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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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Reviews: 448 | Ratings: 1,054
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 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 klewis
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 8/24/09

A: Pours a bright copper with a moderate foamy head. Light lacing.

S: Caramel with a slight pepper and spice aroma.

T: Nicely balanced with a lean towards the malty side. Much like the smell, caramel backbone with a subtle rye spiciness.

M: Crisp and light-bodied with light carbonation. Finishes clean and dry.

D: Pretty one-dimensional, yet tasty and quite quaffable. A great session beer.

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Photo of riored4v
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 12/1/09

Poured into a Great Divide Goblet. 1 finger, tan head. Copper colored w/ hints of red. Clear.

Smell is malty w/ slight hints of caramel sweetness. Hints of dark fruit as well.

Taste had a nice balance of maltiness. Slightly caramely w/ a crisp, clean finish that is very very mildy bitter in the end. Subtle hints of spicey/earthiness from the rye. Just enough sweetness up front to balance it all.

Mouthfeel has a light body w/ a crisp and dry finish.

Drinkability was very good. Nice and light w/ a clean finish.

Overall it was a nice "Octoberfest" type beer. Nice maltiness but still finished crisp enough to drink easily.

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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 russpowell
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a t Goebel's in Wichita KS, bottled on Sep 03 09

Pours an effervescent amber with 2+ fingers of tan head. Pretty good lacing & minimal head retention

S: Slight breadyness & not much else

T: Slight caramel, plus breadyness up front along with some herbal hops & a bit of peppery spicyness. I get some slight fruittyness & some toffee, plus a touch of grassy hops as this warms, plus some more rye spicyness. Finishes dry, bready & with a touch of pepper & orchard fruit

MF: Medium bodied fairly low carbonation & decent balance

Drinks pretty easy, but not interesting enough to get all jacked up about. Hopefully I will get to try this a bit fresher next year

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a Lancaster Brewing pint glass. Bottled in sept 09, never had this one or heard of it.

Bright new penny copper with some hazy orange color mixed in. A clean looking beer with bubbles rising. Looks brighter than your normal lager/marzen whatever. A bright white semi off white in spots 1 and a half inches of creamy foam on top, it looks scrumptious. Loose patches of clingy layered lace.

The scent is not huge but what's advertised on the bottle shows up in the smell. Im first greeted by a fruit basket thats mainly filled with dark cherries and some plum action. Under that is a malt base giving off caramel and some sunday morning bread. Some earthy, spicy hops come out with warning with some rice pops up later too.

This is a tasty and well executioned lager, i was not expecting this much flavor. Matching the scent, hoss starts off with cherry juice and some underlining plum. The dark fruits in this are at a great level and is actually my favorite part of the beer. Under that the malts work their magic and bring forth a light sweetness and bready taste in the middle. While the rye did not hit my nose, it comes out in taste with some small earthy hopping, layered with some rice addition which does not detract from the taste. "Get Em, Hoss"- Black Thought

A nice medium body supports this well flavored quaff. Perfectly well balanced with each set of flavors coming right after one another in unison. I have no problems with the carbonation in Hoss, it's where it needs to be.Not any bitterness from the hops, just some earthy flavors dancing around the palete. Hoss is crisp and not to high in ABV making it easy to grab another. The drink on this is also top notch. To make it simpler, I should have grabbed a six pack of this as I want another right now. Great stuff.

In a sea of oktoberfest available stateside, Hoss stands seperate from the pack with something different.

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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 trbergman
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Aggressive pour yields a one inch off-white head atop this copper beer.

S - Bready, caramel malts, a whiff of fruit, and some earthy hop aroma.

T - Crisp and balanced, with bready malt flavor playing off a light, floral and earthy hop flavor. There is a subtle fruitiness and a touch of spice from the use of rye. Bitterness is on the higher side for the style, but not outlandishly so.

M - Light-medium body, just about right for the style. More crisp, though, than the creamy mouthfeel of Hacker-Pschorr or Paulaner.

D - Overall, a very nice American interpretation. Having tried Surlyfest last year, I'm really pleased with this trend of rye Marzens. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of matjack85
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this single 12oz brown bottle at Binny;s in Glen Ellyn, IL for $1.99. Bottled on date is clearly marked as July 31, 2009. Hoss is only distributed in August and September, so I might have found one of the last bottles from this year's batch.

The beer pours a nice golden orange color, but it made just a 1 finger white head that left only a minimal amount of lacing.

The smell wasn't strong but it was pleasant- an earthy rye smell mixed with fruity hops.

Surprising amount of malt in here as I didn't pick any up in the smell. This is a nicely balanced marzen. It has a cherry-like fruitiness to it, some earthy rye spiciness, plenty of malty sweetness, and enough hop bitterness to keep it interesting. Can't see anyone not liking this.

Light to medium body with fairly high carbonation to keep this crisp and refreshing. Finishes dry but with a spicy and alcoholic aftertaste.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-19-09
Bottled on 8-24-09

Pours a very clear red/orange color, with a sizable off-white head that settles to a nice thin layer. Looks very refreshing.

Smell is slightly earthy, followed by a kick of sweet and fruity hops. You can tell the hops are bitter, and the rye is there to give a boost in just the right place.

Taste is very balanced, subtle malt with a pleasant rye bite at first, then fruity hops and a bitterness that evens things out.

Mouthfeel is good, extremely smooth, with the absolute perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, light and refreshing while still flavorful and interesting.

Overall, this is an awesome session beer. It would be a great choice for warmer weather.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick tan head into a pint glass that left sticky lace and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright orange-amber color.
s - slightly sweet with hints of caramel and apples along with other dark fruits. hint of breadiness.
t - fruity with a little hop kick. rye with a sweeter finish.
m - smooth and lightly creamy.
d - great beer.

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

orange/copper color, very slight chill haze. very nice, thick light tan head is lasting. bready, light caramel malts and some earthy hops in the nose. taste is clean, lightly sweet bready caramelly malts. some spiciness and hop bitterness bring perfect balance. finishes almost dry. nicely carbonated-frothy and lively. finishes crisp and clean with some lingering bitterness/spiciness. light/medium in body. drinkable, enough going on to stay interesting.

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Photo of JayQue
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice Marzen, nothing boring about this one..probably as a result of the rye.

Freshness date of August 24. Drank on November 17 out of my trusty Weeping Radish Brewery pint glass.

Pours an almost clear orange / amber color with a medium size white head. Average retention and light lacing.

Smell is malty, not that strong or complex.

Taste is good. Solid malty beer up front without being too sweet. The rye kicks in then with some bitterness and spiciness. A nice taste, more robust than many Marzens.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp, my complaint with some Marzens is they can be watery.

Drinkability is very good. A bit high in the abv department for a Marzen, but a very tasty beer. I could drink a lot of this.

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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 Lolli1315
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light amber color with a little less than a finger of head. Head disappears slowly with lacing clinging nicely to the glass. Nice look for a marzen.

S- Dominating bready, grain smell with an underlying malty sweetness. Nothing else that is quite jumping out.

T- The bread taste comes out here as well with last effects of the rye on the palate. Malt comes out pretty well in this beer, a little sweeter than what one is used to in a Marzen.

M- Very thin mouthfeel, crisp and refreshing.

D- Easy to drink, nice and light with a little different taste than a traditional marzen. I could have another of these, but I would prefer to change beers if I could.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a reddish gold with a finger of white head. Bready malt aroma with a little noble hops. Medium bodied with a solid malt base. Bit of spice from the rye. Sweet malt on the start, crisp hop bite in the finish. Easy drinking, nothing earth shattering.

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Photo of jkrich
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with freshness date.

Poured clear copper with orange highlights. The head is slightly off-white, fluffy and short-lived.

Strong spicy aroma for an oktoberfest style lager. Some soft, perfumy aroma evident after the pour into my stein.

The first sip reveals a tnagy sweetness - I am sure the addition of rye plays a role in the tangy, sharp flavor. The hops keep the lager refreshing, but this one is predominantly sweet.

Medium bodied with lively carbonation, yet soft on the palate; there is a lingering sweetness coats the mouth.

This one is very easy to quaff, and this is a unique take on the oktoberfest style. This is a good lager, but it is simply too sweet for me to drink a couple in one session

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Photo of Gmann
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amazingly clear copper color with a tight and clingy egg-shell colored head. Some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite faint, not picking up much. Perhaps some caramel malt with a light sourness. The taste is of a caramel malt backbone with no buttery flavor (woohoo), a light rye sour/spice which plays well with the malt, light metal notes in the end. American marzen style, do not see much german characteristics in this one. The feel is light to moderate, with an airy carbonation, finishes well balanced and clean. Dang, this is a pretty good marzen. The caramel malt with the touch of rye work really well. The beer drinks extraordinarily well and goes down easy. A must try if you like the style.

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Photo of argock
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Freshness date stamped on front label. SIngle purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.20.

A: Rustic amber with beautiful clarity and 1-2 fingers of foamy, light beige head with good retention and a nice crusty ring of lace at the top of the mug.

S: Very light and what is detectable is pretty grainy. A very small helping of herbal hops combined with the usual sweet caramel marzen aromas are there but are slammed by a pretty harsh and dirty grainiess that has some spiciness but is pretty one-dimensional. I think of a marzen as an easy-going style -- the aroma that is evident is not.

T: Features of the marzen style are there but are pretty strongly trumped by the grainy character of the rye. IT doesn't drink too badly though -- the sweet elements have got to be the result of prodigious malting with caramel and pale malts. Some herbal hoppiness is there but it's muddied by the rye.

M: Solidly medium-bodied and not overly carbonated -- just enough to show off the nice look without detracting from the feel.

D: A good not great brew and probably my lowest rated from GD. You have to really love rye to like this beer a lot. The value of this brew is far below other marzens, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with a small, yet thick tan head. It left behind minimal lace.

S - It smelled of malt and rye with mild floral notes.

T - It tasted quite malty and bready with hints of rye. It had a nice spice hop bite.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied lager.

D - This is a unique twist on the marzen/oktoberfest style. Quite good and quite drinkable.

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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 Buebie
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from a mix and match store.

Poured from the brown bottle into a Sam Adams Turbulator.
Off the pour an inch head rises and falls rather quickly to leave a collar and smallish thin lace drapes. The head was an off white. The beer itself is a gorgeous transparent amber with redish copper hues when held to light.

Aroma is mild, but contains minimal rye spice, bread, caramel sweets with a fruity tartness.

Taste is not what I expected, its got a lingering rye off the back with a mild spice and peppery flavors, earthy almost. Some mild pumpernickel bready flavors, again some of the fruity tartness has followed into taste. I dont agree with the bottle that this is a rich layered malt bomb. Its malty, but not as described.
The Tart flavors become a bit cloying in almost a sweet tarts kind of way, only minimal though, but its there.
I'm just not feeling this, its a pish posh brew that has a bit too much going on.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with just a touch of full bodied feel upfront, falling away to all carbonation and becoming increasingly thin.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange color with two fingers of creamy white head.

Scent of sugars, yeast, some ripe berries, and a hint of rye. Good, but a bit too sweet and strong.

Taste of rye, yeast, earth, and sugars. Not spectacular, but this is a solid brew. I could drink this often.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp bite of carbonation.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Hoss poured a light amber like color with a good 2 finger foam head and some decent lacing around the sides.

The aroma was grainy and gave off a slight clove and banana. Taking a sip you are hit with a slight rye flavor that is spicy. Then you are hit with the cherry in the background. In the mouth it has medium body and a good crisp finish. Overall this isn't my favorite style but this one is a solid effort.

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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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