Gorch Fock - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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85
very good

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Reviews: 180
Hads: 562
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 34
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (362 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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. (283 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flower aromas and flavor meet grain in this bold rendition of a Munich Helles.

The beer begins with a heightened floral aroma of unmistakable German Saaz hops. A plethera of flowery aromas surround an aromatic structure of grain and honey.

Medium yellow/straw in color, the beer carries a medium haze and golden highlights. A medium sized head forms on the beer and slowly fades before vanishing midway through the session. No real lacing develops on the glass. All slightly off from great Helles.

Soft malt/honey flavors override grain flavors and are backed by the flowery, honeysuckle taste that rounds the beer out very well. Just enough bitterness in the finish to balance the beer. Light sulfurs and a minerally quality aids the hops in balance and complexity by giving a mild acidity to the beer.

Heavy textured for a light German lager but fine for a Bohemian lager because of the increased grain bill. As a result, the alcohols creap up and beyond the minty evaporative types and into the warming feel.

A tasty lightish lager that shines in it's hop fragrance but turns into a sweeter grainy taste otherwise. Breadiness returns in the aftertaste. (1,160 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mildly milky maize beneath a bright white, cumulus cloud crown. The cap is a mere two fingers in thickness (small given my typical pour) and doesn't have a world-class look about it. It's a little mealy and doesn't generate much lace. Only the color and the bottle-conditioned blurriness of the beer keep things respectable.

Yep, this is a Munich helles lager all right. The nose is reminiscent of most beer of this style. The fresh grain-like quality of the pale malt is balanced by a grassy German hoppiness that isn't nearly as powerful now as when the cap was first breached. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's obvious that this isn't typical Three Floyds beer.

I'm somewhat surprised that the boys from Munster have been so faithful to what is anything but a gonzo style. To their credit (I guess), they've decided against pushing the envelope by breaking out their signature, gotta love it, 'balls to the wall' hoppiness. Forget what Gorch Fock isn't. What it is... is solid, well-constructed, enjoyable beer.

The key to the whole shootin' match is a generous amount of ingredients that are superbly balanced on a razor's edge. Any more pale malt and the beer would be too sweet and too flavor-deficient. Any more hops... well, I could stand a little more of the lemony, grassy, lightly spicy noble hoppiness that is teasing my taste buds with each mouthful. The finish lingers pleasantly rather than being clean.

The mouthfeel, while not immediately impressive, holds up well to intense scrutiny. Given the style and the ABV, it's medium at least and medium-full at most. In addition, the brewers have dialed in the precise amount of carbonation for maximum enjoyment and maximum quaffability.

Gorch Fock is one of the best Munich helles lagers that I've ever had. It proves the point (that didn't need proving) that Three Floyds is anything but a 'dump in a massive amount of hops and see what happens' kind of brewery. These guys are craftsmen, dammit. Forgetting the German origins of this beer for a moment, they're also one of the best brewers of 'American style' beer on the planet. Maybe *the* best. (2,122 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Beer School bar @ Sheffields, also Local Option.

Golden body with a lasting head of foam. Lacing works itself around the edges and down, as the beer is quaffed. Clean malty aroma, light breadiness.

Light apple-y yeast and mild bready malt flavor, very clean aftertaste, exceptionally easy to drink. This is a great summer session beer, possibly the most sessionable out of all the 3 Floyds beers.

Prost! (423 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

amber lager shaping up before my eyes. A small, maybe a half an inch of white head came up over the top and settled down quickly into a light veil across the top.

The aroma was light. Some small amount of smoked in it, with lots of grain and bready malts, though I have to admit, not much here to really pick up on. The flavor was a bit better. Lots of campfire like smokiness in it, with a subtle, yet easily definable bready malt base. Some sweetness, caramel maybe and a light peach flavor when cold that quickly gets burnt out by the smoked and roasted malts (563 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jeff for sharing this one.

A: The beer pours a fairly clear golden straw color with a couple fingers of white head.

S: A nice sweet malt aroma to this on the front end with a large pale malt presence. There's a bit of yeast and some grassy and floral hops. A very mild skunk followed by some fruity esters.

T: Like the aroma, sweet malt up front with a definite corn note. The flavor is primarily of pale malt with some sweet apple esters. Some light floral hop notes and a touch of yeast and bitterness.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation.

O: Thought this was a pretty solid lager. And you don't often find a well made Helles from a US brewery. (666 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-gold body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Lightly toasted malts, some hearty pils malt, and sweetish whiffs of honey and fruit.

Taste: Faintly toasted and pilsner malts with just a touch of sweet honey and slight grainy dough taste. Some apple and golden raisin fruitiness. Light, spicy Noble hop flavor and imparted bitterness. Smooth, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, surprisingly authentic helles. Pass the knockwurst and hot German potato salad, please! (569 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

I've constantly missed out on the bottled version of this (or, rather, I've always gone with a different bottle until it disappeared from shelves), so it was nice to see it on tap when I made my long-awaited return to the Firkin. It pours a clear straw topped by a finger of sturdy white foam. The nose comprises green apple skin, honey, and light pineapple. I honestly didn't see that much fruit coming... The taste holds notes of sourdough, orange rind, lemon zest, honey, and bitter greens. The body straddles the border between heavy light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a creamy feel. Overall, a nice brew, but one that doesn't really excite me too much. Still a pleasant drink, though... (764 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, honey and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet with mild flavors of honey, caramel and a touch of citrus. The malt character is light but hearty and the hops presence is mild but complementary; both provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent sessionable lighter lager that is worth pounding down for a long time. (862 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So far I've loved every beer I've had from Three Floyds, with the exception being aged Behemoth (fresh was awesome). Another one in the lineup for me thanks to AndrewNations.

The beer pours a white fizzy head that rises to 3 fingers but fades pretty fast to about 1 finger before slowing. Lots of big bubbles popping around it. The beer is a hazy golden honey color with tons of bubbles rising up.

THe nose brings more of a saison like aroma, some light malts, a little wheat, toasty farmhouse like dry rustic aroma, light creamy malts, a slight sweetness, hints of a lacto like funky yeast, a bit of banana and clove, as well as citrus, and some lager yeast fruits.

Taste has lots of effervescence, slightly spicy with lots of malts, some wheat and barley, a slight farmhouse saison like flavor, a slight yeasty flavor, with hints of a Belgian wild yeast. Some fruits, banana, clove, and more lager yeast fruits, touch of pear, and a slight creamy feel. Hints of citrus as well. A slight crisp lager taste, some light toasty malts, semi sweet, but more like a Belgian saison than Munich Helles Lager. It finishes bone dry, almost ripping the moisture from my tongue. It also leaves a slight sticky feel, some citrus and fruits, and bit of the malts. It brings a slight bitterness as well, perhaps from some light hops as well as the yeast.

Mouth is medium to lighter bodied with butt-loads of carbonation, almost too much.

Drinkablity is so-so, with the super bone dry finish being too much, as well as overboard on carbonation. The slight sticky mouth feel also takes away a bit, but no real off flavors, and drinks well at 4.5%. Not my favorite of the Three Floyds beers. (1,679 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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 (533 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review this is the #19 Munich Helles Lager on the best of beeradvocate style lists. Served in a Three Floyds glass because I can.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin lazy head of small broken bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation, looks fine.

Aroma is quite yeasty with hints of grain, mildly sweet. Smells good!

Beer is medium in body, leads off with a little pilsner sweetness, bigger body than expected but still has a dry finish, nice little session lager here. Sweet, mildly bitter, probably about 25 IBU on the backend there. Nice, I'd have this beer again. (584 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +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. (1,165 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (155 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head of which to speak. Color was a hazy golden-yellow. Nose smelled of Saaz hops. Lager? OK, but more like a German Pils. Mouthfeel was medium with a Saaz-hops flavor on the tongue. Finish was mild, banana-ish, Saaz-y, a little Hefeweizen. An interesting mix of a number of styles. (285 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a pale gold color with a few white bubbly spots on top. Didn't leave much for lacing on my glass. Would have liked a little more head and retention to it.

Aroma is crisp and malty with some grains and bread to it. It has a little spiciness to it when inhaled deep. The taste has a little citrus zest with some caramel malts and some grain. It's a nice crisp refreshing taste to it.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is pretty good, it's light crisp, refreshing and also pretty good tasting. It's not something I would buy very often, but it's a good representation of the style. (679 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a smallish white head that leaves quickly. Aroma is mild malts some spicy and floral hops and a little diacetyl in there too. Taste is sweet and bready malts. Body is medium with a sharp carbonation tickle on the tongue. Not a bad brew, not my favorite as I think its a bit sweet. (326 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle Christmas present from my sister.

A: The lagerbier is a pale tea color, a shade or two darker than straw gold with a noticeable haze. A 2 plus finger head is slowly receding and leaving a thick trail in its wake.

S: The nose is grainy, filled with lightly toasted bread and apple and melon fruits. No sign of hops.

T: The taste is very clean. Sweet up front, watermelon flavors come through. Following quick on the tale of the melon is a crisp bread flavor, toasted but not burnt. Hop bitterness is fleeting, rarely rearing its head (a real coup for a FFF beer).

M: The beer is malty, creamy with a solid flavor. The trademark FFF hops are gone but not missed. Maybe FFF should stick to German-style lagers from here on out.

D: Very drinkable. I'd be content with another bottle or two. (807 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a light doughy malt and a moderate noble hop.

The taste consisted of a soft graininess with a touch of honey sweetness. The subtle noble hop dried out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking lager. The sweetness was a bit annoying, but not too overpowering. (434 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy bright golden brew. Head quickly recedes to a thin layer of bubbles, with little to no lacing. Aroma is balanced, with biscuity character. Taste is lightly sweet upfront, balanced in the middle, with a crisp, clean close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb. Could drink many of these, nice to see FFF does something besides the in-your-face brews we always hear about. (532 characters)

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