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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

889 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 286
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 86
Gots: 81 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: cokes on 09-16-2002

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Ratings: 889 | Reviews: 286
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Photo of JDV
2.16/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of Iowaherkeye. Thanks!
Think I waited to long on this beer. Pours a bright clear reddish orange malt with a small beige head. Smell is sticky, stale, gooey malt with band aid qualities and metal. Probably not as it was intended. Unappealing malt flavor and metal as well.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As good as I remember but after trying so many other American Oktoberfests last year, I am convinced that this is an even better beer than I thought it to be two years ago.

$2.75 a pint at Old Fashioned in Madison, WI. Beer of the Month for September, 2007.

Pours into an American Pint Glass a sexy Marzen amber color with a ¼ inch off-white head. Ok retention, would be better if Old Fashioned didn’t serve their beer so cold. Carbonation rises in surf smacking waves.

My nose is greeted by a massive toast presence, but importantly, this isn’t toasted Wonder Bread we are talking about here. This is a toasted 12 grain hard loaf interlaced with herbs, spices, and small chunks of apple and baked just this morning in Oma Duesseldorf’s oven. The aroma is powerful, deeply malty, and profiles sweet but not overpowering toffee notes. The finish is nutty and clean.

Flavor is wonderful. The body is rich and full but at no point overpowering or filling. The tongue rolls in waves of toffee and toast. The malts are just huge but this never seems unbalanced. Each sip finishes with a nice dose of herbal/floral German hops. The palate dries just enough to want another sip of the sweet, malty brew. Perfectly drinkable. My favorite American Oktoberfest hands down.

Photo of kidrogers
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

The best fest I've had in memory! Off of tap in green lake Wi fantastic

Photo of blackearth
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into the perfect pint glass, this beer showed an amber body, not red as the label description suggests, and a puffy white head. Aroma is of "clean" malt, I don't know how else to describe it. Medium bodied with a bready, biscuity but also straw-like malt flavor that becomes less appealing as I drink. I had much higher hopes for this beer, but I found it to be kind of boring overall. I'm sorry to say I won't be picking up a 6 pack this year.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Staghorn Octoberfest pours into my tulip glass a crystalline amber red with a half inch of bubbly off white head on top. The color reminds of the changing leaves at the peak of fall. Aromas of nutty caramel bathed grains coincide with spicy, herbal hops. Dark fruits linger underneath sweet creamy malts. Nice stuff!

First sip brings a rich, nutty caramel maltiness ufpront. Rich with a well placed sweetness. This is backed up by a spicy, herbal hop that floats through the background. Smooth and quite delicious with a lingering spiciness. Roasty, toasty, just an overall good octoberfest brew.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Malty with mellow carbonation. This is a really enjoyable marzen that I could easily have a few of. If you enjoy the style...make sure you find a way to sample this one. Quite a treat.

Photo of mverity
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange with a tint of gold in color. Head dissipated very quickly. Creamy colored collar persists. Smell is mostly tangy orange with some faint leather notes. Taste is of citrus and spice (think coriander, ginger, and clove). Mouthfeel is probably my favorite thing about this beer. Light, yet full; despite the low amount of head, the carbonation is enjoyable. I'm enjoying New Glarus more and more with every brew I have from them; however, this is the first one that hasn't wowed me.

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is not too shy to froth up, three fingers of head with a good retention as well. Bright copper hue shows many bubbles rising to the top. Thick and rich toasted grain aroma with a bit of herbal hop in the nose. Deep smoothness with a creamy slick medium body. Heavy hand of malt sweetness though it never becomes cloying. Sweet bready overtones with a hint of grassiness from the grain. Hop bitterness is modest but enough to balance, some herbal flavor does come through in a soft and pleasant manner. A clean sweet graininess lingers in the finish.

What a remarkable beer. Clean with not off flavors, even the malt sweetness does not show a caramel tone to it which most American versions do. Very drinkable and a sure pick. I'll be seeking this beer out next year, no doubt.

Photo of badbeer
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Version

Pours a beautiful, crystal clear, amber color. Head retains well. Smell is slightly floral, biscuity, and a hint of a lager-like smell (light DMS?). Pretty balanced between the malt and the hops; seems to have a higher level of hop flavor and bitterness. I seem to remember a rich smell of fresh malt, similar to that at the brewery or when I'm homebrewing, this doesn't seem to have it as much. Carbonation is medium and it's medium bodied; sits pretty good on the tongue. Pretty damn good beer, better than my numbers may reflect, but doesn't seem to have the huge malty aroma jumping out at me like the previous batch.

Photo of deebo
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-An agressive pour into a pint glass gave a healthy 2 fingers of white pillowy head that quickly breaks down into a film. Plenty of CO2 bubbles. Perfectly clear. Color is golden/amber.

S-Marzenish. With the toasted malts being most noticed, there is also a note of that adjunct corn that I get out of most lagers. Very faint aroma of grassy hops. As it warms some alcohol aroma.

T-Nice, although a bit weak, flavors of slightly toasted malt. Clean lager flavor with a weak bitter finish.

M-A bit weak in body. At 6.5% the alcohol is well hidden. Moderate to high carbonation that works well given the clean lager flavor.

O-I tend to sway towards a more malty sweet version of this style. However this beer is well made and I'd have no problem knocking these back on a crisp fall day. Just a bit boring with a weak malt backbone.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to drabmuh for this!

Pours a dark amber with a good one finger white head with some tight small bubbles and good lacing. Nose is malty and fresh, a bit sweet.

It is a bit sweet, but it's not cloying. THere's a nice maltiness to it that's very chewy and creamy. The hops balance it out very well leaving a nice dry finish, quite solid.

Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%

Filling the glass releases spicy malt aromas with some kettle sugars.
The beer pours brilliant copper under a 1” finely bubbled foam cap that produces good lace all the way down.
Very malty palate, rich yet clean and smooth, spicy malts.
Medium body and carbonation

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which slowly fad into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A toasty malt driven aroma with hints of caramel and subtle fruit. Upfront toasted barley malts with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, toast, toffee, cracker, straw, and German yeast. Subtle fruity hints of apples. Light honey like sweet scent. Some earthy hop hints with some grass. A very nicely bready and clean aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a nice clean, bready, and biscuity malt driven taste with notes of fruit and hops. Bready toasted malts throughout with notes of biscuit, caramel, grains, straw, cracker, toffee, toast, and German yeast. Fruity undertones of apple. Slight honey like sweetness. Background notes of earthy and grassy hops. A pretty solid Marzen taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp, clean, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Marzen. Good biscuity malt notes with some nice undertones.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Meh. I'm a big fan of New Glarus, but not their Midwestern style stuff (Germanic) so much. The Octoberfest, was a little different than I expected. Again, seemed a little thin maltwise, hop character, even for an Octoberfest, seemed muted.

Really like the label . . . does that count for anything.

Anyways, in summation, one of my favorite Midwest breweries, one of my least favorite and seemingly unadventurous brews from them. Mild taste, some would call it smooth I guess if they're fans of it. I guess if you like a mild brown ale with more carbonation, this is your thing.

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a weizen glass, bottled

A - golden amber with 2 finger egg white fluffy head with excellent retention and good clumpy lacing.

S - toasted malts, sweet meaty bready yeast notes

T - follows the nose, fairly sweet for the style, nice sweet toasted malt backbone with hint of caramel and noble hops

M - moderate body, mod.high carbonation

O - thanks to Skye for bringing this from Madison, a great way to celebrate the coming of Autumn.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a glass mug)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear light amber body with big bubbles gliding through it and a thin head that fades to a ring before my first sip.

S- The very faint smell of toasted nougat is balanced by a green hop hint at the finish. Even as the beer warms the aroma is still very light.

T- This beer has a light tangy toasted malt note with a clear and dry sulfur note. As the beer warms there is a hint of Munich malt and a faint tap water taste at the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel and a tight little fizzy finish.

D- This beer is very clean in flavor even as it warms.

Photo of richkrull
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from a buddy over the weekend so I could try it.

Pours a clear copper color with just a little bit of head. Smells malty and sweet - a pretty nice smell, not overpowering. Tastes of roasted malt with the hops coming through as well. This is a nice octoberfest beer. Good feel and drinkability. I enjoyed this beer even though it's probably been in the fridge for a few months. I'll definitely be looking for it this fall.

Photo of Brenden
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Notes are recent.

This is an amber-colored brew with a decently retained light brownish head that contributes light, thin lacing in moderation.
Bready and caramel notes from a sturdy malt backbone make up the bulk of an extremely clean aroma. There's a light backing of grains and a touch of hops for balance.
The flavor is every bit as malt-forward, balanced and clean as the aroma. Caramel and doughy flavors contrast very nicely with a sweet, crackery but slightly sweet rather than dry (think graham) flavor and a very nice toasted grains note. Richly malty with a bit of yeast coming through that doesn't mar the cleanness but does round out a nice complexity.
The body is on the lighter side of medium with an ample but moderate carbonation and a balance of crispness and smoothness to each sip.
There's absolutely nothing detracting from this beer's drinkability. It's clean, it's balanced, it's tasty, and the ABV is reasonable.

Photo of SMark
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 46º, this beer started out with 1 ½ fingers of white foamy head. Lacing was not present as the foam subsided. I did not see any date information on the bottle. The beer poured a nice amber color with minimal bubbles.

Barley malt aromas rose from the glass. Bitter bouquet, if that is possible seemed to rise up also which would indicate some hop presence. A touch of spice.

Burnt orange and butterscotch essence detected with the malt taste.

The flavors stayed a little while but did not linger past one minute. This beer was comfortable and could be consumed in quantity.

Another good balance of malt and hops emitting spiciness that resulted in a good brew.

Photo of klshanks
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a 16 oz pint glass. Thanks GDBEERMAN for this!

Appearance is quite good, about what you'd expect from an oktoberfest. A little more orange than brown.

Smell is pretty good. Malty as one would expect.

The taste isn't quite my cup of tea. A little bit too yeasty for me. But then again I'm not necessarily a huge Oktoberfest fan to begin with. I've definitely had worse but I've also had much better Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel was a little heavier than I would like. for this type of beer. I little to heavy to drink em all day, which when I do drink Oktoberfests, I prefer a more sessionable beer.

Again, thanks GDBEERMAN!

Photo of Stigs
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, standard pint glass

A - pours with close to an inch of very bright white, fluffy and slightly creamy foam. the beer is crystal clear, dark/burnt gold in color. spotty webbed lacing follows the beverage down the glass.

S - bright biscuity malts, slightly doughy kissed with honey. musty grains follow from the middle through the end.

T - leaning towards the sweet side of the style: emphasis on biscuity doughy malts, honey and a lightly spicy cinnamon kick. mild grains are present and finish with a very light grassy hop twinge for balance.

M - medium bodied with moderate yet well executed carbonation, lively and crisp. finishes a bit on the dry side, with some lingering malty sweetness.

D - very well executed. nicely executed feel and malt profile with a great balance. up there with my favorites for the style. NG never ceases to impress. thanks to a74gent for the trade!

Photo of Metalmonk
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been on a New Glarus tear recently, and this is my last untried N.G. beer since I visited the brewery over two weeks ago. Pours a coppery burnt red with a thin head, a little bit of lace stickage and decent head retention.

Aroma is super subtle, made of Bock-like caramel malt and a mellow roasted character. Not much else to report.

Flavor is toasty overall, with faint caramel sweetness, nut, earth, and a light hop essence that appears as green apple, which carries forward into a softly tart finish. Pretty dry, with texture on the thin side but not watery; good slickness and well-carbonated.

Not a very exciting beer...I've had more flavorful Oktoberfests...it went down easily and without any glaring faults, but it's a little timid and the sour/tart finish I could've done without. I prefer a bit more flavor and/or depth and/or character in general, and hoped for something maltier in this particular beer. Not at all bad, just one I wouldn't go out of my way for again.

Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thows a deep amber body, with orange edges. Fizzy off-white heads sizzles itself to extinction in a matter of moments.
Nice malt load on the nose. Apple hues toasted with a toffee backdrop. Hints of spicy hops.
Taste follows suit. Big time Toasty malts up front. Apples throughout. Toffee and dark fruit sweetness come up next and take a stand. Becomes somewhat Bock like in the middle, as the toastedness fades. A quick snap of spicy hops finishes this one.
Body is fairly robust for the style, but relatively high level of carbonation keeps this crisp and quite drinkable.
On the top shelf, as far as Midwestern Festbiers go.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a long neck brown 12 oz. bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear light amber color with barely one finger of off-white foam. Foam faded quick and left no lacing behind and no cap.

Smell: Sweet corn and bread-like malt. Little to no hops present. A bit sweeter and perfume-like than a typical Marzen Oktoberfest style.

Taste: Watered down sweet malt and some corn flavor. A lot sweeter and thinner than most good Oktoberfest beers, and not malty enough. Could also stand a little more earthy hops presence to balance all that thin sweetness out.

Mouth feel: Light body with typical carbonation. Pretty typical.

Overall: I like a lot of the beers from New Glarus, but this isn't one of my favorites. Way too sweet for a Marzen Oktoberfest style and way too thin and watery. There are too many good Oktoberfest beers out there to have any reason to seek this one out again.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Steve's Liquor here in Madison.

Pours a vibrant amber color with a smallish snow-white head. Smell is malty up front, spicy and citrus notes round it out. Taste starts off strongly malt and finishes with a spicy/lemony hop kick. Mouthfeel is very crisp, could use a little softening around the edges but overall stays quite drinkable. A nice little marzen here, not the best I've had but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into pint glass
A :An amber body pours a nice one finger head, that holds very well. White lace is left from the layer of off-white head. Good amount of carbonation on the appearance.

S :Subtle roasted malts are paired with a rich caramel aroma. A medium intensity to this aroma, but very stylistic. 

T/M: the taste is a classic Oktoberfest lager, with rich notes of caramel. Hoppy undertones of spicy clove. Rich in taste, and the body is a nice balance of flavors.

D: This of the many domestic Oktoberfest beer, this is a very good example of the style. With rich flavors this brew makes for a good session beer. Easy going down with a overall lighter body.      

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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 889 ratings.