Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

Hoss Oktoberfest LagerHoss Oktoberfest Lager
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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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Ratings: 1,070 |  Reviews: 455
Photo of StlHopHead77
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a generic pint glass.

A-Pours out a cloudless,red with an insignificant,loose white head.Small amounts of lacing.

S-The smell here was decidedly unremarkable.No real sign of the rye and pretty subdued in general.

T-This beer just didn't have the body or richness typically associated with a Marzenbier.It followed the style with a mild hop presence but I would have liked a little more rye.Faint presence of sweet malt.

M-This beer was crisp and clean.Not as full-bodied as a Marzenbier typically might be.

D-This beer is very drinkable in a sessioning sense but it just was not my favorite Great Divide effort.

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Photo of CreightonSM
2.84/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.89/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Clean, clear, coppery amber color with a one-finger head of sudsy white foam which dissipated quickly to form a thin, oily slick which left no real lacing.

S: Smells a bit sweet, fruity and zesty, with hints of wheat and rye malts and a crisp, bready aroma.

T: Caramel malt sweetness followed by a strange, astringent hop bitterness. Not sure if its a bit of metallic resin being cast by the lager or the hops, but the bitterness seems off to me. There is a dry, bready malt feel and taste to it, though.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and slightly astringent, this brew wa a little tough to take down a sturdy gulp of.

D: This "rye lager" posing as a "marzen" was just a little off-base for me and I'd be reluctant to try it again. A weird balance of flavors, or lack of balance, and an ABV with odd, residual flavors hindered the drinkability and my overall enjoyment of the brew. Back to the drawing board on this one I say.

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Photo of Honeybourne
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Penrodeo
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ProudBeerSnob
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into standard pint glass from bottle. Rust color with thin head that vanishes rather quickly. Aroma is very intriguing with sweet rye, almost nutty. It kind of smells like a health food store. (this is a good thing)

The taste however is a bit off. Really sharp rye and hop flavor up front with the sweetness right behind. Definitely not a session beer. The flavor combo is interesting but takes a toll on drinkability.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -19.8%
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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 60.5% out of 100 with 1,070 ratings
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