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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 954
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 26
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009

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Ratings: 954 | Reviews: 424
Reviews by dsa7783:
Photo of dsa7783
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Although according to the bottle sticker, this brew is marketed as a rye lager, I can definitely see where the discrepancy between that of an Oktoberfest/Marzen comes into play. Pours a dark amber hue with slight carbonation and a medium-bodied head. The rye notes are dominant in both the aroma and overall flavor. Grainy, amber taste inherent with viscous malts along with bread and butter nuances dominate the palate. A solid offering from Great Divide.

More User Reviews:
Photo of woodychandler
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am continuing to winnow down my backlog, especially of bottles. This one was either purchased at The Friendly Greek or dropped off by tone77, but those are really the only two possibilities.

From the bottle: "Layered"; "Crisp"; "HOSS is based on the Marzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss finishes crisp and dry, and its brilliant red-orange color is a toast to the sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer."; "Bronze Medal, Great American Beer Festival, 2009"; "Suggested Food Pairings: Veal bratwurst, barbecue chicken, carnitas (pork) tacos, Camembert cheese, German chocolate cake."

My initial, aggro pour created two fingers of dense, tawny head with moderate retention that created some great lacing as it fell. Color was a filament-bright deep-copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Beautiful! Nose had a rich, malty scent, but I was not getting the fruitiness the label mentioned, at least, not on the nose. Mouthfeel was soft, slightly bubbly and now I did get a distinct cherry flavor on the tongue. Wild! The rye manifested itself on the dry finish, giving it an earthy balance to offset the malts. This was MUCH better than I anticipated and probably one of the best beers of the style that I have encountered. Great lacing formed as I drank through it. I would definitely be interested in having this beer again.

Photo of homebrew311
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear golden with some amber hues. Thin head and light lacing. Nose is malty with notes of spicy rye and neutral lager yeast. Some earthy grain notes as well. Flavor is subtle with rye malts coming forward and no hop character to speak of. A slight spiciness towards the end. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Overall, decent flavors, well balanced, and easy drinking.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark yet clear copper color. The head is a little over a finger high, with an off-white shade. Its texture is more fluffy than creamy, but it still retains well. Nice rings of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Primarily, the aroma is caramel with some spicy rye and a touch of earthen hops. Rye comes out even more as it warms up. There isn't a whole lot to the nose, but what's there is definitely serviceable.

T: The malt backbone is stronger here. It opens faintly spicy - think rye and Centennial hops - and ends with a pleasant caramel finish. Not just caramel, but even some chocolate. A twinge of hop bitterness returns on the aftertaste. At times, it has a mineral quality to it. It's not an intense beer per se, and I wouldn't have it any other way: the hop/malt balance is delicate and defined in all the right ways.

M: It's coarse and prickly, though not out-and-out sharp. For some reason, this seems to make the body thicker than it really is. Still, this is a nice and drinkable marzen that doesn't rely on overdone carbonation to achieve that.

O: It's hard to go wrong with this brewery, and it's hard to go wrong with this beer. The rye adds a nice dimension without overpowering it. There's little wow factor here, but I'll be damned if I don't say I'm craving another one of these.

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Jul 19 2013 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of malt
Head average (4 cm), off-white, creamy, slowly diminishing to an uneven layer ranging from 0 – 4 mm thick
Lacing good, forms wide nearly complete rings
Body clear medium red-orange
Flavor begins with malt sweetness and flavor with some rye spice and quickly ends on the same notes; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate is medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation

This is an attractive and easy drinking beer. Although this is billed as a lager, it lacks the acidity and sourness associated with lagers, perhaps because of the rye. So far, the best beer I’ve had from Great Divide.

Photo of oberon
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice change of pace,a rye marzen lager in mid spring.Poured into a .5 liter stein a brilliant amber/bronze with a clingy one finger head that settles into a creamy mass.Lighter aromas of caramel malt,dark fruit,with toast,and iron.Lighter mouthfeel but not watery,flavors of caramel and dark fruit mainly,the rye gives off a tang in the finish.Not a bad beer,maybe expected a little more, but its decent.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 5/15/10.

A: As the bottle says: red-orange. This color would fit in an autumnal collage brilliantly. Poured into my snifter, the 1/2 finger head is here and gone and leaves a spindly beige layer on top of the beer. The lacing is pretty interesting and sticky - somewhat surprising for a lager.

S: A bright, fruity, and grainy lager smell meets spicy rye. I smell some plum, cherry, and apple aromas with a bit of light pepper. This is a nice and inviting smell, which becomes heavier on the fruitiness and lighter on the grains as the beer warms.

T: I drank the majority of this beer at about 50-55 degrees and it is amazing how much more flavor was released at the warmer temperature. Huge notes of plum and cherry mingled with the rye spice to reveal a really tasty and big lager.

M: Hoss has a solid mouthfeel. The rye gives a good tingly feel to the sides of the palate as the light to medium carbonation massages my tongue.

D: This interesting beer is one of which I will consume more. I do not think I would have too many in one sitting, though, as the rye spice could overpower the palate.

Photo of MadScientist
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was bottled on 9/15/2011

A: This is a beautiful, medium copper with excellent clarity and an white head.

S: A medium-high rye spicy aroma dominates the smell with a moderate toasted malt aroma and some earthiness. There also seems to be a light spicy hop aroma but it wouldn't surprise me if I was mistaken.

T: The flavor is mostly toasted malt and rye spicy, earthiness. There is some malt sweetness and a decent hops bitterness with the balance favoring the bitterness. There is a bit of dark fruit and cherry flavors in there as well. It finishes dry and crisp with some bitterness and spice in the finish.

M: It is a smooth and creamy, medium bodied beer with a medium-light level of carbonation.

O: This is a very tasty beer makes me understand why Reinheitsgebot forbid the use of rye in Germany. A very flavorful, spicy and crisp beer.

Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 8/4/09. Pours a reddish amber with a medium creamy head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is is pretty subdued - some wheaty malts with a touch of cinnamon.

The flavor is toasted malts with some rye leading to a metallic lightly bitter finish with some cinnamon like spices. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, decent but pretty subdued. The first time I had this, I remember much more of a rye presence.

Photo of generallee
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The label has a nice description of the beer as well as a "Bottled On" date of Mar 4 2010 and an ABV of 6.2%.

Appearance: Its body has a brilliant red color with a very slight haze. The head is nice and tall, about two fingers and off white in color. It is creamy and slow fading. A small cap hangs on till the very end and makes nice lace patterns on the way down the glass.

Smell: Right away I get lots of rye malty notes. Deeper into the aroma there are notes of fruity notes of ripe peaches, nectarines and black cherries.

Taste/Palate: The solid medium body has a very tasty bready rye malty character with some light toasted notes as well as hints of coco and fruity notes within. (It reminds me of chocolate cake with cherries for some reason.) The hops are also mixed in here and add there own spicy herbal character and mellow bitterness. It finishes up fairly quick, lingering for just a bit and setting up the next sip on a clean palate.

Notes: This beer drinks wonderfully and has some nice complexity but there is nothing about this beer that makes me think Marzen/Oktoberfest.

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle pours a hazy, but radiant, orange body with a two finger beige head. Spiderweb lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is bready and toasty caramel malt with hints of spicy hops and vague fruitiness.

Creamy mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation.

Taste has sweetish and bready caramel malt that is nicely edged by spicy hops and earthy rye. Pumpernickle notes and a hint of fruity kiwi add a nice depth.

An interesting marzen that highlights the funky rye malts to good effect.

Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, clear, amber, medium carbonation

Smell: rye, grain, and malt

Taste: big dose of rye in the beginning, malt in the middle, and a spicy rye finish--some earth and dark fruit as well

Mouthfeel: moderately bitter start goes slightly malty in the mid-drink, followed by a peppery more bitter finish, moderately smooth, medium body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Wow. This is a very good marzen and is also in my top four of the style. I love how I can taste the advertised rye. I really like the way the bitterness and the maltiness come together. You can taste them separate, but they also blend. One of my favorites from a good brewery, this is kind of the opposite end of the spectrum from Brooklyn's version. Both excellent--a marzen that leaves me wanting more.

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint/Pilsener hybrid.

Appearance: Clear fire-orange with some white head and lacing.

Smell: Caramel, toast, cherry and very faint rye. Opposite of many beers, the smell seemed to open up more with time.

Taste: Very malty and somewhat sweet with cherry, toast and dark fruit. Ends just slightly spicy, earthy and bitter from the rye which seems to have simply taken the place of noble hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium smooth body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Mainly tastes like a slightly too sweet Marzen, with just a tinge of rye. Good malt taste but could have used more rye and/or hops.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into an off-centered pint glass.
Thanks to my secret santa for this! I love Marzens & Rye beers, what a combo here!

Pours a nice golden/amber color with a 1 finger fluffy white head. Quite a bit of bubbles with a bit of lacing. Nose is Crisp and light like a lager, with just a tiny hint of Rye. Subtle but nice. Light sulfer as well - I like this smell with lagers, reminds me of Prima Pils.

Very nice combination. There's a very good balance between the toastiness of the oktoberfest, as well as a nice rye bitterness. It tastes like there might be some Saaz or other noble ops here, it's very light an not over the top. Mouthfeel is perfect, full and rich without being too watery or carbonated.

One of my favorite beers, and sadly like Hop Rod Rye - It's not distributed in VT!

Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoss opens with a rich, malt-sweet and yeast-laden aroma, the beer smelling initially far more like rising bread dough than anything else. Closer inspection reveals complex layers of toast crust, brown sugar, wet wheat, and chocolate, with dollops of molasses and honey, as well as a faint rind of peppery rye. Mild fruit esters such as berry and apricot bring further nuance, but breads and grains easily win the attention. As a whole, the nose is good, the breads nicely countered by sugars and light fruits, with just enough peppery spice to be intriguing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a surprisingly malty blast of molasses, yeasty dough, honey, wheat, brown sugar, and toast crust, with lovely sugary touches of apricot, white grape, berry, and orange, and a tantalizing peppery rye edge that grows slightly stronger as the beer is held on the tongue and the sugars die off. Hints of spicy grapefruit and pine from the hops add additional complexity, as do lightly toasted nuts. The aftertaste is largely a continuation of the main mouthful, but with heavier emphasis on peppery rye and toast crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is solid fare, presenting a varied and finely tuned selection of flavors that balance each other nicely. The sugars are especially lovely in here, coming in a wide variety of flavors, and all of them blending well with the rye. Worth trying.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Minimal carbonation after the pour. The carbonation bubbles almost entirely disappate shortly thereafter. Beautiful copper red color and brilliant clarity. I smell the bready aroma of light malt and get a bit of the spicey rye notes. The mouthfeel is moderate and tickles the taste buds on the way down. The flavor is definitely typical of an Octoberfest with the clean,crisp flavor and malty, almost nutty flavor. The nice twist would be that nice spicey rye note.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass. Bottled on August 26, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty and bready malt driven aroma with hints of caramel and rye spice. Toasty malts with bready hints of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, grains, cracker, straw, yeast, and nuts. Hints of rye spicing. Subtle hints of dark fruit including fig, dates, and cherry. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A pretty solid malty Marzen style aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a toasty, bready, and somewhat spicy malt driven taste with good notes of caramel and rye. Upfront bready taste of toasted malts with notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, grains, toast, yeast, cracker, straw, and nut. Spicy notes of rye malt. Subtle undertones of dark fruit with notes of dark cherry, dates, and fig. Some earthy hops come through towards the finish. A pretty good malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid spin on the Marzen style. Good caramel malt taste and a nice twist from the rye and fruit undertones.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange and brown. Big ol head, sticks around quite a bit. Man, this smells and tastes sweet and fruity, moreso than any other rye beer I've ever had. Raisiny to a degree.

Nothing is excessive, its sweet, but light, fruity but restrained. Tastes a little like Sudwerk's stuff, some Gordon Bierch oomes to mind, but I'd say this is more unique to Great Divide, and slightly better.

Not my style of beer, but there is no denying that this stuff is done right.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pale amber orange tinted hue with a bright white head. I let this one warm a bit before cracking it and I think it's a good idea. Speckled lacing all around the edges of my chalice. Aroma has sweet honey drizzled biscuit and honey malt layers going on with spicy rye additions bringing out an earthy herbal character. Flavor is fantastic sweet with malts and rye more of that honey simple syrup flavor with a fruity apple and caramel drizzled tone. But the hops and the rye malt balance things out with a grassy, spicy herbal tea accent. Mouthfeel is a bit stickier with residual malts especially with the higher alcohol and the rye additions carbonation is pleasant and smooth the entire bottle. Definitely a medium body with the rye giving it a bit more girth than your average marzen. Drinkability is solid from the first sip to the last drops, a beer that strikes gold coming from such a known ale brewer to dabble with their twist on a great German style, I enjoy it and look forward to more next year.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Cypress Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours a red-orange color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly sweet and bready malts with hints of floral hops and rye spiciness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors with just a hint of breadiness. Midway through the sip light hints of spiciness come into play before a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and I could have another.

Overall this had everything in place to be really good, just not in the right amounts. I'd hoped for more spiciness and caramel/bready malt flavors but even as it is it's worth a shot if you like the style.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- The crystal clear body has a brownish orange hue and a bubbly snow white head that is supported by a strong carbonation of big bubbles.
S- There is a light tin note to a soft dry brown malt aroma and some mineral qualities in the finish.
T- This beer has a smooth clean flavor with some soft sweat and brown malt notes followed by a dry spice hint. The finish has a soft bitter green hop note.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.
D- This beer is soft and clean with little flavor but no off flavors.

Photo of FleeVT
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with bottled on date.
A: Beautiful glowing amber orange like a San Diego sunset or a Key West sunrise. Capped with a delicate white foam that clings.
S: Apple, apricot, some spice, and then the rye. Some good old American grassy hops blend it all together.
T: Well balanced malt character with the rye and hops. There is a spiciness that is present throughout the mouth. Excellent take on the style.
M: Medium body with good carbonation that leaves you wanting more.
D: Despite the ABV, you could almost session this. It's that good.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a deep copper. The head pours thick and tight, and one finger remains for some time. A tight foam remains when it dissipates, leaving spotty lacing behind.
While I'm trying to place the aroma, I remember that this is a rye. There's definitely almost a rye bread aroma that strong but subtle enough just to have the pleasant aroma without being too much. Otherwise, there's a citrus underneath with a spicy note and a gentle but nice hops and malt balance.
The flavor of the rye is the same as the aroma; a perfect blend of strong and subtle. Rich malt flavor with a hops presence that blends nicely with the rye are in the forefront with just a hint of some fruits and a spiciness. There really is an earthy note in here as well.
The mouthfeel is a pleasantly smooth one, with a light crispness in a light carbonation.
A rye Oktoberfest? Why not?

Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a single from the Whole Foods in the extreme-ish southern Denver suburbs.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with a measly half finger of tightly foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decently attractive cob-webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, slightly rye-tinged malt, a semi-sweet drupe fruitiness, a hint of raw yeast, some thin oily nuts, and a weak straw-prominent hoppiness. The taste is more somewhat watered down, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, a softly spice rye astringency, some middling black tea notes, a bit of plum and underripe apple, some obfuscated savoury spices, and earthy, kind of leafy hops.

The bubbles are pretty well subdued and out of the game, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth in the absence of any subversive encroachment. It finishes off-dry, the thin caramel malt nodding sagely at the lamely perky rye character, and faintly lingering hops.

Kind of weak for this normally heady brewery - the malt just too understated to take all that seriously. Not bad, but more summer lawn-mowing season friendly, than autumn leaf raking and pumpkin planning appropriate.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide- Hoss

A- Bright clear caramel brown with a small filmy white head. Light to no lacing.
S- Light caramel bread crust grainy malt. Slight earthy dry grass hop aroma.
T- Sweet caramel malt with toased bready grains, buttery shortbread and dry grassy hops. The slightest touch of cherry?!
M- Thick sweet buttery smooth malt with a dry body and a creamy malty finish.

Overall- So smooth and delicious. Hopefully I can find 6ers of this.

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Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 954 ratings.