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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 869
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 84
Gots: 77 | 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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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.

Photo of Duff27
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark orange/light red hue. Pours a one fingered white head that stays all of a couple minutes before leaving a ring. No lacing.

S- Biscuity. Toasted German malt(s).

T- Fairly typical Märzen. More toasted malts. A slight sweetness that leaves the mouth watering for more.

M- Medium to thin mouthfeel. Crisp.

D/O- Good interpretation of the style. Somehow an underrated New Glarus brew...due to their relative dominance in the Unplugged/R&D/fruit area perhaps. Very refreshing. Yearly staple.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Crystal-clear lighter-amber brew. Off white head was almost dull, sustained only moderately.

S-Nutty, toasted malt with a hint of squash.

T-A flavor remniscent of autmn, with a very distinct spicy characteristic, leading to a dry, nutty character. The malt drives through to the end, which is generally crisp with a minimal aftertaste.

M-Moderate body holds its own quite well. Carbonation was a bit lackluster, but didn't detract from the beer.

D-Very flavorful, very smooth, making for a nice evening if your fridge is stocked with this beer.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Re-review off a fresh 2010 bottle sent by Wisconsinality. Thanks, Kylie!

A: Pours an clear burnt orange that glows against the light. The head is a long-lived finger of light beige head. It vanishes into a small collar with some lace in its wake.

S: Toasted malt is pretty evident. Grain, bread, something grape-like and woodsy. It's nice and satisfying; it reminds me of sitting in a wooden cabin in Tahoe as the weather was starting to turn cold.

T: Toasted grain and bread -- simple, but satisfying. Small caramel flavor. There's something fruity about this that reminds me of grape. Really interesting. And frankly, for the style, it's very tasty. It has a clean, crisp finish.

M: Light-bodied. Low-medium carbonation. It works well for a beer that is this flavorful, but I think it could use more bubbles.

D: I'd love to sit and drink a 1L stein of this. The tastiness of this has inspired me to go and pick up some genuine Oktoberfests while they're still fresh on shelves.

Photo of chicano4craft
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear bronze, amber in my lager glass. Big fluffy white head from strong pour. Head strinks down to thin crown.

Nose is clean with some sweet malt. Slightly sweet graham cracker. Not much else.

Very refreshing taste. Sweet with some honey. Pick up some cherry as it warms. Hops do there job and keep the roasted malt in check. Nice beer.

Really good oktoberfest. Great drinkability with a smooth finish. Not hard to throw a couple back after a long fall day at work.

Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just recieved this from florida9 in a BIf. The pour is a clear copper with an above average white head. Lots of caramel and earthy malt on the nose. The flavor is full of sweet malt and earthy notes with a lingering sweet finish. A well balanced fest beer that I am very glad to be enjoying.

Photo of Erish
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: bright, clear honey-gold, rocky beige head quickly falls into a decent cap with very good lacing.

S: woodsy, spicy, apple cider, there is a very pleasant earthy note, and a hint of Germanic lager funk.

T: very crisp, green apple up front, yielding to the apple cider, spice (nutmeg), and fruity yeast funk in the middle, the finish is lightly grassy with a fine layer of fruity funk and earth that lingers. Overall not as sweet as many of the Oktoberfest beers I have been tasting, but nicely balanced. Top notch!

M: medium weight, silky to slick, the carbonation is abundant and refreshing.

D: Aside from Great Lakes, this is my favorite Oktoberfest of this season.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a medium amber, very bright, with a slim sudsy white head.

Smell -- As expected, it's quite malty in the nose: dry golden toast, faint graham cracker, plum and grape. Fairly subdued.

Taste -- Doesn't stray too far from the nose: toasty, bready, mild graham cracker and fruit sweetness. Very subdued malt sweetness. Leafy hops also in the mix.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body, ample prickly carbonation. On the money.

Drinkability -- This is an exceptional, well-refined Oktoberfestbier, possibly my favorite. Got to hand it to New Glarus for keeping the malt sweetness subdued. Not terribly complex, but to my mind the style is meant to be enjoyed in abundance; Staghorn is perfect in this regard.

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

12oz bottle, standard pint glass

A - pours with close to an inch of very bright white, fluffy and slightly creamy foam. the beer is crystal clear, dark/burnt gold in color. spotty webbed lacing follows the beverage down the glass.

S - bright biscuity malts, slightly doughy kissed with honey. musty grains follow from the middle through the end.

T - leaning towards the sweet side of the style: emphasis on biscuity doughy malts, honey and a lightly spicy cinnamon kick. mild grains are present and finish with a very light grassy hop twinge for balance.

M - medium bodied with moderate yet well executed carbonation, lively and crisp. finishes a bit on the dry side, with some lingering malty sweetness.

D - very well executed. nicely executed feel and malt profile with a great balance. up there with my favorites for the style. NG never ceases to impress. thanks to a74gent for the trade!

Photo of dogger6253
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A translucent amber color, incredibly rich color. I'd give this a perfect rating, except for the lack of any head. There are a minimal amount of bubbles floating around at the top, but nothing thick and appetizing.

The nose is of caramel and corn up front, with a stronger, sugary sweetness as the leader of fruity apricots into the foreground. There isn't a whole lot of depth in the nose, but it is quite pleasant.

Taste is mostly sweet, a sort of buttery sugar, caramel deal. Corn is a light flavor hanging in the background. Everything comes back to sweetness, can't say much more. It's not as diverse and some beers, but it's simplicity is pure and clean with a crisp hops bite that doesn't really hit with any extreme bitterness, adding a bit of citrus that cleans the palette. Extremely refreshing and tasty. There are not many beers that can make simple seems sophisiticated. This beer has almost the bare essentials in terms of flavor, but its execution is impecable. This is a homerun balance of tradition and innovation. Hands down the best octoberfest I've had recently.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz., brown bottle with a label illustration of a stag silhouetted against an orange harvest moon. Hands down the best label design I've seen from New Glarus. On to the beer.

An aggressive pour yields a copper penny amber with cherry-colored flarings and a monstrous head that hangs for the count. Nice lacing ensues.

Aromas of hops and yeast; subtle suggestions of toasted malt in the background.

Fresh and crisp with a slick mouthfeel. Burnt toast opens up into layers upon layers of roasted malts. Modest hop presence with but a bit of bitterness. Hints of graham cracker, sponge toffee and buttered biscuit surface. Smooth and grainy towards the end with a yeasty finish.

Fairly complex in character for a Marzen. I'm used to a sweeter malt profile, but I can see pounding a Staghorn or two every harvest moon or so. Vielen Dank!

Photo of klshanks
3.28/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a 16 oz pint glass. Thanks GDBEERMAN for this!

Appearance is quite good, about what you'd expect from an oktoberfest. A little more orange than brown.

Smell is pretty good. Malty as one would expect.

The taste isn't quite my cup of tea. A little bit too yeasty for me. But then again I'm not necessarily a huge Oktoberfest fan to begin with. I've definitely had worse but I've also had much better Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel was a little heavier than I would like. for this type of beer. I little to heavy to drink em all day, which when I do drink Oktoberfests, I prefer a more sessionable beer.

Again, thanks GDBEERMAN!

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.

4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
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.      

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.

Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 869 ratings.