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 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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Photo of Yetiman420
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams ultimate glass. Forced the pour and only got 3/4 finger head.

Interesting concept - an ale version of a lager (doppelbock)

Aroma is toffee - not picking up the spice referenced on the description. Not picking up any of the weiss yeast aroma. Would peg this more as a doppelbock on aroma.

Consistent pencil-thin head during consumption.

Thick, chewy mouthfeel bursting with rich flavor. I suspect the wheat lends to the fullness of this beer.

Another very well-done beer by Avery.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- One inch silky light brown head that held for some time before dissipating to a think layer on top of the beer that hold until the end. The beer is dark red almost purple color that lets minimal light through.

S- The smell is very fruity. Grapes up front with some raisins plums and dark cherries. also some nice caramel notes and malty sweetness. Slight citrus hops but not much of a presence. Some alcohol in there as well.

T- Lots of roasted nuts, hints of toast and light charcoal. Some caramel and malty sweetness along with hints of dark fruits, cherries and plums. Some hops in there as well but not much. This beer is less sweet then I had anticipated from the smell but has some good complexity especially as it warms up. Also a little boozy as it warms.

M- Silky smooth with good body that coats your mouth. Some light alcohol presence and good carbonation.

Overall- It is not as good as I remember it being the first time I had (2 years ago) it but I am not disappointing. This is a pretty good beer just wish i would have drank more of it fresh.

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

Pours a dark ruby brown in color. Smell is all toffee and malt. Taste is incredible, I'm really loving this beer. Everything that a weizenbock should be. There is a sweetness coming through that I'm thoroughly enjoying. Smooth on the mouthfeel. I'm enjoying this way too much and drinking it faster than I realize. Very happy to know that this is still lying around in the area. I'm definitely going to have to pick up another bottle of this.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.66/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, dark brown pour with a firm tan head. Aroma of toasted bread, wheat, and darker fruit. Taste is initially light, then grows stronger towards the back. Nice balance of yeast esters and the wheat up front that turns into a roasted malt and caramel sweetness. Almost schizophrenic in its taste. Very clean and very good.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glad I was able to find this one - the last bottle, too - at Five Points Bottle Shoppe in Athens, GA. Poured into a 14 oz. tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark, murky brown, vibrant ruby peeking through around the edges. Occasional large bubbles rise at different speeds to a slick of tan lace, smooth, even, all that remains of a bubbly, fast-fading, one-finger head. Lacing itself is faint, erratic, with glittery tan brushstrokes appearing infrequently around the glass.

Aroma: Overripe stone fruits are large and in charge up front, grappling with tons of spicy phenols. Faint cocoa, coffee, and other caramelized sugars back these players up admirably. A very pungent, pleasant package.

Taste: An interesting combination of dark malts and light fruits make for a very appealing and unique taste. Brown sugar, molasses, hints of coffee, and sweet underlying caramelized sugars are about equally balanced with sweet, ripe stone fruits, dates, citrus, and kiwi. A fair amount of powdery wheat keeps things fairly dry, and the finish is spicy, peppery, clove-like. Though some spicy, warming alcohol does make an appearance, that's not terribly unacceptable given this beer's closeness to a double-digit abv%, nor is it too distracting - the spicy phenols hide it fairly well.

Mouthfeel: A hefty quantity of carbonation counters the medium thickness of this beer well, making the mouthfeel somewhat explosive but still pleasant. The slight alcohol prickle is also somewhat lost amidst the effervescence.

Drinkability: A year or two has probably gone quite a ways to mellowing this one out, and maybe it could even use a little more time, but I enjoyed it well enough as is. Sure it's a bit of a mess, but it's a decent mess, in my opinion, and I'd gladly try again. The alcohol's approaching double digits and isn't fantastically well-hidden, so I do have to take it down a few pegs there, but by and large this beer hits most of the right marks. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of nick76
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 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 cjgator3
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

I never got around to reviewing this beer when it originally came out. I was lucky to find some of this laying around at a local liquor store, and I did not hesitate to pick it up.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a nice light tan head with good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is very nice and malty, with some toasted malts, caramel and cocoa. I can also pick up on a rather faint note of banana as well.

T- The taste features a delicious mixture of dark fruit, caramel, chocolate and some alcohol in the warming finish. Very enjoyable.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very fitting for this beer.

D- The high ABV limits the drinkability of this beer, I don't know if I would want to have more than a single bottle. However, it is a very enjoyable beer that is recommended if you can still find a bottle laying around anywhere.

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

22 oz bottle gotten from Cheers in Carrolton, GA. Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: A beautiful black that allows just a bit of light in which is a dark red bead when seen. Got a nice 1.5 fingers of brown head that had good retention and created some nice lacing. The head does eventually lose itself and is no more. FOR SHAME! Still a beautiful brew.

S: Smell is of some crazy, malt presence. So much sweet, caramel malt oozing into the air as you pour it. There is also a nice aroma of dark rich coffee, chocolate and cherries. Raisins and other dark fruits are present as well. Just a touch of cream comes out as well.

T: Taste is also of heavy malt presence. Sweet caramel malt and wheat are the stars of the show here. Dark wheat breadiness is here. Chocolate covered cherries and espresso coffee. Dark fruit is very subtle on the back end. Still, through the whole flavor experience, the malt is waving at you, smiling. Can anyone say MALT BOMB!!!????

M: Rich, full in body. Has a bit of drying effect on the palate that makes you want oh so much more. Carbonation is typical for the German style, and right on. No trace of alcohol. Aftertaste of fantastic malt.

D: This is hightly drinkable for the style and ABV. No trace of that ABV by the way. Masked extremely well. The taste is amazing. This beer is really simple but very damned good. My only regrets are not picking up more and not grabbing Elisha Cuthbert's ass when I had a chance. Good brew though.

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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 BradLikesBrew
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My third pour at the Avery 15th Anniversary Party.
"Holy shit, they have a Vintage Tent!!!"

Just now typing up my notes.

a: A very dark brown, borders on black. Thin white light tan head.

s: Sweet malt, raisins, a touch of funk.

t: Sweet roasted malt, grainy wheat, spicy floral hops.

m: medium body, sticky.

d: a very good weizenbock. I didn't expect his do age well, but it most definitely did.

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

stored for two years by 99 bottles, in federal way, washington.

pours a dark brown with a magenta tint, a large tan head, good lacing.

smell is of malt, cocoa, bread dough, roastiness, touch of dark fruit.

taste is cream, syrup, malt, brown sugar, chocolate, roasted almonds, toffee, sticky mouth-feel, slight bitterness ending.

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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 BeerAdvocate
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 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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Photo of bkilpatr
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of TasteTester
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer definitely leaned more to the dopple bock than weizen side of the brew.

A-Dark tan, deep color. 1 finger of head that didn't last. little lacing.

S-Strong alcohol and slight fruits, somewhat sweet.

T-Nothing too spectacular. Alcohol bite.

M-Sweet and sticky.

D-Would have to be careful with this one. I think it would be great on a cold winter night.

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

A : Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head

S : Strong malt aroma with some fruit (possibly cherries) showing through. Faint notes from the alcohol also

T : It's got a strong malt taste with some fruit. Some brown sugar sweetness also. There's a little bit of hops on the finish but it's overshadowed by the alcohol making an appearance

M : Creamy and sticky. Definitely full-bodied.

D : I would definitely drink it again but the alcohol can sneak up on you.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to iconoklaztor for giving this one to me as a graduation gift. We did it Tyree!

Pours a very dark brown/black with a very moderate light head. Decent appearance.

Smell is very sweet. I'm a bit worried that it's going to be too fruity for my for my liking. Fortunately the taste is much better than I expected. It has a very strong wheat backbone with nice fruit embellishments. It reminds of the Rochefort 8, and it might even be better.

Good beer. Avery has some good offerings, and they are usually a great value.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

It has a dark-dark-burgundy color with a bubbly white head that settles into a thin lacing. There's a wildly potent aroma, similar to that of the Beast. The taste is strong, but not overpowering. Has dominant flavors of molasses and over-ripe fruits. (although that sounds odd, it's actually quite delicious) A superb mouthfeel, the full-bodied presence of the beer covers the entire palate. It's a heavy one, definitely a sipper. Plan on devoting a solid 25-30 minutes to this one. And watch out... although they claim it's 9.5%, it hits you like a 13%.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to Cab glass...

Pours a root beer color with some black cherry tones topped with a thin, light maple-colored head.

Aroma of sweet malt and alcohol combined with muscat grapes - this has the scent of an Aussie sticky and even some tones of late-bottled vintage port. A little oak and pine also. Interesting as hell and unexpected.

Charred malt and sweet tawny port mixes with sweet yeasty alcohol, grain, molasses and sweet fermented grapes. A little on the clammy side at first; alcohol is at forefront.

Comes off as a little clammy on the mouth at first - even as it warms up. Viscous alcohol is present - enjoyable but unbalanced.

This one is definitely a sipper - should be great with dessert.

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Photo of Kendo
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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Avery Anniversary Ale - Thirteen from Avery Brewing Company
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