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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,062 |  Reviews: 452
Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a burnt coper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured earthy malts with a slight rye spice and grassy hop.

The taste was likewise earthy with a pleasant caramel sweetness offset by the grassy hop and zesty rye malt.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and interesting marzen.

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Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of alexanf
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of karlt
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Stignacious
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of remitrom
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Book
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of McStagger
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the name. Love the concept (Rye Marzen!).

Bottle on date is obscured, but I purchased from my local Whole Foods. Beer guy there is good about keeping stock fresh.

A: Pours a fairly dark red/bronze. Excellent clarity. Two fingers eggshell white foam. Medium bubble. Fairly rapid dissipation. Moderate lacing.

S: Lot of tart green apple. Little bit of lemon. Clean lager smell. Some spice from the rye. Slightly nutty hint.

T: Marzen roastiness comes out in the end. Flash of noble hop bitterness. Finishes with a slight edge of spiciness. Very dry, clean and crisp. Aftertaste is almost nonexistent, with slight hints of darkened fruit, the same nutinesss, and a mild herbal note.

M: Fairly light. Moderate carbonation, but it still comes across as seltzery and thin.

O: Like a green bottle beer, but with slightly more character. Would not purchase again.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Minimal carbonation after the pour. The carbonation bubbles almost entirely disappate shortly thereafter. Beautiful copper red color and brilliant clarity. I smell the bready aroma of light malt and get a bit of the spicey rye notes. The mouthfeel is moderate and tickles the taste buds on the way down. The flavor is definitely typical of an Octoberfest with the clean,crisp flavor and malty, almost nutty flavor. The nice twist would be that nice spicey rye note.

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Photo of bruindre
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of blindpiggie
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jmccullough108
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Bustersuess
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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 JohnyFriday
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Seefeldt
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Brobiehansen
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of dar482
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a clear rich ruby color.

The aroma has some sweet cherry, spice, and sweet malt.

The flavor follows, but dominated by almost a medicinal cherry sweetness. That follows with some spiciness and then cleans up with a lager effervescence and bit of breadiness.

In the end, I was a bit disappointed with this beer. The fruity cherry notes were not really great for me, although having a good lager mouthfeel and flavor.

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Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of bcsbeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,062 ratings.
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