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 Axic10
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber orangish with a half finger of white head that settles quickly.

Smell: Extremely malty sweetness, caramel, just a very sweet aroma.

Taste: Very malty (kicked up bready malt), caramel, toffee the alcohol is present.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky mouthfeel, almost more like a barleywine.

Drinkability: Not a bad beer at all, but a very over the top Oktoberbest (hence being called an Imperial Oktoberfest). Will try again in the fall.

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Photo of SteveGNC
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great offering from Avery. This may be my favorite beer from them. Pours a lovely copper orange color with little head that does not linger. Great lacing and a very good aroma. Taste is dominated by sweet malt similar to a barleywine but not as cloying or heavy. I wish this beer was available year round.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Poured a clear, dark amber hue with a one-finger thick head of beige foam that lasted throughout the entire glass. Produced nice lacing on the glass. The aroma was caramel malts and notes f bread and cookies with some wood. The flavor was mild citrus hops (orange and grapefruit), bread, caramel. Alcohol is noticeable but not unpleasant. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Another excellent offering from Avery.

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Photo of biggred1
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, orange-amber with a big dense head of tan foam that leaves tons of sticky lace on the glass. Big and malty aroma of kirsch, caramel, rum and spicy hop notes. The Kaiser is really good if you like big muscular malt-bombs(I do!) and is balanced nicely with herbal tobacco-like hop flavors. Full bodied and creamy with a mild alcoholic warmth in the finish. I'm not sure how true to the style guidelines the Kaiser is as it's almost Barley Wine like in strength and flavor but I know it's a great beer.

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Photo of thebreederswow
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish brown, relatively clear, head quickly dissipated.

Aroma: Carmel, malt, some kind of berry.

Taste: Flavors of alcohol, strong maltiness, pear, apple, carmel, and at the very end some kind of squash or something? Exceptionally tasty and rich.

Mouthfeel: A little tingly for the flavors in the beer, but relatively medium-bodied and enjoyable.

Drinkability: I find this beer extremely drinkable, though others at the table gagged.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, bottled in 2010.

Pours an amber orange with a fast rising/falling beige head that leaves little to no lace.

Smells super malty with a huge grain/bread taste and a nice herbal kick from the hops with a tinge of fresh cut grass and lemon peel.

Taste is very different almost sour in a way as previously mentioned below by other BA's. Very malty with biscuit taste and harsh tea like hop presence. slight alcohol warmth but nothing to complain about.

Mouthfeel is kinda thick and a little syrupy, but what else would you expect from an imperial Oktoberfest. good carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

For a beer of this power it is quite drinkable. This guy will probably mellow out after a few years, id love to try an older vintage as its very harsh fresh.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tall beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a bronze/copper color with a vivid brightness. Moderate carbonation and a frothy white head. Light lacing on the edges of the glass.

Smell: I'm not a huge fan of Oktoberfest brews, but this smells heavenly. Light spices of cinnamon or nutmeg and a gentle hop addition accentuate a deliciously sweet malt nose. A touch of bitterness near the end, cloves as well. A smorgasbord of scents, all of which work well together.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Ooh, very sour! The alcohol makes no attempt to hide in this brew, that's the very first flavor to be noticed. Some sour fruitiness in the mix which is not unpleasant, per se; but it takes a moment to get used to. Brew is moderately heavy, with good foaming action. Cloves and hops are the only other taste-able flavors. Very bitter and sour.

Drinkability: The overall experience is worth it, this is a good beer. I'm not a huge fan of the genre, but this is probably one of the best I have had thus far. Maybe the 10% ABV is a touch excessive, but hey, at least there is flavor to go along with it.

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Photo of nkersten
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark rusty orange with a 1/4 inch white head. Leaves a nice lacing and has good retention. Smell is lager yeast up front, sugary malts, some noble-esque hops. Taste is a very malty very sweet, slightly boozey. Mouthfeel is coating and heavy for a lager, but what i would expect from an imperial oktoberfest. Carbonation is low. Drinkability is pretty good for an imperial lager, especially given the ABV.

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

From notes 10/06/10. On-tap at Dancing Bear.

A- Burnt amber, 1cm of off-white head that dissipated quickly, and little to no bubbling.

S- Roasted/caramelized brown sugar and nuts.

T/M- Strangely similar to DFH 90min in taste, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, nutty.

D- This was my first experience with an "Imperial Oktoberfest" and I enjoyed it. I will be having this again and I am really curious how it is out of the bottle.

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Photo of pburland23
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, intense coppery red with a finger or so of fluffy, white head. It really is a beautiful pour. There is a nice bit of lacing that stuck around.

The nose is dominated by bready malts, a touch of sweetness (caramel?) and it's a little boozy. The taste is slightly unbalanced in my opinion. The malt is at the forefront of the taste as well, There is some spice and hops bitterness, but not enough in my opinion to add appropriate counterbalance to the malt. Interestingly enough, I'm still enjoyed the taste.

The mouthfeel is thick and bready with sufficient carbonation. As for drinkability, this isn't really my cup of tea when it comes to an Octoberfest. The Kaiser is different, that's for sure, but it's not for everybody. I don't see myself picking this up again in the future.

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

An Imperial Marzen?? The same way Southern Tier Krampas is an Imperial Helles Lager. have to call it something. Good beer... doesn't remind me of an Oktoberfest in any way but still a good beer.

Pours a reddish clear amber color with a decent size head (considering the abv). Lacing and retention are about average. Smell is mild but you can tell that sweet fruit (apples and pears) and alcohol are going to be part of the equation.

Tastes good. This is a malty not very hoppy beer with a considerable alcohol presence and the type of fruitiness found in a Belgian Tripel (without the Belgian yeast, candi sugar or spiciness). The flavors are strong...this is a big beer. A sipper based on taste as well as strength.

Mouthfeel is very un-Marzen like. A rich beer, no lightness or wateriness and without the characteristic Marzen bitter finish. If I had another one, I would drink it from a goblet.

Drinkability is good. I shared this bottle and it still hits fairly hard. Would make a great nightcap if I was drinking the whole thing.

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Photo of hardy008
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper color with an off white two finger head with good retention and some lacing. The aroma has a lot of sweet caramel, spices, and some noble hops.

As expected, this is a very sweet beer. Sweet caramel malt and alcohol are dominant, with some noble hops and biscuit. This is definitely a big malt bomb, which I won't complain about.

Medium bodied, proper low carbonation, and there is some alcohol burn. This is a definite sipper, and a beer I would buy again.

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Photo of Zodijackyl
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a rich white head that laces very nicely. Aroma of sticky caramel malt, very heavy, with additional nutty and honey flavors, as well as spices and hops. Taste has a very strong, sweet malt, with masked bitterness from the nut and honey notes - lots of caramel malt and a very definitive Marzen character to it. While there is a bitter character to the malt, it is well buried in the full flavors of several types of malt. For an extremely malty beer, it lacks bitterness, though the sweetness is a bit overpowering. Very sticky, rich feel, feels syrupy. Not the most drinkable beer though, at it is extremely heavy, even if there is hardly a hint of alcohol.

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Photo of taigor
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 8oz glass.

A - Poured clear amber color with medium head that quickly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Strong alcohol upfront with malts, caramel and raisins followed.

T - Sweet malts to start with followed by dark fruits and alcohol.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Alcohol is not masked at all and it should have been called Double/Imperial oktoberfest. I would recommend it but dont go out of your way to try it.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint. 2009 batch

A- pours a slightly cloudy orange with a one finger slightly offwhite head. Head sticks around for awhile, great lacing. Impressive looking for the style

S- the typical burst of spices you get from a Marzen: lots of nutmeg and cinnamon and malty goodness. Its a little subdued in this though. The freshness may be a cause of that

T- it tastes...dare I say...really fresh and fall-ish. There's a good bit of good juicy hoppiness and spice. Unfortunately, the booze comes through a lot on this one too...almost overwhelming.

M- super, really malty. Way too much there

D- not too impressed...the idea of an imperial Oktoberfest is interesting, but I don't think it ends up in a good spot. Too malty, too boozy

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

From bomber to pint glass

A: Pours a translucent, dark amber with lots of carbonation, forming a sudsy, two-inch head. Lots of sticky lacing.

N: Caramel, toasted malts, lemon, apple. Alcohol is strong here and warms the nose. Crazy for a lager.

T: Huge malt rush up front with a strong caramelly overtone. This is quickly met by alcohol, which warms the palate and only gets stronger as the beer warms. The alcohol bite is nicely countered with the sweet, fruity notes of the flavor profile - fuzzy notes of apple and lemon touch the edges of the palate. The brew is bready and one would think it's an ale if it wasn't for the 'Imperial Oktoberfest Lager' on the label (I haven't had that many imperial lagers so my tastes might be skewed). The beer finishes sweet with just a touch of earthy bitterness.

M: Rich and creamy as expected given the ABV, but not sticky. The ample carbonation washes away any residue.

D/N: Well, this is the most unique Marzen I've tried, and I'm sure this could be dubbed "experimental" and off-style, but who cares? This tastes good. If I was introducing someone to an Oktoberfest I might look elsewhere, but why introduce someone to an Oktoberfest? They're well marketed and seemingly everywhere - noobies can find their own. BA's, drink this.

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

In a pint glass this beer was a dark amber color (certainly darker than I expected) with a medium-sized white head.
Smelled hot. Strong malt, a little fruit and spice.
Big huge malt presence. Some sweet fruit, some nutmeg. Noticeable alcohol.
I considered this something like a Bohemian Oktoberfest. Very strong malt, rich. It took me a fair amount of time to finish the bomber.

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Photo of fo5s
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in my Sam Octoberfest mug. Bottled in 2009 according to the tag on the neck of the bottle.

Pours a deep copper / slightly ruby. Cloudy. Healthy bubbly head. Looks good, but darker than I'd normally associate with an Oktoberfest - now I'm not sure what to expect with the imperialization.

Smells of sweet toasted malt emanate from the mug - this is going to pack a punch.

Very sweet, full bodied. There's the toasted malt I'm looking for, but full malt backbone behind it. Slight hint of alcohol noticeable.

Body and carbonation are solid - good mouthfeel, but perhaps a bit sticky.

Drinkability is just OK. This is a big beer, and will take me some time to finish off the 22oz.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very different Octoberfest, yet very tasty. A dark amber orange. Aroma is boozy with a hint of malts and candied dark fruit. I have to agree with a previous review, this could be a Barleywine style Octoberfest. Very thick and malty. Nicely warms the face as you sip it. Still has that sweet malty flavor of the style. In fact this a Malty delight. You want to take this one slow as the ABV will catch up to you, but its very well balanced into the beer. Another winner from Avery.

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

"Give me a woman who really loves beer and I will conquer the world." - Kaiser Wilhelm

Look: mostly clear light copper in color, with a half-finger head of sticky light sand composed of tiny bubbles. Bubbly, spattered lace grips the sides as it recedes.

Smell: lots of caramel, honey, overripe oranges, light grapefruit, toasty bread and ritz crackers.

Taste: if not for the backbone of earthy yeast, I'd be inclined to call this an Englsih barleywine. It's got tons of caramel-drizzled orange, earthy hops and an alcohol heft similar to that style. It deviates, however, in a sweet, apple-like finish and an odd aspect of the hops that reminds of mint. Different, but I dig it.

Feel: soft, medium-light in body and smooth about the palate with a very light, numbing carbonation. The alcohol presence is heavy, but not overpowering.

Drink: an imperial Oktoberfest is a strange experiment, but I like the result: a hefty, flavorful brew that keeps the spirit of the classic style alive. One of the better regular-rotation beers I've had from Avery.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel color with a half-finger white head and not much of any lacing. Nose brings some caramel and dark fruits along with quite a bit of booze. Taste is overwhelmed by alcohol and brings some dark fruit in the background. A bit of residual sweetness. Boozy, hot feel on a medium body. Drinks okay, as it somewhat reminds me of a rum-soaked dessert, but overall not a beer I really enjoyed.

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Photo of chumba526
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2009 bottle: I picked up a few of these for 2.70 a bomber.

Appears hazy dark orange with a small off white head.

It smells highly of caramel, oranges, bananas, and molasses.

It tastes very much so like sweet caramel with a bit of an orange and banana flavor behind it. There is an ever so slight grassy hoppiness. Though malt runs this show. The beer is very rich. The sweet flavors stay on the palate for awhile. Though the malt is mostly all you taste the taste has a wide range of flavors.

The carbonation is about medium.

This is a rich beer. One bomber is enough for me though it was easy to drink.

Overall a great beer from Avery though everything I have had from them has been amazing.

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Photo of crossovert
2.07/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not sure what the point of an imperial Oktoberfest is, and if it will even push any type of boundaries. 650ml foiled bomber.

It pours hazier than the style standard, it is a cidre color. Th head is off-white and the lacing is super dirty looking.

The smell has a tangy fruit character, some caramel nut, and alcohol.

The flavor is pretty bad. Super cloying sweetness, rotten fruit, sickly sweet caramel. Huge alcoholic presence.

This beer is not needed.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for splittin' this bottle with me!

Mike was relieved that he could find this guy again. It pours a clear dark russet amber topped by a finger of ecru foam. The nose seems kinda faint to me, comprising caramel, toffee, wheat, and what seems like buttercream. The taste has all of these components, along with some orange peel and melon rind. The body is a solid medium, with a light-ish moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a nice bit of imperial marzen, solid and good but not entirely great.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass

This one pours a gorgeous deep orange/amber color, but the ecru foam doesn't stay around to long at the party. The smell is incredibly bready in nature, I'm sure the yeast saw to that. There is a lot on the nose, what I can detect (and I assure you it's not all of it) is mainly clove and cinnamon. Bits of orange zest round out the nose to a nice fragrantly potent smell. As I tasted it the first thought that ran through my mind was that this tasted like French Toast (don't tell the Kaiser, it'll upset least until he conquers Belgium). The flavors comprising that are the bread, egg, and cinnamon most attributed with that combination. The only deviation from that flavor is there is a whiskey/boozy background flavor that reminds you this is more of a college breakfast than you wanted it to be. The mouthfeel is just a bit too syrupy for my liking with regards to the fact that there is a lack of carbonation to make it have that pop it needs. This beer is a bit too boozy and strong for me to say that I could drink it too often, but by no means is it bad. I recommend you try it. It's definitely a different Oktoberfest than I've ever had.

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72.4% out of 100 with 1,339 ratings
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