Monday, November 21, 2011

Beer Review: Staghorn Octoberfest

Reviewing a Staghorn Octoberfest by New Glarus Brewing Company.
Score: 73

Drinking a quarter of this beer (2011 vintage) out of a very large tasting glass from Goose Island. I only bought this beer to cook brats in, but decided to siphon off some for tryin'. Full disclosure, I tend to dislike lagers, and have not found a marzen that I like that was not made by Paulaner. On to the review.

Appearance: a light translucent amber color, more yellow with a hint of brown than red. The beer has no head other than the fizzy carbonation. 3/5

Smell: Has a sweet corn and bread smell that reminds me of miller lite. Vague spices also seem to float around in the aroma too. 2/5

Taste: A diluted malt-and-spice flavor that has way too much "corn" and "grain" taste. There is a very faint finish. 2/5

Mouthfeel: A low bodied, watery beer with fizzy carbonation. Very clean, crisp and refreshing. 3/5

Overall: This beer is very drinkable, but it's hard to distinguish this as anything other than a slightly spicer, more expensive Miller Lite. Again, I do not like the style, so take my opinion with a grain of salt, but even for a Marzen this one fell flat for me.

Recommendation: If you are looking for a seasonal beer to have several of during a tailgate, this one certainly serves its purpose. The flavors are pretty low-key and quick, however, given the beer's fizzy crispness. For all my flavor criticisms, however, this beer makes a great brat marinade!

Pairings: Bratwurst and hot dogs.

Cost: $9.99 for a six pack.

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