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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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844 Ratings

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 82
Gots: 71 | 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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

ScrimshawFan, Nov 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

mklinger, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of GeezLynn
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

GeezLynn, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of syrupjoe
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

syrupjoe, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

doucmehu, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of millelacsmark
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

millelacsmark, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ScreamForMe
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ScreamForMe, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Exiled, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

bbadger, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of seeswo
3/5  rDev -24.1%

seeswo, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
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!

birchstick, Nov 13, 2011
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2.48/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

jegross2, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

ChopperSmith, Nov 07, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

homebrew311, Oct 31, 2011
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 that....eh.

WoodBrew, Oct 23, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Nachojon, Oct 20, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Oct 19, 2011
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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.

schoolboy, Oct 15, 2011
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2.65/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

dhannes, Oct 13, 2011
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3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

kawilliams81, Oct 12, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

ahq514, Oct 11, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

trxxpaxxs, Sep 26, 2011
Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.