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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 26
Gots: 44 | 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

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Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009

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Photo of WOTO97
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly good example of the style but fails to stand-up to its German counterparts. The body is a little light for a Marzen but the head was a nice not-too-thin cap. Aroma is primarily biscuit-like malt with a nominal caramel character and ever-so-slight spice/earthy quality given from the hops. Flavors here are pretty standard for a Marzen with an emphasis on the malt; however, the mouthfeel is a bit too thin lacking the lingering bread notes a Marzen usually carries. The added rye probably lends to this as this one finishes noticeably dry. A very refreshing beer with enough hop character to balance out the malt focus, which makes for a solid summer brew.

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint/Pilsener hybrid.

Appearance: Clear fire-orange with some white head and lacing.

Smell: Caramel, toast, cherry and very faint rye. Opposite of many beers, the smell seemed to open up more with time.

Taste: Very malty and somewhat sweet with cherry, toast and dark fruit. Ends just slightly spicy, earthy and bitter from the rye which seems to have simply taken the place of noble hops.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium smooth body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Mainly tastes like a slightly too sweet Marzen, with just a tinge of rye. Good malt taste but could have used more rye and/or hops.

Photo of halo21
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured this red-orange liquid into my favorite tasting glass; my tulip. There was a small, creamy head with some chunk, that dissipated shortly. As this is Marzen, related to the Oktoberfest, it has that orange hue that I love, but with a bit more red. A great looking beer.

Smell: Mild smelling; sweet caramel and a little bit of spice mixed with a light roast. Also a nice amount of lager yeast.

Taste: Deep and spicy, with a bit of earth. The rye is very subtle, but noticeable in a peppery way on the finish. There is a faint amount of hops, as the rye spice balances out against malt sweetness, which is mixed with the rye on the finish. Crisp up front, spice on the back.

Mouthfeel:Light and drying; the spice finishes nice and leaves you wanting another sip, similar to a bitter IPA.

Drinkability/Palitability: Medium; enjoyable and smooth, but you want something to quench your thirst after this due to its spice.

Notes: Enjoyable. I am really interested in trying more rye beers; the only other one I have sampled to date has been Saranacs Rye Pilsner, which I also enjoyed. I was hoping to try this with some corn beef and cabbage as rye bread is great with that meal.

Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Hoss is a crystal clear amber lager with a dense, creamy, off-white head that thins out and leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a spicy aroma with notes of rye, citrus, grass and maybe corinder. It's medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a crisp, dry finish that leaves the mouth a little chalky. It's pretty sweet and quite spicy. There are notes of resin, citrus, cherry, pretzels and fruitcake. The aftertaste is spicy. It's a little sweet for my taste. It wasn't a great choice for lawn mowing, but it's rich, tasty and enjoyable.

Photo of righlander
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a nice deep amber in to a tulip glass. clingy lace. small but sticky head.
smell of caramel, toasty malt, clover honey, metallic.
in the taste i get a lot of caramel and a honey type thing. taste is not bad but i prefer my marzens a bit more dry than this particular beer. to ME (just an opinion here but..) marzens should be a BIT more sessionable than this one.
mouthfeel wasn't really TOO bad but left something to be desired. too lightly carbonated.
drinkability isn't too good. it's too sweet to have more than three for me.

Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish/orange color. A minimal white head forms, but sticks throughout. Light lace.
S: Sweet caramel malt that is lightly toasted. Simple, but enjoyable.
T: Again, lightly toasted with a sweet caramel malt flavor.
M/D: A little lighter body than I would like. Crisp carbonation. Not hard to drink. I could put a few away with ease.

Not bad, mostly sweet malt, but enjoyable. A decent American version.

Photo of gatornation
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 0n 050710..it poured a bright copper/orange color with a 1 finger creamy head that cleared out fast..smell was average and non-descript.rye, malt, citrus. and spice all so very light..taste was better some rye mixed with baked bread .a portion of hops..some sweet malt in the finish..mouth feel is light medium it got some good flavors going for it its smooth and creamy but has a kick to it also..overall i liked this brew..but i would have liked more rye in it..like reds rye from founders..still i recommend and i will buy some more singles..i liked this one

Photo of aahynick
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

40F in a pilsner glass

A- copper with a creamy head

S- grainy malt aroma

T- rich, sweet, bread-like flavor

M - full bold body

D- rich and bold and a pleasure to drink, I was dubious about the use of rye in beer. I've had one other rye beer I didn't care for but this is a definite repeat.

Photo of StlHopHead77
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a generic pint glass.

A-Pours out a cloudless,red with an insignificant,loose white head.Small amounts of lacing.

S-The smell here was decidedly unremarkable.No real sign of the rye and pretty subdued in general.

T-This beer just didn't have the body or richness typically associated with a Marzenbier.It followed the style with a mild hop presence but I would have liked a little more rye.Faint presence of sweet malt.

M-This beer was crisp and clean.Not as full-bodied as a Marzenbier typically might be.

D-This beer is very drinkable in a sessioning sense but it just was not my favorite Great Divide effort.

Photo of Bung
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Fairly nice gold/orange pour, adequate whitish head. Sticks to the glass, just barely.

Surprisingly malty aroma, caramel some citrus as well

Taste is mellowed malt, caramel and biscuit. Just hints of citrus, yeast and tint of pine.

Heavy side of light bodied, moderate carbonation. Clings to the mouth well. Drinks very well, wouldn't turn it down.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bit dark golden pour gives this one promise. Perhaps a bit dark for the style. The rocky and loose head gives a nice lacing. Sticky, but not gooey.

Soft aroma of dry spice, lightly toasted bread and sweet caramel. Nothing over the top. A quick snap of aroma invites a sip.

Slightly buttery at first, but quickly moves to a toasty center--light--and subtle rye spice, earthy. Could almost pick up some pumpernickel, but then it fades to be replaced by a little twang. Crisp finish, but not like a Czech pilzner, more like tannins.

Very drinkable. Nice beer

Photo of ballz50401
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (bottled on 3/4/10) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a crystal clear copper with good carbonation and a thin head. Has some bread, biscuit, and toast in the aroma. Some nice caramal malt starts things out, then turns to biscuit before finishing with a slight rye spiciness. Has a good full mouthfeel that flows nicely and finishes with good bitterness. Overall a nicely balanced brew.

Photo of TCgoalie
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 6/15/10

Pours a straight up copper color. A surface head appears and keeps regenerating with effervescent bubbles. Thin lacing sticks around the glass.

There is a mild caramel malt smell with hints of rye and brown sugar.

The taste is more sweet than expected. Balancing the sweetness is a rye bite and subtle hop. Not bad but a bit sweet for my taste.

Light to medium in the mouth, a good amount of carbonation tingles the tongue.

This is definitely drinkable, maybe sweet for me, but better for others.

Photo of thain709
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A slightly transparent, burnt amber body...the head was an off white and stood one finger for about five seconds until it settled into a thin cap that lasted the rest of the session...some lacing

S - The nose is comprised of sweet malts, fruits, and some bready notes

T - The malts are sweet for sure...lots of caramel and toffee flavors going on...they never become cloying though...the fruits play a role in balancing because there are some bright and dark fruit notes...there are some bready notes that add a grain flavor to the beer...what I'm not getting too much of is the spicy rye

M - Medium bodied...dry, syrupy sweet at some times...crisp

D - This beer had some high points and some low points...the caramel and fruit flavors were nice but that was about it...I wanted some spiciness from the rye to shine through...I wouldn't classify this as a rye beer like they do

Photo of krausenman
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The beer pours a crystal clear burnt/dark amber color that is capped by a thick tan head of foam that resides to a lacy ring and cover.

S-There is a definate smell of malt with a slight cereal or fresh grain smell.

T-Initially, you taste malt sweetness that is balanced in the back of the mouth by a bitter spicy note from the rye and hops.

M-The mouthfeel is creamy and on the moderate side.

D-The beer is drinkable and well balanced but is somewhat one dimensional in the flavor profile for a rye "accented" beer.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz pour at the Brick Store Pub. I'm a big fan of rye, so we'll see how this plays out. Pours a coppery amber with a moderate head that fades to a thin ring. Smells very malty with only a touch of spicy rye at the finish. Tastes creamy and very malty with a rich sweetness and firmness and once again only a touch of spicy rye. I suppose I see the point of adding the rye to try to balance the malty sweetness, but I'm not entirely sure it works. The deeper more savory rye notes are lost under the malt, and only a bit of spiciness survives to balance. Still, its tasty enough as a Marzen, and has a nice creaminess to it with the rye spice at the end.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Rye lager? Sounds great.

A: The color is on the border between golden and red. Really nice looking beer. poured with a thin cover of white head that was totally gone in 30 seconds.

S: Tons of sweet malt. Apples. You just get a touch of the rye in the back by way of a little bit of spiciness. Tight nose.

T: It is a good marzen. Sweet malt. Hints of fruit. In fact it is almost a great marzen. I just keep looking for the rye and I just get the spiciness without the rest of the flavor.

M: Thick and syrupy. Almost no carbonation though. Could have used a little bit more.

D: I enjoyed this beer but it was not what I was looking for. I wish they turned the rye up a little bit more.

Photo of eclaycamp
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a dimpled mug. Pours a deep ruby red with undertones of bronze. Beer has obviously been filtered as it's quite clear. Head is about a half an inch thick and slightly tan and fizzy. No real legs or head retention. Aroma is somewhat malty and earthy, most likely due to the rye. Initial sip gives off a lot of malt character with the rye lingering in the finish. Relatively crisp and dry, surprisingly refreshing. Light mouthfeel with lingering rye, though it can be a little bit syrupy. Some caramel notes are present in the background. As you acclimate to the beer the hops come through with notes of citrus and fruit - lots of cherry. The rye makes this taste almost like it's been oak aged. Overall a pretty good beer that's good on a warm summer night.

Photo of TommyW
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber with a very patchy, white head.

S- Spicy rye malts with some floral hops.

T- Nice bready malt that is present in good lagers with a great level of spice from the rye. Not an overpowering hop presence; just enough to give the beer balance and the finish on the crisp side.

M- Medium feel with an easy carbonation.

D- Really refreshing beer with a little zing over the standard lager because the of the rye used.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber-hued body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: toasty amber malts, sublte fruit, and some spicy, sublte herbaceous hop notes.

Taste: sweetish flavor of amber malts with a background sublte bitterness. awesome malty flavored marzen and great dry finish with the rye.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body.

Drinkability: fantastic marzen lager. loved it

Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first review I've written from the comfort of my longtime friend, a 14' Crestliner, while drifting Clamshell Lake of the Whitefish Chain. What a glorious way to do a spot of drinking & watching the world go by.

Pour is a deep, whistling amber. The heady outdoors overpowers any faint rye or malts, or perhaps a spit of hops, that might exist. Meek.

Hoss makes up for lost time in the first sip. Rye is strong & prominent, spicing up the lager yeast background. Blaze of quick-striking, quick-exiting hop bitterness.

And that's it. Simple & to the point. And a gulper. My normally retrained sips have become full-on Bud-commercial swigs. This hits the sweet spot on drinkability.

Very good brew. The fishing's not great tonight, but it's twilight, the loons are calling, & soon I'll be firing up the Merc to take me to the cabin. This is the way to live!

Photo of BierFan
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Half inch of light tan head. Hazy amber body. Tiny spots of lacing.

Smell: Pretty malty, definitely picking up on some rye.

Taste: Rye malt, some dark fruits, spicy herbal hops.

Overall Opinion: Pretty good rye beer, and it's always nice to find a unique craft lager. Not something I'd want to have more than a couple bottles of in a sitting.

Photo of stimulus
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a deep orange hue with a bit of off-white lacing.

S: Bready and malty, probably the rye.

T: Very malty followed by some hop bitterness.

M: Well carbonated with a bit of stickiness in the aftertaste.

D: After one sip, I immediately know that it tastes like an oktoberfest. I think this brew is fairly characteristic of its style, aside from the rye base that comes through in the aroma. It's also nice to see a brewer produce one year round.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I saw red lager it never occurred to me that it meant Oktoberfest. That makes sense now. This was an ok beer and maybe i'd enjoy it even more in October but in general it was a decent beer. Just not one of my favorite styles.

Brown color, maybe reddish brown with a light brown head. LIght malty aroma and a light malty flavor. Good as a Marzen, try it if you like it.

Photo of katan
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a very clear, copper to amber color. Head formation is strong, down to 2-3mm. Light bubbling.

S - Light caramel malts, lightly sweet and toasted. No rye, or hopping detected.

T - Lightly sweet, caramel and toffee malts. Very smooth, finishes lightly on the sweet side. No hopping, no rye. Very understated flavors.

M - Light body, light carbonation. Comes through very watery. Finishes very clean, with some sugary cling.

D - Very easy drinking. Very refreshing. Well hidden abv would sneak up on you. Not filling. Flavors are a well integrated.

Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.