Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 286
Hads: 892
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 88
Gots: 85 | 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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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
-UF (724 characters)

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. (963 characters)

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. (611 characters)

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. (802 characters)

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. (833 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oktoberfest malt aroma. Average in intensity for style. Pretty simple and uncomplicated.
Hard to pour with a head. The one that is there is quickly very small, but creamy. Dark amber of orange, like a harvest moon.
Taste is pretty much straight malt and very clean. Very mild bitterness, but with some drying. A touch of sweetness.
Nice fullness from the malt and carbonation (which is quite soft).
Doesn't blow me away, but is better than average. Enjoyable. (463 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours solid coppered brown color with a finger of head that falls to a light ring over top. Nose is god balance between toasted nuts and toffee, with a hint of roastyness in the back. Flavor is fairly on with the nose. Toasty, nutty, very light roast and toffee sweetness. Feel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, I really enjoy this for a fest beer. Nothing obtrusive and very tasty. (407 characters)

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 ] (969 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you DirtyLou.

Poured a rich mahogany in color. Thick, spongey head which evaporated to little island specks. After the head vanished there was no visible carbonation. No lace.

Nose was very nice for the style. For most marzens I struggle for any aroma. Here I found uncooked dough and that wet yeasty smell that you get from uncooked dough.

Flavor was very impressive. The malts were rich. Very bready and warming. Kind of tastes like half cooked pancake batter. Kind of a re-invigorating beer. Lots of sustenance to it. Bit of hops come through at the end of each sip. Little bit of alcohol come through in the end as well.

Mouthfeel is medium body. Kind of oily and slick. No real carbonation but I could feel little pops of CO2 popping on the tongue.

This is a great example of the style. The ABV is perhaps a bit high for the style but is very settling. (878 characters)

Photo of granger10
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Octoberfest pours a rich ruby red, almost brown, color. Medium white head rises and fades rather quickly. Aroma is a bit weak with caramel and spice and maybe a little hops in there. But what lacked in aroma more than was made up for in flavor. This is a really rich beer with a nice thickness to the body. Flavor begins with a nutty caramel maltiness and that's the main flavor, it holds throughout. Toasty bready and yeasty flavors coming in underneath. Lighter fruits and spices from hops come as I go further. Finish is drier but leaves me with a bit of the caramel flavor and makes me want to drink more. This is really a great Octoberfest and one everybody should try to get. (686 characters)

Photo of iron78
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

perfect color for a fall beer like trees in the fall, copper/orange. a nice off white head that quickly disappears leaving little if any lacing.
a little hop nose, with toasted malt.
nice malt taste with spices at the end.
was pleasantly surprised by the mouthfeel, nice medium body.
very drinkable, the bottles disapear to quickly.
football and oktoberfest beer, what a great time of year. (395 characters)

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

wow, this beer is pretty close to perfect as far as i can tell. Octoberfests are my favorite seasonl and this one is the best.

pours a beautiful atumn amber with a nice head. aroma is of caramel and a faint bit of alcohol. mouthfeel is smooth and perfect. taste is a wonderful toasted malt flavor with just the right hop presence. drinkability is about as good as a beer can get, it would dangerously easy to consume many of these without a second thought.

great Wisconsin octoberfest. (493 characters)

Photo of ClearDog
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Poured a nice fiery amber and formed a thin head that quickly disappeared. No lacing.

Smell -- Kind of smells like burnt carmel or molasses as it warms.

Taste -- I like it. I can faintly taste apples, maybe pears, and hints of spice. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light. Nice carbonation. Crisp clean finish.

Drinkability -- I think I'll be able to polish off this six pack and buy another. (421 characters)

Photo of BarrelBrother
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you read my review of Uff-da Bock from New Glarus, this is the other brew we happened to bring back from our motorcycle trip through this Alpine Village set in southern Wisconsin. A cool destination for an evening, with great food and drink around every corner in this small village.

This beer pours very nicely and has a beautiful, deep amber color that is crystal clear. I would have preferred a little more aroma, but there was only a hint of carmel and very little hop presence to my nose. Taste is very solid, a typical flavorful German Oktoberfest "marzen" . Like most New Glarus brews, the mouthfeel is smooth, and you could easily drink these in quanity. A nice local Oktoberfest, with a smooth finish. (716 characters)

Photo of Px2GrafX
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12 oz bottle with a matte label. black with a stag silouhette in front of an orange moon. new glarus's explanation of their octoberfest is on the right hand side of the label. "hold this one up to the light of any harvest moon and enjoy "wisconsin's real red"."

appearance: pours a beautiful appley-red, fairly clear in a stein mug. highlights are a coppery red-orange. head was only about a quarter inch off-white that quickly dropped to a ring around the glass. very little lacing. there are the most minute of particles suspended in the liquid. midway through, there's no more head, but this is a beautiful drink looking down through the glass.

smell: first smell is sweet and fruity. there is also a caramelly sweet malt undertone. aromas are very subdued. hops are there, but not easily detected due to mostly malty smells. lightly spicy.

taste: wow! strong toasty bready sweet malts. apples and caramel. only hop flavors are lightly spicy in the finish. not very bitter at all. surprisingly a little dry and a little yeasty in the finish as well. nice toasted nutty flavor as the brew warms. aftertaste is toasty but at times appley and a little sweet.

mouthfeel: crisp and light in body. some resins left on my tongue. despite very little head, there appears to be good acidity and carbonation. swallow clunks a little, but normal for the style.

drinkability: very drinkable as most octoberfests are. nothing there to slow you down. not too bitter, not too sweet, no evident alcohol profile.

overall: thanks again to dirtylou for sending me this in a trade. i'm not a big fan of octoberfests, but this definitely shows some promise. excellent malt profile, but not too sweet. very drinkable, crisp and refreshing. (1,756 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Staghorn Octoberfest pours into my tulip glass a crystalline amber red with a half inch of bubbly off white head on top. The color reminds of the changing leaves at the peak of fall. Aromas of nutty caramel bathed grains coincide with spicy, herbal hops. Dark fruits linger underneath sweet creamy malts. Nice stuff!

First sip brings a rich, nutty caramel maltiness ufpront. Rich with a well placed sweetness. This is backed up by a spicy, herbal hop that floats through the background. Smooth and quite delicious with a lingering spiciness. Roasty, toasty, just an overall good octoberfest brew.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Malty with mellow carbonation. This is a really enjoyable marzen that I could easily have a few of. If you enjoy the style...make sure you find a way to sample this one. Quite a treat. (824 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, purchased at Steve's in Madison

I am a huge oktoberfest fan...There is just something about the fall with football starting, oktoberfests and pumpkin ale's being released, and the temperatures dropping. Well now that that rant is out of the way...

appearance: thick copper/amber, clear, very small bubbly white head with virtually no lacing

smell: toasted malts, heavy on the caramel, sweet fruit, earthy

taste: nice toasted malts, sweet sweet caramel and apple, nice lingering toffee taste as well. This beer comes just as advertised, certainly one of my favorite oktoberfests

mouthfeel: perfect, carbonation is dead on, medium bodied

drinkability: I look forward to many saturday afternoon's watching Notre Dame win and NC State lose while drinking these guys! (793 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Steve's Liquor here in Madison.

Pours a vibrant amber color with a smallish snow-white head. Smell is malty up front, spicy and citrus notes round it out. Taste starts off strongly malt and finishes with a spicy/lemony hop kick. Mouthfeel is very crisp, could use a little softening around the edges but overall stays quite drinkable. A nice little marzen here, not the best I've had but tasty nonetheless. (431 characters)

Photo of Realale
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear copper red, tending toward straight red. Fine off-white head quickly disappears.

Slightly sweet, raw grainy nose. Some herbal, earthy noble hops are there to thankfully distract. Sweetness is too much for me. Strays into the toffee/dark caramel portion of the spectrum which doesn't sit well with me.

Much better in the mouth, where it is medium-bodied, with a big, but not overly sweet malt presence. It's relatively monolithic, with the hops not making much, if any impact. Much less sweet than the nose indicates, which is a huge relief. Balance is downright decent.

Carb seems a bit harsh, which detracts from mouthfeel. Quite drinkable, but further evidence that this style is a tough one to nail, even for excellent breweries. At least the comes by its sweetness honestly as the giant sacks of Weyermann Vienna malt stacked at the brewery indicate.

Purchased at the brewery, 5th bottle of the six pack. (938 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Copper colored with a large, creamy head. Caramel and apple aroma. A roasted nutty smell too. Nutty malt flavor. Very yeasty. Just a little hop flavor. Some spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium. The carbonation is pretty light. Great drinkability. This would make a very good session beer. I've had most of New Glarus's beers, and this is one of my favorite. (379 characters)

Photo of battlekow
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Staghorn was just released this week, and I was anxious to try it, as I'd never had it, or any other Oktoberfest, before.

It pours a red/amber color, almost no head, spotty lacing; looks like a typical amber/red lager.

Smells toasty--and also, oddly, dusty, like the business end of a broom. Tickles your nose.

Tastes very sweet upfront, a little fruity, like cherries, with a big toasted malt finish. I'm a big fan of the toasted malts. If you burp, it tastes faintly of peanut butter.

Mouthfeel is medium. This beer is pretty easy to drink, and I really enjoy the toasted malt flavor, but it's basically just a solid amber lager. (645 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing one of these with me. It pours a light amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty with a nice caramel smell. The flavor was a mixture of a nut brown and smooth caramel. Very nice. The mouthfeel is right where I want it, moderately thick. One of the best Oktoberfest's I've had. (385 characters)

Photo of trancefishy
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out clear dark amber colour, with a small coarse head that dissipates a bit too quickly.

Aroma is malty, clean, with a little bit of oak.

Taste certainlly gives away the fact this is a lager. good malt backbone, shapr and clean taste. little bit of caramel and a slight nuttiness. mild tasting, but balanced nicely. the aftertaste is smooth and mild.

mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is at a fine level.

good oktoberfest, little plain though. worth a try if you like oktoberfest and have already had most other offerings, or want to try them all. (568 characters)

Photo of cdfree
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the beersters on the Great Lakes board for reuniting me with a long lost friend--made a run to Woodman's in Kenosha and cleaned them out of this seasonal brew. In short, it's about as good as I remember with the exception of a mild tinniness that I could do without. From the beginning... a beautiful beer, a sort of deep amber that fits the time of year. Bisque-colored head that lasted a good long while. The nose to me is extremely floral and the taste is not partcularly hoppy, sweet but not too much so. Slightly tinny aftertaste that I hope does not taint the rest of the 3 cases I bought. All in all, it's good to be home. (639 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out amber brown and sits a bright, deep red-amber in the glass with a nice sized light-tan head. Absolutely stunning.

Smells good and malty, toasted and crisp over all. Light caramel notes.

Tastes sweet, yet mildly sour. Leaning to the malty side of the spectrum, but the mainly floral/herbal hops are present and give impart a nice, soft bitterness. Toasty is the term for this one. Very light traces of alcohol, not much.

Soft and delicate in the mouth with light carbonation and medium body. A very nice Oktoberfest, definately going to be kicking it with this one for awhile. The softness just makes it easier to throw back. (643 characters)

Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.