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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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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 sulldaddy
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from maniacalone as part of fantasy football league.
Pouring at cellar temp into a snifter a frothy beige edge layer is all that remains. The color is thick cola brown with no light passing through.
Aroma is some toffee and brown sugar and some spicy cloves in the background. First sip reveals an average body and mild tingly carbonation. Flavor is sweet with cocoa powder and brown sugar with some cloves again. No hint of the ABV anywhere in this one, makes it an easy drinker. The beer is well crafted and very drinkable, a little dangerous as the alcohol would sneak up on you, but more than one bottle at home would be A OK!

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Photo of Gehrig
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
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 dsa7783
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Oak Tree in South Plainfield... "Bottled in 2006" on the front logo sticket that includes a white goat... jet-black, opaque appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated... smell was very thick, full of rich, deep, dark malts, figs, prunes, and caramel... taste strongly mirrored the aroma, with obvious thick malts, rich caramel, dehydrated fruits, and sweet sugars bursting through along with some chcolate and cocoa essences present... the two years that have elapsed since this beer was produced has added to its character and complexity... decent mouthfeel, but only average drinkability due to the hefty 9.5% ABV and ultra-rich, ultra-thick, and very sweet taste that dominated the pallate... a good representation of the style, but certainly not Avery's best beer... Worth a try if you're a fan of the style...

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Photo of woemad
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle at the end of September for $6.99. Consumed in honor of my birthday(though not on my birthday, as I drank far too many other things to be able to appreciate this).

Poured a dark mahogany color that took on a rubyish hue when held up to light. Thin, tan head. Rivulets of tan lace left on the sides of an Edge City UK-style pintglass.

The nose carries scents of earthy grains, some banana esters and some woodsy tones. Also some spicy, clove-like scents can be picked out.

More complex tasting than I expected. In addition to the earthy wheat flavor expected from the style, and the oakiness that had me reading the label to see if this was cask aged, there was also a pleasant, dark fruit sweetness/bitterness. A warming alcohol sensation becomes more prominent as it warms. A pleasant, mild dryness closes out the proceedings.

Surprisingly medium bodied, with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Given the high abv and richness of this beer, this is surprisingly drinkable, but there's no way I could session this. This would make an outstanding after dinner beer or nightcap. I don't find myself wishing I had another one to drink right now, but that will no doubt change soon once it kicks in that there are no more to come.

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Photo of rye726
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured atr 50F

Tan head and deep ruby brown color.

Distinct German barley and hops. Ripe fruits, caramel and chocolate.

Very sweet yet has a rich dopplebock character. Nice presence of floral and citrus hops.

Full body and good crisp feel.

Very drinkable and a good example of the style. Right up there with Ayinger and Aventinus.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, no highlights at all. Thin white head holds for a few, but then disappears. Not much lace to speak of.

Lots of fruity esters in the nose. Sherry like, with some hints of oxidation. A bit of clove int he back fighting for space with all of that fruit. Very nice nose, could not stop smelling.

A bit of banana, some cholcolate, and then some esters. Not much in the way of clove, just lots of fruit, some chocolate and caramel.

Medium body, fair amount of carbonation. I love how this has aged, particularly in the nose. Alcohol is very well hidden now. I tried this when it first came out, and thought it was a bit harsh. I loved it now. Too bad it blew the keg...

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Photo of Slynger
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark cola brown with shimmering ruby highlights around the edges. A quickly dissipating brown sugar colored head leaves some nice lacing around the glass.
Earthy and caramel malts come in strong in the nose. Some syrupy molasses and dark cherry show up also.
The flavor is bold and rich. Cocoa and caramel with rich cherry's and a slight earthy spiciness. Warming alcohol presence on the way down.
This is definitely a good beer. It's got a full chewy mouthfeel and every aspect of it gets better and better as it warms up a bit. The heavy malt presence and high ABV could be toned down a a bit to make this a truly great and more drinkable offering.

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

Mahagony in color with a small off whit head that fades quickly into nothingness.

Spicey clove accents with an earthy ester that leads into a slight oxidation. Hints of milk chocolate covering an overly ripe banana. Yeasty with dark bready esters.

May be slightly past. Still tasty and good but showing signs of age. Chocoaltey with more banana coming through in the mouth than nose but still a clove undertaking. Yeasty and earthy finish very lengthy. Well this maybe at its prime actually but definitely not getting better.

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

A: Pours an almost black with a 1/2 finger head that basically dies.

S: Smells wheat-y with some chocolate notes. Maybe a touch of fruit.

T: Wheat, dates and chocolate. Some roasted notes are definitely here. Molasses as well. Still, I wish the flavor was a little more complex, but this is pretty tasty. It is interesting with the touch of chocolate. Not quite like any weizenbock I've had. Some alcohol is present.

M: Relatively rich with light carbonation. Slightly thick.

D: Good, not great. A glass of this is about right.

Overall, recommended. Glad I got to try this. Not my favorite of the style, but good.

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Photo of jletts
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled to commemorate my 13th wedding anniversary on 10/14/07. Here's to you, sweetie.

Appearance - a pretty dark pour, I can see through it but not well. Shows some dark reddish brown tones around the edge of an Ayinger nonic glass. A light mocha head doesn't have much to it but is lacing pretty well all over the glass.

Aroma - banana and alcohol esters jump out of the glass and own the nose here. Some fruity, yeasty, and sweet bready grain tries to chime in but really can't get past the abv.

Taste - roasty, chewy malts are sweet, full, and a touch smoky. The yeast and esters take over pretty quickly. The ensuing alcohol wash is totally enveloping and warming. As the mouth clears itself of the beer, a late and light hop bite doesn't quite balance anything, but it at least leans it back the other way some. I get some faint clovy, cinnamony or some spicy thing as the beer warms. Finishes warm, lightly boozy, and even some malt roastiness too. As for the abv, it is there but very well-blended in. Potent but addicting.

Mouthfeel - plenty of smoothness here. The carbonation is zippy but not overbearing and does the flavor proper.

Drinkability - if I can remember, I will try to find a few more of these. Not that I could or would want to drink several in a night, but these taste like they would age well. A worthy and noble drink to honor the occasion.

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

The beer departs the 22 ounce brown bottle a deep brown with nice ruby highlight, the head is tan in color, the texture creamy and the size about two fingers, as it decomposes, the lace forms a tight skirt upon the glass. Nose has a nice fruity aroma, cotton candy like, hints of malt also present. Start is nicely malted, sweet with a moderate to full feel to the palate. Finish has a determined acidity, the hops pleasant, somewhat sweet and dry the aftertaste lingers long on the palate, quite good in my book.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
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 bruachan
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

it's a dark beer. i'm having trouble seeing if my efforts get all the sediment in were successful. mahogany color/dark raisin. the head up top has some decent staying power (and sticking power. fun strata)

at the glass i get a big nosefull of malty goodness: raisin. alot of raisin, actually. must be that special B malt and tons of munich.

the mouthfeel is velvety and wheaty. such a great style. this one really gets the message and conveys exactly what a weizenbock is all about. creamy yet punctuated by carbonation and wheat dryness

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

I'd assumed that this was the current year's anniversary ale when I bought it, but I guess not.

Looks like a porter in the glass, dark brown with garnet tints, tan-colored head with mediocre retention and some lace. Aroma is surprisingly boozy - even more so than justified by this beer's 9.5% abv. Some light fruitiness and cocoa are also detectable. Taste is slightly cola-like in its carameliness, with some dark fruit and cocoa. Alcohol warming is noticeable for sure. Medium-full in body, good carbonation. Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol too much in the fore for me.

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Photo of Drew966
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery Anniversary Ale - Thirteen pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a tan head from a brown foil wrapped twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is estery/fruity. Figs and other dark fruit, a vinous note, a metallic note (that disappears as the beer warms) and a hint of cocoa are all present in the flavor. Wheat is noticeable toward the end. Alcohol is definitely noticeable, even downright strong. This is an older bottle, I'm not sure that age has mellowed anything.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer is a nice chocolate color with a foamy head. Not much light shines through this beer though some lighter brown is visible around the bottom of the glass.

S: I was hit as I poured it with alcohol and chocolate. As I drained the last drops into the weizen glass I swear I smelled red wine. I can also smell very ripe fruit. Perhaps grapes or raisins found their way into this beer?

T: Sweet, ripened fruit is very apparent as is alcohol when you first sip this beer. Lots of malt seems to be mellowing out some of the alcohol taste as well. I'm not sure but chocolate or choc malts may be adding to the overall sweet flavor (not too sweet though) of the beer.

M: It walks a fine line between a creamy weizen or almost thick stout and a smooth clear bock. I think it does a really good job of giving you just enough texture to keep things interesting but not so much as to leave something lingering in your mouth...Giggity

D: My only complaing so far is the very high alcohol content. if it were smaller i could envision drinking two but not when it's 650ml and 9.25% abv. Regardless, i will be buying another when i get back to the store.

Serving Type: 650ml bottle poured into Weihenstephan weizen glass.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-16-07

Pours an interesting red/brown, with no real head but a fair amount of lacing.

Smell is very caramelly, lots of malt, sweet with maybe a hint of warm alcohol.

Taste is all caramel malt, with quite a bit of dark fruit. Alcohol adds a warming near the end, with a smoky flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is good, not too thick.

Drinkability is decent, as the sharp alcohol builds after awhile.

Overall a good beer, and exactly what it sounds like. A dopplebock on steroids with lots of sweet malt and lots of booze.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
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 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 kenito799
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tall pilsener glass.

Rich dark brown brew with red-brown highlights when held to light. Tan foamy head recedes to a ring with no lacing.

Aroma is full of dark roasted malt, coffee notes. some cinnamon, and just a hint of banana betraying the weizen yeast intentions.

Taste is luscious, dark, thick, malty godness, again a hint of banana, cloves and cinnamon in the long, lingering finish. Alcohol well masked, maybe provides a little of the heat that comes across as clove.

Solidly well made and enjoyable brew. A bit heavy and sweet when compared to the uber-weizenbock Aventinus, but delicious nonetheless.

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

Bottled in 2006.

Dark russet brown with golden-auburn highlights. Tall, frothy, thick, light cocoa brown head with excellent lacing. Nose is ripe with tart, tangy, vinous grapes, coupled with subtle notes of toffee and caramel. I can also detect yeasty fruitiness, light tropical fruit, charred raisins, and faint Scotch tape and pine needle hops. Nice complexity!

Lightly roasted/toasted malt flash up front, followed and covered up quickly by vinous and tropical fruits. Tangy, cobwebby, and slightly tart, before grape and tropical fruit sweetness settle in. Light chocolate notes come out near the finish. Long finish with lightly-herbal bitterness, yeasty fruit sweetness, and warming alcohol. Full-bodied, silky, creamy feel. Very nice. The best Avery beer I have tried (have a bunch more to go though!).

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Thirteen from Avery Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 239 ratings.
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