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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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very good

872 Ratings
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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 24
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of axeman9182
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled in April of 2012. This came to me via Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month club and was poured into my Duvel tulip.

Hoss Rye Lager pours a deep burnt orange/auburn, falling just short of having full clarity. There's a finger or so of white foam capping the beer. It fades pretty quickly, and lacing is fairly spotty. The nose is pretty dull and lifeless, but what is there is nice. There are some bready and toffee aromas, and the delicate spiciness of rye creeps in a little bit in the background. The flavor has a little more vivacity to it, with biscuit and caramel maltiness coming together for a lingering opening. Earthy, lightly peppery rye comes in for the close, but seems to die out before the beer hits the back of my palate. The mouthfeel is definitely not "crisp". The body's a little bit chewy, and the carbonation lacking, and leaves the beer giving a syrupy impression. I think a rye marzen could be a pretty interesting beer, but Hoss Rye Lager just suffers on the execution end.

axeman9182, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of mountdew1
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a darker amber reddish color. Had a very thin (less than 1 finger) bubbly white head. Head lasted a while, and clung nicely to the sides. Smell had a touch of sugar, a tad of hops, with a strong wheat/grain profile as well. Taste was extremely well balanced. A small bit of sweet, a little hint of peppery spice, with a mellow banana bread almost. Felt good in the mouth. Coated very well, but the carbonation seemed to be all over the place. At times it was subtle, other times it was up front. Overall a good representation. Not quite sessionable, but not overpowering either.

mountdew1, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of hannaho
3.75/5  rDev 0%

hannaho, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of Rook162
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Rook162, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of dannydetox
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another easy drinking beer, hoss rye lager is an interesting spin on the marzen style. orange amber in color with a short-lived whitish head. carbonation is mild for a lager. hoss delivers welcoming notes of rye alongside caramel malts in the nose. down the hatch you get more maltiness, but not in a syrupy sweet way. clean, dry finish and a medium full body round out the brew.

dannydetox, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Kenye
2/5  rDev -46.7%

Kenye, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of sammo
3.75/5  rDev 0%

sammo, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of thejordanc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

thejordanc, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.75/5  rDev 0%

EyePeeAyBryan, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of gpawned
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

gpawned, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of 5thOhio
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been a fan of ryes before ryes were cool and this one doesn't disappoint.

Pours a rich copper with a 1 inch head that dissipates slowly to one half inch. Thick lacing.

Nose is malty and slightly spicy.

Taste surprisingly starts out sweet and malty, but is followed by spicy rye notes and ends with a nice bitter hop bite. Excellent and complex.

I'd love to try this rascal on tap.

5thOhio, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a clear copper color, with a slight head retention and some sticky lace on the glass

S - sweet malts.

T - Big malty flavor, with a huge rye backbone and aftertaste. Sweet up front.

M - Highly carbonated

O - - a good beer for the style. I like the rye component. Good, but not worth buying again

BeerDawgs, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
3.75/5  rDev 0%

hiphopj5, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of elevatedgreens
3.75/5  rDev 0%

elevatedgreens, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of PintOHops
4/5  rDev +6.7%

PintOHops, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of JosiahS
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

JosiahS, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of carteravebrew
3/5  rDev -20%

carteravebrew, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of Gatch
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Great Divide in Denver, CO.

A: Really dark brown with shades of blood red. Light brown, foamy head that leaves little lace and retention.

S: Heavily smoked malt with hints of beef jerky and smoked meat.

T: Same as the nose. Awesome smoked, roasted malt character. Subtle hops in the finish. Some spicy rye throughout. Killer flavor.

M: Smooth but right amount of carbonation. Great rye flavor and lager characteristics.

O: Incredible beer. Unique and so damn good.

Gatch, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of sgoro
3.75/5  rDev 0%

sgoro, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +6.7%

stortore, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Hoss

Appearance: clear amber, medium-small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: hops, little malt, and slight rye-grain.

Taste: sweetness, faint touch of hops, and then a rye finish.

Mouthfeel: medium and faintly syrup-like.

This is a good brew with an evenly balanced nut-rye flavor. It goes down easy and doesn't overpower the pallet.

megahurts4, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev 0%

herman77, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of erlenmeyer
4/5  rDev +6.7%

erlenmeyer, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of wgfxkmf
3.75/5  rDev 0%

wgfxkmf, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

bacher468, Jun 02, 2012
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.