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Gorch Fock - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 551
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 34
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 551 | Reviews: 178
Photo of GJ40
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a 22oz bottle brought back for me from Chicago by OnTheRoad. No date on the bottle.

A - Yellow with good clarity and very little head. Once the head settles (which it does fairly quickly), it looks a lot like apple juice.

S - Fruity with apples and pears.

T - Semi sweet with a mild flavor of fruit; mostly apples. Slightly tart as well.

M - A creamy consistency with a low carbonation.

D - Smooth, flavorful and easy to drink. A nice summer beer.

Photo of argock
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear pilsner glass. No freshness date.

A: Hazy amber-gold with 2-finger oatmeal colored head with average retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Superbly grainy pale malt nose with some spicy, grassy hops. A nice balance of sweetness, grainy edge, and spicy.

T: A big-flavored Helles with substantial pale maltiness with a good combination of smooth sweetness and husky grain flavors. The hops contribution is bold without overdoing it -- a solid grassy, spicy, noble hops punch to complement the toasted savory Munich maltiness.

M: Medium- to medium-full body with even carbonation and a husky, malty aftertaste with a sharp, spicy hops snap.

D: A really, really good Helles lager that gives Weihenstephaner Original a run for its money. An unsung member of the FFF family.

Photo of bristol2120
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium/deep gold with a moderate sized head that quickly diminishes and leaves little if any lacing. Smells of straw and hops, but it is subtle. Very good taste of slightly spicy hoppiness and citrus notes. Good mouthfeel with rounded yet full presence. This is a very drinkable beer, especially in warmer, sumer weather. Though I consider the brewery a local one, I am not necessarily the biggest Three Floyd's fan. This, however, is a very solid brew that I heartily recommend.

Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber via trade thanks to dug, who is an awesome trader BTW.

A - Brilliant slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

S - Sweet with malt, grain, and grassy hops.

T - Sweet pale malt, grain, honey, lemon, floral and grassy hops. For a rather uninteresting style, this is pretty damn good.

M - Palate light and refreshing with medium carbonation and a long finish for a helles.

D - Very drinkable. Great for the style and pretty solid overall.

Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of TexIndy
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got from ummagum - many thanks! Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info on the bottle but he picked up from the brewery a few days after it was seasonally released so fresh. It was a hazy golden honey color with very light carb streams and no lacing. It had an average size head that dissipated into a few stray wisps and a partial collar.

The aroma was biscuity, sweet malt and noble hops. Usually not a fan of this style's aroma but this one is top tier for it. The taste was better than the aroma. Sweet and malty with a spicy hop finish. Again, not a favorite style of mine but I liked this one - probably the best I've had. Mouthfeel was nice and crisp and perfect for a hot Texas evening. Good carb levels.

Overall, a really good beer. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. Definitely not your typical 3F's beer but in this case that works perfectly - not every beer needs to be extreme. Highly recommend.

Rotation: not available here. If it was, I could see getting this once maybe twice a season. Maybe more if in 6 packs. Would try on tap for sure.

Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh... been searching for this as "Gorch Fork." They might have written that up on the chalkboard at the bar, actually. Or I just might have been drunk. I mean, I was certainly drunk, but, oh--you know what I mean.

On tap at the Black Sparrow.

Pours lightly flat but very pretty dark orange.

When I first smelled it I thought it was a lightly hopped pale wheat, sort of like a Gumballhead for ladies. Nice, grassy maltiness, light German hops.

Then I tasted it and realized it was a Helles. An immensely flavorful Helles, but not particularly innovative. Still gorgeously brewed: big botanicals start things off with nodes of grass and pollen, moving into a dry hop middle and ending on sour hops and light flowers. Really nice, well done.

Photo of Florida9
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served in a pint glass. Very clear amber in color. Served with a minimal amount of white head that dissipated quickly, leaving nothing behind.

S: Very light, almost to the point of being non-existent. What I could pull from the scent was cereal, biscuit, and a minimal amount of grassy hops.

T: A good amount of malts on the front end resulting in a toasted bread flavor. There is a light, woody, bitterness of hops on the finish.

M: Light with medium carbonation. Very dry, especially on the tongue.

D: An easy drinker that could easily be sessionable. However, the lack of hop character from a 3F brew is a bit disappointing. I wouldn't consider it 100% true to the style, but it does add a bit more flavor than the average Munich lager.

Photo of nrbw23
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a really thin white head. Head has very little retention and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Grassy, surprisingly no hops, and a bit of sweet malts. Other than that not a whole lot going on.

T- I must say I was fairly disappointed coming from Three Floyds. Tastes of some yeasty tones and a bit of honey like maltiness. Other than that not whole lot going on.

M- Medium to light in body with good carabonation.

D- Easy to drink just not my favorite from three Floyds.

Photo of littlekidlover
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a pilsiner glass. The color is a classic golden, however more cloudy than I expected. The head was fluffy and white and reduced rather quickly. The nose is bready and slightly skunky. The taste is light and refreshing, almost has what I would consider Kolsch characteristics. It is well balanced good cereal malt with a nice hop balance. The mouthfeel is crisp but not thin. This beer is quite drinkable. Again, I feel I paid too much for this beer, at $10.99 for a bomber, I could do a lot better with comparable imports. I guess Three Floyds has got my number since I buy every bottle they put out, but most of them only once. Cmon guys, I understand big prices for your big beers, but 22oz of Lager, that's a little steep.

Photo of tronester
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Had a clear pale golden color with a medium sized white head. Smells slightly of a German Yeast Strain and sulfur. Taste was very sweet, bread-like character with a hint of fresh grain in the finish. Bitterness levels match up to balance the beer. Decent mouthfeel, carbonation levels are nice and low. Quite drinkable, low alcohol content makes this a good session beer. One of the best Helles style lagers I've had.

Photo of roadhouse
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a pils glass

Pours a deep golden/orange color, mostly clear, with a one inch off-white head that falls down to a skim quickly. No lacing left behind.

Aroma is dead on for the style. Huge malt back bone which is slightly sweet with a big toasty note and light noble hops coming across as spicy and herbal.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a big malt presence again slightly sweet with a bready, toasty quality. Noble hops come in the finish slightly spicy and herbal. Almost a very slight lemon touch as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, kind of coats the mouth though which is odd.

I'm not sure why I didn't try this one sooner, perhaps it's the $8.50 price tag for a Helles lager? It's actually as good or better than many authentic German versions. Great beer, though it would be way more appealing if it was available in six packs at a decent price. It would probably be my main session beer then.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Photo of Nickls
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a thinner white head that dissipated quickly; yellow-orange hue that was mostly clear

S - Sweet malts; yeat; candy; bready; and no hop presence

T - Breadiness and sweetness dominate; but indicative of the Maibock style. good dryness at the end.

M - Medium; clings a bit to the palate but not badly

D - OK; interesting in so far as that it's better than some of the German counterparts that I've had.

Overall, not the best example, but OK drinking. Don't break your back to get this, but check it out if available.

Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit bland looking, but otherwise, this is a great session lager in my opinion. It's a interesting stretch from Three Floyds. It shows more restraint and modesty then most of their beers. It reminded me a lot of Prima Pils from Victory and there is nothing wrong with that. The grassy hops flavor added to both the smell and the flavor. This is a summer beer, perfect for a picnic.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazey and very light beige mixed with light amber, and hay yellow. Not much head or foam period. Rich pilsner malt of mild toastiness in the aroma. Great grassy hop aroma gives the scent an earthy aire. Flavors of toasted malt overall, but also piney, grassy, and some faint unwashed strawberry from Jewel come through. Great malty, earthy, and semi-dry mouthfeel make this helles super sessionable.

Photo of lysistrata
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle. Picked this up at Wise Guys liquors in Indiana day before DLD.

A-Decent 2 finger head. Decent carbonation as little bubbles force their way to the top. No lacing to speak of.

S- Grassy, clean, pale malt aroma

T- Immediate bite on the tongue, which comes from the carbonation. There are hops present, but for 3F its rather understated. Clean sweet malt backbone

M-Beyond the immediate carbonation bite, its very smooth drinking. Goes down easy.

D- Very drinkable. If this was available in Texas during the summer, I could kill a few of these on a hot summer day.

Photo of GonzoPizzaBurger
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber that I bought from Lake Liquors. A German-style Helles Lager.

A: Yellow amber in color that produced a very minimal head with no lacing. Decent carbonation with tiny little bubbles that rise to the top quickly.

S: Grass and wheat, clean malts.

T: Smooth, slightly carbonated, a little bite on the front of the tongue that mostly comes from the carbonation. Hops are detectable but I could use more. A clean sessional beer that I could enjoy a few of in one sitting, and at only 4.5 ABV they won't totally destroy you.

M: Average mouthfeel, goes down smooth.

D: Could definitely enjoy a few, as with most any brew from FFF.

Photo of VDukes
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 oz bottle my wife purchased for me while in Indianapolis.

Poured golden with a light head that dispersed quickly (very little lacing).

Smell was of grass and honey. Taste was sweet with bready malt. Very light hops.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Definitely drinkable.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from KJeg Liquor.

Poured golden color with medium head that diminished quickly with a minimal lacing. Pleasent hop sweet aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor and medium sweet finished with a good balance of bitter and malt.

Very drinkable.

Photo of nick76
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of Cresant
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of beerfairy
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz. bomber

A: Pours a light carmel color with decent carbination and a nice head initially. In fact on the initial pour the head looked like that of a good Belgian Wit. Head seems to slowly dissipate . Sparce lacing on the glass between sips.

S: Slight hint of hops and malt.

T: Recovering from a cold so my taste buds and smell may not be 100% yet. Happy to update my review again later to provide more detail on these areas.

M: Smooth and creamy with a touch of bitterness. Has a nice tingle on the way down the back of the throat.

D: Good brew, could definitely drink a case of this in a sitting, it's definitely not one of those beers you can only have a couple of.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with fogdog. Thanks Kevin!

Poured into a flute.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale gold with only a thin, white halo for a head (and even that disappears after a minute or two). Pretty good looking carbonation. EDIT: following pours netted pretty decent heads, though they still didn't retain long.

Smell: Mango, green grapes, and maybe some pineapple along with some clean malt.

Taste: Bready malts, lager yeast, and some melon flavors. Tart citrus can also be found, especially when swished. A pinch of herbal hops cleanse the palate at the end. Malt and hops appear to be pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Malt produces a bit of chewiness and hops give it a clean, crisp finish. Light in body. A bit prickly. Nice.

Drinkability: I could definitely knock back a few more of these. Citrus and melon assert themselves more as the session continues. This is the perfect fit for a warm winter day in San Luis Obispo.

Photo of akorsak
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Gorch Fock from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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