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Gorch Fock - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 33
Gots: 36 | 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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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9%

11-14-2011 16:32:48 | More by CBlack85
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4/5  rDev +9%

11-14-2011 15:01:08 | More by sbricker
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really became a fan of craft beer because of going to school out in Indiana and having Three Floyd's available. I mostly bought it back then because of the packaging. Now I buy it because I know how damn good they are at brewing beer!

Gorch Fock is a German Style Helles Lager. I love seeing super geeky breweries attempt lager styles because I know that their big beer geek fans don't really care for the stuff. I think this is a great beer.

The yellow body is a little bit cloudy, the head does not sit very well, though a hard pour definitely creates some sudsy white foam. I am not entirely impressed with the appearance of this beer, as I think it could use more clearing up and some better head retention. On top of that, very lazy looking carbonation.

The smell is wet hay, cooked corn, and predominantly some grassy hops right up front. I expected 3 Floyd's to lean heavily on the hops and they do. I don't mind because it is definitely kept in check and not inappropriate for the style.

The taste is pretty much in line with what I expect from a good lager. Clean malt taste, backed by a supporting hop bitterness that rounds out smoothly. There is very minimal bite at the end, and I think this is a pretty approachable lager. Great aftertaste! They made good use of German ingredients, and it would be difficult to be able to tell that this came from an American craft brewery!

I think this beer cold use more carbonation for the style, and I think that while I like the smoother texture of the beer, the added effervescence would help carry this beer to a higher level.

Overall, good beer again. Not the best in its class, but a solid beer that I would be proud to call my own. It must be hard to try and recreate such a style that has been brewed by genius brewmasters in Europe for centuries. All in all, I don't think I would buy this beer again, though if I were at a bar and this were available, it would be something I would consider getting with friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 22:50:06 | More by MusicaleMike
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4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2011 20:57:54 | More by amidabha
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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a finger of soapy white head. Head dissipates quickly to almost nothing, maybe a string of white along the edge of the glass and one small patch of bubbles in the center, leaving no lacing. Active carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass initially after pour, but calms down a bit after a few minutes.

Nose is mainly biscuit malts, with a little caramel malt mixed in as well. Some light dank grassy aroma, but it is barely there compared to the malts.

A little more hop flavor on the tongue, grassy and floral on the tip of the tongue, but this is mainly biscuit and grain flavors from the malt. Finishes crisply and dry on the tongue, with some light lingering floral flavor. Very clean flavors though.

Light body with some good carbonation that is nice for this style. Very clean and easy to drink beer, with some decent flavor though I would have like a little more floral hopping on the nose and taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 23:28:58 | More by nataku00
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3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 12:41:18 | More by womencantsail
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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a flute
A: Straw color, thin head that lingers
S: Peach and malt.
T: Soft malts with little in the hop department. Light overall.
M: Light-bodied but clean and well balanced. All malt/grain.
O: Nice overall; I feel it could use a bit more in the hops department.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 21:58:06 | More by ONUMello
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. Large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Pale malt dominates the aroma. Sort of a granary floor smell. A little grass/lemon from the hops.

Clean malty flavor. Cereal grains with a slightly musty edge. Seems perfectly balanced with the hops. The hops again adds the grass/lemon touch.

Good body and perfect carbonation. I do not know how a light lager could be done better.

I did not know Three Floyds could brew such a subtle, clean beer. They really showed their craftmenship with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 21:49:53 | More by morimech
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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A light golden color with a one finger white head.

S - It's a sweet malty smell. Grainy and biscuty. Very light hop smell.

T - A spicy start with pilsner malts. Light hop taste and sweet malty finish.

M - Light bodied and heavy carbonated.

O - Light style of beer and just not what i like. Its good for its style but i just prefer things that are more complex.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 01:27:11 | More by mattboyer182
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3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:53:31 | More by drabmuh
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me preface this review by stating that, as of now, this beer has my favorite label. It shows a robed, winged, skeleton with four arms; the upper two clenching some stalks of grain. German vessels braving the North Sea are displayed on either side of the skeleton.. there's also some splashing whales and an eagle perched above. This beer's namesake comes from a training vessel belonging to the German Navy.

Appearance: slightly hazy and straw yellow. Bubbly white head.

Smell: slightly grassy with some aspirin like scents.

Taste: lightly sweetened malts, some graininess, and slightly bready. Finishes clean. Not abundantly hopped like many of Three Floyds other offerings.

Mouthfeel: there's some sharpness on the front of the tongue due to the carbonation.. medium/light body.

Overall: Three Floyds claims that this beer is as traditional as they'll ever get. Not a bad choice for those seeking a crisp and refreshing lager with low alcohol, while still maintaining a taste and complexity that can't be matched by the macros.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 10:04:22 | More by BlastBeats
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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly dullish lemony gold hue with a quick to slip whitish foamy top. Some small bits and globs of lace stick to the glass.

Fresh, crisp, cracker, biscuity, hay-like malty aroma. Developes a heavier, deeper nose as it sits along with a bit of dry hoppyness. Quite nice and well established, as it doesn't take much to wiff its freshness.

Taste is much like many other German style Munich Helles. Nicely rounded with a whole grain breadyness laced with touches of bicsuityness, cracker-like dryness, dried hops, and a mild pale malt sweetness underneath. Making for a well balanced and rounded, crisp, wholesome, fresh taste. Quite yummy.

Crisp, tender, medium bodied, with a wholesome, smooth, easy going texture and carbontation that's lightly bready sweet and just dry and crisp enough to add some welcome depth. Leaves the mouth with a light biscuity fluffy dryness and crisp grainy texture. And definately leaves you wanting more. Very drinkable stuff. As most Helles lagers are; and this 3F creation is no different and fitting within the scope of most 3F brews that hit the mark for style.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 00:39:52 | More by tavernjef
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3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 01:08:39 | More by jmarsh123
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4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at 3F.
Bright gold pour, finger of white head. Sticks just a bit.

Grassy hay and caramel, miniscule herbal hops.

Taste is malty caramel, toffee. Light spice, herbal hops finish it out nicely.

Lighter bodied, ample carbonation. Easy drinking, pretty much spot on.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 03:46:31 | More by Bung
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4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle of label. Wow, this is highly carbonated. No choice but to deal with huge 4+ finger white fluffly head that leaves plenty of scattered lacing along the glass. The body is a light golden color and slightly hazy. Looks good.

Light fruit dominates the aroma, apple and pear. Jus a hint of spicy noble hops and some sweet malt.

Sharp, tasty flavor blend that follows the aroma closely. A bit more spiciness in the flavor than in the aroma, which is a good thing. Well blended fruit, light hops, and sweet malt mix.

Crisp, light finish that drinks very easily. A superb beer that is a nice change of pace for 3Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 23:47:58 | More by FanofHefe
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3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF.
served in a dimpled mug.

Waiting for my pizza I decided to order another light ABV beer... This one fit the bill!

Very pale golden color with a shimmering white head. The bubbles settle and leave a collar with a soapy film across the top. Some tight lace rings left behind on the way through a couple sips.

Smells of spicy noble hops with a touch of pale or pilsner malt.

Taste has a bit of sweetness up front and a spicy noble hop character on te back end with a surprising amount of bitterness. Very pleased with the bitterness-- it gives a little punch and a twist to a beer of a style that I would usually not enjoy this much.

The body feels a bit overcarbed. It is VERY seltzery feeling, by which I mean the bubbles are bubbling off my tongue. Light, thin feel is otherwise pleasant.

Overall-- a shockingly traditional tale on a beer from the FFF gang... It works thanks to the extra bitterness. All in all, this is fairly drinkable. It's a style I don't go for much, and this beer hasn't persuaded me to start buying or drinking more of them-- but it is enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 17:59:57 | More by AleWatcher
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3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 04:11:54 | More by TMoney2591
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wadsey for this one.

A - light golden color with a bit of haze. Nice medium sized white head.

S - Nose has honey, toasted malts, biscuits. You get a light hop notes as well (noble hops), as expected in this style.

T - Pilsner malts, toast, honey. Nice sweetness that isn't overpowering

M - chewy, biscuity. Light carbonation.

O - Good example of a helles lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 05:05:04 | More by teamizm
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3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Floyds, 18 Aug 2011. Served in a dimpled mug.

Small beige head. Lightly carbonated. Clear golden color. Aroma is malty, slightly spicy. Starts sweet and malty. Some graininess throughout. Touch of spicy hops through the middle. Medium body. Moderate ethanol. Finish and aftertaste are spicy sweet.

Seems a bit higher than 4.5%.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2011 02:10:37 | More by htomsirveaux
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this, big thanks to stxSS07 for the excellent hookup.

a - opened and poured into a duvel taster tulip. pouring stream was a clear straw yellow, but the beer settled in the glass as a deep golden transparent liquic with visible carbonation and a head of a million tiny bubbles. they popped quickly leaving patches of head on the surface and along the sides. very beery look...very german beery.

s - nice creamy malt smell...bit of pilsner, nice biscuity caramel smell.

t - very earthy, but not overly so (like fat tire for example). strong malt, tad smidge of bitterness at the end. rich and filling.

m - pretty filling and heavy. slight tingle...malt fiesta. this big 22 oz bottle in front of me seems like a big commitment.

o - overall, this is a style that is new to me, so i can't give great commentary on how this beer stacks up for the style, but what i can say is that i enjoyed it. very german lagery with a touch of pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 00:34:21 | More by cosmicevan
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4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out bright gold with a nice head. I didn't detect much of a nose on it. A slight aroma of fresh linen, and that was all.

Taste was pretty spot on for this style. Nice, crisp, refreshing flavor with a noticeable maltiness and considerably less body than a Dortmund Export. In other words, a proper representation of a Helles Lager. I even detected a slight taste of coriander on the finish. This beer goes great with NFL preseason football.

When reviewing beers, I always try to judge them by the style and not by how much I like that particular style. I don't buy a lot of Helles Lager (I prefer American-style IPAs, porters, and stouts), but a Helles Lager is what this is and it would be unfair to bash it simply because I'm not a huge fan of Helles Lagers. That said, I will simply say that this was a really good Helles Lager and I probably won't buy it again for a long, long time.

Serving type: growler

08-13-2011 01:57:32 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my half liter augustiner glass from munchen.

A: Straw pale yellow. A lot of carbonation rising to the top. Hardly any head after a vigorous pour. Looks much better than any other lager I have had.

S: Slight skunk smell, a lot less than that of a Heineken or Stella. Has an odor of grain. No alcohol on the nose (didn't expect it for the ABV).

T: Nice clean tasting lager. Very very smooth. You get the grain on the tongue. Very crisp. Has that sweet grain taste to it.

M: Very crisp and clean. Didn't expect a big mouthfeel, and didn't get one. This is a very drinkable beer, too bad it costs so much.

O: Very nice, especially on a nice summer night like tonight. I would recommend this, and purchase it again, but the price was a little too much for the style. A very good introductory craft brew for beginners.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 00:39:34 | More by dancingnancie
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3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 07:40:15 | More by mentaltraveller
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3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:24:21 | More by Scrumtralecent
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3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 06:07:12 | More by JLeege
Gorch Fock from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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