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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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 cdwil
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chackman151
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewery:
Copper to rusty color, clear, lightest tan to the thick ring of head, couple spots of lacing.

Light spice on an earthy sweet malt base. Oktoberfest with a little kick.

Taste follows the same concept, a märzen base with a bit of a bite. While the flavor is there, the malt sweetness isn't as strong as I would expect. It seems to be replaced by a slightly spicy bready note. Part of the bite does seem to come from what I feel is a little too much carbonation. The rest is from the beer itself.

I'd like a little more sweetness (light brown sugar or the like) to turn this more towards other Oktoberfests in flavor. I wouldn't want to lose what makes this unique, however - just a little more balance like I was getting from the nose.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

12 oz bottle 6/15/16 poured into a pint glass. Clear amber orange with a one finger head. Dissapates to a thin lace pretty quickly. Grains and malts, with some mild spices on the nose. Taste is standard Marzen (American) with splashes of rye. Mouthfeel is medium, malt gets a little sticky at the end, carbonation is medium. Overall, a good Marzen worthy of a try.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

T: Dark dried fruits, toasty, caramel, very light rye bitterness, balanced malt, clean

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Photo of thebooyakid
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeer
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malty, Spicy, Toasty, Cherry

Previously sold as a "Rye Lager," Hoss has emerged as an "Oktoberfest Lager" available from July through September. It pours a bright orangey-red with a tight foamy head. Malty and toasty in the nose, Hoss is smooth, a bit creamy and medium-bodied. Rich and malty with a dominating rye spiciness, this beer has layers of sweet and toasty malts, some caramel and a layer of dark fruitiness from which a distinct cherry flavor stands out. Dry, with a rye bread linger. The addition of rye is a solid and unique twist on the style.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #115 (August 2016).

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Photo of bongobeer
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lukass
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of hopsputin
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a: clear caramel color that gets lighter towards the bottom of the glass. 1.5 finger tan head that seems to be fading - settles at a thin film

s: caramel, earthy grains, a hint of hop, and some more sweetness

t: all malts in here. sweet caramel, bready, a little bit of cardboard, and some rye spice

m: lighter side of medium. slightly syrup-like

o: i think its average. i like malt-centered beers, but this lacked some of the depth and balance i like from the style. its not bad, it just doesn't stand out to me

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely an american take on an O'Fest, but that is fine by me. My favorite color for a beer, that being a deep amber to almost red, with a slightly off-white head. Smells and tastes malty and spicy, and the addition of rye is noticeable in the flavor. Very good beer, but kind of surprised to see it re-labeled as an Oktoberfest instead of keeping it "Rye Lager".

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Photo of Spikester
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear amber with one finger of white head with good lacing.
Smell is malty with some spicy hops.
Taste is malty with earthy spicy hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation. Finish is medium dry with slight bitterness.
Overall this is a good beer. Nice job Great Divide Brewing.

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Photo of Octoberist
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of madelf66
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This rye lager marzen pours a slightly opaque, dark reddish copper color with a very thin white head. It has a mild, but spicy rye scent. This is a very malty beer with a medium, almost heavy body. The flavor is intensely of rye bread and pepper. There is a little sweetness to the malts that helps balance it out though. I don’t really get much fruit flavor like the bottle says there should be, but there is maybe a very faint cherry flavor in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice fall beer. I kind of like it since I’ve been pretty into rye lately, but if you’re not a rye fan than this is definitely not for you since the rye flavors are really pretty bold and unapologetic.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brilliant red color with a slight haze.

Overall: The aroma contains a nice sweet caramel and cereal grain. The Hoss contains flavors of spun sugar, honey, bread, and orange peel. This is a fantastic beer with a unique flavor and lots of it! The Marzen style of beers is quickly becoming one of my favorites.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rocks a big 1" head, has a dark orange, light brown = auburn kind of colored appearance. Comes across sweeter than almost any rye beer I've had, some go spicy, peppery, this one went sweet aroma.

Taste follows the same lines, sweet, but not sugary, light dark fruit, not bitter. Pretty well done, within style guidelines, not overly bitter or hopped, but offering more of a thicker and more complex mouthfeel than its traditional Old World contemporaries.

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

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.46/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sampled back on 3/7/16. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a pretty orange-amber in color with about a 1-finger creamy/foamy white head. LOTS of lacing was seen after each sip, like a good German brew.. Aroma is of 'sweet rye' and caramel malts with a hint of yeast and spice. Taste is close to the aroma with a hint of fruit also. Very smooth and goes down easy and is very tasty as well. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Overall a great brew!

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin carbonated head. Retention and lacing are both non-existent. Has a sweeter rye aroma. I guess you can get a little bit of that typical Marzen aroma as well but not enough that I would label it as such. Taste is quite decent. Sweet and malty with a kick of rye at the end. Light bodied with moderate carbonation. It is not a go to beer but would definitely do in a pinch.

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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,083 ratings
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