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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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875 Ratings
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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 24
Gots: 31 | 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 Duff27
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/4/11

A- Pours a one inch white head on top of a clear amber beer. Multiple streams of effervescence float upward. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Scent is of lemon peel. Grainy/bready.

T- Caramel malts, sweet rye backbone. Not too bitter.

M- Crisp. Medium to medium-light mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D/O- I could just keep drinking this for days...very refreshing. I can't believe I've been passing this one up all this time. I believe a BMC fan would enjoy this lager.

Duff27, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of Bockrules
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark copper with virtually no head. Only mild carbonation. Head is gone about a quarter down the glass, leaves only a couple of tiny splotches of lacing.

S - Very malty with hints of rye and cherry.

T - A little bit of alcohol an alot o'bit of malt up front. The body has a wide array of malty flavors mixed with sweet cherry and caramel, and peppy rye notes. Sweet, dry finish that leaves a delicious biscuity aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and nice and chewy. Moderate carbonation that expands in your mouth to fill it with flavor.

Got this beer in exchange for changing oil on a friend's car. Good trade. I love this beer, I could drink this all night! The body is just so complex and inviting and the finish leaves the drinker begging to take another sip. I got this in march, but it
says it was bottled in mid August (nearly 10 months ago). Perhaps that explains the lackluster head...

Bockrules, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber with a reddish tint. 1 finger white head. Ok lacing. Head recedes fairly quick.

S: Lightly roasted malts. Definitely a sweet smell. Little fruity cherry, grape, and plum? Little caramel. Slight hop. Slight alcohol. Kinda complex for my NOOB nose.

T: Sweet. Very malty. Little caramel. Light cherry. Very mild hop in the end. Again complex. Haven't tried this style before.

M: Smooth. Medium-bodied. Little carbonation. Almost none left to keep trying. Last drink! Little dry in the end.

O: Actually I thought this was a pretty fine beer. Definitely need to explore more beers in this style so I can compare. But would definitely buy again. On clearance for $1.79/12oz. bottle. Don't know what a six pack goes for, but Great Divide is usually pretty expensive. Going back tomorrow to see if the other 3 bottles are there.

doughanson78, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of HugePlume
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, no freshness dating

A- Pours a beautiful red copper color. Minimal head though, and no lacing to speak of.

S- No nose to this beer at all. Smells of very weak grain and dishsoap.

T- Very weak again, has a light dry grain note. The bottle says its a layered flavor. If the layers are dry grain and water, they are right. Has a very dry finish.

M- Very watery and light. Carbonation nearly absent.

O- Give this to a a macro drinker to offer them a little different flavor than a Budweiser, but skip it yourself for something much better.

HugePlume, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear reddish orange in color and poured with a one finger dense white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts and spicy rye in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness to help balance out the sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some dryness is present in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink because it isn’t very filling, the rye doesn’t make it overly spicy and there are no traces from alcohol in the taste.

metter98, May 26, 2011
Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Bottled on 10/01/2010.

Slightly hazy, burnt auburn color. Creamy, off-white head that never quite recedes. A bit of condensed lacing.

Thin, toasted malt aromas; stiff, malted wheat. Mild, dark fruit: grape, plum, and cherry. All together, rather muted aromatics.

Sweet caramel and light toffee up front that is followed by a sweet, slightly tart cherry and grape. Brown sugar and rich toffee follow a dry finish.

Medium bodied; a bit gritty, but fairly smooth and even creamy especially as the flavors progress.

A pretty dynamic Marzen with nice balance between the various flavor profiles; however, overall the flavors are somewhat reserved.

NEhophead, May 23, 2011
Photo of stewart124
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit on the darker amber side. Some whisps of off-white head.

Nose is a nice bit of munich breadiness and some caramel notes.

Taste is great and spot on to an Oktoberfest with a rye bite. Really a delicious and easy drinking beer with a bit of a twist. The caramel notes diminish and leave more of a munich style malt in my mind. Lots of bite and a nice hope bitterness as well.

Again, this is very easy to drink and I am looking forward to finding this in the fall when it's more in season. Nicely done GD.

stewart124, May 21, 2011
Photo of DrewV
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber colored body with a 1-finger bubbly head. Moderate lacing remains. Not bad.

S: Malts, caramel, very sweet. Hops are a no-show. Rye spiciness peeks out from behind the malts.

T: Again, super-sweet malts up front with tinges of rye hiding in there somewhere. I get 90% malts and 10% other stuff. Overly sweet and almost cloying.

M: Too smooth, lacks carbonation and body.

O: Not offensive, but definitely nothing I'd consider drinking again. A tough struggle for me to make it through all 12 ounces. Reminds me way too much of Sackets Harbor War of 1812 ale.

DrewV, May 17, 2011
Photo of birdman200
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with very little head. Smells of rye, grain, and, well, brewing beer (if you've ever experienced it before). Taste is pretty mellow - no real bite to it, and again, a rye taste. Very nice, refreshing lager. Did not know it was considered an Oktoberfest beer...I was under the impression it was simply a rye lager. Very distinctive taste, not your ordinary run-of-the-mill lager. Nice alternative to the mass produced swill.

birdman200, May 16, 2011
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this with dinner at steubens.

Pours a dark burnt orange. Small head, little to no lacing.

Caramel malts on nose. Maybe a hint of rye.

More sweet malts on the palate. Hint of rye spice at the end.

Medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall a decent beer and one of the better americn oktoberfest beers ive had, but thats not saying much. Looking forward to more great divide beers while on location in denver, but may not be looking this one up again.

AWolfAtTheDoor, May 13, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of spicy rye, spicy hops, and hints of caramel. It is strong and very appealing. The taste is maltier than the aroma with more caramel and toffee. There is still some spicy hops and rye, but it is more in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good beer that I will certainly drink again.

KarlHungus, May 11, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a really nice red color with no speakable head. Really a very pretty beer though.

S: First thing that came to mind was carmel, then I get this malty sweetness backing it up. Maybe a hint of rye funk.

T: Stronger Rye bite than expected, doesn't really taste like a Marzen, but it isn't traditional anyway. It has a nice earthy character to it and the finish lingers for a few minutes. This is a pretty tasty beer.

M: Moderate carbonation, light bodied but also a tad sticky.

D: Very high, this is a quality beer, and I'd love to have it in the late summer on a hot day!

tlazaroff, May 11, 2011
Photo of ngeunit1
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright, slightly hazy amber-red color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down slowly to a thin layer and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of sweet roasted caramel malts and some rye. There is also a bit of hops and a touch of fruit.

T - Starts off with some sweet toasted caramel malts with some rye flavor. There is a touch of hops in the background. Through the middle, some bready malts come through. The finish is a mix of coppery malts with a touch of hops and spices that lingers nicely.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Super smooth and crisp. The finish is refreshing and fairly clean with a touch of sweetness.

D - Very drinkable. The balance of flavors here is really great and there it far from feels empty. To me, this is a really solid octoberfest beer.

ngeunit1, May 06, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12 oz bottle at Julio's to have with Easter ham. Poured into my Palm tulip.

A - Crystal clear copper pour with a quarter inch white head that slowly fades to leave a wispy cloud and minimal side lacing.

A - Malts, slightly copper aromas. Smells like an oktoberfest with a hint of rye.

T - Sweet, earthy malts and that typical rye taste and after taste. Still, slightly mineraly perhaps?

M - Low to medium carbonation, slightly thin but not watery.

O - This is a nice rye lager/oktoberfest. Some areas could use a boost but all in all it paired nicely with the Easter sunday ham.

rudzud, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- from the notes
12 ounce bottles.
A - a clear golden reddish tinge with a thin head.
S - mild smelling malts.
T - toasty ryes and sweet malts followed by a very small hoppiness.
M - smooth flowing with a medium body and moderate to light carbonation.
D - quite easy drinking with the low abv.

Beer4Baltimore, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale amber with little head.

Smells of sweet malt.

Taste is similar to English style ales with the subtle rye kick giving the beer a unique bready/cookie flavor.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

This is a great example of a what a rye beer can be; it uses rye as a subtle enhancement to a great tasting amber beer.

TenHornsProud, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

You can always recognize an Oktoberfest beer by its quintessential fall tones; Hoss has the same blistering orange colour that tourists flock to New England to see in the foliage every autumn. If you plan to drink this beer, it'd be a good idea to bring your camera. Plus, its chill haze perfectly conjures to mind those first few crisp, nippy days of autumn.

It's not just that Hoss has one of the most deliciously, super-abundantly rich noses I've smelled in the many-a-märzens I've smelled, but it's unequivocally the most distinctive too. This, I'll assume, can be attributed to the uncustomary addition of rye malts. The bouquet has the rich, toasty, clean Continental maltiness plus a little something ambiguous.

Hoss starts with the best that the style has to offer: a rich, clean, toasty, cheeky-sweet maltiness that offers wholesome, delicious, quenching flavours of lightly browned bread crusts. Then, it throws in an earthy hop bitterness and lightly spicy rye flavour that blows the lid right off the top. I might be less impressed had I have tasted something like this before, but I haven't. As far as I'm concerned, Great Divide now own the style.

This maltiness is fit to pull a plow - if I had a body like this I'd be at the beach every day. The flavour, despite its simplicity, has the depth of an Olympic diving pool and just lingers on and on. It sounds over-dramatic, but I begin to feel like I'm hovering above my own body, watching myself drink this. It's an almost quasi-religious lager experience.

I love Oktoberfest beers as much as the next guy, but I never would have thought in a thousand years I would be rating one as highly (nor enjoying one as much) as I am now. Hoss evidently tells us two things about märzens: one) despite centuries of the finest German craftsmanship, there was still room for improvements; and, two) the only thing more impressive than Great Divide's quality and consistency is their ingenuity.

biegaman, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Holland
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: translucent copper color with decent amount of head that dissipated quickly

S: smells of malt, rye, and maybe some hops

T: the carbonation allows the tastes to combine quite nicely. Here there is caramelly malt, rye, and hops again.

M: medium body with a crisp finish

O: Good beer, with a distinct rye flavor for the style. The crispness works well with these flavors.

Holland, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of jjanega08
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says Bottled on Jan 17, 2011

A= Pours a deep deep amber color with a thin half finger high head on it that is an off white color and holds some steady retention and an ok amount of lacing on the glass.

S= The smell is very Octoberfest like... No rye is noticable in the nose to me really. I get a little bit of wheat maybe but not much rye. The hops are not present. Has a genuine sweet bready Octoberfest smell.

T= The taste is very similar to the smell. There may be a bit of rye in the taste coming through in a small spicy kind of way. It isn't very present but it may be there if ya look. The wheat I detected in the nose is also coming through a bit but again in a light sort of way. The hops are again not present and the malt base comes through on the tip of the tongue. There may be a bit of a hop bitterness in the finish. Big malty doughy sweetness to it.

M= A little high on carbonation but pretty well made.

O= A nice Ofest for the spring. Not much rye is present in it but it is there is ya search hard enough. Check it out if ya want. I may not visit this one again however.

jjanega08, Apr 11, 2011
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.

djeucalyptus, Apr 09, 2011
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!

secondtooth, Apr 08, 2011
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.

DrJay, Apr 02, 2011
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.

srandycarter, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of raszputini
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

raszputini, Mar 30, 2011
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.

OWSLEY069, Mar 24, 2011
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.