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 Daniellobo
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hefty and assertive malty larger. A delightful Oktoberfest bordering a barley wine experience.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Tongue in cheek authoritarian and provocative label design. Similar narrative that actually points to the brew within. Displays date of bottling (2009), does not show IBUs, but notes original gravity at 1.085, and Alc. (9.73%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber color with an orange shine. Quick foamy large head that fades quickly, leaving touches of lace and a thin ring with some traces on the surface traces.

S - Nice but not too notable aroma. Roasted malt sweetness with the faintest of hop notes.

T - Here the brew takes the upper hand with an assertive and tasty caramel malt taste, a nicely blended booziness that emerges slowly, and a tad of a hoppy balance.

M - Its a medium body that grows as it is had around a nice balance of carbonation and a smooth caramel texture.

D - Starts asking for more and ends reminding you that this could even be a sipper. A bit large for a bomber.

Notes: Nice sturdy larger! A great malty example, I´m not sure that it is to style nor that it matters. This is another one to remember Avery for, and to revisit often.

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Photo of albern
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer looks awfully good with a nice slightly off white head, nice and creamy mind you, with pretty good lacing and excellent retention for the style. The beer is clear and copper colored. The nose is sweet malt, candied orange, and booze, probably in that order of proportion.

The beer is quite syrupy, not cloyingly so, but syrupy nonetheless. There is a definite honied caramel flavor, maybe some booze soaked florals, maybe a touch of the boozy pineapple. There are some subdued spicy type hops. This beer for me was just too boozy, too much ABV throatiness, and a touch medicinal on the way down. Not a bad beer but if the ABV had a leash on it, I would have appreciated the beer more. As it stands, the beer is a sipper only.

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Photo of dbossman
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured it from a bottle into a tall stein.

A: very clear amber color with a fairly nice head with average retention; okay lacing

S: Quite a bit of booze in the smell; also a sweet maltiness--a bit of caramel or toffee

T: a strong Oktoberfest; malty and boozy; also that sweet toffee and caramel flavor

F: carbonation is balanced; it does dissipate fairly quickly

D: For a beer this strong, it's fairly drinkable, but toward the end the alcohol flavor is a bit overwhelming

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Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 2008 Vintage bottle. Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Very hazy orange amber with somewhat active carbonation. A soapy cream head has good beginnings and average retention. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Very boozy. Toffee and pepper are there in equal measure, but are over-matched by the strong alcohol bite.

T: A toffee sweetness dominates. There's a light plum flavor at work as well. A mild pepper and lemon bitterness provides balance. A strong alcohol burn adds an extra level of flavor. Finishes warm, with lingering toffee and alcohol flavors.

M: The medium body is syrupy. Carbonation feels about right.

D: This is a good nightcap beer. The super boozy nature didn't do a whole lot for me. I'm definitely glad I bought it, but don't think I'll be revisiting.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear orangish-amber color with a creamy light tan foam. Retention is average, as is the lacing. I really like the glowing color and crystal clarity of the beer though.

The nose is quite fruity for a lager with some notes of honeydew melons and blackberries. Malts are slap-yo-momma big with tons of sweetness, toffee and caramel. The alcohol is detectable in the smell and there is a bit of white bread loaf in there too.

The malts are almost too sweet for me, but it is cut with plenty of alcoholic heat. Hops seem to do very little to balance out the maltiness. The flavors just dont seem to mesh well in this beer. I dont really see a need to imperialize a beer style that is known for its ease of consumption in large quantities and subtle flavor profile. It's ok, but I am not a big fan of The Kaiser.

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Photo of kingjames1
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright amber, with a thin lace. Smell is a solid, classic Marzen - caramel, pepper, dark fruits and bread. The taste is great! A strong, malts backbone, with a crisp hops finish, and a slight but satisfying undercurrent of alcohol. This is very drinkable! One of the best Marzen's, and the only imperial oktoberfest I've had. Delicious.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass at the Ginger Hop bar and restaurant in Minneapolis.

Appearance: Deep clear Amber/Copper colored with a soap bubble white head that doesn't retain long and leaves a little lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and spice notes. Has a sweet caramel aroma with some pumpkin pie and clove spice notes. Nice.

Taste: Pretty much like it smells, sweet roasted malts with caramel notes followed by some clove and cinnamon notes on the finish. A nice alcohol warming due to the higher ABV.

Mouth Feel: A medium to full body with good carbonation. Very smooth and warming to drink. An excellent fall-winter brew.

Drinkability: Now that fall is in the air, this is a perfect seasonal Märzen / Oktoberfest brew. Very easy to drink and a good ABV for a fall-winter brew.

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Photo of 8Punisher8
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium to dark amber. Slight head on pour, not much retention.
S - Mixture of fruit laced with alcohol. The alcohol smell is present but not overbearing.
T - Grape,fruity, notes with hints of alcohol. Alcohol once again not overbearing. Not too much of an aftertaste, considering the alcohol percentage per volume.
M - Ok here. Nothing great. Fruit takes control.
D - Just a couple of these every year would do the trick for me. A little too much on the alcohol, too less other characteristics for me. I guess that's why it's considered an 'Imperial' Oktoberfest. It is good for what it is though.

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Photo of david18
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was told by the bartender that this was a double ipa. I knew it wasn't but I had a hard time figuring out what it was. This was actually a very good beer. Great dark amber color, good carbonation, very good and malty flavor, surprisingly drinkable based on the alcohol per volume. Yet another great beer from one of my favorite brewerys.


It was now called a double oktoberfest when I had it most recently and that was exactly how I'd characterize it. Very good and perfect for the fall.

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Photo of vrazionale
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz, bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter. Bottled in 2009.

A - Dark copper body under a creamy, yellow-tinged head.

S - Sweet, caramelly malt, fall spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, mace), brown butter, vanilla, and caramelized apples. The nose is at once inviting, warming, and elusive; it really opens up as it warms.

T - Fall spices at first, then a big bang of sweet, caramelly malt, with a long finish full of lingering sweetness and spice.

M - Full-bodied and well-textured, this brew would hold up to a wide array of foods. Just the right amount of carbonation to lift the sweet malt off of the palate and allow the finish to work its magic.

D - This brew does not mess around. The big malt structure should be a clue to its strength, but this beer is so well-crafted that I kept taking sip after sip, trying to figure out all of the elusive flavors and aromas. This is a charcuterie beer, to be sure - give me a rustic duck pate and some sweet coppa!

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Photo of Crosby
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 22oz. bomber and even though I did a pretty agressive pour I got very little head, not even one finger. That aside the color is a crystal clear copper. Its smells very malty and it is. This beer has a very strong malt taste and candy but is balanced well with hops. It's very thick and the mouthfeel is nice especially for a lager. Lots of caramel and toasted wheat bread.

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Photo of BirdFlu
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, deep auburn with light tan head which settles fairly quickly. The deep amber is very nice. Aroma is like your normal oktoberfest but stronger in alcohol and dark fruit notes. Sort of English barleywine-ish. Taste is strong alcohol on top of normal Marzen flavors. The alcohol really is at the forefront, taking away from the enjoyment a bit. Toasty biscuit flavors with boozey warmth. Mouth is well-rounded and full with strong alcohol presence. Smoother in carbonation. The drink overall is pretty strong in alcohol flavor and this is a bit unpleasant. Also, I'm not sure if reffering to an "imperial oktoberfest" less than 100 years after WW2 is a great idea.

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Photo of tronester
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish orange with a thin tan head. Smells slightly of alcohol and a lager yeast strain. Taste is smooth and malty up front, with a hint of nuttiness. A bit of alcohol bite in the finish, though quite mild and some spicy earthy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is rich, nice low carbonation. Drinkability for the abv is very good, I plan on getting this again. It is essentially what the label states, a double strength Oktoberfest, and a damn good one at that.

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Photo of CAP1868
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Wasabi 88 pint glass.

A-Poured and orangish color with a decent but small head and not too much lacing.

S-Smells sweet like some fruit or some other floral type scents.

T-Very malty like the other reviews say, full of carmel malts and and finishes with a hoppy sweet ending.

M-Medium bodied/decent carbonation

D-Decent but after one of the 22oz I really didn't want anymore.

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Photo of GarrisWH
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber - bottled in 2008

A - Pours a clear, coppery-orange hue with a moderate, creamy, off-white head that diminishes to a spotty cap fairly quickly.

S - Sweet, fruity malt aromas dominate. Caramel and overripe apples come to mind along with some toasty malts. Picking up on a little bit of spicy hop and a bit of alcohol as well.

T - Very full flavored with a pretty heavy emphasis on sweet malts. Tons of caramel malt. Toasty, bread flavors as well as the overripe apple and a little bit of apricot also come into play. Rounded out with a kick of spicy hops and a slight alcohol burn in the finish with a bit more of the sugary, sweet malts lingering into the aftertaste. Not offensively bad, but a bit too much on the sweet side of things to really be great, IMO.

M - Medium-bordering on full-bodied with a crisp carbonation.

D - While I found this one to be pretty interesting, I really think it would be better suited for an 8 oz serving as opposed to a 22oz bomber. The sweetness gets to be a bit much as I go on. I might try this one again somewhere down the road, but I would definitely want to have a couple of friends around to share.

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Photo of zdk9
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours out with a beautiful 2 fingers of fluff atop a crystal clear ruby tinted mahogany beer. Not really any lacing, though I am drinking it very slowly and patiently so you might be able to leave some foam on the glass if you were more aggressive.

S- I can see where the "Imperial" comes in. The smell is like a beefed up Ofest. Super malty, lots of sweetness. Soft baked bread comes to mind, maybe soft whole wheat bread.

T- Whoa this is hot! Alcohol is not well hidden- it's in the realm of what I expect from a tripel. When I get past the alcohol there are some good flavors there, but boy is it hard to get past the alcohol. The malt is about the same as in the aroma, but perhaps a little more sweet and less spicy.

M- Lingering and burning.

D- I wouldn't mind trying this one after a couple months in the cellar (or a couple years) to see if some of the hotness dissapates, but as it is I'm not enthusiastic about another one.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Bodega in Columbus. I assume it's a fresh 1/2BBL as this is Oktoberfest season, and it definitely earned the "Imperial" adjective Avery placed in the style name. This had much more hops than usual in an Oktoberfest (Magnum, Sterling, Tettnang, and Hersbrucker), lending some pungent cone aromas and a delicious but slightly bitter flavor to the extremely strong malt base. The malts are caramelly and biscuity, providing excellent counterbalance for Avery's choice of hops. I've passed on this beer for the past several Oktoberfest seasons but I was mistaken to do so, this is a top shelf lager that needs to be hoarded.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed this relative to the style - which brings it down a notch on the last two.

Beautiful pour - fairly clear, but deep amber colored body, and a smooth-looking 2F head which fades to a film and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell is very interesting as well. Honey, multi-grain bread, sweet spices, and rich fruits.

Tasty version of an Okt/Marzen. Orange peel bitterness, balanced with a thick corn syrup sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thick and cloying - none of the balancing crispness you'd want in the style.

Drinkability is ok due to the nice smell and flavor, but overall, this is not one that you'd want to fill a couple Liters of.

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Photo of mnj21655
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle

Pours a dark copper color with about 2 fingers of off white head that exhibits great retention. Good malty aroma, some nice hops bitterness and some indistinct fruity esters. Taste is like the aroma, nice malty caramel flavors, fruity esters (apricot), and a nice hop bitterness in the background. Some alcohol begins to come through in both the taste and aroma as this warms. Mouthfeel is ok with a medium body, moderate carbonation and a generally sticky sensation. Drinkability is ok. Overall I found this beer a bit on the sweet side.

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Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, amber/brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight tart malt, citrus, and yeast, slight earthy malt. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, yeast, alcohol, slight citrus, and brown sugar. Overall, a very good body, blend, and complexity.

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Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Semi clear copper orange color with large 2 finger head with great retention

N: Sweet brown sugar, some raisin and dark fruits, and some dark malts

T: Starts with a deep dark fruits, raisin, and brown sugar, come dark roasted malts, slight caramel, pretty sweet taste, a slight bitter spiced hop, and some warming alcohol, pretty crisp and clean tasting

M: Lots of carbonation, pretty thick and creamy

F: A slight spicey bitterness, pretty sweet, more dark fruits and lingering earthy bitterness stick around for a bit, a little alcohol helps dry the beer off the tongue

Final thoughts: Not bad for an Oktoberfest. A little too much on the sweet side, and closer to a strong/old ale than Oktoberfest. Not as much hop bitterness as I expected from the reputation. Lots of dark fruits like raisin, as well as brown sugar, some earthy bitterness, its a little tough to drink as its so sweet and so much dark fruits, but otherwise a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of kgotcher
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with lots of carbonation and fizzy weak head. Dark Amber color. Aroma is bold and strong, heavy heavy malt with hints of prune, bready, caremel and sticky sweetness. You can literly smell how sticky sweet this beer is going to taste. You can detect some earthyness from hops but difficult to really pull out.

Goes down like sweet magical syrup but the high carbonation lightens the mouthfeel more than you would expect. Still this beer is malty to the core. Even the finish is sweet but there was definately some attempt to town it down with hops at the very very end.

This beer has an intersting ability to be very malty yet highly carbonated. Usually I don't link the two together but it works in this case.

I definately like this beer. Not an everyday drinker for sure but as a warmup for Oktoberfest, not bad at all and not much out there to compare it to.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a huge fan of the Dictator series, this is the only one I have yet to try, so I am supper-excited.

A - clear copper hued w/ an initially massive head that eventually shrinks to just a bubbly film across the top of the brew.

S - heavy caramel malts w/ a backing of spicy/floral hops. This beer has quite a pungent aroma for the style(perhaps the high abv. plays a role here?) apple and toasted biscuit also have big roles in the smell.

T - the flavor is dominated by a yeasty biscuit flavor, but well complimented by a slight spice that appears between waves of rolling sweetness. (damn this is good)then a light dose of hops with a welcome warming from the alcohol. all of this before a clean finish. Lots of flavor here considering the style.

MF - medium carbonation, big full body. feel is crisp and clean.

D - verdict is in. appearently Avery can make huge, well executed lagers too! very drinkable, but respect the 9.3%

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Photo of isaacconway
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just got my hands on this years "The Kaiser". Let me start out by saying that I am typically not a Lager fan (always think back to my college Bud days...) but this is truly exceptional. It has a pretty strong start, reminding me of their "Hog Heaven" barlywine a bit, then it goes a completely different direction. That lager finish is one of the best I have ever tasted. It is full and flavorful, and almost kind of hits you at the end.

Cheers to Avery for a top notch Imperial Oktoberfest Lager!

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an copper color with an orange tint. Very small white head that quickly dissipated and left no lacing.

Smell is of malts and sweet fruit.

Taste is sweet, malty with some alcohol warming.

This is a nice strong marzen, my bottle said 10.03 ABV, doesn't overpower for that number. This is one I would recommend and have again.

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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,335 ratings.
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