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Avery Anniversary Ale - ThirteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Thirteen

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by TastyTaste on 05-06-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of shbobdb
4.94/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Once upon a time, in a passing conversation with another beer lover, I described Avery as a "seller of shameless booze-bombs, of little more notice or worth than Hurricane".

Well, boy is there egg all over my face on this one. I want to say . . . wait . . . no . . . I can't . . . but, it's true, but NO! Blasphemy!

Yes, I have to say it.

No. I can't.

But, yes!

It is better than Aventinus. Yes, it's a Weizenbock, rather than a Doppelbock.

Let's break down the stats:

The beer pours jet black. Actually, rather stout like. It is also Stout like in terms of its fairly modest head that quickly leaves. This is the least impressive part of the beer, and I've gotta say, it is still pretty good looking.

The smell is inviting. The banana/clove esters are present, but muted. Even as it warms, they never manage to really come through. However, there is a strong wheat spice smell mixed with malt, malt, malt malt.

The taste! Oh, the TASTE! Imagine Aventinus mixed with rich caramel and chocolate. Rather than letting the yeast-esters and malt fight a noble battle, in this case the malt wins without too bloody a battle. I know, I know, people will cry "one dimensional", but, man, we have different definitions of 'one dimensional". We are talking rich caramel, sweet milk chocolate, refreshing wheat all lightly balanced by a slight twang of banana and clove.

The mouthfeel is thick and rich without being cloying. Full, is the proper description. Truly wonderful. Not sticky sweet, not big because of sugar, but big because of careful malt selection and a mastery of the art of brewing.

Drinkability? You wanna talk drinkability? If I had regular access to this beer, I'm not sure I'd drink much else.

Wonderful beer.

Wonderful beer.

Wonderful beer.

Thanks ColoradoBobs for letting me experience this wonder. Excellent beer. Wonderful. I can't say enough.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I wasn't sure which glass to pour this into being that it is called a weizen doppelbock and listed as a doppelbock. I decided to go with what the brewer calls it, and poured in into a weizen glass. The brew poured an opaque dark brown almost black color. The head is massive, three fingers in height, and light tan in color. Lacing is thick with chunks of foam sticking to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, tangy wheat, and perhaps corriander(?). It seems more like a good Wee Heavy than a weizenbock or doppelbock, and reminds me of Traquair House Ale, or Traquair Jacobite. The taste is the aroma times two with the addition of a nice alcohol burn in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. I like how it isn't as sticky as some doppelbocks tend to be. Overall, this beer is baffling, and extremely intriguing. I really like how it completely forgoes conforming to stylistic guidelines, and combines some of the best things about a number of different styles.

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4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have found my favorite beer....rotten 'seasonal' brews! Time to stock up!

Basically, the beer is big, hearty, and flavorful. Smells good, looks great, and leaves you feeling better than when you started. As my wife's grandfather would say, 'It's like medicine!' Not in taste, mind you, just in effect.

The beer poured darkly into my Hennepin glass, with little light coming through. Aromas were citrusy, but without the really sharp edge that lots of hops can carry...implying, at least to me, that the hops were heavily offset with malty goodness. Bingo! The overwhelming sense imagery was of chocolate, coffee, plums, apricots...just everything good in the world of food, combined into one satisfying beer. Mouthfeel was thick, but not syrupy thick, just nowhere near water or lager. This was Beer.

I need a few cases to store away, awaiting the next time Avery blesses us with a Weizen Doppelbock. Cheers!

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22ounce bomber from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO, for $5.39.

Moderately vigorous pour yields a HUGE long-lasting meringue-like light-tan head over a nearly opaque dark-red body. Lots of sticky lacing. Pretty beer.

Smell is espresso and burned cherries with darkest chocolate, with figs and raisins. A hint of sour cherries and green apples in the backnotes. Wow.

Taste is caramel malt, mallted malt, chocolate malt and some cherry malt. Malt-mongers, you've found the grail. After the malt, a sour-dryness comes up. Nice long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is nice and round. Slurpaliciously chewy and tongue-wrestlingly full. Edit, one year later: it gets better with a bit of age!

The 9.5% is completely hidden. You could drink this easily. The only 9.5% beer I would drink several of -- if I could sit up that long. Really very easy-drinking.

What a great beer! I hope Avery does more of this. It's excellent!!!

Weizenbock lovers need to latch on to some of this ASAP. In my mind, this is right up there with Aventinus. No, wait: it's even better. GO GET SOME TODAY!

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Edit, much later . . .
Sadly, this was a one-off anniversary beer. I recently bought two more precious bottles, and am saving them for a special occasion. How sad. How sad. What a great beer this was. If you can find any left, you must buy it.

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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of BWH3
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thirteen by Avery 22oz bottle served at 40-45 from Goblet

Appearance: Deep, dark mahogany with ruby hues if held to light. rapidly fading head is the only flaw especially for style. Maybe too dark for style but did not dock it. When swirled liquid clings to glass like a light syrup.

Smell: Dark fruit, toffee, sherry like aroma. Overflowing with melanoidins. Induces salivation.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Plus a rich hearty malt taste and warming alcohol effect. Light banana esters plus a earthy hops tone but low on the IBUs. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy, highly viscous beverage with light carbonation. Enjoyable, but not certain if this is appropriate for style.

Drinkability: Although this beer does not resemble other weizenbocks I have tried, I found this beer to be a wonderful experience to savor with long slow sips. The complexity seemed to continually unfold and reveal new scents and tastes as the experience went on.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A tremendous offering from Avery, Thirteen begins with a flourish and doesn't quit. Two and a half fat fingers of tan topping cap a rich brown body with a red outline--remarkable. The smell is lush, full of caramel, brown sugar, yet fairly malty as well. The taste is sweet, to be expected, but more complex. It allows for flashes of bitters that keep Thirteen in balance.

That such a busy beer can be so good has much to do with the mouthfeel, which is spot-on. The carbonation is great. For the high ABV (9.5%), this is easy to down, honestly. It's a shame that this isn't around more. I'm kicking myself for not buying and cellaring a few from this summer but, given how delicious it is, I'm not sure I could have resisted and kept them.

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Photo of czechsaaz
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seriously complex aroma with dark ripe fruit and yeasty esters, deep malt aromas with a big wheat presence, candi sugar, tofee, WOW. My only knock is a pretty strong alcohol presence.

Nice thick head fades quickly and leaves just a little bit of foam around the edge of the glass. Deep red/brown color.

Very fruity yeasty flavor. Like dried pit fruit. I get a slight wheat tartness and more alcohol. Lots of melanoidin flavors and some other darker malt flavors. Lots of complexity, kind of like a Grand Cru in that it has some belgian-like spicey/estery/fruity effects.

Big bodied with a light carbonation level. Slightly warming.

Big huge complex sipper. Overall a really solid BIG beer. Recommended highly.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer is a very pleasing mahagony coloration. The beer has a pleasing ruby opaqueness to light. The head is two fingers high. The head is a light tan coloration. The beer has fantastic head retention and thick lacing.

Smell: The beer is loaded with a toasted wheat bread smell. The beer has a major fruity smelling component consisting of bananna, nuts, a whiff of citrus and cherries. The beer is loaded with spicey cloves, nutmeg and bitter sweet chocolate. The alcohol is a bit boisterous but not in a bad way.

Taste: This beer is a melding of several flavors. The beer has a intial spicy hit of cloves, nutmeg and boisterous alcohol. The beer has a good fruityness of bananna, figs and cherries. The beer has a nice toasted wheat/ rye nuttyness. The beer has a great choco/ caramel maltyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This beer is full bodied. The smells and flavors are melded together nicely. The beer is a bit boozey on the palate. I think this boozeyness works well for this beer. The alcohol is boisterous but not hot in the least. I enjoyed this beer from the time I poured it into my glass and drained said glass. This was a great beer drinking experience for myself. I think I may buy a few more of these and try cellaring them for a year or so.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Black from afar, deep dark brown in reality, rich frothy head, which left a good amount of lacing.

S - Started out smelling of coffee and chocolate. As the drink warmed, smell turned into dark fruits. Especially grape which stood out. Waves of citrus also spewed forth.

T - This drink was really incredible. at first it definitely tasted like a Doppelbock. As it warmed, it came into it's Weizenbock form. It was awesome. Started out with a nice spicy clove-chocolate-cream coffee taste. As it warmed the citrus, wheat, and numerous other flavors poked out.

M - Creamy and light on the pallate.

D - For 9.50%, I could have several 22oz bombers. Exceptional.

Thanks Avery for this world class brew. It was a treat. Please guys, if you can get your hands on this brew - get one now. You wont regret it.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Gold foiled bomber bottled in 2006. Purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pilsner.

Black fading into dark reddish brown as the glass gets slender. Two fingers of light tan above that enjoys a long life thanks to the steady carbonation. Nice thick webs of lace on this one. Beautiful beer!

Lots of dark fruits and clove to banana yeast aromas. The wheat becomes more apparant as it warms. There's also a touch of chocolate and sugary sweets. Very complex and pleasing.

The taste follows along the same lines as the nose. The combination of sweets, fruits, cloves and some roasted notes is an eclectic mix that all fits together so well it amazes me. The finish is both hoppy and a bit roasted. The abv is very well hidden.

Full mouth that is smooth and has just the right amount of carbonation for balance. Very enjoyable. I expect this will fly off of the shelves as this could rank as Avery's best effort yet. Get some!

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice licorice overtones with some roasted malt characteristic. Both on the palate and the nose. Some caramel malts and slight tofee on the palate as well

The head is immaculate. This beer couldn't look any better.

Mouthfeel is very decent and this is a very sessionable beer. Didn't even notice the 9.5% abv.

WOW! One of the best avery offerings I've had to date.

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear dark brownish color with a touch of garnett highlights. Has a nice tan head and good lacing.
Smells a little wheaty and a litlle chocolatey.
How wonderfull. This is one tasty, tasty brew. The balance between the chocolate tones and wheat are great.
Medium to full bodied, but mostly full. Creamy and good.
What a fantastic and drinkable beer.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful, clear, ruby red with some brown thrown in, much like the color on the label. A huge tan head, creamy and long-lasting, dense like cool whip, leaves massive lacing behind.
Smell is sour, malt, wheat, oak, green grapes with no hops noticed. Nicely balanced.
Taste is even better with licorice, oak, toasted - almost burnt - malt, alcohol, caramel, molasses and cherry flavors present. Great balance and complexity (DUH),
Chewy, full-bodied, lightly carbonated, a sheer pleasure to drink. I got the last bottle at the Cock & Bull but you need to get one somewhere and soon.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$8.99 for a 22oz bomber, gold-foil adorned neck.

"Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, malted wheat, imported German specialty grains and hops, and one unique German yeast."

Bottled in May 2006.OG=1.089, 9.5% ABV.

Pours out to a very deep granet/mahogany, forming a creamy, large dark tan head with very good retention and nice solid sheets of lace. Carbonation is mild-moderate. The aroma is heavenly with a huge raisin and prune nose, sweet chocolate, caramel, bananas...this is truly like a dessert. The mouthfeel is oh-so-creamy smooth with a rich, dense, syrupy body. Oh heavens....the taste. "Oh bliss, bliss and heaven. Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest spun heaven metal, or like silvery wine flowing in a space ship, gravity all nonsense now." Wow. Prunes, chocolate, all those things I described in the nose are here in droves. Lightly lifting alcohol puts a large grin on my face. The aftertaste is forever, and the finish is toasty and just lightly dry. Bitterness is mild. Cleanly fermented except for the slightest hint of booze which doesn't bother me at all.

This is the best beer I've had in recent memory. An absolute winner from Adam and the gang. Love it love it love it. Mmmm.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A surprise for me here. I picked this one up in KS about a year ago. Surprised to see it on the shelves and thought it's probably tainted somehow. Fast forward to yesterday and I bring it a BA gathering (thanks Andre!) to sacrifice it. Zowy! It's good.

A dark brown pour that's kind of shiny due to some particulates floating around. A nice head that's just short of me calling it 'creamy', but close.

Nose blew me away. Caramel, soft roasted chocolate, raisin and sweet bread. Surprise #1.
Number two is the taste. The caramel blends with the sweetbread very nicely. Carbonation combines with yeast and wheat to give it a spiciness that tingles. It almost lifts the caramel and some chocolate off the palate to provide a fresh finish.

Very nice. Glad I have another bottle.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is dark cola brown, creamy tan head. Brown sugary malt and a banana-like yeast presence in the nose. The taste is heavy and strong. Initial brown-sugar sweet then goes to a funky banana dark roasted malt flavor with chocolate and a slight earthiness. Hops are apparent, but not in the forefront, this beer, however, does leave a bitter and tart flavor in your mouth long after you drink it. Mouthfeel is full and creamy, alcohol burns, carbonation tingles. A dopplebock? kind of. A Weizenbock? kind of. Good? Yes. Thanks Avery, I look forward to 14.

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Photo of americanjones
4.54/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jumped out since it was side by side on the shelf with Avery's 17th anniversary (also fantastic).

Pours almost black with slight mahogany edging. Little, short lasting head due to my aggressive pour. No lacing to speak of.

The smell is sweet. Dark fruit, maybe plum, brown sugar, and alcohol.

Taste begins with roasted nut, moving towards molasses, dark fruit and chocolate. Nice warm finish of alcohol. Couple of grandmas best pies all combined in one here.

Carbonation is good. Smooth ass beer.

As with most of Avery's stuff, this one aged well. Am glad I grabbed two.

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Photo of jletts
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured thick mahogany with a monstrous frothy head that settled thin with dollops of frothy lacing clinging to the rim of the glass. Smelled of molasses, raisins, plums, and sugar cake; champaigne grapes shined in the effervescence. Some apple spice comes through in the nose as the beer warms. Tasted strongly of fresh brown sugar (a heaping spoon full), raisins, prunes, molasses, spice cake, cocoa, with a hint of cloves and sour grape. The flavors go on and on as the beer warms. The taste started deep and dark and finished light and very slightly sour, but with enough alcohol warming to remind you of the beer's strength. A very nice, slightly viscous and creamy smooth mouthfeel. The crispness of some wheat malt keeps it real. This would be a nice match for a holiday raisin cake. Fantastic!

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a weizen glass. 06/10/08. Bottled in 2006.

Pours a deep mahogany color that I can barely see through when held up to the light. Two fingers of beige head is formed, which left very little lacing in the glass. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity (cherry, raisin, fig), caramel, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste is pretty sweet up front with tons of malt. Lots of fruit flavor - raisin, date, fig, cherry, sour grape. Caramel, cocoa, toffee, spices, and licorice round out the flavor profile. Almost has a port or red wine flavor to it. Very complex flavors and all work very well together. A slight alcohol taste but that is hard to avoid given the relatively high ABV, and doesn't really detract from the other flavors.

It's full bodied and sticky, but not quite chewy. Carbonation level is just about right. The only downside is the slightly noticeable heat from the alcohol. Drinkability is also very good. It goes down pretty smoothly. The high ABV (9.5%) is present in the taste still creeps up on me.

A very good dopplebock, my new favorite beer from Avery. Too bad it was a one-time release. I feel fortunate that I was able to find this bottle recently. If you happen to find one somewhere, grab it. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a red wine glass.

A: Dark, dark, dark brown. Very little head, with not much lacing. Looks rather unassuming, but looks, with this one, are deceiving.

S: Fruit, yeast, coffee--very layered. Apple, orange, caramel--this is really an incredible-smelling beer. Spiciness comes out after a bit of aeration. As it warms, the alcohol becomes more present.

T: Wow--it's hard to separate all the flavors I'm getting here. Fruit, spices, caramel, coffee and cocoa. Really does have characteristics of both styles, blended really well. Exceptional.

M: Smooth, full, and deceptively innocuous.

D: This would have disappeared much faster if I didn't have to keep pausing to see what it was I was tasting now. Lots of complexity without being overwhelming or ostentatious.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Dark black with a touch of red glow around the edges. The small head vanished rather quickly and left a few wisps of lace on the glass

SMELL: This is an exceptional smelling beer. The nose is complex, fruity with berries, passion fruit and a touch of orange. There is a good dose of malt as well along with vanilla, smoke and some alcohol.

TASTE: Sweet and delicious. As the beer warmed the complexities slowly came out. There was almost no hop character left, but that wasn't much of a concern. Dark fruit, vanilla, a little trace of smoke and a boozy heat all appeared at some point throughout the glass.

MOUTHFEEL: Very smooth and very refreshing considering that it lacked much carbonation. With the rich, intense and sweet flavors there is not much need for a palate cleansing feel. The slightly sticky aftertaste, in fact, is quite welcome.

OVERALL: This is an outstanding beer. If you can get your hands on it while it still exists, you should.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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