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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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915 Ratings
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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 25
Gots: 38 | 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 ballz50401
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -3.2%
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
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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 -1.9%
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 +6.7%
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
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +2.7%
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
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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 -6.7%
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 -1.3%
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.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good lookin lager on our hands here... Reddish copper with a thin creme colored head that is reduced to just film rather quickly.

Rich, malty, bready, caramel, sweet, cherry, assorted dark fruits, spicy and earthy hops. Smells like oktober!

THis beer has flavor in spades for such a drinkable concoction. Nice sweetness with lots of caramel and hints of fruits(cherry mostly and perhaps some plum) just enough hop bitterness to clean things up for the finish.

Light bodied, well carbonated and a very crisp texture all add up to one VERY sessionable brew. Cheers GD, and thanks for making this one a year-round.

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

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 nicely laced glass.

The rye shares equal billing with the malts in the aroma. A touch of spice and bread back them up. It's a pleasant aroma, but subdued.

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 slightly astringent creaminess. There is just enough of a light sharpness to the carbonation to keep this crisp in the mouth.

I don't have a lot of experience with this style, so I can't comment on it's general quality. It is a very tasty brew. Refreshing and complex at the same time. A nice beer.

Photo of stephens101
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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!

Photo of waltonc
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of farrago
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Onenote81
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.