The Kaiser | Avery Brewing Company

very good
1,336 Ratings
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 Vdubb86
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass

This one pours a gorgeous deep orange/amber color, but the ecru foam doesn't stay around to long at the party. The smell is incredibly bready in nature, I'm sure the yeast saw to that. There is a lot on the nose, what I can detect (and I assure you it's not all of it) is mainly clove and cinnamon. Bits of orange zest round out the nose to a nice fragrantly potent smell. As I tasted it the first thought that ran through my mind was that this tasted like French Toast (don't tell the Kaiser, it'll upset least until he conquers Belgium). The flavors comprising that are the bread, egg, and cinnamon most attributed with that combination. The only deviation from that flavor is there is a whiskey/boozy background flavor that reminds you this is more of a college breakfast than you wanted it to be. The mouthfeel is just a bit too syrupy for my liking with regards to the fact that there is a lack of carbonation to make it have that pop it needs. This beer is a bit too boozy and strong for me to say that I could drink it too often, but by no means is it bad. I recommend you try it. It's definitely a different Oktoberfest than I've ever had.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8, 2011 from bomber to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Body is mostly cloudy orange - with a little red - medium amber. Head was about a finger tall with moderate pour. Only slightly off-white with hints of orange.

S - Almost like a barleywine. Sweet and boozy. Good caramel flavors. A little bit of pumpkin spice. It does burn the nose a bit though.

T - This is good. More bready than a barleywine with malts and a good hops profile. Provides the right amount of bitterness on the backend. Alcohol is well hidden. I do get some pumpkin and spice as on the nose.

M - Body is fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Sticks in the back of the mouth for a while afterwards.

O - This is good. I drink a lot of barleywines (which is why I kept comparing this to them, and this was a little similar) and this was a nice change from that. Great malts and a balance of hops (English bw can get too sweet and American bw are often too bitter for my preference).

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Photo of scratch69
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear copper color with two fingers worth of tan head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Bready malt aroma with hints of caramel and pumpkin.

Taste- Malty sweetness with some herbal hops for balance. Slight amount of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel- On the heavy side of medium bodied. Nice amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy.

Overall- Not bad, but just a little too much alcohol warmth to be great.

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Photo of livingregret
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 1 Pint 6fl oz

Appearance: Pours a light copperish amber w/ a 1 finger head that left minimal lacing

Smell: A sweet smell. Malty and some dark fruit mixed in. First impression fruit wise are banana's and a citrus in the back. a lot malts and you can get a little bit of the warming alcohol on the nose

Taste/mouthfeel: Sweet malty goodness w/ a very slight dryness at the end. The warming alcohol kicks in and quickly replaces any dryness. Nice and crisp but the warming alcohol overpowers the other flavours fairly quickly. If it was a little less "warm" i'd enjoy this a lot more. I also notice a touch of plum near the very end.

Drinkability: It's 9%...warm...and tasty. A very enjoyable beer and I will pick up another

Edit: Changing my review a little after enjoying more and more of this beer. The taste has "grown" on me and find myself enjoying the beer more and more. Although it is still a touch sweet for me....the ONLY thing that I don't care for about this beer is the sweet syrup like taste in my mouth after I drink it. Upgrading my taste to a 4 because I find that it is very enjoyable(a touch sweet) and knocking the mouthfeel down because the syrup taste lingers a touch oddly.

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Photo of roblowther
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with a medium density smooth head. It's red for an Oktoberfest. Smells of roses and candy sugar. It's taste is sweet malt up front with caramel overtones. The hops come on behind that but even the finish is dominated by the sweetness. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, surpisingly dense for the style. It has a dryish finish which helps fight the sweetness of the malt. Not a bad beer, all in all.

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Photo of animal69
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

'08 release, pours a slightly cloudy light copper color w/ very little white head and almost no lace in my pilsn glass ; a strong smell a combination of bread, lots of nutty munich malts, and notes of caramel and dark fruits, some metal and alcohol detected as well ; wow, big malty flavor, tastes very similar to the smell, plenty of munich and caramel malts, some bitterness helps to keep the sweetness in check, more deep fruits and nuts, has a metallic finish and the alcohol def. lets itself be known esp. as it warms ; a rich almost too full body leads me to actually take points off for style reasons, moderately carbonated and a bit sticky ; not an undrinkable beer, just not my idea of a traditional fest, which, IMO should be a dryer lighter malty lager, but does drink well for a 10.03% brew

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Photo of teromous
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My bottle lists the ABV as 9.5%, and it says "Batch No. 11" "Aug 2014" so this is exactly one year old. The date code is printed to the right of the "A" on the front of the label.

Appearance: Murky orange and medium-brown body with a fairly thick eggshell white head with tinges of yellow. I can barely even make out shadows in the glass.

Aroma: It has a huge caramel malty aroma similar to that of a Doppelbock. Smelling this blind I would probably mistake it for one. It is a very nice smell.

Taste: There is a medium caramel flavor here...not too strong but prominent enough to come out of the background. I pick up some light bread flavor in there as well. Of great notable importance is that this beer does not have any alcohol flavor at all. This beer has been aged for a year so that could have something to do with it.

Mouthfeel: it is a very thick beer. As an Imperial Oktoberfest it doesn't drink at all like its lower ABV cousin. The thick dexterous quality of the beer greatly hampers its drinkability.

Overall: I really liked the beer. I could only get this one which was aged for a year but it has a nice malty sweetness which is great. I really don't think it draws a close relationship to the traditional Oktoberfest beer other than that it has a good malt presence. If the body was a bit more attenuated it would be perfect, but as it is the beer is still quite enjoyable. I can't speak to the fresh version of this beer but if you like sweet malty high alcohol beers then I would recommend it. I would recommend it especially to fans of Doppelbocks.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark copper color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, toasted grain, and some fruit.

Very sweet up front with some caramel, giving way to fruit, and balances out a touch, though still leaning to the sweet side, with some slightly bitter hops. The bottle states this is 10.03% ABV and it is pretty unnoticeable. Good beer, but not one to be sessioned, thus I will probably go with the standard O'fests more times than not during the season as opposed to this imperialized version. Still one to pick up for a nice sipper on a cool night.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a really clear orange color with moderate carbonation.. The head is off-white and huge. The aroma is like an ocktoberfest, really sweet and malty. Lots of caramel and kinda earthy. This one though was quite hoppy and definatley had some whiffs of alcohol in it. Pretty much this tastes like a cracked out ocktoberfest. It is kinda blah though. The mouthfeel is kinda dry. Kinda drinkable.
Imperial pumpkin ales I can understand, but i don't think imperial ocktoberfests could work. At least this one.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: it's a medium copper color with a nice thick tan head that gently thins out into a thin layer of bubbles, the body is crystal clear with very, very little carbonation.
S: There a re some hops aromas along with some mild nut and malt smells along with some earth scents and a bit of caramel.
T: Very smooth, some good hops flavors, very mild bitterness on the side of your mouth and in its aftertaste... along with a bit of banana bread.
M: It has a medium body that warms up your mouth, it has a very slight carbonation feel to it.
D: Very smooth and easy to drink, I couldn't taste any alcohol in it

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Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Rhixso
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one almost belongs in it's own category, which I guess an Imperial Oktoberfest is. In a blindfold taste test I'd say it's either a Bock or maybe Double Bock without the deeper complexity of that style. The melanoidins are lightly on the nose and huge on the palate. It pours a gorgeous deep ruddy amber color and has a very slight head that quickly disappears with no lingering lace.

From the first sip you can tell this is a very, very heavy and strong beer. This Kaiser conquers your tastes buds with a trifecta of malt, sweet malt and almost syrupy malt. The alcohol level is significant yet only the slightest bit of alcohol on the back end.

Overall I'm glad I tried this one but can't say I'd crave another, especially since one of these will leave you face down in a trench.

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Photo of numenor1
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a very fluffy beige head that sticks around and laces very well. Smells very clean and malty. Massive malt on this one, a tad bit harsh upon entry but then smooths out nicely over the palate. Caramel and slight fruitiness. Drying very slowly from present, but low grade bitterness and assistance from the alcohol. Hops become more pronounced about midway through as it's warmed a bit. Very bready and nutty through the finish. Alcohol lingers a tiny bit near the end. Very plush mouthfeel and creamy through the finish, though I could stand a tad more carbonation. Drinkability is so-so.

Very interesting beer, not really like anything i've had before. Intriguing almost. Not something i'd drink on a regular basis, but definitely worth a shot.

2006 edition

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Photo of blakesell
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz foil capped bottle into a tasting glass. Bottled in early 2007.

Appearance- Beer pours a golden amber with a decent and impressive head of foam. Dissipates to a thinner layer of foam on the top of the glass. Cleanly layered.

Smell- Big malts, mostly light with very mellow hops. Fellow commenter's say they catch barnyard, but I say nay. Sweet light malts and very little hop. Yeast is present and mysterious.

Taste- Rich malty flavour with a rich hoppy background. Hops linger and nearly overpower but then the malt comes back reminding us that this is actually a Marzen. Warming and gingerbread on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full bodied with thick carbonation. No astringency. Creamy and enjoyable. Warming with the ABV of 9.37%, slightly sticky on the lips.

Drinkability- A nice Marzen. Time has balanced the beer slightly, but the beer could use much more time to come together. Adam could stand to make this beer a little lighter. As an Imperial Oktoberfest goes, Great job!

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Photo of Bierman9
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, with an old, Imperial German flag adorning the label along with a photo of WWI era soldat... also notes it was bottled in 2004.
Der Kaiser has a clear, exquisitely vibrant copper hue, with a thin, fine off-white head. Some lacing sticks around in small wisps here and there. Aroma is mild, but suggests crystal malt and light sweetness. A bit of hop spice appears as well. Body is a solid medium, with a fairly smooth palate passage. There's just a smidge of a bubbly/foamy feel, though. Flavor does have a strong whack of toasty, lightly sweet malt; much more so than a typical Märzen... Following almost immediately thereafter is a sharp, noble hop spiciness, which lingers long and hard in the mouth. An interesting take on a traditional German standby bier. I generally liked it, though at 9.3% it is NOT something I'd have 2, 3, 4 litres of over the course of an afternoon or eve....


overall: 3.95
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of madelf66
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skidz
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice, crisp amber brown and sits bright cherrywood in the glass with a good sized off-white/light tan head, nice lacings. Leaves a light skim on the surface, and gleams from across the room in the tuliped glass.

Smells rich and toasty filled with caramel and nutty goodness. Soft hints of hazelnuts, toasted almonds and toffee swirl around. Hops provide a soothing, tea-like aroma. Alcohol begins to shine as the beer warms up, mildly phenolic.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, lacings of caramel run down the toungue. Full, toasty character enters like steam off a bed of hot coals in a sauna. Alcohol shrivels the toungue and lits the hop flavors out from underneath the bed of malts. Melon, grapes and a light trace of orange lie flat on the surface. Finish is mildly bitter with extended toastedness and nutty flavors.

Smooth and soft in the mouth with a light, balanced carbonation in a medium body. Easy to manage, and quite pleasing to hold on to.

Not a bad Oktoberfest by any means. I think it would do much better without the exagerated alcohol content, as it distracts from it's fine O-fest qualities. Price tag a bit steep as well, a yearly distraction is fine for me.

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Photo of tappangordo
3.8/5  rDev -1%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mntlover
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber with a off white head that falls and laces well. Aroma is lots of malt caramel with light hop and spice aromas mixed thru out. Taste of lots of malt, very big bodied Oktoberfest, creamy with lots of caramel malty goddness abounding. Finishes with noticable alcohol presence that brings the spiciness and hops to the front. This is a very big Oktoberfest that was quite a treat only draw back was the noticable alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is leaning towards full, nice and creamy brew. Drinkability was good I would not mind to have this in the future. Want to thank melin48 for sharing it with me.

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Photo of dauss
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz brown bottle. Bottled in 2005, 8.9% ABV.

Appearance: Beautifully clear deep amber color. A large tight foamy head rests on top. Great retention and a lot of lacing:

Smell: Clean and big malt backbone. Caramel candy sweetness, with some moderate hop aroma and a strong spicy alcohol aroma.

Taste: Thick and sweet malty body and finishes sweet. Not much hop flavor or bitterness left in this, probably from the huge malt presence. Even though it is thick, it thins out, probably due to the high alcohol. I can't really taste the strength, but I can feel it.

Notes: Light carbonation. It does have some hints of an Oktoberfest. Clean fermentation characteristics, sweet, and malty, but the hop bitterness is lacking along with the dry finish. It has gotten some age on it, so its mellowed out. Its nothing that special.

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Photo of Suds
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From a 22 ounce bottle, this brew pours a clear, orange-amber color with a slightly off-white head. It has a mild and mellow aroma of lightly toasted malts and a little alcohol. There’s some Munich malt smells, but also a little fruit that seems misplaced. It’s malty and somewhat sweet up front, with more hop presence and bitterness than a traditional octoberfest. At times the beer is reminiscent of an English style barleywine, probably due to the alcohol, but with a decidedly German malt profile. It’s warming and fairly well balanced. It has a little yeast character and the fruitiness in the smell continues through the beer. I found it enjoyable, but despite the fact that I enjoy high alcohol brews, this one doesn’t have exceptional drinkability. It doesn’t have the cleanness that I expected. Regardless of that, however, the beer is certainly worth trying again.

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Photo of deNerval
3.8/5  rDev -1%

The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,336 ratings.
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