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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)
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Photo of Winter
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Winter, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Bighuge, Sep 24, 2002
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4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

scriabin, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.83/5  rDev +22%
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.

mikesgroove, Nov 04, 2007
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
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4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

Arbitrator, Oct 08, 2010
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4.8/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

scones, Aug 11, 2012
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4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

BlindPig, Sep 19, 2007
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4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
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!!

tavernjef, Sep 22, 2003
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

tyleeis, Aug 06, 2012
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joh04587, Aug 16, 2012
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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 733 ratings.