of gmcfarre
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful clear copper with a solid 2 inch head and moderate lacing.

S - Very sweet barley with a molasses/caramel scent. Almost overly sweet in its scent. I'm calling for my dentist appt. as I type. High ABV becomes apparent as it warms.

T - Sweet sweet molasses and caramel with a nice carbonation tingle at the get-go. A slightly sour finish caps off a fairly unimpressive mid-range taste. Hops are pretty lacking.

M - Sweet with nice beginning carbonation that tails off into a smooth finish.

D - Super sweetness with high ABV makes this a once-in-a-while experience, especially given the cost and availability.

gmcfarre, Nov 14, 2006
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.