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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 786
Reviews: 411
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%

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:
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(Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009)
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Photo of arc3636


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden brown with 1 finger of white head. More malty sweetness in the nose and flavor than I'm used to in a lager. Rye, caramel, and subtle lager bitterness. This is a really impressive lighter beer. I don't normally seek out lagers, but this will be the exception.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 01:08:13 | More by arc3636
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Jul 19 2013 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of malt
Head average (4 cm), off-white, creamy, slowly diminishing to an uneven layer ranging from 0 – 4 mm thick
Lacing good, forms wide nearly complete rings
Body clear medium red-orange
Flavor begins with malt sweetness and flavor with some rye spice and quickly ends on the same notes; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Palate is medium, slightly oily, soft carbonation

This is an attractive and easy drinking beer. Although this is billed as a lager, it lacks the acidity and sourness associated with lagers, perhaps because of the rye. So far, the best beer I’ve had from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 13:58:54 | More by Ozzylizard
Photo of woodychandler


4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I am continuing to winnow down my backlog, especially of bottles. This one was either purchased at The Friendly Greek or dropped off by tone77, but those are really the only two possibilities.

From the bottle: "Layered"; "Crisp"; "HOSS is based on the Marzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss finishes crisp and dry, and its brilliant red-orange color is a toast to the sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer."; "Bronze Medal, Great American Beer Festival, 2009"; "Suggested Food Pairings: Veal bratwurst, barbecue chicken, carnitas (pork) tacos, Camembert cheese, German chocolate cake."

My initial, aggro pour created two fingers of dense, tawny head with moderate retention that created some great lacing as it fell. Color was a filament-bright deep-copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Beautiful! Nose had a rich, malty scent, but I was not getting the fruitiness the label mentioned, at least, not on the nose. Mouthfeel was soft, slightly bubbly and now I did get a distinct cherry flavor on the tongue. Wild! The rye manifested itself on the dry finish, giving it an earthy balance to offset the malts. This was MUCH better than I anticipated and probably one of the best beers of the style that I have encountered. Great lacing formed as I drank through it. I would definitely be interested in having this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 01:07:59 | More by woodychandler
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark yet clear copper color. The head is a little over a finger high, with an off-white shade. Its texture is more fluffy than creamy, but it still retains well. Nice rings of lacing are left on the glass.

S: Primarily, the aroma is caramel with some spicy rye and a touch of earthen hops. Rye comes out even more as it warms up. There isn't a whole lot to the nose, but what's there is definitely serviceable.

T: The malt backbone is stronger here. It opens faintly spicy - think rye and Centennial hops - and ends with a pleasant caramel finish. Not just caramel, but even some chocolate. A twinge of hop bitterness returns on the aftertaste. At times, it has a mineral quality to it. It's not an intense beer per se, and I wouldn't have it any other way: the hop/malt balance is delicate and defined in all the right ways.

M: It's coarse and prickly, though not out-and-out sharp. For some reason, this seems to make the body thicker than it really is. Still, this is a nice and drinkable marzen that doesn't rely on overdone carbonation to achieve that.

O: It's hard to go wrong with this brewery, and it's hard to go wrong with this beer. The rye adds a nice dimension without overpowering it. There's little wow factor here, but I'll be damned if I don't say I'm craving another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 21:11:12 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of MrBoz21


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured very bright copper/amber/gold with light tab head that quickly settled to ring. Nice fine lacing. Mild carbonation. Very pretty beer.

Aroma: Rye, right up front. Lager sulphur (which fades as glass breaths), caramel. Faint floral/noble hops.

Taste: Rye biscuit with woodsy/resiny bitter that rests in back of tongue and throat. Not complex per se, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium dry and tingly. A bit thin.

Overall: Very nice. Nice hoppy lager that is quenchable. No problem taking big, satisfying swallows. A bit thin.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 22:13:06 | More by MrBoz21
Photo of smakawhat


3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

A real nice looking body color, deep red and dark orange with a good mix of slow and fast rising and pinhead and cola sized rising bubbles. Head is light tan, only about two fingers but with a little creamy thin top.

Good sticky lager nose, a little bit of dry rye malt spicy qualities. Some faint caramel notes hide in the back as well. Pretty solid and textbook.

Palate hits with a good amount of crispness and light texture. Good hints of chocolate and caramel sensing malts it seems on the finish. Sticky lager texture but light bodied and a little wet behind the ears slightly. Muted herbality hop and crispness seems to detract from the malt bill with not as much density.

Overall it's fine and the caramel/chocolate light finish seems unique, but the beer lacks some thick backbone, and the rye angle doesn't seem as obvious on the palate as much as the nose.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 20:39:19 | More by smakawhat
Photo of tmm313


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Clear, amber body. I only got 1/2 finger head from a pretty aggressive pour.
S- Bread, caramel, fruity - mainly apple, some pear, a little roastiness, and dank hops when you give it a swirl.
T- Follows the nose pretty closely with the addition of sour/spicy rye. Actually really fruity and sweet. Apples come through again.
M- Medium body. Slick on the tongue. Not much aftertaste.
O- I could do some damage to this beer during Oktoberfest. Everything about it is welcoming and not too overpowering. It just screams session beer! It went down like a Gatorade on a hot day. I wouldn't buy this very often, but if it were offered, I would definitely partake.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 19:51:14 | More by tmm313
Photo of dmfrench


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Fruity yet dry and balanced spicy Oktoberfest hybrid.

A: Lovely hazy deep pumpkin orange body with a fleeting one finger off white head.

S: Not much, just some candied plums and faint dry malt and dusty hops.

T: Fruit forward up front without being too sweet, on candied apricot. Nice drying finish on spicy hops. Malt, of the dry biscuity variety, simply provides a foundation. There's also unfortunately something a bit off about the flavor that's hard to describe.

M: Excellent weight and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 02:04:37 | More by dmfrench
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a single from the Whole Foods in the extreme-ish southern Denver suburbs.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with a measly half finger of tightly foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decently attractive cob-webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, slightly rye-tinged malt, a semi-sweet drupe fruitiness, a hint of raw yeast, some thin oily nuts, and a weak straw-prominent hoppiness. The taste is more somewhat watered down, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, a softly spice rye astringency, some middling black tea notes, a bit of plum and underripe apple, some obfuscated savoury spices, and earthy, kind of leafy hops.

The bubbles are pretty well subdued and out of the game, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth in the absence of any subversive encroachment. It finishes off-dry, the thin caramel malt nodding sagely at the lamely perky rye character, and faintly lingering hops.

Kind of weak for this normally heady brewery - the malt just too understated to take all that seriously. Not bad, but more summer lawn-mowing season friendly, than autumn leaf raking and pumpkin planning appropriate.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 07:30:43 | More by biboergosum
Photo of brewskifan55


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Burnt amber. A white half finger head that turns to big bubbles. Some lacing.

S: Bready malts, rye, earthy.

T: Rich, robust. Malts slide in with light cherries and raisins. A nice rye kick. Spices. Very flavorful as it warms, invigorating the cherries.

M: Medium to heavy with kickass carbonation.

O: An excellent Octoberfest/rye ale. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 21:05:36 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of MattyG85


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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 06:51:33 | More by MattyG85
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a burnt coper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured earthy malts with a slight rye spice and grassy hop.

The taste was likewise earthy with a pleasant caramel sweetness offset by the grassy hop and zesty rye malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and interesting marzen.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 02:39:35 | More by plaid75
Photo of McStagger


3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the name. Love the concept (Rye Marzen!).

Bottle on date is obscured, but I purchased from my local Whole Foods. Beer guy there is good about keeping stock fresh.

A: Pours a fairly dark red/bronze. Excellent clarity. Two fingers eggshell white foam. Medium bubble. Fairly rapid dissipation. Moderate lacing.

S: Lot of tart green apple. Little bit of lemon. Clean lager smell. Some spice from the rye. Slightly nutty hint.

T: Marzen roastiness comes out in the end. Flash of noble hop bitterness. Finishes with a slight edge of spiciness. Very dry, clean and crisp. Aftertaste is almost nonexistent, with slight hints of darkened fruit, the same nutinesss, and a mild herbal note.

M: Fairly light. Moderate carbonation, but it still comes across as seltzery and thin.

O: Like a green bottle beer, but with slightly more character. Would not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 05:01:21 | More by McStagger
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 03:22:06 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of jmdrpi


3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 12/6/12

appears a dark copper color, off white head. decent head retention. sweet aroma, one note. nice malty earthy flavor, smooth, easy drinking. medium body. low to medium carbonation.
overall - easy drinking nice malt flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 02:23:59 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of garymuchow


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Probably pushing the best by date on this one with a bottling date of 1/31/13.
Hmmmm a marzen with rye. Sounds intriguing.
Definitely lager toasty quality of aroma. Pushing some sweetness and richness. A couple of nice shots of fruity sweetness. Mmmmm those were nice.
Classic look with a slightly smallish head, otherwise very clear and dark amber. Appealing.
Drinks rich like style. Rye is quite prominent, but not overpowering and not losing it's sense of being a marzen. Dries out quite a bit and holds a tasty longish finish. Some notes of vanilla.
Bigger lager body. Carbonated with some smoothness.
The rye is a good idea in terms of flavor, however, it makes a rich style even richer and I really slowed by drinking down as I went through the drink. Maybe not all bad, but for style a bit of a drawback.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:15:19 | More by garymuchow
Photo of BeerWizard


4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a fun red plaid package with a lumberjack on it. ABV is 6.2 and summary mentions rich malt, cherry and dark fruit, and earth and spice due to the rye. Poured into a goblet it is a really nice orange color, very little head despite an un-careful pour, and there's just sort of a broken-down bubble-film floating at the very surface now. You can really, really smell the fruit right off the bat; definitely the cherries and maybe a little berry in there. Taste is also very cherry, and might I say, holy crap it is good. There's that sweetness that I notice a lot of GD's stuff has, and then on the back end there's a little bitterness and malt for a second or two (maybe that spice the label mentioned, but I don't really get that), and then it breaks clean off. Really nice. The mouthfeel is oily and smacky, and the carbonation, though low, is right there I feel for a marzen. I had this a few years ago at a restaurant and didn't like it, but I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle because this stuff's kickass. Nicely done!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 01:40:27 | More by BeerWizard
Photo of Simont

New York

3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean larger aromas dominated by malt; deep gold color with light haze, med off-white head; vienna / munich sweetness dominates flavor without being cloying, nice malt complexity. Low to no noble hop flavors but appropriate clean bitterness provides good balance. Mouthfeel is med-full, creamy and makes this beer a joy to drink. Overall a very nice malt-centric Octoberfest/ Marzen style lager, with (unfortunately) little to no noticeable rye character.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 03:41:47 | More by Simont
Photo of lighthabit


3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the neighbor, said he didn't care for it.
it says lager on the front, so i'm hesitant, but the pour looks good, nice deep yellow copper, foamy head dies down after a bit. not much lacing, but others have mentioned it? the rye and malt bring this out of the lager league, smooth feel, hops are mild, and a pleasant sweetness makes it very drinkable out of the gate. interesting, it's leaving a lip smacking sweetness on my lips. i think a couple of these would have me heading back to my favored styles, but for something that says lager, it's quite nice. i think it'd go well with a burger and fries.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 03:57:02 | More by lighthabit
Photo of Greywulfken

New York

4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: into da pint: clear medium amber beer with a whipped foamy tan head, left some lace lines and head showed good persistence

S: mild hops and sweet malts, some rye and fruity/floral notes

T: softly sweet maltiness, vague fruitiness, suggestions of rye and caramel, maybe even some mellow orange-iness

M: smooth, creamy, silky; light feel, slight tingle of carbonation/rye spice

O: I've only had two other marzens, and this was better than both - the kind of beer to turn you onto a style (if its typical of the style) - great drinkability, wonderful flavor and aroma profile - another slam-dunk from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 21:33:20 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of Mojo


3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12ounce bottle -> World Market tulip glass.

Pours up apricot color with a one finger off white head. Retention is poor, but there is quite a bit of spotty lacing. The nose is primarily fragrant pine and is the best part of this offering. Taste is spicy rye that is a bit understated with a mild dry finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin,but with adequate carbonation. Not my favorite ever. It sort of reminds me of a few Belgians I've had and didn't care for.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:57:18 | More by Mojo
Photo of spoony


3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled January 31, 2013) into a tulip.

A-The beer is a nice, cranberry red color. It is clear and the lack of visible carbonation means that the thin, white, soapy head drops quickly to patches on the top.

S-The smell is a mixture of light, earthy flavors like cedar and pine, with some lighter fruits like bright cherry and apple. The malts are not very assertive in their sweetness or caramel qualities.

T-The taste is somewhat dull, earthy, and nondescript. The rye is not as assertive or spicy as I would have hoped for, but the lack of roasty malt flavors mean this beer is not a true marzen, either. The result is a somewhat woody, harsh flavored brew.

M-The feel is on the lighter side for a marzen. Crisp drinking.

O-This beer has a nice color to it but...I am not wowed by much else here. The fruity flavors are not assertive, the malts are not assertive, the rye comes across as oxidized and dull. Methinks Great Divide should go back to the well on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 01:17:36 | More by spoony
Photo of tito42


3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled on 11/5/2012.

A: Slightly cloudy amber with moderate carbonation and a nice, foamy head with a hint of copper.

S: Lightly roasted malts dominate with some cherry notes.

T: Strong malt backbone up front with a very earthy rye flavor following up. Peat moss and cherry notes with a spicy and dry finish.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, a bit watery in the middle. The rye flash is a little harsh, followed by a dry, tart cherry finish.

O: Definitely a different take on the marzen style. I prefer those that stick to the roots of the style and explore the depths of malt character. This is more of a rye beer than a marzen to me. The flavor is a bit harsh and doesn't blend particularly well with the malt and cherry.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:17:50 | More by tito42
Photo of MickeyBeer


3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a orangish red color with about one finger of white head that dissipates quickly.

S- I picked up notes of roasted malts but didn't really pick up on any rye. Smells a little bit sweet.

T- Sweet flavor upfront that finishes with some roasty malt flavors. No real alcohol taste and aftertaste is a little like bread. Enjoyable but doesn't exactly blow me away with flavors.

M- Pretty light mouthfeel. Medium carbonation that finishes crisp and goes down easy.

O- A good brew but nothing spectacular. No real complex flavors or aromas here. I would drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 21:32:22 | More by MickeyBeer
Photo of SolipsismalCat


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy copper with one-finger, white, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Okay lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and mango. Pineapple.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Sweet caramel malt, and then rye flavors.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really good Marzen. Smells wonderful and tastes like sweet malt and rye.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:39:24 | More by SolipsismalCat
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Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.