The Kaiser | Avery Brewing Company

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The KaiserThe Kaiser

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Fall

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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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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, copper-y appearance, lush head, cream-toned and rocky. Quite attractive in the glass.

Aroma speaks initially of caramel and nuts, then spices and dark fruits, malt is on top with a whisper of hops. Finishes it's display still full of character, before mellowing out.

Taste: Massive presence in the mouth, chewy and gooey maltiness, a well-rounded sweetness. Almost ponderously thick on the palate. Primary actors from the nose step onto the tongue and please the senses there. The fruitiness, the herbal/ nutty thing, but mostly the caramel malt. Full bodied, with a long, spicy, dry finish. Loving it!

This is a fresh 2005 edition, and the abv listed is 8.9%. The alcohol comes to the fore after 1/3 through the bottle, and begins a slight burn, but the taste is terrific, so it only adds to the excitement.

A real acheivement by Avery, this big, ballsy brew. I'm pointing all my thumbs upward in it's honor, and will now lay back and luxuriate with the remainder of the bottle.

Malty lager lovers, and Oktoberfest freaks, this is your commander, bow down before him!

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

Appearance: Pours a very clear reddish amber color with a half-inch of thick creamy head at first pour. The head retained for a few minutes even though there were only a few bubbles rising.

Aroma: I get mostly caramel malts and some toasty Munich malt in the nose along with some floral hops.

Taste: Chewy beer! The malt is thick, and hits you square on at the first sip. This gives you a backbone of caramel and syrupy malt for this layer of bittering hops that starts to fade in somewhere in the middle of the flavor profile. Finally the finish has a bit of a bitter edge that I find unusual for an Oktoberfest style. After all of this happens, you get this subtle warming in the back of the throat that comes in somewhere when you were not expecting it...I probably wouldn’t have noticed it if I hadn’t been writing this review.

Opinion: If you drink the Oktoberfest beers primarily, you will probably be disappointed in this beer. It is on the ragged edge of being in this style. It is a good example of an experimental style, and this is how you should approach this beer. Don’t expect a stronger Paulaner when you crack the top off of this one, but they warn you up front by calling it an “Imperial Oktoberfest” on the label. It is a clean and well-presented beer...what more can you ask for...for it to fit a style dead nuts?

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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 ByTor2112
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful Copper color, excelllent malt flavor with a good dose of German hops that were balanced without being too spicy. Simply, a wonderful Oktoberfest with high octane. Alcohol very present on the nose. Alcohol in the mouthfeel as well, but no too overwhelming. I shared this big bottle with a friend and agreed it to be choice! Cheers, Joe

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Photo of ypsifly
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber silver foiled bottled in 04 poured into a pint.

Dark amber with a large light tan head that is thick, shows good retention and turns rocky leaving lumpy lace as it goes down.

The nose is sweet, slightly earthy malts with noble hops, a quick note of spicy yeast followed by a good dose of alcohol.

The malts come on almost like a barley wine but a bit more restrained. Sweet but almost grainy. Bitter hops join in shortly after and give it a sense of balance with some citric notes riding on their backs. Alcohol is present, but not out of line. It adds to the range of flavors.

Moderate to full mouthfeel that leaves slight oils. I like this beer. While I don't have much experience with this style, this particular beer struck me as an American BW made with German ingredients.

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

On tap at Rich O's Gravity Head 08:

Malitess hinges on Dopplebock sweetness and heaviness with less emphasis on hops. Very rich with Vienna and a little Munich barley character. Very nice beer.

August 05, 2005. Bottle

Boy, those silly Americans are having a lot to fun with beer. It has all of the flavors of a marzen and octoberfest. The aggression in the alcohol, hops, and sugar sources completely dominate the biscuity, cloying, and cleanliness of the original styles. It has nice caramel and barley malts in the nose and flavor. Sweet alcohol overtakes the flavors afterwards. Maybe some honey, and spices present, but they are small. Sweet ripe fruit flavors (tangerines, grapes and mangos). A little more estery (from late hop additions) than I expected. It's a neat beer. Not evident of style, but too drinkable to rate low.

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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 WesWes
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold/orange color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a rich, malty scent that is breadlike and toastey. It boasts of pale, light crystal, bisquit, and roasted malts. The taste is good. It has a warm, malty flavor that boasts of pale, light crystal, and roasted malts. It is toastey with a nice hop balance. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I love the concept. It is smooth and flavorful; a good drinker.

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Photo of zerk
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ok, let's be up front about this... this is not an O'fest... this is a dopplebock. That being said, let's continue on.

Pours a deep and slightly hazy amber with a very thin white head. Aroma is very fruity with raisins and figs and some spicy hop notes. Flavor is a bit overwhelming... dried fruits and rum... slightly cloying with a fair amount of spicy hops... and quite a bit too much of an alcohol burn, which made it difficult to finish.

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

Pours deep orange/almost red color. Good, lasting head on this one. Aroma is floral hops with a hint of alcohol. Taste is malt forward, yet nicely floral hop balanced. Mouthfeel is thick and lush, very nice, low yet appropriate carbonation. Good beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up down in KY while visting kmpitz2. Pours from the bomber a deep amber / red with a nice frothy off white head sitting firmly on top. Bits of lacing stick to the glass as it falls. Aromas are rich caramelly, nutty malts along with a strong flowery, spicy hop bouqet that rises up from the glass. Some sweet light fruitiness comes out as well. Quite intriguing.

First sip brings a wash of rich, caramel, nutty maltiness along with a backbone of spicy, herbal, floral hops that lend just a hint of bitterness on the way down. Fairly sweet and malty overall. The alcohol is there on the way down and warms the belly. I get a few hints of light fruit and toffee. An interesting amped up oktoberfest..quite tasty, yet it seems to lose the subtle nuances of a normal oktoberfest brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit syrupy with good carbonation. I found this to be pretty easily drinkable, except for the slight alcohol sting. A bomber goes down with no problem and works well on a nice day. If you enjoy the oktoberfest style, this one is worth a try.

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Photo of far333
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I guess I'm a little out of season with this one, but hopefully the high ABV has helped it stay together. It certainly looks and smells great.

Dark copper colored with an orangey beige foamy head that sinks quickly, but leaves spotty bubbles of foam around the edges of the glass. Strong malty and biscuity aroma, very rich, plus some ripe fruit, and just a hint of the alcohol coming through. My mouth is actually watering.

Flavor - wow - big and rich right upfront, sweet malts, lots of substance, some butterscotch and gooey melted brown sugar, sweet candy, a tiny hop tingle in the finish escapes the malt, and then quickly is overshadowed by an alcohol singe. A citrus peel bitter lingers. Mouthfeel is full and round, hitting all the corners of the mouth, makes me want to chew on it.

Despite the rich flavor and the ABV, I'm finding this one very drinkable. My first imperial oktoberfest, a great style. Many thanks to Brent for sending this one along.

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Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a decent head and pretty good lacing

Smell: Biscuity malt notes; smells very bready with some floral hops notes underneath

Taste: Strong bready malt profile from the Munich and Vienna malt bill, much as you would expect in an Oktoberfest, but the alcohol peeks through before the swallow; mid-palate there is a lot of caramel sweetness as if it were a barleywine; after the swallow it becomes very alcoholic, with some grainy bitterness on the finish from the hops

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Have to say that the combination of high alcohol and Oktoberfest flavors didn't cut it for me; just didn't blend together very well

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - subdued burnt orange color, steadfast head of one finger in thickness. Thick patterned lacing.

Aroma - hefty malty smell with foreboding dark fruit sweetness. The Kaiser beckons further inspection...

Taste - whew! Big and sweet. Malts are thick, with the sweet and alcohol, you might get the idea this is heading for a typical Belgian profile but it doesn't quite get there. Before the sweet/alcohol take over, some fruity hops kick them back and allow some roasty malt flavors through on the swallow. The aftertaste has a dose of alcohol burn to it, other than that it is a delicious roasty malt flavor. This would be prime in my opinion at around 7.5% abv.

Mouthfeel - heavy and thick like a winter blanket. Average carbonation and great resiliance prolong the complex flavors.

Drinkability - a few of these around an October firepit and you'll be warm inside and out. Another one for the next Halloween party tasting.

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Photo of budsboy
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jewel-like orange-copper with a small white sticky head.

It has a hoppy aromy, piney and a touch floral, with a raisin-like sweetness across the top.

Very nice hop-malt balance for my taste, with the hops first leaning toward the piney family, then flowing into the floral variety. Carmel sweet malt balances with help from a faint coffee toward the end. Warming on the swallow.

Full-bodied and big, almost chewy. Much fuller than other Oktoberfests I've sampled. Somewhat oily and definately warming.

This is a special treat for me. Easy to enjoy, this should appeal to a wide variety of beer drinkers.

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

22oz. bomber poured into a snifter. It pours a medium red color with two finger of head. There is a little bit of lacing. The smell is sweet and malty, with lots of caramel aromas and a hint of alcohol. The taste is sweet as well, with lots of caramel flavor and some toffee flavors as well. There is just the slightest hint of alcohol. Really nice flavor. The mouthfeel is very nice, and the drinkability is ok. A really nice take on an "Imperial" Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Orange hue displays red hints. White cover. Very oily aroma, nutty, fuelic hops/alcohol blend a la Stone. Very sweet yet very hoppy creates a condensed nut oil, almond skin like flavour. Heavily oily and foresty hops of a brend I don’t really like, peanut like. I can see myself enjoying this with a decent toasted malt background a a 90degrees turnover from those American hops to a noble hallertau like variety, the Avery yeast makes it feel pretty hot and fuelic a bit like hog heaven I find. Highly carbonated, thin-medium body. Not my type.

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Photo of Truh
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
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