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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

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3.74/5
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1,083 Ratings
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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:
#23,473
Reviews:
460
Ratings:
1,083
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
104
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,083 |  Reviews: 460
Photo of beergoot
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper hued body; thin, fizzy head. Toasted grain aroma. Malty, grassy, spicy flavor; slightly fruity; bitterness pops up late into the finish.. Medium bodied; relatively sweet finish.

A fair lager with a decent malt sweetness and edgy spice and fruity quality.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clean and clear pink-red, with a thin, quickly disappearing white head. A little lacing left behind. Smooth sweet, malt aroma with a hint of hops. The taste is a smooth malty flavor from the start, before being cut by the rye and hops. Mouth feel is sorta watery, but good. Nothing special. Overall, a very good beer. Certainly worth trying, but nothing I'd go out of my way to get.

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Photo of chip26
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Branlott42
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of citylion
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeoClassicist
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with a bottling date of 15 Sept. 2015 into a lager glass.

Appearance – the body has an orange-amber color and is topped by a modest size, bone-colored head. The head has decent retention and leaves some foamy lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma – weak and seems to have some off notes (from the rye?) in addition to notes of caramel and sweet malts.

Flavor – nearly as spicy and hoppy as malty. Much better than the aroma suggests. Improved with some warming.

Mouthfeel –Alcohol seems a little lower than the actual 6.2 % ABV. Medium body with a carbonation level that is medium level, lightly crisp, and appropriate for style.

Overall: a good rye spiced marzen.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fscottkey
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [3.50] Forms 1/2 finger of head. The head is off white and thins out pretty quickly. The beer is cloudy apricot color. The bottle lists the ABV (6.2%) and has a bottled date (02/20/2015) that is easy to read (and is quite old).

S: [3.50] Strong smell of corn and cereal. Maybe hints of fruitiness. Very traditional lager type scents.

T: [3.50] A little soapy then corn and sweetness from the malts. Similar fruitness from the nose.

M: [3.50] Slick and medium bodied. Nice amount of carbonation.

O: [3.50] This is decent. I doubt I'd seek it out but I wouldn't turn it down. It is a nice twist on a standard lager. It still has that corn flavor underlying but there are some additional flavors at the party to mix it up.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and bright red-tinged copper with a half finger width, sandstone colored head. Poor retention, resulting in a razor thin, broken layer of suds across the surface.

Smell - Bready, with notes of fruity esters. Hints of caramel.

Taste - Spicy notes from the rye met by strong caramel flavor and a touch of toasted bread. Mild, cherry-like fruitiness sit beneath. Finishes with well-rounded blend of flavor that begs for another sip.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with a fair amount of crisp carbonation. Smooth, slightly dry finish.

Overall - Unique, delicious Okto. I could stand to drink more of these. The rye really adds a nice spicy touch while the caramel is smooth as butter. Come on Great Divide, get into the NorCal market!

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Photo of canarycommotion
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nat1975
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of bcaputo99
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crobinso
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JBudraux
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nuebs
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Smclarty
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this single beer at a Binny's Beverage Depot in Chicago.

Quick Take: Slightly hoppy, but has a nice, subtle spice from the rye that makes up for it. One of a few examples of rye beer without the ridiculous amount of hops! Another good example is the Rugbrød from The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Important Edit: If you encounter a Hoss version that is labeled Oktoberfest, please pass on that! It's nothing like an Oktoberfest and there is no rye to taste in that beer. Look for the version labeled Rye Lager instead! The Oktoberfest is alright and can make for a good cooking beer. The Octoberfest from Karl Strauss and Sprechers is much better!

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Photo of SanFranJake
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,083 ratings
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