Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 25
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009)
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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.

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.

Photo of dsa7783
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Kakaraht
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.

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.

Photo of Sammy
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.

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

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.

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.

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

Standard 12 oz. bottle served into a pint glass. HOSS pours a hazed orange in color with half an inch of slightly off white foam. Retention is moderate at best but enough to keep some floaties on the surface which leave light lace.

Nice malt nose is present without coming across too strong in sweetness, and accompanied by a robust hop presence and a grainy rye background.

Flavor returns you to a classic Märzen initially, with the hops and some lighter bodied malts contributing later. The rye adds some body and texture without overwhelming and yields a nice finish.

I like the lighter Festbiers and this is surely that, but this is more of a Rye Beer than anything else in my view, even as a lager. Light in color with light use of Munich malts and a strong hoppiness give this beer a smooth feel and drink.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber/orange colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and really not much lacing at all. The head lasted for only a bit before it was gone.

Smell - malts, hay/straw, grape juice, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels slightly thin on the tongue. I can taste lots of grape juice mixed with apples and dates. Also some malts and a bit of barnyard taste - hay and straw. The beer finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Drink - The beer was quite drinkable, but it didn't really stand out as anything special. I'm happy that I gave it a shot but would not seek it out again.

Photo of nukem5
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a great dark copper color with very little head after a vigorous pour.

S: Sweet malts and light hops almost bready.

T: Rich and roasty malts not a typical Oktoberfest beer taste very subtle and mild not as sweet as a typical Fest beer. As it warms it does more resemble a typical Marzen style.

M: Good feel with a thick and slightly chewy texture.

D: Drinkable ,yes a good beer but there are many better in this style still a good overall beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


A- fire orange in color with lil head that somewhat sticks to my frosted pint. Clear as well.

S- bready cherry smell with hints of malts but very lightly scented.

T- a cherry wheat type of flavor with sour caramel malts.

M- malty and dry but light bodied

D- a decent beer and anything from great divide is good to drink in my book.

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

Sort of a limp orangish amber color, with almost no visible carbonation, fairly decent head. Smell is of hazelnuts and a spicy rye note. Some clean floral hops in there, too. Nicely filled out aroma. Taste is quite good, malty but balanced. Bready and creamy, super mellow finish. Slight tinny flavor, nothing too distracting. Unique tastes, but hey, its is GD-- this ain't a Miller's. Big bodied beer, big and heavy and mellow. Not something I'd session with, a nice treat of a beer.

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

Draught @ Mikro: This one poured a clear amber color. There was about a finger of an off-white head, that left some lacing. Decent enough aroma. Some caramel malt, some graininess and a hint of the rye. The taste is also good. It is neutral, being neither bitter or sweet. Some grain and rye flavors. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of LittleDon
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with some haze. Produces a small fine head with good retention. Moderate amount of small carbonation bubbles. Bready/spicy aroma with a with a fair amount of caramel sweetness. Medium body leaning toward the heavy side. Some alcohol up front. Carbonation is on the soft side making for a good balance with the body. Spicy middle, where the rye is evident, and rich finish. Bitterness has legs. A definite colder weather beer. A bit heavy for temps above 80.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.