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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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831 Ratings
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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 22
Gots: 22 | 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:
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(Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009)
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Photo of djeucalyptus


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice dark apricot hue, crystal clear with a frothy cream colored head. fades away to crumpet-like bubbly lace across the top. ample cakey lacing down the glass.

aroma is malty, peppery, toasty and hints of fruit - apple and asian pear.

taste is interestingly fruity with some ample rye spices. apple, fig, maple syrup and apricot with earthy rye, caramel malt and some light cherry tartness. interesting, although not sure I'm crazy about it. a lingering earthy rye bitterness.

mouth is perfectly moderate viscosity with ample fine carbonation that leaves some prickly bubbles to carry the spice. works really well for the style, abv, and flavors.

all in all, I'm not crazy about the flavor profile - a touch fruity and less malty and rye-y than I was hoping, but it's solid and I could easily convince myself to drink this one regularly.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 07:25:40 | More by djeucalyptus
Photo of secondtooth


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber-red in color. Good white head of foam, with interesting and elegant, thick lace.

Aroma is grainy, with a strong rye presence. Appealing!

Taste is malty up front (typical of an Oktoberfest/Marzen style such as this), followed by a robust spiciness and a hint of fruit. The slightly bitter, dry finish bookends a superb tasting experience.

Unusual, and quite delicious!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 01:17:41 | More by secondtooth
Photo of DrJay


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, orange in colour, with a thin cap of very fine beige bubbles. A bit of sticky lace, decent head retention. Mild aroma, mostly malty with notes of toasted bread, toast, hint of caramel, and faint fruitiness. The rye may be adding a bit of complexity to the nose, but it's subtle. Bitterness was apparent from the start, becoming more pronounced in the finish with a lingering lemony hop flavour. More of the same malt character as in the aroma, but a little more earthy. Same fruitiness too. Nice texture, medium bodied with average carbonation, some dryness. Overall, I liked the way it came together. Very drinkable and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 00:03:01 | More by DrJay
Photo of srandycarter


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty, slightly murky copper. Nice head leaves to disk fast. Not much cling.

S - Deep wort like smell. Not much else. Lends to possible caramel sweetness in taste.

T - Nice but thinner and less sweet than hoped for.

M - Good balance between malt and hop, nice carb.

D - Easy to drink and very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2011 04:30:43 | More by srandycarter
Photo of raszputini

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle to a pint glass. Pours a light amber with a foamy head. Nice lacing, dissipation is prolonged. Nose of malts and maybe some caramel. Taste is strong for a marzen, the malts are heavy and the alcohol is slightly present. Notes of caramel and light fruit with a sweet hop finish. Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 02:17:25 | More by raszputini
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow in color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry rye and standard lager like smells. In the taste, dry rye, small apple like fruitiness, and hints of being a lager. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry rye like aftertaste. Bigger body than expected, nice rye presence, and almost felt like an ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 19:31:12 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of rawfish


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

Deep golden pour with rusty red highlights, good clarity. A 2 finger frothy parchment colored head disappeared quickly leaving cloud-like lacing at the top of the glass. Ride off in to the sunset kind of feel.

Aroma comes out as this warms, smells pleasantly of deep caramel malts but with wine grapes, cherries and lumber. Reminds me a little of a vineyard.

Taste is rather light, caramel maltiness, some rye spice and dark fruit notes, plums and bing cherry. Ends with some earthy hops which give it a crisp drying feel. Rather dainty fare on the palate for a masculine named brew.

Adequate carbonation but body is slightly on the lighter side which helps the drinkability some but doesn't add to the taste.

A nice introduction to the rye adjunct for me, I'd been looking forward to trying this one for some time. A solid brew, quaffable and a good introduction beer to rye and oktoberfest style in general especially since this one is year round.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 23:39:34 | More by rawfish
Photo of TMoney2591


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I'd make a Gunsmoke or Bonanza joke here, but I can't remember which one had Hoss as a character, and I don't really feel like looking it up. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by a half-finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, light mandarin orange, rye bread, light honey, and a touch of toffee. The taste spotlights the (now stronger) orange and caramel, with some light pinches of black pepper in the background. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty decent brew, nothing mind-blowing, but a nice little quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 04:02:17 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Floyd12


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap poured into a tulip shaped glass.

A- Dark amberish almost read color with a rapidly dissipating head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S- A slight sweet caramel hint to it but a mostly bready rye malts and an earthly hop scent with toasted undertones.

T- Sweet floral/fruity tones with slight bitter contrast. The rye provides a ceral like finnish to the beer.

M- A Very light non filling beer with great taste and a >6% alcohol content. Decent carbonation, with a crisp bite that finnishes dry.

D- Very high. I didn't ask for this the bartender just handed this to me. But I did order several more the rest of the night. A rye beer anyone can enjoy

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2011 06:29:38 | More by Floyd12
Photo of rsdaugherty


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap into pint glass at Pasquini's downtown Denver
A - Deep amber, slightly red, 1 finger head disappates quickly to a thin layer 3
S - Bready malts, some sweetness with a slight rye scent 3.5
T - Floral and malt forward, semi-sweet notes, reminds me of sweet dinner rolls with a yeasty mildly bitter finish, hints of orange citrus/hops 3.5
M - No bite , smooth while still being classified as thin 3
D - Should be enjoyed by most anyone, very drinkable with good but not strong flavors, a good choice for rye virgins 4

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 06:00:13 | More by rsdaugherty
Photo of Shrews629


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice amber/orange color with some burnt yellow highlights at the bottom and sides. An off white head, about 1 1/2 finger thick, that didn't maintain the retention I was hoping for. A bit of lacing left on the glass. Enough for me to enjoy I guess.

Smell - I detect a sweetness at first with the aroma. Some fruitiness that smells of cherries and grapes. Also detecting a slightly sour note. Picking up the rye bread also. Some buttery notes and some caramel sweetness. A bit toasty also.

Taste - The taste presented some dark fruit with some biscuit/bready flavors. A wee bit of bitterness and some sweetness again from the caramel type flavors.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin, which was surprising to me. At 6.2% ABV I was expecting something a bit thicker. Didn't really coat the palate as much as I was anticipating either. It's mostly smooth. Rather crisp and somewhat refreshing. Maybe even a bit watery as it warms.

Drinkability - All in all this beer isn't bad. Pretty solid really. Worth a try if nothing else catches your eye. It's fairly easy to drink, but not quite sessionable. This beer seems like a Fall seasonal to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 21:27:44 | More by Shrews629
Photo of JoeAmerican77


3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out into my SS pint glass. Looks like organic rootbeer with an odd happening of the carbonation sticking to the bottom and sides of the glass. One finger of almost white head...

Smells of whole grain bread alcohol

Good first impression, heavy malts and light hop profile, bready, with sunflower seed, oat and sesame. Sessionable yes.

Mouthfeel is wet with a weak carbonation and a light body.

I would recommend this, it is really just a smooth drink, nothing exceptional

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 03:11:46 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of OlRasputin989


4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass...

A: pours a pale, slightly hazy copper color with a head mixed of big bubbles and tight off white foam. leaves strips of lacing here and there. not to bad to look at, however it would be prettier if it were crystal clear.

S: smells of sharp, herbal and earthy hops, honeyed raisin toast and black cherry. quite different from your typical marzen: aroma isn't too strong but potent enough to bring out different characters of the ingredients.

T: sweet, buttery caramel up front, followed by toast, plum, and a spicy and earthy blend of european hops and cereal-flavored rye. a long finish with a flavor similar to honey-nut cheerios.

M: medium full body with a low carbonation and a slick, syrupy mouthfeel. finishes off dry and crisp.

Overall, not a shabby rendition of a classic style with some welcome tweeks. I could see myself sitting outside on a fall day munching on a hot dog or burger with a few of these, some friends, and a good conversation. The rye isn't overwhelming yet adds to the aroma, body, and mouthfeel. Worth a try if you enjoy the Oktoberfest style.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 03:49:11 | More by OlRasputin989
Photo of FleeVT


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with bottled on date.
A: Beautiful glowing amber orange like a San Diego sunset or a Key West sunrise. Capped with a delicate white foam that clings.
S: Apple, apricot, some spice, and then the rye. Some good old American grassy hops blend it all together.
T: Well balanced malt character with the rye and hops. There is a spiciness that is present throughout the mouth. Excellent take on the style.
M: Medium body with good carbonation that leaves you wanting more.
D: Despite the ABV, you could almost session this. It's that good.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 03:01:14 | More by FleeVT
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Although according to the bottle sticker, this brew is marketed as a rye lager, I can definitely see where the discrepancy between that of an Oktoberfest/Marzen comes into play. Pours a dark amber hue with slight carbonation and a medium-bodied head. The rye notes are dominant in both the aroma and overall flavor. Grainy, amber taste inherent with viscous malts along with bread and butter nuances dominate the palate. A solid offering from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 18:13:27 | More by dsa7783
Photo of patreely12


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - bright orange when pouring. settles down to a nice copper. slightly cloudy with some visible carbonation. picturesque tan head, decently tall. very bubbly, but also creamy. a very appealing look.

S - good bit of malt, and some spicy hops. slight sweetness too. the only thing really unique about the nose is the rye.

T/M - rich caramel malts and rye up front. seems kind of watery as far as mouthfeel, but this does not take away from the flavor. spicy/earthy hops on the back end and more of the rye in the finish. slightly bitter aftertaste. medium in body and carbonation. a good representation of the style.

D - pretty drinkable. another fine brew from great divide.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 05:12:15 | More by patreely12
Photo of Lemke10


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this as a mix and match 6-pack from Everhett's in South Beloit, IL for $9.99.

Pours a cloudy red amber with the scent of wheats and some spices. Has a rather robust taste to it that is slighty bitter and leaves a kind of chalky after taste. Not bad in my opinion, but I can also see where someone might not like it. Good for once in a while, but not going to be an everyday kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 04:09:09 | More by Lemke10
Photo of jbertsch


3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Cooper-like amber in color with a 1 finger head. The lacing is ok. It serves up an aroma of slightly musty malt, holiday spice, rye grain, and notes of cherry. The malt comes through sweeter on the palate, giving a caramel profile. Rye grain takes on an earthy bitter taste but is muddled a bit by the additional spice notes. Hop bitterness on the finish. It's body weight is properly medium and it's well carbonated. Drinkability is fine enough - the aftertaste didn't make me want to drink it as quick as a couple of other rye beers I've had.

You can tell this brew gives a nod to the marzen style, and given the fact that I love marzens and rye beers, I expected to like this more. But the other spices mixed in make this brew lose its focus a bit. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 14:19:10 | More by jbertsch
Photo of AwYeh


1.93/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz poured into a shaker pint; bottled on 12/20/10; thanks to Jesse13713 for this bottle!

A: Pours a cloudy golden-amber-copper color; as a result of one of the most aggressive pours of my life, results in a two finger frothy white head with good lacing.

S: Most upfront scent is that of a musty caramel malt aroma, quickly followed by rye flavor even if it can't quite cut through the must to be dominant. As it warms, a tangy, sour smell emerges; I don't think this beer is old enough to be showing any signs of infection, but its aroma certainly reminds me of the infected beers I've sampled. At room temperature, this beer smells flat out disgusting (explaining its poor score); not sure how the taste doesn't reflect this awful aroma.

T: A little bit of rye upfront, followed by traditional Marzen flavors, among them caramel malts. Lingering bitter finish- while decent, I can't say this would be my top choice for a flavor in this style of beer. Very musty, almost a "cloudy" flavor, if that makes sense. A little bit surprised this is less than two months old; I'm overwhelmed by a feeling of cobwebs and shadows when tasting this- almost like the overbearing mildew scent when one steps into an antique mall.

M: Thin-moderate body, with equally thin-moderate carbonation; no real quality to describe the finish. It's slightly dry, but mostly just ends.

D: Easy enough getting down, but certainly not a beer I would ever seek out. As far as Marzens go, point me to Great Lakes' or Ayinger's Oktoberfests; as far as Great Divide goes, point me in the direction of any variation of Yeti and I'll be happy.

A word of warning: don't let this beer warm, or you're in for an unpleasant surprise. Drink it cold to avoid the unpleasant intricacies that come out as it warms, or your rating will fall as mine did.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 08:32:53 | More by AwYeh
Photo of Kakaraht

British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear amber with a fine lacing of foam that lingers quite a while.

S: The rye is clearly detectable, as well as a pale malt and faint floral hopinness.

T: Actually taste reminiscent of an Oktoberfest beer, but with a slight grainy sour rye after tone.

M: Light body, nice carbonation, dry finish.

D: I really enjoyed this one, it is a good blend of Munich and rye malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 01:26:52 | More by Kakaraht
Photo of clayrock81


3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light gold body with decent head on top of it w/ a slightly citric hop and grainy yet semi-sweet caramel malt aroma. Taste is less dry than typical for style, but still I will say beer is dryish, spicy, minor hop bitterness but grapefruit seems to sneak in there. Light-bodied and crisp the beer goes down smooth w/ not much complexity at all; an easy to drink marzen that is a little tweak of the general style and while I enjoyed this beer I can't say one of my faves.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2011 11:18:21 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

On tap at the Great Divide tasting room. Amber with reddish tinge, a bit of lace. A good mouthfeel. Served cold and since room was cold it did not warm up too much. Carbonation is right there. A spicy rye edge, some fruitiness with the spice.Neutral aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2011 04:55:50 | More by Sammy
Photo of lazyboy247


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Light reddish amber color. clarity 100% transparent. lacing is great white webbing following down the glass as it empties.

S: Rye on the nose slight sweetness.

T: sweet malty goodness. Typical taste that goes along with the style with an addition of a slight taste of rye.

M: light in body and really smooth.

D:Nice crisp taste along with a crisp flavor on the end. Super easy drinking beer

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 01:21:17 | More by lazyboy247
Photo of zoso1967


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoss pours an attractive reddish orange amber with a very small amount of beige colored head. This bottle is not terribly carbonated so the small head is no surprise. The beer leaves nice splashy lace on the sides of the glass and what little head there is stays around for quite awhile.

The rye is very apparent in the aroma and lends a wonderful spicy fruity character to the beer. There is definitely a caramel and toffee marzen vibe going on, but the rye also lends a bit of cherry jam like character to the rich and bready maltiness of this beer as well as some nice spice. Notes of honey are also present.

The rye is not quite as complimentary in the flavor and I find that it clashes a bit with the bready and caramely malted barley. It adds some nice spice and a toasty edge, but the fruitiness that I found appealing in the aroma is a bit less pleasant in the flavor. This is still a pretty decent beer with an enjoyable round malty character; it just does not quite live up to the aroma.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium and finishes with a nice balance between sweet and dry. There is a bit of tackiness left on the palate as well as a bit of a tingly sensation.

This is a nice, easy drinking beer that has a good amount of flavor. Despite my disappointment with the taste, I do think that this is a beer that I would try again, and it would be a nice one to drink while watching a game or having a meal.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 17:17:27 | More by zoso1967
Photo of pdoran10


3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a mostly clear dark golden color with minimal head and not much lacing.

Smell is muted pepper spice, and whole grain bread.

taste is slight spiciness from the rye, with a small mid roast malt breadiness. Very light hand with the malt. A really clean profile.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin given the rye and other malt flavors incorporated with low to moderate carbonation.

Reasonably drinkable because it isnt overly heavy. Pretty straightforward solid Marzen/Oktoberfest beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 07:52:41 | More by pdoran10
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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