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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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846 Ratings

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 81
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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Photo of Owlwithknees
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large mug. It poured a nice copper color with a moderate amount of head that dissipated sort of quickly. It smelled sweet and malty, i spent a long while just enjoying the great smell of the beer. The taste is great, it's fruity and sweet, but not overly so. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but i didn't really mind it. I could drink this beer one after the other and enjoy every drop of it. Truly a great beer.

Owlwithknees, Sep 21, 2010
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into pint glass
A :An amber body pours a nice one finger head, that holds very well. White lace is left from the layer of off-white head. Good amount of carbonation on the appearance.

S :Subtle roasted malts are paired with a rich caramel aroma. A medium intensity to this aroma, but very stylistic. 

T/M: the taste is a classic Oktoberfest lager, with rich notes of caramel. Hoppy undertones of spicy clove. Rich in taste, and the body is a nice balance of flavors.

D: This of the many domestic Oktoberfest beer, this is a very good example of the style. With rich flavors this brew makes for a good session beer. Easy going down with a overall lighter body.      

GDBEERMAN, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to VDubb86 for splitting his sixer!

One of a number of beers sampled during a fishing weekend in northern Wisconsin. This entry pours a clear copper amber topped by about a finger of white foam. The nose comprises burnt (...caramelized...) caramel, orange rind, flowers, and Indian corn. The taste holds notes of dry toffee, light tobacco, orange peel, light maple syrup, and light sweet honey. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a solid O-Fest, not the best I've had but far from the worst. VDubb would agree with me that this one's talked up a bit too much, though.

TMoney2591, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Got this on a guys weekend trip up to the Northwoods of Wisconsin. As a lover of the style I'm really excited to get my hands on this to taste the hype. It pours a golden orange color with a nice frothy ecru head. The smell is fairly vacant for most of the Oktoberfests that I'm used to. There is obviously the distinct smell of malts and in this instance there is a slight citrus smell from what seems to be hops. On the trail end there is a hint of orange zest in addition to the hoppy aroma. The taste is exactly as it smells with the hoppiness causing a slight bittering on the back of the tongue. I've gotta say maybe it's that I've heard such good things about this one, or maybe it's because this is more of the traditional German style that is not my preference. This is not the best Oktoberfest available and that in itself is a disappointment. It's pretty drinkable and carbonated right and not a bad O-fest, just it's not my favorite.

Vdubb86, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to gungorr for hooking me up with a sixer of this in a recent trade...

Pours a burnished golden into my Sam Adams mug with a thick persistent head... This one looks great all the way though as the head never falls much at all...

Toasted malt aromas with a hint of sweetness to it... The noble hop aromas are rather prevalent as well... Almost honey-like actually... Very nice...

Much like the aroma, the toasted malts dominate with a touch of sweetness lingering in the background.. A touch of bitterness from the hops comes through and help this one have a nice clean finish...

The downfall of this one in my eyes... Very thin watery mouthfeel at times really hurt this one in my book...

Overall, a very nice Octoberfest... World class? Hmmm... Not so sure about that one but it is a dang good brew.... I polished off 4 while grilling chickens and watching Tennessee get their rear end handed to them by Florida so I must have enjoyed it some...

Tilley4, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of brewmudgeon
2.48/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5


a 4-4.5 light golden orangy amber, a bit lighter than anticipated. the head is about one finger with good staying power. impressing lace for an o'fest.

s 3-4 fruity malt, very surprising aroma. would not necessarily have guessed the style, but it's pretty nice anyway. kind of a candied cherry nougat smell.

t 2.5-3.5 again it is atypical. the toasty caramel malt is there to some extent in the finish, but up front and midpalate it's fruit loopy. there is a good amount of flavor packed in here. the residual sweetness is higher than average but not too offensive, making this a candidate crossover beer. it's like a nice lowfat (see mouthfeel comments) oktoberfest sundae with a sweet cherry on top.

m 2.5-3 the body is bouyant and effervescent. lighter than i imagined a 6.25% oktoberfest woud be. there is a degree of coating maltiness, which is a good thing. not as substantial as i would prefer, but perhaps quaffability is aided.

d 1.5 as the weeks have rolled past, each bottle seems less appealing than the last. have not even finished the last several. there's just something weird in the flavor and burpback--probably the alcoholic fruitloopyness with a touch of aftershave. want to keep liking it, but i can't.

brewmudgeon, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12oz bottle poured into my New Glarus pint glass...

Pours a nice and bright, clear glowing copper color with about two fingers of soft, bright white head which recedes into a white haze on top of the beer, a bit of lacing is left behind...

Sweet caramel malts with a bit of a sweet, fruity aroma. Bready, somewhat toasted malts with a some nice floral, leafy hops that balance things out well...

Sweet and bready, a bit of fruit, like a grape, sweet flesh with a bitter skin. Malty with just a touch of hop bitterness, very flavorful while being simple and balanced...

Light to medium bodied with a pretty high amount of carbonation. Supremely easy drinking and flavorful, finishes clean and crisp...

I like New Glarus.

hawks10, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a transparent copper with a half finger's worth of head on the initial pour. The head recedes quickly and leaves no lacing. This beer looks a lot like iced tea.

S- A fair amount of malt and a certain fruitiness that I can't quite put my finger on. A little bit of grain, maybe wheat. Just a hint of sweetness in there as well.

T- The malt really shines through on the taste. Sweet but not overly so and maybe some corn in there. Some grains as well. Very balanced brew.

M- Lighter bodied that is pretty crisp and refreshing. A good amount of carbonation lets you know it's there.

D- Light and crisp makes this beer very drinkable which we all know by now is NG's m.o. It may not be spot on style wise but is still very balanced and tasty.

Wisconsinality, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of BuckettOfBeer
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head and lace all good and well but the lifeless copper color is kind of a turn off. It's just a bit too clear...

Smells pretty nice, crisp and malty. Almost like maple syrup.

This is really my second oktoberfest so I don't have much to compare but as it is it's just got a nice crisp, refreshing taste to it. Slight caramel, slight malt but nothing really pops out.

I guess I was expecting something a bit more flavorful but it's a nice easy drinker that would be lovely after a hard day of raking leaves.

For full disclosure I got this because I was looking for a sixer of something from New Glarus while I was still home and the badass bottle lept out at me. Awhooo!!

BuckettOfBeer, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Yojimbo1941
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass (dammit, no stein in my house).

I first had this beer 2 years ago and it was horrible: it tasted and smelled like heavy garlic. Today I decided to give it another shot on the assumption that I got bottles from a bad batch.

A- Brown tangerine with golden highlights, lots of head.

S- Spicy with lots of bread notes.

T- Sweet, spicy, cereal, little bit of hops, nice slight caramel malt. Waaay better than last time and supports my "bad batch" theory.

M- Medium, coats the tongue a bit. Not too much carbonation bite.

D- I'd drink this all night and just may.

Very decent and I'm very glad I gave this another shot.

Yojimbo1941, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange color with some yellow on the edges. Small white head that quickly dissipated and and left some chunks on the sides.

S - Toasty carmel malts with some subtle hops that take the sweetness down a notch. Slightly biscuity.

T - Carmel malt with a slight bready taste and a nicely bitter hops profile. Sweet, but not overly so.

M - Medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation that makes this seem a little lighter.

D - Pretty drinkable, nice take on the Marzen, not world class, but wouldn't turn this down.

AgentZero, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Clear amber color with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is bready with a nice tanginess, at times orangey. Crisp toasted bread, earthy bread crust, a little caramel and a hint of orange marmalade. Finishes very crisp but is a little on the thin, watery side. Can't fault any of the flavors though, another well constructed NG beer.

illidurit, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of dudemuskie
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a mix-6er at The Brat Stop, in Kenosha, Wisconsin and this was one of them. LOVE New Glarus brews and this one most certainly did not disappoint!

Appearance- Pours brilliant, deep straw with burnt orange highlights. Loose off white/very light beige head quickly rises and falls to thin collar around top of poured brew. Very minimal patchy lacing.

Aroma- Bready, slightly toasty maltiness (no graininess) float in a sea of herbal, floral hops in just about perfect harmony. Moderately sweet nose, low to no fruity esters.

Flavor- Med-high CO2 opens up to lightly toasted malty notes. Middle filled with herbal hop bitterness that is nicely balanced in the finish by just the right amount of bready malt. Very nice balance. Color tricks you into thinking you might get caramel, but its barely there (if at all) as the base malts are more in focus for this brew.

Mouthfeel- Med-high CO2, low residual sweetness, low to moderate bitterness, highly sessionable, ridiculously drinkable but full of tasty Octoberfest flavor. Light-medium bodied. Excellent balance.

Overall- Really good! I am enjoying this so much I am thinking of how I can get a keg of it or try to find a clone recipe to homebrew it! A wonderful session beer with just enough complexity to make you want another. The great balance in this beer also makes it fun to drink as one sip reveals more hop bitterness/hop flavors, and the next brings out more of the malt flavors. Another winner for New Glarus!

dudemuskie, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is good.

The appearance is a solid stained oak color, golden woody color. It is accompanied by a crisp white head that leaves a film over th brew. No real lacing.

The smell is light, but there is sweet caramel malts and German yeast crispness. Pretty light on the smells overall, but if they were stronger smells I would be pretty happy.

The taste is really enjoyable. This is a nice session brew. The taste is of that specific German yeast strain followed by a very 'fresh' caramel malt taste. There is a nice hint of fruity hops that reminds me of peaches. Really delightful.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing. Just enjoyable all around.

The drinkability is that of a good Octoberfest, crisp and refreshing. Very good, I really really wish I had access to more New Glarus offerings.


Jmoore50, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of Crittervision
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

spring honey amber, like a mosquito from a million years ago should be stuck inside. it moves though, it is liquid. tiny bubbles, tiny tiny head.

metallic aroma, probably the most lacking aspect of the beer. after a taste, the light caramel is perceptible in the nose.

lightly caramelly, caramel malty? something reminiscent of a pilsner for me under the caramel. hops and a corny taste below that.

healthy carbonation, wonderful feel, spritzy, refreshing, cleansing, with a thick enough body to differentiate it from those beers whose only good quality is the refreshing aspect.

subtly flavored, cleansing mouthfeel, could easily drink this all night.

thanks, george, for the first of a few good extras im looking forward to.

Crittervision, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Could this be the best Oktoberfest made in America? Well, a fantastic crisp, clean caramel taste leaves no sweetness behind while contributing a graham cracker dryness, light savory notes, and a super clean lager taste. Strong floral notes give rise to the superior hops used here. No sulfurs, no vegital taste, no buttery notes; this beer is as clean as they come. Grains present? sure. Big for style? no. Classic and pure? Absolutely. Great job New Glarus!

Thanks Jeff.

BEERchitect, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from FlssmrBrewAlum.

Pours a spectacularly clear amber with a big creamy off-white head that shows excellent retention and lacing that clings to the side of the glass.

The aroma has a nice toasted caramel malt character with hints of sugar and definitely some barley. The hops are there as well, some lightly spicy German-style hop aromas.

The taste is sweet, light malts with some toasted bread and spicy hops, especially in the finish. It's extremely smooth and creamy for the style with the carbonation not getting in the way of the feel. Overall, an excellent Oktoberfest.

gford217, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This might be the last oktoberfest fro the year. Unless I got some hiding in the cellar. The beer pours a clear orange red with an enormus off white head from a easy pour. I actually lost some over the side. After settling it leaves a thick coat of lace all around the rim.

The aroma is sweet carmel malt, brown sugar, faint toasted bread and hints of spices. All a touch weak for my nose.

The flavor is malty with roasted nuts, bread, light hops and some spice. Earthy with a wheat cracker finish. Rather full flavored.

Medium body that's smooth and creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Overall an above average marzen. Let's hope this is my last okto so I can end on a high note

beerwolf77, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of robbyc1
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear middle golden, 1 finger off white head. Looks clean.

Malty breadiness on the nose, a bit sweet smelling from the caramel notes.

Nice roasty malt with the caramel and bread flavors, finishes long, well balanced despite no sign of hops in the flavor or smell, but they must be there as a balance. Nothing over the top, just a nice Oktoberfest.

Good heaviness, good carbonation, very beer favorable, good drinker, a session beer if not for the above 6% abv. I'll take this all year round over anything made in Germany.

robbyc1, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.33 for a loose 12oz bottle from Festival Grocery Store in Manitowoc, WI. Poured into a pint glass to review.

Fizzy white head of about an inch after a standard pour. Very carbonated. A thin layer of retention lines the top of the beer. Very clear and transparent amber color. Almost no lacing.

Has a clean pilsner like nose of lightly toasted malts and grassy citrus hops. Mild yeast aromas make it evident this was brewed in German tradition.

Taste is sweeter than I expected with caramel malts dominating. Nicely balanced with grassy hops.

Medium body and crisp mouthfeel. Clean, medium finish of pale malts and earthy hops. I would not have guessed this to be greater than 6% based on it's body and taste.

A different rendition of a German Octoberfest which is more pale and on the lighter side for its style. Nothing extraordinary but a good beer nonetheless.

ibbjamin, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Meh. I'm a big fan of New Glarus, but not their Midwestern style stuff (Germanic) so much. The Octoberfest, was a little different than I expected. Again, seemed a little thin maltwise, hop character, even for an Octoberfest, seemed muted.

Really like the label . . . does that count for anything.

Anyways, in summation, one of my favorite Midwest breweries, one of my least favorite and seemingly unadventurous brews from them. Mild taste, some would call it smooth I guess if they're fans of it. I guess if you like a mild brown ale with more carbonation, this is your thing.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Josievan
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish copper tone. Decent head and lacing.

Smell: Mostly malty, quite appetizing.

Taste: Again with the malt, in a biscuity sense. Hoppy in the sense of many New Glarus beers: not that bitter, but very flavorful. A mild sweetness encapsulates the tongue and morphs into a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, seems to have less carbonation than some Octoberfests. In this way, it's somewhat softer and smoother than some of its style-mates.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, even for the unoffensive Octoberfest style. Alcohol content is a tad high, but this is not a detraction. The beer is slightly punchy, but this seems to come more from the flavors than the alcohol.

Notes: I'd say this is my favorite American Octoberfest, and probably favorite Marzen period. It's not my favorite style, but New Glarus sure crafts their beers right. When I'm in the mood for a malty autumn beer next year, I'll definitely pick up some Stags.

Josievan, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Ek0nomik
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Pint Glass

This is my first Octoberfest review. I may not know the style real well, but I think I was able to pick out a few distinguishable features of the beer. The only other Octoberfest I've had was Leinenkugel's during the brewery tour, and that was actually pretty tasty too.

Appearance: Pours a reddish orange color with two fingers of head on top. The pour is really clear, allowing me to see the slight effervescence of this beer. Some nice sheets of lacing are going down the side of my glass.

Smell: The nose is malty, with a little bit of earthy hops. Some grass and soil shine through. The malt is slightly toasted, but also bread and grain like.

Taste: Very similar to the palate. A blend of some earthy hops and an even stronger malt character. Some toasted malts shine through, but mostly bready and biscuity malt.

Mouthfeel: A medium to full bodied beer. A very nice level of carbonation on this makes it incredibly easy to drink right after the pour.

Drinkability: This is an easy beer to drink. Well bodied, nice malt aroma and flavor with a small hint of earthy hops. While my list of beer to try is ever so large, I could see picking this up again in the future to celebrate the end of Summer and coming of Autumn.

Ek0nomik, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of number1bum
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle of this from BeerTruth. Needed an afternoon beer after finding out we lost an account I was managing, so this one should fit the bill nicely.

Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of light tan head. Keeps a thin lace and leaves some splashes of stick on the sides.

Smell is a very clean, spot on ofest nose, with some toasted grain, slightly buttery caramel sweetness, and floral, slightly spicy noble hops.

Tastes like it smells, with some caramel malt sweetness blending perfectly with lightly toasted grain. Light buttery quality to it, and like the nose there is a grassy, floral, lightly spicy noble hop quality. It's smooth and flavorful, but doesn't quite have the robustness I'd like, or that the nose had.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. There is a slightly sharp astringent character in the finish of the beer that I'll deduct from the mouthfeel.

This is a very good oktoberfest. If the mouthfeel were a bit crisper without the astringent bite it'd be even better and more drinkable. Still, one of the better domestic ofests I've had. Worth seeking out.

number1bum, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of cvaypai
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tumbler.

Appearance - Amber brown orangey with a thin white head that recedes quickly and leaves a bit of lace.

Smell - A bit of nuts, sweet malts in the form of caramel, a kind of spicy undertone and a faint bit of hops.

Taste - Nice and sweet up front with a bit of nutty and roastiness. Bready sweetness in the middle. Spicy and sweet on the end with a faint bit of hoppiness. This is a really tasty beer.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated perfectly and its almost silky smooth on the tongue, very nice mouthfeel, New Glarus, you have done it again.

Drinkability - A good neutral lager? I am thinking a 6 pack or more of this bad boy.

Another solid offering from NG.

cvaypai, Nov 03, 2009
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