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Staghorn Octoberfest | New Glarus Brewing Company

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316 Reviews
Staghorn OctoberfestStaghorn Octoberfest

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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 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.


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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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Photo of bwood06
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - reddish amber in color. clear. white head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer that is briefly maintained. 3.75/5

S - Caramel. Roasted malt. Grapenut O's. Lack of hop presence. Very simple and straightforward. 3.75/5

T - Caramel malt. White bread. Grainy. Grassy and herbal hops on the back end. Very clean flavor. Very little lingering bitterness. 4/5

M - Finishes dry. Moderate carbonation burn. Not as much as expected based on visual appearance. Pretty smooth actually. 4.25/5

O - Very refreshing. Malt forward beer that is very clean tasting and finishing. Tastes like the season. 4/5

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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 barczar
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%

Brilliant amber color, with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates. Aroma is dominated by floral and earthy noble hops, which fade to a toasted, bready malt character. Flavor reveals specialty malt fruitiness initially, which is countered by bready, nutty malt in the lightly dry finish. Very sessionable beer. The fruitiness is a bit more than I'd prefer in the style.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours light red amber with a good one finger white head. Smells of berries and nice sweet caramelized grain. Tastes of fruit, berries and nice sweet grain. Beer is lightly carbonated finishes smooth. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


Pours a clear copper, nice bubbles from the bottom, Finger of off white head, good looking lager

Smell is grain, cereal, bread, caramel, herbal hop, biscuit. toffee, but most of all a big bready grainy malt, smells like a good marzen!

Taste is bready/grainy malt, herbal hop is there but very minimal, caramel, kind of a crisp flavor, biscuit, toffee.

Mouthfeel is medium light, medium high carbonation, wet finish but crisp

Best Oktoberfest goin IMO... Blessed to live in WI, also blessed that New Glarus beers hold up a lot better then most with a few months on um! Prost my friends!

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Photo of mverity
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Orange with a tint of gold in color. Head dissipated very quickly. Creamy colored collar persists. Smell is mostly tangy orange with some faint leather notes. Taste is of citrus and spice (think coriander, ginger, and clove). Mouthfeel is probably my favorite thing about this beer. Light, yet full; despite the low amount of head, the carbonation is enjoyable. I'm enjoying New Glarus more and more with every brew I have from them; however, this is the first one that hasn't wowed me.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head which slowly fad into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A toasty malt driven aroma with hints of caramel and subtle fruit. Upfront toasted barley malts with hints of caramel, biscuit, grains, toast, toffee, cracker, straw, and German yeast. Subtle fruity hints of apples. Light honey like sweet scent. Some earthy hop hints with some grass. A very nicely bready and clean aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a nice clean, bready, and biscuity malt driven taste with notes of fruit and hops. Bready toasted malts throughout with notes of biscuit, caramel, grains, straw, cracker, toffee, toast, and German yeast. Fruity undertones of apple. Slight honey like sweetness. Background notes of earthy and grassy hops. A pretty solid Marzen taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp, clean, and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Marzen. Good biscuity malt notes with some nice undertones.

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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 dfillius
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed 2015 vintage on 9/29/15
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger off white head with fizziness - more please. Clear copper-colored liquid is beautiful.
S: Crisp bread, crisp freshly-mowed lawn.
T: Initial bright grassy hop burst with small citrus (lime?) notes. Bready, caramelly notes in the finish
M: Dry opening with wonderful sweet finish. Perfect carbonation. Creamy smoothness.
O: Solid. Perfect for fall. I enjoyed it with homemade chili. A nice complement as the sweetness of the beer countered the spice well.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - copper body, creamy off-white head, excellent retention, plenty of lacing and carbonation
S - sweet, caramel, spice, toasty
T - toasty grain, caramel, earth, yeast, mild grassy bitterness
M - medium body, higher carbonation makes it feel full, super clean finish
O - excellent example of the style! One of the better American brewed märzens.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An update from the first review two years ago. Date code 2165 - bottled in early August and consumed on Aug 24. Fresh! Pours a clear amber with light head that fades with small lacing. Nice malt aroma floats from the glass. Taste is clean and a hint of sweetness. An excelent Marzen which would hold its own anywhere German is spoken and beer appreciated.

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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.
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