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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
#23,124
Reviews:
459
Ratings:
1,082
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
104
Trade:
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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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Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dannycohen62
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Czequershuus
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of tylerstravis
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmarko579
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Brolo75
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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

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

Photo of Mindsculptor
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
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 +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +2.9%
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 -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,082 ratings
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