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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009)
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Photo of JerzDevl2000
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...

JerzDevl2000, Oct 23, 2010
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.

IronCitySteve, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
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.

djmichaelk, Oct 18, 2010
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.

BretSikkink, Oct 16, 2010
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.

Nerudamann, Oct 16, 2010
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.

JMD, Oct 14, 2010
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!

NODAK, Oct 14, 2010
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.

Ek0nomik, Oct 12, 2010
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.

GDBEERMAN, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of suretolose
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.

suretolose, Oct 05, 2010
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.

DanThomas, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of Crittervision
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.

Crittervision, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of generallee
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.

generallee, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of ProudBeerSnob
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.

ProudBeerSnob, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/21/2010:
Bottle date - 02/04/10
12 oz. bottle at 42* poured into an AB pint glass.

A: It pours coppery-red with small white bubbles dancing around the rim.

S: The smell is of malted barley, cherry, some breadiness, and a citrusy tang.

T: It tastes like a nice dose of malts, sweet caramel, cherry (but not sour), apricot, and a touch of rye.

M: It's light, refreshing, and slightly sticky.

D: It's supremely sessionable. Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience.

bucklemyshoe, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from mix/match 6-pack (Bottled On: Jun 25, 2010), poured into a balloon glass.

A: Deep red, rusty, nearly orange in spots (depending on the light)

S: Light, fruity.

T: Bitter up front, smoth finish. Simple and delicious.

F: Smooth, light, great.

D: Good friggin' beer.

It's pretty much a toss-up this fall in the house between 6-packs of Hoss and 6-packs of Bob's '47 from Boulevard as an everyday beer.

codewarrior, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear copper-colored body capped by two fingers of creamy off-white head that feature good retention and lacing.

Aroma: A brown sugar-like, toasty, and earthy malt body with and a splash of rye. Nothing as far as hops are concerned, but I'm not really missing them.

Flavor: Again, the focus here the malt; it's biscuity, bready, a little spicy, earthy, and has that tasty little dash of rye. Spicy hops show up towards the finish, but this is very much a malt-forward beer. Lots of sweet, earthy malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a drying finish.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinker for anyone not afraid of a little malt.

Verdict: Hoss is a great little beer. Easy drinking and full of character, I could easily mistake this for an authentic German brew. Good to see a tasty Märzen that's available outside of fall.

BeanBone, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Fatehunter
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out of a bottle into a strange glass. See-through, copper color with 1 inch white head.

S - Rye? It smells like the malted barley smell that you get in a brewery. At first it was fine to smell this but after half the glass I am not enjoying the smell at all. It is to be expected from a Märzen, but the German Märzens I have had did not have as strong a malt smell. Now towards the end of the glass it is reminding me of the smell of the barn at the farm I grew up on. The barn on a hot day full of hay and cows.

T - Rye, malty sweet, finishes a little like a dry cider on the back of the tongue. Very nice.

M - Clean, carbonation on the tip of the tongue. Pleasant.

D - Quite drinkable. Great rye beer, the only downside was the smell, which was just a little too strong.

Fatehunter, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of batty
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bought and drank September 2010, Cambridge MA
bottled May 7, 2010

pours nicely with a rocky white head, large bubbles on the head and it fades quickly, leaving some lace. Not great head on this one, but I like the copper-ruby color. slightly hazy.

smell is pretty unremarkable to me. reminds me of the smell of a pilsner +caramel. - slightly spicy and earthy hops, some sweet bready caramel,

tastes great to me - I am partial to rye, and marzens, so I suppose this is right up my alley - although this is very different from a traditional marzen, the backbone is there. distinct rye notes, spicy and earthy hops. Initially tasting it as a marzen I didn't enjoy it as much, but as it sets in flavors emerge and meld in a great way - finishes bitter but not overbearing, still a hint of the breadiness sticking around.

pretty well carbonated, pretty thick, tasty beer. very enjoyable as the nights get a bit cooler.

batty, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$11.99 / 6-pk.

A: Bright copper body topped with a small loose had that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing and only a ring of cover around the edge. Nothing special.

S: Strong bready aroma with a strong spiciness compliments of the rye. Bold, interesting, and pleasant, but a tad weak.

T: Again the bready backbone takes center stage. The rye spicing hovers in the background and I get hints of ripe red fruit wafting in and out. Hop character doesn't stand out, just enough to balance the sweetness.

M: Light body and medium to high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Leaves the tongue dry and thirsting for more.

D: Very sessionable. Solid flavor, but not overpowering, and no unpleasant aftertaste. The light fizzy mouth is great for enjoying in quantity.

O: Started off slow, but by the end I was really enjoying it. Solid selection from Great Divide.

dpnelson1978, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A hazy-clear burnt orange with bubbles and the thinnest of heads.

S: Some caramel notes in amongst what I take to be rye -- a dry, grainy scent (very nice). At the tail-end of the aroma are some light fruits and maybe some alcohol.

T: Oh my. This is very good. It hits the tongue sharp and crisp, before evolving into a sweetish maintaste with distinct fresh cherry notes. (To be honest I probably wouldn't have been able to nail down the variety of fruit without the label, but looking for it, it's unmistakeable.) The background of the entire taste is characterised by the rye graininess, keeping the flavours clean, crisp, and slightly funky. Moderate carbonation serves a similar role in a less obvious capacity. The aftertaste is dryish and emphasises the omnipresent rye.

M: So crisp. So sharp. So pleasant. Unfortunately this wonderful feeling is limited the first half of the sip. The last half is decidedly less outstanding. Not bad, just average and sort of washy.

D: Very good, very drinkable, and shockingly inexpensive ($5 for a 6-pack; I wonder if this is a pricing mistake). I would have said this beer were sessionable, until I notice the ABV...higher than I expected from the playful lightness of the taste. This beer exceeded my expectations and is highly recommended.

Notes: This bottle says it was bottled September 3, 2009. So either the labeller is off or this beer is more than a year old.

AgentMunky, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of climax
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This big hoss poured a deep amber/orange with two fingers of tan froth.

The toasty caramel and grain malt character was challenged by hints of ripe fruit. The hop bill wasn't too hidden when I searched for it, a fair amount of floral and grassy notes did a good job of balancing an overall substantial nose.

The flavor was bold and very well balanced. The earthy and grassy hop flavors did a noble job of keeping up with the Jones's. Fruit and toasted caramel accompanied the rye, which popped out much more in the taste, as it left a dry finish.

The body was medium, and very smooth. The carbonation added no more than a tickle, and the finish was dry. This is a good easy to drink beer with excellent balance and bold flavor.

climax, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Clean, clear, coppery amber color with a one-finger head of sudsy white foam which dissipated quickly to form a thin, oily slick which left no real lacing.

S: Smells a bit sweet, fruity and zesty, with hints of wheat and rye malts and a crisp, bready aroma.

T: Caramel malt sweetness followed by a strange, astringent hop bitterness. Not sure if its a bit of metallic resin being cast by the lager or the hops, but the bitterness seems off to me. There is a dry, bready malt feel and taste to it, though.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and slightly astringent, this brew wa a little tough to take down a sturdy gulp of.

D: This "rye lager" posing as a "marzen" was just a little off-base for me and I'd be reluctant to try it again. A weird balance of flavors, or lack of balance, and an ABV with odd, residual flavors hindered the drinkability and my overall enjoyment of the brew. Back to the drawing board on this one I say.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of crossovert
1.33/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz brown bottle, bottled on JUN 29 2010.

It ours a deep orange color, pretty much straight up burnt orange. The head is foamy and white and sticks for awhile.

The smell is off, there are hints of soap and peapod. There is a bit of corn husk. Utterly confusing.

The flavor is just weird. Corn husk, caramel, soap, no hops or even malt really to be found. Very sweet. Slight mineral water hinting. Just strange.

This beer is weird as hell. Others i had it with found it strange too.

crossovert, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

$2.40 for a 120z single @ BevCo. 6.2% ABV. No ingredients listed on the mfgr wensite. Bottled Jun 10,2010.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear beautiful red amber, forming a modest light yellow head with poor retention and sparse lacing. Mild carbonation. The aroma is of earthy hops, amber grain husk, and toast akin to Fat Tire. Nice nose. Mouthfeel is viscous, soft with low carbonation and a medium-dense, slightly syrupy body. A nice marzen, with a nice sweetness and cookie overtones balancing the toast, earthy mild bitterness and earthy rye. No perceptable off flavors or aromas.

I really enjoyed this. More than 3 of these would be fatiguing, but I really like the toasty grain and earthy flavor. I would buy it again. Recommended.

Mitchster, Sep 06, 2010
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.