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:
No notes at this time.

Added by TastyTaste on 05-06-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Near opaque black with a white head. Very smooth and tasteful, a fine bitterness and clear German style with some German yeast. Lots of caramel and some chocolate malt but not sweet and gladly not hopped up. Refreshing. A fine piece of craftmanship from Avery.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really appreciate what Avery does with their Big Beer series. For a few years there, they got wrapped up with their Big IPA beers. Though they were some of the best that I ever had, It was refreshing for them to break out a great Saison last year, and now a WeizenBock (and yes, I know what the lable said). Nevertheless, the beer has everything that is required in great Dopplebocks, but with a little more flavor and character than is required. Along with huge maltiness, the nose brings big ester, bananna, papaya, cloves, and Juicy Fruit aromas. The flavors rest on huge malt sweetness, but are decorated with wheat malt flavors, yeastiness, breadiness, molassas, chocolates, nuttiness, prunes, figs, dates, raisons, berries, and alcohol. These big flavors don't necessarily dominate the finess fruity esters, cloves, and corriander flavors that are usually exemplified in Hefeweizens. The feel of the beer seems to be over attenuated and thinned from a Dopple point of view, but are made up with the wheat additions for fullness, richness, and roundness. The finish is a Dopplebock-expected malty sweet with a lingering alcohol and bready / yeast, colve-ey flavor. A truely unique beer and a breath of fresh air that we should all expect from great American breweries. Well done Avery!

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with a tan head that retains well and sticks some lace on the sides of the glass

Smell: Dark fruit, bananas, cafe au lait with a touch of chicory

Taste: Starts out with a rich flavor of dark fruit - dates and figs - but also a bit of spice as well, that becomes more pronounced, mid-palate, when some chocolate spice cake flavor appears; after the swallow, their is a flash of phenols that is disconcerting and obliterates some of the great flavors that first appeared

Mouthfeel: Prickly from the get-go, with loads of carbonation and a medium body; the heat that others have complained about no longer appears to be that much of a problem now that the beer has aged a bit

Drinkability: A decent enough beer but fails to nail the weizenbock style - way too much doppelbock and not enough weizen

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Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a big-ass beer. Cellared two years in hopes of mellowing out any harsh notes of alcohol.

Pours a deep mahoghany brown, milk chocolate with a reddish ruby highlight. Short cap of foam that winds down into a broken skim.

Plum, milk chocolate, dried fruit, raisins, a slight metallic note. Some type of christmas holiday candy in there somewhere...sweet, spicy, artificial. Thick body, feels more like a big Doppel than a Weizenbock. Alcohol has died down, but it's still pacing in the shadows. It hinders drinkability somewhat, but not too much.

Overall worth drinking, even more time may mellow it further. Seems suited for a chilly autumn evening.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a dark black color weizenbock with a medium foamy head with average retention but good lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt is pretty enticing with some light clove note also noticeable. Taste of sweet caramel is a bit overpowering and hides the clove aspect of the beer which would have been enjoyable. Alcohol is slightly detectable but I had worst and beer is not fully filtrated which I ma grateful for. Overall, I would say that this is not the best of weizenbock but a very good effort nonetheless from a brewery that sometimes leave me puzzle.

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Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a dark brown color with flecks of red. It had thick, caramel colored, two-finger head that left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, sweet malt and chocolate.

T - It tasted of bittersweet chocolate and spices. There were also hints of wheat. Very unique and delicous.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium to heavy-bodied beer.

D - This is an outstanding beer. I wish it wasn't an anniversary ale. I might have to pick up some more.

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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 olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed as a weizen Doppelbock on label,poured into an Aventinus glass a brilliant russett brown with a fluffy light brownish colored head that settled nicely into a creamy-like mass.Really like the nuances in the aromas in one way the slight clovey and banana notes show the weizen notes and the caramel,mollases,and semisweet chocolate character is becoming of a good doppelbock I enjoyed the nose of this one alot.Flavors mingle very well starts out somewhat doughy and sweet with notes of brown sugar and and caramel with clovey flavors melding into a peppery/spicey finish.This beer has real character and complexities and is well rounded.a great beer to be had.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well Avery has finally gotten my goat with their "Thirteen". I love a decent doppel weizen, and theirs is one of the greats!

It pours a very dark mahogany with a hazy chestnut-orange highlights beneath a frothy head of tan that slowly erodes to a creamy mess of sticky lace and wide collar. Very nice!

The nose is cocoaish and nutty with a fruity, spicy, and candyish edge.

In the mouth it's full-bodied and creamy-smooth with a median carbonation.

The flavor is rich with up-front notes of caramel and chocolate followed by dark fruit and a final touch of vinous alcohol. The bitterness is solid but restrained, and it doesn't stand out. It finishes dry with an uprising of cocoa powder and a wash of vinous and lighlty spicy alcohol, followed by some residual notes of soft caramel.

Well-brewed, well-balanced, and satisfying. Nicely done! If the alcohol was even just a little bit more subdued this could be brilliant!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is mostly dark fruits (raisins and cherries) with roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty and fruity with flavors of raisins, cherries, dark chocolate and lager yeast. A pretty significant alcohol sting follows each sip. There's a mild hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy enough, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's a pretty good beer, but not one that I think I could polish of more than a bomber.

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

Pours deep ruby red/maroon with a 4 fingers+ mocha head. Minmal head retention & some lacing

Smell: Slight matliness followed by bannana peels & slight breadiness

Taste: Huge alcohol presence up front then maltiness followed by brown sugar. A slight banana flavor combined choclate, very bannana-split like! Finishes fruitty & spicy

MF: huge & well balanced

This was bit ponderous, but tasty. Will age well I bet. Nice take on the style (weizenbock not dopplebock IMH0!), just not perfection

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate brown with generous red and gold highlights... that becomes lucent dark cherry with backlighting. The good-sized cap is the color of caramel mousse and displays a similar texture as it slowly descends. I'm impressed by how much thick, sandblasted lace is being laid down, especially given the ABV. This is pretty much what a 'weizen doppelbock' should look like.

It's easy to appreciate the cocoa and dark caramel notes in the nose. I can even convince myself that I smell bruised banana. The only reason I'm not doing a series of cartwheels is because there's an odd, Islay whisky, phenolic character to the beer. Thankfully, warming softens the worst aspects of the nose (that were never that bad to begin with) and greatly amplifies the best aspects.

I like Thirteen at least as much as I've liked any of the Avery Anniversary beers. Possibly more. I don't know if more than one year in the bottle was good for it, but the fact that such seemingly disparate flavors are combined into a nearly seamless, delicious whole would suggest that it was. Warming should up the ante even more... and does.

As far as I'm concerned, weizenbocks are some of the most complex beers going. This one is no exception. The flavor profile consists of bittersweet chocolate, blackstrap molasses, anise, ripe figs, loads of sweetened banana and a generous amount of clove spice. There's even an underlying sour peatiness, accompanied by deliciously funky phenols, that suggests that a wee dram of Laphroig was added prior to bottling. Damn, this stuff is good!

The striking contrast (yet entirely complementary nature) of sweet, tangy and bitter is a thing of beauty. Each mouthful keeps me busy as I strive to appreciate each and every well-buffed facet of this gem of a beer. The mouthfeel holds up its end with ease. It's medium-full with a plushness and a lingering stickiness that is right up my alley.

There's no doubt in my mind that Avery should think up some suitably cool name and brew this beer year-round. It's a tremendous weizenbock that deserves every accolade thrown its way. If I see it again, I'll be sure to buy every bomber that I can get my hands on. It's that good.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thirteen is the color of dark cola. Head is tall, thick, and light-brown in color. Aroma is rich, with a toasty caramel smell. A bit of mild yeast aroma is also noted. Taste is very malty, but light on weizen flavors. Malt flavor is thick, rich and has a flavor of dark fruits meeting dark bready malt. Toasted malt flavor, caramel, and even light roasted malt are also present. As Thirteen warms up spice flavors begin to make their presence known, more peppery than expected and not the typical yeasty flavors associated with weizens. Alcohol is also present, especially in the finish, and is very warming. This is hard to categorize, there are flavors here that remind me of German dopplebocks, spicy Belgian beers, and of stouts. Anyway, there is a lot of great flavor here, and given the interesting mix of flavors, I consider this a "must try" beer.

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Photo of Jason
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A – Poured a nice hazelnut brown with a decent, probably about an inch or so of head on the top that had fairly respectable staying power and actually showed some good life to it. Some light carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top of the glass, and after the head gracefully receded it did leave behind a decent amount of side glass lace that was able to keep itself around for the majority of the rest of the session. Overall this look fairly nice and I was actually very happy to be able to try this one.

S – Aroma was very malty. Full of lots of earthy and grainy smells, this was definitely what I would have thought it would have been. A touch of perhaps some caramel sugar and a definite little bit of a smoked flavor in there for sure. This you defiantly picked up right from the start. It blended nicely with the rest of the smells and gave it a rather full and robust overall presentation.

T – Very nice here and I was actually very impressed with the craftsmanship. This was full of smoked notes, lots of roasted barley and touches of grass and other herbal and earthen flavors. Very nice dry finish, a touch of euro hops for sure in there as it was just enough to make it feel just a touch lighter. A good amount of caramel sitting in there s well. There was absolutely no sign of the alcohol what so ever, and this was a good thing as it was a very nice brew all on its own that did not need anything more. Very rich and full and something that I very much enjoyed.

M – Feel was good. It was somewhat creamy and mellowed, however there was still ample carbonation left to give it a thin enough feel to make it a very nice drinker. I was actually quite impressed with how well put together it was overall and thought that it was just a hair to the syrupy or thicker side of things if I had to pick a side. But still overall really nice and nothing but good things here.

D – Believe it or not, I could make a session ale out of this. It was just that good. A nice, just light enough feel, combined with a great flavor profile, and decent enough abv, this was definitely a winner in my book. I was quite impressed with how well put together it actually was and was looking for more almost as soon as the glass was empty. I forgot to mention this before but there was definitely a spice presence to it. Perhaps some cinnamon or nutmeg, something intresting though and very different , really made me appreciate it..

Overall this was really very good. A fine example of the style and something that I really enjoyed a lot. I have to think that this is a very good representation of the style and I have not even found one that was as tasty to date, now granted I have only had a couple. But this was still very good. I would gladly have this again any day and recommend it to anyone who would like to try it.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Billolick
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery bomber, with a gold foil, metallic label and cap, "Brewed in 2006" Pours dark, murky mahogony, with a dark tan head, leaving blotchy lacing. Nose here is of rum, bananas and whole wheat bread. This is a bold and brash, complex brew. Alot going on here. Body/mouthfeel is full, rich and thick. Flavor notes of more raisins, bready malts, bananas, and rum. Not for the faint of heart or for BA worthy beer beginners. This would probably go well with some big and bold German style food or with some cheese and cured meats. For me this is a cold winter evening, night capper style beer, a glass or two and you should be sleeping very well.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, this one, opaque and nearly ebony. ("Ruby red" says the label. Nope, not mine, anyway.) Slim ring of cocoa tan on top.

Aroma is sweet from the start, caramel, toffee, maple, hints of anise...wait, there's more!...butterscotch and coffee. Quite an intriquing blend, here.

Taste: hmmmm. this is a tough one, very complex and flavorful. Brimming with dark fruits, nuts, thick malt, molasses and carob...maybe. Very full in the mouth, long lasting on the palate, sits a spell in the mouth, and you like it there.
Slippery texture, unrelenting flavor, very solid doppel, but it evades my expectations, based on the tastes of other wheaten doppels. Nothing wrong with a unique interpretation, though.

This did dumbfound me from the start, as I didn't detect the wheat, (actually, now I can taste it...it's coming to the fore, and it's tasty...why didn't I taste it earlier?) and it comes of as more of a melding of a doppelbock and an Imperial Stout. Alcohol doesn't bear down on the drinker, at least this one, until we hit the middle and that may be too late. Enough of this and I'm too numb to care, though.

I've got to like this, though it baffles and is a creation not quite categorizable. So be it, I'm enjoying and say, Hurray! to Avery for the 13th year.

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