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Munsterfest - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 225
Hads: 727
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 21.81%
Wants: 62
Gots: 87 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 225 | Hads: 727
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3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle.

Very light haze, light brown/orange in color. Modest off-white head.

Mild citrus aroma, some caramel (inappropriate for style). A bit of roast/toast character.

Fairly hoppy for style, but not overboard. Unpleasant bitterness in aftertaste. Some toast notes.

Light + in body. Carbonation is low. Fairly refreshing, dry at finish.

May be a bit past it's prime, so I will try again in the future. Easy to drink, but flavor is just a bit off.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber courtesy of Viggo- a great surprise and treat! Pours out a dark lager- right on style for an oktoberfest. Not much head or lacing, but no matter, this is a session beer. Excellent clean taste with the malty flavour I was expecting. Hop levels pretty moderate for three floyds. Carbonation was medium.

All and all - a solid lager. Had a nice tast profile, but yet very quaffable. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Dogfish Head pint glass.
Beer pours a dark brown reddish color. There is no head to speak of. Smells of an Octoberfest, but the trademark Three Floyds hops are not present in the nose. I was hoping for a hoppy attempt at an Octoberfest.
Taste is true to the style for an Octoberfest. I guess Three Floyds is falling to their reputation here. An incredible brewery that I love. This is a good, very true to form Octoberfest. However, I was expecting something special from FFF. I can get Christian Moerlein Octoberfest around here for $6/sixer and have the same experience.
Overall a good beer, just not something that demands the FFF premium.

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Photo of crayphish
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of taez555
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

This beer poured a clear orange/brown/tan body with a very small off-white head.

Nose has a simple fresh cut grain sort of smell to it. Little hints of sweet caramel, or biscuit and surprisingly that classic macro sort of corn smell as well.

Taste is medium bodied and very crisp with a mild graininess. Very light on the tastebuds without any strong overwhelming flavors. Subtle grain, some nice caramel and toasted malts, some fresh hearty bread and even very subtle hints of rye. Hop bitterness and taste shine through a bit more as it warms and actually start to dominate in the back end. Ends with a lingering bitterness and graininess.

A very simple American oktoberfest. A bit more of a hop bitterness than normal, but overall a very nice simple drinkable marzen.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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...

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Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh my god, I think I just creamed my pants. A Three Floyds lager? Don't get me wrong, I love my ales to death, and a greater percentage of my favorite beers are ales, but there is really nothing better than a well done lager. This one fits the bill quite nicely, and it is quite hoppy to boot (it's Three Floyds afterall). I finally got a chance to try this after just having been out of my Oktoberfest kick for the past month, but now I'm ready to dive right back in after this one.

Pours with a monumental head and an intensely active carbonation to support it. Whew, it's not already too late after O'fest season. Despite the beautiful carbonation, the retention is actually fairly poor, and the lacing ceases to stick. It is also a fair bit hazy, though it has that beautiful clear coppery color that I drool over every October.

The aroma is quite enticing. Has a distinct vegetal lager smell to it, but also a ton of floral hops and some caramel maltiness. The taste is fairly similar. Sweet with caramel and biscuity malt flavors up front fading into a clean, crisp floral hops bitterness. Very clean finish. Only very faintly vegetal. A damn good lager, and an instant favorite for an O'fest.

The body is fairly thick and creamy for the style; and even though the carbonation appears to be intense, it is very soft on the palate. As I have said already, it is very clean with only a hint of caramel sweetness and floral hops bitterness in the finish.

As is the case with most well-done lagers, this beer is uber drinkable. I could drink it by the case if I could afford it and it was available.

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Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange, big off white head forms, settles down to a thin layer, some lace spots, decent retention. Smell is sweet and malty, some citrus, bread and yeast, bit of funk, smells okay. Taste is sweet and malty, yeast, orange/citrus, little bit of sourness and some zest, bit of jasmine, weak finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very smooth. Never thought I'd see an Oktoberfest from 3F. Not bad, not up to their quality, but a decent brew.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber

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.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a copper, with little head.

Aroma of malt, hops(slight as they are), caramel, smoky

Flavor of hop(slight), malt, smoke(slight),

Mouthfeel of moderate carbonation, with a medium/low body

Overall this is a decent Oktoberfest, not what I expected from 3F's. Yet still a nice beer to partake in.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates to nothing.

S: Sweet, toasted malt nose. Maybe a tiny hint of apples?

T: After initial pour the taste was of sweet malt and mild hops. After warming for about 20min. more of the toasted malt flavors began to come out along with slightly fruity alcohol flavors

M: Medium body. Toasted malty finish that stays around.

D: This is a very drinkable Oktoberfest. Not my favorite style but I could see myself drinking a lot of this. All the flavors meld very well. It's malty without being too sweet and there's just enough hops to keep the malt in line. If only FFF would do a dry-hopped version of this!

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pors that simple yet clear grainy amber that is spot on with the real deal oktoberfest beers. Thick yet snappy head that leaves a small foam throughout the whole mug of beer (22oz). Smell of some syrupy straight up malty sweetness. Authentic. The taste is like sweeter pretzel bread fresh from the oven. Leaves a little aftertaste. Goiod on the drinkability for its clear sweetness, but tastes a little like runny syrup.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of shivtim
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Interesting new brew. Pours a clear copper red/brown with a big off-white head. Excellent lacing. Nose is mildly hoppy with a good bit of spiciness comign through. Nice. Taste is mild sweet grains and lingering sweet hops. Not a real strong flavor, but well done. Mouthfeel is above average, and drinkability is high.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. The beer is a golden orange color with a very small and patchy head. Clarity is poor and there is a moderate carbonation apparent. The aroma of the brew is mildly doughy, with a sugary caramel sweetness. A little bland to my nose. The flavor is very bready, with a peppery noble hop spiceyness, with a mild caramel sweetness. As it warms a little, there are some more toasty notes along with a mild graineyness as well. That definately makes it start to work more for me. It finishes with a mild but pleasant bitterness. The flavor is also a little distant as well. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. It sits nicely on my palate. This one is nice and easy drinking. I think that this one is definitely better as it comes towards cool in temperature. The grainy and toasty notes seem to come to life after it warms. This is a nice brew. Definitely a drinkable one.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger head, that disappears to a foam ring at the edges, no lacing. Body is a slightly hazy yellowy brown amber.

Smell - toasty malt, hint of apples, and hint of spicy hops.

Taste - like the smell. Toasty malt, with hint of apples, and some faint spicy hops, with faint lemon on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, quite fizzy.

Drinkability - this is good, but not great. Could be sessionable.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Thin tan white head on a clody orangish body.
S- Weak smell can't really smell much besdies some malts and some hops with fruits. It is a different smell. Smells like a lot is mixed in it. Some caramel notes with some like orange hints and other tropical notes?
T- A nice blend between malts and hops. It has quite a bit of fruit flavors. Can't really pin point to many flavors since I think it doesn't follow the style well but it is very good! Some pear and fruits come out. I think its well balanced. To big of flavors for a oktoberfest IMO.
M- Medium body with low carbonation.
D- It is really good! I think it tastes amazing. It's a new blend of flavor which follows Three Floyds. I don't know how they do it but they keep making a total new blend of flavors and it keeps coming out amazing.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this on the "new bottles" menu at the Map Room and i got it despite the price because i'd never seen it before (later i saw it at Sam's too). poured red with a bit of brown and translucent...massive white head. crisp, lightly malty and all-spice odor. some sour apples on the nose too. taste is very smooth, nicely hoppy. some slight apple and cinnamon tastes, small amount of hops. It's a very nice lager...not really an octoberfest but i always keep in mind that "it's not normal". High marks for this guy overall...reminds me a bit of Brooklyn Lager with less hops, which is weird because it's not at all the same style. highly drinkable and very refreshing. way to go map room.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Garrett for getting this 22 oz. bottle (with no freshness date) from the bar at 3F's. He drove from Cincinnati to check the place out (That jerk!).

Appearance: Served into a traditional pint glass at around 45 degrees. It’s a thick, cloudy & unfiltered brownish-red brew with 1/4 inch light tan foam head. Good foam retention with thick lacing.
Smell: Earthiness, pumpkin, toasted malts and Belgium candies.
Taste: Non-typical, semi-dry (almost stale) and earthy beer. Medium-bodied brew with pumpkin being the most predominant flavor.
Drinkability: In a word, different. Hits you tongue dry and earthy with pumpkin and all-spice. Serious Earthy tones in the middle and finishes with candied sweets.

This one was hard to review – lots of things going on with it. I was expecting a rich Oktoberfest beer, but drinking it was completely different. I recommend trying it (if you can get it!)....

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Photo of frank4sail
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head malty (sweet) nose. Smooth mouth. Malty slightly sweet taste with good hop presence to balence out the sweetness. Quite drinkable. I was impressed with this one due to the fact that I found it so drinkable. This style is not usually my cup of tea...

Tasted at the brewery on tap.

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.