Munsterfest - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 691
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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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 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 Ryan011235
2.39/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 10/21/11

Cloudy tobacco brown. Not much foam. No retention.

Smells... blah. Apple, pear and earthy hops with some caramel and grain. Smells plasticine. Buttery aroma, too. Dusty biscuit and yeast amid herbal, tea and leafy hops. Decent showing of bread with a spot of caramel. A hint of cocoa - huh? Finishes dry with a generic hop note. Medium body; dry feel. Nippy carbonation. Coating - almost waxy.

Not exactly terrible but pretty unremarkable. Meh.

Photo of crossovert
2.47/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know it is old but I got it along with Alpha Klaus 2 for 8.50. 22 oz bomber.

It pours an orange/amberish gold with a large white head that quickly dissipates leaving some spotted lacing.

It does not smell like an Oktoberfest, it is months old, and it is still way too hoppy.

The taste has some Oktoberfest characteristics but overall it isn't an impressive representation of the style. It, like other American takes on German styles has sort of a "cat urine" flavor, I tasted the same thing in Prima Pils, I think it is the misuse of noble hops.

Photo of jrallen34
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a very light amber, especially for a marzen, very surprising color. The head is a weak white with little to no retention and lacing.

The aroma is very light you get some of sweet malts, a touch of hops, and almost a pumpkin seed smell.

The taste is very light and not spectacular at all. You don't taste much at all, its almost skunky. Hardly any after taste.

The mouthfeel is liight, not very drinkable.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.51/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber purchased at Pace-High, poured into a Three Floyds pint.

Appearance
It looks quite nice. The color and clarity are stunning. This is darker and redder than a lot of other Marzens. Its a burning coppery orange. Sporadic lacing.

Aroma
Nothing out of the ordinary here, perhaps this label shouldn't be emblazoned with their tagline "It's not normal". A healthy dose of grassy hops and doughy malts.

Taste
Too sweet. This doesn't have enough balance. The flavors are way too sugary, doughy and just sweet. Grassy hops, spiked with lemon, try to help out but its simply not enough. Alcohol, while supposedly low, is being picked up and adding to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel
Heavy bodied with an alcoholic feel. Carbonation bites the tip of the tongue. The finish is slick.

Overall
There are some good qualities, but there are also just as many bad qualities to this beer. Not worth the money. I'll stick with GLBC and Sam Adams.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dirty golden color ale with a tiny foamy head with light retention and not much lacing. Aroma of overly sweet malt with some grainy cereal cereal is more or less interesting. Taste is also dominated by some grainy cereal with some overly sweet notes. Body has an oily texture with medium carbonation. Not sure I get what the goal was but I didn't enjoy this - lacking caramel malt.

Photo of Bighuge
2.62/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy deep golden. Thin dirty white head. Barely any lace. Malty aroma but not overly rich or thick. A little apple fruitiness as well on the nose. Pretty plain flavor. Just like the nose. It's malty, but not overly so. And there is definitely an apple like presence which is a little awkward. Body is pretty lifeless. Easily, the most unimpressive beer I've had from this brewery. I coulda had a sixer of Staghorn instead of this bomber. It is what it is...

Photo of falloutsnow
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle, purchased late September 2013
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Three Floyds' Munsterfest is an overly heavy, syrupy-sweet adaptation of the Marzen style that also features some strange yeast and ester flavors. While the beer is not awful, it's far below the easily drinkable and fairly complex German lagers that make up the tradition of the style. In general, another mediocre attempt at a Marzen from a US brewery: for $9, I would definitely not purchase this again.

Pours a 1.5cm head of beige-colored foam, made up of small bubbles that yield a frothy appearance, which fades in about two minutes to a thin ring around the glass and a tiny island of small foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is minimal, with a few small streaks and dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber brown hue, with light bringing out pale, dirty-dishwater orange-brown hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (20-30% opacity) body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is fairly muted, mostly consisting of light brown sugar, old banana, musty mushroom-like yeast, bland toasted brown bread, and slight graininess. Definitely veers away from the style, and not in a good way: far too sweet, not nearly bready enough, and strange esters with yeast.

Overall flavor is of toasted malt influences (light brown sugar, old toast), with mushroom-like yeast and old banana esters. Front of palate finds light brown sugar sweetness, old banana esters, bland toasted bread, and mushroom-like yeast. Mid-palate experiences continued light brown sugar sweetness with bland toasted bread, notably spicy and slightly woodsy hops, with the mushroom-like yeast pushed far into the background. Back of palate finds heavier brown sugar sweetness, slightly syrupy, with toasted bread and spicy hops filling out the background. Aftertaste of strong mushroom-like yeast with sweet, light brown sugar, toasted bread, and slight accents of grain.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy (1/4), but mostly smooth (3/4) mouthfeel. This gives the beer a bit too much of a syrupy, cloying feel on the palate that neither works well for this beer or matches expectations for the style. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness on the palate and lips.

Photo of sfreshnock
2.77/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into 20oz tumbler.

Beer pours near bronze with little to no head which dissipates immediately. The beer has a sweet smell that is soon overpowered by alcohol and corn, unpleasant. The corn taste dominates and sits in the back of your mouth. Tastes like a roided' out Budvar. I have so much faith in FFF but I will not be having another. Taking into consideration where I purchased this from it should be very fresh.

Photo of Sideswipe
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber Thanks Kevin!

A- Deep copper color topped by a finger of off-white foam. A bit of lacing sticks to the glass.

S- Sweet malt. Caramel. Bread. A bit of spice.

T- Opens with big caramel presence. Sweet, bready malt characteristics dominate the flavor. Notes of lemon and honey. Some spice, nutmeg and clove perhaps.

M- Medium body leaning toward thick. Medium carbonation. The beer has a creamy feel to it.

O- All the characteristics of a traditional Marzen are here. Nothing crazy or earth shattering going on. Just a nice, classic example of the style.

Photo of Jeebs
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy deep golden orange with a tiny off white head. The head dissipates almost instantly leaving nearly no lacing.

S: Smells biscuity with spiced malts, sweet with a bit of fruitiness.

T: Much like the smell, bready/biscuity sweetness with spiced malts.

M: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. There isn't really anything that stand out with the mouth feel it's pretty bland and boring.

D: Drinkability is average at best, this beer is just too bland. This beer is not even close to being worth $8 a bomber.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Dogfish Head pint glass.
Beer pours a dark brown reddish color. There is no head to speak of. Smells of an Octoberfest, but the trademark Three Floyds hops are not present in the nose. I was hoping for a hoppy attempt at an Octoberfest.
Taste is true to the style for an Octoberfest. I guess Three Floyds is falling to their reputation here. An incredible brewery that I love. This is a good, very true to form Octoberfest. However, I was expecting something special from FFF. I can get Christian Moerlein Octoberfest around here for $6/sixer and have the same experience.
Overall a good beer, just not something that demands the FFF premium.

Photo of tpd975
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light brown hue with a nice solid head.

S: Lots of sweet caramel malt, sweet malt, and a touch of brown sugar.

T: Very malty (duh) with sweet caramel, toffee, and noble hops coming thru. Not much going on for a FFF beer, I expected a bit more.

M: Medium in body somewhat creamy.

D: Just so so.

Photo of Cresant
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date, but "fall offering" is stated on the label. The body was a deep golden and clear. The disappointing head quickly faded to nothing. An additional hard pour created a little sustained head.

Smell was floral and earthy. Candy sweetness. The sourness blossomed on the second pour. Vegetal.

Taste was Sweet grainy malts. Vegetal. Nobel Hops spiciness. This is the least hoppy FFF beer I have had. Which is due to the style I presume. This one may have been better fresher.

Mouthfeel was full and smooth, slick even. Could use a little more carbonation it seems.

Photo of
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle.

Very light haze, light brown/orange in color. Modest off-white head.

Mild citrus aroma, some caramel (inappropriate for style). A bit of roast/toast character.

Fairly hoppy for style, but not overboard. Unpleasant bitterness in aftertaste. Some toast notes.

Light + in body. Carbonation is low. Fairly refreshing, dry at finish.

May be a bit past it's prime, so I will try again in the future. Easy to drink, but flavor is just a bit off.

Photo of emyers
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a big, billowing off-while head. Great head retention.

Smell: Mix of biscuity malt and piney, floral hops along with some citrus, Definitely a much heavier hop presence than expected in a Marzen. It's kind of a bizarre presence actually, and the balance between malt and hops could definitely be better.

Taste: The same issues present in the aroma are present here - an awkward mix of what seems like could be an solid malt profile and an unbalanced hop profile that does little more than get in the way. Malt flavor is really the defining feature of the Marzen style, and the extent to which the hops overpower the malt in this beer is pretty disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the thin side of medium-bodied, with mid-level carbonation.

Overall: I know 3 Floyds loves to over-hop everything they do, and most of the time it works out really well. This is not a style for which that strategy works.

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 BitterBosh
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

At first, I really didn't like it, it seemed way overcarbonated & just way too thin & oily. But, after a while of drinking & letting the tulip glass sit, the alcohol smell & think taste broadened to a robust amber lager that I didn't think was coming at all. Let this brew sit for a while, it really opens up after a bit of warmth. The head will be gone by then, but it tastes so much fuller & organic this way. Right out of the fridge, its thin & oily. Must try some more Three Floyds offerings!

P.S.: I forgot to mention the hops...To me, the hops in this particular Oktoberfest lager taste far more citrusey (sp?) & biting than most other 'fests I've had. I like that about this brew, & with the sweetness added from letting it sit for a bit, this makes for an Oktoberfest that is in a league of it's own.

Photo of Coltalenaven
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by FFF in Munster, IN and picked up a few assorted bombers. Nice to obtain a fresh bottle of this Oktoberfest I've never sampled.
Pours a dark amber brew with a 3 finger semi creamy head. Quickly settles down to a thin film with no mentionable lacing.
Aroma is malty sweetness and the taste is the same.
A really smooth lager with a pretty abundant malt quality. Very similar to many of the American Oktoberfest beers I've sampled but a solid example and a pretty high quality beer in general as are all the FFF beers.
Overall a high rated beer in my opinion and something I would pick up every season.

Photo of BigBass
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love Marzen beir so I could not wait to get this in my hands fresh.

Pours a golden orange hue with a touch of champagne to it.

Alot of spices up front with all kinds of fruit. Im getting apple cider or juice right away, with a little malt character. Fresh baked bannana bread on the back end.

Wow, not what I expected at all. Alot of fruit, clove, and cider with malt character. Almost has that hefe twangg, sourness to it.

This has some wine-like quality for some reason. Carbonation is a little much for me and would like to see more body. I think they were going for high drinkability and missed.

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

Reviewed from notes...

Poured from a bomber into a stein. Liquid was amber with a white head. Aroma was of roasted malt, slightly sweet and minimal hops. Taste begins with sweet malt that fades to a dry (style-like) finish. Lacked the hops I was expecting from FFF. Very drinkable, like and o'fest should be.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop-top with cool label...no freshness date to be seen

Appearance: Lightly-hazed light burnt orange beer with a decent ivory cap which soon fades to a thick film with decent retention

Smell: Mild, lightly toasted malt aromas, along with some sweet fruit. Some mild lager-yeast in here as well; overall, this is a bit subdued, actually.

Taste: Mirrors the aroma; some sweet/toasty malts, mild juicy (generic) sweet fruits, and a mild-moderate hop bitterness on the finish. Just the barest hint of minerality. More emphasis on the malt than the hops, but it's not as toasty and full as some other Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: I was really looking forward to this (it's my first FFF beer) but I must say, while this is in no way bad, it was just underwhelming and not really worth the $8.00 a bomber IMHO.

Photo of Jaycase
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: copper color. opaque. thin head.

s: sweet malts, caramel presence lingers in the background.

t: Bready malts dominate. A bit of caramel comes through in the taste as well.

m: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation seems good

o: First time trying this FFF release. It's decent but nothing seems to stand out for me. Worth a try but not certain I would seek this out again, especially considering the price.

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