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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Reviews: 307
Hads: 962
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 18.99%
Wants: 94
Gots: 115 | 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 Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has been in the top 10 in its style class since I can remember, and presently it's ranked #6. Thanks BeerFMAndy for sending me this one!

Served in a tulip.

A: Lots of suds on this mama jamma! I would best describe the color as that of rust (orange/red/grey), and impeccably clear.

S: More sourdough than most Marzens on the market, but with that sort of "mothball" quality that I commonly associate with the style. Not too potent, but still effective. Fresh, fresh, FRESH!

T: Oh yeah... right up my alley. This one didn't fall into that "too sweet for its own friggin good" that Great Lakes fell into for me. Initially, I thought it was going to be too sweet based on the nose, but the bitter graininess washed right over that. Bravo!

M: I think I'll name the bitterness Amanda, since that was the name of my first girlfriend. Really nicely composed in that area. The carbonation was low, but damn near perfect for my tastes.

O: I had the bar set pretty high on this one and New Glarus cleared it by a country mile. Not sure how much a sixer of this cost in Wisconsin, but I imagine it's pretty much the same as I'd grab a quality O-fest around here. I think I'll move to cheeseland during the fall.

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

a beautiful clean copper pour with 2 fingers of detergent like head. very faint in the nose, getting some bread notes and some light caramel smell.
the flavor is a toasted nutty taste up front, almost like pecans. bready and malt heavy.. a great tasting octoberfest.
medium in body, high carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

overall a great seasonal from this brewery. very flavorful and quite fulfilling.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light copper - see through - with foamy white head. Light malty smell. Light malty flavor, hop swirled in. Modestly sweet. Touch of spiciness on the tongue. Real easy drinker with loads of malty goodness. Good O'fest celebrator. Clean.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

!2 oz. bottle poured into a Millstream pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber with a small white cap.

Smell: Sweet malt and earthy German hops.

Taste: Rich, clean caramel malt with slight apple finish and subtle hops.

Mouthfeel is light/medium and light/medium carbonation. Clean and crisp on the palate.

This is a very sessoinable Octoberfest beer that is gone too fast. One of my favorite fall beers.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. A batch code is printed on the shoulder but there is no easily discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium amber with a Halloween-esque tint of pumpkin orange. Two fingers of thick, eggshell-colored head dissipated fairly slowly to leave a spotted lacing.

Smell: The aromas are pretty muted at first but emerge slowly. Lightly toasted malts, sweet caramel, toffee, butterscotch, maple syrup, and grassy hops. Honestly, it smells more British than German.

Taste: Lightly toasted malts, caramel, toffee, earthy hops, a hint of butterscotch, and maple syrup. A light bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip; at time I thought it was metallic.

Drinkability: I was a little disappointed initially but the beer turned into something special. It is a very solid beer and one of the best märzens I have tried.

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

From: Tenutas in Kenosha, WI
Date: "2142 B2 2002" stamped on bottom of bottle
Glass: Tulip glass

New Glarus' Staghorn is an above-average interpretation of the German style from a US brewery. The malt-forward recipe manages to blend in some European hop bitterness and herbal components that lend it some interest, but the flavors remain more subdued and not as "crisp" and satisfying as the German-brewed counterparts.

Pours a 1cm, off-white head of small bubbles, fairly dense and compact. Retention is average to below average, quickly reducing to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a speckling of wispy foam atop the body. Little to no lacing left from the head's decline. Body is a transparent brown with reddish tints, light bringing out some pale orange beneath the brown tones. Carbonation is visible and modestly active.

Aromas of toasted white bread, light toffee, a bit of whole grain cereal graininess, and marginally herbal hops. Better than most US marzens, but still not particularly compelling when compared to the German versions of the style.

Opens with toasted bread and lightly toasted malt sweetness, proceeding to toasted bread combined with a bit of toffee and bittering/herbal European hops in the mid-palate. Back of palate notices continued hop bitterness with more substantial toasted grain and malt notes. Aftertaste is fairly, surprisingly absent, with slight nods towards toasted malts.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium levels of carbonation, resulting in a slightly fizzy, but gradually smooth mouthfeel. Finish is not dry, and there is some residual sweetness across the palate. This generally comes across as correct for the style and this particular beer.

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

FINALLY. A series of bizarre-yet-uninteresting events have kept me from getting to try this lo these past seven years. Now, finally, I've tracked down a fresh sixer.

Pours a little effervescent for the style, with a medium-sized, quickly dissipating head and lots of big, showy bubbles. Smells like sweet and toasty marzen malt along with a little bit of crisp grassyness that almost smells like adjunct grain.

Tastes like it smells. Sweet and bready, but not as rounded as my favorite marzens. The sharp, grassy end grows on you, but it the balancing effect with the smoother malty start isn't fully to my liking. I guess I'm just particular with this style? Still, well brewed and they hit what they were going for. Just, so far as marzens go, I'd prefer they had gone for something a little different. Again, this isn't to say this is bad--because it's actually pretty good--it's just not the top tier oktoberfest I was hoping it would be.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
6.25% ABV, 2092 on neck.

A - Staghorn pours a dark golden honey color, mirroring label's iconic moon. A quickly forming white head drops slowly while adorning the pint in antler silhouette-like lacing. Moderate retention means the head doesn't stick around long, but enough is left by to seal in some aroma.

S - Heavily malty upon first whiff, Staghorn has a nose has a touch of sweet caramel that's overshadowed by the earthy grassy smelling hops here; dry leaves, brisk fall air, and recently mowed lawn. While the aroma leans towards the earthy hops, it's a clean crisp hop presence which works well with the maltiness.

T - A strong initial malty sweetness opens the beer and sticks around for the duration while other nuances, namely the hops, change around it. As the beer progresses, front to back, it slowly becomes more dry and earthy-focused imparting the same characteristics the aroma shows.

M - Staghorn is a bigger Oktoberfest than most generally are with it's medium-full body but lively, balancing carbonation. The finish dries out with hoppiness keeping the malty sweetness from being too cloying.

O - From the maltiness to it's earthy hops, New Glarus' Staghorn Octoberfest embodies much of what makes a classic German Oktoberfest great, but seems to miss the mark on mass consumption drinkability a bit. While I truly enjoy the balance and bolder hoppiness this beer offers, I can't say that I'd want it served to me in a liter stein. I'll stick to the yearly 6-pack, one delicious Staghorn at a time.

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

Served in a weizen glass, bottled

A - golden amber with 2 finger egg white fluffy head with excellent retention and good clumpy lacing.

S - toasted malts, sweet meaty bready yeast notes

T - follows the nose, fairly sweet for the style, nice sweet toasted malt backbone with hint of caramel and noble hops

M - moderate body, mod.high carbonation

O - thanks to Skye for bringing this from Madison, a great way to celebrate the coming of Autumn.

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

A-An agressive pour into a pint glass gave a healthy 2 fingers of white pillowy head that quickly breaks down into a film. Plenty of CO2 bubbles. Perfectly clear. Color is golden/amber.

S-Marzenish. With the toasted malts being most noticed, there is also a note of that adjunct corn that I get out of most lagers. Very faint aroma of grassy hops. As it warms some alcohol aroma.

T-Nice, although a bit weak, flavors of slightly toasted malt. Clean lager flavor with a weak bitter finish.

M-A bit weak in body. At 6.5% the alcohol is well hidden. Moderate to high carbonation that works well given the clean lager flavor.

O-I tend to sway towards a more malty sweet version of this style. However this beer is well made and I'd have no problem knocking these back on a crisp fall day. Just a bit boring with a weak malt backbone.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a a dark amber, almost copper color, with a big cap of creamy foam that stayed around throughout. A rich malty aroma fills the nose. The medium bodied beer is incredibly smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. A big dose of grain continues on the palate. Its not too sweet, a little bready and just a hint of caramel. It exclaims the bounty of a fall harvest-- keeping the grain center stage. The finish has just a hint of bitterness. This is a clean brew with a nice fall flavor. The folks at New Glarus followed their own path when developing this Oktoberfest and it stands above many other fall seasonals.

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Photo of scriabin
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful dark amber color with a lovely head. The smell is sweetly complex, with overtones of clove. But the flavor is what makes this one so great. It's a richly complex beer, smooth but not overwhelming. One of the best I've had in quite some time.

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A darker shade of amber, close to copper, but not quite that dark. Clear. Forms a small fizzy white head that fizzes away within a minute. No lacing.

S: The mild aroma of sweet malt, a touch of caramel, and a restrained bit of grassy hops.

T: Very clean tasting. Sweet, yet light, caramel malts and a some lighter bready notes. A touch of toast. Then a light blend of earthy and grassy hops.

M: Medium body and malty with lower carbonation gives this one a slick mouthfeel. Mild bitterness.

O: A very clean, easy drinking version of the style. Many of the typical Oktoberfest beers tend to be far to malty for my likings, but this one is fairly nice.

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Photo of scones
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a copper red with a finger of head.

Smells grassy and malty. Almost some mineral, like an alt or something

Taste is bready, sweet. Kind of grassy. A good fall beer.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonated well and easy drinking, but with enough fullness to make you feel like you're drinking a real beer.

Overall I really like this beer. Very drinkable, very tasty. It has just enough of everything and keeps with the style, won't bore but doesn't step out the bounds. I really like it and will continue to be excited for it every fall.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yikes, after trying to force myself to enjoy this beer for the second straight year, I figured I'd finally write a full review.

Poured into my New Glarus pilsner glass. Looks nice, but a little lighter than I prefer colorwise for an Oktoberfest.

Smell is okay, nothing special.

The taste is where this beer really goes wrong for me. To begin with, not enough bready, toasty notes. Then comes the strange sterile metal taste. The finish is unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is fine.

Overall, I really do not like this beer. Strange, considering I really enjoy almost everything else from New Glarus. There are many other Oktoberfest style brews I prefer to Staghorn (including Sam Adams), I don't think I'll be revisiting this in the future.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.04/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pinto glass.

A- Poursa a deep dark orangish gold. Has a light fizzy head that dissipates right away. Nice and Clear with ample light penetration.

S- Light caramel malt notes with a slightly skunky hoppy finish. Overall though the smell is rather sweet. More malty than skunky for sure.

T- Slightly sweet with hints of caramel and some bready notes. Ends on some what of a watery tasteless finish.

M- Very light and smooth with a medium body. Low carbonation. Really coats the inside of your mouth after each sip.

O- This beer was good and definitely drinkable however the low carbonation made it seem very off. The scent was rather poor although it smelled alright. Kind of a swing and a miss for new Glarus. First of their beers I have ever tried and felt this way about. Hoping this bottle was defective but I'm not so sure. May try again at some point if I get the chance but this was really a rather bland marzen.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is light golden colored with a white head. The aroma is mildly fruity, light malt. Smooth feel. Nice flavor, with a lingering lager malt and fruity aftertaste. A touch of dryness in the finish. Light bodied, this one goes down easily. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of brystmar
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange pour, beady lace. Strong bready aroma, fruity too, very Marzen-esque. The nose really shines here.

Taste is straight up malts and kinda watery. Mild hop profile as it descends. Body is far too light & weak. Lack of flavor makes this one quite sessionable.

Great aroma, the rest disappoints.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A- pale orange with less than a finger of head

S-bready malt at first and then a hint of some oranges

T- sweet malt start then fades to a little citrus finish

M-fairly light bodied but not thin and watery

O-not bad but maybe not my favorite from New Glarus

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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.

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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-

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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.

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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.

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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.