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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 86
Gots: 78 | 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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Ratings: 883 | Reviews: 285
Photo of znichols
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a grateful dead dancing bear pint glass.

A - Dark amber with a tight white head and minimal lacing. Eh, an average looking beer.

S - As previously stated, slightly toasty caramel and spicy hops are present in the smell. Thats about it. A pretty rich smelling beer.

T - A true Oktoberfest. This is what i was hoping for. The iconic bready, sweet toffee flavor with a noble hop finish. A really nice flavor here that is big but sessionable.

M - A medium to light body with decently high carbonation. It was near perfect for the style.

O - A real Oktoberfest with very rich sugar biscuit and spice flavors. I tend to go back to this as my fall session beer. Very drinkable but flavorful.

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

I haven't reviewed Staghorn in the past because, frankly, I didn't care for it to style. Yes, it's good drinking, well-made, but I never cared for its character as compared to Bavarian Oktos or even many other Micro Oktos. Many here at BA rave over it, thought I'd give it a third (maybe tenth?) chance.

A -- Clear, amber orange with a sudsy, off white head that settles pretty quickly.

S -- Pretty nondescript, but some mild DMS comes through along with mild, spicy hops back. Some vague breadiness and fruit esters, along with fusel alcohol come through with warmth.

T -- Mildly roasty up front with a nuttiness so common in American versions of Oktoberfests (but not Bavarian). There's a mild spicy hop character that balances well in the finish. There's a vague fruitiness in the aftertaste with warmth as well -- not great for a lager.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft and the body is medium with a dry finish.

O -- Giving this a 4 for overall because it's well worth sampling, even though it doesn't really fit a true Märzen Oktoberfest in style. I really wish NG would start using some of the imported malts used in 2 Women, but maybe I'll just grab more 2 Women for my Oktoberfest pleasure.

Photo of johnkale
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - lovely translucent amber, dense white head starts out about an inch thick and then dissipates, decent lacing

S - immediately inviting, sweet malts, toffee, toast and honey, a distinct minty note in the nose, along with some lemon

T - very bready, mildly sweet, more honey and toasted malt, finish is very crisp with a touch of mint and alcohol and a nice subtle lemon zest bitterness

M - on the thin side, carbonation is muted

O - an easy style to overlook, but this one is delicious, and oh so easy to drink, a beer I look forward to every year

Photo of mjpolzin
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I discovered this beer as I was actually browsing this website looking for some good Octoberfests to drink this fall. When I saw New Glarus's offering was rated pretty highly, I waited for it to be in stores as I have said before on this site, I am partial to my local breweries.

It poured a nice orangish, yellow in my pint glass. It was colors that reminded me of fall. The smell was malty but nothing to significant or noteworthy here. It had a slight carbonation and a nice, bready maltiness taste to it. I won't say its my favorite beer by New Glarus but it had a nice overall taste to it and I have really nothing bad to say about it. I think this brew represents an Octoberfest quite well and should be a nice, smooth drinking beer that you can down a few of this fall season.

EDIT-A little bit of a yeast taste when I had one of the last two left from my six pack. Interesting....

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

This bottle has been sitting in my fridge for a few months now. Just now getting around to drinking it. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours amber orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lightly toasted bready caramel malt, light spice, and some dulled hops. Not too much going on but that really isn't a bad thing.

T - Starts off with a big bready caramel malt kick slowly giving way to a mix of light toffee sweetness and dulled grassy hops. Finish is chewy, lingering for some time. A bit old but still pretty good.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - While I think this one is a bit past its prime I still enjoyed it. I will have to try and get some this year so I can compare the two.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received 6 in a trade with Tumpster, Thanks!

Pours a golden Marzen color with a healthy white head and healthy lacing.'

Smell of German hops, roasted malts, toffee, light spices

Taste is very nice with a healthy dosing of roasted malts, a light spiciness and a marzen yeast that brings more earthy grain malt qualities out. Overall this is really good stuff for a Marzen. Smoother than probably any that I have had and can compare to this. Extremely drinkable and glad to have a few more waiting. Next stop, Germany for a comparison.

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

Part of a sampler 6 pack

Pours a deep golden color with a medium head. Pretty good lacing.

Nose is malty.

Taste is typical Oktoberfest. Malty. Slightly astringent after taste. This one is pretty good; I am just not a lager fan in general. I have had only a couple of this style that I say I really rate highly. Nothing personal; this one is true to type.

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

Got this one from a buddy over the weekend so I could try it.

Pours a clear copper color with just a little bit of head. Smells malty and sweet - a pretty nice smell, not overpowering. Tastes of roasted malt with the hops coming through as well. This is a nice octoberfest beer. Good feel and drinkability. I enjoyed this beer even though it's probably been in the fridge for a few months. I'll definitely be looking for it this fall.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as an extra in a trade a month ago, and now I'm trying it on a snowed-in day in early February. Not ideal Oktoberfest conditions but I was just in the mood.

It pours a clear orange color, with a creamy and initially thick off-white head that slowly dissipates to the thinnest of rings. Nice malty aroma, nutty and grainy, very little hops balance. Sweet tasting, with nutty and bready hops providing the bulk of the flavor. Actually very very tasty, this is exactly how I like my Oktoberfests, sweet but not cloying, very little bitterness on the backside, just approachable malty deliciousness. Very good.

Soft mouthfeel, consistency just north of water, in a word excellent.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to drabmuh for this!

Pours a dark amber with a good one finger white head with some tight small bubbles and good lacing. Nose is malty and fresh, a bit sweet.

It is a bit sweet, but it's not cloying. THere's a nice maltiness to it that's very chewy and creamy. The hops balance it out very well leaving a nice dry finish, quite solid.

Photo of cwcolby74
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed a 12-ounce bottle from a six pack purchased 12/22 at Riley's in Madison, Wisconsin. Poured into a New Glarus pint glass.

App. - Golden Brown with a tinge of amber. A small amount of carbonation, very minimal head with almost no retention or lacing. It does look good, though, mainly because I like Oktoberfest/Marzens and I love New Glarus beer.

Smell - A nice hop odor, not as strong as I would expect. It smells nice and mellow like a lot of New Glarus beers are. It's not an edgy, risk-taking brewery, but when it finds a style it likes it does it very well and of a quality that far exceeds what most other breweries achieve.

Taste - Just like it smells. Balanced, not strong, but with a mild hop flavor. Some roasted malt jumps out at you, in a good way. Smooth. A bit dry. Aftertaste is somewhat lacking.

Mouthfeel - The fresh yeast and Midwest barley give the taste and mouthfeel a fresh, smooth flavor.

I like it but don't love it. I could drink one, maybe two, and be good for a while.

Photo of TriGuy20
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle poured into tulip style wine glass.

A: Dark Copper with good head and nice lace that sticks to glass.

S: Initially this one smelled a little funky to me, however, as this beer warms in the glass the beer really opens up and evolves. Toasted grain/ Roast malt/ Maple syrup/ Toffee/ Asparagus/ Barley/ Yeast

T: A very tasty beer with maple syrup hitting you up front and the roasted malt and yeast hitting you at the end.

MF: A solid mouth feel, this beer coats the palate nicely with a subtle carbonation present and a moderate finish.

D: Would have not problem drinking several of these, particularly with some good German food!

At first I was nervous when I took my first whiff of this beer, as the aromas did not appeal to me, however, as this beer warmed in the glass it became a very good beer and a joy to drink.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/10/2010. Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of stale, grainy malt. Flavor of sweet light malts and a grainy, crackery finish. Some excess sweetness in the aftertaste. On the bland side but ok overall for an oktoberfest.

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

A. Pours a beautiful red-tinged orange with a one finger creamy white head that dissipates leaving a few bits of lacing.

S. Very mild aroma. A bit of sweetness with a touch of caramel.

T. Sweet caramel and bready malt. Some herbal hoppiness in the finish and aftertaste. Sweet, but well balanced.

M. Medium with a medium to high crisp carbonation that works well to keep the sweetness from becoming cloying.

D. Finished off quite easily. One of my favorite Octoberfests this year.

Photo of Lemke10
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for about $7 in fall 2010.

New Glarus is very well known in Wisconsin for making great beer and this Oktoberfest if no exception. It pours a light amber color and you take in a mild scent of spices. The initial sip seems a little weak but is followed by an explosion of spices that tickle your taste buds that drinks rather smooth. Definetly an Oktoberfest worth trying!

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11-11-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured one finger of foam, good lacing ring, carbonation present, orange copper color

S - Slight caramel notes, roasted malts with hints of hops

T/M - First sip seemed light bodied, a little crisp but finished smooth with malt undertones coming through

D - Glad I had tried the brew but it didn't do a lot for me, actually a bit disappointed. Probably wouldn't seek this brew out again

Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. It poured a crystal clear, bright amber color with a full and dense head filling the top inch of the glass. The head settled after a minute or so but did leave some nice lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a mix of grainy and toasted malts along with a very modest caramel sweetness to it. The taste also shows some great balance between the grainy, toasted malts, the malty sweetness and the bitterness. Very smooth and crisp beer.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is very good, it's a very clean and crisp beer that also has some good flavors and excellent balance. An excellent version of the style and a very good beer overall.

Photo of mariposafan
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright burnt orange with a very nice creamy head that lingers for a bit then fades to spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet with some herbal notes and some breadiness.

Breadiness again in the taste with some malty goodness. A little fruitiness as well - bright but not overpowering.

Medium light body with a bit too much carbonation. Very clean feeling.

Pretty much as drinkable as I can imagine a beer with more than 6% alcohol being. Easy going down but with plenty of flavor to savor so it would be a shame to drink it too quickly.

Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

beerwolf77 sent me a bottle of this in a trade. Part of my #1 beer for each 104 styles project, the best Märzen / Oktoberfest on beeradvocate. Sweet. It was good but I think I would rank it #2 personally. A very good beer though.

Bottle poured into a Russian river goblet. Beer is amber with a hint of red, completely clear with a nice white head of small bubbles and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to high with small bubbles that rise through the beer quickly. They do not prop the head up adequately though and it fades to a monolayer of nothing. Looks good.

Smells exactly like other Oktoberfests, mildly sweet, subtle, not much aroma. Smells good.

Beer is medium to light in body with moderate sweetness at leadoff. The sweetness gives way to a carboanted palate that has mild fruit flavors, mild apples but not spoiled. The finish isn't dry, its balance and has no bitterness. Its about as easy drinking as a beer gets. I'd have another, shit I have another (thanks beerwolf).

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend of mine from Wisconsin unexpectedly grabbed me a six pack of Staghorn on a trip home, so I feel lucky to try this one, because I love O-fests. Staghorn has a pretty good look. The body is a dull golden color, with persistent yet slow moving carbonation bubbles. The head rises up to about three fingers in height, recedes to about one third of that size and then shows off some great lacing and retention.

The aroma is has a ton of clean, crisp, malt character that smells sweet. There is a hint of earthy hops in the background.

Staghorn has a pretty good balance of both hops and malts, making it a pretty good Oktoberfest. The malt profile has a mix of pale, crackery malts and a clean malt sweetness that is a little richer. Both bring some sweetness. The hops are pretty powerful also, added earthy bitterness, especially in the finish and aftertaste. A hint of fruit lingers beneath the first two layers of flavors. Every sip I change my mind about whether the malt or hops are more powerful, and I also can't decide which part of the flavor I like better, because I like both quite a bit.

The body is perhaps a hair light, and the carbonation is pretty ramped up.

Like any good Oktoberfest, I can't seem to put Staghorn down. New Glarus never seems to disappoint me, especially in the lager department.

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is not too shy to froth up, three fingers of head with a good retention as well. Bright copper hue shows many bubbles rising to the top. Thick and rich toasted grain aroma with a bit of herbal hop in the nose. Deep smoothness with a creamy slick medium body. Heavy hand of malt sweetness though it never becomes cloying. Sweet bready overtones with a hint of grassiness from the grain. Hop bitterness is modest but enough to balance, some herbal flavor does come through in a soft and pleasant manner. A clean sweet graininess lingers in the finish.

What a remarkable beer. Clean with not off flavors, even the malt sweetness does not show a caramel tone to it which most American versions do. Very drinkable and a sure pick. I'll be seeking this beer out next year, no doubt.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice strong amber color with a nice .5 inch head that is nice and white with some slight retention and some sticky lace.

S - Great sweet grain aroma with some nice spice and slight caramel sweetness. There is some nice hop aroma and grassy character that balances the sweetness out.

T & M - Starts off with great grainy and bread malt character. There is some slight caramel hints of sweetness as well as a nice rich slightly toasted malt flavor. There is a pretty good hop profile to this beer with a slight grassy finish on the back end and some nice clean dry bitterness. There is a great after taste to this beer with some nice slightly roasted malt. Great medium-full with nice richness and slight crispness as well.

D - Very nice beer overall. Had many of these over in Green Bay at a Packers game. Very drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of Brenden
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Notes are recent.

This is an amber-colored brew with a decently retained light brownish head that contributes light, thin lacing in moderation.
Bready and caramel notes from a sturdy malt backbone make up the bulk of an extremely clean aroma. There's a light backing of grains and a touch of hops for balance.
The flavor is every bit as malt-forward, balanced and clean as the aroma. Caramel and doughy flavors contrast very nicely with a sweet, crackery but slightly sweet rather than dry (think graham) flavor and a very nice toasted grains note. Richly malty with a bit of yeast coming through that doesn't mar the cleanness but does round out a nice complexity.
The body is on the lighter side of medium with an ample but moderate carbonation and a balance of crispness and smoothness to each sip.
There's absolutely nothing detracting from this beer's drinkability. It's clean, it's balanced, it's tasty, and the ABV is reasonable.

Photo of PTMcB
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - It pours great with an orange color with reddish tint. The head is thick and recedes semi-slowly with little lacing.

S - A light yet intoxicating smell. I smell plenty of malt with floral hops.

T - Medium high carbonation with great maltiness! Tasty hops with possibly some caramel notes.

M - A decent amount of sweetness that is perfectly met with a good amount of carbonation.

D - This is a great Octoberfest beer! This is extremely drinkable, especially for a seasonal/Octoberfest beer. It hard to have one. Outstanding job New Glarus!

Photo of gtn80
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a light red, very pale for an Oktoberfest. Head disappears quickly.

Aroma is pretty underwhelming, lots of caramel malts, bit of bready malts.

Taste is almost tart up front, gives way to caramel malts, bready, finishes with a touch of hop bitterness. Malty, but not as malty as most in the style.

Mouthfeel is solid, decently carbonated, well balanced.

Drinkability is great, finishes crisp and clean, could drink liters of this.

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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
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