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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:
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(Beer added by: maxpower on 08-28-2004)
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Photo of shererjt
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, reddish-copper color with a large, beige long-lasting head. Beautiful. Fair amount of hops in the nose but mostly fairly clean, assertive malt. Some grainiess and maybe a faint smokiness. Reminded me much more a a barleywine than an O-Fest. Was fruitier in the flavor than in the smell. A bit over-the-top on sweetness, and I love sweet beers. Just barely enough bitterness to keep it from being cloying. Alcohol was minimally noticeable. Firm, lively mouthfeel. Drinkability was okay; this was pretty substantial and not something I'd drink liter after liter of, but all things considered it's above average.

Interesting concept. I don't think it replaces the standards like Paulaner and Ayinger, but there's certainly something to be said for it. Would make a great after-dinner or end-of-session beer.

shererjt, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of czfreeman
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 1pt 6oz foil capped bottle. saying goodbye to october with this one I guess. Very beautiful appearance. great golden color and very long head retention. the room is filled with spice,clove, and even pumpkin aromas. taste is very sweet, long tart aftertaste. pretty heavy mouthfeel. I don't think that I would want to drink this all day outside as is the oktoberfest tradition, a little to heavy for that. This is almost a hybrid bock beer or something. This beers appearance and aromas are outstanding, if mouthfeel was just a little lighter it would be a fantastic oktoberfest.

czfreeman, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Thick tan head on a clear copper body.
S- Big sweet caramel malt in the nose with the standard oktoberfest aroma following it. Kind of big in the grass hops for the style and just a hint of alcohol in the nose.
T- Really sweet caramel malts with strong alcohol over it. Big esters come through too. A mix of grass hops and alcohol tingle the tongue and leave a decent size bitterness on mid tongue.
M- Full body with low/medium carbonation.
D- I keep buying Avery beers in hope to find a good one. I think this may be the last one I try from them in a long time, I said that after Avery 14 though too.

BlindPig, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foil-wrapped cap tops this 22 oz. bottle, the 2007 (9.37% ABV) version. Into the East End Brewing pint glass it pours...a nightcap beer, sipping on The Kaiser while watching "Transformers" on DVD with my wife...yeah that's right, I wrote "Transformers", "The Kaiser" and "my wife" in the same sentence (fragment)...nice way to spend a Saturday evening!

A: Coppery auburn pour, perfectly clear, with minimal rising carbonation. Wears a fluffy crown of 1/2" thick almost-whiteness, ebbing away gently and leaving moderate lace - splotchy bands of it, sticking randomly.

S: Wow, big-time sweet. Heavy malts, laden with sugar. Candy-like and dense fruitiness with a clove-y, perhaps even gingerbread-like, spiciness. Some citrus/fruity bits, fresh orange juice? Some tingly booze in the nose...

T: Lots of thick, malty caramel and over-ripe fruit. More sweet orange, vinous grapes, dates and raisins. Searching deeper, there are tropical fruit flavors: coconut, mango? Yeastiness feigns a certain spicy/sweet 'Belgian' quality. Noble hops round off the sweetness just enough, imploring this to not go over-the-top 'malty'. An Oktoberfest that, because of it's "imperialization", comes off akin to a thick doppelbock. Maybe even an eisbock...

M: I debated what score to give here, settling on a 'good' score. Consistency is smooth, minimally carbonated, but syrupy thick. Alcohol level stays 'warm' and sticky sweetness lingers.

D: A tasty big beer, one I'll gladly pour again. Another of those beers that can only exist when brewers push stylistic boundaries, a 9%+ Oktoberfest really wasn't something I rushed to try, but I'm happy I picked this up. The 'session-able' drinkability is lost here, but the big sweet & spicy aromas and flavors make it very enjoyable, regardless. Just enjoyed more slowly...

msubulldog25, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of waltonc
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Outstanding beer, billed as an "Imperial" Oktoberfest. I have no idea what function adding "imperial" before "oktoberfest" provides, but this is really good. A fantastic product for people who don't want excessive hops in beer. The flavors are sweet, malty, with caramel and toffee. The mouthfeel is slightly thick, and your lips will stick together if you don't lick them with enough frequency.

waltonc, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Murchmac
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pumpkin orange.

carbonated, some frothy head, sugary sweet apple jacks.

Malt, whiskey, sweetness waifs

southern moonshine warmth, hoppy goodness, sweet malts, purple horseshoes

What a good beer. drink this when you can get it. A great avery interpretation of a german classic. I love the picture on the bottle of the WWI era german general, do some research to see who this is. Avery is a fantasic brewery.

Murchmac, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of NCSUdo
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Clear dark amber under a decent sized head. Some lacing.

S: Nice caramel nose. Really sweet and malty. A little fruity.

T: Sweet maltiness up front with some sweet caramel ends in a decent bitterness that hangs on for a while until it finally gives way to that big malt backbone to stick around the palate until the next swig. Some hints of the 9+% and some warming. Bitterness may be slightly off balance but it doesn't take a lot away.

M/D: Carbonation is just right and body is high medium, but pretty smooth. Drinkability is fine on this one. You aren't going to get away with downing this thing all night though.

NCSUdo, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
2.42/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Bass pint glass. A microscopic amount of head that quickly disappeared. It looks very similar to a glass of tea once the head disappears. Its a clear medium brown color. No lacing at all.

S: Only two things I can smell in this one are malt and alcohol.

T: Very tart taste when it first hits your mouth and it stays until you swallow. The flavor is then replaced with a slight alcohol burn as an aftertaste.

M: It has a very watery consistency that is not that appealing. It has no carbonation in the mouth at all.

D: The alcohol and tartness of this one makes it a definite sipping beer. The taste doesn't lend itself to me wanting to knock it back either.

I was looking forward to trying this one since I had not had a beer from Avery that I did not enjoy up until this point. Personally I rank this one below average for an Oktoberfest. I guess Avery isn't perfect after all. Good thing they have so many fantastic brews to drink instead of this one.

GatorBeerNerd, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of DaggerEyes
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz pour on tap at Spuyten Duyvil

Poured slightly hazy copper with a 1 finger white foam head. Nice moderate lacing.

Nose is of sweet bready malts mixed with grassy earth tones, to my surprise this beer has a bit of funk to it, not a huge ammount but the grass and earth can be pungent at times.

Bready malts, a bit of sweetness with earthy and grassy tones, with a nice dry finish

Medium bodied with a nice prickly carbonation on the tip of the toungue.

Not a beer I could drink all the time, especially with it's abv creeping toward 10. But a really interesting brew that I wouldn't mind having a glass of again sometime in the future

DaggerEyes, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of genog
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Z Cucina with Adam Avery. It was an amazing evening of pairing delicious food with two amazing beers at each course. Absolutely amazing evening.

Pours a sparkling reddish, copper color with an off white head that lingers for a bit, and leaves little lacing. Smell is very fruity, sweet, malty, and some strong alcohol presence. Taste begins with a very sweet, melon, almost malty taste. A lot of esters linger in the mouthfeeling that is watery, and syrupy too. Not my favorite oktoberfest, but a good drink.

genog, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an amber/burgandy color with a tan, soapy, two-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of tons of malt and mild hops. There's a dried fruit aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet malt. There is an earthy/grassy flavor. It also had a dried fruit taste.

M - It was soft and smooth. A heavy-bodied beer, almost like a barley wine.

D - This is a very good oktoberfest. In fact, one of the best I've had.

zeff80, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at the local tavern.

A: Pours a dark, orange-amber body with a frothy, white head. The head has pretty solid retention until the finish.

S: Smells a of sweet malts with subtle hoppy undertones.

T: A slightly malty taste, which was not what I was expecting based on the smell of the beer. The alcohol was present in the taste as well with slight, hop hints that did not seem to go that weel with the malts, but were subtle enough ot not really factor that much.

M: A solid, mouthfeel. Nice and smooth.

D: Ok drinkability overall. A good Imperial beer, but the balance between the hops and malts was lost for me. I felt that, altough the hops were subtle, mixing with the evident alcohol as well as the sweet malts did not seem to work that well. Stilla decent brew overall.

maddogruss, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery- The Kaiser

Bottles available at Isaac Newton's- Newtown, PA

A- Golden orange with a small soapy head.
S- Sweet fruity malt with a touch of pumpkin spice and alc.
T- Fruity (cherry, grape) malt with hints of pumpkin spice, cinnimon, and plenty of alc.
M- Sweet and dry with a slight boozy alcohol body. Finishes off warm.

Overall- A decent offering here. Nothing spectacular, does hide the alc for a 9%+ beer. On tap I'd get a pint, probably wouldn't buy a bottle of it again.

NJpadreFan, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of KAF
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Autumn Brew Review in Minneapolis, MN. I have also had it bottled. If every Oktoberfest tasted like this I would look forward to the end of summer. A golden amber pour with a pale head. Sweet smelling. Smooth and slightly syrupy.

KAF, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of bboven
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange, clear, good head and lacing

Pumpkiny aroma with a bit of alcohol.

Tastes a lot like a Belgian; just a little lighter. There's some grape in there and the alcohol is well hidden.

The mouthfeel is too sticky, really, but as thi an 'imperial O'fest, who's to say?

Treated like a Belgian, this is very drinkable and inexpensive. For an oktoberfet, though... Regardless, I sipped this from a wine glass (only clear, clean glass found at the cabin I was vacationing in) on the porch and liked it a lot.

bboven, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of ojiikun
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Live reviewed from Collins Pub in Seattle, WA.

Tap handle simply said "Imperial Oktoberfest" on an Avery logo, so I can only presume it's the Kaiser. Served up in a medium flared goblet with 1/2" of good, dark-creme head. Body is moderately dark and very orange. Crystal clear.

Smell is malty as heck and has hints of vinegar. Mashed fruit undertones, not sweet at all. Grapefruits and whole-wheat bread.

Taste is wickedly tart and fairly hoppy. Sour fruit dominates along with darkly toasted malt. Black cherry and champagne.

Paired with a salad with a very spicy vinegarette, the tart flavour tones down and a caramely malt surges forth. Yeast takes on an almost Belgian cast rather than German.

Mouthfeel is good, clean for a 9. Carbonation is sufficient, but not exciting.

I haven't had many strong Marzens before, but this one seems to be a bit sour for my taste. Will have to try a few more before I can recommend for or against.

ojiikun, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of sraimondi
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise. Snagged this one at Plan B in Simsbury, CT today.

Poured into a pint glass with about a 1/2" inch head which hung on for awhile. Sheet lacing throughout the drink. A very pleasing auburn, medium copper color; definitely makes you feel a New England Autumn.

Vinous aroma with some raisin and fig presence. Malt and bread dominate.

Taste is VERY complex, so many flavors attack the tongue; dark fruit, malt and bread. Elevated ABV is very present at the front, but it doesn't overwhelm. MALT, MALT everywhere; with definite sweetness, but does not exhibit cloying qualities. As much as I tried, I could not detect any hops, but the hops must be there to provide some balance to the sweet malt.

Carbonation was "small" and provided for a very good & smooth mouthfeel.

The elevated ABV doesn't allow for too many of these, but you could always get a designated driver to cart you home.

An outstanding Imperial version of the style.

If you like malt, run don't walk to Plan B in Simsbury before this one kicks Not cheap at $7 per pint, but worth it, IMO.


sraimondi, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of Stoneman78
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear, copper orange hue with a off-white creamy head that is mostly sustaining, thick lacing sticks on the glass
S- Aroma is dominated by sweet, rich malts and dark fruit, some interesting strawberries and apples come push their way forward, hints of citrus
T- Initial taste is rich and fruity like a thinned out barleywine with plenty of sweet brown sugar and spices, finishes with a medium alcohol warming
M- Medium/full bodied ale, watery texture that coats the tongue, lively carbonation
D- This is one stiff, malty Marzen ale in the vein of Avery's big imperial style ales, and is definitely optimal in lower quantities, the fruity profile is unique without being awkward or cloying but is a huge departure from classic offerings in this genre, I liked this plenty but am on the fence if I would buy this again in the future

Stoneman78, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of RoyalT
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This actually looks like a real German Oktoberfest. It is a bright brown in color and clear with a modest head.

Smell – The German Oktoberfest malts are very raw and gooey here, again reflective of the style. There's a tinge of booze that caused me to step back at first, but mostly this smells like a good German festbier.

Taste – Oh, man, this is wicked. It may look and smell like an Oktoberfest but it tastes like a bottle of liquor. The malts are drowned out by the cheap alcohol, and the lack of complexity that I enjoyed at the smell has become a tactless abhorrence at the taste.

Mouthfeel – This is actually light-bodied with no bittering or pungent flavors, so in this sense it nails the style. That booze though just won't go away. It's not stinging, but it is in fact quite overpowering.

Drinkability – I felt like a wino drinking this bottle. I think at one point in the brewing process it likely held some potential, but the insistent Avery tradition of making every beer too big for its britches really hurt this effort more so than most.

RoyalT, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of peabody
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out like ice tea with one finger of white suds. Lacing on the glass.
Smell is Caramel alcohol and spices with a raisin fig fruitness.
Taste is strong sugar with just a hint of spice. The alcohol is very strong here. Not necessarily a bad thing either.
Mouthfeel is a bit oily and has the warming effect on the back of the throat all the way down to the stomach and beyond.
I drank the whole growler not knowing how much alcohol was in there. Wouldn't reccomend that too often.,

peabody, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of balconybrew
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stein. A huge white head that lingered was atop a light copper liquid. The aroma was all malt and no hops. Almost sickeningly sweet aroma. Tast was average, too malty for me. The body is medium and carbonation is good. Colder is better.

balconybrew, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle for $6.99. My brother ordered this at Uber, and I had a sip and was very impressed. I had thought I'd picked this up the day before, but when I was moving cargo around in my car as a prepped for the journey back to Spokane I discovered I hadn't. Therefore, I hit Bottleworks on my way home to pick this up.

The bottle features the smiling face of Kaiser Wilhelm II, complete with spiked Prussian helmet and uber-waxed 'stache, on a background that lookes like a silver version of the old Imperial German Navy ensign.The label states it was bottled in 2007.

This was poured into a SA BL glass and exhibited a copper color, with a couple inches of off-white foam. Lots of lace.

This was fairly malty smelling, with the malt showing off a sweet, fruity scent. I got strawberries (a first for me with beer) and apples. A little of the alcohol strength comes through as well.

The taste starts off as a fruity smack to the palate. It's backed up by a boozy flavor. Doesn't quite finish as cleanly as a traditional O-fest would, but that's probably an impossible achievement considering the variations from the style in this beer.

This has a malty, medium body. Slick, slightly sticky mouthfeel.

A cool variation on the style. Best appreciated if it's understood this is not a traditonal O-fest. This is dangerously drinkable, as it goes down super easy for it's strength. Probably not a good session beer, but it makes a tasty after dinner sipper.

woemad, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of reeder
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I didn't really know what to expect from an imperial octoberfest, but as I poured this beer I became excited. I really like this beer's appearance. It has a lovely reddish amber color. Clear with a slightly amber creamy head.

After pouring I took a whiff. To be perfectly honest I didn't really get much out of the smell. A little bit of strawberris and maybe some apple. The amount of alcohol that I smelled told me that this was going to be a strong one.

The first taste was surprising. I guess I should have taken the 'Imperial' part more seriously, but the strength of this beer was a bit of a shock. I felt like I was tasting a barley wine. This is not a beer to be gulped. It is sweet and alcoholic. There is some maltiness in there, but not as much as I would expect out of an octoberfest.

I'm not a huge fan of this beer. Its pretty well executed, maybe I'm just not a fan of the style. Don't get me wrong. I like a strong beer. But, given the way this beer tastes, I would rather just drink a good barley wine.

reeder, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of kleffman
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Liar's club, I was extremely excited for this seasonal Avery offering. I'm a little biased because I generally think Avery can do no wrong...

A reddish copper, with great clarity and a nice little head that didn't really stick around for long. The smell immediately hit me as apples, extremely sweet aroma with hints of citrus. Immediately upon taking my first sip my thoughts were a spiced apple cider. I don't know why I get so much apple out of this but my buddy agreed. It was quite a bit more bubbly in mouthfeel than I expected, but was soft at the same time. Kind of syrupy, and lingers for awhile. My main reaction was that this is a beer unlike any I've ever tried before. It is completely original, especially for the style. It's a little too cloying, and not malty enough for me as far as it's style and expectation but I thoroughly enjoyed something different for a change. I wouldn't want more than one ten ounce glass in a sitting, but I would most definitely go back to this fun oktober seasonal.

kleffman, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

2007 bottle poured up into a weizen glass. Beautiful iron color with bubbles racing to the surface. Smells malty, thick, sweet, nice with a little funky stank. The taste is definitely shocking, bready, sweet, thick stuff. The carbonation tells me I must drink slowly! Remember the 2000 election….hard to swallow bitch. This was so damn low on drinkability I could not finish the bottle.

ArrogantB, Oct 05, 2007
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,176 ratings.