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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
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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 CHSLBrew


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Off-white head on top of a crystal clear, deep-amber brew. Head sustained nicely.

S-Slight sweet toffee, slightly toasty, with a hint of caramel. Aroma was a bit weaker than I would have desired.

T-Taste is pretty much a meld of traditional Marzen flavors, with the addition of tones of rye and hoppy spice. A very malty beer with some residual sweetness perceived, balanced by a strong spicy/herbal hoppiness.

M-Bigger side of medium body, with a medium, easy-drinking carbonation.

D-Quite drinkably, characteristic of typical Marzen brews, with the additional fun of having some rye characteristics added into the profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 20:16:32 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle I got foamed like everything when I opened it - so have a towel handy! Aside from that, it pours a nice, appetizing brownish copper with a fairly thick, if not persistent, light tan head. Aroma is fruity and rye-ish, not strong but still appealing. Flavor is like a good rye bread with a fruity undertone, mainly apple and pear, with a hint of hops. Texture is smooth and fizzy, leaving a subtle tingle and a hint of rye.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 14:59:50 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange and brown. Big ol head, sticks around quite a bit. Man, this smells and tastes sweet and fruity, moreso than any other rye beer I've ever had. Raisiny to a degree.

Nothing is excessive, its sweet, but light, fruity but restrained. Tastes a little like Sudwerk's stuff, some Gordon Bierch oomes to mind, but I'd say this is more unique to Great Divide, and slightly better.

Not my style of beer, but there is no denying that this stuff is done right.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 01:06:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Phelps


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

That rye is so hot right now! The malt keeps sneaking into all my beers. This will be my first rye lager, bottled August 17, 2010.

A: the beer pours a lovely chill-hazed burnt orange with a head that rises slowly from the depths to a substantial height, nearly two fingers of creamy yellowish tan goodness. As it recedes, it leaves thick, jagged lines or horizontal lacing.

S: caramel, toasted crackers, bubblegum, red apples, and in the background: rye, giving the beer a spicy, earthy quality.

T: toastier than the nose would suggest, the flavors of ritz crackers emerge a bit more here. Light flavors of apples along with some caramel and peanuts that emerge as the beer warms. A teeny bit of rye is there, but it doesn't make enough of a contribution in a drink that bills itself as a rye lager. Dry finish.

M: medium-bodied with a very subtle carbonation. It's nicely smooth and feels good about the mouth.

D: a well-made maerzen, but not a particularly well-made rye beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 06:50:20 | More by Phelps
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this 12oz single at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $1.95. Bottled on Jun 10, 2010. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

Clear amber-orange brew gives a half inch of thick creamy beige head. Smell is faint but somewhat malty and a bit of spice. On the tongue it leads with a thin sugary apricot sweetness, the quite separate from that there's some rye spice and hop. It's pretty disjointed, a giant rift running through the middle of it... sweetness way over here, spice and hop waaaay over there, nothing in the middle. As it warms the sweet side develops a bit of warm vanilla. The feel is on the light side of moderate, reasonably creamy with soft carbonation. I disagree with the label claim of "crisp". Despite it's flaws, it is highly drinkable. Alcohol is hidden well. Finishes with a little lingering sweetness and a bit of metallic twang.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:11:29 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of Jaymad


4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Great rich copper red color. On the more carbonated side, so the head doesn't last but there is at least light lacing.

S: Smooth malt.

T: Smooth, warm malt, very clean tasting. Just enough hops to keep the finish crisp and provide a slight lingering bitter along with a bit of rye spice. Rather simple, but quite good.

M: A bit thin, but the carbonation fills it out.

D: Very drinkable. After many, the aftertaste might make me tired of it, but each sip is so refreshing! Could definitely put away 6+ of these.

Overall: A great clean malty beer that's crisp and well-balanced. Glad this is in full production now.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 01:19:08 | More by Jaymad
Photo of boss302


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great divide rye lager, 6.2%, draft

A Red orange clear not much head. 3.5

S Mostly a malty aroma, definite hop aroma also, clean no flaws. 4 

T Carmel malt flavor at the front. There is a little residual sweetness and it's a little astringent in the finish. 4 

M Medium body, carbontion feels correct, but there is a definite lack of head. 3.5

D An easy drinking beer, would have another. 3.5    

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2010 02:23:29 | More by boss302
Photo of Pencible


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

A: This poured a cloudy copper with some off-white head.
S: It smelled like dry rye bread and earthy caramel, with some sharp copper hops and florals.
T: It tasted like bright copper hops and spicy rye, with some earthy caramel and floral hops and a bit of green apple. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body for a lager.
D: This was a nice rye beer with crisp scent and taste, and solid body. It was easy to drink, too. Despite it being a lager rather than an ale, I think it would be interesting to have this side by side with Founder's Red's Rye and Bear Republic Hop Rod.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 16:15:51 | More by Pencible
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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the place i had it at coined it as a rye lager. pour is a beautiful amber clear with a nice sufficent head of sticky lace. the nose is toasty malt and apple. actually a nice marzen quality to it. with a wonderful feel of great carbonation that doesn't come off as hash palated or husky in nature. smooth and malty but backed with a crisping quality. a fantastic session beer if you can get your hands on it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 06:39:29 | More by rtepiak
Photo of ZAP


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Great color...deep orange...some chill haze

S-Very bready malt aroma...fresh baked rolls and sour bread...

T-Not terribly complex but very enjoyable...bready notes are again strong...the rye imparts some slight spiciness on the finish..kind of a unique flavor that is enjoyable.

M-Medium bodied..easy drinking

D-Interesting take on a Marzen and quite an enjoyable beer. I could go for a sixer of this every fall no problem.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 22:02:29 | More by ZAP
Photo of JackieTH


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle as a part of a make your own six.

Appearance: dark orange with a smallish off-white head.

Smell: Toasted barley malt and a bit sweet.

Taste: Light sweetness right away fading into a backbone of earthy toasted barley malt. There is a definite rye presence that works well here and is quite nicely done. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, a little more heft would have gone well with the flavors.

Drinkability: Good session brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2010 01:10:37 | More by JackieTH
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New Jersey

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

Picked this up because this is one of the few Marzen/Octoberfest beers that I haven't had that was available in my neck of the woods. It was a bit stronger than I imagined it would be, but it was still enjoyable and not as thin as some of the other beers that fall into this category.

Decent pour to this - a bright almond hue, some head, and practically no lacing were the hallmarks of the beer. The taste was that of rye, cherry, and some English-like warming hops. Nice cabonation and mouthfeel, this beer was pretty well balanced and well-suited to the cool nights that we've had here lately. As I already mentioned, this wasn't as thin as other beers of this style but there's not a lot of complexity here either. That's probably where some reviewers are let down but for October, this fits the bill just fine!

The 6.20% ABV is a bit stronger that I would have liked it to be but I could see myself having a few in one setting. The mouthfeel to this leads to a good consistency and once again, Great Divide has a beer on their hands that I've enjoyed. This could be the most middle-of-the-road beer that I'll have until the darker offerings hit the shelves...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 00:42:50 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orangish brown color. Provides a small off white foam head that quickly dissipates. There is no lacing.

S: There is a good amount of rye bread scents, with some raisins and dates. There is a small amount of peppery spice.

T: Lots of malt character is present throughout. THe malt is made up of rye malt, raisins, pepper and bready.

M: Leaves a slightly slick and spicy taste on the palate. Lightly carbonated.

D: This is easy to drink "Oktoberfest". It reminds me more of a Rye Beer with that much rye present. I enjoy rye beers so I enjoyed this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 23:12:52 | More by IronCitySteve
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of BucketBoy (thanks, Joe!) into a perfect pint.

A - Auburn/gold color, with a huge four-finger head that sticks around. Not much lacing, though.

S - Kind of lackluster. Sweet maltiness, very little in the way of hops, and the rye just isn't really there.

T - Like the nose... meh. It's got a blandness that I just can't get past. Some sweet malt, like candied sugar, but it's in the background. Not much for bitterness, and there isn't much depth.

M - Somehow manages to be both thin and full-feeling, but not really in a good way. The carbonation seems too light, but it's still almost chewy. Strange.

D - I didn't get much of an alcohol burn, so there's that. But nothing about this beer makes me want more of it.

O - Had this in the middle of an epic tasting, and it just fell way short in the midst of many superlative beers. Not bad so much as just "meh" in every category.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 05:03:48 | More by djmichaelk
Photo of BretSikkink


4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown-orange color, non-spectacular but serviceable tan lacing. Just-after-sunset feel here. Nose smells strongly of Munich malt: toasted barley, earthy spices, and the characteristic sweetness.

Spot-on sweetness that leads the flavor. Subdued notes of toasted barley and Munich malt, with a larger dose of pale, sweet, American malts that hit a lighter note. The rye is nice and adds the complexity to the flavor profile - it's suited to a drier, less sweet lager, and this fits the bill. Hops are strong for this style, with a lingering earthy note that melds with the rye.

The body bangs out at a solid depth, dry finish with a clean aftertaste. Any more booze and the mouthfeel would be weak, but as it stands, this is session-ready and good for almost any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 05:52:19 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of Nerudamann


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

Look - Clear, amber in color. About 2 fingers worth of head that dissipates somewhat slowly. Decent carbonation. Somewhat fuller body.

Smell - somewhat hoppy. Spicy..I don't pick up on the cherry or dark fruits mentioned on the bottle, except maybe a little bit of the cherry.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Spicy in taste too. In the taste, the cherry comes out a little more, but mostly the tanginess that the rye gives it. Finishes slightly bitter, but still singed with the rye. Fairly well-balanced in its texture.

Drinkability - fairly intriguing lager. Complex enough in taste to keep it interesting, and not bad tasting either.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 05:04:19 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of JMD


4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper/amber color with small frothy off-white head that fades slowly.

S: Classic marzen aroma with hints of Rye. Carmel sweetness and spice. Smells exactly the way you expect it to.

T: Great malty flavor of a traditional Marzen. Sweet carmel, some bread and light spice. The Rye flavor is prominent and adds a great twist to a classic style.

M: Great texture, perfect for the sytle.

D: This is great American Marzen. All the classic flavors are there, and the Rye compliments it nicely. Another solid offering from Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 20:15:28 | More by JMD
Photo of NODAK


4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma is of sweet caramel and toastiness. Grain. Pretty good.

Taste is much like that on the nose. Caramel malt begins the sip with a nice thickness...giving way to some toasty and husk flavors on the finish. Perhaps that's from the rye, I'm not clear on that. Reminds me a bit of the Paulaner Oktoberfest with a little less robustness. There's a small bitterness on the finish as well, which really helps wrap the beer up cleanly.

Very, very tasty oktoberfest here. I highly approve of this effort. Spot on!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 00:49:52 | More by NODAK
Photo of Ek0nomik


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The pour is an amber and burnt orange color with a finger of head that doesn't last long at all. A few splashes of lace are on the side of my glass. Slightly effervescent.

Smell: Toasted malts, black cherries, spicy rye, a little caramel and a little plum. A very different nose from the marzen's that I've had, and it's a nice change of pace.

Taste: The rye malt really brings a nice flavor to this that makes it stand out from other marzens. There is a nice spice component to this, as well as some black cherries

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with the carbonation coming in just right as soon as the bottle was cracked open.

Drinkability: If it was available in my area I'd love to grab a six pack as it's a fantastic Autumn time beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 02:31:05 | More by Ek0nomik


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a bit more reddish than a typical Marzen. The head is a white layer, that settles into a thin layer. Lacing is present.

S: A amber, red rye note on the aromas front, with a finish of a dry malted character.

T/M: A wonderful rye note on the front, with a very standard marzen mouthfeel that is a warm silky character. The body is a creamy spice that holds some notes of ripe apple. A very nice lingering finish that shows that this is not you typical Oktoberfest with a hint of resin on the off.

D: This is super drinkable, not as light in body as many other marzen's but still a killer flavor that is constant with the Great Divide brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 05:25:24 | More by GDBEERMAN
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3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to pint glass an orange copper color. Had about a half of inch of head that lasts quite a while. It has a nice haze to it with plenty of carbonation.

Aroma is a little light. Hints of rye, citrus, and peaches. I like to be able to have a little stronger aroma, but what is there is good.

Tastes of toasted rye and light fruit. It is very refreshing. It has a nice mouthfeel that coats but does not last long.

Pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 21:32:17 | More by suretolose
Photo of DanThomas


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

Always on the lookout for rye beer, so I was very excited to try this one.

A- Some kind of mahogany orange; way more orange than I expected. No head, very clear.

S- It's not overpowering but it definitely hits your nose with a lot of interesting smells. I'm glad that I can really smell a rye type spice in there. There are some earthy hops and a rather cherry-like fruit smell. Smell feels crisp on the nose.

T- Toast flavors hit you initially, but as the beer moves back the rye spice really opens up. It mixes really well with some raisin type fruit flavors, and then even onto the finish it adds a nice kick to a dry, crisp, slightly spicy hop finish. Really digging this beer!

M- Sharp carbonation that dissipates nicely. The flavor does coat the mouth a little, but not too strongly and the effect is generally nice.

D- ABV is slightly high to make this a session, and I can see the coating getting annoying after awhile, but its crispness, wonderful rye flavor, and spiciness make this beer a pleasure to drink. Big fan! Go out and get this.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 22:02:56 | More by DanThomas
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North Carolina

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

from 2-20-10

just shy of copper body, half inch dirty-white head with great retention.

smells of caramel, a bit of metallic (copper color, copper smell?), non-offensive body odor, grass, grape dumdum sucker.

taste is a combination of grass, young green broken branch of a deciduous tree, some light floral notes, and even lighter corn.

feel is full-bodied, medium to high carbonation that dances on the tongue, which also comes across as mildly noticeable alcohol presence. body and carbonation compliment each other well. crisp.

drinkability is high, a refreshing and flavorful lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 23:49:42 | More by Crittervision
Photo of generallee

New York

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The label has a nice description of the beer as well as a "Bottled On" date of Mar 4 2010 and an ABV of 6.2%.

Appearance: Its body has a brilliant red color with a very slight haze. The head is nice and tall, about two fingers and off white in color. It is creamy and slow fading. A small cap hangs on till the very end and makes nice lace patterns on the way down the glass.

Smell: Right away I get lots of rye malty notes. Deeper into the aroma there are notes of fruity notes of ripe peaches, nectarines and black cherries.

Taste/Palate: The solid medium body has a very tasty bready rye malty character with some light toasted notes as well as hints of coco and fruity notes within. (It reminds me of chocolate cake with cherries for some reason.) The hops are also mixed in here and add there own spicy herbal character and mellow bitterness. It finishes up fairly quick, lingering for just a bit and setting up the next sip on a clean palate.

Notes: This beer drinks wonderfully and has some nice complexity but there is nothing about this beer that makes me think Marzen/Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 15:51:50 | More by generallee
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New York

2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into standard pint glass from bottle. Rust color with thin head that vanishes rather quickly. Aroma is very intriguing with sweet rye, almost nutty. It kind of smells like a health food store. (this is a good thing)

The taste however is a bit off. Really sharp rye and hop flavor up front with the sweetness right behind. Definitely not a session beer. The flavor combo is interesting but takes a toll on drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 21:00:12 | More by ProudBeerSnob
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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