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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,207
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.44%
Wants: 69
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: maxpower on 08-28-2004

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Ratings: 1,207 | Reviews: 630
Photo of jordanmills
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL into a pint glass. It has a dark amber color, perfectly clear, with a thick puffy head, very inviting. Smells of a complex marzen, slightly more hopy than you'd expect. Tastes sweet, complex, with a hint of fall spices pretending to hide in the thickness. Feels sweet and full but not overwhelming, crisp finish. It's slightly more filling than most, but expected of this brew. Overall, very pleasant, and I wish I had colder weather to enjoy it properly.

Photo of hopbar
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Wine Cellar, Ridgewood, NJ
1 Pint 6oz. Bottle

A: First of all, the picture of the Kaiser on the front of the bottle is hysterical (I hope that was intended). Secondly, the beer poured a beautiful, amber color into my tulip glass with a creamy head. The head stuck around for a while and the lacing coated the glass all the way down.

S: Very nice scents emerging from this one. Some real good floral action commingling with hops that were not overpowering.

T: Rather sweet with some taste of cranberries. Hops were evident but balanced nicely among the sweeter flavors.

M: Smooth and almost a little creamy - mostly coming from the head.

D: I was especially looking forward to drinking the Kaiser since it was our annual Oktoberfest celebration and we were overwhelmed with massive helpings of German sausage and sauerkraut. The Kaiser complimented the meal very well. Between the smoked sausages, bitterness of the kraut and the sweetness of the beer, it was awesome. I wish that I had bought more to drink. If you have not realized it already, I will be drinking the Kaiser again.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Loved the first bottle I had a few weeks ago, couldn't wait to crack open another. The time has come...

It sure looks the part, boasting a foamy two-finger head atop a shiny copper color with excellent clarity and big swaths of lace coating the sides of the glass. Looks like your typical American version of this style (which my German wife tells me are darker than true German Oktoberfest biers). But after this it doesn't bother staying traditional.

Aroma is big, bold, and sweet...like sticking your head in a tub of smashed raspberries with fresh cream from the cow's udder just added. Lactic and fruity, not at all what you might expect, but just what is an "Imperial Oktoberfest" supposed to be anyway? You can't break the mold if there hasn't been one built yet.

The flavor is truly something to grapple with. I wouldn't be surprised if just as many people are reviled by this as those who praise it. While there's a bready, toasty malt flavor coming through, a hard-to-define pungency and berry-like tartness dominates the flavor. It leaves a lingering, puckery sweetness in the finish, nicely balanced by something I can only describe as cheesecake...or maybe Lucky Charms marshmallows. Birthday cake frosting, gingerbread, desserty spices and big round berries coat the mouth and remain at the forefront of the flavor.

What the hell is this? It's one big boisterous lager. Because it's so strange, or at least unprecedented, and because the alcohol is stealthily hidden, the drinkability isn't super-high. It's damn good, but I just don't see myself reaching for one unless I'm up for a trip to Weirdoland. It's certainly economical--just combine the high ABV with the fact that its oddness almost forces you to take it verrrry slow, and there you go. I'd recommended drinking it at a little higher temperature than stated here on BA. Not a damn thing like any Marzen / Oktoberfest I've ever had, and so what? It gets a big raised-glass "Prost" from me.

Photo of Beertracker
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery's The Kaiser is best served at cellar (45-50°F) temperatures from a tumbler or steinkrug. This adventurous Imperial Oktoberfest pours up boldly with a large, billowy creamish head that sits craggily over a slightly hazy, deep copper-tawnish orange body. The rich malty aroma is filled with plenty of sweet honey, toasted almond notes with a nice intermingling of spicy hops. There's also a hint of the underlying warmth.The satisfying flavor starts rather chewy with a sweet melaniodin maltiness that carries into a surprising hop influenced bitterness which takes over to deliver a big, bold, warming finish that will bring a little color to any Dictator's cheeks. Avery's The Kaiser is a sublime drop that will leave you "sprechenden Deutsch!" Pop a top on one and maybe you will conquer the world?

PROST! Beertracker

Photo of pmcadamis
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A big three finger head is made up of orange-white cream, and shows excellent retention. The brew is a cloudy deep orange peach hue that glows like fire in the light. Tons of sticky lace is deposited on the glass. This looks beautiful in the glass.

S - Sweet yeasty carrot cake batter and icing. Big hops add mandarin orange syrup sweet notes, and the malt is all carrot cake and pumpkin cookies.

T - This one is really sweet and boozy! Pumpkin cookie bars, carrot cake with the white icing on top, and some cinnamon and nutmeg flavors are there too. Much like pumpkin cookie batter with a shot of vodka poured in.

M - Hugely alcoholic and thick like cake batter. It's kept from being to flabby and viscous by the alcohol attenuation that makes it feel almost like a gin and tonic. Creamy, mouthfilling, and lushly carbonated.

D - A damn fine beer to have once in a while, but this is not a session candidate by any stretch of the imagination. A good, and very strong, dessert beer.

Photo of clabaugh
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, orangish copper adorned with a bubbly, off-white head. The head retains nicely before settling into a creamy ring around the top of the glass.

Smell: Marvelously floral in the nose. The hops punch through in spicy, nectar-like sweetness. Not to be outdone, toasty malts assert themselves, injecting a rich whiff of butterscotch into the aroma. Altogether, a delicious olfactory treat.

Taste: A complex flavor greets the palate upon the first sip. The Kaiser offers a satisfying malty backbone comprising a melange of toasted grains, butterscotch, and a wholesome nuttiness. Zesty hops emerge toward the finish, providing a refreshingly fruity tinge of bitterness. Traces of date in the hop profile, and an alcohol content that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel: Full in body, yet slides nimbly down the throat. Ample carbonation, with warming properties fully activated.

Drinkability: Great flavor in excellent complexity. Satisfying, yet not-too-filling. Enjoyable, all around. A great rendition of the style.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Fairly standard pour gives me a glass of head. eventually dies down to show crystal clear light orange-copper beer. big white head with amazingly stratified lace all down the glass

S- pound cake, resinous hop, toast, some intense fruit upfront, whisp of dried-fruit character...none really appropriate for style, but very inviting anyway

T- fruity, good and deep malt falvor, maybe some caramel/crystal, grassy hop, safron?. Really very balanced and clean in the finish.

MF - This is the only place where alcohol is aparent, slightly warming, but serves mostly to "fluff" things up like an expensive vodka, mouthfeel is insanely slick and the whole thing just seems to slip off the palate, kind of makes it less refreshing, beer is quite obviously highly-carbonated, but feels flat in mouth, strange.

I would call this closer to maibock than o-fest. Its kind of funny to think of "imperial" o-fest because that style is all about balance and it just seems contradictory. I must say, for the alcohol content its amazingly balanced and drinkable. I bought this because I was curious. It is kind of neat but I probably won't buy again just because it has niether the warmth or complexity of bock and other high ABV beers, nor the refreshing qualitiesof German session beers, so it really fills no useful role in my cellar or fridge. I don't see it being especially great with food. Still, worth a try.

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.

Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of BlindPig
2.68/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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...

Photo of waltonc
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
2.41/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Photo of DaggerEyes
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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

Photo of genog
3.33/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of KAF
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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.

Photo of ojiikun
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of sraimondi
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.


Photo of Stoneman78
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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