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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.

Added by rye726 on 08-05-2009

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3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from brown 12 oz bottle to pilsner glass.

A - The beer pours an orange amber with and off-white 1.5 finger white head with little retention and lacing.

S - Fairly weak aroma of slight fruity sweetness of grape and cherry and a rye spice. Not much here.

T - The beer starts with a bready and biscuit malt character that seems a bit thin. A mild bitterness with a hint of caramel. The rye spice isn't as noticeable as I would expect. Finishes a little thin with a mild bitterness on the tongue and a hint of rye and malt.

M - Lighter end of medium though rather thin. Decently carbonated.

Overall, I tried this beer last year as it was on Westwords top 50 Colorado Beer List. I remember being pretty indifferent then and I am now too. I don't understand how could be considered better than so many other outstanding Colorado beers. I continue to find it thin and lacking and incredibly mediocre.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-17-2011 21:58:26

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a true amber color, head rising to about a finger before reducing to sheeting. Body carbonation has larger than average bubbles, very active.

Caramel malt carries the nose, with hints of sweetness and a little bit of yeasty ester or diacetyl.

The taste is full and rounded, a hint of that rye spice with a raspberry or cherry note to it. The yeast does give it a bit of a rubbery character, I think. Just when spice and more pungent notes start to come across, there's that yeast product. Not sure how to feel about that.

Mouthfeel is full, almost creamy. Finishes dry. Definitely an Oktoberfest style lager.

Overall? I'm not entirely sold. The beer seems unbalanced. Fruit, rye, and yeast seem to compete over an average malt base, and they rarely all seem complementary at the same time. It's not a bad beer by any stretch. I just don't think it has a defining characteristic or drinking experience.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide : Hoss

Pours a bright reddish amber. Aromas of toasted malts and rye bread. In the taste, spicy rye, caramel, toffee, toasted malt and some complimentary spicy hop notes. Peppery, biting, with a good malt foundation. Alittle diacetyl is noted, given the lager yeast, not too out of place. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Overall, a pretty decent offering from Great Divide. Having had few rye marzens, I consider this a success.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mixed six pack as a Christmas gift. Haven't gotten to try it yet, so, score! Let's give it a go. 12oz bottle, bottled on 11/17/11...

A: A perfectly clear, filtered, deep copper with hints of red. A small tan colored head that fades quickly to a small lace around the top edges of the brew. Decent.

S: I get a nice heavy munich malt upfront in the scent with some hints of rye and breadiness in the middle. I smell some nice earthy hop on the back. Ok.

T: I get a very strong bready rye taste upfront which segways nicely into a strong maltiness. A bitter watered down hop on the back with a slight boozy taste. Decent.

M: Medium body with a heavy carbonation. A watery dry finish. Decent.

O: All in all, this is a decent brew. I've have many better in the style, but it's still a good drinker. If I was craving a good Oktoberfest though, this would not be what I grab by any means.

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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber reddish color with some nice head
Smell: Nice smell of caramel malt with slight cherry and dark fruit undertones
Taste: Nice taste with caramel malt flavor. Finishes nice with a good balance. Slight cherry and dark fruit flavors. Very smooth but was hoping for a little bit more flavor.
Not bad, would recommend

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3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a thin lacing of foamy, off white head that fades after a few seconds. The nose has notes of caramel and a hint of ripe fruit. The flavor is fruity at first with notes of dark fruit followed by some caramelly sweetness. It finishes with a mild, spiciness from the rye used. As the beer warms some toasted malt notes begin to arise in the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated though there is a slight syrupy quality to the finish.

This is a more bold version of your standard marzen style beers. The rye adds a spicy finish and the dark fruit offers a nice change of pace. The syrupy finish and the sweet caramel notes aren't overbearing, but do wear on me.

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,084 ratings
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