Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

Hoss Oktoberfest LagerHoss Oktoberfest Lager
1,075 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.

Added by rye726 on 08-05-2009

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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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Photo of shand
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +14.2%
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 +6.1%
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 +7%
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 +6.1%
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 -6.4%
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 +4.8%
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 -4.5%
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 +10.2%
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 -1.6%
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 +2.9%
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 +5.6%
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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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,075 ratings
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