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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 24
Gots: 32 | 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 emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

emmasdad, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

oberon, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

bump8628, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of soco7tyx7
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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

soco7tyx7, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

OtherShoe2, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of kshankar
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

kshankar, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of objectivemonkey
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

objectivemonkey, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

jpmclaug, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

riversider76, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of kegger22
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

kegger22, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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

jsh420, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of silver0rlead
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

silver0rlead, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm becoming a fan of rye beers, as I am with rye whisky, but I've never had a rye lager before, so this is a treat.

A: Pours a lighter fluffy 1 finger head that slowly fades, but is replenished by the many bubbles rising from the etch at the bottom of the SA Perfect Pint glass. It's brilliantly clear with some nice reddish touches to the amber orange color.

N: Starts as a lager should, with some definite lager malts, sweet and toasty. Crisp lager aromas dance with the toasty malts and semi sweet malt aromas. With that is a somewhat distinct rye aroma, nothing like other rye beers I've had, but it's there. I think the rye needs to be a lot more subtle in a lager where any flaw or excess stands out like a sore thumb.

T: Taste is not so much lager at first. It has somewhat of that SA Boston Lager taste where it has some lager flavors, but has some ale reminiscent flavors as well. SOme lightly sweet lager malts, toasty malts, and slight chewy malt taste. In the back is a distinct rye again, but not overpowering. It adds a slight bitterness and earthy tannin taste. WIth this is also a dry lager taste. A little fruitiness also, can't really label which fruit though.

M: Medium body, almost like gelatin feel, perhaps a little too thick for a lager, good carbonation.

F: FInishes dry as expected, but it has more of that sweet malt taste on the finish (not sweet itself though). Lingering is a spicy earthy tannic dry rye taste. It really starts to bombard the tongue on the finish. It does have a crisp finish though, and doesn't last too long, aside from the lingering rye bitterness. Not bad, drinkable, adds a kick. Just seems like having a harsh rye added to what should be a very crisp refreshing and smooth beer such as a lager, is counter-intuitive, but to each his own.

jlindros, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, an extra from waltonc. This beer is dark reddish copper color with a thin off-white head. The first aroma to hit me is rye, followed by grainy malts. This is a beer that tastes exactly as you'd expect it to, like a somewhat malty lager (at least low in hops balance) with some spicy rye. A good strong dose of rye too, very satisfying and almost pepper-like.

The beer is heavier than most marzens, not saying much but still this is noticeably thicker than water. I think the addition of rye to a marzen is a genius pairing of grains, even if it isn't in strict accordance with reinheitsgebot purity law.

TurdFurgison, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oriole orange with butterscotch accents around the edges of the glass. A vigorous pour produced four fingers of foam that is golden ecru in color and is wonderfully whipped creamy. Loads of cheese grater-like lace makes the appearance score an easy call.

Each sniff is classic marzen with no negatives and plenty of positives. It's toasted earthy and even has a bit of rye malt spiciness. This is GDBC's first lager and is shaping up to be as solid as the rest of their lineup.

Hoss is good beer, period. It hits every one of its style marks in the center of the bull's eye and is impressively drinkable in the bargain. And that's coming from an unapologetic hop lover who will choose any number of styles before this one.

It tastes like there isn't much Munich malt, which suits me just fine. There's plenty of pale, however, and the earthy spiciness of the rye malt gives it that little something that makes it stand out from the crowd. A moderate amount of malt sweetness is easily countered by hop bitterness, especially on the back end.

The mouthfeel is exactly where it should be for the style and ABV. This is one of those rare breweries that nails mouthfeel almost every time out. The beer is polished crystal smooth and makes drinking as easy as breathing.

Hoss is The Boss. If the marzen/Oktoberfest style was anywhere close to being one of my favorites, the scores would be even higher than they already are. Great Divide can do almost no wrong in my eyes.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of firkinhophead
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$10.99 a six at Candler Park Market. Bottled on Feb 10, 2010.

Pours a crystal clear, glowing amber, with a 1/2 finger of foam that settles out to a skim of tiny bubbles. Nice clingy ring around the edges.

Not a ton of aroma. Just some earthy malt and a hint of floral hops.

Clean and malty right off the bat, with the unmistakable note of toasted German malts. Rich, round mouthfeel gives it more heft than the typical lager. Bready and nearly chewy, with some cookie sweetness sneaking in just before the hops bite down with some crisp bitterness and a bit of lingering spice from the rye.

Carbonation keeps the malts from weighing things down. Beautiful balance. A bit hoppier than a traditional marzen, but not so much to disrespect the original. One of the best American interpretations I've had. Great beer for spring or fall grilling or crisp afternoons on the patio.

firkinhophead, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The body pours a transparent orange to copper with a thick, foamy white head that patiently gives way to a generous sticky lacing.

The aroma consists of sweet malt and caramel, and perhaps some spiciness.

Flavor is equally sweet up front, with varied malts, and dark fruits that appear as it warms. Any hop notes are faint at the finish.

Very smooth, crisp beer, somewhat light in both body and carbonation.

This is a great beer with just the right flavor balance, easy on the palate, and extremely smooth & refreshing.

CHADMC3, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Feb 4, 2010

Wow, this is one brightly colored beer. Perfect clarity and bright orange/copper colored. It pops. A 2 finger large bubbled head. Just a touch of visible carbonation.

Aroma is very fruity, in fact I smell some grape. There is a crisp malt aroma that I attribute to the addition of Rye. Not as sweet as some other Marzen's in aroma.

Well I have to say I am enjoying this more than I would have expected. Bottom line, I enjoy beers with rye. Nice toffee notes and then more than anticipated hop notes. Fruity and sweet mid taste and then it finishes a little cleaner. A little spice in there from the rye as well.

Mouth feel is interesting and fairly bold. Just a tiny prickle of carbonation. Medium body.
Spot on.

Really a nice beer. Among my favorite for the style. Rye adds a nice character.

Well done!!

Reagan1984, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide is always hit or miss for me. They have a flavor in their beers, mostly the hoppy ones, that really turns me off. I think its their house yeast that they use for american styles mostly.

A: Awesome copper and slight ruby highlights. Very clear and inviting. Not overcarbonated.

S:not too strong, some toffee or caramel sweetness. A little citrus, maybe some lemon. No real hop presence.

T: Nice sweetness up front, and a spicy and balanced finish. Very crisp and refreshing. The rye in this beer works well with the typical marzen malts. The beer is malty and sweet, but not cloying and doesn't linger too much. The aftertaste is pleasent.

M: light and smooth, the carbonation level helps with this too. A very pleasent beer to drink. I will enjoy these ones especially in the spring and summer.

D: Very drinkable, the spicy rye doesn't overpower you, and everything is in balance here. It is a very pleasent experience from start to finish. A great twist on a classic style.

Ricelikesbeer, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber/orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and Munich malts. The addition of rye is subtle, but does add a dry spiciness to the aroma. The taste is good as well. It has all the sweet maltiness of a true Marzen, while also having a dry spiciness that does add a bit of flair to this traditional style. It goes down easy and finishes dry with some bready/peppery character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I wouldn't buy it often, but it's definitely something I'll look for as a regular seasonal.

WesWes, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Aug 2009; Sampled October 2009
A slightly vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a four-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a bright, dark red-copper / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich red-copper color when held up to the light. The beer smells quite grainy; spicy, lightly sweet and this has a chewy, toasted, whole-grain note to it that is quite distinct. Some hop character mixes with the malt notes to form some berry like notes, a touch of bergamot and some subtle, ripe cherry notes.

Slightly viscous, but the beer remains quite quaffable. The body allows it to stick to the palate just a bit. This finishes with a spicy rye note and some light hop bitterness that lingers and almost gets a touch peppery at times. A very soft, grainy and slightly toasted sweetness is balanced by the mix of spicy grain and a touch of herbal hops. As the beer warms a berry / cherry note starts to become quite distinct

This is an interesting interpretation of an Oktoberfest. I definitely like the addition of the rye that, with the rest of the malt, really adds a complex grain dimension to this beer. A nice beer, that I would be happy to drink a few of; I could see this pairing quite well with food too.

Gueuzedude, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a luminous amber with meringue-like head that is appropriately thick and creamy textured. Gorgeous. Nose has a zesty light citrus and grainy aroma. On the palate it comes across like a slightly less sweet Marzen, with the rye grain giving a little hearty flavor of its own. Finish is slightly sweet.

yemenmocha, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of happilysurly
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper color, dark for a lager, with about one finger of small bubbled, off-white head. Very transparent for the color with medium sized bubbles.

S: Light and crisp smelling. Smells like a lager, duh. I get a very subtle hint of the rye on the nose, but not a lot.

T: Very light, though less than a typical american lager. I get the rye on the back sides of my tounge and in my throat as it goes down. The aftertaste is a good amount of rye as well. I don't like to drink many lagers because of their lack of big flavor. This one gives me the same feeling.

M: There is a tinny, metallic feeling I get on my palate from beginning to end. I'm left wanting with this beer. I know its a light beer, but its not at the same time.

D: When am I supposed to drink this? It's really light, so I think warmer weather, but then the rye darkness factor makes it not a summer beer. So is it a winter beer? Nope, too light to warm my soul. So I'm left wondering with this brew, its unique, but I don't think I'd have another.

happilysurly, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pilsner glass, deep copper colored and topped with a thick eggshell head, good lace

s: malty lager body with a nutty, spicy rye presence, cirusy noble hops

m: well carbonated but not overactive, body satisfyingly on the heavier side of what's appropriate for the style

t: malty oktoberfest body with a great spicy rye profile, underlying pilsner crispness with nutty munich malts, toasted sugars, finishes with nice noble hop bitterness

d: not a problem - great marzen

single from Whole Foods, Fair Lakes, VA

blackie, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, hazy, copper colored with a hint of gold, 3/4 inch off-white head that faded fairly quickly, left very little lacing.

Smells of malt, with some spice, getting a touch of dark fruit and a little grass.

Definitely more flavorful than the nose would have you believe. Earthy, grassy flavor, with the malt and spice very nicely balanced. Getting some sweetness as well. I have had 3 of these now, and enjoy it more with food. Seemed to go well with pizza.

Crisp in the mouth, not too thick, left a slightly sweet, mildly hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, a very drinkable beer. Won't go out of my way to get more, but would drink again.

bigbluebeerguy, Feb 23, 2010
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.