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Avery Brewing Co.’s Annual Imperial Oktoberfest, The Kaiser, Returns Next Week
Review by everetends on 06/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 14 4 7 2010
Old Review
Had on tap at the Brickstore Pub in ATL. Served up in an nonic pint. Imperial Marzen really caught my eye, why the hell not?

A: Served up as a dark orange/very coppery color. The body is pretty damned hazy and is near impossible to see through. The pour was topped with a finger or more of white head. That head had some decent retention, lasting a good portion of the experience before falling to a white ring. The lace is spotty and soapy. Pretty much what I would expect from a decent marzen.

S: Smell is pretty malt dominant but the aroma is incredibly subdued. Getting some rich German malty goodness with some caramel. There may be a touch of apricot and banana in here. Slight hops coming through that have a nip of bitterness in the nose. Not bad, but nothing really grabbing my full on attention.

T: Pretty much the same as the nose. Nice malts coming through in the form of some carmael and biscuit. The fruit flavors are minimal but are here with a touch of sweet banana. Hops cut the sweetness bringing things in balance. I say this, but it brings in dangerously close to blandness or mediocrity. Its good, don't get me wrong, but its just a bit blah at times.

M: Medium bodied with a nice crisp carbonation. I can not believe the ABV is this high because I got no trace of it in the taste or in the feel. Pretty hearty and refreshing finish. Aftertaste is mostly some malt lingering.

D: Not a bad beer at all. The pint went away quickly and I had no issues with that. I have to say that beer did not overly impress me, but it didn't disappoint me either. I guess that is what happens when you go in with no expectations. Not a bad beer and an interesting take on a marzen, especially make one this big. Still has the Marzen blah qualities that tend to leave me bored at times.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 04-11-2009 17:53:59

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 10/30/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 8 18 5 8 2009
Clear coppery amber with a dusty yellow cap of small stature but firmly thick. Thin sheeting lace sticks well with some moth holes strewn across.

Aroma is a bit subdued if not super clean and sweetly set in a malt sided waft of melon candy and slight caramel drenched golden raisins.

Taste is pretty darn big on the malts. A slight step above what a normal Oktoberfest would be as it has an evident warmth and broad dobblebock stickyness to its character. Fairly chewy and malty smooth with a warming bready malt center and slight candied melon parts. Nicely rounded in hop tones make a slight floral and spice appearance in the finish.

Feel is big and malty with a heavy thick, rich, and lush creamy smoothness that tilts to an acceptable cloying measure of balance.

A big and sweet warming Oktoberfest that'll make for some good Fall time drinking. It says right on the label "Imperial Oktoberfest", yeah, thats a pretty close conclusion of what this is, if not just a straight up dopplebock.

Served In: Stange

Review by Oxymoron on 12/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 17 4 7 2008
A funny quote lines Avery’s The Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest from Kaiser Wilhelm II that goes “give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.” You don’t need a woman (or the world) to try this excellent German (ya!).

Poured a copper amber to red color. The beer itself is visible which is a little different noting that there was some sediment on the bottom. The smell is strong in malt. Almost sweet like brown sugar and plums mixed together.

The taste is excellent with strong sweet esters and a great mix of malt to hop combo. It’s hard to miss the alcohol flavor but really that adds to the flavor of the beer. A complex malt backing but sweet like an Old Ale. A raisin taste with stronger tones of spiciness and more sharper or earthy hop tones are noticeable. This is a great beer to taste a lot of different flavors. Well done for the taste buds.

Funny that an Oktoberfest is suppose to be 4.5% to 7% ABV. Avery like the good brewers they are push the envelope on this one to a nice 9.3%. It’s noticeable but with so much going on easy to by pass. So Kaiser made some bad decisions and was considered one of the major catalyst towards WWI, doesn’t mean you cant enjoy a fantastic beer named after him.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 14 4 7 0
Review from 10/20/06

A - Amber-orange in color. Tons of bubbles dancing around in the glass. Big, two finger head that is slightly off white and not going anywhere.

S - Smells like one hoppy Ofest. Sweet malts and fresh hop notes. Yum.

T - Very sweet, more than I thought it would be even with the sweet smell. Sweet malt dominates here, with a bit of the hops that I could smell fighting to break through.

M - Medium bodied. Aggressive carbonation, but it doesn't impede enjoyment.

D - Drinkable beer for 9.3%, but a little too sweet for my tastes.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 11/22/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 9 18 4 8 0
Served chilled and poured into a Weizen glass.

Appearance is good. Deep copper colored and clear brew with a nice clumpy off-white head. Nice amount of lacing in the glass. Carbonation bubbles slowly climbing to the top.

Smell is good. Big sweet malts with a sharp peppery sting. Candy (Belgium?) sugar and a yeasty funk.

Taste is very good. Exactly what you'd think an Imperial Oktoberfest would taste like. Large candy sweet malt bill followed by a sharp bitterness that finishes with a wonderful taste of red apples. Barely any alcohol bite. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is very good. Perfect carbonation. Fluffy and full in the mouth. Finishes crisp and bold yet relatively clean.

Drinkability is good. Finishing this bomber will be easy and I'd welcome another.

I didn't know what to make of an "Imperial Oktoberfest" but I came away pleasantly surprised. A big bold lager that is very enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Served In: Weizen Glass

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