The Kaiser | Avery Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,336 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:
1,336
Reviews:
661
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
Wants:
86
Gots:
112
For Trade:
1
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Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, deep copper body with a rediish tint and gleaming gold highlights teems with life below a creamy head of ivory that holds quite well and leaves some very nice curtains and short walls of Brussels-lace about the glass.

The nose is sweet and malty with an edge of fruitiness and a waft of alcohol amidst it's bready base.

The body is medium, and it's smooth with a light caress on the tongue.

The flavor is full and bold with honeyish, lightly caramelish, bready, and subtly toasty malt accented by a touch of fruitiness (dull plum, green raisins). The bitterness is restrained, but it's alcohol comes through and helps to dry it out in the finish. Bitterness is kept on a leash, but it is given some length to roam; and some grassy and spicy hop flavors make their way in there as well.

Not bad, but not great. All in all I think I'd rather have a doppelbock or eisbock given the alcoholic hit that it delivers. Still, and enjoyable... bock?

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Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was actually the first time I have ever tried this beer tonight,poured into a .5 liter stein a hhazed mix of gold,brown,with a tint of orange a 1/2 finger well kept together head atop with a few shotty layers of lace.It smell Americans if that makes any since it has some hefty brown sugar and nutty tones to it with a real leafy zippy hop note that all together is not typical fest beer-like but is very inviting.Huge sweetish malt hits up front at first swallow deep brwon sugar and caramel with a hint of vanilla that alcohol is prevelant straight through a decent spiey/herbal smack of hop hits and lingers late.A full near creamy mouthfeel is nice and goes well with the big flavors of this beer,it is not a stein chugging roasted chicken pairing fest beer its big and brash and a one and doner for me and worthy of a good cigar to pair with in my mind.

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Semi clear copper orange color with large 2 finger head with great retention

N: Sweet brown sugar, some raisin and dark fruits, and some dark malts

T: Starts with a deep dark fruits, raisin, and brown sugar, come dark roasted malts, slight caramel, pretty sweet taste, a slight bitter spiced hop, and some warming alcohol, pretty crisp and clean tasting

M: Lots of carbonation, pretty thick and creamy

F: A slight spicey bitterness, pretty sweet, more dark fruits and lingering earthy bitterness stick around for a bit, a little alcohol helps dry the beer off the tongue

Final thoughts: Not bad for an Oktoberfest. A little too much on the sweet side, and closer to a strong/old ale than Oktoberfest. Not as much hop bitterness as I expected from the reputation. Lots of dark fruits like raisin, as well as brown sugar, some earthy bitterness, its a little tough to drink as its so sweet and so much dark fruits, but otherwise a pretty decent beer.

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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 dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium copper in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass as well as some light amber, golden yellow, and orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a half finger thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of toasted and caramel malts with light aromas of spicy + earthy hops. Hints of alcohol in the finish.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of toasted + caramel malts with a light amount of dark fruit sweetness (raisin). There is a light flavor of spicy + earthy hops towards the finish which imparts a touch of bitterness which does not linger. Slight hints of alcohol/booziness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight amount of dryness in the finish.

O: This is definitely a strong Oktoberfest, with some hints of barleywine to it... Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the beer is enjoyable though I would caution that it is a sipper not one that should be drank quickly.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of billab914
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter glass. Pours a dark amber, slightly red color with a thin white covering on top. The head clung to the sides of the glass and left a little lacing as I drank it.

Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel and toffee. There is a little alcohol present as well. The taste is similar to the nose in that it is big on the sweet bready malt with caramel and toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's a little strong and sweet for my tastes and I'm glad i shared this bomber. I can't say that I enjoy the Oktoberfest style being imperialized, it becomes a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is ruby amber with a large and creamy head. The aroma is dominated by caramel malt aroma, not really any stronger than a standard marzen. A touch of spice adds a bit to the aroma. The taste is of strong caramel malt, the malt flavor is very similar to standard o-fests, just a little thicker. A mild minty hop and a touch of alcohol flavor are really what sets this apart from the style. My overall impression is that this is a very good beer, but not nearly as over-the-top or strong-flavored as expected. I will probably be sticking with the more sessionable German marzens in the future.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11 ounce goblet - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Near opaque, orange-amber body with a small, somewhat fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, boozy nose of apricots marinating in apple brandy with a background scent of toasted caramel malts.

Taste: Initial blend of caramel malts and hot apple brandy with a charged dose of sweetness. Pinch of crushed, toasted bread crumbs. Plenty of alcohol heat throughout. A particularly distinct spice character transitions into Noble hops with a medium bitterness. Basically, it's just more of the same till the finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: I've made several attempts to find, within me, some love for the Kaiser, but it's just not going to happen, I'm afraid. I'm hesitant to toss out the phrase "hot boozy mess", but it's pretty fitting. Perhaps it's time to for a replacement dictator-themed beer. May I suggest a Napoleon French Bière de Garde or Mussolini Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 OZ bomber pours copper to orange with a 4 fingers+ offwhite head with effervesence. Great lacing & head retention

S: Fruit &oak-like notes

Taste: Apricot & oakey notes up front. Caramel& maybe cherry vodka & alcohol burn surfaces as it warms, along with some hops bitterness, finishes oaky, dry & warming

MF: Thick & chewy with great carbonation levels. Skews malty but not to much of a detractor

A bit hard to drink even on somewhat cool summer's evening. The alcohol burn & heft slow you down a bit. Not bad, but I prefer dopplebocks to IMp Octoberfest biers. Still not a bad night cap/BBQ beer

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Photo of vfgccp
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice thick-bubbled head. Ring lace on the glass with each subsequent sip. Orange-amber in color, clear.

Strangely, I smell oats. Perhaps it's the very high level of alcohol. This is, after all, an "imperial" Oktoberfest. Light levels of hop and dry malts.

Lots of alcohol warmth. This is a potent beer that loses a lot of the characteristics of a typical marzen. Nice hop finish. Predictably oily, relatively thick, but nicely balanced with a slightly high level of carbonation.

I love interesting beers. This one is like blending a barley wine with an Oktoberfest. I balked at buying this one because of the price ($7.49 for 22oz), but this was worth it for the experience of a truly different type of beer.

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

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2005. Burnished dark coppery orange with a definite reddish blush when backlit; the perfect color for an Imperial Oktoberfest. The cap is tremendous as well, both in terms of color (palest pumpkin) and consistency (dense, creamy and sticky). As an added bonus, it deposits an impressive amount of sandpaper lace that looks like it was generated by a DIPA. The Kaiser is a looker.

Although the nose needs to have double the power to truly impress, what's appreciated is nice, even if it doesn't smell much like the intended style. Surprisingly, for a classically malt-dominant style and for a beer that's approaching its first birthday, the aroma is balanced. Moderately toasted pale malt grapples with spicy German hops, neither gaining the upper hand.

Like the aroma, the flavor is nowhere near an Oktoberfest, Imperial or otherwise. It might be possible to create such a beast (although I've never tasted a credible version), but this most certainly isn't one. That doesn't mean that it isn't good beer however. My palate tells me that it most closely resembles an exquisitely balanced barleywine.

As expected, the malt structure is gargantuan with flavors of golden caramel, heavily toasted bread and cherry-infused vodka. Thankfully, there isn't enough Munich malt to ruin it for me; which, come to think of it, is also why it doesn't taste much like an Oktoberfest. The beer definitely has a sweet undertow, but there's plenty of hop bitterness left to smack it around, as well as a cleansing alcohol presence to mop up on the finish.

If some combination of the 4-Cs had been used instead of Magnum, Sterling, Tettnang and Hallertauer, The Kaiser would taste even more barleywine-like than it does already. The impressive spiciness of the hop bill makes it seem as though a hefty portion of malted rye was used, although the list of ingredients makes no mention of rye. The flavor profile isn't especially deep or nuanced, preferring instead to blitzkrieg the hell out of the taste buds with each sip.

Speaking of aggressiveness, the ABV is beginning to do a number on my senses. Although it's right up front, the alcohol isn't raw or hot in the least. Immediately after bottling, I doubt that it was as well-behaved. The body is medium-full and the mouthfeel is as firm as a Mauser to the midsection. As noted above, hop resins and ethanol keep the finish from being too sticky or slick.

The Kaiser is a big beer, no question about it. It isn't much of an Imperial Oktoberfest, but it is a pretty damn good German barleywine. After nearly a year, it's beginning to mellow, yet it still has a pretty good kick for those of us who like to smack around our taste buds and our brain pans on occasion. Another year in the bottle will probably only improve it.

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

22oz bomber.

Hazy copper glow, impeccable lacing here ... wow. Sticky sticky sticky, I almost don't want to wash the glass now the lacing is that good. Massive caramel and toasted bready bomb in the nose, hint of hops and slight alcohol as well. Yeah, we have a malt bomb here. The malt sweetness is not alone though, the alcohol is warming and spicy and the hops leave a layer of herbal flavor to play with. The maltiness holds steady into the long lingering finish that veers to the sweet side.

Leave it to Avery to brew a beer like this and basically hammer drop their beer on the O-fest style. Love it, being a seasonal is not enough for me.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into several Snifter Glasses

A – Poured a very nice deep orange color with a decent sized, maybe two finger high head of foamy white that faded quickly and left behind nothing more then a touch of side glass lace. Some carbonation was visible throughout the session.

S – The aroma was very tightly packed, lots of caramel and cereal and earthy grains blended in with a touch of alcohol and the ever present hint of a bit of spice. A little more complex of an aroma then I was expecting, you could definitely pick up the original marzen like smells coming through.

T – The flavor was brilliant to be honest. For something this big that was packing a punch of almost 10%abv, it was remarkably smooth. Great mix of earthy grains with a nice touch of caramel that rolled around and blended very nicely with a smooth laid back hoppiness in the finish. A good touch of spice was present, perhaps some nutmeg and all spice, very nice touch and the alcohol was blended in very smoothly. A hint of warming was present from it, but it was very well hidden.

M – Very nice and smooth. The carbonation kept it from becoming too syrupy, but it was a bit of a slick medium bodied ale. Had a good clean finish and the overall feel was very fitting for the style, just a tad bit heavier then normal.

D – Fantastic sipper. Despite being a bit of a big boy in terms of ABV, this was very smooth and had a very light texture. Super smooth going down you never really did get bored of this one. I would have liked to have had another when it was all said and done.

Overall I was very impressed with this one. An Imperial Oktoberfest, what a novel idea. This was pulled off wonderfully, as most things from Mr. Avery are. This will be one that I will look forward to in the future and will become a regular seasonal favorite. Very nice addition indeed. Would have to recommend this to anyone.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ZEB89
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for splittin' this bottle with me!

Mike was relieved that he could find this guy again. It pours a clear dark russet amber topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose seems kinda faint to me, comprising caramel, toffee, wheat, and what seems like buttercream. The taste has all of these components, along with some orange peel and melon rind. The body is a solid medium, with a light-ish moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice bit of imperial marzen, solid and good but not entirely great.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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