The Kaiser | Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Kaiser once said, “Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.” If the Kaiser and his significant other had tipped this bottle, we’d all be “sprechenden Deutsch!” We took all that is good in a traditional Oktoberfest – gorgeous, deep copper sheen, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent Noble hops – then intensified each into this, an Imperial Oktoberfest.

Added by maxpower on 08-28-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 660 | Ratings: 1,333
Photo of Ferretferret
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have you ever had a beer that just tasted of... Quality? Something about the thickness, the complexity, the ample medley of flavors interwoven makes something far grander than any of the individual qualities. Caramel, toasted bread, and malts give this an immense complexity.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Why did I ever doubt this offering from Avery. Have a huge malt bomb here. Caramel and toasted bread in the nose, hint of hops, sweetness, and slight alcohol as well. This is how a quality Octoberfest should go.

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Photo of Marraybay
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark Amber: Two glasses poured; nice 1 finger of foam on the 1st, not much on the 2nd.

Smell: vinous.

Taste: Doppelbockish; grapey; Some alchohol, little to no bitterness.

Feel: Relatively smooth, but overall non-descript.

Overall: Interesting-good pour; Decent drinker, but for me at least, really just a doppel;
Nothing extraordinary beyond that.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a dark amber color with a thick white head.

The aroma is sweet and there is a strong scent of toffee.

The initial taste is sweet and sugary, but is quickly replaced by a buttery caramel taste. The beer finishes with a warming sensation as the alcohol disapated.

The mouthfeel of this beer is quite complex; it starts crisp and then becomes warm and smooth. As previously stated, the beer warmed on the tongue at the end.

This beer was a very interesting and complex Oktoberfest. It was much sweeter than most Oktoberfests that I have had, but still fits the style. I would definitely have this one again.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass in October 2016. The batch date on the bottle was August 2016.

Appearance: Deep copper with dark tan head. Beer is clear and not hazy. Head is average, with some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma filled with sweet caramel and malts, with some hops. A little hint of pepper. Nice variety and balance.

Taste: There is an interesting mix of sweetness from the malt & caramel, and just a little bite from the hops. There is a little spicy flavor, and I get a little honey flavors. There is a strong alcohol bite as well. This was done in a nice combination with the other flavors. There is a nice variety of flavors in the aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Strong alcohol level, which confirms the 9.3% on the bottle.

This is a smooth full-bodied Imperial Octoberfest Lager. It is an interesting combination of flavors, especially with the caramel, malt, honey, and a little bitterness from the hops. I enjoy Avery beers, and this is another good one. I will buy this again.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into dimpled seidel. A little fizz, but barely any head or lace. A thick copper color.

Nose is faintly malty, unimpressive.

But the taste, ah. The strong undercurrents of alcohol and roast, but a roasted malty sweetness easily recognized as Märzen. Noble hope spice comes quite nicely into play, as do some caramel notes.

There just aren't enough craft Oktoberfestbiers out there. This one from the Dictator Series is of the style, but has a slight spin in its strong ABV. Fans of doppelbock, barleywine ale, barrel-aged ales, and, of course, Oktoberfest-Märzen will enjoy.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a crowler. Pours a dark amber with a creamy white head. The aroma is amazing: caramel, toffee, spice, dark bread. A very tasty beer. Caramel, toffee, spice, a slight bitter note and a touch of boozy warmth. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and creamy.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful amber with a cream colored head.

Smells of roasted malt, caramel, fig, slightly medicinal, and bitter herb.

Taste is nutty with a bitterness going into malt bomb with caramel, roasted malt, toasted whole grain bread, and fig - finishing with dry bitter herb notes. It has some great flavor, but is a little unbalanced.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Once again, Avery excels at big beers. Surprisingly this one checks in just under 10%, as you'd expect anything imperial from them to be even a little higher. But that's ok, because that means you can enjoy more of this without feeling really bogged down by it. It's sweeter than your usual Oktoberfest, but that's always the case with imperials. Don't compare it to a typical lightweight Oktoberfest, because it's very different. Do compare it to your other favorite bombers.

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Photo of BWood
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: typical marzen Amber. Slight head that reduces.

S: malt sweet malt. Some yeast.

T: I like strong beers. Typically a marzen is a little thin for me. This is big and malty. On the sweet side of malts though. Slightly bready.

F: smooth at first. Slight burn at the back. But no complaints. Fits the style.

O: I really like this one. If you like this style with a little more kick they you will be a fan too.

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Photo of Rhixso
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one almost belongs in it's own category, which I guess an Imperial Oktoberfest is. In a blindfold taste test I'd say it's either a Bock or maybe Double Bock without the deeper complexity of that style. The melanoidins are lightly on the nose and huge on the palate. It pours a gorgeous deep ruddy amber color and has a very slight head that quickly disappears with no lingering lace.

From the first sip you can tell this is a very, very heavy and strong beer. This Kaiser conquers your tastes buds with a trifecta of malt, sweet malt and almost syrupy malt. The alcohol level is significant yet only the slightest bit of alcohol on the back end.

Overall I'm glad I tried this one but can't say I'd crave another, especially since one of these will leave you face down in a trench.

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Photo of akolb
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pouring at 52 degrees F (thanks to the handy homebrew thermometer that I slapped on the bottle). Aroma has typical Oktoberfest notes (bread and caramel) with far more sweetness and a bit of yeast. Quite sweet taste with your standard malty flavors turned up to 11. Nice and toasty, with caramelized sugar and dark bread. Alcohol burn in the finish that grows throughout the drinking. This is obviously not a true Oktoberfest, and it does not make sense to rate this against more traditional beers in the style, but it's a fun, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Drank 10/25/15. Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a dark gold to bronze, and just a slight amount of haze. Forms a half-finger of white head that has great retention, and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Caramel and toffee notes in the sweet malt aroma. Thickly bready and yeasty. There's a light fruitiness as well, though I'm not sure if this is coming from yeast esters or non-noble hops.

T: Follows the nose well. Malty, toffee, and toasted caramel. Lightly toasted bready malts. Mild grassy hoppiness and some sweet ethanol as well. A nice clean lager finish at the end.

M: A heavy body for style - though I'm not sure how to interpret the "Imperial" moniker on the label. Alcohol presence is noticeable but not terribly hot. Low carbonation sensation.

O: An interesting beer. A big malt body that comes across fairly sweet. I find it partially reminiscent of a barley a lager version of an English barleywine. Not bad, though I'm not sure I'll run for a repeat performance.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.79/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber with a small fizzy film.

Smell is toffee, bread dough, caramel, butter.

I taste cherry cough syrup, honey, verging on barleywine territory if not for the breadiness coming in at times. When you go 10% for a "Marzen" can you really call it that anymore? This is just an American blonde barleywine or something that just so happens to be brewed and released around autumn...

Feel is pretty boozy and hot, while slightly fizzy.

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look : Amber clear body, two finger head.

Smell : Caramel, spices, grains, notes of dark fruit, cherry, and vanilla.

Taste : Same as above.

Feel : Medium body, medium-low carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.

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

From the bottle, it pours a moderately dark amber with a small head, quickly dissipating into a thin layer. Some lacing as you enjoy the beer. Serious malt in the nose and in the expected. Yum!

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Photo of mschrei
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Aug. 2014.
Poured into Solemn Oath snifter.
Age has obviously flattened it a bit. Not much carb or lacing. Golden brown, reminds me of a boch for some reason. Much more malt than a usual lager. Don't have a ton of Oktoberfest/marzen experience, but I bet this would have been awesome September/October '14. I had to buy it because I'm an Avery fan and saw it on vacation.

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Photo of tedvr
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey amber with a medium white head. Malt and caramel aromas. Taste of malt and caramel, with a nice aftertaste. Mild carbonation. A well balanced beer.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong caramel/toffee, bread/malts and light fruit. The flavor is strong caramel/toffee, malts, fruit, slightly grainy and a mix of alcohol and slightly cloying sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of SFC21
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

All the classic Oktobefest flavors are here, amped up of course. Toasted dark bread, caramel, spicy hops. Delicious. But after that wave the alcohol heat moves in and overtakes those flavors and lingers. This would be outstanding if the alcohol was dialed back a notch.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE fest pours a deep luminous orange with an off white head of foam that settles to a thick ring, light wispy layer, and light lacing. Nose of heavy caramel, rich fresh bread, and spicy hop notes. Flavors pound that aroma found on the nose with rich layers of caramel and fresh baked bread on all sides fading to a golden raisin and spicy hop aftertaste warmed by copious amounts of alcohol and lingering light grain notes. Lightly crisp and warming with moderate with nice carbonation to keep it lively while cutting through the sweetness.
Always have one every couple of years. Always welcome.


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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A clear, watery looking red pour with a thin white head. A typical malty, sweet Carmel smell. A very interesting sweet, hoppy taste up front that fades to the Carmel malt taste. It is the closest thing to the SN Octoberfest. Never would have guessed 10 % alcohol. A top notch Marzen!

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

The bottle I had was from last year, and i'm not sure how much the age affected it. But this is a big, high abv beer, super sweet and malty, and to me borders on barley wine territory. An enjoyable enough fall beer, but if i'm looking for a more traditional marzen, I would be looking elsewhere.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barcade in Philly. Served in a stemmed globe. This is a fine fall beer. If you have the choice though, opt for the Rumpkin or PumpKYn from Avery. Great marzen.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like your typical American Oktoberfest: Amber in color with a tan head. Smell is of a sweet caramel and bready malts. The taste is huge; super sweet and complex malts from caramel to breads and toffee and brown sugar. Sticky sweet mouthfeel. Overall an excellent interpretation of the "imperial Oktoberfest."

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