Staghorn Octoberfest
New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #14
Ranked #13,048
3.96 | pDev: 10.61%
May 10, 2022
Sep 16, 2002
Very Good
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Notes: 100% Natural - great Midwestern and European Malts, the world's most expensive hops, fresh yeast from Germany, and clear Wisconsin water make our Staghorn Octoberfest "Wisconsin's Real Red." You will find absolutely no additives, preservatives or artificial agents of any kind in this bier. Staghorn is brewed using the time honored methods to release the smooth flavor of our roasted malts.

This Octoberfest combines a smooth amber body with a clean, crisp finish. Be sure to hold this one up to the light of any harvest moon and enjoy "Wisconsin's Real Red."
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3.88 by alexvhrk from Wisconsin on May 10, 2022
4.37 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Dec 10, 2021
3.92 by TP2MSU from Michigan on Nov 20, 2021
4.18 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Nov 05, 2021
4 by slimntubbs from Pennsylvania on Oct 31, 2021
4 by mpk2020 from Illinois on Oct 13, 2021
4.29 by Jmilton from Michigan on Oct 07, 2021
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3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

From the bottle and from the can - review from notes

Pours up with a nice red-orange color. Smells and tastes restrained, with slight "fall spice" and sweet malts, but mostly, and sadly, is reminiscent of a budweiser type brew.

Sep 21, 2021
4.14 by soarinsteven from Illinois on Sep 19, 2021
4.57 by magikbagel from Wisconsin on Sep 16, 2021
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

12 oz can poured into a nonic

Clear copper liquid capped by a one finger off white foam , quickly recedes, good lacings

Aroma is malts, grassy, grains

Taste is malty, grains, grassy

Tingly mouthfeel

Good beer

Sep 14, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by dwillie733 from Pennsylvania

One the better Octoberfest beers I have had. Good smell and taste and no after taste that some have. Tastes like a combination of a good amber and red. Will definitely buy again.

Sep 05, 2021
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4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by lgkayak13

Have had this beer multiple years in an annual marzen style beers sampler here in Wisconsin. Always comes out in top 10, multoples years as number 1. Now avaible in can as well. Great flavor, malty aroma and perfect pours. Good beer to watch a fall football game with.

Aug 16, 2021
4.19 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin on Jun 29, 2021
3.92 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Feb 14, 2021
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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Evanlwiggins from Wisconsin

Probably my favorite of the "regular" New Glarus offerings and I wish I could buy it year round. And the fact it comes in 12 packs is a major bonus. Toasted malt, biscuit, honey, slight spice, caramel. Everything I love about an Octoberfest.

Jan 23, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by bret27 from California

Can courtesy of _mark_s.

Jan 12, 2021
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3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75
by TedHead from Illinois

Pours a slightly coopery golden with a white head that dissipates after a minute or two. It smells like sweet roasted malts with hints carmel toffee and light roasted coffee. It has a mostly lightly carmel flavor with a hint of bitterness to finish it off. Overall it's not the most flavorful oktoberfest, but this one shines in it's drinkability. I could drink this by the liter all day. Over all very good.

Nov 04, 2020
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3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Bottle reads 'L280'

Pours a clear auburn-copper hue topped with multiple fingers of cascading, rocky, slightly off-white foam; excellent head retention fades slowly to mounds of chunky cap, a substantial, frothy collar, and a dense splotching of webby, soapy lacing caking the walls of the glass.

Aroma brings baked cornbread and assorted bread crusts embellished with deep, floral honey undertones for a brilliant first impression; caramel and red berries take prominence over time, in turn ceding to accents of burnt sugar, green apple peel, and white bread on the back end and through the close.

Taste begins mildly with brown bread crusts, fig, and caramel malts, with a casual yeast presence beneath as the mid-palate welcomes a vague touch of bready spice and a moderate minerality overwhelmingly highlights a quickly fading finish.

Mouthfeel delivers a light-medium body with a moderate-high carbonation, fluffy and rounded as it eases to a crisp and flaky malt texture offering minimal grit, instead thinning progressively past the mid-palate to a semi-wetness on the back end and recovering with a wispy dryness to focus the finish.

What begins as a rounded, harmoniously sweet malt base on the nose steadily devolves to a profile tepid and light, abandoning most any sense of nuanced character for a generic yeast and imbalanced minerality; despite being otherwise carefully composed in every other regard (and undoubtedly drinkable), the apathetic flavor profile is showcased as an unmistakably glaring letdown.

Oct 30, 2020
4.52 by YOBRI from Wisconsin on Oct 24, 2020
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4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by barnzy78 from Illinois

12oz bottle
L: deep copper, crystal clear; foamy ivory head
S: caramel malt, bread crust, spicy hops, faint fruitiness
T: spicy & earthy hops balance out caramel & bready malt
F: very smooth, ample carbonation, excellent balance, dry finish
O: one of the better American brewed Märzens and always worth the trip over the border to Wisconsin in the fall!

*7th place out of 48 in my Ultimate Oktoberfest 2020

Oct 16, 2020
4.29 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Oct 11, 2020
3.98 by MercInc from Wisconsin on Sep 30, 2020
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by cmk550 from Wisconsin

great oktoberfest

Sep 29, 2020
3.94 by craigbelly from Iowa on Sep 26, 2020
3.99 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Sep 20, 2020
4.18 by fflopps from Iowa on Sep 07, 2020
3.75 by Th3Boss from Wisconsin on Sep 05, 2020
3.75 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota on Aug 30, 2020
4.34 by henrikb from Wisconsin on Aug 26, 2020
4.23 by _Adam_ from Maryland on Aug 17, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by HopHippie from Wisconsin

L: Cream colored rocky head, Orange/amber with a red hue.
S: Amber, rye bread, caramel, savory malt.
T: Sweet rye bread, noble hops, bitter and sweet blend very nicely, slight spice. Crisp, definitely better with some savory food.
F: Very crisp, creamy, medium body, leaves a general great feel.
O: A flavorful, simple, american oktoberfest. New glarus released this later in the year than a lot of companies released their oktoberfests. But the wait was well worth it.

Aug 10, 2020
4 by Dope from Massachusetts on Jun 09, 2020
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4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by PSYCLST from Pennsylvania

Pours darker than most Octoberfests, with a subtle red hue. The smell was divine for fans of this style. Clean crisp taste and no lingering aftertaste. I agree with prior reviewers that the blending of flavors and depth of the Staghorn are enhanced by food.

May 07, 2020
3.16 by AndrewBuffalo from Illinois on Feb 20, 2020
4.03 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Jan 26, 2020
3.03 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Jan 17, 2020
4.1 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Dec 07, 2019
4.19 by alexsergio from New York on Nov 16, 2019
Staghorn Octoberfest from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 1179 ratings