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 happilysurly
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper color, dark for a lager, with about one finger of small bubbled, off-white head. Very transparent for the color with medium sized bubbles.

S: Light and crisp smelling. Smells like a lager, duh. I get a very subtle hint of the rye on the nose, but not a lot.

T: Very light, though less than a typical american lager. I get the rye on the back sides of my tounge and in my throat as it goes down. The aftertaste is a good amount of rye as well. I don't like to drink many lagers because of their lack of big flavor. This one gives me the same feeling.

M: There is a tinny, metallic feeling I get on my palate from beginning to end. I'm left wanting with this beer. I know its a light beer, but its not at the same time.

D: When am I supposed to drink this? It's really light, so I think warmer weather, but then the rye darkness factor makes it not a summer beer. So is it a winter beer? Nope, too light to warm my soul. So I'm left wondering with this brew, its unique, but I don't think I'd have another.

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Photo of nukem5
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a great dark copper color with very little head after a vigorous pour.

S: Sweet malts and light hops almost bready.

T: Rich and roasty malts not a typical Oktoberfest beer taste very subtle and mild not as sweet as a typical Fest beer. As it warms it does more resemble a typical Marzen style.

M: Good feel with a thick and slightly chewy texture.

D: Drinkable ,yes a good beer but there are many better in this style still a good overall beer.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From notes:

Pours an amber color with an off-white head, left behind some decent lacing, more than I expected.

Smell is malty and of the typical spice aroma associated with the style.

Taste is toasted bread, caramel, and dark fruits. "Oktoberfest" spices are present as well.

Solid Marzen/Oktoberfest, wouldn't say it's up there with my favorites in the style, but a solid brew overall.

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Photo of jsh420
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled 3/4/10

pours dark copper with a 1 finger head that faded fast and left no lacing

smell - almost none - just a little malt

taste is much better then the nose - reminds me of what a darker version of prima pils would be like - richer malts and lemon citrus hops

mouthfeel is ok - a bit thin for the style

drinkability is good - its just not a beer i will swirl and sniff between every sip

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Photo of SteveS1
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass-

Look: Medium-copper mostly-transparent body, several little bubbles. Small tan head with little retention.

Smell: Sweet citrus, orange, malts, honey

Taste: Sweet on the tongue, with mild hops and grains following, finishes with a bit of a wheat flavor. Aftertaste is bitter with dark fruit.

Feel: Medium to full bodied and mouth coating. Nicely carbonated.

Drink: Very drinkable, tasty with a snack, refreshing alone.

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Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a reddish/orange color. A minimal white head forms, but sticks throughout. Light lace.
S: Sweet caramel malt that is lightly toasted. Simple, but enjoyable.
T: Again, lightly toasted with a sweet caramel malt flavor.
M/D: A little lighter body than I would like. Crisp carbonation. Not hard to drink. I could put a few away with ease.

Not bad, mostly sweet malt, but enjoyable. A decent American version.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light gold body with decent head on top of it w/ a slightly citric hop and grainy yet semi-sweet caramel malt aroma. Taste is less dry than typical for style, but still I will say beer is dryish, spicy, minor hop bitterness but grapefruit seems to sneak in there. Light-bodied and crisp the beer goes down smooth w/ not much complexity at all; an easy to drink marzen that is a little tweak of the general style and while I enjoyed this beer I can't say one of my faves.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Nice amber/orange color with some burnt yellow highlights at the bottom and sides. An off white head, about 1 1/2 finger thick, that didn't maintain the retention I was hoping for. A bit of lacing left on the glass. Enough for me to enjoy I guess.

Smell - I detect a sweetness at first with the aroma. Some fruitiness that smells of cherries and grapes. Also detecting a slightly sour note. Picking up the rye bread also. Some buttery notes and some caramel sweetness. A bit toasty also.

Taste - The taste presented some dark fruit with some biscuit/bready flavors. A wee bit of bitterness and some sweetness again from the caramel type flavors.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel was medium to medium/thin, which was surprising to me. At 6.2% ABV I was expecting something a bit thicker. Didn't really coat the palate as much as I was anticipating either. It's mostly smooth. Rather crisp and somewhat refreshing. Maybe even a bit watery as it warms.

Drinkability - All in all this beer isn't bad. Pretty solid really. Worth a try if nothing else catches your eye. It's fairly easy to drink, but not quite sessionable. This beer seems like a Fall seasonal to me.

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Photo of argock
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. Freshness date stamped on front label. SIngle purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.20.

A: Rustic amber with beautiful clarity and 1-2 fingers of foamy, light beige head with good retention and a nice crusty ring of lace at the top of the mug.

S: Very light and what is detectable is pretty grainy. A very small helping of herbal hops combined with the usual sweet caramel marzen aromas are there but are slammed by a pretty harsh and dirty grainiess that has some spiciness but is pretty one-dimensional. I think of a marzen as an easy-going style -- the aroma that is evident is not.

T: Features of the marzen style are there but are pretty strongly trumped by the grainy character of the rye. IT doesn't drink too badly though -- the sweet elements have got to be the result of prodigious malting with caramel and pale malts. Some herbal hoppiness is there but it's muddied by the rye.

M: Solidly medium-bodied and not overly carbonated -- just enough to show off the nice look without detracting from the feel.

D: A good not great brew and probably my lowest rated from GD. You have to really love rye to like this beer a lot. The value of this brew is far below other marzens, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Fruity yet dry and balanced spicy Oktoberfest hybrid.

A: Lovely hazy deep pumpkin orange body with a fleeting one finger off white head.

S: Not much, just some candied plums and faint dry malt and dusty hops.

T: Fruit forward up front without being too sweet, on candied apricot. Nice drying finish on spicy hops. Malt, of the dry biscuity variety, simply provides a foundation. There's also unfortunately something a bit off about the flavor that's hard to describe.

M: Excellent weight and carbonation.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a sam adams pint glass,great head with some nice lacing.smell is slightly toasted malt.taste is slightly toasty and nutty with some rye spice in the finish.pretty good.got better as it warmed up.

medium bodied with pretty good drinkability.one of the better marzen lagers i've had.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a watered-down copper color mixed with a light orange that's rather pretty. The head is about a finger high, settles, and leaves small islands throughout my drinking of it. Transparent, obviously well-filtered. One thing I notice is the really nice lacing presented here, clinging to the sides of my glass and sliding down ever so slowly.

Scent is primarily of syrupy malt sugars with a backside hint of traditional darker rye breads, and the slightest bit of hop resin brightness. While the bottle suggests the brew is based off the Marzen style, the scent doesn't remind me of them.

The taste is surprisingly light compared to the heaviness of the scent. What stands out first is a very light, almost fruity sweetness, likely from a combination of malt sugars and floral hop resins. I'm a bit disappointed that I don't catch any of the rye: perhaps my taste is not sensitive enough to pick up what is there. From the initial sweetness, there is an abrupt transition to hop spiciness/bitterness that lasts the remainder of the taste. Aftertaste is of hop bitterness
I don't taste that much of the traditional Marzen in this one: the hops are much more pronounced and occupy at least 1/3 to 1/2 of my impression of this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, leaning towards heavy. The carbonation isn't particularly intense and fits well with the beer. Finish is expectedly dry, based on the bitter aftertaste. Everything is good here.

Overall, this is a fine craft lager that, while it doesn't remind me of Marzens, is quite drinkable. Somewhat sadly, I only pick up the rye notes in the scent. There's nothing wrong here, and I could definitely pick this one up again if I'm in the mood for a hoppy, maltier-than-average lager.

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Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up today at The Foodery. 12oz bottled on 9/3/09.

Pours a clear dark golden orange color with lots of visible carbonation bubbling up and a .5 finger white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring.

Toasty malt aroma with hints of sweet caramel and rye along with some subtle spice and dark fruit. Slightly earthy with hints of sour dark cherry complimenting the roasted malt character.

Softly carbonated up front with a medium body that has a nice balance of roasted malt sweetness, earthy bitterness and sweet dark fruit. Very clean and crisp with a slightly dry finish. Toasted caramel malt with prominent rye flavor which is balance by a slight earthy tartness. Hints of sour dark cherry add to the sweetness and balances this beer out pretty nicely. The alcohol is well masked and none of the flavors are overpowering making this beer pretty quaffable. Decent "session" beer if you can call it that at 6.2%.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dull copper colored brew with good bubbling and a rocky to start, but quick receding off-white head. The The aroma makes me think of spicy caramel thanks to the rye and some mild hopping. The taste has all the trappings of a pretty good oktoberfest, but the rye seems to stick out a bit too much formy taste. I taste some good toasted white bread with some mild American hops. Bt the rye had a spicyness that doesn't jibe well with me. ot a bad beer by any means, and still a good session brew to boot. But style wise, I think this oneis a little off to get a great rating.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Great Divide tap house – Denver

The beer was a deep orange color with a light, white head that dissipated quickly, but left a ring. The beer gave off a nice light rye and malty aroma with a hint of yeast/bready-ness to it. The taste of the beer was good; a nice light rye flavor with little to no hops to note, but it was not overly sweet. The beer had a moderate feel to it; the beer was smooth and very easy to drink. Overall, a good beer.

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Photo of beergoot
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper hued body; thin, fizzy head. Toasted grain aroma. Malty, grassy, spicy flavor; slightly fruity; bitterness pops up late into the finish.. Medium bodied; relatively sweet finish.

A fair lager with a decent malt sweetness and edgy spice and fruity quality.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a reddish amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is toasted malts and hints of spicy rye notes as well.

T- The taste features toasted malts, dark fruits and a dry and slightly spicy finish from the rye. There is also a touch of earthy hops in the finish as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I was excited to see another new rye beer on the market. This one isnt too bad. Worth a shot.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a dimpled mug. Pours a deep ruby red with undertones of bronze. Beer has obviously been filtered as it's quite clear. Head is about a half an inch thick and slightly tan and fizzy. No real legs or head retention. Aroma is somewhat malty and earthy, most likely due to the rye. Initial sip gives off a lot of malt character with the rye lingering in the finish. Relatively crisp and dry, surprisingly refreshing. Light mouthfeel with lingering rye, though it can be a little bit syrupy. Some caramel notes are present in the background. As you acclimate to the beer the hops come through with notes of citrus and fruit - lots of cherry. The rye makes this taste almost like it's been oak aged. Overall a pretty good beer that's good on a warm summer night.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I saw red lager it never occurred to me that it meant Oktoberfest. That makes sense now. This was an ok beer and maybe i'd enjoy it even more in October but in general it was a decent beer. Just not one of my favorite styles.

Brown color, maybe reddish brown with a light brown head. LIght malty aroma and a light malty flavor. Good as a Marzen, try it if you like it.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber/orange colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and really not much lacing at all. The head lasted for only a bit before it was gone.

Smell - malts, hay/straw, grape juice, apples

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels slightly thin on the tongue. I can taste lots of grape juice mixed with apples and dates. Also some malts and a bit of barnyard taste - hay and straw. The beer finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Drink - The beer was quite drinkable, but it didn't really stand out as anything special. I'm happy that I gave it a shot but would not seek it out again.

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Photo of zdk9
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours with a full finger of head- a soapy froth topping an crystal amber fading into ruby. Some streaks of lacing already on the sides of the glass. They're not strong but they're there which is saying something for a beer I don't expect to be too hoppy.

S- Straw, grain husk, and notes of rye like the spiciness I associate with a good rye whiskey. The more I dig my nose into it though, the more I get corn, very much like a corny adjunt crummy beer.

T- A decent amount of flavor going on here. There's some dark fruit, some viniousness ala a Vienna Lager. Quite a bit of malt- dark and syruppy malt with some of that husk and rye coming through from the aroma. Hops? I'm not really sure- it's bitter enough on balance and i do notice that. There's maybe some grapefruit or lemon pith on the back sides of the tongue.

M- Thick, but easy drinking.

O- A lot of flavor, and different from a typical lager. I like this (except for that corn in the smell thing...)

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

Pours a bright orangy amber color, full frothy offwhite head with minimal retention and lacing. Smell is of bready and sweet malts, slight roasted nut charachter, lager twang. Taste is of your basic marzen lager (sweet malts) with slight hints of fruits and a faint earthyness to it (probably from the rye). Body is medium, slightly slick and oily feeling, which i did not like for the style, minmal carbonation as well. A good Octoberfest style lager, which trumps its American counterparts, but does not stand up to the clean and earthy European counterparts.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I'd make a Gunsmoke or Bonanza joke here, but I can't remember which one had Hoss as a character, and I don't really feel like looking it up. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear copper topped by a half-finger of cream-white foam. The nose comprises caramel, light mandarin orange, rye bread, light honey, and a touch of toffee. The taste spotlights the (now stronger) orange and caramel, with some light pinches of black pepper in the background. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a pretty decent brew, nothing mind-blowing, but a nice little quaff.

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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 raszputini
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle to a pint glass. Pours a light amber with a foamy head. Nice lacing, dissipation is prolonged. Nose of malts and maybe some caramel. Taste is strong for a marzen, the malts are heavy and the alcohol is slightly present. Notes of caramel and light fruit with a sweet hop finish. Very drinkable

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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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