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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Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of mater
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of StoneTSR
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: As with most Great Divide beers, the head retention and lacing are remarkable. The penny red-copper color of beer is gorgeous as well.

SMELL: Medium strength smell of rye and a touch of hops.

TASTE: The Hoss is very sweet. A little overboard in my opinion. The malt bill is intense and there is not much to balance it out. Although, as it warms, the malt mellows and makes it a bit easier to drink.

MOUTHFEEL: The sweetness is just too cloying for me. A small amount of hop balance comes through by the end of the glass, but it is also oily and viscous when it probably should be a little more crisp and clean.

OVERALL: This is a rare miss for Great Divide in my opinion. Which is too bad, because I had high hopes for a rye lager.

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Photo of osusullins
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am not a fan of lagers, however I find Hoss to be very tolerable. It might be my favorite Oktoberfest beer.

Pours a very nice amber with a tan head.

Nose is of spice and malts.

Taste is slightly bitter, but very refreshing. A little more spice than typical for most Marzens I have tasted. I think that is why I enjoy it. Typical lager crispness. Very light bodied.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark amber color, perfectly clear, with a big white head on top. The scent is a great balance of spicy rye malt and sweet fruit. Bread notes come through most in the taste, with a spicy rye and a slight hop bitterness keeping things interesting. This is not my favorite style by any means, but this was a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of hefehead12
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with Jul 23, 2010 written on it? Weird.

Pours a dark, rich copper color with small tan head that dissipates quickly. I could smell the rye malt before i even brought the glass up to my nose. The smell is dominated by the sweet malt with herbal and spicy notes as well. The taste is sweet without being overly so. As it warms the beer does begin to thin out and that would be the only real drawback to this beer. Overall it is very solid beer and a welcome change of pace to other Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of HopsYeast
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a-pours a dark clear amber with zero sediment. has a 3/4 finger pale cream almost eggshell color head that slowly fads leaving a nice trace on the sides of the glass
s-had a sourdough smell that hants subtle hints of rye. then there is a very subtle fruity aroma. probably from the yeast. very complex aroma!
t-has a very balanced flavor of subtle hops with malt and finished with a nice touch of rye in the end.
m-on the thicker side. not like the ale of summer.
o-decent balanced lager. nothing too exceptional about it but it is drinkable and can compliment different meals.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in April, 2011 but picked up in October, same year. Go figure. It’s a marzen, so maybe there’s poetic justice at work here. Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for this bottle.

Gave it a vigourous pour and received a good layer of foam that slowly died down atop a ruby-amber colored beer. Muted malty aroma on the nose, and the hints of cherry and dark fruits that the description on the label promises. Mellow taste. It’s sweet around the edges but not overpoweringly so. More like dark cherry, perhaps some cherrywood, or whiskey-soaked cherry, if I was pressed to pin it down. The rye gives it an edge, but I’d be hard pressed to describe just what, exactly. Like a sweeter, less hoppy ryePA, I suppose. Different from what I’d expect from a marzen but that’s not a bad thing. Another winner from the Great Divide.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a red amber color. It has about avg head with fairly desent retention but no lacing.
Weak carbonation.

Aroma was mostly malts as one would expect with some sutle rye similar to pumpernickel.

A taste of slightly toasted malts, sweet and some rye malts kicking in towards the end. I get a pumpernickel feel also with maybe some sutle molasses to boot. Some spiciness at end.
The beer goes down easy and is a typical medium body.

A pretty good beer with a different take on the Octoberfest style.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into standard pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Deep red/orange/copper color with a 2 finger off-white, creamy head.

S - Tart fruit ( I get cherry), toasted malts, and a strong rye scent. Quite complex.

T - Nice sweet maltiness adequately balanced by bittering hops. Fair diacetyl presence. Rye adds a nice grainy touch.

M - Slippery and smooth. Works well for the style.

D - I'm usually not partial to the addition of rye, but GD has made this one work nicely.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear and amber with crimson notes

S: some cherry and raspberry notes.

T: light on the spice. Some grains and light cherry.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: seemed like this was apopular one when I was trying it at the brewery. Not very complex and focused on the fruitiness as oppose to the beer quality.

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Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured a caramel in color with some orange highlights coming through in the light. It had a very thin head that retreated to the edges of the glass pretty quickly. Nice looking color though.

Thea aroma has a pretty big maltiness to it. I get a sweeter, dark fruit and cherry character to it that I really liked. I get just a touch of the bready rye coming through as well. The rich, malty, dark fruit flavors were very good in it and they definitely set it apart from a lot of other beers in the style.

The taste really shows off the rich maltiness as well. Up front I get more of the bready, rye like flavors, while the finish is all about the sweeter, malty, fruity character. I really liked the cherry notes I got in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is a little on the heavier side for the style with carbonation being a little below average. Overall it was a pretty solid and tasty beer. I really liked that it had some uniqueness to it that set it apart from other beers of the style. The cherry and rich malty notes were very good as well in it. Overall a very solid beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a mellow 5:00 sun color, with tiny happy bubbles. smells like a rye beer, possibly overwhelmingly so... but taste is smooth and fair, even, understatedly robust. makes me want a bigger sip. second impression is more steadfast, lingering yet thin somehow in the mouthfeel. a paradox in many ways this rye lager is worth a thirsty quaff!

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Badass bottle w/ a lumberjack smokin a pipe with bottled on date, abv, food pairings, and a brief breakdown of the contents inside. Great Divide does shit right.

Deep dark orange red color - murky as hell into a pint glass. Head is pretty vigorous and then settles down to a thin layer. Holy shit, are those legs on a lager?!?!? This is a first for me. Bready, caramel, roasted rye malts pair up with fruity & spicy yeast character. Seriously smells fucking amazing.

Same on the tongue - those bready rye malts with alot of spice, some pepper in back, but finishes smooth. Medium body, and one of the most complex lagers I have had. Aimed towards the Marzen style, right on.

6pak of this from Total Wine & More for $8.99.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber with about 1/2 an inch of head that dissipates quickly. Tiny carbonation bubbles are spread evenly throughout the beer.

N: Pumpernickel bread, caramel and a hint of rye.

T: A nice breadiness and caramel make up the base of this beer. Hints of pumpernickel and rye are present along with a small note of smoke. Finishes with lingering bread and rye.

M: Medium bodied, crisp, clean and refreshing.

O: This is a nice take on the Marzen style which tends to be rather unremarkable at times. The hint of rye does help Hoss establish itself from its counterparts. Very easy drinking and goes nicely with the impending fall weather.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is it a bad sign that the lowest ABV beer in my fridge is this 6.2% lager? Nah; that’s the craft beer industry for you. Now, I have mixed feelings about Great Divide; on one hand, their Belgian IPA was just spot-on, but on the other, their Belgian Style Yeti could have been so much better. Hopefully this German lager helps to set my thoughts on this brewery straight.

Brewed four-and-a-half months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON APR 20 2011”).

A: Alright, with the name and the bottle art, I just had to pour this one into a stein. Maybe "too manly for a pint glass" should be this beer's slogan. Anyway, it looks great – it’s a nice, bright orange, shining joyfully in any light. Foamy white, sitting at a finger-and-a-half, is a creamy white head; it settles quick, leaving little pockets of lacing here and there. Retention is pretty low, but the foam is nice when it’s there.

S: Wow, that rye is big; crisp pumpernickel scents are first, and largest of the grain scents. It also has that uniquely grainy German lager smell, too, which winds up quite a few steps below the rye. And are those hops I smell? Juicy citrus and a kick of fresh pine aromas: yep, that’s them. They lay right on top of the sweet bubblegum and caramel malt tones, which turn out to be scents that you have to really work at to unearth. Odd – normally the malts would be dominant in this style. No worries, though; it’s smells great.

T: Very bready: biscuity dough and more pumpernickel, specifically. Crisp, earthy tones from the rye offset some of the biggest malt creams that come up, making this one incredibly drinkable. You can still taste the malts, though – they provide some dark fruits and vanilla cream. German yeasts are there, as well, coming through with banana tastes on a phenolic backdrop. It’s a great imported flavor that’s augmented by an underlying taste of European mineral water, most evident at the back end of the palate. A very nice addition! These tastes hit the aftertaste the most, accompanied by those piney, resiny hops I detected in the nose. It’s a dry, grainy finish that leaves you wanting more.

M: Full-bodied, yet crisp – very appropriate for the palate and the style. There’s a creaminess that adds even more to that imported, German feel, too (which I love).

O: This is an awesome German-style lager; seriously, one of the best I’ve had from an American brewery. Great nose, excellent taste profile (gotta love that rye), and a full-bodied feel make this a very memorable drink. Great Divide just jumped, as far as my internal ratings go; keep it up, guys!

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Photo of JayS2629
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red/amber with a one inch head that fades quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma is bready, spice, with a touch of honey and caramel. The rye stands out and adds a strong but interesting detail to the aroma.

The flavors follow with layers of biscuit, rye, spice, and bread crumbs with an earthy hops that barely peeks through.

Light, crisp, slightly grainy. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of IrishTed122
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Good looking beer, a bit dark for a marzen, but it was still a nice reddish-orange color, like a dark copper. Pretty clear and it had a nice one finger head that was off-white. Decent carbonation.

Smell: Pretty much like a marzen, but you smell the rye and the breadiness right away too.

Taste: Very good tasting brew. The rye or breadiness hits you right away and at first it feels very full-bodied, but then the malts hit you and it gives a nice balance. Don't have too much hop nodes in this brew, but that's not a bad thing.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice finish that isn't dry

Overall: Solid beer, definitely a good change of pace for me since I drink a lot of ales. Great Divide always makes good beers and this is no exception. They Rye gives it a bit of uniqueness you won't find as well. Worth trying.

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Photo of shanblur
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Liquor Locker Weinbach location in Evansville, IN. Bottled on 6/25/2010. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Slight cloudy amber color with a minimal white head. Leaves sparse lacing.

S - Very heavy on the malts in the aroma with some caramel and spice notes.

T - Malts again dominate the taste as well. Bread flavor with some spice also.

M - Oily with a thin to medium body.

Not a bad beer. I see this pairing well with certain foods.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

It's an amber color, not hazy with a finger of white head. Not much retention to it.

The smell is strong with German malts, robust and a little roasted.

The taste is more of the same, rich German malt flavors with not a lot of hop flavor. It's a very nice Oktoberfest beer.

I'm not getting a whole lot of rye flavor but I like this one.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, marked bottled on May 10, 2011. Purchased 7/2011 from a reputable bottle shop.

Poured into a British Imp Nonic

Pours a nice one finger head which hangs a while, then settles into a decent film, easily revived with a little swirl, a lively lager. A medium amber color.

A good amount of bread and yeast in the smell, very faint hops, nice malt, as it warms the bread/yeast/Rye thing comes to your attention. It is an enjoyable aroma. The Rye is here, more so than other supposedly Rye based lagers I have tried.

Good flavor though not all that distinctive, there is definite malt presence, medium bodied, not much in the way of hops though, there here but very light. In the end the malt dominates the flavor profile, and that’s not necessarily bad as it is a good taste. Very nice, smooth carbonation, well done and definitely helps balance out this lager. I really appreciate the dryness of this lager, it has a touch of sugar but balanced with the rest of the components.

Good malt dominated finish lingers on the palate.

OK so this is not the most exciting lager I have ever drunk, it is still good. And if you’re buying I would not turn this down. At 6.2 % ABV it definitely is a session beer. I would have liked more hops but the lable does state that this is intended to be a lager in the German Marzen style so it may be exactly what it is supposed to be. A very well balanced and highly drinkable brew. I did consider that this sample might be too old or have been mishandled, if so I will edit this review.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was drawn to this beer specifically by the label. I found that it got my attention so I figured I'd try it. The beer poured out as a reddish amber color. The head was an off white and had a pretty good retention to it. The lacing wasn't a that great. The smell of the beer had a little bit of a rye aroma to it, mostly smelled like a typical lager. The taste of the beer is pretty good, it had a good malt backbone with the rye kicking in with just a touch of spice to it. The mouthfeel is drinkable and feels like it could be a casual drinking beer. Overall I liked it quite a bit and would probably drink it again.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The brew pours out as a copper-colored body, subtly hazy, medium, soft tan colored head with lots of lacing. The scent is toasty malt, sweet candy, some cherry, touch of spice with some of that rye grain as well. The taste is a well-put together marzen. Sweet caramel malt front, rye grain, fairly spicy, some cherry influence, bready, toasty, maybe a touch of lemon zest, just a bit of grass. Medium bodied and very creamy. It deviates slightly from the classic marzen style, but it is well-done regardless.

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Photo of Draked
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hot summer day in Spokane (87 degrees), this is not the beer of choice. But as I sipped on this delicious beverage it reminded me of fall; which is my favorite time of year. The coloration was a spectacular amber or burnt orange, the taste was impeccable to the taste of most Oktoberfest beers which I had experienced in Munich just last year. A darker or more bock lager than I'm used to seeing in the states, this beer was inspiring. What brought it together for me really was the smell, dark red cherries, and a tinge of malt at the back end while an earthy spice stings the front. That earthy spice being attributed to the rye of course. Having not tried a rye lager before I reached for it on the shelf and was not disappointed.



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Photo of Beejay
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear orange amber, and a bit of white fluffy head on top.

S: There is definitely a creamy smell to this. There is a little bit of sweetness in here, some typical lager smells.

T: Sweet with a touch of fruitiness. Malty with a hint of spice and a nice touch of bitterness. Pretty tasty.

M: Slightly creamy, medium in body and the carbonation level is pretty good.

O: Overall fairly nice, the rye gives it a smoothness and a nice flavor. Malty, and tasty, the smell is a little lack luster, but overall quite enjoyable.

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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
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