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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.

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Photo of JLeege


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
Photo of yeahnatenelson


3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed at Kuma's Corner, Chicago, 07/24/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a gently hazed golden straw and a slim sudsy white head.

Smell -- Pale bready malt, red grape and plum, mild earthy hops. Smells okay - no more, no less.

Taste -- Pilsner malt, vinous grape, plum skin, and mild earthy hop bitterness. I wish there was more to comment on.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with crisp prickly carbonation. Feels good, at least.

Overall -- Slightly better than average for the style, but I'm just not thrilled. Where's the interesting FFF slant on the classic style? Easily my least favorite FFF seasonal, not because it is a lager, but because it is so uninspired.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 00:07:07 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of Wadsey


4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorch Fock, 2011 bomber purchased for $6.49.

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear straw with large, creamy, white head that is quite persistent. Wonderful clarity and effervescence. 

S: Strong malt aromas, ranging from toast to grains to light corn. A touch of lemony/citrusy hops reminds you that Three Floyds brewed this beer. Otherwise, clean. 

T: Malty sweetness catches tongue unawares, but transitions seamlessly to toasty/grainy/corny malts. The hops seem to be adding some spiciness now. Medium-light bitterness helps crisp finish. 

M: Relatively big bodied considering low abv. The carbonation has enough vigor to hold up body. The mouthfeel, then, is heavier than one would expect for style, but it works fir this beer and does not take away from experience. 

O: I find Gorch Fock to be a pleasant, sessionable beer that, while not typical of style, falls well within its parameters. A really well-made lager that I highly recommend. 

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 00:59:22 | More by Wadsey
Photo of BarryMFBurton


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Month two of the Three Floyd’s “Challenge;” I don’t really emphasize the “Challenge” part because trying each one of FFF’s monthly releases as they come out is more of a privilege than anything. This month’s is Gorch Fock, and am I very excited. I just had a Weihenstephaner Original a couple weeks ago, and I remember saying “man, I wish more craft brewers made a Helles Lager; I’d love to explore this style.” Lo and behold, one of my favorite breweries bottles one no less than a week later. Lucky finds and odd coincidences are not uncommon in the beer world, and that’s another reason I enjoy being a part of the community.

So here’s to Three Floyd’s, for granting my wish – even sooner than I expected!

A: Thick and German – that’s how I would describe the body. It’s a deep gold hue, showing off a slight haze and medium carbonation from the glass’ bottom. The head is white and sudsy, but it goes away very quickly. A film is all that is left now, with some pretty good lacing. The look is spot-on for the style.

S: The nose is just as German as the appearance – bright, acidic yeast punctuated by inherent fruit tones (mostly cherry and lemon/lime). Very spirited. In fact, the only grains I can detect are some energetic wheat tones on the back end. Finally, some hops come out, as is the case with most of Three Floyd’s offerings. They are just barely there, but their piney resin is unmistakable. Killer execution so far.

T: Pretty spot-on here, too. My first few swigs give testament to the bright yeasts that were apparent earlier; mellow pear and cherry tones with a slight bit of that German-style funk. The malts are sweet, yet grainy, giving this one a lot of balance against the acids in the yeast, as well. The tiniest splash of hoppy bitterness comes in for the back end, giving the aftertaste a dry feel to its German chewiness. Not bad at all. I can detect some slight metallic tones, but nothing that sticks out in an overtly offensive way.

M: Not as much carbonation as I would have expected for the style, but still refreshingly bubbly. It’s not supposed to be an incredibly thick drink, and it isn’t; in fact, if it stays cold, it’s nothing but refreshing. The brewmasters hit it on the head there.

O: A spirited attempt at a non-traditional style; the results of which I thoroughly enjoyed. While it might not take the prize from Weihenstephaner (which I wasn’t expecting in the least), it definitely gives the Midwest an excellent example of this often overlooked European style. And if you can produce a good Helles, it says loads about your brewery, in my opinion. Just another reason why the boys in Munster should be proud.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 20:57:53 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of Tone


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. Two inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight grain, slight wheat, sweet malt, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of slight citrus hops, sweet malt, pale malt, hint of grain, hint of earthy malt, and slight alcohol. Overall, good appearance, body, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 17:07:40 | More by Tone
Photo of jwinship83


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle picked up earlier this afternoon. ive been hesitant to buy this before due to the style/price. $11 for a helles is quite a stretch if you ask me. but i digress. into the samuel adams perfect pint it goes.

A- the beer pours out a translucent golden yellow body with a finger of bright white head on top. the head is slow to fall and leaves behind small spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- pale and pilsner malts with maybe a touch of toasted bread up front. after that i get some some honey sweetness. some floral and fruity hops at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some pale and pilsner malts with a little bit of toasted bread. then the honey that i could smell moves in and adds an overall sweetness. light fruits follow that. floral and herbal hops at the end.

M- light bodied with a nice level of carbonation. crisp and clean. refreshing.

O- the price was a bit high for this. that being said, its still a fantastic summer time beer and a great example of a daintier german style beer. id love to have this available in a sixer for a more modest price.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 02:29:24 | More by jwinship83
Photo of betsona


3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

A- Palish golden color with a two finger of frothy champagne like white head. Had to wait a couple of minutes to let the head dissipate to finish pouring. Head dissipated into a thin covering. No lacing on the glass.

S- Lots of banana upfront with other fruity tones, though the banana dominated. Had a champagne tone to it. Nothing really special.

T- I had a hard time detecting a lot of anything going on with this beer because it was over carbonated. What I did get was average. A little banana and some spicy tones.

M- Medium body that was over carbonated. It coated the mouth and throat in even levels of foam. It was sort of like using foaming toothpaste that coats the mouth and stays for some time. The taste was over powered by the slightly unpleasant texture.

O- I am interested in trying this again. I wonder if I had an older bottle because after talking with other BAs and enthusiasts and they all enjoyed it. I typically enjoy drinking the style and this one smelled correctly.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 17:36:04 | More by betsona
Photo of Marty30


2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to kort27 for this bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

A. A straw colored yellow body with a one finger white head that recedes quickly.Leaves back no lacing.Tons of carbonation.

S. Ok some pine and banana and some sweet grapes.Not much to really write about.

T. Well I get a bitter piney taste.Some spicy notes as well as some fruit probably the banana.I dont know if this is an old bottle or what.

M. Mouth is good medium feel maybe a little on the thin side.There was a good bit of carbonation in this.

Overall Like I said before I don't know if this is a old bottle. But It was just ok nothing special.Wasnt terrible but i would not be seeking this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 02:06:10 | More by Marty30
Photo of Boungustatio

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apperance - Amber hue with thick frothy head - thin lacing - very sheer.

Smell: White Onion - hint of apricot - champagne

Taste: - faint fruit: banana, hint of lime and pineapple very light - ginger - burnt walnut

Mouthfeel: efferscent - champagne like - dead on for the style.

Overall - sessionable at 4.5% abv - great lawn mower brew - a good intro to craft beer brew for the american adjunct corn beer lovers

I'm a little let down though - bought this - 8 bucks for a 22oz - expecting something special from three floyds - nothin' special.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2011 23:13:44 | More by Boungustatio
Photo of BeerLover99


3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: yellow/orange body, trace head, very little lacing.

S: sweet malt, mild hint of pine and citrus.

T: light malt, sweet hint of pine and citrus, kind of flat flavor.

M: med/light body, crisp, dry clean

D: One of my least favorite Three Floyds. I have had better in this style; just didn't work for me. Not awful, but no need to seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 18:23:29 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy peach color with an almost non-existent white lip of head.

Light aroma of sweet caramel malts, orange, apple and herbal notes.

The taste is sweet but on the thin side with herbal and a hint of banana upfront followed by sweet caramel malts.

Medium bodied and very dry with a light carbonation.

Honestly, I was a bit disappointed with this one. It's good but I've grown to expect more from FFF.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 22:08:36 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of nicnut45


1.53/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A- Straw colored, nice fine pure white head.

S- Fruity smelling, is this a lager? Banana, estery, tones throughout. Hot fermentation maybe?

T- Is this supposed to be some weird type of belgian? Estery fruity flavors. Sulfur is evident. Not what I am expecting from a beer labeled as a helles. This tastes like bad homebrew.

M.F.- Dryed out. Clears the palate quickly. Im sorry but the flavors take anything positive away from this beer.

D- I poured the rest of this down the drain. For $9.99 a bottle I would expect something way better.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 20:40:29 | More by nicnut45
Photo of cadaugherty


3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed based on notes from September of 2010-

Honestly this beer doesn't merit a 5 point review. It is a bland and average Helles. Honestly a bit of a disappointment considering how good the Oste was. The nose is fine but bland, so is the taste. There are no flaws here really, just nothing that makes the beer stand out. As we all know FFF's is not cheap, I believe this was going for about $10 a bomber (Dreadnaught prices) and it so does not merit that. It is what it is, if you see it and want something simple go for it, but don't go out of your way.

I love FFF's but this isn't the one to go out of your way for by any stretch.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 06:36:39 | More by cadaugherty
Photo of jlindros


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 01:50:56 | More by jlindros
Photo of abrand


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

bomber poured into a pilsner glass. Found this in the back of my fridge so not real sure how it held up.

Pours a nice semi hazy orange to gold color with a fizze 1 finger head and plenty of carbonation. Pretty good looking pour. Smells of sweet malts with biscuits and hops. Not overpowering but smells pretty good. Taste is delicious. This held up pretty well. Nice sweet malt finish with doughs and herbal notes up front. Mouthfeel is semi thin with lots of carbonation. Drinkability is solid. I really enjoyed this brew and would love to grab some fresh this spring if it is released still?

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 03:41:42 | More by abrand
Photo of beerhan


4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 06:45:13 | More by beerhan
Photo of Thorpe429


3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 21:53:02 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of hopsbreath


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 04:07:44 | More by hopsbreath
Photo of alleykatking


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 04:31:12 | More by alleykatking
Photo of cetherid


3.45/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 02:20:20 | More by cetherid
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 01:33:34 | More by Chaney
Photo of JoePat


4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 22:19:39 | More by JoePat
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 15:57:33 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of webmanspidey


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 02:16:42 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of AgentZero


4.33/5  rDev +18%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 03:34:29 | More by AgentZero
Gorch Fock from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
83 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.