Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,063 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:
1,063
Reviews:
453
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
98
For Trade:
0
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Photo of AD17
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Honeybourne
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of dcotom
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CreightonSM
2.84/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hockeypuck
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lobos62
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Damngoodrx
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TimberSwanson
4.62/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my first Oktoberfest beer of the season, and it's on a balmy, 77 degree night in mid-September. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty copper/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by malts, touches of rye. Taste is toasted malts, spices, rye, some notes of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of cdwil
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chackman151
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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 +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Apellonious
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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 -0.3%
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 -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of needMIbeer
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Superheatnsubcool
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Todd
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lukass
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of hopsputin
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,063 ratings.
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