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Munsterfest - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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85
very good

574 Ratings
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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 46
Gots: 48 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beachbum1975 on 10-15-2006)
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MyTBeerDrinker

Illinois

1/5  rDev -73.5%

12-29-2011 04:01:52 | More by MyTBeerDrinker
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vinny21bal

Illinois

1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

12-01-2013 03:34:54 | More by vinny21bal
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beerhan

Ohio

1.8/5  rDev -52.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 06:03:39 | More by beerhan
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wesside89

Illinois

2/5  rDev -46.9%

12-16-2013 22:12:22 | More by wesside89
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SouthSider14

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

02-24-2014 19:27:47 | More by SouthSider14
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pwoods

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 22:18:22 | More by pwoods
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.4/5  rDev -36.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2011 22:59:51 | More by Ryan011235
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

2.45/5  rDev -35%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 20:50:44 | More by MbpBugeye
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eorwar

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

09-17-2012 10:08:57 | More by eorwar
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crossovert

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 00:17:27 | More by crossovert
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wpqx

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

10-10-2013 05:41:50 | More by wpqx
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jrallen34

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 02:18:54 | More by jrallen34
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.6/5  rDev -31%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 04:15:15 | More by Phyl21ca
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.6/5  rDev -31%
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...

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 03:58:16 | More by Bighuge
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falloutsnow

Illinois

2.66/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 05:40:17 | More by falloutsnow
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sfreshnock

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 02:05:21 | More by sfreshnock
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crobinso

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

10-20-2012 19:41:19 | More by crobinso
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Skater_Rich

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

10-22-2013 22:12:23 | More by Skater_Rich
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markcp

Iowa

3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-26-2013 22:52:55 | More by markcp
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WiscoBrewsco

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -20.4%

06-20-2013 11:41:26 | More by WiscoBrewsco
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masterofsparks

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-06-2014 18:08:08 | More by masterofsparks
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fencedfox

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.4%

02-21-2014 01:24:16 | More by fencedfox
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Sideswipe

California

3/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 06:13:32 | More by Sideswipe
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JamesTerry88

Indiana

3/5  rDev -20.4%

06-27-2014 20:23:39 | More by JamesTerry88
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Flight317

Indiana

3/5  rDev -20.4%

06-08-2014 20:51:15 | More by Flight317
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Munsterfest from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 574 ratings.