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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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Ratings: 1,341 |  Reviews: 664
Photo of mcorwin
5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mjurney
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2010.

Amber color, touch of haze. Nice amount of carbonation. Head looks pretty good.

Caramel malts, a little buttery.

Very malty up front with a clean spiciness in the finish. Malt character is very rich, I'm getting lots of toasted caramel with a touch of butter. There some hint of dried fruits. Hop bitterness is mild, spicy-herbal.

Full bodied. Carbonation is very nice.

Clean spiciness. A little alcohol warmth.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Spaten Optimator dimpled mug. Poured a hazy red-orange with a minimal off=white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spices, pumpkin, fruit, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, spices, fruit, subtle sweet alcohol, pumpkin, subtle citrus, and subtle metallic. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. I had this one sitting in my cellar for quite sometime if I remember correctly. It seemed to have held up pretty well over the past year or so in my opinion. All of the flavors that would define this one as a Marzen were definitely still present and were very well mixed together. Was surprised to see the alcohol aspect around, but you can't win them all I suppose. Worth trying, even if it is a vintage bottle.

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Photo of kkrez
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a hazy rich copper color.

Smell is dominated by caramel, bready biscuity malts and then a spicy noble hop scent.

Taste bombards the palate with malt, bready, nutty, caramel malt goodness. The noble hops bring the spicy, almost peppery balance before it finishes off with more malty flavors.

Mouthfeel is definitely thicker than most, a little sticky, and finishes pretty dry. This beer is devilishly drinkable at almost 10%.

This is not your average Oktoberfest to say the least.

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Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC on 10/25/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a nice deep copper color. This has a finger of off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves some specs of lace behind on the glass. The nose has some pretty big dark fruit aromas. It smells of caramel malt and has a toasted malt aroma to it. There is also a small hop presence. The flavor follows the nose pretty well. There is quite a bit of dark fruit flavors, raisin, fig, and plum. There is some toasted malt flavor and some bitterness. There is a mild hop presence here as well as a touch of booziness. The finish leaves some lingering bitterness and sweet fruitiness. The body of this is on the heavier side of medium, and it has good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a chewy quality to it. Some alcohol warmth on the back end. This has good drinkability. It is a good beer, and definitely an interesting interpretation of the style. It is a super amped up marzen. I recommend trying this one. I really enjoyed it, and I would definitely pick up a few bottles of it.

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Photo of Crossmd
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 55 degrees Fahrenheit into a Sam Adams pint glass. No born date.

Pours a lucid copper, almost no head, capped with foam. No lacing to speak of yet.

Strong blend of malts with a hint of yeasty spiciness. Well projected.

The Marzen claim is the key here. Don't think it's more lager than Oktoberfest. Caramel malts and spicy banana finish blend with a pretty intense booziness. Not hard to see why it's a malt liquor.

Overall, a great offering absolutely. I don't know that I'm going to shell out almost $USD again for another 650, but I'm glad that I tried it. If looking for a unique Marzen style, a good place to start in looking for deviation from the norm.


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Photo of jsulko
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pours a darkish clear amber with a decent amount of off white head that lingers for a little bit.

Smell is carmel with malt

Strong taste matching the style. Finish has quite the burn of the alcohol.

A good Oktoberfest on steroids. Don't know I would seek it out again but enjoyed it.

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Photo of dtivp
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrived at the table in a snifter with a clear orange, copper color, a one finger light tan head that faded slowly to a thin ring with moderate lacing.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel and a slight hint of alcohol.

Taste was initially sweet with caramel,toffee which was balanced with malt , spice, hints of hops and a very slight touch of alcohol.

Mouth Feel was medium body, light carbonation, smooth and slightly sticky. Surprisingly at 10 percent ABV, the alcohol was well masked.

Overall this was a nice Octoberfest beer to enjoy with some caution, it sneaks up on you.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle for 8.99 at the Shadyside Giant Eagle.

A - Darkish clear amber with minimal head that turns to a lace ring.

S - Caramel, German Malts, sweet bread, and some booze in the nose.

T - Not bad taste of a typical offering with slight hops, touch of sweet caramel soaked breads, and little to no burn. Sweeter than expected which is pretty great.

M- Medium bodied for sure but a great imperial Marzen

Overall taste is pretty nice for an Imperial Oktoberfest with more sweetness than expected, little hops, and well hidden ABV. Very great offering that opens me up to extreme versions of the style.

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Photo of divineaudio
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a pint glass

a - came to the table a hazy copper liquid with a thin film of head. very little lacing present.

s - fresh baked bread, carmel, spice, subtle fruity notes.

t - carmel malt with notes of brown sugar, spice and subtle dark fruits. nice balancing bitterness in the finish. slight booziness.

m - medium body, lighter carbonation, slight alcohol warming.

o - really enjoyed this one, takes the style to a whole new level for me. probably can't drink more than one or two due to the abv, but that's ok. perfect for a cool fall afternoon in michigan. highly recommended.

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Photo of stakem
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BdubleEdubleRUN for hooking me up with this generous extra in our most recent trade. Batch 8, Aug 2011 poured into a matching Avery cervoise. This brew appears a perfectly clear color of copper. Around the edges it shows more of a golden coloring and nearing amber through the body. A finger of creamy off-white head sits atop with pretty decent retention. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves thick patches of lace sticking to the glass.

The smell of this brew includes a sweetness almost like orange marmalade. Hops show a bit of citrus character mixed with oranges, some other fruity quality and a bit of floral aspect. The malt is caramel sweetness that gets increasingly more toffee-like. The faintest touch of butter and alcohol comes forward as the brew warms up. A faint amount of cheese character evolves towards the back along with some sulfur.

The taste includes toffee and caramel malt sweetness. A little bit of butter, some floral hops and a mild amount of herbal bitterness. As more sips are taken, a bit of alcohol warmth creeps up the back of the throat as expected for the 10% abv. As the brew gets warmer, it has a greater focus on some buttery diacetyl which initially was almost completely hidden behind the hops and toffee sweetness. More sips reveal a bit of fresh grainy character mixed with some cheese and sulfur.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. For an imperialized version of an oktoberfest brew, this was done fairly clean and without much fault. However, as it warmed up it got to be a bit of a chore. If I could re-do the experience I would have served it colder as warming it up did not help it. However, it is to be noted how well this brew was done. My only gripe is the buttery aspect and along with the imperialization, it really lost that crispness I look for in the finish. Instead, it had a long drawn out toffee-sweetness and lacked that crispness which would have increased it's overall drinkability. Regardless, this was a nice change of pace and was an interesting experience. I would recommend giving it a try if you have the chance. Thanks again Brett!

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Photo of BeerMaverick
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Copper/fire-like appearance with almost no head and no lacing. Cool name for this style..."Give me a woman who loves brew and I will conquer the world". - The Kaiser

S - Intense malt aromas with hints of darker fruits such as raisin and maybe some plum. Slight licorice notes come through here too.

T - As foreshadowed by the aroma, extremely malty - even more so than most marzens I've had. Almost no hops whatsoever leading to a complete lack of bitterness and a very sweet marzen. In addition to the fruits I mentioned, some sweeter elements are here such as cinnamon and brown sugar.

M - As expected, the sweet character survives for awhile after each sip. Otherwise, not much to say here.

O - This beer is a pretty good marzen altogether...if you have it as a dessert beer. It's very sweet, high in alcohol, and a large volume, so the sweet character really starts to build up after awhile. I would never want more than one of these at a time and as a result, I wouldn't choose this on a fall day because I would normally prefer a few octoberfests at a time :D

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Photo of zoso1967
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kaiser pours a nice copper amber color and is crystal clear. The head is a very light tan and fades disappointingly quickly.It does however leave decent lacing.

The aroma is quite sweet with plenty of caramel and some toffee. It also has a bit of a grainy quality to it and a slightly earthy spice component.

Wow, this beer is much stronger than the nose lets on. Much sweeter than a normal Oktoberfest and quite hot in general. There isn’t much room for the alcohol to hide in this brew, so it becomes one of the main components. The beer also posseses some marzen like caramel, toffee and grain, but overall I get sugary sweet munich malt and alcohol.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is not as sticky as I had expected. It has a pleasantly balanced finish.

Full disclosure here, I am generally not a fan of high gravity lagers and this brew does not buck that trend. It has a pretty nice aroma and some nice flavors, but it is too sweet and too hot for my liking. I know this is a fairly popular beer, but the appeal is lost on me.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark orange copper, head diminishes but laciness persists

S: big sweet malt aroma, traces of alcohol

T: malt, bread, caramel; sweet

M: a little more syrupy than I like - must be the "imperialization" of this Oktoberfest beer. Not a personal favorite for me, but a worthy ale for the season.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a deep, red amber with a creamy light head and lacing.

Nose is caramel, orange, sour lemon zest, and sweet malt.

Taste has an up-front sweet caramel and malt, with a fervent alcohol bite. There is also some hop bitterness and a light grain taste.

The mouthfeel is wonderful; coats the whole mouth. It is creamy with light carbonation.

Overall, this is a very exciting take on Oktoberfest.

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Photo of chilly460
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a cloudy amber red with a huge three finger, off-white head and leaves decent lacing down the glass.

S - Caramel and cinammon for sure, but then comes the booze. Some doughy bread in there too.

T - Immediate taste is sweet caramel, very sweet, and cinammon. Mid palate, the booze hits, prickly warmth, not subtle. Finishes with surprising earthy bitter hops.

M - Chewy, thick, full bodied, low carbonation.

O - My first imperial Oktoberfest, so not quite sure what to expect. Definitely has flavor and body ratcheted up a notch, more a sipper then a session beer. Booziness is a killer, raw booze doesn't mesh well. The earthy hops are a bit odd at the end with the overall sweetness of the beer for me as well.

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Photo of samie85
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep ruby tinged rust color with a finger and a half of off white head.

S-Herbal hops with spicy Oktoberfest notes and dark fruits and light caramel.

T-Deep caramel and light, dark fruit notes with a very nice herbal hop finish.

M-Medium bodied with a slick feel, moderate carbonation, and a crisp finish.

D-Very easy drinking; I thought this would be more like a bock than a strong Oktoberfest, but this did a great job of just being a stronger Oktoberfest while maintaining those characteristic Oktoberfest notes.

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Photo of Kromes
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear dark amber color with a thin tan colored head. Good lacing on glass.

S: A nice sweet malt aroma. A little bit of caramel.

T: Very malty and smooth with a touch of caramel. There is a candy sugar flavor in there also. Alcohol becomes apparent in finish. Finishes sweet with just enough hop to balance it out.

M: Smooth with good carbonation.

O: I really liked this beer. I thought that turning an oktoberfest beer into an imperial would ruin it, but this beer is well crafted.

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Photo of alexipa
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is no other beer quite like Kaiser for me. It reminds me of my favorite part of the year: fall. It puts me in a great mood no matter what else is going on.

The appearance is deep and dark with a copper or orange-ish hue. The smell is inviting and appealing. It's the taste that I feel is unmatched at this time by any other beer of its type. Its strong, yet balanced taste is perfect for what it's meant to be; which is a beer for drinking casually on a chilly day. The strong content will warm you, while its flavors of caramel and toffee with a slight sweetness will delight you. I like my beers big and bold; the Kaiser has plenty of both.

Interestingly, I have found more than any other beer that Kaiser changes its profile almost completely from tap to bottle. I have had it in both mediums multiple times (even a bottle from the tap room itself) and have found I do not enjoy it nearly as much from the bottle. In my opinion this is a beer you must have straight from the tap.

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Photo of roodie
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pours a dilute orange/brown tea color. Thin white head dissipates quickly and no lacing is left behind.

S: cinnamon/spice, toasty malts, and a booziness, little sweet

T: booziness is more pronounced, malts balanced by a slightly unpleasant bitterness, spices round out the sip

M: a bit medicinal, booziness leaves a slight heat

O: not my favorite, may be the evident booziness or the mildly unpleasant bitterness that turned me off.

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Photo of draheim
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (Batch 8; August 2011) poured into a tulip. Crystal-clear amber color with a 2-finger sticky off-white head, leaves behind some lacing.

Aroma is fruity and sticky sweet - dried apricots and golden raisins.

Taste is seriously malty and sweet. Sticky, caramel, just shy of cloying. Booze pretty prominent. Coats the tongue with the same candy aftertaste.

This is a bold taste on a traditional style, and I'm not sure that it really works.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. Batch No. 8 August 2011.

Appearance: Deep and hazy copper like amber orange with lots of bubbles sticking to the wall of the glass. Decent three fingers of off white head that fade into a patchy layer. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of caramel malts and bread with hints of toffee and citrus hops. Also some wheat grains. Hints of alcohol linger. Has a herbal tea like quality. Smells sweet and boozy.

Taste: Big taste of caramel malts with lots of bready sweetness. Some wheat grains and toffee. The malts are almost overwhelming but a fairly strong presence of citrus and herbal hops help balance things. Finishes with a moderate bitterness and a little booze heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Feels somewhat thick, chewy, and sweet. Has a mild kick of heat from the alcohol.

Overall: A very interesting take on a "imperial" Marzen. Very bold in both the malts and hops. Another Avery booze bomb that comes out pretty good.

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,341 ratings
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