Staghorn Octoberfest
New Glarus Brewing Company

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #9
Ranked #9,616
3.97 | pDev: 10.58%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Staghorn OctoberfestStaghorn Octoberfest
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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Evanlwiggins from Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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TedHead from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

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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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.57/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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HopHippie from Wisconsin

4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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PSYCLST from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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kevanb from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, undated, poured into a 16oz tumbler glass.

The beer pours a deep amber color, nice clarity and a foamy off white head that rises about two fingers and has good retention and excellent lacing. The aroma is great, amber and caramel malts, brown bread and a light spice, soft earthy noble hops. The flavors are great, crisp and green noble hop, nice and earthy without being too bitter or overpowering and supported by a beautiful bready backbone, sweeter and crusty with a little bit of spice and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is great, coating and creamy with a little crisp zip on a medium body that finishes easily.

Verdict: A great Märzen from New Glarus. Super balanced, approachable and very refreshing. A nice heartiness that makes it great for fall.

Oct 27, 2019
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Date stamp of A050 16:54.

Appearance: Clear/bright amber with lots of carbonation coming up through the glass. Thin white head with plenty of fine persistent lacing. Good looking beer.

Smell: Very little aroma - a tiny bit of some noble hops and malt, but it's very faint.

Taste: Good toasted malt nicely accented with a noble hop finish. Hits the style quite well - not overly bitter, not overly sweet - very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, crisp, dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: Other than a strange lack of smell, this is a good oktoberfest beer. I'd definitely want to pair this with some food. Good by itself, but really begs to be paired with food.

Oct 18, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This 120z. bottle of Staghorn pours a dark hazy amber orange color. The glass started with a finger of off white foam that slowly settled to about an eighth inch, leaving behind some nice lacing on the glass. The carbonation I would say is medium.
The aroma is the typical malt, fresh bread, biscuit smell.
This beer is very smooth, with the bread notes for starters, followed by the sweetness, with just a hint of the spice on the finish to take care or tame the sweetness.
I would call this a creamy feel, with a slightly dry finish.
This beer tastes too good, so smooth, and at 6.25 ABV could get you in trouble if you don't pace yourself!. Another excellent New Glarus product!

Oct 09, 2019
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Octoberfest beer poured from a bottle into a stein. A rough pour produces a clear, light amber glass with about 2 fingers of head with good retention. On the nose I get toasted malt, fresh bread, and a slight hint of pepper.

Medium body with a firm feel and a rich, malty flavor. Fresh bread with a little toffee up front, then a slightly dry hoppy kiss which brings some white pepper and tea leaves. Finishes slightly dry. Very refreshing and quaffable. Would go very well with sausages, a burger, or pizza.

Outstanding domestic Octoberfest. Most domestic beers of this style tend to have a lemony finish, which I feel is very unauthentic. This one does not. Perhaps the best domestic Octoberfest I have had (I'd have to compare side-by-side with Great Lakes Octoberfest to know for sure). Highly recommended if you enjoy this style.

Nov 10, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Joe for this one.

Right out of the can, it's obvious that this is special. It cascades into what becomes a gorgeous glowing body of amber, with a proudly displayed off white foam resting on top. The clarity is brilliant, the foam coarse then smooth once settled. A thin blanket remains shimmering, along with a ring around the perimeter with spots nestled here and there. Just about exactly what I want an Octoberfest beer to look like. (4.5)

The aroma is again what I'd hoped for. Simple yet masterful. Bready with only touches of spice and caramel. A few peels of apple skin and that wonderfully clean and unmistakable German lager yeast. (4.0)

Typically, the aroma can tell you what to expect in the flavor. This does just that, but on a magnified level. The initial breadiness is toasty and sweet. Golden raisins take on more of what I thought would be caramel, but not before being tossed in a bowl of cinnamon, to be just lightly dusted. Not a spicy finish as I was expecting, but very much so on a level of a field of dried wildflowers. (4.25)

The barely over light body, soft carbonation, and smooth balance make this dangerously drinkable. Just a tad on the sweet side, but the dry finish and mild floral contributions allow for it to mostly go unnoticed. (4.0)

This is a real pleasure to drink. I'd gladly take this in 12 packs all season long. I'd have to considering how quickly this one is going down. Every element you'd like to have in a classic Octoberfest is well represented here. (4.25)

Thanks again, Joe. Prost!

Oct 07, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thisbeer pours a clear, pretty amber with an average head. The aroma is fairly sweet, with notes of caramel and red apple, and a touch of spicy hops. The flavor is rich and sweet, again with a fair amount of caramel and red apple qualities, but then a slightly drying finish. The mouthfeel is fairly full with pillowy carbonation. Overall a flavorful is simple and rich take on the oktoberfest style.

Sep 30, 2018
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leantom from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, it tastes pretty good. Nothing out of this world, but a very crispy and refreshing Oktoberfest. Here goes:

A: Body looks wonderful. Clear orange-amber with a decent, slow-to-recede head. Leaves some lacing. Overall, very beautiful and well-filtered.

S: Not much going on. Some sweet caramel and lightly-kilned, sugary malt. Overall, however, the smell is quite muted and somewhat grainy (i.e., cereal grains).

T: Thankfully, there's more flavor than the smell indicates. Caramel malt, sugars, cereal grains, and a touch of baker's yeast. Good. but nothing unforgettable.

F: Very crisp and refreshing.

O: A good beer, but nothing special. Certainly not an out-of-this-world Oktoberfest.

Sep 29, 2018
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badgerbeer1 from Wisconsin

3.24/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Great color and great look. Just not best tasting oktoberfest. Expected a little more from new glarus. Not as rich or as flavorful as their other beers.

Sep 17, 2018
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Bshaw22 from Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good octoberfest beer.
Malty amd bready. Nice kiss of hops on the finish.
Light enough to be refreshing but has a good backbone.
This stands up to any other Fest beer around the world.

Aug 06, 2018
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MorganJ from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a 2017 12-oz bottle into a liter mug. Beautiful golden amber color. Smooth mouth feel with perfect balance of carbonation. Taste is a perfect blend of toasty malt, caramel and biscuit. Not thick or syrupy - just smooth and clean on par with the original German 6 Octoberfest beers, but, for my palate, more overall body and flavor. One of my staple seasonals from New Glarus and something I can drink all year round and pair with so many foods. So delicious and a must try for any fan of the Oktoberfest marzen style.

Apr 03, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a becker glass

This beer pours a brilliant copper color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped with just over an inch of beige head that leaves very little lacing.

The smell is malty with some biscuit and grain.

I get some caramel and toast flavors.

Moderate to thin mouthfeel

There is not a lot to this beer. It is kind of boring and bland even by Octoberfest standards.

Jan 26, 2018
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NilocRellim from Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear vibrant orange colour. Cereal and caramel malt nose, with a touch of spice and bittering hops. Balanced and medium bodied. light malts throughout, a bit of brown sugar, and smooth bitter hops on the finish. Dry afterpalate. Not much to it but a nice easy drnking oktoberfest-style beer.

Dec 18, 2017
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Another October, another shipment of Staghorn from Joe. Thanks, man.
Golden copper body, like Les Paul Sunburst. Clear body with a two finger head from a double can pour that disapears faster than I can pick up the stein, leaving a thin ring, wispy cap and some spotty lacing.
Medicial hops, earthy, grassy hops too, mingle in the aroma with toasted malts and hints of apple and caramel.
Crisp toasted malts in the taste hold up but do not overwelm the balancing hops. Grassy, a touch floral, before the medicinal flavors come out. French caramel, crisp apple throughout. So thoroughly balanced it is difficult to order things, complex without being at all muddled.
The mouth feel is where this bird shines. Crisp, smooth then dry, yet all at once. Medium bodied, active carbonation, dry, clean finish.

Nov 12, 2017
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farrago from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Frothy and close to two finger head of off-white foam, retention is about average and lacing has better stick than expected, sinewy streaks. Deep coppery orange color, closer to brown than red, the bubbles tend to be fat and more scattered than in beads. Crisp, fresh nose of hard caramel candy, milk chocolate powder, challah bread and glazed nuts, never too sweet and a few grassy notes stiffen it well, murmur of apple and apricot fruit scents. Medium-bodied, good firmness and here too freshness trumps sweetness. Mineral water, orange zest, white pepper and unprocessed grains stand up to the caramel, honey and graham cracker to pie crust components. Carbonation pulsates well and favors the drier parts. Not particularly fruity, same white pit fruit, apple to pear as found in the nose. No real hoppiness here yet never seems to slouch. Not a lot of stuffing to it and one has to assume that was the point, a traditional and “sessionable” take on the style. As such, have to consider this a food beer and not a heavy sipper on its own. Can see some loving it, some not so much.

Nov 07, 2017
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 12 ounce bottle into dimpled mug, best before 1/9/2017. Pours slighjtly hazy orange/light copper color with a 1 finger dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of bread dough, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/caramel/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big bread dough, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/caramel/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Minimal herbal, grassy, spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of bread dough, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness/caramel/pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Minimal dryness. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.25%. Overall this is a delicious Oktoberfest style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Nothing but rich and clean Pils/Munich malt flavors, with just enough hops to balance the sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

Nov 04, 2017
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zonker17 from Texas

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour to shaker, clear light copper color, slightly off-white dense head, good retention and some lacing. Mainly malt nose that is not too heavy. Biscuit malt balanced with light hop profile. Crisp feel and average carbonation.

Nov 01, 2017
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great looking beer, pouring a clear copper, with minimal head but definite lacing. Nose is slightly soapy, with bread and minerality. Taste is superb, dark bread and a touch of caramel. Feel is clean. Very nice.

Oct 18, 2017
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Savan from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

POURS A BEAUTIFUL hue of gold-amber, and smells of sweet clover, Taste is malt forward and balanced with a soft mouth feel and a overall refreshing finish LOVED IT!

Oct 17, 2017
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beerguy04 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an amber color with a white head. Has a sweet malty smell. Taste is very sweet, due to very strong carmel presence. Very malty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall sweeter than most Oktoberfests, and I like it for that.

Oct 11, 2017
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