Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 964
Reviews: 428
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 26
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009

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Ratings: 964 | Reviews: 428
Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 1/23/2012.

Appearance: orange hue with a tiny hint of haze and a good effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Nice.

Smell: really nice aroma which is biscuity, bready, sweet and floral. Usually that biscuit aroma doesn't appeal to me, but it is used to good effect in this beer.

Taste: biscuity and a little spicy, the flavor is a bit less sweet than the aroma. Here the appeal starts to fade for me; the rye seems a bit out of place, though I do appreciate what the brewer was trying to do.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a really good carbonation and very nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: not a bad beer, but the flavor, while interesting, doesn't largely appeal to me.

Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, orange in colour, with a thin cap of very fine beige bubbles. A bit of sticky lace, decent head retention. Mild aroma, mostly malty with notes of toasted bread, toast, hint of caramel, and faint fruitiness. The rye may be adding a bit of complexity to the nose, but it's subtle. Bitterness was apparent from the start, becoming more pronounced in the finish with a lingering lemony hop flavour. More of the same malt character as in the aroma, but a little more earthy. Same fruitiness too. Nice texture, medium bodied with average carbonation, some dryness. Overall, I liked the way it came together. Very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of Bighuge
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper body. Thin off white head. Sporadic rings of lace left on the glass walls as I drink. Nice malty aroma highlighted by vienna malt like toasted notes. Solid flavor. Nice maltiness. A mix of breadiness and toasted malts. Rye adds just a titch of spiciness which adds a little complexity to the flavor profile. Some dark fruits are noticeable. Very subtle dryness lingering. This isn't the thickest or richest marzen I've had, but it's very enjoyable. It's good all around.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange and brown. Big ol head, sticks around quite a bit. Man, this smells and tastes sweet and fruity, moreso than any other rye beer I've ever had. Raisiny to a degree.

Nothing is excessive, its sweet, but light, fruity but restrained. Tastes a little like Sudwerk's stuff, some Gordon Bierch oomes to mind, but I'd say this is more unique to Great Divide, and slightly better.

Not my style of beer, but there is no denying that this stuff is done right.

Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a reddish amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is toasted malts and hints of spicy rye notes as well.

T- The taste features toasted malts, dark fruits and a dry and slightly spicy finish from the rye. There is also a touch of earthy hops in the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I was excited to see another new rye beer on the market. This one isnt too bad. Worth a shot.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dull copper colored brew with good bubbling and a rocky to start, but quick receding off-white head. The The aroma makes me think of spicy caramel thanks to the rye and some mild hopping. The taste has all the trappings of a pretty good oktoberfest, but the rye seems to stick out a bit too much formy taste. I taste some good toasted white bread with some mild American hops. Bt the rye had a spicyness that doesn't jibe well with me. ot a bad beer by any means, and still a good session brew to boot. But style wise, I think this oneis a little off to get a great rating.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright amber/brown color. Poured a 1 finger reddish-tan head that dissipated to a thin skim. Lacing washed in fingers down the sides of the glass.

S: Rye, hay, grass and some lemon zest. A hint of berries and butterscotch.

T: Roasted malts up front; musty, sweet almost smokey. Transitions quickly to the finish which is crisp and wet.

M: Light body. Monerate carbonation. Flavorful and crips. Not enough bitter in the finish.

D: Flavorful and interesting. Nice malty character with and ineresting spiciness.

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Cypress Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours a red-orange color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly sweet and bready malts with hints of floral hops and rye spiciness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors with just a hint of breadiness. Midway through the sip light hints of spiciness come into play before a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and I could have another.

Overall this had everything in place to be really good, just not in the right amounts. I'd hoped for more spiciness and caramel/bready malt flavors but even as it is it's worth a shot if you like the style.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, an extra from waltonc. This beer is dark reddish copper color with a thin off-white head. The first aroma to hit me is rye, followed by grainy malts. This is a beer that tastes exactly as you'd expect it to, like a somewhat malty lager (at least low in hops balance) with some spicy rye. A good strong dose of rye too, very satisfying and almost pepper-like.

The beer is heavier than most marzens, not saying much but still this is noticeably thicker than water. I think the addition of rye to a marzen is a genius pairing of grains, even if it isn't in strict accordance with reinheitsgebot purity law.

Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lager-like clear dark copper, with a rich light tan head. This retains with a smooth creamy layer that leaves a nicely laced glass.

The aroma is mixed of rye with slightly less equal notes of caramel malts. A touch of spice and bready malts back them up. It's a pleasant aroma, but subdued because it is a lager.

The taste is slightly sweet initially, with a mix of bread, toffee, and light fruit. Some balancing earthy European hops mix with the spiciness of the rye to finish this with a satisfying dry ending. Rye is truly extenuated with the lager yeast, brilliant indeed.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slightly dryish creaminess, if that makes sense. There is just enough of a light sharpness to the carbonation to keep this crisp in the mouth.

I really enjoy this beer. Great divide is really expressing themselves and stretching themselves beyond their usual boundaries of extremely strong syrupy beers and have created a great rye lager here. Search it out...

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber/orange colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and really not much lacing at all. The head lasted for only a bit before it was gone.

Smell - malts, hay/straw, grape juice, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels slightly thin on the tongue. I can taste lots of grape juice mixed with apples and dates. Also some malts and a bit of barnyard taste - hay and straw. The beer finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Drink - The beer was quite drinkable, but it didn't really stand out as anything special. I'm happy that I gave it a shot but would not seek it out again.

Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of rudzud
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12 oz bottle at Julio's to have with Easter ham. Poured into my Palm tulip.

A - Crystal clear copper pour with a quarter inch white head that slowly fades to leave a wispy cloud and minimal side lacing.

A - Malts, slightly copper aromas. Smells like an oktoberfest with a hint of rye.

T - Sweet, earthy malts and that typical rye taste and after taste. Still, slightly mineraly perhaps?

M - Low to medium carbonation, slightly thin but not watery.

O - This is a nice rye lager/oktoberfest. Some areas could use a boost but all in all it paired nicely with the Easter sunday ham.

Photo of xnicknj
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a nice orange-red color with auburn hues. A thin head bubbles up, retaining a firm film with some spotty lacing around the glass.

Toasted biscuit, light caramel malt, a slight fruit sweetness, and a little citrus in the nose.

Lightly roasted malt with some subdued bitter, herbal hoppiness up front. Some fruit notes mix in before the bready, caramel backbone surges through. Citrusy zest peeks in, along with a somewhat under pronounced, but familiar rye flavor. Finishes crisp, dry, and a tad bitter.

Medium bodied, higher carbonation, some dryness in the feel. Pretty solid drinking for the style, and the 6.2% isn't detectable at all really. Not exactly a thrilling beer, but solid for the season.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bottled on 04 Aug 09, so this is about 4 months old at this point.

In my Moonlight glass, this beer is gorgeous, copper in color with excellent clarity and a persistent and thin beige head that leaves some lace.

The nose is great, bready with spicy rye apparent, there's also some caramel sweetness and a prominent leafy hop character. Sweetness is complex, I also get some brown sugar. The palate opens with a surprisingly strong hop character, quite herbal and earthy with a little mineral-like character. Bitterness is low, and this allows the malt to shine, with a great caramel and burnt sugar character, along with the spicy rye character which especially dominates the mid-palate and towards the finish. Drying on the finish, this medium-light bodied beer has a moderate level of carbonation and a great mouthfeel, providing a little heft while remaining light. Enjoyable, I'd absolutely drink this again.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle I got foamed like everything when I opened it - so have a towel handy! Aside from that, it pours a nice, appetizing brownish copper with a fairly thick, if not persistent, light tan head. Aroma is fruity and rye-ish, not strong but still appealing. Flavor is like a good rye bread with a fruity undertone, mainly apple and pear, with a hint of hops. Texture is smooth and fizzy, leaving a subtle tingle and a hint of rye.

Photo of Durge
3.97/5  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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. Pours a deep copper with a nice fluffy off-white head. Good head retention and sticky lacing - very nice appeal. Sweet aromas of malty caramel are noticeable with a slight floral hop scent as well. Spicy is right up front on the palate with a hefty dose of bready malt, very reminiscent of fresh baked rye bread. Finishes spicy and somewhat bitter along with being fairly dry. Overall, nice change of pace with the added spiciness from the rye. Not a bad example of the style.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single with a bottled on date of SEP 03 2009. Pours a very clear light copper color with a thick cap of tan foam. Retention is pretty good and it leaves a modest amount of lacing behind.

Nose is mainly of sweet, peanut brittle maltiness with some floral and herbal hoppiness. There is a mild hint of black pepper, but that is the only evidence of rye I am getting.

Very creamy feeling in the mouth for a lager and the rye spiciness comes through quite a bit more than the nose would indicate. Slightly sweet caramel malts and a bit of floral hop bittering balances things out nicely. This is a fun and unique take on the marzen style and it works pretty well. It would be nice if GD would send some of this down to Tx along with a few of the other new six-pack offerings they have brewed lately. Good beer.

Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a deep copper. The head pours thick and tight, and one finger remains for some time. A tight foam remains when it dissipates, leaving spotty lacing behind.
While I'm trying to place the aroma, I remember that this is a rye. There's definitely almost a rye bread aroma that strong but subtle enough just to have the pleasant aroma without being too much. Otherwise, there's a citrus underneath with a spicy note and a gentle but nice hops and malt balance.
The flavor of the rye is the same as the aroma; a perfect blend of strong and subtle. Rich malt flavor with a hops presence that blends nicely with the rye are in the forefront with just a hint of some fruits and a spiciness. There really is an earthy note in here as well.
The mouthfeel is a pleasantly smooth one, with a light crispness in a light carbonation.
A rye Oktoberfest? Why not?

Photo of ZAP
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Great color...deep orange...some chill haze

S-Very bready malt aroma...fresh baked rolls and sour bread...

T-Not terribly complex but very enjoyable...bready notes are again strong...the rye imparts some slight spiciness on the finish..kind of a unique flavor that is enjoyable.

M-Medium bodied..easy drinking

D-Interesting take on a Marzen and quite an enjoyable beer. I could go for a sixer of this every fall no problem.

Photo of rfgetz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orangy amber color, full frothy offwhite head with minimal retention and lacing. Smell is of bready and sweet malts, slight roasted nut charachter, lager twang. Taste is of your basic marzen lager (sweet malts) with slight hints of fruits and a faint earthyness to it (probably from the rye). Body is medium, slightly slick and oily feeling, which i did not like for the style, minmal carbonation as well. A good Octoberfest style lager, which trumps its American counterparts, but does not stand up to the clean and earthy European counterparts.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

The body pours a clear amber with some visible carbonation. The head rises about a finger and subsides rather quickly to a thin layer of powdered sugar. Little to no lacing. The nose is of sweet toasted toffee and caramel with a hearty dose of rye. Sweet cherry notes are prominent with a mild, musty, earthy undercurrent. On the palate, cherry notes come to the forefront with sweet toffee/caramel quickly in tow. Mild, earthy hops and rye poke through before a small burst of cherry and caramel in the finish. There is a nice balance between the sweet fruit/caramel notes and earthy hops. A light medium feel, easy drinking with low carbonation. This is a very solid lager that I have overlooked for too long. Good for any time of the year.

Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 964 ratings.