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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

826 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
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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Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.2%

09-15-2013 03:18:20 | More by Wufdogger
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olympicgatorade

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-20-2012 14:18:18 | More by olympicgatorade
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

11-14-2011 15:34:42 | More by Jspriest
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remitrom

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.2%

08-07-2013 03:59:33 | More by remitrom
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Irrationalist

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

04-23-2012 05:53:57 | More by Irrationalist
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drummermattie02

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.2%

12-12-2011 22:20:11 | More by drummermattie02
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -20.2%

09-13-2012 00:54:13 | More by Molson2000
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 11/16/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, some toasted malt, perhaps some spices (I don't really get any rye notes). Kinda bland but certainly drinkable. Decent for an oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 04:14:49 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20.2%

02-15-2012 01:19:05 | More by jfcaa193
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ChadQuest

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a toasty light brown/dark amber. like a toasted caramel color.
The aroma lets you know there is rye in it, and is pleasent, some malts with noble hobs also.
The flavors are nicely balanced with toasty malts and earthy hops, with the rye adding a nice spiced note.

A nice solid average Marzen. A good winter Lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 04:18:48 | More by ChadQuest
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

09-12-2013 22:02:40 | More by bbeane
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with a finger cap of barely off-white head. Great lacing and minimal beading. The nose is big on the rye - earthy spice and nice, toasty malt to balance. Doesn't come across as a Marzen one bit. Taste: there's the Marzen... I wish the rye was highlighted a bit more on the tongue. Still a perfectly drinkable brew. Feel is a bit boring - thin and brief. Overall, not what I was expecting but still decent I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 02:32:08 | More by yamar68
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BurpingtonDC

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper/amber color with a slight off-white head that dissipates immediately

S - Mild malty sweetness

T - Very hoppy, though the scent of hop was strangely not present, bread, rye, and a touch of caramel.

M - Good amount of carbonation is present with a nice medium bodied feel. Its bitterness holds onto the tongue with a vengeance.

O - Overall it's not a bad drink. It doesn't thrill and the bitterness might be a turn off for some without the joyful hop aroma that should accompany it. It makes me wonder if the bitterness is from the rye or from the hops. I haven't much experience with rye brews some I'm, perplexed.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 23:55:02 | More by BurpingtonDC
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from brown 12 oz bottle to pilsner glass.

A - The beer pours an orange amber with and off-white 1.5 finger white head with little retention and lacing.

S - Fairly weak aroma of slight fruity sweetness of grape and cherry and a rye spice. Not much here.

T - The beer starts with a bready and biscuit malt character that seems a bit thin. A mild bitterness with a hint of caramel. The rye spice isn't as noticeable as I would expect. Finishes a little thin with a mild bitterness on the tongue and a hint of rye and malt.

M - Lighter end of medium though rather thin. Decently carbonated.

Overall, I tried this beer last year as it was on Westwords top 50 Colorado Beer List. I remember being pretty indifferent then and I am now too. I don't understand how could be considered better than so many other outstanding Colorado beers. I continue to find it thin and lacking and incredibly mediocre.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-17-2011 21:58:26

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 13:56:50 | More by hopfacebrew
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paperbackfoster

Missouri

3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a true amber color, head rising to about a finger before reducing to sheeting. Body carbonation has larger than average bubbles, very active.

Caramel malt carries the nose, with hints of sweetness and a little bit of yeasty ester or diacetyl.

The taste is full and rounded, a hint of that rye spice with a raspberry or cherry note to it. The yeast does give it a bit of a rubbery character, I think. Just when spice and more pungent notes start to come across, there's that yeast product. Not sure how to feel about that.

Mouthfeel is full, almost creamy. Finishes dry. Definitely an Oktoberfest style lager.

Overall? I'm not entirely sold. The beer seems unbalanced. Fruit, rye, and yeast seem to compete over an average malt base, and they rarely all seem complementary at the same time. It's not a bad beer by any stretch. I just don't think it has a defining characteristic or drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 21:57:19 | More by paperbackfoster
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 22:07:21 | More by rhoadsrage
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A surprisingly muted aroma of malt and a hint of fruit.

T: Tasted of malt, light hops, and a little bit of cherry in the finish. Mostly, this beer is shockingly one-dimensional (the malt takes over) and kind of on the thin side.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A decidedly underwhelming beer from Great Divide, a brewery that's usually pretty consistent.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 13:10:52 | More by avalon07
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rye726

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden brown with a thin beige head. Nose has mellow grains, faint grassy hops and a subtle rye aroma. Taste is also on the lighter side for a Marzen. Drinks well, but could use a bit more depth. I didn't find much of a rye presence. Light body is well carbonated.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2009 03:03:02 | More by rye726
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harrymel

Washington

3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 17NOV11

Pours an amber color with a transient light cream foam and excellent clarity; no lace. Smells of honey, munich malts and some tea like character. Nice nose. Flavor follows with some sweet honey malts and a little bit of tea like character from hops/malts. Body is a little heavy (expected from addition of Rye) with light carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer, would drink on a pint special.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 07:21:46 | More by harrymel
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide : Hoss

Pours a bright reddish amber. Aromas of toasted malts and rye bread. In the taste, spicy rye, caramel, toffee, toasted malt and some complimentary spicy hop notes. Peppery, biting, with a good malt foundation. Alittle diacetyl is noted, given the lager yeast, not too out of place. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Overall, a pretty decent offering from Great Divide. Having had few rye marzens, I consider this a success.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 05:50:24 | More by Stinkypuss
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mactrail

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pleasant but undistinguished. I remember liking it more in the bottle. Clear coppery amber color in the pint glass.

Taste like not much at first. Some honey and malt flavors. Just a touch of roasted malt. Hard to find the flavors on the tongue. slightly winey. A scratch of Belgian flavors. Mild taste but it does have an interesting bready tang. Not much aroma.

I suppose the flavors in this with the Belgian hint are actually better than average for this style. Wishing it had more carbonation or better mouthfeel. On tap at Cueva in San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2012 06:03:07 | More by mactrail
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axeman9182

New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled in April of 2012. This came to me via Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month club and was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Hoss Rye Lager pours a deep burnt orange/auburn, falling just short of having full clarity. There's a finger or so of white foam capping the beer. It fades pretty quickly, and lacing is fairly spotty. The nose is pretty dull and lifeless, but what is there is nice. There are some bready and toffee aromas, and the delicate spiciness of rye creeps in a little bit in the background. The flavor has a little more vivacity to it, with biscuit and caramel maltiness coming together for a lingering opening. Earthy, lightly peppery rye comes in for the close, but seems to die out before the beer hits the back of my palate. The mouthfeel is definitely not "crisp". The body's a little bit chewy, and the carbonation lacking, and leaves the beer giving a syrupy impression. I think a rye marzen could be a pretty interesting beer, but Hoss Rye Lager just suffers on the execution end.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 03:02:41 | More by axeman9182
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 03:31:45 | More by Beaver13
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dankjohn

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-07-2014 04:31:36 | More by dankjohn
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falconxman

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

12-21-2013 20:52:15 | More by falconxman
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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