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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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859 Ratings
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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 23
Gots: 26 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009)
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Photo of Florida9


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

A: Clear orange-amber in color. Pours with a large two fingers of foamy white head, resulting in some nice lacing.

S: The rye spiciness is very pronounced along with a grassy or vegetal quality.

T: A creamy and nutty flavored malt mixed with the biting rye spice results in an interesting combo of flavors. There is a rather long sawdust aftertaste.

M: Medium in body with medium-high carbonation. A somewhat chalky mouthfeel.

D: A good beer. Different, yet still approachable. Can't say I will be making this my go-to beer anytime soon, but I enjoyed it.

01-06-2010 03:08:18 | More by Florida9
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

Clear red/orange color with a fluffy white head that left lots of lacing behind.
Smell is caramel malt and some sweet dark fruits, plums and dates.
Taste is very malty, caramel malt with just a hint of rye near the finish.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Easy drinking brew.

01-03-2010 01:24:07 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of br3wmeister


4/5  rDev +6.7%

A- Large off white foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. Light orange/yellow colored beer.

S- Sweet malty aroma, caramel, hint of roasted nuts and a light strawberry presence oddly enough. Light citrus hops add a nice touch of bitterness.

T- Nice malty beer, light roasted malts, caramel, raw nuts, touch of honey and perfect bitterness from the hops. This is a tasty refreshing beer.

M- light bodied and crisp mouth feel, very refreshing.

this is a fantastic "Session" beer great flavor and very drinkable.

01-02-2010 22:35:03 | More by br3wmeister
Photo of kingcrowing


4.43/5  rDev +18.1%

12oz bottle poured into an off-centered pint glass.
Thanks to my secret santa for this! I love Marzens & Rye beers, what a combo here!

Pours a nice golden/amber color with a 1 finger fluffy white head. Quite a bit of bubbles with a bit of lacing. Nose is Crisp and light like a lager, with just a tiny hint of Rye. Subtle but nice. Light sulfer as well - I like this smell with lagers, reminds me of Prima Pils.

Very nice combination. There's a very good balance between the toastiness of the oktoberfest, as well as a nice rye bitterness. It tastes like there might be some Saaz or other noble ops here, it's very light an not over the top. Mouthfeel is perfect, full and rich without being too watery or carbonated.

One of my favorite beers, and sadly like Hop Rod Rye - It's not distributed in VT!

12-24-2009 20:43:14 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of alovesupreme


4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

Poured into a Sierra Nevada Pint Glass, yielded a brilliant copper body with excellent sticky lacing.
Big rich lager by the smell of it. Malt with a slight cider character.
Huge malt body supported by complementary hops to round everything out. Once again the cider character is present but contributes positively to the overall experience.
A full medium bodied beer, with a crisp lager snap.
A fantastic beer that I will be revisiting. Also great with food, I am currently enjoying a Pepper smoked turkey sandwich with swiss and humus on whole wheat and could not think of a better match(except perhaps rye).

12-24-2009 05:36:30 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: orange in color with some yellowish highlights. One finger head lasts a while.

Smell: grass, lemon zest, and hints of bitterness are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: bready malt profile with lemon zest, grass, and a moderate bitterness. Some green grape sweetness is detectable late.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, a little less crisp almost smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer is extremely easy to drink and it goes down fast. Refreshing and you can drink this all night long.

12-23-2009 13:34:22 | More by Gavage
Photo of Slatetank


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%

thanks to carlos for splitting this with me- picked this up at Shawan Liquors in Md. poured chilled in a pint

A - A slightly hazy ruddy shade w/ thick cream of 2 fingers and the bead is tiny

S - A bready mild fruity malt odor w/ subtle spice notes

M - The feel is smooth and slightly spicey w/ creamy textures and toasted malt, yeast w/ moderate carbonation and slightly sweet finish

T -Grainy flavors with toasty and slightly earthy rye flavors. The taste has a slight German yeast mustiness with subtle caramel element in the finish

D - I really enjoyed this lager - a nod to Marzen w/ a roggen twist. The rye and german yeast makes for a quaffable session brew

12-22-2009 13:21:48 | More by Slatetank
Photo of twiggamortis420


4.05/5  rDev +8%

12 oz single with a bottled on date of SEP 03 2009. Pours a very clear light copper color with a thick cap of tan foam. Retention is pretty good and it leaves a modest amount of lacing behind.

Nose is mainly of sweet, peanut brittle maltiness with some floral and herbal hoppiness. There is a mild hint of black pepper, but that is the only evidence of rye I am getting.

Very creamy feeling in the mouth for a lager and the rye spiciness comes through quite a bit more than the nose would indicate. Slightly sweet caramel malts and a bit of floral hop bittering balances things out nicely. This is a fun and unique take on the marzen style and it works pretty well. It would be nice if GD would send some of this down to Tx along with a few of the other new six-pack offerings they have brewed lately. Good beer.

12-20-2009 19:16:41 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of CrellMoset


3.6/5  rDev -4%

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured in to an oversized cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a perfectly-hued, crisp, bright Autumnal amber, the transparency of which reveals very sparse through large-bubbled carbonation. The nearly snow white head fades quickly from about one-finger tall down to a nearly imperceptible dusting and a thin, soapy collar fairly quickly. Nothing too impressive, save the color.

Aroma: A crisp, bright-smelling beer, indelibly malty brew, bready and lightly roasted but not too sweet or too dry. A spicy, hay-like hop note accompanies an earthy, crisp, spicy rye presence.

Taste: A fine medley of citrus and spicy, grassy hop notes and mild bitterness, all of which are augmented by a very earthy rye component. This is in turn augmented by a healthy amount of moderately-caramelized malt, light toffee, bread, whole wheat crusts, and a handful of fruity notes, likely the result of a very active yeast strain, somewhat cherry-like in places. All in all, fairly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: A little uneven, surprising given that this one's a little thicker than I'd imagine. It evens out a little as the carbonation leaves, but by that point it becomes a little dead. Not completely dead, but, perhaps deader than would be appropriate for these flavor components.

Drinkability: An average beer, a good attempt at the style, and pretty much on par with Great Divide's other "regular" offerings. At a reasonable 6.2%, it's fairly drinkable, and I could easily put down a pint or two of this, though there are both other rye beers and other Marzens I believe I would prefer. Nonetheless, worth trying.

12-19-2009 04:42:26 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3/5  rDev -20%

Reviewed on 11/16/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malt. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, some toasted malt, perhaps some spices (I don't really get any rye notes). Kinda bland but certainly drinkable. Decent for an oktoberfest.

12-19-2009 04:14:49 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Great Divide- Hoss

A- Bright clear caramel brown with a small filmy white head. Light to no lacing.
S- Light caramel bread crust grainy malt. Slight earthy dry grass hop aroma.
T- Sweet caramel malt with toased bready grains, buttery shortbread and dry grassy hops. The slightest touch of cherry?!
M- Thick sweet buttery smooth malt with a dry body and a creamy malty finish.

Overall- So smooth and delicious. Hopefully I can find 6ers of this.

12-18-2009 23:16:47 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%

12oz bottle at Raleigh Times consumed on 12/10/09 and reviewed from notes. The beer poured a crisp orange with decent diminishing khaki head. Aroma was caramel malts, rye and mild hops. The taste was an interesting balance of rye, caramel, and sweet malts with a touch of cherry flavor. The beer is light, crisp and slightly dry with decent carbonation. This is an enjoyable lager, one I likely would have again.

12-16-2009 19:51:20 | More by atsprings
Photo of corby112


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Picked up today at The Foodery. 12oz bottled on 9/3/09.

Pours a clear dark golden orange color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up and a .5 finger white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring.

Toasty malt aroma with hints of sweet caramel and rye along with some subtle spice and dark fruit. Slightly earthy with hints of sour dark cherry complimenting the roasted malt character.

Softly carbonated up front with a medium body that has a nice balance of roasted malt sweetness, earthy bitterness and sweet dark fruit. Very clean and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Toasted caramel malt with prominent rye flavor which is balance by a slight earthy tartness. Hints of sour dark cherry add to the sweetness and balances this beer out pretty nicely. The alcohol is well masked and none of the flavors are overpowering making this beer pretty quaffable. Decent "session" beer if you can call it that at 6.2%.

12-16-2009 05:41:02 | More by corby112
Photo of merlin48


3.9/5  rDev +4%

The bottle pours a hazy, but radiant, orange body with a two finger beige head. Spiderweb lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is bready and toasty caramel malt with hints of spicy hops and vague fruitiness.

Creamy mouthfeel has a medium body and carbonation.

Taste has sweetish and bready caramel malt that is nicely edged by spicy hops and earthy rye. Pumpernickle notes and a hint of fruity kiwi add a nice depth.

An interesting marzen that highlights the funky rye malts to good effect.

12-13-2009 14:45:33 | More by merlin48
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%

Appears a pale amber orange tinted hue with a bright white head. I let this one warm a bit before cracking it and I think it's a good idea. Speckled lacing all around the edges of my chalice. Aroma has sweet honey drizzled biscuit and honey malt layers going on with spicy rye additions bringing out an earthy herbal character. Flavor is fantastic sweet with malts and rye more of that honey simple syrup flavor with a fruity apple and caramel drizzled tone. But the hops and the rye malt balance things out with a grassy, spicy herbal tea accent. Mouthfeel is a bit stickier with residual malts especially with the higher alcohol and the rye additions carbonation is pleasant and smooth the entire bottle. Definitely a medium body with the rye giving it a bit more girth than your average marzen. Drinkability is solid from the first sip to the last drops, a beer that strikes gold coming from such a known ale brewer to dabble with their twist on a great German style, I enjoy it and look forward to more next year.

12-13-2009 06:27:46 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of CMiller683


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

A - A deep brown/amber. Moderately carbonated with a thick head that dissipates quickly. Clear, bright and vibrant.

S - Light sweetness to it, a caramel. Faint scents of spice and pecans. A clean, crisp smell.

T - Thick with a crisp aftertaste. Very malty flavor. Slightly carbonated, popping feel. Definite notes of caramel.

M - Heavy, foamy, carbonated, thick feel. A fair balance between flat and over-carbonated.

D - A good beer for cool weekends. Not something I would return to. Just not my style of beer, but not a bad beer.

12-05-2009 01:38:08 | More by CMiller683
Photo of Bighuge


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

Clear copper body. Thin off white head. Sporadic rings of lace left on the glass walls as I drink. Nice malty aroma highlighted by vienna malt like toasted notes. Solid flavor. Nice maltiness. A mix of breadiness and toasted malts. Rye adds just a titch of spiciness which adds a little complexity to the flavor profile. Some dark fruits are noticeable. Very subtle dryness lingering. This isn't the thickest or richest marzen I've had, but it's very enjoyable. It's good all around.

12-04-2009 04:20:50 | More by Bighuge
Photo of DefenCorps


3.9/5  rDev +4%

12oz bottle bottled on 04 Aug 09, so this is about 4 months old at this point.

In my Moonlight glass, this beer is gorgeous, copper in color with excellent clarity and a persistent and thin beige head that leaves some lace.

The nose is great, bready with spicy rye apparent, there's also some caramel sweetness and a prominent leafy hop character. Sweetness is complex, I also get some brown sugar. The palate opens with a surprisingly strong hop character, quite herbal and earthy with a little mineral-like character. Bitterness is low, and this allows the malt to shine, with a great caramel and burnt sugar character, along with the spicy rye character which especially dominates the mid-palate and towards the finish. Drying on the finish, this medium-light bodied beer has a moderate level of carbonation and a great mouthfeel, providing a little heft while remaining light. Enjoyable, I'd absolutely drink this again.

12-03-2009 04:44:59 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of klewis


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottled on 8/24/09

A: Pours a bright copper with a moderate foamy head. Light lacing.

S: Caramel with a slight pepper and spice aroma.

T: Nicely balanced with a lean towards the malty side. Much like the smell, caramel backbone with a subtle rye spiciness.

M: Crisp and light-bodied with light carbonation. Finishes clean and dry.

D: Pretty one-dimensional, yet tasty and quite quaffable. A great session beer.

12-03-2009 04:23:10 | More by klewis
Photo of riored4v


4/5  rDev +6.7%

Reviewed 12/1/09

Poured into a Great Divide Goblet. 1 finger, tan head. Copper colored w/ hints of red. Clear.

Smell is malty w/ slight hints of caramel sweetness. Hints of dark fruit as well.

Taste had a nice balance of maltiness. Slightly caramely w/ a crisp, clean finish that is very very mildy bitter in the end. Subtle hints of spicey/earthiness from the rye. Just enough sweetness up front to balance it all.

Mouthfeel has a light body w/ a crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability was very good. Nice and light w/ a clean finish.

Overall it was a nice "Octoberfest" type beer. Nice maltiness but still finished crisp enough to drink easily.

12-03-2009 00:19:20 | More by riored4v
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.13/5  rDev -16.5%

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- The crystal clear body has a brownish orange hue and a bubbly snow white head that is supported by a strong carbonation of big bubbles.
S- There is a light tin note to a soft dry brown malt aroma and some mineral qualities in the finish.
T- This beer has a smooth clean flavor with some soft sweat and brown malt notes followed by a dry spice hint. The finish has a soft bitter green hop note.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.
D- This beer is soft and clean with little flavor but no off flavors.

12-02-2009 22:07:21 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of russpowell


3.75/5  rDev 0%

Picked this up a t Goebel's in Wichita KS, bottled on Sep 03 09

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of tan head. Pretty good lacing & minimal head retention

S: Slight breadyness & not much else

T: Slight caramel, plus breadyness up front along with some herbal hops & a bit of peppery spicyness. I get some slight fruittyness & some toffee, plus a touch of grassy hops as this warms, plus some more rye spicyness. Finishes dry, bready & with a touch of pepper & orchard fruit

MF: Medium bodied fairly low carbonation & decent balance

Drinks pretty easy, but not interesting enough to get all jacked up about. Hopefully I will get to try this a bit fresher next year

11-29-2009 03:04:52 | More by russpowell
Photo of BARFLYB


4.43/5  rDev +18.1%

12oz bottle into a Lancaster Brewing pint glass. Bottled in sept 09, never had this one or heard of it.

Bright new penny copper with some hazy orange color mixed in. A clean looking beer with bubbles rising. Looks brighter than your normal lager/marzen whatever. A bright white semi off white in spots 1 and a half inches of creamy foam on top, it looks scrumptious. Loose patches of clingy layered lace.

The scent is not huge but what's advertised on the bottle shows up in the smell. Im first greeted by a fruit basket thats mainly filled with dark cherries and some plum action. Under that is a malt base giving off caramel and some sunday morning bread. Some earthy, spicy hops come out with warning with some rice pops up later too.

This is a tasty and well executioned lager, i was not expecting this much flavor. Matching the scent, hoss starts off with cherry juice and some underlining plum. The dark fruits in this are at a great level and is actually my favorite part of the beer. Under that the malts work their magic and bring forth a light sweetness and bready taste in the middle. While the rye did not hit my nose, it comes out in taste with some small earthy hopping, layered with some rice addition which does not detract from the taste. "Get Em, Hoss"- Black Thought

A nice medium body supports this well flavored quaff. Perfectly well balanced with each set of flavors coming right after one another in unison. I have no problems with the carbonation in Hoss, it's where it needs to be.Not any bitterness from the hops, just some earthy flavors dancing around the palete. Hoss is crisp and not to high in ABV making it easy to grab another. The drink on this is also top notch. To make it simpler, I should have grabbed a six pack of this as I want another right now. Great stuff.

In a sea of oktoberfest available stateside, Hoss stands seperate from the pack with something different.

11-26-2009 01:55:39 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Pours a bright orangy amber color, full frothy offwhite head with minimal retention and lacing. Smell is of bready and sweet malts, slight roasted nut charachter, lager twang. Taste is of your basic marzen lager (sweet malts) with slight hints of fruits and a faint earthyness to it (probably from the rye). Body is medium, slightly slick and oily feeling, which i did not like for the style, minmal carbonation as well. A good Octoberfest style lager, which trumps its American counterparts, but does not stand up to the clean and earthy European counterparts.

11-24-2009 14:02:27 | More by rfgetz
Photo of trbergman


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Aggressive pour yields a one inch off-white head atop this copper beer.

S - Bready, caramel malts, a whiff of fruit, and some earthy hop aroma.

T - Crisp and balanced, with bready malt flavor playing off a light, floral and earthy hop flavor. There is a subtle fruitiness and a touch of spice from the use of rye. Bitterness is on the higher side for the style, but not outlandishly so.

M - Light-medium body, just about right for the style. More crisp, though, than the creamy mouthfeel of Hacker-Pschorr or Paulaner.

D - Overall, a very nice American interpretation. Having tried Surlyfest last year, I'm really pleased with this trend of rye Marzens. Worth seeking out.

11-22-2009 22:34:53 | More by trbergman
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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