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Hoss Rye Lager - Great Divide Brewing Company

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430 Reviews
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Reviews: 430
Hads: 995
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 30
Gots: 78 | 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:
Beer added by: rye726 on 08-05-2009

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Reviews: 430 | Hads: 995
Photo of droomyster
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a small off-white head. Has fascinating aromas that remind me of strawberry shortcake; the fruitiness is completely unexpected! The flavor profile, on the other hand, is not fruity in the least. It's almost completely comprised of austere malts: very bready, toasty, biscuity and woody flavors, with a very slight caramel sweetness. One of the breadiest beers I've tasted. A very tasty marzen that would happily buy again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright coppery brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spices, some fruit and some hops.

T: The taste starts is bready up front with flavors of grain and a hearty malt character. Then there are sweet flavors of caramel, dark fruit and spices that come in. The hops presence is stronger than average for the style and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, nice representation of style, this is a very good O-fest to session with for the duration of the evening.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy tan head that holds fast, providing coverage to a cloudy amber beer that shows hints of gold, orange and red, depending on the light and shadows cast. Pretty stellar looking.

Earthiness is at the fore on this one - grainy, malty and with one of the brighter rye noses of the ryes I've had. It really comes through clearly here, which is a big plus for me. Really nice.

Malty like a traditional Ofest, but with a creamy depth that I'd guess stems from the inclusion of the rye - makes this an exceptionally easy drinker.

The creaminess is akin to a stout - great in the mouth.

Maybe not a fan favorite, but one of my favorite ryes for sure. Good nearly year round.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan head into a pint glass that left sticky lace and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright orange-amber color.
s - slightly sweet with hints of caramel and apples along with other dark fruits. hint of breadiness.
t - fruity with a little hop kick. rye with a sweeter finish.
m - smooth and lightly creamy.
d - great beer.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoss opens with a rich, malt-sweet and yeast-laden aroma, the beer smelling initially far more like rising bread dough than anything else. Closer inspection reveals complex layers of toast crust, brown sugar, wet wheat, and chocolate, with dollops of molasses and honey, as well as a faint rind of peppery rye. Mild fruit esters such as berry and apricot bring further nuance, but breads and grains easily win the attention. As a whole, the nose is good, the breads nicely countered by sugars and light fruits, with just enough peppery spice to be intriguing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a surprisingly malty blast of molasses, yeasty dough, honey, wheat, brown sugar, and toast crust, with lovely sugary touches of apricot, white grape, berry, and orange, and a tantalizing peppery rye edge that grows slightly stronger as the beer is held on the tongue and the sugars die off. Hints of spicy grapefruit and pine from the hops add additional complexity, as do lightly toasted nuts. The aftertaste is largely a continuation of the main mouthful, but with heavier emphasis on peppery rye and toast crust. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is solid fare, presenting a varied and finely tuned selection of flavors that balance each other nicely. The sugars are especially lovely in here, coming in a wide variety of flavors, and all of them blending well with the rye. Worth trying.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of matjack85
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this single 12oz brown bottle at Binny;s in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.99. Bottled on date is clearly marked as July 31, 2009. Hoss is only distributed in August and September, so I might have found one of the last bottles from this year's batch.

The beer pours a nice golden orange color, but it made just a 1 finger white head that left only a minimal amount of lacing.

The smell wasn't strong but it was pleasant- an earthy rye smell mixed with fruity hops.

Surprising amount of malt in here as I didn't pick any up in the smell. This is a nicely balanced marzen. It has a cherry-like fruitiness to it, some earthy rye spiciness, plenty of malty sweetness, and enough hop bitterness to keep it interesting. Can't see anyone not liking this.

Light to medium body with fairly high carbonation to keep this crisp and refreshing. Finishes dry but with a spicy and alcoholic aftertaste.

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Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright and very clear golden orange with a nice off white creamy head wich falls to a thin covering after a few moments. Nice oily lacing.

The aroma has the nice "beery" smell, for lack of a better description, that many Oktoberfest style beers seem to have. Clean fresh sweet malt too with mild hop aroma and a faint spiciness.

The taste is very unique and very good. It has the standard rich maltiness and hop bill of the usual amber Oktoberfest but with a big bold spicy rye back bite. Sweet up front with enough of a hop bitterness on the finish to clean things up. There also seems to be a nice mellow fruit thing going on too, almost of dark cherries. Nicely balanced and the rye spiciness really works for me.There may be a touch more alcohol warmth than is necessary but it is well masked by the rye.

Mouthfeel is on the medium side of light with not a hint of wateriness. It is creamy in the mouth and finishes as smooth and slick as you could want.

For an unusual style of Oktoberfest lager this beer is very tasty and consequently very drinkable. It wants to dissapear from my glass at a rate that doens't allow any proper warming. Warming however brings out and melds the flavours in an enticing way.

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Photo of sjdevel
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: A nice 2 finger head from a medium pour out of a 12 oz. bottle. The head diminishes and leaves some spottly lacing; still fairly bubbly throughout. The beer is a beautiful crystal clear copper color.

Smell: There is a spicy smell mixed with some caramel notes. Very caramelly and rich.

Feel: Medium bodied that coats the tongue well. Mostly smooth and just a slight dry finish.

Taste: There is a nice spicy deep rye tang and a slight hop bite that hit you right at the front. There is a nice balance of flavors: sweet, malt, and caramel. Slight tartness makes an appearance amidst the sweetness, then fades with some floral hop notes.

Overall: Enjoyable rye brew that isn’t too heavy on the rye and well balanced. Bought this as a single in a mixed-6-pack, but would not be afraid to buy a full 6.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hoss poured a light amber like color with a good 2 finger foam head and some decent lacing around the sides.

The aroma was grainy and gave off a slight clove and banana. Taking a sip you are hit with a slight rye flavor that is spicy. Then you are hit with the cherry in the background. In the mouth it has medium body and a good crisp finish. Overall this isn't my favorite style but this one is a solid effort.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber with some haze. Produces a small fine head with good retention. Moderate amount of small carbonation bubbles. Bready/spicy aroma with a with a fair amount of caramel sweetness. Medium body leaning toward the heavy side. Some alcohol up front. Carbonation is on the soft side making for a good balance with the body. Spicy middle, where the rye is evident, and rich finish. Bitterness has legs. A definite colder weather beer. A bit heavy for temps above 80.

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.23/5  rDev +11.9%
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

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright gold with a slight copper tint under a 1” clingy white foam collar. S: Rye spice, spicy hops, traces of banana
T: Rye bread, spice, hint of banana, an underlying sweetness balanced by a moderate hop bitterness.
F: a little above medium body, a slight slickness on the tongue, moderate carbonation.
O: A well made and very drinkable rye beer.

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Photo of bnes09
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep orange to red in color. Big eggshell white head which diminishes to a patchy froth with lots of stick to the glass.

Rich and sweet fruitcake aroma. Some bready character and fresh cut grass in the nose.

Flavor is sweet overall. It has a unique fruitness consisting of pear, melon and some plum. Hops are mild, floral and just enough to add some balance. Rich bready malt character. Caramel sweetness. Rye adds a nice spicy and drying touch. Probably the best tasting marzen I had tried so far.

Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Feel is a little course on the tongue with a dry finish.

This is an excellent example of the marzen style. The flavors are very complex and well balanced. The rye added an interesting touch. Unique and tasty!

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Photo of Gatch
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Great Divide in Denver, CO.

A: Really dark brown with shades of blood red. Light brown, foamy head that leaves little lace and retention.

S: Heavily smoked malt with hints of beef jerky and smoked meat.

T: Same as the nose. Awesome smoked, roasted malt character. Subtle hops in the finish. Some spicy rye throughout. Killer flavor.

M: Smooth but right amount of carbonation. Great rye flavor and lager characteristics.

O: Incredible beer. Unique and so damn good.

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Photo of Bfarr
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear reddish orange with thin tan head and little retention. Spicy rye lager with slight fruit. Bold earthy spice up front and a dark cherry finish. Moderate hop linger. Thin, slick and smooth.

Wonderful layered flavor and very easy drinking. Light fuzz inhibits taste slightly but it’s an otherwise great lager I could drink quite a few of as I’m rather partial to all the flavors in here.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: A hazy-clear burnt orange with bubbles and the thinnest of heads.

S: Some caramel notes in amongst what I take to be rye -- a dry, grainy scent (very nice). At the tail-end of the aroma are some light fruits and maybe some alcohol.

T: Oh my. This is very good. It hits the tongue sharp and crisp, before evolving into a sweetish maintaste with distinct fresh cherry notes. (To be honest I probably wouldn't have been able to nail down the variety of fruit without the label, but looking for it, it's unmistakeable.) The background of the entire taste is characterised by the rye graininess, keeping the flavours clean, crisp, and slightly funky. Moderate carbonation serves a similar role in a less obvious capacity. The aftertaste is dryish and emphasises the omnipresent rye.

M: So crisp. So sharp. So pleasant. Unfortunately this wonderful feeling is limited the first half of the sip. The last half is decidedly less outstanding. Not bad, just average and sort of washy.

D: Very good, very drinkable, and shockingly inexpensive ($5 for a 6-pack; I wonder if this is a pricing mistake). I would have said this beer were sessionable, until I notice the ABV...higher than I expected from the playful lightness of the taste. This beer exceeded my expectations and is highly recommended.

Notes: This bottle says it was bottled September 3, 2009. So either the labeller is off or this beer is more than a year old.

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Photo of TommyW
4.27/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner glass...

A: pours a pale, slightly hazy copper color with a head mixed of big bubbles and tight off white foam. leaves strips of lacing here and there. not to bad to look at, however it would be prettier if it were crystal clear.

S: smells of sharp, herbal and earthy hops, honeyed raisin toast and black cherry. quite different from your typical marzen: aroma isn't too strong but potent enough to bring out different characters of the ingredients.

T: sweet, buttery caramel up front, followed by toast, plum, and a spicy and earthy blend of european hops and cereal-flavored rye. a long finish with a flavor similar to honey-nut cheerios.

M: medium full body with a low carbonation and a slick, syrupy mouthfeel. finishes off dry and crisp.

Overall, not a shabby rendition of a classic style with some welcome tweeks. I could see myself sitting outside on a fall day munching on a hot dog or burger with a few of these, some friends, and a good conversation. The rye isn't overwhelming yet adds to the aroma, body, and mouthfeel. Worth a try if you enjoy the Oktoberfest style.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this single beer at a Binny's Beverage Depot in Chicago.

Quick Take: Slightly hoppy, but has a nice, subtle spice from the rye that makes up for it. One of a few examples of rye beer without the ridiculous amount of hops! Another good example is the Rugbrød from The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

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Photo of stephens101
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark copper with virtually no head. Only mild carbonation. Head is gone about a quarter down the glass, leaves only a couple of tiny splotches of lacing.

S - Very malty with hints of rye and cherry.

T - A little bit of alcohol an alot o'bit of malt up front. The body has a wide array of malty flavors mixed with sweet cherry and caramel, and peppy rye notes. Sweet, dry finish that leaves a delicious biscuity aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and nice and chewy. Moderate carbonation that expands in your mouth to fill it with flavor.

Got this beer in exchange for changing oil on a friend's car. Good trade. I love this beer, I could drink this all night! The body is just so complex and inviting and the finish leaves the drinker begging to take another sip. I got this in march, but it
says it was bottled in mid August (nearly 10 months ago). Perhaps that explains the lackluster head...

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4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a bit more reddish than a typical Marzen. The head is a white layer, that settles into a thin layer. Lacing is present.

S: A amber, red rye note on the aromas front, with a finish of a dry malted character.

T/M: A wonderful rye note on the front, with a very standard marzen mouthfeel that is a warm silky character. The body is a creamy spice that holds some notes of ripe apple. A very nice lingering finish that shows that this is not you typical Oktoberfest with a hint of resin on the off.

D: This is super drinkable, not as light in body as many other marzen's but still a killer flavor that is constant with the Great Divide brew.

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Hoss Rye Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.