Gorch Fock - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 592
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 23.53%
Wants: 36
Gots: 66 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cretemixer on 04-04-2005

A light golden colored Franconian style Helles Lager. With a slightly sweet malt body, a noble hop profile and a crisp finish this beer is as traditional as we’ll ever get.
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Reviews: 185 | Hads: 592
Reviews by HoboAGoGo:
Photo of HoboAGoGo
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow, with a nice white head on top. Smell was of faint floral, spice and a little yeast. Taste was crisp, dry and of spicy hop. Very drinkable, I had no problem sitting back with this one while waiting for food, it was rather "light" compared to most of the other offerings by 3 Floyds, and for that I enjoyed it, sessionable I'd say.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SpasmWaiter
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Tastes of over sparging and shitty water. Instant drain pour.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap during the fabled Dark Lord release last weekend. I was excited to try my first 3 Floyd's lager. Arrives in my glass a crisp golden color with a small white head on top. Upon first sniff I get aromas of roasty pale malts and a spicy, herbal hoppiness. The hops lead the way and are an interesting depature from the normal huge citric hops.

First sip brings a clean maltiness along with a hefty dose of hops. Spicy, floral and just quite yummy. There are plenty of malts to give this lager a nice body with a bit of chewiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Easy drinking and quite refreshing. A good change of pace from all the huge beers I was sampling earlier in the day. I look forward to some more interesting brews from the ever expanding Floyds. (Plus it's hard to resist telling your buddies to Gorch Fock off) :-)

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Photo of chip26
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of 77apm
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of kaiyote
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a pilsner, smells like a pilsner, feels like a pilsner. The only thing that breaks this away from a pilsner is the flavor. While it has some of the same hop spiciness of a pilsner, it's got a little more to it, in my opinion. It has a nice herbal spiciness going on, with a subtle malt backbone. I rather enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a chill hazed pale yellow body with a small and fleeting white head. Only a few flecks of lace are left on the glass. By far, the palest looking TF brew I've ever laid eyes on.

Simple aroma of grainy pale malts and floral and lemony hops.

Mouthfeel is light to light medium in body with a crisp carbonation.

Taste features grainy and crackery pale malts with a floral and spicy hop bitterness that softly kisses the palate with a finishing hint of lemon. Tastes more like a freshly brewed German kolsch than a helles.

What a change of pace for Three Floyds here. I really like this one, but as other reviewers point out it's a bit pricy. Very accessible and highly sessionable if the price wasn't so steep.

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Photo of amidabha
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the frosty head went away fairly quickly and left little lacing.

as someone who is not a fan of lagers in general this is what i expect when from one when i drink them. it is a clear, light golden brew with the perfect amount of carbonation for a zesty bite.

it smells like it tastes, crisp but not light or wimpy and just the perfect mouthfeel to encourage mass amounts of drinking which i did the first night we tapped it.

if i could buy this in six-packs i would keep more of this in the house during the summer.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big malty bread aromas rise up from a hazy straw liquid topped by a thin white foam collar. Malty flavors dominate with traces of caramelly kettle sugars but receive ample support from a spicy, bitter hop accent. Its medium body and carbonation and very refreshing and drinkable. If they ever decide to distribute to Minnesota, my friends and I will buy a ton of this.

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Photo of Gvice13
1/5  rDev -73.3%

Photo of tyleeis
5/5  rDev +33.7%

Photo of BillMueller
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of MyTBeerDrinker
2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear bright straw yellow body with a dense carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a thick film of snow-white head that last for a good bit and sticks to the glass for a few sips.

S- The smell of pale malt and lemon dish soap is interesting and not offensive. There is a nice green bitter hops smell in the finish but it is pretty soft.

T- This beer has a soft pale malt flavor with a light lemon tartness and a hint of biscuit malt comes in as it warms. There is a nice green hop note in the finish that increases as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight creamy texture in the finish.

D- This beer has a nice smooth flavor and with a slightly stronger taste of hops than malt. The flavor and aroma are both very light and there isn’t much depth to either of them and I don’t get that fresh malt and hops flavor that I like to see in lagers.

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Photo of pwoods
2.62/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with beachbum1975.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a pint.

A: Light yellow pour. No head or lacing.

S: A bit of oats. Oats? Grainy, a touch of sweetness. No hops. FFF?

T/M: It's a light beer. Or is that lite? There might be a touch of hops in there... lightly floral. Grainy and lightly sweet. I still think of oats. Light body is lowered carbonation.

D: It's light but not good enough to want to drink.

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Photo of Iparedman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mentaltraveller
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light straw color with a loose head. It smells grassy and clean. The taste is pleasant and refreshing and the mouthfeel accentuates these qualities. The finish is fast and clean. This beer is an easy drinker. Not one of my top lagers, but it is not bad.

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Photo of imbuckeye
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Ross79
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of nicnut45
1.55/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A- Straw colored, nice fine pure white head.

S- Fruity smelling, is this a lager? Banana, estery, tones throughout. Hot fermentation maybe?

T- Is this supposed to be some weird type of belgian? Estery fruity flavors. Sulfur is evident. Not what I am expecting from a beer labeled as a helles. This tastes like bad homebrew.

M.F.- Dryed out. Clears the palate quickly. Im sorry but the flavors take anything positive away from this beer.

D- I poured the rest of this down the drain. For $9.99 a bottle I would expect something way better.

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Photo of Deetz
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of zachpaschal
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at the brewery on a fantastic day of great beer, great food and great company. I already have expectations about this, as Three Floyds never does anything in the normal way (befitting of their "it's not normal" slogan); I'm assuming that includes even a low-ABV German-style lager. [Opening to the tune of "anticipation, an-ti-ci-pay-yay-tion"...]

Appearance is your run-of-the-mill golden-yellow with a thin head that sinks to a skim quickly. Nice haze in the body, with thin dots and strings of lace here and there.

Honey, straw, white grape (champagne), yellow cake batter, and something like "skunk"-- but not as in bad skunked beer.

What the malt does in this beer is wonderful, definitely the most appealing aspect of the flavor. It's like cookie dough, sweet and bready, also resembling cake batter as in the aroma. Lemon-drop candies, young green apple and a touch of honey also. Hops are crisp and fairly sharp, well-balanced with the malt side, while the dry finish provides a sizzling burn. Texture is very nearly soda-like, thanks to the sharpness of the bubbles, but its buttery slickness balances things out, and reminds you you're dealing with a quality lager.

Okay, so it's not as left-of-center, style-wise, as something like Gumballhead. And not your typical Three Floyds offering in any way. It's not overloaded with hops and/or alcohol, but very much like most other Three Floyds stuff in that it's a quality product, expertly conceived and lovingly crafted. The name and label, as with all 3F stuff, is just awesome icing on a tasty cake.

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Photo of cwehr13
4/5  rDev +7%

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