Gorch Fock - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 34
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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 by cfrances33:
Photo of cfrances33
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle enjoyed on 8/15/12, poured into a Three Floyds pint glass.

Pour: Completely clear pale yellow orage with a finger of bubbly white head. Recedes to a film. Some lacing.

Smell: Light grassy malt, bread, a little but of skunk.

Taste: Follows the nose with a lot of bready malt, lightest grassy hops, and light skunk. More flavorful than the nose hints. OK.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing, but the taste is so lacking that I don't really want to drink it.

Overall: Ok, won't get again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SpasmWaiter
2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

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

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
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) :-)

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of amidabha
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -17%
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.

Photo of pwoods
2.62/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of mentaltraveller
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of nicnut45
1.55/5  rDev -57.5%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jon's bottle. A very good lager, so unfortunately not the best rating range. Cloudy yellow with a big white bubbly head. Fresh aroma. Very fresh tasting. Some lace lines. This starts with a slight, but cumulative building bitterness, that leaves orange. Munich malts, saaz hops. Niceley carbonated. Points on balance.
Had on tap 1.5 years later and not so great.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into tulip cup

A- Pale straw yellow with good carbination and white head. No lacing
S- Many levels of maltyness
T- Classic pale German Lager taste. Layers of malt... sweet.. little bitter
M- Bit more on the wet than dry side for a lager. Good carbination.

O- Good for the german lager style. Not my go-to style, so I may be under-rating this beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderately dark yellow with a nice white head. Smell is doughy, sweet malt with traces of hops. Fairly simple but well executed. Taste is quite as clean. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation and nice body. Good drinkability but not my favorte Three Floyds beer.

Photo of RickS95
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright and milky gold, similar to a hefe, only it's not cloudy, just white-ish. Mostly opaque. The head is bright white, a finger thick at best, and peppers out quickly.

Smells like a spring day. Flowery, honey, somewhat biscuity. No real smell of American hops, just the savory Noble variety.

It's all lighter malts and Noble hops. You can taste that it was the German answer to Czech pilsners as it's sort of got that pilsner taste, but with a heavy dose of savory hops. Has an Earthy flavor.

Complete lack of sweetness, the malt is just a platform for the hops, but it's not overly bitter. The Noble hops provide minimal bittering qualities, instead giving the beer a savory feel and a crisp finish. Slight citrus feel mid-sip. Refreshing.

German lagers aren't my thing but I've learned to appreciate the use of Noble hops. Overall, it's an easy drinker. It's crisp and refreshing, making it ideal for a warm day. It's also relatively low (by today's standards) in alcohol so you can sit back and enjoy several and not end up in jail.

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorch Fock is a nice looking gold color. It’s clear and looks like more of a straw color with backlighting. It’s topped off white a soft white head. It rises to just under a finger in height and is quick to fall back to a surface covering. Didn’t hold very long there either. Lacing was a little stickier than expected.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a little weak, but isn’t bad at all. It’s very consistent with the style. Hops are perhaps a little more pronounced. They’re definitely Noble and have a strong grassy scent. It’s a little sweet and malty smelling. Grainy notes are prominent throughout. Alcohol isn’t noticeable at all. No surprising given the abv. It smells pretty good. Just a little more strength would go a long way.

The flavor definitely delivers. The malt base seems mostly pale. It’s a little sweet and very grainy. Hops waste little time jumping into the mix and have a very strong grassy flavor. Definitely some Noble variety. They have a slight spicy edge to them and work very well with the malt base. Alcohol is buried. I’m not getting any at all here. Finishes nice and crisp with a grassy hop flavor. Maybe a little on the dry side, too. Good stuff. I like it.

Gorch Fock has a lighter body. Carbonation is nice and crisp. It’s not exactly smooth, but it has a really nice bit and is refreshing. Very easy to drink too. Given its size, this stuff goes down way too easy. I wish I had another bottle.

Gorch Fock is a somewhat unusual release from Three Floyds. It actually is…pretty normal. It’s very consistent with the style and doesn’t have anything out of the ordinary going on at all. Nevertheless, it’s very good stuff. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of VDukes
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz bottle my wife purchased for me while in Indianapolis.

Poured golden with a light head that dispersed quickly (very little lacing).

Smell was of grass and honey. Taste was sweet with bready malt. Very light hops.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Definitely drinkable.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear golden yellow with light thin head. bit of retention.

lots of bread and malt, with a hint of zest and yeast. slightly floral.

very malty, light and easy though. some biscuit and cracker. light crisp floral hop.

light and clean, a bit heavy on the carbonation.

very easy drinking, great light complexity. very easy drinking.

Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber via trade thanks to dug, who is an awesome trader BTW.

A - Brilliant slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Sweet with malt, grain, and grassy hops.

T - Sweet pale malt, grain, honey, lemon, floral and grassy hops. For a rather uninteresting style, this is pretty damn good.

M - Palate light and refreshing with medium carbonation and a long finish for a helles.

D - Very drinkable. Great for the style and pretty solid overall.

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Kentucky...

Pours a slightly hazed honey color with 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Surreal head retention & nice lacing

S: Hay & bready notes, some perfumy notes once warm

T: Follows the nose, crackery & soapy notes as well up front. Dryness, soapy & lemon hops as this warms, bready sweetness as well. Finishes crisp with a slight white grape sweetness & much breadyness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation. grainyness as well. Good balance

A good helles, not world class by any means

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with 2 foamy fingers of eggshell-white head. Retains with a thin filmy look, that leaves a very light smattering of lace behind. The aroma is mostly sweet, with some definite buttery biscuit action going on with it. Some floral hops and green smelling citrus character, adds a bit of a hoppy tang to the nose.

The taste is fairly well balanced, with that same malty mix of bread and light caramel (there's even a touch of butter thrown in for good measure) being evened by a sharp tingle of spicy bitterness that runs right up the middle of this. That same green citric feel from the aroma adds some tang to the sweetness. Hops carry into the finish, with more spicy dryness that hangs in there along with a splash of leftover malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp, yet smooth, feel the carbonation that gives this a nice firm presence in the mouth.

Well done version of a Helles, with a crisp yet easy feel and enough spicy hops to help balance a lot of that big sweetness. Nothing really abnormal here (per the usual M.O. of FFF), just a flavorful and nice drinking Lager.

Photo of beerhan
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another winner from fff. A delicious lager that has a very clean finish. I can really only define this as how a macro lager shoud taste. A malty backbone compliments a hoppy finish. Overall real tASFY beer that ahpuld peobably become a year round brew

Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Pours a dark golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Lightloy cloudy with a white and fluffy two finger head.

Roasted malt, wheat, herbal funkiness. Smells like the Midwest, not too great ;)

Roasted malts with a spicy herbal aspect that seems to linger a bit too long.

Mouthfeel is rather drab and mainly a slight funk malt smoothness with a crisp hop finish.

Overall it is clear that lagers are not a strong point for 3F's. They should stick to what they are good at IPAs, PAs, you get the idea.

Photo of hopsbreath
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber #6 has an un-obscured crown so I can see that this is a Three Floyds beer. The instructions are to pour into a pilsner glass. I'm already thinking Gorch Fock based on that info alone. I didn't own a pilsner glass so I ran over to the Dollar General to pick one up. A made in America 16 ounce glass for a buck. Not too shabby.

This pours clear straw yellow with a big snow white bready head. Big frothy bubbles recede to absolutely zero cap and no lacing is present. I'm convinced at this point that this is indeed Gorch Fock so I'm going to proceed with the rest of my review under that pretense.

Smell is light citrus, herbs, and a little wheaties cereal. It smells surprisingly similar to the bottle of home brew I had this morning.

Taste is lightly tart, banana, sweet grains, herbal, and minimal green hops.
Mouthfeel is thin and scrubbing carbonation. This finishes clean and refreshing.

I cooked up some chicken parmesan for dinner to pair with this expecting Gorch Fock. It paired fantastically! What a spectacular lager.

Torn envelope reveals what I already suspected. Time to cross this one off my wants. This might just be one of the best I've had of the style. Thanks Jamnes.

Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Pale malt dominates the aroma. Sort of a granary floor smell. A little grass/lemon from the hops.

Clean malty flavor. Cereal grains with a slightly musty edge. Seems perfectly balanced with the hops. The hops again adds the grass/lemon touch.

Good body and perfect carbonation. I do not know how a light lager could be done better.

I did not know Three Floyds could brew such a subtle, clean beer. They really showed their craftmenship with this beer.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber off the ware house rack at DLD the liquid is pale yellow with a slight cloudiness and ok carbonation. The head is a good two fingers white and leaves a bit of lace.

The smell is strong and fruity, yeasty bread and a dash of spice.

The taste follows, Say 3F's nailed this one, I would order this if it was von fuss at HB. Generous Malt make this offering a winner, what a treat on such a Schone Tag. Hops are correct for the stlye but to be honest I was expecting a bit of flash there and might have liked it better but anyhow...Truly a very fine and well done a Helles too be sure.

The mouthfeel is good nice body maybe a bit thicker then the norm and the carbonation is good as well might need a more but that all evens out.

The drinkability is just great, Very well done.

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Gorch Fock from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.