The Kaiser | Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

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

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Photo of brauseboof
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grinky
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of white_pony21
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ltdsaint
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of damndirtyape
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, canned 07/16/18 It's Walter's Birthday 09:58:48 1975. Served in a 2cl Rastel pokal glass.

Appearance: Clear amber. Thin off-white head. Lots of lacing all over the glass - sheets and thick strands.

Smell: Malty and on the sweet side. No noble hop aroma.

Taste: Definitely a malt forward beer - with biscuity and caramel notes. Just the barest amount of noble hop bitterness at the finish to counter it.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. Nice thickness and little bit chewy. Dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Part of me feels like this is more of a dessert beer with all the malt, but maybe it just needs to be paired with the right food. By itself, it's not what I would call that well-engineered Marzen for mass consumption between bites of meat and potatoes. It's too sweet and needs more noble hops to counter all the malt. I find just one is enough for me. I might revisit again if I see it in a restaurant and I'm planning on having a big meal, otherwise, there are much better Marzens out there.

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Photo of gangstabobangsta
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BB1313
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 7/16/18. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours amber with solid clarity; creamy off-white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Some toast along with some caramel and toffee. The flavors have lots of caramel as well. More toffee. More toast. Subtle stickiness and warmth in the finish. Alcohol is ultimately well hidden. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a nice "Imperial Oktoberfest". It stays true to the style, but is slightly amped up. I really like it. Well done.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest Lager - 8.0% ABV - ? IBUs
Date: Canned on 07/16/18, enjoyed on 8/16/18.
Appearance: Copper in color, leaning sword orange with two fingers of white head that reduces rather quickly to just covering the beer. It appears somewhat hazy with a little bit of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: Not a huge impressive nose, just the standard caramel and bread like notes with some yeast aromas as well.
Taste: Thankfully the taste has more to offer. Sweet uncooked biscuit dough and caramel like malts are at naturally the forefront with a good amount of clove and nutmeg spices, some brown sugar sweetness, and finally German yeast to round it out. This combination actually brings pumpkin beers to mind, less the vegetal pumpkin flavor. While, The Kaiser is a sweeter beer than the majority of various German examples, the hops help to dry out the finish to some degree. The mouthfeel is definitely medium full, which also provides a nice departure from the normal lower ABV examples of the Oktoberfest / Marzen style. Additionally, there is a touch of alcohol that is noticeable, but by no means does it get in the way.
Biased comments: Perhaps The Kaiser is still a bit too sweet for my personal preference, although the yeast and spices are very nice and go a good way to help to set this one apart from the abundance of Oktoberfest beers that verge on being either too sweet, too bland, or both. Not a world class beer, but it is better than Bells’ or Schlafly’s low ABV and honestly, somewhat boring attempts at this style.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npdevil27
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keepnitrl
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.93/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #13, August 2016

With a nice amber color, it’s as though you are enjoying a rich, malty cordial with smooth caramel and orange flavors. It has a delightfully munchy mouthfeel, along with a fondant aftertaste that fits well with the yeasty orange aroma. Despite the high alcohol content, it’s very subtle with the alcohol flavors. Overall, this is a fantastic offering for the Imperial Oktoberfest category. Just don’t get too comfortable with the excessive WELFARE of this beer, although that will stray off into a different topic altogether.

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Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AuntBea
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shigg85
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HenryPorter7777
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Imperial Oktoberfest Lager by Avery; Batch 13, August 2016. Dictator Series. Drank this beer on November 1, 2017. Pours amber with a medium head and lacing start to finish. This is definitely a quality offering: well-brewed complex but balanced in every way. All the things you would expect in an Oktoberfest: caramel, toffee, bready maltiness, candied fruits. Märzen. All the complexities come forward as this warms. Wonderful. 9.5% ABV
NOTE: This beer is now RETIRED?

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Photo of Imperialjake
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of maltznhopz
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2016 bomber. Caramel malty sweetness, some fig, raisin flavor and it is pretty boozy. Not bad.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 2016, poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear copper, amber, rust color with a off white head, lots of lacing, slight retention.

A: Very sweet, caramel, toffee, spice, candied dark fruits, bready malts, smells really good for being a year old.

T: Follows the nose with caramel, candied dark fruits, brown sugar, toffee, spice, bready malts, slight touch of oxidation in the finish, but overall,this has retained a lot of flavor, found it on a warm shelf.

M: Medium bodied with a slightly dry finish, good amount of carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.

O: Found this on a warm shelf the other day, took a chance but I did not realize it was bottled in 2016, still has lots of flavor and aroma, good complexity and depth, there was a touch of oxidation in the finish but overall a really good beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(22 oz bottle, batch No. 13, Aug. 2016, purchased warm on shelf at SL... poured in stages into a teku)

L: relatively-clear, reddish-amber liquid; crown of messy, bubble-cluster foam, dies off in a few minutes... little bit of crystalline lace; curious slug of sediment at bottle's bottom (hops?)

S: ton of caramel and doughy golden bread, little hint of phenolic spice and dried golden fruits... little to no hop aroma at this point, maybe a soft floral note... ethanol gradually pokes out... not much depth or unique character overall

T: tastes old, but not necessarily in a bad way - very dense, richly bread-crusty-malty... dull, flickering, dry-grassy lingering hop flavor and bitterness, subtle vinous-like spice late in the aftertaste... if this IS 9+% abv, it certainly doesn't show it (7% maybe) - mellow raw alcohol presence, esters may have broken down into fruitier compounds by now - the fruity flavors do also taste hop-derived... altogether taste like an imp. IPA (or barleywine) recipe done with some sparse German character malt, but not even a good German yeast

F: dextrinous, slow, under-carbonated, but dry and delicately warm enough in the finish to not tire the palate... blend of wort and triple-distilled potato vodka

O: shame I never got to this sooner - should've tried it fresh, but I just never came across it in SJ/PA last several years... don't think I was necessarily missing anything though, because even aged German imports of this style retain some sort of distinct (Deutsche) character, whereas this tasted like an old startup/brewpub/toss-off recipe that never evolved

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

RETIRED? I just got this one. A reddish copper poured with little head. Normal for a Marzen. Very nice fruity aroma. Tastes fruity and I can't put my finger on it. Wife says apricots while I was thinking dates? Alcohol is hidden so well this is too easy to drink. Another fine Avery brew. Poured into an 8 ounce nonic from a 1 pint 6 ounce magnum dated 8-17-16. I need to check and see if this was all they had at BRU City.

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
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