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 Snow81
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For a Imperial Oktoberfest this was a very good beer! for me when i took a drink there was bitter then hops after taste stays with you for a bit, what gives you time to take this one slow at 9.30% and the crazyness of this hitting your taste buds and the fight between hops and bitter.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

i like Oktoberfest and i like Imperial. let's see how this goes.

pours a brownish orange. not much head but leaves great lacing down the side of the glass as i make my way through the bomber.

aroma is very bready with some nutmeg thrown in, almost a little like a pumpkin ale. but taste is not pumpkin ale at all. pretty much all malt, all the time. goes down a little hot with the high abv.

to me this one was a little disappointing. nothing wrong with a malt bomb but this one was a little out of whack.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to a small tan head. It is opaque and orange on the outside and copper into center. I smelled the bready malts as soon as I opened the 22oz bottle. I could also smell the alcohol. It tastes bready followed by sweet alcohol. Call me crazy, but everything about this beer reminds me of Dead Guy Ale with a taste of alcohol. It looks, smells and tastes very similar, aside from the strong alcohol presence. I'm gonna have to try Double Dead Guy to see if they are similar.


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Photo of farrago
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Doesn't take much of an aggressive pour to get the head over three fingers, kind of eggshell white color of mainly foam with some slghtly larger bubbles, simmers down with ease, leaves nice big sheets of lacing stuck to the glass sides. Very light haze to the orange rust color, red clay tint, minor hue loss around the rims. Has a kind of "first fruit pie of the harvest" feel, peaches, pears and apples, brown sugar, taffy sort of sweetness, croissant or other flaky dough matter, no real hoppy scents, any sweet baking spices play a minor role. Full-bodied, close to heavy, particularly when factoring for the beer style. Density might actually hamper the sweetness some, caramel, rum raisin ice cream, butterscotch, banana compote yet not "sugary" in a meaningful way. Apricot, yellow apple, peach, pear fruit again take on a fruit salad character but not canned fruit cocktail. The cocoa, mocha has a drying influence. Yeasty and doughy in a heavy, dense manner. Floral water, clingy without any refreshing aspect at the end. If you just close your eyes and drink it as "beer" than it can be interesting but, that said, all you need is half a pint to get it as much as is possible.

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

The Kaiser is a very pretty dark amber/orange color with a soft off white head that gradually fades. This is a good looking beer.

The aroma is sweet. You can tell you are in for an alcohol burn once you get started.

Avery specializes in big beers and the Kaiser is a good example. The mouthfeel is medium/rich with a moderate amount of carbonation. The taste is sweet, malty with caramel fading to a hoppy tingle. Nice alcohol warmth befitting the 9.73% ABV. As the session goes on the hops become more noticable.

The Kaiser is more like a barleywine than a marzen. You can call it whatever you want but in the end, it is a very tasty beer and worth the price.

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Photo of bonkers
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a bomber into my SA pint glass. The beer pours beutifully, clear copper color with a sticky 2 finger white head. The predominant smell is booze with a hint of candy. The flavor is heavy on hot alchohol. The alcohol is sweet and spicy. The finish lingers and burns. The brew has a sticky mouthfeel and is full bodied. The nature of this beer is to be sipped slowly over an hour or two. I liked this beer, but this is not a marzen. It is tough to review this based on style, because it has very few characteristics in common with a marzen.

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

Clear Deep Copper with Reddish highlights. Tanned creamy head. Light Sticky frosty laces.

Sweet caramel, nutty, earthy. Spicy herbal fruity. A nice aroma, but subdued from where an Imperial should be...

Sweet nutty woody and sticky caramel malty. Earthy rich fruits. Spicy herbal bitterness. Nice Alcohol bite that builds.

Sticky and chewy malty syrup. dry and lively. med body.

Decent interpretation of an Imperial Lager/Marzen/Okto. I bet it'd be even greater with a bit more hoppage, or out of a keg. Worth a try for sure if your into big malty fall brews.

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Photo of Duffman74
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage happened upon in a small liquor store nearby. I have had the 2009 and liked it but thought it too boozey to be savored, figured a few years might mellow it out. Drank from a Holy Mackerel tulip glass.

A Color is a very lush deep amber that loves to be seen against a light, light but persistent lacing provides delicate accent.
S Sweet malty bready goodness with faint hints of vanilla, some fig maybe.
T Begins as sure as it smells and surprises with a burst of flavor I was not expecting, but then gives way rather quickly to an astringent fade. It seems like the age cut the harsh edges off the flavors I wanted, but cut the finish off completely
M Moderate carbonation and stickiness, rather smooth overall, slick and chewy
D I think the aged version has better drinkability overall, especially considering the ABV. I am happy to be finishing the bottle.

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Photo of corby112
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep coppery orange/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy yellowish head. Decent retention, slowly fades into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Toasted malty aroma with a lot of peppery spice, slight alcohol sweetness and subtle hops. Hints of roasted caramel and biscuit malt as well as some cinnamon, clove and brown sugar.

Medium bodied and the flavor is very similar to the aroma with lots of toasty caramel and biscuit malt and prominent spice character. Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar with subtle hops in the dry finish. Subtle pumpkin and alcohol notes. ABV is very well masked, making The Kaiser extremely quaffable. Very good.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich clear amber. One finger off-white head settling by a bit more than half, thick and sticky on the glass.

S - Pretty subdued. Malty with roasted grains and just the most subtle hint of hops.

T - Sweet raisins, caramel, toasty bread, and lots of malt flavor. midrange, followed by a peppery hop finish. Just the faintest bit of hops in the background.

M - Pretty thick, rich, and chewy at first, but it finishes surprisingly thin... this quality wasn't pleasing at first, but was more appreciated as I got towards the bottom of the glass. Medium-light carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable with a lot of typical Marzen qualities, though a tad move bumped up which along with the high ABV I suppose warrants the "Imperial" label.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured 2+ finger head. Fairly well carbonated. Very interesting cloudy dark orange color. Looks like an IPA in color. Not much lacing. Decent head retention.

S. Huge aroma of malt. Almost smells like a Barleywine. Dark fruit smell. Some piney hops, and raisins.

T. Taste is much like the mell. Huge malt flavors. Tastes like a Barleywine. Raisins, fruit, sweet, and alochol. Not much hops.

M. Medium/full bodied. Hint of alcohol but overally pretty dry. Just a slight touch of lingering sweetness. Medium carbonation.

D. Very drinkable. If this is Avery's interpretation of an Octoberfest, you can count me in. Similar to some of their other high ABV offerings.

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Photo of bminor7
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from Westmere Beverage in Albany, NY.
Consumed on 11/2/2009.

A - reddish brown. medium tan head.

S - spicy, with your typical malt and hop presence. nothing special.

T - sugary marzen...hops, candi sugar.

M - carbonated well with medium mouthfeel.

D - not much to be excited about. i will admit i was initially ecstatic to see an "Imperial Oktoberfest", but i'm really let down. not only is it not a good example of what such a beer could be, but ultimately not a good example of anything.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured slowly from the bottle to yield a thin cream-colored head, which quickly receded to a bit of edge lacing. The body was a *SLIGHTLY* hazy orange amber, with some little bubble trains working their way up the sides of the glass.

S- A BIG malty and vinous bouquet... boozy... with restrained fruity and candy sugar aromas. No hop aroma detected.

T- Big punch of boozy malts meet the anticipated fruity and candy sugar notes... followed by some quinine-like bitterness... and a long hot boozy finish.

M- A BIG CHEWY body... syrupy and even a bit granular with the unattenuated sugar. Despite this big beautiful body, I found the cabonation to be a bit astringent... and this is what kept the mouthfeel from being a perfect 5 in my book.

D- Hmm. If I were only consuming a 4oz sample, I would say that this is very drinkable. Alas, this is a 22oz bottle... and after my first 8oz serving, the booziness, quininelike bitterness and astringent carbonation became big detractors... and I felt OBLIGATED to drink the remaining volume. Best share this bottle with 4-6 people...

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Photo of rfabian
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a tulip glass it has a one finger amber-white head that leaves moderate lacing. The color is clear dark amber, almost red. The aroma is subtle and sweet, almost no hop smell to speak of. The taste is strongly malty and sweet with accents of cherry, maple and maybe coffee. The hops again to me are light and nondescript. The mouth-feel is rich and moderately carbonated. I was surprise to see that the alcohol content is so high -- that does not come out in the taste at all. I'd be saving this one for a quaff now and then, don't see that I'd be knocking a lot of these back in one session; it's a little too rich for that.

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

appearance is somewhere between brown and red slightly hazy. no head very little lacing.

sweet and malty, scents of apricots or peaches, mild alcohol as well.

right off the tongue is a flavor of butterscotch, malty flavor throughout with a strong finish of intense hoppiness. nice alcohol flavor too.

mouthfeel has medium carbonation and a moderate body.

its very drinkable though a bit heavy.

nice beer, definitely a nice step up from a lighter oktoberfest.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into 2 glasses. Not much in the head department. Nice deep amber color, looks tastey.

Smells boozie and malty. The malt I expected but it smells alot like a barleywine.

Taste of strong alcohol with a nice maltyness to it. Pick up some butterscotch as well on the back of the tounge. Can pick out some hops as well.

A little over board with the alcohol taste to it kind of beats down the malty goodness. Would only drink one of these.

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Photo of babaracas
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, deep copper-orange, fizzy fast-fading offwhite head. Smell: toffee, spicy and floral hops, fruity, hint of alcohol. Taste: caramel sweetness / toffee, nice floral hop profile, fruity - white nectarine, golden raisin, pale malt backbone, little bit of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel: heftier and softer than the usual crisp marzen, I like this. For the style, drinkability is horrible, and with zero head retention or lacing, it's not a looker. Still, an interesting take on the style (I can see the double marzen, but could also be described as somewhere around a pale winter warmer or a big maibock), a decent fall sipper, and worth a try for ofest collectors.

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Photo of brewdoc75
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: Amber-brown. Strong white head that dies quickly. Strong carbonation.

S: Toffee, sweet with a bit too much alcohol. Faint, floral hops.

T: Strong alcohol flavors followed by toffee and even some butterscotchy sweetness. Finishes with a faint honey sweetness, but doesn't last. The hops are floral, spicy and pleasant.

M: Fairly light bodied for the amount of alcohol. Strong carbonation on the tongue.

D: Definitely not an Octoberfest. Tastes more like a lighter bodied dopplebock with some other stuff going on. It was enjoyable, but nothing I'm gonna run out and buy again. Worth a try for lager lovers.

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Photo of Florida9
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper color. Pours with about 1/4" of thick, whitish head, but there is little retention and only minimal lacing. Slightly cloudy.

S: Heavy fruitiness. Malt, yeast, and a slight floral component.

T: Again a heavy yeasty fruitiness. Unripe sour plums or prunes. Some caramel malts that linger on the tongue. Fusel alcohols.

M: Medium in body with a medium-high carbonation level.

D: A decent beer, but not one which I find overly impressive. The alcohol (the bottle lists alcohol at 10.03% as opposed to what is listed above) is ever present and gives the beer a bit of a harsh, unrefined feel to it while the fruitiness is a little over the top. More reminiscent of a barleywine than an Oktoberfest.

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

I find this actually to be a very good beer, but a good doppelbock rather like a weaker, less-characterful Eku 28. It is also an example of the idea of experimenting and seeking out new "styles" taken too far and gone haywire. This beer is in no way a marzen/oktoberfest, a revolutionary take on a marzen/oktoberfest, or, as the label proclaims, an entiely new style called "imperial oktoberfest." I bought the beer despite this rather ill-grounded claim, feeling from the start that in essence what a lager of over 9% ABV and the name "imperial oktboerfest" implied was essentially a doppelbock. Upon tasting it, I was right: this is a doppelbock under a different name, although thankfully it is also a pretty good one. My score reflects the beer itself without regard to its "category," but I feel compelled to address this here.

Deep red, it has a medium-big, off-white head steadily shriniking to a creamy, thin top that lasts, slowly shrinking to a thin foam. It leaves no lace.

The aroma is dark raisiny-fruity with strong whole wheat bread crust, hint of spices and herbs (maybe cinnamon element to it).

The taste has alcohol evident right up front, but not harshly and in a dark-raisiny way with gentle spiciness. Soon, toasty grain and raisin appear with a fruity-jammy quality and a vague, light, indistinct leafy element joins the crowd. These flavours are, though, all a bit muted under the fruity-spicey raisiny alcohol. It's on the sweet side, almost cloying but not quite. It's a bit frothy and gets a little to oily at the finish. it's a bit on the balnd side, but has some nice flavours, a hint of complexity, and fairly good balance. it's fairly drinkable.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhhh this is beer is a pretty example of an Oktoberfest. Deep coppery color with a tint of red. The head is light khaki and has a nice little bit of staying power.

The nose is a little weak for an Oktoberfest let alone an imperial Ofest. It doesn't have nearly the malts that I would expect although they are present. The alcohol content kind of mutes them and makes it smell more like an old ale rather then a Marzen. That's not going to stop me from drinking it.

The taste unlike the smell is very diverse and has many layers of flavor. Again not in line with the style claimed but still pleasing. The malts surge back from their obscurity in the nose and dominate. Sweet, caramelized and slightly toasted bread are the basis of the backbone. Fade that into a light stone fruit flavor (cherry, white grapes) mixed with a flavorless booze. There is a fantastic hop presence that bitters as well adds to the flavor. Even splashing a little spiciness into things. Although I like the flavor I have to score it lower because it is far from the style.

The mouthfeel is nice and prickly with great bitterness from the hops and light carbonation. Combine that with a slight alcohol warmth and dryness leaves you with a lovely feeling brew. Medium bodied and easy to drink. The ABV makes an appearance here and there but doesn't linger anywhere too long nor does it ever dominate. Quite high on my drinkability list.

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Photo of jera1350
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery brown color with nice tight and fluffy dirty white head that leaves some nice lace on the glass.

Sweet malt, some pumpkin and spice, banana bread.

Like the nose. Some noticeable alcohol comes through as well. Rich malts with a nice spice bite and some nuttiness. Warm and tasty.

Smooth, medium bodied with some stinging carbonation. Finish is warm and semi-dry.

Can't drink this one real fast, just look at the ABV. A really nice take on an imperial Oktoberfest.

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Photo of quinnsi
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted at Delilah's during their oktoberfest night

A: Amber color with a nice sudsy head, even for a short pour.

S: Very interesting nose; a nice floral nose without being very hoppy. Nice strong sweet malt backbone scents as well.

T: Slightly cloying taste - quite sweet, especially for this style of beer. Tastes somewhat similar to a barleywine. Alcohol is definitely present too.

D: With the sweetness and heat from the booze, this isn't very drinkable. I don't really want more than the 3oz. pour I have.

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

Poured from a foil topped bomber into an oversized wine glass. Marked bottled in 2008, consumed October 2009. Bottle says it is 10.03 ABV.

A-Rich orange amber with filtered clarity. White head that settles rapidly. Very pleasing color...I wish it had a bit more of a head.

S-Sweet fruity malts, alcohol, and a whiff of hops. Oktoberfest? Could have fooled me. I'm detecting barleywine here, but the nose is very gentle and subdued.

T-Syrupy sweet malty explosion, quite the surprise after an understated nose. Caramel, toffee, a hint of cherry, The first impression was one of an almost cloying sweetness, but once the palate is acclimated, this is a very pleasing brew. Warming alcohol kicks in the midrange, followed by a peppery hop finish. A very big one is going to be chuggin this in oversized steins.

M-Thick, chewy, and just about perfect for this flavor profile.

D-This is an enjoyable brew. I wasn't sure what to expect from an Oktoberfest with a 10.03 ABV, but I would classify this more as a barleywine, although I have no idea what an imperial Marzen is supposed to be...I didn't know such an animal existed. My first sip shocked me a bit...I wasn't sure what to make of this. Savoring the next few sips however sealed the deal. I wonder what this will taste like with some age on it. Can't wait to buy some more, celler it, and find out.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a crisp dark orange with a decent frothy khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is slight burnt caramel. The taste is loads of burnt caramel malts, dried fruits and slight booze. The beer is fairly heavy bodied with a decent boozy alcohol presence, but a warming sipper for a blustery fall day. This one won Gold at the GABF for Doppelbock, and I must say, this is a very tasty one, but not so good as an Oktoberfest, even if you call it Imperial, time to change the label.

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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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