RATINGS: 657   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reggiedunlop (3703) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
pours a clear honey-caramel color with a decent creamy white head. very lively looking...co2. aroma is slioghtly bready and malty...caramel and rye. faint earthy, spicy hops. flavor is somewhat fruity and very malty with spicy hops and rye in the finish. mouthfeel is light and lively with a lingering dry finish. not too bad actually...just a bit too fruity up front.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
eaglefan538 (3042) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Pour was a basic amber color with a decent and consistent/well-sustained white colored head. The aroma was earthy, toasty caramel, cherry fruity notes. The flavor was toasty caramel, bread, earthy notes, light grass. The mouthfeel is moderately bodied, a little on the malty side, not as clean as a lager ought to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear, reddish amber hue with hints of copper. A small, tight head of light beige foam settles slowly to a thin film with a pronounced edge. We spots and splotches of lacing mark the glass. The aroma is based in caramel, toasted bread, and fresh rye grain, with hint of cherry and perhaps some banana. Floral, spicy hops lend aromatic balance. Flavors are mainly the same, crisp rye imparting a sharp edge to the underlying caramel and toast sweetness. The hop balance comes across quite peppery and floral, with some traces of lemon and grass. Medium-plus in body and balanced in carbonation, the palate shows a little sweet from the residual sugar, but finishes mostly clean. Overall, a solid and unique autumn lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14874) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours clear copper with a creamy 3-finger beige head. Nice "celery" aroma - rye! Medium body with creamy carbonation. It’s rye and noble spice, ending a bit sweet. It’s lacing somewhat and tasting great. Love rye.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (5214) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Medium-light, clear, rusty gold with a huge head on the pour. Interesting throwback graphics. Aroma wasn’t terribly inviting, but that comes with rye. Tannic, toasted malt aroma. Flavor is a little boozy, with a woody bitterness, lightly tart, slightly sweet. Medium bodied. Sweet finish with light astringency and some syrupy notes. New Leaf Market.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Bottle... Poured reddish/amber with a thick, slightly off-white head. Buttery malts and a toasted caramel sweetness on the nose. A really good Märzen, creamy and textured with just enough bitterness (while not over doing it) to let the malted rye tones and earthy, leafy, sweet characters shine. Someone mentioned a hint of mint in a rating below, and now that’s in my head, I think it’s there too.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4661) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Pours a clean translucent copper orange with a two finger sticky sandstone head. Nose of toasty malt, bread, sweet caramel notes, mildly spicy, leafy hops. Flavor is bready, sweet, grassy hops, mild spicy bite with a medium level of bitterness. Rye not super present, but not a bad marzen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
halfonit (1345) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Clear amber color. Aroma is mainly of your typical marzen brews with a little more of a rye scent. Taste is of wheat, rye (obviously), and grass. Has a nice aftertaste. One of the better marzen’s that I’ve had

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7762) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Pours a light-copper - to dark orange with a nice sticky white head. Sweet aroma with some caramel notes and hint of mint. Flavor is nice and sweet with some toffee notes, some ripening vegetables, a touch of mint and a brief back end of citrus. Nice even clean mouthfeel. One of the better Oktoberfests I have had in a while.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2009
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear, vibrant orange-amber color with an offwhite frothy head. Good head retention and nice lacing. Aroma is caramel, toasted malts and a spicy vibe from the rye. Taste is caramel, toasted malts, fruity, floral and slightly peppery notes and a dry rye bite in the finish. Medium bodied. This is very close to what I’m looking for in a marzen, one of my favorite styles. If it weren’t so damned expensive around here I’d buy a lot more.

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