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Avery Anniversary Ale - Thirteen - Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - ThirteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Thirteen

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234 Ratings

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 05-06-2006)
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Photo of TPoling
4.38/5  rDev +9%

Thirteen pours and deep brown to ruby red with a tawny head.

Aromas are of fresh wheatberry bread, dried fruit and cherries.

There is yeasty breadiness from the first sip that mellows the alcohol immediately. A little spicyness from the hops and a fermented fruit character provide a slightly warming finish that hints of peach brandy

TPoling, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Dark, clear mahogany. Thin cap of light brown head. Lace is minimal. Great aroma. Banana and light clove. Sludgey yeastiness. Bread pudding. Light chocolate. I dig. Taste starts out raisiny with a little of that bread pudding aspect. Spicy yeastiness accents nicely. A light dusting of cocoa as well. Nice breadiness overall to the taste. Mouthfeel is quite creamy with just a bit of a prick of CO2. The slightest bit of a sting of EtOH lingers on the aftertaste. Overall, this is a solid Weizen Dopplebock.

Bighuge, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +2%

Pours deep ruby red/maroon with a 4 fingers+ mocha head. Minmal head retention & some lacing

Smell: Slight matliness followed by bannana peels & slight breadiness

Taste: Huge alcohol presence up front then maltiness followed by brown sugar. A slight banana flavor combined choclate, very bannana-split like! Finishes fruitty & spicy

MF: huge & well balanced

This was bit ponderous, but tasty. Will age well I bet. Nice take on the style (weizenbock not dopplebock IMH0!), just not perfection

russpowell, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of beertastegood
2.85/5  rDev -29.1%

Pours a deep, dark ruby with a small tan head. Aromas of solvent-like alcohol, along with sweet candied fruit - cherries, plums, and dates. Banana notes along with bready aroma on closer inspection. Lots of caramelly sweet malt smells, almost like smelling concentrated malt extract used for homebrewing.

Taste: Alcohol heat is dominant throughout the tasting, but underneath there are toffee/caramel/brown sugar flavors, along with a pronounced bread taste. Lots of phenolic spiciness here as well. There is a slight tanginess to this beer, has to be from the weizen yeast. Toward the finish the entire flavor changes, becoming chocolatey with some roasted grain bitterness and a slight herbal hoppiness that keeps this beer drinkable. The aftertaste, phenolic pepper-like yet sweet and laced with boozy alcohol, coats the tongue for a long time.

Mouthfeel: Full body, the alcohol content gives it a slickness in the mouth. High carbonation.

Drinkability: Uh, not really.

This would be an excellent beer if they would tone down the alcohol. Fusel alcohols tend to take over this beer, muddying the myriad of flavors that weizenbock is renowned for. I don't know how they do this at Avery, but it seems that a lot of their beers have this problem; maybe they ferment at too high of a temperature. This is an interesting beer, but the solvent-like quality detracts from the experience.

beertastegood, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Appearance: Dark brown with some red hues...light tan head...

Smell: Roasted malts on the nose..a little dark cocoa...also some light freshly baked banana bread notes.

Taste: Sweet but dry...caramel drizzled banana bread with chocolate chips...

Mouthfeel: Pretty substantial body....high side of medium or low side of full...medium carbonation....lingering dark cocoa mild bitterness on the finish

Drinkability: A nice effort by Avery. Wouldn't rate at the top of my weizenbock list but I sure would consider buying a pint or two if I saw it on tap.

ZAP, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of maxpower
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%

22 oz bottle pours a dark reddish brown color with a nice creamy light brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Chocolate, caramel and fruity aromas. Caramel, plums and chocolate flavors, medium to full bodied with a soft and full mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticeable as it warms, very enjoyable.

maxpower, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%

Gold foiled bomber bottled in 2006. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pilsner.

Black fading into dark reddish brown as the glass gets slender. Two fingers of light tan above that enjoys a long life thanks to the steady carbonation. Nice thick webs of lace on this one. Beautiful beer!

Lots of dark fruits and clove to banana yeast aromas. The wheat becomes more apparant as it warms. There's also a touch of chocolate and sugary sweets. Very complex and pleasing.

The taste follows along the same lines as the nose. The combination of sweets, fruits, cloves and some roasted notes is an eclectic mix that all fits together so well it amazes me. The finish is both hoppy and a bit roasted. The abv is very well hidden.

Full mouth that is smooth and has just the right amount of carbonation for balance. Very enjoyable. I expect this will fly off of the shelves as this could rank as Avery's best effort yet. Get some!

ypsifly, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of carln26
3.98/5  rDev -1%

Deep amber and mahogany in color with a thin tan colored head. Aroma has a wonderful esthers. The banana character comes across immediately. Nice rich malty back with toasted caramel. There is just a touch of black cherry as well. Nice flavor. The weizen esthers are subtle just the lightest clove and banana. Loads and loads of malt. Dark caramel, and just a touch of dates. The black cherry is not there (not that it matters). Mouth feel is mildly slick, and more substantial than I expected. There is some heat from the alcohol, but overall pretty nice drinkability.

carln26, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a dark opaque body with a nice brown hue where the glass narrows enough to let light through. There is a thick creamy tan head that last for the whole beer.

S- The smell of dark coffee malt with a soft banana quality has a faint brown sugar hint that is more like bourbon but not quite. There is a faint spicy alcohol smell in the finish.

T- The taste of dark malt is very vinous with notes of dark toffee and dry prunes with a faint bread and banana notes. There is a faint lighter fruity note in the finish with some soft alcohol bite and a dark roasted malt bite. As it warms there is a pumpernickel bitterness to the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a faint alcohol finish.

D- This beer is an interesting beer and it taste like what I would expect a good Weizen and Dopplebock to taste like but it was just not my favorite flavors.

rhoadsrage, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of gbontrag
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Dark red brown-modest tan froth.
Smells sweet and vanilla; whifs of alcohol loaded dried fruit, fresh yeast cake, and new black leather.
This is tastes and feels like a malted chocolate ball. There's the distinct wheat spice, although lite. It's chalky like grain dust.
The froth rises instantly with a shake, and leaves thick, thick lacing.
I savor brandied fresh black cherries, and a dark caramel sauce.
There's a thicker mouthfeel: Smooth, a little creamy, sweet and a little cloying, but enticing. The best parts of this beer seem to drown in the caramel-toffee sauce.

gbontrag, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Thirteen is the color of dark cola. Head is tall, thick, and light-brown in color. Aroma is rich, with a toasty caramel smell. A bit of mild yeast aroma is also noted. Taste is very malty, but light on weizen flavors. Malt flavor is thick, rich and has a flavor of dark fruits meeting dark bready malt. Toasted malt flavor, caramel, and even light roasted malt are also present. As Thirteen warms up spice flavors begin to make their presence known, more peppery than expected and not the typical yeasty flavors associated with weizens. Alcohol is also present, especially in the finish, and is very warming. This is hard to categorize, there are flavors here that remind me of German dopplebocks, spicy Belgian beers, and of stouts. Anyway, there is a lot of great flavor here, and given the interesting mix of flavors, I consider this a "must try" beer.

Gagnonsux, Jun 18, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%

A - Black from afar, deep dark brown in reality, rich frothy head, which left a good amount of lacing.

S - Started out smelling of coffee and chocolate. As the drink warmed, smell turned into dark fruits. Especially grape which stood out. Waves of citrus also spewed forth.

T - This drink was really incredible. at first it definitely tasted like a Doppelbock. As it warmed, it came into it's Weizenbock form. It was awesome. Started out with a nice spicy clove-chocolate-cream coffee taste. As it warmed the citrus, wheat, and numerous other flavors poked out.

M - Creamy and light on the pallate.

D - For 9.50%, I could have several 22oz bombers. Exceptional.

Thanks Avery for this world class brew. It was a treat. Please guys, if you can get your hands on this brew - get one now. You wont regret it.

HoustonTX, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of Foxman
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

It pours a deep, lustrous mahogany, milk chocolate brown in spots. Three fingers of tight light tan head swell and linger a while. Sheets of lacing skirt the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, there's a veritable melange of caramel malt, tangy wheat, port, black cherry, vanilla, anise, lightly baked dough, and clove. Oh, and a mild drift of alcohol to boot.

Upon sipping, it presents a fruity malt sweetness, rich with sweet and tart cherry, blackberry, and crisp apple, and countered by a dusky wheat bite. A warm vinous port note carries a credible strain of alcohol, and a doughy yeastiness hugs the back of the tongue. A secondary push of earthy grain sweetness cedes ground to a rounded spiciness, which morphs slowly into a gentle but persistent bitterness. It's genuinely complex, bordering on busy, but especially well blended.

Full bodied, the fruity grain presence is chewy and it all combines to coat thickly and smoothly.

This beer seems to have a few identities, but minus and damning schisms. Sure, it's complex and dense, but it has no hard edges, and hums pleasantly on its trip across the palate. The ABV is big and it doesn't hide, and fits well with the rangy, sizable character of the beer. So, no matter who it is, it's likeable and a treat to experience.

Foxman, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to egajdzis for this...
Appears a dark brown with a red hue around the edges and a small tan head that slowly fades out. Small amounts of lace are left as streaks around the glass.
Smell is of chocolate, bready dough, nuts, black grapes, plums, bananas, and a slight hint of cloves and black pepper.
Mouthfeel is smooth, fruity, full of the wheat base, making for a medium body and drinkable Weizenbock...yes, should be just called a weizenbock b/c it's not lagered and it has a wheat base that has been fermented with an ale strain. They did a nice job with it though, whatever they want to call it.

weeare138, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of briman
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours dark brown, but is more of a dark ruby red when held up to the light. Decent dark tan head, good retention. Some lacing.

Aroma is wheat malt, bananas, cloves, and noticeable alcohol.

Taste is sweet upfront with fruit & spice notes coupling with the wheat malt. Bubble gum flavor comes through more towards the back, but seems to compete a little bit with an alcohol bit in the finish.

Medium full body, good carbonation. Seems a little imbalanced as the alcohol seems a bit too dominant in the finish. Noticeable alcohol warming as well. Overall, a very good beer that would be excellent with a little better balance.

briman, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of BeerRun13
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

Pours a clear dark brownish color with a touch of garnett highlights. Has a nice tan head and good lacing.
Smells a little wheaty and a litlle chocolatey.
How wonderfull. This is one tasty, tasty brew. The balance between the chocolate tones and wheat are great.
Medium to full bodied, but mostly full. Creamy and good.
What a fantastic and drinkable beer.

BeerRun13, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

On tap at the Muddy Pig, St. Paul, MN...

Dark black appearance, essentially opaque with a glistening tan head that settles at 1/4 of an inch in height for about a minute. Laces in thin horizontal strings. Smokey aroma, bitterish oily backdrop. Mouthfeel is full with low silky carbonation. In contrast to the smell, the flavor is quite sweet to start off, dark chocolate and flesh fruits, with a decided bubblegum backdrop that doesn't seem subtle and certainly seems to indicate an estery Wiezenbock heritage. Finishes with some extra fruit tones but an un-subtle gasoline afterburn that comes off as a little too obvious. Other than the very dark color, this beer doesn't seem so mysterious, its an Avery amped-up boozy version of a style that has plenty of things going for it without the heat.

ADR, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%

The beer is dark cola brown, creamy tan head. Brown sugary malt and a banana-like yeast presence in the nose. The taste is heavy and strong. Initial brown-sugar sweet then goes to a funky banana dark roasted malt flavor with chocolate and a slight earthiness. Hops are apparent, but not in the forefront, this beer, however, does leave a bitter and tart flavor in your mouth long after you drink it. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, alcohol burns, carbonation tingles. A dopplebock? kind of. A Weizenbock? kind of. Good? Yes. Thanks Avery, I look forward to 14.

TastyTaste, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
4.22/5  rDev +5%

Pours an almost opaque mahogany color with a nice tan head that leaves kickass lacing for a beer this strong. The aroma has notes of banana and clove (typical of weizenbocks) as well as toasted bread, chocolate, dak fruits (cherrry, grape, fig and plum), along with caramel, some slight earthy and floral hops, and some alcohol. The flavor is intense and complex, with notes of banana and clove upfrong, along with cocoa and toasted bread, dark fruits (cherry, grape, plum), floral and earthy hops, yeast and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is bordering on full, with moderate carbonation and drinkability is high considering the ABV. An intriguing hybrid of a weizenbock and a dopplebock, complex and intense...cheers to Avery for a great anniversary brew.

silver0rlead, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
4.3/5  rDev +7%

So I'm suppose to write a description after Tavernjef pulls off another beautifully descriptive piece. Ya', well, I'm not in that league. Nonetheless, here's my feeble attempt at a beer review of a notable piece of beer art.
Aroma after pouring is noted for alcohol first then a candy sweetness reminiscent of a belgian ale. A little clovey and spicy (pepper).
A really fine looking beer. Nice one inch tannish head that at first is somewhat dense then breaks up interestingly by creating larger gaps of bubbles. But this is a slow process that leaves lacing at is proceeds. Dark amber that shows dark clear garnet in the light.
Initial tastes also remind me a Belgian ales as well, maintaining similar characteristics as the aroma (candi sweet, alcohol, pepper, cloves and spiciness). Malt character is strong though too. A nice German malt character appears in time with a heavy richness that tastes of dopplebock, but this is fleeting and still overwhelmed in most sips by the other qualities. Fruitiness leans towards a prune quality. Gradually growing dryness that stays in the mild range but very persistent. Flavor becomes consistent in time showing less variability towards the bottom of the glass. Burbs seem to have a banana taste. Hmmmm.
Carbonation is wonderfully soft in it's fullness. Works well with the malt at creating a nice smoothness. Moderate heaviness. Significant warming in the stomach that I'm sure will be a kick in the head in no time.
I like this, but weizenbock seem more appropriate, despite what's labeled on the bottle. Drinks quite easily and goes down smoothly. This is a funny drink in it's lack of clarity of what it is, high alcohol, yet apparent ease in drinking. Well done Avery in making something interesting and fun to drink.

garymuchow, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

On-tap at the Happy Gnome: Classified as a "Weizen Doppelbock" and looking like so...Thickly leathered brown, nearly black appearance with a slim cap of light tanned, firm froth. Only some dotted lacing sticks. Not a surprise really given the malts this sucker probably has in it.

And the aroma is just that. Malts! And lots of em; big on molasses with a slimming caramel swaft and toffee/chocolate bitterness keeping in stride as some root beer candy solidifies a tangyness found only in some overly malted and dark beers such as this. Touches of spice include licorice, dark wheat, under ripe banana peels, and pale bread yeast. Quite nice on the nose.

Taste is smooth and inviting with a load of pale chocolate sweetness mixing with a semi tangy molasses, pruney/ plummy, toffee center as it rounds off to the finish quickly and eagerly with some soft dark wheat and banana estery yeasty notes and mild, floating away spices. Not as long of a ride as it should or could be. For some reason I wanted and needed more out of its flavors. What's there is quite nice, but some how shortened in length enough for an unimpulsive give and take between its fairly thick and silky smooth body and its thicker set aroma. A bit disappointing I'm afaid as far as that's concerned. Damn solid though.

Body is well-rounded, slick, creamy, and smooth with a soft eager pull at the sweetness side of the malts as it rides evenly, somewhat, within a pale chocolate tone over the tanged molasses and pruney/dark candied stuff. Again the finish comes too soon and doesn't linger for much attention grabbing as it should. Good little nudge of yeasty, wheaty spices make for some interst just before it trails off.

Another solid offering by Avery, a bit sliding from the scale in flavor; more so in depth and length really, then the actual taste. But those kinda go hand in hand with me. Needs to be tasty, and stay tasty; ya know what I mean. Don't get me wrong, the flavors are quite nice, just needed more of them to last. Perhaps it's better then I'm stating here, solid for sure, and drinkable without any hint to the 9.5 % other then the hit to the head way later as the glass drains pretty easily. And another is needed. Again, Avery has a winner here, not quite a favorite though. Close...oh so close...

tavernjef, Jun 03, 2006
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4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

Wow, this is a tough review to make. This beer is so complex there are aromas and flavors I can't even come close to identifying.
Pours deep,almost black, brown with a thick head that melts far too quickly to nothing.
Aroma is sweet toasted malt, caramel, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate...more that is sweet but I can't name.
Taste is initially sweet, sweet malt then all of the aromas convert to flavors...dark fruits (numerous), caramel, coffee, chocolate, no wheat, but lots, lots more.
Aftertaste is sweet without being cloying...but your mouth is filled with flavors and the stay a long long time. Now there is a slight grainy taste in the aftertaste...maybe a little spice...I think I found the wheat.
This beer is very, very complex. And yet somehow it all seems to balance.
I am enjoying this immensely

IntriqKen, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

The beer poured into the glass deep dark brown with a tan tall head which rose tall and fell slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a banana and clove presence and a nice wheat aromatic. The spice was well done and was coupled with a caramel maltiness and perhaps a bit of chocolate.

The flavor was malty with a strong caramel and biscuity flavor. The melanoidins were distinctly present with a bit of chocolate and a bit of roastiness. The flavor was fruity with more banana and also spicy with more clove. Malt ruled the flavor and alcohol was present as well with some definite wheat character.

The finish was dry with a lasting caramel maltiness, a strong fruity banana, and a light clove long into the aftertaste. The body was full with a decent carbonation level. The alcohol warming that occurred after consumption was fairly high. A nice Weizenbock, perhaps a bit too dark in flavor, but still a good brew.

22 ounce bottle.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of mentor
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a one finger caramel brown head over a dark liquid. Mahogeny edgings when held to light...and crystal clear. Head quickly settles to a thin layer that hangs through the duration of the glass. Smells earthy, caramel with chocolate and some banana. Some other lighter esters ride a gentle alcohol. A bit dry woody. Yeasty funk is minimal, as is bready wheat character.

Tastes nice. Toffee and sweet. Chocolate and wheat with some clove. Plum (brighter in character than I would normally use for that term) with a hint of nut. Wet near the finish from malt and esters. It has a finish along the lines of St B. Abt12...albeit more subtle in intensity and complexity. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, likely due to a large amount of residual sugar sweetening this beer. A little bit of alcohol heat keeps things honest. If I focus on the alcohol I find it's drying and a bit rough. Cleans the tongue in the aftertaste, perhaps to keep the thick liquid from cloying. Carbonation is medium to md-heavy. A bit more than I would like for the style.

Drinkable? Pretty damned good. A bit too sweet for more than a whole bomber, glad I was able to share it with my wife. I'm likely to pick up another bottle or two for the cellar.

mentor, Jun 02, 2006
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3.9/5  rDev -3%

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. It has a bubbly light tan head that quickly goes down to a thin collar that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is grainy malt with some sweet sugary fruits, big bananas, and a little clove.

The flavor is sugary sweetness (not as bad as the Samael or Meph though) with some fruitiness and chocolate. The finish is subtle noble hops and some almost tart alcohol. As it warms, it improves - the sweetness subdues and more malt complexity comes out - chocolate, toffee, caramel, and nuts. The mouthfeel is pretty full and smooth on the carbonation.

I usually haven't cared a lot for Avery's bigger beers, so I was hesitant to try this. I was pleasantly surprised. It is a little sweet, but it is pretty well balanced and the alcohol is fairly well hidden (though it definitely warms the belly!). As it warmed and I drank more, I liked it better and better. I think it's too sweet for a true weizenbock though.

Beaver13, May 29, 2006
Avery Anniversary Ale - Thirteen from Avery Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.