The Kaiser | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,335 Ratings
The KaiserThe Kaiser
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,335
Reviews:
660
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
111
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006, this pumped up marzen is a tad toasted malts and even a drop of smokiness. It is drinkable and fine with food, but a bomber is way too much. I get a lot of carmel offset by hops in the finish. More of less bitter dry aftertaste. Well done, but Maybe 6 oz. is all I want to drink.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8. August 2011. 10.01% ABV per label.

Pours a crystal clear light copper with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that fades to a thin film. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel, biscuit/bread, and maybe some toffee aromas. Taste is heavy on the biscuit/bread from the malt, some caramel/toffee flavors, and a bit of citrus zest and alcohol on the finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and there is an alcohol kick. This beer has a bubbly carbonation level with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good but strong example of the style (Imperial Oktoberfest?) coming from Avery.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an imperial octoberfest is not a style you see very much of out there, so its a real intriguing one as they go. usually i drink a six pack of octoberfest as a minimum dose, better yet several liters, so this really changes the rate of consumption for the style too. it looks right on, rusty orange with some darker edges and a big airy white head with nice retention and residual lace. smells sweet and german, also right on. really not all that different from a regular strength marzen type, as the malt profile is really similar, caramelized malt and munich malts as well as some leftover sugar. you cant smell the booze at all. there are more hops in the end than i am used to, thats for sure. short of bitter because of all the grain, but flavorful for certain, grassy and bold, this is where the imperial part of this starts to make sense. the body is really big, even with all the bubbles, and as it warms, the alcohol starts to come out a little more. that said, it drinks way too easy for how strong it is. this is a late fall dream for me, beautifully executed, and maybe my favorite of the dictator series! totally original concept

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color, the head was about and inch tall and left a pretty nice lacing. The smell of the beer was full of malts and some autumn spices. The taste was damn near perfect in my opinion. The Kaiser has so much flavor running through it. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a high drinkability to it even for a heavier beer. Overall, I love this beer it's got to be one of the top 3 Oktoberfest beers I've ever had if no the best. Really worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.36/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So I decided to give this another try last saturday at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena. I tried it out of the bottle last year and it tasted stale so I wanted to make sure I didn't like it.

Pours a orange/copper color. Very clear, some white head, not much retention. CO2 level is good.

Very malty and sweet. I heard honey in one of the other reviews, I could see that. Aroma was moderately pleasant but not to style.

Taste was real sweet and alcoholy. Heavy on the dark malts in the flavor. Moderate bitterness for an Oktoberfest but this was not at all to style. Made me think of a German Barleywine, if there was such a thing.

Very thick and oily for an Oktoberfest. Its a mouthfeel more suited to a Russian Imperial Stout.

Not very drinkable at all. Between my roomate and I we got through about half of it before I dumped it in the bathroom. Don't see what all the hype is about, it's in no way an "Oktoberfest" beer.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy orange in color and has a medium amount of carbonation. It poured into a stein with a finger high white head that quickly died down into a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that never quite disappeared.
S: There are aromas of caramel and toasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is slightly sweet with flavors of caramel and raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some warming sensations from the alcohol.
D: The taste appears share more similarities with barleywines compared to other types of Oktoberfest beers, possibly due to its higher alcohol content. Nonetheless, the alcohol is well masked so it isn't too difficult to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rich O's Gravity Head 08:

Malitess hinges on Dopplebock sweetness and heaviness with less emphasis on hops. Very rich with Vienna and a little Munich barley character. Very nice beer.

August 05, 2005. Bottle

Boy, those silly Americans are having a lot to fun with beer. It has all of the flavors of a marzen and octoberfest. The aggression in the alcohol, hops, and sugar sources completely dominate the biscuity, cloying, and cleanliness of the original styles. It has nice caramel and barley malts in the nose and flavor. Sweet alcohol overtakes the flavors afterwards. Maybe some honey, and spices present, but they are small. Sweet ripe fruit flavors (tangerines, grapes and mangos). A little more estery (from late hop additions) than I expected. It's a neat beer. Not evident of style, but too drinkable to rate low.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, gold foil-capped bottle, part of the so-called 'Dictator Series' from Avery, and their apparent entry into the Oktoberfest craziness that grips the beer-drinking world, more or less, right about now (unless you're in Denver, of course!)

This beer pours a clear, medium bronzed amber hue, with a fistful of puffy, loosely foamy, and generally bubbly off-white head, which leaves some splendid cobwebbed lace around the glass as things genially subside.

It smells of rather sweet grainy caramel malt, indistinct orchard fruit, patch-derived vegetables - pumpkin, natch, and additional squash and zucchini gourd - zesty clove, black pepper, nutmeg, and ginger spice notes, with a heady, yet weirdly understated booze contingent. The taste is fairly strong caramel/toffee malt, a slightly doughy breadiness, ethereal suggestions of sassy buttered biscuits, drupe and pumpkin patch fruit, muddled earthy spice, a hint of phenolic yeast, and yup, a certain unavoidable alcohol astringency.

The carbonation is quite unobtrusive in its dialed down frothiness, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and way more smooth than something with such an elevated ABV should have any claim to. It finishes well off-dry, the still underwhelmingly biscuity graininess ceding way to both an innocuous breadiness and a more overtly boozed-up caramelized sweetness.

As expected, this is a pleasant offshoot of the current watched style, rendered in a wholly new-world, American sense - if one is ok with the duly overclocked ABV, that is. An enjoyable sipper, with many a sidelong glance, especially when early October is more brisk than usual.

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Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a decent head and pretty good lacing

Smell: Biscuity malt notes; smells very bready with some floral hops notes underneath

Taste: Strong bready malt profile from the Munich and Vienna malt bill, much as you would expect in an Oktoberfest, but the alcohol peeks through before the swallow; mid-palate there is a lot of caramel sweetness as if it were a barleywine; after the swallow it becomes very alcoholic, with some grainy bitterness on the finish from the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Have to say that the combination of high alcohol and Oktoberfest flavors didn't cut it for me; just didn't blend together very well

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Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Picked this up for the Oktoberfest extravaganza, but now have buyer's remorse...
Next to actual Oktoberfest beers, it was a cartoonish boozy sweet malt bomb.

Dark brownish copper color, thin layer of tan foam on the surface with minimal spotty lace. Somewhat hazy, not the greatest level of clarity.

Sweet caramel malt aroma, smells more like an old barleywine.

Taste is also full of sticky sweet caramel malt, some dried fruit and toffee, sticky on the lips and full bodied. Tastes like a barleywine, overly sweet and boozy, not remotely like an Oktoberfest or even a lager. Even in a small dose it wasn't all that drinkable or enjoyable. Maybe in an after dinner drink scenario it would fare better, but it fell pretty short in my opinion.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Beerandblues2: Poured a medium brown color lager with a generous white foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of nutty caramel malt is perfect with some subtle bitter hops. Taste is dominated by semi-sweet nutty caramel malt with some light slightly bitter hops. Body is somewhat creamy with no discernable alcohol. I really like the take on this style while avoiding going overboard and keeping some balance and complexity.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an amber/burgandy color with a tan, soapy, two-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled of tons of malt and mild hops. There's a dried fruit aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet malt. There is an earthy/grassy flavor. It also had a dried fruit taste.

M - It was soft and smooth. A heavy-bodied beer, almost like a barley wine.

D - This is a very good oktoberfest. In fact, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; Batch 9 bottled in August 2012. Pours moderately hazy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, prune, pear, apple, toast, biscuit, molasses, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/toasty malt and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, pear, apple, raisin, molasses, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and toasted/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, pear, apple, raisin, biscuit, nuttiness, herbal, light pepper, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/toasted malt flavors with moderate fruitiness; with big malt presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial Oktoberfest. All around great balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/toasty/nutty malt and fruity ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,335 ratings.
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