Staghorn Octoberfest | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,044 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:
1,044
Reviews:
324
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.63%
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
143
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,044 |  Reviews: 324
Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joeseppy
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok. Let's run with an autum attitude. Rustic rusted autumn landscape during a sunset in color. Well, you drink these types of brew for years during autum and just smelling this brings good times. Roasted barley, malts and mild hop standout. A tad nutty with pilsnerish yeast taste. Some sourness on the back end. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Residual sugars help linger the brown nutty flavor. I really never mention beer labels but this fits the mood. Speaking of labels, New Glarus's guarantee is on the label. I'd like to high lite a few. 100% natural...the worlds most expensive hops...and here's what I go gaga over, it is Krausened. Nuff said.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrKarl
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bcm75
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear copper body, coarse, soapy white head that fades to nothing and leaves no lace- disappointing. Smells like a forest, with rotting leaves and wood and dirt, which gives way to hard bread and raw grain/yeast. Interesting and unique, not quite appetizing. Fortunately, the flavor improves to more traditional, if standard, components: grain, bread crust, biscuit, some bitter herbal hops on the finish. Dry. Feel is medium weight, yet highly drinkable, with mild carbonation, bordering on flat.
I never found this style very interesting, but this one was, in a way. The smell was like walking through a forest with a brewery in the middle of it, with all the raw ingredients and odd half-finished aromas greeting the nose alongside earth and bark and leaves, Interesting, but not attractive, Besides that and the brilliant clarity, this was a standard, acceptable brew.

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

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cool artwork, marzen colored beer, off white head above 1/2". Aroma had a hint of that nutty sweet caramel malt feels.

Taste is smooth, yet the alcohol is pronounced and noticeable above what is a from a color perspective, thinner body than you would think. Carbonation on point. If you like smooth beers without a lot of hops this is for you. It is probably a little bit stronger than your average beer in this style.

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Photo of SpdKilz
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcotom
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Beginner2
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It is interesting that for this style that American brewers hold 7 of the 8 top scores. (The top one is Bavarian.) But when we typically look to styles that American innovation seems to excel, we usually think of the British ales. But now, that innovation clearly has spread to lagers in the Marzen style.

Staghorn has the 8th highest rating. It always has been a very good beer to me. But when it is the first Oktoberfest of the autumn (as it has been for me during the last two years), it is fair to consider it a great beer... particularly as it warms.
If you can find Staghorn (New Glarus only distributes in Wisconsin), buy it.

The 2016 batch seems the same, so need to change the taste ratings. But the label indicates that New Glarus is now employee-owned. And for that, I bump the Overall by .5 Good deal for all ! Bravo !

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Photo of Lucular
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZombPumpkin
4.51/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TexasATM3
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FBarber
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of SPD656
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jpuetz
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of angrybabboon
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 1/20/16

A: Burnt orange to caramel in color, a light amber - crystal clear - medium size, white head, fades to wisps, maintains a small cap but leaves above-average lacing

S: Malty, minus any excess sweetness - caramel malts and grains, lightly toasty - straight-up caramel, except the caramel sweetness is turned down to 0 - hint of floral hops - toasted bread and crackers, toffee

T: Super clean, stupidly drinkable - really nice malt profile - toasted bread and toasted crackers - biscuits and toffee - caramel and touches of amber malts - caramel flavor, except it's extremely dry, lightly sweet overall - floral hops - touches of grass and lager yeast - finishes bready with just a touch of caramel, clean

M: Medium body, smooth body with a clean, crisp finish, nicely carbonated, superbly drinkable

O: Don't mess with the stag, you'll get the horns

The Märzen / Oktoberfest style is tricky. If it's too sweet and too cooked, I'm not a fan. Staghorn really nails it, with just a touch of sweetness and a nice level of toast. This is an Oktoberfest actually worth drinking by the liter.

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Photo of MinRM
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of DerekOfSeward
4.81/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a word: Crisp. This is the crispest beer I've ever had. Everyone kind of makes the same Octoberfest, but this one is amazing. Very deep and satisfying flavor.

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Photo of mlklein27
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eddiehop
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrbauernfeind
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,044 ratings.
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