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Staghorn Octoberfest - New Glarus Brewing Company

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860 Ratings

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 285
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 83
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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 PTMcB
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
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
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
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
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

4.65/5  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.      

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.