Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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85
very good

919 Ratings
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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 25
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of BARFLYB
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a Lancaster Brewing pint glass. Bottled in sept 09, never had this one or heard of it.

Bright new penny copper with some hazy orange color mixed in. A clean looking beer with bubbles rising. Looks brighter than your normal lager/marzen whatever. A bright white semi off white in spots 1 and a half inches of creamy foam on top, it looks scrumptious. Loose patches of clingy layered lace.

The scent is not huge but what's advertised on the bottle shows up in the smell. Im first greeted by a fruit basket thats mainly filled with dark cherries and some plum action. Under that is a malt base giving off caramel and some sunday morning bread. Some earthy, spicy hops come out with warning with some rice pops up later too.

This is a tasty and well executioned lager, i was not expecting this much flavor. Matching the scent, hoss starts off with cherry juice and some underlining plum. The dark fruits in this are at a great level and is actually my favorite part of the beer. Under that the malts work their magic and bring forth a light sweetness and bready taste in the middle. While the rye did not hit my nose, it comes out in taste with some small earthy hopping, layered with some rice addition which does not detract from the taste. "Get Em, Hoss"- Black Thought

A nice medium body supports this well flavored quaff. Perfectly well balanced with each set of flavors coming right after one another in unison. I have no problems with the carbonation in Hoss, it's where it needs to be.Not any bitterness from the hops, just some earthy flavors dancing around the palete. Hoss is crisp and not to high in ABV making it easy to grab another. The drink on this is also top notch. To make it simpler, I should have grabbed a six pack of this as I want another right now. Great stuff.

In a sea of oktoberfest available stateside, Hoss stands seperate from the pack with something different.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- The crystal clear body has a brownish orange hue and a bubbly snow white head that is supported by a strong carbonation of big bubbles.
S- There is a light tin note to a soft dry brown malt aroma and some mineral qualities in the finish.
T- This beer has a smooth clean flavor with some soft sweat and brown malt notes followed by a dry spice hint. The finish has a soft bitter green hop note.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.
D- This beer is soft and clean with little flavor but no off flavors.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide : Hoss

Pours a bright reddish amber. Aromas of toasted malts and rye bread. In the taste, spicy rye, caramel, toffee, toasted malt and some complimentary spicy hop notes. Peppery, biting, with a good malt foundation. Alittle diacetyl is noted, given the lager yeast, not too out of place. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Overall, a pretty decent offering from Great Divide. Having had few rye marzens, I consider this a success.

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.

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

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tdm168
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.

Photo of biegaman
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.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of plaid75
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.

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of beerthulhu
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.

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.