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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

733 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 733
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 75
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 09-16-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Josievan:
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4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish copper tone. Decent head and lacing.

Smell: Mostly malty, quite appetizing.

Taste: Again with the malt, in a biscuity sense. Hoppy in the sense of many New Glarus beers: not that bitter, but very flavorful. A mild sweetness encapsulates the tongue and morphs into a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, seems to have less carbonation than some Octoberfests. In this way, it's somewhat softer and smoother than some of its style-mates.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, even for the unoffensive Octoberfest style. Alcohol content is a tad high, but this is not a detraction. The beer is slightly punchy, but this seems to come more from the flavors than the alcohol.

Notes: I'd say this is my favorite American Octoberfest, and probably favorite Marzen period. It's not my favorite style, but New Glarus sure crafts their beers right. When I'm in the mood for a malty autumn beer next year, I'll definitely pick up some Stags.

Josievan, Nov 23, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of JDV
2.15/5  rDev -45.7%
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.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of blackearth
3.15/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

blackearth, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

orbitalr0x, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of NWer
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

NWer, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DaftPatrick, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of equinox1
4/5  rDev +1%

equinox1, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev +1%

warnerry, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of mverity
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

mverity, Oct 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

77apm, Aug 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Jason, Oct 28, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Guinnsslvr, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of badbeer
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

badbeer, Sep 29, 2007
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

fenlop54, May 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

NoetheMatt, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of deebo
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

deebo, Sep 07, 2012
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

kingcrowing, Jan 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

MattyG85, Oct 03, 2013
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4.64/5  rDev +17.2%

D-town_brews420, Jul 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

tyleeis, Aug 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Cynic-ale, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 23, 2009
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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.