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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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Ratings: 1,343 |  Reviews: 664
Photo of Bp123
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kotzbauerm
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Snow81
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a Imperial Oktoberfest this was a very good beer! for me when i took a drink there was bitter then hops after taste stays with you for a bit, what gives you time to take this one slow at 9.30% and the crazyness of this hitting your taste buds and the fight between hops and bitter.

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Photo of Truh
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Did the blitzkrieg bop with this one on 2/4/2005. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Initial big bubble froth, maybe about a ¼-inch of froth subsides to a dewy sheen. Pretty copper to super light red hue with clarity and medium action. Along with ching of malt, there is almost a floral presence on nose; peach, and a brown sugar sweetness. Crunching malt at start, but quickly and cleanly dries with the alcohol hitting the tongue immediately afterwards; sweet molasses sticks. Very dry and interestingly refreshing.

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Photo of nickhiller
1.66/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: amber, weak head, no lacing

S: Juicy Juice, fruit roll ups, sauerkraut

T: Juicy Juice, that is literally all I taste, you could carbonate Juicy Juice and have me blind taste these and there would be a 50/50 chance I would pick the right one

M: think carbonated juice

D: way too sweet for my tastebuds. It's no secret that I am not a fan of Avery (see previous posts) and this one, sadly, lives up to the low expectations I have for this brewery

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Photo of ThrashMaster
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of McStagger
3/5  rDev -22.7%

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 Citadel82
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brown in the glass with a good sized off-white head, nice lacings.

Smells rich and malty with hints of caramel and nuts.

Mouth feel is thick with abundant carbonation

Tastes slightly sweet up front, with caramel malt. Finish is initially alcohol and then very dry and very hoppy.

Well worth trying.

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Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BuzzFee
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of harrylee773
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of DenverBigRed
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jordanmckell
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a big mug. Pours a dark orange color (looks like non-alcoholic apple cider). Pretty much no head, so nothing to retain, no lacing. It is a very attractive color however.

Smells delicious- a good dose of malty sweetness, a round pumpkin scent, a little bit of cloves, and maybe cinnamon.

Tastes great as well- huge malty flavor, pretty sweet. I taste a good bit of pumpkin along with cinnamon and a little bit of the cloves. It's definitely not too sweet and rounds of very nicely at the end- not a dry finish but doesn't finish sickeningly sweet.

Mouthfeel is good- I'm still getting used to lagers of all styles so I still think this could use a little more carbonation. Has a great medium body and has a tiny bit of carbonation. This is a fantastic beer- incredible smell and flavor.

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Photo of alwaysplayin
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Foyle
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

Sampled from 22oz bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: pours a modest off white head that slowly falls with mild lacing. Color is a cloudy amber with mild streaming carbonation.

Aroma: rich aroma of caramel, tangerine, and bread dough.

Mouthfeel; light to medium bodied, quite sticky, with a dry and warming alcohol finish.

Flavor: caramel, toasted bread, raisin, cinnamon, tangerine are all prominent.

Overall: nothing to criticize with this beer. Quite delicious.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is not a style I've had before - imperial Marzen.

Color is slightly darker red than expected but makes sense with more sugar from malt necessary for a higher ABV.

Nose and taste are actually very standard for an Oktoberfest. If I didn't know this was north of 9% I wouldn't be able to tell from the taste. Nice malty sweetness lingers long. Very gentle on the palate, no rough edges that I was expecting. This was quite a surprise but I think it's quite tasty.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Like my Octoberfests sessionable, obviously this goes in another direction. Pours a light copper with a medium-thick white head that resembles a pale ale. Aroma is mostly malty and sweet, biscuity, but with definite hop oil presence. Taste is very thick, unlike a normal Octoberfest, syrupy and fruity like jelly, but instead of a smooth finish like most of these brews, this one is decidedly bitter with a definite alcohol presence. Finish coast your tongue and is a bit oily with the hops.

Another instance of an "imperialization" of a brew. Not a bad brew, but more of a novelty than anything I would go back to.

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Photo of Stagga_Lee
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark reddish orange, almost brown. Frothy yellowed head that dissipated quickly, but left loose nets of lacing.

Smell: Caramel and toasted bready malts with hints of prune and peach. Peppery and herby hops.

Taste: Sweet maltiness abounds. Caramel and earthy roasted malts. Mild taste of alcohol throughout. The finish of bitter grassy hops integrated pretty well with the malt bill.

Mouthfeel: Mild burn of booze. Thick in body, but not huge.

Drinkability: Boozier than a bock but not as darkly malty as a doublebock. Resembled a brown ale in flavor, looked like an Americanized marzen. Reminiscent of a Dead Guy, actually. Not certain if I like this experiment. It's not bad, but nothing to go ga-ga over. History tells me bad things tend to happen when Germans get imperial aspirations... thankfully this bucked the trend.

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Photo of Danno48
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of johnhenryconway
1/5  rDev -74.2%

Photo of flyersfan900
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear Deep Copper with Reddish highlights. Tanned creamy head. Light Sticky frosty laces.

Sweet caramel, nutty, earthy. Spicy herbal fruity. A nice aroma, but subdued from where an Imperial should be...

Sweet nutty woody and sticky caramel malty. Earthy rich fruits. Spicy herbal bitterness. Nice Alcohol bite that builds.

Sticky and chewy malty syrup. dry and lively. med body.

Decent interpretation of an Imperial Lager/Marzen/Okto. I bet it'd be even greater with a bit more hoppage, or out of a keg. Worth a try for sure if your into big malty fall brews.

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