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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 426
Hads: 976
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 31
Gots: 69 | 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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Reviews: 426 | Hads: 976
Photo of steve8robin
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mixed six pack as a Christmas gift. Haven't gotten to try it yet, so, score! Let's give it a go. 12oz bottle, bottled on 11/17/11...

A: A perfectly clear, filtered, deep copper with hints of red. A small tan colored head that fades quickly to a small lace around the top edges of the brew. Decent.

S: I get a nice heavy munich malt upfront in the scent with some hints of rye and breadiness in the middle. I smell some nice earthy hop on the back. Ok.

T: I get a very strong bready rye taste upfront which segways nicely into a strong maltiness. A bitter watered down hop on the back with a slight boozy taste. Decent.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A watery dry finish. Decent.

O: All in all, this is a decent brew. I've have many better in the style, but it's still a good drinker. If I was craving a good Oktoberfest though, this would not be what I grab by any means. (900 characters)

Photo of rwrk42
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber reddish color with some nice head
Smell: Nice smell of caramel malt with slight cherry and dark fruit undertones
Taste: Nice taste with caramel malt flavor. Finishes nice with a good balance. Slight cherry and dark fruit flavors. Very smooth but was hoping for a little bit more flavor.
Not bad, would recommend (327 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
bottled on Sept. 22 2011

Pours a copper color with a foamy, bubbly light tan head.

The aroma is of sweet malts and bready malts, with some light grassy hops.

The taste is along the same lines as the nose, with layers of biscuit and caramel malt, as well as some earthy rye character.

A decent beer, and though I don't think it was old to the point of being ruined, I would like to try it a bit more fresh. (441 characters)

Photo of garuda
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle, bottled on date stamped on label

A - Mostly clear copper, white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - A little surprised by some grassy, herbal hops in the nose, then rounds out into the usual marzen caramel malts. Taste starts out traditional with bready malts, and finishes mostly clean, with a dry rye spiciness, and good bit of bitterness. Perhaps a little too bitter for the style, but a nice change.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp clean, smooth.

O - On an absolute scale, this is a damn fine beer, and a nice twist on the marzen style. However, like others in the style, I don't feel too inclined to drink this one in quantity because of the bitterness level, along with the spiciness. (729 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled on Sept 15 2011) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery-amber beer. Off-white ring of foam on top, with the barest foam skin on the top of the beer. The foam upon pouring died down pretty fast. Some very small islands of foam lacing noted. Not a lot here.

Smell: A little bit sweet with some fruit notes (cherry I think) and an earthy/grainy finish which I suspect is the rye. Doesn't exactly smell like a Marzen, but it's still good.

Taste: Quick up-front sweetness moving into a definite earthy grain rye flavor...the rye really shines out as the beer warms up as does the rest of the malt. The hops are spicy and quite German in character. Once again, this beer does not remind me of a Marzen at all, but it's a nice beer. The rye is a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation in combination with the spicy hops does clean the palate, but not fizzy. Pleasantly thick and smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: Interesting take on a Marzen. The appearance is nothing special, but the rye shines out and works with everything else in the beer. Nice and I would probably try again if offered. (1,136 characters)

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a moderate head. Retention is average.

Malty nose with a bit of lager yeast.

Bready malt with a touch of caramel and a slightly sour twang in the finish that holds on until the next sip. Finished dry with a flash of balancing hops. I was looking for a bit more Rye in the flavor; perhaps that's where the twang comes from??

Crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Medium body.

Not quite as malty/heavy as most Marzens, but drinkable and enjoyable. Nothing to write home about but I'm glad for having tried it. (518 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I never even knew that Great Divide made an Octoberfest. How about that? They call it a rye lager.

Bottled on April 20, 2011.

A: Very clear, yet peppery orange color, with very little head, which was disappointing - white sawdust.

S: This is definitely an American Marzen - caramel upfront, along with sweetbread and very little German malt.

T: Yep.... pretty sweet for a Marzen, and not bitter, spicy, or angry enough to my mind.

M: The carbonation was fairly low, but I didn't mind that, and the lacing was splotchy and barely even relevant.

O: This was okay, and I would like to try this again next year early just so that I can give it a fair shake. However, the bottle I just tried didn't do much for me. (715 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (491 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Great Divide sampler at the Great Divide Taproom yesterday. Not paired with food. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were that it would be average. Cost was $1.00 USD.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, but terrible retention. Colour is a nontransparent copper.

Sm: Lots of fruity tones, a light air of vinegar, and malt. Moderate in strength. Very pleasant and inviting.

T: Quite bright and fruity, with some hops over the rye foundation. The rye doesn't come through a whole lot in the flavour. It's more complex than expected, and quite balanced. Built well and with care.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Light on the palate. Complements the flavour. The rye adds a touch of welcome coarseness.

Dr: Very drinkable - especially for a rye beer. I'd maybe have it again, but it's nothing special.

I don't know that I agree with its current classification as a Marzen, nor do I think would the brewery. (944 characters)

Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a thin off white head. Average lacing on the side of my snifter glass. Very clear in appearance, despite the darker color. The nose is very nice- malt, caramel, toffee, bread, and some rye. Very pleasant- especially as it warms. Taste is the same profile as the nose, with some burned toast added to the mix. Very tasty, with caramel, toast, and rye out front on the taste. Feel is medium- w/ little carbonation. Very clean and refined feel. Overall, a totally solid brew for the style. I would drink this again. Cheers. (551 characters)

Photo of wcintula
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: Nov 25, 2011

Poured into a Pilsner glass, amber body with a scant head that leaves wet lacing. Smell is sweet with a clean grain aroma. The taste follows through with a nice breadiness on the tail end. This is a great-drinking Marzen with a nice twist adding the rye. I will definitely seek this one out more. (322 characters)

Photo of iSip
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager: This one is worth a try! The color has a tinge of red and a fair amount of carbonation. The head is off-white, about a finger thick and multidimensional. The head does fade, letting the beautiful beer color shine through, but is does lace the glass nicely. Aroma is subtle and yeasty, and as you near the bottom of the glass, a scent of iron filings comes through. The flavor is well balanced, the malt and bitter nicely cancel each other out. The finish is very dry, and it is only in the aftertaste that you get the rye. Very easy drinking beer that goes well with food. (601 characters)

Photo of brewsclues
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful reddish/amber-copper hue with a good amount of foam that stayed the whole glass.

There is a very distinct nose to rye lagers - I haven't had too many of them, but this runs along-side of the best of what I've had (Hop Rod - Bear Republic). Plenty of malt and toasted grains (obviously the rye-bread stands out), but there is also plenty of fruit tones (most distinctly, cherry and watermelon). The more you smell it, the more sweet it gets.

Taste is solid - definitely plenty of malts, but the hops jump out at the end for a nice, hoppy-bitter finish. The hops don't overpower this one, but they are distinct and kind of sneak up on you. A lot creamier than I expected. Not a summer beer, but a decent choice for Octoberfest season.

Overall, a nice take on the rye lager. I wouldn't turn this one down if offered, but a bit too much on the sweet-cherry side for my liking. (886 characters)

Photo of mckajd03
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden-red color topped with a nice head. Fairly clear, but not crystal.
S - I can't tell what it is about the smell that's unique, but it probably has something to do with the rye. It's sweet, but also has a deep caramel characteristic that boarders on chocolaty.
T - The sweetness continues onto the tongue and is clearly meant to be at the forefront, but the hop character isn't lost by any means. Sweet on the front, bitter on the back.
M - I would like just a tad more carbonation, but other than that, I would change nothing. The finish is clean and crisp from the hops, but the most interesting part is the juxtaposition of a light body with so much flavor.
O - This award-winning beer can only be classified as a lager on technicality- I'm sure it used lager yeast (which results in the light body), but the complex malt character and hop support place is firmly in the ale category based on what I expect to find in an ale. A very interesting recipe. (965 characters)

Photo of StoneTSR
2.79/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: As with most Great Divide beers, the head retention and lacing are remarkable. The penny red-copper color of beer is gorgeous as well.

SMELL: Medium strength smell of rye and a touch of hops.

TASTE: The Hoss is very sweet. A little overboard in my opinion. The malt bill is intense and there is not much to balance it out. Although, as it warms, the malt mellows and makes it a bit easier to drink.

MOUTHFEEL: The sweetness is just too cloying for me. A small amount of hop balance comes through by the end of the glass, but it is also oily and viscous when it probably should be a little more crisp and clean.

OVERALL: This is a rare miss for Great Divide in my opinion. Which is too bad, because I had high hopes for a rye lager. (747 characters)

Photo of osusullins
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of lagers, however I find Hoss to be very tolerable. It might be my favorite Oktoberfest beer.

Pours a very nice amber with a tan head.

Nose is of spice and malts.

Taste is slightly bitter, but very refreshing. A little more spice than typical for most Marzens I have tasted. I think that is why I enjoy it. Typical lager crispness. Very light bodied. (369 characters)

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark amber color, perfectly clear, with a big white head on top. The scent is a great balance of spicy rye malt and sweet fruit. Bread notes come through most in the taste, with a spicy rye and a slight hop bitterness keeping things interesting. This is not my favorite style by any means, but this was a very enjoyable beer. (341 characters)

Photo of hefehead12
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with Jul 23, 2010 written on it? Weird.

Pours a dark, rich copper color with small tan head that dissipates quickly. I could smell the rye malt before i even brought the glass up to my nose. The smell is dominated by the sweet malt with herbal and spicy notes as well. The taste is sweet without being overly so. As it warms the beer does begin to thin out and that would be the only real drawback to this beer. Overall it is very solid beer and a welcome change of pace to other Oktoberfest beers. (521 characters)

Photo of HopsYeast
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a-pours a dark clear amber with zero sediment. has a 3/4 finger pale cream almost eggshell color head that slowly fads leaving a nice trace on the sides of the glass
s-had a sourdough smell that hants subtle hints of rye. then there is a very subtle fruity aroma. probably from the yeast. very complex aroma!
t-has a very balanced flavor of subtle hops with malt and finished with a nice touch of rye in the end.
m-on the thicker side. not like the ale of summer.
o-decent balanced lager. nothing too exceptional about it but it is drinkable and can compliment different meals. (579 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in April, 2011 but picked up in October, same year. Go figure. It’s a marzen, so maybe there’s poetic justice at work here. Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this bottle.

Gave it a vigourous pour and received a good layer of foam that slowly died down atop a ruby-amber colored beer. Muted malty aroma on the nose, and the hints of cherry and dark fruits that the description on the label promises. Mellow taste. It’s sweet around the edges but not overpoweringly so. More like dark cherry, perhaps some cherrywood, or whiskey-soaked cherry, if I was pressed to pin it down. The rye gives it an edge, but I’d be hard pressed to describe just what, exactly. Like a sweeter, less hoppy ryePA, I suppose. Different from what I’d expect from a marzen but that’s not a bad thing. Another winner from the Great Divide. (828 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a red amber color. It has about avg head with fairly desent retention but no lacing.
Weak carbonation.

Aroma was mostly malts as one would expect with some sutle rye similar to pumpernickel.

A taste of slightly toasted malts, sweet and some rye malts kicking in towards the end. I get a pumpernickel feel also with maybe some sutle molasses to boot. Some spiciness at end.
The beer goes down easy and is a typical medium body.

A pretty good beer with a different take on the Octoberfest style. (512 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into standard pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Deep red/orange/copper color with a 2 finger off-white, creamy head.

S - Tart fruit ( I get cherry), toasted malts, and a strong rye scent. Quite complex.

T - Nice sweet maltiness adequately balanced by bittering hops. Fair diacetyl presence. Rye adds a nice grainy touch.

M - Slippery and smooth. Works well for the style.

D - I'm usually not partial to the addition of rye, but GD has made this one work nicely. (480 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (330 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,134 characters)

Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.