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

Reddish-orange in color with excellent clarity. Poured with a thick off-white foam that slowly reduced to a thick off-white cap that left sticky lacings on the glass. Strong, boozy, sweet, toasted malt, and fruit aromas with hints earthy grain and lemony hops. Velvety smooth feel with slightly subdued carbonation and tangy, boozy burn toward the finish. Toasted malt and grain flavors up front with tangy hops in the middle that transition to a strong, sweet, boozy burn to the finish. This is definitely a sipper. The malt alone cannot subdue the heat of this Imperial. Finishes with a lingering toasted malt sweetness and a definitive alcoholic heat.

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Photo of Hex92
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 2nd or 3 rd beer that I have tried that has been billed as an 'imperial lager'. I must be a fan of the style since I have liked all three.

A- reddish orange. Nice lacing.
S- not much of anything.
T- I like it. I can taste/feel the alcohol....which I like. It has that Marzan flavor only more.
M- somewhat flat, very few bubbles. Kinda syrupy, but not overly so.
O- a very interesting beer. I would buy this one again.

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Photo of scratch69
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear copper color with two fingers worth of tan head. Nice amount of lacing.

Smell- Bready malt aroma with hints of caramel and pumpkin.

Taste- Malty sweetness with some herbal hops for balance. Slight amount of alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel- On the heavy side of medium bodied. Nice amount of carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy.

Overall- Not bad, but just a little too much alcohol warmth to be great.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Copper-penny red with a half-inch head that quickly recedes. What is left is a cap with a thicker ring around the edge of the glass. Lacing is solid.

SMELL: Not as strong as I would like, but bready, with a touch of spice and maybe, just maybe, some pumpkin?

TASTE: This beer is a delicious malt bomb. Caramel, toffee and a bit of molasses provide the backbone of this beer. Orange, banana bread and an earthy spiciness round it out.

MOUTHFEEL: Sweet, sticky, syrupy. Somehow, though, this is a relatively lighter bodied beer.

OVERALL: This isn't my favorite style, but it may be my favorite beer within the style. Leave it to Avery to make the second-highest beer in ABV in the category. They really did well with this.

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Photo of Momar42
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber with one angry German scowling back into standard pint glass.

A - clear, deep amber with thin, dense off-white head that lingers a bit.

S - nose is very minimal. Mild fest aromas but it's a struggle to find.

T - sweet, thick malt. Very indicative of an American märtzen style but a little too sweet for my palate. Mild bitterness only offsets the least bit of sweetness.

M - creamy and on the medium/heavy side. Finish is moderate with the slight hoppiness coming thru then. Sweetness builds and becomes too much for me.

O - I really wanted this to be a märtzen I could enjoy but the sweetness is just too much in the end. Still prefer the German offerings. I think the guy on the front is grumpy cause he can't find a decent German fest bier in the states like me :). ABV is well hidden and the beer is pretty smooth. But for me, just average. Still an Avery fan though.

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

This was bottled in Aug. 2011 and I enjoyed it in Aug. 2012.

A: Ruby. Copper. Ruddish red. Good head on first pour. Great lacing as you go.

S: Big bready, yeasty notes. Some grain bill on the back and just a touch of sweet malt.

T: A classic Marzen. Huge malts up front and sweetness galore. Barely any hops. Given that this is a year old I think the malts have just conquered this brew. For a 10% beer this drinks quite easily. You can taste the alcohol as the beer warms.

M: A little too syrupy for me. Thick. The year of age hasn't dampened the carbonation either.

O: Not my favorite style of beer, but a nice change of pace. If you whipped a huge stew in the winter this beer would be perfect.

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

A- pours a ruby tinged amber color with superb clarity. A finger of off white head is produced from an average pour. Solid head retention.

S- toasty doughy malt aromas with a note of caramel and dried fruit. Spicy alcoholic aroma on the finish.

T- doughy bready malt with notes of caramel and dried fruit. Alcohol heat in the middle that carries on into the crisp sugary finish.

MF- smooth silky mouthfeel with a heavy body. Average carbonation.

D- decently drinkable

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Photo of elNopalero
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is Avery’s version of an imperial Oktoberfest, Batch 8, bottled August 2011 and shared April 2012.

It pours an amber color with a golden ruby hue in the setting light of an afternoon sun. There’s some light foam, but not a whole lot. More than I was expecting for such a big beer. 10% ABV!

It has an aroma of figs, raisins, and dark cherries (but not quite any of those). There’s a sweetness around the edges, almost like a bourbon-esq note on the aroma.

Exceptionally smooth flavor. No roast nor cloyingly sweet malts either. More of the dark fruits, with a light touch of figs and cherries. I get some hints of candied orange peel and marmalade. It has a sweet finish with a flavor profile similar to some of the other Avery beasts. As far as I know it’s not barrel aged but it has a an oaky smoothness. Strong, yet smooth—I can taste the alcohol but its mellow and gentle. Delicious and the perfect desert beer.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into pint glass
A – Minimal 1 finger dusty white head on a clear red-brown amber brew, foam did stick to the glass as it settled but I would not call it lacing 4
S – A doughy mildly spiced caramel malt nose with plum/fruit, floral and alcohol notes 4
T – Lots of really well done caramel malts, a mild spiciness throughout the sip, finish had a nice hop showing, throw in a bit of brown sugar, alcohol is present, overall very good balance 4.5
M – Moderate body with a good carbonation, exceptionally smooth which eases drinkability which is pulled back by the 10%abv, creamy but with light carbonation well done 4.5
O – Adding to my best of Marzen list, mouthfeel adds to this well balanced brew, I’ll put this beer almost in my sipping category and buy again to break out for friends on the back patio 4

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured unto a Pint.

Appearance: Transparent amber with a white 1/3" head off the body. Not too bubbly.

Smell: Malty, in reality if I were to compare to another type of beer maybe barley wine meets your dubbel.

Taste: Like most marzens this is creamy but slightly, the over powering taste of alcohol is just wow.

Mouth: Perfect balance of carbonation, medium to heavy which works out incredibly well for this beer.

Overall: For me this wasn't a beer that I loved off the bat, it is a beer you slowly want to take in and the patience will pay off. Little heavy on the alchol flavor but you will find few to no complaints from me. Salud.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2010
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a big mug. Pours a dark orange color (looks like non-alcoholic apple cider). Pretty much no head, so nothing to retain, no lacing. It is a very attractive color however.

Smells delicious- a good dose of malty sweetness, a round pumpkin scent, a little bit of cloves, and maybe cinnamon.

Tastes great as well- huge malty flavor, pretty sweet. I taste a good bit of pumpkin along with cinnamon and a little bit of the cloves. It's definitely not too sweet and rounds of very nicely at the end- not a dry finish but doesn't finish sickeningly sweet.

Mouthfeel is good- I'm still getting used to lagers of all styles so I still think this could use a little more carbonation. Has a great medium body and has a tiny bit of carbonation. This is a fantastic beer- incredible smell and flavor.

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