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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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786 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009)
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Photo of homebrew311


3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear golden with some amber hues. Thin head and light lacing. Nose is malty with notes of spicy rye and neutral lager yeast. Some earthy grain notes as well. Flavor is subtle with rye malts coming forward and no hop character to speak of. A slight spiciness towards the end. Mouthfeel is light and moderately carbonated. Overall, decent flavors, well balanced, and easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2014 21:57:55 | More by homebrew311
Photo of dar482

New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear rich ruby color.

The aroma has some sweet cherry, spice, and sweet malt.

The flavor follows, but dominated by almost a medicinal cherry sweetness. That follows with some spiciness and then cleans up with a lager effervescence and bit of breadiness.

In the end, I was a bit disappointed with this beer. The fruity cherry notes were not really great for me, although having a good lager mouthfeel and flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2013 02:36:39 | More by dar482
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Great Divide tap house – Denver

The beer was a deep orange color with a light, white head that dissipated quickly, but left a ring. The beer gave off a nice light rye and malty aroma with a hint of yeast/bready-ness to it. The taste of the beer was good; a nice light rye flavor with little to no hops to note, but it was not overly sweet. The beer had a moderate feel to it; the beer was smooth and very easy to drink. Overall, a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2013 15:21:31 | More by PhillyStyle
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 03:49:23 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Gatch


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
Photo of Durge


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another find at the World of Beers in Altamonte Springs, FL this brew appears golden amber with a solid haze and a modest but stubborn white film on top. Lacing is pretty decent. The aroma brings a pleasant apple caramel malt with an interesting cereal grain that overall makes me want to get a taste. The taste gives me a very interesting tropical fruit over yeasty caramel. And yes, I get many grainy overtones like rye, rice and also a slightly sugary corn malt. It’s medium-light bodied with a very fine but titillating carbonation. Some smokey hints. Very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2012 03:45:19 | More by Durge
Photo of mactrail


3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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
Photo of kojevergas


3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Great Divide sampler at the Great Divide Taproom yesterday. Not paired with food. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were that it would be average. Cost was $1.00 USD.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, but terrible retention. Colour is a nontransparent copper.

Sm: Lots of fruity tones, a light air of vinegar, and malt. Moderate in strength. Very pleasant and inviting.

T: Quite bright and fruity, with some hops over the rye foundation. The rye doesn't come through a whole lot in the flavour. It's more complex than expected, and quite balanced. Built well and with care.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Light on the palate. Complements the flavour. The rye adds a touch of welcome coarseness.

Dr: Very drinkable - especially for a rye beer. I'd maybe have it again, but it's nothing special.

I don't know that I agree with its current classification as a Marzen, nor do I think would the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2011 19:43:33 | More by kojevergas
Photo of osusullins


3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of lagers, however I find Hoss to be very tolerable. It might be my favorite Oktoberfest beer.

Pours a very nice amber with a tan head.

Nose is of spice and malts.

Taste is slightly bitter, but very refreshing. A little more spice than typical for most Marzens I have tasted. I think that is why I enjoy it. Typical lager crispness. Very light bodied.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 00:36:54 | More by osusullins
Photo of kylehay2004


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear and amber with crimson notes

S: some cherry and raspberry notes.

T: light on the spice. Some grains and light cherry.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: seemed like this was apopular one when I was trying it at the brewery. Not very complex and focused on the fruitiness as oppose to the beer quality.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 16:45:43 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of jmvecchio1


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoss pours out a clear golden orange color with a creamy finely bubbled head. The aroma is true to the Märzen style, so you get a pleasant whiff of toasted malts, dark fruits, and a very light spiced rye. Hoss tastes of strong sweet caramel notes with earthy spiced rye underlying it all. There’s also a little hop bitterness on the swallow that fades gradually. The drink of the beer is creamy and enjoyable and you likely wouldn’t guess it’s a 6.2% ABV beer. Nice to have a year-round Märzen.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 21:06:26 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a 1/2 inch bone colored head that fades to a fizzy film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of malt/biscuit and spicy rye notes. Taste is of toasty malt/biscuit flavors with a spicy rye taste that is very enjoyable. This beer has high carbonation with a nice crisp and clean moutfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice rye flavors from Great Divide. I am glad I got to try this one as it is not distributed to CA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 16:11:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Floyd12


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap poured into a tulip shaped glass.

A- Dark amberish almost read color with a rapidly dissipating head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- A slight sweet caramel hint to it but a mostly bready rye malts and an earthly hop scent with toasted undertones.

T- Sweet floral/fruity tones with slight bitter contrast. The rye provides a ceral like finnish to the beer.

M- A Very light non filling beer with great taste and a >6% alcohol content. Decent carbonation, with a crisp bite that finnishes dry.

D- Very high. I didn't ask for this the bartender just handed this to me. But I did order several more the rest of the night. A rye beer anyone can enjoy

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 06:29:38 | More by Floyd12
Photo of rsdaugherty


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap into pint glass at Pasquini's downtown Denver
A - Deep amber, slightly red, 1 finger head disappates quickly to a thin layer 3
S - Bready malts, some sweetness with a slight rye scent 3.5
T - Floral and malt forward, semi-sweet notes, reminds me of sweet dinner rolls with a yeasty mildly bitter finish, hints of orange citrus/hops 3.5
M - No bite , smooth while still being classified as thin 3
D - Should be enjoyed by most anyone, very drinkable with good but not strong flavors, a good choice for rye virgins 4

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 06:00:13 | More by rsdaugherty
Photo of clayrock81


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

Poured a light gold body with decent head on top of it w/ a slightly citric hop and grainy yet semi-sweet caramel malt aroma. Taste is less dry than typical for style, but still I will say beer is dryish, spicy, minor hop bitterness but grapefruit seems to sneak in there. Light-bodied and crisp the beer goes down smooth w/ not much complexity at all; an easy to drink marzen that is a little tweak of the general style and while I enjoyed this beer I can't say one of my faves.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 11:18:21 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Great Divide tasting room. Amber with reddish tinge, a bit of lace. A good mouthfeel. Served cold and since room was cold it did not warm up too much. Carbonation is right there. A spicy rye edge, some fruitiness with the spice.Neutral aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 04:55:50 | More by Sammy
Photo of Boto


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Mikro: This one poured a clear amber color. There was about a finger of an off-white head, that left some lacing. Decent enough aroma. Some caramel malt, some graininess and a hint of the rye. The taste is also good. It is neutral, being neither bitter or sweet. Some grain and rye flavors. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 18:58:53 | More by Boto
Photo of boss302


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great divide rye lager, 6.2%, draft

A Red orange clear not much head. 3.5

S Mostly a malty aroma, definite hop aroma also, clean no flaws. 4 

T Carmel malt flavor at the front. There is a little residual sweetness and it's a little astringent in the finish. 4 

M Medium body, carbontion feels correct, but there is a definite lack of head. 3.5

D An easy drinking beer, would have another. 3.5    

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 02:23:29 | More by boss302
Photo of rtepiak


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the place i had it at coined it as a rye lager. pour is a beautiful amber clear with a nice sufficent head of sticky lace. the nose is toasty malt and apple. actually a nice marzen quality to it. with a wonderful feel of great carbonation that doesn't come off as hash palated or husky in nature. smooth and malty but backed with a crisping quality. a fantastic session beer if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 06:39:29 | More by rtepiak
Photo of mjmbeer


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
Photo of SassyBootblack


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Argyle's Gastropub, Denver, CO. Poured into a 20 oz. glass.

Appearance: A brilliant amber color.

Smell: Bready and noble hops.

Taste: A rich maltiness you can expect from a Märzen, plus bread and spicy flavors. Is the latter from Tettnanger hops?

Mouthfeel: Appropriatley crisp.

Drinkability: A great session lager with an interesting flavor. I wish I'd have thought of it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 15:26:40 | More by SassyBootblack
Photo of WOTO97


3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly good example of the style but fails to stand-up to its German counterparts. The body is a little light for a Marzen but the head was a nice not-too-thin cap. Aroma is primarily biscuit-like malt with a nominal caramel character and ever-so-slight spice/earthy quality given from the hops. Flavors here are pretty standard for a Marzen with an emphasis on the malt; however, the mouthfeel is a bit too thin lacking the lingering bread notes a Marzen usually carries. The added rye probably lends to this as this one finishes noticeably dry. A very refreshing beer with enough hop character to balance out the malt focus, which makes for a solid summer brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 20:50:58 | More by WOTO97
Photo of champ103


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish/orange color. A minimal white head forms, but sticks throughout. Light lace.
S: Sweet caramel malt that is lightly toasted. Simple, but enjoyable.
T: Again, lightly toasted with a sweet caramel malt flavor.
M/D: A little lighter body than I would like. Crisp carbonation. Not hard to drink. I could put a few away with ease.

Not bad, mostly sweet malt, but enjoyable. A decent American version.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2010 05:10:15 | More by champ103
Photo of Georgiabeer


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz pour at the Brick Store Pub. I'm a big fan of rye, so we'll see how this plays out. Pours a coppery amber with a moderate head that fades to a thin ring. Smells very malty with only a touch of spicy rye at the finish. Tastes creamy and very malty with a rich sweetness and firmness and once again only a touch of spicy rye. I suppose I see the point of adding the rye to try to balance the malty sweetness, but I'm not entirely sure it works. The deeper more savory rye notes are lost under the malt, and only a bit of spiciness survives to balance. Still, its tasty enough as a Marzen, and has a nice creaminess to it with the rye spice at the end.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 16:37:31 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of emmasdad


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap a very nice copper color with a very nice off-white head. Smells earthy, with some caramel malt and some light rye. Nice sweet malt flavors, along with toast and a hint of rye spiciness. Nicely carbonated and an easy beer to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 23:14:44 | More by emmasdad
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