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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 878
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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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.

D -

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.

Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.