The Kaiser | Avery Brewing Company

very good
660 Reviews
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 Rhixso
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one almost belongs in it's own category, which I guess an Imperial Oktoberfest is. In a blindfold taste test I'd say it's either a Bock or maybe Double Bock without the deeper complexity of that style. The melanoidins are lightly on the nose and huge on the palate. It pours a gorgeous deep ruddy amber color and has a very slight head that quickly disappears with no lingering lace.

From the first sip you can tell this is a very, very heavy and strong beer. This Kaiser conquers your tastes buds with a trifecta of malt, sweet malt and almost syrupy malt. The alcohol level is significant yet only the slightest bit of alcohol on the back end.

Overall I'm glad I tried this one but can't say I'd crave another, especially since one of these will leave you face down in a trench.

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Photo of akolb
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pouring at 52 degrees F (thanks to the handy homebrew thermometer that I slapped on the bottle). Aroma has typical Oktoberfest notes (bread and caramel) with far more sweetness and a bit of yeast. Quite sweet taste with your standard malty flavors turned up to 11. Nice and toasty, with caramelized sugar and dark bread. Alcohol burn in the finish that grows throughout the drinking. This is obviously not a true Oktoberfest, and it does not make sense to rate this against more traditional beers in the style, but it's a fun, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from long-standing notes. Drank 10/25/15. Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a dark gold to bronze, and just a slight amount of haze. Forms a half-finger of white head that has great retention, and fairly low visible carbonation.

S: Caramel and toffee notes in the sweet malt aroma. Thickly bready and yeasty. There's a light fruitiness as well, though I'm not sure if this is coming from yeast esters or non-noble hops.

T: Follows the nose well. Malty, toffee, and toasted caramel. Lightly toasted bready malts. Mild grassy hoppiness and some sweet ethanol as well. A nice clean lager finish at the end.

M: A heavy body for style - though I'm not sure how to interpret the "Imperial" moniker on the label. Alcohol presence is noticeable but not terribly hot. Low carbonation sensation.

O: An interesting beer. A big malt body that comes across fairly sweet. I find it partially reminiscent of a barley a lager version of an English barleywine. Not bad, though I'm not sure I'll run for a repeat performance.

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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 Cthulhusquid
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look : Amber clear body, two finger head.

Smell : Caramel, spices, grains, notes of dark fruit, cherry, and vanilla.

Taste : Same as above.

Feel : Medium body, medium-low carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.

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

From the bottle, it pours a moderately dark amber with a small head, quickly dissipating into a thin layer. Some lacing as you enjoy the beer. Serious malt in the nose and in the expected. Yum!

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Photo of mschrei
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Aug. 2014.
Poured into Solemn Oath snifter.
Age has obviously flattened it a bit. Not much carb or lacing. Golden brown, reminds me of a boch for some reason. Much more malt than a usual lager. Don't have a ton of Oktoberfest/marzen experience, but I bet this would have been awesome September/October '14. I had to buy it because I'm an Avery fan and saw it on vacation.

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Photo of tedvr
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours honey amber with a medium white head. Malt and caramel aromas. Taste of malt and caramel, with a nice aftertaste. Mild carbonation. A well balanced beer.

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

Aroma is strong caramel/toffee, bread/malts and light fruit. The flavor is strong caramel/toffee, malts, fruit, slightly grainy and a mix of alcohol and slightly cloying sweetness in the finish.

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Photo of SFC21
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

All the classic Oktobefest flavors are here, amped up of course. Toasted dark bread, caramel, spicy hops. Delicious. But after that wave the alcohol heat moves in and overtakes those flavors and lingers. This would be outstanding if the alcohol was dialed back a notch.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter. This FINE fest pours a deep luminous orange with an off white head of foam that settles to a thick ring, light wispy layer, and light lacing. Nose of heavy caramel, rich fresh bread, and spicy hop notes. Flavors pound that aroma found on the nose with rich layers of caramel and fresh baked bread on all sides fading to a golden raisin and spicy hop aftertaste warmed by copious amounts of alcohol and lingering light grain notes. Lightly crisp and warming with moderate with nice carbonation to keep it lively while cutting through the sweetness.
Always have one every couple of years. Always welcome.


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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A clear, watery looking red pour with a thin white head. A typical malty, sweet Carmel smell. A very interesting sweet, hoppy taste up front that fades to the Carmel malt taste. It is the closest thing to the SN Octoberfest. Never would have guessed 10 % alcohol. A top notch Marzen!

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

The bottle I had was from last year, and i'm not sure how much the age affected it. But this is a big, high abv beer, super sweet and malty, and to me borders on barley wine territory. An enjoyable enough fall beer, but if i'm looking for a more traditional marzen, I would be looking elsewhere.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Barcade in Philly. Served in a stemmed globe. This is a fine fall beer. If you have the choice though, opt for the Rumpkin or PumpKYn from Avery. Great marzen.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like your typical American Oktoberfest: Amber in color with a tan head. Smell is of a sweet caramel and bready malts. The taste is huge; super sweet and complex malts from caramel to breads and toffee and brown sugar. Sticky sweet mouthfeel. Overall an excellent interpretation of the "imperial Oktoberfest."

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep clear amber with about one finger of light tan/off-white head. The head settles quickly, with just a smear of it across the top. It leaves some tight soapy lacing. The aroma is big and malty, with caramel and brown bread and a slight hint of hops. The body is a little less robust, but still quite good with a little more of the hops and a little less of the malts. The body has a nice, thicker weight to it and a smooth feel.

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Photo of Electros
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Package: 650 ml bottle.

Appearance - Medium amber.

Smell - Light sweetness. Caramel, toffee.

Taste - Sugary, toasty, caramelized sugar.

Mouth-feel - Light.

Overall - Enjoyable. Smooth. Shockingly good.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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 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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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a nice looking bronzed amber color with a one finger white foaminess sticking nicely all around the glass. Light stringy lacing slides into the beer after several sips.
The smell takes crisp sweet caramel malts and blends into a slight sweet nuttiness gripping tight edgy earthy hops.
The taste follows the smell sweetly with a light breadiness.
The mouthfeel sits about a light to medium bodied with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation rides low allowing a really nice sticky sweetness over my tongue, but not overly cloying (did I just use that word, whoah, I think I'm gettin' it on here).
Overall, nice Oktoberfest, I'd have this one again.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly but still leaves a nice healthy lacing on the surface. The beer itself is a nice glowing medium amber that strongly resembles copper. The appearance is very good because of how festive it looks due to the glowing copper color and looks like it has some weight to it as well.

The smell is also pretty good but nothing to seriously distinguish it from other good Oktoberfests. The smell is a sweet caramel note from the malt and a little bit of sweetness from the alcohol. The smell also has a bit of bready maltiness as well. There is a slight hop bitterness but it's mostly mute.

The taste is delicious. Even though the taste has a slight hint of the alcohol, its sweetness adds to the brew. The beer has all the caramel and light bread notes from the malt. The hop bitter and florral note is much stronger in the taste but still weaker compared to the malt.

The feel is good. Heavy bodied but smooth and fluffy carbonation to give it a fuller feel. The finish is a tiny bit dry but mainly a bit sticky. Still, it drinks like a normal Oktoberfest, which is not a bad thing.

Overall, a pretty good Oktoberfest. While the difference is subtle, the extra bit of malt and alcohol adds to quite a good experience. I recommend it.

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Photo of 303beer
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red with a thin bubbly head and a malty nose to it. Well its a sweet marzen. With a slight malt back to it. I do taste some hops to it but the imperial overpowers it eventually.

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Photo of teromous
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

My bottle lists the ABV as 9.5%, and it says "Batch No. 11" "Aug 2014" so this is exactly one year old. The date code is printed to the right of the "A" on the front of the label.

Appearance: Murky orange and medium-brown body with a fairly thick eggshell white head with tinges of yellow. I can barely even make out shadows in the glass.

Aroma: It has a huge caramel malty aroma similar to that of a Doppelbock. Smelling this blind I would probably mistake it for one. It is a very nice smell.

Taste: There is a medium caramel flavor here...not too strong but prominent enough to come out of the background. I pick up some light bread flavor in there as well. Of great notable importance is that this beer does not have any alcohol flavor at all. This beer has been aged for a year so that could have something to do with it.

Mouthfeel: it is a very thick beer. As an Imperial Oktoberfest it doesn't drink at all like its lower ABV cousin. The thick dexterous quality of the beer greatly hampers its drinkability.

Overall: I really liked the beer. I could only get this one which was aged for a year but it has a nice malty sweetness which is great. I really don't think it draws a close relationship to the traditional Oktoberfest beer other than that it has a good malt presence. If the body was a bit more attenuated it would be perfect, but as it is the beer is still quite enjoyable. I can't speak to the fresh version of this beer but if you like sweet malty high alcohol beers then I would recommend it. I would recommend it especially to fans of Doppelbocks.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, almost opaque, golden amber color, speckled with orange highlights and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with strong aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked soft pretzels. I also get strong notes of black pepper, brown sugar, light molasses, caramel and touches of ripe fruit, such as plums and apricots. Finally, I get some aromas of floral, grassy hops.

Taste: Wow! Exceptional beer! Like the aroma, I get strong flavors of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked soft pretzels. I also get strong notes of black pepper, brown sugar, light molasses, caramel and touches of ripe fruit, such as plums and apricots. Finally, I get some beautifully balanced, floral, grassy hops, at the finish. Absolutely delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy, and extremely smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 9.5%, there is a subtle, pleasant hint of alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is quite an exceptional Oktoberfest-style beer. Probably the best I’ve had outside of fresh from the cask fest biers I’ve had in Germany. Avery’s hit a grand-slam with this one!

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Photo of LouZ
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bomber; a deep, dark brown amber with about one finger of strong head. Aroma was potent and sweet-smelling, and reminded me specifically of barleywine. Taste gave the same impression, and I was surprised to know this was not a barleywine, technically. Very sweet, malty flavors. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and easy to drink.

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,333 ratings.
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