Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

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1,062 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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Photo of shand
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours out a nice orange-amber color, with decent head retention and lacing. The aroma is zesty and fairly generically "beery," the taste is much better. It boasts a full mailtiness, along with a nice amount of zest from the rye. Very easy-drinking and quite delicious. The mouthfeel is nice, but the drinkability is the real star of the show. This drinks quite easily for the slightly elevated ABV.

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Photo of Briken
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear reddish orange with thin tan head and little retention. Spicy rye lager with slight fruit. Bold earthy spice up front and a dark cherry finish. Moderate hop linger. Thin, slick and smooth.

Wonderful layered flavor and very easy drinking. Light fuzz inhibits taste slightly but it’s an otherwise great lager I could drink quite a few of as I’m rather partial to all the flavors in here.

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

A: Burgundy with some faded orange tints. The head is scarce, hardly given a chance to cover the surface with sudsy and patchy offering with no lace. Effervesce is light with a wavery rise of lazy micro-bubbles.

S: The nose is dried caramel and grains, light cola with a restrained strength, but then again this is a lager style.

T: The flavor is fruity, a touch bock like, apple and cereal grains meets some dried cola with a light mention of watery burbon and sweet toasted caramel malt. Spicy and bready, smooth, with a dry finish.

M: Sharp mouthful, nice presence of carbonation, malty with a full body and spicy finish of peppercorns and watery burbon off the tongue. Nice.

O: Overall has a spicy quality, one you expect from in a rye, but also offers a good smooth drinkability, crisp like a lager and easily drinkable in numbers.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red burnt orange with a nice beige head. Aroma of spicey earthy hops, some sweet lightly toasted malt, yeasty notes. Taste is sweet eathy spiciness with some light toasted rye and grains, yeasty. Palate is nice medium body with good carbonation. Finish is sweet eathy spicy with light toasted rye grains undertones some breadiness and some hops ending to add some balance, has a slightly nutty ending. Overall a very nice brew. Very enjoyable

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden brown/yellow tan. 1/4 inch creamy head and very minor lacing.

Smell - Yeast, rye, carmal, malts, some sugars and some minor hops come out,

Taste - Nice kick of floral yeast and rye is the main flavor. Some carmal and hops are present. Malts add some bold flavor. Fairly sweet but does have some slight alcohol warmth at the end.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets hit with yeast and sweet carmal. Thin, lightly coats mouth, palette gets some slight hops and alcohol. Pretty smooth.

Overall - Great for the style of beer that it is. Easy enough to drink, and different with the rye flavor. The malt aftertaste is a little sour at the end but overall, a nice change of style beer.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoss pours out a clear golden orange color with a creamy finely bubbled head. The aroma is true to the Märzen style, so you get a pleasant whiff of toasted malts, dark fruits, and a very light spiced rye. Hoss tastes of strong sweet caramel notes with earthy spiced rye underlying it all. There’s also a little hop bitterness on the swallow that fades gradually. The drink of the beer is creamy and enjoyable and you likely wouldn’t guess it’s a 6.2% ABV beer. Nice to have a year-round Märzen.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of the Oktoberfest style when done well, and adding Rye to the mix sounds interesting. I haven't been too impressed with the majority of the lagers that come from American breweries, so I am looking forward to this one changing my mind. Let's see what this one has to offer as I believe that this is the first Lager that I have tried from Great Divide.

Appearance: Looks pretty Oktoberfest like being a light golden orange color with some mild reddish tint and a small white head of small active bubbles on top. The head faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds, but remained as a small ring at the edge of the beer for quite a while. There is no lacing or anything left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got quite a bit of the expected toasty malt notes and a reserved Rye presence, which I am glad for as the Rye could easily dominate this beer being as reserved as it is. There is a little bit of hops noticeable as a floral component and they smell noble, which is good for this style. There is a sweet caramel becoming more noticeable as the beer warms up some.

Taste: The Rye is a little more noticeable in the flavor than in the aroma. The profile is decidedly malty overall as it should be, and the grain seems to be well mashed, which is unusual for an American brewer as they typically just single infusion everything. There is some hops and they are floral and noticeable in the beginning of the flavor, but they fade pretty quickly to let the sweetness take over in the end to linger. There is a little bit of heat noticeable from the alcohol late after the sip, which is a little unusual for the style, but it isn't a major detractor. As the beer warms, the Rye is getting much more noticeable as the finish carries on and the beer sits on your palate. The body is medium with slightly low carbonation for what I would like for this beer, so it comes across as a tad watery and that is probably why I am noticing the alcohol.

Opinion: This is a pretty good beer overall. I like the blend. The Rye is done well so that it accents the beer rather than running the show. There is still obviously enough to taste, and I am glad that they told me it was there as I might have mistaken its presence for earthy hops or something else at first. Either way, I will finish what I have, and will not fear a lager from Great Divide as they seem to know how to brew one.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a clear reddish amber color with a tall frothy head that dissipated fairly quickly but left a nice bit of lacing on the glass. Aromas are caramel, red fruit, cherries, and bread. Flavor has a nice malty sweetness with just enough hops to keep it from being cloying. Low carbonation but seems pretty true to style (at least from the other Marzens I have had), overall a nice American interpretation of the German style.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide Hoss is a delicious variation on the usual Marzen lager.

A: Red orange colour with a 1 cm head that fades quickly to thin lacing around the edge of the glass. 3.5

S: Grainy and fresh with some hints of woodiness. 4

T: Very malty up front and reasonably dry. It has that really dark, woody flavour that I associate with rye beers (love it). 4.5

M: Slightly fizzy. 3.5

O: This is a really nice Marzen. 4

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was Friday night after a hockey game and I stopped by a friends house to part take in a couple of beverages. The first was Great Divide's Hoss Rye Lager. The appearance was good...a nice copper clear color with good carbonation and thin white head. The smell had subtle hints of cherry and rye. The taste was very good even as the temperature warmed. Certainly could pick up the cherry at the front, but then came off the pallete clean like most rye lagers/ales will. This beer was very smooth and enjoyable. I would have preferred a bit more hop.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Pours a crystal clear light amber color with a 1/2 inch bone colored head that fades to a fizzy film on the top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of malt/biscuit and spicy rye notes. Taste is of toasty malt/biscuit flavors with a spicy rye taste that is very enjoyable. This beer has high carbonation with a nice crisp and clean moutfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice rye flavors from Great Divide. I am glad I got to try this one as it is not distributed to CA.

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

Bottled on April 20, 2011. Copper orange in color with very good clarity. Started with a fizzy off-white cap that quickly dissipated. Sweet caramel, bready, and toasted malt aromas....clean and fresh smelling. Body is on the heavier side, rich and malty with light carbonation. Sweet caramel malt and toasted malt flavors from beginning to end. Tangy carbonation in the middle transitions to a light floral hoppy bitterness to the finish. Finishes crisp and dry. Although this is not my preferred style, I thoroughly enjoyed this Marzen. Very malty. Fairly simple. But excellent.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack purchased from Argonaut Liquors in Denver, CO. Bottled May 10, 2011, around $9. Into a pint glass.

A: Nice copper color with a white head, right at a quarter of an inch that recedes quite quickly, leaving a few spots of lacing. Excellent clarity, and a few bubbles lazily working their way through the glass.

S: Quite malty, a nice bit of caramel, slightly toasty, some nice earthy notes as well. Smells malty and clean. Not a whole lot going on though. Inoffensive, but nothing sets it apart.

T: Sweet and grainy, lots of rich caramel malts, earthy rye, a little hint of spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Great toasted bread flavors. Really a bready beer. Pretty tasty malty beer.

M: Medium heavy, carbonation is spot on, finishes on the dry side, which really helps with the overall beer.

O: Pretty good beer overall. A solid beer that would be a great change up from more traditional marzens. The rye adds an extra layer of depth with earthy flavors. Another good six pack beer to have in the fridge, and a great beer to go for when nothing else is sounding great. Would really be a great fall, cooler weather beer.

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Photo of Duff27
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/4/11

A- Pours a one inch white head on top of a clear amber beer. Multiple streams of effervescence float upward. Above average lacing and head retention.

S- Scent is of lemon peel. Grainy/bready.

T- Caramel malts, sweet rye backbone. Not too bitter.

M- Crisp. Medium to medium-light mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

D/O- I could just keep drinking this for days...very refreshing. I can't believe I've been passing this one up all this time. I believe a BMC fan would enjoy this lager.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark copper with virtually no head. Only mild carbonation. Head is gone about a quarter down the glass, leaves only a couple of tiny splotches of lacing.

S - Very malty with hints of rye and cherry.

T - A little bit of alcohol an alot o'bit of malt up front. The body has a wide array of malty flavors mixed with sweet cherry and caramel, and peppy rye notes. Sweet, dry finish that leaves a delicious biscuity aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and nice and chewy. Moderate carbonation that expands in your mouth to fill it with flavor.

Got this beer in exchange for changing oil on a friend's car. Good trade. I love this beer, I could drink this all night! The body is just so complex and inviting and the finish leaves the drinker begging to take another sip. I got this in march, but it
says it was bottled in mid August (nearly 10 months ago). Perhaps that explains the lackluster head...

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Photo of doughanson78
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber with a reddish tint. 1 finger white head. Ok lacing. Head recedes fairly quick.

S: Lightly roasted malts. Definitely a sweet smell. Little fruity cherry, grape, and plum? Little caramel. Slight hop. Slight alcohol. Kinda complex for my NOOB nose.

T: Sweet. Very malty. Little caramel. Light cherry. Very mild hop in the end. Again complex. Haven't tried this style before.

M: Smooth. Medium-bodied. Little carbonation. Almost none left to keep trying. Last drink! Little dry in the end.

O: Actually I thought this was a pretty fine beer. Definitely need to explore more beers in this style so I can compare. But would definitely buy again. On clearance for $1.79/12oz. bottle. Don't know what a six pack goes for, but Great Divide is usually pretty expensive. Going back tomorrow to see if the other 3 bottles are there.

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Photo of HugePlume
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, no freshness dating

A- Pours a beautiful red copper color. Minimal head though, and no lacing to speak of.

S- No nose to this beer at all. Smells of very weak grain and dishsoap.

T- Very weak again, has a light dry grain note. The bottle says its a layered flavor. If the layers are dry grain and water, they are right. Has a very dry finish.

M- Very watery and light. Carbonation nearly absent.

O- Give this to a a macro drinker to offer them a little different flavor than a Budweiser, but skip it yourself for something much better.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is clear reddish orange in color and poured with a one finger dense white head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of caramel malts and spicy rye in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of bitterness to help balance out the sweetness from the malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some dryness is present in the finish.
O: The beer is easy to drink because it isn’t very filling, the rye doesn’t make it overly spicy and there are no traces from alcohol in the taste.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Bottled on 10/01/2010.

Slightly hazy, burnt auburn color. Creamy, off-white head that never quite recedes. A bit of condensed lacing.

Thin, toasted malt aromas; stiff, malted wheat. Mild, dark fruit: grape, plum, and cherry. All together, rather muted aromatics.

Sweet caramel and light toffee up front that is followed by a sweet, slightly tart cherry and grape. Brown sugar and rich toffee follow a dry finish.

Medium bodied; a bit gritty, but fairly smooth and even creamy especially as the flavors progress.

A pretty dynamic Marzen with nice balance between the various flavor profiles; however, overall the flavors are somewhat reserved.

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Photo of stewart124
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bit on the darker amber side. Some whisps of off-white head.

Nose is a nice bit of munich breadiness and some caramel notes.

Taste is great and spot on to an Oktoberfest with a rye bite. Really a delicious and easy drinking beer with a bit of a twist. The caramel notes diminish and leave more of a munich style malt in my mind. Lots of bite and a nice hope bitterness as well.

Again, this is very easy to drink and I am looking forward to finding this in the fall when it's more in season. Nicely done GD.

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Photo of DrewV
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber colored body with a 1-finger bubbly head. Moderate lacing remains. Not bad.

S: Malts, caramel, very sweet. Hops are a no-show. Rye spiciness peeks out from behind the malts.

T: Again, super-sweet malts up front with tinges of rye hiding in there somewhere. I get 90% malts and 10% other stuff. Overly sweet and almost cloying.

M: Too smooth, lacks carbonation and body.

O: Not offensive, but definitely nothing I'd consider drinking again. A tough struggle for me to make it through all 12 ounces. Reminds me way too much of Sackets Harbor War of 1812 ale.

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Photo of birdman200
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with very little head. Smells of rye, grain, and, well, brewing beer (if you've ever experienced it before). Taste is pretty mellow - no real bite to it, and again, a rye taste. Very nice, refreshing lager. Did not know it was considered an Oktoberfest beer...I was under the impression it was simply a rye lager. Very distinctive taste, not your ordinary run-of-the-mill lager. Nice alternative to the mass produced swill.

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this with dinner at steubens.

Pours a dark burnt orange. Small head, little to no lacing.

Caramel malts on nose. Maybe a hint of rye.

More sweet malts on the palate. Hint of rye spice at the end.

Medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall a decent beer and one of the better americn oktoberfest beers ive had, but thats not saying much. Looking forward to more great divide beers while on location in denver, but may not be looking this one up again.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear bronze color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of spicy rye, spicy hops, and hints of caramel. It is strong and very appealing. The taste is maltier than the aroma with more caramel and toffee. There is still some spicy hops and rye, but it is more in the background. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good beer that I will certainly drink again.

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

A: Pours a really nice red color with no speakable head. Really a very pretty beer though.

S: First thing that came to mind was carmel, then I get this malty sweetness backing it up. Maybe a hint of rye funk.

T: Stronger Rye bite than expected, doesn't really taste like a Marzen, but it isn't traditional anyway. It has a nice earthy character to it and the finish lingers for a few minutes. This is a pretty tasty beer.

M: Moderate carbonation, light bodied but also a tad sticky.

D: Very high, this is a quality beer, and I'd love to have it in the late summer on a hot day!

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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,062 ratings.
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