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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

830 Ratings
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Ratings: 830
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 22
Gots: 21 | 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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climax

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This big hoss poured a deep amber/orange with two fingers of tan froth.

The toasty caramel and grain malt character was challenged by hints of ripe fruit. The hop bill wasn't too hidden when I searched for it, a fair amount of floral and grassy notes did a good job of balancing an overall substantial nose.

The flavor was bold and very well balanced. The earthy and grassy hop flavors did a noble job of keeping up with the Jones's. Fruit and toasted caramel accompanied the rye, which popped out much more in the taste, as it left a dry finish.

The body was medium, and very smooth. The carbonation added no more than a tickle, and the finish was dry. This is a good easy to drink beer with excellent balance and bold flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 22:00:07 | More by climax
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WakeandBake

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright clear amber pour with a big frothy white head , leaving some spotty lacing behind , a very nice looking glass of beer. Aroma is earthy and spicy with some nice sweet caramel , and cereal grain . Flavor is very balanced and complex for a lager , a nice mix of caramel , biscut, rye, fruit, and peppercorns , not too sweet , lightly dry , light bitterness , nice snappy sweet grain aftertaste , full mouthfeel for the style , medium carbonation gives it a lively crisp mouthfeel , I would call this very sessionable , I would drink this all day long . A very nice take on the style , and a very good brew , going to pick up some more of this today !

Nice Job Great Divide

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 20:21:20 | More by WakeandBake
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit dark golden pour gives this one promise. Perhaps a bit dark for the style. The rocky and loose head gives a nice lacing. Sticky, but not gooey.

Soft aroma of dry spice, lightly toasted bread and sweet caramel. Nothing over the top. A quick snap of aroma invites a sip.

Slightly buttery at first, but quickly moves to a toasty center--light--and subtle rye spice, earthy. Could almost pick up some pumpernickel, but then it fades to be replaced by a little twang. Crisp finish, but not like a Czech pilzner, more like tannins.

Very drinkable. Nice beer

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 07:09:28 | More by Mebuzzard
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Kendo

New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a mug, the body is slightly chill-hazed but bright, honey-orangey-amber in color, with no real head but a thin film of white.

S: Nose is pleasant but not strong - slightly spicy with a touch of sugar cookie dough.

T: Lightly toasted bread, rye spiciness and some sweet sugar cookies (again). Hops create nice balance with a slightly herbal, floral bitterness. Finishes real clean but with some ever-so-slight lingering underlying sweetness and spice that makes you want to take another sip.

M: Medium-bodied in heft. Carbonation is moderate but with some bite.

D: Very nice. This beer is going down very quickly. At 6.2% it's a tad bit strong for an Octoberfest/Marzen, but you wouldn't know it from the quaffability factor.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 02:33:05 | More by Kendo
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mjmbeer

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap first at the Bavarian lodge in lisle. The beer has a great coppery red hue with a caramel foamy head that fades to decent lacing. Being a rye beer I sometimes find them off putting. However this beer has a very smooth and creamy taste with a good balance of hops and malts. The smell is rather tasty as well. I am becoming a fast fan of great divide beers. This one is really worth checking out

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 15:40:31 | More by mjmbeer
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Bockrules

New Mexico

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark copper with virtually no head. Only mild carbonation. Head is gone about a quarter down the glass, leaves only a couple of tiny splotches of lacing.

S - Very malty with hints of rye and cherry.

T - A little bit of alcohol an alot o'bit of malt up front. The body has a wide array of malty flavors mixed with sweet cherry and caramel, and peppy rye notes. Sweet, dry finish that leaves a delicious biscuity aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and nice and chewy. Moderate carbonation that expands in your mouth to fill it with flavor.

Got this beer in exchange for changing oil on a friend's car. Good trade. I love this beer, I could drink this all night! The body is just so complex and inviting and the finish leaves the drinker begging to take another sip. I got this in march, but it
says it was bottled in mid August (nearly 10 months ago). Perhaps that explains the lackluster head...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 06:24:30 | More by Bockrules
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a wispy tan head that clears out quickly and leaves no lace behind.

Smells of caramel malts, a bit of sour fruitiness and an afterthough of dry hay. Tastes sweet and malty with a somewhat syrupy light to medium mouth-feel. There's some rye graininess way down deep and a a piney hop bitterness finishes things off.

Has very little carbonation. Goes down smooth with some dry edges.

Simple and effective. Complex and Tasty. Loving this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 00:19:31 | More by stephens101
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Bfarr

Washington

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear reddish orange with thin tan head and little retention. Spicy rye lager with slight fruit. Bold earthy spice up front and a dark cherry finish. Moderate hop linger. Thin, slick and smooth.

Wonderful layered flavor and very easy drinking. Light fuzz inhibits taste slightly but it’s an otherwise great lager I could drink quite a few of as I’m rather partial to all the flavors in here.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:23:44 | More by Bfarr
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AgentMunky

California

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A hazy-clear burnt orange with bubbles and the thinnest of heads.

S: Some caramel notes in amongst what I take to be rye -- a dry, grainy scent (very nice). At the tail-end of the aroma are some light fruits and maybe some alcohol.

T: Oh my. This is very good. It hits the tongue sharp and crisp, before evolving into a sweetish maintaste with distinct fresh cherry notes. (To be honest I probably wouldn't have been able to nail down the variety of fruit without the label, but looking for it, it's unmistakeable.) The background of the entire taste is characterised by the rye graininess, keeping the flavours clean, crisp, and slightly funky. Moderate carbonation serves a similar role in a less obvious capacity. The aftertaste is dryish and emphasises the omnipresent rye.

M: So crisp. So sharp. So pleasant. Unfortunately this wonderful feeling is limited the first half of the sip. The last half is decidedly less outstanding. Not bad, just average and sort of washy.

D: Very good, very drinkable, and shockingly inexpensive ($5 for a 6-pack; I wonder if this is a pricing mistake). I would have said this beer were sessionable, until I notice the ABV...higher than I expected from the playful lightness of the taste. This beer exceeded my expectations and is highly recommended.

Notes: This bottle says it was bottled September 3, 2009. So either the labeller is off or this beer is more than a year old.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 00:00:57 | More by AgentMunky
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TommyW

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber with a very patchy, white head.

S- Spicy rye malts with some floral hops.

T- Nice bready malt that is present in good lagers with a great level of spice from the rye. Not an overpowering hop presence; just enough to give the beer balance and the finish on the crisp side.

M- Medium feel with an easy carbonation.

D- Really refreshing beer with a little zing over the standard lager because the of the rye used.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 19:37:16 | More by TommyW
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass...

A: pours a pale, slightly hazy copper color with a head mixed of big bubbles and tight off white foam. leaves strips of lacing here and there. not to bad to look at, however it would be prettier if it were crystal clear.

S: smells of sharp, herbal and earthy hops, honeyed raisin toast and black cherry. quite different from your typical marzen: aroma isn't too strong but potent enough to bring out different characters of the ingredients.

T: sweet, buttery caramel up front, followed by toast, plum, and a spicy and earthy blend of european hops and cereal-flavored rye. a long finish with a flavor similar to honey-nut cheerios.

M: medium full body with a low carbonation and a slick, syrupy mouthfeel. finishes off dry and crisp.

Overall, not a shabby rendition of a classic style with some welcome tweeks. I could see myself sitting outside on a fall day munching on a hot dog or burger with a few of these, some friends, and a good conversation. The rye isn't overwhelming yet adds to the aroma, body, and mouthfeel. Worth a try if you enjoy the Oktoberfest style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 03:49:11 | More by OlRasputin989
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bnes09

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange to red in color. Big eggshell white head which diminishes to a patchy froth with lots of stick to the glass.

Rich and sweet fruitcake aroma. Some bready character and fresh cut grass in the nose.

Flavor is sweet overall. It has a unique fruitness consisting of pear, melon and some plum. Hops are mild, floral and just enough to add some balance. Rich bready malt character. Caramel sweetness. Rye adds a nice spicy and drying touch. Probably the best tasting marzen I had tried so far.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Feel is a little course on the tongue with a dry finish.

This is an excellent example of the marzen style. The flavors are very complex and well balanced. The rye added an interesting touch. Unique and tasty!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 02:55:22 | More by bnes09
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Great Divide in Denver, CO.

A: Really dark brown with shades of blood red. Light brown, foamy head that leaves little lace and retention.

S: Heavily smoked malt with hints of beef jerky and smoked meat.

T: Same as the nose. Awesome smoked, roasted malt character. Subtle hops in the finish. Some spicy rye throughout. Killer flavor.

M: Smooth but right amount of carbonation. Great rye flavor and lager characteristics.

O: Incredible beer. Unique and so damn good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 00:28:42 | More by Gatch
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 22:11:11 | More by TCHopCraver
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Zachb4au

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-16-2012 18:43:31 | More by Zachb4au
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eklie

New York

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

12-30-2013 18:18:51 | More by eklie
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2009 23:16:47 | More by NJpadreFan
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Gorthaur25


4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

07-19-2012 01:35:17 | More by Gorthaur25
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matjack85

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this single 12oz brown bottle at Binny;s in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.99. Bottled on date is clearly marked as July 31, 2009. Hoss is only distributed in August and September, so I might have found one of the last bottles from this year's batch.

The beer pours a nice golden orange color, but it made just a 1 finger white head that left only a minimal amount of lacing.

The smell wasn't strong but it was pleasant- an earthy rye smell mixed with fruity hops.

Surprising amount of malt in here as I didn't pick any up in the smell. This is a nicely balanced marzen. It has a cherry-like fruitiness to it, some earthy rye spiciness, plenty of malty sweetness, and enough hop bitterness to keep it interesting. Can't see anyone not liking this.

Light to medium body with fairly high carbonation to keep this crisp and refreshing. Finishes dry but with a spicy and alcoholic aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 02:08:23 | More by matjack85
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

03-21-2012 22:27:27 | More by kevgod
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IPAmayday90


4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

12-30-2012 16:28:20 | More by IPAmayday90
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denverick

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

11-05-2013 20:48:21 | More by denverick
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Codyk23

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

04-22-2012 21:47:02 | More by Codyk23
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JosiahS

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

06-17-2012 02:55:43 | More by JosiahS
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Book

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

08-05-2013 02:41:19 | More by Book
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 830 ratings.