Hoss Oktoberfest Lager | Great Divide Brewing Company

Hoss Oktoberfest LagerHoss Oktoberfest Lager
1,074 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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Ratings: 1,074 |  Reviews: 456
Photo of MrBoz21
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured very bright copper/amber/gold with light tab head that quickly settled to ring. Nice fine lacing. Mild carbonation. Very pretty beer.

Aroma: Rye, right up front. Lager sulphur (which fades as glass breaths), caramel. Faint floral/noble hops.

Taste: Rye biscuit with woodsy/resiny bitter that rests in back of tongue and throat. Not complex per se, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium dry and tingly. A bit thin.

Overall: Very nice. Nice hoppy lager that is quenchable. No problem taking big, satisfying swallows. A bit thin.

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Photo of dannydetox
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

another easy drinking beer, hoss rye lager is an interesting spin on the marzen style. orange amber in color with a short-lived whitish head. carbonation is mild for a lager. hoss delivers welcoming notes of rye alongside caramel malts in the nose. down the hatch you get more maltiness, but not in a syrupy sweet way. clean, dry finish and a medium full body round out the brew.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Treated as an Oktoberfest, this was poured into a mug (correct use of glassware). The appearance was a dark hazy burnt amber color with a sustaining white foamy dissipating little head. Messy lacing running here and there. The aroma flows between the sweet and spicy rye malts to the creative use of nutty yet biscuit sweet breadiness of the entirety of it all. Subtle sweet grassiness underneath. The flavor brings it all together nicely. Nice semi-sweet/lightly spiced flowing rye into the aftertaste and then riding fairly quick into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionable feel to it. Carbonation seems to ride fairly nice. Overall, Oktoberfest - yes, definitely and with a nice creative ingenuity by Great Divide, this is definitely worthy to come back to.

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly no head with only a little bit of bubbles on the edge of the glass. No lace. The beer itself is crystal clear and a beautiful neutral amber color.

Dried malt sugar aroma; light hop

The rye is quite present. A very dry brew. Smooth mouthfeel, yet it is slightly astringent. Mostly malty with a short finish and a touch of hop.

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Photo of Kakaraht
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear amber with a fine lacing of foam that lingers quite a while.

S: The rye is clearly detectable, as well as a pale malt and faint floral hopinness.

T: Actually taste reminiscent of an Oktoberfest beer, but with a slight grainy sour rye after tone.

M: Light body, nice carbonation, dry finish.

D: I really enjoyed this one, it is a good blend of Munich and rye malt.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a very clear amber color with a single finger of cream-colored fizzy head that lasts for about a minute and a half, leaving behind only minimal lacing. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Smells of cherries and psuedo-nutmeg spice over a caramel malt with extra earthy hopping and a touch of breaded yeastiness. Tastes somewhat drier than the nose had me expecting, but still semi-sweet with caramel malt and plenty of toasted bread alongside a light herbal hopping garnish on the finish. The cherries from the aroma are very much subdued upon the palate in the actual flavor, but that's okay, because the caramel malt gains some nuttiness to compensate that wasn't as perceptible in the aroma. If only these aspects carried fully back and forth from nose and palate to present a complete spectrum, this would have been absolutely amazing. As it is, it settles for merely being better than average.

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Photo of mikerieder
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Cypress Pint and Plate in Atlanta.

Pours a red-orange color with a one-finger light tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slightly sweet and bready malts with hints of floral hops and rye spiciness.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malt flavors with just a hint of breadiness. Midway through the sip light hints of spiciness come into play before a mildly sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the glass and I could have another.

Overall this had everything in place to be really good, just not in the right amounts. I'd hoped for more spiciness and caramel/bready malt flavors but even as it is it's worth a shot if you like the style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Great Divide tasting room. Amber with reddish tinge, a bit of lace. A good mouthfeel. Served cold and since room was cold it did not warm up too much. Carbonation is right there. A spicy rye edge, some fruitiness with the spice.Neutral aroma.

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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 mlefebvre7
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of miguelre06
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper to ruby red in color. The beer has a finger tall dense beige head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts along with rye spiciness. There are lighter aromas of yeast and just a hint of earthy/spicy hops.

T: Upfront this beer has a moderate flavor of caramel malts with a light amount of caramel/toffee sweetness. There are some light rye spiciness and some lighter notes of yeast - there is a light amount of earthy/spicy hop flavors that contribute some light lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with some dryness in the finish.

O: The rye is not as present as I had hoped for in this beer - I was expecting a little more rye spiciness. The beer is easy to drink because of the lighter rye flavor and well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a light amber color with an off-white head. Smells sweet with plenty of cereal and malt notes. A definite rye aroma, some yeast, a little bit of earthy hop character, and a light fruitiness. The rye is very pronounced on the palate. Sweet bread with a bit of toast flavor, some floral and spicy hops, and just a touch of yeast. There is a mild bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of Zcrizer
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottles (Dec 2014)

Look: Orange tinted, a solid lacing on top, lots of carbonation rising.

Smell: Weaker overall than many Marzens. Slight whiff of cherry.

Taste: Solid, if not terribly distinctive. It's mid-sip flavor seems to be sweeter, more fruit-like than most.

Overall: Good representative of the style that is apparently available yearround, which is welcomed by me.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the tap a very nice copper color with a very nice off-white head. Smells earthy, with some caramel malt and some light rye. Nice sweet malt flavors, along with toast and a hint of rye spiciness. Nicely carbonated and an easy beer to drink.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery orange with a good beige/off white head. No real lacing.

Toasted malt and some sugary notes. Some boiled grain aromas as well.

Some sweet toasted bread, with some light hop bitterness underneath. Maltiness shines through, but is a bit boiled in flavor. Flavors are decent, but not as strong as I would like. Just a bit weak in intensity, but the flavors are good.

Medium body with some carbonation. Good.

Overall, quite drinkable. Nothing off or offensive. Decent beer.

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Photo of krausenman
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The beer pours a crystal clear burnt/dark amber color that is capped by a thick tan head of foam that resides to a lacy ring and cover.

S-There is a definate smell of malt with a slight cereal or fresh grain smell.

T-Initially, you taste malt sweetness that is balanced in the back of the mouth by a bitter spicy note from the rye and hops.

M-The mouthfeel is creamy and on the moderate side.

D-The beer is drinkable and well balanced but is somewhat one dimensional in the flavor profile for a rye "accented" beer.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a transparent, copper hue, with a nice golden two-finger head, with good retention and lacing.

S - Smell is of caramel, toasted grains, and a hint of cinnamon.

T - Taste is of toasted, biscuit-like malts, with a mix of caramel sweetness and nutty bitterness, and a slight hop presence at the end.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with fairly low carbonation, and a smooth feel overall.

D - This is almost session-beer level stuff. Very easy to drink for sure!

Overall - This is a decent, but not mind-blowing Marzen IMO. Definitely worth a shot if you're a fan of the style though.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Great Divide tap room. This was a clear amber beer with a soapy head. The smell was good and sweet almost, intriguing. The beer was a nice lager with a bit of sweetness and a hint of the rye. For some reason I was not expecting to like this beer but I did, I may need to pick up a sixer.

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Photo of brewsclues
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful reddish/amber-copper hue with a good amount of foam that stayed the whole glass.

There is a very distinct nose to rye lagers - I haven't had too many of them, but this runs along-side of the best of what I've had (Hop Rod - Bear Republic). Plenty of malt and toasted grains (obviously the rye-bread stands out), but there is also plenty of fruit tones (most distinctly, cherry and watermelon). The more you smell it, the more sweet it gets.

Taste is solid - definitely plenty of malts, but the hops jump out at the end for a nice, hoppy-bitter finish. The hops don't overpower this one, but they are distinct and kind of sneak up on you. A lot creamier than I expected. Not a summer beer, but a decent choice for Octoberfest season.

Overall, a nice take on the rye lager. I wouldn't turn this one down if offered, but a bit too much on the sweet-cherry side for my liking.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a reddish gold with a finger of white head. Bready malt aroma with a little noble hops. Medium bodied with a solid malt base. Bit of spice from the rye. Sweet malt on the start, crisp hop bite in the finish. Easy drinking, nothing earth shattering.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Hoss is a crystal clear amber lager with a dense, creamy, off-white head that thins out and leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a spicy aroma with notes of rye, citrus, grass and maybe corinder. It's medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a crisp, dry finish that leaves the mouth a little chalky. It's pretty sweet and quite spicy. There are notes of resin, citrus, cherry, pretzels and fruitcake. The aftertaste is spicy. It's a little sweet for my taste. It wasn't a great choice for lawn mowing, but it's rich, tasty and enjoyable.

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Hoss Oktoberfest Lager from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 1,074 ratings
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