Avery Anniversary Ale - Thirteen | Avery Brewing Company

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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by TastyTaste on 05-06-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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2.51/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Review from Inaugural Issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Created to celebrate Avery's 13th year of brewing, bottled in May 2006.

Pours a nearly opaque brown brew, with slight ruby highlights showing when held up to the light. Nice tan-beige, foamy head. Great retention as it shows some stickage on the glass. Powdery husk and a faint, empty milk carton smell, though more like coffee milk. Spicy phenols, alcohol and a beet-like aroma as well. Full-bodied, smooth and juicy. Flash of ripe citrus up front. Spicy, alcoholic heat, prickly and peppery. Maltiness goes from thin molasses, to coffee grinds, to chicory. Rosewater from the alcohol. Growing phenolic flavors peak in the middle and diminish quickly. Semi-dry with a pronounced alcoholic finish. Way too phenolic and messy for us, with some uncontrolled heat going on for the style. Too bad, as we love the style and Avery beers in general.

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Photo of klewis
2.58/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a dark brown with mahogany highlights and a small bubbly head. No lacing.

S: Light banana aroma with a subtle nutty character.

T: Biscuity with a taste of white grapes. Mildly fruity with an overpowering solvent alcohol flavor and strong phenols.

M: Full-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Overall, this one is quite lacking. The alcohol is not completely unpleasant, yet it is pretty much the only thing going on. Perhaps this one is past its prime.

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Photo of beertastegood
2.86/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a deep, dark ruby with a small tan head. Aromas of solvent-like alcohol, along with sweet candied fruit - cherries, plums, and dates. Banana notes along with bready aroma on closer inspection. Lots of caramelly sweet malt smells, almost like smelling concentrated malt extract used for homebrewing.

Taste: Alcohol heat is dominant throughout the tasting, but underneath there are toffee/caramel/brown sugar flavors, along with a pronounced bread taste. Lots of phenolic spiciness here as well. There is a slight tanginess to this beer, has to be from the weizen yeast. Toward the finish the entire flavor changes, becoming chocolatey with some roasted grain bitterness and a slight herbal hoppiness that keeps this beer drinkable. The aftertaste, phenolic pepper-like yet sweet and laced with boozy alcohol, coats the tongue for a long time.

Mouthfeel: Full body, the alcohol content gives it a slickness in the mouth. High carbonation.

Drinkability: Uh, not really.

This would be an excellent beer if they would tone down the alcohol. Fusel alcohols tend to take over this beer, muddying the myriad of flavors that weizenbock is renowned for. I don't know how they do this at Avery, but it seems that a lot of their beers have this problem; maybe they ferment at too high of a temperature. This is an interesting beer, but the solvent-like quality detracts from the experience.

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2.96/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown with a two finger coffee colored head.
nice lacing.

Aroma is very sweet. Caramel, prunes, burnt sugar, cooked bananas, alcohol.

Flavor is sweet, fruity and roasty, (cooked bananas, caramel, burnt sugar) with a bit of alcohol burn on the way down.

Started out too sweet, but as it warmed in the glass the sweetness diminished or I got acclimated to it. Even so I’d find it hard to drink more than one of these in a night.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.12/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After last year's Avery Twelve was outstanding, in my opinion, I was pleasantly surprised to find the newest of the Avery anniversary beers on the shelves at Hi-Times Cellars.

The beer poured a rich chesnut brow with a small light brown head that faded quickly into a tan lace. The aroma was dominated by roasted dark malts, most likely German Carafa malt considering the style. There was a little alcohol on the nose, but nothing that would indicate its potent 9.5%. I can detect no hops in the aroma.

The flavor of the beer is focused on slightly roasted maltiness rather than the sweet Munich and Aromatic maltiness of most dopplebocks I've had. It's a little bit of a departure stylisticly and make for a pretty chewy brew.

The hops are present enough to create a reasonbly balanced finish. They seem of the Noble variety considering their smoothness.

The mouthfeel is pretty thick and with a touch of wheat malt in the grain bill, this beer has a creamy texture. The carbonation is good and helps add some loft.

For its size, this beer has a clean finish with a slight roastiness that lingers. A decent brew, but not outstanding. I must continue to commend Avery on their interminable pursuit to brew a plethora of different styles. They are definitely not afraid to brew something completely new to them. Their lineup of beers always maintains a wide breadth of styles.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Chocolate brown, with ruby hues. 1/3 inch head, with no suds cover remaining once it subsides. Low visibility, and medium viscosity.

Aroma: Strong biting aroma of cherry brandy, raisins and a little chocolate. Some nutty molasses notes once it warms. Booze tends to cloud the development of bock malts.

Taste: Boozy--a really brandy bite to this one that is difficult and almost oppressive. Some decent malts--chocolate, raisins and some molasses. A little cocoa development, but that as close as this gets to revealing any wheat.

Mouthfeel: Boozy, abrasive, and dry, while also being thick and heavy. Difficult to drink, despite low carbonation.

Drinkability: I've enjoyed other Avery beers, and will continue to try their stuff, but this beer was unbalanced and strong for the style. For a weizen doppelbock, it doesn't showcase the contribution of the wheat, and doesn't develop the malt backbone that drives the style as a result of the booze. This might mellow with aging, but nonetheless this beer doesn't showcase the balance of the style or the competence of the brewery.

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3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The aroma has chocolate, toffee, dark fruit, caramel, toasted malt, and light hops. The appearance is dark red brown with a two finger head. The flavor is like the aroma but with a lot more hop bitterness than expected not to mention lots of alcohol and a metallic element. The palate is smooth. I was pretty disappointed by the flavor of this beer. The aftertaste is absolutely repulsive.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Avery- 13

Appearance- Dark mahogany brown with a thick creamy head. Heavy lacing on the glass.
Smell- Alcohol, molasses malt, and earthy woodsy hops.
Taste- Molasses followed up by strong burnt oak. Strong alcohol is ever present.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and oily with a strong alcohol burn.

Overall- A decent tasting beer. If the alcohol was toned down this would be more enjoyable.

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3.23/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle purchased from Brawleys for 6.99. Dispensed into pint glass. Beer has a brown, fairly dense head of about two fingers in size.

Aroma is a little disappointing. It smells like malt liquor with some bread and slight hints or caramel tossed in. Also some banana taffy. Smells very sweet.

Very sweet tasting. Too sweet for me. Again, malt liquor like. The caramel comes out a little more as well as the bready, biscuity flavors. Banana esters. Even some coffee in there. Chewy. Alcohol is quite evident. I am not sure of the exact temp of my beer, but it may be too warm. The last half is in the fridge.

Mouthfeel is decent. Medium bodied. Not a favorite of mine. Certainly wouldnt pay 7 bucks for another.

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3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the July Comet Cafe "beer school" in Milwaukee. It was a red-brown color with an inconsistent head. The beer had a grape-y aroma like a merlot (not like a cabernet). Flavor was more sour grapiness with some smokiness wihich surprised me a great deal. Mouthfeel was pretty ordinary.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a tall Avery bottle with foil over the cap. The appearance was pretty good, dark burgandy color, clear, with a thick foamy tan head. But the aroma was not as weizeny as I'd prefer (the bottle stated this to be a weizen dopplebock). Kind of malty and chocolatey but not with the fruit aromas I like in wiezens.

The flavor was mediocre, I expected much better. I could easily taste the alcohol and the after-taste was way too bitter in my opinion. Not a good weizen dunkel or weizenbock or weizen dopplebock or whatever.

Save your money, I recommend Aventinus, it won't let you down.

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Photo of merlin48
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm usually a big fan of Avery's adventures in big beers, but this one just didn't work for me. Pours a mostly clear, dark mahogany body with a small beige head. Retention is fair and some scarce patchy lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is intriguing. Notes of malty chocolate, dark fruits(raisin), a hint of caramel, wheaty notes of clove and banana, and a whiff of fusel alcohol.

Mouthfeel has a solid medium body, low carbonation, and a slightly fusel presence.

Taste has lots of roasty chocolate, accented by clove and green banana. Odd. Hints of raisins and maple syrup. Some hot alcohol here. Finishes dry and bitter.

The components simply don't seem well integrated. Tastes like a Hefe and Doppelbock mixed together in a glass. The fusel alcohol gets in the way, as well. Maybe, this one needs to sit in the cellar for awhile.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - The beer is an espresso brown with a decent sized head with decent retention, but it is nothing to alert the press about. Tiny bubbles that churn intensely to fuel the head are easily visible despite the color. There is no lacing.

S - Mostly malty with a bunch of alcohol. Bananas dates and dark brown sugar underneath. It actually smells a bit like bananas foster. Mostly of foster though . . .

T - Very sweet, it is just short of what I would call cloying. Tastes like I imagine a very dense bread / cake hybid would taste. There is a bit of brown sugar and a tiny bit of bananas. A spiciness akin to white pepper and the aftertaste is a very mild bitterness.

M - Chewy, thick, carbonation is a bit high, a little refreshing. The overwhelming sweetness tries to detract from this, but doesn't succeed completely.

D - It is a bit too sweet and strong to be very drinkable. It is a powerful beer, and definitely worth trying though. It is the worst weizenbock that I have had to date, of course that isn't a tremendous insult. Weizenbocks are one of my favorite styles and it is a shame that so few breweries attempt them. Thank you Avery for brewing a weizenbock and happy thirteen!

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3.42/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark with a slight lacy beige head out of the bottle.
Looks ruby when held up to the light.

Lovely strong sweet alcohol smell (like a baltic porter)

I get some doppelbock in the taste, that german toffee/appley flavor is there, but overall its a little thin in body and taste

Unfortunately I just had thai for dinner so I may not be getting a fair impression

5.99 for 22 oz at Sam's Chicago

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Photo of notafood
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a cache of this in one of the local mega-liquor stores. Guess nobody bought it up.

Poured a dark mahogany with slight amber edges into a Hoepfner weizen glass. Not much of a head, a thin layer of tan.

Predominately alcohol in mine, with some chocolate and malts and raisins when I really get my nose in it.

Quite chocolaty and with touch of milky coffee flavor. Very malty and the alcohol shows up a bit, but not as prevalent as it was in the aroma. Very sweet and smooth.

Coats the mouth sorta like a glass of milk. Medium bodied and not too busy. Nice.

I think I'll go grab at least another two of these and cellar them for a bit longer. This was a fun doppel and very drinkable. At 9.5 ABV its not like you can drink all day/night but it was a tasty beer to come home to after work. Would have again.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle

Pours a dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights and a small tan head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet, bready, and weizen yeasty with some dark fruity tones. A slight booziness is present even at colder temperatures.

Tastes just as it smells. Malty sweet, bready and yeasty upfront with a load of dark fruity flavors. Sweet and boozy at the finish, even when it's quite cold.

Full body, mild carbonation.

A decent brew, but just a bit too sweet and boozy to make it easy for me to finish a whole bomber by myself.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 6/16/2006 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a dark black color body, but almost no head, tan colored, and quickly diminishing. A strong aroma of maltiness, chocolate, and strong flower scent. Aroma of dark fruit. Full taste of dark fruit, chocolate. Some sweet fruit.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled June 2006
Pours with a frothy, light brown colored head that is creamy and large bubbled. The beer shows a deep, dark, ruby hued purple color when held up to the light, otherwise it is a dark brown, opaque morass that is approaching black. This has a really strikingly fruity aroma that is sweet, almost to the point of being saccharine. Fruity notes of raisins, hints of cherries and a butterscotch note that seems a bit out of place. Rum-like notes of alcohol also are found in the aroma. The aroma is almost too weird; it is right on the edge of not being good. Hopefully it is just a bit green and will mellow with a couple months of age.

The beer is incredibly smooth and creamy. Silky with a big palate coating body up front, but it moves to a sharp alcohol bite in the finish. Some light roast character is found in the finish as well. Notes of clove and banana are here as well. Once again it seems like the life has been stripped from another big brew by Avery. I just don't get the need to filter all of the character from a beer. Passable, even drinkable, but this could be so much better. Hopefully age & a touch of oxidation will add some much needed complexity and depth to this brew.

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3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark caramel brown with a short head that fades pretty quickly. No real lacing. Smell is yeasty and with a noticeable nose of alcohol. There are also some dark caramel notes. The taste is quite balanced, but a little rough. A bitter note in the beginning from the hops followed by a long yeasty, alcoholic finish with malty notes throughout. Very smooth mouthfeel, not sticky at all. Not the most drinkable beer in the world. The rich delicious maltiness is not there, and the alcohol is a little too prominent. Not bad, but not my first choice.

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Photo of BlindPig
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- About a 1/4" tan head on a really dark body with amber hues.
S- Alcohol comes through strong, big toffee malts, caramel wheat, grass hops, and another smell I can't pinpoint point.
T- Toffee, roasted, wheat, alcohol, grass hops, earthy tones, hints of coffee all help make up the flavor in this. I think the toffee and alcohol are to strong in this. Not very well balanced at all. Dark fruits find their way through. Big alcohol warming in back of throat.
M- Full body with low to medium carbonation.
D- I don't like it to much. It is overwhelming in the alcohol and certain flavors. It isn't true to the style either.

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Photo of cwcolby74
3.51/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I had this in a 22-oz bomber, purchased Jan. 7 at Crown Liquors in Fishers, Ind. I drank it in a New Glarus weizen pint glass.

The label indicates it was bottled in 2006, and the BA listing indicates this beer is retired.

Appearance - Lovely. Dark. Rich. Pretty good head with some moderate lacing as it recedes.

Smell - Boozy. Strong strong strong. It actually has a similar smell to an imperial stout, even though it's a weizenbock. Are those two styles forks of the same tree? Not that I know of.

Taste - Strong. Bitter. Perhaps overly so. It has that malty deliciousness that Celebrator has, but at 9.5 percent ABV, it just tastes overdone to me. Which leads me back to my opening note that it was bottled in 2006. I'm still learning some of the deep details of brewing and beer. So I wonder if the advanced age of the beer has to do with how strong and boozy it tastes.

Mouthful - Wonderful, despite the strong taste. The aftertaste is smooth and leaves a very nice finish. It has an almost creamy note to it, which I like.

Drinkability - If it was in just a 12-oz bottle, I'd like this beer a lot more. I'm honestly struggling to finish the entire 22 ounces. It's a pretty good beer, but it packs too much of a wallop for this style. I prefer a more mellow, sweet flavor, like Victory Moonglow. This is too strong and overly bitter.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. Pours into my glass a clear cola brown with a quarter inch of khaki head on top of the brew. Hints of red pop out as well. Aromas of roasted malts, toffee and cocoa upfront with fruity accents in the background. Spicy, yeasty notes pop out along with a dense dark bread aspect as well.

First sip brings a roasted, toasty rich dark bread malt upfront that has notes of toffee and chocolate as well. Lots of fruit flavors fly around in this one. It flows down with spicy, yeasty characteristics and it finishes off with a good hit of fusel alcohol. Quite a bit of sweetness throughout too. This is a big, brash weizenbock.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit bracing with lots of carbonation. Goes down pretty easily overall, but the sweetness and alcohol make it a bit less than drinkable for me. I was glad to be able to sample it but also glad I only picked up one bottle.

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3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- a very dark brown pour that shows a little bit of light around the edges. a small cream colored head forms and leaves quickly. little to no lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- mostly fruits up front. apples, cherries, grapes, and plums. some chocolate in here as well. the alcohol is pretty strong as well.

T- lots of the fruit that i could smell, but apples come on the strongest. followed by grapes. it comes off very sweet. the alcohol is very strong in the taste as well.

M- light and very fizzy. too much carbonation. strong warming from the alcohol on its way down.

D- i dont think id have this one again. the huge alcohol presence, and something about the taste didnt really agree with me and made the bottle hard to finish.

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3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a 22 oz bomber of Thirteen served in a Chimay goblet. The bock has warmed up a bit.

Appearance: The ale has a deep brown color that borders on black. There is a small ring of white head in the glass that does not lace.

Smell: The ale has a malty-strong aroma that does not attempt to hide the alcohol wallop hidden inside.

Taste: The ale has a big bad malt flavor that has a bit of the light flavor of wheat. The interaction of these flavors surprisingly works. The alcohol is quite evident and hits you hard.

Mouthfeel: The wheat and strong malt content do quite well together.

Drinkability: The abv severely limits the drinkability, but I like the flavors that I'm tasting.

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3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled in 2006. Consumed in April of 2008.

A: Poured from the 22 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Body is dark brown/mahogany with reddish hues. Small beige head settles pretty quickly.

S: Dried fruits (raisins and prunes), sweeter stuff (toffee and caramel) and booze (sherry or port). A little bit heavy on the alcohol in the nose.

T: Similar to the nose. First impression is that it's "port-like," with a taste of raisins and figs -- and alcohol. Also noted right away is the heat at the back of the sip. Further along I also get the sweetness of brown sugar and even a bit of black licorice. A heavy sweetness becomes especially dominant as it warms, detracting from both the taste and the drinkability.

M: Medium bodied, expected carbonation levels. A little syrupy as it warms.

D: A bit too hot and sweet to be an easy-quaffing beer.

Notes: Somewhat reluctant to post this review because the bottle is almost 2 years old. On the other hand, it's still on local shelves (at Westmere Beverage and Olivers), has a high ABV, and with the foil covering the cap, Avery seems to be suggesting it can be aged. I'd be curious as to how this tasted when fresh. Aged as it was, I thought it was too sweet and, like I get with some other "big" beers from Avery, too hot.

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