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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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824 Ratings
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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 22
Gots: 20 | 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 stephens101


4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a wispy tan head that clears out quickly and leaves no lace behind.

Smells of caramel malts, a bit of sour fruitiness and an afterthough of dry hay. Tastes sweet and malty with a somewhat syrupy light to medium mouth-feel. There's some rye graininess way down deep and a a piney hop bitterness finishes things off.

Has very little carbonation. Goes down smooth with some dry edges.

Simple and effective. Complex and Tasty. Loving this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 00:19:31 | More by stephens101
Photo of Kegatron


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper, with a finger of rich light tan head. This retains with a smooth creamy layer that leaves a nice looking cascade of spotty froth in it's wake. The rye sits at the forefront of the aroma with spice and bread being rich up front. Some caramel sweetness and light citric notes shore up the back, while a gentle floral feel intertwines in with the other flavors.

The taste is mosty sweet on the tongue, with a mix of bread, toffee, and light fruit. Some balancing earthy hops mix with the spiciness of the rye to finish this with a satisfying dry ending. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth creaminess to it that then sits on top of a bit of thicker feel underneath. This is honestly the only place that I can feel any of the ABV. There is just enough of a light sharpness to the carbonation to keep this crisp in the mouth.

With it's blend of festive autumn spiciness from the rye and a solidly smooth drinkibility, I thought that this was a perfect fall quaff when I had this last year. I'm glad to see that Great Divide has seen fit to release a fresh batch this spring, as I could easily drink this year round. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 16:56:45 | More by Kegatron
Photo of waltonc


4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Awesome sessionable brew from Great Divide. Pours clear light copper/caramel with tan head. Smells quite malty, with notes of fresh bread, caramel, and a slightly floral quality. Flavor is again very malty, bread-like, slightly sweet caramel, with earthy hops lingering in the background. Body is light to medium with carbonation on the higher side. Exceptionally drinkable brew given the low ABV and restrained hops. One of my all-time favorite sessionable beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 00:15:22 | More by waltonc
Photo of TCHopCraver


4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on 5/15/10.

A: As the bottle says: red-orange. This color would fit in an autumnal collage brilliantly. Poured into my snifter, the 1/2 finger head is here and gone and leaves a spindly beige layer on top of the beer. The lacing is pretty interesting and sticky - somewhat surprising for a lager.

S: A bright, fruity, and grainy lager smell meets spicy rye. I smell some plum, cherry, and apple aromas with a bit of light pepper. This is a nice and inviting smell, which becomes heavier on the fruitiness and lighter on the grains as the beer warms.

T: I drank the majority of this beer at about 50-55 degrees and it is amazing how much more flavor was released at the warmer temperature. Huge notes of plum and cherry mingled with the rye spice to reveal a really tasty and big lager.

M: Hoss has a solid mouthfeel. The rye gives a good tingly feel to the sides of the palate as the light to medium carbonation massages my tongue.

D: This interesting beer is one of which I will consume more. I do not think I would have too many in one sitting, though, as the rye spice could overpower the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 22:11:11 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of arizcards


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of bottles from AJ's in Scottsdale in late February for $1.79. Bottled on 8-4-09.

Beer poured a metallic red with a nice white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is crisp euro hops. Taste is crisp hops, hints of dark fruit and rye. Mouthfeel is crisp and lively on the palate, very refreshing. Drinkability is good, this is very easy drinking. This does not fit the traditional marzen style but is a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 01:22:20 | More by arizcards
Photo of Haybeerman


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright amber/brown color. Poured a 1 finger reddish-tan head that dissipated to a thin skim. Lacing washed in fingers down the sides of the glass.

S: Rye, hay, grass and some lemon zest. A hint of berries and butterscotch.

T: Roasted malts up front; musty, sweet almost smokey. Transitions quickly to the finish which is crisp and wet.

M: Light body. Monerate carbonation. Flavorful and crips. Not enough bitter in the finish.

D: Flavorful and interesting. Nice malty character with and ineresting spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 19:14:19 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice creamy head of close to two fingers, orange tinted off-white color, close to the froth of an orange julius, average retention, covers the surface for some time, a few streaks of lacing here and there. Deep and vibrant metallic red to coppery orange colored liquid, clear with excellent reflective brilliance, quite pretty. Pastry flakes, milk chocolate, honey coated orange citrus, more of a warm butter than toast covering, the rye waits until the penultimate moment to move forward into the spotlight. Medium-bodied, however, lounges squarely on the palate and unpacks a picnic basket of caramel, milk chocolate, molasses, honey, graham cracker, croissant and ripely sweet oranges. The carbonation is like tiny explosions, precise and prickly yet with no staying power. As a flavor the rye has a clear delivery but doesn't add much texturally, the hoppy side of the equation slacking. The sweetness never comes close to cloying and for a more or less one-sided beer it's, err, decently balanced. Drinkability highest when coldest.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 03:02:13 | More by farrago
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a light amber. Great clarity. With a moderately thick off-white head on top. Retention is weak; little lace. Smells of honey, apples, candy, and a little bread.

The body is carbonated well; moderate depth. The rye makes itself known in the flavor a bit, but does not overpower this beer at all. There's some nice toffee sweetness in there balancing out the rye perfectly. I like this take one the Marzen style. I like that it is out at this time of year too. Not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 04:54:15 | More by Onenote81
Photo of WeezyBoPeep


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Amber-brown with an orange hue and a bubbly, eggshell head.

S: Significant rye and hops...smells like a pale ale...is this really a lager? Light butterscotch and berry notes.

T: Cripsy, clean, ultra refreshing taste with hints of sour apples, white zinfandel and very little to no sweetness. Could use a little, by the way. Very wet finish.

D: Good one to get a sixer on a summer day cutting grass or bbq-ing.

Value: Great for what you get.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 00:16:43 | More by WeezyBoPeep
Photo of Lazerlobe


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This rye-lager-Marzen pours a clean golden red with a few millimeters of head that disappeared before I sat down to write this.

S: I'm getting some sweet caramel and toasty malts as well as a fleeting fruitiness that I can't seem to track down.

T: The label promises dark fruit and cherry to dominated this layered and crisp beer. Well I think they accidentally buried the former under the layers. I get a hint of dark fruit as this warms in my mouth but upfront is a medium malt sweetness, some toast, and rye spice with a slight iron note. The dark fruits come last as the aggressive carbonation burns off. The toastiness lingers as an aftertaste.

M: I credit this beer for its crispness and slight spice but wag my finger at the carbonation level. It's slightly painful as I swirl the liquid around with my tongue.

D: I would empty a few of these in my gullet but had I a choice, I might go for something else a bit less aggressive on the carbonation front.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 20:29:59 | More by Lazerlobe
Photo of SteveS1

New York

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass-

Look: Medium-copper mostly-transparent body, several little bubbles. Small tan head with little retention.

Smell: Sweet citrus, orange, malts, honey

Taste: Sweet on the tongue, with mild hops and grains following, finishes with a bit of a wheat flavor. Aftertaste is bitter with dark fruit.

Feel: Medium to full bodied and mouth coating. Nicely carbonated.

Drink: Very drinkable, tasty with a snack, refreshing alone.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 02:19:37 | More by SteveS1
Photo of smcolw


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly no head with only a little bit of bubbles on the edge of the glass. No lace. The beer itself is crystal clear and a beautiful neutral amber color.

Dried malt sugar aroma; light hop

The rye is quite present. A very dry brew. Smooth mouthfeel, yet it is slightly astringent. Mostly malty with a short finish and a touch of hop.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 16:59:29 | More by smcolw
Photo of al3


4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear, amber red, some lacing

S - Clean, sweet and oaky

T&M - True to the label, malt and cherry up front with a medium, almost buttery feel. Finish is somewhat dry with a slight hop bite.

D - buying a 6er next time.

Another great beer from Great Divide. Incredibly balanced and well crafted, everything I've had from this brewery has been phenomenal and this is no exception...exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 00:53:04 | More by al3
Photo of emmasdad


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap a very nice copper color with a very nice off-white head. Smells earthy, with some caramel malt and some light rye. Nice sweet malt flavors, along with toast and a hint of rye spiciness. Nicely carbonated and an easy beer to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 23:14:44 | More by emmasdad
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice change of pace,a rye marzen lager in mid spring.Poured into a .5 liter stein a brilliant amber/bronze with a clingy one finger head that settles into a creamy mass.Lighter aromas of caramel malt,dark fruit,with toast,and iron.Lighter mouthfeel but not watery,flavors of caramel and dark fruit mainly,the rye gives off a tang in the finish.Not a bad beer,maybe expected a little more, but its decent.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 21:37:17 | More by oberon
Photo of bump8628


4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lumberjack themed bottled with a bottled on date of March 24, 2010.

Clear amber with an inch of nearly-white head.

Bready, nutty, biscuity malt carries the beer along with a tangy note from the rye and some caramel. Hops only lend balancing bitterness and yeast remains clean and neutral.

A very nice Marzen, and the addition of the rye makes it slightly different than any other one out there. Nice balance and great flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 00:06:24 | More by bump8628
Photo of soco7tyx7

New York

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper with a thick soapy off-white head with some light lacing and a bit of film throughout

S - Sweet earthy, grainy rye and pale malts

T - Mostly malt. The first sip tasted much like a scotch ale, then a hint of hops kicked in to balance. A nice clean earthy finish with a grassy touch

M - Medium light body, crisp finish, smooth

D - A tasty attractive brew. Could definitely have a few and would definitely buy again

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 23:32:45 | More by soco7tyx7
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery orange with a good beige/off white head. No real lacing.

Toasted malt and some sugary notes. Some boiled grain aromas as well.

Some sweet toasted bread, with some light hop bitterness underneath. Maltiness shines through, but is a bit boiled in flavor. Flavors are decent, but not as strong as I would like. Just a bit weak in intensity, but the flavors are good.

Medium body with some carbonation. Good.

Overall, quite drinkable. Nothing off or offensive. Decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 13:06:25 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a tiny foam (I wasn't overly aggressive on this pour..maybe my fault). Copper on this one is great..very "vibrant", if you will.

Aroma is very mild and I'm struggling to get more than just some form of sweetish malts. Maybe a toasted character as well..but I'm stretching here.

Taste is malty, I can detect the rye, and there is some hop bitterness at the finish to balance things out.

Mouthfeel is medium. Drinkability is high.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 07:23:32 | More by kshankar
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a orangish copper color with a nice head to start with but later just a film. There isn't too much lacing. The aroma warms to spicy and bready notes.

The carbonation comes on a bit strong, and combines with the rye doesn't really make a good first impression. But, it grows on you as the carbonation settles. Eventually you get nice toasty base malts and spicy hops. Along with all that carbonation comes a medium body and partly gritty, partly smooth feel. In all, pretty good, rye adds some distinction.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 02:42:19 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - Orange body with a formidable white head

S - sweet lager malts with a hint of caramel and toasted malts

T - Toasted malts with a nice sweet bready lager flavor. A hint of hoppy bitterness sneaks in giving this beer a crisp flavor. Hits the prototypical marzen taste on the head.

M - Full body with a fair amount of carbonation

D - Really drinkable flavorful marzen. A solid representation of the style. I would definitely pick this up again anytime I wanted to have a marzen.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 21:42:44 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper gold with a thin white head. Good retention and very nice laceing. Aroma is of bready malts, and dark fruits. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is of malted rye with hints of sweet fruit. A very pleasent surprise.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2010 01:27:29 | More by riversider76
Photo of kegger22


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager was a hazy light copper in color with a half inch beige head that reduced to a collar. The aroma was on the mild side, but definitely malty. The taste was bread, malt and some pepper spice. The mouth feel was medium bodied with decent carbonation. Drinkability was good combining a moderate ABV and reasonably good taste. I'm not a big fan of märzens, Great Lakes Oktoberfest being the exception, but I enjoyed Hoss despite the fact that it has no real outstanding characteristics.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 19:15:58 | More by kegger22
Photo of jsh420


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled 3/4/10

pours dark copper with a 1 finger head that faded fast and left no lacing

smell - almost none - just a little malt

taste is much better then the nose - reminds me of what a darker version of prima pils would be like - richer malts and lemon citrus hops

mouthfeel is ok - a bit thin for the style

drinkability is good - its just not a beer i will swirl and sniff between every sip

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 02:02:49 | More by jsh420
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this stuff when it came out in the fall, and was thrilled to see it return as a year rounder. Pours a deep copper color with a nice off-white head that retains OK. The aroma starts off with a big caramelized malt smell, followed by a hay like scent similar to an alt beer, then some dark fruits (cherry and fig), a rye spiciness and some mineraly hops. The taste is where this beer really shines: classic caramel maltiness upfront, followed by some doughy malt flavors, spicy rye flavors, mineraly hops and a touch of cherry. This is a really superbly balanced beer, a little sweet but with a drying finish. The mouthfeel is full and smooth but not overbearing, and drinkability is excellent. This is probably one of my top marzens, along with Ayinger's, and I'm quite glad it's a year round offering now.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 03:56:22 | More by silver0rlead
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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