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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

872 Ratings
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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 24
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009)
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Reviews by moonknight31:
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

moonknight31, Oct 27, 2013
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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

oberon, Apr 14, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

TCHopCraver, May 19, 2010
Photo of MadScientist
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

MadScientist, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Tiernan, Apr 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

DaftPatrick, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +6.7%

csmartin6, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Beaver13, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of generallee
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

generallee, Oct 01, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Doomcifer, Aug 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

merlin48, Dec 13, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

tigg924, Sep 23, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

bsp77, Jul 26, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

dankjohn, Jun 07, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
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!

kingcrowing, Dec 24, 2009
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4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

jondeelee, Sep 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20%

xdefeatsy, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Franziskaner
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Franziskaner, Jul 28, 2013
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4.11/5  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.

MattyG85, Oct 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

wo87810, Nov 22, 2011
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3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 06, 2010
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 13, 2009
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Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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