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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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very good

836 Ratings
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Ratings: 836
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 22
Gots: 21 | 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:
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(Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009)
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Photo of BillRoth


3.75/5  rDev 0%

09-26-2013 00:39:45 | More by BillRoth
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You can always recognize an Oktoberfest beer by its quintessential fall tones; Hoss has the same blistering orange colour that tourists flock to New England to see in the foliage every autumn. If you plan to drink this beer, it'd be a good idea to bring your camera. Plus, its chill haze perfectly conjures to mind those first few crisp, nippy days of autumn.

It's not just that Hoss has one of the most deliciously, super-abundantly rich noses I've smelled in the many-a-märzens I've smelled, but it's unequivocally the most distinctive too. This, I'll assume, can be attributed to the uncustomary addition of rye malts. The bouquet has the rich, toasty, clean Continental maltiness plus a little something ambiguous.

Hoss starts with the best that the style has to offer: a rich, clean, toasty, cheeky-sweet maltiness that offers wholesome, delicious, quenching flavours of lightly browned bread crusts. Then, it throws in an earthy hop bitterness and lightly spicy rye flavour that blows the lid right off the top. I might be less impressed had I have tasted something like this before, but I haven't. As far as I'm concerned, Great Divide now own the style.

This maltiness is fit to pull a plow - if I had a body like this I'd be at the beach every day. The flavour, despite its simplicity, has the depth of an Olympic diving pool and just lingers on and on. It sounds over-dramatic, but I begin to feel like I'm hovering above my own body, watching myself drink this. It's an almost quasi-religious lager experience.

I love Oktoberfest beers as much as the next guy, but I never would have thought in a thousand years I would be rating one as highly (nor enjoying one as much) as I am now. Hoss evidently tells us two things about märzens: one) despite centuries of the finest German craftsmanship, there was still room for improvements; and, two) the only thing more impressive than Great Divide's quality and consistency is their ingenuity.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 22:02:53 | More by biegaman
Photo of superspak


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 12/21/2011. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a small 1 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of apple, caramel, grape, biscuit, toast, rye, herbal, grass, and light earth. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of big biscuit, caramel, rye, nuttiness, apple, toffee, toast, grape, grass, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, rye, light fruits, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; with no cloying at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a great Oktoberfest style! Great flavor body and complexity; very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 03:23:46 | More by superspak
Photo of rab53


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

12-01-2011 06:28:44 | More by rab53
Photo of Mebuzzard


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit dark golden pour gives this one promise. Perhaps a bit dark for the style. The rocky and loose head gives a nice lacing. Sticky, but not gooey.

Soft aroma of dry spice, lightly toasted bread and sweet caramel. Nothing over the top. A quick snap of aroma invites a sip.

Slightly buttery at first, but quickly moves to a toasty center--light--and subtle rye spice, earthy. Could almost pick up some pumpernickel, but then it fades to be replaced by a little twang. Crisp finish, but not like a Czech pilzner, more like tannins.

Very drinkable. Nice beer

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 07:09:28 | More by Mebuzzard
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 beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Burgundy with some faded orange tints. The head is scarce, hardly given a chance to cover the surface with sudsy and patchy offering with no lace. Effervesce is light with a wavery rise of lazy micro-bubbles.

S: The nose is dried caramel and grains, light cola with a restrained strength, but then again this is a lager style.

T: The flavor is fruity, a touch bock like, apple and cereal grains meets some dried cola with a light mention of watery burbon and sweet toasted caramel malt. Spicy and bready, smooth, with a dry finish.

M: Sharp mouthful, nice presence of carbonation, malty with a full body and spicy finish of peppercorns and watery burbon off the tongue. Nice.

O: Overall has a spicy quality, one you expect from in a rye, but also offers a good smooth drinkability, crisp like a lager and easily drinkable in numbers.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 22:24:58 | More by beerthulhu
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 Bighuge


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 04:20:50 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:06:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of DrJay


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 00:03:01 | More by DrJay
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

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

Pours a pale amber with a thin lacing of foamy, off white head that fades after a few seconds. The nose has notes of caramel and a hint of ripe fruit. The flavor is fruity at first with notes of dark fruit followed by some caramelly sweetness. It finishes with a mild, spiciness from the rye used. As the beer warms some toasted malt notes begin to arise in the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated though there is a slight syrupy quality to the finish.

This is a more bold version of your standard marzen style beers. The rye adds a spicy finish and the dark fruit offers a nice change of pace. The syrupy finish and the sweet caramel notes aren't overbearing, but do wear on me.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 18:53:45 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

04-15-2013 06:13:59 | More by Kelp
Photo of sendbeer


3.75/5  rDev 0%

11-01-2012 15:51:23 | More by sendbeer
Photo of glid02


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2009 21:27:50 | More by glid02
Photo of afsdan


4/5  rDev +6.7%

03-21-2014 03:07:29 | More by afsdan
Photo of PEIhop


3.75/5  rDev 0%

10-02-2012 21:17:55 | More by PEIhop
Photo of dmorgan310


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

09-11-2013 23:34:00 | More by dmorgan310
Photo of billab914


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured a caramel in color with some orange highlights coming through in the light. It had a very thin head that retreated to the edges of the glass pretty quickly. Nice looking color though.

Thea aroma has a pretty big maltiness to it. I get a sweeter, dark fruit and cherry character to it that I really liked. I get just a touch of the bready rye coming through as well. The rich, malty, dark fruit flavors were very good in it and they definitely set it apart from a lot of other beers in the style.

The taste really shows off the rich maltiness as well. Up front I get more of the bready, rye like flavors, while the finish is all about the sweeter, malty, fruity character. I really liked the cherry notes I got in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is a little on the heavier side for the style with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it was a pretty solid and tasty beer. I really liked that it had some uniqueness to it that set it apart from other beers of the style. The cherry and rich malty notes were very good as well in it. Overall a very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 21:12:56 | More by billab914
Photo of beertunes


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

Bottled on 4/6/12. Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear copper-amber color with about 1/4 inch of light tan head that had very good retention and good lacing.

The aroma was mostly a good malt scent, the Rye was very subdued, and there was just a mild tinge of hops in the background. The flavors were bolder.The solid malt base got a nice kick from the Rye and there was a nice hop tanginess at the back of the tongue.

The body was crisp and clean, and the Rye flavor lingered for a few moments. Drinkability was very good, I could easily have a few of these at a sitting. Overall, a very nice brew, worth looking for.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 22:12:38 | More by beertunes
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 00:09:22 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of drummermattie02


3/5  rDev -20%

12-12-2011 22:20:11 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of xnicknj


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 00:55:09 | More by xnicknj
Photo of scruffwhor


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 06:18:00 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of tobelerone


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

A very clear amber beer with two fingers of white head that settle slowly. Lacing is very good. Rye pops out in the aroma, nicely spicy, on top of a very bready malt base. Flavor follows the nose; chewy, bready malt, combined with prominent rye, puts me in mind of pumpernickel. Very well-rounded and refreshing, delicious lager overall, with a nice floral hop note in the finish. Dry and crisp, medium bodied, with medium high carbonation. Quite good and was a welcome antidote to a steady succession of highly hopped west coast ales. Another winner from Great Divide, an underrated brewery making consistently fine, highly drinkable beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 22:04:22 | More by tobelerone
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 836 ratings.