The Kaiser
Avery Brewing Company

The KaiserThe Kaiser
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #11
ABV:
8%
Score:
88
Ranked #10,876
Avg:
3.92 | pDev: 12.76%
Reviews:
675
Ratings:
1,390
From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  91
Gots
  125
SCORE
88
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.
Reviews: 675 | Ratings: 1,390 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Bouleboubier:
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

 1,608 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant amber orange with a nice fluffy two finger head that dissipates quicky.

Caramel malts, some tart citrus (?), and definite hint of pumpkin.

Wow, this tastes more like an Imperial Pumpkin Ale than it does a lager. Heavy, heavy, heavy on the pumpkin, that's really all I'm getting. Anyone else?

Mouthfeel is crisp, slightly bitter, but finishes smooth.

Overall, I was a little let down that this was hardly a lager, but more so a pumpkin ale. Still delicious regardless though.

 496 characters

Photo of Sabtos
2.79/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber with a small fizzy film.

Smell is toffee, bread dough, caramel, butter.

I taste cherry cough syrup, honey, verging on barleywine territory if not for the breadiness coming in at times. When you go 10% for a "Marzen" can you really call it that anymore? This is just an American blonde barleywine or something that just so happens to be brewed and released around autumn...

Feel is pretty boozy and hot, while slightly fizzy.

 438 characters

Photo of Sixpack595
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep copper-red color with a huge, yet short lived cap of coarse foam. High ABV surely contributes to the rapidly diminishing head, but it laces a bit and leaves a thin film to soldier on. Aroma is a bit fruity with black cherry and a bit of alcohol sneaking in. Flavor is almost like a Doppelbock with powdery cocoa, toffee, and a bitterness strong enough to cut the sweetness, but not overshadow the subtleties of the malt. Mouthfeel is dead on for a big beer with lots of alcohol. Thick enough to ensure you pace yourself, but not syrupy. This beer speaks softly but carries a big stick. You miss the ABV till it's too late. Great beer, great name.

 651 characters

Photo of BlindPig
2.68/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Thick tan head on a clear copper body.
S- Big sweet caramel malt in the nose with the standard oktoberfest aroma following it. Kind of big in the grass hops for the style and just a hint of alcohol in the nose.
T- Really sweet caramel malts with strong alcohol over it. Big esters come through too. A mix of grass hops and alcohol tingle the tongue and leave a decent size bitterness on mid tongue.
M- Full body with low/medium carbonation.
D- I keep buying Avery beers in hope to find a good one. I think this may be the last one I try from them in a long time, I said that after Avery 14 though too.

 604 characters

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.74/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge fan of the Dictator series, this is the only one I have yet to try, so I am supper-excited.

A - clear copper hued w/ an initially massive head that eventually shrinks to just a bubbly film across the top of the brew.

S - heavy caramel malts w/ a backing of spicy/floral hops. This beer has quite a pungent aroma for the style(perhaps the high abv. plays a role here?) apple and toasted biscuit also have big roles in the smell.

T - the flavor is dominated by a yeasty biscuit flavor, but well complimented by a slight spice that appears between waves of rolling sweetness. (damn this is good)then a light dose of hops with a welcome warming from the alcohol. all of this before a clean finish. Lots of flavor here considering the style.

MF - medium carbonation, big full body. feel is crisp and clean.

D - verdict is in. appearently Avery can make huge, well executed lagers too! very drinkable, but respect the 9.3%

 933 characters

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark amber, lots of head and lace. This is what beers should always look like

S - Sweet. Very sweet!

T - Like the aroma, very sweet and boozy.

M - Light bodied, lots of carbonation

O - A very good Oktoberfest, much better than what I am used to trying around that time of year. Style is too sweet for me. But very good for the style...

 350 characters

Photo of jklecko2
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of BrewNoob1
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of orsulacp
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a dark clear amber color with a one inch beige head that left some lacing on the glass. The color was very enticing. The nose was sweet and malty with roasted nuts and a little alcohol. The taste was slightly sweet then going to a nutty bitterness with some biting from the alcohol. There is caramel and a faint taste of black licorice. The mouth feel is on the thick side of medium with good carbonation to clear out the mouth.

 442 characters

Photo of PhiloPsych
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't drink lagers very often. When I do, it's usually Doppelbocks or Marzens. I probably prefer Marzens, and this one is as good as I've had within that style.

There is a taste that I detect in all lagers that I don't really know how to describe, but it's clear in this beer. It's not a bad taste by any means, but it is definitely there. In this respect, and every other, this beer is true to style--and a very good representative of the style.

For me the most remarkable thing about this beer is that the high alcohol content is not noticeable in the taste or aroma. So this beer is knocking me in the skull ... but in a sneaky way.

 639 characters

Photo of JLeege
1.76/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance- pours a deep orange to almost amber in color. crystal clear, one finger white head. Looks and poured very nice.

Smell- bready, dark fruits, caramel, butterscotch

Taste- not as much initial flavor as the armoma would suggest. fairly boozy as well.

Mouthfeel- Thick, yet slick... with low carbonation. A ton of alcohol warming as well.

Overall- I am disapointed in this years offering. This is pretty bad, and being jacked up to around 10% you are going to expect some alcohol to be present. But with this I am getting a lingering aftertaste of cheap vodka. The initial flavor is nice, but as soon as I am getting it down, it tastes like what I remember Skol tasting like.

I have been avoiding saying it this whole time, because I remember liking this beer a year ago...THIS IS A BOOZY MESS

I have never done a drain pour, if I buy a beer, I am going to drink it. But the other half of this bomber doesnt stand a chance, what a sad day!

 953 characters

Photo of rkarimi
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThrashMaster
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of briancathy
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mitchster
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed with German malted barley and noble hops (i.e-Tett and Hallertauer), and a German lager yeast.

Graciously donated by Adam Avery after stopping by for an impromptu tour, a couple glasses of awesome brew, and plenty of shooting the shit about good beer.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear beautiful ruby red, forming a tall and rocky dark beige head with excellent retention and sticky sheets of lacing. This is a beautiful looking beer! Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is brimming with spicy and subtley perfumy German noble hops, and an exceptionally clean ferment. If you've ever been to the brewery, you will recognize a subtle Avery aroma which I attribute to their water source (drink the Boulder water and you'll see what I mean) and their meticulous fermentation. The mouthfeel is pillow soft and extremely smooth with a slick finish and a lightly syrupy medium-dense body. The taste begins with abundant spicy hops with some floral, tart, and lightly herbal characteristics, followed by a chewy and sticky amber malt body. The bitterness is well-balanced with the malts and adds a delicate woodiness to the finish. The finish is lightly dry and alcohol is barely perceptable as a peppery flourish towards the end. Very cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors.

Not having had an Imperial Oktoberfest, I can vouch that this bad-boy indeed deserves it's title and is not a dopplebock as I perhaps expected. Just like it's other high-gravity cousins, this is also a winner (but c'mon, let's be honest, the Salvation kicks ass). All solicitation aside, these guys remain one of my favorite brewers, and the warm welcome I received at the brewery proves that these guys are deeply passionate about their beer, and good beer in general.

 1,762 characters

Photo of hopbar
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Wine Cellar, Ridgewood, NJ
1 Pint 6oz. Bottle
Tulip

A: First of all, the picture of the Kaiser on the front of the bottle is hysterical (I hope that was intended). Secondly, the beer poured a beautiful, amber color into my tulip glass with a creamy head. The head stuck around for a while and the lacing coated the glass all the way down.

S: Very nice scents emerging from this one. Some real good floral action commingling with hops that were not overpowering.

T: Rather sweet with some taste of cranberries. Hops were evident but balanced nicely among the sweeter flavors.

M: Smooth and almost a little creamy - mostly coming from the head.

D: I was especially looking forward to drinking the Kaiser since it was our annual Oktoberfest celebration and we were overwhelmed with massive helpings of German sausage and sauerkraut. The Kaiser complimented the meal very well. Between the smoked sausages, bitterness of the kraut and the sweetness of the beer, it was awesome. I wish that I had bought more to drink. If you have not realized it already, I will be drinking the Kaiser again.

 1,098 characters

Photo of Dreamer
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a mug, the beer is a bright, vibrant, slightly hazed, copper-amber coloring, with a tall, frothy, foamy, dense, off-white head. Aromas of caramel, sugar sweetness, tuber veggies, earthy highlights, hints of toffee, earthy notes, and an overlaying highlight of roast. Very rich and sweet. Flavors are rich and roasted forward, with a blast of caramel and toffee sweetness, a subtle bitterness in the backbone, char highlights, earthy and woody notes, and hints of booze. Malt bomb for sure, but with a balance and drinkability that is impressive. The body is smooth and robust, but light enough to quaff. Roasted sweet, rich, heavy aftertaste with a building warmth as you work your way through the bottle. The finish is smooth and slick, with a slightly sweet, cloying linger that makes you want more. Solid brew!

 844 characters

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of keng1343
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ahhdball
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Spotted this at a local brew shop and for $6.99 and figured why not, it's Oktoberfest somewhere. Very interesting label, German WW1 flag with a picture of Kaiser Wilhelm on the front and an Iron Cross.
Slick, oily pour with a nice orange/sienna hue holding a two-fingered beige head. The smell of caramel, nuts, hops and some alcohol lingering in the nose. Bitter hops pleasently mixed exceptionally with sweet lingering malts, hiding the big 9.3 ABV. Don't get fooled by it's subtlty. Smooth and creamy with a velevety texture, it leaves a little of itself behind after every drink. Overall this is an exceptional brew from Avery and probably one of my favorites. Unfortunately this is limited so I'll have to grab another very soon.

 735 characters

Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

2007 bottle poured up into a weizen glass. Beautiful iron color with bubbles racing to the surface. Smells malty, thick, sweet, nice with a little funky stank. The taste is definitely shocking, bready, sweet, thick stuff. The carbonation tells me I must drink slowly! Remember the 2000 election….hard to swallow bitch. This was so damn low on drinkability I could not finish the bottle.

 387 characters

Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of videofrog
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bomber into a dimpled stein. Bottled in 2010 noted on the label; enjoyed on a rainy day in August 2011.

A: Nice amber color with burnt orange around the edges. Lacing was thick and slid down the edges of the glass back into the beer. Slightly cloudy.

S: Sweet & toasty malts, noble hops very aromatic. Some yeast.

T: Sweet & toasty malts are again present in the forefront. Citrusy noble hops linger on the back of the roof of the mouth. Maltiness reminds me of a doppelbock.

M: Thicker than typical oktoberfest,

O: Although listed as an Oktoberfest here, it is definitely an Imperial Oktoberfest full of flavor. Extremely easy to drink, especially for the high ABV. Picking up another soon.

 710 characters

The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1390 ratings