The Kaiser
Avery Brewing Company

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Lager - Märzen
Ranked #15
Ranked #14,611
3.92 | pDev: 12.76%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Very Good
The KaiserThe Kaiser
Notes: 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.
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Brookfieldglass from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass a somewhat dark orange with a one-finger foam head that quickly dissipated.

Aroma: The first thing I detect is sweet malt and a bit of fresh banana bread, then comes a bit of "booze."

Taste: Warming alcohol is first up, then comes the malt and bread notes.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slick with medium carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry, with a bit of warming alcohol present.

Overall, an exciting beer within the traditional "Marzen" style. At 8% ABV, there is a bit of warming alcohol, but it isn't overpowering.

Nov 07, 2021
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Lucular from Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

5 oz pour on tap. Super boozy, more like a strong ale than a Marzen. Some toasty/biscuity notes creep in with the warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is - again - hot. Drinks more like a 10-12% abv beer than 8%. Meh.

Oct 11, 2021
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Beersnake1 from California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice amber color with little head.

Nose is sweet - candy sweet. Toffee, hard candy. Getting some earthy notes as well. Kind of a dirty sweetness. Prunes, grapes, and honey. It generally reminds me of Samichlaus on the nose. Interesting for sure. You can tell the ABV is higher than most Oktoberfest beers.

Taste is really nice. Follows the nose, generally. Sweet, but on a bit lower of a level compared to what I expected from the nose. Definitely a good dose of caramel. Lots of dark fruit - raisins, prunes, figs. Wheat, and a bit of orange. Honey comes through after a bit of warming. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the alcohol is definitely noticeable on the taste. It's a smooth beer, but not overly complex. Definitely a nice beer for the time of year. I wouldn't put it on par with some of the best Marzens, but worth a try.

Sep 25, 2021
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can. Golden in color with s think tan head. Smells of caramel, toffee, malt and a slight hint of alcohol. Taste follows the smell to a T, with the slight hint of alcohol at the end. One of the best Märzen style beers I have had this year.

Sep 12, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear reddish amber appearance with a large off white head that faded faster than a Yugo paint job. Yeasty, malty aroma touched by floral hops. Malts take on a more intense level in the taste along side some sweetness. Hops are restrained but evident while also a bit spicier. Just a wee hint of licorice in the aftertaste. Pleasantly carbonated, medium-to-full bodied mouthfeel. Strength adds an extra dimension. Reminds me of a stronger darker bock.

Sep 11, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For those specifically seeking higher abv this is probably top notch, however aside from the alcohol being covered it's honestly quite bland. Malt and bread are quite subtle.

Actually it gets a smidge more flavorful as it warms a bit. I think this is one that would grow on me

Update part 2. Don't let it warm too much....idk honestly this just isn't great to me and its like I already have to have a buzz to like it

Aug 19, 2021
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a stange

Two finger taupe foam cap , settles to a half finger thick layer , cleated copper liquid , micro carbonation. Streams

Aroma is malty , flowery whiff of booziness

Taste is slightly sweet malt nuttiness

Medium sudsing

Good beer

Aug 18, 2021
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NCSapiens from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet and yeasty, malty, with a bit of spicy floral holiness, it’s light and easy drinking. I would drink 10 of these at any Oktoberfest in the country.

Aug 14, 2021
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Mortal_Wombat from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a nonic pint glass. Canned 07/23/2021.

Look: Pours a deep copper with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipates. No lacing noted from the head. Slightly opaque but not overly so.

Smell: A little muted after the initial pour but comes on strong. Sweet, caramel malt up front with some dark breads and a little bit of spiced fruit. Very pleasant.

Taste: Sweet and bready from the malt up front with a noticeable booziness to it. Has a buttery roll and sweet malt aftertaste. The sweetness almost overpowers the hops but the Noble hop earthiness does shine through a bit. Not the most traditional but hits all the right notes. The alcohol doesn't burn or detract too much from the flavor, but is is noticeable enough to throw out the balance of this one.

Feel: Medium body but bordering on full. Feels creamy and smooth on the tongue with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink for the ABV.

Overall: A pretty interesting American styling of a classic märzen. It almost hits the perfect note for a memorable version but the imperializing of the beer threw the flavors out of whack a bit. Still, all in all a good beer.

Aug 12, 2021
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sjdevel from Utah

3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK >>> almost 2 finger head from the 12oz can - low retention - deep copper color - very hazy
SMELL >>> very little aroma - slight earthy notes - slightly bready
TASTE >>> nice bite upfront - hops and booze - sweet caramel sneaks in - slight apple and pear - hint of cracker jack and spice - almost a "pumpkin beer" in the sense of spice and sweetness
FEEL >>> medium bodied but a bit fuller than expected - almost syrupy
OVERALL >>> Decent Marzen/Okt brew - higher in ABV than most - also thicker and fuller bodied - almost a vegetable beer - enjoyable brew - out of character for typical Marzens but would make this purchase again

Sep 21, 2020
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Icedog from Texas

5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Avery’s doing it again; serving up another brew to add to my favorites. This Kaiser IOL is getting banner overall excellent ratings. The golden colorful and flavorful swaft of rich barley and malts of even measures; complimenting rather than overbearing of one another. The weighty draw takes an easy ride down with no regrets. Than You Very Much Avery...

Sep 19, 2020
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gavagai from California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tastes like a boozy crescent roll, caramel sweetness, toasted bread. Lightly carbonated and very smooth mouthfeel. Lighter than I expected for a lager clocking in at 8%. Some people say it doesn't taste like an oktoberfest but I disagree - it celebrates the style.

A great beer to introduce fall.

Sep 18, 2020
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barneyrubble from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Soft light tan foamy 1 finger head in a tulip glass settling to 1/4 in. Beer color is amber and is about 90% translucent.

Nose hints at sweet malt and a bit of fresh baked nutty banana bread. Really enticing aroma with fruit on top of caramel notes.

Light alcohol or green hops hit at first on the palate along with dark sweet caramel malt. The banana bread note is less prevalent on the palate replaced instead by a bit of spice, some green hops and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is nearly creamy and mostly slick with good medium carbonation. Finish is a bit cloying and thick with noticeable alcohol warmth.

Overall, and interesting beer with sweet malts transformed by the light hops and rather noticeable alcohol. No burning with the alcohol but enough to detract from the overall balance.

Sep 18, 2020
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Beech105 from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have been very excited to try this. Poured from a can into a pint glass. Copper in color with an off white head which dissapapated quickly into a thin ring. Good lacing. Bread, Carmel, noble hops were the smells i got. Tastes like a marzen, but with more of a boozy taste. Really enjoyed this. Definitely the highest abv I've ever had in an Octoberfest.

Sep 08, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz CANNED: 07/27/20 (about one month ago) poured into a mug at fridge temp 8% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright medium amber in color with khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring. The aroma is mild with caramel and biscuit. The taste is semisweet caramel with minor toasted character and moderate noble hop flavor and bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just less than medium carbonation and an undry finish. Overall, ok. The malt character doesn't hold up here, although the bitterness is well matched. I'd rather have almost anyone's doppelbock.

Aug 27, 2020
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with a 27 July 2020 canning date stamp on the bottom.
Pours with a clear, copper colored body that has excellent clarity and that is topped by a very good white head.
The aroma is clean and spot on for style but the high ABV is partially evident in the flavor.
Overall. A quality but somewhat boozy marzen.

Aug 26, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a small head of white foam. The head fades fast leaving only a touch of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is very strong of a caramel smell mixed with a whole lot of bready malt and a bit of roastiness. Along with these aromas comes a rather big showing of some spice of cinnamon and nutmeg and a decent showing of brown sugar.

Taste – The taste begins with a big toasted bready flavor mixed with lots of caramel and some brown sugar. Along with these flavors comes a little bit of a spice that was detected in the nose. As the taste advances the sweet and bready remain strong, all while there is a little bit of an herbal and earthy hop flavor that develops. These later flavors remain rather light but are joined by a little bit of a woody taste as well as a hint of grass. As the taste advances to the end, the breadiness and the herbal, earthy, and grassy fade at the expense of more caramel and a touch of booziness, leaving one in the end with a sweet and robust, lightly toasted taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the big toasted malty and sweeter tastes, the feel is most excellent, coating the taste buds in all the rich flavors.

Overall – A rather souped up Oktoberfest with a big robust and sweet flavor and a hint of booziness. Rather tasty and warming overall.

Aug 18, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish head tulip

L: Slightly cloudy light mahogany/amber pour with 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Great ring of lacing... a bit of sediment at the end of the pour.

S: Sweet and malty. Toasted grains and brown sugar.

T.F: Semi-sweet toasted malts up front. Grain and bread with a bit of yeast. Brown sugar and toffee... earthy and floral hops. Medium bodied and sticky on the tongue.

O: A very solid Oktoberfest... with some added oomph from Avery 'Imperial-izing' it. Not my favorite style but an enjoyable change of pace brew.

May 23, 2020
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donspublic from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into tulip good 1.5 finger light tan head, so so retention good lacing. Amberish orange in the glass, clear with slight chill haze. Caramel, toasted bread and toffee on the nose. Taste follows the nose, sweet malt on the front, caramel, toffee some bread notes, slight raisin/prune with some floral hops and finishes with a mild bitterness. Reminds me of a mildly hopped light barley wine. Good drinker

Feb 04, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a pint glass. Canned 7/16/18, so 7 months old

Hazy orange body with initially a good off white head, shrinking to a thick ring and solid covering.

Faint malty aroma.

Any hop bite has faded over time. It is a little sharp on the tongue. The 8.0abv is very noticable. Solidly malty, but only a little sweet. No sour aftertaste, and cant find the yeast. Liking this one

Mouth closing in on full, finish a neutral maltiness with a little booze.

Overall, even after 6 months in the can, this is still an enjoyable drink. Beginning to think that I prefer oktoberfest beers with a little age on them.

Jan 13, 2019
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HellsRanger from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice solid amber color with thick foam and a mild lace. It has a mild aroma to it...nothing like expected at 8.0 ABV. This whole beer turns out un-expected.
It is nothing like the lager I thought going is a solid drinking beer.
It is nice bold and a flair to it...the german in it comes out "ten fold" and true to its heritage name.
This is an everyday could pass for a "macro", but totallly not that !!!
It is what the can says..."Massive, Brazen, & Bold. Enjoy !!

Nov 05, 2018
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Kaiser is a crazy beer because its so normal. 8% alcohol. Imperial Oktoberfest lager. You'd think it would taste something remote Imperial and Oktoberfesty. That label is completely out the window for me. It tastes like a really good, normal lager! Just a really properly, really well done lager. It reminds me of some of the macros to be honest, in the good ways (if there are any?!) - IE producing a very consistent flavor. Really represents the style to the fullest though in my opinion. I could drink this all day.

Nov 02, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Canning date stamped on can bottom as '08/07/18'.
Slightly cloudy, pale amber colored body. Half a finger of white head upon pouring settles to thin cap and ring. Leaves behind a few spots of lacing.
Aroma of toasted malts, nutty, caramel, toffee, and slight floral hops.
Taste is rich with toasted malts, with heavy emphasis on the caramel and toffee, with some nutty flavor, and some slight spicy, floral hops.
Medium plus mouth feel, with good carbonation.
Rather strong for a fest beer, with the heaviness of the caramel and toffee flavored malts. Good for a short session but too much for an all day affair. Would cause one to start singing drinking songs quite early during the celebration.

Oct 25, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pour a pale amber with a large head. The aroma is fairly mild, with some toasy and nutty malts, and a hint of spcy hops. The flavor is sweet and intense, with flavors of maple, caramel, toffee, cashew, almond, and sweet cream. The mouthfeel is heavy and sweet, with foaming carbonation. Overall, I have to say I really like this beer - nothing about it is like an oktoberfest, other than the basic malt character, but what it is is a delicious imperial lager, more like a very American take on a bock, or even an alt. However, it is purely delicious.

Oct 11, 2018
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cooper brown, head dissipates quickly. Malt is really amped up to a sweet, slightly boozey level - loses any trace of noble hops - ends up almost like a dopplebock than a marzen. Not bad by any stretch but not quite what you’d expect for the style

Sep 28, 2018
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
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