The Kaiser
Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Ranked #35
Ranked #16,643
3.89 | pDev: 12.85%
Oct 30, 2022
Aug 28, 2004
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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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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce can poured into a dimpled mug.

L: Orange/copper, slightly cloudy, one finger off-white head with good retention.
S: moderate strength nose, more buttery than bready, herbal hops.
T: Semi-dry, somewhat toasty but getting more herbal hop flavor than malt, some citrus (orange-like) hop flavor as it warms.
F: Medium body and carb, starts with a crisp edge but otherwise smooth.
O: Decent Marzen, not boozy but I expected more flavor for 8% ABV.
Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Orangish golden yellow color with good white head and good curtain lacing. Sweet caramel and toast smell and taste. A bit of a nutty and slightly boozy finish. A bit sweet.
Oct 26, 2022
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Rated by gvickery from Texas

2.59/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Way too sweet.
Oct 15, 2022
Rated: 3.86 by bump8628 from Oklahoma

Sep 25, 2022
Rated: 4.34 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Pivopijak from Washington

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Medium orange/amber look. Light, caramel tinged, medium toast malt aroma. Nice, edge to an off-dry, medium caramel malt taste, with a tiny spiced wood note.
Apr 25, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz can
The look is dark amber to brown. Pretty much headless, made some foam on the pour which disappeared quite quickly and eventually entirely. That was a bit of a disappointment.

At fridge temp smell is much like any other marzen lager. Slight caramelized sweetness and malt among the lager yeast smell. Slight noble hops providing bitterness in the smell.

The hops are present upfront but quickly overshadowed by a wave of dark malt and some of that caramelized sweetness from the smell, as they fades that hops rejoin providing the german anything feel with slight alcohol on the tongue and some sweetness provided by the alcohol. While cold taste is quite dangerous with this abv.

Feel is quite thick but that's to be expected with it being called an imperial octoberfest. It is done quite well and is very smooth for the abv with just a slight warming feeling after swallowing but as drinkable as most lagers.

Overall surprisingly smooth and what you want out of an octoberfest but more in that they delivered on their promises. It is just a bit unfortunate the head was so fleeting and small.
Dec 15, 2021
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Reviewed by garymuchow from Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I've wanted to try this for year, but it seemed to not come my way. This time out in CO I found it. Got it in Nov, and the canned stated dated was late July, I believe.
Anyway. the aroma is nice and rich, but I don't think it stands out. A bit hazy and a off-white dense head.
Rich flavor. Some qualities of toast. Good malt flavor. Slight dryness on the finish, very subtle hop flavor.
Moderate mouth feel. Not particularly clean but still some lager like qualities.
I let this one, my last one, warm up quite a bit before consuming and that really seems to have made a difference, as my earlier ones I did not enjoy as much as this one.
I had fantasized what a big marzen might be like. This didn't meet my expectations, but I don't regret it, and I might buy it again if I can get it fresher and make sure to let it warm up well before partaking.
BTW - I like the new can design for Avery and the whole line that follows suit. Very attractive.
Dec 10, 2021
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Rated by TBoneJones from Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A great-tasting all-around Octoberfest lager that just happens to be of imperial strength.
Nov 07, 2021
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Reviewed by Brookfieldglass from Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Reviewed by Lucular from Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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
Rated: 4 by KLHBB from Arkansas

Oct 02, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by chossboss from Oregon

Sep 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Reviewed by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
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
Rated: 3.84 by 22Blue from Kansas

Sep 05, 2021
Rated: 3.94 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Sep 03, 2021
Rated: 3.29 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Aug 20, 2021
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +1%
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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Reviewed by Mortal_Wombat from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +1%
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
Rated: 4 by netshark from Colorado

Jan 24, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by j37geogaddi from Massachusetts

Jan 16, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by Ohknows from Nevada

Oct 11, 2020
Rated: 3.96 by Krusader from Wisconsin

Sep 28, 2020
Rated: 3.73 by dschwartz13 from Tennessee

Sep 26, 2020
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Reviewed by sjdevel from Utah

3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Reviewed by Icedog from Texas

5/5  rDev +28.5%
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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Reviewed by gavagai from California

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Reviewed by barneyrubble from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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
Rated: 3.99 by MGibbons from Maryland

Sep 15, 2020
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Reviewed by Beech105 from Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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
Rated: 4 by aasher from Indiana

Sep 07, 2020
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Rated by gyorgymarlowe from Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
L:Clear light amber
S: faint malts
T: Sweet, metallic
F: Watery

I remember enjoying this a lot years ago in the big bottle format.
Sep 06, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.31/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
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
Rated: 4.59 by RDW from Nebraska

Aug 09, 2020
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