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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

916 Ratings
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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 25
Gots: 38 | 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 crossovert
1.33/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz brown bottle, bottled on JUN 29 2010.

It ours a deep orange color, pretty much straight up burnt orange. The head is foamy and white and sticks for awhile.

The smell is off, there are hints of soap and peapod. There is a bit of corn husk. Utterly confusing.

The flavor is just weird. Corn husk, caramel, soap, no hops or even malt really to be found. Very sweet. Slight mineral water hinting. Just strange.

This beer is weird as hell. Others i had it with found it strange too.

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1.75/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of AwYeh
1.93/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz poured into a shaker pint; bottled on 12/20/10; thanks to Jesse13713 for this bottle!

A: Pours a cloudy golden-amber-copper color; as a result of one of the most aggressive pours of my life, results in a two finger frothy white head with good lacing.

S: Most upfront scent is that of a musty caramel malt aroma, quickly followed by rye flavor even if it can't quite cut through the must to be dominant. As it warms, a tangy, sour smell emerges; I don't think this beer is old enough to be showing any signs of infection, but its aroma certainly reminds me of the infected beers I've sampled. At room temperature, this beer smells flat out disgusting (explaining its poor score); not sure how the taste doesn't reflect this awful aroma.

T: A little bit of rye upfront, followed by traditional Marzen flavors, among them caramel malts. Lingering bitter finish- while decent, I can't say this would be my top choice for a flavor in this style of beer. Very musty, almost a "cloudy" flavor, if that makes sense. A little bit surprised this is less than two months old; I'm overwhelmed by a feeling of cobwebs and shadows when tasting this- almost like the overbearing mildew scent when one steps into an antique mall.

M: Thin-moderate body, with equally thin-moderate carbonation; no real quality to describe the finish. It's slightly dry, but mostly just ends.

D: Easy enough getting down, but certainly not a beer I would ever seek out. As far as Marzens go, point me to Great Lakes' or Ayinger's Oktoberfests; as far as Great Divide goes, point me in the direction of any variation of Yeti and I'll be happy.

A word of warning: don't let this beer warm, or you're in for an unpleasant surprise. Drink it cold to avoid the unpleasant intricacies that come out as it warms, or your rating will fall as mine did.

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

Photo of jwps214
2.1/5  rDev -44%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

poured into a dimpled mug, beer had an amazing reddish hue. The aroma was pleasingly malty sweet with subtly notes of caramel and fresh (don't know how else to describe it, like when you walk into your veggie garden) Had a medium body that didn't linger on the tongue. Thank goodness, as the flavor was off putting. Started of malty, and sweet, but ended with a tange of brown bread, which I found unappealing. (That might have more to do with the hot dogs baked in beans served with the brown bread that I hated as a kid, than it did with the actually bread) I was very excited when I found this beer, (Mar-zen, and Rye usually peak my intrest) but was extremely disappointed!

Photo of jt31914
2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bottle

A: 1 solid finger of head - turns red as carbonation settles with hints of orange. Heavy red color.

S: Cherries apparent in the smell - no beer aroma. This is a very tart smelling brew.

T: Cherries on the finish, but not as strong as the smell; no dominant flavor. It is airy and drinkable with apparent fruits. No hops taste at all.

D/M: Decently drinkable but disappointing.

I wish Great Divide would have made this more flavorful. It's not bad but I won't buy it again.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of djmichaelk
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of BucketBoy (thanks, Joe!) into a perfect pint.

A - Auburn/gold color, with a huge four-finger head that sticks around. Not much lacing, though.

S - Kind of lackluster. Sweet maltiness, very little in the way of hops, and the rye just isn't really there.

T - Like the nose... meh. It's got a blandness that I just can't get past. Some sweet malt, like candied sugar, but it's in the background. Not much for bitterness, and there isn't much depth.

M - Somehow manages to be both thin and full-feeling, but not really in a good way. The carbonation seems too light, but it's still almost chewy. Strange.

D - I didn't get much of an alcohol burn, so there's that. But nothing about this beer makes me want more of it.

O - Had this in the middle of an epic tasting, and it just fell way short in the midst of many superlative beers. Not bad so much as just "meh" in every category.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of HugePlume
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, no freshness dating

A- Pours a beautiful red copper color. Minimal head though, and no lacing to speak of.

S- No nose to this beer at all. Smells of very weak grain and dishsoap.

T- Very weak again, has a light dry grain note. The bottle says its a layered flavor. If the layers are dry grain and water, they are right. Has a very dry finish.

M- Very watery and light. Carbonation nearly absent.

O- Give this to a a macro drinker to offer them a little different flavor than a Budweiser, but skip it yourself for something much better.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear copper/medium amber with a soft white head. Good head retention.

S: Rye spiciness and treacly malts.

T: Good overall malt flavour, but get hampered by the earthy, grungy flavour of the hops. I've encountered this flavour in GD beers before, notably DPA, and I don't like it when I find it.

M: Crisp carbonation, medium-bodied, no real problems.

O: The taste problems make this one a pass for me, sucks since I am a big Great Divide fan.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of jjchristiano
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I didn't get anything out of this beer but the dry hoppiness finish.
Really tried to pick anything else up but actually didn't even tase the beer unti the finish.
Not my favorite. Is it a Rye Lager or an Octoberfest? seems to be confused. Much better Marzens out there.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of StoneTSR
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: As with most Great Divide beers, the head retention and lacing are remarkable. The penny red-copper color of beer is gorgeous as well.

SMELL: Medium strength smell of rye and a touch of hops.

TASTE: The Hoss is very sweet. A little overboard in my opinion. The malt bill is intense and there is not much to balance it out. Although, as it warms, the malt mellows and makes it a bit easier to drink.

MOUTHFEEL: The sweetness is just too cloying for me. A small amount of hop balance comes through by the end of the glass, but it is also oily and viscous when it probably should be a little more crisp and clean.

OVERALL: This is a rare miss for Great Divide in my opinion. Which is too bad, because I had high hopes for a rye lager.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Great Divide. Pours reddish-orange. Slight rye spice and some bread crust. Touch of fruit.

Photo of StlHopHead77
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a generic pint glass.

A-Pours out a cloudless,red with an insignificant,loose white head.Small amounts of lacing.

S-The smell here was decidedly unremarkable.No real sign of the rye and pretty subdued in general.

T-This beer just didn't have the body or richness typically associated with a Marzenbier.It followed the style with a mild hop presence but I would have liked a little more rye.Faint presence of sweet malt.

M-This beer was crisp and clean.Not as full-bodied as a Marzenbier typically might be.

D-This beer is very drinkable in a sessioning sense but it just was not my favorite Great Divide effort.

Photo of righlander
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a nice deep amber in to a tulip glass. clingy lace. small but sticky head.
smell of caramel, toasty malt, clover honey, metallic.
in the taste i get a lot of caramel and a honey type thing. taste is not bad but i prefer my marzens a bit more dry than this particular beer. to ME (just an opinion here but..) marzens should be a BIT more sessionable than this one.
mouthfeel wasn't really TOO bad but left something to be desired. too lightly carbonated.
drinkability isn't too good. it's too sweet to have more than three for me.

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Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.