Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

very good
1,065 Ratings
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.

Added by rye726 on 08-05-2009

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Ratings: 1,065 |  Reviews: 453
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Murrhey
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- One finger cream colored head, dense but with only a little retention. Red-brown color with nice clarity.

S- Rye, some medium malts but the biggest smell is like cherries or some other dark fruit. Nice bold smell.

T- Dark fruits, but light finish into a slight bitterness. Rye and malts, with an earthy tone.

M- Fluffy sort of feel, very light, but substantial. Well balanced.

O- Above average with good parts. No real weakness to this beer.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Blueribbon666
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.
Pours a golden color into pint glass smells like a lager with a mix of malt and hops.
Taste/mouthfeel, malty with a crisp mix of hops and rye that gives it a dry finish.
Overall, very drinkable reminded me more of a bock than what's listed on the site or on the label style wise. Decent just like their scotch ale that I've had, but I haven't found a Great Divide that would make me seek it out.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of harrymel
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 17NOV11

Pours an amber color with a transient light cream foam and excellent clarity; no lace. Smells of honey, munich malts and some tea like character. Nice nose. Flavor follows with some sweet honey malts and a little bit of tea like character from hops/malts. Body is a little heavy (expected from addition of Rye) with light carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer, would drink on a pint special.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of yamar68
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with a finger cap of barely off-white head. Great lacing and minimal beading. The nose is big on the rye - earthy spice and nice, toasty malt to balance. Doesn't come across as a Marzen one bit. Taste: there's the Marzen... I wish the rye was highlighted a bit more on the tongue. Still a perfectly drinkable brew. Feel is a bit boring - thin and brief. Overall, not what I was expecting but still decent I suppose.

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Copper/amber color with a slight off-white head that dissipates immediately

S - Mild malty sweetness

T - Very hoppy, though the scent of hop was strangely not present, bread, rye, and a touch of caramel.

M - Good amount of carbonation is present with a nice medium bodied feel. Its bitterness holds onto the tongue with a vengeance.

O - Overall it's not a bad drink. It doesn't thrill and the bitterness might be a turn off for some without the joyful hop aroma that should accompany it. It makes me wonder if the bitterness is from the rye or from the hops. I haven't much experience with rye brews some I'm, perplexed.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Halcyondays
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear copper/medium amber with a soft white head. Good head retention.

S: Rye spiciness and treacly malts.

T: Good overall malt flavour, but get hampered by the earthy, grungy flavour of the hops. I've encountered this flavour in GD beers before, notably DPA, and I don't like it when I find it.

M: Crisp carbonation, medium-bodied, no real problems.

O: The taste problems make this one a pass for me, sucks since I am a big Great Divide fan.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of flannelman808
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Burnt copper in color with an well retained pancake batter off-white head.

S: Malt driven notes of wheat and rye trickle in along with a slight suggestion of citrus and nearly typical mild note of wet cardboard.

T: Crisp and round with malt driven flavors. this has me imagine dried milled grain and how it sort of floats in the air like sawdust. hints of bread crust and a mild complex spice meet in the middle. The finish is quite clean and crisp tempting the mouth to another sip.

M: crisp and drying

O: Im a fan of this stuff. It's not a style which I frequent however I'm going to be paying more attention to it. This is a fine beer.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,065 ratings.
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