Thursday, September 9, 2010

Beer Review: Avery Brewing Co - The Kaiser

Beer Style: Imperial Oktoberfest Lager
Hop Variety: Magnum, Sterling, Tettnang, Hersbrucker
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, Vienna, Munich 10L, m-100, aromatic
OG: 1.080   ABV: 9.3 abv   IBUs: 24
Color: Copper
Availability: One vintage brewed and bottled August 1st of each year. 22oz. bombers, 1/6BBL and 1/2BBL kegs.

The Kaiser sonce said, "Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world." If the Kaiser and his significant other had tipped this bottle, we'd all be "sprechenden Deutsch!" We took all that is good in a traditional Oktoberfest - gorgeous, deep copper sheen, massive malty backbone and spicy, floral, pungent noble hops - then intensified each into this, an Imperial Oktoberfest.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful copper that is crystal clear. Off white head rises strongly but then falls to almost nothing with minimal lacing. 

Aroma: Toasty, biscuity malt up front leading into faint floral and noble hops. Strong bread like component throughout.

Flavor: Toasted bread and thick malt dominate the profile. Hints of dark fruit and burnt sugar also present in the profile. Noble hop presence is there, slightly floral and pleasant. Focused towards the malt but the hop bitterness does a nice job of not making it too much. 

Mouthfeel: High body with medium carbonation. Thick and chewy with a small carbonic bite at the end. 

Overall: Such a great fall beer. Avery, known for taking beers to the next level, has succeeded in making a traditional Oktoberfest take steroids. I really would like to know what a German native would think of this. American's have already ramped up the traditional Oktoberfest that you can get on draft in Germany. I have set a bottle of this aside to age, and look forward to it next year. 

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