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Staghorn Octoberfest | New Glarus Brewing Company

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88
very good
323 Reviews
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
Reviews:
323
Ratings:
1,040
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
18.99%
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
141
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 323 | Ratings: 1,040
Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a wonderful, opaque, reddish-orange with a two finger, white bubbly head that has good carbonation. Very nice sweet malt smell. A wonderful breads backed malt combination. There is a small hint of hop, but does not take away from the Carmel, malt taste I love from a good octofest. A crisp clean finish with a nice appearance of the hop in the finish. A wonderful American Octofest...one of the best.

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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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Photo of CraigP83
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly tannic color, clear. Malty smelling, sweet, desert breads. Taste is slight caramel fading to hints of ash or subtle smokiness. Full mouthfeel. Sticky sweetness.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Medium amber color. Balanced malt smell. Taste is bready and yeasty, with a bit of fruity sweetness. Light hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Clean finish.

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Photo of MikeBilly
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Taste: Malt sweetness up front that does not approach caramel. Flavor is accentuated by a bready and pecan like character that blends together seamlessly. Alcohol flavor is nearly nonexistent and the beer ends with just enough bitterness to wipe the palate clean. A crisp beer with a medium low

Appearance: Perfectly clear. Can see to the other side of the room through the glass full of beer. Color is reminiscent of cream soda. Thick, cream-colored head that sticks around.

Aroma: Slightly spicy and herbal noble hop aroma followed by a roasted malt sweetness and a hint of alcohol. Very clean aroma, with little distractions. This smells like beer, which is what you want in the style.

Overall: this is an extremely drinkable Oktoberfest-style beer. It's perfect for drinking by the fire on a cool fall night. Not many American reductions of this style can match it.

Midwestbeerblog.com

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Photo of jweaver95
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this one as part of the New Glarus sampler pack. It's the first time I've ever had an Oktoberfest, so I wasn't really sure what to expect. For some reason it reminds me of a less-hoppy Moon Man. Not bad.

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Photo of DissentFatsquirrel
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always look forward to see this beer come out come fall, and I truly enjoy every it of this great bodied beer, leaves a great taste and finishes great.

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Photo of Lesingnon
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautiful clear red color, poured with about a finger of foam that had a bit of retention time before dissipating. Some lacing is evident.

Smell: Possesses a faint malt aroma, not much jumped out here.

Taste: Crisp and refreshing, with a nice malt backbone and just enough hops to balance it out. There's a biscuity sweetness near the end of every swallow that I find myself growing fond of.

Mouthfeel: Crips and refreshing, with perhaps just a touch more carbonation than I'd prefer.

Overall: A fairly light, easy to drink beer that certainly has enough malt presence to keep me interested. I wouldn't quite place it amongst my favorite New Glarus beers, but it's an excellent brew nonetheless.

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Photo of guityler83
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Seasonal 2015

A: Poured into a NG Pilsner glass the finger of nearly bright white head made of fine bubbles had moderate retention. The beer is a ritch orange to copper amber color with brilliant clarity. A constant stream of bubbles billows up from the nucleation point in the glass.

S: medium rich bready malt, with mild pilsner and a bread crust aroma at threshold. Hops are medium for the style with floral spicy noble hop aroma. Clean malty, german lager aroma - no diacityl or DMS to be found.

T: Moderately rich bready malt flavor with toast and melenoidin flavors coming through. Medium hop bitterness with a spicy noble flavor, a little higher then I'm used to in the style. Clean fermentation that leads to an emphasis on the malty backbone. Balance is on the malt. Aftertaste has medium sweetness and a slight toffee flavor.

M: medium full body with moderate carbonation. No alcohol warmth. A slight creamy mouthfeel - no astringency. Crisp and clean through and through.

O: Staghorn is a beer I can't get enough of when it hits the Wisconsin market. It means the days are getting shorter and fall is coming, but it also means I can have a few pints of it while watching a football game (which im not super into - but its worth the beer). A rich flavorful malt character with clean lager fermentation and a nice hop bitterness I can't get enough off. Cheers

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Photo of TooGood
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light orange with 1/4 inch head and minimal lacing. Smells sweet and slight bready. Taste is again bready with a little caramel sweetness. Very easy drinking and highly recommended.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Orange-amber brew with a one finger sisal foam cap decent retention and lace. Grain and fruit on the nose. Dried cherry. Grassy. Taste is grainy, faint toasted malt, definite fruit presence cherries, unripe plum, berries. Medium body, modest carbonation. Malty finish, sweet but not overly sweet. This Oktoberfest isn't toasted enough and is too fruity for my Oktoberfest tastes.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This might very well be my favorite Octoberfest. Light brown body. Nice fresh brew day malt aroma. Crisp but very flavorful malt taste. Just a great example of an Octoberfest beer from Wisconsin.

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

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Acquired as part of a mixed six pack from my mom on a recent trip to Wisconsin. A new one to me from New Glarus, this one their Octoberfest Beer.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a crisp clear amber orange body. One finger of thin bubbly white head that dies out fast. Moderate spotty lacing that doesn't stick long. Looks nice for the style.

S - A spot on aroma for the style: bready, toasty, nutty, & malty. Crisp, earthy yeast character. Mild suggestions of apples & cream.

T - Again, per style: bready, toasty, nutty, grainy. Mild berryish fruit flavors imparted from the hops. Lightly appley. Crisp & yeasty finish.

M - The feel is extremely, crisp, smooth, & clean. Light-bodied and easy-drinking. An excellent Octoberfest.

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Photo of RyBrew54
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh on draft from the brewery during their 8/6 sour release. Pours a medium copper with pillowy head. Nice lacing throughout. Smell has a rich malt profile, musty yeast, sweet hop aroma, candied yams, slightly bready, and reminds me of fall. Taste is clean with malt forward notes of caramel, earthy grain, light breadiness, crisp finish with a malt residual. Solid all around and a very nice fall brew (despite being brewed fresh in summer). I recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys malty lagers.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a pint glass. Bottled on 2484 and consumed on 10/19/14.
Look = 4.5 Pours a clear caramel brown with nice dense 2 fingers of frothy off white head. Nice bubbly lace and great head retention.
Aroma = 3.75 Pale malt aroma with a little spice and bubblegum notes; pilsner like aroma, a little grainy and noble hops.
Taste = 3.75 Malty graininess taste predominates, with only muted toasted malt characters and some bready notes.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Fizzy mouthfeel, good feel for style.
Drinkability = 4.25 High drinkability as expected for an Oktoberfest, sweet and easy going.
Overall = 3.95 Solid Marzen. Great look and high drinkability. Aroma and taste are good enough but were more grainy then caramel in the malt profile.

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Photo of milwaukee512
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The king of Wisconsin Oktoberfest beers. Malty, but well-balanced. Heavy enough for the season, but not so much that it becomes unpalatable. It's New Glarus, so it's pretty much guaranteed to be quality.

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Photo of Vogie
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Served this in a Green Bay Packers pint glass.

Pours an amber color with a 1 finger white pancake head that lingers around for awhile and then leaves a white ring around the edges. Notes of sweet caramel malts, fresh grapes, bread, maybe a hint of syrup. Tastes of dark bread, roasted malts, caramel, and maybe a touch of earthy hops on the backend. The mouthfeel is crisp, clean, refreshing, balanced, and light in body with minimal carbonation.

Man this is one fine Oktoberfest. Extremely drinkable during a nice fall afternoon when you want something sweet, light, and refreshing. Flavors are slightly subdued but its perfect for the style. This is perhaps the best Oktoberfest I've had.

Cheers!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a nice copper orange. A finger or more of a tannish head with pretty good retention. Leaves a good strong lacing along the sides of the glass. Strong clarity and a good brightness.

Smell: nutty. Earthy. Some slight caramel. Some grassiness. Some toasted malts

Tastes: opens with a little bit of toasted malts and some lightly sweet caramel malts. Some grassiness comes across from time to time. Some slightly spicy noble hops come through towards the end.

Mouthfeel: lighter. A little bit overly sweet.

Overall: not a bad beer but not on my list to drink again. A bit to sweet and not quite as balanced as I'd prefer.

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Photo of Smitch
4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great example of the style; smells amazing. taste is bready and slightly sweet. this beer shows off its malts exceptionally one of the best Oktoberfest beers in WI

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Photo of BWED
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a craft tumbler

A- Copper with great clarity. White head. Dense. Speckles of lacing.

S- Smell is toasty malt with some nice earthy noble hops. Subtly spicy. Also a subtle sweetness.

T- Sweetness comes out more, but is fairly delicate. Hops are earthy and balance well. All backed up by a toasty malt character.

M- Medium body. Crisp finish. Carbonation is fine.

O- Very tasty. Hop profile is great. The malt character is a great balance of toasty and sweet.

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Photo of pat61
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%

Filling the glass releases spicy malt aromas with some kettle sugars.
The beer pours brilliant copper under a 1” finely bubbled foam cap that produces good lace all the way down.
Very malty palate, rich yet clean and smooth, spicy malts.
Medium body and carbonation

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Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Got this beer from a friend who went to the brewery looking for Dancing Man but got this other seasonal instead.

A - Deeper amber-orange color that you can see through. Minor white head that sits nice and high. Medium to light lacing.

S - Strong malt aroma with caramel notes. Also grainy tones with some noble hops. Smells like an Oktoberfest.

T - Tons of maltiness with some cereal grain, light caramel, and lager flavor. This beer has a significant noble hop flavor ans some bitterness and more of a yeast character than some others. Some how this beer is sweet malty but not too much caramalt which is a nice change from those other beers that just try to make up the sweetness from those amber malts.

M - Medium mouth-feel. Light to moderate carbonation. The sweetness is predominant but is still balanced with the hops and crisp lager finish making me want to drink several steins full.

Overall, this is a great craft beer that is a change of pace on the style of beer that I wouldn't turn down. This is probably my favorite beer of the style but I wouldn't go all the way to Wisconsin for just this beer and would be better served getting Sam Adams Octoberfest.

Glass- Dimpled mug

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Photo of eskybassplr
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Excellent Oktoberfest (Marzen) style beer, Been to the Oktoberfest in Munich many times and this beer is as good or better than any other beers that I've tasted of this style I poured three 12 Oz. bottles into a 1 liter glass mug. A nice two inch head and reddish color. The aroma was perfect. It brought me back to Munich . This is a very drinkable beer to be had year round..........Ein Prosit!

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Photo of sth550
4/5  rDev +1.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Off-white head of about half a finger settles to a thin lacing around the edge after a minute or so while nitrogen bubbles continuously float to the surface. Has a rich transparent copper color.

Aroma: Warm, sweet malts and bread.

Taste: See aroma. Finishes slightly bitter. The flavor isn't exciting but it's quite good. Tastes like fall in a bottle.

Mouthfeel: Not too heavy, not too light. Finishes crisp and clean with some decent carbonation.

Overall: I'm sure there are better Oktoberfest beers out there, but I'd get this again. It's exactly what it's trying to be; nothing more, nothing less.

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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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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,040 ratings.
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