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RATINGS: 653   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.3
VAAC (86) - Middlebury, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2010
A beautiful orange/red color, it really says something when you just sit and stare at your beer for two minutes. I didn’t notice anything spectacular about the aftertaste, a tad thin and fizzy. A beer I would go for a six-pack of.

3.8
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Tap at the brewery. Gold with a red hue. Tan head and fair lacing. Light sweet malt nose. Taste is very well balanced. Malt and hops with rye sweetness and smoothness. Nice. WOuld have liked a tad more on the palate but other than than, very good.

3.5
LinusStick (3484) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Delicious and different twist on the O/M style. Love the rye addition. Aroma was caramel with an earthiness to it. Pour was a dark dirty gold/light brown with a one finger off white head. Taste was nice a full. Caramel malt, a little earth and the distinctive sweet and dull spiciness that rye gives. Nice carbonation. Very refreshing and crisp.

2.2
cheap (5959) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Has a candied hop smell. Pour is cloudy light iced tea, no sign of pale yellow here. No gunk on the bottom of the bottle, tho I expected it. Taste is hoppy in an ale-y kinda way, no lie! Barely any carbonation. Not sure how this was catted in the octoberfest style, weird. Slight bitter hop finish, but its dull. Of course with its hoppy forte its gonna score high on this site, considering all the hoppy ale lovers present. Comes across more like an ale.

2.6
deyholla (11900) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 8, 2010
Bottle. Poured an orangish amber with a small white head. Aroma was full of malts leading to notes of grain, bread and a bit of sweet cereal. Flavor was malty as well with similar notes. I failed to pick up much rye on the nose or tongue.

3.8
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2010
As a huge oktoberfest fan, i stumbled onto this not even knowing it was a marzen... and it was all around great. Aroma is a little weak, but it’s par for the style. Flavor is full, malty, toasty and clean. Medium thin mouthfeel. Next thing to do is go clean out my liquor store of the last few six packs

2.5
cazort (565) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
This beer had the most distinct rye flavour of any rye beer I have had...and I like rye so it was nice. However, overall, this beer was weak and nondescript. I think the overall character of the brew did not mesh well with the strong rye presence. I would have appreciated drier, lighter, and hoppier qualities. This beer was too heavy, too sweet, and not hoppy enough to balance or blend well with the unique character that the rye imparted to it. I’m not a fan and would probably not get it again.

4.1
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Great Divide Brewing Company--HOSS--Layered-&# Rye Lager--Crisp 2009 Release. 12 oz. Bottle. 6.20% ABV. 35 IBU’s Est.? 4.15 / 5.0. Rye Lager. Thin mild lace white head. Clear thin bright pretty dark gold amber hint color. Toasted mild hop cherry rye spice front.Crisp mild sweet smooth mild toffee black cherry rye earthy spice hint rich malty Marzen body. Crisp dry mild hop spice end. Complex-Tasty. 10/29/2009 6-Pack / $10.99.

3.6
Ibrew2or3 (8743) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
12oz bottle pours deep clear copper with short lived white head. The first impression of the nose and flavor is, Lager-y. In the aroma I get vague sugary sweetness becoming slightly hard cherry candy mixing with slight caramel malts and an inviting level of grains on a deep pull. The taste begins sweet with a mix of caramel malts, a bit of crystal, sweet sugary floral hops and some bright red cherry candy. By midway it picks up a bit of rye spiciness that can burp up with a pleasing sensation of aroma and taste. It sweetens out into the finish with the addition of a thin layer of dates and prunes.

2.4
Gachupines (1252) - USA - DEC 18, 2009
Appearance is amber with thin white head. Aroma isn’t very strong, slightly earthy and some malt in the nose. Taste is where I have issues. Rye seems to overpower the flavor to me and not in a good way. I just don’t think the marzen style takes on the rye flavor very well. Worthy experiment, just not for me.


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