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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

Hoss Rye LagerHoss Rye Lager

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very good

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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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
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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
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 13:07:39 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 04:57:15 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 01:01:55 | More by brentk56
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 01:38:00 | More by BEERchitect
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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
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 02:48:20 | More by metter98
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 19:28:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 21:37:17 | More by oberon
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 04:02:17 | More by TMoney2591
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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
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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager. Layered. Crisp. So they say. And we shall see...

What's with the name? Bonanaza fans up in Denver?

Lightly hazed, dark amber coloring. Slight head.

Aroma: Toasty malt, dry, bready...a little spicy, kind of doppelbock-y, definitely resembles the marzen they describe it as on the label. Good stuff.

Taste: placid entry on the palate, mild and even-keeled, delivering malty, toasty goodness. Pleasant flavor. Easy to consume. Medium bodied. Light finish.

Rye Lager. Not that crisp. Layered? Well, it ain't thin, that's true. It's good, I'll say that.
Not for me, though. You? Please, enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 06:51:17 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spices, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts is bready up front with flavors of grain and a hearty malt character. Then there are sweet flavors of caramel, dark fruit and spices that come in. The hops presence is stronger than average for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, nice representation of style, this is a very good O-fest to session with for the duration of the evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 22:10:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a t Goebel's in Wichita KS, bottled on Sep 03 09

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of tan head. Pretty good lacing & minimal head retention

S: Slight breadyness & not much else

T: Slight caramel, plus breadyness up front along with some herbal hops & a bit of peppery spicyness. I get some slight fruittyness & some toffee, plus a touch of grassy hops as this warms, plus some more rye spicyness. Finishes dry, bready & with a touch of pepper & orchard fruit

MF: Medium bodied fairly low carbonation & decent balance

Drinks pretty easy, but not interesting enough to get all jacked up about. Hopefully I will get to try this a bit fresher next year

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 03:04:52 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber/orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts. The addition of rye is subtle, but does add a dry spiciness to the aroma. The taste is good as well. It has all the sweet maltiness of a true Marzen, while also having a dry spiciness that does add a bit of flair to this traditional style. It goes down easy and finishes dry with some bready/peppery character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I wouldn't buy it often, but it's definitely something I'll look for as a regular seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 23:37:28 | More by WesWes
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 21:06:37 | More by zeff80
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm becoming a fan of rye beers, as I am with rye whisky, but I've never had a rye lager before, so this is a treat.

A: Pours a lighter fluffy 1 finger head that slowly fades, but is replenished by the many bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom of the SA Perfect Pint glass. It's brilliantly clear with some nice reddish touches to the amber orange color.

N: Starts as a lager should, with some definite lager malts, sweet and toasty. Crisp lager aromas dance with the toasty malts and semi sweet malt aromas. With that is a somewhat distinct rye aroma, nothing like other rye beers I've had, but it's there. I think the rye needs to be a lot more subtle in a lager where any flaw or excess stands out like a sore thumb.

T: Taste is not so much lager at first. It has somewhat of that SA Boston Lager taste where it has some lager flavors, but has some ale reminiscent flavors as well. SOme lightly sweet lager malts, toasty malts, and slight chewy malt taste. In the back is a distinct rye again, but not overpowering. It adds a slight bitterness and earthy tannin taste. WIth this is also a dry lager taste. A little fruitiness also, can't really label which fruit though.

M: Medium body, almost like gelatin feel, perhaps a little too thick for a lager, good carbonation.

F: FInishes dry as expected, but it has more of that sweet malt taste on the finish (not sweet itself though). Lingering is a spicy earthy tannic dry rye taste. It really starts to bombard the tongue on the finish. It does have a crisp finish though, and doesn't last too long, aside from the lingering rye bitterness. Not bad, drinkable, adds a kick. Just seems like having a harsh rye added to what should be a very crisp refreshing and smooth beer such as a lager, is counter-intuitive, but to each his own.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 22:44:40 | More by jlindros
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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Aug 2009; Sampled October 2009
A slightly vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a bright, dark red-copper / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich red-copper color when held up to the light. The beer smells quite grainy; spicy, lightly sweet and this has a chewy, toasted, whole-grain note to it that is quite distinct. Some hop character mixes with the malt notes to form some berry like notes, a touch of bergamot and some subtle, ripe cherry notes.

Slightly viscous, but the beer remains quite quaffable. The body allows it to stick to the palate just a bit. This finishes with a spicy rye note and some light hop bitterness that lingers and almost gets a touch peppery at times. A very soft, grainy and slightly toasted sweetness is balanced by the mix of spicy grain and a touch of herbal hops. As the beer warms a berry / cherry note starts to become quite distinct

This is an interesting interpretation of an Oktoberfest. I definitely like the addition of the rye that, with the rest of the malt, really adds a complex grain dimension to this beer. A nice beer, that I would be happy to drink a few of; I could see this pairing quite well with food too.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:17:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:52:55 | More by Knapp85
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pale amber orange tinted hue with a bright white head. I let this one warm a bit before cracking it and I think it's a good idea. Speckled lacing all around the edges of my chalice. Aroma has sweet honey drizzled biscuit and honey malt layers going on with spicy rye additions bringing out an earthy herbal character. Flavor is fantastic sweet with malts and rye more of that honey simple syrup flavor with a fruity apple and caramel drizzled tone. But the hops and the rye malt balance things out with a grassy, spicy herbal tea accent. Mouthfeel is a bit stickier with residual malts especially with the higher alcohol and the rye additions carbonation is pleasant and smooth the entire bottle. Definitely a medium body with the rye giving it a bit more girth than your average marzen. Drinkability is solid from the first sip to the last drops, a beer that strikes gold coming from such a known ale brewer to dabble with their twist on a great German style, I enjoy it and look forward to more next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 06:27:46 | More by WVbeergeek
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New Jersey

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

Appearance: orange in color with some yellowish highlights. One finger head lasts a while.

Smell: grass, lemon zest, and hints of bitterness are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: bready malt profile with lemon zest, grass, and a moderate bitterness. Some green grape sweetness is detectable late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, a little less crisp almost smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer is extremely easy to drink and it goes down fast. Refreshing and you can drink this all night long.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2009 13:34:22 | More by Gavage
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3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly no head with only a little bit of bubbles on the edge of the glass. No lace. The beer itself is crystal clear and a beautiful neutral amber color.

Dried malt sugar aroma; light hop

The rye is quite present. A very dry brew. Smooth mouthfeel, yet it is slightly astringent. Mostly malty with a short finish and a touch of hop.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 16:59:29 | More by smcolw
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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:55:39 | More by Halcyondays
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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
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Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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