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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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895 Ratings
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Ratings: 895
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 24
Gots: 33 | 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 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.

arizcards, May 15, 2010
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.

Haybeerman, May 14, 2010
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.

farrago, May 09, 2010
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.

Onenote81, May 08, 2010
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.

WeezyBoPeep, May 06, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Lazerlobe, May 05, 2010
Photo of SteveS1
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

SteveS1, May 05, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

smcolw, May 01, 2010
Photo of al3
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

al3, Apr 23, 2010
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
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 895 ratings.