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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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895 Ratings
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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 24
Gots: 33 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

modernartblues, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

ElGallo, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

nickfl, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mckajd03
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden-red color topped with a nice head. Fairly clear, but not crystal.
S - I can't tell what it is about the smell that's unique, but it probably has something to do with the rye. It's sweet, but also has a deep caramel characteristic that boarders on chocolaty.
T - The sweetness continues onto the tongue and is clearly meant to be at the forefront, but the hop character isn't lost by any means. Sweet on the front, bitter on the back.
M - I would like just a tad more carbonation, but other than that, I would change nothing. The finish is clean and crisp from the hops, but the most interesting part is the juxtaposition of a light body with so much flavor.
O - This award-winning beer can only be classified as a lager on technicality- I'm sure it used lager yeast (which results in the light body), but the complex malt character and hop support place is firmly in the ale category based on what I expect to find in an ale. A very interesting recipe.

mckajd03, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +6.7%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev -20%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mater
4/5  rDev +6.7%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: As with most Great Divide beers, the head retention and lacing are remarkable. The penny red-copper color of beer is gorgeous as well.

SMELL: Medium strength smell of rye and a touch of hops.

TASTE: The Hoss is very sweet. A little overboard in my opinion. The malt bill is intense and there is not much to balance it out. Although, as it warms, the malt mellows and makes it a bit easier to drink.

MOUTHFEEL: The sweetness is just too cloying for me. A small amount of hop balance comes through by the end of the glass, but it is also oily and viscous when it probably should be a little more crisp and clean.

OVERALL: This is a rare miss for Great Divide in my opinion. Which is too bad, because I had high hopes for a rye lager.

StoneTSR, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of osusullins
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of lagers, however I find Hoss to be very tolerable. It might be my favorite Oktoberfest beer.

Pours a very nice amber with a tan head.

Nose is of spice and malts.

Taste is slightly bitter, but very refreshing. A little more spice than typical for most Marzens I have tasted. I think that is why I enjoy it. Typical lager crispness. Very light bodied.

osusullins, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark amber color, perfectly clear, with a big white head on top. The scent is a great balance of spicy rye malt and sweet fruit. Bread notes come through most in the taste, with a spicy rye and a slight hop bitterness keeping things interesting. This is not my favorite style by any means, but this was a very enjoyable beer.

DeltaGolfSierra, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of hefehead12
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with Jul 23, 2010 written on it? Weird.

Pours a dark, rich copper color with small tan head that dissipates quickly. I could smell the rye malt before i even brought the glass up to my nose. The smell is dominated by the sweet malt with herbal and spicy notes as well. The taste is sweet without being overly so. As it warms the beer does begin to thin out and that would be the only real drawback to this beer. Overall it is very solid beer and a welcome change of pace to other Oktoberfest beers.

hefehead12, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of HopsYeast
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a-pours a dark clear amber with zero sediment. has a 3/4 finger pale cream almost eggshell color head that slowly fads leaving a nice trace on the sides of the glass
s-had a sourdough smell that hants subtle hints of rye. then there is a very subtle fruity aroma. probably from the yeast. very complex aroma!
t-has a very balanced flavor of subtle hops with malt and finished with a nice touch of rye in the end.
m-on the thicker side. not like the ale of summer.
o-decent balanced lager. nothing too exceptional about it but it is drinkable and can compliment different meals.

HopsYeast, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in April, 2011 but picked up in October, same year. Go figure. It’s a marzen, so maybe there’s poetic justice at work here. Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this bottle.

Gave it a vigourous pour and received a good layer of foam that slowly died down atop a ruby-amber colored beer. Muted malty aroma on the nose, and the hints of cherry and dark fruits that the description on the label promises. Mellow taste. It’s sweet around the edges but not overpoweringly so. More like dark cherry, perhaps some cherrywood, or whiskey-soaked cherry, if I was pressed to pin it down. The rye gives it an edge, but I’d be hard pressed to describe just what, exactly. Like a sweeter, less hoppy ryePA, I suppose. Different from what I’d expect from a marzen but that’s not a bad thing. Another winner from the Great Divide.

elNopalero, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a red amber color. It has about avg head with fairly desent retention but no lacing.
Weak carbonation.

Aroma was mostly malts as one would expect with some sutle rye similar to pumpernickel.

A taste of slightly toasted malts, sweet and some rye malts kicking in towards the end. I get a pumpernickel feel also with maybe some sutle molasses to boot. Some spiciness at end.
The beer goes down easy and is a typical medium body.

A pretty good beer with a different take on the Octoberfest style.

micromaniac129, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of blakelive784
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into standard pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Deep red/orange/copper color with a 2 finger off-white, creamy head.

S - Tart fruit ( I get cherry), toasted malts, and a strong rye scent. Quite complex.

T - Nice sweet maltiness adequately balanced by bittering hops. Fair diacetyl presence. Rye adds a nice grainy touch.

M - Slippery and smooth. Works well for the style.

D - I'm usually not partial to the addition of rye, but GD has made this one work nicely.

blakelive784, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear and amber with crimson notes

S: some cherry and raspberry notes.

T: light on the spice. Some grains and light cherry.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: seemed like this was apopular one when I was trying it at the brewery. Not very complex and focused on the fruitiness as oppose to the beer quality.

kylehay2004, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured a caramel in color with some orange highlights coming through in the light. It had a very thin head that retreated to the edges of the glass pretty quickly. Nice looking color though.

Thea aroma has a pretty big maltiness to it. I get a sweeter, dark fruit and cherry character to it that I really liked. I get just a touch of the bready rye coming through as well. The rich, malty, dark fruit flavors were very good in it and they definitely set it apart from a lot of other beers in the style.

The taste really shows off the rich maltiness as well. Up front I get more of the bready, rye like flavors, while the finish is all about the sweeter, malty, fruity character. I really liked the cherry notes I got in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is a little on the heavier side for the style with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it was a pretty solid and tasty beer. I really liked that it had some uniqueness to it that set it apart from other beers of the style. The cherry and rich malty notes were very good as well in it. Overall a very solid beer.

billab914, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a mellow 5:00 sun color, with tiny happy bubbles. smells like a rye beer, possibly overwhelmingly so... but taste is smooth and fair, even, understatedly robust. makes me want a bigger sip. second impression is more steadfast, lingering yet thin somehow in the mouthfeel. a paradox in many ways this rye lager is worth a thirsty quaff!

StonedTrippin, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of hoptualBrew
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Badass bottle w/ a lumberjack smokin a pipe with bottled on date, abv, food pairings, and a brief breakdown of the contents inside. Great Divide does shit right.

Deep dark orange red color - murky as hell into a pint glass. Head is pretty vigorous and then settles down to a thin layer. Holy shit, are those legs on a lager?!?!? This is a first for me. Bready, caramel, roasted rye malts pair up with fruity & spicy yeast character. Seriously smells fucking amazing.

Same on the tongue - those bready rye malts with alot of spice, some pepper in back, but finishes smooth. Medium body, and one of the most complex lagers I have had. Aimed towards the Marzen style, right on.

6pak of this from Total Wine & More for $8.99.

hoptualBrew, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber with about 1/2 an inch of head that dissipates quickly. Tiny carbonation bubbles are spread evenly throughout the beer.

N: Pumpernickel bread, caramel and a hint of rye.

T: A nice breadiness and caramel make up the base of this beer. Hints of pumpernickel and rye are present along with a small note of smoke. Finishes with lingering bread and rye.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: This is a nice take on the Marzen style which tends to be rather unremarkable at times. The hint of rye does help Hoss establish itself from its counterparts. Very easy drinking and goes nicely with the impending fall weather.

justintcoons, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is it a bad sign that the lowest ABV beer in my fridge is this 6.2% lager? Nah; that’s the craft beer industry for you. Now, I have mixed feelings about Great Divide; on one hand, their Belgian IPA was just spot-on, but on the other, their Belgian Style Yeti could have been so much better. Hopefully this German lager helps to set my thoughts on this brewery straight.

Brewed four-and-a-half months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON APR 20 2011”).

A: Alright, with the name and the bottle art, I just had to pour this one into a stein. Maybe "too manly for a pint glass" should be this beer's slogan. Anyway, it looks great – it’s a nice, bright orange, shining joyfully in any light. Foamy white, sitting at a finger-and-a-half, is a creamy white head; it settles quick, leaving little pockets of lacing here and there. Retention is pretty low, but the foam is nice when it’s there.

S: Wow, that rye is big; crisp pumpernickel scents are first, and largest of the grain scents. It also has that uniquely grainy German lager smell, too, which winds up quite a few steps below the rye. And are those hops I smell? Juicy citrus and a kick of fresh pine aromas: yep, that’s them. They lay right on top of the sweet bubblegum and caramel malt tones, which turn out to be scents that you have to really work at to unearth. Odd – normally the malts would be dominant in this style. No worries, though; it’s smells great.

T: Very bready: biscuity dough and more pumpernickel, specifically. Crisp, earthy tones from the rye offset some of the biggest malt creams that come up, making this one incredibly drinkable. You can still taste the malts, though – they provide some dark fruits and vanilla cream. German yeasts are there, as well, coming through with banana tastes on a phenolic backdrop. It’s a great imported flavor that’s augmented by an underlying taste of European mineral water, most evident at the back end of the palate. A very nice addition! These tastes hit the aftertaste the most, accompanied by those piney, resiny hops I detected in the nose. It’s a dry, grainy finish that leaves you wanting more.

M: Full-bodied, yet crisp – very appropriate for the palate and the style. There’s a creaminess that adds even more to that imported, German feel, too (which I love).

O: This is an awesome German-style lager; seriously, one of the best I’ve had from an American brewery. Great nose, excellent taste profile (gotta love that rye), and a full-bodied feel make this a very memorable drink. Great Divide just jumped, as far as my internal ratings go; keep it up, guys!

BarryMFBurton, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red/amber with a one inch head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is bready, spice, with a touch of honey and caramel. The rye stands out and adds a strong but interesting detail to the aroma.

The flavors follow with layers of biscuit, rye, spice, and bread crumbs with an earthy hops that barely peeks through.

Light, crisp, slightly grainy. Very easy to drink.

JayS2629, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of IrishTed122
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Good looking beer, a bit dark for a marzen, but it was still a nice reddish-orange color, like a dark copper. Pretty clear and it had a nice one finger head that was off-white. Decent carbonation.

Smell: Pretty much like a marzen, but you smell the rye and the breadiness right away too.

Taste: Very good tasting brew. The rye or breadiness hits you right away and at first it feels very full-bodied, but then the malts hit you and it gives a nice balance. Don't have too much hop nodes in this brew, but that's not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice finish that isn't dry

Overall: Solid beer, definitely a good change of pace for me since I drink a lot of ales. Great Divide always makes good beers and this is no exception. They Rye gives it a bit of uniqueness you won't find as well. Worth trying.

IrishTed122, Aug 29, 2011
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.