Staghorn Octoberfest | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Staghorn OctoberfestStaghorn Octoberfest

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.25%

Availability: Fall

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Added by cokes on 09-16-2002

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking orange amber color. The head on the beer was very nice, it settles but as a good retention. The smell of the beer is earthy with a pleasent malt aroma. The taste has a very nice caramel malt flavor with a slightly bitter grassy finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Overall I found this to be really good, came close to some of the Oktoberfest beers that I tend to enjoy the most.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Could this be the best Oktoberfest made in America? Well, a fantastic crisp, clean caramel taste leaves no sweetness behind while contributing a graham cracker dryness, light savory notes, and a super clean lager taste. Strong floral notes give rise to the superior hops used here. No sulfurs, no vegital taste, no buttery notes; this beer is as clean as they come. Grains present? sure. Big for style? no. Classic and pure? Absolutely. Great job New Glarus!

Thanks Jeff.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from my homeboy dyan, thanks dogg.

Appearance: Copper-colored, dark but perfectly clear. The tan head retains well, leaving spots of lace as it settles into a disc.

Smell: Whole grain bread, caramel, minerals. Faintly hoppy.

Taste & mouthfeel: Opens with a bit of caramel sweetness, but this is actually more on the dry side. Toasted whole grain bread with fruit preserves comes to mind. Herbal hops linger in the background. The finish is dry and crisp but only mildly bitter, ideal for Autumn quaffing. Great stuff here, much better than many American attempts at the style.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard New Glarus label art and an iconic green/gold branded pry-off pressure cap acquired in a trade with the very gracious Duff27 (thanks again, buddy!) and served into Cantillon stemware in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which makes some beers I adore. I have huge respect for New Glarus and think they may be the only brewery in this country consistently churning out unique beers. Reviewed as an oktoberfestbier because it clearly identifies as one in the name and on the label.

Served cold - straight from me freezer. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour, okay thickness, and okay creaminess. Retention is horrible - about 15 seconds. No lacing as the "head" recedes.

Body colour is a clear rich copper - right on the money for the style. Transparent, translucent, and of above average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks pretty standard for a festbier/marzen. I'm looking forward to trying it. Not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Clean Munich malts, barley, light graininess, light bready malts, and complementary floral hops. Clean Bavarian yeast. A kiss of green apple. Just a hint of apple cider vinegar. Light caramalt with an accompanying sweetness.

No alcohol is detectable.

Overall, it's a pleasant aroma of mild strength and hits the style quite well for an American offering. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Caramalt sweetness, green apple, light clean graininess (and some vague cereals), Munich malts, clean barley, and floral hops (with a minimal presence). Comes down on the sweeter side, but is far from overly sweet or cloying. It's very cleanly fermented, a testament to the Bavarian yeast employed. Some amber malts. Perhaps light honey. It's nicely balanced, if simple. Cohesive, but not gestalt. Could use more complexity and subtlety, but then so could most beers.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour for the style.

No alcohol comes through.

Do I like it? Sure. But it's not an exemplary festbier.

Mf: Smooth, wet, lightly thick. Unrefreshing. A biteen overcarbonated, actually - did they not bottle-condition this? Crisp. Approachable presence on the palate; not overbearing or anything. Decent body. Suits the flavour profile generally well, but doesn't seem custom-tailored to it.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, rough, boozy, or hot.

Dr: I hoped for more from New Glarus, but at the end of the day this is a fairly pedestrian festbier. It doesn't set itself apart from your run-of-the-mill German festbiers, and I see no need to get it again. Certainly not New Glarus' strongest work, but above average for the style I suppose. I wouldn't recommend it to friends, but you could do worse for a seasonal. It's certainly drinkable; I'll have little trouble killing this bottle.

Thanks to Duff27 for the opportunity to try this one!


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Photo of emerge077
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, bright clarity, racing carbonation. Thin layer of foam across the surface, eventually breaking up. Orange and glowing when backlit.

Smells like sweet wet barley, vaguely tea like. Slightly lagery.
Flavors of sweet graham cracker, tea leaves, wet barley. Light feel, fairly malty. Nothing to really pontificate on, but a solid malty lager with no off flavors. Prost!

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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus taster glass.

Pours a clear deep amber/copper color with a nice white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose has a good bit of amber and bready malt with a touch of caramel sweetness. Some earthy hops lingering in the background. The flavor is quite malty with a bit of hops cutting through the finish. Medium body. Very nice.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from rpzel, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, nuts and spices with a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very malty and bready like a good O-fest should be, with flavors of caramel and a little spice. There’s also a touch of smokiness. The hops presence is mild but strong enough to provide a very good balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a beer that is well-worth drinking for a whole evening. I could see myself plowing through a six-pack with ease and enjoying each sip.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this was an excellent Oktoberfest beer! I have had plenty of them this year but this one really stood out to me. Luckily received it in a BIF or I never would have even known about it. Poured a nice bright amber with a good hint of orange. The ample carbonation led to the formation of a nice thick white head of lace about two inches tall. Good retention left behind some nice concentric rings of side glass lace and a nice frothy film on top. The aroma was very crisp, fresh with a nice grassy tone, some bready malts lingering in the back. The flavor followed right along, coming through with a big backbone of bread like malts with a very nice grassy kind of twang to it. Some nice little nuances of spice hiding in the back and a good little dry hoppy like finish to it. Nice light to medium body and ample carbonation gave a great smooth feel and this one was defiantly a winner. I was thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to try this one. This was the best of all the Oktoberfest I had this year. It had such a nice balance of flavor and session ability that it was unmatched. The great little bursts of flavor and extra little pop that seemed to be in it just pulled it apart from the crowd. A really great brew and absolutely perfect for the season. Will be looking for this next year.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has been sitting in my fridge for a few months now. Just now getting around to drinking it. Poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours amber orange with a small one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of lightly toasted bready caramel malt, light spice, and some dulled hops. Not too much going on but that really isn't a bad thing.

T - Starts off with a big bready caramel malt kick slowly giving way to a mix of light toffee sweetness and dulled grassy hops. Finish is chewy, lingering for some time. A bit old but still pretty good.

M - Medium-Light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy feel with plenty of it lingering through the finish.

O - While I think this one is a bit past its prime I still enjoyed it. I will have to try and get some this year so I can compare the two.

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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.

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

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is light golden colored with a white head. The aroma is mildly fruity, light malt. Smooth feel. Nice flavor, with a lingering lager malt and fruity aftertaste. A touch of dryness in the finish. Light bodied, this one goes down easily. A solid example of the style.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +1.3%

I should probably start off this review buly apologizing that this bottle is from last year and has unintentionally spent a year in my fridge. It pours clear copper with a white head composed of big bubbly froth. Some patchy lace sticks to the glass.

The smell is sweet of toffee and caramel malt that is a little bready towards the back. Overall a clean nose on this and still smells fresh and malty.

The tastes opens with l bready grain and light citrus fruit and a touch of minerals. A hint of buttery diacetly is noted across the finish.

This is light bodied, crisp and modestly carbonated. A crushable brew by marzen standards, I could/would drink a bunch of this if it was accessible to me in season.

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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

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Photo of jwc215
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed orange amber with a thin head that doesn't hold up quite as long as I would like it to. Lacing sticks, but most of it fades quickly.

The smell is of toasted grain with a hint of caramel.

The taste is of caramel, toast and a hint of earthy noble hops. It is sweetish with a dry-ish finish. Nicely balanced. A touch of alcohol warmth comes through as it progresses.

It is smooth and crisp.

This is a nice representation of the style!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, bright red color, good, 1/4" white head.
Subtle aromatics, malty, yes, but not scraming about it. Some fruit notes, a touch coppery, and a bit toasted.
Taste: nice little hops up front, soon settling back, very tasty. Medium bodied, lingering finish. Quite a different Oktoberfest, goes farther in some ways than others, more restrained in other ways. Still, owns it's own unique complexity, less overtly malty-sweet. A bit metallic in the taste, with a very subtle, snappy malty flavor, ultimately crisp and dry in the end.
Staghorn embodies a beautiful contradiction, a malty beer that's not treacly-sweet. In a class of it's own.
Thanks to jeffboo for this treat!

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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).

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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.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall it's malty and smooth with a nice bready malt flavor and lager sweetness. The appearance is a clear orange-amber without much head retention. It reminds me a lot of Hacker-Pschorr's O'fest beer for being a little big, but very smooth. There's a slight mineral note with the bread loaf aroma, which I suppose is appropriate for a German style lager. There's also a dry, biscuit and toffee finish that's quite pleasant, and hints of herbal hops around the edges. This is a beer I'd be happy to fill my stein with. Cheers.

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Photo of Derek
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to eyncognito for the great extra. Consumed on 9/24/2009 in celebration of the 24th day of the 9th month of the year. I can't think of a better way to celebrate such a marvelous occasion than a crisp refreshing lager beer.

The beer appears vibrant and transparent dark orange with millions of little bubbles fighting their way to the top. The head is two fingers tall with good retention. The beer looks great.

The nose is of toasted malt with very light fruit notes and a distinct nuttiness. Light hop notes are evident and alcohol is nonexistent.

The flavor is excellent. The rich malt profile is stellar, with toasted notes and a low moderate level of hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. The balance leans toward the malty side of things. The clean finish exhibits a touch of citrus and toasted malt. Sweetness is at a low level throughout.

The beer is medium bodied with moderate carbonation with a soft and clean mouthfeel. This is one of the best Oktoberfests I've had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

The pours reveals a clear amber colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Above average head retention and there's some good lacing.

The smell is very light but I pick up some bready and sweet malt notes.

The taste has good notes of bread with light sweet malt and a light crisp hop bitterness that brings the brew in perfect balance. Tasty!

Medium bodied and with a light level of carbonation, it finishes slightly sweet, slightly bitter..again, perfect balance.

This is a very tasty Oktoberfest whose greatest asset, I think, is how smooth and easy drinking it is for me. Nothing big and bold here, just a solid interpretation of the style. Another winner from New Glarus.

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