monkeychugg55 (1026) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jrob21 (3430) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
Miksu (5047) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival 2009. Red amber color with tiny head. Sweet malty and nutty aroma with disdinctive rye note. Sweet malty, toffeish and caramelly flavor with peppery rye. Pleasant and rich malty beer. Could have slightly more bitterness.
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught@SBWF2009. Amber colour, small head. Aroma is grassyness, caramel malts and also quite bready notes. Flavour is quite much the same in a good balance. Actually quite European to it’s tastes.
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose has notes of rye bread, caramel, some light sweetness and perhaps a little pepper. Pours copper/amber, really decent lasting head. Mostly caramel and bready notes in the flavor with just a hint of underlying rye. Very drinkable lager with light rye undertones.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at redlight redlight. I really enjoy rye flavors: rye bread, rye whiskey, rye IPA’s, etc. In Hoss the rye is very present in the nose, which may be the highlight of the beer. The flavor itself relies solely on the rye, and even then it could be a lot stronger. There really isn’t much else going on. Though it may not be my favorite beer, I do enjoy it and could probably drink a lot of it in one sitting until I was stone drunk, and then watch out!
ChainGangGuy (4801) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled On: 8/24/09.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, bright, orange-hued body with a medium-sized, sudsy, white head.
Smell: It’s a spicy, bready, sugary, caramel-scented nose smelling of sugar-glazed, hearty rye-grain bread served up just for me (just for me, I tells ya).
Taste: Bready, lightly toasty maltiness with toothsome tastes of sweet sugar and light caramel. Mild background fruitiness. Ah, there’s the inescapable rye grain character with its pervasively spicy character. Noble hops present a small snap of bitterness and some slight grassy, herbaceous undertones. Drying finish with a small lingering hint of rye grain.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: A satisfying beer to be enjoying on an early October evening. The welcome addition of rye adds a nice bit of pep to this Märzen-style lager. "Want some rye?? ’COURSE ya do!" --Return to Zork.