The Kaiser | Avery Brewing Company

The KaiserThe Kaiser
1,339 Ratings
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 match1112
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a deep copper with two fingers of off white head that leave chunks of lacing as the beer disappears. not too much for the nose, just tons of sweet malts and a bit of booze in the background. taste is bigger than the nose. leads off with sweet sweeet caramel malts. a little citrus hops is hidden behind the big alochol flavor. mouthfeel is full and creamy, goes down smooth with a slight alochol warming presence. overall this beer is worth a go this time of year. plenty of alochol presence to keep you warm this time of year.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip; Batch No. 8, Aug 2011. Crystal clear auburn body with a bit of red hue. Good two-finger light tan head that hangs around for a little while leaving a small cap and a little lacing.

The aroma is very light overall, presenting only some light, sweet malt and bit of citrus.

The flavor steps up much better. I didn't know what to expect from an Imperial Octoberfest, but the flavor mix really seems to work here. Smooth, sweet, malt combines with earthy grain and hop flavors producing an unusual, but tasty blend. Just a minor note of citrus in the background adds some color.

The mouthfeel has a medium consistency and a bit of sweet thickness to it that detracts just a little. Minor notes of alcohol with this one. A good one to try each fall.

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Photo of DCon
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the 3 Kings Public House in The Loop (St. Louis), MO for $6. Tapped from the Avery handle w/ a Red "A" on the top & too much involved with the artwork to make out what it was into a 10oz Snifter Glass.

Aroma- This "Imperial" Oktoberfest was extremely light for what I was going to be looking for. Has a light malt and lager aroma that is nice but nothing much in here.

Appearance- Received with almost no head (not even able to compared to "finger measurements") and stays this way. Has a dark amber-red body that is very clear. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass but not much.

Flavor- Has a very extreme malt flavor that is powerful! Good amount of hops are present too. The bitterness at the finish is a medium but still is great for this one. Well-balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium+ Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and is more enjoyable than any other Oktoberfest I've ever had! Leaves tons of sweetness and hop on the palate.

Overall Impression- When I saw, Imperial Oktoberfest on the beer menu, I went for this immediately! Avery produces very good-world class brews and this one hit the spot! Wish it looked better but sometimes its whats in the glass that matters. Could be considered a homebrew with its weak appearance/aroma but then is an awesome bodied Marzen. Will be looking for this in bottle as well!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8. August 2011. 10.01% ABV per label.

Pours a crystal clear light copper with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that fades to a thin film. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of caramel, biscuit/bread, and maybe some toffee aromas. Taste is heavy on the biscuit/bread from the malt, some caramel/toffee flavors, and a bit of citrus zest and alcohol on the finish. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and there is an alcohol kick. This beer has a bubbly carbonation level with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good but strong example of the style (Imperial Oktoberfest?) coming from Avery.

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Photo of gtermi
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer has a nice red with gold color and the head on the beer is almost nonexistent.

S: The beer has a lot of caramel scents to it. I can also smell a decent amout of alcohol.

T: Now the taste is very unique. It has a nice amount of caramel, malt and a slight fruity flavor. It also has a slight alcohol smell.

M: There is the perfect amount of carbonation, not too much, not too little. The mouthfeel is about as good as it gets.

O: This beer is great. I dont have tons to say about it, except I enjoy it very much and it is the best lager I have ever had.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Maudite tulip.

A - Clear ruby red color. Off-white head leaves decent lacing.

S - Graham cracker, figs, black tea.

T - Citrus, lemony punch, graham cracker sweetness, sweet tea, dries out a little but leaves a sweet aftertaste.

M - Medium low carbonation provides silkyness. Medium heavy body just right for this kind of beer.

D - Medium low. Complex flavors and body make you want to savor this one.

Really good beer. Does have a sweet character to it, but for an "end of the night" beer it hits the spot.

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Photo of DavidST
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Bottled in 2010.

This pours a clear deep amber - copper color with a nice foamy slightly off white head. The smell is of caramel, alcohol, toffee. Feel is medium to slightly heavier. The taste is of caramel and toffee, the hops have mostly died down with this older bottle and the afterflavor is mostly just alcohol burn. This isn't bad, but I don't really love it either, I'll try it fresh next time, but as of now I don't really want to try it again, I might drain pour the second half.

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Photo of jamescain
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage poured into a sniffer, thanks to pwsolider for sharing this one.

Appearance: Clear dark amber-copper color almost mahogany with very little lacing that fades.

Aroma: Caramel sweetness and a hit of leather, possibly from oxidation, and still a touch of booze.

Taste: Sweet toffee with malt and caramel. There is a touch of alcohol on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Thick, syrupy, and chewy with a noticeable alcoholic finish that is very sweet.

Overall: I'm not really a big fan of Oktoberfest beers to begin with, so an imperial is not really my favorite beer in the world. It was a nice experience to see how it aged.

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

Have wanted to try this one for awhile. Batch 8 from August 2011. Poured from a bomber into a tulip with dark amber color and tan head that quickly disappeared. Smells of toffee and malt. Taste is smooth but a little bit of an alcoholic tinge. An interesting beer from a style that I look forward to yearly. I would buy it again.

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Photo of lnashsig
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First time to try Kaiser- bottle dated Aug 2011, so pretty fresh for Avery distribution into Houston (last time we got Maharaja it was already 2 months old). Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip. Pours a terrific dark amber color- perfect for the Oktoberfest style. Pour is pretty much crystal clear, no head at all, and plenty of alcohol legs on the glass. Smell- alcohol, caramel, toffee. The present alcohol smell is not appealing- makes me think I'm in for a sloppy boozy mess. Taste- caramel, cloying sweet malt, alcohol. This is a boozy mess of an Oktoberfest style beer. Interesting concept (Imperial Oktoberfest) but it doesn't work that well. This is gonna be a sipper, real tough to get down.

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Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.32/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 22oz bottle into a my trusty stone IRS tulip.

A: Poured a mildly cloud dark orange almost apricot color. The head was a nice white frizz which was probably about 1.5 fingers worth. No real lacing in the glass from the head or pour.

S: Nice aromas of sweet bready malts are at the forefront in this one. Upon second and third sniffs of this, it started to go towards bananas, almost like banana bread.

T: the initial taste has a tingle on the tongue from the carbonation. Which then flows into a onslaught of malts, with mild kiss of that banana sweetness at the end.

M: The mouth is carbonated, with doses of bread and spices with some hops showing up. At the very end a final farewell of floral ends this.

O: Not a huge Oktoberfest Dopplebock style fan. But this was pretty decent. if I saw this on tap at any Oktoberfest festivals I would drink it on tap. Not sure I would pick it up in bottles again though.

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Photo of videofrog
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 22oz bomber into a dimpled stein. Bottled in 2010 noted on the label; enjoyed on a rainy day in August 2011.

A: Nice amber color with burnt orange around the edges. Lacing was thick and slid down the edges of the glass back into the beer. Slightly cloudy.

S: Sweet & toasty malts, noble hops very aromatic. Some yeast.

T: Sweet & toasty malts are again present in the forefront. Citrusy noble hops linger on the back of the roof of the mouth. Maltiness reminds me of a doppelbock.

M: Thicker than typical oktoberfest,

O: Although listed as an Oktoberfest here, it is definitely an Imperial Oktoberfest full of flavor. Extremely easy to drink, especially for the high ABV. Picking up another soon.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft a while ago -- poured into a Portsmouth tulip an opaque dark honey with a half finger of bubbly head that quickly disintegrates into a film.

Nose is a solid hit of caramel malt, sweet and bready, lightly candied.

A sip is warm from the alcohol, really malty and sweet, but balanced with a more grounded noble hop presence. Rich body with lighter carbonation; somewhat earthy and dry on the finish.

Overall as a high ABV Oktoberfest, this one does very well. I think I enjoyed it more on draft, but still a very strong brew. The 9.7% is very well negated by the sweetness and earthy hop profile.

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Photo of Brutmasta
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer aging for over a year, hopefully it has some heat to it :)))

A-Pours a deep burnt orange with a nice one finger head, really a beautiful beer.

S-The first scent I get is the alchohol, it smells like it just came out of a friggin bourbon barrel, I wonder if the aging has something to do with that..

T-The alchohol is really overpowering here, the 2 row barley is there, but it's in the background. Some really nice earthy tones at the end though.

M-Coats the mouth and goes down very smooth, relativly dry at the very end.

O-Overall a decent Oktoberfest.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009. ABV 9.76

Poured into a tumbler...

Appearance-Burnt orange, extremely hazy. Nice one finger off white head that has nice retention and leaves some nice lacing. Very nice.

Smell-Caramel malts with some light spices.

Taste-Lots of biscuit and caramel malts. Delicious. Hopped just enough to balanced it out and not get overwhelmed with sweetness. Unfortunately I have never had a fresh Kaiser so I can't compare this to it. The booze is almost non existent however. Just very simple flavors that you want out of a Fall beer.

Mouthfeel-Rich, Creamy, really nice. Medium bodied with the perfect amount of carbonation. Sooo easy to drink for almost 10%

Overall-Avery continues to be one of my go to breweries. Nice High ABV bombers and sessionable smaller beers. The Kaiser did not dissapoint. Well done.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking brown color, the head was about and inch tall and left a pretty nice lacing. The smell of the beer was full of malts and some autumn spices. The taste was damn near perfect in my opinion. The Kaiser has so much flavor running through it. The mouthfeel is smooth and has a high drinkability to it even for a heavier beer. Overall, I love this beer it's got to be one of the top 3 Oktoberfest beers I've ever had if no the best. Really worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber body, trace head, decent lacing

S: malt, light citrus, mild yeast

T: big sweet fruit (apple/pear?), big malt middle, slightly boozy, light bitter finish

M: med. body, prickly tongue, hint of dry mouth

O: I love the Avery bombers and usually not a huge
fan of Marzen/Octoberfest beers, but this is quite nice.
You want to gulp it, but it's a sipper that's for sure.
I would buy this again.


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Photo of claytong
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best oktoberfest I've had and I spent two years in Austria an hour away from Germany.
One of my favorite brews from Avery which says quite a bit.
So I had this in April so I'd guess it to be 9 months old or there about.
Pumpkin spice, honey, molasses, and just all things nice. my goodness.
Went down so well with my dinner, I think it's a pretty easy beer to pair.
I'm gonna stock up this autumn.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber red with a 1 finger off-white head and leaves descent lacing down the glass.

S - Caramel covered cereal, sweet bready dough, a kiss of orange. Reminds my of cinnamon toast crunch.

T - Rich toasted malts, dense caramel, sweet cereal grains, some cinnamon oatmeal, hints of acidic fruit come through, earthy bitterness helps with the sugary malts, finishes a tad hot.
Has a honey wheat biscuit aftertaste.

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

Just as you would expect an Imperial Octoberfest to be. It's not complex but delivers a big punch of malt that is semi balanced with carbonation and herbal citrus hops. If you like malt bombs this beer is for you!

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Photo of dmolenik
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, I thought this beer was very delicious...and I will certainly buy another! The toasty biscuit flavors, to me, are awesome. Again, a great tasting beer.

With that said, if I must have an issue with the brew, it's the appearance and it's taste (stick with me here). I don't know if I poured mine incorrectly, but it was very cloudy...which I thought Oktoberfests are supposed to be clear (I'm thinking about Spaten, Sam Adams, and the like). Also, to me, the flavor didn't strike me as a strong Oktoberfest. I thought the bitterness was appropriate, and of course the mouthfeel is going to be amped up, but I didn't think Oktoberfest when I had the beer.

Again...GREAT tasting. In fact, I loved it! Just thinking about the Oktoberfests I've had (it's my favorite style :) ), it just didn't seem to...Oktoberfesty to me.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear dark amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and biscuit malt, as well as a lot of grapes and brown sugar. A very malty, fruity beer. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of grapes and flowers as well as a ton of caramel and biscuit malt. The alcohol is also very apparent. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This tastes like an Oktoberfest on steroids, just like the brewer intended.

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Photo of NODAK
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is deeply malty, as could be expected. Loads of caramel malt and molasses with a good toastiness as well. Just like an "imperial oktoberfest" would smell I suppose.

Pours reddish amber in the glass. Small head.

The taste isn't a surprise in the least. Definite sweetness on the body, with caramel malts dominating the show. Along with that is a heavy toasty note battling with the sweet malts. In the end, there is a somewhat small but noticeable hop bitterness helping to close it out with the thick molasses. A bit of alcohol also shows through as well. A thick finish.

Honestly, it isn't to the point of being sickly sweet and overbearing, but it's bigger than most oktoberfests by a fair margin. It just comes across as a o-fest with more "oomph".

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery The Kaiser, on tap at The Pony Bar in Hell's Kitchen, NY, part of an Avery "tap takeover".

Appearance: Served in an 8-oz glass filled to the brim, almost no head, just a white mantle with bubbles. Low carbonation and good lacing (very artistic). Color is Baltic amber, slightly transparent.

Smell: Malts, controlled sweetness, Kool-Aid, glue. A slightly metallic overtone. Weird but pleasant!

Taste: Dark-fruit juice, cherry, again the Kool-Aid. No alcohol, it is more of a fruity children's drink. Sweetness all around. Caramel. Some faint hops but mostly malt and sweetness. A bit underwhelming. I had i "The Kaiser" after going for Avery "The Beast", which is even sweeter, so it didn't bother me as much. My wife, though, was horrified. She found the Kaiser more cloying than the Beast.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, low carbonation, medium body and flavor. Alright, not great.

Overall: Drinkable but not too enticing. My least favorite of all the big Avery beers. A confusing beer also. Could be a Scotch Ale, a sweet big IPA, a Doppelbock... Imperial Oktoberfest? Whatever! I don't think I'll be having it again.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Active, clear, copper/orange, with a thin white head fades gradually and leave patch lacing. Very attractive.

Boozy warmth and grainy notes add depth to the malty sweetness. Floral and fruity hops take some time to find, but they are there. Quite nice.

Slightly grainy but very malty and sweet. Some fruity flavors and modest hop bitterness balance the malty base. Balanced, clean and fairly complex.

Moderate warming, rich, full, and thick with high viscosity. Some bitterness in the finish.

My kind of lager! Can't believe I waked past this one so many times. Really nice brew.

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Photo of rashbash22
2.02/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Looks like a less watery king cobra

Smell: Malts are overwhelming, not much else

Taste: Extreme malt flavor, It is almost unbearable to even drink.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and reminds me of a more refined old english

Drinkability: Very hard to sip.

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,339 ratings
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