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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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Great Divide in Denver, CO.

A: Really dark brown with shades of blood red. Light brown, foamy head that leaves little lace and retention.

S: Heavily smoked malt with hints of beef jerky and smoked meat.

T: Same as the nose. Awesome smoked, roasted malt character. Subtle hops in the finish. Some spicy rye throughout. Killer flavor.

M: Smooth but right amount of carbonation. Great rye flavor and lager characteristics.

O: Incredible beer. Unique and so damn good.

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Photo of megahurts4
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Hoss

Appearance: clear amber, medium-small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: hops, little malt, and slight rye-grain.

Taste: sweetness, faint touch of hops, and then a rye finish.

Mouthfeel: medium and faintly syrup-like.

This is a good brew with an evenly balanced nut-rye flavor. It goes down easy and doesn't overpower the pallet.

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

Another find at the World of Beers in Altamonte Springs, FL this brew appears golden amber with a solid haze and a modest but stubborn white film on top. Lacing is pretty decent. The aroma brings a pleasant apple caramel malt with an interesting cereal grain that overall makes me want to get a taste. The taste gives me a very interesting tropical fruit over yeasty caramel. And yes, I get many grainy overtones like rye, rice and also a slightly sugary corn malt. It’s medium-light bodied with a very fine but titillating carbonation. Some smokey hints. Very nice.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp, transparent amber, as expected. Floral and fruity hops come through most in the aroma. Loads of roasted, sweet malt are noticed first, followed by dark fruit,, spicy rye, and a very late bitter kick from the hops. As it warms, the flavors, especially the rye, become more pronounced. It's rather fruitier than I anticipated, but it works.

Rye isn't the foremost flavor here, but it's there. Overall, it's well balanced and tasty. Little higher ABV than you might expect from a lager with 6.2%. Definitely worth a try

Grade: B

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber brew, small head, narrow broken ring of lace.

S - Bread, honey and moss. A faint hint of copper. It's actually rather nice.

T - Very rich honey and biscuit malt flavor, a bit of forest floor. Some faint bitter vegetables accompany lingering honey and biscuits in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, a little waxy, pretty refreshing.

D - Good. I think this is a great malty lager. I'll drink it again, but the style isn't one I seek out.

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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 mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pleasant but undistinguished. I remember liking it more in the bottle. Clear coppery amber color in the pint glass.

Taste like not much at first. Some honey and malt flavors. Just a touch of roasted malt. Hard to find the flavors on the tongue. slightly winey. A scratch of Belgian flavors. Mild taste but it does have an interesting bready tang. Not much aroma.

I suppose the flavors in this with the Belgian hint are actually better than average for this style. Wishing it had more carbonation or better mouthfeel. On tap at Cueva in San Diego.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.72/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with some ruby tint. Gorgeous foamy khaki head with very nice retention. Dark rye, oak, wood, hops, and creamy malt. Pleasantly earthy and floral. Rye bread, spices, smooth malts and yeast in the beginning of the taste. A fresh, well rounded medium sized body with moderate carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel with a mildly dry yet refreshing finish. Incredibly easy and comfortable to drink.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled 1/23/2012.

Appearance: orange hue with a tiny hint of haze and a good effervescence. Head is a finger of frothy ivory foam. Nice.

Smell: really nice aroma which is biscuity, bready, sweet and floral. Usually that biscuit aroma doesn't appeal to me, but it is used to good effect in this beer.

Taste: biscuity and a little spicy, the flavor is a bit less sweet than the aroma. Here the appeal starts to fade for me; the rye seems a bit out of place, though I do appreciate what the brewer was trying to do.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a really good carbonation and very nice creaminess. I like it.

Overall: not a bad beer, but the flavor, while interesting, doesn't largely appeal to me.

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

A very clear amber beer with two fingers of white head that settle slowly. Lacing is very good. Rye pops out in the aroma, nicely spicy, on top of a very bready malt base. Flavor follows the nose; chewy, bready malt, combined with prominent rye, puts me in mind of pumpernickel. Very well-rounded and refreshing, delicious lager overall, with a nice floral hop note in the finish. Dry and crisp, medium bodied, with medium high carbonation. Quite good and was a welcome antidote to a steady succession of highly hopped west coast ales. Another winner from Great Divide, an underrated brewery making consistently fine, highly drinkable beers.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger cream colored head, dense but with only a little retention. Red-brown color with nice clarity.

S- Rye, some medium malts but the biggest smell is like cherries or some other dark fruit. Nice bold smell.

T- Dark fruits, but light finish into a slight bitterness. Rye and malts, with an earthy tone.

M- Fluffy sort of feel, very light, but substantial. Well balanced.

O- Above average with good parts. No real weakness to this beer.

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Photo of Blueribbon666
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.
Pours a golden color into pint glass smells like a lager with a mix of malt and hops.
Taste/mouthfeel, malty with a crisp mix of hops and rye that gives it a dry finish.
Overall, very drinkable reminded me more of a bock than what's listed on the site or on the label style wise. Decent just like their scotch ale that I've had, but I haven't found a Great Divide that would make me seek it out.

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Photo of harrymel
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 17NOV11

Pours an amber color with a transient light cream foam and excellent clarity; no lace. Smells of honey, munich malts and some tea like character. Nice nose. Flavor follows with some sweet honey malts and a little bit of tea like character from hops/malts. Body is a little heavy (expected from addition of Rye) with light carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer, would drink on a pint special.

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Photo of yamar68
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with a finger cap of barely off-white head. Great lacing and minimal beading. The nose is big on the rye - earthy spice and nice, toasty malt to balance. Doesn't come across as a Marzen one bit. Taste: there's the Marzen... I wish the rye was highlighted a bit more on the tongue. Still a perfectly drinkable brew. Feel is a bit boring - thin and brief. Overall, not what I was expecting but still decent I suppose.

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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper/amber color with a slight off-white head that dissipates immediately

S - Mild malty sweetness

T - Very hoppy, though the scent of hop was strangely not present, bread, rye, and a touch of caramel.

M - Good amount of carbonation is present with a nice medium bodied feel. Its bitterness holds onto the tongue with a vengeance.

O - Overall it's not a bad drink. It doesn't thrill and the bitterness might be a turn off for some without the joyful hop aroma that should accompany it. It makes me wonder if the bitterness is from the rye or from the hops. I haven't much experience with rye brews some I'm, perplexed.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
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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Photo of flannelman808
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Burnt copper in color with an well retained pancake batter off-white head.

S: Malt driven notes of wheat and rye trickle in along with a slight suggestion of citrus and nearly typical mild note of wet cardboard.

T: Crisp and round with malt driven flavors. this has me imagine dried milled grain and how it sort of floats in the air like sawdust. hints of bread crust and a mild complex spice meet in the middle. The finish is quite clean and crisp tempting the mouth to another sip.

M: crisp and drying

O: Im a fan of this stuff. It's not a style which I frequent however I'm going to be paying more attention to it. This is a fine beer.

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Photo of denver10
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A ruby red/light brown fused appearance with a very small white head. Smooth aroma of rye fused malt. Maybe a little cherry in there but maybe that's just me looking for it because I saw that ingredient mentioned on the bottle. Starts off sweet from the heavy malt base and some cherries. Slowly but surely a little hops kick inn towards the end and the rye asserts itself in the finish. A heavy body to this, kinda syrupy mouthfeel to this with very little carbonation. Overall, this one seemed to grow on me. While I do find it to be a little too much on the sweet side for me the 2nd half of this beer seems to counter that sweet aspect well enough that I found myself enjoying it overall. The taste that sits with you after a sip is a nice combo of the malt, the spicy rye, and a little hops and I enjoyed that. This beer is definitely a sipper, definitely the antithesis to a session beer, imo. I probably won't be running back to the store to pick up more of this right away but it is a beer I will drink again.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color is a toasty light brown/dark amber. like a toasted caramel color.
The aroma lets you know there is rye in it, and is pleasent, some malts with noble hobs also.
The flavors are nicely balanced with toasty malts and earthy hops, with the rye adding a nice spiced note.

A nice solid average Marzen. A good winter Lager.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from brown 12 oz bottle to pilsner glass.

A - The beer pours an orange amber with and off-white 1.5 finger white head with little retention and lacing.

S - Fairly weak aroma of slight fruity sweetness of grape and cherry and a rye spice. Not much here.

T - The beer starts with a bready and biscuit malt character that seems a bit thin. A mild bitterness with a hint of caramel. The rye spice isn't as noticeable as I would expect. Finishes a little thin with a mild bitterness on the tongue and a hint of rye and malt.

M - Lighter end of medium though rather thin. Decently carbonated.

Overall, I tried this beer last year as it was on Westwords top 50 Colorado Beer List. I remember being pretty indifferent then and I am now too. I don't understand how could be considered better than so many other outstanding Colorado beers. I continue to find it thin and lacking and incredibly mediocre.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-17-2011 21:58:26

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Photo of paperbackfoster
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a true amber color, head rising to about a finger before reducing to sheeting. Body carbonation has larger than average bubbles, very active.

Caramel malt carries the nose, with hints of sweetness and a little bit of yeasty ester or diacetyl.

The taste is full and rounded, a hint of that rye spice with a raspberry or cherry note to it. The yeast does give it a bit of a rubbery character, I think. Just when spice and more pungent notes start to come across, there's that yeast product. Not sure how to feel about that.

Mouthfeel is full, almost creamy. Finishes dry. Definitely an Oktoberfest style lager.

Overall? I'm not entirely sold. The beer seems unbalanced. Fruit, rye, and yeast seem to compete over an average malt base, and they rarely all seem complementary at the same time. It's not a bad beer by any stretch. I just don't think it has a defining characteristic or drinking experience.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide : Hoss

Pours a bright reddish amber. Aromas of toasted malts and rye bread. In the taste, spicy rye, caramel, toffee, toasted malt and some complimentary spicy hop notes. Peppery, biting, with a good malt foundation. Alittle diacetyl is noted, given the lager yeast, not too out of place. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Overall, a pretty decent offering from Great Divide. Having had few rye marzens, I consider this a success.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mixed six pack as a Christmas gift. Haven't gotten to try it yet, so, score! Let's give it a go. 12oz bottle, bottled on 11/17/11...

A: A perfectly clear, filtered, deep copper with hints of red. A small tan colored head that fades quickly to a small lace around the top edges of the brew. Decent.

S: I get a nice heavy munich malt upfront in the scent with some hints of rye and breadiness in the middle. I smell some nice earthy hop on the back. Ok.

T: I get a very strong bready rye taste upfront which segways nicely into a strong maltiness. A bitter watered down hop on the back with a slight boozy taste. Decent.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A watery dry finish. Decent.

O: All in all, this is a decent brew. I've have many better in the style, but it's still a good drinker. If I was craving a good Oktoberfest though, this would not be what I grab by any means.

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Photo of rwrk42
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber reddish color with some nice head
Smell: Nice smell of caramel malt with slight cherry and dark fruit undertones
Taste: Nice taste with caramel malt flavor. Finishes nice with a good balance. Slight cherry and dark fruit flavors. Very smooth but was hoping for a little bit more flavor.
Not bad, would recommend

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Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a thin lacing of foamy, off white head that fades after a few seconds. The nose has notes of caramel and a hint of ripe fruit. The flavor is fruity at first with notes of dark fruit followed by some caramelly sweetness. It finishes with a mild, spiciness from the rye used. As the beer warms some toasted malt notes begin to arise in the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated though there is a slight syrupy quality to the finish.

This is a more bold version of your standard marzen style beers. The rye adds a spicy finish and the dark fruit offers a nice change of pace. The syrupy finish and the sweet caramel notes aren't overbearing, but do wear on me.

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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,054 ratings.
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