Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,062 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:
1,062
Reviews:
452
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
98
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,062 |  Reviews: 452
Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Great Divide tasting room. Amber with reddish tinge, a bit of lace. A good mouthfeel. Served cold and since room was cold it did not warm up too much. Carbonation is right there. A spicy rye edge, some fruitiness with the spice.Neutral aroma.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear and amber with crimson notes

S: some cherry and raspberry notes.

T: light on the spice. Some grains and light cherry.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: seemed like this was apopular one when I was trying it at the brewery. Not very complex and focused on the fruitiness as oppose to the beer quality.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a 1/2 inch bone colored head that fades to a fizzy film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of malt/biscuit and spicy rye notes. Taste is of toasty malt/biscuit flavors with a spicy rye taste that is very enjoyable. This beer has high carbonation with a nice crisp and clean moutfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice rye flavors from Great Divide. I am glad I got to try this one as it is not distributed to CA.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a mellow 5:00 sun color, with tiny happy bubbles. smells like a rye beer, possibly overwhelmingly so... but taste is smooth and fair, even, understatedly robust. makes me want a bigger sip. second impression is more steadfast, lingering yet thin somehow in the mouthfeel. a paradox in many ways this rye lager is worth a thirsty quaff!

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was drawn to this beer specifically by the label. I found that it got my attention so I figured I'd try it. The beer poured out as a reddish amber color. The head was an off white and had a pretty good retention to it. The lacing wasn't a that great. The smell of the beer had a little bit of a rye aroma to it, mostly smelled like a typical lager. The taste of the beer is pretty good, it had a good malt backbone with the rye kicking in with just a touch of spice to it. The mouthfeel is drinkable and feels like it could be a casual drinking beer. Overall I liked it quite a bit and would probably drink it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear reddish orange in color and poured with a one finger dense white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts and spicy rye in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness to help balance out the sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some dryness is present in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink because it isn’t very filling, the rye doesn’t make it overly spicy and there are no traces from alcohol in the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A great take on the classic Marzen. The addition of rye is a natural choice.

The color takes on a more amber color where the original Marzens are normally strong straw to golden. Still, the same great head formation, retention, and lacing as expected from authentic German versions.

The sweet, caramelly, bready notes of classic Marzens are accented and compounded by the rye grains from a more complex and varying beer. The sharpness of the rye grains balance the beer very well where the Marzens usually finish too sweet and malty. Spicy and earthy the rye gives a lot more to the beer.

A long lingering of pungent rye grains keep the beer from becomming clean in the end but also ride along side of hop bitterness into the finish.

A really nice beer that should have been an obvious combination before now.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a single from the Whole Foods in the extreme-ish southern Denver suburbs.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with a measly half finger of tightly foamy, bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decently attractive cob-webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of grainy, slightly rye-tinged malt, a semi-sweet drupe fruitiness, a hint of raw yeast, some thin oily nuts, and a weak straw-prominent hoppiness. The taste is more somewhat watered down, lightly toasted bready caramel malt, a softly spice rye astringency, some middling black tea notes, a bit of plum and underripe apple, some obfuscated savoury spices, and earthy, kind of leafy hops.

The bubbles are pretty well subdued and out of the game, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth in the absence of any subversive encroachment. It finishes off-dry, the thin caramel malt nodding sagely at the lamely perky rye character, and faintly lingering hops.

Kind of weak for this normally heady brewery - the malt just too understated to take all that seriously. Not bad, but more summer lawn-mowing season friendly, than autumn leaf raking and pumpkin planning appropriate.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Great Divide sampler at the Great Divide Taproom yesterday. Not paired with food. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were that it would be average. Cost was $1.00 USD.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, but terrible retention. Colour is a nontransparent copper.

Sm: Lots of fruity tones, a light air of vinegar, and malt. Moderate in strength. Very pleasant and inviting.

T: Quite bright and fruity, with some hops over the rye foundation. The rye doesn't come through a whole lot in the flavour. It's more complex than expected, and quite balanced. Built well and with care.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Light on the palate. Complements the flavour. The rye adds a touch of welcome coarseness.

Dr: Very drinkable - especially for a rye beer. I'd maybe have it again, but it's nothing special.

I don't know that I agree with its current classification as a Marzen, nor do I think would the brewery.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color just a shade darker than honey; the cap was only a finger's worth but it left a few strands behind

Smell: Fruit (cherry and raisin) and caramel malt aroma

Taste: Malt forward, with the caramel and fruit flavors from the aroma dominating from start to finish, though there is a bit of a spicy character toward the tail end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A Märzen with a spicy twist, this is another winner for Great Divide

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with a small, yet thick tan head. It left behind minimal lace.

S - It smelled of malt and rye with mild floral notes.

T - It tasted quite malty and bready with hints of rye. It had a nice spice hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied lager.

D - This is a unique twist on the marzen/oktoberfest style. Quite good and quite drinkable.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 12/21/2011. Pours lightly hazy orange amber color with a small 1 finger off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of apple, caramel, grape, biscuit, toast, rye, herbal, grass, and light earth. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of big biscuit, caramel, rye, nuttiness, apple, toffee, toast, grape, grass, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, rye, light fruits, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; with no cloying at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a great Oktoberfest style! Great flavor body and complexity; very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.79/5  rDev -26.2%
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 mothman
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint like glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of slight tan head. Ok retention with some splattered lace. Color is a clear amber copper.

Aroma: A nice spiced flavored fall beer with a big malt backbone. It definitely smells like a lager, but the rye addition is pleasant.

Taste: Wow, this beer is unique. I like the rye, spice, malt notes, but then the cherry comes in at the end for a nice surprise. It seems to have a smokey roasted malt flavor to it. This beer packs a lot of flavor to it as compared to what I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and a little crisp. Medium bodied with a very nice amount of carbonation. Ends with a big malty flavor, slightly dry.

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer as it turned out to pack a lot of flavor. I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. For the style, this one has to be a favorite!

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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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