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 Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened by Andrewnations. Still Fall, but a break from the pumpkin.

Pours a light rusty brown with a bit of an off white head. Mode brings some slight caramel and toffee and a bunch of doughy malt. Taste is quite bready with a bit of sweetness in the background. Light to medium body and good carbonation. Drinks well, but nothig all that special about it. (363 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet without leaving that much lace behind

Smell: Sweet bread with a lot of caramel malt; a bit of fruit underneath

Taste: Opens with the sweet bread and caramel flavors but the fruit arrives as well, with apples, pears and a hint of citrus; after the swallow, the beer returns to the Oktoberfest roots, with lots of caramel, sweet bread and malted milk elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: On a recent trip to Chicago, I stared at this bottle, but moved on to other things, debating whether to try a Three Floyds beer or pass on a style that is not one of my favorites; so, lo and behold, I wind up getting a bottle for Secret Halloween; glad to try it, and one of the better O'fests out there; fascinating to see what the Floyd brothers do with the style

Thanks, kirok1999, for the opportunity (918 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious, albeit sweeter, Oktoberfest. For a brewery that specializes in "Not Normal", they show a lot of restraint and attention to tradition in this American-style Oktoberfest beers.

Munsterfest opens with a glowing orange-copper hue with a near-brilliant appearance. Froathy white head formation sticks to the glass and retains very well.

Caramel, sweet breads, and an ale-like fruitiness comes through in aroma. Malt aromas back up the sweetness and emphasizes the doughy/bready notes.

Sweet caramels also dominate the taste- its dominance masks the more elegant malt flavors and doesn't allow for the true Munich malt flavors to provide the complexity that classic Oktoberfest beers offer. Still, the odd fruity flavor rises as the beer warms- not typical of the style, I'm undecided on whether I prefer this flavor in this beer, but it reinforces the sweetness much like English ales do.

Richer and breadier in texture than most Marzens, the beer has a creamy-rich start and transitions nicely into a minty-malty dry finish. Very nice but again big for the style.

It goes without saying that this is a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer but the fruits, sweet caramel, and gravity gives this beer something that's definately "Not Normal" in traditional Oktoberfest beers. (1,285 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange peel toasted under a broiler. Multiple streams of rapidly rising bubbles maintain a large crown of exceptionally pale orange foam. Small pits and larger craters appear in the upper surface as it slowly loses altitude. This is a classic looking Oktoberfest.

The nose is less than explosive. It's well-balanced with a smidgen more hoppiness than the style dictates. Gently toasted malt combines with a hop profile that is both earthy and citric fruity. I'm guessing that something other than German nobles are present. Something from this side of the Atlantic perhaps?

Munsterfest doesn't taste like a Three Floyds beer. I've becomed accustomed to amazingly flavorful, hopped to the gills, over the top, envelope pushing ales from these guys, so it's surprising to be faced with a standard, no-frills Oktoberfest. To their credit, this is delicious beer and is a more than solid version of the style.

A modestly sweet, toasted Munich maltiness is the King of the Fest. He's accompanied by a wonderfully spicy hoppiness that I still believe is in the upper range for the style. The finish, especially, is pleasingly bitter and full of hop flavor. Although there may be a hint of bitter orange, I can't appreciate nearly as much fruitiness as I can in the nose.

The mouthfeel is exceptional when judged against other, relatively low ABV, Oktoberfests (the ABV is 5.5%). It's both firm and amazingly receptive at once. I love the lingering, lightly sticky, mouthcoating finish. A subtle, yet still invigorating, feel to the carbonation is the icing on the cake.

Three Floyds is proud of the 'it's not normal' nature of their beer (as they should be). For this German-style offering, they've amended their tagline to read 'es ist nicht normal'. Munsterfest is probably the most normal thing they brew, but it's still a damn fine example of the style and shows that these guys aren't just hop fanatics. What this beer has shown me is that 3F can be successful at whatever they set their minds to. (2,011 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Map Room.

Reddish orange body, good clarity, a thin head stays around for a little while, swirling into a doppler hurricane pattern. Malty nose, nutty with a touch of fruit, pretty much a malt showcase.

Caramel flavors, malty, not much hop presence. Finishes kind of dry. Something in there reminds me of fall leaves. Light bodied, easy enough to quaff a pint. Not especially complex, but a nice way to usher in the fall season. (441 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a trade a while back and had it sitting in the cellar for the last few months. This is a 2007 vintage bottle that has been kept well for the last year, and broken out just in time for this year's season. Twenty Two ounce bottle served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a tall pilsner glass. Consumed on 09/03/2008.

The look was very nice with a rich dark amber color, with lots of ruby highlights to it. A slight haze in the suspended liquid gave it a heftier appearance then what I would have thought. Very nice head, maybe two inches in height rose up over the top and settled down gently, leaving behind a nice level about a quarter inch high and some nice lacing over the sides.

The aroma was very nice, very malty as one would expect. Rich notes of caramel, brown sugar, hints of earth grains as well. Some light hoppiness thrown in the back, but more of an accent then anything else. The flavor was much more of the same, super smooth, rich medium body here was a bit fuller then one might normally expect, but there will be no complaints about that here. The flavor was just as smooth, with a subtle sweetness that really allowed you t sit and let this warm. Nice flavors of caramel and toffee, hints of grain and a really nice, light pine edge to the finish. Very easy to drink, this bottle went by way too fast on me, leaving me looking for more almost immediately.

Overall I thought this was a very solid choice for sure. It was not as complex as most FFF brews tend to be, but in this case that is absolutely fine. A good, quality, session able beer the this time of year. I would have no issues with getting this one again. (1,672 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

I read on the label once that this was brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot and then did a double-take as I struggled with the thought of the Floyds brewing something so ordinary-sounding and historically "pure" (for lack of a better word). Figured I'd have to try it out. It pours a lightly hazy bronze-straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grass, cracked wheat, buttery biscuits,, light nutmeg, honey, light caramel, and a few scraps of grapefruit rind. The taste primarily follows the grainy path made from the elements above, but with a nice twinge of orange and grapefruit zests. The honey and caramel also pop in at various points, so as to ensure that everything isn't all grassy malt and whatnot. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an appropriately grainy feel. Overall, a very nice O-Fest-like brew, nicely balanced and surprisingly refreshing. Right on. (971 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, grain, some fruit, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and bready with sweet flavors of caramel and fruit. Then a strong hosp presence for the style comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easy, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening. (818 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,132 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 Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ray (baybum) for bringing this and other under-the-radar Three Floyds items to the Nov. '12 Philly burbs bottle share.

Poured a hazy darker amber color, with a small white head that quickly sank to a ringlet. Bready malts on the nose, caramel, light fruits, light hops. No surprises here. Similar taste, bready malts, caramel, notes of pear and apple skins, a touch of citrus pith bitterness. Light-medium body, fairly drinkable, an good average marzen. (464 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened at a recent tasting.

Beer is light brown with an off white head of small and medium bubbles with little staying power, ends up with a few dozen tiny bubbles stuck to the walls of the glass. No lacing carbonation moderate.

Beer smells like a nice lager, minimal caramel, minimal malts, well balanced, exactly what I expected.

Beer is pretty malty, nice bready mouthfeel. Forward flavors are slightly sweet. Finishes cleanly and not too dry. For a marzen, its quite good. The malt backbone is well thought out with good connectivity. I would definitely drink this again. (579 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but it is from the 2012 release. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers for a bit. Minimal lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, caramel, brown bread, toasted grain, brown sugar, light pepper, floral, slight nuttiness, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and strength of fruity and malty notes with light hops. Taste of pear, apple, grape, caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, toasted grain, light pepper, floral, light nuttiness, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, toasted grain, floral, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of fruity and malty flavors; solid complexity with good robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest style. Nice balance and robustness of fruity and malty flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,256 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and bready malts. The flavor is more complex with bread, caramel, toffee and grapes mixing together. Low bitterness from the hops. The beer tastes very clean. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (331 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a sunburst orange with a tiny head which leaves little lacing.

S: malt, toast, nutty w/ a slight pleasant sour funkiness

T: nicely balanced sweetness, subtle sourness, which is nice

M: crisp, clean, smooth

D: very easy to drink. I could easily have several more glasses.

Notes: at $8 for a 22 oz. bottle, I find this to be ridiculously overpriced for an Oktoberfest brew. (385 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours clear and light copper in color with a nice stream of carbonation rising from the bottom. Poured with a very thin head that left little lacing.

Aroma is malty and bready with a decent amount of sweet caramel malts coming through. The taste has a lot of caramel malts with a little sweetness to it. It's a pretty balanced beer though, the caramel comes through the most but it isn't too sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it was pretty easy to finish the bomber during the beginning of the Super Bowl this evening. It's lighter bodied and full flavored making it a very drinkable brew. I found it a pretty good representation of the style. (752 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 Georgiabeer
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Poured a dark amber with a short fluffy white head that disappears very quickly. Smells of lager yeast, honey, and apricots as well as light malt. The taste is a little dissappointing. It is more reminiscent of an imperial pilsner or craft malt liquor than it is an Oktoberfest. Its very malty, very little hops in the front, fairly sweet in the middle as well as some apricot. The mouthfeel is nice and full and creamy, and very smooth. Very restrained carbonation. Not a bad beer, just a little bit odd interpretation of the style. (560 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the glass this is a slightly hazy orange amber colored beer with a disappointing tan head formation that does not last.

Smell is sweet with an edge of dark roasted malt to it. Unexpected whiff of coffee and chocolate in this. Smell is really closer to a brown ale.

Taste is mildly sweet and full of Nobel hops in the first taste. Noticeable flavors from the dark malts again, tastes like brown ale. Good solid Noble hop bitterness and flavor, mildly spicy in the mouth but not real complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Easy to drink as all Three Floyds beers are. This doesn't really taste like an Oktoberfest but it does taste good. Flavor-wise this would be a real good schwartzbier but it isn't dark enough. Tasty but not to style. (740 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a thick but soapy head that sits on a orangish-deep copper body that is crystal clear. There are tiny strands of bubbles leading up to the surface from the base of the mug. The head last for a good long time.

S- This beer has a light caramel malt note with a hint of sweetness and a toasted malt smell that has a hint of dry fresh grain note to it. Even though the smell is soft the slight sweetness and dryness is very nice.

T- The taste of toasted malt has a faint pot caramel note but it is a good pot caramel note. There is a faint biscuit or dry light toasted note in the malt aswell. The floral hop finish really balances the malt flavors perfectly. The bitter hops flavor doesn't last long in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full body with a tight fizz finish that is a bit crisp.

D- This beer has good malt depth with a very nice balance of malt and hops. I think this is the first Oktoberfest beer that I could drink by the liter and not get tired of drinking. Of course, I have never been to O-fest in German. With the soft malt and hops I will have to find this on cask and I think it must be consumed fresh. (1,186 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 650 mL bomber received as a Christmas present from my sister.

A: The festbier is a full amber color, dark but still translucent Darker sunset red colors appear at the wider points of the glass. A thin head arose of pour and sits gingerly atop the beer.

S: The lager has a full, sweet malty aroma is that is bready with fruit undertones. A subtle hop crispness is present as well.

T: Bready flavors abound, toasted and sweet. The malts dominate but a grassy hop flavor sits just behind the toasted grains. A nutty flavor emerges to match the toasted grains. A nice o-festbier.

M: A solid oktoberfest, the malty taste is the beer equivalent of comfort food. The smooth grainy flavor leaves a nice finish.

D: This is definitely one of FFF's most approachable beers, refreshing and clean. I wish I had another bottle to enjoy. (829 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium amber hue with a one and a half finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt with some honey sweetness. Some husky grain and noble hop as well.

The taste consisted of a sweet caramel malt with some wildflower honey. A juicy semi-ciric hop was detected.

The mouthfeel was clean but a bit on the thin side.

Overall a tasty oktoberfest. Very drinkable. (450 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trying the Munsterfest for a third time....but I now have a chance to write a review. Cracked a bottle open tonight and the beer pours a very nice clear amber (I left a heal in the bottle to avoid sediment). The head is thin and white and is leaving some lace. The scent is fairly faint....there are subtle bittering hops and slight burnt malt. The taste is a well balanced Marzen style and probably one of my favorites of this style. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall an excellent offering. (520 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal layer of beige bubbles over the cloudy dark amber brew. Head is down to a swirly film quickly, with average to good lacing. Aroma is lightly of nutty malt and fruitiness. Taste follows along with a nutty grain husk flavor upfront, and hopping to balance for the rest of the experience, with maybe a touch of fruitiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice, and even if they say it's "not normal", I'd be happy with this as my fest beverage... (586 characters)

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