Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hoss Oktoberfest LagerHoss Oktoberfest Lager

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: German Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by rye726 on 08-05-2009

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Photo of wvbeerdad
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of mchegash
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DOCRW
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of teromous
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of mojohawk21
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of depechemode1983
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of gangstabobangsta
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mjurney
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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.

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

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Photo of Wasatch
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Chilmer
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of brianstrong2
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of khargro2
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bankboy66
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of steveh
3.48/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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

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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,103 ratings