The Kaiser | Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.53/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brownish amber, almost opaque, no head but a quick swish brings up off-white bubbly rim. Bit flat-looking.

Intensely sweet, with toffee, brandy snap and molasses; rum and apricot, and yeah, just fortified anything. Too strong, too sweet.

Taste is intense grainy, with creamed corn, rice syrup, soy sauce and a bit of spiritous rum note. Tastes underfermented and grainy yet strong. Not completely unnuanced and deep-end sweet. I don't like it, but I can get the merit in the palate, and know it's not an amateur brew.

Flat, bit of heat at the back. Fairly uninteresting texture.

Bit rocket fuel-y, malt liquor-esque, but not as overblown as I may have expected. I had this blind and it's given Avery a big hit in the average ratings. Another example of a style that doesn't need to be imperialised.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours somewhere between orange and amber. Head has some body to it. Rings of lace are left. The beer's body is mostly clear.

S-Aroma is big and malty of course. Bread soaked in caramel, booze and a general fruitiness. There are hints of hops here too in you really sniff.

T-The flavor is a bit hot. Caramel liqueur. Lots of bready malts. Slight hoppiness. Toffee. Hot alcohol. It does in some essences mimic a Marzen but with its sheer girth it begins to lose its relationship toward the original style.

M-A bit too hot. Full bodied. Quite like a barleywine. Somewhat sticky.

O/D-A double Octoberfest sounds awesome. This one was worth a try but didn't impress me much. I feel like this interpretation of the Marzen could work (and many would say Kaiser does, indeed work) but this one doesn't work for me. I would still say its at worse a mediocre strong ale.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clear deep auburn color with a finger of off white head. Super malty aroma, dark fruit, raisins, toffee, and caramel.

On the lighter side of being mdium bodied oddly with a creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation. Starts with a bright toasty flavor which rolls into hearty baked breads and dark fruit marmalade. Finishes with a bold roasted malt character and just enough hop to balance everything out for a "goes down easy" kind of sip. Alcohol is undetectable. This beer really takes the styles flavor properties and brings them to the next level. An imperialized version that doesn't change up up the beer but rather heightens it.

A little messy at times and could be cleaner, but all the right flavors are there, i could go for a little less fruit as well.

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Photo of CHickman
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch No. 10, Aug. 2013-Pours clear copper color with a 1 finger foamy light tan head that faded slowly, leaving a film on top and very good lacing coating the sides with rings as it went down.

Smells of buttered wheat bread, caramel, grains, light toffee, brown sugar, herbs like tea leaf and a general sweetness like a nice malty brew with lots of caramel in the mix; it’s very sweet, very malt and very nice for an Oktoberfest nose.

Tastes of wheat bread, caramel, butter, toasted grains, toffee, brown sugar, herbs like tea leaf, light piney hops, yeast, syrup, biscuit, allspice or cinnamon, almost rotted pear, cherry and a sweet bready coating that seems almost tart with a hint of alcohol; like that the nose it’s sweetness is the strong point, with the bread and caramel tamed a bit by the hops but still dominant. Goes to the edge of being too sweet, but then the alcohol warmth kicks in and sets it all straight while masking the 10% ABV fairly well, or good enough to make it drinkable.

Mouthfeel is watery and yet chewy at the same time, with very mild carbonation, a medium body, very sweet bready notes, and a finish that is tart and on the bitter side with a sweet grainy finish that almost leave a yeast-like flavor lingering. ABV is present, but relatively well hidden, allowing this to go down easier than expected.

This is not your average Oktoberfest; it’s big, bold and tasty with a warming alcohol bite at the same time. I wish I drank this outside on a nice crisp, cool fall day as that would have matched this beer and essence perfectly. A great seasonal treat that was very tasty for such a strong brew; not a session beer, and not for a hop-head as this is sweet and malty, but certainly one to enjoy as the temperature drops. Overall I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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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 philbe311
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Two and a half fingers worth of audibly fizzy late to develop crisp airy light khaki colored whipped frothiness comprised of lots of big chunky bubbles... Excellent retention, especially considering the style... Once receded there is a thin-to-moderate veil of lacing the slight collar... The color is a vibrant light to medium caramel with a very slight glow and some light amber undertones... A limited bit of micro bubbled sluggish carbonation rises within... Gobs of lacing cling to the sides of the glass... A very nice appearance - one of the more regal and pristine examples of the Marzen / Oktoberfest style that I've encountered...

S - Rich toasted malty goodness... Light caramel... Toffee... Some overly ripened dark fruits... Desert breads... Very appealing and slight intoxicating... Again, spot on for the style...

T - Malt forward with out a doubt... Toasted malts... Slightly fruity... Sweet caramel and toffee notes... Some airy white bread and desert like dough notes... It comes in waves and varying complexities... Each sip reveals a slightly new nuance...

M - Interesting... Medium to full bodied... Insanely smooth... Limited (read: almost none) carbonation... A slight boozy burn permeates... Very reminiscent of a cask conditioned offering...

D - Certainly on of the more interesting Marzen / Oktroberfest offerings that I've come across... Definitely lives up to it's "imperial" label... Stellar appearance and aroma... The taste and mouthfeel are rather assertive and quite pleasing as well... Without doubt one of the better Marzen / Oktoberfest offerings on the market... Certainly worth investing in a bottle for late September / early October each year...

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thick off-white head recedes slowly atop a clear dark orange/copper with lots of bubbles running around.

Booze, toasted bread, caramel, and floral hops.

The alcohol comes through. Malts like crazy as the nose indicates. Sweet, bready, and caramel. The hops cut through with a bit of bitterness and floral and herbal.

Thick heavy body that coats the palette with moderate carbonation.

Can't compare it to the usual Oktoberfest suspects as it's its own beast. It's huge and works well.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was extremely excited to find a bottle of this at Platinum Liquor in Sydney. Avery were once one of my favourite breweries, and I could get their beers regularly in California. But then they stopped for some reason, and I haven't had anything from them for some time. Shared this bottle with Sam and Rich.

Pours an extremely cloudy orange-hazed murk with an underlying redness that I associate with a lot of Munich malt. Head forms a thin lattice of yellow-tinged off-white and leaves tiny specks of lace. Body is extremely thick and rich: bulbous and heavy in the glass. The cloudiness is probably not perfect for the style, but otherwise, I'm certainly looking forward to drinking it.

Nose is sweet and thick, but with a cutting bite like dried apricots, or perhaps more like apricot brandy—anything fortified with fruits in it, I guess. There's a strange, toasty caramel character to it as well, giving it oomph, sweetness in body, but without becoming sugary or sickly. I'm impressed.

Taste is also extremely good: big and rich, thick with an abrasive malt character that manages to balance itself seemingly by itself. In fact, I think the subtle booze character (which is noticeable throughout, but never forefront) is the thing which pares back the heavy sweetness, providing a biting cut to drag it back into a slight astringency. Finish certainly has a tingle of booze with more lingering apricot and barley sugar characters, but the feel manages to stay quite dry, meaning it's not thick and heavy after each sip. I'm again, pretty impressed.

Overall, this is an outstanding beer. I love the restrained richness: the malt characters, the booze, the feel which goes from rich and full to light and crisp. I somewhat stupidly feared that this bottle might be quite old (after all, it was clearly grey imported, and it was some time ago that I even acquired it), but this is the sort of beer which works well even if it is old: and if this bottle is past its prime, then goddamn this must be amazing at its peak.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Insane imperial oktoberfest seasonal from Avery. Cracked a bomber and split with my wife after drinking Paulaner all afternoon, great way to finish the evening. Pours a deep coppery red with very little head. Awesome color - just looks like a badass beer. Heavy cherry on the nose, malt, bread. Surprising melon element in the flavor, as well as strawberry. 10.2 abv, and absolutely no indication of it. Medium to full mouthfeel, and light carbonation. One of my favorites from the large format Avery brews. Really nicely done.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is a cloudy haze of copper and orange. The head was thickly displayed with a ton of fine lacing.

The scent has some nice dried fruit sweetness, grainy malt, kilned oat and a toasty bran.

The flavors, and the feel, are thick, rich and savory. Mentioned to be an Oktoberfest, this has more elements of a barley wine. Proportional sweetness to malt dryness, the toasted grain mixes well with dried fruit elements. I catch a little date, prune and grape along with a some bran, barley and oat. Well balanced and awfully drinkable this is deceptively 10 pct ABV.

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Photo of rtrasr
4.87/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a fan of big beers but this is the exception. The aroma is orange, orange blossom. You can tell this is a big beer. You get a full mouthful with this beer. It tastes of citrus only now much more grapefruit, hops but also a lot of maltiness. If you like beer with everything then this is the one for you.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fabulous appearance for any beer, but especially for a lager. Deep orange and clear with a great lasting head and sticky lace that coats the glass.

Aroma and flavor are both boozy, plenty of heavy malt-bomb-ish base, some crisp floral hops to offer a little glimpse of balance, caramel malts galore.

Body is surprisingly heavier than expected, carbonation is about what I'd expect.

It's an interesting beer but not one I'll rush to pick up often, even if it was a year round offering. There are other high ABV beers that I enjoy better.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Deep orange bordering light brown. Soapy white head providing some lace.

SMELL: Caramel, big malts, toffee and alcohol.

TASTE: Toffee and dark breads, some leafy, citrus hops, and a little kick of alcohol. An imperial Oktoberfest by design, and certainly carries the caramelized Munich malts. If you ask me, this is a good dopplebock.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated a bit slick and chewy with loads of malt.

OVERALL: A really nice beer. 9.1% German style lager pulled off with finesse.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Nice deep caramel copper color. Thick cream colored head that recedes to thick film of bubbles. Nice webby lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel, malts, toffee, fruit peels.

Taste: A toasted, caramelly blast at first. Then it eases into toffee, malts, and tangy fruits. Slight burn of 9.1% alc on the throat.

Mouthfeel: Kind of sticky, alcoholic burn.

Overall: Absolutely delicious. Great Oktoberfest representation. Love the caramel sweetness.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark amber, lots of head and lace. This is what beers should always look like

S - Sweet. Very sweet!

T - Like the aroma, very sweet and boozy.

M - Light bodied, lots of carbonation

O - A very good Oktoberfest, much better than what I am used to trying around that time of year. Style is too sweet for me. But very good for the style...

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Photo of CaptainOats
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 into my Newport Storm tasting glass

A: Great dark copper color. Nice lacing on the glass

S: malt all the way on the nose. Just a touch of alcohol which can be expected for the 9 percent this beer js packing.

T: lots of toasted grains and a bit of heat

M: nice mouthfeel, solid with a bit of bite

O: a nice offering from Avery

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy red-brown with one-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Pretty good lacing.

S: Caramel malt. Subtle hops. Very sweet.

T: High sweetness and light to moderate bitterness. Caramel malt and subtle spice. Bready and slightly hoppy. A bit of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with soft to fizzy carbonation. Somewhat smooth and quite warm going down.

O: This is a pretty good Oktoberfest. A bit too sweet and alcoholic in my opinion, but still good. Besides, I don't know of many Imperial Oktoberfests, so this is pretty cool.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a large mug

Pours cloudy amber with a nice, persistent, fluffy looking white head. Lots of active carbonation. Smell is mild, yeasty, and lagery (I don't know how to pick apart that smell -- it's lager).

Taste is...shocking. It's taking me some time to adjust. I was expecting something mild and lagery, to match the smell (which may change as the beer warms), but this is super intense. Sweet and fruity with a slight yeasty/bready flavor. Really fruity. It's making me think of those weird star fruit, for some reason. There's still a strong lager flavor, but it seems much richer, for some reason.

Mouthfeel is thick and satisfying. Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this beer.

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

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

This beer pours a deep amber orange color with a one finger head. The beer is dark fruit dominant. A lot of plums and figs. Very reminiscent of a doppelbock. A lot of toffee notes and caramel. A lot of caramel and sugary breddy flavors. A slight bit of grain and mineral tastes. One of the best strong Oktoberfests I have tried. Too bad 10% isnt traditional to the style because the beer is quite good.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Ayinger Kirta-Halbe glass. Batch #9, 2012-08. 9.1% ABV.

A - Light copper pour produces a very light khaki four-finger head of very dense foam that slowly collapses, leaving dense stripes of lace around the glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is a vibrant orange/red apricot/copper and cloudy.

S - Big caramelized sugars, butterscotch, toasted malts, and floral hops all mix together and fight their way out of the glass. Beer smells a bit boozy, too.

T - Very similar to the nose. Luscious caramels lead, followed by dense, bready notes of toasted grains and yeast. Grassy/earthy hops push through at the end, providing an almost-instant balance to the sweetness. An under-tow of alcohol serves as a warning to go slow on this one.

M - Smooth and creamy, almost chewy. Dense, but not heavy. Structure is thoroughly blended. Relatively short finish, with caramelized sugars and hops both lingering. Full carbonation.

O - A big, boozy Marzen that's thick and full. A bold take on the style, it's almost a novelty, but one well-worth experiencing. Imagine making an Oktoberfest doppel - this is it.

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Photo of pkalix
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

beautiful neon copper color with oatmeal colored topping.
fruity, sweet smell, like a dopplebock.
full-bodied, rich, sweet, malts, caramel. not unlike a dopplebock. very healthy taste and a great starter for my evening at 9% abv (BA say 10.03%).
overall, i very much like this. i've had a few from this brewery and i remember them being very good. it tastes like a german product which, i think, is an accomplishment and an achievement. and for such an impressive abv, i think it deserves a very high overall rating. i dont get much alcohol burn from this and that factors in to my opinion... may be my highest rated american beer.

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

The Kaiser continues the Dictator Series that also features the amazing Maharaja. The Kaiser is an Imperial Oktoberfest weighing in at a hefty 10.03% ABV. The brew pours an amber-orange with a decent off-white head that provides a good deal of lace. Roasty and toasty malt nose with just the slightest hint of citrus. The malt is prominent out front, with caramel and bready flavors dominating. Alcohol is noticeable throughout, with earthy, Noble hops barely distinguishable, but there. Medium mouthfeel, and a slight tickling in the carbonation. BIG Oktoberfest, BIG flavors, BIG beer!


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Photo of sommersb
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 11-17-2012
Freshness: Batch 9 from August 2012
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap covered with foil
Glassware: Frankfurt mug
Purchased: Single from Colorado Liquor Mart, Denver

A: Huge cream-colored head sits on this clear, dark copper beer. A steady stream of bubbles are seen in my mug. Excellent head retention and a very good lace makes for an attractive brew.

S: Big caramel malt aromas make for a sweet smell, with a supporting role from the spicy and earthy Noble hops.

T: Rich and malty with a sweet emphasis, but the hops keep it in check with some bitterness and spice notes. Also more boozy than I've ever had in an Oktoberfest, since this is an Imperial version.

M: Full-bodied, in contrast to a standard Märzen. Carbonation is in the medium range, with a finish that is malty first and then has some bittering aftertastes from the hops.

O: Wow, this is a big and bold O-fest! One of my favorite styles with an imperial twist. Definitely a different kind of beer and one I'd recommend you try...

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

Been wanting to try this one for a long time, served in a shaker pint, beer is amber and clear with a lazy white head, low retention, moderate to low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is malty and sweet with a yeasty finish.

Beer is medium to big in body, much bigger than I expected, with a mildly bitter finish on the back end, a strong flavor, really malty, mildly sweet, minimal yeast. I did enjoy it and would have it again on draft.

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Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark amber pour and cloudy. A frothy white foam on top laced the tulip glass nice.

S - Scents of light malts, caramel, and fresh bread. Has a slight smell of whiskey.

T - This is one hearty marzen! The Kaiser takes the style to an extreme level with rich caramel flavors, light malts, and a tangible yesty flavor. Finish has a bit of spice, but a warming burn that makes this a really good choice on a cold fall night.

M - For the heavy feel, I found this more sessionable that expected. More of a sipping beer than a sessionable seasonal. But very enjoyable from first sip to the last. Leaves plenty of rich taste on the palate.

O - I like the extreme nature of this beer. If you are looking for a potent form of this style, this is right up your alley.

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 647 ratings.
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