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Munsterfest - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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86
very good

681 Ratings
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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 57
Gots: 71 | FT: 4
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:
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(Beer added by: beachbum1975 on 10-15-2006)
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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/20/11 Tasting Notes. Split a bomber with my bro, while watching some football. Poured my portion into a snifter.

A) Amber color, pretty cloudy. A finger of head led to a thin dusting. No lacing noted.

S) A bit sweet. This really had a wine aroma, or like a white grape juice. I feel odd about saying that, but it's what I was smelling.

T) Malty sweetness, a little fruity, again I'm getting that green/white grape juice. Not much hops. A little booze.

M) Medium body, with not much carbonation. It is pretty smooth and has a nice finish and aftertaste.

O) I was pretty stoked about trying this brew. I typically really enjoy anything by Three Floyds, not to mention I had read this was the gold medal winner in the Marzen category at the 2011 GABF. Unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed. It wasn't bad, but I'll be sticking to the Wisconsin brewers and German imports for my Oktoberfest beers.

Photo of crayphish
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally gave in and grabbed a Munsterfest off the shelf of the liquor store in town. The beer poured out of the 22 oz. bottle to a hazy orangish brown in my mug. Decent carbonation, but little head retention. Sweet earthy malt smell. Nothing that over powers though. Taste is the same with a bit of bitter hops in there. The hop bite starts and the sweet malt finishes as I swallow, which I enjoyed. Feels a bit thick and chewy, not over bearing in those regards. I put this on the same drinkability as Sam Adams Octoberfest. I could polish of a few bombers if I so desired.

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SammyVndc
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%

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 Reaper16
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served into a mason jar

Pours a darkish gold color, sort of SAC Amber meets Goldenrod. White head, not much of it in either head size or lace. Pretty clear body. You can see the streams of carbonation rise up to the top where they don't amount to anything.

Munsterfest has a sharper nose and flavor than I'm used to getting from a Marzen. The standard tastes are there: green apple, grassy noble hops, twangy malt. Only they are sharp to a degree that there is nearly some tart action going on. A bit of kiwi shows up on the palate. A bit of banana on the nose. It is intense and interesting, if not always "good."

Appropriate body and carbonation levels. It feels a bit wan in the mouth but finishes smoothly. Nothing remarkable about it (in a positive sense or negative). Drinkability is bolstered by how interestingly piquant this beer is for the style.

If you like Marzens then check out this beer. It is unique enough to hold the interest of even Oktoberfest skeptics.

Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at FFF.

A - Pours a golden/orange color, white frothy, head, thick cap.

S - Malty sweetness, bready, sweet potato, pumpkin.

T - Big bready malt sweetness, pumpkin, caramel, slight dark fruit.

M - Light, good carbonation, refreshing sweet malty finish.

O - A nice Octoberfest. Very light and enjoyable...perfect for the warmer months of fall/end of summer.

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at the FFF Brewpub earlier today.

Appearance -- Deep orange with amber highlights and a 1/2" of sudsy white head. A sight to behold.

Smell -- Plum and nectarine, floral lager yeast, dry amber malts, earthy Noble hops.

Taste -- Follows the nose pretty well: plum, spring flowers, bready malt and a kiss of light brown sugar.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with moderate prickly carbonation. Pretty much on par with the style.

Drinkability -- While I enjoyed this beer, it's not my favorite of the style. I might have it again, but only for lack of better options.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From My Notes:

A - Pours a very clear copper with a thin white head.

S - Caramel and sweet toasted malt with a bit of graininess to it.

T - Sweet toasted malt, caramel, bready with a bit of hop spiciness mixed in.

M - Moderate with light carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish.

D - A tasty Oktoberfest. I was expecting something a little bolder coming from 3 Floyd's.

Photo of MeowTom
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty good look, pours a slight hazy amber color and a nice head that goes down to just a few splots.

S- Wonderful smell of fruits like a sangria. Probably the best part of this beer.

T- Mild malty taste. Typical of a lager.

M- Medium to heavy with some carbonation but nice.

O- Pretty average to the genre, not my favor but pretty good.

Photo of mentaltraveller
3.63/5  rDev -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 VncentLIFE
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little late in the season, but here we go. A really solid amber color with orange hues, Off white tight head made of small bubbles. It smells like a good German Oktoberfest should. lots of caramel sweetness with some sweet toffee as well. Nice corn syrup presence as well.

The taste isnt as sweet as I wanted it to be. Light body and balanced. Toasted corn somewhere in the middle. Caramel and alot more toffee than other Oktoberfests. Its like a nutty toffee. Slight metallic taste late.

I like the different flavors, but it just needed a bit more oopmf.

Photo of Fcolle2
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber in color with slight hues of red. Light Tan 1 finger head retains nicely.

Smell has some clean slightly lemony yeast notes that suit the medium complexity grainy malt back end nicely. Hops are very light and have slightly herbal spice notes.

Malt is forward in the taste and has some biscuit flavors before the slightly toasted lager yeast flavors come through. No off fruity flavors are present and sweetness is low with a very little herbal hop but a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp clean and has a very dry finish.

Overall it was a decent Octoberfest, nothing to rave about but that tends to be the case for me with this style it very rarely wows me if at all.

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

Nice, clear amber color with a thin, 1-finger head that quickly dissipates. Very faint nose of fresh bread.

Nice traditional oktoberfest flavor of toasted malt, fresh bread, candy corn, and spice well-balanced with hops. In fact, this one seems to have a bit more ``zing'' than a few others I've had this year. One expects a beer from 3F to be anything but normal, but they seem to have minded their manners here and delivered a good, traditional oktoberfest beer. Like all good oktoberfest beers, this one is wonderfully smooth and drinkable. Pity about the price.

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

Thanks to erric for this one.

Fizzy 1 +finger head fades fairly quickly, fairly hazy amber, tan color.

Nose has light toasty malt, some light lager fruity aromas, hints of creamy malts, hint of herbal hop and slight ester, and touch of fruity floral hops.

Taste starts with malty flavors, semi sweet with some reddish amber malts and little crystal, even a bit of creamy toasty malts. A slight herbal ester flavor as well I think from the yeast, which also adds touch of lager fruit and hint of lager crispness. Hops then hit with a bit of herbal earthy and touch spicy hop bringing a little astringency and tannic finish. Also a bit sticky on the finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not too impressed, weird malt flavors, astringent, bitter, and tannic finish with light esters too. In all that no toasty straw, no crisp clean lager, no dry finish..., just a strange beer. I expected a lot more from 3F, although both of the lager beers I've had from them were the only real two 3F beers I was quite unimpressed with. Maybe they're just not in the right environment or ingredients (water or whatever) for lagers.

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

It's 90 degrees out and i'm craving something refreshing

A: Reddish-orange with a thin head that disappears to nothingness pretty fast. Lots of carbonation

S: Bready,mild caramel flavor. Nondescript. Possibly past its prime

T: Mild bready sweetness with a hint of caramel and toffee

M: Great carbonation

D: Fairly easy to drink but i'd like to try this fresh

Photo of Jaywalsh20
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Clear orange/reddish amber, but still fairly light, topped by an off-white head of fine bubbles. Some spotty lace. Sweet malt aroma with grassy and floral notes. Mild bitterness with some caramel, mild toastiness and light floral hops. Moderate carbonation, medium/light body, quite smooth with some dryness in the finish. Quite easy drinking. Thanks for sharing Viggo!

Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dank brownish orange in color. Forms a very small bubbly head that quickly reduces down to a thin surface coating. Leaves some very light lacing.

S: Sweet malts and a little honey. Some light caramel and some light grassy hops.

T: Some more caramel and some grainy malts. Light toffee-ish sweetness. Light to moderate sweetness. Very faint grassy hops.

M: Medium with appropriate carbonation, but the feel is a little slick or chewy.

O: A decent beer, but I was expecting this beer to pop much more than it did. A very restrained beer from FFF that is really quite average. The bottle proudly indicates: "Es ist nicht normal," but I'm not so sure I'd agree.

Photo of Ken134
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle an amber-orange color with quickly fading white head.

Malty aroma along with some citrus and caramel.

The taste is much like the aroma. Maltiness along with caramel, toasted grains, and nuts. Finishes clean.

Medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

A very easy to drink Oktoberfest beer from Three Floyds.

Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

pours a nice copper colour with a big fluffy tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves a little lace behind.

aroma is nice. biscuity malt. very fresh and nice.

taste is good. bready malt. light bitterness. bit of pepper. hint of alcohol. little nutty and toasty.

mouthfeel is good. nice body and good carbonation level.

drinkability is good. a well balanced and tasty beer.

Photo of JackieTH
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber orange hue with an inch of creamy white foam leaves spots of lace. Smell is malty, caramel. Tastes similar to smell with notes of caramel and malt, citric bitterness is noticeable and not as sweet as I'd like to see for the style. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Decent brew, but not a fantastic marzen.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

amusing label on this bomber. poured into a nonic, this was a hazy apricot/amber in color with a thin, off-white creamy head that dissipated rather quickly. but, for me, the head is one of the least important characteristics of a beer. smell of sweet caramel malts is prevelant before your nose gets near the glass. some faint vegetal notes are also detected upon further inspection. the taste and mouthfeel both present some interesting contrasts, as it starts out sweet and medium-bodied/viscous and quickly cleans out to dry, light, and spritzy. this may be the only 3f's beer i've ever had where the hops did not assume a prominent role. in this one, they only play to a light bitterness in the background and the aformentioned vegetal notes in the nose. i give this one high marks for it's complex mouthfeel and cleansing finish, it makes for a beer you'd want to drink a lot of. it should be noted that i'm pretty sure they make this for a fall release, and having bought it in june (they just put these out in a new section at the local binny's), i'm pretty sure this is past it's prime. but it was good nonetheless and did not seem light-struck. will definitely revisit this if a fresh batch is re-released this coming fall. not the clean malt profile of an ayinger oktoberfest but still tasty.

Munsterfest from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.