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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cokes on 09-16-2002

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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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Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange amber with 2 fingers of white head and a few patches of lacing.

S - Sweet malt, caramel and biscuit with a touch of lager yeast.

T - Toasted bread, sweet malt, caramel, biscuit with a touch of grassy, herbal hops. This one nails the malt profile of what i expect out of an Oktoberfest.

M - Medium mouthfeel with light carbonation and a nice balance between hops and malt (bitter and sweet).

D - Very tasty. I think this one could hang with any of the German Oktoberfests.

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Photo of badbeer
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 Version

Pours a beautiful, crystal clear, amber color. Head retains well. Smell is slightly floral, biscuity, and a hint of a lager-like smell (light DMS?). Pretty balanced between the malt and the hops; seems to have a higher level of hop flavor and bitterness. I seem to remember a rich smell of fresh malt, similar to that at the brewery or when I'm homebrewing, this doesn't seem to have it as much. Carbonation is medium and it's medium bodied; sits pretty good on the tongue. Pretty damn good beer, better than my numbers may reflect, but doesn't seem to have the huge malty aroma jumping out at me like the previous batch.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear bronze color with red hues. The head is small, and recedes quickly into no lacing. The aroma is of caramel, biscuits, and grass. The taste is like the aroma, but with some nice nutty flavors appearing in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is quite thin for an Oktoberfest, while the carbonation is nice. Overall, this is another overhyped, disappointment from New Glarus. It isn't bad by any means, but I don't think its so good that I would search for it.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- About a 1" just off white head on a crystal clear amber orange body.
S- Sweet caramel malts, european grass hops, hints of spices and almost light pumpkin.
T- Really nice blend of flavors to it and really do a good job at making this one with a nice subtle complex flavor to it. The sweet caramel malts come through with the hint of pumpkin and hops that blend in nicley with the body. They don't really stand out and say hey look at me (which is a good thing with this style IMO). I may be going crazy but I'm also picking up just a very slight hint of smoke which is delightful.
M- Medium/thin body with medium carbonation.
D-A really good beer but the more I drink of it the less appeling it is. I would still have to say Spaten is #1 IMO.

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

Thanks to Initiative for this extra.

Pours a rusty copper color with a nice finger worth of fluffy white foam. Aroma is spicy, some apple, salty water?, fresh earthy hops, and little roasted malts. Taste is much like the aroma but more fruity and malty, and some bread and yeast flavors. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both medium. Easy to drink but I guess it’s not my favorite style of beer.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The head disappeared faster than it rose even though I poured this one exceptionally hard. Still leaves a nice light amber color.
S - A very mellow yet complex floral / nutty aroma
T- Nice hop character followed by nutty aftertaste reminiscent of peanuts
M- Good solid mouthfeel could stand to be a little smoother on the take
D- Although I've made session beers out of Ofests in the past I'd prefer to pair this one with a meal.

All in all one of the better "octoberfests" out there. A little too nutty for my taste however.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.77/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As good as I remember but after trying so many other American Oktoberfests last year, I am convinced that this is an even better beer than I thought it to be two years ago.

$2.75 a pint at Old Fashioned in Madison, WI. Beer of the Month for September, 2007.

Pours into an American Pint Glass a sexy Marzen amber color with a ¼ inch off-white head. Ok retention, would be better if Old Fashioned didn’t serve their beer so cold. Carbonation rises in surf smacking waves.

My nose is greeted by a massive toast presence, but importantly, this isn’t toasted Wonder Bread we are talking about here. This is a toasted 12 grain hard loaf interlaced with herbs, spices, and small chunks of apple and baked just this morning in Oma Duesseldorf’s oven. The aroma is powerful, deeply malty, and profiles sweet but not overpowering toffee notes. The finish is nutty and clean.

Flavor is wonderful. The body is rich and full but at no point overpowering or filling. The tongue rolls in waves of toffee and toast. The malts are just huge but this never seems unbalanced. Each sip finishes with a nice dose of herbal/floral German hops. The palate dries just enough to want another sip of the sweet, malty brew. Perfectly drinkable. My favorite American Oktoberfest hands down.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to FatKid13 for another New Glarus brew.

A: Pour is fizzy and active, but you know the head isn't going to last with that sort of action. Body is somewhere between cider and strawberry juice with what could be chill haze but I'm thinking its unfiltered. Head is goine except for an amber tinted ring around the glass.

S: Cooked veggies, stewed strawberries, molasses, toasted crackers and a dustyness to it.

T: Sweet with a red berry tang at the tip of the tongue. Transitions to a low level dried black cherry and apricot where the malt really begins to shine. Caramel careens in next with a rounded toffee and doughy goodness. Finishes with a slight spicy hop bite and a surprising dirtiness to it that might be the only real flaw in the taste. Aftertaste is sweet dough and red fruits.

M: Medium body with a nice mouthfeel but a bit hard.

D: Very nice Oktoberfest. Would have like the head to have a bit more volume, think it would have aided in the mouthfeel overall. Again, another nice beer from New Glarus. This one really grows on you as you drink it too. Yearning for another one now.

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