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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Staghorn OctoberfestStaghorn Octoberfest

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very good

883 Ratings

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 86
Gots: 78 | 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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Ratings: 883 | Reviews: 285
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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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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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2/5  rDev -49.4%

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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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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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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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
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