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 BierFan
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Looks absolutely amazing. Almost like a nitro-stout how the head suddenly rose from nothing, before settling to some sturdy light tan foam. Dark brown body looks about black in the glass.

Smell: Dark malts and some faint grassy hops. Pretty good for the style, but it's not a terribly exciting style to begin with.

Taste: Rather surprising. I wasn't expecting it to be so hoppy, and I don't think I've had a beer that was this bitter using German hops. I never knew that German hops could pack such a punch. The malt gives the flavors of cocoa powder, mainly, with a little caramel. Alcohol is also present in the taste.

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I wasn't expecting to find so much enjoyment from a simple schwarzbier.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A friend of mine split this with me and to be honest, I was disappointed. It was just unremarkable and I have usually found Avery anniversary beers interesting. Dark black color obviously with a malty smell. The taste was like a dark lager but was just kind of boring. The beer was not hard to drink but for an $8 anniversary beer I would expect a little more.

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Photo of morimech
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not really black in color, but dark brown, with a large tan head that had excellant retention. Quite a bit of lacing is left on the glass. Aroma consists of toasted malt, licorice, and some earthiness. Good flavor until the alcohol comes in to play. Starts with sweet malt, licorice, and some earthy hops. Bitterness is definately there but the alcohol spoils the party. This is a big body lager. Carbonation pairs perfectly with the beer. Good texture. The booziness limits drinablility as well as Avery's price point for their anniversay beers. Probably will not buy another.

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

Black and capped with a thick tan head that's in no hurry to leave.

Not as bold as I expected, in fact it's unassuming for how shockingly bitter the flavor is. Aside from the German hops, there's a lovely cookie and cocoa maltiness as well as a slight mineral quality.

Taste & Body
Taste is big--surprisingly so; was expecting something more tame but still hoppy. Rich dark malts followed by a stinging bitterness and a bit of alcohol heat. Much stronger than the German schwarzbiers I've had. If it weren't for the clean finish I'd think this was a stout. Body is full and carbonation is good if not a bit light.

A big bitter lager. It's gonna be tough to drink all this by myself. I'd be happier if Avery kept this under 6% and toned everything down a bit. Still an enjoyable brew and a fun experiment to try a 'doppelschwarz'.

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

Poured into a pokal.

Black with brown hues at the edges. A fat three finger khaki head that exhibits fantastic retention and lacing.

Smell is a bit chocolate-y with lager fruitiness and then piney/orange rind hops.

Tastes is similar with cocoa chocolate, lager yeast fruitiness, pine, and orange rind.

The mouthfeel is fullbodied with medium carbonation and a nice hop bite on the end. Very smooth, but it is almost powdery in texture which is off putting.

A really nice strong lager. I'm glad more and more breweries are experimenting with lagers recently.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz anniversary into a tall stemmed Zoller glass.

Pours quite black with shiny clear cola-brown edges. Full on tan khaki head is light and fluffy with some incredible sticking power, leaving huge frothy lace.

Smells somewhat mild, oddly faint caramel with toasty dry dark malt and some pretty strong hops. A little syrupy, but still crisp and tightly round. Only mild detraction is that the mix of hops and black lager present a somewhat trashy imbalance from whiff to whiff.

Bitter, starting with tree bark and dark dry grains, strong and crisp. Holds on to some woodiness and toasted bread into a bittering finish of hops and more woody bark. Hops present with little juiciness, but rather a nice smooth dry bitterness over the beer, which is strong on grain without being too heavy.

Feel is wonderful, balanced between crisp and full, finishing niccely but still leaving a mild thickening clinginess. Nice carbonation suits the lager style well for a full crisp presentation with tons of depth.

Drinks very well. Takes a bit of acclimating to, given the hops, but becomes very palatable. A unique flavor, not necessarily one I've ever craved, but will easily finish this bottle and could consider another.

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Photo of jampics2
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Adam, I raised a toast to you with this one. Congrats on 17 years of running such a kick-ass brewery!

On tap @ the Beer Engine. Pours a dark black with an offwhite head. Head sticks around for the long run. A very nice looking beer.

Smell is roasted malt, a nice hoppiness lurking around, and even a touch of smoke. The roast gives impressions of coffee and chocolate. The smell is nice, nothing too crazy but certainly not traditional.

Taste is awesome! I'm a HUGE fan of a well done Schwartz, and this breaks the mold but has the flavor and clean finish I crave. Chocolate, some mild rauch character, nice clean German dark malt. The hops are more earthy than pine or citrus in the taste. There is also a nice liquorice or anise taste that is mild but makes its presence known. Yeah, the flavors are an interesting take, but I would say this still qualifies thanks to the malt, lightness, and clean finish thanks to the wonders of lagering.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Creamy and smooth. Nice carb and great finish.

Overall, I loved this beer. I'd have it again in a heartbeat. Thanks for the last 17 years of great beers, Mr. Avery. I salute you with a resounding "prost"!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is roasted malt with some piney and earthy hop notes. The flavor is grassy hops with some darker malts. The flavor is darker malts, but not the roasted malts you get in a stout or porter. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice, Seventeen is opaquely dark, with a thick, dense tan head, about a half-inch thick. The nose gives notes of sweet caramel and a spicy tang that I assume is hops, but it's not identifiably so. The flavor offers an initial bitterness that slowly gives way to black patent malt with a light touch of a roasted edge. The transition between the flavors is interesting, but it's not a particularly complex beer, nor memorable, as far as Avery anniversary brews go.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours brown-black with a big creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is roasted chocolate malts, some dark fruits, and a touch of coffee and some hops.

The flavor is roasted chocolate malts, coffee, and black licorice with a big burnt bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, a nice beer. I like the ark hoppiness and the lager aspects add something different than the black IPAs.

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

pours a black with a red tint and a medium size khaki head, and great lacing.

smell is of hops, some floral, cocoa, coffee, and malt.

taste is thick, cocoa, a touch of coffee, roasted malt, and hops, ends bitter and dry, and with a coffee aftertaste.

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

A: pours a very dark brown almost black with a full two finger, light brown head and very thick, sticky lacing clumped on the glass

S: smells of yeast, roasted malts and piney, grassy german hops

T: roasted malts, some bittering dark chocolate and earth, piney hops

M: light/medium body with good popping carbonation

D: very easy to drink with a slightly higher abv that was very well hidden and went down smooth.

Overall, this is one of my favorite anniversary beers from Avery. The dry hopping of this beer made this lager much more enjoyable. I plan to buy at least one or two more bottles of this one.

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

Avery Seventeen pours a dark, mahogany brown color. Light cuts through and reveals nice burgundy highlights all over the place. A soft, tan head covers the top. It's big and stands over two and a half fingers tall. It's slow to recede, leaving a sticky web of lace in its wake. Not bad at all.

One whiff confirms that Avery Seventeen has a German character to it. The yeast and hops give it away. The hops have to be some form of noble hops. Yeast is actually the strongest aroma in the house, and it smells pretty darn good. It's a little earthy and features some dark malt notes throughout. Smells like some ancillary licorice and light spice notes are present. Alcohol is masked well. Smells good to me. Certainly what you'd expect for the style.

The flavor tracks the nose very well. Yeast is very strong in the mix. It has an excellent flavor that is very reminiscent of all things German. I like that. Dark malts give it a nice, semi-sweet base. The hops certainly taste noble to me. They add a nice, light bitter flavor that's a very nice touch. There's an earthy flavor to it that lingers throughout. It actually works pretty well and is flavorful. Light licorice and perhaps anise are noted at the secondary level. Alcohol is not very noticeable. It finishes a little earthy and hoppy.

Seventeen has a medium body that's nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. It's not quite creamy, but for the style, it's pretty well done. Drinkability is good. Quite good. This is a rather tasty Schwarzbier that goes down easy. It's not too strong or intimidating. I like it. A bomber = no problem at all.

I wasn't expecting Avery to go with a Schwarzbier for its seventeenth anniversary release, but I'm glad that they did. This is a nice release. A little left of center? Sure, but it is good. There's not much here that will 'wow' you. But, it is a very solid Schwarzbier that performs nicely all-around. Easily recommended. Nice job, guys. Happy seventeenth!

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

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lots of sticky lacing. On the nose, I let this beer sit for a bit, but I still get almost nothing. At the most, I get some light coffee, burnt toast and light vanilla. Considering this is supposed to be a hoppy black lager, I sure don't get that on the nose. On the palate, there is considerable more flavor then I was expecting from the nose, with coffee, chocolate, vanilla and some noticelable hoppy bitterness in the finish (which counters the moderate sweetness rather well). Mouthfeel is soft, smooth and long, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is pretty good, though there's a touch of heat in the finish. Still, this is a pretty impressive effort from Avery, and was just what I was looking for... an imperial schwartzbier. I can't believe Southern Tier didn't beat them to it.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown color; no light. Poured a 2 finger light tan head that dissipated to a lumpy skim. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Piney and grapefruit hop aromas. Lots of toasted malt too; chocolate, caramel. Alcohol tickle.

T: Toasted malt flavors and slcohol most prominent. Roasted nuts and coffee with some resiny hops in the middle. Very dry and bitter in the fisish.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dry and warming.

D: Drinkable despite the big malts and ABV.

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Photo of Swalden28
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with frothy tan head. Aroma has a nice strong blend of dark roasted grain and floral hop. Flavor of strong dark roast grain, hints of coffee, notes of dark chocolate, strong noble hop that leaves a some what piney and fresh grassy flavor with a nice bitterness at the end. Mouth feel is medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, I really enjoyed!

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

A: Holy head Batman! Initial three fingers of off-white airy foam that quickly dissipates and holds steady at about half an effervescent inch. Black and opaque. Dark coffee/amber coloration when held to the light. Lacing appears but inconsistently, and towards the end of a 12oz pour the head has a large bald spot in the center.

S: Right off the bat sweet hops hit the nose. Grass, pine, citrus (mostly grapefruit and tangerine with a touch of lemon) all rise to the occasion. In the background a touch of roasted oat and coffee stays true to this beers color.

T: Ha ha. . . the black IPA has fooled me again. Like a bizarro Crystal Pepsi this beer is nothing like it appears. Hops rule with the same complexity as in the nose with tangerine their driving force. There is however the presence of roasted malt and the lingering flavor of dark roasted coffee beans. The aftertaste, in combining this coffee flavor with the bitterness of the hops provides a sense of drinking a bitter cup of joe . . . except it is exceedingly pleasant.

M: Well carbonated. Medium yet effervescent body, despite its appearance. Moderate to strongly dry on the
finish due to the hoppy bitterness.

D: Lovely. Little alcohol presence, light mouthfeel, complexity of flavor and that awesome tangerine make me coming back for more! The dry and bitter aftertaste only entice me to take another sip. The bomber goes down with absolutely no problem.

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

A: poured a very dark brown with brown highlights and a half finger of head that left good sticky lacing.

S: roasty malts and piney hop aromas with hints of chocolate, caramel, and booze.

T: boozy roastiness flavors up front that has a mild hop bite with chocolate accents and molasses notes. There are also subtle coffee notes as well.

M: light to medium body with moderate carbonation that has a sweet mild bitter finish.

D: drinks well and is pretty good for a dark hoppy brew I really like how avery experiments on their anniversary beers.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a moderate off-white/tan head and some light lacing.

S: A heavily grassy and herbal hop nose with an underlying aroma of roasted malt and perhaps even a bit of caramel.

T: Things stay much the same on the tongue. A strongly herbal flavor to the beer with a nice sweetness in the form of caramel. A bit of bread and a mild bitterness.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: An interesting beer, but I am not the hugest fan of the hop character in this one. A bit too grassy and wild for me.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 8.69% abv. Pours a cloudy dark brown. Nice rocky mocha head. Very nice retention and lace.

A bit of chocolate in the nose. Maybe a hint of caramel, but pretty clean. Slightly spicy and earthy hops. The hops blend well with the malt, as everything is pretty well rounded and easy going.

Smooth chocolate malt. A hint of roasty flavors, without the bitterness. A bit of sweetness lingers. Good amount of hop bitterness without being overwhelming. Spicy hops are a nice compliment.

Light to medium body. Nice amount of carbonation. Only a bit of alcohol shows through. A bit lacking in the nose, but I like how it comes together in the mouth.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have refrained from writing a lot of reviews the past few months despite tasting lots of beer. I've decided to perhaps write only about the "best" and the "worst" of my experiences and to otherwise just keep quiet. This one is worthy of discussion and drinking!

Tasted at room temperature which I think is essential to get the best out of this one.

Pours dark brown/black with a tan head that quickly fades but is nice looking and inviting.

Nose is a light cherry chocolate with a light molasses brown sugar quality to it; not real assertive but pleasant and welcoming-grows as it sits in the glass and become very inviting, sweet and floral; a bit of a "sweet whiskey" character in the nose that's great.

Mouthfeel is rich, creamy, full and "expensive" tasting. A wonderfully rich full body that's almost chewable but still bright.

Flavors are big, full and rich thick black coffee, rich creamy unsweetened expresso with bitter black chocolate. This beer is full of big full and expressive black flavors that are nothing but appealing.

This is one of Avery's real winners and with a big rich bitter espresso finish that leaves you wanting more.

This is so nicely done that it could replace many a person's "standard stout," (and, it's a black lager!)

A must try if you like big full rich black roasted, toasty, coffee chocolate flavors and want to experience the best of the style. Kudos to Avery for this one.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours black and is rather opaque. I feel like when I hold it up to the light I can almost see through it but It appears to be devoid of any coloring other than darkness. Topped off with an off white to light tan head which has excellent retention and nice lacing.

S: The hoppy aroma here is familiar... I cant quite put my finger on what it reminds me of. It has a steel like quality but not really in a bad way. A very soft chocolate malty presence comes through for me as well... but its not in the forefront.

T: There is a chalky pollen like quality which is the most notable in this beer for me. Its like concentrated Lupulin dust or something. Bitter chocolate Kind of weird. Roasted malts come through in the background and help give the beer some balance. Overall there seems not to be a ton of depth in this one...

M: chalky, prickly

D: medium

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Photo of champ103
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off this is not an American Adjunct Lager by any means. I have not read about any adjuncts being used for this at all. This is a dry hopped black lager. I would call that a Schwarzbier.

A: Pours a dark black color Almost opaque, with a little ruby/brown around the edges. A two finger tan head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes to a ring, and leaves some light lace.
S: A light roasted malt aroma. Creamy, milk chocolate. Some sweet toffee and licorice aromas. Spicy floral hops linger. Very nice.
T: Roasted malt with lots of dark chocolate and toffee. Some light licorice. Hops are present, and is in excellent balance with the malt. Light floral and grassy flavor in the background. The hops leaves a lingering dryness after the initial sweetness from the chocolate. I really like it.
M/D: A full body that is slightly sticky. Very creamy and smooth. There is some warming alcohol, but I had no problem finishing the pint. Very easy to drink.

I really enjoyed this. An excellent souped up Americanized Schwarzbier. The dry hopped Noble hops are noticeable, but always in the background. While not a perfect traditional Schwarzbier, much closer in style than to an adjunct lager. Something that I highly recommend.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big creamy tan head with decent lacing atop this ruby-brown-molasses colored beer. Not quite black, but a pretty nice looking beer. Pine on the nose from the hops, but then some malty sweetness comes through, with an almost clovey note. Interesting.

Taste is very quantized, separated into an initial malty, bready, toasty note and a piney, herbal, hoppy note. The first malt blast subsides before the hops kick in, leaving a strange vacuum mid-palate. As the beer warms, that middle part is filled a bit with a raisin, woody, sweet note, not unlike a dubbel. Odd, but interesting. I'm not totally sold on this one.

MF is light and drinkable, decent carbonation keeps it moving and cuts through some of the sweetness. Drinkability is hampered a bit by some booziness poking through. An interesting stab at this schwarzbier / hopped-up black lager style.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, 16th Anniversary came late last year (July), but I had the 15th on June 6, 2008, 2 years to the day, so this seems appropriate,

A: Pours black with a creamy mild light tan head, big lace.

S: Very green hop nose with smoke and black malt.

T: Lots of dark black malt upfront, definitely has a firm hop character, the green pine comes through the dark malt with ease. Piney, pot-like in the finish, very floral.

M: Medium-bodied with some ethanol on the finish, a tad boozy, the smooth lager base isn't hiding it too well.

D: A more interesting beer at this point than the 16th, I'd love to see what the 15th is like now that's for sure. It makes me wonder what this would be like in a year. An interesting beer, but these Avery anniversaries are getting expensive ($8), fine for once a year, I've been tasting them since the 14th, but I haven't found one I'd repurchase at the price point.

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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