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Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 15 5 8 2010
12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Village Dell and Wine

New Glarus's Staghorn Octoberfest fills my pilsner glass with a crystal clear caramel colored liquid. Stream after stream of carbonation bubbles rush to the surface from every point of the glass and big bubbles of carbonation cling to the side of the glass before bursting to the surface. The pour produced two fingers bone white head that receded to a cap quickly leaving spotty lacing on its way down.

Staghorn sports a nice malty nose with a clean lightly toasted graininess and caramel. A faint leafy hoppiness brings up the rear and adds a touch of spice. The caramel in the nose really comes through nicely and when combined with the spiciness of the hops creates a very inviting aroma.

Flavor is much the same as the aroma. A mild spicy hoppiness gets things started before fading slightly to let the clean toastiness and semi-sweet caramel. The spiciness lasts throughout the drink but falls in line behind the malt. Caramel sweetness finishes things off on the swallow.

The body seems to be medium but with the carbonation it feels a little lighter although there is a little stick on the swallow. The spiciness comes through on the back of the tongue while the carbonation gives a little snap upfront.

Staghorn is a highly drinkable O-Fest. This is a beer where putting away a couple liters wouldn't be a problem.

This is another strong beer from New Glarus. The more Staghorn I drink the more I want to drink. This stuff continues to grow on me. This is one of the best of the style I've come across.

Reviewed: 10/4/08

Price: $7.99 Served In: Pint Glass