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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Photo of gibgink
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer held up extrodinarily well for its age. Smell and taste has a raisin sweetness to it, which is a personal favorie of mine. The very tail end of the taste shows its age.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2006. Pours hazy almost opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, grape, caramel, toffee, molasses, banana, clove, toast, chocolate, light roast, and dark earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; maybe some slight oxidation but its hardly even there. Taste of big raisin, prune, caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, molasses, clove, dark bread, light banana, light roast, wheat, and earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruits, caramel, chocolate, toast, toffee, molasses, clove, light banana, dark bread, light roast, wheat, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and fruity ester notes; with no cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Weizenbock at 7 years old! Great balance and complexity of malt/fruity ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was a little nervous to crack this one open... better late than never.

Swampy root beer brown body topped with a finger of khaki head that dissipates to a creamy cap that laces well.

Cream soda, malted wheat, caramel, leather, birch syrup, faint oxidation, no real booze presence, very smooth smelling beer.

Loads and loads of cream of wheat, cinnamon, caramel, french toast, molasses, the flavors have faded somewhat making for a pretty tame finish. That said, this thing is highly drinkable, smooth and far from offensive.

If you've got one of these tucked away, have at it!

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Photo of grittybrews
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured deep brown with a ruby tinge. Minimal head, just a few bubbles here and there. Relatively mild aroma of brown sugar and dark fruit.

Lowish carbonation (pretty good for six years old, though) and a sticky, slightly thin mouthfeel. Big wheat and biscuit backbone with ample sugar cookie sweetness, vanilla, and dark fruit. Slightly toasty finish.

Sweet but not cloying, and not very boozy either. Was good, but I think I had my expectations set a little too high.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
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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Photo of jcurtis55
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Kahn’s Liquors in an Avery sale in May 2008. Got almost no head on the pour. Plenty of aroma still there, with fruit and bread both coming through. Fairly creamy mouth feel. The alcohol comes through in the aftertaste and that becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. It seemed to hit peak flavor around 45-50 degrees F, not a suprise given the ABV. I could only drink half the bomber.

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Photo of claytong
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had a 06 in 11.
carmel toffee earthy taste. nose brings heat and a dirty toffee.
enjoyed this beer thoroughly, not sure how it was in 06 but age did it well im suspecting.
reminds me of an american strong ale than a weizenbock but can be the age.
id be happy to get my hand on another, i enjoyed this more than the angels share.

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Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adding this old review from one of my old notebooks. Poured a deep, dark brown color with a small light tan head. Aromas wheat, spices, dark malt and chocolate. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with spice, chocolate, wheat and a little booze.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. Didn't think I would get to try this one nearly five years after it was released.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a brown head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee and caramel malt notes, with a little bit of wheat mixed in as well.

The flavor has a lot of toffee, wheat and caramel. I also get quite a bit of brown sugar, making the beer fairly sweet. The alcohol is very well hidden for a beer of this strength.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 americanjones
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
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 JasonA
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark carmel, almost straight brown. Little to no head, but carbonation present.

Smells deep malty carmel. Wow, what a malt. Rum raisin, maybe plum, but its very deep and very good. Im excited!

Deep malt, like maple syrup. Some interesting bitter in there, not sure what sort of hop character. Very rum'y, outstanding. Fairly hot in the finish, but tough to notice.

Maybe a little hot, but overall very very good. Carb level was done exceptional for the style. The malt character hides most of the heat.

I dont really want to take away from this, but the brew is almost a meal. I dont want much else to go with it and finishing a 750 by myself is a lot of work.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.57/5  rDev +14%
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 Gobzilla
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with brown highlights with a thin tan head that left good sticky lacing.

S: huge molasses aroma with brown sugar roasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, and booze.

T: pleasent molasses stikes first on the palate the toffee and caramel second with roasty chocolate accents.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet creamy finish.

D: haven't had a whole lot of dopplebocks but this one I thought was pretty damn tasty and wasn't too sweet. Avery brews some decents beer for the most part.

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Photo of csmiley
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark brown and is almost opaque. Some darker cola highlights around the edges. The tan head comes to about one finger and dissipates to a cap that almost covers the top of the brew. Retention is decent with moderate lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and dark bread definitely dominate. Some heat is present from the alcohol but is pretty well under control. Lighter dark fruit scents come and go midway to end. Mostly cherry is what I'm getting. The aroma is very heavy in the bread department.

T - More bread. It's good though. Kind of a toasted whole grain thing going on here. Caramel is secondary but still has a decent showing. Again, alcohol is present but melds very well with the other flavors. It's a little smokey in the middle which I wasn't expecting. More malt sweetness comes in and finishes it off.

M - Medium bodied with a relatively light carbonation. The light carbonation works pretty good for this one. Finish is sweet and warm.

D - Had this brew several times over the years and can say it's help up pretty well. Flavors are good. Alcohol has taken a backseat. I was hoping for some banana but that seems to have dropped out of the equation. Needless to say, this is another good brew form Avery that has provided me enjoyment for a while. Happy belated Thirteenth Anniversary.

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Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to csmiley for sharing this gem.

Avery Thirteen pours a nice cola brown color. It's far from opaque, and features nice burgundy highlights with backlighting. The head is light tan and rather modest. It's lucky to rise to a finger in depth. Retention was definitely on the short side. Lacing was light, as well.

The nose is quite good. It's not quite as aromatic as I'd like, but it's still pretty impressive. It features a nice mix of chocolate and caramel malts. Neither really smells stronger. Surprisingly, the caramel variety doesn't smell all that sweet. Dark fruit is notable. Light raisin, fig, and plum scents complement the malts well. The spices seem to have faded to a large degree. I'm getting a little clove, but not a great deal. Banana is in small measure, as well. Alcohol is mildly noticeable, but doesn't seem all that strong.

The flavor is primarily a blend of chocolate and caramel. The malt base is very strong and sturdy. It's very cocoa-esque, with a touch of residual sweetness. A hint of molasses and brown sugar is present. Dark fruit flavors of raisin and fig are secondary, but make their presence well known. I had a bottle of this quite a while back and I recall a much stronger clove and banana presence. Today, they're very, very faint. Perhaps my taste buds are playing tricks on me. Alcohol is noted, but isn't hot or warming in the least. It finishes malty with a dark fruit aftertaste.

Avery Thirteen has a medium body that leans thick with warming. It's very lush and smooth. Carbonation is light and restrained. Super easy drinking for a big Weizenbock. Drinkability = very high. It may not be in its prime, but this is still tasty stuff that goes down smooth and easy. I'm splitting this bomber, but would've been happy to tackle one alone.

I've held Avery Thirteen in very high regard ever since I first tried a couple of years ago. This bottle isn't in its prime by any stretch, but it's still very good today. I miss the stronger clove and banana flavors that were there some time ago. If you have a bottle of this stowed away, crack it open. It's past its best days, but still damn good stuff. A very fine anniversary release from Avery.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3+ years old. Stored at cellar temp for the last 18 months, not sure about before that.

A - Dark brownish/maroon with a thin, creamy light brown head. Faint ruby highlights when held up to light.

S - Lots of alcohol in the nose matched by caramel sweetness and dark fruits. Lots of fruity esters come through as it warms. Light nuttiness underneath.

T - Nuttiness up front with dark fruits coming through quickly. Hints of raisins and dates. Warm alcohol burn lies underneath throughout the entire drink. Caramel sweetness becomes a touch stronger as the beer warms.

M/D - Medium bodied and lots of alcohol. Drinkability is high, especially given the burn of the alcohol, but I would not call it highly drinkable.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a very dark maroon color. Clarity is only noticed when held into the light. Thin wispy, off-white colored head formed and quickly disappeared.

S- Incredibly potent. The alcoholic notes are pretty overbearing. Alongside are caramel malts, with a bit of nuttiness and some dark fruits. Would be graded higher, but the alcohol really was a detriment.

T- Unfortunately, the alcohol in the nose was just as present in the taste. There is a big presence of pine nuts along with a subtle sweetness from caramel malts. Also detecting a bit of clove and banana in their as well. The beer finishes with a heavy alcohol flavor, littered with various spices.

M- Medium bodied, slightly undercarbonated. At points felt a little bit on the thin side.

D- This beer would have been phenomenal except that the 9.5% abv is felt and more!

Overall, this beer was incredibly smooth and complex, but the alcohol was just way too much to thoroughly enjoy this. Glad to have tried it though.

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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 Natural510
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from 2006.

Pours a dark brown, opaque color with red highlights when held to light. A half-inch of thick, tan head clings to the glass forming a nice coat of lacing.
Smells of deep roasted malts which give off a very sweet aroma of brown sugar. Alcohol presence strong in the nose as well.
Layers of rich sweetness in the flavor. Roasted malts, with a dry yeast kick. Brown sugar and molasses with notes of dutch cocoa and only what I can describe as a buttery aftertaste, which is fairly strong. Hops provide a residual effect as well. Alcohol is a bit hot, but not overwhelming.
Smooth and rich in the mouth. Enough carbonation for effect.
I really enjoyed this offering. It was rich and complex while maintaining its smooth character; very drinkable.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2006 consumed tonight.

A: Appears black in my giant Duvel tulip. When held up to the light you can see some brown. The initial pour yielded a finger of coffee colored head but it quickly disapated and retreated to the rim of the glass.

S: Huge malt nose with a touch of chocolate thrown in. The booze and the dark fruit come in melded together. That is how I like this style to smell.

T: You really don't get much wheat out of this. It is more of a chocolate taste right now. It is getting a touch oxidized at this point but it really is not that big a deal right now. The dark fruit is all gone but the sweetness lingers in the finish.

M: The body is really weird on this beer. Medium mouthfeel with very subtle carbonation. Almost has the feel of an IRS with some time on it.

D: I had a 2003 Aventinus last night and this was not as good as that but it is still a damn fine beer. Avery beers are almost always better with a little bit of time on them. There are not enough Weizenbocks out there.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a weizen glass, thanks to spointon for the bottle

Pours a deep brown color, a good looking clear mahogany when held up to the light. A one and a half inch light tan head forms on top and falls back down to a skim. Head retains well and lots of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is very malty, lots of caramel and toffee, a hint of some chocolate, heavy dark fruits - raisins, figs, cherry, a bit of banana, spicy clove notes, and a light alcohol note.

Taste has lots of sweet caramel and toffee malt up front but that is quickly met by the dark fruit flavors of raisin and cherry. Some chocolate covered banana creeps in towards the finish before a warming alcohol slightly burns the throat going down.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very creamy and easy going down despite the alcohol.

This one definitely exceeded my expectations. This is the way I like my Weizenbocks. It's a shame it's so hard to find this and I hope they brew it again sometime.

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Photo of pwoods
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Hyde Park Wine and Spirits, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep brown with a bit of visibility. About a finger worth of rocky light khaki head. Decent retention and good lacing.

S: Dark, caramelly fruits. Some deep wheaty notes as well as a touch of alcohol. Some spicy yeast. On the subtle side.

T/M: Yeow, just as the description says... a powerful dunkel weisse, doppelbock strength. Dark dark wheat and caramelly malts. Some dark fruits mixed with a pleasant, drinkable alcohol. And more of the spicy yeast. Body is medium full and creamy.

D: A big beer that drinks pretty damn easy... nearly as easy as a normal dunkel weisse.

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Photo of spointon
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the advice of the great BA Colorado-Bobs, I recently scored three bottles of this while on a trip to central Indiana. Poured from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tall weizen glass.

A= At slightly warmer than fridge temp, this beer poured a moderately clear dark ruby/cola color with a 1/2" creamy tan head. Lots of carbonation release present. Beautiful sticky lace all the way down the glass.

S= The aroma was a heady mix of sweet malt, rum soaked raisins, chocolate, cherries, and higher alcohols.

T= The flavor was simply an extension of the aroma with lots of sweet malt, caramel, treacle, milk chocolate, and some estery notes of cherry and super-rich raisins. Around 3/4 of the way through, a slight bit of a sourness kicked in and things dried out considerably. Finish was moderately hot and had a nice warming character.

MF= Medium bodied with a chewy feel and moderate carbonation level that somehow stayed soft but not sticky.

D= Despite the abv, this was a pretty drinkable beer. Obviously at this point the beer had some serious age on it, but the flavors held up well and the higher alcohols were not out of balance. My only criticism is that this beer smelled better than it tasted, though it would be hard to live up to that aroma!

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Photo of jwinship83
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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