The Kaiser
Avery Brewing Company

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #11
Ranked #10,874
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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Photo of MikeWard
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.

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Photo of HellsRanger
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 !!

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
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.

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
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.

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Photo of Czequershuus
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.

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Photo of ajm5108
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

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Photo of damndirtyape
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.

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Photo of BB1313
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.

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Photo of DoghouseReilly3946
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.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
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.

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Photo of HenryPorter7777
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?

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Photo of Brolo75
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
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

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
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.

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Photo of Ferretferret
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.

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Photo of craigbelly
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
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 erk0607
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Crystal burnt orange (but not copper) body with a soft, almost white head that hangs out for a little while.
Smell: Sweet orange, grain, earthy hops, toast
Taste: Powerful malt flavors, some toastiness and caramelization that goes along with it
Feel: Heavy - like an imperial beer outght to be, smooth, slick going down, with slightly creamy carbonation
Overall: Reliably good, Avery beer that would be best served on a cool, fall night as the trees are changing colors

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Photo of Marraybay
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
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 +4.6%
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 +6.4%
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 +2.6%
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 +14.5%
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 +5.6%
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 +6.4%
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 -3.3%
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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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1390 ratings