Staghorn Octoberfest | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,051 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:
1,051
Reviews:
325
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.63%
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
150
For Trade:
2
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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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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!

C+

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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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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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3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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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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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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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
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