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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

909 Ratings
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Ratings: 909
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 24
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 Sammy
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.

Sammy, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

t0rin0, Oct 08, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +6.7%

djrn2, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

zestar, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

acurtis, Oct 04, 2014
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear reddish orange in color and poured with a one finger dense white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts and spicy rye in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness to help balance out the sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some dryness is present in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink because it isn’t very filling, the rye doesn’t make it overly spicy and there are no traces from alcohol in the taste.

metter98, May 26, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

GRG1313, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev 0%

kjkinsey, May 28, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color just a shade darker than honey; the cap was only a finger's worth but it left a few strands behind

Smell: Fruit (cherry and raisin) and caramel malt aroma

Taste: Malt forward, with the caramel and fruit flavors from the aroma dominating from start to finish, though there is a bit of a spicy character toward the tail end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A Märzen with a spicy twist, this is another winner for Great Divide

brentk56, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great take on the classic Marzen. The addition of rye is a natural choice.

The color takes on a more amber color where the original Marzens are normally strong straw to golden. Still, the same great head formation, retention, and lacing as expected from authentic German versions.

The sweet, caramelly, bready notes of classic Marzens are accented and compounded by the rye grains from a more complex and varying beer. The sharpness of the rye grains balance the beer very well where the Marzens usually finish too sweet and malty. Spicy and earthy the rye gives a lot more to the beer.

A long lingering of pungent rye grains keep the beer from becomming clean in the end but also ride along side of hop bitterness into the finish.

A really nice beer that should have been an obvious combination before now.

BEERchitect, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oriole orange with butterscotch accents around the edges of the glass. A vigorous pour produced four fingers of foam that is golden ecru in color and is wonderfully whipped creamy. Loads of cheese grater-like lace makes the appearance score an easy call.

Each sniff is classic marzen with no negatives and plenty of positives. It's toasted earthy and even has a bit of rye malt spiciness. This is GDBC's first lager and is shaping up to be as solid as the rest of their lineup.

Hoss is good beer, period. It hits every one of its style marks in the center of the bull's eye and is impressively drinkable in the bargain. And that's coming from an unapologetic hop lover who will choose any number of styles before this one.

It tastes like there isn't much Munich malt, which suits me just fine. There's plenty of pale, however, and the earthy spiciness of the rye malt gives it that little something that makes it stand out from the crowd. A moderate amount of malt sweetness is easily countered by hop bitterness, especially on the back end.

The mouthfeel is exactly where it should be for the style and ABV. This is one of those rare breweries that nails mouthfeel almost every time out. The beer is polished crystal smooth and makes drinking as easy as breathing.

Hoss is The Boss. If the marzen/Oktoberfest style was anywhere close to being one of my favorites, the scores would be even higher than they already are. Great Divide can do almost no wrong in my eyes.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 27, 2010
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.

kylehay2004, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

jaydoc, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a light amber color with an off-white head. Smells sweet with plenty of cereal and malt notes. A definite rye aroma, some yeast, a little bit of earthy hop character, and a light fruitiness. The rye is very pronounced on the palate. Sweet bread with a bit of toast flavor, some floral and spicy hops, and just a touch of yeast. There is a mild bitterness on the finish.

womencantsail, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was drawn to this beer specifically by the label. I found that it got my attention so I figured I'd try it. The beer poured out as a reddish amber color. The head was an off white and had a pretty good retention to it. The lacing wasn't a that great. The smell of the beer had a little bit of a rye aroma to it, mostly smelled like a typical lager. The taste of the beer is pretty good, it had a good malt backbone with the rye kicking in with just a touch of spice to it. The mouthfeel is drinkable and feels like it could be a casual drinking beer. Overall I liked it quite a bit and would probably drink it again.

Knapp85, Aug 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 8/24/09.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, bright, orange-hued body with a medium-sized, sudsy, white head.

Smell: It's a spicy, bready, sugary, caramel-scented nose smelling of sugar-glazed, hearty rye-grain bread served up just for me (just for me, I tells ya).

Taste: Bready, lightly toasty maltiness with toothsome tastes of sweet sugar and light caramel. Mild background fruitiness. Ah, there's the inescapable rye grain character with its pervasively spicy character. Noble hops present a small snap of bitterness and some slight grassy, herbaceous undertones. Drying finish with a small lingering hint of rye grain.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A satisfying beer to be enjoying on an early October evening. The welcome addition of rye adds a nice bit of pep to this Märzen-style lager. "Want some rye?? 'COURSE ya do!" --Return to Zork.

ChainGangGuy, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

SocalKicks, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice change of pace,a rye marzen lager in mid spring.Poured into a .5 liter stein a brilliant amber/bronze with a clingy one finger head that settles into a creamy mass.Lighter aromas of caramel malt,dark fruit,with toast,and iron.Lighter mouthfeel but not watery,flavors of caramel and dark fruit mainly,the rye gives off a tang in the finish.Not a bad beer,maybe expected a little more, but its decent.

oberon, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I'd make a Gunsmoke or Bonanza joke here, but I can't remember which one had Hoss as a character, and I don't really feel like looking it up. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by a half-finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, light mandarin orange, rye bread, light honey, and a touch of toffee. The taste spotlights the (now stronger) orange and caramel, with some light pinches of black pepper in the background. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty decent brew, nothing mind-blowing, but a nice little quaff.

TMoney2591, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.7%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
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.

biboergosum, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with a small, yet thick tan head. It left behind minimal lace.

S - It smelled of malt and rye with mild floral notes.

T - It tasted quite malty and bready with hints of rye. It had a nice spice hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied lager.

D - This is a unique twist on the marzen/oktoberfest style. Quite good and quite drinkable.

zeff80, Oct 29, 2009
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Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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