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The Kaiser - Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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1,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,074
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 65
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
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 UnionMade
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear caramel, topped with a receding white head. Deceent retention, dropping off quickly, though a swirl of the glass regenerates a modest film. No lacing. Kind of a malt liquor feel, with sweet, caramel malt. Not too much else, besides a vague, appley fruitiness and a bit of booze. Malt, caramel, and more malt. The flavor is much the same. Big and malty, lots of caramel, finishing sweetish and sugary. Not a whole lot going on besides caramel. Caramel up front, caramel dominating a little apple fruitiness, with a caramel finish. Definitely full bodied, pretty smooth, with milder carbonation. I could easily drink this after a few beers, but while I'm paying attention to flavor, it's completely uninteresting. Not bad, but nothing special either. Caramel malt, and not too much else. Big and sweet, but lacks depth and interest. I'll pass on this again.

UnionMade, Apr 17, 2006
Photo of TPoling
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Kaiser pours the color of teak with a moderate head. The high alcohol is forward in the nose, but with a spiciness from the hops to lend a little balance.

The malt is slightly chewy with hints of clove, tea and floral bitterness. The finish is medium and very warming at 8.9 percent. Overall, very reminiscent of a barleywine.

TPoling, Apr 11, 2006
Photo of dauss
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown bottle. Bottled in 2005, 8.9% ABV.

Appearance: Beautifully clear deep amber color. A large tight foamy head rests on top. Great retention and a lot of lacing:

Smell: Clean and big malt backbone. Caramel candy sweetness, with some moderate hop aroma and a strong spicy alcohol aroma.

Taste: Thick and sweet malty body and finishes sweet. Not much hop flavor or bitterness left in this, probably from the huge malt presence. Even though it is thick, it thins out, probably due to the high alcohol. I can't really taste the strength, but I can feel it.

Notes: Light carbonation. It does have some hints of an Oktoberfest. Clean fermentation characteristics, sweet, and malty, but the hop bitterness is lacking along with the dry finish. It has gotten some age on it, so its mellowed out. Its nothing that special.

dauss, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of Domingo
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A real "take the bull by the horns" approach to a traditional Oktoberfest!
Of note, I actually compared this side by side to a traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest and it stacks up quite well!
Pours a bright orange color. Really nice to look at. A little darker and more vivid than most.
Smell is actually almost identical to the traditional brew, but sweeter and with a little more alcohol.
Flavor is top-notch. It actually captures the essense of the malty lager-based brew, but infuses it with extra sweetness, a stronger maltiness, and even some hearty hops on the back end.

The only issue with this brew is that it tends to come in large bombers and has a pretty potent alcohol level. I'd really like to see this one in a 4 or 6-pack variety in 12oz bottles instead.

Sometimes Avery takes something traditional and goes a little crazy with it, but I REALLY liked this brew. I think it compares quite favorably with the Bavarian originals.

Domingo, Feb 20, 2006
Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe I picked this up at Bauer Wine on Newbury Street, Boston.

Beautiful, creamy head. Very rarely does a beer with a head like that ever disappoint.

Smells sweet of caramel, molasses.

Rich malt, caramel taste.

Easy on the mouth, smooth and creamy.

I've been into heavily malted beers lately and this one fit that mold quite well. Very tastey and filling on a cold winter night.

Not going to want more than a bottle of this one at a time, but that one bottle you do have I'm sure you'll enjoy.

fdrich29, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear amber color with a thick 2" fluffy head that lasts quite a while.

Smell: the nose picks up caramel, brown sugar, and some hop bitterness.

Taste: this is almost a meal in a bottle. Many flavors in this one as strong caramel, graham crackers, prunes, toasted nuts, honey, mild alcohol, and a decent piney bitterness are all easily detectable.

Mouthfeel: crisp on the tongue, and long on the caramel, bitterness, and fruit tones in the aftertaste. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: For a higher alcohol oktoberfest, this one is quite drinkable. Worth seeking this one out for an over-the-top flavorful version in the style.

Gavage, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to fitzIPAtrick and growler for this bottle...a couple months behind, but well cared for in the meantime.
Pours a vibrant copper color...a full finger of bright white head. Lacing is thin and has very little cling to the side of my snifter.
Pleasant aroma...spicy, peppery, tropical fruit and a hint of alcohol.
Taste is quite good...a malt bomb yet not overly sweet...the german hops really balance this one out. Very spicy with just enough alcohol to makes you respect the Kaiser...like most of Avery's big beers.
Mouthfeel is agressively thick, yet not cloying...carbonation is where I like to see it and the finish is very clean.
Another winner from these guys...

warriorsoul, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of SacoDeToro
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Stone 9th Anniversary Festival. It was one of the few lagers present and a good way to break up all the ales of the day.

The beer was a clear dark amber with a small tight head. The aroma was mostly Munich malt with very little hops. The flavor was full and boldly malty, like most Oktoberfests, but finished remarkably dry and clean considering it was 9%. I never would have guessed its alcohol to be that high had I not known. The hops were well rounded and on the high side for an Oktoberfest, but in a good way. The carbonation was just right and the mouthfeel was medium.

Another solid beer from Avery and one of the smoothest high alcohol beers I've had.

SacoDeToro, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A funny quote lines Avery’s The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest from Kaiser Wilhelm II that goes “give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.” You don’t need a woman (or the world) to try this excellent German (ya!).

Poured a copper amber to red color. The beer itself is visible which is a little different noting that there was some sediment on the bottom. The smell is strong in malt. Almost sweet like brown sugar and plums mixed together.

The taste is excellent with strong sweet esters and a great mix of malt to hop combo. It’s hard to miss the alcohol flavor but really that adds to the flavor of the beer. A complex malt backing but sweet like an Old Ale. A raisin taste with stronger tones of spiciness and more sharper or earthy hop tones are noticeable. This is a great beer to taste a lot of different flavors. Well done for the taste buds.

Funny that an Oktoberfest is suppose to be 4.5% to 7% ABV. Avery like the good brewers they are push the envelope on this one to a nice 9.3%. It’s noticeable but with so much going on easy to by pass. So Kaiser made some bad decisions and was considered one of the major catalyst towards WWI, doesn’t mean you cant enjoy a fantastic beer named after him.

Oxymoron, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of Blakaeris
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this 22 oz brew at Eagle River Liquor in Fulton, IL.

Pours a clear coppery orange with a head that leaves thick lacing. Very attractive.

Smell is very malty. I also get caramel, vanilla, and brown sugar.

Taste is sweet malts with a nice citrusy slightly bitter finish. Spices and some slight dark fruit flavors. The alcohol is subdued but lingers on the tongue. I was really surprised with this interesting brew.

Mouthfeel is thick buttery and smooth. Very nice.

I find this beer more reminiscent of an imperial dopplebock than an Oktoberfest. However it is still an excellent beer. Drinkability is amazing. This is one of the few beers that I will purchase by the case and drink throughout the year.

Blakaeris, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2005. 8.9% ABV.

Presentation: Silver foil covers the black logo’d Avery crown cap and upper neck. The main label looks just like the one shown in the BA Database with am Imperial design that revolves around a picture of said German chappy himself, Kaiser Wilhelm II, the 9th King of Prussia and the 3rd Emperor of Germany. Listed as ‘The Kaiser – Imperial Oktoberfest Lager’ and ‘Bottled in 2005’, with an original gravity of 1.085 and a stated strength of 8.9% by volume.

Appearance: A glowing nuclear orange body with some lovely deep ruddy browns thrown in for good measure. Soft tan colored head rises at the start but settles to a broken covering with a halo ring finish. Minimal blotchy lacing with a decent enough level of conditioning that reinstates a nice ½” thick head on the swirl. A gentle swirl reinstates a great appearance to this one.

Nose: Well, I’ll write it as I smell it, but I get a very dry powdery crushed wholemeal flour aroma…rather strange I have to say. Beyond that there are some light sweet malts and a sweaty dark fruit twinge in the back end.

Taste: Rising malts start this one, dry almost chalky feel with some brash dark fruits and a funky feeling herbal character. Yeasty tones with a drying finish which has a sugary bitterness. Feels a little rough at times with some raw alcohol always lingering around.

Mouthfeel: Grainy with a boring biscuit feel that has an earthy soily feel. Benefits from a medium body, which belies its stated strength. Far from smooth and a tad raw and organic for my tastes.

Drinkability: Started out good enough, but after half the Bomber I started to slow rapidly down. I didn’t really struggle with this one, but neither did I find it to be one of those Bombers that drained quickly. Every time I topped up my Glass there seemed to be yet more beer left in the bottle. A slow drink of sorts and the Bomber was a hard one to work through completely.

Overall: Nice enough, and a good solid drink, but I’m not really sure I follow this one to be honest…..and the nose is too weird for words. Sometimes things can just be “souped up” way too much I think.

A Danka Schön to Kaiser Joe for this. Nice One Sir!!!

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 28, 2005
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Kaiser is a glowing amber, orange with a 2 finger dense head that fell too quickly. Left some nice sticky lace rings.

Rich and malty in the nose. Prominent alcohol aroma, some fruit. Light hops detectable.

Sweet and malty. Nutty, spicy with a tiny bit of caramel. Earthy finish and very sweet. Big alcohol.

Full, chewy mouthfeel. Slick. Nice warming effect.

Drinkability is decent. The alcohol almost overpowers everything. I will hold onto one bottle and see if it mellows out well or not. Definitely a unique beer.

Photo of jdhilt
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two-finger cream head that fades slowly and leaves a ton of lace. Clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is a malty bread. Starts sweet with a good malt/hop mix, stronger flavor than normal Oktoberfest. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma.

jdhilt, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, bought at sadhana maybe a month ago or so

appearance: par for the course...a dull amber appearance, with a thick and creamy head that sticks around

smell: sweet caramel malts, floral hops...very familiar aroma, similar to a few old ale's i have had...lots of alcohol, soaked dark fruit...definately a departure from the style, as expected

taste: theres hops unfront which is somewhat unusual for most oktoberfests, floral and bitter...thick caramel malts hold this one together, sweet dark fruits soaked in alcohol, nutty and earthy. interesting and pretty tasty

mouthfeel: thick bodied, fairly creamy, alcohol burn

drinkability: pretty high for the abv

It's just hard for me to look at this as an oktobefest

dirtylou, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Silver foil over cap, bottled in 2005.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the dark copper brew. Head holds steady, with good lacing. Aroma is ample grains, with some fruitiness apparent. Taste is lightly nutty malts, sharing time with dark fruitiness and (for Avery, anyways) underlying alcohol. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both surprising good. This one was better than I expected.

ppoitras, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i think i need to learn more about the upper limits of a marzen, because this played a completely different tune imho.

brilliant crimson hue, adequate thin creamy top. lacing solid and sticky. aroma is malty and sweet with ripe cherry notes. a slight black pepper thing offsets the sweetness.. tastes malty too, brown sugar is really up front and and overbearing graininess. there might be some octoberfest marzen hints here but the malt combination used to imperialize this beer takes center stage. drinkable though and quite good for an american strong ale- reminiscent of lagunitas gnarleywine.

o-fest? uhh.. lets see if warmth improves it.

(room temp)

ok, so there is a little of that lagery nut finish. but at the same time, i'm getting candy apple shell and even more burnt sugar sweetness. these people will call anything an octoberfest to sell another one of their intoxication potions.. avery: malt liquor for the beer nerd set.

goodbyeohio, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of smcolw
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice thick-bubbled head. Ring lace on the glass with each subsequent sip. Orange-amber in color, clear.

Strangely, I smell oats. Perhaps it's the very high level of alcohol. This is, after all, an "imperial" Oktoberfest. Light levels of hop and dry malts.

Lots of alcohol warmth. This is a potent beer that loses a lot of the characteristics of a typical marzen. Nice hop finish. Predictably oily, relatively thick, but nicely balanced with a slightly high level of carbonation.

I love interesting beers. This one is like blending a barley wine with an Oktoberfest. I balked at buying this one because of the price ($7.49 for 22oz), but this was worth it for the experience of a truly different type of beer.

smcolw, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of hero27
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

An Imperial Oktoberfest, huh? Well, that got me interested enough to pick up a bottle. Talk about malt..wow. Huge, sweet malt profile with tons of flavor..toasted malts and caramel are the dominant flavors, with dark fruits and maybe a hint of hops buried in this thing as well. Can't believe this brew is nearly 10% abv...very smooth, all things considering. Full, chewy mouthfeel.

Not something I'd buy often, but it fit the season. Probably a must try for malt lovers. A unique and interesting offering from Avery.

hero27, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark gold/copper with a small head that dissipated quickly. After a minute or two, only a fine lacing remained around 3/4s of the glass.

The smell is a carmally sweet similar to what you get from a barleywine like maybe a JW Lees or one of equal ilk.

The initial taste is so darned sweet I'd call it a malt bomb but after further tasting, there is some semblance of balance and I have to say it does taste quite good.

Over all, I recommend this one as a nice, sipping brew for the fall season.

Bitterbill, Oct 29, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 22oz bottle a bright orange-amber color topped by a small off-white bubbly head. Nose of fresh, floral noble hops, sweet caramel malt, and a touch of both brown sugar and light fruit. Palate shows a flourish of floral hops on the front, becoming overtaken by the presence of heavy caramel malt towards the back of the mouth. A hint of brown sugar is noticeable in a finish that includes a fairly heavy alcohol presence. Body is nice, moderately thick and just a tad bit syrupy, which is probably a necessity given the high alcohol content. The alcohol in turn makes this one a bit difficult to drink in quantities as large as 22oz, so perhaps you should find a friend to split the bottle. The concept of an imperial Oktoberfest is intriguing, and I have to say, this is probably exactly what it should be like. I'm pleased.

ElGordo, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of cubedbee
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber-red with a huge cap of beige head, great retention. Aroma is a doughy bready malt wtih a slight toffee note. Taste is a very sweet caramel malt with a brown sugary edge, a slightly toasted malt, a slight fruity cherryish note, and a finish with a definite alcohol edge, but also a tasteable hop edge. Moutheel is medium/full with a nice mild carbonation. Overall this is a very nice oktoberfest, the alcohol a little to evident, but nice tasting and drinkable for how big it is.

cubedbee, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of Morris729
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with some copper highlights and a tall off-white head that coats the sides of the glass with a sticky lace as it recedes. Nose is dominated by sweet malt though some estery alcohol is apparent as well. Fairly full-bodied and a bit heavy in the mouth. Taste begins with sweet caramel malt and a bit of candied apples. This is followed by a touch of dark cherries and some bready notes followed by a rough alcohol edge. This becomes a problem as the alcohol becomes more pronounced as the beer warms and the sweetness becomes a bit cloying. An Imperial Oktoberfest? An interesting idea, but I think it needs a little more work.

Morris729, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of Quaffer
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle labeled as 8.9 % abv, not 9.3% as listed here. Picked this up in Boulder, CO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a crystal clear, amber-copper color. The dense, rocky head rose up easily to three fingers and settled very slowly. It was very sticky and left a lot of lace behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Nice aromas of roasted malts. Very bread- and cracker-like. It had a little bit of sweetness and fruitiness to it as well. Not much else and not too complex, but it had nice depth and smelled good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, getting close to edging towards full bodied. Mouthfilling and coating. Nice and smooth, becoming fuzzy on the back of the tongue.

Taste: Sweet malt assaulted the tongue, to the point of being cloying. It lingered a long, long time until it left an oddly sweet aftertaste in the mouth. Underneath lay an herbal and medicinal flavor along with a strange sourness. Overall, this was just odd and muddled.

Quaffer, Oct 21, 2005
Photo of ZAP
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, clear, clean bronze color...sweet candied aroma...some caramel...the taste is caramel and toasted grains complemented by a nice floral hop presence..full bodied...not quite as big tasting as Summit O-Fest but still substantial...deeper in the ABV really started to become noticable..

A hell of a nice beer...a litttle more balanced than I expected...hops complement perfectly...I'd rate it slightly better than another of my favorite big o-fests, Summit (7.7%)...really nice beer altough the longer I drink it the more boozy it tastes...

ZAP, Oct 19, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper appearance. Slight, bubbly white head. Lacing is adequate. Slight signs of carbonation are noted. The nose is all malt. Thick and doubly rich. I like it. Body is big and full. Quite viscous in the mouth. I can tell from the get go that this bomber is a meal in a glass. Carbonation is light, but present. Flavor is all about the malts as well. With a little bit of an ethanol sting as well. Malts are sweet and bordering on cloying, but the ethanol keeps it in check. The more I drink this the less I like it. But the fact is, I thought I liked it pretty good to begin with. So this is not bad, but just not as good as I thought from the get go. Alcohol has more of a presence than I thought to begin with and it's also too sweet. Almost in a dopplebock sorta way. Toasted maltiness is lacking as is any sign of caramel. Give me Summit Ofest at 7.3% a/v any day over this one. Nice to try, but I'll stick with my local "Imperial" ofest.

Bighuge, Oct 13, 2005
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.