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Munsterfest - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 62
Gots: 73 | FT: 4
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: frank4sail on 10-18-2002

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Ratings: 687 | Reviews: 219
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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle pours into my glass a clear deep orange/red harvest color with a nice half inch of creamy eggshell head and lots of active carbonation rising up. Aromas of deep caramel and a touch of nuttiness. A bit roasted, with an herbal, lightly spicy hop in the background. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a sturdy caramel malt upfront along with a nice roasted nutty aspect to it as well. Flows down with some herbal, floral, spicy hops. A touch grassy with a bit of fruity flavor on the finish. Light bitterness is present. A tasty, malty oktoberfest lager.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with ample carbonation. Goes down easy with a nice dry crispness on the finish. Quite an easy drinking oktoberfest. It doesn't really set itself apart from others in the style very much, but overall is a tasty, enjoyable oktoberfest that lives up to the style. As one of the Floyd's few bottled lagers, it's one I'd probably come back to again.

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear light copper color with a small amount of tan head. Head dissipates quickly, and doesn't leave much lacing.

S -- Nice toasted malt, a bit of caramel and hints of banana.

T -- Similar to smell there is a nice amount of toasted malt with a bit of sweetness. The sweetness doesn't get too intense though. Again some mild banana notes.

M -- Medium mouthfeel with a slightly sweet finish.

O -- An enjoyable Oktoberfest, but not one of the top. Still, I would have this again.

Photo of Duster72
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This may have been an older bottle, but there is no date markings available that I can find.

Pours a cloudy amber with a two finger off white head. Decent retention and lacing. Aroma is roasty carmel malts. Taste is dissapointing, very malty with a little too much sweetness and not enough hops. Mouthfeel is average. Pretty drinkable but not something I would want to drink a lot of. I am hoping this was just an old bottle; I will get some fresh as soon as it's available.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a mostly clear, radiant orange body with a small and fleeting beige head. Sticky fleck lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted grain, caramel, and spicy/herbal hops. Light medium body, good carbonation, and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Taste is well balanced, with a toasty, nutty, and caramel maltiness that is complimented by a subtle spicy hop bitterness. Very well constructed lager that rivals some of the better German examples of the style.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A special thanks goes to goodbyeohio for snagging me this one...
Clear auburn with a half finger of off-white head...thin lacing.
One of the better aromas from the style...huge malt presence with floral notes, citrus, and a minty spice with a lingering nose.
Taste is fantastic...toasted, carmelized malt up front with a huge dose of bittering hops, more floral but some citrus in there too. The yeast flavors really add to the balance.
Finishes slightly sweet, but more bitter and dry, making the mouthfeel medium-bodied and very clean.
Not sure of the abv, but I'm guessing below 6% and very easy to consume....the bomber disappears way too quickly.
A great brew in the style from one of the best.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and bready malts. The flavor is more complex with bread, caramel, toffee and grapes mixing together. Low bitterness from the hops. The beer tastes very clean. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Slightly hazy reddish-amber with thin head.

Smell: Cherry, spicy noble hops and some light caramel and biscuit.

Taste: Fairly sweet caramel, cherry and biscuit. Slightly spicy hops on the finish with some lingering cherry and biscuit.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium lager body, slightly dry finish.

Overall: Pretty standard Marzen, and even a little on the sweet side. Expected more from Three Floyds, but nevertheless very well done.

Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a dark amber. Not much head. 1/2 finger at best. Caramel nose. Not much else. Caramel with large orange undertones. Not much presents of hops. Nice amount of carbonation. Clean mouth. I'm not a lager person, but this , I would recommend!

Photo of jeonseh
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - copper color with hints of gold and orange. Definitely a bit hazy. Pour led to a slight head that quickly dissipated.

S - caramel malts with pronounced notes of lemon and orange. Fragrant nose that is neither strong nor weak

T - slightly sweet with maltiness really owning the flavor profile. Has the same hints of citrus that was in the nose and there is slight toffiness that comes on the end.

MF - slight stickiness to it with a medium body and some carbonation on the back end that gives it slightly more heft.

O - overall a good easy drinking offering from FFF. This one was good and pretty true to the style without too many of the normal FFF curve balls. I would definitely buy a couple for the fall season.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a thick but soapy head that sits on a orangish-deep copper body that is crystal clear. There are tiny strands of bubbles leading up to the surface from the base of the mug. The head last for a good long time.

S- This beer has a light caramel malt note with a hint of sweetness and a toasted malt smell that has a hint of dry fresh grain note to it. Even though the smell is soft the slight sweetness and dryness is very nice.

T- The taste of toasted malt has a faint pot caramel note but it is a good pot caramel note. There is a faint biscuit or dry light toasted note in the malt aswell. The floral hop finish really balances the malt flavors perfectly. The bitter hops flavor doesn't last long in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full body with a tight fizz finish that is a bit crisp.

D- This beer has good malt depth with a very nice balance of malt and hops. I think this is the first Oktoberfest beer that I could drink by the liter and not get tired of drinking. Of course, I have never been to O-fest in German. With the soft malt and hops I will have to find this on cask and I think it must be consumed fresh.

Photo of pwoods
2.36/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. brown bomber poured into a pint. Quick notes.

A: Deep amber, clear. Short head and no lacing.

S: Roasty malts, a bit buttery. Very grainy. No hop presence.

T/M: Roasty malts with some harvest and pumpkin like tastes? Pretty sweet but very husky and grainy. Body is medium witha nice smoothness. Light body is decent carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but not tasty or interesting enough to want to.

Photo of mentaltraveller
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stein glass at 3 floyds. Pours an almost amber with a good head. The retention is pretty amazing. This is a pretty solid tasting brew. It as an easy drinker but still has some substance. I am not extremely familiar with this style, but it tastes pretty good to me.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inch-thick head that vanishes quickly, transforming to a very thin skin on top and then just circling the glass. All this goes on above a murky burnt orange/brown color. Appropriately it's the color of autumn leaves.

Smell is pretty much to style, having a musty, basement-like damp character, some mild sweet/dessert spices, and a hint of pumpernickel.

Taste brings in the same, no surprises really, a bit fruitier than the nose hints, but still getting that mildly pie-spiced character and a very damp sort of vibe too. Slightly tart, and not much finish to speak of. Bready, musty, wet like autumn leaves, slightly herbal, with a slick yet well-carbonated tickle in the mouth. It's okay, but only okay.

"Es Ist Nicht Normal," eh? Well, despite Three Floyds being an absolute favorite brewery of mine, I have to scold them for putting this German-ized translation of their slogan on this bottle, because, well, this is pretty much as normal as it gets.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, tasted at Jerry's on Division.

My beer was served in a tulip glass and poured a light burnt-orange color with a foamy white head. The aroma is subtle, with soft tones of toasted malt.

This goes down smooth, with more toasted malts balanced by a nice bit of hops for an Oktoberfest. It isn't what I think of when I think Three Floyds, but that's ok -- much like the Prize Ale, they've again shown their talent with sublime subtle brews. They don't all have to have Alpha King's super-charged flavor. I like this. It's superbly drinkable and doesn't fizzle on the palate, either. Well done.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Interesting spicey marzen lager. Spices, dried cherries, plums, but a bit too much. Good, but not great.

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, picked up at binny's in chicago...popped while watching some steam college football action

appearance: nice 3F label art...poured into an imperial pint glass, clear amber body with a subtle beige cap

smell: nice malted aromas, sweet caramel, honeycrisp apple, a touch woody, lots of grain...just a touch of noble hops

taste: Unfortunately this beer is just too damn expensive because its a pretty solid and very drinkable seasonal from 3F...Toasted grain and malt shines with a sweet caramel and tart apple presence that fits in harmoniously. There is a touch of spicy noble hops and a big bready aftertaste...me likes

mouthfeel: smooth, very smooth

drinkability: high

Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trying the Munsterfest for a third time....but I now have a chance to write a review. Cracked a bottle open tonight and the beer pours a very nice clear amber (I left a heal in the bottle to avoid sediment). The head is thin and white and is leaving some lace. The scent is fairly faint....there are subtle bittering hops and slight burnt malt. The taste is a well balanced Marzen style and probably one of my favorites of this style. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall an excellent offering.

Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks striking in the glass. A golden brown with slight orange hues sits below a brilliant white head, maybe a finger thick. The head doesn't last long so check it out quickly. Moderately opaque.

Very malty. Almost nothing else comes through. Not sure which hops they used but they're clearly German Noble, with their almost savory, borderline faint spicy scent.

Has good flavor and just the right combination of malt, lager yeast, and Noble hops. Together you get a slightly malt forward taste with a skosh of spice mid-sip and the faintest hop flavor to complete the drink.

Starts off sweet before changing to spicy, ultimately finishing with just enough hoppy bitter to let you know it's a beer. Medium-bodied, slight watery lager feel.

A great respresentation of the style, particularly from an American brewer. Simple ingredients in just the right ratios make this a beer the Germans would be proud of. Overall, a really, really good beer.

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Munsterfest is copper in color. There’s a light haze clouding the scene. Backlighting reveals some nice scarlet highlights. A cream colored head sits on top. It’s modest and stands less than a finger tall. Retention was very short. Lacing was on the light side.

The nose pretty good, but could use a little more strength. It smells a little sweet. A mix of caramel and toasted malts is noted. They seem to be present in equal proportions. Hops are definitely present. They feature citric orange and earthy notes. I have no idea what the hop profile is, but it seems a bit fruitier than you’d expect for the style. It’s not bad. Alcohol isn’t very noticeable. Not a big shock given its size.

The flavor is good. The malt base is a mix of caramel and toasted varieties. Toasted malts seem to be a little stronger. There’s a bit of caramel sweetness, but really not much. The hops definitely have a citrusy, orange flavor. It really is a bit novel for the style. I haven’t encountered it before. They also have an earthy, grassy flavor. There may be at least some noble hops. There’s a light bitter kick on the tail. Alcohol is very light and is mostly unnoticed. Finishes toasty with an orange twist.

Munsterfest has a medium body. Carbonation is light and the bubbles feel soft. It’s nice and smooth. Goes down very easy. This bomber’s disappearing quickly.

Munsterfest is an interesting beer from Three Floyds. Generally, their beer is pretty aggressive, full of flavor, and a little in your face. While Munsterfest is none of those, it is a pretty good Oktoberfest. It’s tasty and features a nice little twist with citric hops. All in all, it’s a pretty balanced, reserved effort from Three Floyds. Still good beer though. Definitely worth checking out.

Photo of AndrewNations
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much to say about this one. Its a typical Marzen and is quite normal despite being from 3F. It had a nice caramel and bread type malt backbone with mid to low carbonation. Admittedly, this is not my favorite style but I do enjoy tasting and seeing how others differ. I think this one is a bit on the sweeter side and makes a bit less sessionable then some of the german oktoberfest.

All in all I think this is a good representation of the style but would appreciate a little more creativity from 3F as they tend to do.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly light copper with very little head and barely any retention or lacing. not very marzen like.

sweet honey malts with a touch of floral hops

a slight bitterness and earthy flavor that calms down the sweet malt profile. a bit of a dry flavor in there. not overly sweet by any means. quite balanced.

tingly carbonation with a nice bite. considering there as no head in the pour, this is pretty spot on to the actual german counterparts.

a pretty decent fest bier. ayinger is STILL the best but this is actually a bit close to it in that its balanced. good stuff

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper/orange with a thumb of pearl white head. Above average head retention & lacing, some what cloudy from the yeast

S: Pear notes, some metal

T: Pears, light caramel, metallic (slight) & leafy hops along with a touch of grassyness up front. Some maltyness as this warms, but mostly pear notes & a touch of dryness. Finishes dry, fruity & a touch of sulphur & grassyness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Decent drinker, but nothing special. Perhaps better when at relase, no freshness dating, so we will never know.. Would do better as a Keller bier IMO

Photo of beerhan
1.89/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle, 10.12.10

Never have I ever been disappointed with three floyds but this was terrible. Octoberfests are fun for the most part and are very simple and drinkable. This however was a sloppy tart mess.

I was optimistic at first, pours a lovely amber with a nice juicy head. Looks like a crisps beer.

Smells like apple juice, sour fruit.

Tastes like an imperial killians if that could ever exist. I can't really describe the taste except that it was not pleasant. No real hops present but there is a very odd maltiness to this beer that is not good.

Tasting this makes me cringe in a bad way. Sours are a good cringe this is a what is in my mouth is it poisonous simple mammalian brain autonomic response type cringe. I considered this a semi drain pour because I poured some of my glass out when I just could not take the taste anymore. Also the price for this, $9 for an octoberfest! ridiculous!

I still love three floyds but I am going to never have this again. I love all their other stuff that I have had but alright so every brewery makes a black sheep. They tried to make a beer similar to a recipe from two hundred years ago and good. I am sure back then it was the greatest thing ever but this recipe could use an update.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I can't say I've had too many session beer or lagers by these guys, so this should be new... Into the Warsteiner Mug...

A - Very light amber for a Fest style beer, with almost no head, that disappeared quickly.

S - The toastyness was nice, as was the light tobacco notes. But I also noted way to much metallic and anise aromas to fine this a really enjoyable aroma.

T - Mildly fruity and toasty in the entry (pear?). Gum like flavors show up at midpalate, along with smoke and just a bit of hops, Finish is nice, with nutty, smoky, more pear with some apple fruitiness, and a lingering alcohol bite. Sweet, but not cloying. Good, not quite as good as Ayinger, but impressed.

M - Quite crisp, but on par with most Oktoberfest.

D - Worth $9? Not quite, but still good, and made for an enjoyable night.

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to enelson for this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger fizzy off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, brown sugar, pumpkin, and sweet potato. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, sweet potato, brown sugar, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew for the style. Got this one awhile back and found it while consolidating my cellar. Still had an excellent flavor and aroma going on here though. If you enjoy this style of beer you owe it to yourself to at least try this one once. You won't regret it...

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.