Staghorn Octoberfest
New Glarus Brewing Company

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German Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #10
Ranked #8,105
3.96 | pDev: 10.61%
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Very Good
Staghorn OctoberfestStaghorn Octoberfest
Reviews: 351 | Ratings: 1,137
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Like an orange gummy bear, this one pours mostly opaque, and then holds a solid 2 finger head.

Roast malt, raked leaves, with hints of torched apples.

Flavors of hard water, amber/toast malts, minerals, dusty corn, and then a finish of marshmallow and toasted grains. A little off-putting.

Feel is crisp and mineral-y. Semi-dry finish.

Overall, it's decent, just not phenomenal. I picked up another six pack in 2017 but it turns out it was last year's batch. what the.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

For the good reviews, and a love for most everything I've tried from New Glarus, I feel they fell short on the Oktoberfest here. It really was void in aroma and the taste also was somewhat void of all the usually qualities you look for in a Marzen/Oktoberfest. Was quite bitter and lingering bitter as well. Its still drinkable but way down on my list for the style.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2016-10-06 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz bottle

A - Clear copper gold with a 1-finger white head and mild lace. The color is beautiful.

S - Graham cracker, honey, floral. Pleasant but not very strong.

T - French bread glazed with honey and caramel. Earthy spice and light pear. Just enough mild bitterness for balance. It's really tasty.

M - Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Very smooth and substantial. Clings but not sweetly.

O - I really enjoyed this brew. The flavor and mouthfeel really appealed to me.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ok. Let's run with an autum attitude. Rustic rusted autumn landscape during a sunset in color. Well, you drink these types of brew for years during autum and just smelling this brings good times. Roasted barley, malts and mild hop standout. A tad nutty with pilsnerish yeast taste. Some sourness on the back end. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Residual sugars help linger the brown nutty flavor. I really never mention beer labels but this fits the mood. Speaking of labels, New Glarus's guarantee is on the label. I'd like to high lite a few. 100% natural...the worlds most expensive hops...and here's what I go gaga over, it is Krausened. Nuff said.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear copper body, coarse, soapy white head that fades to nothing and leaves no lace- disappointing. Smells like a forest, with rotting leaves and wood and dirt, which gives way to hard bread and raw grain/yeast. Interesting and unique, not quite appetizing. Fortunately, the flavor improves to more traditional, if standard, components: grain, bread crust, biscuit, some bitter herbal hops on the finish. Dry. Feel is medium weight, yet highly drinkable, with mild carbonation, bordering on flat.
I never found this style very interesting, but this one was, in a way. The smell was like walking through a forest with a brewery in the middle of it, with all the raw ingredients and odd half-finished aromas greeting the nose alongside earth and bark and leaves, Interesting, but not attractive, Besides that and the brilliant clarity, this was a standard, acceptable brew.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cool artwork, marzen colored beer, off white head above 1/2". Aroma had a hint of that nutty sweet caramel malt feels.

Taste is smooth, yet the alcohol is pronounced and noticeable above what is a from a color perspective, thinner body than you would think. Carbonation on point. If you like smooth beers without a lot of hops this is for you. It is probably a little bit stronger than your average beer in this style.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It is interesting that for this style that American brewers hold 7 of the 8 top scores. (The top one is Bavarian.) But when we typically look to styles that American innovation seems to excel, we usually think of the British ales. But now, that innovation clearly has spread to lagers in the Marzen style.

Staghorn has the 8th highest rating. It always has been a very good beer to me. But when it is the first Oktoberfest of the autumn (as it has been for me during the last two years), it is fair to consider it a great beer... particularly as it warms.
If you can find Staghorn (New Glarus only distributes in Wisconsin), buy it.

The 2016 batch seems the same, so need to change the taste ratings. But the label indicates that New Glarus is now employee-owned. And for that, I bump the Overall by .5 Good deal for all ! Bravo !

In the annual ritual, I bought another sixer. Gave two to friends telling them this is my favorite American O-fest. I Had the rest in a variety of circumstances and with different foods. It was all good, again showing the greatness of this beer and the wisdom of going north of the border to get it.

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Photo of FBarber
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear crisp bronze color. Incredible head retention. Smell is malty but subdued. Taste is malty with some spicy hops on the finish. Not sweet at all. Very nice example of the style. Feel is light and crisp. Mild carbonation. Overall a very nice America brewed Oktoberfest.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 1/20/16

A: Burnt orange to caramel in color, a light amber - crystal clear - medium size, white head, fades to wisps, maintains a small cap but leaves above-average lacing

S: Malty, minus any excess sweetness - caramel malts and grains, lightly toasty - straight-up caramel, except the caramel sweetness is turned down to 0 - hint of floral hops - toasted bread and crackers, toffee

T: Super clean, stupidly drinkable - really nice malt profile - toasted bread and toasted crackers - biscuits and toffee - caramel and touches of amber malts - caramel flavor, except it's extremely dry, lightly sweet overall - floral hops - touches of grass and lager yeast - finishes bready with just a touch of caramel, clean

M: Medium body, smooth body with a clean, crisp finish, nicely carbonated, superbly drinkable

O: Don't mess with the stag, you'll get the horns

The Märzen / Oktoberfest style is tricky. If it's too sweet and too cooked, I'm not a fan. Staghorn really nails it, with just a touch of sweetness and a nice level of toast. This is an Oktoberfest actually worth drinking by the liter.

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Photo of DerekOfSeward
4.81/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a word: Crisp. This is the crispest beer I've ever had. Everyone kind of makes the same Octoberfest, but this one is amazing. Very deep and satisfying flavor.

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Photo of Strike00
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: pours a light, bright amber color with a head that dissipates quickly.
S: you cane smell the fruit and caramel with the distinct Marzen malt smell
T: That oktoberfest flavor but a brighter, more fruity flavor then a lot of other one ones. Sweet and tasted of caramel and malt. Not much bitterness on the end.
F: medium bodied with not too much carbonation.

O: very solid Oktoberfest. I find myself wanting a bit more bitterness on the end, but very delicious.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Twelve oz picked up in variety pack. Bottled on 233 day of the year. Poured into pint glass. Light amber with decent one inch head that fades slowly leaving coats of lace. Smell is sweet almost grape green apple with baked bread. Taste follows with a creamy finish. Great easy drinking beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Stevem68
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber color. Has aroma of caramel malts. Flavor is smooth and mellow. You get the malts and touch of sweetness. Overall a nice Oktoberfest style beer with a nice flavor.

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - pours orange amber with no head
S - fruity, malty, caramel, toffe
T - same as smell
F - smooth easy to drink. Mild coat. Low carbonation
O - one of my favorite marzens I've had. Delicious

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Photo of MaximalC
3.72/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent copper color with a moderate head of cream-colored foam with solid retention. Mild aroma smells of toffee, caramel, nuts, and grassy hops.

The taste is very clean and bright, featuring biscuity malt, grain husk, hints of caramel, and mellow, grassy hops. Warming reveals a touch of tartness toward the middle. The overall effect is very cohesive, as the flavors meld beautifully. Medium-light body and soft carbonation lend a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, this is probably the most drinkable Oktoberfest I’ve had. It’s light, clean, smooth, and completely devoid of any impurities or off flavors. I’m not a huge Oktoberfest fan, and I usually prefer mine on the bolder side, however there’s no denying that this is a quality session beer.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lively small bubbles rising to the head. Clear amber color.

Smells of fall spices and malt.

Quite subtle taste, with a great light feel. Very much the traditional German convention. The maltiness from the smell remains present in the taste, with notes of caramel and herbs. This is certainly not a beer which will blow people away, but it all comes together very nicely.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap, poured into a New Glarus lager glass. It's a beautifully clear copper with a pure white head and spotty lacing. Looks like plenty of carbonation.
Smells like autumn. Whole wheat bread with bits of spice and caramel.
Really tasty with the delicious bready malts up front and hints of spice and a crisp bitter finish. Balance.
Mouthfeel is nice. Medium and zippy.
Flat out tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a single into a nonic (and tasted side-by-side with a Spaten Ofest)
a: pours a beautiful bright reddish copper/mahogany with a 2 finger off white head that subsides into a little crown and leaves a minimal amount of lacing
s: whole wheat crackers, a little caramel sweetness but not too much, faint sweet earthy spiciness...the nose is a little faint but what you get is just right
t & m: everything harmonizes beautifully. Light bready malts, very faint caramel, wonderful earthy flavors...I don't get much in the way of fruity esters...though after it sits awhile, I start to get a little more fruit and even some sweetish pumpkin). I don't get a lot in the way of noble hops, though there is a little and the malts are definitely balanced out...very smooth throughout, with a medium and very satisfying body... maybe on the high side for isn't quite as crisp on the end as is ideal for me, but it does dry out nicely. all in all, this is just really well made and a pleasure to drink.

As compared with the Spaten, it is less grainy and bready, but brighter...and it just sings a little more. Not like it is in doubt, but NG is legit.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: A great looking copper/amber color with a thin white head.

Smell: Faint smells of cinnamon, malt, bread, and I even got some faint cherry from this one.

Taste: Balanced as all New Glarus beers. Spicy and sweet at the same time. The cinnamon, malt, and bread come out with a small amount of fruit on the back-end.

Feel: A little thin and crisp. No alcohol was really present. Good but not great.

Overall: My favorite Ocktoberfest beer. Really tastes like a marzen should.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a nonic glass.

Great appearance with frothy head and copper color. Smell and flavor show a good balance of caramel sweetness and light grassy, earthy hops. The beer drinks easy but has a rich and thick mouthfeel.

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Photo of bluehende
3.52/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nicely made Octoberfest that is a bit sweet for me. Not much if any hop presence as there should not be. Poured a nice copper with nice head and some lacing. Not great but good.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a wonderful, opaque, reddish-orange with a two finger, white bubbly head that has good carbonation. Very nice sweet malt smell. A wonderful breads backed malt combination. There is a small hint of hop, but does not take away from the Carmel, malt taste I love from a good octofest. A crisp clean finish with a nice appearance of the hop in the finish. A wonderful American of the best.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.87/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a nonic pint at ~40 degrees F.

A: Pours a crystal-clear orange-gold, much like a burnished copper. Forms a decent finger head of foam that seems just off-white with a hint of orange, and dissipates fairly quickly. Carbonation is visible as fairly large bubbles clinging to the bottom of the glass, occasionally shooting for the surface.

S: The aroma reminds me of a caramel biscuit with crumbled cracker topping. Some faint notes of spice and earth roll about in the scent as well.

T: The first sip opens almost exactly as the nose suggests, a blend of crackery and biscuity malt with some light caramel drizzle across the top. That is swiftly joined by a heavy dose of earthy, spicy hop presence, covering the malt presence with a thick layer of freshly turned soil from a field used to grow a mix of white, green, and black peppercorns. Said hop presence maintains all the way through the finish, where the malt returns to a little more prominence as a peppered biscuit, and into the aftertaste, where it lingers overlong.

M: This is a smooth, medium-carbonated, fairly thin-bodied beer. If it weren't for the hop presence, I could probably crush them down quickly.

O: While I love a good märzen, particularly the Ayinger (ironic given where Dan Carey spent a few months apprenticing), I primarily love them for showcasing malt with minimal hop presence. This beer stands that relationship on its head for me, and comes very close to triggering my supertaster reaction to hop-forward beer. While I can still drink it, and even enjoy some aspects of it, it is pretty far from my favorite märzen. If you're following any of my reviews because you're also a supertaster, you may want to give this one a miss.

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Photo of CraigP83
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Slightly tannic color, clear. Malty smelling, sweet, desert breads. Taste is slight caramel fading to hints of ash or subtle smokiness. Full mouthfeel. Sticky sweetness.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Medium amber color. Balanced malt smell. Taste is bready and yeasty, with a bit of fruity sweetness. Light hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Clean finish.

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