Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Hoss Oktoberfest LagerHoss Oktoberfest Lager

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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 mothman
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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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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 FtownThrowDown
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber in color. There's a very nice inch of frothy, white head that forms on the pour. It sticks around for awhile, but recedes to a bubbly ring.
Smell is definite lager yeast, but there's a nice light fruit and floral aspect about it. I'm not a big fan of lagers, but this smells pretty nice.
Taste is very smooth and nice. Don't know if has to do with the rye, but it really compliments and balances out all the flavors that usually turn me off of lagers, especially the marzen/octoberfest beers.
Very drinkable and enjoyable. Good beer.

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

This one is a deep copper. The head pours thick and tight, and one finger remains for some time. A tight foam remains when it dissipates, leaving spotty lacing behind.
While I'm trying to place the aroma, I remember that this is a rye. There's definitely almost a rye bread aroma that strong but subtle enough just to have the pleasant aroma without being too much. Otherwise, there's a citrus underneath with a spicy note and a gentle but nice hops and malt balance.
The flavor of the rye is the same as the aroma; a perfect blend of strong and subtle. Rich malt flavor with a hops presence that blends nicely with the rye are in the forefront with just a hint of some fruits and a spiciness. There really is an earthy note in here as well.
The mouthfeel is a pleasantly smooth one, with a light crispness in a light carbonation.
A rye Oktoberfest? Why not?

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On: 8/24/09.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, bright, orange-hued body with a medium-sized, sudsy, white head.

Smell: It's a spicy, bready, sugary, caramel-scented nose smelling of sugar-glazed, hearty rye-grain bread served up just for me (just for me, I tells ya).

Taste: Bready, lightly toasty maltiness with toothsome tastes of sweet sugar and light caramel. Mild background fruitiness. Ah, there's the inescapable rye grain character with its pervasively spicy character. Noble hops present a small snap of bitterness and some slight grassy, herbaceous undertones. Drying finish with a small lingering hint of rye grain.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A satisfying beer to be enjoying on an early October evening. The welcome addition of rye adds a nice bit of pep to this Märzen-style lager. "Want some rye?? 'COURSE ya do!" --Return to Zork.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Divide Hoss
12 oz brown bottle
Bottled on July 31 2009
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a reddish brown color. Darker than the typical Marzen beer for sure. Nice head on top leaving solid trails of sticky lace.

A clean beer - smooth with a solid malt backbone. A touch of apple juice sweetness and a spicy hop finish. Love the snap bite at the end. I really like the addition of the rye too, which lends itself to a subtle dry quality.


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Photo of adamette
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes. poured from tap into a clean, clear pint glass at Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon in North Olmsted, Ohio earlier tonight. 0.5 L for $6.50 Notes on the Fat Head's menu: Rich, layered Malt notes with hints of cherry and dark fruits dominate this beer while the unique addition of Rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character.

A Appropriate to style, orange brown tranlucent body with creamy head and fair lacing. 3.5

S Not a strong smell, some barley, maybe some distant hops. 3.0

T Basic Oktoberfest taste. Not much to set it apart from other standard Oktoberfests that I have had. It is not, to me, in league with Great Lakes Oktoberfest. 3.0

M Light, even a bit watery with only the barley malt to add some thickness. Appropriate to style but not, to me, inspiring. 3.0

D Very good and the point of this beer. It is made, in my opinion, to be ultimately very drinkable. This particular Oktoberfest, as suggested, just is not very inspirational to me. 4.5

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Photo of barnzy78
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. Pours a deep copper with a nice fluffy off-white head. Good head retention and sticky lacing - very nice appeal. Sweet aromas of malty caramel are noticeable with a slight floral hop scent as well. Spicy is right up front on the palate with a hefty dose of bready malt, very reminiscent of fresh baked rye bread. Finishes spicy and somewhat bitter along with being fairly dry. Overall, nice change of pace with the added spiciness from the rye. Not a bad example of the style.

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Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a dark copper with a small thick dirty-white head, and not much lacing.

smell is of rye, malt, a touch of spice, and some caramel.

taste is crisp, thick, malt, caramel, some spice, come cocoa, and a little sweetness in the back.

overall a nice oktoberfest with a twist.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Great Divide tap room. This was a clear amber beer with a soapy head. The smell was good and sweet almost, intriguing. The beer was a nice lager with a bit of sweetness and a hint of the rye. For some reason I was not expecting to like this beer but I did, I may need to pick up a sixer.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into a nonic pint glass at TJs in Paoli.

A: A clear golden orange color with a small white small bubbled head. Ring lacing that eventually recedes back into the glass.

S: Bready malts with some fruit and some spicy hops smell.

T: Bready malt flavors start with some fruits like lemon and pear coupled with a grassy earthy flavor that turns spicy and prickly with bitterness at the end. The rye turns this normally sweeter beer into a nicely balanced spicier hoppier Ofest. Real nice variation from the norm. Finish is a bitter and spicy, but not overly so. The malt and spice/hops combine quite well on finish.

M: Medium and coating with prickly spicyness. No alcohol detected.

D: High, real nice beer that drinks very well.

Overall a great interpretation of the style that is different from the rest. The spicy rye adds another element to this beer and for me makes it a standout in it's class. Another very good beer from Great Divide. Well done.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A clear orange liquid with a bunch of tiny floaters and some nice streams of rising carbonation.

S- Some caramel, orange rind, and some flaked barley. Pretty simple but enjoyable for the style.

T- Sweet caramel, light citrus, and a hit of oats. Pretty sweet and simple with a nice clean finish.

M- A great carbonation level and a really smooth finish. Very nice.

D- A good American take on the style. Maybe a bit sweet for my tastes, but something nice on a fall night.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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 tigg924
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Freethyhops
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A- a slightly vigorous pour creates a creamy white 3 finger head. it dissipates fairly quickly, not leaving a ton lacing, just a little. the color is a nice amber. a nice color for a lager

S- the lager yeast comes through along with hints of the rye. the rye is quite faint though. enticing though.

T- the taste is kind of, meh. it's smooth and crisp. I really don't get much rye in the flavor untill it warms. it's way in the backround, but comes around when it warms up a bit. a nice subtle bitterness adds to the crisp dry finish.

M- the mouthfell is probably the high point of this beer. as with most lagers it goes down with incredible smoothness. crisp with plenty of carbonation.

D- very drinkable brew. i only picked up a single but if I had a six pack it certainly wouldn't sit in the fridge long before magically disappearing

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Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Even though there hasn't been much hype about this beer, I've been looking forward to it since I first heard about it... I like rye beers, I like Great Divide beers, and I love interesting takes on styles, in this case a Marzen... Cheers...

A - A very active swirling pour... Loads of small-bubbled moderate paced carbonation rises throughout... A finger and a half of full creamy tan head begins to fade but shows solid retention with about 1/4 inch left before completely fading away... A rich but splotchy lacing remains... A wonderfully light golden orange color with some wonderful reddish highlights... A little bit of lace clings to the sides of the glass... It looks very light and refreshing...

S - Caught a little off guard, but it is the cherries that hit the nose first... Caramel... Notes of cinnamon... Just the slightest touch of rye spiciness... The aroma is quite mild and subdued, but it is terrifically entrancing...

T - There's a lot going on here... Sweet cherry and fruit are first on the palette... This is followed by a quick glimpse of caramel and bready malts before the rye spiciness kicks in... The bitter rye dominates the finish... Perhaps even trace amounts of some piney hops...

M - Light and refreshing... Slightly sticky and syrupy... Very very mild carbonation... Incredibly smooth... Sip, savor, repeat...

D - A very interesting and enjoyable brew... The cherry really adds to the character of this fine brew... The rye is understated and takes a backseat but still adds to the overall depth and complexity... My biggest complaint is that it seems to stray pretty fair from the style guidelines of a traditional Marzen... None the less I could enjoy this year round and may invest in a case so that I'm able to do so... The most artistic lager to come down the pike in a really long time...

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Photo of Seru1
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Bright sunset orange with a very thin white head and small amounts of lacing.

Smell- Caramelly and bready with a light smell of fresh berries.

Taste- Big hop taste up front fades into citrus and finally sweet malt. A very complex octoberfest beer and fun to dink.

Mouthfeel- Thinnish on the the tongue but long lasting.

Drinkability- I could go through a 6 pack of this in a day pretty easily.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bright clear amber pour with a big frothy white head , leaving some spotty lacing behind , a very nice looking glass of beer. Aroma is earthy and spicy with some nice sweet caramel , and cereal grain . Flavor is very balanced and complex for a lager , a nice mix of caramel , biscut, rye, fruit, and peppercorns , not too sweet , lightly dry , light bitterness , nice snappy sweet grain aftertaste , full mouthfeel for the style , medium carbonation gives it a lively crisp mouthfeel , I would call this very sessionable , I would drink this all day long . A very nice take on the style , and a very good brew , going to pick up some more of this today !

Nice Job Great Divide

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Photo of sml505
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear light copper body with creamy, lasting head.

S - Caramel, sweetness, hint of spice

T - Deep malt flavors of rye, caramel, some grain. Spicy, grassy.

D - Well balanced and great malt flavors. Nice offering from GD. Lt to med mf and a good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled 8/4/09. Pours a reddish amber with a medium creamy head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is is pretty subdued - some wheaty malts with a touch of cinnamon.

The flavor is toasted malts with some rye leading to a metallic lightly bitter finish with some cinnamon like spices. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation.

Overall, decent but pretty subdued. The first time I had this, I remember much more of a rye presence.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a sam adams pint glass,great head with some nice lacing.smell is slightly toasted malt.taste is slightly toasty and nutty with some rye spice in the finish.pretty good.got better as it warmed up.

medium bodied with pretty good drinkability.one of the better marzen lagers i've had.

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Cypress Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours a red-orange color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly sweet and bready malts with hints of floral hops and rye spiciness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors with just a hint of breadiness. Midway through the sip light hints of spiciness come into play before a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and I could have another.

Overall this had everything in place to be really good, just not in the right amounts. I'd hoped for more spiciness and caramel/bready malt flavors but even as it is it's worth a shot if you like the style.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Bottle into Pint glass. Not the appropriate serving vessel for this beer but its all I had.

It clear amber with some red hues and nice streams of carbonation and a half a finger of off-white head that remains atop the glass as its drank. The aroma is caramel malty with spicy notes and earthy hops. Flavor is malt forward with biscuit, caramel and rye. Has some earthy hops and some light unripe cherry flavor that became more present as it warmed up (maybe due to the rye?) Its medium bodied and slightly crisp and finishes with a easy dryness. Overall it was mostly bready malty goodness with some interesting spicy notes and found it to be very enjoyable all-around.

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Photo of bamadog
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up a couple of weeks ago at The Party Source. Great Divide hasn't been too bad to me thus far, so I'm expecting a solid beer here. Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, coppery color and starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger creamy white head that leaves a ring of lacing around the surface and fades to a relatively thick and uneven skim on top; relatively strong carbonation bubbles up from the bottom.

Smell: A little on the weak side, there are some hints of lightly toasted grains, but that's about it.

Taste: A pretty nice and strong blast of the toasty and bready grains - almost a little biscuity even; the rye is a very subtle flavor in the drink, but I can't get over how "raw" and earthy the grains are in this - a really nice touch. Beyond that, there is just a very slight hint of alcohol in the mouth as well, but it seems like it's barely detectable.

Mouthfeel: Surprising creamy and smooth, and just a tad watery; the carbonation is definitely strong and a little over-prickly, but still nice and lively overall; there is also a fair coating being left throughout the mouth that finishes of a pretty impressive body on this beer.

Drinkability: Pretty high - aside from the nose, this beer is pretty solid with a nice toasty flavor. It's listed as an Oktoberfest but it doesn't really strike me as being quite as malty and sweet as that style. I would definitely sit through a couple of these and enjoy the accompanying buzz.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass
Amber in color with a two-inch frothy head
Aroma-Surprising floral aromatics with sweet malts
Taste-Fruity, sweet malt with subtle spices and a crisp, dry finish. Although the label say that this is a rye ale, it is very much like an Octoberfest in flavor.
Overall, very drinkable and refreshing, and would be a good pairing with roasted, or BBQ'd chicken

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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,087 ratings