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 OBeerMeGreatOne
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint. Bottled May 2010. Pours black with a large head that doesn't leave too much lace. Wow, chocolate on the smell. HUGE chocolate with plum and earth. Smells more like a dopplebock than a schwarzbier. I have to say the same about the taste, maybe the styles are similar lagers but this has dopplebock written all over it, and a great one at that. Smooth and silky all the way down. Maybe it's the seven to eight months of age but wow.

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Photo of nerow
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Beautiful moderately sized, light brown, creamy head with excellent retention and lovely lacing on top of a dark brown body.

S- Slight roasty flavor with evidence of Cascade hops. Slightly smokey with a hint of overripe cherry and raisin.

T- Tasting reveals hop backbone which focuses on piney/resiny flavors and fades to an aftertaste of dark chocolate with dark fruits and a slight alcoholic burn. A good representation of the flavors of a Cascadian Dark Ale, but not necessarily of a Schwarzbier.

M-Smooth at first with an alcoholic bite at the end. Confusing.

D-The initial hop blast followed by the alcoholic finish would make it difficult to enjoy a second.

Probably a good beer to finish the night with. This one might have some aging potential. In a word: Unique.

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Photo of dfillius
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle in May, drank in November. Poured into a pint glass.
A: Moderate pour yields 1.25 fingers dense tan head with superb retention. Clear but nearly opaque dark, dark brown close to black. A Beauty.
S: Citrus hops, some apple and tropical fruit esters. Slight coffee.
T: Nice roasty, caramelly sweetness, not so much hoppy. Good. Would be nice to have a tad more hoppiness or roasty bitterness. Tasty but a bit too sweet for me.
M: Sweet, smooth, full. Very pleasant. A tad hot when it warmed, I took off one whole point for that.
D: I like it a fair bit. I'd definitely order another, but I wouldn't buy another bomber.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blind Bomber #4 Sholland101 with a sure shot! The beer was chilled and poured into my Sam Adams Pint glass.

A - 4.5 The beers body poured a black with minimal ruby opaqueness to light. The head of the beer is two fingers high the color of creamed coffee. A road map of lacing marks the beers passage from my glass.

S 4.5 Lighly toasted / smoked almonds. The aroma of more smoke is rising out of my glass. The smoke signals this beer is given off we got us a Schwartz beer! Vaguely floral notes as the beer warms up.

T 4 The flavor of the beer is pretty straight forward smokey roasted malts. A nice hop bitterness finishes off the back of the taste.

M / D 4 / 4.5 Medium bodied well carbonated. The smokey flavors are long lasting. This beer is very easy to drink. The alcohol is starting to kick up in my head. I am guessing about 9%. This beer is wiked good and I wish I had another.

The reveal Avery 17th Anniversary (Dry hopped black lager.) I honestly passed this one up on the shelf writing it off as a lager. I know better as I enjoy many beers that are lagers. Over the years I have enjoyed many beers from Avery. Thanks Sholand for yet another great beer!

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Photo of uno99
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First time I can recall having a black lager. Poured into a Samuel Smiths pint glass at a perfect cellar temp of 55 Degrees.

A: Enormous head from a fairly gentle pour. Head fills the glass to the top, sticks around forever and leaves tons of lace. wow! beer is black and stout like.

S: Huge roasted malts, which I didn't expect. Lots of German hops which I did expect. Smells quite sweet. Apricots and raisins. Prunes and coffee.

T: I expected this to be refreshing and light. boy was I wrong. this beer is big-time flavor. Easily could be mistaken for a hop heavy RIS.

M: Very thick. In fact, this was the first thing I noticed first sip. Apparently this is not really to style.. Carbonation is soft and smooth. would have liked more pick up there I think.

D: Well this is thick, and definitely not a as drinkable as a lager should be... It's a tasty beer, but not one I'd want to have more than one or 2 of when I'm expecting a lager.

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

Deep black-brown pour with a hint of red. Huge three finger tan head and great lacing. Really nice complex aromatic nose. Toasty, roasted, earthy malts and caramel as well as floral hops with hints of chocolate, coffee and molasses. The taste has the same earthy feel as the smell. The toasty sweet caramel malt is perfectly balanced with the bitter hops. Very complex with hints of brown bread, nuts, bitter dark chocolate and a touch of maple and cocoa. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with light carbonation and a nice dry finish. The alcohol is a total after thought and is very well disguised which makes this scary drinkable. Living in Germany I have access to plenty of Schwarzbiers, but I am totally in love with this Americanized take on it.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep black with about an inch of head poured from the bottle. Dies down to leave a froth of lace around the glass, and thin layer of light brown head.

Citrus and cut grass are most apparent, with very little malt coming to the nose.

Trying to describe this beer is like trying to interpret a black hole to a first grader. Resiny, piney, with a wicked twist that contorts and shears the tongue, settling with roasted malts at the back of the throat. Brown sugar and cocoa apparent. Just a hint of alcohol burn to close.

Well-balanced between the hops at the fore, with more subtle malts.

If you're looking for a mouth-funk, and maybe a beer that hangs with you until the following day, this is the beer for you. Otherwise, black-IPAs are often too confusing for the mouth and mind.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
2.45/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Black body, no highlights, huge billowing light tan head, loose lacing.

Toasty aroma, with hints of licorice, coffee, chocolate.

Taste is a mix. Notes of coffee and chocolate. Plenty of earthy hops. Underlying sense of alcohol is a distraction. Booze imbalance, not enough schwartzbier.

Smooth mouthfeel. As the drink continues, the alcohol comes out stronger and stronger in the finish. Cuts heavily into drinkability.

Like its cousin the Kaiser, too much heat for the style. Needed more toast and roast, less booze. Pass on this one.

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Photo of zeff80
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, black color with a small, light brown head of foam. Nice retention with some small bubbles of carbonation that left some soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled floral and hoppy with some orange notes. Lots of rich caramel maltiness, too.

T - It tasted of chocolate and some sugary sweetness. It had a good roasty flavor with some caramel flavors. There's just enough bitter hop bite to even out the sweet.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish. Quite easy drinking.

D - This is probably the best Schwarzbier that I've ever had. Really tasty.

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Photo of BMoney575
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-18-10
Bottled in May 2010

Pours completely black, with a tiny bit of blood red at the edges. There's a thin film of tan head, and just a few bubbles of lacing.

Smell is thick malt and thick hops, all at the same time. Aromas of coffee and molasses are way in the back, with citrus hops right at the start.

Taste is just what you'd expect from the smell, but the malt and hops combine to form a very interesting flavor. The closest description is smoky, with lots of earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, the thickness suits the malty flavors.

Drinkability is good, the abv is well masked by the big-time flavors and balance.

Overall, very interesting and well worth picking up.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Mikro in Hamden, Conn.

A: Black body with a two-finger head of creamy white foam which settled to a thin ring, leaving behind spotty lace.

S: Roasted malts, herbal, citrusy hops, licorice and musty wood aromas make up the nose.

T: Rich, full-bodied blend of creamy, roasted black malt which delivers tobacco, chocolate and dry, earthy sweetness. A nice, grapefruit and herbal hop finish is dry and bitter, with a slight alcoholic sting.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, creamy and dry in the finish with a bit of crisp, lingering bitterness.

D: A big, bold black lager clocking in at about 8.7% ABV, it's a nice sample of a jacked up Schwartz and a dangerously drinkable brew. I'd like to get my hands on a bomber to do a comparison.

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1/2" head that slowly falls to a spotty foam. Some lace develops during the session.

Smell: roasted malts, grapefruits, and a floral bitterness creates a pleasant aroma.

Taste: roasted malt, dark bitter chocolates, grapefruit, a bit of pine, and a nice floral bitterness create a nicely flavored beer. Alcohol is barely noticeable and is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish. Long aftertaste here.

Drinkability: despite the higher alcohol levels, this been was easy to consume, and after finishing the bottle I could have had some more. Nice beer.

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Photo of wedge
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black, deep dark brown color with a lovely creamy tan head. Smooth green citrus hop aromas over roasted chocolaty malts. Highly hopped sweet roasted coffee malt flavor. Pine, citrus, and caramel. Silky smooth and creamy, but not too heavy. It's actually very drinkable for nearly 9%.

Pretty tasty stuff right here. As "a celebration and case study of the aromas and flavors of German hops" I think it's successful.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amazing super dark brown and black pour. Big thick beige head, massive lace, perfect around the glass. Didn't really detect anything that I would equate with dry hopping. More dark fruit than anything.

Taste, very sweet, chocolate malts, does finish each sip very dry, crisp. Not really bitter, this beer looks much more menacing that it really is, it plays nice, this is my first beer of the day, and I was leery with the near 9% abv, but it doesn't come across that way on the palate. I think this beer is one of the best in the black lager type of styles you get. I don't really get the hops that many write about on this one, but it isn't lacking, its just right.

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Photo of cpanossian
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into clear glass mug - very generous 2-3 finger mocha colored foamy head that dissapated leaving some of the most fascinating all encompassing sponge-like lacing I've ever seen. Color is a handsome espresso cola brown with a root beer red tint. I normally don't go for dark beers like porters or stouts so I quaffed with trepidation. But its refreshing and fresh smelling aroma of fresh biscuits and malt and light hop flavorings lured me in. Creamy and velvety on the palate. Toasty malted sweetness on the tongue with a whips of hop bitterness - very nice and way too easy to drink. Drinkability is phenomenal - would drink this all night with pals if I had a case to share haha. Good job Avery!

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4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dry hopped Schwarz beer. Draft pour into pint glass for $6.

A: Served with 2 fingers of well retained creamy/foamy light-medium brown head that throws a soapy sheet of lace on to the upper edges of the glass. The body is a void of darkness and no light passes through. Lacing continues nicely. Little is left to be desired with this fine looking brew.

S: Nose is full of dark roasted chocolate malts with a bit of oatmeal raisin cookie. Malts are heavy with additional aromas of dark, sweet bread and grains. Rich rendered caramel. Yeastiness is evident with doughy notes and fruity esters highly noticeable. The dry hopping isn't a prominent feature although this brew might seem incomplete if it were missing. Lightly earthy, lightly woody. This nose is fantastic.

T: Taste follows and continues to impress. Although alcohol does make an appearance on the palate, but at nearly 9%, it's forgiveable.

M: There really isn't a weak aspect to this brew. Avery nailed the mouthfeel too. Enlivening on the tongue, medium creamy body. Tingling carbonation. Long flavor duration.

D: A very drinkable beer in any season. In my opinion, Avery has a few hits, a lot of near hits and a few misses. Seventeen is one of their more complete offerings.

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

A: Dark brown pour with hints of red. A large light brown creamy compact head. Really slow dissipation leaves lots of spider-web-like lacings.

S: Light roasted sweet malt. Dark dried fruits, raisins and plums. Some bitter hops and some citric notes. Kind of weak smell...

T: Sweet roasted malt, dominated by bitter hops. A bit nutty. Some syrupy sweet notes. Some faint citric notes. Dark bitter chocolate and some coffee.

M: Body is creamy full and carbonation is moderate. Aftertaste is rather long, at first sweet but then only bitter - really nice.

D: A nice Schwarzbier, but not that edgy. Could go mainstream, but doesn't. This is a really nice beer.

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Photo of bobhits
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thin bodied and somewhat watery in the world of black beers. Dark brown and some light will show through. A good medium dark head with incredible lacing.

Roasted malt, toast, and hops. Some dark chocolate to go with.

A malty sweet followed by some burnt toasted flavors and finishing amazingly bitter. I have to say that no dark lager will ever be judge the same way again. This is just amazing stuff. The contrast in the malt and the hops are just amazing. This is what I often expected to come from black IPA's, but never got. The roasted flavors with the amazingly hoppy finish (they only dry hopped this, are they sure they didn't add a crap load of hops?) works masterfully in this beer.

The mouth feel is a lot thicker than the pour and look suggest. I really enjoy how creamy and full bodied it is. Really lets the beer linger in your mouth and allows one to savor the flavor.

I'm loving this beer. Simply one of the best beers I've had and because I know when this came out one of the few Avery beers I'd risk buying in a bottle.

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Photo of speter
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark ruby with a massive persistent head. Even after waiting several minutes, I still have 2/3 of a pilsner glass full of foam.

S: Very German hoppy with a backdrop of doppelbock. Hopped raisin cake?

T: Follows the nose to some extent. There is a definite doppelbock thing going on with raisin and prune elements, but over the top (and over the top, so to speak) is the very high levels of German hops. In general, it's good, but there is something in there that isn't quite playing right.

M: Very velvety. Full bodied with ample carbonation.

D: Great for a one-off, but I doubt I'd want to drink numerous bottles of this.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Feldman's in McAllen, TX yesterday. Was very excited to get home from work tonight and crack it open.

Pours a dense dark brown color. Really dark. Hints of mahogany on the sides when held up to the light. Nice, firm tan head. A good looking brew. The nose is rich as well, with notes maple and brown sugar. I really like the taste here. Bold for a lager, with maple again, and dark fruit. Very malty, but with a spicy peppery kick to it (the dry hops, no doubt). Mouthfeel is dense.

This is a really nice beer from the folks at Avery. One of the bigger black lagers I've had. Resembles perhaps a dopplebock in richness and complexity, but the hoppiness of this beer really sets it apart. I would happily return to this one again and again, and may very do just that.

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Photo of NStLincoln
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark brown. Tan thick, root beer float like head.

Sugar smells with earthy hops aromas. Toffee and caramel and a bit of touch of pine.

Sweet on the palate. Pleasant earthy hops on the end and wonderfully balanced. Faint notes of cocoa. This bad boy is 8.69% and I'm having no problem drinking it. Not nearly as heavy as one would think when looking at the pour. Carbonation is great.

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

22oz bottle with that annoying Avery foil wrap job.

Appearance: Looks brown as it pours, but quite black and almost completely opaque as it sits in the tulip. The head is stiff but looks soft, and light brown colored. Damn fine lacing.

Smell: Very malty with some caramel notes and a little roast. Herbal and earthy hops. I expected stronger hops aromas from the dry hopping, but its 5 months old I guess.

Taste: Surprisingly malty with caramel and quite a bit of bitter coffee and charcoal roastiness. A lot of bitter hops in there. This is tasty, but there's a little too much bitterness from every angle.

Mouthfeel: This beer shines here. Very soft and quite full for a black lager. The carbonation is perfectly done.

Drinkability: An imperial schwarzbier is a cool idea, and this is well done. A little more balancing of the bitterness would do this beer a big favor. I'd drink another if I had one, but they're gone.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with an off white head. Nose brings forward a good dose of earthy and piney hops along with some roasted malt and hints of chocolate. Taste coalesces around a few of the flavors, but the roast characteristics come forward, drowning out of some of the really nice hop aromas from the nose. Feel is a bit dry given the combination of hops and roast, although this drinks fairly well altogether and was a nice, fairly unique offering.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/8/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a very large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, lager yeast, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors from a hearty roasted malt character and lager yeast. The some flavors of licorice and dark fruit come in. The hops presence is strong for the style and creates a good balance but takes a little while to exert itself. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good enhanced representation of style, this is a decent beer to drink for a while if you're looking for something a little bit different.

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

"Well, she's sexy and seventeen, my little rock 'n rock queen
Acts a little bit obscene, gotta let off a little steam"

--Stray Cats

Root beer brown with generous ruby and topaz highlights when backlit with afternoon sunshine. After a loud escape of CO2 on crown cracking, the caramel nougat colored head filled half the pint glass. It's mousse-like sticky and is doing a wonderful job with respect to lace.

The aroma could be bolder. The dry-hopping might have faded some in the five months since release, but the black malty schwarzbier part of the nose should be more... uh... black malty. It also smells heavily toasted and earthy, which is a bit odd for the style.

Seventeen makes a comeback on the taste buds, which was expected. The only Avery Anniversary beer to disappoint was 10 and that was my own damn fault for drinking a DIPA more than one year after the release. Interestingly, this is the brewery's first anniversary lager.

Seventeen tastes like 80% schwarzbier and 20% Oktoberfest. The toasted bread-like, earthy, melanoidin-heavy flavor of Munich malt (merely a guess) intrudes on the dark chocolate and cold coffee aspects of the rest of the beer. So why is it still so good?

The thing that saves the flavor profile is a still considerable tea leaf hoppiness that brings a surprising amount of tightness to the finish. Hallertau Hersbrucker and Tettnang make up the hop bill, if you're interested. This sucker must have been a bitter beast back in May. Warming allows the myriad flavors to harmonize even more.

The mouthfeel is lagery smooth and lightly creamy, at least partly due to picture perfect carbonation. Is the ABV 8.69% (label) or is it 7.69% (brewery website)? Hard to tell on the taste buds. Either one is believable.

Seventeen fits with the 'good, solid, drinkable beer' tradition of the Avery Anniversary series. Thirteen (a weizenbock) is still my all-time favorite. If you're concerned that the hops in this dry-hopped lager have faded too much, don't be.

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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