Munsterfest - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
10-18-2010 12:54:38 | More by Thorpe429
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
02-21-2007 16:51:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
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
10-31-2008 00:24:06 | More by brentk56
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
09-11-2010 20:37:35 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
09-06-2008 03:36:01 | More by mikesgroove
2.6/5 rDev -31%
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.
01-17-2010 04:15:15 | More by Phyl21ca
4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
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.
09-24-2011 02:06:27 | More by TMoney2591
4.1/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
10-02-2008 13:53:44 | More by emerge077
4.38/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
04-11-2009 23:07:49 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.48/5 rDev -7.7%
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
12-04-2011 00:34:12 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
10-22-2010 18:07:36 | More by drabmuh
3.65/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
10-11-2011 02:27:14 | More by jlindros
3.5/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
11-08-2012 09:33:51 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
06-14-2010 00:13:15 | More by Mora2000
Munsterfest from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.