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 14/20
jeremytoni (3040) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2009
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Nice bitter hoppy flavor with a lingering finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kassner (1634) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Bottle, looks good with deep amber color, but just not much comes through. It’s Ok and it may be the nature of rye, but not a big impact. The ale background is OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2009
20091013 12oz bottle from State Line. Dark amber color with small off white head. Aroma is truly marzen with bready malt and a touch of black peppery spice. Unfortunately lighter bodied than seems right for this robustly flavored lager. Mild but present finishing alcohol adds complimentary heat to yeasty spice. Flavor adds light honey sweetness, some mineral. Not sure what, if anything, the rye presence is adding other than a very late and slight grassy character at the back of the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Tasted 10/8/09. 12oz bottle. Filtered with a deep amber hue. Off white layer of head. Aromas of caramel and bready malts. Slight subtle peppery note. Medium bodied with smooth malts and a good flavor. Pleasant bitterness. Hits the palate well. Nice rye flavors with a peppery flavor and a tangy finish. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2009
Bottle shared by Eugene, thanks man! Pours an amber body with an off white head. Rye, malty, a bit bread y with poppy seeds, toasted rye bread and a light cherry note. Decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of leafy hops, toasted and sweet malt, peach. Flavor very malty with some metallic notes and hop notes that are just harsh to me, nothing more, nothing less. Medium-bodied, I’d like a little more heft from the malt. Underwhelmed.

   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 (1297) - 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.

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