Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)
Avery Brewing Company

Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)
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German Schwarzbier
3.98 | pDev: 11.06%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager)
Reviews: 212 | Ratings: 288
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul. The near-black beer sounded interesting and looked promising, but I found it was dominated by a strong molasses flavor. There are chocolate and caramel notes around it, but this beer didn't seem unusually hoppy to me. Then again in all fairness, I don't typically notice big hops in imperial stouts or other strong, dark beers. Overall, it wasn't a bad beer by any measure, and I'm sure plenty of folks will enjoy it, but I'm not quite one of them.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thick creamy tan head that has excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of chocolate and roasty coffee notes with a huge earthy/citrusy hop note to it. Has a noticable lager smell but it's quite hoppy, which I like.

The flavor is much of the same but the chocolate comes through more in the flavor but the hops persist to assult me oh so wonderfully. With bitterness and all.

And the mouthfeel is very clean and slightly dry.

The drinkability is suppurb. It goes down so smoothly. I would recommend this beer to any beer lover.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good dark color with good head retention.

smell has a hint of bright noble hops with minimal roast.

light roast here. noble hop flavor balances. would like a bit more toffee sweetness.

mouthfeel is full and crisp.

lightly experimental and pleasant. very easy to drink

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Photo of Xul
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown with deep ruby highlights when held up to the light, capped by a foamy two finger pale beige head. Retention is moderate and light lacing is left down the glass.

S: Strong dark malts up front with a moderate roasted character, and light hues of chocolate and coffee. Hops are slightly subdued, but have a mix of earthy and piney characteristics, with some faint floral tones. Traces of dark berries lurk in the background.

T: Roasted malts are strong up front with a stronger dark fruit character - figs and plums mostly - followed by some milk chocolate and light coffee. Piney and earthy hops come in mid palate and stick around, leading to an extremely balanced finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation, has an excellent creamy feel.

D: The ABV is well hidden and it's deceptively quaffable for a reasonably big beer.

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Photo of Domingo
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'll start this with - I bought this beer as a skeptic. I tend to be a bit of a German lager geek and while Avery makes some fine brews, I didn't expect anything from this except some over the top bold hoppy flavors that we usually get from them.
Pours an expected very deep brown to black color with a pretty voluminous head. The texture is the only thing that gave this away as not being a stout.
The nose is sweet with a fennel-like smell that hits big initially and is followed by herbal hoppiness and sweetness. Not as much of a "roasty" flavor as I expected, which is welcome considering how many takes on the style go down that road.
Sweet malts are the first thing that hit your tongue, but then the noble hops kick in. They're not abrasive or even overdone. They just add a nice backbone. Dare I say that everything I expected from this beer has been thrown out the window? At nearly 9% ABV I'm picking up no heat and I don't pick up any bock leanings either. I'd have guessed this was export strength. I love the dark bready malts that seem to be 50/50 balance with the hops.
Mouthfeel is moderate and absolutely welcome with the flavor and texture.
A bottle to myself still isn't lasting very long.
I honestly like this a lot. It's got a lot of Avery flair, but a surprising authenticity that make my German beer-loving palate feel at home.
Go Avery! Best anniversary since 13...which ironically is also a German style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awsome and full of integregty with their full flavored Schwartzbier infused with bold American hops. Why hasn't anyone done this yet?

Aromas of toast and citrus lead the way and only so with a timid backbone of bready/toasty malt and grain structure. Lightly resiny with hoppy pine notes, the citrus and toast fuse together seamlessly

Dark brown in appearance, the beer retains very well with medium tan foam, and regimented rings of lacing. Sturdy and masculine in appearance.

Bold flavors of burnt toast and coffee grounds are backed by a smooth milky flavor of malted barley and caramel (but on the modest side of flavor). Intense hop bitterness, pine, and citrus rinds give a flavorful balance to the malts and contribute an abundance of citric and refreshing flavors. Unique and welcomed in this Imperial Schwarzbiers.

Never heavy, the beer begins with a medium weight of malty/light caramels but with the dry toast character that chases the beer from its malty start, through it's bitter cocoa and hoppy mid palate, and into the dry and powdery charcoal finish.

A rare experimentation of an Imperial Schwarzbier but with American IPA hoppiness. If the question is 'why'?, then the answer is 'why not?'

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stopped in at Barleys and picked this one up on tap yesterday. I had heard some good things and was in the mood for something a bit bigger. Served in a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/20/2010.

The pour was deep, dark black in color with no light shining thorough at ALL. Had the look of a monster stout with a big head of tan that capped it nicely, settling down after a few moments into a nice pillow that left tons of lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is hoppy at first but then comes through with a deep, roasted, and smoked note that really gives it a good bit of depth. Nice touches here of caramel, hints of cocoa, and loads of piney hops. Really nicely done and quite different then what I was expecting. Warming really brought this out and each sip was a nice progression from biting hops, mellow smoked malts, and a rich, semi sweet and dry finish. Body was somewhat lighter then what I would have thought, but this actually worked in its favor by allowing the flavors to really pop and keeping it from being overly heavy.

Overall this was really very nice and one that I would love to try again. Another one of these new styles that I really just get a great kick out of. Very nicely done and very solid.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new brew from Avery...schwarzbier, eh? Let's see what we have here.

Pours just about black with tan highlights around the edge, giving it a cola impression. Head is thick enough to dissuade the cola thought any longer. pretty good lacing.
Kind of raw aroma. Sharp chocolate and roasted malt. Soft caramel and molasses, with green sticks and grass.
It's immediately snappy upon first sip. Zesty without the fruit. Tip of the tongue goes tingly, then a malt center with chocolate malt and caramel. Quick sourness and ends with a lighter snap and vanilla. Alcohol hits at the end too. Without the zip it would feel rather thin. Not bad drinking.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a thick tan head that retains impressively and leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some spicy, floral hops upfront, along with chocolate and coffee, burnt bread, minerals and alcohol. The flavor has german hops initially with earthy notes of flora, menthol and white pepper, along with some chocolate and coffee, molasses, burnt bread, chalk and alcohol. The mouthfeel is lighter than I expected, and drinkability is pretty good. Pretty solid anniversary beer from Avery, definitely a unique twist on a schwarzbier (or maybe a Black IPA depending on how you look at it).

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Photo of chumba526
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears black with a large brown head.

It smells of roasted smoky malts and a complex combination of hops. A hoppy floral, citrus and pine like smell all are noticeable in the smell.

It tastes at first slightly sweet, then the roasted toasted malt flavor hits the palate. Soon after the smoky flavor a complex floral and citrus hop aroma comes through. Bitterness soon follows. The taste leaves your palate with a bitter hop taste and a smoky malt taste.

The carbonation is around medium. This is very drinkable as it is quite smooth.

Overall a very good black lager that is completely different than any black lagers I have had before. This beer shows the genius of Adam Avery. Few brewers would think to highlight hops in a lager especially a black lager. Worth getting if you see it.

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Photo of birchstick
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the Soulard iTap location in St. Louis

A - pours a dark black with a beautiful head

S - sweet, chocolatey and burnt malts, some meat, and some piney hops

T - starts off with roasty malts that fades to some piney hops on the finish. This isn't hugely complex, but it is really well balanced and interesting.

M - full body that is really smooth. Nice

D - this is a cool concept of a beer. I really enjoyed it. Two of my favorite aspects of a beer - roasted malts and a lot of hops. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of optiontwo
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in May 2010 poured into tulip

A: Got a little lazy with the pour and didn't tilt the glass so there's a bunch of head. Yep, that's definitely black. The head is pretty with very tight knit bubbles and a cream color. Some very nice lacing too.

S: The aroma is wonderful but strange. I smell it and want to keep smelling it but it doesn't necessarily smell like something I would consume. It's very floral with an earthy background and kind of reminds me of a perfume or perhaps a lotion. Some slight sweet and spicy odors float out at the end.

T: Wow. I didn't think the aroma would lend itself to the flavor this great. There's a millisecond when it enters the mouth that I pick up the dark malts but then it hits with the hop flavor which is very floral and slightly citrus and herbal. Then on the tail end there is more of the dark malt with some roastiness and dry biscuit flavors. I'm really loving the floral mixed with the earthiness.

M: The mouthfeel is great in the sense that it become to overwhelming.

D: Well hidden alcohol but seeing as these are bombers I'll just have the one.

O: I've only tried the last few years of Avery anniversary but this is by far my favorite. I know this is a lager but this is what "black IPAs" should taste like. Wonderful.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear black with thick coarse tan head that lasts. Aroma is a combination of grassiness from the hops and berries from the malt. Sweetness predominates front, middle, and back. Some bittersweet chocolate notes after the finish. Medium-heavy mouthfeel and some noticeable alcohol. It's a bit on the sweet side for the style and, despite the dry hopping, could have used more bitterness for balance.

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Photo of stimulus
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

A: Pours an opaque black with dark ruby red around the edges and a tan head.

S: Bitter hops and burnt roasted malts fill this beer's aroma.

T: Big and malty but quite bitter on the finish with roasted flavors and nice alcohol bite.

M: Light body but very high level of carbonation.

D: Despite the high level of alcohol, the high carbonation and light body makes this quite smooth.

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Photo of jsh420
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark ruby brown almost black with a 1 finger tan head that left spotted lacing

smells kinda like a hoppy sasion? lemon

taste is very different then the nose - still hoppy grassy lemon hops but the base is burnt chocolate malts

mouthfeel medium body that is overly carbonated

srinkability so so - just not the beer for me - my have my tastebuds changed when only drinking once a week or so

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery Seventeen Dry-hopped Black Lager....schwarzbier? it's German-style, they say, so....

Appearance: deep black coloration, full, thick cocoa-tan head...beautiful.

Aroma: grassy green hops with malty, chocolate tones below it. Warm, lush, earthy. Interesting, unusual.

Taste: The same mix of hops and malt greet the tongue. Black malt, chocolate, earthy espresso tones, with bright hops gleaming above.

9%? Pretty high for a schwarzbier, even a highly hopped black lager. This is a highly unique brew, and appropriately enough for an anniversary Avery. I have to give good marks for crafting a challenging lager to shift expectations among the fans who have come to expect the same ol' same ol'. Hop this up, booze that up, Imperial this, Double that. But when it comes to yum, that's all you need. Mmmm, hops, malt, sweet and slightly bitter. Nice stuff.

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Photo of beertunes
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a lovely black color with a thick, rocky head with great retention and very good lacing. The aroma was very malt forward, roasted notes and a clean sharpness, with a nice hop tang.

The flavors shared a lot of aspects with the aromas, everything was just amplified and clarified. The roasted malts provided a rock solid foundation for the excellent use of hops.

The body was full, yet light and crisp. Drinkability was excellent, I poured a couple of tastes for other folks, but otherwise drained a 22 alone with no issues. Overall, a very good brew, I'll be buying more and you should get some as well.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. One time anniversary release bottled in May 2010. Was black in color with some reddish edges when against a light. It had a large brown head that very slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was very good. Roasted malt, light chocolate and light smoke combined with some light German hops and slightly spicy yeast. Really good mix on the malt vs hops with the malts slightly in front. For a Schwarzbier this had great aroma to it as the style is usually a little limited. The flavor matched the aroma with a great roasted malt base backed up by a right sized dose of hops. Very well balanced and it works for me. The mouthfeel was creamy with just a bit too much carbonation. Good aftertaste.

Overall, I wasn't expecting much after a friend had it and didn't like it and then a lot of the reviews were mixed but I rather enjoyed it. I love scharwzbiers and hops and they blended excellently here. Highly recommend. Avail here in TX for limited time. Rotation: will need to get a few more before they run out. If it was a regular release, it would make the rotation [O;Y;OTR]

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Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Seventeen is cola dark brown with a large, fluffy tan head that left heavy lace.

Smell is fairly hoppy, bright, fresh herbs, a bit of lemon.

Taste is good, a nice chocolate maltiness well accentuate with the minty hops. Clean and balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, malted milk.

Drinkability is pretty good, a tasty schwarzbier that's very well made.

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Photo of mactrail
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, reddish hued strong ale.

Nice variation on the dark side with a ruby glint in the glass. Beautiful brownish head. Rich without being sweet. Malt is interesting without dominating. Doesn't seem overly hopped as you have a couple of sips, Bitterness, however, emerges after a while. Really interesting beer with flavors that can't be categorized. Crisp yet mellow. Nice roasted flavors without the usual sour black malt.

For what it's worth, the label is a work of art. Great rendition of hops on the vine from a German illustration.

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Photo of hardy008
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black color with 3 fingers of medium tan head with nice retention and lacing. The color of the head reminds me of a chocolate milk shake. Very nice.The aroma has hops, dark roasted malts, and is very earthy.

The taste has dark roasted malt, hops, earthiness, and some chocolate which I did not pick up initially while checking the aroma. I am not sure this is a Schwarzbier, but it does not matter, because I like it.

Medium bodied, nice carbonation, smooth, creamy. The alcohol is well hidden. An interesting combination of flavors. I mean that in a good way. I am not sure this is a Schwarbier, but I am not sure how I would classify this either. It is very tasty though.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured in to a Pilsner glass. From a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a very nice dark brown color with a nice light tan head that is about 1.5 inches tall. The head is dense and recedes slowly and leaves very nice and sticky lace and recedes down to a nice thick mat.

S - Very distinct dry hopped aroma is first up followed by some nice malt and grain sweetness. Mild roasted aromas as well.

T - Starts up with a very dry hopped, grassy and flowery tastes. Then there is a nice burnt and smoky malt flavor with some mild malt sweetness that is present. This beer threw me for a loop with the hop character the color and then the roasted malt flavors. Still very good and interesting. It finishes with a nice hop citric and dry bitter character.

M - Light-medium in body with some oily characteristics. Good CO2 amount. Drinkability a bit on the low side for me because even though flavors were good they were a bit intense.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle serve in a Tank 7 tulip. Pours a deep brown with a finger of tan head. Some roasty malt and a fair amount of hops in the aroma. Fairly subtle aroma to start, but the malt comes out more as it warms. Big flavor of chocolate malt and plenty of hop bitterness. Long roasty finish with drying hops. Medium bodied. An amped up American take on Schwartzbier. I liked it. A definite change of pace from the last two anniversary beers.

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Photo of billab914
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured dark brown in color with a rocky, tan, one inch head. The head faded a bit but left some excellent spider web like lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has some dark malt presence along with a earthy hop flavor. The hops seem to provide a nice balance to it. A little yeast came through a bit as well. Nice lager aroma overall.

The taste has a nice roasty, bitter chocolate, coffee component to it. Cocoa comes through more in the finish as well. The base flavor is very stout like, although milder. The finish though has that clean lager style finish which really sets it apart from a stout. The hops are there some in the finish with more of an earthy flavor to them. Overall the hops didn't play as big of a role in the flavor as I thought they would, but they did add a nice balance. Very tasty beer overall though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. The mouthfeel seemed to fit the style of the beer pretty well. Drinkability is good, I really liked the flavors and balance the hops added. The clean lager taste the finish was good as well. Overall a very nice beer, and one of the best Schwarzbier style beers I've had.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Foamy, large beige head. It goes down slowly and rockily, leaving lots of coating lace on the glass. Deep, dark brown (nearly black); only the faintest of light gets through.

Predominately earthy aroma. Quite mild in the darker malt department. The hop provides a bit of balance. A good dose of yeast to the nose. (Smelling it five minutes in, I can better detect the darker malts--smoky, mocha.)

This is something of a backwards taste: The hop is up front but it mellows out to bring out some of the burnt malts. The swallow is similar to espresso and the aftertaste is creamy with a burnt, caramelized sugar kick. The body is quite thin for the punch that the flavor brings, but the carbonation is correspondingly low.

For me, this beer is all over the map which makes it one interesting tasting. It defies categorizing as it has elements of many different styles: the finish of a stout, the initial taste of a dark pale ale, the body of a pilsner, and the look of a highly wheated dark beer. I love "different" beers; this is a good one for curiosity seekers.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Seventeen (Dry Hopped Black Lager) from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 288 ratings