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Hoss Rye Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by rye726 on 08-05-2009

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Reviews: 438 | Ratings: 1,013
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rocks a big 1" head, has a dark orange, light brown = auburn kind of colored appearance. Comes across sweeter than almost any rye beer I've had, some go spicy, peppery, this one went sweet aroma.

Taste follows the same lines, sweet, but not sugary, light dark fruit, not bitter. Pretty well done, within style guidelines, not overly bitter or hopped, but offering more of a thicker and more complex mouthfeel than its traditional Old World contemporaries.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled back on 3/7/16. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a pretty orange-amber in color with about a 1-finger creamy/foamy white head. LOTS of lacing was seen after each sip, like a good German brew.. Aroma is of 'sweet rye' and caramel malts with a hint of yeast and spice. Taste is close to the aroma with a hint of fruit also. Very smooth and goes down easy and is very tasty as well. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Overall a great brew!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin carbonated head. Retention and lacing are both non-existent. Has a sweeter rye aroma. I guess you can get a little bit of that typical Marzen aroma as well but not enough that I would label it as such. Taste is quite decent. Sweet and malty with a kick of rye at the end. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. It is not a go to beer but would definitely do in a pinch.

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Photo of beergoot
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper hued body; thin, fizzy head. Toasted grain aroma. Malty, grassy, spicy flavor; slightly fruity; bitterness pops up late into the finish.. Medium bodied; relatively sweet finish.

A fair lager with a decent malt sweetness and edgy spice and fruity quality.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean and clear pink-red, with a thin, quickly disappearing white head. A little lacing left behind. Smooth sweet, malt aroma with a hint of hops. The taste is a smooth malty flavor from the start, before being cut by the rye and hops. Mouth feel is sorta watery, but good. Nothing special. Overall, a very good beer. Certainly worth trying, but nothing I'd go out of my way to get.

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Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 15 Sept. 2015 into a lager glass.

Appearance – the body has an orange-amber color and is topped by a modest size, bone-colored head. The head has decent retention and leaves some foamy lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma – weak and seems to have some off notes (from the rye?) in addition to notes of caramel and sweet malts.

Flavor – nearly as spicy and hoppy as malty. Much better than the aroma suggests. Improved with some warming.

Mouthfeel –Alcohol seems a little lower than the actual 6.2 % ABV. Medium body with a carbonation level that is medium level, lightly crisp, and appropriate for style.

Overall: a good rye spiced marzen.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] Forms 1/2 finger of head. The head is off white and thins out pretty quickly. The beer is cloudy apricot color. The bottle lists the ABV (6.2%) and has a bottled date (02/20/2015) that is easy to read (and is quite old).

S: [3.50] Strong smell of corn and cereal. Maybe hints of fruitiness. Very traditional lager type scents.

T: [3.50] A little soapy then corn and sweetness from the malts. Similar fruitness from the nose.

M: [3.50] Slick and medium bodied. Nice amount of carbonation.

O: [3.50] This is decent. I doubt I'd seek it out but I wouldn't turn it down. It is a nice twist on a standard lager. It still has that corn flavor underlying but there are some additional flavors at the party to mix it up.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and bright red-tinged copper with a half finger width, sandstone colored head. Poor retention, resulting in a razor thin, broken layer of suds across the surface.

Smell - Bready, with notes of fruity esters. Hints of caramel.

Taste - Spicy notes from the rye met by strong caramel flavor and a touch of toasted bread. Mild, cherry-like fruitiness sit beneath. Finishes with well-rounded blend of flavor that begs for another sip.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with a fair amount of crisp carbonation. Smooth, slightly dry finish.

Overall - Unique, delicious Okto. I could stand to drink more of these. The rye really adds a nice spicy touch while the caramel is smooth as butter. Come on Great Divide, get into the NorCal market!

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this single beer at a Binny's Beverage Depot in Chicago.

Quick Take: Slightly hoppy, but has a nice, subtle spice from the rye that makes up for it. One of a few examples of rye beer without the ridiculous amount of hops! Another good example is the Rugbrød from The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

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Photo of dank203
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

really smooth beer. some sweet malty notes. hint of spice. dry finish, a little bit of bite. really great beer for fall. definitely something unique about this brew

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Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice full bodied lager. Pours a beautiful brown with a ruby glow. Aromas are bread malts and cherries dominant in the nose. Taste is same. Pretty much an Oktoberfest style lager with the addition of cherries. Pulled together with a crisp feel.

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Photo of drpimento
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one was a bit light struck in the aroma tho the rye really comes through. Flavor’s good, malty, rye; the hops kind of beat down any fruit. Decent body. Drinkable beer.

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Photo of TH28
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. 42 days old. Appearance: Deep copper, hazy, with minimal off white foam head. Aroma: Faint Munich malt, a hint of rye. No noticeable hop aroma Taste: Sweet bready an toasted malt with a light hop bitterness. Slight rye spice hits on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel: medium body with a light carbonation. Finish: definitely leans on the malty side on the finish. Rye leaves the palate dry. Overall: A standard Marzen with a nice bit of rye to add another layer of flavor. I was expecting a bit more rye character, but still a good lager.

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Photo of zdk9
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours with a full finger of head- a soapy froth topping an crystal amber fading into ruby. Some streaks of lacing already on the sides of the glass. They're not strong but they're there which is saying something for a beer I don't expect to be too hoppy.

S- Straw, grain husk, and notes of rye like the spiciness I associate with a good rye whiskey. The more I dig my nose into it though, the more I get corn, very much like a corny adjunt crummy beer.

T- A decent amount of flavor going on here. There's some dark fruit, some viniousness ala a Vienna Lager. Quite a bit of malt- dark and syruppy malt with some of that husk and rye coming through from the aroma. Hops? I'm not really sure- it's bitter enough on balance and i do notice that. There's maybe some grapefruit or lemon pith on the back sides of the tongue.

M- Thick, but easy drinking.

O- A lot of flavor, and different from a typical lager. I like this (except for that corn in the smell thing...)

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Photo of milehighhop
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wasn't sure what to expect, this was my first eye beer. Thought it was ok, but was a little underwhelmed. Good refreshing beer, just nothing I would pick out

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Photo of sjdevel
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A nice 2 finger head from a medium pour out of a 12 oz. bottle. The head diminishes and leaves some spottly lacing; still fairly bubbly throughout. The beer is a beautiful crystal clear copper color.

Smell: There is a spicy smell mixed with some caramel notes. Very caramelly and rich.

Feel: Medium bodied that coats the tongue well. Mostly smooth and just a slight dry finish.

Taste: There is a nice spicy deep rye tang and a slight hop bite that hit you right at the front. There is a nice balance of flavors: sweet, malt, and caramel. Slight tartness makes an appearance amidst the sweetness, then fades with some floral hop notes.

Overall: Enjoyable rye brew that isn’t too heavy on the rye and well balanced. Bought this as a single in a mixed-6-pack, but would not be afraid to buy a full 6.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright gold with a slight copper tint under a 1” clingy white foam collar. S: Rye spice, spicy hops, traces of banana
T: Rye bread, spice, hint of banana, an underlying sweetness balanced by a moderate hop bitterness.
F: a little above medium body, a slight slickness on the tongue, moderate carbonation.
O: A well made and very drinkable rye beer.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Seems flat and low in carbonation for the style. Bottled on Dec 11, tasted on April 4th - not too long but maybe enough so the beer is not what it could be. Unlike other ryes, not much going on here.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours darker than expected with a rich and vibrant dark amber body under light foam. Smells and tastes true to style without being quite as rich and luscious as some examples. The maltiness is less than expected, the hops more, especially the bitterness. Overall this works well as an American example of the style, and the rye is a very well done component. As usual, Great Divide delivers a bold interpretation with. Professional.

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Photo of Zcrizer
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottles (Dec 2014)

Look: Orange tinted, a solid lacing on top, lots of carbonation rising.

Smell: Weaker overall than many Marzens. Slight whiff of cherry.

Taste: Solid, if not terribly distinctive. It's mid-sip flavor seems to be sweeter, more fruit-like than most.

Overall: Good representative of the style that is apparently available yearround, which is welcomed by me.

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Photo of Willster333
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice refreshing citrusy aroma from the beer. The taste like other reviewers have said has a bit of a caramel and strong rye taste to it. A bit sweet. My only complaint is the finish is a little flat. I think this would be a great summer beer.

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Photo of Raki
4.61/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The reason I really like this beer is its great balance of all things good (malt, rye notes, hops, and various mild background flavors), but not dominated by any one thing. Then, the "drinkability" puts the icing on the cake, with its smoothness and subdued bitterness and a really nice clean finish.

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Photo of CHickman
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours very hazy amber color with a nice thick 1 finger creamy beige head that faded slowly and left very good lacing coating the sides.

Smells of caramel, a big sweetness sugar like candied sugar and brown sugar, toasted grains, rye, funky metallic notes, pepper and wet bread which resembles cardboard. More exciting than most Oktoberfest noses, the rye is a nice spicy addition to the basic caramel nose of this style.

Tastes like rye and toasted grains up front, mixed with pepper, caramel, malt, dry grass or dry leafy hops, biscuit, light fruity notes like a lemon zest and wheat bread. The rye and spices cut through the malt and add an almost hoppy-like balance to the brew, which made it a better and more flavorful version of this style.

Mouthfeel is medium overall and yet feels watery with mild carbonation, a medium body and a nice malty semi-dry finish that trails with a nice combo of sweetness and spices. This hides the ABV completely and was easy to drink, I really like this version of a Märzen/Oktoberfest and will definitely have it again.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper-amber color. Very small white head with poor retention. No lacing. Aroma is very malt-forward. Sweet caramel. An unexpected amount of fruitiness (easy there, no I didn't read the label right away). Bready malts, and a bit of spice as well. The taste features, sweet, very lightly roasted malts, led by caramel. A good amount of bread malts as well, and some grain. A little bit of bitterness. Some very lightly roasted nuts that were a very nice addition to the caramel. Very very well balanced, with a good deal of sweetness that doesn't go overboard. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. A bit sticky, with makes it a little harder to gulp down. Overall this one was a pleasant surprise, after having a few letdowns from Great Divide.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours copper with a small lasting head.
Nose shows rye bready, sultanas, caramel, bready malt and hints of spicy cedar.
Creamy, nutty flavours with some bready malt too. Quite sweet.

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