The Kaiser
Avery Brewing Company

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #14
Ranked #13,569
3.92 | pDev: 12.76%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
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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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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
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Sep 03, 2018
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Aug 29, 2018
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DoghouseReilly3946 from Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Aug 17, 2018
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Mitzvahman72 from California

4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Feb 25, 2018
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HenryPorter7777 from Oklahoma

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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?

Nov 02, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Aug 31, 2017
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
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

Aug 24, 2017
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Jul 11, 2017
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Ferretferret from Wisconsin

4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Apr 22, 2017
The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1410 ratings