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Gorch Fock - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 34
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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 beerhan
4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another winner from fff. A delicious lager that has a very clean finish. I can really only define this as how a macro lager shoud taste. A malty backbone compliments a hoppy finish. Overall real tASFY beer that ahpuld peobably become a year round brew

beerhan, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Thorpe429, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of hopsbreath
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber #6 has an un-obscured crown so I can see that this is a Three Floyds beer. The instructions are to pour into a pilsner glass. I'm already thinking Gorch Fock based on that info alone. I didn't own a pilsner glass so I ran over to the Dollar General to pick one up. A made in America 16 ounce glass for a buck. Not too shabby.

This pours clear straw yellow with a big snow white bready head. Big frothy bubbles recede to absolutely zero cap and no lacing is present. I'm convinced at this point that this is indeed Gorch Fock so I'm going to proceed with the rest of my review under that pretense.

Smell is light citrus, herbs, and a little wheaties cereal. It smells surprisingly similar to the bottle of home brew I had this morning.

Taste is lightly tart, banana, sweet grains, herbal, and minimal green hops.
Mouthfeel is thin and scrubbing carbonation. This finishes clean and refreshing.

I cooked up some chicken parmesan for dinner to pair with this expecting Gorch Fock. It paired fantastically! What a spectacular lager.

Torn envelope reveals what I already suspected. Time to cross this one off my wants. This might just be one of the best I've had of the style. Thanks Jamnes.

hopsbreath, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle. Review from notes from last year...

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. One finger white head pops up but dies down right away. No real lacing as everything just falls back into the glass.

S- This was a light aroma for most beers let alone a FFF beer. Sweet malts that dominate a floral hop presence. Also, a corn like grain smell as well...no other grainy smell but the corn.

T- A light malt forward beer in the front. A sweetness in the front is covered with a light lemony citrus hops. The malts show up again but share the time with a light grassy hop in the backend.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style and beer. Light sweet malts left on the palate and last long into the aftertaste with a hint of grassy hops to round it out. Flavors were light but blended together well for the style. No real drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This was a light and refreshing beer. The fact that this came from FFF makes me impressed with Floyds as a whole. They know what they are doing with styles and when they want to make something that follows the guide lines then they do a damn good job of doing it.

alleykatking, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of cetherid
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5


a nice yellow/orange color with a weak white head.


mainly malts....malt smell similar to pilsner. Im not getting much else in terms of smell. reminds me of your typical miller lite.


similar to the smell. a little hops taste to it however. very smooth drink, but a little to plain for my taste. needs more flavor.


medium to light bodied beer. very crisp and clean.


the highest rated part. could easily down a few bombers of this in a night. low alochol and lightbodied makes it go down fast and smooth.

cetherid, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife picked this one up for me when she was in Chicago visiting family.

A: It pours a crisp light orange color, with mild cloudiness, and slight head. There is a fair amount of carbonation.

S: Tons of Noble hop smell, but I couldn't really tell it was a FFF beer at all. Their signature hop profile was missing.

T: Very clean lager with tons of German malts and a refreshing hop finish.

M: I like the carbonation on this one - very comforting! It's a very smooth brew in general.

D: Not too heavy, sticky, or complex - just a good old-fashioned drinker.

Overall: Not exactly the type of beer FFF is know for, but I've never known these guys to faulter, no matter what they do!

Chaney, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of JoePat
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale straw color with almost perfect clarity and a small white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Aroma has strong notes of cooked corn that have subtle notes of malt and spicy hops to round it out.

A light buscuity malty taste with faint spicy hop flavor. The finish is pretty dry and not a lot of sweetness. Very refreashing.

Mouthfeel is smooth and refreashing a little dryness on the finish.

Very drinkable and would be perfect for a nice warm day like today sitting out in the back yard.

JoePat, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorch Fock has a hazy golden body, but a weak white head that doesn't provide much in the way of retention or lacing.

The aroma mixes pale, sweet malt with flowery hops; definitely a beer brewed to the Helles style.

Surprisingly, pale sweet malt dominate this beer. In fact, I would say it is a little too sweet for my tastes. The hops are in there though, with a lemon flavor and hints of spicy and grassy flavors. The finish has a little bit of bitterness also.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, and basically moderate for the style. I'm finding that beers from Three Floyds alll seem to have solid mouthfeels to them.

Gorch Fock is a pretty drinkable, traditional Munich Helles Lager that I am glad I got to try once. I could use a little bit more spicy hops though. Also, I have to say that I will never buy this beer again, because at ten bucks a bomber there are better, cheaper options.

Hojaminbag, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of webmanspidey
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Solid golden color, fizzy with a quickly dissipating head. Smells of white grape and hops. Taste is crisp and clean, light and refreshing. This is extremely drinkable with almost no alcohol presence and only slight hop presence.

This is a great beer to enjoy cold in warm weather.

webmanspidey, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A light golden color that is extremely transparent. Small white head dissipated rather quickly leaving behind no stick.

S - A little bready, very sweet caramel malts, smells nice a lot more robust than the appearance would indicate.

T - Sweet malt, a lot of honey in this one, a little bit bready. Flavor is very full and rich for such a light looking beer. I am presently surprised at the depth of this. Great caramel malt is nice and smooth.

M - Light bodied, with the appropriate amount of carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable, very sessionable. This is probably one of the best lagers I've had in a long time. It's a hard style to make a good beer in, but FFF has done a great job on this one.

AgentZero, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this to be a very engaging beer. Pour was light copper with moderate head. Very smooth up front, with toasted grain and honey sweetness, quickly ramping down on a slighty tart glide to a finishing moderate bitterness. The beer is bigger than the classic style, but close enough within the bounds to be a legitimate classification. Drinkability was very good.

Brent, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - More clear than spring water; tinted gold. Short-lived white head. It appears nearly as placid as the waters off the Swedish coastline did after the Battle of Jutland whence the cruiser Weisbaden sunk.

S - Continental hops, mineral aromas, Pils malt. Sturdy as a three masted barque.

T - I have to admit, this beer is pretty damn good. Of course it is not as exciting, say, Samurai Gazebo, or the novels 'Hamborger Janmaten' or 'Seefahrt ist Not!' by author Johann Wilhelm Kinau. Gorch Fock, the beer, is a safe bet, as surely as Gorch Fock, the training ship, was designed to be robust and safe against capsizing.

M - This is as faithful and inspired a creation as the Gorch Fock II of 1958 was relative to the Gorch Fock I of 1933. The guys at FFF may as well change their name to Blohm & Voss. Bright, pleasant, and smooth.

D - I like to envision the eponymous author sailing the eponymous ship in Valhalla when I drink this brew; it makes it even better.

ktrillionaire, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, with another tip of the hat to Jeff (Alewatcher) for another great 3F beer I've been looking forward to trying. Thanks again, Jeff!

Pours a very hazy, almost cloudy yellow, with a very thin white head on top that at least sticks around for quite awhile.

Nose is lightly sweet, cereal grain primarily, just a touch bready.

Taste carries that same lightly sweet cereal grain note and adds just a touch of honey sweetness. Finish is very clean, with a delicate, grassy noble hop note bringing just enough bitterness to leave a clean, airy finish - which is to say, almost none. A bit of corn coming through on the sweetness towards the finish that doesn't distract too much. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is light bodied but never watery, with a soft carbonation that meshes with the flavor nicely.

Drinkability is the only thing aggressive about this beer. I know a number of people are disappointed in this one, but I have to say, I am supremely impressed by 3F. This is a wholly serviceable Helles, and I certainly applaud them for making such a beautiful summertime thirst quencher.

JohnQVegas, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of drpimento
3/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

drpimento, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Pours hazy gold with a one inch head of tight white. A swirled skim coat remained for the duration of the glass as well as a few smears of lacing.

Aromatics lead off with fresh bready malt and drizzeled honey. Proofing dough and a hint of cooked corn follows through.

On the lighter side of medium bodied. The mouthfeel is a bit watery except for a hint of tack.

Sweet malt, honey-glazed biscuits, and fresh dough start the palate. Bitterness is nill as is all other hopping. Bready malt with honey undertones, otherwise clean.

Finishes with lingering honey-drizzeled dough and barely a trace of alcohol.

This ones a pounder for sure. I think a one liter mug is in order.

brewandbbq, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a somewhat cloudy gold color with a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention is good, lacing is decent. Aroma is mostly bready malt and floral hops, but I also pick up a little bit of a citrusy aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some spicy hops. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp, refreshing, and is well carbonated. The soft carbonation helps make this an easy brew to drink. It would be pretty nice to drink on a hot day. I think this is a decent overall brew, I liked it.

bluejacket74, May 15, 2010
Photo of SykDoc
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a mug. It pours a a nice straw color and forms a short-lived almost white head, 1/4 inch. Carbonation is readily visible and no sediment.

The aroma is has a sweet bread-like component with a earthy hop and light malty sweet background.

The taste is quite good with a blend similar to the aroma including bread, earthy hops, malted sweetness and a pleasant spiciness.

The mouthfeel is initially crisp but leaves a flat feeling as the carbonation seems to drop out quickly. It is medium bodied and leaves clean.

This is a reasonably drinkable beer that I can see enjoying occasionally, but nothing that particularly stands out. It is also not quite warm enough outside, yet, which may improve the overall experience.

SykDoc, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle of this out in Hudson over the weekend. Pours a nice deep golden yellow with a nice white head. Smells of sweetness with slight fruit notes. Taste is very smooth, slight sweet with a subtle bitterness at the end. Very solid overall. Also come with a sweet label!

kbutler1, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Sammy, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 oz bomber ..pours a pils yellow with a quick dissa pating head that leaves a white ring and very little lacing..the smell is floral crisp hops with german malts and a bready smell..the taste is sweet and floral and crisp with a nice malt finish..i taste the hops in this one and the malts its nicely balanced flavorful and drinkable its medium bodied crisp and clean a good pils/lager/helles.as always 3fff adds a little extra to the style and this one is no exception would like to see these in sixers i could put a few of these away in the summer time

gatornation, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

billab914, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of Popkas
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Popkas, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of CMW
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

CMW, Dec 30, 2009
Gorch Fock from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.