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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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426 Reviews
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Reviews: 426
Hads: 976
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 31
Gots: 70 | 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 brewskifan55
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass

A: Burnt amber. A white half finger head that turns to big bubbles. Some lacing.

S: Bready malts, rye, earthy.

T: Rich, robust. Malts slide in with light cherries and raisins. A nice rye kick. Spices. Very flavorful as it warms, invigorating the cherries.

M: Medium to heavy with kickass carbonation.

O: An excellent Octoberfest/rye ale. Recommended. (381 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass. Bottled on August 26, 2013.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About two fingers of off white head that fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A toasty and bready malt driven aroma with hints of caramel and rye spice. Toasty malts with bready hints of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, grains, cracker, straw, yeast, and nuts. Hints of rye spicing. Subtle hints of dark fruit including fig, dates, and cherry. Subtle earthy hops in the background. A pretty solid malty Marzen style aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a toasty, bready, and somewhat spicy malt driven taste with good notes of caramel and rye. Upfront bready taste of toasted malts with notes of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, grains, toast, yeast, cracker, straw, and nut. Spicy notes of rye malt. Subtle undertones of dark fruit with notes of dark cherry, dates, and fig. Some earthy hops come through towards the finish. A pretty good malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid spin on the Marzen style. Good caramel malt taste and a nice twist from the rye and fruit undertones. (1,300 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of McStagger
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the name. Love the concept (Rye Marzen!).

Bottle on date is obscured, but I purchased from my local Whole Foods. Beer guy there is good about keeping stock fresh.

A: Pours a fairly dark red/bronze. Excellent clarity. Two fingers eggshell white foam. Medium bubble. Fairly rapid dissipation. Moderate lacing.

S: Lot of tart green apple. Little bit of lemon. Clean lager smell. Some spice from the rye. Slightly nutty hint.

T: Marzen roastiness comes out in the end. Flash of noble hop bitterness. Finishes with a slight edge of spiciness. Very dry, clean and crisp. Aftertaste is almost nonexistent, with slight hints of darkened fruit, the same nutinesss, and a mild herbal note.

M: Fairly light. Moderate carbonation, but it still comes across as seltzery and thin.

O: Like a green bottle beer, but with slightly more character. Would not purchase again. (872 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Minimal carbonation after the pour. The carbonation bubbles almost entirely disappate shortly thereafter. Beautiful copper red color and brilliant clarity. I smell the bready aroma of light malt and get a bit of the spicey rye notes. The mouthfeel is moderate and tickles the taste buds on the way down. The flavor is definitely typical of an Octoberfest with the clean,crisp flavor and malty, almost nutty flavor. The nice twist would be that nice spicey rye note. (465 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 12/6/12

appears a dark copper color, off white head. decent head retention. sweet aroma, one note. nice malty earthy flavor, smooth, easy drinking. medium body. low to medium carbonation.
overall - easy drinking nice malt flavor. (253 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear rich ruby color.

The aroma has some sweet cherry, spice, and sweet malt.

The flavor follows, but dominated by almost a medicinal cherry sweetness. That follows with some spiciness and then cleans up with a lager effervescence and bit of breadiness.

In the end, I was a bit disappointed with this beer. The fruity cherry notes were not really great for me, although having a good lager mouthfeel and flavor. (436 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Probably pushing the best by date on this one with a bottling date of 1/31/13.
Hmmmm a marzen with rye. Sounds intriguing.
Definitely lager toasty quality of aroma. Pushing some sweetness and richness. A couple of nice shots of fruity sweetness. Mmmmm those were nice.
Classic look with a slightly smallish head, otherwise very clear and dark amber. Appealing.
Drinks rich like style. Rye is quite prominent, but not overpowering and not losing it's sense of being a marzen. Dries out quite a bit and holds a tasty longish finish. Some notes of vanilla.
Bigger lager body. Carbonated with some smoothness.
The rye is a good idea in terms of flavor, however, it makes a rich style even richer and I really slowed by drinking down as I went through the drink. Maybe not all bad, but for style a bit of a drawback. (812 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a fun red plaid package with a lumberjack on it. ABV is 6.2 and summary mentions rich malt, cherry and dark fruit, and earth and spice due to the rye. Poured into a goblet it is a really nice orange color, very little head despite an un-careful pour, and there's just sort of a broken-down bubble-film floating at the very surface now. You can really, really smell the fruit right off the bat; definitely the cherries and maybe a little berry in there. Taste is also very cherry, and might I say, holy crap it is good. There's that sweetness that I notice a lot of GD's stuff has, and then on the back end there's a little bitterness and malt for a second or two (maybe that spice the label mentioned, but I don't really get that), and then it breaks clean off. Really nice. The mouthfeel is oily and smacky, and the carbonation, though low, is right there I feel for a marzen. I had this a few years ago at a restaurant and didn't like it, but I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle because this stuff's kickass. Nicely done! (1,032 characters)

Photo of Simont
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean larger aromas dominated by malt; deep gold color with light haze, med off-white head; vienna / munich sweetness dominates flavor without being cloying, nice malt complexity. Low to no noble hop flavors but appropriate clean bitterness provides good balance. Mouthfeel is med-full, creamy and makes this beer a joy to drink. Overall a very nice malt-centric Octoberfest/ Marzen style lager, with (unfortunately) little to no noticeable rye character. (455 characters)

Photo of lighthabit
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the neighbor, said he didn't care for it.
it says lager on the front, so i'm hesitant, but the pour looks good, nice deep yellow copper, foamy head dies down after a bit. not much lacing, but others have mentioned it? the rye and malt bring this out of the lager league, smooth feel, hops are mild, and a pleasant sweetness makes it very drinkable out of the gate. interesting, it's leaving a lip smacking sweetness on my lips. i think a couple of these would have me heading back to my favored styles, but for something that says lager, it's quite nice. i think it'd go well with a burger and fries. (606 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Great Divide tap house – Denver

The beer was a deep orange color with a light, white head that dissipated quickly, but left a ring. The beer gave off a nice light rye and malty aroma with a hint of yeast/bready-ness to it. The taste of the beer was good; a nice light rye flavor with little to no hops to note, but it was not overly sweet. The beer had a moderate feel to it; the beer was smooth and very easy to drink. Overall, a good beer. (458 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: into da pint: clear medium amber beer with a whipped foamy tan head, left some lace lines and head showed good persistence

S: mild hops and sweet malts, some rye and fruity/floral notes

T: softly sweet maltiness, vague fruitiness, suggestions of rye and caramel, maybe even some mellow orange-iness

M: smooth, creamy, silky; light feel, slight tingle of carbonation/rye spice

O: I've only had two other marzens, and this was better than both - the kind of beer to turn you onto a style (if its typical of the style) - great drinkability, wonderful flavor and aroma profile - another slam-dunk from Great Divide. (618 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12ounce bottle -> World Market tulip glass.

Pours up apricot color with a one finger off white head. Retention is poor, but there is quite a bit of spotty lacing. The nose is primarily fragrant pine and is the best part of this offering. Taste is spicy rye that is a bit understated with a mild dry finish. Mouthfeel is a little thin,but with adequate carbonation. Not my favorite ever. It sort of reminds me of a few Belgians I've had and didn't care for. (460 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled January 31, 2013) into a tulip.

A-The beer is a nice, cranberry red color. It is clear and the lack of visible carbonation means that the thin, white, soapy head drops quickly to patches on the top.

S-The smell is a mixture of light, earthy flavors like cedar and pine, with some lighter fruits like bright cherry and apple. The malts are not very assertive in their sweetness or caramel qualities.

T-The taste is somewhat dull, earthy, and nondescript. The rye is not as assertive or spicy as I would have hoped for, but the lack of roasty malt flavors mean this beer is not a true marzen, either. The result is a somewhat woody, harsh flavored brew.

M-The feel is on the lighter side for a marzen. Crisp drinking.

O-This beer has a nice color to it but...I am not wowed by much else here. The fruity flavors are not assertive, the malts are not assertive, the rye comes across as oxidized and dull. Methinks Great Divide should go back to the well on this one. (998 characters)

Photo of tito42
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Bottled on 11/5/2012.

A: Slightly cloudy amber with moderate carbonation and a nice, foamy head with a hint of copper.

S: Lightly roasted malts dominate with some cherry notes.

T: Strong malt backbone up front with a very earthy rye flavor following up. Peat moss and cherry notes with a spicy and dry finish.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, a bit watery in the middle. The rye flash is a little harsh, followed by a dry, tart cherry finish.

O: Definitely a different take on the marzen style. I prefer those that stick to the roots of the style and explore the depths of malt character. This is more of a rye beer than a marzen to me. The flavor is a bit harsh and doesn't blend particularly well with the malt and cherry. (764 characters)

Photo of MickeyBeer
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a orangish red color with about one finger of white head that dissipates quickly.

S- I picked up notes of roasted malts but didn't really pick up on any rye. Smells a little bit sweet.

T- Sweet flavor upfront that finishes with some roasty malt flavors. No real alcohol taste and aftertaste is a little like bread. Enjoyable but doesn't exactly blow me away with flavors.

M- Pretty light mouthfeel. Medium carbonation that finishes crisp and goes down easy.

O- A good brew but nothing spectacular. No real complex flavors or aromas here. I would drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out. (640 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy copper with one-finger, white, creamy head that lasted a couple minutes and left a nice film. Okay lacing.

S: Sweet caramel and mango. Pineapple.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Sweet caramel malt, and then rye flavors.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth.

O: Really good Marzen. Smells wonderful and tastes like sweet malt and rye. (404 characters)

Photo of CBrotherton
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into a mug at 55F. Chilled to 45F for ideal tasting.

A - The first toast is to not choosing/having a glass mug. Appearance (after a transfer to a glass) is orange-red with direct light and red-brown with indirect light. Head sits tight at 4mm with mild lacing. Head stays constant through drink. Low carbonation.

S - Malty smell. Smells like a dark cherry coffee table that has been sitting in a cellar for a winter. Label says 'dark fruits'; i can't smell them. Nose is still getting over the flu.

T - Malts come out strong with a dry finish. There something there I can't put my finger of. Worthy though of a 3.75.

M - Mild action in mouth and finishes with subtle 'zah' on the back of the tongue. For the beer and, presumably, the style, a good fit. Bitterness lingers but does not register if you're not looking for it.

O - Overall a good beer. Bold and heavy enough to where you only need one, two at most, for a filling experience. (953 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy tan head that holds fast, providing coverage to a cloudy amber beer that shows hints of gold, orange and red, depending on the light and shadows cast. Pretty stellar looking.

Earthiness is at the fore on this one - grainy, malty and with one of the brighter rye noses of the ryes I've had. It really comes through clearly here, which is a big plus for me. Really nice.

Malty like a traditional Ofest, but with a creamy depth that I'd guess stems from the inclusion of the rye - makes this an exceptionally easy drinker.

The creaminess is akin to a stout - great in the mouth.

Maybe not a fan favorite, but one of my favorite ryes for sure. Good nearly year round. (678 characters)

Photo of jjchristiano
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I didn't get anything out of this beer but the dry hoppiness finish.
Really tried to pick anything else up but actually didn't even tase the beer unti the finish.
Not my favorite. Is it a Rye Lager or an Octoberfest? seems to be confused. Much better Marzens out there. (269 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear dark orange with a one finger off-white head. Head retention is just average but lacing is quite nice lingering for a long time on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of caramel, rye bread and toast although I am not picking up on a lot of the characteristic rye spice that I am accustomed to. Some grassy hops as well but caramel and toffee really dominate.

The flavor is more forward with the caramel and toffee and they comprise the overall flavor profile of the beer. There is more rye spice than was present in the aroma but it still is not overwhelming. A little bit of orange in the background along with grassy hops. Bitterness is towards the lighter end of the spectrum with a pretty sweet and sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, an interesting take on an Oktoberfest but not really interesting enough to keep me coming back. A little on the sweet side and this really hinders drinkability. (942 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Label says Bottled on JUL 27 2012.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light, spotty surface foam. Thin streaks of semi-resilient lacing.

S- Very toasty malt aroma that bears caramel and borderline toffee notes. The rye is certainly apparent as well but not too heavy. Somewhat sweet smelling.

T- Initially sweet but then the rye kicks in and brings some sturdy malt character. Once again, toasty with some caramel and cereal grain notes. Alcohol is subdued and there's not much aftertaste. Solid flavor but not too forward.

M- Medium-low carbonation with a thin consistency but there's enough body to keep it from being watery.

O- Maybe it's because I enjoy rye in beer so much, but this is better than most Oktoberfests IMO. However, I'm generally not a fan of the style so my review is only worth so much. (972 characters)

Photo of Finn
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hoss pours a clean amber/orange, with light carbonation, and little head retention. The aroma is smooth, pristine malt and bread. Smells like the typical german oktoberfest. It's smooth, malty, and very well balanced. The medium body is cut through just slightly by a moderate carbonation, and the malt profile is rich, but not sweet, it's very clean and drinkable. This is one of the best US made oktoberfests I've had. I don't notice the rye much at all, but nonetheless this is a fantastic, well crafted beer. (512 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (774 characters)

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