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Gorch Fock - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%

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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Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 15:51:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of merlin48


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 15:10:01 | More by merlin48
Photo of MrMcGibblets


3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 03:52:32 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of peabody


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my toast to Michael Jackson.
It is 8 oclock on Sunday the 30th and here it go.
Pours out very clear light straw yellow with one finger of white suds.
Not seeing a lot of carbonation here but it looks nice otherwise.
Smell is very subtle but I can detect a grainy malt with some nice yeast hiding in there.
Taste is kinda watery but this is cold. Still a very clean tasting brew. I am getting a slight orange flavor and not much else.
Kinda weak for a toast to the master but oh well.
Mouthfeel is very clean and plain. Not much going on.
This is a very drinkable beer and I would like to try it on tap at the brewery.
Here's to you MJ.{toast/touch glass}

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 01:13:34 | More by peabody
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 03:13:04 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of malcontent


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shockingly pale with an active but soda water-ish, fizzy head.

Much better. Gentle sweetness backed by a sophisticated hop nose (Hallertauer?).

Typically German malt flavor (somewhere between a Munich Helles and a Kolsch) bolstered by the ever-present 3F's hyper-hopping.

Slightly lacking in vitality although the thickness seems about right. The taste is excellent however and my recent fling with German beer leaves me finding this a very welcome interpretation of the style. Think Gumballhead goes to Bavaria.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 01:06:12 | More by malcontent
Photo of GbVDave


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two large white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a crystal clear, pale yellow color. Not much head and virtually no lace to speak of.

S: Mild citrus hops and toasted malt.

T: A very prominent toasted bread flavor with some mildly citrusy hops.

M: Thin and prickly, good for the style.

D: Pretty refreshing. Not my favorite style of beer, but for what it is, it's pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 21:22:44 | More by GbVDave
Photo of ultralarry2006


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a white foamy head that quickly fades to a foam ring at the edge, and there is no lacing to speak of. Body is a clear, pale straw gold.

Smell - grassy, herbal hops, and a mild aroma of toasty malt biscuits, and some unsalted saltine crackers.

Taste - exactly as the smell. Mildly, toasty malt biscuits and unsalted saltine crackers washed through with mild herbal, grassy, and slightly spicy hops.

Mouthfeel - thin to medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is decent beer, but not inspiring, so to me it is not sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 14:20:53 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of mdm46410


3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub, and served in a pint glass. This beer poured a clear, golden color with a small, beige head. The aroma was made up of bread, very light pine, and some lemony citrus notes. The flavor was also very mild and included light bready yeast and citrus. The mouthfeel was light and had a small dose of carbonation. A solid representation of the style. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2007 22:54:38 | More by mdm46410
Photo of HoboAGoGo


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2005 08:33:01 | More by HoboAGoGo


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer was tasted on 04/12/05. Poured from a growler from the brewery 2 days old.

Deep honey gold body with a decent off white head that lasts a bit.

Wonderful inviting supper hoppy nose is a preview of whats to come.

Enters the mouth mellow nutty rich. Well balanced even nutty richness on the palate that yeilds to a bold boppy bitter finish. Bitter feel stays on mouth maybe a little to much.

Serving type: growler

10-15-2005 04:13:08 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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) :-)

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2005 03:03:18 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of cretemixer


4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As much as I love 3 Floyds usual offerings, this is a refreshing addition to their line-up.
Gorch Fock ( I just like saying the name, it almost sounds dirty ) pours a light gold in color with a solid white head that leaves an intricate lace.
A floral hop aroma greets the nose followed by a lightly toasted malt backing. There is a hint of spiciness too.
Crisp and clean with a great balance. Bready malts are complimented with a mildly spicy hop bite.
The light body and firm carbonation combine to make a really nice warm weather refresher.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2005 16:28:03 | More by cretemixer
Gorch Fock from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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