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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Reviews: 324 | Ratings: 1,043
Photo of Greggy
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a medium orange color with great clarity, no yeast sediment, and a 1 finger head that recedes down to no lacing.

Smell- A bit austere, with some dark spice, a touch of apple, and some other malts.

Taste- Although it is very crisp and clean, it does have some taste attributes, but most are on the finish. I pick up some of the nice spice on the finish with some nice malt in the start. Again, a little austere, but refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation that tends to hold up the otherwise, plain body, and make it pretty refreshing.

Drinkability- I can think of a good handful of oktoberfest's that I would rather drink but many are not as clean and crisp as this.

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Photo of tayner
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

I think im a little thrown off drinking this in march when it is so hot.

Pours a nice amber with medium head that turns into a thick ring with light lacing

i smell the hops and some sweet sugary character.

lots of malt, some spicy hop character

smooth crisp finish. a little stickiness left on the tongue after swallowing.

I think i need to give this one another go around this fall, but it is definitely one i want to try again and did enjoy.

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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 dsigmon
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle thanks to badbeer

A: pours a light amber color with two finger off white head. Leaves quite a bit of lacing as the head recedes.

S: very poor aroma. very faint smell of roasted malts and some hop spice is all i can get.

T/M: Taste is of roasted malts and caramel with a slight amount of grain and hop bitterness that pops with the carbonation on the tongue. Somewhat thin mouthfeel yet leaves a nice amount of oil on the palatte.

D: Very easy to drink and no cloying or overpowering tastes make this one very sessionable.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice cloudy orange copper color with a little white head.

S - Very light malt smell. A little weak.

T - Really smooth malt flavor. A little sweet.

M - Light to medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Good beer. This is a good Octoberfest beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a orange-ish yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a malty sweetness. As for the taste, again a dry malty sweetness that is quite balanced. A smooth malty mouthfeel and a clean and dry aftertaste. Sweet and malty, dry end and a decent oktoberfest.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Nice clear and dark amber/gold. Off-white head.

Smell: Light and malty.

Taste: Taste provides more than the smell lets on. Nice balance between the sweetness and the malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty tasty. I will defeninitely keep my eyes open for this beer next season.

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Photo of WJVII
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice golden amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that lasted for a while. My first whiff was of strong roasted malts. My first sip was full of strong graininess with a snap at the finish. This beer clean and refreshing throughout the drink. Carbonation is key in releasing the wonderful balance of this beer. This is a great example of an Oktoberfest beer. Definitely worth a try, but you may have to wait until next year as I snagged this from a friend whom forgot he had it in the back of his fridge.

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

I saved this to be my last Octoberfest brew to review for the season.

Appearance - Amber and translucent with a head that starts at 1/2 inch and bright white.

Smell - Molasses and roasted malts. The scent of a lovely autumn day is captured in this New Glarus creation my friends.

Taste - Rich roasted flavor and mild hops. There is no sweet in this bier, all brawn.

Mouthfeel - The texture is what an Oktoberfest should be. Smooth flavor with an aggravating graininess that assists my tongue in realizing the true taste.

~ I am very please with this brew. I recommended many a friend try the Staghorn this past fall.

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

Big ups to DaPeculiarDane for dis bottle. Much love to everyone else, too.

With hops being selfish and standoffish, BRING ON THE MALTY BEERS!
(Kind of sad, but excited to be challenged)

Staghorn, besides being a truly awesome name and bottle, is a good offering from New Glarus. It appears on the paler side of amber, with some bubbles and a little lacing.

The nose is not very large, unobtrusive and petite with notes of Rollo's and berries reminiscent of dark carastan. I was hoping for a little more on this one. I wish I had this in a liter boot. Half a bottle doesn't kick up enough stank!

The tastiness is working it and not giving any offense. I think the smell of a brew has become my favorite part and the taste has a tough time keeping up with it. Let me be the first one to say of a 6.25% ABV beer, it hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel was silky and medium.

I would happily enjoy this one while relaxing at any taproom. This is a beer that I would want on draft to experience the nuances over the course of a liter or so. I feel like one bottle doesn't let you get to know it enough.

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

Appearance: Orange-red, nice head.

Smell: Bready, sweet aroma.

Taste: Toasted bread, caramel sweetness. Nicely balanced in that it is sweet but not overly so.

Drinkability: I had one and immediately wanted another, so that's a good sign.

Of all the Octoberfests I've tried this fall/winter, this is my favorite (considering SurlyFest has been changed to Rye Beer). Finally found a fest beer that hits the right spot between sweetness, dryness, and alcohol level.

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

Poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 46º, this beer started out with 1 ½ fingers of white foamy head. Lacing was not present as the foam subsided. I did not see any date information on the bottle. The beer poured a nice amber color with minimal bubbles.

Barley malt aromas rose from the glass. Bitter bouquet, if that is possible seemed to rise up also which would indicate some hop presence. A touch of spice.

Burnt orange and butterscotch essence detected with the malt taste.

The flavors stayed a little while but did not linger past one minute. This beer was comfortable and could be consumed in quantity.

Another good balance of malt and hops emitting spiciness that resulted in a good brew.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Brownish gold. Clear. Thin, slightly off-white head.

Smell - Quite light. Malty, maybe toasted malt.

Taste - Much more prominent than the aroma would suggest. Strong sweet and toasted malt. Finishes dry with a just a bit of hops. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Drinkability - This is the kind of beer that consoles you when the summer's over. Very tasty, even quaffable. And its from a fantastic local brewer.

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Photo of kenito799
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass, one of the selections by tizzod for my midwestern beer fest.

Pours a crystal clear amber with a nice foamy tan head that stays nicely. The aroma is fresh toasty malt, very clean, very nice.

Mouthfeel perfect, crisp. Flavor is dry toasty malt with a clean, dry finish just a touch bitter. Very refreshing and drinkable, easy to down this one rapidly and reach for more. Great job with the style.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Pitmonkey for this brew.

a - pours a deep orange color, not much head or lacing, pretty clear

s - dominated by caramel maltiness, not much by way of hops or alcohol

t - sweet caramelly malts once again dominate throughout the taste, classic Oktoberfest tastes, only a slight hoppy bitterness, no alcohol evident

m - medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, finish is nicely balanced, slight warming

d - very drinkable, easy on the palate and the abv doesn't get in the way

Very solid Oktoberfest here from New Glarus. Nothing earth shattering, but a beer I could easily drink several of on a fall night.

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

So if any brewmasters out there need some tips on how to brew a fantastic Oktoberfest, look no further.
Pours out a dark copper brown that has a dark tan head and sits plentifully on the brew.
Smell and taste are quite good as well, rich malt with some fun spices (I think nutmeg was mentioned in a previous review, and I concur) Just a touch of hops, near perfect balance.
Mouthfeel was spot on, a thick medium body with the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkability, like I said earlier, near perfect balance.

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Photo of happygnome
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: pours a bright orange color with about two inches of off-white head that doesnt fade too quickly but when it does leaves a nice layer of lace around the edge of the glass
s: caramel malts, nutmeg? type spice, nuts, hints of hop bitterness
t: a malty and bready caramel treat. a little hints of spice maybe nutmeg?, there is a certain smoky flavor to this that just sits on the edges not extremely detectable, hops are present but not overwhelming nice balanced brew
m: medium bodied beer with average amount of carbonation, very nice

overall, i really enjoyed this brew and hope that theres another 6er sitting at the beer store

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

Pours a fairly brilliant pale copper in color, topped with a pale tan head of two fingers and with good lacing. Nose is fairly fruity, lightly tangy, and malty, with prominent notes of biscuit. Smells a bit sweet and a bit spicy all at the same time, but gently so: must be those expensive hops they cite on the label! Seriously, this has all the right moves so far, and I'm not catching a lot of hops either (didn't someone claim this was hoppy?) Rich, smooth malt complexion on the palate, and rather sweet on first impression. Body is right on-style, and from my recollection of the few bottles I enjoyed last weekend I recall it's deceptively sturdy (6% I can see, but I still can't find the extra .25%) Fruity but not quite distinct; I caught ripe red apple on the nose and there's a bit of that here, along with a light berry (cranberry) tang. Very light caramel and biscuit notes, but this has none of the slick/oily character I generally accept as on-style in other renditions, not that it suffers from the lack thereof . . . Interestingly, it has more sweetness in th finish than I recall; straight from the bottle (and served a bit warmer) this had a fairly dry, balanced feel to it, now I'm enjoying the sweetness, although I can see how some might complain. Mouthfeel is rather creamy and the carbonation is light; something here just speaks "refined" to me, at least more so than 'toned down' (I wasn't expecting an imperial Oktoberfest but sometimes I wonder when a beer gets so much hype. This isn't a over-strength rendition a la Summit or Avery at any rate.) Quite drinkable, if not exactly dangerously so. My memory isn't perfect so I can't recall enjoying Staghorn in the past five years, but this definitely improves on whatever general impression I might have had of it, and lives up to what some might think of as 'the New Glarus hype.'

I picked up a six at BJ's in Fountain City (WI), and look forward to the pleasure of trying Staghorn again, preferably on tap!

[Served chilled, in a mug]

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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 AaronHomoya
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey auburn color, very clear with relatively little head but some retention. Fairly low carbonation.

Aroma is malty and fruity, with a hint of alcohol and some earthy hops.

Taste is toasty malt followed by sweetness, fruitiness and then a smooth finish with earthy, floral hops and yeast.

Fairly light body and little carbonation make it easy to drink. One of my favorite oktoberfests.

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Photo of Jredner
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of someone awesome! The aroma is sweet malts, lightly toasted with hints of fresh honeyed biscuit. The body is a dark orange amber and holds a diminishing off white head. The first sip offers a somewhat dry toasted malt flavor with a bit of sweetness toward the swallow. Has some almost nutty notes. Lightly toasty again. It finishes dry with a bread-like grainy kiss of sweetness. Decent, but different.

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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 demcorhip
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice looking brew, ruddy amber in hue, and capped with a sandy coloured, sudsy one finger head. Not much for retention or lacing, and is mildly carbonated.

A very nice nose of toasted bicuit, a touch of honey, and earthy hops with the scent of wet leaves and green grass. A mild touch of cooked veggies is also present and pleasant.

The flavour is much like the nose, rich toasty malts with some residual sweetness. Hints of melanoidin only adds to the depth of the malt. The hops play a supporting role, but add significant depth with their tasty earthiness.

Another excellent lager from New Glarus. Rich malts have a great yet subdued counterpoint in the earthy hops. Slightly sweet, yet finishes dry due to the toasty, biscuit flaours from the malts as well as the earthy hops.

The whole package makes for a very drinkable brew. The light to medium body makes for a tasty, refreshing, and fairly sessionable beer. The only obstacle is the alcohol which at 6.25%, would start to catch up with the drinker somewhat quickly. A brew I've enjoyed before, and helped get me into taking beer much more seriously, and a brew that im glad to have back after a year hiatus. Hope to see and drink it again next year.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear dark orange color with a thin ring of a head. A little bit of lacing.

S - Sweet brown sugary malts, light and very clean smelling. Some agitation and warming will yield some more earthy and smoky aromas.

T/M - Starts out with a muted sort of malty taste, somewhat sweet, with a medium consistency and a little bit of carbonation. Taste becomes bitter and sugary sweet with some medium-dark malt flavors. Finish leaves a light caramel malty flavor, with an interesting bitterness.

D - Overall a pretty good Oktoberfest, probably the best I've had this year. Might seem a bit thin and bland if you drink it too cold.

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Photo of Homerbag
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper red with thin head that laces down the glass. Smell is biscuity, sweet malt, and a touch of citruis hop. Has the malty flavor of a marzen, but subtle compared to other o'fest brews. Higher level of hops compared to the traditional German Marzens. Mouthfeel is good carbonation is where it should be, leaves a pleasent malt aftertaste that is not overpowering but reminds you of what you just drank. Overall enjoyable, I think it could be a little better, but only because New Glarus has put out outstanding brews before. A keeper for sure.

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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,043 ratings.
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