Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,065 Ratings
Hoss Oktoberfest LagerHoss Oktoberfest Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: 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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,065
Reviews:
453
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
98
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Mindsculptor
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is simply a classic Oktoberfest. Malt forward without being too sweet with plenty of the banana and clove phenols associated with the style.

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Photo of travelguy
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of akolb
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Suds
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Timtac
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

**
11/04/2015
Smooth drinking flavorful beer. Bottle to mug. I think the may match better with an ale, but this is tasty enough. Rye and notes of other grains present, some vegetable, baking soda aftertaste.
**

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Photo of Tone
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest beer. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, hint of alcohol, hint of hops, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of flek
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeganandDana
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vdub191
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Taybeh
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of illini99
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mleblanc25
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oldvines
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of reitzbrewing
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Honeybourne
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JustinSparks
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,065 ratings.
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