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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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very good

983 Ratings

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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 601
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 55
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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 Skidz


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice, crisp amber brown and sits bright cherrywood in the glass with a good sized off-white/light tan head, nice lacings. Leaves a light skim on the surface, and gleams from across the room in the tuliped glass.

Smells rich and toasty filled with caramel and nutty goodness. Soft hints of hazelnuts, toasted almonds and toffee swirl around. Hops provide a soothing, tea-like aroma. Alcohol begins to shine as the beer warms up, mildly phenolic.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, lacings of caramel run down the toungue. Full, toasty character enters like steam off a bed of hot coals in a sauna. Alcohol shrivels the toungue and lits the hop flavors out from underneath the bed of malts. Melon, grapes and a light trace of orange lie flat on the surface. Finish is mildly bitter with extended toastedness and nutty flavors.

Smooth and soft in the mouth with a light, balanced carbonation in a medium body. Easy to manage, and quite pleasing to hold on to.

Not a bad Oktoberfest by any means. I think it would do much better without the exagerated alcohol content, as it distracts from it's fine O-fest qualities. Price tag a bit steep as well, a yearly distraction is fine for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 00:46:05 | More by Skidz
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared a 22oz. with a beer buddy of mine in Pa. Pours a crystal clear amber-red with a thin bone-white head. Aroma is very malty and sweet, smells like an octoberfest all the way. Taste is initially malty, bready and sweet followed by a nice dose of german hops. Finished is rough due to the extreme alcohol tatse. Not balanced at all! Thr alcohol is not well integrated into the beer, it just stands out too much. It's strange to here these words come out of my mouth cuz I love strong beers, it's all I drink! Some might really enjoy this brew, alas, I did not!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2004 16:13:54 | More by AlexJ
Photo of mntlover


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with a off white head that falls and laces well. Aroma is lots of malt caramel with light hop and spice aromas mixed thru out. Taste of lots of malt, very big bodied Oktoberfest, creamy with lots of caramel malty goddness abounding. Finishes with noticable alcohol presence that brings the spiciness and hops to the front. This is a very big Oktoberfest that was quite a treat only draw back was the noticable alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is leaning towards full, nice and creamy brew. Drinkability was good I would not mind to have this in the future. Want to thank melin48 for sharing it with me.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 02:52:30 | More by mntlover
Photo of merlin48


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle with mtnlover, thanks to a trade with clvand0. The Kaiser pours a clear copper amber body with a dense, ivory head that is one finger tall. Generous patchy lacing all over the glass.
Aroma has lots of toasty malts with caramel and toffee notes. Fruity alcohol esters are also prominent.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creammy, almost full bodied with a noticable alcohol presence.
Taste features a malty Oktoberfest maltiness with an alcohol kick and adequate herbal hops bitterness.
Better than expected, and definitely an unusual take on the style. You can certainly sense and feel the high abv here, but it's nicely done and pleasantly drinkable overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2004 23:15:35 | More by merlin48
Photo of Mitchster


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with German malted barley and noble hops (i.e-Tett and Hallertauer), and a German lager yeast.

Graciously donated by Adam Avery after stopping by for an impromptu tour, a couple glasses of awesome brew, and plenty of shooting the shit about good beer.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear beautiful ruby red, forming a tall and rocky dark beige head with excellent retention and sticky sheets of lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer! Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is brimming with spicy and subtley perfumy German noble hops, and an exceptionally clean ferment. If you've ever been to the brewery, you will recognize a subtle Avery aroma which I attribute to their water source (drink the Boulder water and you'll see what I mean) and their meticulous fermentation. The mouthfeel is pillow soft and extremely smooth with a slick finish and a lightly syrupy medium-dense body. The taste begins with abundant spicy hops with some floral, tart, and lightly herbal characteristics, followed by a chewy and sticky amber malt body. The bitterness is well-balanced with the malts and adds a delicate woodiness to the finish. The finish is lightly dry and alcohol is barely perceptable as a peppery flourish towards the end. Very cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors.

Not having had an Imperial Oktoberfest, I can vouch that this bad-boy indeed deserves it's title and is not a dopplebock as I perhaps expected. Just like it's other high-gravity cousins, this is also a winner (but c'mon, let's be honest, the Salvation kicks ass). All solicitation aside, these guys remain one of my favorite brewers, and the warm welcome I received at the brewery proves that these guys are deeply passionate about their beer, and good beer in general.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2004 23:25:40 | More by Mitchster
Photo of ManekiNeko


3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish orange, almost brown. Frothy yellowed head that dissipated quickly, but left loose nets of lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toasted bready malts with hints of prune and peach. Peppery and herby hops.

Taste: Sweet maltiness abounds. Caramel and earthy roasted malts. Mild taste of alcohol throughout. The finish of bitter grassy hops integrated pretty well with the malt bill.

Mouthfeel: Mild burn of booze. Thick in body, but not huge.

Drinkability: Boozier than a bock but not as darkly malty as a doublebock. Resembled a brown ale in flavor, looked like an Americanized marzen. Reminiscent of a Dead Guy, actually. Not certain if I like this experiment. It's not bad, but nothing to go ga-ga over. History tells me bad things tend to happen when Germans get imperial aspirations... thankfully this bucked the trend.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 20:34:46 | More by ManekiNeko
Photo of bditty187


3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beautiful crimson in hue with influences of tawny-copper; tiny bubbles were noticed in the clear liquid, the animation was lively and raced quickly to the off-white head. The froth was two fingers in height at the apex, impressive. Head retention was very good, the majority of the foamy mass lasted for a long while. A tight cap lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was sticky, very widespread and organized. This is one of the most impressive looking O-fests I’ve seen. The nose was cleaner than I thought it would be. Malt was the focal point, it was sweet and very wide but it encompasses a very limited range that covers caramel and chocolate covered toffee. Hints of dark fruit, cherries mainly, maybe some candied red apples. Suggestions of grain, some earthy hops but the spicy grass aromas are more noticeable. There are only weak indications of alcohol. The potency is moderate and I did have to work at it a bit to smell everything but I was rewarded. I liked the bouquet. Inviting. The palate is not quite as refined and articulate as the nose suggested. I am disappointed. Still, the beer has some merits. I don’t believe this beer is really an O-fest. It is a Doppelbock. Also, the “Imperial” label is very lame. Summit’s Oktoberfest clocks in at 7.70% abv and it is much more refined, plus it doesn’t bullshit us into believing it is a new style. Hey Avery, lay off the marketing and just make good beer. Can you do that? Upfront the beer is malty, fairly sweet and mostly caramel with just hints of apples too. In the middle there is noticeable suggestions of grain, biscuits, earthy hops and some spicy grass. So far the palate is pleasant and tasty. Simple. It is straightforward and well rounded. Only if this beer didn’t have a finish because this sucker turns hot! It is way too raw, I mean can’t they hide the alcohol? The finish is home to the cherries and toffee. Fusel, rocket fuel… Jesus, I’m breathing fire here! This beer is beating the shit out of my brain. It is way too harsh; the aftertaste is dry and unpleasantly bitter. Once this beer is boiled down to the basics it really isn’t than complex or special and then you factor in the alcohol rawness and what is the point really? Basically this beer is a Malt Liquor Lager! Easy to drink if its your thing. For me, not so much as I find it pointless. I need some food if I going to finish this bomber. Somewhere around medium in body, moderate but appropriate carbonation, the mouthfeel is good; it is a little slick and kind of oily and, yeah, hot. I was shocked when I saw a bomber of this in Brookfield, WI; I gladly forked over the $6.00. In hindsight I have to ask why was I so enthused? It is drinkable, sure, I can finish the bottle but I don’t need to drink it again. I can see why some people like this but for me it is not very well brewed, give me less alcohol and more malt and you have winner here. I say it is still worth a try if you see it. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2004 03:38:41 | More by bditty187
Photo of walleye


4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a a nice deep amber with a creamy head I do have to say of the beers I have had the re of the amber color this is the best looking of them all. aroma hops, fruity, citus leaning to the orange, floral as it start to warm hints of lemon and the alcohol comes out . flavor malts, orange, hints of grapefruit, and the alcohol comes out just right and it just adds to the good flavors of this good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 14:08:13 | More by walleye
Photo of Boto


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: The beer pours a fairly clear orangish-amber color. There was only a little head. The nose is somewhat caramel malt nose. Also hints of alcohol, spices and floral notes. The taste is a bit sweet, with some alcohol coming through. Also some evidence of fruits and spices. Good, but a bit rough around the edges. I agree that this could age a bit to smooth it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 03:17:33 | More by Boto
Photo of PSUDREW


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I wasn't expecting much from this brew, but quite frankly, wow. The sweeteness was so properly balanced with the nice hopy tine. Thta really is the best way to descriibe it.

Pours a nice amber, with a tich, frothy foam with a subtle smell of floral sents. Looks so pleasdent. There is a alchohol taste, but it is subtle. It is there, but it is an after tought. This is such a pleasent brew. stron, yet subtle. Bold yet available to all taste. Wow.

I am sorry that I could not get more. This is highly drinkable, and highly desireabvle. I wasn't sure of this whe I got, but boy am I sold

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2004 02:50:05 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of beertravel

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was quite pleased with this brew. It came out of the bottle a picture perfect pour: a beautiful, ivory foam settling on top of a very bright, deep copper color body. The nose was malty and really set the stage for the tasting. The
malt was very much up front with just a slight bitterness at the finish. Not overly sweet. A slight alcohol warmth peeked through in this 9.8% abv brew. I found it to be very drinkable and not over the top as I expected. Look forward to my next one and will make it an annual purchase.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 17:05:41 | More by beertravel
Photo of ABV

New York

4.9/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great example of the Octoberfest style taken a notch up. Big malty nose, thick textured mouthfeel, sweet but not too sweet, followed by some pleasing hop bitterness. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Very drinkable despite its stregnth. Pleasurable in every way.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 05:21:33 | More by ABV
Photo of mattcrill


4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours crystal clear and dark amber/copper with a nice foamy tan head.

Smell: Maple syrup and sweetened tea. Really interesting. Definitely a malt presence to it. No hop bitterness detected.

Taste: Spicy up front with a malty sweet finish. Smooth and well rounded with only the slightest of bitter backgrounds. Cloves, pepper, and maple syrup come to mind. I know it sounds gross but it all blends extremely well. Although, I'm not sure how this is different than a big dopplebock.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. This definitely had some substance to it.

Drinkability: This beer is big and bold. Although, I don't think it's as unique as Avery thinks it is. It is still a very nice beer. A great fall beer to sip and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 21:06:09 | More by mattcrill
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sounded too interesting to pass up since an Imperial Oktoberfest is not something you come across every day. 22oz bottle with a picture of a Kaiser on the front. Appearance is a deep amber body with a tall off white head. Nice rings of lace were left decorating the glass as I drank this. The aroma of sweet malt and a bready smell masked the alcohol almost completely here. Still not a very complex smell. Malt sweetness dominates the palette along with a warming alcohol presence. A bit of a spicy sweet after taste lingers around for a bit. Mouthfeel is medium and almost full, definitely the thickest of the style I have had. Drinkability was fairly good, this is not where near a favorite style of mine but this is one I enjoyed. I would say give it a shot if you come across this.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 16:13:59 | More by meathookjones
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Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick and lacy ivory head settling upon clear deep coppery/amber liquid. A sweet and heavy malty, candyish nose tempered by lots of floral hop aroma. Thick mouthfeel supports flavors of apple, bread-like maltiness, a pow-pow-powerful hopping and a blast of alcoholic heat. The super long alcohol & hop show finish ends with alcohol felt in the throat...wow! I found this one to be an impressive take on the Marzen style, surely not for the timid of palate! Wish it were available by the six pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 19:29:38 | More by beerluvr
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby-amber-copper color. It is topped by a frothy white head that is generated by a medium level of carbonation. The aroma is sweetly malty with notes of caramel, biscuits. It also has a low level of hop aromatics that contribute a slightly fruity note intermingled with a spicy-herbal-grassy note. This beer is quite thick bodied and sweet, but the thing that I really notice during my first sip is how hoppy this is. It is quite a bit more balanced towards the hops than even a doubling of a traditional Oktoberfest recipe would suggest. Leave it to the American brewers to hop up a traditionally malty beer, though as a pioneer of the Imperial Oktoberfest, I guess they can do what ever they want.

Given all of this, this beer would actually not be as interesting or balanced if not for the over-the-top hops. The beer is quite sweet, and would likely be sticky if not for the hop punch. The beer has a pungent, spicy, bergamot, herbal hop flavor to it, which floats on a malty backbone that is redolent of caramel, and biscuit notes. The finish is a bit astringent, with a mixture of hop bitterness and alcohol. This thing could definitely use some mellowing. If it were not for the finish this would be at it's best now. I think a couple of months of age, could really help to mellow this beer out.

The new glow / appeal of this beer has definitely faded for me, now that I have finished half a glass. The beer just seems a bit too harsh and unbalanced. I definitely recommend aging this for quite a while, I have two more bottles which I will perhaps try again in the spring.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 00:26:44 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of cokes


3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cherried shade of amber. Clear with little visible carbonation. The head is an ashen beige, and only present for a few moments following the pour(s).
Nose is sweet. Full of jellied figs, brown sugar, and plums. Wavering wafts of rum-like heat. Grass is here too- in that 'tweener stage between growing and dormancy.
Begins with a blanket of malt. Gooey caramel and purple raisins. In a brew that I'd figure to be malt dominated, everything stops short. Rum-drenched fruitcake ensues, with the dryish, abrupt, flavor-ending flame that unchecked booze provides. Hops are here in abundance as well, but their chlorophyll and rooty bitterness is nearly overlooked with the sticky, potency-laced conclusion.
I mention alcohol frequently, and for a reason. This isn't burdened to the point of being obnoxiously hot or difficult to drink. Rather, the associated booze-flavorings obscure most of the attractiveness. Being that there isn't a surplus of attractiveness, that's a bad thing.

With all the pomp and grandiosity, at the end of the day, this is a bit of a bore. It lacks depth of malt, and is cheaply recounted for with a bolstered ABV. It's drinkable, sure, but in a karaoke bock sense.

That's it for the review. Allow me to rant for a moment.

Hey Avery, call this a doppelbock and stop gloating over your supposed originality. There are other boosted "Oktoberfests" that pull this off much better: Autumnal Fire, Great Dane's Oktoppelbock, Summit's potent O'fest. And those are only my "locals"; I'm sure there are many others too. This is nowhere near as novel as you would have us believe.

Gimmicks only go so far.

There is potential with your brewery, but it is nearly always forsaken in the quest to churn out higher-octane, headline makers. The envelope needs to be pushed in the direction of craft, not strength.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 06:50:52 | More by cokes
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid malt base to the aroma with a chunk of floral hops. Pale cream colored head is fine in texture leaving patches of lace as it fades to a film island. Transparent, cranberry orange beer with a few traces of lethargic carbonation. Malt flavor is sweet up front, but begins to fade as the alcohol kicks in towards the end. Body is on the light side. Sweet malty alcohol taste was pretty nice at first and continued to grow on my throughout the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 03:06:35 | More by HappyHourHero
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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love Avery and I was excited to try this one out. 22oz bottle. Pours a light amber color with a medium head and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Caramel and hops are apparent in the aroma. Smells a little sweet too. Very sweet in the flavor. Caramel and grassy, with some alcohol as well. Normally Oktoberfest isn't my thing, but I really enjoyed this beer and will have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 02:35:53 | More by clvand0
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber shared with AKSmokedPorter recently.

Clear copper in color. Frothy white lacing up front, only to ring the glass later. Some lacing of the glass. Aromas are very sweet, with a smattering of citrus hops. Flavor is...different. It's tough to picture what an imperial O-fest should taste like, but this one just felt a little too sweet for me. Not balanced by the miniscule hop levels. Slight harshness from the alcohol. Finishes with a lot of residual sweetness. Thick on the palate. Drinkabilty suffers due to the harshness. An interesting interpretation of the style, just not one I'd eagerly seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 23:29:46 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alcohol forward bock with sweet chocolately malt and a toffeed, leafy bitter finish that balances well and lingers long and juicy. The alcohol is apparent in flavor, but never hot or intrusive. Big and full -- but not a style unto its own, as the bottle would have you believe, nor true to the one it attempts to revise.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2004 19:53:42 | More by ngandhi
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn. This tastes rather like a German O’fest, or maybe Spaten Optimator. Big malty aroma and flavor. Munich notes everywhere. Rich. Alcohol comes through a bit so you know you are drinking something big, but overall the palate is smooth and mellow. Clean finish. I am impressed with the drinkability of this at over 9%.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 20:23:43 | More by vladtheimpaler
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3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I was intrigued by this big scary bottle while I was at Liquormart last month, so I bought it. Pours a shiny yellowish-amber with a medium-sized light khaki head. Smells of biscuits that have been marinating in honey and corn syrup overnight. Lots of sugar. I notice a sharp hop bitterness too. Taste...whew! Now that's sweet. The Kaiser wastes no time in letting me know that he has a heart of pure sugar/cough syrup. Slight biscuit flavors are quickly, and rudely shoved aside by melted pixy stix and alcohol. Luckily, some bitter (almost astringent) hops kick in at about the same time and tame the sweetness a touch. Still, too cloyingly sweet to drink much. Big, cloying mouthfeel. I don't know how I'm gonna finish the entire 22 oz. bottle!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2004 01:34:01 | More by alexgash
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hyper clear copper with golden highlights and an off-white head. Leaves sheets of lace on the glassware.
Aroma is caramel, malt liquor, some orange peel and a heavy dose of resing and floral hops.
Flavor is sweet caramel, grain, bread and butter with heavy pine hints and some resins. The high alcohol comes through to detract a bit but not too much.
Mouthfeel is sweet and robust to start sliding to a buttery smooth middle and finishing with a mellow slightly gritty hop note. The high octant hides what I think are some pleasant sweet malt notes.
Drinkability is solid. The aroma and flavor start strong but just get overpowered by jet fuel. Tone it down a bit and I bet this is a good beer. I seem to be in the minority but I enjoyed this one for the most part.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 19:07:32 | More by CRJMellor
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4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a DEEP red amber color with a finger of head that falls to a quarter inch over the beer. The nose is full of sweet, coton candyish malts, alcohol and earthy hops. Wow. The alcohol is up front and in my face. The malts are nice and roasty, staying on my tongue along with just a bit of a hop to balance them out. This is a good tasting lager beer. Mouthfeel is thick, as I would expect from this monster. Drinkability is pretty good for a beer of this magnitude. The aftertaste keeps me wanting more, so I'll go till this is done. Thanks to clvand0 for bringing this one over.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2004 23:40:31 | More by kmpitz2
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.