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 EddieTheTrooper
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty damn good, classic Oktoberfest beer, just stronger. Great taste, great name, not much on drinkability but if you want drinkability grab a bud lite (I'd rather drink goat urine). When it comes to Oktoberfests I'm pretty easy to please, i like em malty and sweet with a little bit of a kick and crisp Bavarian hop flavor. This beer is 90% there.

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

I think it's great that Avery calls their Imperial series the "Dictator" series. It's a nice play on the imperial style. Tonight I've got a bomber of the Kaiser, which bills itself as an Imperial Octoberfest. 22 ounce bomber. Pulled out my dimpled mug for this one. Tradition and all. Pours reddish light amber with a fizzy head made up of small bubbles. Minimal lacing. Smell is of caramel and - can't believe I'm saying this - peach fruit rollups. I haven't had a fruit rollup since I was a kid. Low levels of carbonation present in the mouthfeel of the beer. Lends itself to a slick mouthfeel. The first taste gives you a huge caramel malt body and a gigantically warm alcohol finish. The lazy description would be to call this a malt bomb and wrap it up. That's not fair to the effort these guys clearly put into making this beer. Caramel syrup and toffee malt lends sweetness. Hops aren't at the front as with most styles. I get them more towards the middle of the drink, and they've got kind of a spruce type of flavor to them. Dried peaches and apricots are there too. But they're there only briefly, before more sweetness takes over and blasts you into a warming finish due to the high ABV. It's nice to finally see this beer back on the shelves. To me it's one of the beers I look for to let me know that, hey, despite it being nearly 100 degrees today summer is on the way out. This would be a great beer to enjoy in 50 to 60 degree temperates either outside camping or at your local football team's tailgate. I thoughroughly enjoy this beer, and in many respects it's the complete opposite of their summer seasonal. My only complaint is that it's not out nearly enough.

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Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is a clear, dark orange with a red tint, a small off white head, and good lacing.

smell is of roasted malt, floral, some hops, molasses, and some spice.

taste is sweet, malt, caramel, tangy in the end, slight bitterness, and some spice, ends smooth and a tad dry.

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

A: Poured a clear amber brown with good carbonation and a nice white head

S:Rich, malty, booze and caramel

T: Sweet, bread, some caramel and booze. Some toasted notes

M: Nice, coating, warm and slippery

D: Good and one that could be aged for a while too.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Time for football, FINALLY!!!! Beautiful rich amber with a very slight, almost impercebtible haze. Decent carbonation, and pours about two fingers of head the quickly wraps down into a very small head with little to no lacing. Nose is huge on the pineapple juice. Taste is similar - lots of pineapple juice right upfront, very full mouthfeel - rich and sweet. Some other characteristics - alcohol, some yeast. Finish is long and malty-sweet. $7.69/22oz. bomber though, so it's expensive (and hence the low drinkability (I use price as part of that rating)). Great, rich full beer but pricey and worth it.

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Photo of evilkalla
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving: 2008 Bomber into a lager glass.

A: Clear amber with 1/8 inch of head. Mild carbonation.

S: This one has a malty, sweet smell to it. Reminds me of an english-style barleywine with its caramel/molasses smell.

T: Malty with a bitter backbone, with a molasses/brown sugar taste to it. A little on the bland side to be honest - this one just doesn't work for me. Smooth though, and hard to detect the stated 10% ABV.

M: Pretty good; not too syrupy and a decent level of carbonation. Alcohol very hard to detect.

D: Not a bad beer, but this one isn't for me.

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Photo of gford217
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle.

Pours light, clear amber with a small creamy beige head that recedes to a swirl of tiny bubbles in the middle and a nice collar around the side.

Sweet caramel malts and heavily toasted bread in the nose with a very light hop presence which I'm sure was much more prominent when fresh. There's a hefty molasses sweetness on top of that.

The taste is more of the same and very sweet with molasses and caramel malts dominating. The toasted character is there but a little lighter than the aroma. The finish is sweet with a hint of spices and an alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied for the style but the carbonation keeps it from becoming cloying or syrupy.

This is one of the better oktoberfests I've had though it's definitely a hefty version of the style. Having just had an imperial lager from Terrapin that got pretty syrupy, I can appreciate this one even more. At over 10%, it's still extremely drinkable. Excellent beer.

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

22 oz. bottle tried 10 Aug 2007. 2006 version.

Medium sized tan head. Lightly carbonated. Clear dark chestnut brown color. Aroma is quite malty, sweet, also resin and alcohol. Starts malty, lots of caramel. Also almonds and A says candied pineapple. Fairly resiny finish and aftertaste. Alcohol noticeable but not hot. Medium body.

Probably not quite to style but tasty.

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Photo of stimulus
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottled September 2009.

A: Pours an amber with no head.
S: Maple and caramel dominate the aroma.
T: Wow, almost like a barleywine but ... it is a lager! Very sweet caramel and maple malts dominate the palate with a crisp hop finish. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.
M: Also goes down like a barleywine, as most of the carbonation has left this bottle, but at the finish some carbonation shows up! (Perhaps what makes this beer still a lager.)
D: A unique brew that disguises itself as a barleywine, but wow this may be the best oktoberfest I've ever tried.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice clear red-gold color. Good slightly off-white head turns to a film. No lacing.

Smell: The aroma isn't very strong. Malty with a bit of caramel and spice.

Taste: There's a strong flavor of alcohol throughout, which gives it an odd and unpleasant sweetness. Beneath that, however, there's an Oktoberfest - I think. There's some pumpkin, spices, toasted malts, etc. The alcohol just kills it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a strong but natural feeling carbonation. Generally smooth.

Drinkability: Tough with the alcohol flavor, but I suppose if you like that it is fine.

I was really looking forward to this, as the Maharaja (from the same series) is amazing. The alcohol in the flavor is just too much for me here. It seems that when lagers get too high in ABV, their flavor suffers. I'm not even sure if I'll finish this one.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy copper (like a strong wheat beer) at first impression, without much lacing. I didn't get much of an olfactory reading here, maybe just me, but the taste is decidedly un-lagerlike. Rich, malty maple or molasses overtones seem present, with a hint of floral hop character upon finish. Quite delicious, and only hints at the heightened alcohol presence. A certain winner.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Imperial Oktoberfest. What a noble idea. This one pours the color of dying leaves in autumn, with just a little frothy white head. Aromas of brown sugar, molasses, doughy malts and maybe alcohol. On the palate this one drinks like any other good Oktoberfest beer--only much bigger, with caramel sweetness and a malty backbone. Another seasonal Avery offering that I eagerly await every fall.

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

A: poured a murky redish brown with a thin white head and a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: molasses brown sugar aromas up front with hints of booze and sweet malts.

T: sweet malts molasses and booze combine for the punch and hints of brown sugar as well in the mixture.

M: medium body with a very light amount of carbonation and a sweet finish.

D: drinks good and a pretty good oktoberfest beer from avery.

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Photo of WhiteOak
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery "The Kaiser" Imperial Oktoberfest Lager, Bottled 2008

A- Dark, brilliant copper. Moderate, dark tan foam settles quickly, leaving little lace. However, even with little lace, there is a huge amount of viscous glycerin-like legs hanging inside the glass which portends of huge malty sweetness.

S- Caramel, malt, toffee, orange-infused prunes.

T- Massive, viscous, palate-bombing sweet caramel malt and toffee chews. Flavors of botrytis-influenced Semillion white dessert wine. Did I mention big malt?

M, D- Big, round, and on the sweet side. Very fleshed-out and full-bodied. The rich maltiness is medium-sweet, but it is so extracted and concentrated that it makes for a filling brew.
The 10% ABV is reduced to warmth on the finish after being concealed by the very substantial maltiness.

The 2008 Kaiser is still showing well. The hop flavor profile has mellowed to a still pleasant level, but the hop aromatic profile has faded significantly. But the malt backbone is still strong and dominant in this brew.

Suitable for the dessert beer category. Bring on the aged cheddar.

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Photo of AnswerInQuestion
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into an SA Pale Ale Glass. Minimal head but significant lacing. Pours a translucent orangey-red, predictable for the style but perhaps in this case a little to close to a traditional amber in color for my liking.

S: At first thought I couldn't smell anything special. As the beer warmed, I was able to smell beyond the heavy malt to pumpkin and nutmeg...with perhaps an orange zest?

T: The taste is true to form for an oktoberfest: sugary pumpkin and spices, and like the scent a slight bit of citrus. However, the initial taste gets muffled by a bittersweet alcohol presence. I'm not sure if this is the norm for fresh Kaiser; I AM drinking an Oktoberfest in April...

M: Smooth going in, just a bit prickly on the tongue but that subsides for the sake of the taste of the beer. Lightly carbonated going down. The beer is heavy, but pleasantly so; the carbonation keeps a strong beer from becoming syrupy.

D: It's delicious, but as much as I like this beer, its a bit overwhelming. I feel like I'm drinking faster than I should with such a finely crafted beer, but when I look back at my glass I'm barely making a dent. If you're going to celebrate the season with the Kaiser, be prepared for a long night.

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Photo of claminat420
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*says bottled in 2008 on the 22oz

A- poured a hazy amber color. nice off white two finger head with heavy lacing.

S- alil earthy and spicy on the hop side. sweet and alil raisony on the malt side.

T- just as the smell but everything blending really well and nothing to strong. for 10.03abv you wouldn't even notice.

M- medium heavy bodied. nice carbonation.

D- wish i had another 22!!

Overall- this imperial marzen is pretty damn good! if you come across this one i say pick it up. i've been looking at other places i go to get microbrews and this one is hard to find. two 22's and you should be set.

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

This 2009 Vintage may have 9.73% ABV, but it's an O-Fest, right? Bring out the one liter German mug! On to the beer:

Lovely autumn amber color with hues heading off to pale orange. Thick head on top, and good retention. There a good whiff of red grapes with a punch of booze. Very malty and fruity too.

So this is what an Imperial Oktoberfest is about; strong, malty, and boozy. The alcohol tastes like white grapes and solvent. Strong sweet bread and hints of bubblegum and yams, yet it's not overly sweet. It's also spicy from the hops. The body feels medium, but I'd like just a little more meat for this size.

This is a crazy, yet yummy twist of an Oktoberfest. Don't be afraid to fill up your favorite one liter mug with this stuff during the O-Fest season,

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Photo of Dotcubed
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An impulse purchase that I believe won't be available to me when I move to NJ.

Poured an inspiring amount of foam easily. Seems to retaining well. Smells like October beer.... Spice.

Huge Malt.
Some burnt sugar flavor.
Tastes Like a strong beer, tangy. Warming.
Definitely outside the box. Similar to an Otto Style October-Fest on Steroids.

This could get interesting if it was aged but I don't think I have room for one.

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

Appearance: A clear, pumpkin-copper body capped by a little over a finger of dense whitish head that features good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Lots of dark fruit and sweet, earthy malt along with just a bare whiff of alcohol. Reminiscent of a rich Doppelbock.

Flavor: Again, the bulk of the profile is sweet, earthy, and toasty caramel malt. Accompanying the malt backbone is a mix of something coppery, dark fruit, and medium alcohol that adds nice depth. Not much coming from the hops besides a little bit of spice and some mild bitterness that balance the sweetness. Lots of toasty malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A smooth medium body accompanied by medium carbonation and a little dryness in the end. Mild heat from the alcohol.

Drinkability: This drinks much faster than the nearly ten percent ABV would suggest.

Verdict: The Kaiser is a solid, drinkable, and tasty enough Doppelbock doppelganger. It's nothing earth-shaking, but worth a try for fans of big, alcohol-rich lagers.

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Photo of icetrauma
4.84/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Avery is really a hit and miss with me. So, I did not know what to expect from this brew. I was surpised! In a good way.

Poured into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass from the 22oz bomber. Pours a hazy copper color with a 2 finger tan lacy head that quickly disappated.

Smell was big yeasty bready tones with big malt scent. A touch of alcohol is noted along a smidgen of hops.

Flavor took me by surprise. Huge malt bomb. Big yeast and bread flavors smack you taste buds like a Chuck Liddel over hand right. Caramel flavors are big. The alcohol is not to noticable at first but becomes slightly present as the brew warms up. Just a slight touch of hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is full but not mealy full. This beer is my new favorite for the Marzan style. I have not been this excited about a Marzen since Jubel was brewed. Thank you Avery for this bomb! Malt bomb that is!

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

A-22oz bomber poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip glass, ruby-brown with a thin layer of head, leaves some residue on the glass

S-big bready smell, slightly sweet

T-malty, sweet, alcohol isn't overpowering but is present, moderate carbonation

M-carbonation is present, malty and warming aftertaste

Really great Octoberfest style, tons of malt, really enjoying the imperial variation of this octoberfest

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner glass...

I saw this beer won gold medal at the GABF for German Style Dopplebock, so I decided to review it by dopplebock standards...Bottled in 2009(22 oz. bomber)

A: ruby red mahogany color brew with a 2 finger head of dense foam. leaves chunks of lacing as well

S: rich brown sugar, caramel malt and biscuity aromas with a crisp, noble hop aroma of honey, lemon peel, pine, and grass

T: very sweet and rich malt upfront again. fades to a buttery, maple syrup aftertaste, also very bready and doughy, then the noble hops kick in again; biscuity with a hint of lemon and honey

M: Full body, almost chewy, with a good enough carbonation to accent the noble hops. thick and syrupy upfront then finishes off dry.

Overall, a very big and bold dopplebock. Malty and bready, a serious "meal in a bottle". This beer meshes together really well and is a great evening sipper. This one has aged well as it is a year old. Can't thank Mr. T's enough for putting this one on special and selling it for $2!!

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Photo of billab914
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter glass. Pours a dark amber, slightly red color with a thin white covering on top. The head clung to the sides of the glass and left a little lacing as I drank it.

Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel and toffee. There is a little alcohol present as well. The taste is similar to the nose in that it is big on the sweet bready malt with caramel and toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's a little strong and sweet for my tastes and I'm glad i shared this bomber. I can't say that I enjoy the Oktoberfest style being imperialized, it becomes a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is is 2009 Batch

A-pours a nice pure hite head that has some retention, about a half a minute, leaving some nice lace on the glass. the beer itself is a transparent dak orange copper color that sits very still.

S-the nose is solid bringing a big biscuity caramel malt with a small attempt at balance with citrus and lemon zest. there is some presence of alcohol towards the back.

T-the tase is very sweet, it is a malt bomb. there is some biscuity malts that hit frst giving way to big malt sweetness. It brings caramel followed by dark fruits of black cherry, plum, and fig. the hop presence from the nose isn't really there but it does bring some bitter hops at the finish along with a warming effect from the presence of alcohol.

M-strong body, on the full side of medium. it is very smooth and somewhat syrupy as well as slightly astringent at the finish.

D-very sweet and malty, a litte too sweet for my liking. the alcohol is present but hidden pretty well for how strong it is. I definitely enjoy this one!

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Photo of BreworFerment
4.95/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a nice hazy copper color with a lacy head that lasts for a long time. The brew clocks in at 9.3 ABV and you get a little bit of that alcohol on the palate but the malt bomb that characterizes this seasonal quickly neutralizes it. There are hints of orange and of course the spices that are inherent in an Oktoberfest. There is a slight hoppiness to the nose but again the bready aroma and taste overpowers it. The beer is well balanced and the body is not too heavy. I could drink this all night, except since it's not exactly a session beer you'd find me snoozing after two of these 22oz bottles

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,345 ratings
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