Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

Hoss Oktoberfest LagerHoss Oktoberfest Lager
BA SCORE
60.4%
Liked This Beer
3.8 w/ 1,069 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
Ranking:
#14,044
Reviews:
455
Ratings:
1,069
Liked:
646
Avg:
3.8/5
pDev:
11.05%
Alströms:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
101
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,069 |  Reviews: 455
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of dar482
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Probably pushing the best by date on this one with a bottling date of 1/31/13.
Hmmmm a marzen with rye. Sounds intriguing.
Definitely lager toasty quality of aroma. Pushing some sweetness and richness. A couple of nice shots of fruity sweetness. Mmmmm those were nice.
Classic look with a slightly smallish head, otherwise very clear and dark amber. Appealing.
Drinks rich like style. Rye is quite prominent, but not overpowering and not losing it's sense of being a marzen. Dries out quite a bit and holds a tasty longish finish. Some notes of vanilla.
Bigger lager body. Carbonated with some smoothness.
The rye is a good idea in terms of flavor, however, it makes a rich style even richer and I really slowed by drinking down as I went through the drink. Maybe not all bad, but for style a bit of a drawback.

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BeerWizard
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a fun red plaid package with a lumberjack on it. ABV is 6.2 and summary mentions rich malt, cherry and dark fruit, and earth and spice due to the rye. Poured into a goblet it is a really nice orange color, very little head despite an un-careful pour, and there's just sort of a broken-down bubble-film floating at the very surface now. You can really, really smell the fruit right off the bat; definitely the cherries and maybe a little berry in there. Taste is also very cherry, and might I say, holy crap it is good. There's that sweetness that I notice a lot of GD's stuff has, and then on the back end there's a little bitterness and malt for a second or two (maybe that spice the label mentioned, but I don't really get that), and then it breaks clean off. Really nice. The mouthfeel is oily and smacky, and the carbonation, though low, is right there I feel for a marzen. I had this a few years ago at a restaurant and didn't like it, but I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle because this stuff's kickass. Nicely done!

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Photo of Simont
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clean larger aromas dominated by malt; deep gold color with light haze, med off-white head; vienna / munich sweetness dominates flavor without being cloying, nice malt complexity. Low to no noble hop flavors but appropriate clean bitterness provides good balance. Mouthfeel is med-full, creamy and makes this beer a joy to drink. Overall a very nice malt-centric Octoberfest/ Marzen style lager, with (unfortunately) little to no noticeable rye character.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of lighthabit
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the neighbor, said he didn't care for it.
it says lager on the front, so i'm hesitant, but the pour looks good, nice deep yellow copper, foamy head dies down after a bit. not much lacing, but others have mentioned it? the rye and malt bring this out of the lager league, smooth feel, hops are mild, and a pleasant sweetness makes it very drinkable out of the gate. interesting, it's leaving a lip smacking sweetness on my lips. i think a couple of these would have me heading back to my favored styles, but for something that says lager, it's quite nice. i think it'd go well with a burger and fries.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 60.4% out of 100 with 1,069 ratings
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