Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

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very good
451 Reviews
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
Reviews:
451
Ratings:
1,059
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
97
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 451 | Ratings: 1,059
Photo of rudzud
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12 oz bottle at Julio's to have with Easter ham. Poured into my Palm tulip.

A - Crystal clear copper pour with a quarter inch white head that slowly fades to leave a wispy cloud and minimal side lacing.

A - Malts, slightly copper aromas. Smells like an oktoberfest with a hint of rye.

T - Sweet, earthy malts and that typical rye taste and after taste. Still, slightly mineraly perhaps?

M - Low to medium carbonation, slightly thin but not watery.

O - This is a nice rye lager/oktoberfest. Some areas could use a boost but all in all it paired nicely with the Easter sunday ham.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light gold body with decent head on top of it w/ a slightly citric hop and grainy yet semi-sweet caramel malt aroma. Taste is less dry than typical for style, but still I will say beer is dryish, spicy, minor hop bitterness but grapefruit seems to sneak in there. Light-bodied and crisp the beer goes down smooth w/ not much complexity at all; an easy to drink marzen that is a little tweak of the general style and while I enjoyed this beer I can't say one of my faves.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a reddish amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is toasted malts and hints of spicy rye notes as well.

T- The taste features toasted malts, dark fruits and a dry and slightly spicy finish from the rye. There is also a touch of earthy hops in the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I was excited to see another new rye beer on the market. This one isnt too bad. Worth a shot.

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Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up today at The Foodery. 12oz bottled on 9/3/09.

Pours a clear dark golden orange color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up and a .5 finger white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring.

Toasty malt aroma with hints of sweet caramel and rye along with some subtle spice and dark fruit. Slightly earthy with hints of sour dark cherry complimenting the roasted malt character.

Softly carbonated up front with a medium body that has a nice balance of roasted malt sweetness, earthy bitterness and sweet dark fruit. Very clean and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Toasted caramel malt with prominent rye flavor which is balance by a slight earthy tartness. Hints of sour dark cherry add to the sweetness and balances this beer out pretty nicely. The alcohol is well masked and none of the flavors are overpowering making this beer pretty quaffable. Decent "session" beer if you can call it that at 6.2%.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Burgundy with some faded orange tints. The head is scarce, hardly given a chance to cover the surface with sudsy and patchy offering with no lace. Effervesce is light with a wavery rise of lazy micro-bubbles.

S: The nose is dried caramel and grains, light cola with a restrained strength, but then again this is a lager style.

T: The flavor is fruity, a touch bock like, apple and cereal grains meets some dried cola with a light mention of watery burbon and sweet toasted caramel malt. Spicy and bready, smooth, with a dry finish.

M: Sharp mouthful, nice presence of carbonation, malty with a full body and spicy finish of peppercorns and watery burbon off the tongue. Nice.

O: Overall has a spicy quality, one you expect from in a rye, but also offers a good smooth drinkability, crisp like a lager and easily drinkable in numbers.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber/orange colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and really not much lacing at all. The head lasted for only a bit before it was gone.

Smell - malts, hay/straw, grape juice, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels slightly thin on the tongue. I can taste lots of grape juice mixed with apples and dates. Also some malts and a bit of barnyard taste - hay and straw. The beer finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Drink - The beer was quite drinkable, but it didn't really stand out as anything special. I'm happy that I gave it a shot but would not seek it out again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright amber/brown color. Poured a 1 finger reddish-tan head that dissipated to a thin skim. Lacing washed in fingers down the sides of the glass.

S: Rye, hay, grass and some lemon zest. A hint of berries and butterscotch.

T: Roasted malts up front; musty, sweet almost smokey. Transitions quickly to the finish which is crisp and wet.

M: Light body. Monerate carbonation. Flavorful and crips. Not enough bitter in the finish.

D: Flavorful and interesting. Nice malty character with and ineresting spiciness.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- The crystal clear body has a brownish orange hue and a bubbly snow white head that is supported by a strong carbonation of big bubbles.
S- There is a light tin note to a soft dry brown malt aroma and some mineral qualities in the finish.
T- This beer has a smooth clean flavor with some soft sweat and brown malt notes followed by a dry spice hint. The finish has a soft bitter green hop note.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.
D- This beer is soft and clean with little flavor but no off flavors.

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Photo of beertunes
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 4/6/12. Poured into 9oz Pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear copper-amber color with about 1/4 inch of light tan head that had very good retention and good lacing.

The aroma was mostly a good malt scent, the Rye was very subdued, and there was just a mild tinge of hops in the background. The flavors were bolder.The solid malt base got a nice kick from the Rye and there was a nice hop tanginess at the back of the tongue.

The body was crisp and clean, and the Rye flavor lingered for a few moments. Drinkability was very good, I could easily have a few of these at a sitting. Overall, a very nice brew, worth looking for.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -5%
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 Immortale25
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Ninkasi Brewing pint glass. Label says Bottled on JUL 27 2012.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and light, spotty surface foam. Thin streaks of semi-resilient lacing.

S- Very toasty malt aroma that bears caramel and borderline toffee notes. The rye is certainly apparent as well but not too heavy. Somewhat sweet smelling.

T- Initially sweet but then the rye kicks in and brings some sturdy malt character. Once again, toasty with some caramel and cereal grain notes. Alcohol is subdued and there's not much aftertaste. Solid flavor but not too forward.

M- Medium-low carbonation with a thin consistency but there's enough body to keep it from being watery.

O- Maybe it's because I enjoy rye in beer so much, but this is better than most Oktoberfests IMO. However, I'm generally not a fan of the style so my review is only worth so much.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Bright gold with a slight copper tint under a 1” clingy white foam collar. S: Rye spice, spicy hops, traces of banana
T: Rye bread, spice, hint of banana, an underlying sweetness balanced by a moderate hop bitterness.
F: a little above medium body, a slight slickness on the tongue, moderate carbonation.
O: A well made and very drinkable rye beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A surprisingly muted aroma of malt and a hint of fruit.

T: Tasted of malt, light hops, and a little bit of cherry in the finish. Mostly, this beer is shockingly one-dimensional (the malt takes over) and kind of on the thin side.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A decidedly underwhelming beer from Great Divide, a brewery that's usually pretty consistent.

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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 tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 3/4 inch head, clear, amber, medium carbonation

Smell: rye, grain, and malt

Taste: big dose of rye in the beginning, malt in the middle, and a spicy rye finish--some earth and dark fruit as well

Mouthfeel: moderately bitter start goes slightly malty in the mid-drink, followed by a peppery more bitter finish, moderately smooth, medium body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Wow. This is a very good marzen and is also in my top four of the style. I love how I can taste the advertised rye. I really like the way the bitterness and the maltiness come together. You can taste them separate, but they also blend. One of my favorites from a good brewery, this is kind of the opposite end of the spectrum from Brooklyn's version. Both excellent--a marzen that leaves me wanting more.

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

Pours a bright orangy amber color, full frothy offwhite head with minimal retention and lacing. Smell is of bready and sweet malts, slight roasted nut charachter, lager twang. Taste is of your basic marzen lager (sweet malts) with slight hints of fruits and a faint earthyness to it (probably from the rye). Body is medium, slightly slick and oily feeling, which i did not like for the style, minmal carbonation as well. A good Octoberfest style lager, which trumps its American counterparts, but does not stand up to the clean and earthy European counterparts.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dull copper colored brew with good bubbling and a rocky to start, but quick receding off-white head. The The aroma makes me think of spicy caramel thanks to the rye and some mild hopping. The taste has all the trappings of a pretty good oktoberfest, but the rye seems to stick out a bit too much formy taste. I taste some good toasted white bread with some mild American hops. Bt the rye had a spicyness that doesn't jibe well with me. ot a bad beer by any means, and still a good session brew to boot. But style wise, I think this oneis a little off to get a great rating.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint

The body pours a clear amber with some visible carbonation. The head rises about a finger and subsides rather quickly to a thin layer of powdered sugar. Little to no lacing. The nose is of sweet toasted toffee and caramel with a hearty dose of rye. Sweet cherry notes are prominent with a mild, musty, earthy undercurrent. On the palate, cherry notes come to the forefront with sweet toffee/caramel quickly in tow. Mild, earthy hops and rye poke through before a small burst of cherry and caramel in the finish. There is a nice balance between the sweet fruit/caramel notes and earthy hops. A light medium feel, easy drinking with low carbonation. This is a very solid lager that I have overlooked for too long. Good for any time of the year.

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

12oz bottle bottled on 04 Aug 09, so this is about 4 months old at this point.

In my Moonlight glass, this beer is gorgeous, copper in color with excellent clarity and a persistent and thin beige head that leaves some lace.

The nose is great, bready with spicy rye apparent, there's also some caramel sweetness and a prominent leafy hop character. Sweetness is complex, I also get some brown sugar. The palate opens with a surprisingly strong hop character, quite herbal and earthy with a little mineral-like character. Bitterness is low, and this allows the malt to shine, with a great caramel and burnt sugar character, along with the spicy rye character which especially dominates the mid-palate and towards the finish. Drying on the finish, this medium-light bodied beer has a moderate level of carbonation and a great mouthfeel, providing a little heft while remaining light. Enjoyable, I'd absolutely drink this again.

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Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, orange in colour, with a thin cap of very fine beige bubbles. A bit of sticky lace, decent head retention. Mild aroma, mostly malty with notes of toasted bread, toast, hint of caramel, and faint fruitiness. The rye may be adding a bit of complexity to the nose, but it's subtle. Bitterness was apparent from the start, becoming more pronounced in the finish with a lingering lemony hop flavour. More of the same malt character as in the aroma, but a little more earthy. Same fruitiness too. Nice texture, medium bodied with average carbonation, some dryness. Overall, I liked the way it came together. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 12/6/12

appears a dark copper color, off white head. decent head retention. sweet aroma, one note. nice malty earthy flavor, smooth, easy drinking. medium body. low to medium carbonation.
overall - easy drinking nice malt flavor.

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

Clear copper body. Thin off white head. Sporadic rings of lace left on the glass walls as I drink. Nice malty aroma highlighted by vienna malt like toasted notes. Solid flavor. Nice maltiness. A mix of breadiness and toasted malts. Rye adds just a titch of spiciness which adds a little complexity to the flavor profile. Some dark fruits are noticeable. Very subtle dryness lingering. This isn't the thickest or richest marzen I've had, but it's very enjoyable. It's good all around.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange and brown. Big ol head, sticks around quite a bit. Man, this smells and tastes sweet and fruity, moreso than any other rye beer I've ever had. Raisiny to a degree.

Nothing is excessive, its sweet, but light, fruity but restrained. Tastes a little like Sudwerk's stuff, some Gordon Bierch oomes to mind, but I'd say this is more unique to Great Divide, and slightly better.

Not my style of beer, but there is no denying that this stuff is done right.

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

12 oz. Fairly nice gold/orange pour, adequate whitish head. Sticks to the glass, just barely.

Surprisingly malty aroma, caramel some citrus as well

Taste is mellowed malt, caramel and biscuit. Just hints of citrus, yeast and tint of pine.

Heavy side of light bodied, moderate carbonation. Clings to the mouth well. Drinks very well, wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first review I've written from the comfort of my longtime friend, a 14' Crestliner, while drifting Clamshell Lake of the Whitefish Chain. What a glorious way to do a spot of drinking & watching the world go by.

Pour is a deep, whistling amber. The heady outdoors overpowers any faint rye or malts, or perhaps a spit of hops, that might exist. Meek.

Hoss makes up for lost time in the first sip. Rye is strong & prominent, spicing up the lager yeast background. Blaze of quick-striking, quick-exiting hop bitterness.

And that's it. Simple & to the point. And a gulper. My normally retrained sips have become full-on Bud-commercial swigs. This hits the sweet spot on drinkability.

Very good brew. The fishing's not great tonight, but it's twilight, the loons are calling, & soon I'll be firing up the Merc to take me to the cabin. This is the way to live!

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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,059 ratings.
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