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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

727 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 73
Gots: 43 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

djrn2, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus taster glass.

Pours a clear deep amber/copper color with a nice white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose has a good bit of amber and bready malt with a touch of caramel sweetness. Some earthy hops lingering in the background. The flavor is quite malty with a bit of hops cutting through the finish. Medium body. Very nice.

Thorpe429, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

zestar, May 05, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

acurtis, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

metter98, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Could this be the best Oktoberfest made in America? Well, a fantastic crisp, clean caramel taste leaves no sweetness behind while contributing a graham cracker dryness, light savory notes, and a super clean lager taste. Strong floral notes give rise to the superior hops used here. No sulfurs, no vegital taste, no buttery notes; this beer is as clean as they come. Grains present? sure. Big for style? no. Classic and pure? Absolutely. Great job New Glarus!

Thanks Jeff.

BEERchitect, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +1%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1%

kjkinsey, Sep 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

ygtbsm94, Mar 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

GRG1313, Aug 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

kylehay2004, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking orange amber color. The head on the beer was very nice, it settles but as a good retention. The smell of the beer is earthy with a pleasent malt aroma. The taste has a very nice caramel malt flavor with a slightly bitter grassy finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Overall I found this to be really good, came close to some of the Oktoberfest beers that I tend to enjoy the most.

Knapp85, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to VDubb86 for splitting his sixer!

One of a number of beers sampled during a fishing weekend in northern Wisconsin. This entry pours a clear copper amber topped by about a finger of white foam. The nose comprises burnt (...caramelized...) caramel, orange rind, flowers, and Indian corn. The taste holds notes of dry toffee, light tobacco, orange peel, light maple syrup, and light sweet honey. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solid O-Fest, not the best I've had but far from the worst. VDubb would agree with me that this one's talked up a bit too much, though.

TMoney2591, Sep 20, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, bright clarity, racing carbonation. Thin layer of foam across the surface, eventually breaking up. Orange and glowing when backlit.

Smells like sweet wet barley, vaguely tea like. Slightly lagery.
Flavors of sweet graham cracker, tea leaves, wet barley. Light feel, fairly malty. Nothing to really pontificate on, but a solid malty lager with no off flavors. Prost!

emerge077, Aug 28, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from my homeboy dyan, thanks dogg.

Appearance: Copper-colored, dark but perfectly clear. The tan head retains well, leaving spots of lace as it settles into a disc.

Smell: Whole grain bread, caramel, minerals. Faintly hoppy.

Taste & mouthfeel: Opens with a bit of caramel sweetness, but this is actually more on the dry side. Toasted whole grain bread with fruit preserves comes to mind. Herbal hops linger in the background. The finish is dry and crisp but only mildly bitter, ideal for Autumn quaffing. Great stuff here, much better than many American attempts at the style.

largadeer, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with some reddish tones. It had a foamy, tan, two-finger head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled floral and somewhat grassy. Tons of sweet malty notes, too.

T - It was very spicy and had a nice sweet caramel malt flavor. Very sweet and delicious.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great o-fest. It is great tasting and very drinkable.

zeff80, Jan 02, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

SocalKicks, Oct 11, 2013
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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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from rpzel, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, nuts and spices with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very malty and bready like a good O-fest should be, with flavors of caramel and a little spice. There’s also a touch of smokiness. The hops presence is mild but strong enough to provide a very good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a beer that is well-worth drinking for a whole evening. I could see myself plowing through a six-pack with ease and enjoying each sip.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, got this one from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Average lacing & head retenton

S: Breadyness, grainyness & a touch of sulphur?

T: Breadyness, grainyness, & leafy hops up front. Toffee, dryness & caramel as this warms.
Finishes with toasty malt, fruity dryness & grainyness, almost pulled 4.5

MF: Grainy with medium carbonation & a bit coarser than I prefer

Great drinakability, another winner from from New Glarus!

russpowell, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, bright red color, good, 1/4" white head.
Subtle aromatics, malty, yes, but not scraming about it. Some fruit notes, a touch coppery, and a bit toasted.
Taste: nice little hops up front, soon settling back, very tasty. Medium bodied, lingering finish. Quite a different Oktoberfest, goes farther in some ways than others, more restrained in other ways. Still, owns it's own unique complexity, less overtly malty-sweet. A bit metallic in the taste, with a very subtle, snappy malty flavor, ultimately crisp and dry in the end.
Staghorn embodies a beautiful contradiction, a malty beer that's not treacly-sweet. In a class of it's own.
Thanks to jeffboo for this treat!

feloniousmonk, Nov 03, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beerwolf77 sent me a bottle of this in a trade. Part of my #1 beer for each 104 styles project, the best Märzen / Oktoberfest on beeradvocate. Sweet. It was good but I think I would rank it #2 personally. A very good beer though.

Bottle poured into a Russian river goblet. Beer is amber with a hint of red, completely clear with a nice white head of small bubbles and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to high with small bubbles that rise through the beer quickly. They do not prop the head up adequately though and it fades to a monolayer of nothing. Looks good.

Smells exactly like other Oktoberfests, mildly sweet, subtle, not much aroma. Smells good.

Beer is medium to light in body with moderate sweetness at leadoff. The sweetness gives way to a carboanted palate that has mild fruit flavors, mild apples but not spoiled. The finish isn't dry, its balance and has no bitterness. Its about as easy drinking as a beer gets. I'd have another, shit I have another (thanks beerwolf).

drabmuh, Nov 10, 2010
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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.