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 Buebie
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
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 -27.3%
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 -27.1%
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 -27.1%
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%
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 -25.8%
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 -25.3%
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 -24.7%
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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Photo of kosmoraios
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I almost don't want to review this ale - I can't tell if I like it or not.

Pours a clear reddish orange color with a frothy beige head.

Aroma is sweet and malty, with much caramel.

Taste is very sweet and candy-like, with red apple, plum, maybe honey. Very medicinal hops. Overall, too sweet and syruppy, just not an oktoberfest ale.

Mouthfeel is undercarbonated and sticky, I won't drink this one again.

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Photo of lnashsig
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First time to try Kaiser- bottle dated Aug 2011, so pretty fresh for Avery distribution into Houston (last time we got Maharaja it was already 2 months old). Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a terrific dark amber color- perfect for the Oktoberfest style. Pour is pretty much crystal clear, no head at all, and plenty of alcohol legs on the glass. Smell- alcohol, caramel, toffee. The present alcohol smell is not appealing- makes me think I'm in for a sloppy boozy mess. Taste- caramel, cloying sweet malt, alcohol. This is a boozy mess of an Oktoberfest style beer. Interesting concept (Imperial Oktoberfest) but it doesn't work that well. This is gonna be a sipper, real tough to get down.

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange hue displays red hints. White cover. Very oily aroma, nutty, fuelic hops/alcohol blend a la Stone. Very sweet yet very hoppy creates a condensed nut oil, almond skin like flavour. Heavily oily and foresty hops of a brend I don’t really like, peanut like. I can see myself enjoying this with a decent toasted malt background a a 90degrees turnover from those American hops to a noble hallertau like variety, the Avery yeast makes it feel pretty hot and fuelic a bit like hog heaven I find. Highly carbonated, thin-medium body. Not my type.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

taste- sweet malt, sour, spice

color- orange-copper

clarity- clear

smell- spice, floral, malt notes

body- medium body, oily, medium-long finish

appearance- clear, flat, little carbonation

overall impression- not my style of beer, the sweet malt and sour notes don't agree with me. for a 10.03 percenter, it's an easy drinker.

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Photo of Quaffer
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle labeled as 8.9 % abv, not 9.3% as listed here. Picked this up in Boulder, CO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a crystal clear, amber-copper color. The dense, rocky head rose up easily to three fingers and settled very slowly. It was very sticky and left a lot of lace behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Nice aromas of roasted malts. Very bread- and cracker-like. It had a little bit of sweetness and fruitiness to it as well. Not much else and not too complex, but it had nice depth and smelled good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, getting close to edging towards full bodied. Mouthfilling and coating. Nice and smooth, becoming fuzzy on the back of the tongue.

Taste: Sweet malt assaulted the tongue, to the point of being cloying. It lingered a long, long time until it left an oddly sweet aftertaste in the mouth. Underneath lay an herbal and medicinal flavor along with a strange sourness. Overall, this was just odd and muddled.

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Photo of eddiebo
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

2007 bottling poured Nov 29, 2008

pours a deep autumn orange rust color with a two-finger head which quickly dissipates

lots of ripe fruit, nuts, caramel, buttered toast, and nutmeg-like spice in the nose

cloying sweet and fruity taste with every bit of the 9.4ABV present, becomes a bit hard to swallow as it warms

mouthfeel is sticky and fairly viscous

Not really a very drinkable one for me, had trouble polishing the bomber off, especially as it warmed - probably better off to share this with someone or pair up with some cheese or food (maybe a nice slice of warm apple pie). I must say I was intrigued by the concept of an "Imperial" Oktoberfest but I found this much too sweet and malty for my taste - this beer IS the session

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Photo of JohnQVegas
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle, into Sam Adams Lager glass.

Pours a dark copper, with a creamy white head that doesn't disappear.

Nose is very sweet caramel malt, floral hops underneath, and quite a bit of sharp alcohol coming through too.

Taste is a huge dose of toasty, sweet caramel malt up front, with the alcohol bringing a noticeable spicy bitterness as well to try and rein in the huge malty sweetness.

Really, this level of alcohol in a lager puts me off a bit, as does the insane sweetness you get - kind of twists some of the best qualities of an Oktoberfest instead of enhancing them. Swing and a miss for me, from a brewer that I've had a few homeruns from.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear red-gold color. Good slightly off-white head turns to a film. No lacing.

Smell: The aroma isn't very strong. Malty with a bit of caramel and spice.

Taste: There's a strong flavor of alcohol throughout, which gives it an odd and unpleasant sweetness. Beneath that, however, there's an Oktoberfest - I think. There's some pumpkin, spices, toasted malts, etc. The alcohol just kills it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a strong but natural feeling carbonation. Generally smooth.

Drinkability: Tough with the alcohol flavor, but I suppose if you like that it is fine.

I was really looking forward to this, as the Maharaja (from the same series) is amazing. The alcohol in the flavor is just too much for me here. It seems that when lagers get too high in ABV, their flavor suffers. I'm not even sure if I'll finish this one.

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Photo of ncvbc
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear golden copper in color with a moderate white fizzy head and decent retention. Good smell of sweet grainy malt. Light fruit and hops present. Doesn't show much alcohol for such a big beer but it is a little sweet. Taste isn't too bad. Toasted grain and bread, some fruit and a good balancing hop character. Just a little much sweetness of caramel and toffee. Mouthfeel is a little cloying up front but also a bit overly drying toward the end. If not for the overwhelming sweetness this might just be wonderful. Underneath it, there is a good depth of flavor. It just seems to be a little masked, sad to say. Still, fairly drinkable for such a hefty version of the style but nothing to return to often.

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Photo of quinnsi
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at Delilah's during their oktoberfest night

A: Amber color with a nice sudsy head, even for a short pour.

S: Very interesting nose; a nice floral nose without being very hoppy. Nice strong sweet malt backbone scents as well.

T: Slightly cloying taste - quite sweet, especially for this style of beer. Tastes somewhat similar to a barleywine. Alcohol is definitely present too.

D: With the sweetness and heat from the booze, this isn't very drinkable. I don't really want more than the 3oz. pour I have.

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Photo of McStagger
3/5  rDev -21.9%

A: Dark copper. Excellent clarity. Moderate carbonation. Head dissipates rapidly

S: Sweet, boozy, booze soaked fruit, alcohol.

T: Again, sweet, boozy, booze soaked fruit, werther's original, sherry like finish.

M: Well, the fullest bodied version I have had of this style. Medium to slightly heavy. The high alcohol throws this one for a loop. Hot on the end and with minimal carbonation present in the tongue.

O: This is actually a pretty good after dinner sipper. Still, it is such extreme example of a Marzen that it doesn't even really belong in the same category.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Aggressive pour yielded a nice, off white rocky head over amber with only the tiniest trace of cabonation.

S - Root beer; candied sugar.

T - Sweet alcohol with some smoky oak, vanilla, and apricots.

M - Nice weight, fizz and creaminess.

D - Too sweet for me and not much spice to it at all. Tastes more like a mediocre Belgian ale than anything like an Octoberfest. I don't think I'd buy this again but I've certainly had worse!

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Photo of mrkrispy
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I got a bottle of the Kaiser from BevMo the week it came out. I was trying to grab some Oktoberfest imports and thought a domestic one would be a good counterpoint. Unfortunately Avery failed on this one, labeled as an "Imperial Oktoberfest"

Poured a beautifully vibrant burnt-orange, quite clear. No head or lace at all.

Aroma of malt and a sharp sweetness of sugar crystals.

Huge body, thick, almost a chewy beer (not for wookies sorry). Malts everywhere, as I expect from an Oktoberfest, but holy jeez is it sweet. Not cloying but almost corn syrupy sweet. Way too sweet for this style. The malts seem fairly representative of a good oktoberfest. Bam, a bit hot too. Ok, fairly hot even with all the sweetness and malt running around. Very faint trailing of bitterness, odd.

This is probably great for malt heads, and while I was interested in a so-called Imperial take on an Oktoberfest, this just didn't work for me. I could only take about 1/2 the bottle.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel color with a half-finger white head and not much of any lacing. Nose brings some caramel and dark fruits along with quite a bit of booze. Taste is overwhelmed by alcohol and brings some dark fruit in the background. A bit of residual sweetness. Boozy, hot feel on a medium body. Drinks okay, as it somewhat reminds me of a rum-soaked dessert, but overall not a beer I really enjoyed.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of BSP's Oktoberfest and wisely only served as a 16oz. serving rather than the liter of some of the other Oktobers.
Arrived a ruby-colored amber. No real head to speak of. Left no ring or lacing in the glass.
Very sweet aromas. Almost like marachino cherry juice with some alcohol. Lots of sugar sweetness with some caramel in there too.
Pretty similar flavors as the aromas. Very sweet, some would say cloying. Again, flavors of marachino cherry juice with some alcohol thrown in. There was a little caramel sweetness too. The counterbalance came from the alcohol.
Medium bodied. Coated the palate with sweetness and there wasn't much to carry it away, so it lingered for a bit.
I'm guessing by the ABV that this is supposed to be an "Imperial" Oktoberfest. Given how sweet these can be normally, this may not have been the best best style to "Imperial-ize." This was not a bad beer, but probably won't get this again.

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Photo of JDV
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light transluscent copper with a huge fluffy white head. Points for a big, delicious and unique smell. Had a hard time describing it until my girlfriend mentioned raisons, so that is what I'm going with. Sweet, bright, honey suckled raisons. Taste is sweet, and raisiny sweet as well with an obvious alcohol flavor noticeable which detracts a bit. A bit sweet at times, but still drinkable. This one grew on me after a bit, and then faded away. Not sure exactly what to think, but its a decent all around beer that is certainly unique, but not something I'd buy again at 6.50 a bottle.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Kaiser poured a copper color with a good finger head. There was intermittent lacing. It had a bottle year on the front label. Maybe the high abv doesn't matter?

The aroma was puzzling to me. I let the bottle warm up from the cold fridge but the first smell that hit me was spicy garlic. There was a faint raisin smell and a peppery aroma.

It was a full bodied brew for sure. It was a little more reminiscent of an old ale. It was creamy. It started out with a malty backbone, spicy, then a little hop bitter as it enters the throat. It left a sharp bite in the mouth.

I didn't know what to do with this one. I will have to have next year's effort. I have like all of Avery's brews to date but this one was questionable for me.

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,330 ratings.
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