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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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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 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 psuKinger
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bomber split with my buddy Matt, who once again brought back new beers from 3 Floyd's and allowed me to try them with him.

Review written from notes taken Thursday (2 days ago). I believe this is their July seasonal, so this bottle is likely 4 months old, but there's no date on the bottle to either confirm that opinion or get an exact age for the purposes of this review.

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass at Matt's house.

A: Pours a remarkably hazy pale orange color. Carbonation is still visible, despite the yeasty "fog". A thick fluffy white head rises magnificently as the beer pours. Good head retention as well. This is a great looking beer.

S: Muted notes of barley sweetness. Not a lot to be found in the nose. Maybe a bit bready and a touch of toffee to be found, too.

T: Notes of toffee, bread, a touch of yeastiness. Rather mild. Hops are conspicuously absent. Perhaps due to age?

The sweetness here reminds me a bit of an Oktoberfest or Marzen. My buddy just told that this is supposed to be a "German Style" lager, so that makes sense.

M: Heavier than I'd expect from a lager. This probably goes hand-in-hand with the cloudiness. It leaves some stickiness behind on the finish.

D/O: Fun to try, but I feel little need to repeat in the future.

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Photo of Marty30
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to kort27 for this bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

A. A straw colored yellow body with a one finger white head that recedes quickly.Leaves back no lacing.Tons of carbonation.

S. Ok some pine and banana and some sweet grapes.Not much to really write about.

T. Well I get a bitter piney taste.Some spicy notes as well as some fruit probably the banana.I dont know if this is an old bottle or what.

M. Mouth is good medium feel maybe a little on the thin side.There was a good bit of carbonation in this.

Overall Like I said before I don't know if this is a old bottle. But It was just ok nothing special.Wasnt terrible but i would not be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle while i was in Chicago for Dark Lord Day. Poured into my mini-stein

A: Pours a straw yellow with a thin white head that recedes quickly. Plenty of carbonation

S: Buttery, light malt sweetness, mild earthy hop character. Definitely more butteriness that i like

T: Buttery, light, crisp, mild noble hop flavor. Not really much going on that i can discern

M: This is one category where this beer does well with a nice light feel and pleasant carbonation

D: Why would i want another? I doubt that this style is as poor as this beer is - I'm going to have to look for another

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Photo of iconoklaztor
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Three Floyd's must be good right? Well...

Poured this brew into my Das Boot mug. The color was okay. Resembled a weak wheat beer. Not much of a head to this beer at all. So what does it smell like? Well, honestly I couldn't find much of a smell. I tried agitating this brew...nothing. The taste was okay as well. It just doesn't due Three Floyds justice. I would say its very refreshing and crisp. That being the reason for my 4 on drinkability.

Overall: Three Floyd's is in my opinion the best brewery in the US and possibly the world. This beer, sadly, let me down. Thank god I have a Dark Lord to get my hopes back up! I would say try it for the experience but don't get your hopes up!

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

From 1960-90 the Gorch Fock was on the 10 Deutsche Mark making it one of the most portrayed ships in the world. Um, ok pours a semi-hazy golden color with a soft white head. Needed a little help but did have some retention, though did not last through the full tasting.

The nose is light overall, but some stronger grainy notes with a touch of biscuit on the back end. Some minor nutty notes as well. Some noticeable yeasty notes with some lighter esters is off for style. Not big but some lighter figs and rose peddles. A light lemony finish which is off as well.

The taste is closer to style than the nose indicates. The malt is prominent with a great grain and malty backing. Some nice bready notes on the backend leaving a great backing. Some nice yeast notes as well, with a smooth finish. Some fruity esters come out which is off for style. Some wine and rose like notes that are good, but not for style. Some fusel like notes as well. There is a spicy hop note is a bit strong for style, but has that nice Saaz finish.

The body is light to moderate. A bit full for style. Overall, if I were to judge this I would say that it fermented to high with too much finishing hops and too much malt. As a consumer though, this is definitely pushing the style to more of an America character with more body and flavor.

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Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad, but nothing special which is odd for 3 Floyds. Poured with a smallish, cream colored, short lived head and no lace. Color is an almost clear amber. Aroma is malt, cereal, fresh beer, fresh cut grass. Color is malt, grain, slighlty bitter, more sweet. Body is a touch on the heavy side, ok carbonation. Finish is like flavor. Wouldn't pay this much money again for a beer like this.

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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 Cresant
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was hazy golden with a white head that the etched glass tried to keep alive. Head faded to a ring eventually.

Smell was fruity. Sweet/syrup-like aroma. Oranges.

Taste was slightly vegetal. Creamed corn maybe. However, there was a nice balance of sweetness and light tangy bitterness.

Mouthfeel was slick and somewhat prickly. Medium bodied.

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Photo of JLeege
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Poured into a pint, very slightly hazy golden color with 2 fingers of clumpy white head. A little lace.

Smell- A hint grainy, earthy hops, subtle grape and banana. Simple, admittedly even the flavors noted may be a bit of a stretch.

Taste- Slightly grainy again. With earthy sided hops, slightly zesty, but again extremely simple. A touch of grape again. Slight diacetyl.

Mouthfeel- Medium light body, medium carbonation. Mildly refreshing.

Overall- This is Three Floyds!?!? I have had a recent lager renaissance, and this one just seems dull in comparison to most. A relatively “simple”, traditional style, but I feel they missed the mark on this one. I don’t think there should be any diacetyl in this style. Their patented citrus hop twist would have been welcomed by me. Well, they all can’t be winners.

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Photo of betsona
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

A- Palish golden color with a two finger of frothy champagne like white head. Had to wait a couple of minutes to let the head dissipate to finish pouring. Head dissipated into a thin covering. No lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of banana upfront with other fruity tones, though the banana dominated. Had a champagne tone to it. Nothing really special.

T- I had a hard time detecting a lot of anything going on with this beer because it was over carbonated. What I did get was average. A little banana and some spicy tones.

M- Medium body that was over carbonated. It coated the mouth and throat in even levels of foam. It was sort of like using foaming toothpaste that coats the mouth and stays for some time. The taste was over powered by the slightly unpleasant texture.

O- I am interested in trying this again. I wonder if I had an older bottle because after talking with other BAs and enthusiasts and they all enjoyed it. I typically enjoy drinking the style and this one smelled correctly.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Simple wheat copper color with some haze. Lots of slow moving bubbles drift to the surface to meet the faint off white film that remains atop.

S: Sweet peas, grass clippings, faint apple, yellow corn and breakfast flakes.

T: Starts with an interesting twang which I wasn’t expecting; somewhere between corn pops, yellow apples, waffles and cooked squash I suppose. The corn pops sweetness lingers with hints of pear, starfruit and discrete apple. Subcurrent of graininess is present but not alarming. Finishes with some basic sourdough bready malts and lingering minor hops.

M: Medium body with a soft water mouthfeel. Some prickly carbo sting too.

D: Nice flavor overall with good balance. This beer is anything but thrilling but makes for a decent beverage.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of iconoklaztor: Poured a clear golden yellow color lager with a medium foamy head with limited retention and no lacing. Aroma of sweet lightly floral malt with limited hops presence which I the biggest surprise coming from a brewery renowned for hopping every beer to the maximum level. Taste is also dominated by some sweet and lightly floral notes with a minimal amount of crisp hops at the end. Full body with average carbonation. Good take on the style form a brewery not usually known for sticking to style.

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Photo of brystmar
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
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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Photo of Popkas
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear gold with a small head that leaves a nice lacing. Looks promising.

S: Mostly bready, banana bread? Touch of sweetness.

T: Upfront taste is virtually nonexistent..that is 2 of 3 beers tonight, maybe its me? Follow through is more bready malt. Not altogether bad but not what I was hoping for.

M: Kinda chewy not in that good way.

D: Not a bad beer but think it is not my style.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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 jmarsh123
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright cloudy gold with a small white head that fades away to nothingness shortly after the pour.

Grassy earthy and a little bready smell. Not bad, but not exactly pleasant either.

Light crisp malt hits the palate with a just a little bit of grassiness and a hint of lemon to back it up. A every so slight bitterness leaves the tongue coated.

Mouthfeel is very light and carbonated and I was expecting.

Another solid offering from 3F showing they can hold back and make a great light style as well though it's nothing special. It's been a couple years since I first had this and I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

First lager I've had in awhile. Poured a light amber gold that was totally translucent being very filtered. Had a froathy ivory white head that faded to an inconsistent miniscule lace layer. The smells are consistent with a lager and are not very robust. Reminds me of one of my favorites, Golden Pheasant. There are smells of wheat, barley and corn. It is very smooth and has a longer lasting finish than most lagers. It was enjoyable, but far from anything special. There's only so much you can do with lagers, I understand that.


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Photo of nick76
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is typical for the style with corn like malt and grassy malt. The appearance is golden with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is average for the style. Overall this is pretty typical of the style. I know it's a quality beer but I would pass on this.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed based on notes from September of 2010-

Honestly this beer doesn't merit a 5 point review. It is a bland and average Helles. Honestly a bit of a disappointment considering how good the Oste was. The nose is fine but bland, so is the taste. There are no flaws here really, just nothing that makes the beer stand out. As we all know FFF's is not cheap, I believe this was going for about $10 a bomber (Dreadnaught prices) and it so does not merit that. It is what it is, if you see it and want something simple go for it, but don't go out of your way.

I love FFF's but this isn't the one to go out of your way for by any stretch.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i was very surprised at how mediocre this was considering i worship 3Fs. it's probably the first of their offerings that didn't blow me away or was at least an interesting and tasty interpretion of a beer style. i could sum this up quickly by saying that it's a standard helles lager, but i'll go on...this poured a pale gold with a chill haze and a minimal white head that diminished very quickly. some nice bready malt aromas and maybe a hint of grassy hops in the nose. some sweet malts balanced out by the underlying hops and carbonation. mouthfeel is fine. drinkable at this abv. i'm wondering why they bottled such a run of the mill beer when i've had much better offerings at the pub...admiral lord nelson, for example. also, this is way overpriced at $7 a bomber. you could get a sixer of spaten for that, which is not much different and a bit better.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A - Pours a straw yellow with foamy white head that fizzles quickly with no lacing.

S - Smells of grain, little wheat and a little spice. Perhaps a little lemon zest, nice crisp smell.

T - Earthy light grain with a light hop in the back that compliments the lightness of the front and stays low on the bitterness. Not really a whole lot of other flavors going on here. The style is def the one word I would use to describe this: helles.

M - Light mouthfeel but the hop on the backend makes the mouthfeel keep from watery. Plenty of carbonation.

O - A summer release for sure as it probably wouldn't be as enjoyable on days other than 100 degree ones. But it was crisp and refreshing, but nothing overpowering. For a lager, it was more well rounded than most, but some more subtle flavors needed to be present to make this more addicting.

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Photo of CMW
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a crystal clear straw yellow color with a bright white head that fades quickly.

S - Freshly baked bread mixed with some floral hops.

T - Biscuit malts upfront with a slight hop zing in the finish. This tastes like one of the most straightforward beers I've ever tasted.

M - Carbonation is low and the beer is light and crisp.

D - This is extremely drinkable, but I'm not sure I want another. Rather boring overall. However, this style is not known for being overly complex.

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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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Gorch Fock from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.