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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 26
Gots: 44 | 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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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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 -5.1%
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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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoss opens with a rich, malt-sweet and yeast-laden aroma, the beer smelling initially far more like rising bread dough than anything else. Closer inspection reveals complex layers of toast crust, brown sugar, wet wheat, and chocolate, with dollops of molasses and honey, as well as a faint rind of peppery rye. Mild fruit esters such as berry and apricot bring further nuance, but breads and grains easily win the attention. As a whole, the nose is good, the breads nicely countered by sugars and light fruits, with just enough peppery spice to be intriguing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a surprisingly malty blast of molasses, yeasty dough, honey, wheat, brown sugar, and toast crust, with lovely sugary touches of apricot, white grape, berry, and orange, and a tantalizing peppery rye edge that grows slightly stronger as the beer is held on the tongue and the sugars die off. Hints of spicy grapefruit and pine from the hops add additional complexity, as do lightly toasted nuts. The aftertaste is largely a continuation of the main mouthful, but with heavier emphasis on peppery rye and toast crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is solid fare, presenting a varied and finely tuned selection of flavors that balance each other nicely. The sugars are especially lovely in here, coming in a wide variety of flavors, and all of them blending well with the rye. Worth trying.

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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Based on the label you would think that this is a beer that is hard to categorize. I'll review based on the label description and asthetics alone.

I poured this beer into an open mouth chalice style glass. The coloring was a deep walnut color with very minimal foam.

The smell was pretty minimal. I get some sweetness and very light hopping from European style hops. I don't really get any of the rye elements in the nose, but I'm sure that I'll get some in the flavoring.

The flavor is an interesting mix of lager and rye elements. I like the euro hops in the flavor. The sweetness is a little lighter in the flavor. There is even a slight taste of pepper.

This was a very tasty beer. I really enjoyed the mix of flavors and balance in this.

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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber/ruby red, one finger head, some carbonation.

S-Rye spiceness, malty, caramel, some grassy notes as well.

T-Nice balance of rye, caramel and other malts. Not much bitter however it is sweet with good balance.

M-Light to medium bodied, light carbonation and crisp.

O-Possibly the best Marzen style beer I've had. The rye is a nice addition to a style I do not usually care for.

Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear but very amber and an off white head one inch high.

Aroma: Caramel malts, bits of caraway seeds, traces of brown bread. Faint notes of citrus in the back but it's definately all malt with a bit of toffee.

Taste: Nice and sweet notes of molasses, toffee and caramel malts. Spice, minor notes of clove. The mouthfeel has a light toffee stickiness but it smooths out well.

Notes: A very good drinking beer and good for a cool night. Cheers.

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Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.