The Kaiser | Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BreworFerment
4.95/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a nice hazy copper color with a lacy head that lasts for a long time. The brew clocks in at 9.3 ABV and you get a little bit of that alcohol on the palate but the malt bomb that characterizes this seasonal quickly neutralizes it. There are hints of orange and of course the spices that are inherent in an Oktoberfest. There is a slight hoppiness to the nose but again the bready aroma and taste overpowers it. The beer is well balanced and the body is not too heavy. I could drink this all night, except since it's not exactly a session beer you'd find me snoozing after two of these 22oz bottles

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost opaque, golden amber color, speckled with orange highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with strong aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked soft pretzels. I also get strong notes of black pepper, brown sugar, light molasses, caramel and touches of ripe fruit, such as plums and apricots. Finally, I get some aromas of floral, grassy hops.

Taste: Wow! Exceptional beer! Like the aroma, I get strong flavors of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked soft pretzels. I also get strong notes of black pepper, brown sugar, light molasses, caramel and touches of ripe fruit, such as plums and apricots. Finally, I get some beautifully balanced, floral, grassy hops, at the finish. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and extremely smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9.5%, there is a subtle, pleasant hint of alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is quite an exceptional Oktoberfest-style beer. Probably the best I’ve had outside of fresh from the cask fest biers I’ve had in Germany. Avery’s hit a grand-slam with this one!

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Photo of ABV
4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great example of the Octoberfest style taken a notch up. Big malty nose, thick textured mouthfeel, sweet but not too sweet, followed by some pleasing hop bitterness. Alcohol is present but not overwhelming. Very drinkable despite its stregnth. Pleasurable in every way.

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Photo of are_doubleyou
4.89/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours with a nice frothy head that soon dissipates. The color is a rich, dark copper. Almost brown. Exactly what I want from a Märzen.

S: Very strong caramel and roast malts with strong notes of dark fruit. My only complaint is that it smells a bit boozy.

T: Fortunately the boozy notes in the smell are non-existent on the tongue. A strong caramel malt flavor on the head that gives way to the clear dark fruit notes that you can smell. It finishes with a delightful balance of the two. The taste lingers lightly after you swallow each sip.

F: The mouthfeel is rich and malty. It goes well with the flavor and finishes with a very nice lager dryness.

O: I love almost everything about this beer. My only negative is the slight alcohol smell which slips through the malt and fruit flavors. I've never seen another Imperial Märzen, but this sets the standard very high. This specific beer was from the 2011 batch of Der Kaiser and was cellared for 3 years before this review. I saved this beer for the beginning of Oktoberfest and I am not disappointed at all. I highly recommend cellaring this beer and I will actively seek this beer out for future fests.

Poured into a Blind Pig mug and enjoyed at around 60 degrees.

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Photo of rtrasr
4.87/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a fan of big beers but this is the exception. The aroma is orange, orange blossom. You can tell this is a big beer. You get a full mouthful with this beer. It tastes of citrus only now much more grapefruit, hops but also a lot of maltiness. If you like beer with everything then this is the one for you.

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Photo of icetrauma
4.84/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Avery is really a hit and miss with me. So, I did not know what to expect from this brew. I was surpised! In a good way.

Poured into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass from the 22oz bomber. Pours a hazy copper color with a 2 finger tan lacy head that quickly disappated.

Smell was big yeasty bready tones with big malt scent. A touch of alcohol is noted along a smidgen of hops.

Flavor took me by surprise. Huge malt bomb. Big yeast and bread flavors smack you taste buds like a Chuck Liddel over hand right. Caramel flavors are big. The alcohol is not to noticable at first but becomes slightly present as the brew warms up. Just a slight touch of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full but not mealy full. This beer is my new favorite for the Marzan style. I have not been this excited about a Marzen since Jubel was brewed. Thank you Avery for this bomb! Malt bomb that is!

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Photo of pkalix
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

beautiful neon copper color with oatmeal colored topping.
fruity, sweet smell, like a dopplebock.
full-bodied, rich, sweet, malts, caramel. not unlike a dopplebock. very healthy taste and a great starter for my evening at 9% abv (BA say 10.03%).
overall, i very much like this. i've had a few from this brewery and i remember them being very good. it tastes like a german product which, i think, is an accomplishment and an achievement. and for such an impressive abv, i think it deserves a very high overall rating. i dont get much alcohol burn from this and that factors in to my opinion... may be my highest rated american beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Big rich liquid bread malt nose seasoned with spicy, herbal, floral hops.
Hazy peach body under a 3" snow white foam cap that is reasonably persistent and lacy for such a big alcohol beer.
Palate: creamy, rich, thick and malty liquid bread kept under control by a moderate hop bitter presence on the finish. Big malt masks the alcohol.
Full body, medium to medium low carbonation, warming.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
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%

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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look : Amber clear body, two finger head.

Smell : Caramel, spices, grains, notes of dark fruit, cherry, and vanilla.

Taste : Same as above.

Feel : Medium body, medium-low carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.

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Photo of Whadawookie
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010, this feller's gotten some good age'n time. This beer is delicious. Smooth and incredibly malty without being overbearing. I've never seen an imperial octoberfest anywhere before, it seems like a dopplebocks lighter cousin despite the fact that this is almost a 10%abv brew. It's basically a deep, hazy tan color. I'm not getting any head or lacing, but it might be because I drank another beer out of this snifter and rinsed without drying before pouring. I have another glass left in the bomber though, so I'll give it another shot.

I get a lot of apple and malt in the nose, caramel malts for sure.
When I take a drink, it seems to blast you with apples and vanilla and malt that almost beckon to mind a milkshake. It's no less filling than on anyways...

The aftertaste is mellow and enveloping caramel and an incredibly slight sourness. I am a definite fan of this brew, Avery strikes gold yet again.

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Photo of soze47
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One I've been looking forward to for a while. I picked up a bomber bottle of this and will definitely be doing so again soon.

Appearance: Transparent deep orangey/amber color. One finger of head that had big bubbles that subsided quickly.

Aroma: I got the herbal hops on first sniff, but much deeper tones of caramel maltiness came on second. Lastly, I get the big boozy heat. Could I get drunk smelling this beer?

Taste: Almost tastes in the exact opposite order as elements of the aroma. The booziness wakes up your mouth right away. Malty caramel (not the best word, but the closest thing I can think of) brings a perfect amount of sweetness that doesn't overwhelm your mouth. Lastly, the herbal qualities kick in during the aftertaste that feel spicy when combined with the residual heat from the booze.

Mouthfeel: Thick, lightly carbonated and sticky. All that being said, it is deceivingly drinkable. Full bodied, but very smooth and easy drinking.

Drinkability: Watch out. Scary how good and well balanced this beer drinks. At 10%, one could wreck one's self rather quickly with this beer.

Overall: The Kaiser is a malty bomb of flavor that is nuanced enough to not be called one note. Yes, the malt is the star here, but how it plays well with the boozy heat and herbal hops create an amazing delicate balance for a beer at 10% ABV.

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Photo of isaacconway
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just got my hands on this years "The Kaiser". Let me start out by saying that I am typically not a Lager fan (always think back to my college Bud days...) but this is truly exceptional. It has a pretty strong start, reminding me of their "Hog Heaven" barlywine a bit, then it goes a completely different direction. That lager finish is one of the best I have ever tasted. It is full and flavorful, and almost kind of hits you at the end.

Cheers to Avery for a top notch Imperial Oktoberfest Lager!

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Photo of Ahhdball
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - subdued burnt orange color, steadfast head of one finger in thickness. Thick patterned lacing.

Aroma - hefty malty smell with foreboding dark fruit sweetness. The Kaiser beckons further inspection...

Taste - whew! Big and sweet. Malts are thick, with the sweet and alcohol, you might get the idea this is heading for a typical Belgian profile but it doesn't quite get there. Before the sweet/alcohol take over, some fruity hops kick them back and allow some roasty malt flavors through on the swallow. The aftertaste has a dose of alcohol burn to it, other than that it is a delicious roasty malt flavor. This would be prime in my opinion at around 7.5% abv.

Mouthfeel - heavy and thick like a winter blanket. Average carbonation and great resiliance prolong the complex flavors.

Drinkability - a few of these around an October firepit and you'll be warm inside and out. Another one for the next Halloween party tasting.

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Photo of bort11
4.57/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ach geschissen, it the Kaiser!

22 oz bottle, poured into an over-sized mug. Thick loocking two finger head that is slow to recede. Speck of lacing stick to the glass, and a solid ring forms around the surface. Color is a dark orangish amber.

Smell is malty goodness. Dark sweet bread aromas mixed with a mild spicy note. The taste is a still heavy with the malt, like a gooey cinnamon bun. The hops add a baking spice zing.

Moufell has a medium body. A little sticky on the lips. The carbonation is refreshing. The label says it's a 10.03 ABV, very drinkable.

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Photo of Phatz
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Millions of thanks to SwillBilly for hooking me up with this beer.
This beer is in a league of its own!

This is the most unique Märzen / Oktoberfest I have ever had; and I have devoted the last couple of weeks to studying and tasting Märzen beers.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper color with a majestic head sitting atop the noble beer as the crown worthy of the king of Oktoberfest Märzen beers. Properly labeled as Imperial while the designation 'Oktoberfest' may be subject to discussion.

Smell: Big peach vanilla oak liquor (alcohol) sweet buttery warming beautiful nose with just a pinch of grassy hop. This is a sniffing beer so much so I put the second half of the bomber in a snifter and the aroma grew from a 4 to a 5 as the beer warmed in my snifter. The hints of bourbon and wood just triggered massive salivation. Truly enticing. That said it did not smell like a Märzen, more like an oak aged Triple or a sweet BarleyWine; maybe an Old Ale.

Taste: I am awed and conflicted. This is the best tasting Märzen I have ever had *IF* indeed you consider it a Märzen. It is hardly representative of the style; it is *BETTER* IMO. wow! I am going to open a prophecy next to compare. Is it a triple or a Barley Wine Hmm? The flavor is very bold alcohol vanilla wood fruit (plums and raisins) bread and buttery creamy candied malts. It is an intimidating beer. This is not one I would call approachable or easy; it will smack you around and leave you begging for more but it is still sleek and seductive in nature. Super sweet brown sugar caramel and candy stick to the cheeks and a hint of citrus blends with the alcohol to force a pucker.

Mouthfeel: Rich and sweet this beer is as chewy and yet smooth as Lagavulin 16 yr single malt scotch with the perfect touch of subtle carbonation and spicy bite.

Drinkability: The flavor hits like a baseball bat and lasts as long a the resulting welt. mmm. Lingering all night (aftertaste of green raisins and booze) this beer made me drunk and still want more. Good thing I only had one because I could lose control with this one! Well-done Avery!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very bright red-orange body, nice looking creamy tan head. Slow rising head, tiny bubbles.

Smell: Malty, metallic, and sweet.

Taste: Very malty. Butterscotch, fruity flavors are bold and spicy (fortified by the abv). There is a metallic quality to it, from the malt, i assume. One of my favorites in the style, whatever style that may be.

Drinkability: A hearty Autumnal sipper, drinkable, with a full body. Very tasty.

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Photo of lhaqq
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber golden body with a 1/2cm frothy white head.

S: Almost like a decent floral IPA, but with some malts and sweet flavors in the background.

T: Pretty sweet initially but the finish is rounded off pretty well with some malty grains. Fairly strong grains throughout, starts out sweet with caramel and finishes with some oats.

M: Heavy, definitely a sipping beer, but still light enough to fall in the Marzen/Oktoberfest style.

D: Haven't had an imperial Oktoberfest before. As an Oktoberfest, its probably my favorite.

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Photo of far333
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I guess I'm a little out of season with this one, but hopefully the high ABV has helped it stay together. It certainly looks and smells great.

Dark copper colored with an orangey beige foamy head that sinks quickly, but leaves spotty bubbles of foam around the edges of the glass. Strong malty and biscuity aroma, very rich, plus some ripe fruit, and just a hint of the alcohol coming through. My mouth is actually watering.

Flavor - wow - big and rich right upfront, sweet malts, lots of substance, some butterscotch and gooey melted brown sugar, sweet candy, a tiny hop tingle in the finish escapes the malt, and then quickly is overshadowed by an alcohol singe. A citrus peel bitter lingers. Mouthfeel is full and round, hitting all the corners of the mouth, makes me want to chew on it.

Despite the rich flavor and the ABV, I'm finding this one very drinkable. My first imperial oktoberfest, a great style. Many thanks to Brent for sending this one along.

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Photo of Franchise
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber gold with a blonde head that is frothy and pillowy. The aroma is nutty, caramel, sour fruit, that has a crisp nose, and is tart in nature. The taste starts heavy on the palate syrup consistancy that has a caramel sweetness on the palate. The alcohal is warming and smooth followed by a toasted nut, charachter througout. The finish is again sweet with a nice hop bite that rounds out this delicious brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2007 release, poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very sweet and full of fruit and caramelized malts with some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste takes all elements of an O-fest and brings them to a higher level than any other O-fest does. It’s very sweet with flavors of dark fruits and apricots. It’s very malty with a hearty breadines. It’s got a strong hops presence, a notable alcohol sting and a very good balance. The after-taste is sweet and bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky but clean for the style.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, 9.30% ABV so there’s a hell of a kick for an O-fest. This is a damn good beer, but it’s definitely a one-and-done. All right, maybe if you hadn’t had anything else, you could do two bombers, but anymore than that would do this beer an injustice.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like your typical American Oktoberfest: Amber in color with a tan head. Smell is of a sweet caramel and bready malts. The taste is huge; super sweet and complex malts from caramel to breads and toffee and brown sugar. Sticky sweet mouthfeel. Overall an excellent interpretation of the "imperial Oktoberfest."

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Photo of giblet
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a damn fine beer. poured a nice amber color into the glass with just over an inch of rich head. smells of lightly roasted malt with a hop scent to it. good flavor similar to the smell.

this is one that i had from a bomber and i would have had a second if there were any left. good balanced beer.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
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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