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Munsterfest - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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85
very good

686 Ratings
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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 60
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rlee1390
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy deep amber, not much carbonation, one finger off white head.

S-Caramel, toffee, malty, some rye as well. Earthy.

T-Rather malty, caramel, bread, but then a spicyness/rye comes over to give it a good flavor.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and tad spicyness.

O-Easily the most normal beer by FFF. Though it lingers on shelves for a reason as it doesn't do anything to distinguish itself from other oktoberfests.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of CooperEllis
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From CrushedVol in a BIF box, thanks again! 22 oz into a .3l tulip.

Chalk this one up in the 'don't read the reviews before you drink it'.

I did not find this thin, oily, syrupy, over-carb'd, under carb'd, orange, amber, red, copper, semi creamy or serviceable.

Not a fan of FFF typically. Have had some excellent selections and some that widely miss the mark. I found this to be spot on. Perhaps not the best example, but certainly

Gentle bread and malt aromas. Enjoyable, understand spice notes that run from the aroma through the taste. Mouthfeel is a touch light, more a late summer 'feel' than fitting the season. Clean and crisp without a single demerit.

(218th)

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 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 mfnmbvp
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A seasonal offering from Three Floyds that I've yet to try. Expectations are in the average realm.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a light burnt orange color with maybe a bit of chestnut highlights here and there. One and a half fingers of off-white suds. Looks alright, for what it is.

S - Smell isn't what I usually tend to think of when I hear Oktoberfest, but it's still nice enough. Carbonated cola, brown sugar, banana, some cream, grain, and some bready malty pie crust.

T - Blah, this is not doing it for me at all. Unlike the nose, this beer is low on carbonation; a flat syrupy texture. The flavors that present themselves aren't bad, but something about this is just not working for me. Banana bread, lager yeast, corn & grains.

M - Feel is thick and syrupy. I guess this is more authentic and true to style, but it just makes the beer heavy bodied and bloating, in my opinion. Sticky and bready on the finish.

Overall, I suppose it is a more true to style example of an Oktoberfest, but it isn't one I would want to try again. Too thick and syrupy for my liking, but I can see where the appeal might lie.

Three Floyds Munsterfest ---3.5/5

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.