Hoss Oktoberfest Lager
Great Divide Brewing Company

Hoss Oktoberfest LagerHoss Oktoberfest Lager
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Style:
Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #108
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #32,313
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 11.14%
Reviews:
473
Ratings:
1,117
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Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  36
Gots
  111
SCORE
85
Very Good
Hoss Oktoberfest LagerHoss Oktoberfest Lager
Notes: HOSS is based on the Märzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss finishes crisp and dry, and its brilliant red-orange color is a toast to the sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer.

AWARDS:
2009 Great American Beer Festival, Bronze Medal, Rye Beer
2010 World Beer Cup, Bronze Medal, Rye
2010 Australian International Beer Awards, Gold Medal & Overall Champion Lager
Reviews: 473 | Ratings: 1,117 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive clear, deep amber appearance with a medium size, off white head and moderate lacing. Muted, malty aroma, some graininess, slightly vegetal. Subtle spicy hop taste follows the sweet malts up front. A mild peppery burn lingers in the bitter aftertaste. Almost always enjoy rye in my beer and to accent it in a marzen adds another unique dimension. Overall, not too complex or obtrusive, but quite quaffable.

Oct 26, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with a one finger head of off-white colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is heavy of a grainy and bready smell that is mixed with a rather strong showing of toffee and caramel. Along with these smells comes some light toasted brown bread and a bit of hay. There is a touch of wheat and a hint of nutmeg and cardamom, giving a nice sweet and bready aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a lightly toasted bready taste mixed with some more doughy and sweet flavors of caramel and toffee. As the taste advances the malty tastes remain constant while the sweeter flavors dwindle just a little bit. Toward the end, more graininess comes to the tongue and is joined by light flavors of earth and hay, leaving one with a bready and nicely balanced malt taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thicker and more chewy with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the style and the bready and moderately sweeter tastes the feel is great and makes for one easy drinker.
Overall – A nice malty, and slightly sweeter, but balanced Oktoberfest. Overall a nice drinker and one to try.

Aug 29, 2020
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a Howler bought at Liquor Shed, $7.00

Pours a clear gold with a small head of foam.

Smells of a bit of caramel malt, toasted malt, some spicy notes that could be from the rye.

Taste IS rather spicy and brings a nice dryness. Malt is toasted and slightly sweet. Finishes with a dryness and right at the end, a dash of sweetness. Tasty.

Medium bodied with just below medium carbonation.

The rye pushes this slightly off center for the style but I dig it.

Oct 14, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper in color with a small tight white head. Good retention. Nice streaks of lacing.
The aroma offers toasted bread crust, red apple skin, cherry skin, a touch of grass, white pepper, and mineral water.
The taste offers a kiss of tantalizing sweetness--tart red apple with bread crust and caramel. Grainy, bready, lots of of apple, and a touch of grassy and pepper bitterness on the finish. Finishes clean.
Smooth and almost slight oily mouthfeel, well carbonated, crisp and clean and lightly dry.
A nice Oktoberfest. One of the better Marzens I've had recently. A solid beer.

Dec 01, 2018
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RJLarse from Washington

4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beneditto's brew pub. Growler to glass.

Pours a copper color, crystal clear with a forth white head.

Smells a lot like a lager, floral scents with some grain presence.

Tastes very good. A sweet bread flavor and mild bitterness.

Feel if light and slightly cloying.

Overall a good fall seasonal.

Oct 30, 2018
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wvbeerdad from Georgia

3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tried this at the brewery in Denver. After all it was October, thought it would be right choice on a autumn afternoon. Though the beer was ok, it was not what I would consider a Marzen which was what I was expecting. Taste was too spicy for that traditionally malty, caramel feel.

Oct 07, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "CANNED ON: JUL17 2018 11:35"

Appearance: It has a lovely amber body with great clarity. The beer sports a tall, fluffy, white head that has very good retention. It is picture perfect.

Aroma: The beer has this nice, fresh smelling herbal hop aroma with a light bit of cereal grain scent.

Taste: It has a slightly spicy and herbal hop flavor with a touch of woody character. The hop flavors are moderately strong but very well balanced with a slightly toasted bread flavor mixed with a hint of caramel. The aftertaste is a bit spicy with an almost cinnamon character to it.

Mouthfeel: The beer has a medium body with a touch of bite to it. It is drinkable but not quite as crisp as one would want.

Overall: It is a very flavorful and enjoyable beer. I can't speak for the bottles but the can I had was fantastic and I would both recommend it and drink it again. The highlight of the beer is the fullness of flavor that it has.

Sep 22, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours out clear copper. Head is off-white with moderate retention. No lacing.

A bit of grains. Some caramel. And a light floral hops character. Smells a bit soapy, and I know my glass is clean. Might just be the floral aspect mixing with the caramel.

Bit more in the taste. The caramel and grains come through good and that floral bitterness backs it up well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Goes down smooth with a crisp bite.

Sep 10, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Stamped on can bottom is 'CANNED ON JUL17 2018 11:14'.
Clear, medium amber colored body. Slight white head dissipates to small island and very thin ring. A few spots of lacing are left behind.
Faint aroma of caramel malt.
Taste is toasty malt, floral and spicy hops, and the bite of rye. Bitterness is low, very slightly sweet.
Medium, prickly mouth feel. Smooth and refreshing.
The rye addition makes this a tasty version of a Marzen beer. Easy to drink, with a rewarding taste.

Sep 07, 2018
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mjurney from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Amber, clear. Medium rising bubbles. Thick fluffy head. Good head retention. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Toasted malts, caramel, biscuit, clean lager yeast, touch of spicy hops.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Caramel malt is strong, there some toasted malts, biscuit, touch of peppery rye. Clean lager yeast. Hop bitterness is low, spicy noble. Finish is sweet and clean. Medium bodied, soft, medium carbonation, super drinkable.

Overall:
It's a very good for a Marzen/Oktoberfest.

Aug 26, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can
Canned On: JUL17 2018

Pours a pretty nice golden amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, cherries, rye, slight spice. The taste is pretty nice, malty, with a nice touch of rye, slight cherry note, little touch of spice. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a tasty brew.

Aug 21, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a small pint glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of bready, slightly caramel malt, faint citrus and stone fruit, light grassy hops. Flavor is bready biscuit malt, light dry caramel, suggestions of raisins and dark dried fruit, a little rye tartness and mild grassy hops. Finishes with rye and grassy hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Tastes exactly as described, a true to style Octoberfest malt and hop lager with a little rye zest to spice it up. I think the rye is a neat addition to the style, which can be a little on the sweet side, giving it a little more interesting flavor profile. Malt and hops are typical for the style and there is a little fruit to add interest. Not traditional, but close enough and interesting.

Aug 04, 2018
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Good coppery color with a decent head. Feel is a mild fizz. Noting a slightly metallic taste on the backend. Decent but I wouldn't buy again.

Dec 02, 2017
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours orange with tall, long-lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of grassy hops, grain and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Grassy hops, biscuit malt and grain fill the mouth. Finish is long and dry. Nice brew.

Nov 06, 2017
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steveh from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Recommended by the beer-guy at a locally renowned good beer retailer; "It's more German than American in its take on the style." However, this wasn't on the label: Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Oktoberfest Märzen should have no fruit characters and doesn't use Rye in the malt bill. Hmm. We'll see how this goes.

Canned on July 17, 2017. Poured into my short Becher glass.

L -- Clear, deep gold-to-amber color with a lightly sudsy eggshell color head that's holding up well.

S -- Light malts, spicy hops -- and rye? Somewhat thin.

T -- Somewhat astringent; lightly sweet, bready malts; light spiciness from noble hops and/or rye. More caramel character is apparent with warmth, even some mild apricot-like fruitiness.

F -- Mouthfeel is smooth, nearly syrupy to dry and somewhat astringent. Body is light-medium.

O -- Not sure if I should chalk this one up to age, but it's not that old. I'm definitely not going to trust this particular beer department guy again. The dryness and astringency is far from a German Okto Märzen and the spiciness from rye is just weird... to-style. That said, the astringency fades as the beer goes down and the rye is only distracting if you keep thinking of this as an Okto -- it's actually a pretty interesting Amber Ale.

Oct 31, 2017
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz can, canned on JUL28 2017... poured into a simple, clear-glass mug)

L: crystal-clear, ruddy amber colored liquid... not much foam, little retention; thin collar.. a few slippery booglets of lace

S: smell is pleasingly more German than sweetish, American brewpub in character - kudos, for that - must be using the proper ingredients... leather, light caramel, honeyish malt, hint of spicy orange peel and wet grass

T: bready, toasty on top, with a lightly-sweetish, earthy underbelly... lovely mellow yet pungent hum of phenolic boozy spice on the back end; clean finish with a subtle, lingering note of sultana and bitter, herbal hops... everything at least more-or-less on point with style, if nothing truly distinct

F: fairly clean; medium-bodied with a bit of oily drag in the finish... perhaps marginally too much residual slickness, but for a malt maniac, the extra fat is icing... overall, one can enjoy healthy, hearty sips and be ready for another

O: can't understand some of these low marks I'm seeing - this is one of the more true-to-form, American-made, German-style amber lagers I can recall having - I'll most definitely get this again; wish I'd known before how good it is

Oct 25, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a ruddy orange with a good sized head. The aroma features semi sweet toffee malts, a bit of something metallic, pancakes, and slightly spicy hops. The flavor has an average level of richness, with toffee and cracker malts, sourdough, clove, spicy hops, and a linger metallic quality. The mouthfeel is quite light, with average carbonation. Overall this is a fairly lackluster oktoberfest, a bit to fizzy, a bit too thin, and with an odd metallic quality.

Oct 05, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear amber/rust orange color with a white head, decent lacing and retention, good amount of carbonation, looks very light and clear.

A: Spice, noble hop character, light toffee and caramel, aromas are subtle.

T: Follows the taste with light spice notes, toffee, caramel, light rye bread note, fairly straightforward.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation and an easy drinkability.

O: A solid Oktoberfest, light on the tastes and aromas, not as complex as other Oktoberfest beers I've tasted.

Sep 20, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a clear darker copper gold color with a small white brown head with a little lacing.

S: Spicy rye some sweet malt, and a strong mineral and hoppy floral note.

T: Spicy rye, sweet malt, a mineral note mixed with a hoppy floral note. A little sweet.

F: Medium body and creamy carbonation.

O: A nice October fest beer.

Sep 17, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Treated as an Oktoberfest, this was poured into a mug (correct use of glassware). The appearance was a dark hazy burnt amber color with a sustaining white foamy dissipating little head. Messy lacing running here and there. The aroma flows between the sweet and spicy rye malts to the creative use of nutty yet biscuit sweet breadiness of the entirety of it all. Subtle sweet grassiness underneath. The flavor brings it all together nicely. Nice semi-sweet/lightly spiced flowing rye into the aftertaste and then riding fairly quick into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionable feel to it. Carbonation seems to ride fairly nice. Overall, Oktoberfest - yes, definitely and with a nice creative ingenuity by Great Divide, this is definitely worthy to come back to.

Jun 11, 2017
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the_awesometeer from California

3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is orange and slightly hazy. There is tons of carbonation and a thick, foamy overflowing head. The beer has plum and maybe cherry aromas all backed by a typical malt/wheat aroma associated with this style. The beer is old so the flavors may be missing. It has very little sweetness I normally think about with this style of beer. It has a slight bitterness on the end. Lots of carbonation and very crisp.

Feb 23, 2017
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BRiddoch from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This rye lager was poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 9/25/15. Poured a dark copper color with a small head which quickly dissipated. Faint odor of fruit and malts. Tasted of cherry with an earthy yet refreshing aftertaste. Very good beer.

Feb 17, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a chill hazed copper or medium amber producing 2 fingers of tan, frothy, somewhat lasting head that leaves strings & streaks of lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, a hint of rye spice, cakey bread, burnt caramel/Brown sugar with a faintly fruity hop background. Taste is toast, caramel malt, spicy rye, toffee with resinous hop/rye bitterness in the finish. Aftertaste is caramel sweetness, rye, burnt toast & bitterness with some booze in the finish & aftertaste. Mouthfeel is wet, juciy, & mouth coating slick.

Jan 24, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not a typical oktoberfest....most notable is that this one is very fruit forwared...cherries and plumb are very upfront in the taste. The color is a clear amber, an the head is off-white and medium in height. The smell has a pleasant malt note, and a little grain underneath. In addition to the fruit, there's a solid bitterness in the mid-taste and a light amber malt flavor that underpins it all. Okay.

Jan 14, 2017
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TX-Badger from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium amber color with white head. Cereal grains, grass, bread, hay, and a little floral note sneaks in on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with mostly malt, but a little hop floral note is there.

Dec 27, 2016
Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 1117 ratings