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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 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 beer....no 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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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear Duvel tulip glass. No freshness date. Purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Rusty amber with thick, frothy, light beige 2-finger head with good retention and a coating lace that leaves multiple rings.

S: Caramel and toasted Munich malts are most prominent, but the herbal, spicy, leafy hops also put in a solid appearance with some sweet berry alcohol to round it out

T: Drinks like a stiff marzen with all the toastiness and subtle sweetness and complex spicy hoppiness of a good Oktoberfest lager with the extra kick of the alcohol which is not a distraction or detractor but enhances the sweetness and spiciness.

M: Medium-to-full body with luxuriously smooth feel and understated aftertaste.

T: The big ABV puts a small dent in an otherwise good effort from Avery. Not the best value, especially given that it is not head and shoulders above the best non-imperial marzen. It is pretty unique, but more than one bomber would have you asleep, not speaking German like the label states.

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

Got my hands on a bottle from 2007 (aged two years)

Appearance- Hazy, deep amber with a finger of off-white head that settles slowly. Good lace.

Smell- caramel, toasty malt and a honey-like sweetness. Little noticeable hops.

Taste- Sweet caramel malt, fresh bread, more honey. All hop traces seem to have died off (not that there would've been much to begin with). Lingering sweetness stays around on the palate and masks the slightly-evident alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Sticky, with little carbonation.

Drinkability- Tastes excellent, but high ABV makes this bomber more than enough for one person.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appears a copper bodied slightly hazed hue, imperial Oktoberfest lager there's something not right about that. Large tawny white head forms thick and dwindles pretty quickly. Leaves behind speckled lacing with each sip.

Aroma has big malty layers of mild caramel and a rounded nutty edge. Almost a simple syrupy like sweetness about very dessert like decadent sweetness. A touch of herbal noble hops in there but this one is focused on well hidden notes of alcohol and big malt layers. Spicy graham cracker drizzled with caramel and brown sugar sweetness.

Flavor a bit sweet and booze ridden in the flavor it really hits as it warms with the big malt caramel train wreck wrapped in alcohol flavor. A mild nutty and herbal finish but this one pretty much relies on alcohol and caramel malt sweetness for it's flavor profile.

Mouthfeel can become cloying with the thick bodied lager weighing heavily with sweetness again texture is like a reduced simple syrup, big malty beer leaves behind massive amounts of residual sugars. Malt heaviness without much balance leaves me thinking this is just rediculous.

Drinkability is alright not something I would cellar, trade for, buy again, or really like to drink anytime soon. It wasn't as bad as I was expecting but an Imperial O fest does nothing for me other than a quicker buzz. Somebody had to do it and I guess it's appropriate for Avery to be the one.

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Photo of katan
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a goblet - 2008 vintage - 1 year age

A - Pours a brow to almost amber hue - lots of carbonation present in a strong head formation of about 1-2mm. Also very bubbly. Head is offwhite in color. Somewhat clear.

S - Malty and nutty scents - sweet backbone. Some phenolic tones are present as well. The specialty malt in this beer is very potent, caramel and toffee perhaps.

T - Starts off sweet, malty - edgy. Is somewhat - smooth and clinging, not clean like you would see on a lager. An almost maple syrup like flavor comes in. Hopping is not present. Finishes with a sweet malt note combined with a sour, belgian yeast bite. Phenolic flavors hang around for quite a while in the aftertaste.

M - Big time alcohol warming. Not much carbonation bite. Sweet and clinging on the palette.

D - Lightly filling. Flavors are easy to handle, smooth and sweet. A bit of a smack in the head from an ABV point of view. Probably a "one and done" beer.

I do like this beer - but a Marzen? I'm not sure that this beer fits that definition - more like an imperial lagered brown or something.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -7.7%
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 -3.9%
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 -8.5%
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 -20.6%
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 +14.7%
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 +2.3%
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 -0.8%
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 -2.6%
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 +5.7%
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 +8.5%
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 -16.8%
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 +8.2%
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 -19.8%
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 -10.3%
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 -15.7%
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 +8.2%
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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The Kaiser from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 1,343 ratings
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