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Gorch Fock - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 513
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 33
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 04-04-2005)
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Reviews by dnichols:
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

I poured a capped bomber into a large Spaten mug.

A: It poured a slightly hazy straw yellow body with a large volume of carbonation, and a sticky moderate one finger head. The head sank slowly leaving a moderate thin but even curtain of lacing.

S: It had a distinct malty aroma profile complemented by hints of citrus and white spices.

T: It began with a creamy, semi-sweet toasted malt flavor that had hints of lemons and tangerines. On the back side the floral and bitter hops gave it a touch of kick that reminded me of white pepper and cloves. T

M: It was light to medium bodied with a creamy, smooth front and a bitter and spicy back. It had plenty of carbonation and finished relatively clean with little aftertaste.

D: It is a tasty brew that is easy on the tongue and light on the ABV. It would make for a great session beer.

11-12-2008 15:29:49 | More by dnichols
More User Reviews:
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4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

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) :-)

05-03-2005 03:03:18 | More by orbitalr0x
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

08-09-2014 06:16:23 | More by chip26
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

08-06-2014 04:02:43 | More by 77apm
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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

10-05-2007 15:10:01 | More by merlin48
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4.28/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

10-31-2011 20:57:54 | More by amidabha
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1/5  rDev -72.7%

09-08-2012 14:16:39 | More by Gvice13
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

12-16-2011 00:20:34 | More by tyleeis
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-08-2012 23:22:25 | More by BillMueller
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

12-29-2011 03:20:51 | More by MyTBeerDrinker
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3.03/5  rDev -17.2%

(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.

09-12-2007 03:13:04 | More by rhoadsrage
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2.63/5  rDev -28.1%

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.

11-21-2008 22:45:45 | More by pwoods
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-30-2014 18:39:43 | More by Iparedman
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3.43/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

08-10-2011 07:40:15 | More by mentaltraveller
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-20-2012 13:26:29 | More by imbuckeye
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

10-04-2013 01:38:55 | More by Ross79
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1.53/5  rDev -58.2%

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.

12-12-2010 20:40:29 | More by nicnut45
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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

11-11-2012 22:54:53 | More by Deetz
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

10-01-2008 22:21:06 | More by Metalmonk
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

02-23-2010 01:27:48 | More by Sammy
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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

07-01-2014 23:50:45 | More by PBRmeasap1980
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.3%

08-21-2013 23:28:57 | More by tdm168
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3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

08-11-2012 19:01:41 | More by WoodBrew
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

10-25-2012 04:00:03 | More by norinco
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

01-05-2013 04:09:47 | More by RickS95
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