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Gorch Fock | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by cretemixer on 04-04-2005

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle. Light golden body. Clear. Smells bready and of light German hops. A little bit of fruitiness. Tastes equally bready. A little bit of fruity sweetness. Low hop bitterness. Could use a little more bite. Clean finish. Light body. Not a bad take, but I'm looking for something a bit more flavorful.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE: Botted 07/01/15. Brown glass. Iconic neapolitan lime-green and pink branded crown cap. Loud obnoxious label art & design.1 pint 6 fl oz...an odd format for a helles lager. Acquired at a grocery store in South Bend, Indiana.

Expectations are below average given that it's a traditional German style and 3 Floyds brewed it. Served cold into a tulip. Reviewed live as a helles lager.

APPEARANCE: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Head: 2.5cm wide white colour head. Below average frothiness compared to traditional examples of the style. Middling thickness. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is poor - maybe 1 minute at most.

Body: Murky orange with gold and copper hues. Translucent but nontransparent. Not as clean and filtered as the style demands, but at least there's no visible yeast or sediment.

Appears undercarbonated. Overall, it's a lackluster appearance for the style.

AROMA: Unsurprisingly, the aroma suggests overhopping (at least by traditional standards). Plenty of grassy and floral character is present. Helles/Munich malts, a hint of spicy citrus, honey malts.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a helles lager with too much body, sweetness, and hop content. In short, it seems like any other American attempt at a traditional helles lager.

TASTE: Honey malts and Munich/caraMunich malts lend this a fair amount of sweetness, eclipsing the hop profile - which isn't as badly executed as I feared, but still brings too much to the table with its floral and grassy character. Not subtly hopped at all, save for a hint of spicy hop character. Has a clean German yeast profile, but the attenuation is off for some reason...too high, methinks - lending this an element of raw wort-like malt character.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Balance is off, but it's decently built for what it is. As an approximation of a traditional helles lager, it's not bad. Lacks the subtlety, nuance, and care in its execution seen in traditional style paragons.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated, crisp, clean, smooth, wet, unrefreshing. It's overly full-bodied, lacking the light delicate feel of the best beers in the style.

This mouthfeel doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or help bring out the best in the flavour profile by accentuating specific notes, but presence on the palate could be worse (e.g. if it were oily, gushed, hot, or boozy).

OVERALL: Traditional German lagers aren't exactly in 3 Floyds' wheelhouse, but it's nice to see them try. I wish I had company to help me finish this inexplicably large bottle, which is kind of the opposite of what you're going for when you brew a helles lager. This should be so drinkable and light I'd be ready to kill a 6 pack, but instead it's just a mediocre brew with clumsy overhopping and a seeming lack of care for tradition. I wouldn't trifle with it again, but some 3 Floyds devotees will probably defend it. There's nothing here for the discerning drinker.

C- (2.57)

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.56/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one caught me off guard, an extra from my first trade. As someone who still partakes in BMC macro lagers when theres no other options, this was like the best beer that those could ever hope to be. I am not very well versed in the Helles Lager style, but drinking it just felt like drinking something you would find in Germany, like what a Lager was always meant to be. I can't relay how impressed I was with this brew, Three Floyd's should be proud of this one, and it's something I would honestly trade for in the future, I loved everything about it.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL:

The beer was served in a Nonic-style glass, 16oz:
The beer appeared a clear golden color with a thinner than expected white head, but it was well retained throughout the beer.

The beer gave off a very nice, unexpected yeasty aroma, but lacked the normal hoppiness that the brewery usually provides it beer, which in my book, is a good thing. The aroma was full and lent itself well to the overall taste and experience of the beer.

The taste of the beer was really good. Malty without the over-powering hops. The beer was very smooth and extremely easy to drink. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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 mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, bottled on date is smeared away. A new one to me from Three Floyds, this one their Munich Helles Lager. No abv listed on the bottle anywhere.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Traditional golden body. Cloudy with lots of small yeast particulate visible. One finger of frothy bubbly white head. Some okay scattered fluffy lacing. Looks nice.

S - Typical of the style, a grainy / husky / corny aroma. Vague alcohol phenols, and some light florals noticeable.

T - Taste follows the nose: sweet, wheaty, grainy, husky, with some distinct berry-like fruitiness.

M - Smooth & creamy. An easy-drinking, sessionable lager from Three Floyds. Medium-bodied with excellent carb. Dry finish.

Overall, a nice traditional example of the style from Three Floyds. Very enjoyable and sessionable. Might go well in six packs. Recommended.

Three Floyds Gorch Fock -----4/5.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 1, 2015 enjoyed July 30, 2015 in a 22 oz glass.

Look - Light yellow. Stream out of bottle was almost clear. Even with an aggressive pour halfway through it not very much head. White head. Head did replenish itself, was never gone. What can I say, it looks like your dad's beer.

Smell - Yeast. Malt. Barley. Light sweetness. Faint fruit. What can I say, it smells like your dad's beer.

Taste - Light bubblegum but guess what, your dad's beer.

Feel - Little more than normal alcohol burn. Not bitter with hops. Carbonation is there. Light bodied.

Overall - Do you have those friends that drink Coors Light and gag at a stout or IPA and no matter how you tell them that they will come to love craft beer as they did regular beer, they drink Coors Light? Well, have them drink this. It will make them feel special. Good beer (I say this with a Coors Light inflatable over head).

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow body with a thin white cap. Aromas of yeast, light fruitiness, bready malts. German style lager. Light bodied and easy drinking. Pretty good.

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Photo of kaiyote
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
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 spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I do not drink lagers much any more, but I like this one. Great flavor, very drinkable, and at the finish I taste a subtle blackberry flavor, which makes me want another sip. Not a style I expect from 3 Floyds, but they can be proud of this one. I will buy this again.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a bomber, drank from a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale yellow body, with a very frothy but quickly deteriorating head. 4

Smell: Really bright noble hops, strongly flowery. Sweet and malty. 4

Taste: Sweet and malty like a homebrew. Just a little bitter. Not all that interesting, but not bad. 3.5

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Nice and 4.25

Overall: 3.8 Not bad, but nothing extremely special

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden hue, mostly clear but with some particles, highly carbonated, with a moderate white head that reduces quickly.

S - Slightly funky, wheat and grass, malt sweetness.

T - Follows the nose, with crisp grains and fruit in the form of apples and pears, some spiciness, fading off to a subtly bitter end.

M - Crisp, clean, and drinkable, with great bubbly fizz.

O - An illustration of what a traditional brew would look like if done by 3 Floyds. Honestly, this kind of lager is not my go to drink, so while I thought it was well done, I probably would not opt for it again.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a slight haze to the golden color. Slight toasted bread scent. Great German style lager and easy to drink. Slightly low on the carbs. Overall it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pale golden color, clear with foamy white head

S - Smells like a pilsner malt. A fruit ester

T - Light german hop flavor, crisp, and refreshing.

M- Nicely carbonated, crisp

The style is d efinitely not my favorite, but I think this was a nicely done Helles.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pale yellow it is supplemented by a thick white head.

The scent is very bready, albeit a touch weak, with wafer like cracker tones. Not very pronounced there is a malty presence that defines the style.

The taste is right on the scent with strong bread and cracker flavor. Ultra crisp on the tongue it is a fine example of the German style lager that have existed for so long.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with hints of orange. A BIG foamy bright white head.

S: Sour bread. Reminiscent of a pilsner malt. A fruit ester ( Almost like papaya). Spicy clove and cinnamon round this brew out.

T: More sourdough bread! Tart citrus with lemon grass and biscuits. very earthy.

M: Very crisp with alot of carbonation. A Nice clean citrus finish. Very, very refreshing.

O: Maybe because i was in the mood for a lager but i really enjoyed this. Wish it came in 6 packs because the drinkability is ridiculously high on the beer. Very clean and crisp. / 87

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Photo of roger617
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz on tap poured into pint glass

A: 3.5 light golden and clear with 1 finger of head that reduces quickly, leaving very little lacing
S: 3.75 no dominating aromas with this one. Pils backbone with a crisp hop aroma that doesn't hit hard.
T: 3.25 pils is the focus here, with a compliment of the noble hops along side. Very crisp, leaves your pallet fairly dry and ready for more.
M: 3.75 carbed well, fairly smooth, pretty light in texture.
O: 3.5 this is a refreshing beer for a hot day, but not one I would seek out.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Tenuta's, Kenosha, WI
Date: None on bottle, purchased September 2012
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Review from notes made last September.

Gorch Frock is a solid helles lager, malty, bready, clean, and Continental hops used in a balanced way (particularly for Three Floyds). Easily drinkable, would be easy to have a few of these over the course of any evening. Not sure I'd go out of my way to search for, then pay $6 for a 22oz bomber of this, though.

Pours a 1cm tall head of clean white bubbles, small and medium in size, with average retention. Lacing is above average, a mixure of thick lines and dots. The body is a toasted orange color, slightly hazy. Light turns the beer a bright, pale, yellow-orange. Carbonatoin is visible, substantial, rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is sweet, clean, malty, griany, bready with hints of lemongrass, verbena, and a bit flowery. Straightforward, but modestly complex and pleasing.

Tasting opens with light malty sweetness that has elements of bread and grain; some hop-influenced lemongrass and verbena, too. Mid-palate of balanced graininess and sweetness with Continental hop bitterness that is a bit flowery, but also lemongrass-like and slightly grapefruity. Back of palate finds an increase in lemon hop or yeast esters and bitterness, subduing the malt sweetness considerably. Aftertaste is of lingering mild bitterness and malt graininess.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with non-prickly medium-low levels of carbonation. The carbonatoin creates an initially fizzy, then smooth and cremay overall mouthfeel. Finishes dry, with just a little stickiness remaining on the lips.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fluffy bright white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, grass, orange, cracker, bready grain, floral, pepper, and herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance of hop/malt notes. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, orange zest, apple, cracker, bready grain, grass, floral, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, pepper, cracker, bready grain, grass, floral, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with good complexity; very hoppy but still has nice malt balance; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent helles lager! Great flavor balance with good complexity; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of RickS95
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22 oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow, nice white 1/2 head, some lacing.

Smell - Sweet yeasts, malts, spicy hops, spices, apples, oranges, classic german funky malts.

Taste - Sweet german malts, yeasts, and crisp hop profile. Smooth, Great mix of sweet and bitter. Its got a grainy/pale ale flavor to it, no alcohol presence or any tartness.

Mouthfeel - Its light and and smooth on tounge, plenty of pale malts, hops and yeasts coat it. Palate gets more malts and hops, and some spices along with the yeasts and sugars. Aftertaste is dry, light and malty.

Overall - Decent, a rather safe and solid beer, nothing off the wall that FFF is famous for. Its balanced, light, low alcohol and easy to enjoy. Right on par for the style. Worth a drink for the style.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.8.12.

A - Pours a slightly hazy light orange with a fizzy very small white head that is gone instantly.

S - Fruity, citrus orange, lager malts.

T - Similar to the nose, citrus with a classic lager malt profile.

D - Decent carbonation and a light body.

O - Citrusy and fruity, lager not my favorite style. I liked this one.

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Photo of brystmar
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent golden hue supported by flaky white head. Plenty of visible carbonation, as expected. Smells faintly of hops with some sweet malt hiding in the corridors; nothing to write home about.

Light, effervescent body tingles my tongue. Lacks flavor or any remarkable characteristics, to be frank. Tastes like a traditional (read: boring) helles. I expected a more boldly flavored result from FFF's take on the style and was thusly disappointed.

I don't understand why this beer is still brewed when Zombie Dust is vastly superior in every regard and only marginally stronger. Though I suppose if you want a FFF beer that tastes like nothing, Gorch hits the jackpot.

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