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: 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 DuffMan23
1/5  rDev -73.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Tastes watered down. Dissapointed in beer

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Photo of crossovert
1.35/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12 oz brown bottle, bottled on JUN 29 2010.

It ours a deep orange color, pretty much straight up burnt orange. The head is foamy and white and sticks for awhile.

The smell is off, there are hints of soap and peapod. There is a bit of corn husk. Utterly confusing.

The flavor is just weird. Corn husk, caramel, soap, no hops or even malt really to be found. Very sweet. Slight mineral water hinting. Just strange.

This beer is weird as hell. Others i had it with found it strange too.

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Photo of pschul4
1.75/5  rDev -53.2%

Photo of HiWire
2/5  rDev -46.5%

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of jwps214
2.26/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

poured into a dimpled mug, beer had an amazing reddish hue. The aroma was pleasingly malty sweet with subtly notes of caramel and fresh (don't know how else to describe it, like when you walk into your veggie garden) Had a medium body that didn't linger on the tongue. Thank goodness, as the flavor was off putting. Started of malty, and sweet, but ended with a tange of brown bread, which I found unappealing. (That might have more to do with the hot dogs baked in beans served with the brown bread that I hated as a kid, than it did with the actually bread) I was very excited when I found this beer, (Mar-zen, and Rye usually peak my intrest) but was extremely disappointed!

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Photo of jt31914
2.48/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bottle

A: 1 solid finger of head - turns red as carbonation settles with hints of orange. Heavy red color.

S: Cherries apparent in the smell - no beer aroma. This is a very tart smelling brew.

T: Cherries on the finish, but not as strong as the smell; no dominant flavor. It is airy and drinkable with apparent fruits. No hops taste at all.

D/M: Decently drinkable but disappointing.

I wish Great Divide would have made this more flavorful. It's not bad but I won't buy it again.

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Photo of JohnyFriday
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of Scott17Taylor
2.51/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of djmichaelk
2.54/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of BucketBoy (thanks, Joe!) into a perfect pint.

A - Auburn/gold color, with a huge four-finger head that sticks around. Not much lacing, though.

S - Kind of lackluster. Sweet maltiness, very little in the way of hops, and the rye just isn't really there.

T - Like the nose... meh. It's got a blandness that I just can't get past. Some sweet malt, like candied sugar, but it's in the background. Not much for bitterness, and there isn't much depth.

M - Somehow manages to be both thin and full-feeling, but not really in a good way. The carbonation seems too light, but it's still almost chewy. Strange.

D - I didn't get much of an alcohol burn, so there's that. But nothing about this beer makes me want more of it.

O - Had this in the middle of an epic tasting, and it just fell way short in the midst of many superlative beers. Not bad so much as just "meh" in every category.

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Photo of HugePlume
2.64/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, no freshness dating

A- Pours a beautiful red copper color. Minimal head though, and no lacing to speak of.

S- No nose to this beer at all. Smells of very weak grain and dishsoap.

T- Very weak again, has a light dry grain note. The bottle says its a layered flavor. If the layers are dry grain and water, they are right. Has a very dry finish.

M- Very watery and light. Carbonation nearly absent.

O- Give this to a a macro drinker to offer them a little different flavor than a Budweiser, but skip it yourself for something much better.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of jjchristiano
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I didn't get anything out of this beer but the dry hoppiness finish.
Really tried to pick anything else up but actually didn't even tase the beer unti the finish.
Not my favorite. Is it a Rye Lager or an Octoberfest? seems to be confused. Much better Marzens out there.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Great Divide. Pours reddish-orange. Slight rye spice and some bread crust. Touch of fruit.

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Photo of righlander
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a nice deep amber in to a tulip glass. clingy lace. small but sticky head.
smell of caramel, toasty malt, clover honey, metallic.
in the taste i get a lot of caramel and a honey type thing. taste is not bad but i prefer my marzens a bit more dry than this particular beer. to ME (just an opinion here but..) marzens should be a BIT more sessionable than this one.
mouthfeel wasn't really TOO bad but left something to be desired. too lightly carbonated.
drinkability isn't too good. it's too sweet to have more than three for me.

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Photo of StoneTSR
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: As with most Great Divide beers, the head retention and lacing are remarkable. The penny red-copper color of beer is gorgeous as well.

SMELL: Medium strength smell of rye and a touch of hops.

TASTE: The Hoss is very sweet. A little overboard in my opinion. The malt bill is intense and there is not much to balance it out. Although, as it warms, the malt mellows and makes it a bit easier to drink.

MOUTHFEEL: The sweetness is just too cloying for me. A small amount of hop balance comes through by the end of the glass, but it is also oily and viscous when it probably should be a little more crisp and clean.

OVERALL: This is a rare miss for Great Divide in my opinion. Which is too bad, because I had high hopes for a rye lager.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear copper/medium amber with a soft white head. Good head retention.

S: Rye spiciness and treacly malts.

T: Good overall malt flavour, but get hampered by the earthy, grungy flavour of the hops. I've encountered this flavour in GD beers before, notably DPA, and I don't like it when I find it.

M: Crisp carbonation, medium-bodied, no real problems.

O: The taste problems make this one a pass for me, sucks since I am a big Great Divide fan.

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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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