Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

very good
1,063 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.

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Ratings: 1,063 |  Reviews: 453
Photo of vkv822
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
bottled on Sept. 22 2011

Pours a copper color with a foamy, bubbly light tan head.

The aroma is of sweet malts and bready malts, with some light grassy hops.

The taste is along the same lines as the nose, with layers of biscuit and caramel malt, as well as some earthy rye character.

A decent beer, and though I don't think it was old to the point of being ruined, I would like to try it a bit more fresh.

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

12 oz brown bottle, bottled on date stamped on label

A - Mostly clear copper, white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - A little surprised by some grassy, herbal hops in the nose, then rounds out into the usual marzen caramel malts. Taste starts out traditional with bready malts, and finishes mostly clean, with a dry rye spiciness, and good bit of bitterness. Perhaps a little too bitter for the style, but a nice change.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp clean, smooth.

O - On an absolute scale, this is a damn fine beer, and a nice twist on the marzen style. However, like others in the style, I don't feel too inclined to drink this one in quantity because of the bitterness level, along with the spiciness.

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Photo of jilly425
5/5  rDev +32.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled on Sept 15 2011) poured into a Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear coppery-amber beer. Off-white ring of foam on top, with the barest foam skin on the top of the beer. The foam upon pouring died down pretty fast. Some very small islands of foam lacing noted. Not a lot here.

Smell: A little bit sweet with some fruit notes (cherry I think) and an earthy/grainy finish which I suspect is the rye. Doesn't exactly smell like a Marzen, but it's still good.

Taste: Quick up-front sweetness moving into a definite earthy grain rye flavor...the rye really shines out as the beer warms up as does the rest of the malt. The hops are spicy and quite German in character. Once again, this beer does not remind me of a Marzen at all, but it's a nice beer. The rye is a nice touch.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation in combination with the spicy hops does clean the palate, but not fizzy. Pleasantly thick and smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: Interesting take on a Marzen. The appearance is nothing special, but the rye shines out and works with everything else in the beer. Nice and I would probably try again if offered.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a moderate head. Retention is average.

Malty nose with a bit of lager yeast.

Bready malt with a touch of caramel and a slightly sour twang in the finish that holds on until the next sip. Finished dry with a flash of balancing hops. I was looking for a bit more Rye in the flavor; perhaps that's where the twang comes from??

Crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Medium body.

Not quite as malty/heavy as most Marzens, but drinkable and enjoyable. Nothing to write home about but I'm glad for having tried it.

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Photo of Chaney
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I never even knew that Great Divide made an Octoberfest. How about that? They call it a rye lager.

Bottled on April 20, 2011.

A: Very clear, yet peppery orange color, with very little head, which was disappointing - white sawdust.

S: This is definitely an American Marzen - caramel upfront, along with sweetbread and very little German malt.

T: Yep.... pretty sweet for a Marzen, and not bitter, spicy, or angry enough to my mind.

M: The carbonation was fairly low, but I didn't mind that, and the lacing was splotchy and barely even relevant.

O: This was okay, and I would like to try this again next year early just so that I can give it a fair shake. However, the bottle I just tried didn't do much for me.

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Photo of campofapproval
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color just a shade darker than honey; the cap was only a finger's worth but it left a few strands behind

Smell: Fruit (cherry and raisin) and caramel malt aroma

Taste: Malt forward, with the caramel and fruit flavors from the aroma dominating from start to finish, though there is a bit of a spicy character toward the tail end

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A Märzen with a spicy twist, this is another winner for Great Divide

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a Great Divide sampler at the Great Divide Taproom yesterday. Not paired with food. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were that it would be average. Cost was $1.00 USD.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream and thickness, but terrible retention. Colour is a nontransparent copper.

Sm: Lots of fruity tones, a light air of vinegar, and malt. Moderate in strength. Very pleasant and inviting.

T: Quite bright and fruity, with some hops over the rye foundation. The rye doesn't come through a whole lot in the flavour. It's more complex than expected, and quite balanced. Built well and with care.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Light on the palate. Complements the flavour. The rye adds a touch of welcome coarseness.

Dr: Very drinkable - especially for a rye beer. I'd maybe have it again, but it's nothing special.

I don't know that I agree with its current classification as a Marzen, nor do I think would the brewery.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a thin off white head. Average lacing on the side of my snifter glass. Very clear in appearance, despite the darker color. The nose is very nice- malt, caramel, toffee, bread, and some rye. Very pleasant- especially as it warms. Taste is the same profile as the nose, with some burned toast added to the mix. Very tasty, with caramel, toast, and rye out front on the taste. Feel is medium- w/ little carbonation. Very clean and refined feel. Overall, a totally solid brew for the style. I would drink this again. Cheers.

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Photo of wcintula
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: Nov 25, 2011

Poured into a Pilsner glass, amber body with a scant head that leaves wet lacing. Smell is sweet with a clean grain aroma. The taste follows through with a nice breadiness on the tail end. This is a great-drinking Marzen with a nice twist adding the rye. I will definitely seek this one out more.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,063 ratings.
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