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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

876 Ratings
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Ratings: 876
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 24
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a Cherry Ruby Amber. That's what I'm calling it. Beautiful frothy cream head that leaves chunks of bubbles and sheets of sticky lacing in it's wake.

The aroma is of faint fruit notes with a delicious sweet caramel warmth.

The taste is so complex. This beer has a sweet fruity beginning with delicious cherry notes. This gives way to a more typical caramel malt body found in marzens. The beer finishes with a nice woody, cinnamon spiciness to fill out a complex taste profile.

Mouthfeel is crisp, bright, slightly dry, and extremely refreshing.

Overall, I cannot believe this surprise. For starters, it's a sneaky Oktoberfest, since it's labeled as a Rye Lager. But on BA, it's a marzen, and the best one I've tried this year.

JuicesFlowing, Oct 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

BjrogerS, Jun 22, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with some ruby tint. Gorgeous foamy khaki head with very nice retention. Dark rye, oak, wood, hops, and creamy malt. Pleasantly earthy and floral. Rye bread, spices, smooth malts and yeast in the beginning of the taste. A fresh, well rounded medium sized body with moderate carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a mildly dry yet refreshing finish. Incredibly easy and comfortable to drink.

YouSkeete, Mar 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

hopley, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of al3
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear, amber red, some lacing

S - Clean, sweet and oaky

T&M - True to the label, malt and cherry up front with a medium, almost buttery feel. Finish is somewhat dry with a slight hop bite.

D - buying a 6er next time.

Another great beer from Great Divide. Incredibly balanced and well crafted, everything I've had from this brewery has been phenomenal and this is no exception...exceptional.

al3, Apr 23, 2010
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4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been a fan of ryes before ryes were cool and this one doesn't disappoint.

Pours a rich copper with a 1 inch head that dissipates slowly to one half inch. Thick lacing.

Nose is malty and slightly spicy.

Taste surprisingly starts out sweet and malty, but is followed by spicy rye notes and ends with a nice bitter hop bite. Excellent and complex.

I'd love to try this rascal on tap.

5thOhio, Jun 23, 2012
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4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You can always recognize an Oktoberfest beer by its quintessential fall tones; Hoss has the same blistering orange colour that tourists flock to New England to see in the foliage every autumn. If you plan to drink this beer, it'd be a good idea to bring your camera. Plus, its chill haze perfectly conjures to mind those first few crisp, nippy days of autumn.

It's not just that Hoss has one of the most deliciously, super-abundantly rich noses I've smelled in the many-a-märzens I've smelled, but it's unequivocally the most distinctive too. This, I'll assume, can be attributed to the uncustomary addition of rye malts. The bouquet has the rich, toasty, clean Continental maltiness plus a little something ambiguous.

Hoss starts with the best that the style has to offer: a rich, clean, toasty, cheeky-sweet maltiness that offers wholesome, delicious, quenching flavours of lightly browned bread crusts. Then, it throws in an earthy hop bitterness and lightly spicy rye flavour that blows the lid right off the top. I might be less impressed had I have tasted something like this before, but I haven't. As far as I'm concerned, Great Divide now own the style.

This maltiness is fit to pull a plow - if I had a body like this I'd be at the beach every day. The flavour, despite its simplicity, has the depth of an Olympic diving pool and just lingers on and on. It sounds over-dramatic, but I begin to feel like I'm hovering above my own body, watching myself drink this. It's an almost quasi-religious lager experience.

I love Oktoberfest beers as much as the next guy, but I never would have thought in a thousand years I would be rating one as highly (nor enjoying one as much) as I am now. Hoss evidently tells us two things about märzens: one) despite centuries of the finest German craftsmanship, there was still room for improvements; and, two) the only thing more impressive than Great Divide's quality and consistency is their ingenuity.

biegaman, Apr 20, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma is of sweet caramel and toastiness. Grain. Pretty good.

Taste is much like that on the nose. Caramel malt begins the sip with a nice thickness...giving way to some toasty and husk flavors on the finish. Perhaps that's from the rye, I'm not clear on that. Reminds me a bit of the Paulaner Oktoberfest with a little less robustness. There's a small bitterness on the finish as well, which really helps wrap the beer up cleanly.

Very, very tasty oktoberfest here. I highly approve of this effort. Spot on!

NODAK, Oct 14, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden-red color topped with a nice head. Fairly clear, but not crystal.
S - I can't tell what it is about the smell that's unique, but it probably has something to do with the rye. It's sweet, but also has a deep caramel characteristic that boarders on chocolaty.
T - The sweetness continues onto the tongue and is clearly meant to be at the forefront, but the hop character isn't lost by any means. Sweet on the front, bitter on the back.
M - I would like just a tad more carbonation, but other than that, I would change nothing. The finish is clean and crisp from the hops, but the most interesting part is the juxtaposition of a light body with so much flavor.
O - This award-winning beer can only be classified as a lager on technicality- I'm sure it used lager yeast (which results in the light body), but the complex malt character and hop support place is firmly in the ale category based on what I expect to find in an ale. A very interesting recipe.

mckajd03, Nov 15, 2011
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Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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