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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 803
Reviews: 283
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 80
Gots: 66 | 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 Voonder
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks TATURBO for this one!
Pours deep dark amber colour with solid two fingers off-wite head. Lots of lacing. Smell - malty, slightly bready, slightly fruity. Taste - very malty and bisquity upfront, bready, sweet and fruity (plums?) afterwards. Sweet, honey-like finish. Very good. Very rich and smooth, very balanced. Great stuff. Drinkability - good.

Voonder, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The oktoberfestbier is a brilliant amber color, a filtered apple juice color. Almost two fingers of head on pour quickly evaporated, leaving patches of lace in their wake.

S: The beer has a lightly toasted, bready aroma. A mild saltiness and faint grapes round out the nose.

T: The maltiness is rich. The grains are toasted, darkened just a tad to release a fuller flavor. Nutty flavors add dryness to the taste that contrasts with the sweet caramel malts. Green grape flavors, sweet not tart, emerge near the end as the yeast makes itself known. A toasty lager that makes me yearn for a chilly fall football afternoon.

M: The mouthfeel is decadent, rich and flavorful. The toasted grains pack a great deal of taste into a small package.

D: A very nice lager beer. I'd be content with a six pack for a April-shower filled weekend.

akorsak, Mar 29, 2009
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A strong pour gets an inch and a half of rocky tan head that fades in minutes leaving only slight dots of lace. Body is a deep mahogany amber in color. Nose has tones of rustic spices, limestone and some sweet malt to balance the minerals. Minerals and malt are the first things to show through as you start to drink. Then a nice crisp feel really makes this beer standout on the middle of the palate. A crisp dry almost green apple likefel comes about on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel reminds me of a good German Pilsner, refreshing yet rich and rustic. I could dring these all night and year round. I wish I'd bought a case or two.

SPLITGRIN, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of younger35
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this brew from Woodman's in Kenosha as it came in the New Glarus mixed 12 pack. This is been in the fridge for way to long so I better polish it off tonight. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a orangish red with a nice half finger tan head that recedes fairly quickly. A spotty cap and collar remain leaving a bit of very spotty lacing.
Smell- Nice and toasty with a slightly sweet crisp maltiness. Sort of rich and semi metallic with a big nuttiness. Maybe a bit of doughy caramel is detectable but this thing is pretty much tasted goodness.
Taste- Much like the nose it's terrifically toasty and gently nutty. Slightly sweet with slight caramel and toffee notes. It doesn't have the slight yeasty earthiness that the Germen brews do and I really like that about this beer. It's all about the malts here but there is a slightly citric hop bite on the finish. Finishes clean and crisp with plenty of toasted goodness.
Mouthfeel- Medium heft with a nice crisp feel and light carbonation.
Drinkability- Probably the best Oktoberfest I've had. The Scratch 13 was damned good but I think I prefer this one. It seemed to have a really nice balance between the nutty and toasty with just a kiss of hops at the finish. Tasty stuff that I'll actually stock up on next year come October and I have a craving for Oktoberfest's again.

younger35, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of natasharai
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured with 1cm of off white head that dissipated over 3 minutes to a thin rim around the top leaving a very small amount of lacing. The beers is a translucent orange amber color.

Smell: Malty and sweet, hints of caramel and some yeast character providing a small amount of fruity smell.

Taste: Sweet malt with small hop presence, then caramel and sweet nutty notes, followed by a small amount of yeasty fruityness, leaves mouth slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, good amount of carbonation, slight dryness.

Overall: Very drinkable and refreshing. Well balanced, with a nice subtle yeasty smell and flavor.

natasharai, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of abents
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Maybe a little late for an Oktoberfest, but I love em any time of the year.
Pours a see through reddish brown with nice white head that lingers a fairly long time. Nice carbonation running up the sides continuously. Smells of caramely malts and slight citrus hops. Very crisp refreshing brew, starts with a nice sweet malty backbone with tinge of hops to round it out, very balanced beer that's very easy to drink(which is pretty much NG's standard when it comes to the 6packs). Nice beer overall, it has been my favorite Wisconsin Oktoberfest for a couple of years now, I can't drink a capital okto once I've had a Stag. Nice brew.

abents, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of madtowndmb1
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear redish color with no head.

S: Smells grain like with a malt undertone.

T: Very malty, finishes like a english ale (cold hop?) I like it! Not much sticks around on your tongue seemingly

M&D: It's a smooth drinker and it would be easy to put 3 or 4 of these back on a fall day for sure. It's going to be hard to find now but keep your eyes open for it!

madtowndmb1, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus Staghorn, courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Split at a tasting with friends.

Appearance: A crisp, orange/copper-bodied beer with nice streaks and stalactites of lacing and a collar of foamy, cloud-like lace following the fade of a one-finger tan head of average retention. Bucketloads of very fine and fast carbonation are present as well.

Aroma: Toffee and other sweet, roasted doughy notes are dominant here, though there's also a hint of swank, stale funkiness and faint alcohol, which takes a bit of the sheen off, unfortunately.

Taste: Somewhere near where leafy green, spicy hop notes intersect with sweet, heavily caramelized malts lies this beer. Hop bitterness is an afterthought, and though there are some very well roasted, glassy malt notes and a few dashes of light yeasty fruitiness, as well, this one's mostly just a well-balanced though slightly sweet Marzen.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and reasonably even - not much to say here, really.

Drinkability: Sure. This one's fairly solid and, though it may be a little stale, I can detect what was once a pretty dang good beer. Plenty of solid, reasonably complex malt notes alongside an understated balancing bitterness and hop presence and a reasonable abv% make this one pretty drinkable, as well.

CrellMoset, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Coppery red color with a surprisingly thin dirty white head. Excellent retention and lacing though.

S - Sweet, mlty nose but not as strong as expected when compared to my previous run-ins with O-fests. Fresh baked sweet breads.

T - Very sweet and bready up front. Fresh baked bread is definitely the taste here. A slight graininess lingers underneath along with just enough grassy and spicy hops to provide balance. A somewhat muted O-fest but still very enjoyable.

M/D - Full bodied and sily smooth. An incredibly easy drinker. A touch light on the carbonation but still a great feel.

ckeegan04, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Buebie
2.55/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A friend picked this up in Millwauky for me last week.

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a snifter. No freshness date on the bottle, but I'm guessing its atleast 3 months old.
About a half inch head comes from a semi-rigerous pour. Forming a quickly fading fizzy cola like, white head.
Spotty thin streaks of lace with a thin film of retention.
Color is a copper amber, ultra transparent filtered and force carbonated I'd guess.

Aroma is sorta malty, but pretty much lacking any smells, with a rye touch and a woody kind of toasty aroma. Mild wisp of cocoa in there.

Not much for flavors either. I want to say I got more flavors off the thin and watery spotted cow.
Mild cereal grains, some doughy yeastieness and small hints of rye and really nothing else. Overcarbonated, with a tasteless carbonation finish, wet cardboard. Somthing metallic with a hint of sour sulpher like flavors lingering.


Buebie, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This beer poured a clear orange/copper color with a 1" mostly white head. The head slowly dropped to zero and did not leave any lace on the glass.

A= I found aromas of bready/bakery malts, malt sweetness, a mild grassiness, and just the faintest whiff of caramel.

T= Each sip was filled with those bready, malty flavors so prized in a festbier. Also present were a mild toasted grain note and a bit of earthy grass.

MF= Medium body, moderate carbonation. Terrific palate cleanser.

D= An outstanding festbier and one I will surely seek out again next year! Very drinkable, highly sessionable.

spointon, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a clear, orange/amber color with some reddish tones. It had a foamy, tan, two-finger head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled floral and somewhat grassy. Tons of sweet malty notes, too.

T - It was very spicy and had a nice sweet caramel malt flavor. Very sweet and delicious.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great o-fest. It is great tasting and very drinkable.

zeff80, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my Sierra Nevada tulip glass. This was my very first New Glarus beer.

A: A nice copper orange color with a nice one finger white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Not a big nose, but I got some grains, sweetness and slight hops.

T: Wow, nice surprise here. Sweet grains and malts with hints of caramel and fruits. Mid palate this big hop flavor comes through with a floral grassy hop that leaves real nice bitterness. Finish is a nice blend of sweetness and hops. Very nice.

M: Medium, not super coating and not thin, just medium. No hint of alcohol.

D: High, I drank a 12 ounce bottle and wanted more. This may be the best Octoberfest I ever had.

Overall a real surprise, this beer is very good and probably the best Octoberfest I ever had. I wish I could get this in my area, I would love to drink this in September and October. Well done New Glarus, your first beer I tried I loved!

Kadonny, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I almost forgot to rate this one, since I was more intent on enjoying the first 5 and putting off the tasting instead of rating the first one like I usually do.

A-Poured a clear copper-amber w/faint orange-red hue; 1-finger head quickly faded, and the thin cap that remained lasted about 2-3 minutes, leaving some lacing.
S-Smooth, creamy malt, slightly sweet w/rustic overtones and reminiscent of golden brioche out of the oven. Faint hops w/light herbal and floral notes are in there, and there is a wisp of grape in the back that I pick up after I take a couple sips and go back to the nose.
T&M-The flavor satisfies the high expectation set by the aroma. Toasted malt and fresh grain dominate, with a light sweetness that accentuates the creamy, medium-bodied brew and its lively carbonation, and that is offset by the delicate hop finish. Aftertaste is of fresh grain, faint herbs, and light grape. Excellent balance and harmony.
D-A very enjoyable beer...not a style I usually seek out, but I will make this one an annual grab.

BoitSansSoif, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Wisconsin
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber with a one and a half finger head. Good Oktoberfest color.

S- Faint smell of malts, grains, and hay. Nothing really stands out. Typical Oktoberfest smell.

T- Lots of hops and grains that stand out. Nothing too great or high in flavor.

M- Really smooth. Initially when it hits your mouth, the grains stand out and the hops follow.

D- Very easy to drink. I could drink two to three easily in a sitting, maybe more.

Overall, despite not liking the Oktoberfest style, this is the best one I have had.

Wisconsin, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus Staghorn Octoberfest pours a big stiff head over a clear
amber brew. Carbonation is quite lively, and the nose is toasty malt,
barley hulls, and a faint whiff of mown hay. The flavor is those toasted
malts, a bit of shredded wheat, and a bit of herbal hop off the back.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp, finishing just a little bit dry. There's a bit
of grain in the aftertaste as well. Almost a little bit too quaffable, it finds
that fine line between sweetness and dryness. Good 'un.

shadow1961, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of ATPete
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

my first New Glarus offering thanks to 'DontCallMeSurly'

Pours an orange brown color with magnificent clarity and a sturdy medium sized white head that leaves some sticking. Nice nose of sweet roasted malt, fire wood and a sweet nuttiness. Much is the same with its flavor, nothing offensive going on here. Incredible drinkability.

ATPete, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of budgood1
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear auburn colour with amber highlights and a frothy tannish head. chunky lace adorns the glass as i sip. delectable smell of toasted malts, with an equally delectable herbal grassy aroma no doubt from the hopping. the taste is an outstanding conglomeration of very roasty toasty maltiness followed by a spicy, earthy, flowery, herbal hop flavour which descends into a nice, easy, yet sturdy bitterness. it has a nice warming alcohol feel to it also. this o-fest/marzen just tastes fantastic. it just tastes like "fall". a big sturdy body on this one...no doubt held up by some quality malts used, gives way to a sublime smooth and velvety mouthfeel that has a slight crispness in the end. about perfect in every sense. what can i say about the drinkability of this beer? it finishes clean and semi-dry. it's about perfect. for an oktoberfest, this one is almost complex in nature and that is saying a lot for a style that i find sometimes boring and simplistic.

this is the best tasting domestic version of the style i have ever tried. it's adventurous and well crafted. extremely flavourful yet easily drinkable.

highly recommended and worth seeking out.

budgood1, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Derek
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely one of the best Octoberfests from this side of the pond.

A: Amber/copper-bronze with an off-white head, very little retention, but it leaves a slight lace.

S: A wonderful harmony of floral & grassy spicing from the hops; pleasant earthy sulfurs from the yeast; caramel & bread from the malt.

T: Spicy, grassy hops up front; a touch of sulfur from the yeast; caramel & bready malt (though not as bready as continental malt); good bitterness, with a slightly sweet finish.

M: Moderate body has a little residual sweetness like a true Märzen.

D: Very drinkable for its strength (on the strong side of the style).

Big thanks to demcorhip for throwing this in as an extra in a trade!

Derek, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, got this one from joe1510, cheers Joe!

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Average lacing & head retenton

S: Breadyness, grainyness & a touch of sulphur?

T: Breadyness, grainyness, & leafy hops up front. Toffee, dryness & caramel as this warms.
Finishes with toasty malt, fruity dryness & grainyness, almost pulled 4.5

MF: Grainy with medium carbonation & a bit coarser than I prefer

Great drinakability, another winner from from New Glarus!

russpowell, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of KI9A
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah, I found my favorite O-fest!

A: Beautiful clear amber, off white head, perfect lacing in my tulip glass.

S: Sugary toasted malt.

T: Sweet, malty, perfect ( my opinion) balance of hops. Finishes with a slight warmth of alchohol, and another pop of sweetness.

M: Not heavy, bitter, or annoying. Thin feeling, but nice.

D: My idea of the perfect session beer. I can throw this down all night. Not even finished with the 1st glass, and wanting to pop another.

KI9A, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Just a quick little foam after a good that disappears in the blink of an eye. Great deep amer with some ruby hues, but practically no bubbling. Heavily toasted malts with a lot of straight, unmilled grain aromas. With just a touch of herbal hoppiness in the aroma. Very bready and grainy. This is close to what the ld school German octoberfest tasted like. Heavy toasted malts, and in this case, grassy/minty hops balancing things out a bit. The palate is a bit rough in the begining of the palate, but smooths out towards the end. This beer could use some smoothing out.

scruffwhor, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mnwags, a 12 oz. bottle arrived the other day (along with a few other New Glarus treats); poured this evening to a pint glass.

A Two minute lifespan for a one-finger head of creamy ivory. Amber color and nearly clear, but for a very faint sediment. Few streams of carbonation, really a few random bubbles. Flecks of lace in disorderly fragments.

S: Toasted malt that's full-on sugar-sweetness. Hints of honey and earthy berries.

T: Honeyed sweetness, roasted grain (bread crust), a good level of spicy zest. Caramel, lots of it.

M: A little thin, light-medium body at best. Mild carbonation, very smooth. Crisp finish with a mild sticking maltiness.

D: A very drinkable o-fest, the kind I'd stick with as an all-night session beer...if I had more than this lone bottle, that is. Oh well... Tastes like 'fall'. A bit less sweet and I may have given a '5'.

Thanks again, Nick.

msubulldog25, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours an extraordinarily clear amber color with slight carbonation producing 1/2 cm white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Caramel and malty sweetness.
T: Woody caramel. Grains and bready sweetness. Herbal notes too. Better than what I was expecting!
M: Soft and smooth. This is what sets this Oktoberfest apart from others in the category.
D: A very drinkable fall offering. Not stupendously complex, but a solid all-around brew. Another quality beer from New Glarus.

mwilbur, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber body with golden highlights around the edges. Big, three finger white head with ample lacing. Aroma of husky, grainy malts, not much in the way of caramel like so many other American OFests, but I like that. Nice and traditional. Clean flavor of toasty malts, sufficiently sweet, slightly hoppy, a little herbal, and a little floral. Light carbonation, yet crisp. A very nice OFest, and even though the ABV is over 6%, is drinkable as hell and could see myself putting back a few of these on a nice Autumn evening. Probably the best American OFest I've tried.

KeefD, Nov 02, 2008
Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 803 ratings.