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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 874
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 losdizzel
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint beer glass .
Looks nice kinda murky looking like tea
smells hoppish like cherries
taste smooth and a little creamy finishe, dry good rounded beer ,
with a name like Hoss thaught it would be harsh but it isnt, very pleasing tho . Nice layering tastes.

overall well made beer

losdizzel, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of ferrari29
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Pint glass

A - Beer poured with 1/2 finger white colored foam, which dissipated very quickly; the foam was bubbly; the body and foam both give an oily looked and consistency; beer pours with a cloudy orange-red body; good amount of carbonation is apparent; quality lacing formed on the sides of the glass

S - Cherry aroma is the first scent to blast the nose; after taking a deep whiff you can smell some liquor (probably due to >6% ABV) on the back-end; there is a subtle hint of spices and good balance of malt notes; Chamomile tea and black berry aromas come out too

T - Cherry and malt notes hit the tongue and palate; the taste is smooth and enjoyable; semi-dry aftertaste with slight cherry flavor; dark berry taste comes up at the back of the tongue; slight herbal taste;

M - Beer definitely has a oily feel to it, making it very smooth and easy to drink; some creaminess and carbonation comes up, but it maintains its oily feel very well; its a well-built beer

D - Great blend of complex flavors make this an easy drink to guzzle down; I definitely enjoyed the beer and would have a few more; I would make this a staple Oktoberfest beer in my fridge

ferrari29, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark copper color with no head and a very thin lace around the edges.
Smells of rich sweet toasted malts, slight fresh grain aroma and a little bit of the rye. Smells some caramel notes in there as well.
The flavor is rich and full of toasted grains. Its very rich but not over bearing. The grain character is very smooth but sharp at the same time. The rye is also blended very well. It can be a very powerful flavor and Great Divide did a good job just letting it impart a tartness in the aftertaste.

DrinkingDrake, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/03/10- Had a 12 oz bottle of this.
A: Copper amber with one-finger fluffy cream head.
S: Caramel bread malt, raspberry biscuit, nice rye bread alcohol.
T: Creamy rye bread, caramel malt, banana raspberry, floral hops that almost have a coriander character to them, and slightly peppery.
M: Thick and creamy.
D: Prety good.

ne0m00re, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Kendo
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a mug, the body is slightly chill-hazed but bright, honey-orangey-amber in color, with no real head but a thin film of white.

S: Nose is pleasant but not strong - slightly spicy with a touch of sugar cookie dough.

T: Lightly toasted bread, rye spiciness and some sweet sugar cookies (again). Hops create nice balance with a slightly herbal, floral bitterness. Finishes real clean but with some ever-so-slight lingering underlying sweetness and spice that makes you want to take another sip.

M: Medium-bodied in heft. Carbonation is moderate but with some bite.

D: Very nice. This beer is going down very quickly. At 6.2% it's a tad bit strong for an Octoberfest/Marzen, but you wouldn't know it from the quaffability factor.

Kendo, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. botte served into a nucleated imperial pint glass

Pours a penny-perfect copper color. Fair translucency. Less than a finger's worth of eggshell head. Lacing is spotty. It hangs in dots and dashes like morse code.

Toasted rye bread aromas abound. Some generic spice, some patchouli. A bit of that green appleskin Marzen sweetness. Not much beyond that. This isn't a complex style, but even amongst its peers this doesn't offer much. Not bad, just 'meh.'

The rye makes a more interesting play on things on the palate. That spicyness is just enough to elevate this beyond most other Marzens. You've got the typical Marzen flavor profile here, and Great Divide nails it. The rye's spice and dry character brings out an extra level of complexity.

That spiciness also means that most people aren't going to want to drink many of these in one session. It trades flavor for drinkability in some respects. The mouthfeel is too prickly with carbonation for my tastes, but otherwise is style appropriate.

Pretty nice Marzen. Worth trying for sure, especially if you love rye in beer.

Reaper16, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into SABL glass.

A. Poured about a 1 finger head. Good lacing. Not great retention.

S. Smell is pretty malty. Can pick up the rye smell which is nice. Otherwise not very hoppy. Has a pretty sweet smell to it.

T. Taste is pretty malt forward as well. Rye flavors give it a bit of dry edge. Overall it is semi sweet. Pretty easy drinking mellow flavor.

M. Medium body. Low carbonation. Slight lingering sweetness, but overall pretty dry.

D. Drinkable. Not a bad take on the Octoberfest style. Better than a lot of other Ofests that I have had. Nothing mind blowing, but a good easy drinking beer.

siradmiralnelson, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of almychristopher
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice orangish red color with an off white head that recedes to lacing very quickly. the lager yeast are deffinitely doing there thing in the nose, the taste brings a lot of malty sweetness, with a definite biscuity taste at the end with a bit of spice to round it out. the medium body and over all good taste make this a pretty drinkable marzen.

almychristopher, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Flightoficarus
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a transparent, copper hue, with a nice golden two-finger head, with good retention and lacing.

S - Smell is of caramel, toasted grains, and a hint of cinnamon.

T - Taste is of toasted, biscuit-like malts, with a mix of caramel sweetness and nutty bitterness, and a slight hop presence at the end.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly low carbonation, and a smooth feel overall.

D - This is almost session-beer level stuff. Very easy to drink for sure!

Overall - This is a decent, but not mind-blowing Marzen IMO. Definitely worth a shot if you're a fan of the style though.

Flightoficarus, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled 3 September 2010.

Pours a clear reddish orange with a slight ring of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is pale malt, DMS, and some caramel sweetness.

Flavor is suprisingly complex. Nice maltiness, finishing dry with a nice crisp malt bite. Very refreshing.

One of the better Octoberfest/Marzen beers that I've had.

FickleBeast, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Out of a bottle this "Rye Lager" was a hazy, copper color with one finger of orange/khaki head. The retention was only as a thing collar and the lacing was not much to speak of either. Scattered spots at best. The aroma was strong with the ways of the grain, rye, wheat and some wet grass. Behind that was a more traditional caramel malt backbone. The flavors were a good, balanced blend of a Marzen/Rye beer with lots of grain presence, strong notes of caramel and rye, some butterscotch, hints of kettle corn, a little earth and very little hops presence. A festival beer, for sure; very quaffable. The body was medium, the carbonation light and the mouthfeel a little watery. A great food beer. One could easily throw these back with a schnitzel or two. The dry, grainy finish was a bit much for me, on it's own, however.

thekevlarkid, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of bnes09
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange to red in color. Big eggshell white head which diminishes to a patchy froth with lots of stick to the glass.

Rich and sweet fruitcake aroma. Some bready character and fresh cut grass in the nose.

Flavor is sweet overall. It has a unique fruitness consisting of pear, melon and some plum. Hops are mild, floral and just enough to add some balance. Rich bready malt character. Caramel sweetness. Rye adds a nice spicy and drying touch. Probably the best tasting marzen I had tried so far.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Feel is a little course on the tongue with a dry finish.

This is an excellent example of the marzen style. The flavors are very complex and well balanced. The rye added an interesting touch. Unique and tasty!

bnes09, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of DelMontiac
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass. Bottled July 13, 2010.

A: A fairly rough pour produced a 2 finger white head that dissipated to nothing in about 2 minutes. The color made up for it - red/orange with honey golden highlights. Pretty color.

S: I have to admit, I didn't know until after I opened the bottle that it was a Marzen. When I first smelled it I thought it was like a Marzen, but the rye made me think it wasn't. Very malty/caramel sweetness accompanied by faint rye/hoppiness. When the glass had sat for a bit after I finished it I smelled the glass as I always do (you know you do it too) it smelled like a loaf of rye bread - no shit!

T: Much like the smell - sweet, malty caramel right up front. The flavor of the rye comes through as a kind of earthy/husk. The hoppiness not really there until the finish. Actually, I think I like it better than most Marzens.

M: As with most Marzens I've experienced, the mouthfeel is not one of it's better traits. Definitely on the thin side.

D: I could easily throw back 3 or 4 of these, if that's what was on the menu that night. Easy drinkers for sure.

Overall: Hoss is a nice little spin on the Marzen style and I liked it. I'll seek out more rye inclusive brews as a result.

DelMontiac, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of haazer
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interested to review the beer that sounds very similar to my last name, and my first beer from Great Divide was outstanding. Poured into my pint glass.

A- Pours a bubbly, fluffy offwhite head that takes a while to settle. Appearance is apricot in color, almost looks like apple cider in the glass with head. Medium brown color up top with orange accents all throughout the brew, becomes lighter towards the bottom. Slight amount of lace.

S- Great combination of aroma's. Malts up front and dominant, followed by caramel. Then a good bit of fruit. Mainly apples and cherries. Almost like a candy apple.

T- Much like the nose. Malts dipped in caramel, or is it apple dipped in caramel? Get tiny hints of cherry, but the dominant is the malt, caramel and apple flavor. The aftertaste is where the rye reveals itself from this lager. This beer would go great with kielbasi or a brat, basically any of the food pairings suggested on the bottle.

M- Very smooth and refreshing. Milky, light to medium body feel. Slightly warming but barely noticeable.

D- Highly drinkable. This is very refreshing, great taste. I'm not real fond of this style, but the flavors in here are better than most other oktoberfests I've tried. Would love to make this a session beer. Don't know if I'd go for a case but I'd love to pick up a six pack somewhere. Since I live east of the Mississippi that will probably be hard for me to find. So far so good from Great Divide. Already have my mind set on buying a case of Old Ruffian come mid december. This Haas will prost to Hoss any day.

haazer, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of soze47
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drinking a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice amber color, maybe a little on the orange side of things. Nice head on a somewhat gentle pour. Lacing is pretty sticky, which is a little surprising in hindsight considering all of the other aspects of this beer are loose.

Aroma: Not a big nose on this right off the bat, but all characteristics come out, like with all beers, after it warms. Biscuity and some rye/hop spice notes that are hard to distinguish from each other. Caramel notes come out after it warms a bit.

Taste: Kind of a watery taste, especially for a beer calling itself a Marzen. Again, nice toasted biscuit malt with some spices that either come from hops or the rye. Not a too distinctive rye taste on this one compared to the myriad styles that use this grain.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very crisp, as you may expect in a lager, but not very robust. My palette was left with an almost stronger linger than initial taste when drinking. That hurts the drinkability score, but if you don't mind the awkward aftertaste, you could drink a few of these.

Overall: Meh. Interesting brew, but not what I was expecting from the style or from the rye emphasis on the label. Not an all together bad effort, but either making the rye malt pop or changing this style classification and tinkering a bit would help this one go from good to great.

soze47, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a vivid orange copper into a pint glass with a finger of fluffy white head. Somewhat thick aroma dominated by bread, spice, and a hint of dark cherry.

Moderate carbonation and a mellow, slighty watery mouthfeel. Spicy rye bread character up front followed by hints of apple and caramel malt sweetness with some mild hop bitterness on the finish.

A nice change of pace and quite drinkable, although the combination of spice and bitterness on the finish became a little much after a while.

grittybrews, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of falloutsnow
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a watered-down copper color mixed with a light orange that's rather pretty. The head is about a finger high, settles, and leaves small islands throughout my drinking of it. Transparent, obviously well-filtered. One thing I notice is the really nice lacing presented here, clinging to the sides of my glass and sliding down ever so slowly.

Scent is primarily of syrupy malt sugars with a backside hint of traditional darker rye breads, and the slightest bit of hop resin brightness. While the bottle suggests the brew is based off the Marzen style, the scent doesn't remind me of them.

The taste is surprisingly light compared to the heaviness of the scent. What stands out first is a very light, almost fruity sweetness, likely from a combination of malt sugars and floral hop resins. I'm a bit disappointed that I don't catch any of the rye: perhaps my taste is not sensitive enough to pick up what is there. From the initial sweetness, there is an abrupt transition to hop spiciness/bitterness that lasts the remainder of the taste. Aftertaste is of hop bitterness
I don't taste that much of the traditional Marzen in this one: the hops are much more pronounced and occupy at least 1/3 to 1/2 of my impression of this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, leaning towards heavy. The carbonation isn't particularly intense and fits well with the beer. Finish is expectedly dry, based on the bitter aftertaste. Everything is good here.

Overall, this is a fine craft lager that, while it doesn't remind me of Marzens, is quite drinkable. Somewhat sadly, I only pick up the rye notes in the scent. There's nothing wrong here, and I could definitely pick this one up again if I'm in the mood for a hoppy, maltier-than-average lager.

falloutsnow, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a nice orange-red color with auburn hues. A thin head bubbles up, retaining a firm film with some spotty lacing around the glass.

Toasted biscuit, light caramel malt, a slight fruit sweetness, and a little citrus in the nose.

Lightly roasted malt with some subdued bitter, herbal hoppiness up front. Some fruit notes mix in before the bready, caramel backbone surges through. Citrusy zest peeks in, along with a somewhat under pronounced, but familiar rye flavor. Finishes crisp, dry, and a tad bitter.

Medium bodied, higher carbonation, some dryness in the feel. Pretty solid drinking for the style, and the 6.2% isn't detectable at all really. Not exactly a thrilling beer, but solid for the season.

xnicknj, Nov 12, 2010
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.

CHSLBrew, Nov 11, 2010
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.

Cyberkedi, Nov 06, 2010
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 06, 2010
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.

Phelps, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
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.

BeerNinja007, Nov 03, 2010
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.

Jaymad, Nov 03, 2010
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    

boss302, Nov 01, 2010
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 874 ratings.