Staghorn Octoberfest
New Glarus Brewing Company

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #8
Ranked #7,782
3.96 | pDev: 10.61%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
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Photo of ClearDog
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Poured a nice fiery amber and formed a thin head that quickly disappeared. No lacing.

Smell -- Kind of smells like burnt carmel or molasses as it warms.

Taste -- I like it. I can faintly taste apples, maybe pears, and hints of spice. Not too sweet.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light. Nice carbonation. Crisp clean finish.

Drinkability -- I think I'll be able to polish off this six pack and buy another.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you read my review of Uff-da Bock from New Glarus, this is the other brew we happened to bring back from our motorcycle trip through this Alpine Village set in southern Wisconsin. A cool destination for an evening, with great food and drink around every corner in this small village.

This beer pours very nicely and has a beautiful, deep amber color that is crystal clear. I would have preferred a little more aroma, but there was only a hint of carmel and very little hop presence to my nose. Taste is very solid, a typical flavorful German Oktoberfest "marzen" . Like most New Glarus brews, the mouthfeel is smooth, and you could easily drink these in quanity. A nice local Oktoberfest, with a smooth finish.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 12 oz bottle with a matte label. black with a stag silouhette in front of an orange moon. new glarus's explanation of their octoberfest is on the right hand side of the label. "hold this one up to the light of any harvest moon and enjoy "wisconsin's real red"."

appearance: pours a beautiful appley-red, fairly clear in a stein mug. highlights are a coppery red-orange. head was only about a quarter inch off-white that quickly dropped to a ring around the glass. very little lacing. there are the most minute of particles suspended in the liquid. midway through, there's no more head, but this is a beautiful drink looking down through the glass.

smell: first smell is sweet and fruity. there is also a caramelly sweet malt undertone. aromas are very subdued. hops are there, but not easily detected due to mostly malty smells. lightly spicy.

taste: wow! strong toasty bready sweet malts. apples and caramel. only hop flavors are lightly spicy in the finish. not very bitter at all. surprisingly a little dry and a little yeasty in the finish as well. nice toasted nutty flavor as the brew warms. aftertaste is toasty but at times appley and a little sweet.

mouthfeel: crisp and light in body. some resins left on my tongue. despite very little head, there appears to be good acidity and carbonation. swallow clunks a little, but normal for the style.

drinkability: very drinkable as most octoberfests are. nothing there to slow you down. not too bitter, not too sweet, no evident alcohol profile.

overall: thanks again to dirtylou for sending me this in a trade. i'm not a big fan of octoberfests, but this definitely shows some promise. excellent malt profile, but not too sweet. very drinkable, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Staghorn Octoberfest pours into my tulip glass a crystalline amber red with a half inch of bubbly off white head on top. The color reminds of the changing leaves at the peak of fall. Aromas of nutty caramel bathed grains coincide with spicy, herbal hops. Dark fruits linger underneath sweet creamy malts. Nice stuff!

First sip brings a rich, nutty caramel maltiness ufpront. Rich with a well placed sweetness. This is backed up by a spicy, herbal hop that floats through the background. Smooth and quite delicious with a lingering spiciness. Roasty, toasty, just an overall good octoberfest brew.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Malty with mellow carbonation. This is a really enjoyable marzen that I could easily have a few of. If you enjoy the style...make sure you find a way to sample this one. Quite a treat.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, purchased at Steve's in Madison

I am a huge oktoberfest fan...There is just something about the fall with football starting, oktoberfests and pumpkin ale's being released, and the temperatures dropping. Well now that that rant is out of the way...

appearance: thick copper/amber, clear, very small bubbly white head with virtually no lacing

smell: toasted malts, heavy on the caramel, sweet fruit, earthy

taste: nice toasted malts, sweet sweet caramel and apple, nice lingering toffee taste as well. This beer comes just as advertised, certainly one of my favorite oktoberfests

mouthfeel: perfect, carbonation is dead on, medium bodied

drinkability: I look forward to many saturday afternoon's watching Notre Dame win and NC State lose while drinking these guys!

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single at Steve's Liquor here in Madison.

Pours a vibrant amber color with a smallish snow-white head. Smell is malty up front, spicy and citrus notes round it out. Taste starts off strongly malt and finishes with a spicy/lemony hop kick. Mouthfeel is very crisp, could use a little softening around the edges but overall stays quite drinkable. A nice little marzen here, not the best I've had but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of Realale
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear copper red, tending toward straight red. Fine off-white head quickly disappears.

Slightly sweet, raw grainy nose. Some herbal, earthy noble hops are there to thankfully distract. Sweetness is too much for me. Strays into the toffee/dark caramel portion of the spectrum which doesn't sit well with me.

Much better in the mouth, where it is medium-bodied, with a big, but not overly sweet malt presence. It's relatively monolithic, with the hops not making much, if any impact. Much less sweet than the nose indicates, which is a huge relief. Balance is downright decent.

Carb seems a bit harsh, which detracts from mouthfeel. Quite drinkable, but further evidence that this style is a tough one to nail, even for excellent breweries. At least the comes by its sweetness honestly as the giant sacks of Weyermann Vienna malt stacked at the brewery indicate.

Purchased at the brewery, 5th bottle of the six pack.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Copper colored with a large, creamy head. Caramel and apple aroma. A roasted nutty smell too. Nutty malt flavor. Very yeasty. Just a little hop flavor. Some spice in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium. The carbonation is pretty light. Great drinkability. This would make a very good session beer. I've had most of New Glarus's beers, and this is one of my favorite.

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Photo of battlekow
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Staghorn was just released this week, and I was anxious to try it, as I'd never had it, or any other Oktoberfest, before.

It pours a red/amber color, almost no head, spotty lacing; looks like a typical amber/red lager.

Smells toasty--and also, oddly, dusty, like the business end of a broom. Tickles your nose.

Tastes very sweet upfront, a little fruity, like cherries, with a big toasted malt finish. I'm a big fan of the toasted malts. If you burp, it tastes faintly of peanut butter.

Mouthfeel is medium. This beer is pretty easy to drink, and I really enjoy the toasted malt flavor, but it's basically just a solid amber lager.

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Photo of clvand0
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing one of these with me. It pours a light amber color with a small head that dies off quickly and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is malty with a nice caramel smell. The flavor was a mixture of a nut brown and smooth caramel. Very nice. The mouthfeel is right where I want it, moderately thick. One of the best Oktoberfest's I've had.

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Photo of trancefishy
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out clear dark amber colour, with a small coarse head that dissipates a bit too quickly.

Aroma is malty, clean, with a little bit of oak.

Taste certainlly gives away the fact this is a lager. good malt backbone, shapr and clean taste. little bit of caramel and a slight nuttiness. mild tasting, but balanced nicely. the aftertaste is smooth and mild.

mouthfeel is creamy and carbonation is at a fine level.

good oktoberfest, little plain though. worth a try if you like oktoberfest and have already had most other offerings, or want to try them all.

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Photo of cdfree
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the beersters on the Great Lakes board for reuniting me with a long lost friend--made a run to Woodman's in Kenosha and cleaned them out of this seasonal brew. In short, it's about as good as I remember with the exception of a mild tinniness that I could do without. From the beginning... a beautiful beer, a sort of deep amber that fits the time of year. Bisque-colored head that lasted a good long while. The nose to me is extremely floral and the taste is not partcularly hoppy, sweet but not too much so. Slightly tinny aftertaste that I hope does not taint the rest of the 3 cases I bought. All in all, it's good to be home.

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Photo of Skidz
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out amber brown and sits a bright, deep red-amber in the glass with a nice sized light-tan head. Absolutely stunning.

Smells good and malty, toasted and crisp over all. Light caramel notes.

Tastes sweet, yet mildly sour. Leaning to the malty side of the spectrum, but the mainly floral/herbal hops are present and give impart a nice, soft bitterness. Toasty is the term for this one. Very light traces of alcohol, not much.

Soft and delicate in the mouth with light carbonation and medium body. A very nice Oktoberfest, definately going to be kicking it with this one for awhile. The softness just makes it easier to throw back.

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Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this cervid-inspired beer at Chicone's during a recent five state border run. Pours a ruddy, leathery, fall-oak-leaf brown, with brassy highlights. Has a soft, medium-sized dark-white head. Smells of brown sugar, biscuits, caramelized carrots, and spicy hops. Taste starts off with spiced carrot cake, mild sweetness that turns nutty and biscuity as the hops come in and attack the side of the mouth. Hops are fresh, spicy, and adequately balance the malt. Finish has some tangy hop bitterness and a good dose of unsweetened cookie malt. Medium bodied lager with lots of malt AND that's not too cloying, but the carbonation seems a touch high. A very nice O-fest, but I didn't expect anything less from New Glarus.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another winner from Dan at New Glarus. Beautiful shiny amber body with super light, white, fluffy head. The aroma has some definate malt presence, but a also a bit of citrus action going on. It is a nice blend of both. The taste begins roasted and dry, but finishes much sweeter. The roasted, dryness lingers on the front of the tongue and roof of mouth. The mouthfeel is a little uneventful. Overall, a great Octoberfest for all!

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Photo of Redrover
3.06/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz brown longneck. Why doesn’t New Glarus freshness date?

The beer pours a nice reddish color with a inch of tan foam. Good lacing through out.

The beer smells of malt, caramel, and something that I can’t really identify except to say it’s a musty smell.

As others have mentioned, it is not your standard malty Oktoberfest. I get the malts, but I also get a metallic twang, not sure what causes it, but it somehow does not really detract that much from the taste (at first) . Taste changes a bit mid-glass. I got a bit of fruit and the beer seems to sweeten. About 2/3rd into the beer the taste turns for the worse as an old musty taste emerges to match the strange whiff I got when I first opened the beer.

Carbonation seems turned up a bit to much for this style. This beer tastes much different than I remember it tasting a few years ago. I may have had a old beer or a bad 6 pack and will review when I buy it again next year as every beer in the six pack had the same off taste as the beer warmed.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, bright red color, good, 1/4" white head.
Subtle aromatics, malty, yes, but not scraming about it. Some fruit notes, a touch coppery, and a bit toasted.
Taste: nice little hops up front, soon settling back, very tasty. Medium bodied, lingering finish. Quite a different Oktoberfest, goes farther in some ways than others, more restrained in other ways. Still, owns it's own unique complexity, less overtly malty-sweet. A bit metallic in the taste, with a very subtle, snappy malty flavor, ultimately crisp and dry in the end.
Staghorn embodies a beautiful contradiction, a malty beer that's not treacly-sweet. In a class of it's own.
Thanks to jeffboo for this treat!

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Photo of ZAP
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

05-Had a sixer of this and had a bottle side by side with SA, Summit, and Tyranena and this is clearly the best...I love Summit's too but this is more drinkable..great toasted favorite o-fest

Re-rate-Bighugey got me another bottle of this this year and I must adjust the numbers and the thoughts...This is the best O-fest I have had this year...Looks damn near regal in appearance....but the highlight is the awesome toasty nose and flavors...still a little on the heavier side of the O-fest scale but the alcohol is not noticable...finishes a tich of about a dozen or so I've tried this year....The nose on this one is not soft..very nice..Much much better than Capitals this year...and a notch above Summit and Hacker (which I think are both excellent too)...great toasted malt...similar to Sammy in flavor

Great looking beer...clean looking amber....looks like it came from the freshest spring in the world...the nose is soft, but exhibits some toasty notes..the taste is almost bock like....sweet without much balance from the hops....I like it, but the mouthfeel definitely leans more towards a bock. The taste is mainly toasted malts with very little hopping (I do get a very faint floral note)...The mouthfeel is slick and sweet and the sweet, slick feel is why I feel this leans towards bock territory....this was my most anticipated "fest tasting yet, and maybe my expectations were too high...It's solid...I'd drink these all night if I could....but, it is not in the same class as my top 3 from this year (Hacker/Summit/Capital)...It is in that next level though....Worth buying a sixer of if you see it...

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Photo of tavernjef
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Solid darkish copper color with a small puffy off-white head that sticks around a while eventually fading to nothing as its consumed and leaves sheets of lace that dispear fast to stick in webby lines and spots. Wonderful toasted aroma on this, touch of caramel and light floral dried hops, very crisply toasted with a hint of ripe fruity-like sweetness reminescent of a sour bread dough. Really becomes a sniffer as it warms. Taste is a nice toasty, lightly sweet mix of maltyness, very solid through and through. Sweetness is strong but subdued in its presense over an amazing and great little toastyness, some thinner caramel sits in the back with some light herbal/floral dried hops setting up the finish to end with a nice mellow crispness and light lingering sweetness. Medium body feel, lightly creamy aspect and a lovely finish. A very nice O'fest beer that goes down with ease. A new favorite to keep around, top notch and a cut above alot of the mish-mashy O'fest brews that every brewery seems to make. This one is done right. Great job New Glarus! Toasty!!

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Photo of Winter
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an impeccable copper color with a smooth off-white cap. Nice lacing. Aroma consists of toasted malt, caramel with some slight roasted nuttiness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth. Toasted malt flavors and sweet caramel dominate the palate. Pleasant amount of carbonation dances over the tongue midway through. 6%+ alcohol flavor is noticable toward the finish and reminds you that this fest bier does carry some weight to it. Spicy hops and sweet malt combine for a long pleasant lingering finish.

Staghorn has become my #1 favorite Wisconsin-produced Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade. Very passable Marzen. Deep dark amber with a medium beige head. Strong malt aroma. Rich malt and caramel flavor with a nicely spiced finish. This is one of the better New Glarus beers I have tried so far. On a side note, I have really liked all of New Glarus' labels, very cool retro art.

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Photo of brakspear
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A superb American attempt at a difficult German style to master. The beer pours brilliant amber, clear with moderate carbonation -- the head is soft and white. The aroma is impressive, caramel and toasty notes predominant.

The taste is smooth, with rich earthy caramel flavors lingering throughout.

The body is chewy and full-flavored, excellent for the style.

This is my favorite American Oktoberfest that I have sampled this year.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Re rated on October 3, 2007:

This is one helluvan Oktoberfest. I'm not real big into this style, but this is very enjoyable. And has been one of my favorites for the past 3-4 years. It's like the beef stew of beer. So hearty and fortifying. Love this beer. Thus I raised my rating a little bit. I had it at a 4.45 and now...

This is a gorgeous looking beer. Clear deep copper with orange tinting. Carbonation is evident in the form of rapidly surfacing gas bubbles. A medium sized creamy beige head sits on top and sticks around for awhile. Lacing is sufficient. Nice toasted malt aroma. This beer has an excellent malt profile, with the toasted qualities really coming to the forefront. A nice refined sweetness is present, but not annoying or cloying. Hops are present to produce balance and that's about it. Not a lot of contributions to the taste, and that is not a bad thing for this style. Body is about medium-full and very creamy. Carbonated to perfection. After trying 15-20 Ofests this year, I'd have to say this is my favorite so far.

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Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thows a deep amber body, with orange edges. Fizzy off-white heads sizzles itself to extinction in a matter of moments.
Nice malt load on the nose. Apple hues toasted with a toffee backdrop. Hints of spicy hops.
Taste follows suit. Big time Toasty malts up front. Apples throughout. Toffee and dark fruit sweetness come up next and take a stand. Becomes somewhat Bock like in the middle, as the toastedness fades. A quick snap of spicy hops finishes this one.
Body is fairly robust for the style, but relatively high level of carbonation keeps this crisp and quite drinkable.
On the top shelf, as far as Midwestern Festbiers go.

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Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1129 ratings