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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 donkeyrunner
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear orange with a dense, dirty white head. Thick band of foam festooned to my glass top. Bottleneck label claims "world's most expensive hops." La ti da.

Toasty and soft herbal hop aroma. Bread crust malt balanced by marmalade sweetness. Clean and flavorful without being over-carmelized.

1st time I had this beer was walking around Notre Dame campus sipping beer out of a JJ's to go cup before the Temple game. Still good in an actual glass.

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Photo of jwc215
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazed orange amber with a thin head that doesn't hold up quite as long as I would like it to. Lacing sticks, but most of it fades quickly.

The smell is of toasted grain with a hint of caramel.

The taste is of caramel, toast and a hint of earthy noble hops. It is sweetish with a dry-ish finish. Nicely balanced. A touch of alcohol warmth comes through as it progresses.

It is smooth and crisp.

This is a nice representation of the style!

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Photo of Josephddscott
4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wisconsin brewing company new glarus knows what there doing when it come to a Oktoberfest, not as heavy as other Oktoberfest, but has amazing flavor and a great aroma. a beer id recommend to any Oktoberfest beer drinker. but for those out of state people i feel bad for you that you cant experience this beer or any other new glarus beer.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice amber color with a fingers worth of head that fairly quickly recedes down to almost nothing

S: Very grainy and malty. Quite a bit of sweetness and toasted bread. A little bit of fruit as well

T: Starts off with the grainy and sweet malty notes and goes into a light bready toastiness. Some fruit also manages to come through but is way out-done by the malts. Finishes with a bit of grainy sweetness and herbal hop notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A solid take on the style by an American brewery. Definitely one for the malt lovers out there. I'd highly recommend this if you're into the style

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Photo of BigC60548
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up going to the Bristol renaissance fair. I wanted to compare this Oktoberfest style beer with Two Brothers Atom Smasher (oktoberfest) style beer. I absolutely love anything that New Glarus produces but in this case Two Brothers Atom Smasher takes the win. Staghorn is extremely smooth with a barley flavour. Nice hopp flavour as as you open your mouth after you finish swallowing the amber colored brew. Well rounded mellow smooth taste. I'd deffinately grab another 6er if I'm up in Wisconsin within the next month or so... Or even next years Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle of the 2013 seasonal bottling. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 8/26/2013.

This beer pours with a clear copper/amber body with a fluffy 2cm white head that slowly dissipates into a thin film with lots of bubbly lacing on the side. The lacing sticks as I drink this beer. Absolutely a great looking beer- pretty typical of New Glarus beers, now that I think about it.

Nose is primarily a clean yeast flavour. As it warms, I can smell some sweet biscuits and caramel. A bit of floral hoppiness as well. Nothing too pungent or special here. Smells like a typical lager until it warms up some.

I really like how this beer tastes. Its got a very clean malt flavour with sweet biscuits, caramel and honey that is complemented very well by floral hops and a nice sourdough yeastiness. Very complex, but smooth and clean tasting. Great flavour profile here.

The feel on this is very nice. Clean, refreshing in a light bodied beer that is well carbonated. Slightly dry finish that is very heavy on the malts. This is a very good Oktoberfest-style beer, one of the best I've had, actually. Nice work on this lager, Dan.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, soft, soapy head that has great retention and laces nicely. Surprisingly aromatic. Bright, spicy-floral hop aroma. I think the malt is even in there. Radiant, gold color that is slightly amber. Starts off with spicy, floral hops and a touch of bitterness. A sweetness underlies it all. Then the malt moves in with big notes of biscuit. Finish is a wonderful blend of spicy hops and sweet, biscuity malt.

This tastes like autumn. It has that perfect blend of spicy hop and malt. Just excellent. I thought I remembered not liking this one, so I'd been avoiding purchasing it for awhile (plus having 2 years without being near Wisconsin), but I was wrong. This is wonderful.

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Photo of JParlow
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice rep for the style. Color was a nice golden/red. The head presented itself nicely, about a half of inch but then dissipated quickly. I'm usually looking for a little more malty finish in an Oktoberfest, it was briefly there but not as pronounced as I look for in this style. Overall this is a very drinkable offering from an outstanding brewery. If you get a chance to pick up a sixpack or better yet, if you get a chance to have this on tap– I wouldn't pass it by. It'll be well worth the cost.

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

12oz from the 2013 release.

A: Pours a clear mellow brass with a nice off-white head.

S: Dryish caramel, toasted grain, lightly yeasty, hint of hop note.

T: Nutty, caramelized grain, light biscuity sweetness, a bit of crisp hop bitterness, bready finish.

M: Light-bodied with active carbonation.

O: A nicely balanced marzen, not overly sweet or hoppy like many American versions.

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Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has been in the top 10 in its style class since I can remember, and presently it's ranked #6. Thanks BeerFMAndy for sending me this one!

Served in a tulip.

A: Lots of suds on this mama jamma! I would best describe the color as that of rust (orange/red/grey), and impeccably clear.

S: More sourdough than most Marzens on the market, but with that sort of "mothball" quality that I commonly associate with the style. Not too potent, but still effective. Fresh, fresh, FRESH!

T: Oh yeah... right up my alley. This one didn't fall into that "too sweet for its own friggin good" that Great Lakes fell into for me. Initially, I thought it was going to be too sweet based on the nose, but the bitter graininess washed right over that. Bravo!

M: I think I'll name the bitterness Amanda, since that was the name of my first girlfriend. Really nicely composed in that area. The carbonation was low, but damn near perfect for my tastes.

O: I had the bar set pretty high on this one and New Glarus cleared it by a country mile. Not sure how much a sixer of this cost in Wisconsin, but I imagine it's pretty much the same as I'd grab a quality O-fest around here. I think I'll move to cheeseland during the fall.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful clean copper pour with 2 fingers of detergent like head. very faint in the nose, getting some bread notes and some light caramel smell.
the flavor is a toasted nutty taste up front, almost like pecans. bready and malt heavy.. a great tasting octoberfest.
medium in body, high carbonation and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

overall a great seasonal from this brewery. very flavorful and quite fulfilling.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light copper - see through - with foamy white head. Light malty smell. Light malty flavor, hop swirled in. Modestly sweet. Touch of spiciness on the tongue. Real easy drinker with loads of malty goodness. Good O'fest celebrator. Clean.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice looking orange amber color. The head on the beer was very nice, it settles but as a good retention. The smell of the beer is earthy with a pleasent malt aroma. The taste has a very nice caramel malt flavor with a slightly bitter grassy finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Overall I found this to be really good, came close to some of the Oktoberfest beers that I tend to enjoy the most.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

!2 oz. bottle poured into a Millstream pint glass.

Appearance: Clear amber with a small white cap.

Smell: Sweet malt and earthy German hops.

Taste: Rich, clean caramel malt with slight apple finish and subtle hops.

Mouthfeel is light/medium and light/medium carbonation. Clean and crisp on the palate.

This is a very sessoinable Octoberfest beer that is gone too fast. One of my favorite fall beers.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. A batch code is printed on the shoulder but there is no easily discernable freshness date.

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is medium amber with a Halloween-esque tint of pumpkin orange. Two fingers of thick, eggshell-colored head dissipated fairly slowly to leave a spotted lacing.

Smell: The aromas are pretty muted at first but emerge slowly. Lightly toasted malts, sweet caramel, toffee, butterscotch, maple syrup, and grassy hops. Honestly, it smells more British than German.

Taste: Lightly toasted malts, caramel, toffee, earthy hops, a hint of butterscotch, and maple syrup. A light bitterness lingers on the tongue after each sip; at time I thought it was metallic.

Drinkability: I was a little disappointed initially but the beer turned into something special. It is a very solid beer and one of the best märzens I have tried.

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

From: Tenutas in Kenosha, WI
Date: "2142 B2 2002" stamped on bottom of bottle
Glass: Tulip glass

New Glarus' Staghorn is an above-average interpretation of the German style from a US brewery. The malt-forward recipe manages to blend in some European hop bitterness and herbal components that lend it some interest, but the flavors remain more subdued and not as "crisp" and satisfying as the German-brewed counterparts.

Pours a 1cm, off-white head of small bubbles, fairly dense and compact. Retention is average to below average, quickly reducing to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a speckling of wispy foam atop the body. Little to no lacing left from the head's decline. Body is a transparent brown with reddish tints, light bringing out some pale orange beneath the brown tones. Carbonation is visible and modestly active.

Aromas of toasted white bread, light toffee, a bit of whole grain cereal graininess, and marginally herbal hops. Better than most US marzens, but still not particularly compelling when compared to the German versions of the style.

Opens with toasted bread and lightly toasted malt sweetness, proceeding to toasted bread combined with a bit of toffee and bittering/herbal European hops in the mid-palate. Back of palate notices continued hop bitterness with more substantial toasted grain and malt notes. Aftertaste is fairly, surprisingly absent, with slight nods towards toasted malts.

Beer is medium-bodied with medium levels of carbonation, resulting in a slightly fizzy, but gradually smooth mouthfeel. Finish is not dry, and there is some residual sweetness across the palate. This generally comes across as correct for the style and this particular beer.

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

FINALLY. A series of bizarre-yet-uninteresting events have kept me from getting to try this lo these past seven years. Now, finally, I've tracked down a fresh sixer.

Pours a little effervescent for the style, with a medium-sized, quickly dissipating head and lots of big, showy bubbles. Smells like sweet and toasty marzen malt along with a little bit of crisp grassyness that almost smells like adjunct grain.

Tastes like it smells. Sweet and bready, but not as rounded as my favorite marzens. The sharp, grassy end grows on you, but it the balancing effect with the smoother malty start isn't fully to my liking. I guess I'm just particular with this style? Still, well brewed and they hit what they were going for. Just, so far as marzens go, I'd prefer they had gone for something a little different. Again, this isn't to say this is bad--because it's actually pretty good--it's just not the top tier oktoberfest I was hoping it would be.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
6.25% ABV, 2092 on neck.

A - Staghorn pours a dark golden honey color, mirroring label's iconic moon. A quickly forming white head drops slowly while adorning the pint in antler silhouette-like lacing. Moderate retention means the head doesn't stick around long, but enough is left by to seal in some aroma.

S - Heavily malty upon first whiff, Staghorn has a nose has a touch of sweet caramel that's overshadowed by the earthy grassy smelling hops here; dry leaves, brisk fall air, and recently mowed lawn. While the aroma leans towards the earthy hops, it's a clean crisp hop presence which works well with the maltiness.

T - A strong initial malty sweetness opens the beer and sticks around for the duration while other nuances, namely the hops, change around it. As the beer progresses, front to back, it slowly becomes more dry and earthy-focused imparting the same characteristics the aroma shows.

M - Staghorn is a bigger Oktoberfest than most generally are with it's medium-full body but lively, balancing carbonation. The finish dries out with hoppiness keeping the malty sweetness from being too cloying.

O - From the maltiness to it's earthy hops, New Glarus' Staghorn Octoberfest embodies much of what makes a classic German Oktoberfest great, but seems to miss the mark on mass consumption drinkability a bit. While I truly enjoy the balance and bolder hoppiness this beer offers, I can't say that I'd want it served to me in a liter stein. I'll stick to the yearly 6-pack, one delicious Staghorn at a time.

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

Served in a weizen glass, bottled

A - golden amber with 2 finger egg white fluffy head with excellent retention and good clumpy lacing.

S - toasted malts, sweet meaty bready yeast notes

T - follows the nose, fairly sweet for the style, nice sweet toasted malt backbone with hint of caramel and noble hops

M - moderate body, mod.high carbonation

O - thanks to Skye for bringing this from Madison, a great way to celebrate the coming of Autumn.

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Photo of deebo
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-An agressive pour into a pint glass gave a healthy 2 fingers of white pillowy head that quickly breaks down into a film. Plenty of CO2 bubbles. Perfectly clear. Color is golden/amber.

S-Marzenish. With the toasted malts being most noticed, there is also a note of that adjunct corn that I get out of most lagers. Very faint aroma of grassy hops. As it warms some alcohol aroma.

T-Nice, although a bit weak, flavors of slightly toasted malt. Clean lager flavor with a weak bitter finish.

M-A bit weak in body. At 6.5% the alcohol is well hidden. Moderate to high carbonation that works well given the clean lager flavor.

O-I tend to sway towards a more malty sweet version of this style. However this beer is well made and I'd have no problem knocking these back on a crisp fall day. Just a bit boring with a weak malt backbone.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a a dark amber, almost copper color, with a big cap of creamy foam that stayed around throughout. A rich malty aroma fills the nose. The medium bodied beer is incredibly smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. A big dose of grain continues on the palate. Its not too sweet, a little bready and just a hint of caramel. It exclaims the bounty of a fall harvest-- keeping the grain center stage. The finish has just a hint of bitterness. This is a clean brew with a nice fall flavor. The folks at New Glarus followed their own path when developing this Oktoberfest and it stands above many other fall seasonals.

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Photo of scriabin
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautiful dark amber color with a lovely head. The smell is sweetly complex, with overtones of clove. But the flavor is what makes this one so great. It's a richly complex beer, smooth but not overwhelming. One of the best I've had in quite some time.

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A darker shade of amber, close to copper, but not quite that dark. Clear. Forms a small fizzy white head that fizzes away within a minute. No lacing.

S: The mild aroma of sweet malt, a touch of caramel, and a restrained bit of grassy hops.

T: Very clean tasting. Sweet, yet light, caramel malts and a some lighter bready notes. A touch of toast. Then a light blend of earthy and grassy hops.

M: Medium body and malty with lower carbonation gives this one a slick mouthfeel. Mild bitterness.

O: A very clean, easy drinking version of the style. Many of the typical Oktoberfest beers tend to be far to malty for my likings, but this one is fairly nice.

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

Pours a copper red with a finger of head.

Smells grassy and malty. Almost some mineral, like an alt or something

Taste is bready, sweet. Kind of grassy. A good fall beer.

Mouthfeel is medium, carbonated well and easy drinking, but with enough fullness to make you feel like you're drinking a real beer.

Overall I really like this beer. Very drinkable, very tasty. It has just enough of everything and keeps with the style, won't bore but doesn't step out the bounds. I really like it and will continue to be excited for it every fall.

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Photo of thebigredone
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yikes, after trying to force myself to enjoy this beer for the second straight year, I figured I'd finally write a full review.

Poured into my New Glarus pilsner glass. Looks nice, but a little lighter than I prefer colorwise for an Oktoberfest.

Smell is okay, nothing special.

The taste is where this beer really goes wrong for me. To begin with, not enough bready, toasty notes. Then comes the strange sterile metal taste. The finish is unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is fine.

Overall, I really do not like this beer. Strange, considering I really enjoy almost everything else from New Glarus. There are many other Oktoberfest style brews I prefer to Staghorn (including Sam Adams), I don't think I'll be revisiting this in the future.

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