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RATINGS: 651   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Hoss is based on the Märzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with some hints of cherry and dark notes, 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 late-summer sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Draft at The Porter. Pours bright copper-orange with a thin off-white head. The aroma is malty and toasty with subtle noble hops. The flavor is malty and bready/toasty with a well-balanced mix of malt sweetness and a light spiciness - likely from rye and from noble hops. The finish is malty with a very pleasant balancing hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and smooth with a soft carbonation. Overall, this beer is a great Oktoberfest beer. Great balance and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Pours bright clear amber with thin beige head. Didn’t read the description on the bottle beyond "Rye Lager," but kept thinking a) it looked like a marzen, and b) it tasted like a marzen brewed with rye. Refreshing. Definitely a hoppy and spicy take on the style, and really pretty good for an Oktoberfest. I guess it’s like putting lipstick on a pig, but sometimes the pig gives you that "come hither" look, and with a little lipstick, a tutu, some nitrous oxide, and leather chaps, that pig will do just fine for the night. Just fine...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2009
(bottle) Clear copper pour with a white head that retains and leaves some lacing. Aroma is a little skunky and spicy at first (like a saison, oddly enough), but with further warming it turns toasty and lightly hoppy with citrus scents that bounce in and out of perception. The flavor begins with a good sweet caramel backbone that transitions to some grassy hops and a lingering bready and spicy rye finish. The mouthfeel is just perfect as it’s very smooth and full, which makes this beer incredibly drinkable. This beer really exceeded my expectations. Well done Great Divide, I’ll have to buy a six pack now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Copper. Off white head. Toasted bready malt, mildly spicy and grainy rye, grassy and bitter hops. Clean, dry finish. Medium body, balanced carbonation. Easy to drink. Definitely sessionable, but the 6.2% could start to creep up on you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - OCT 8, 2009
12oz., bottling date 8/24/09. Malty, toasty, nutty and spicy aroma, faintly herbal and sweet with notes of caramel, mild tobacco, rye and fresh bread. Clear, bright, medium amber color, head is subsiding. Flavor profile is predominantly malty and sweet, but nicely underscored by the grainy, spicy rye character, along with suggestions of caramel, brown sugar, and grassy, mildly bitter hops. Crisp and smooth on the palate with a medium body. Very nice example of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monkeychugg55 (1031) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Clear orange copper with a small white head. Aroma is bready and toffee malt, some light spice, and some floral hops. The flavor is very tasty malt with a bit of spice and a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Pours a coppery orange vistalite with a medium off white head. Aroma of rye, malts and faint nuts. Taste of crisp malts, rye and earth. Hint of spice detected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3455) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Random single picked up at green’s. Pours a clear auburn with almost no head. Nice caramel malt flavors and grassy hops. A little bit of spiciness and grassiness in the aroma as well. Going back to the flavor and the finish is a little more american bitter hops but the real experience here is all of these grassy, wheaty things going on. Pretty nice and easy to drink sessionable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle at GD during GABF weekend. Pours a beautiful woody medium copper with a nice lasting head. Aroma is full of fresh bready and toffee-like malts, toast, and fresh spicy earthy rye malts- with modest amounts of german spircy hops. Flavor is fresh bready malts, toast, light sweet vienna and perhaps carapils, medium burnt toast, rye malts, and spicy floral hops. Kickass lager, although doesn’t quite fit into O-fest or Marzen, not that that is a negative.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2012 draft at the brewpub - Pours really orange with a small head. It has a mild, malty aroma. The flavor is lightly roasted malt with a light to medium body and some rye in the background. It’s okay but I wasn’t impressed. Rerate July 2012 - Copper pour, lingering head, sweet rye malt taste, interesting flavor blend with earthy, rye, and even chocolate notes. Mild bitterness. 6/3/7/4/13

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