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 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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Photo of ElCommodoro
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pow! This brew hits you head on with the military strength of the Kaiser. I love the alcohol burn that really takes over the first few sips of this beer. I hate how most beers try to hide that as if that's the goal. No such luck here, alcohol pansies. The Kaiser is in town and he shoots first and asks questions later. It is a little bit fruity, but all-in-all just yeasty. The mouthfeel is frothy with yeastiness. I feel like Wilhelm III is trying to infect me with rabies for combat. Despite this, I would not say the yeastiness is TOO over-the-top. It's still an excellent beer. You just have to be able to embrace that yeast flavour. This is also definitely a sweet brew. If you don't like sweet beer, stay away.
Another interesting note is that after "Imperialising," this beer doesn't really retain any qualities that identify it as Marzen. It's more like a Belgian pale and a doppelbock had a baby. Don't get me wrong, the result is amazing, but it's just not really possible to compare it "within style" because Marzens aren't really comparable in any way. This is a very different league of beer. Great stuff, though. It was worth the $7/bottle price tag.

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

2012 vintage 22 oz. bottle poured into an Avery Brewing branded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours copper with glimmering orange accents topped with a creamy two finger off-white head. Above average head retention and a significant amount of lacing is present on the sides of the glass. The inviting, rich aroma of caramel with accents of toffee is rounded out by some grassy notes. Initially, semi-sweet caramel joined by bready yeast. Finishes with mild grassy bitterness and mild phenol alcohol. Medium to low level of carbonation, medium to full-bodied with a slick and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. Interesting "amped up" version of a traditional marzen. Defintely trends boozy, however the above average abv never dominates. An very original seasonal especially for "big beer" lovers.

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Photo of RussBecker1
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a deep ruby with nice Amber undertones. One to two finger clean head sits atop for a decent amount of time. Darker than a number of marzen's i have had.

S-Very crisp and distinctive scents pour out of this nose. It smells distinctively like a marzen with tangy malts leading the forefront. There is a very crisp apple and hit of mabe melon that follows that balances out the nose nicely.

M-Smooth and crisp, very easy to drink.

T-One of the most delicious American marzen's I have tasted. All notes mentioned in the nose are prevalent, but there is a much bigger alcohol note that was not overtly detected at first. The alcohol brings out a number of the flavors and cuts the tang which would have been too much otherwise. It was outstanding.

O-I will look forward to this every Fall.

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Photo of harrymel
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch #9, 2012
ABV 9.1%

Orange colored with a sheet of light cream foam. Smells sweet and malty with a hint of toffee and some tea like character. Flavor is sharper than I had envisioned with hints of anise and peppercorn. There is plenty of malt and sweet malt at that. Medium bodied with sharp carb. This beer is worth trying in a taster tray, not something worth $8/bomber for me. I actually bet it's outstanding with about 18 months on it.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 9, August 2012. 9.1% ABV.

22oz bomber pours a crystal clear copper/orange with a billowing, sticky white head that latches to the glass. Lacing all over and I have yet to take a sip. Vigorous carbonation.

I'm detecting malt aplenty with some spicy hop aromas. Very bread-like. A loaf fresh out of the oven even. Some caramel perhaps? Delivers some malty sweetness in the nose as well.

Taste is pure liquid bread with some caramel spirals and festive hop spices. A massive malt bomb. Lingering sweetness on the finish. This is a hopped up Oktoberfest celebration on steroids. Picking up some of the alcohol as the brew warms. Malt up front, malt in the transition, and malt in the finish, with some spicy and floral notes here and there from the hops.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth for the most part with some carbonation still keeping things lively. Like a liquid pastry rolling across the tongue.

Overall, this is one heck of an O-fest brew. Packs a malt wallop. Not to sweet, not too spicy...just right.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a reddish copper amber with a thin off white head that dissipated to a heavy ring around the glass. Aroma of caramel and bready malt and a surprisingly intense alcohol component. Flavor is dominated by caramel and toffee flavors, bready malt and pumpkin bread. Interesting. The alcohol in the aroma is not noticeable in the taste. Medium bodied with nice carbonation for a pleasant mouth feel. I usually find marzens to be somewhat understated, but this is quite flavorful and fun to drink. Doubt anyone could drink this all day at Oktoberfest because it packs a punch, but a glass or two are great!

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Photo of yamar68
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a classic looking pumpkin gold with a short-lived half finger of off-white suds that lace with a bit of boozy legs.

The nose features a slew of traditional pumpkin beer notes - cinnamon and nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin pie... and then there comes a wave of warming bitterness that dries things up.

All the ducks are in a row - proper spicing and pumpkin profile with the addition of some earthy hops, but it finishes in a weird way - sort of a cough syrup vibe right at the end. Can't quite describe it.

I'm not very versed in the imperial pumpkin beer game... I'll keep exploring.

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Photo of herman77
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper amber with a small off white head. A bit of retention.

S: Big malty sweetness. Nutty and a bit of carmel.

T: Tastes a lot like a regular Octoberfest, but much bigger and sweeter. Huge bready malts, a bit of floral and spicy hops. A bit of alcohol as well.

M: Full to medium body. Average carbonation. Feels fairly thick for the style.

O: Okay drinkability. This year it's 9.1 abv and it tastes damn close to that.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, nutty brown hue with a tiny touch of haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is two fingers of frothy light-tan foam. Quite good.

Smell: nutty, caramelly malt aroma with hints of lager character. Surprisingly mild, considering the brain-numbing ABV.

Taste: fruity and alcoholic right off the bat. Wow! What an ... interesting? ... beer. There's a definite Oktoberfest feel to it, but there are also hints of banana and strawberry and pears. Quite unusual. The alcohol is a bit hard on the head, but it's overall not a bad sensation.

Mouthfeel: big body with a low level of carbonation and a decent level of creaminess. A little more carbonation would go a long way here.

Overall: this beer is just a little bit too hi-test for its own good. This style just isn't ready for the audacity that Avery is willing to throw at it.

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

Pours a brilliantly clear amber color with copper highlights and a dense one inch beige head that lingers, eventually dissipating and leaving thick lacing.

Aroma begins boozy, with vanilla and caramel malt leading to herbal hop notes. Toffee, melanoidins, and toasted nuts surface late. Cola characteristics add intrigue.

Flavor is borderline cloyingly sweet, with undertones of dark fruits adding complexity. Caramel malt is accompanied by bruised plums, figs, and dates. Booze carries throughout, with vanilla preceding a lightly citrusy, slightly bitter hop finish. Toasted malt gives relief as the brew warms.

Body is somewhat syrupy, with moderate to low carbonation. Alcohol warmth is significant.

Overall, a very boozy brew. Could use some time to mellow.

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

A: Pours a clear coppery color with a nice one finger tan head. Leaves tons of sticky lacing behind.

S: A sweet, malty nutty smell with some breadiness to it as well. Definitely smells like a bigger marzen.

T: Tons of toasted malt right off the bat with a peppery hop bite lurking behind. Middle is mostly bready malts with a bit of biscuit as well. Finish brings a nice warming sensation with some floral hops and some cracked peppercorns. Pretty nicely done and does a decent enough job of hiding the alcohol.

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Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass. Clear, copper colored body. Nice and bright. Khaki colored head, about 1 finger thick that faded down to 1/2 finger.

Aroma had some pleasant sweetness along with a great malty presence. Some earthy hop notes. Bready. Some light floral notes as well.

Taste a HUGE malt profile. Very bready with some caramely flavors. Big floral hop flavor at the end with a mild spiciness mixed in. Sweetness was rather large upfront, but faded down to an acceptable level at the end. Mild notes of alcohol. I think a little extra aging would do this beers wonders.

Mouthfeel was medium/full body with medium carb. Nice crisp finish. Fairly chewy upfront.

Tasty Oktoberfest overall, especially for being 9.1%. Big malt profile with a clean hop bitterness (although a little too floral for me). A big "rough" around the edges and not super smooth. Some aging would probably make this beer amazing.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Deep reddish amber with 2 fingers of tan head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and very low carbonation. Thick film clings to the glass.

Caramel, candy sugar, breads and Munich malts. Hints of rye bread and floral hops. A pinch of peppercorn.

Malty, malty goodness. Huge amounts of caramel and fresh baked bread. Candy sugar sweetness with notes of molasses and toast. Grains, grains, grains. Hints of pumpernickel, rye bread and warming booze. Finishes with spicy noble hops with touches of black pepper.

Medium-full bodied, oily, sticky and warming.

A bastardized version of an Oktoberfest…and I like it! This is probably one of the best Avery beers that I’ve had to date. I was worried that this wouldn’t taste anything like an Oktoberfest based on the abv, but boy was I wrong. Tastes right to style only bigger, thicker, maltier and more Dictatory. Ausgezeichnet!

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

Poured from a 650 ml. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Murky brown. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, white head. Dissipates very quickly, but does leave some sporadic foam on the surface. Very slight spotty lacing.

S: Iced tea, molasses, and raisin.

T: Tastes like it smells.... molasses, raisin, and licorice. Very malty.

M: Thick and syrupy. Very hearty. Sweet, dry finish with a touch of bitters.

D: Goes down easy, but savory.

Atmosphere is good. Nice appearance, but lacking in the head and lacing department. Smell is strong, and a great combination of sweet and malty components. Flavor is hearty and sweet. Dry, sweet finish. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,330 ratings.
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