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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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693 Ratings

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 69
Gots: 33 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 09-16-2002)
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Photo of pweis909


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%

Update: 9/3/2013.

The beer seems a little paler relatived to my earlier review. The head is large, with big bubble lacing the glass. Aromy is bready, which carries over to the taste, although there is a candy sweet finish. It's bit over the top, but it will impact the drinkability, a bit. I'd drink two, but probably no more.

This seasonal brew pours copper and foamy, pretty typical appearance for an American Oktoberfest. Aroma is not stong, but the taste is satisfying. Toasty malt, no caramel, but some sweetness, with a dry finish. Satisfying mouthfeel and highly quaffable.

10-13-2008 01:09:03 | More by pweis909
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

I got this brew in a trade with eyncognito, thanks Ian!

12oz bottle served in a beer mug.

L - clear copper color with a beige head that completely vanished after a few minutes.

S - sweet caramel malt and spiced aroma.

T - sweet malty/spiced taste, a slight bitterness towards the back end before finishing sweet.

F - light/medium bodied with a mild carbonation feel.

D - an easy drinking, good tasting brew.

10-12-2008 04:03:07 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of wheatyweiss


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured into a standard pint.

Light copper color, clear and nice bubbly head that dissipates fast.

Smell is of roasted grain and sweet brown sugar. Burnt toffee and a hint of overcooked caramel.

Taste is deeply roasted grain and sour yeast. There is a burnt flavor there that can't quite be placed, nice. The hops are there and make their presence known, very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is medium and biting, quite light for the flavor.

Nice beer, not my favorite from New Glarus, but a solid offering.

10-10-2008 23:56:15 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of morimech


3.13/5  rDev -21%

Pours a clear amber color with a small white that quickly settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass surface.

The aroma consists of roasted malt. Very faint aroma and it is not giving up much.

A strange maltiness dominates the flavor. Sort of musty and earthy. No hops detected.

On the lighter side of medium bodied. Carbonation is moderate and not harsh. Nice texture to the beer.

I like most New Glarus beers but there are a few I just don't get. This one goes on that list. The high ABV does not aid in drinkability.

10-04-2008 18:56:37 | More by morimech
Photo of demo862


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

Pours a dark amber with a medium sized head. The roasted malts are the thing that really stick out to me about this beer, and is something that hasn't been matched in the other oktoberfests that I have tried. That being said, it is the best oktoberfest that I have tried, beating out Capital and Great Lakes, among others. I am definitely going to go pick up some more before the season is over.

10-04-2008 13:49:58 | More by demo862
Photo of joe1510


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Village Dell and Wine

New Glarus's Staghorn Octoberfest fills my pilsner glass with a crystal clear caramel colored liquid. Stream after stream of carbonation bubbles rush to the surface from every point of the glass and big bubbles of carbonation cling to the side of the glass before bursting to the surface. The pour produced two fingers bone white head that receded to a cap quickly leaving spotty lacing on its way down.

Staghorn sports a nice malty nose with a clean lightly toasted graininess and caramel. A faint leafy hoppiness brings up the rear and adds a touch of spice. The caramel in the nose really comes through nicely and when combined with the spiciness of the hops creates a very inviting aroma.

Flavor is much the same as the aroma. A mild spicy hoppiness gets things started before fading slightly to let the clean toastiness and semi-sweet caramel. The spiciness lasts throughout the drink but falls in line behind the malt. Caramel sweetness finishes things off on the swallow.

The body seems to be medium but with the carbonation it feels a little lighter although there is a little stick on the swallow. The spiciness comes through on the back of the tongue while the carbonation gives a little snap upfront.

Staghorn is a highly drinkable O-Fest. This is a beer where putting away a couple liters wouldn't be a problem.

This is another strong beer from New Glarus. The more Staghorn I drink the more I want to drink. This stuff continues to grow on me. This is one of the best of the style I've come across.

10-04-2008 01:14:50 | More by joe1510
Photo of DefenCorps


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz bottle received from joe1510 in the LNBA BIF. Thanks, Joe! Into my Guinness glass

A: Amber with a thin beige head that recedes to a disk rather quick. Looks solid

S: Definitely hoppy with an earthy, spicy character with some pepper. Malt is bready and spicy, almost rye like. Very good

T: Spicy bread with a hint of pepper and caraway . Mildly sweet with a dark honey character before a dry finish takes over. Unique

M: Carbonation is ample and works well with the spicy character of the beer. The finish is drier than most but works. Well done!

D: The ABV is a little higher than I'd like but this is a very easy drinking beer

10-03-2008 02:36:15 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of BeerTruth


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

Got this one from joe1510 today at lunch and wanted to enjoy it tonight, so in the fridge it went!

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a stunning clear red-copper hue with a one finger off-white head that falls to thin layer which eventually disappears. Some bits of stickiness here and there on the sides, but not much to speak of. Scent consists of toasted grains, mild caramel and crystal malts, and a some metallic notes. An interesting pepper and spice with an earthy hop tickle the nose as well. Pretty tame smell overall though. Taste begins with some roasted nuts and pale malts with a bready characteristic. Midway some sweet caramel and honey with a light dry pepper flavor in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium with a strong carbonation sting and a crisp body. Drinkable? You betcha, especially with the surprising 6.5% abv. Not a bad O-fest, but I expect more from New Glarus. Thanks again Joe for this extra!

10-02-2008 23:31:44 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of Chugmonkey


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Had a pint on tap(then 5 more). Holy freshness batman!!! Beautiful light amber color, brilliantly clear, nice off white head, beautiful patchy webbed lacing.

And it tastes as good as it looks. I usually don't care for the cloying sweetness of most O-fests, but this brew lacks that sickening sweetness of many and it also lacks the sharp carbonation bite of some. By long and far the smoothest O-fest I've ever had. Extremely refreshing, no way this is over 6%ABV. The mouthfeel is just pure silk and it just slides down so easy.

Super quenching. I had a pint of Point & a Capital Brewing Co. O-fests also and this NG one blew the other two away. It is so smooth that it is probably not to style, but I don't care. I love this beer and am going to stock up on some.

09-25-2008 20:18:42 | More by Chugmonkey
Photo of dbtoe


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
This years's 09 is even better than last years.

Look a golden amber body with a big white head that sticks around until the end.

Smell sweet malt and maybe a hint of roast.

Taste pretty much malts, sweet and a toasted taste there is some hop bitterness that balances the flavors very well.

Feel real good carbonation and a smooth creamy body

Drink this is a very drinkable beer all flavors are balanced and it goes down smooth.

Comment I really like this one a lot. It has a pretty complex taste, but not too much flavor that over whelms. Just right for drinking one or having more than a few.

09-25-2008 18:07:11 | More by dbtoe
Photo of bound4er


3.73/5  rDev -5.8%

I have never had an Octoberfest thats rocked my world. Staghorn continues that streak although this may be the best I have had to date.

It pours to a medium copper color with a nice 1" plus head. Good lacing throughout. Mostly maltiness on the nose - some caramel and honey present. Similar taste profile here with the malts dominating. Where this beer excels is in drinkability. It slides down almost too easily - quite sessionable on a nice late September evening.

09-25-2008 01:45:16 | More by bound4er
Photo of Rennpferd


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%

It poured a slightly dark copper tone with a nice two inch head and light carbination.

It had a very nice mild hop smell.

A nice mix of malt and hops. It was crisp and refreshing with a clean finish and a smooth lite body.

It is very drinkable. I enjoyed it last year and was anticipating Staghorn for the last few weeks.

09-22-2008 01:46:45 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Been on a New Glarus tear recently, and this is my last untried N.G. beer since I visited the brewery over two weeks ago. Pours a coppery burnt red with a thin head, a little bit of lace stickage and decent head retention.

Aroma is super subtle, made of Bock-like caramel malt and a mellow roasted character. Not much else to report.

Flavor is toasty overall, with faint caramel sweetness, nut, earth, and a light hop essence that appears as green apple, which carries forward into a softly tart finish. Pretty dry, with texture on the thin side but not watery; good slickness and well-carbonated.

Not a very exciting beer...I've had more flavorful Oktoberfests...it went down easily and without any glaring faults, but it's a little timid and the sour/tart finish I could've done without. I prefer a bit more flavor and/or depth and/or character in general, and hoped for something maltier in this particular beer. Not at all bad, just one I wouldn't go out of my way for again.

09-21-2008 18:10:38 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of Duffman


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%

This beers comes out of the bottle a beautiful honeyish amber brown. Smells like fall to me. Brilliant wheaty malted aroma. Honey, vanilla, floral notes come together like a mountain meadow in fall. This beer just screams autumn and the outdoors to me. The taste is not at all a letdown. The malt is predominant--with robust caramel--and a delightful tinge of hoppiness is a lovely counter. Sweetness and bitterness combine ohh so well with this beer. It really has an extraordinary balance and flavor profile for an oktoberfest, well for any medium-bodied beer for that matter. Body is crisp and medium with a favorable creaminess to it. Some cooked apples come through eventually. A cracker this one.

09-18-2008 22:51:04 | More by Duffman
Photo of meatyard


4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

A-Pours with a big white head that disappates rather quickly. Color is a clear reddish amber and no lacing.
S-Very malty, caramel sweetness.
T- Taste is more malt, a little bread, caramel with a quick, early hop bite.
M-Thinnish with low carbonation.
D-A very drinkable and pleasant beer.

I haven't had a lot of this style but this is the most enjoyable of the ones that I've had. Worth trying if you can get it.

09-03-2008 00:41:11 | More by meatyard
Photo of JDV


2.15/5  rDev -45.7%

Bottle courtesy of Iowaherkeye. Thanks!
Think I waited to long on this beer. Pours a bright clear reddish orange malt with a small beige head. Smell is sticky, stale, gooey malt with band aid qualities and metal. Probably not as it was intended. Unappealing malt flavor and metal as well.

06-30-2008 21:51:33 | More by JDV
Photo of shaebs99

New York

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

Received from Lordsloth. With other WI goodies

Pours a clear red color with a good amount of white head that disipates slowly.

Aroma is malty. Some toasted notes and a touch of fruits

There is an initial hop bite to provide balance to this mostly malty brew. Sweet, bready, with a medium body.

A nice marzen that is very enjoyable. I can definitely drink these all night and might be looking for some come next September.

05-23-2008 16:52:56 | More by shaebs99
Photo of nrbw23


4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

A- Pours a deep red color with just the slightest bit of haze. A thin white head also appears and leaves almost no lacing at all.

S- Roasted and toasted malts like crazy here. Could also pick up caramel.

T- Nice strong toasted malts. Little bit of hop spice in the finish. Very nice.

M- Very crisp. Seems like very little carbonation.

D- Very drinkable brew. Nothing bitter or too sweet and can't detect any alcohol.

Thanks Lordsloth for the trade!

05-17-2008 19:22:30 | More by nrbw23
Photo of trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -20.5%

12oz bottle given to me by demcorhip, poured into a pint glass.

Vigorous pour produces a full 2 inches of head, retains well and leaves a little wet lace. Light orange colour, appears to be filtered. Carbonation is subtle. Aroma is very sweet with caramel and apple juice in the forefront. Lots of graininess and earth with a subtle pepperiness in the background.

Flavour is juicy and full of apples and pears then followed by a bit of nuttiness and lots of grain. Damp earth, then some peppery spice. I'm not going to lie, this is more than a little bit sweeter than I would like, a bit more balance would be lovely. Mouthfeel is very wet and almost watery with a bit of stickiness in the throat, carbonation is very mild. All in all, one will do, this is a very sweet Oktoberfest and I prefer a little more balance on the palate.

04-30-2008 02:40:26 | More by trevorwideman
Photo of Greggy


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

Appearance- Pours a medium orange color with great clarity, no yeast sediment, and a 1 finger head that recedes down to no lacing.

Smell- A bit austere, with some dark spice, a touch of apple, and some other malts.

Taste- Although it is very crisp and clean, it does have some taste attributes, but most are on the finish. I pick up some of the nice spice on the finish with some nice malt in the start. Again, a little austere, but refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation that tends to hold up the otherwise, plain body, and make it pretty refreshing.

Drinkability- I can think of a good handful of oktoberfest's that I would rather drink but many are not as clean and crisp as this.

04-02-2008 03:18:55 | More by Greggy
Photo of tayner


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%

12 oz bottle

I think im a little thrown off drinking this in march when it is so hot.

Pours a nice amber with medium head that turns into a thick ring with light lacing

i smell the hops and some sweet sugary character.

lots of malt, some spicy hop character

smooth crisp finish. a little stickiness left on the tongue after swallowing.

I think i need to give this one another go around this fall, but it is definitely one i want to try again and did enjoy.

03-29-2008 23:30:14 | More by tayner
Photo of tempest


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

Overall it's malty and smooth with a nice bready malt flavor and lager sweetness. The appearance is a clear orange-amber without much head retention. It reminds me a lot of Hacker-Pschorr's O'fest beer for being a little big, but very smooth. There's a slight mineral note with the bread loaf aroma, which I suppose is appropriate for a German style lager. There's also a dry, biscuit and toffee finish that's quite pleasant, and hints of herbal hops around the edges. This is a beer I'd be happy to fill my stein with. Cheers.

03-26-2008 00:15:35 | More by tempest
Photo of dsigmon


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%

bottle thanks to badbeer

A: pours a light amber color with two finger off white head. Leaves quite a bit of lacing as the head recedes.

S: very poor aroma. very faint smell of roasted malts and some hop spice is all i can get.

T/M: Taste is of roasted malts and caramel with a slight amount of grain and hop bitterness that pops with the carbonation on the tongue. Somewhat thin mouthfeel yet leaves a nice amount of oil on the palatte.

D: Very easy to drink and no cloying or overpowering tastes make this one very sessionable.

03-10-2008 01:05:31 | More by dsigmon
Photo of jeffmonarch


3.6/5  rDev -9.1%

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice cloudy orange copper color with a little white head.

S - Very light malt smell. A little weak.

T - Really smooth malt flavor. A little sweet.

M - Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. This is a good Octoberfest beer.

01-05-2008 06:31:40 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.05/5  rDev -23%

Pours a orange-ish yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a malty sweetness. As for the taste, again a dry malty sweetness that is quite balanced. A smooth malty mouthfeel and a clean and dry aftertaste. Sweet and malty, dry end and a decent oktoberfest.

01-03-2008 16:59:43 | More by OWSLEY069
Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
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