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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 yelterdow
2.59/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in an Oktoberfest tall glass at several degrees over fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours a beautiful, fiery sunset amber that showcases a dramatic four-finger head, expanding right to the top of the glass. Soapy and meaty, the crown leaves behind miles of sticky, persistent lacing. Very nice.

Smell- A big, rich caramel malt backbone can't hide the obvious alcohol inherent in this beer... the nose isn't well balanced with a good hop profile. True enough to style, with an added dimension of dark fruit notes to help with the massive strength.

Taste- Maybe an Imperial Oktoberfest isn't the style to blast off into space with big ABV... the malts are grossly overpowered by a cloying sweetness and mediocre hops, then clobbered with alcohol heat that lingers long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture here is thin and the carbonation, what little there is, dies out completely after two seconds in the mouth. I could never session this at a festival, nor would I care to sip one instead. A throwaway in the Avery line of usually great beers.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.66/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I am pouring the beer at room temp into a snifter. The beer pours a clear mahogany hue with fluffy off white head that fades to an edge layer quickly.
Aroma is lite brown sugar and some hot booze. The booziness dominates but does allow for a bit of dark fruit to poke through.
First sip reveals a smooth syrupy body with fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is lite caramel and brown sugar then moves to some hot booze that overshadows all other flavors. The beer leaves a sweet sticky residue on my lips after each sip. The heat maintains this brew as a sipper.
Not the most well balanced or interesting beer and also not the most enjoyable. I wouldnt buy it again.

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Photo of Vancer
2.66/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Mark me as one of the thumbs-down folks on this one. The intense, harsh tree root flavor just did not go over well with me. Just not enough malt to balance this bad boy out.

The pour started out good – clear amber with ivory head, nice little sheet laces.

Not much in the aroma either, I barely detected fall spices – and I’ve got a pretty good size snozola.

Oh well, Avery has other offerings that are good.

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Photo of BlindPig
2.68/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

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Photo of champ103
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear reddish/amber color. A tiny white head forms, and leaves little lace.
S: Sweet brown sugar and very malty. Sickly sweet, ethanol solvent like alcohol.
T: Very sweet and sugary and cloying. Just brown sugar and solvent like alcohol.
M/D: Pretty thick and heavy. Almost chewy. sticky adhesive like. Way to hard sipping on this, the sweet sugar and high alcohol makes this to harsh to drink.

Like most Avery high alcohol beers, just sickly sweet and no nuance. I have not had this in years, and not something I am coming back to soon.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.7/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 10/23/2008 (bottled 2007):

Pours a clear amber brown colored body, with creamy off-white head, which has good lacing, but is diminishing. An aroma of syrupy sweet maltiness. Also fruitiness, almost pungent. That same fruit in the taste. Malty. Eh, not a fan of oktoberfest style beers, I think.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.71/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

The Kaiser pours a reddish amber with a decent light brown head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

Its aroma is toasted malt, some spicy hops and some vinous alcohol.

The flavor is sweet (a little too much so), slightly fruity, caramel malts initially, with some spicy hops. A strong acidic alcohol taste dominates through to the finish. It tastes a little medicinal - it reminds me a little of cherry nyquil. It is pretty full bodied and creamy.

I wanted to like this. I like Avery beers, but this one, like the Beast, disappointed me. Too much alcohol, too over the top.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.71/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared a 22oz. with a beer buddy of mine in Pa. Pours a crystal clear amber-red with a thin bone-white head. Aroma is very malty and sweet, smells like an octoberfest all the way. Taste is initially malty, bready and sweet followed by a nice dose of german hops. Finished is rough due to the extreme alcohol tatse. Not balanced at all! Thr alcohol is not well integrated into the beer, it just stands out too much. It's strange to here these words come out of my mouth cuz I love strong beers, it's all I drink! Some might really enjoy this brew, alas, I did not!

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Photo of Phenom
2.71/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a clear amber color with a moderate white head that dissipates to a thin film.

The smell and taste of this beer really evoke strawberry jam. Other fruity and vegetal flavors are present. The beer is a little too sweet for my taste. Alcohol becomes a little more apparent as it warms, which actually improves the flavor.

Mouthfeel for this beer is quite good, it is smooth with an almost chewy feel like a good red wine. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit just because I would never another due to the flavor.

To me this beer from Avery misses the mark. I have a hard time getting past the jam-like flavors and therefore cannot recommend this beer, unless you are really looking for something totally unique.

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Photo of Jules11788
2.74/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a gorgeous clear red-orange color; one finger-width head, light lacing

S: Grassy, floral, slightly herby, lots of corn and cheap grain smell. Not too appealing

T: Corn, grains, and some grassy herbs. Kind of has that nasty Steel Reserve/Malt Liquor taste. Blegh, this stuff is terrible.

M: Thick, creamy, smooth, lightly carbonated

O: I was expecting a lot from this beer because I love everything Avery does, but this was terrible, just terrible. Would never buy this again

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Photo of trevorpost
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of thudean
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of hophead_87
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

don't get much of the "imperial" part.. but an alright octoberfest

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Photo of doucmehu
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of StubFaceJoe
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of SilentSabre
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is shocking! This poured much, much lighter than I was expecting. Smelled almost like a sweet BMC, and had a mouthfeel on par with a glass of tap water. Very, very average at BEST. Not quite a drain pour, but close. The pour was a lighter orange bronze colour, like slightly watered down tea. The head was white and fizzy and it faded away rather quickly. Smell was very light and had a definite presence of grain to it. Taste was alcohol, sweet malt, copper coinage, and in that order. Mouthfeel was light. Very light. Thin, weak, empty. Very disappointing, and very average. Perhaps I got a bad bottle. I'll revisit this in a month or so. As it stands, though, this isn't for me.

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Photo of HoppyMcStout
2.76/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this brew into a standard pint glass. Decent head with very mild lacing toward the very top of the glass. The color was a translucent reddish-brown. The scent was pure sugar, maybe a faint maple syrup? The taste was not pleasing. I suppose there is a reason why there aren't many imperial oktoberfests. This one had virtually no hop bite and was all malt. Not that all malt it necessarily bad, but this brew was just a mush of overly sweet flavors that had no distinctive character at all.

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Photo of Buebie
2.78/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized merlot glass. The label on the bottle says bottled in 2008.
Silver tinfoil wrapped neck and cap.

Pours a transparent deep amber with an orange marmalade tinge.
Head is light and fluffy, 2 fingers deep. Medium to mild lace with good retention.

Smell is predominatly a spiced cracked peppercorn hoppieness with sweet malty aromas coming through. Fresh baked bread-sourdough bagget, floral hops, apples, sharp cheddar. Some very mild alcahol fumieness.

Taste upfront is sweet with a spice kick. Carbonation zing, turning mildly bitter all the while releasing a spicy peppercorn flavor that lingers in the background, but does not dominate.
Alcahol in the flavor is a bit undesirable.
Herbal spiced tea like aftertaste, some hoppy bittering with a touch of pine as it finishes. Dry, with a lingering peppery spice.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin, carbonation melds well with this beer and does not overwhelm.

Interesting theme for an oktoberfest style. I cant say it was the best fest beer I've had, but it wasnt the worst either.

Edit: As it has warmed to about 50 degrees it has gotten worse. The alcahol flavor has become pretty dominant and borderline ubearable. Its more peppercorn dominant now. Modifying my score on this as well.
I wont be buying this again. Although some cellar time might really smooth it out. So keep that in mind. I'd really like to try a cellered version of this.
I will keep buying Avery products, they are that damned good.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.79/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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Photo of jbonapar
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Purchased while on a trip to New York..Not fair, you Americans have such an amazing selection of beer! Anyway...

Pours a wondferul dark gold, amber with a thick thick creamy lacing head. Beautiful.

Smell is subtle of malt with flowery and herbal hops. A small sniff of alcohol.

Taste: Immediate malt that quickly dissipates into a strong alcohol flavor which then progresses to a strong bitter yet herbal hop flavor. Slight vanilla, slightly fruity...Very crisp, although the alcohol does seem to dominate a bit for me. I have a hard time drinking this.

Overall, very intersting. I do personally find the alcohol a bit overpowering. I really can't drink it due to the overpowering alcohol flavor. It really takes over as far as I am concerned.

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Photo of zerk
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ok, let's be up front about this... this is not an O'fest... this is a dopplebock. That being said, let's continue on.

Pours a deep and slightly hazy amber with a very thin white head. Aroma is very fruity with raisins and figs and some spicy hop notes. Flavor is a bit overwhelming... dried fruits and rum... slightly cloying with a fair amount of spicy hops... and quite a bit too much of an alcohol burn, which made it difficult to finish.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear copper with a medium head and lots of tiny bubbles rising within. Nose is caramel malts with a touch of tangy hops. Nice lacing all the way down.

Taste is some sweet caramel malts with a fair amount of spice. Bittering hops, not quite citrus but with a fruity edge, on top of a solid malty backbone. Elements of brown sugar or molasses come through, dark fruits, butter toffee, a lot of brown ale qualities. Alcohol flavor is not detected until later through the bottle, almost pushes to cloying at the end.

Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, chewy, finishes a little muddled. Blurs across styles as a strong brown ale, a doppelbock, an eisbock, or even a sherry. I don't know if this works, as I expect my O'fests to be far more drinkable and less serious than this.

2005 Vintage, 8.9% ABV

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Photo of jeffmonarch
2.85/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 Pint 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Semi-cloudy orange brown with a thin light tan head.

S - Sweet and really spicy.

T - Really sweet. Good spice but there is a bitter sweet taste that doesn't seem right.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - Not a fan of this oktoberfest.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.87/5  rDev -26%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- great label design in this dictator series. deep persimmon burnt orange and red-orange and hazy with golden highlights. massive buff head leaves very nice 3-dimensional swiss cheese slices of lace and seems to stretch out clinging to them. elastic and webby with pits of various sizes and great holding power.

S- metallic and brown sugar sweet with some caramel, toffee, honey roasted nuts, vanilla, a little cinnamon, and some old socks. solvent dry-erase marker (methyl acetate?) alcohol and mild grassy hops, spicy and slightly herbal.

T- sweet at first, overly sweet actually, then a fruity tartness, then sweet/tart, then bread and cereal grains. the second half of this flavor profile is definitely better than the first IMO. alcohol esters are very pronounced and flowery but blend in once the toastiness hits. brown sugar flavor seems to stick with some artificial sweetness then sweet spiced fruits maybe apples or pears. nice graininess in the finish but still overly sweet with a cloying aftertaste with very little hop flavor coming through, only a lame earthiness.

MF- viscous boozy body and good medium carbonation feels imperial but also feels like a spoonful of sugar with each gulp. fights to dry out a little but never really gets there.

D- looks amazing and sure gets you effed up, but i was disappointed with the kaiser after being enlightened by the maharaja. too sugary and cloying to have another and the alcohol is too in-my-face.

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Photo of hdelavega
2.89/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pots a rich amber with a thin white head that disappeared to nothing, fast.
Aroma is super malty, lots of sweet notes, sugar and sweet fruit.
Very sweet flavors, carmalised sugars, almost barleywine like. This tastes nothing like a märzen. I get almost no hop presents at all.
Mouthfeel is really sticky, pretty weird body, it's big but thins out realy fast. Pretty clean finish, nice lingering feel. Going for style not great.
Overall not much like a märzen, but still interesting.H

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,343 ratings
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