I drank this fine brew a couple of weeks ago and was pokey getting around to the review. I thought it might be a good idea, using one of my favorite beer/wine tasting terms, to revisit this seasonal offering. Alas, my three go-to liquor stores were all out. Nevertheless, this may change my strategy about reviewing beers. Wordsworth wrote about “emotion recollected in tranquility” and there could be no finer application of that phrase than to beer, and a second beer sampled some days later. Writing this blog is demanding, but I gladly do it for you, gentle readers
But I digress…
The phrase on the side of the bottle states “Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.” These words were apparently spoken by Kaiser Wilhelm II, the last German emperor. I assume he never found that woman, which is curious given that he was an EMPEROR and living in GERMANY.
How much time did it take to get this guy’s mustache ready for the day and was it a servant’s job? And wouldn’t that look great on a résumé?
Fortunately, Oktoberfest did not suffer a similar fate and remains a wildly popular, 16 day long celebration in Munich (or München as Frau Nickoloff Rogers would say) as well as many places around the world.
Avery’s The Kaiser is a copper-hued lager, brilliant in the glass. Tasting on my back porch, the color blended perfectly with the changing leaves. A little gentle swirling produces a finger width layer of foam. The bouquet is hypnotizing with notes of sweet grain and a hint of spice. Similar on the palate with a hint of hops to ready the drinker for the next taste. And it has just a bit of a pucker. This is what I would call a “stranded on a desert island beer”.
This beer would pair well with a exceptionally wide array of foods, such as grilled meats, smoky or nutty cheeses, and sandwiches.
Beer Geek Stats:
Beer Style: Imperial Oktoberfest
Hop Variety: Bravo, Tettnang, Hersbrucker
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, Vienna, Munich, Dark Munich, Aromatic
OG: 1.085 ABV: 9-10% IBUs: 24 Color: Copper
Additional note- The young man with less hair is my favorite nephew, Zach. He and his buddies have started their own craft brewery, Burn ‘Em Brewing in Michigan City, Indiana. I have heard positive things about their beers although that has been from Zach’s mom, my sister Julie. And you know how mothers are! As of this writing, they have yet to get their federal license, so they are pouring at various festivals. I will give a shout when they have officially opened.