Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 286
Hads: 892
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 89
Gots: 85 | FT: 1
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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 beagle75
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Very clear, light amber color with one finger of off-white foam head that diminishes to a large and persistent pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and an occasional solitary bubble rises in the column.

S: Bready Munich malt is well developed, uplifted by and integrated with the breath of baker's yeast. Caramel is present in trace quantity, as is carbon dioxide.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with malt that is dynamically bready, both husky and refined. The hop contribution is minimal, just keeping flavors fresh with a nod toward balance. Acidity is kept under tight control, helping but never detracting. The greatest contribution from the acidity is a mellow mixed citrus quality that constitutes the only fruit component present. The middle sees a parade of more refined Munich and crystal malt flavors, followed by a finish that is soft, bready, and very forgiving.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced and refreshing on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This beer is a genuine pace-setter among American-brewed amber lagers. There may be no better choice to show off the potential of New Glarus to brew a traditional and delicious German-style beer. It is deliciously malty and very palate-friendly--truly compelling. (1,288 characters)

Photo of vande
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours what I would imagine the color created when there are drops of red, orange and yellow bled together...nice active appearance with a very thin lacing of head

S: Grainy, somewhat sweet...but very "beer" on the nose if that makes sense...

T: definite splashes of sweetness washed across this grainy-corny-malty beer... for a Oktoberfest, pretty good

M: Light to Medium in body..somewhat creamy. But easy to drink.

O: I realize I'm late in the season, but this is one of my favorite Oktoberfests out there.. had it before, I'm sure I'll have it again- (560 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A bright shade of bronze with nice clarity and a modest white head that is well retained.
S: Toasted bready malt, lager yeast and slight vegetal character.
T: Rich toasted bready malts with a hint of sweetness. Toasted malt is light but not thin. Finish is clean and dry with just a bit of citric bitterness at the end.
M: Light body with crisp carbonation.
This is a top tier lager. A very clean and precise Oktoberfest that compares well with any US-brewed versions of the style. (486 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a deep gold with almost-white head and a little bit of lacing.
Small, almost unnoticeable particulates.

Nose gives off the fruity, metallic, grain flavor typical to lighter Oktoberfest beers.

Taste is sweet, grainy, with a decent hop bitterness to balance it out.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and slightly syrupy, but finishes clean.

Overall a tasty and clean beer. I'm somewhat off-put by the syrupy mouthfeel, but quickly disappears so as not to detract from the total experience of the beer. Would drink again. (561 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a light caramel color, almost dark orange, with a really attractive head on it

S - smells of grain malts with some spicy hops

T - taste follows the nose to a T. Loads of cereal and grain malts are first up. These are followed by some lightly floral and spicy hops. Very clean throughout.

M - full and creamy

D - this is a really solid Marzen style brew. Pretty straightforward, but this style usually isn't the deepest in flavors. But what is there is really good and flavorful. Definitely enjoyed this offering! (526 characters)

Photo of jegross2
2.46/5  rDev -37.7%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a long neck brown 12 oz. bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: Clear light amber color with barely one finger of off-white foam. Foam faded quick and left no lacing behind and no cap.

Smell: Sweet corn and bread-like malt. Little to no hops present. A bit sweeter and perfume-like than a typical Marzen Oktoberfest style.

Taste: Watered down sweet malt and some corn flavor. A lot sweeter and thinner than most good Oktoberfest beers, and not malty enough. Could also stand a little more earthy hops presence to balance all that thin sweetness out.

Mouth feel: Light body with typical carbonation. Pretty typical.

Overall: I like a lot of the beers from New Glarus, but this isn't one of my favorites. Way too sweet for a Marzen Oktoberfest style and way too thin and watery. There are too many good Oktoberfest beers out there to have any reason to seek this one out again. (906 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a brilliant clear orange with bone white head, decent retention, some lacing

S: the nose is loaded with caramel and bready malts, also picking up some fall spices, some hints at a pumpkin ale, notes of graham cracker...very unique for the style... I like

T: starts off with malty sweetness, notes of molasses, brown sugar, this is followed up by dry bready malts, again a big presence of graham cracker on the finish. This is an excellent Marzen!

MF: medium to high carbonation, relatively light body

O: Of all of the Octoberfest/Marzen style brews I have tried, this is the most memorable. It has the nice lager flavors that go along with the style, but also has it's own unique spin. Well done New Glarus. (720 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -24.1%
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 (591 characters)

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

Had on tap at Champs in Lake Geneva into pint glass.

A- Pours clear amber with thin white head that grips the sides of glass.

S- Great fall smell. Spices, warmth and hops on nose.

T- Nice fall spice and barley to start, clean and robust with hints of corn. Fruity almost sour finish of berries.

M- Clean, crisp mouthfeel, not sticky at all.

O- Refreshing,pleasant Octoberfest that I could drink year around, very good bordering on great beer. New Glarus never disappoints. (477 characters)

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

poured into New Glarus Stien.

Appearance: A Golden Orange bodied beer with 2 fingers of bone white head and really good lacing!

Smell: Moderately sweet malts. Malt profile of buiscuits and some caramel. Even smell a little honey even though I dont think that this beer was brewed with any honey. Little spiciness from the yeast as well.

Taste: Really nice malty profile that follows how it smells! Bready, biscuity and caramel malts flavors upfront with a mild spicy finish. Still tastes really fresh to me even though this beer was released in August.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Carbonation is lively and prickely. Very well carbonated. Clean finish yet robust malty profile for a lager!

Overall: My favorite Octoberfest beer. I love this beer Dan Carey does a fantastic job with this style! It falls... and this beer is the beer I love during this season! (895 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't usually like Marzen if they are too flavorful or thick. This one is a little light tasting, and that is to my liking. It's very pretty in the glass and has a faint but clean aroma. The taste is crisp and refreshing.

Normally I don't want another marzen but I would make an exception for this. Unfortunately, this is the only one left from my Wisconsin trip. I found these old Wisconsin microbreweries to be much better than I had given them credit for. They make a lot of micro-miller, but they also make bolder styles. (529 characters)

Photo of dhannes
2.66/5  rDev -32.7%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A- Light golden with off-white 2 finger head, and a ton of lacing that remains on the glass.

S- Sweet caramel and amber malts.

T- Sweet amber and crystal malts. No noticeable hop finish.

M- Thin and a bit watery. Very easy drinking though.

O- Meh. Just ok. It would be a good beer if your planning on drinking a 6 pack or tailgating, but just to plain for me. (388 characters)

Photo of ahq514
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a bright copper color with a light head that diminishes to a film atop the beer. Appears to have a moderate-high level of carbonation.

Nice level of malt in the aroma. Malt is toasty and biscuity. This is nicely balanced by a clean and crisp german-ness present in most German style lagers.

Definitely a German style marzen. Malt is lighter than many of the American style counterparts. Otherwise this matches the aroma fairly well. Toasty, biscuity malt is present, but not overly dominant. I would have liked some more malt in this beer. Very clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel is on par for the style. A little higher than moderate carbonation. Light-medium body.

Overall, this is a good german style marzen. I guess I tend to prefer the more americanized versions of them, which are heavier on the malt, but this is still a good one. I love New Glarus. (908 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hannydawg for this bottle.

A: Pours a translucent golden with 1 full finger of white head.

S: Smells sweet and yeasty. I'm picking up some nice mild spice too.

T: Starts off sweet and malty. Then, the spice mingles well with the carbonation. Finishes sweet and smooth.

M: Light-bodied beer that seems extremely thin. I was really hoping for some more heft to this brew.

O: This is decent beer, but it's not outstanding. There are many other Octoberfest beers that I'd prefer. I'm glad to have tried it though. (524 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this single 12oz brown bottle as part of a mix and match build your own 6 pack of New Glarus beers for $10.00 a 6 pack (therefore $1.67 per bottle). Unfortunately, you have to drive up to Wisconsin to get them as New Glarus does not ship outside the state. No freshness date, but it is a seasonal, so I don't think it's more than a month old - this being only mid September.

The beer poured a crystal clear amber/copper color with a 3-finger fast rising head, so be careful with the pour. The fluffy white head lasts awhile but lacing is only minimal.

The smell is marvelous. Rich roasted barley malt fills the air all around the bottle. There is also some herbalness and spiciness under the malt.

Not as big a malty flavor as the smell suggested it might be, and definitely not as sweet as some Oktoberfests,, but while not caramely sweet, semi-sweet barley malt is still the main flavor. Plenty of herbs and spices are used for balance and extra flavor - maybe too many herbs for the style. The hops and herbs show up in the finish and aftertaste, leaving a slight bitterness after the swallow.

The beer is smooth and on the light side, with only medium carbonation.

Another decent offering from the New Glarus crew, who don't seem to make anything bad. If you like your Oktoiberfests on the sweet side, this may not be the one for you, but the herbs and spices make it a little unique and worth a try. The 6.25% abv is not even noticeable. (1,453 characters)

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

A: A clear copper with an bright white head.

S: Subtle malts with some floral notes

T: Balance. Malt is obvious but the hops are also on the dance card

M: A little more thin than I would have liked

O: A nice beer to drink. Very traditional. The noble hops are there. But....I think my Ofest preference is the Americanized version. I crave more caramel from mine such as found in Sam Adams or Great Lakes. This is more like the imports. Not a bad thing. But I like a maltier beer for this style. (498 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Glarus Staghorn Octoberfest is a deep golden colored brew, as clear as can be, topped with a small white head which leaves ring after ring of lace behind in its wake. Just a spare rising carbonation bubble here and there in an otherwise settled body.

The scent is pretty subtle, but consists of sweet malts and just a hint of fruit.

The taste starts with a very bready malt front, loads of grain, some caramel, and just a bit of hop to provide balance. The mouth is light and smooth. (490 characters)

Photo of MrGraybeard
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a cooled bottle into a 14-ounce tumbler. Two fingers of loose froth quickly dissipated, leaving a rich aroma of bread with a bit of noble hops. One of the more aromatic lagers I've had recently. Nice clear amber, appropriate to the type.

Malt predominates in the taste at first, but the noble hops are right behind, delivering a spicy nip and receding into bitterness. At the finish, though, the malt is what lingers on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium light and hides 6% alcohol content well.

I followed up a Paulaner Oktoberfest with this version from New Glarus. The Munich brew is less flavorful, but more subtle and maybe a little better balanced. The fact that the Paulaner brewery is 6000 miles away and the New Glarus brewery is 60 miles away may have a bearing on the contrast, though. (809 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Staghorn pours a golden cooper like color with a good size white head. THe smell was a bit weaker, but had a bit of a malty tone. The taste was very balanced, a nice spice note, very similar to other Marzens. The taste was very balanced, it was overpowering, but wasnt watery either. Overall I found this one VERY enjoyable, one of the better Marzens out there. (361 characters)

Photo of Treebs
2.66/5  rDev -32.7%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of Hachiman
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive burnt orange-gold with a tall white head that subsides to less than a finger. Very fine lacing.

Smells bready/yeasty with a bit of hop aroma.

Taste is less hoppy, very malty sweet at the start and finish.

Not very substantial but saved by adequate carbonation. Very little alcohol impact.

Another sessionable New Glarus beer, fortunately for those doing Oktoberfest in Wisconsin. What about the rest of us? (430 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears on the lighter yellow-orange side of amber in color, transparent with lively bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. One finger of head, recedes to a skim layer, no lacing. Smells of medium strength lightly toasted bready malt and mostly earthy spectrum noble hopping, tastes of the same but with a sharp drop-off of the noble hopping in the mid sip that leaves the finish as a gradual fade-out of the malt sweetness. Stays clean and simple without being boring, lighter bodied and brisk on the palate... I'd recommend giving it a try at least once. (565 characters)

Photo of wschmit
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a Perfect Pint.

A: A creamy, thick white head tops a clear, bronze body with moderate carbonation. The head has fairly good retention, but gradually fades into a ring with a sizable patch on top and some light lacing.

S: Simple and subdued: straightforward caramel malt, followed by a bit of noble hopping, slightly lemony and floral. Perhaps not quite as awesome as the real German thing, but certainly on point.

T: Sweet, lagered, with the expected caramel malt, and perhaps a touch of grape and orange. Fine, zippy hops round it out. Again, straightforward but well executed. Not the most complicated thing around, but it's not supposed to be.

M: Just a bit thin feeling, but not bad. Carbonation is moderate. Alcohol is non-existent.

O: For around 9 bucks a sixer, this is hard to pass up. It passes strict German muster, tastes right, and tastes good. (883 characters)

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