1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hoss Rye LagerHoss Rye Lager

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

873 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 873
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 24
Gots: 30 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 873 | Reviews: 413 | Display Reviews Only:
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
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Clear medium orange color. One finger of creamy head that falls quickly, but the last bit sticks around. Not really any lacing.

3.5 S: Bready, with a touch of spicy rye. Not bad, but not much going on.

4.0 T: This is incredibly flavorful for a marzen. Caramel malts lend a malty sweetness. The rye gives its characteristic spiciness. Like the nose, it's also very bready and indeed too much so. Not bad, but nothing great either.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. No real problems, but not spectacular either.

3.5 D: A little too bready for my tastes, but worth a full glass.

DavoleBomb, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a fluffy white head that leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smells of earthy hops and some light, sweet bread.

Tastes of caramel malt upfront followed by an earthy hop note and a bit of spiciness. The rye is very subtle and could be more present.

Moutfeel is light and has a smooth amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Florida9, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of br3wmeister
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

br3wmeister, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

kingcrowing, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

alovesupreme, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gavage, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Slatetank, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

twiggamortis420, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

CrellMoset, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NJpadreFan, Dec 18, 2009
Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.