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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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306 Reviews

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Reviews: 306
Hads: 956
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 18.99%
Wants: 95
Gots: 113 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.25% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: cokes on 09-16-2002

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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 AaronHomoya
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey auburn color, very clear with relatively little head but some retention. Fairly low carbonation.

Aroma is malty and fruity, with a hint of alcohol and some earthy hops.

Taste is toasty malt followed by sweetness, fruitiness and then a smooth finish with earthy, floral hops and yeast.

Fairly light body and little carbonation make it easy to drink. One of my favorite oktoberfests.

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Photo of Jredner
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of someone awesome! The aroma is sweet malts, lightly toasted with hints of fresh honeyed biscuit. The body is a dark orange amber and holds a diminishing off white head. The first sip offers a somewhat dry toasted malt flavor with a bit of sweetness toward the swallow. Has some almost nutty notes. Lightly toasty again. It finishes dry with a bread-like grainy kiss of sweetness. Decent, but different.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of demcorhip
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking brew, ruddy amber in hue, and capped with a sandy coloured, sudsy one finger head. Not much for retention or lacing, and is mildly carbonated.

A very nice nose of toasted bicuit, a touch of honey, and earthy hops with the scent of wet leaves and green grass. A mild touch of cooked veggies is also present and pleasant.

The flavour is much like the nose, rich toasty malts with some residual sweetness. Hints of melanoidin only adds to the depth of the malt. The hops play a supporting role, but add significant depth with their tasty earthiness.

Another excellent lager from New Glarus. Rich malts have a great yet subdued counterpoint in the earthy hops. Slightly sweet, yet finishes dry due to the toasty, biscuit flaours from the malts as well as the earthy hops.

The whole package makes for a very drinkable brew. The light to medium body makes for a tasty, refreshing, and fairly sessionable beer. The only obstacle is the alcohol which at 6.25%, would start to catch up with the drinker somewhat quickly. A brew I've enjoyed before, and helped get me into taking beer much more seriously, and a brew that im glad to have back after a year hiatus. Hope to see and drink it again next year.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear dark orange color with a thin ring of a head. A little bit of lacing.

S - Sweet brown sugary malts, light and very clean smelling. Some agitation and warming will yield some more earthy and smoky aromas.

T/M - Starts out with a muted sort of malty taste, somewhat sweet, with a medium consistency and a little bit of carbonation. Taste becomes bitter and sugary sweet with some medium-dark malt flavors. Finish leaves a light caramel malty flavor, with an interesting bitterness.

D - Overall a pretty good Oktoberfest, probably the best I've had this year. Might seem a bit thin and bland if you drink it too cold.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper red with thin head that laces down the glass. Smell is biscuity, sweet malt, and a touch of citruis hop. Has the malty flavor of a marzen, but subtle compared to other o'fest brews. Higher level of hops compared to the traditional German Marzens. Mouthfeel is good carbonation is where it should be, leaves a pleasent malt aftertaste that is not overpowering but reminds you of what you just drank. Overall enjoyable, I think it could be a little better, but only because New Glarus has put out outstanding brews before. A keeper for sure.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange amber with 2 fingers of white head and a few patches of lacing.

S - Sweet malt, caramel and biscuit with a touch of lager yeast.

T - Toasted bread, sweet malt, caramel, biscuit with a touch of grassy, herbal hops. This one nails the malt profile of what i expect out of an Oktoberfest.

M - Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation and a nice balance between hops and malt (bitter and sweet).

D - Very tasty. I think this one could hang with any of the German Oktoberfests.

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Photo of badbeer
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear bronze color with red hues. The head is small, and recedes quickly into no lacing. The aroma is of caramel, biscuits, and grass. The taste is like the aroma, but with some nice nutty flavors appearing in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is quite thin for an Oktoberfest, while the carbonation is nice. Overall, this is another overhyped, disappointment from New Glarus. It isn't bad by any means, but I don't think its so good that I would search for it.

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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 seaoflament
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Initiative for this extra.

Pours a rusty copper color with a nice finger worth of fluffy white foam. Aroma is spicy, some apple, salty water?, fresh earthy hops, and little roasted malts. Taste is much like the aroma but more fruity and malty, and some bread and yeast flavors. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both medium. Easy to drink but I guess it’s not my favorite style of beer.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The head disappeared faster than it rose even though I poured this one exceptionally hard. Still leaves a nice light amber color.
S - A very mellow yet complex floral / nutty aroma
T- Nice hop character followed by nutty aftertaste reminiscent of peanuts
M- Good solid mouthfeel could stand to be a little smoother on the take
D- Although I've made session beers out of Ofests in the past I'd prefer to pair this one with a meal.

All in all one of the better "octoberfests" out there. A little too nutty for my taste however.

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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 Westsidethreat
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FatKid13 for another New Glarus brew.

A: Pour is fizzy and active, but you know the head isn't going to last with that sort of action. Body is somewhere between cider and strawberry juice with what could be chill haze but I'm thinking its unfiltered. Head is goine except for an amber tinted ring around the glass.

S: Cooked veggies, stewed strawberries, molasses, toasted crackers and a dustyness to it.

T: Sweet with a red berry tang at the tip of the tongue. Transitions to a low level dried black cherry and apricot where the malt really begins to shine. Caramel careens in next with a rounded toffee and doughy goodness. Finishes with a slight spicy hop bite and a surprising dirtiness to it that might be the only real flaw in the taste. Aftertaste is sweet dough and red fruits.

M: Medium body with a nice mouthfeel but a bit hard.

D: Very nice Oktoberfest. Would have like the head to have a bit more volume, think it would have aided in the mouthfeel overall. Again, another nice beer from New Glarus. This one really grows on you as you drink it too. Yearning for another one now.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to demcorhip for this via trade

A - Nice reddish brown, small tan head.

S - Toasted malt, light ripe fruit.

T - Grainy malts, sweet caramel and a light nut / fuit undertone.

M - Medium bodied, smooth.

D - had a couple back to back. Nice brew for easy drinking.

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Photo of mcallister
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Year old Staghorn. Hoping it is still alive and well. It pours amber/orange/scarlet color. I poured this one hard and there is very little head or ring around the glass.

Definitely one of the better aromas for an O-fest I've sampled. Toffee and caramel malt dominate, with clover honey and sourdough bread also. Sweet tempting aromas.

It's good but lacking any depth. Can tell this would have shined had it been fresh. A watery thin mouthfeel dominated by sweet toffee malt and hints of caramel but not much else. Finish is short and lackluster.

I can tell this would have shone in it's day hopefully New Glarus will bring this one back next year.

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Photo of joedon
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber red color but with a fast disappearing, thin tan head.
Slight aroma of malt with a touch of noble hops.

Pleasing lager flavor with nice maltiness but not much bittering.

Body was way too thin for a Marzen.

A drinkable beer but should be "bigger" in texture and flavor to match the style.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a relatively clear dark amber with a tightly bubbled head that evaporates very quickly.
Aroma is full-on caramel with just a hint of nuttiness and woods.
Flavor of solid caramel malt dominates with just a hint of roasted nuts on the finish with just enough floral bittering to keep from getting too sweet.
Mouthfeel is fairly lush but seems to be lacking a little balance. too much on the caramel sweetness side, need a bit of a cut or balance with some additional bittering to be outstanding.
Drinkability is solid if not a little one dimensional and boring.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This oktoberfest poured a clear, coppery color with creamy, tan foam that settled but clinged a bit to the glass. The smell was rich and malty with a hint of hops. The taste was malty and rich with a light Munich malt flavor. There were notes of fruit and caramel, and the hops came out in the finish. The mouthfeel was dry with medium body and good carbonation. The finish and aftertaste were malty and hoppy. This was a good take on a märzen.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Head is off white to tan, and about one finger. It falls somewhat quickly.. Liquid under is copper-orange, and just ever so slightly hazy.

Smell is fruity and spicy, with some orange notes and a slight bit of alcohol on the nose.

Flavour is a bit woody, but balanced by a dark malt sweetness. It's not the roundest flavour, but that suits it well. Some slight bitterness builds at the end.

Carbonation hits low and tight right at the begining, and fades. Liquid is just the thin side of medium.

I've always found this one quite drinkable...and when I can get it, I keep it on hand as a regular session beer. However, I have to go to Wisconsin to get it, so I stock up- and don;t have it for long.

Be well

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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour into my pint creates a thin, off white head that soon recedes to just a collar around the glass. The beer is a slightly hazy orange-red amber.

smell: A big, malty caramel sweetness is the first thing I notice. For some reason it makes me think of the banks of turning leave that dot the landscape in autumn. Hints of sweet fruit (black figs, persimmon) and yeast are also present. The hops are kept low, but do provide a nice spiciness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower end of the medium range, and the body medium. Slight slickness on the tongue.

taste: There is a sweet toasted maltiness that gives hints of dark fruits, with just a touch of hop bitterness and little hop flavor. Finishes dryly with some lingering nutty flavors.

drinkability: easily drinkable, and interesting enough to keep me wanting it

Bottle smuggled back from my trip to Madison. The code 04327 72 1949 is printed on the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a creamy 1" light tan head over the reddish copper brew. Head fades slowly, with heavy coating lacing. Aroma is nutty malts, with hoppiness present, but not dominant. Flavor is as the nose indicated, nutty grains and sedate hops balancing each other, just what I would expect from an Octoberfest. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and the only thing that may detract from the drinkability is the sweetness starts to become prominent. Definitely an enjoyable brew that could be revisited.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Plain label silhoutte of a buck and a blurb from Daniel & Debrah Carey about pure ingredients, Krausened and Vielen Dank!

Poured into a tulip with a vitreous amber red glow, containing a few scant bubbles to meet a razor thin settled khaki head cap.

Initial aroma is marzen-like with a slight peat moss, toasted malt and smoke hints.

First swigs: Light sweet caramel and malt that reflects the nose. Slight smoke and spicy caramel. A delicious marzen! Notes of a grainy and rye like flavor. Not overly complex.

Feel is smooth as silk with a brisk carbonation. Medium bodied. A bit of a tongue coater with a lingering aftertaste of fuzzy malts.

Last swigs: Bright rye and candy malts. Cheers to fellow BA OrbitalR0x for the bottle. Review # 750. *shrug!*

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

hmm... h m m m m m m m m ...

thanks to tavernjef for the sample

cool label, a little out of sorts for the typical new glarus 'color-on-white' style. dark beer, dark label? i dunno. regardless, this beer pours reddish brown and rather clear with a thin, consistent layer of tightly-packed film. intricate oval patterns on the surface. little to no lacing. aroma is smoky, sweet malts with rich, tangy fruits like near-ripe apricots and plums. some gluey notes and tea leaf aromas give it an 'off' character. mouthfeel is somewhat abrasive for something so smooth... tangy metallic hops meet an odd sour flavor in the finish. gingerbready malt adds some good flavor and then excessive fruit and sharp alcohol emerges.. essentially falls apart, becomes a mess in your mouth. does not hold up to similar marzen o-fests, see hooker.

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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.