Staghorn Octoberfest | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,046 Ratings
Staghorn OctoberfestStaghorn Octoberfest
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by cokes on 09-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,046
Reviews:
324
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.63%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
144
For Trade:
2
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2/5  rDev -49.4%

Photo of JDV
2.16/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of Iowaherkeye. Thanks!
Think I waited to long on this beer. Pours a bright clear reddish orange malt with a small beige head. Smell is sticky, stale, gooey malt with band aid qualities and metal. Probably not as it was intended. Unappealing malt flavor and metal as well.

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Photo of jegross2
2.46/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drinking this one out of a very large tasting glass from Goose Island. I only bought this exclusively to cook brats in, but decided to ciphon some for tryin'. Full disclosure, I tend to dislike lagers, and have not found a marzen that I like not made by Paulaner. On to the review

Appearance: a light translucent amber color, more yellow with a hint of brown than red. The beer has no head other than the fizzy carbonation.

Smell: Has a sweet corn and bread smell that reminds me of miller lite. Vague spices also seem to float around in the aroma too.

Taste: A diluted malt-and-spice flavor that has way too much "corn" and "grain" taste. There is a very faint finish.

Mouthfeel: a low bodied, watery beer with fizzy carbonation. Very clean, crisp and refreshing

Overall: This beer is very drinkable, but it's hard to distinguish this as anything other than a slightly spicer, more expensive miller lite. Again, I do not like the style, but even for a Marzen this one fell flat for me. It DOES make a great brat marinade, however.

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Photo of eyemustard
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of brewmudgeon
2.51/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

staghorn

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.

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Photo of Buebie
2.58/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Dissapointed.

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Photo of dhannes
2.66/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Revisited on 10/25/12: Dark golden color...nice, but too light and not enough red vs. other "märzens." Faint aroma...sweet taste, maybe some bourbon. I stand by all my thoughts below...raised the appearance to 3.5 (from 3.0), taste to 2.5 (from 2.0) and overall to 3.0 (from 2.0)...a good beer, but more like a good lager, not a märzen nor an amber.

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint:

A=Very pale straw yellow; too yellow for a märzen, but a rich, 4 finger white head brings it up to an Average.

S=Hint of sweet corn and wheat, plus a sweetness.

T=Not at all like a märzen--corn presence is overwhelming...this is very close to their Spotted Cow. Enjoyable, just not a good example of what an Octoberfest should taste like.

M=Drinkable, but a bit too sweet and not enough body.

O=Huge disappointment. Okay to sell this, just don't call it an Octoberfest.

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Photo of Treebs
2.66/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

My first Oktoberfest of the season! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours an amber color, a little on the dark side, with a nice 1.5 finger white head that sticks around for a while. Leaves some nice bubbly lace on the way down.

S: Big on the malts with some little spices coming around. Pretty typical of the style.

T: Just big malts and some lager-like qualities to it. No really spiced notes or anything. Not the biggest fan.

M: Light to medium bodied. Crisp and clean with a smooth swallow. Very drinkable.

O: Wasn't that impressed with this one. Big malts and nothing else. Very one dimensional.

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Photo of hardy008
2.66/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours amber with a one finger white head, which fades quickly to a thin disc of foam, and leaves spotty lacing. The aroma has grain and caramel malt.

Tastes like it smells with grain and some caramel malt. No hot presence. Kind of generic and bland.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and very little that stands out. New Glarus makes a lot of good beers, but this is not one of their better efforts.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.87/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a nonic pint at ~40 degrees F.

A: Pours a crystal-clear orange-gold, much like a burnished copper. Forms a decent finger head of foam that seems just off-white with a hint of orange, and dissipates fairly quickly. Carbonation is visible as fairly large bubbles clinging to the bottom of the glass, occasionally shooting for the surface.

S: The aroma reminds me of a caramel biscuit with crumbled cracker topping. Some faint notes of spice and earth roll about in the scent as well.

T: The first sip opens almost exactly as the nose suggests, a blend of crackery and biscuity malt with some light caramel drizzle across the top. That is swiftly joined by a heavy dose of earthy, spicy hop presence, covering the malt presence with a thick layer of freshly turned soil from a field used to grow a mix of white, green, and black peppercorns. Said hop presence maintains all the way through the finish, where the malt returns to a little more prominence as a peppered biscuit, and into the aftertaste, where it lingers overlong.

M: This is a smooth, medium-carbonated, fairly thin-bodied beer. If it weren't for the hop presence, I could probably crush them down quickly.

O: While I love a good märzen, particularly the Ayinger (ironic given where Dan Carey spent a few months apprenticing), I primarily love them for showcasing malt with minimal hop presence. This beer stands that relationship on its head for me, and comes very close to triggering my supertaster reaction to hop-forward beer. While I can still drink it, and even enjoy some aspects of it, it is pretty far from my favorite märzen. If you're following any of my reviews because you're also a supertaster, you may want to give this one a miss.

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2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a glass mug)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear light amber body with big bubbles gliding through it and a thin head that fades to a ring before my first sip.

S- The very faint smell of toasted nougat is balanced by a green hop hint at the finish. Even as the beer warms the aroma is still very light.

T- This beer has a light tangy toasted malt note with a clear and dry sulfur note. As the beer warms there is a hint of Munich malt and a faint tap water taste at the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel and a tight little fizzy finish.

D- This beer is very clean in flavor even as it warms.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was able to try Staghorn last night at an Oktoberfest party. The beer poured clear, amber orange with a sudsy, off white head that settles pretty quickly. Not much lace to speak of. The scent for the most part was typical grain and slight alcohol. The taste was dissapointing to me, the beer was slightly sweet and a mild spicy hop character that balances well in the finish. There's a vague fruitiness in the aftertaste with warmth as well. The mouthfeel is ok...the body was fine I dont think I can have more than one though. Overall it is ok worth a try ...sure....more than that....eh.

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of eorwar
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of KCM
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of AirZombie
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,046 ratings.
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