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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Silver foil over cap, bottled in 2005.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head above the dark copper brew. Head holds steady, with good lacing. Aroma is ample grains, with some fruitiness apparent. Taste is lightly nutty malts, sharing time with dark fruitiness and (for Avery, anyways) underlying alcohol. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both surprising good. This one was better than I expected.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i think i need to learn more about the upper limits of a marzen, because this played a completely different tune imho.

brilliant crimson hue, adequate thin creamy top. lacing solid and sticky. aroma is malty and sweet with ripe cherry notes. a slight black pepper thing offsets the sweetness.. tastes malty too, brown sugar is really up front and and overbearing graininess. there might be some octoberfest marzen hints here but the malt combination used to imperialize this beer takes center stage. drinkable though and quite good for an american strong ale- reminiscent of lagunitas gnarleywine.

o-fest? uhh.. lets see if warmth improves it.

(room temp)

ok, so there is a little of that lagery nut finish. but at the same time, i'm getting candy apple shell and even more burnt sugar sweetness. these people will call anything an octoberfest to sell another one of their intoxication potions.. avery: malt liquor for the beer nerd set.

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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 hero27
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

An Imperial Oktoberfest, huh? Well, that got me interested enough to pick up a bottle. Talk about Huge, sweet malt profile with tons of flavor..toasted malts and caramel are the dominant flavors, with dark fruits and maybe a hint of hops buried in this thing as well. Can't believe this brew is nearly 10% abv...very smooth, all things considering. Full, chewy mouthfeel.

Not something I'd buy often, but it fit the season. Probably a must try for malt lovers. A unique and interesting offering from Avery.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a dark gold/copper with a small head that dissipated quickly. After a minute or two, only a fine lacing remained around 3/4s of the glass.

The smell is a carmally sweet similar to what you get from a barleywine like maybe a JW Lees or one of equal ilk.

The initial taste is so darned sweet I'd call it a malt bomb but after further tasting, there is some semblance of balance and I have to say it does taste quite good.

Over all, I recommend this one as a nice, sipping brew for the fall season.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 22oz bottle a bright orange-amber color topped by a small off-white bubbly head. Nose of fresh, floral noble hops, sweet caramel malt, and a touch of both brown sugar and light fruit. Palate shows a flourish of floral hops on the front, becoming overtaken by the presence of heavy caramel malt towards the back of the mouth. A hint of brown sugar is noticeable in a finish that includes a fairly heavy alcohol presence. Body is nice, moderately thick and just a tad bit syrupy, which is probably a necessity given the high alcohol content. The alcohol in turn makes this one a bit difficult to drink in quantities as large as 22oz, so perhaps you should find a friend to split the bottle. The concept of an imperial Oktoberfest is intriguing, and I have to say, this is probably exactly what it should be like. I'm pleased.

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

Pours a bright amber-red with a huge cap of beige head, great retention. Aroma is a doughy bready malt wtih a slight toffee note. Taste is a very sweet caramel malt with a brown sugary edge, a slightly toasted malt, a slight fruity cherryish note, and a finish with a definite alcohol edge, but also a tasteable hop edge. Moutheel is medium/full with a nice mild carbonation. Overall this is a very nice oktoberfest, the alcohol a little to evident, but nice tasting and drinkable for how big it is.

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Photo of Morris729
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with some copper highlights and a tall off-white head that coats the sides of the glass with a sticky lace as it recedes. Nose is dominated by sweet malt though some estery alcohol is apparent as well. Fairly full-bodied and a bit heavy in the mouth. Taste begins with sweet caramel malt and a bit of candied apples. This is followed by a touch of dark cherries and some bready notes followed by a rough alcohol edge. This becomes a problem as the alcohol becomes more pronounced as the beer warms and the sweetness becomes a bit cloying. An Imperial Oktoberfest? An interesting idea, but I think it needs a little more work.

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Photo of Quaffer
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle labeled as 8.9 % abv, not 9.3% as listed here. Picked this up in Boulder, CO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a crystal clear, amber-copper color. The dense, rocky head rose up easily to three fingers and settled very slowly. It was very sticky and left a lot of lace behind on the side of the glass.

Smell: Nice aromas of roasted malts. Very bread- and cracker-like. It had a little bit of sweetness and fruitiness to it as well. Not much else and not too complex, but it had nice depth and smelled good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, getting close to edging towards full bodied. Mouthfilling and coating. Nice and smooth, becoming fuzzy on the back of the tongue.

Taste: Sweet malt assaulted the tongue, to the point of being cloying. It lingered a long, long time until it left an oddly sweet aftertaste in the mouth. Underneath lay an herbal and medicinal flavor along with a strange sourness. Overall, this was just odd and muddled.

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Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich, clear, clean bronze color...sweet candied aroma...some caramel...the taste is caramel and toasted grains complemented by a nice floral hop presence..full bodied...not quite as big tasting as Summit O-Fest but still substantial...deeper in the ABV really started to become noticable..

A hell of a nice beer...a litttle more balanced than I expected...hops complement perfectly...I'd rate it slightly better than another of my favorite big o-fests, Summit (7.7%)...really nice beer altough the longer I drink it the more boozy it tastes...

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Photo of Bighuge
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear copper appearance. Slight, bubbly white head. Lacing is adequate. Slight signs of carbonation are noted. The nose is all malt. Thick and doubly rich. I like it. Body is big and full. Quite viscous in the mouth. I can tell from the get go that this bomber is a meal in a glass. Carbonation is light, but present. Flavor is all about the malts as well. With a little bit of an ethanol sting as well. Malts are sweet and bordering on cloying, but the ethanol keeps it in check. The more I drink this the less I like it. But the fact is, I thought I liked it pretty good to begin with. So this is not bad, but just not as good as I thought from the get go. Alcohol has more of a presence than I thought to begin with and it's also too sweet. Almost in a dopplebock sorta way. Toasted maltiness is lacking as is any sign of caramel. Give me Summit Ofest at 7.3% a/v any day over this one. Nice to try, but I'll stick with my local "Imperial" ofest.

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

On tap at the Blind tiger Ale House in NYC. This is a monster of an Octoberfest beer, but somehow Avery pulls this one off. I'm sure some O'fest purists will not be pleased, but as a lover of "Imperial" takes on various styles this one was very pleasing to me. Pours super clear, light mahogony, with some reddish highlights. Nose is malt, sweet malt. The pour leftt only a minor, tiny bubble head, but the lacing was top notch, fine, extensive and sticky. This is a very smooth, strong and tasty uber octoberfest. malt o'pleanty, but somehow quite drinkable, with the alcohol well in the background and the sugars not cloying. Just solid octoberfest flavors and fun. One of my favorites from Avery and I like Avery...

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extreme version of the style. Lots of hops and alcohol compared to normal. Bit buttery flavor too. Malts come across as very slick and there is a subtle hop pineyniess throughout. Hops tingle the throat at the finish. Alcohol is doing its best too hide from me but it is very easy to pick out. Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Except for the piney tngle at the back of the throat, after I swallow it is almost as if this beer did not pass my lips (but the damn effects of the ABV contradict that theory). Poured a gorgeous reddish clear woth a big spongey head and incredibly sticky lace that just lines the edges of the glass as if it were French lace.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Crytal clear orange/ copper color, with an off-white head. Laces nicely.

S- Orange peel, cherries, sweet malts, and some citrusy hops in the background. All smells came in that order.

T- The malts come through stronger on the tounge that through the smell, the bitterness in the hops is in the background. Also the is some alcohol burn in there as well.

M- Heavy and slick. The tounge is coated with a silky feel.

D- Well its called an Imperial Ocktoberfest, and compared to the other oktoberfests I've had it holds true. Big strong flavor, and high gravity.

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Photo of dwvarner77
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with deep orange undertones; an inch of ivory head falls quickly to a thin layer of froth and leaves a bit of lacing. Some active carbonation is visible.
Nose is malty, sweet, hints of caramel, and a grassy hop aroma is present that i didn't quite expect.
Taste is malty and sweet at first, then there's a big aftertaste of citrus and grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is somewhat thin and crisp, and the hop aftertaste lingers a bit.
It's a tasty beer, but the hop presence is not what I was expecting or looking for in an Oktoberfest.

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Photo of fingolfin72
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color- clear copper, with about 3/8" of off-white head.

Nose- Fruit. Strawberries? Plums? Brown sugar. Croissants.

Palate- Rich and smooth. Brown sugar, malt, hints of smoke and earth. Slightly spicy, bitter note in the finish. Mouthfilling, a tad oily.

Concentrated Oktoberfest. Very nice.

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Photo of isthisme2
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Kaiser 2005
Imperial Oktoberfest Lager

Appearance- Copper with plenty of carbonation. The white head thins to a nice lace. Very nice appearance.

Smell- Light hops, malt, sweet, cherries maybe? Strong spicy aroma but not overbearing.

Taste- Nice flavor but the alcohol covers a lot of the delicacy. A lot of malt up front, with a sticky-sweet hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Heavy and smooth. Sweet.

Drinkability- Nice…but a lot for an Oktoberfest. This unique Oktoberfest is worth a try, but falls short of garnering a glowing recommendation.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
2.84/5  rDev -26%
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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Photo of mentor
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber obtained from the brewery near the release date. Pours a two finger tan brown head over a crystal clear dark rust red-orange liquid. Smells noble hoppy floral (Tettnanger?), toasted malts, alcohol, and wet sweet in general. Tastes wet sweet to start with some alcohol and a nice fruity and floral hop aftertaste. Gentle hop bitter mixes well with the gentle smooth alcohol burn. Hop floral has got to be tettnanger. The 'dark' of this hop works to counter the light malt sweet. Some biscuity malt, which may actually be Munich malt and a touch of melon. Really well put together. Thick mouthfeel coats the tongue and this beer is moderately carbonated. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass. Must be very alcoholic, as this beer has whooped my ass.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love Fests but I hate beers that are overly strong for no good reason. I was in a good deal of suspense before I tried this "imperial Oktoberfest" without any real expectation of which way I would go. Ok, to be honest, I thought I would hate it. But I didn't, I really didn't, and I didn't find this to be anywhere near a doppelbock either. It's a true fest, with the tautness and suppleness of a light lager, and a healthy autumn maltiness that is respectably close to style. The hops are somewhat obscured, though, and one would never mistake this for the real thing. The drinkability sucks, for one. You can only take small sips; otherwise the alcohol chokes. A far cry from a true Marzen which, while being somewhat weighty in alcohol, demands being drunk by the liter in rapid succession. The beer had a good head and some nice lace; a humdrum, wine-y aroma; a solid malt backbone with lackluster hops; a pleasing, watery mouthfeel; and a deliberate, painstaking drinkability. It's worth a shot, and may be the ideal beer for Oktoberfest fans who are also raging alcoholics. But to most, it will be just an interesting experiment.

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Photo of carln26
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer, dark copper to amber color, very clear with a thick tan head and a light lace on the side of the glass. The aroma is very malty (as you would expect) with toffee, candy apples and figs on the finish. The taste is big an bold with more of the toffee heavy on the apple, figs and dates, and even a little black cherry. Very rich an thick, both the flavor and the mouth feel. Definite alcohol warming on the finish along with just a touch of hop bite. Very appealing.

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

Poured a nice clear amber color with a thin white head that left good lacing.

Smell was dominated by sweet and toasty caramel malts.

Taste was a big malty flavor, slighty sweet and a little toated with a nice slight earthy hop finish.

Mouthfeel is slightly dry and a little bit slick with a touch of high abv warming.

A nice big beer version of oktoberfest, overall very drinkable even with the high abv, but not so great I'll be drinking this regularly.

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

Clear coppery amber with a dusty yellow cap of small stature but firmly thick. Thin sheeting lace sticks well with some moth holes strewn across.

Aroma is a bit subdued if not super clean and sweetly set in a malt sided waft of melon candy and slight caramel drenched golden raisins.

Taste is pretty darn big on the malts. A slight step above what a normal Oktoberfest would be as it has an evident warmth and broad dobblebock stickyness to its character. Fairly chewy and malty smooth with a warming bready malt center and slight candied melon parts. Nicely rounded in hop tones make a slight floral and spice appearance in the finish.

Feel is big and malty with a heavy thick, rich, and lush creamy smoothness that tilts to an acceptable cloying measure of balance.

A big and sweet warming Oktoberfest that'll make for some good Fall time drinking. It says right on the label "Imperial Oktoberfest", yeah, thats a pretty close conclusion of what this is, if not just a straight up dopplebock.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Imperial Oktoberfest sounds like an oxymoron at first, since how can a style known for high drinkability be melded with the group of styles that are known for massive assaults on all senses? To find out I had to pop the cap off of this Avery seasonal arriving newly in Georgia.

After the 22 oz. bomber was uncapped, and the beer poured into a mug, the look was similar to a standard Oktoberfestbier, but just a shade or two darker. The head was two finger tall, and lacy, and the most impressive part of the look was the sloooowly rising tiny bubbles through the thick and viscous body. The aroma was quite unlike the real biers of the season, with a really massive bouquet of hops greeting me at the first whiff. There were also the Avery signature alcohol fumes. With those two smells assaulting my nostrils, this brew did not do much to distinguish itself from the other big offerings from the Boulder brewery.

The taste was also hop dominated, however the malts did put up quite a Kampf here. The richness and intensity of the alternating malt and hops flavors reminded me a lot of a barleywine. The hops were peppery, pungent, and citric, while the malt was juicy berry, red delicious apple, and brown sugar flavored. The mouthfeel was thick and hairy like a German barmaid raised on a steady diet of Bratwurst. A definite sipper, this one was nothing like a Märzen made for gulping.

Imperial Oktoberfest = Dopplebock + Hops

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Photo of allengarvin
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into an Ayinger oktoberfest glass. Pours out a perfect amber-red color, thick but clear, with a good lasting head of just off-white foam. Aroma is full of bready malt and, oddly, a bit of fruit as well. Flavor is hugely malty, thick and sweet and tasting of bready caramel. There's a lot of bitterness as well, necessary to balance out sweet malt, but not usual for an oktoberfest. I guess that the 'Imperial' designation lets them flaunt styles. The fruit in the nose isn't readily apparent in the taste. Finishes somewhat dry, with a long and lingering flavor. Mouthfeel is very big, very full, chewy and creamy.

A beer both interesting and tasty. Another great effort from Avery.

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
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