Munsterfest - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 218
Hads: 692
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
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 jokemon
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep copper brown from 22 oz bottle.

very minimal carbonation, which is disappointing. The head was minimal and disappeared quickly.

taste is octoberfestery as you would expect. I've been in the spirit of octoberfest lately so I've been having a lot of these beers and honestly I would choose the revolution octoberfest over this. (340 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a hazy standard amber color with a single finger of foam that drops back to a ring in about a minute, leaving light amounts of lacing behind on the glass. Lighter side of medium body and medium carbonation levels, slightly crisp texture but not very significantly so.

Smells only lightly of citrus peel and nutmeg spiciness, but maintains a core aroma of bready caramel malts. The flavor follows suit mostly but has a somewhat higher citrus peel accent and a touch of nuttiness on the finish with a bit of earthy hopping. It's serviceable, but there are more exciting marzens out there on the market than this. Surprising mostly for how 'normal' this beer plays out for a brewery with the slogan of "it's not normal." I believe it may be the black sheep of their lineup in this regards. (819 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (560 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber style brown bottle with FFF Bavarian style label. Poured into a 12 oz tall mug.

A - Body is on the orange side of copper with a slightly darker than white head that settles into a thin ring of lace. A touch of stick to the glass, but nothing special.

S - bready malts. Somewhat grainy with a nice German style yeast. Sweet malts with light caramel and brown sugar. Fantastic addition of spices within.

T - Clean lager taste of grain up front. Pure sweetness with a bread like character. Buttered brown sugar with notes of caramel. Sweet and delicious. sweetness really takes the load with a touch of hops and spice with little bitterness. Crisp, clean finish.

M - medium bodied and smooth. Just the right thickness and easy to drink. Finish is clean and refreshing.

O - let me start by saying that Munsterfest is now #2 behind the GLBC Oktoberfest in my marzen ranking. I was expecting a totally different brew from FFF, but this hits the marzen/Oktoberfest style with perfection. Just a tasty lager meant for the festive autumn season. Great flavor and a bottle full of sweetness. (1,100 characters)

Photo of spdyfire83
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

180th Review
Proper pint
On-draft in Munster at Three Floyd's Taproom!

From notes.

A: Dull copper. Quarter (off-white) fingernail head.

S: Caramel, wheat, nectar, faint nutiness, and dried-out malt. Not much else here which I find boring.

T: Malt sweetness upfront followed by smooth nutiness with touch of honey, cracked wheat, and biscuit malt. Hint of fruitiness and spice (beautifully balanced) near back is a nice change of pace for the style. Enjoyable and tasty - not boring at all!

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: A nice beer for sure! I was a bit taken back by the lack of nose on this, but the taste and mouthfeel came to the rescue! Well done for the style, easy and smooth to drink, and overall solid. (729 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, nice thick creamy 1 inch head, decent lacing.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, yeast, grainy, pale malts, brown sugars and added spices.

Taste - Very caramel and brown sugar with sweet nutty/buttery malts. Malts are grainy, sweet and very smooth. Hops add some grapefruit and pine flavors but nothing to strong. Lemon and toffee comes in at the end.

Mouthfeel - Actually fairly light and rela smooth and easy to drink. Malts hit mouth with sweetness. Tounge and palette get more malts, some hops and sugars. Aftertaste is thin, malty and smooth.

Overall - Nice, tasty and smooth. Alcohol is masked well, malts are the featured flavor. Everything you want in a octoberfest, maybe a little more hoppy then most but its solid and actually a safer/normal beer from 3 floyds, and that i feel makes most not enjoy this as much as they want to admit. Worth a drink for sure. (929 characters)

Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no freshness date. This is obviously a September release, but FFF should still start dating their bottles. A brewery that does SO many hoppy beers, and doesn't bottle date!?

Pours copper-orange in color and has a slight haze to it. Head is white in color and has settled to a thin and spotty lace after about 5 minutes. Plenty of carbonation bubbles floating up towards the head. Pretty good head retention, but the lacing eventually makes it's way back down the glass.

Smell is malty, bready, and grain heavy. I'm also detecting some sweetness. On point for the style.

Taste: Malt and grain up front accompanied by a touch of sweetness. Hops provide a little bitterness, but not much. Maybe they're more prominent when fresh? Finish is smooth, rounded and quite clean.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

A nice Oktoberfest overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is only my 2nd beer from Three Floyds, and it's definitely a good representation of the style. I'm not sure why, but as good as it is, I was expecting a bit more. Still not too far behind Great Lakes and Barktoberfest. (1,109 characters)

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Weizen glass.

A- Dark orange, very hazy. Good off white head with decent retention.
S- Smells like grains and light malts, some German style yeast. Not a whole lot to the smell of this beer.
T- A good grain profile. A mix somewhere between light and dark malts. Not much bitterness or hops that really stand out but its all about the malts here and they're pretty decent. Some alcohol taste.
M- This beer is an easy drinker, very sessionable. A silky creamy mouth feel. Lots of carbonation, lots of burps to follow.
O- This is a beer anybody could drink and be happy with but I was honestly expecting more out of three floyds. This one is good but it doesnt live up to the brewery's reputation or the price tag. (735 characters)

Photo of ne0m00re
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Live review of a 22 oz bottle of this years.
A: Crystal clear reddish amber, decent white creamy head settles to a collar and film. Little lacing.
S: Nutty caramel with a slightly woody grapefruit green character, brown sugar with a very slight bourbon-like alcohol.
T: Creamy woody, nutty, caramel, and brown sugar. Balanced sweetness, slight acidity, and bitterness. Nothing outlandish; just a simple well-rounded lager.
M: Thinner, with a slow-building creamy froth, which breaks into an almost-acidic malt finish that cleanses the palate.
O: Pretty good. Simple, but good. (576 characters)

Photo of grover37
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up in Indiana. At least 3 months old by now. Poured into a becker.

Appearance (3.5): Ruby red with orange around the edges. A fat finger of off-white head reduces to a thick layer. Pretty clear too - a decent looking beer. No lacing and little head retention after the layer dies off.

Aroma (4.5): Biscuit and a medium caramel. A little faint but just how I would expect an Oktoberfest to smell.

Taste (2.5): Sweeter than it smells. Sweet, light caramel up front. Even sweeter through the middle with a bit of a toffee taste. Some butterscotch in the finish. Too sweet for the style although not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel (4): Medium-high carbonation and body on the full side of medium. A touch effervescent from the high carbonation which really brings out the malt flavors. A bit sticky through the middle and a lingering sweet finish.

Overall (3.5): I like everything about this beer except for the sweetness in the taste. Would drink again, but won't seek it out. (993 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to florida9 for sending this in a BIF. enjoyed out of brooklyn snifter.

a - poured a semi transparent orange brown with a thin fizzy head that bubbled away relatively quickly. lacing was very slippery but swirling the glass rebuilt the fizzy head.

s - brown sugar, some lagery pilsner earthiness. all malt, but not as seasoned and pot pouri as i've come to love about the style.

t - flavor is much nicer than the smell and classic marzen. caramel malts and toffee. some brown sugar.

m - medium to light bodied. good carbonation that adds a lot to the beer. easy drinker.

o - i've come to really dig this style. munsterfest has a really nice flavor and feel and an oktoberfest i'd be happy to drink every fall. (726 characters)

Photo of Jammies
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a brownish gold with a think layer of foam that lingers and slowly recedes to the sides of the glass.

S- malty notes with some slight caramel hints

T- sweet and very slightly malty. well balanced and smooth

M- watery and a little bit thin

O- overall a great beer. A little bit sweeter than most Oktoberfests. (321 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a 3F pint glass
A: Muddy copper color with a thin head that quickly dissipates
S: Pleasant malt and spice, along with hints of fruit and citrus zest
T: Mallt, apple, a hint of caramel. Not too much going on.
M: Fairly thin, crisp but average.
O: Probably my least favorite 3F thus far, but on the other hand better than many Oktoberfests I've had. (371 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Three Floyds : Munsterfest

Pours a clear, dark golden color. Aroma of bready malts and citrusy hops upfront. In the taste, biscuit and mild grapefruit flavors. Bitterness is pretty pronounced, along with more bready flavor. Lightly roasted malts. Citrusy and bitter for an Oktoberfest, but quite nice and in good balance. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Overall, a nice twist on the Oktoberfest style, and a quality hoppy lager. (435 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -7%
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 (570 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (911 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a clear and very dark amber, almost brown, colored body; very well-carbonated; frothy one finger sized head formed after the pour; quality lacing formed on the side of the glass

S - Airy lager nose; apple and slightly fruity; rice and cool fermented yeast; smooth and crisp; touch of allspice or grains of paradise; faint hint of Noble hops

T - Toasted bread malt goodness; rice; interesting blend of spices, there has to be grains of paradise in here, leaves a very dry feel on the tongue; faint taste of hops, comes up at the end of the sip

M - Rinse and soapy; medium bodied beer; lingering lager airiness and taste turns very malty after a while, with a heavy dry aftertaste

D - Clean and pleasant taste; refreshing lager characteristics make this an enjoyable beer for anytime of the day, from dinner to summertime (899 characters)

Photo of mrand01
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared with nicoco. Poured into generic tulip glasses.

A: Hazy amber/brown. Pours with about 1/4" of off-white head that quickly dissipates. Decent amount of spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malts...smells like an Oktoberfest?

T: Cloves, roasted malts...but overall, kind of watery.

M: Thin, leaves much to be desired. Light carbonation, nothing too crazy.

O: It's an Oktoberfest, what can I say? I've never had one that was interesting or complex, but that's not really the purpose of the style. That said, I'd rather have a Spaten. (543 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Sideswipe
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.39/5  rDev -35.9%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Three Floyds Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark orange with a touch of brown. A one finger tan head slowly fades. A netting of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Carmels, honey, malts.

T - A lightly sweet malt with a hing of honey and slight lemons.

D - Fells thin, but I would call it an average body, also feels lowly carbonated, but it appears fizzy on the glass.

O - A bit darker than expected, but I enjoyed that it wasn't overly sweet. (464 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (566 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into oversized glass mug

Pours a slightly cloudy caramel color with a one finger creamy light tan and hangs around forever.

Nose gives off a caramel roastiness, breadiness, and a slight hop zing.

Taste is very sweet, caramel-y, brown sugary, honey-like, and with a slight taste of coffee. Very faint hop presence.

Mouthfeel is sweet and somewhat slick with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is quite a delicious beer - perhaps a bit sweet (under attenuated?) for the style, but refreshing and quite drinkable. Will seek this out and drink it again. (567 characters)

Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.