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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Reviews: 429
Hads: 985
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 31
Gots: 73 | 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: 429 | Hads: 985
Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark copper with a small thick dirty-white head, and not much lacing.

smell is of rye, malt, a touch of spice, and some caramel.

taste is crisp, thick, malt, caramel, some spice, come cocoa, and a little sweetness in the back.

overall a nice oktoberfest with a twist.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Great Divide tap room. This was a clear amber beer with a soapy head. The smell was good and sweet almost, intriguing. The beer was a nice lager with a bit of sweetness and a hint of the rye. For some reason I was not expecting to like this beer but I did, I may need to pick up a sixer.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a nonic pint glass at TJs in Paoli.

A: A clear golden orange color with a small white small bubbled head. Ring lacing that eventually recedes back into the glass.

S: Bready malts with some fruit and some spicy hops smell.

T: Bready malt flavors start with some fruits like lemon and pear coupled with a grassy earthy flavor that turns spicy and prickly with bitterness at the end. The rye turns this normally sweeter beer into a nicely balanced spicier hoppier Ofest. Real nice variation from the norm. Finish is a bitter and spicy, but not overly so. The malt and spice/hops combine quite well on finish.

M: Medium and coating with prickly spicyness. No alcohol detected.

D: High, real nice beer that drinks very well.

Overall a great interpretation of the style that is different from the rest. The spicy rye adds another element to this beer and for me makes it a standout in it's class. Another very good beer from Great Divide. Well done.

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Photo of david131
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear orange liquid with a bunch of tiny floaters and some nice streams of rising carbonation.

S- Some caramel, orange rind, and some flaked barley. Pretty simple but enjoyable for the style.

T- Sweet caramel, light citrus, and a hit of oats. Pretty sweet and simple with a nice clean finish.

M- A great carbonation level and a really smooth finish. Very nice.

D- A good American take on the style. Maybe a bit sweet for my tastes, but something nice on a fall night.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great take on the classic Marzen. The addition of rye is a natural choice.

The color takes on a more amber color where the original Marzens are normally strong straw to golden. Still, the same great head formation, retention, and lacing as expected from authentic German versions.

The sweet, caramelly, bready notes of classic Marzens are accented and compounded by the rye grains from a more complex and varying beer. The sharpness of the rye grains balance the beer very well where the Marzens usually finish too sweet and malty. Spicy and earthy the rye gives a lot more to the beer.

A long lingering of pungent rye grains keep the beer from becomming clean in the end but also ride along side of hop bitterness into the finish.

A really nice beer that should have been an obvious combination before now.

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Photo of tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, clear, amber, medium carbonation

Smell: rye, grain, and malt

Taste: big dose of rye in the beginning, malt in the middle, and a spicy rye finish--some earth and dark fruit as well

Mouthfeel: moderately bitter start goes slightly malty in the mid-drink, followed by a peppery more bitter finish, moderately smooth, medium body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Wow. This is a very good marzen and is also in my top four of the style. I love how I can taste the advertised rye. I really like the way the bitterness and the maltiness come together. You can taste them separate, but they also blend. One of my favorites from a good brewery, this is kind of the opposite end of the spectrum from Brooklyn's version. Both excellent--a marzen that leaves me wanting more.

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Photo of Freethyhops
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A- a slightly vigorous pour creates a creamy white 3 finger head. it dissipates fairly quickly, not leaving a ton lacing, just a little. the color is a nice amber. a nice color for a lager

S- the lager yeast comes through along with hints of the rye. the rye is quite faint though. enticing though.

T- the taste is kind of, meh. it's smooth and crisp. I really don't get much rye in the flavor untill it warms. it's way in the backround, but comes around when it warms up a bit. a nice subtle bitterness adds to the crisp dry finish.

M- the mouthfell is probably the high point of this beer. as with most lagers it goes down with incredible smoothness. crisp with plenty of carbonation.

D- very drinkable brew. i only picked up a single but if I had a six pack it certainly wouldn't sit in the fridge long before magically disappearing

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Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even though there hasn't been much hype about this beer, I've been looking forward to it since I first heard about it... I like rye beers, I like Great Divide beers, and I love interesting takes on styles, in this case a Marzen... Cheers...

A - A very active swirling pour... Loads of small-bubbled moderate paced carbonation rises throughout... A finger and a half of full creamy tan head begins to fade but shows solid retention with about 1/4 inch left before completely fading away... A rich but splotchy lacing remains... A wonderfully light golden orange color with some wonderful reddish highlights... A little bit of lace clings to the sides of the glass... It looks very light and refreshing...

S - Caught a little off guard, but it is the cherries that hit the nose first... Caramel... Notes of cinnamon... Just the slightest touch of rye spiciness... The aroma is quite mild and subdued, but it is terrifically entrancing...

T - There's a lot going on here... Sweet cherry and fruit are first on the palette... This is followed by a quick glimpse of caramel and bready malts before the rye spiciness kicks in... The bitter rye dominates the finish... Perhaps even trace amounts of some piney hops...

M - Light and refreshing... Slightly sticky and syrupy... Very very mild carbonation... Incredibly smooth... Sip, savor, repeat...

D - A very interesting and enjoyable brew... The cherry really adds to the character of this fine brew... The rye is understated and takes a backseat but still adds to the overall depth and complexity... My biggest complaint is that it seems to stray pretty fair from the style guidelines of a traditional Marzen... None the less I could enjoy this year round and may invest in a case so that I'm able to do so... The most artistic lager to come down the pike in a really long time...

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Photo of Seru1
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Bright sunset orange with a very thin white head and small amounts of lacing.

Smell- Caramelly and bready with a light smell of fresh berries.

Taste- Big hop taste up front fades into citrus and finally sweet malt. A very complex octoberfest beer and fun to dink.

Mouthfeel- Thinnish on the the tongue but long lasting.

Drinkability- I could go through a 6 pack of this in a day pretty easily.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright clear amber pour with a big frothy white head , leaving some spotty lacing behind , a very nice looking glass of beer. Aroma is earthy and spicy with some nice sweet caramel , and cereal grain . Flavor is very balanced and complex for a lager , a nice mix of caramel , biscut, rye, fruit, and peppercorns , not too sweet , lightly dry , light bitterness , nice snappy sweet grain aftertaste , full mouthfeel for the style , medium carbonation gives it a lively crisp mouthfeel , I would call this very sessionable , I would drink this all day long . A very nice take on the style , and a very good brew , going to pick up some more of this today !

Nice Job Great Divide

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Photo of sml505
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear light copper body with creamy, lasting head.

S - Caramel, sweetness, hint of spice

T - Deep malt flavors of rye, caramel, some grain. Spicy, grassy.

D - Well balanced and great malt flavors. Nice offering from GD. Lt to med mf and a good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 8/4/09. Pours a reddish amber with a medium creamy head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is is pretty subdued - some wheaty malts with a touch of cinnamon.

The flavor is toasted malts with some rye leading to a metallic lightly bitter finish with some cinnamon like spices. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, decent but pretty subdued. The first time I had this, I remember much more of a rye presence.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a sam adams pint glass,great head with some nice lacing.smell is slightly toasted malt.taste is slightly toasty and nutty with some rye spice in the finish.pretty good.got better as it warmed up.

medium bodied with pretty good drinkability.one of the better marzen lagers i've had.

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass. Not the appropriate serving vessel for this beer but its all I had.

It clear amber with some red hues and nice streams of carbonation and a half a finger of off-white head that remains atop the glass as its drank. The aroma is caramel malty with spicy notes and earthy hops. Flavor is malt forward with biscuit, caramel and rye. Has some earthy hops and some light unripe cherry flavor that became more present as it warmed up (maybe due to the rye?) Its medium bodied and slightly crisp and finishes with a easy dryness. Overall it was mostly bready malty goodness with some interesting spicy notes and found it to be very enjoyable all-around.

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Photo of bamadog
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up a couple of weeks ago at The Party Source. Great Divide hasn't been too bad to me thus far, so I'm expecting a solid beer here. Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, coppery color and starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger creamy white head that leaves a ring of lacing around the surface and fades to a relatively thick and uneven skim on top; relatively strong carbonation bubbles up from the bottom.

Smell: A little on the weak side, there are some hints of lightly toasted grains, but that's about it.

Taste: A pretty nice and strong blast of the toasty and bready grains - almost a little biscuity even; the rye is a very subtle flavor in the drink, but I can't get over how "raw" and earthy the grains are in this - a really nice touch. Beyond that, there is just a very slight hint of alcohol in the mouth as well, but it seems like it's barely detectable.

Mouthfeel: Surprising creamy and smooth, and just a tad watery; the carbonation is definitely strong and a little over-prickly, but still nice and lively overall; there is also a fair coating being left throughout the mouth that finishes of a pretty impressive body on this beer.

Drinkability: Pretty high - aside from the nose, this beer is pretty solid with a nice toasty flavor. It's listed as an Oktoberfest but it doesn't really strike me as being quite as malty and sweet as that style. I would definitely sit through a couple of these and enjoy the accompanying buzz.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass
Amber in color with a two-inch frothy head
Aroma-Surprising floral aromatics with sweet malts
Taste-Fruity, sweet malt with subtle spices and a crisp, dry finish. Although the label say that this is a rye ale, it is very much like an Octoberfest in flavor.
Overall, very drinkable and refreshing, and would be a good pairing with roasted, or BBQ'd chicken

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

@ Bukowski's Inman Square...

Came in a nifty German style "strange" glass. A crystal clear, deep, dark orange color, Hoss is a pretty lookin' beer. Decent white heat that left crags of lace on my aforementioned nifty glass.

Smells like honey and light floral hops. A prickly rye spice bolsters toasted october-malts for a more aggressive flavor than betrayed by the aroma. Good stuff.

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Photo of kels
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprised to see this listed as an Oktoberfest/Marzen instead of a Rye Beer. I guess I'll have to see...Review on the bottle poured into a pint.

Appearance: Pours a nice, most clear, light coppery-red with a short, fizzy white head that fades to a skim and leaves behind spots of sticky white lacing.

Smell: Aroma is very characteristic of a lager. It is light and grainy with a slight sweetness that hints of honey and is slightly floral. I'm not really getting much rye, but it does smell very nice.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Feel is light and slightly watery. Could use a boost from just slightly fuller carbonation. Taste is really nice - very full and flavorful. Rye is more apparent in the taste and is accompanied by a nice toasty, crispy graininess and honeyed sweetness - tastes a little like apricots. There's a slight green apple-like tartness from the mellow hop presence, and the alcohol is all but absent in the taste. I'm pretty pleased. Finishes slightly sticky in the feel, but very clean in the taste.

Drinkability: Pretty darn high. I've had better rye beers, but this isn't a style you can just get tons of year-round. I'll be enjoying much more of the Hoss throughout this season. Light, flavorful and highly drinkable.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Manchester Wine & Liquors, Manchester, CT. I grabbed it cuz it's octoberfest season and I've been on a bit of a rye kick lately, so why not try it!?

Pours a darkish amber with a fluffy off-white head that settles pretty quick. Lots of tiny bubbles.

Aroma of a standard oktoberfest/marzen, german malts, honey, fresh baked bread, nutty earthy aromas typically evident in the style.

The beer is light bodied with a creamy texture.

Initially the beer is very light, sweet, and fruity with hints of apricot and sweet german malts. Most Oktoberfests have some fruity character to them. The apricot/berry character is more evident in this beer. I kinda didn't like it at first, it tasted a lot like Magic Hat #9 which I am not a fan of. As the beer warms it takes on more characteristics of a classic oktoberfest/marzen lager, sweet german malts, nutty, honey, fresh baked bread, light yet satisfying. the rye gives this beer a juicy flavor and character not often seen in the style, but i seriously enjoy it. Finishes with a nutty, earthy bitterness.

I tried this beer as a one-off but was impressed and will be visiting it again. Great way to begin the oktoberfest season!


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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, light copper body, creamy white head. The aroma is caramel, malt sweetness, and noble hops. On the palate the rye pairs nicely with the caramel malt to create a deep, satisfying malt flavor. Spicy, grassy noble hops provide bitterness to the finish. Hoss is a the kind of style reinterpretation that GD is so good at. This may be Great Divide's first lager, but I truly hope they try more of them. They have proven themselves with Extreme beers and Belgian styles, now its time for some GD session beer.

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Photo of Stinky
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap -sampled at GD tap room 08/29/09
I am not normally a fan of Marzen's they are usually too sweet but this one tastes a little cleaner / more balanced to me. It is still a malt over hop taste, which is in line w/ the style, but it is low key enough that I could session this beer. Maybe this has something to do w/ the Rye but like others have said the rye flavor is very subdued and difficult to detect. This is a flavorful beer but it is subtle and a warming temp is needed to bring out these flavors, if you drink this too cold it could seem bland. The alcohol is well integrated. All in all I think this is a winner and will definitely be part of my late summer early fall rotation!

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Photo of GilGarp
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours chilled into a pint glass, with striking red color, great clarity, and thick white head. The head settles quickly leaving little evidence behind.

Aroma is sweet and malty with little or no hop character detected.

Flavor is robust with lots of big caramel malt, a heathly dose of earthy hops, and a touch of toastiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium-full in body with appropriate carbonation.

This is basically a big octoberfest beer which is no bad thing.

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Photo of bfields4
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clean lager dark orange with amber hue. Very light subtle head.

Rye malty and a little sweet with a little touch of pepper.

The deep sweet rye malt holds very nice to the taste accompanied by dark fruit. This beer finishes with a nice sharp spice.

Medium bodied lager with just enough carbonation to make it a very smooth drinker. My favorite American Marzen. I will be without a a doubt be picking up a few of these.

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Photo of naproxen
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a single of this at the store, I love me a good rye and always am willing to try something new.

The color of this was a touch unexpected (if I had read the bottle label's description first, I would have been prepared). A medium to deeper orange, almost blood orange, definitely a reddish hue but a lot darker than I would have expected.

The nose doesn't give off too much as to what to expect from the beer itself, mostly a sweet malty aroma, a touch fruity. As I sipped this and the beer warmed a bit, a little bit of the alcohol comes through on the nose, but not too much

I do pick up the rye's spiciness, there is a bite to the tongue that I enjoy first, followed by that mild cherry sweetness.

This is pretty drinkable I must say, I will definitely seek out a qualified sixer of this

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Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.