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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

732 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 274
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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2/5  rDev -49.5%

ryno2112, Sep 26, 2012
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
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2.48/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drinking this one out of a very large tasting glass from Goose Island. I only bought this exclusively to cook brats in, but decided to ciphon some for tryin'. Full disclosure, I tend to dislike lagers, and have not found a marzen that I like not made by Paulaner. On to the review

Appearance: a light translucent amber color, more yellow with a hint of brown than red. The beer has no head other than the fizzy carbonation.

Smell: Has a sweet corn and bread smell that reminds me of miller lite. Vague spices also seem to float around in the aroma too.

Taste: A diluted malt-and-spice flavor that has way too much "corn" and "grain" taste. There is a very faint finish.

Mouthfeel: a low bodied, watery beer with fizzy carbonation. Very clean, crisp and refreshing

Overall: This beer is very drinkable, but it's hard to distinguish this as anything other than a slightly spicer, more expensive miller lite. Again, I do not like the style, but even for a Marzen this one fell flat for me. It DOES make a great brat marinade, however.

jegross2, Nov 10, 2011
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2.48/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

staghorn

a 4-4.5 light golden orangy amber, a bit lighter than anticipated. the head is about one finger with good staying power. impressing lace for an o'fest.

s 3-4 fruity malt, very surprising aroma. would not necessarily have guessed the style, but it's pretty nice anyway. kind of a candied cherry nougat smell.

t 2.5-3.5 again it is atypical. the toasty caramel malt is there to some extent in the finish, but up front and midpalate it's fruit loopy. there is a good amount of flavor packed in here. the residual sweetness is higher than average but not too offensive, making this a candidate crossover beer. it's like a nice lowfat (see mouthfeel comments) oktoberfest sundae with a sweet cherry on top.

m 2.5-3 the body is bouyant and effervescent. lighter than i imagined a 6.25% oktoberfest woud be. there is a degree of coating maltiness, which is a good thing. not as substantial as i would prefer, but perhaps quaffability is aided.

d 1.5 as the weeks have rolled past, each bottle seems less appealing than the last. have not even finished the last several. there's just something weird in the flavor and burpback--probably the alcoholic fruitloopyness with a touch of aftershave. want to keep liking it, but i can't.

brewmudgeon, Sep 17, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

eyemustard, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Buebie
2.55/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A friend picked this up in Millwauky for me last week.

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a snifter. No freshness date on the bottle, but I'm guessing its atleast 3 months old.
About a half inch head comes from a semi-rigerous pour. Forming a quickly fading fizzy cola like, white head.
Spotty thin streaks of lace with a thin film of retention.
Color is a copper amber, ultra transparent filtered and force carbonated I'd guess.

Aroma is sorta malty, but pretty much lacking any smells, with a rye touch and a woody kind of toasty aroma. Mild wisp of cocoa in there.

Not much for flavors either. I want to say I got more flavors off the thin and watery spotted cow.
Mild cereal grains, some doughy yeastieness and small hints of rye and really nothing else. Overcarbonated, with a tasteless carbonation finish, wet cardboard. Somthing metallic with a hint of sour sulpher like flavors lingering.

Dissapointed.

Buebie, Jan 06, 2009
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2.6/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My first Oktoberfest of the season! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours an amber color, a little on the dark side, with a nice 1.5 finger white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves some nice bubbly lace on the way down.

S: Big on the malts with some little spices coming around. Pretty typical of the style.

T: Just big malts and some lager-like qualities to it. No really spiced notes or anything. Not the biggest fan.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp and clean with a smooth swallow. Very drinkable.

O: Wasn't that impressed with this one. Big malts and nothing else. Very one dimensional.

Treebs, Sep 11, 2011
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2.65/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Revisited on 10/25/12: Dark golden color...nice, but too light and not enough red vs. other "märzens." Faint aroma...sweet taste, maybe some bourbon. I stand by all my thoughts below...raised the appearance to 3.5 (from 3.0), taste to 2.5 (from 2.0) and overall to 3.0 (from 2.0)...a good beer, but more like a good lager, not a märzen nor an amber.

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint:

A=Very pale straw yellow; too yellow for a märzen, but a rich, 4 finger white head brings it up to an Average.

S=Hint of sweet corn and wheat, plus a sweetness.

T=Not at all like a märzen--corn presence is overwhelming...this is very close to their Spotted Cow. Enjoyable, just not a good example of what an Octoberfest should taste like.

M=Drinkable, but a bit too sweet and not enough body.

O=Huge disappointment. Okay to sell this, just don't call it an Octoberfest.

dhannes, Oct 13, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

NWer, Sep 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

Gotti311, Oct 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

fenlop54, May 06, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Oct 29, 2008
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Sep 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was able to try Staghorn last night at an Oktoberfest party. The beer poured clear, amber orange with a sudsy, off white head that settles pretty quickly. Not much lace to speak of. The scent for the most part was typical grain and slight alcohol. The taste was dissapointing to me, the beer was slightly sweet and a mild spicy hop character that balances well in the finish. There's a vague fruitiness in the aftertaste with warmth as well. The mouthfeel is ok...the body was fine I dont think I can have more than one though. Overall it is ok worth a try ...sure....more than that....eh.

WoodBrew, Oct 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

beergorrilla, Sep 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

McMuffin_1, Thursday at 06:44 PM
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

eorwar, Sep 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

KCM, Apr 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Thebrianeffect, Jun 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Ish1, Oct 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

MarkDeming, Sep 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

seeswo, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

cosine, Jan 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Dactrius, May 21, 2013
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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 732 ratings.