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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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1,134 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,134
Reviews: 624
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 68
Gots: 56 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 08-28-2004)
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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
Photo of
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
Photo of dherling
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden orange color, good off white head with lovely lacing. There's some decent malt in the nose, but hops and spice are most prevelent. Has a great flavor, but mostly mollasses sweetness, which then gives way to bready malt. The mouthfeelis a bit creamy, with a slight bite at the end. The alcohol ishidden really well here.

dherling, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of rousee
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber orange color. Forms a small head which remains pretty well and it also leaves some large bubbled lace along the sides of the glass.

Nice fresh sugary malt smell. Some hop elements too but its really all abou the malt. Some caramel and candy like aspects as well.

Taste is quintessential marzen.When you think about what a marzen is supposed to taste like, this is basically it. Sugarry and bready with caramel or toffee notes.Very subtle hops in the background but the finish is also somewhat coating and resinous. Slightly sticky mouthfeel but nothing too negative. Pretty smooth but not too drinkable due to the high abv.

Another great beer by Avery.

rousee, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
2.55/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in an Oktoberfest tall glass at several degrees over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful, fiery sunset amber that showcases a dramatic four-finger head, expanding right to the top of the glass. Soapy and meaty, the crown leaves behind miles of sticky, persistent lacing. Very nice.

Smell- A big, rich caramel malt backbone can't hide the obvious alcohol inherent in this beer... the nose isn't well balanced with a good hop profile. True enough to style, with an added dimension of dark fruit notes to help with the massive strength.

Taste- Maybe an Imperial Oktoberfest isn't the style to blast off into space with big ABV... the malts are grossly overpowered by a cloying sweetness and mediocre hops, then clobbered with alcohol heat that lingers long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture here is thin and the carbonation, what little there is, dies out completely after two seconds in the mouth. I could never session this at a festival, nor would I care to sip one instead. A throwaway in the Avery line of usually great beers.

yelterdow, Nov 10, 2006
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
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,134 ratings.