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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Staghorn OctoberfestStaghorn Octoberfest

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313 Reviews

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Reviews: 313
Hads: 989
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 18.73%
Wants: 94
Gots: 119 | 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:
Beer added by: cokes on 09-16-2002

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Reviews: 313 | Hads: 989
Photo of CoryJones
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always look forward to see this beer come out come fall, and I truly enjoy every it of this great bodied beer, leaves a great taste and finishes great.

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Photo of Winter
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an impeccable copper color with a smooth off-white cap. Nice lacing. Aroma consists of toasted malt, caramel with some slight roasted nuttiness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Toasted malt flavors and sweet caramel dominate the palate. Pleasant amount of carbonation dances over the tongue midway through. 6%+ alcohol flavor is noticable toward the finish and reminds you that this fest bier does carry some weight to it. Spicy hops and sweet malt combine for a long pleasant lingering finish.

Staghorn has become my #1 favorite Wisconsin-produced Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re rated on October 3, 2007:

This is one helluvan Oktoberfest. I'm not real big into this style, but this is very enjoyable. And has been one of my favorites for the past 3-4 years. It's like the beef stew of beer. So hearty and fortifying. Love this beer. Thus I raised my rating a little bit. I had it at a 4.45 and now...

This is a gorgeous looking beer. Clear deep copper with orange tinting. Carbonation is evident in the form of rapidly surfacing gas bubbles. A medium sized creamy beige head sits on top and sticks around for awhile. Lacing is sufficient. Nice toasted malt aroma. This beer has an excellent malt profile, with the toasted qualities really coming to the forefront. A nice refined sweetness is present, but not annoying or cloying. Hops are present to produce balance and that's about it. Not a lot of contributions to the taste, and that is not a bad thing for this style. Body is about medium-full and very creamy. Carbonated to perfection. After trying 15-20 Ofests this year, I'd have to say this is my favorite so far.

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Photo of scriabin
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful dark amber color with a lovely head. The smell is sweetly complex, with overtones of clove. But the flavor is what makes this one so great. It's a richly complex beer, smooth but not overwhelming. One of the best I've had in quite some time.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this was an excellent Oktoberfest beer! I have had plenty of them this year but this one really stood out to me. Luckily received it in a BIF or I never would have even known about it. Poured a nice bright amber with a good hint of orange. The ample carbonation led to the formation of a nice thick white head of lace about two inches tall. Good retention left behind some nice concentric rings of side glass lace and a nice frothy film on top. The aroma was very crisp, fresh with a nice grassy tone, some bready malts lingering in the back. The flavor followed right along, coming through with a big backbone of bread like malts with a very nice grassy kind of twang to it. Some nice little nuances of spice hiding in the back and a good little dry hoppy like finish to it. Nice light to medium body and ample carbonation gave a great smooth feel and this one was defiantly a winner. I was thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to try this one. This was the best of all the Oktoberfest I had this year. It had such a nice balance of flavor and session ability that it was unmatched. The great little bursts of flavor and extra little pop that seemed to be in it just pulled it apart from the crowd. A really great brew and absolutely perfect for the season. Will be looking for this next year.

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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.

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

Chilled bottle into a glass. Re-review off a fresh 2010 bottle sent by Wisconsinality. Thanks, Kylie!

A: Pours an clear burnt orange that glows against the light. The head is a long-lived finger of light beige head. It vanishes into a small collar with some lace in its wake.

S: Toasted malt is pretty evident. Grain, bread, something grape-like and woodsy. It's nice and satisfying; it reminds me of sitting in a wooden cabin in Tahoe as the weather was starting to turn cold.

T: Toasted grain and bread -- simple, but satisfying. Small caramel flavor. There's something fruity about this that reminds me of grape. Really interesting. And frankly, for the style, it's very tasty. It has a clean, crisp finish.

M: Light-bodied. Low-medium carbonation. It works well for a beer that is this flavorful, but I think it could use more bubbles.

D: I'd love to sit and drink a 1L stein of this. The tastiness of this has inspired me to go and pick up some genuine Oktoberfests while they're still fresh on shelves.

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

Pours a copper red with a finger of head.

Smells grassy and malty. Almost some mineral, like an alt or something

Taste is bready, sweet. Kind of grassy. A good fall beer.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonated well and easy drinking, but with enough fullness to make you feel like you're drinking a real beer.

Overall I really like this beer. Very drinkable, very tasty. It has just enough of everything and keeps with the style, won't bore but doesn't step out the bounds. I really like it and will continue to be excited for it every fall.

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Photo of eskybassplr
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Excellent Oktoberfest (Marzen) style beer, Been to the Oktoberfest in Munich many times and this beer is as good or better than any other beers that I've tasted of this style I poured three 12 Oz. bottles into a 1 liter glass mug. A nice two inch head and reddish color. The aroma was perfect. It brought me back to Munich . This is a very drinkable beer to be had year round..........Ein Prosit!

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Photo of BlindPig
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- About a 1" just off white head on a crystal clear amber orange body.
S- Sweet caramel malts, european grass hops, hints of spices and almost light pumpkin.
T- Really nice blend of flavors to it and really do a good job at making this one with a nice subtle complex flavor to it. The sweet caramel malts come through with the hint of pumpkin and hops that blend in nicley with the body. They don't really stand out and say hey look at me (which is a good thing with this style IMO). I may be going crazy but I'm also picking up just a very slight hint of smoke which is delightful.
M- Medium/thin body with medium carbonation.
D-A really good beer but the more I drink of it the less appeling it is. I would still have to say Spaten is #1 IMO.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Solid darkish copper color with a small puffy off-white head that sticks around a while eventually fading to nothing as its consumed and leaves sheets of lace that dispear fast to stick in webby lines and spots. Wonderful toasted aroma on this, touch of caramel and light floral dried hops, very crisply toasted with a hint of ripe fruity-like sweetness reminescent of a sour bread dough. Really becomes a sniffer as it warms. Taste is a nice toasty, lightly sweet mix of maltyness, very solid through and through. Sweetness is strong but subdued in its presense over an amazing and great little toastyness, some thinner caramel sits in the back with some light herbal/floral dried hops setting up the finish to end with a nice mellow crispness and light lingering sweetness. Medium body feel, lightly creamy aspect and a lovely finish. A very nice O'fest beer that goes down with ease. A new favorite to keep around, top notch and a cut above alot of the mish-mashy O'fest brews that every brewery seems to make. This one is done right. Great job New Glarus! Toasty!!

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Photo of Josephddscott
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wisconsin brewing company new glarus knows what there doing when it come to a Oktoberfest, not as heavy as other Oktoberfest, but has amazing flavor and a great aroma. a beer id recommend to any Oktoberfest beer drinker. but for those out of state people i feel bad for you that you cant experience this beer or any other new glarus beer.

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Photo of Smitch
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great example of the style; smells amazing. taste is bready and slightly sweet. this beer shows off its malts exceptionally one of the best Oktoberfest beers in WI

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Photo of brakspear
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A superb American attempt at a difficult German style to master. The beer pours brilliant amber, clear with moderate carbonation -- the head is soft and white. The aroma is impressive, caramel and toasty notes predominant.

The taste is smooth, with rich earthy caramel flavors lingering throughout.

The body is chewy and full-flavored, excellent for the style.

This is my favorite American Oktoberfest that I have sampled this year.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11-01-2005 review: I had previously given this beer all 5's. Now, I'm not saying I completely disagree with that, I mean, this is one of the best beers I've ever had. That said, it wasn't quite as impressive as I remember it being. Don't get me wrong, it's an amazing beer, truly out-of-this-world good . . . but I couldn't let it sit there with all 5's when I no longer truly felt that in my heart.

10-05-2005 review (from notes dating to 2004): This beer is an accident waiting to happen. I open the first one and after the first sip I am consumed by the desire to drink more. Look at the beer, it epitomizes the color and clarity of a fine amber lager. Smell the beer, delicious malt married to hops. Taste it, taste it, taste it. Words are truly an inadequate medium for expressing the flavour of this beer, so a simple: Mmmm will do. If you live in Wisconsin, buy this beer. If you don't live in Wisconsin, visit there for this beer.

[ serving type: bottle ]

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Photo of ZAP
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

05-Had a sixer of this and had a bottle side by side with SA, Summit, and Tyranena and this is clearly the best...I love Summit's too but this is more drinkable..great toasted malts....my favorite o-fest

Re-rate-Bighugey got me another bottle of this this year and I must adjust the numbers and the thoughts...This is the best O-fest I have had this year...Looks damn near regal in appearance....but the highlight is the awesome toasty nose and flavors...still a little on the heavier side of the O-fest scale but the alcohol is not noticable...finishes a tich sweet....best of about a dozen or so I've tried this year....The nose on this one is not soft..very nice..Much much better than Capitals this year...and a notch above Summit and Hacker (which I think are both excellent too)...great toasted malt...similar to Sammy in flavor

Great looking beer...clean looking amber....looks like it came from the freshest spring in the world...the nose is soft, but exhibits some toasty notes..the taste is almost bock like....sweet without much balance from the hops....I like it, but the mouthfeel definitely leans more towards a bock. The taste is mainly toasted malts with very little hopping (I do get a very faint floral note)...The mouthfeel is slick and sweet and the sweet, slick feel is why I feel this leans towards bock territory....this was my most anticipated "fest tasting yet, and maybe my expectations were too high...It's solid...I'd drink these all night if I could....but, it is not in the same class as my top 3 from this year (Hacker/Summit/Capital)...It is in that next level though....Worth buying a sixer of if you see it...

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The king of Wisconsin Oktoberfest beers. Malty, but well-balanced. Heavy enough for the season, but not so much that it becomes unpalatable. It's New Glarus, so it's pretty much guaranteed to be quality.

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Photo of MikeBilly
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Taste: Malt sweetness up front that does not approach caramel. Flavor is accentuated by a bready and pecan like character that blends together seamlessly. Alcohol flavor is nearly nonexistent and the beer ends with just enough bitterness to wipe the palate clean. A crisp beer with a medium low

Appearance: Perfectly clear. Can see to the other side of the room through the glass full of beer. Color is reminiscent of cream soda. Thick, cream-colored head that sticks around.

Aroma: Slightly spicy and herbal noble hop aroma followed by a roasted malt sweetness and a hint of alcohol. Very clean aroma, with little distractions. This smells like beer, which is what you want in the style.

Overall: this is an extremely drinkable Oktoberfest-style beer. It's perfect for drinking by the fire on a cool fall night. Not many American reductions of this style can match it.


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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

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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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Photo of samie85
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a clear orange color with a white head.

S-Light toasty, bready malt with a bit of nuttiness and some spicy hop aromas.

T- Toasty grain and bready malt with a nice nutty character, and finishes with a crisp, slightly spicy, bitter finish.

M- Pretty light bodied, with decent amount of carbonation that plays on

D- For how light this beer is, it has quite a bit of flavor. Really easy to session, considering the alcohol content. Very nice beer and easily one of the best Oktoberfest's I've had.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to eyncognito for the great extra. Consumed on 9/24/2009 in celebration of the 24th day of the 9th month of the year. I can't think of a better way to celebrate such a marvelous occasion than a crisp refreshing lager beer.

The beer appears vibrant and transparent dark orange with millions of little bubbles fighting their way to the top. The head is two fingers tall with good retention. The beer looks great.

The nose is of toasted malt with very light fruit notes and a distinct nuttiness. Light hop notes are evident and alcohol is nonexistent.

The flavor is excellent. The rich malt profile is stellar, with toasted notes and a low moderate level of hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. The balance leans toward the malty side of things. The clean finish exhibits a touch of citrus and toasted malt. Sweetness is at a low level throughout.

The beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a soft and clean mouthfeel. This is one of the best Oktoberfests I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as an extra in a trade a month ago, and now I'm trying it on a snowed-in day in early February. Not ideal Oktoberfest conditions but I was just in the mood.

It pours a clear orange color, with a creamy and initially thick off-white head that slowly dissipates to the thinnest of rings. Nice malty aroma, nutty and grainy, very little hops balance. Sweet tasting, with nutty and bready hops providing the bulk of the flavor. Actually very very tasty, this is exactly how I like my Oktoberfests, sweet but not cloying, very little bitterness on the backside, just approachable malty deliciousness. Very good.

Soft mouthfeel, consistency just north of water, in a word excellent.

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Photo of PTMcB
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - It pours great with an orange color with reddish tint. The head is thick and recedes semi-slowly with little lacing.

S - A light yet intoxicating smell. I smell plenty of malt with floral hops.

T - Medium high carbonation with great maltiness! Tasty hops with possibly some caramel notes.

M - A decent amount of sweetness that is perfectly met with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This is a great Octoberfest beer! This is extremely drinkable, especially for a seasonal/Octoberfest beer. It hard to have one. Outstanding job New Glarus!

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Photo of Derek
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of the best Octoberfests from this side of the pond.

A: Amber/copper-bronze with an off-white head, very little retention, but it leaves a slight lace.

S: A wonderful harmony of floral & grassy spicing from the hops; pleasant earthy sulfurs from the yeast; caramel & bread from the malt.

T: Spicy, grassy hops up front; a touch of sulfur from the yeast; caramel & bready malt (though not as bready as continental malt); good bitterness, with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Moderate body has a little residual sweetness like a true Märzen.

D: Very drinkable for its strength (on the strong side of the style).

Big thanks to demcorhip for throwing this in as an extra in a trade!

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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
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