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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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very good

921 Ratings
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Ratings: 921
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009)
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2.1/5  rDev -44%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

poured into a dimpled mug, beer had an amazing reddish hue. The aroma was pleasingly malty sweet with subtly notes of caramel and fresh (don't know how else to describe it, like when you walk into your veggie garden) Had a medium body that didn't linger on the tongue. Thank goodness, as the flavor was off putting. Started of malty, and sweet, but ended with a tange of brown bread, which I found unappealing. (That might have more to do with the hot dogs baked in beans served with the brown bread that I hated as a kid, than it did with the actually bread) I was very excited when I found this beer, (Mar-zen, and Rye usually peak my intrest) but was extremely disappointed!

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4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a Cherry Ruby Amber. That's what I'm calling it. Beautiful frothy cream head that leaves chunks of bubbles and sheets of sticky lacing in it's wake.

The aroma is of faint fruit notes with a delicious sweet caramel warmth.

The taste is so complex. This beer has a sweet fruity beginning with delicious cherry notes. This gives way to a more typical caramel malt body found in marzens. The beer finishes with a nice woody, cinnamon spiciness to fill out a complex taste profile.

Mouthfeel is crisp, bright, slightly dry, and extremely refreshing.

Overall, I cannot believe this surprise. For starters, it's a sneaky Oktoberfest, since it's labeled as a Rye Lager. But on BA, it's a marzen, and the best one I've tried this year.

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3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Central BBQ pint glass. Bottle has a bottled on date that says April 2012 (6 months later...is this beer maybe past its prime? It's still beer, so I'll still drink it).

A - A very clear red-orange color. Almost non-existent lacing across the top of the beer, and a lingering lacing ring around the glass from the first sip. Almost no head from the pour, but honestly, it was a bad pour on my part.

S - Smells like your typical Oktoberfest (marzen) beer. It smells of an even toasted maltiness.

T - I wanted to go to a 4 on taste, but just couldn't bring myself to do it. But overall the taste is there, its a very good beer and very drinkable

M - Just the right amount of carbonation. Not so light you think its water, not so much that its like a beer flavored soda.

O- a very good drinkable beer. how representative of the style is it...I'm not sure, but I would definitely drink a few of these.

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3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brilliant red color with not the slightest bit of haze. There is a lace of white head but nothing to right home about.

The aroma is very clean, no aroma from yeast at all. Some malt aroma like toast and toffee.

The tastes very clean as well - yet has a lot going on. I can taste caramel as well as a little rye spice at the finish. Nice clean finish that leaves the mouth ready for the next sip.

Mouthfeel is medium.

This is a very refreshing beer. Great for a session.

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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper to ruby red in color. The beer has a finger tall dense beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts along with rye spiciness. There are lighter aromas of yeast and just a hint of earthy/spicy hops.

T: Upfront this beer has a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of caramel/toffee sweetness. There are some light rye spiciness and some lighter notes of yeast - there is a light amount of earthy/spicy hop flavors that contribute some light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with some dryness in the finish.

O: The rye is not as present as I had hoped for in this beer - I was expecting a little more rye spiciness. The beer is easy to drink because of the lighter rye flavor and well hidden alcohol.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a very clear amber color with a single finger of cream-colored fizzy head that lasts for about a minute and a half, leaving behind only minimal lacing. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells of cherries and psuedo-nutmeg spice over a caramel malt with extra earthy hopping and a touch of breaded yeastiness. Tastes somewhat drier than the nose had me expecting, but still semi-sweet with caramel malt and plenty of toasted bread alongside a light herbal hopping garnish on the finish. The cherries from the aroma are very much subdued upon the palate in the actual flavor, but that's okay, because the caramel malt gains some nuttiness to compensate that wasn't as perceptible in the aroma. If only these aspects carried fully back and forth from nose and palate to present a complete spectrum, this would have been absolutely amazing. As it is, it settles for merely being better than average.

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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.

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3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smells of bananas, caramel, spices, bready/malty and a hint of fig. Nice bready taste with a backbone of bananas and caramel. The bready and malts definately shine. Wait, there is Rye? Must be the spices im tasting?

Pretty good. Nothing to go crazy about but a nice brew to pick up once in a while. Did I mention that the finish is oily as hell?

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.