Munsterfest - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 220
Hads: 703
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 22.13%
Wants: 63
Gots: 77 | FT: 5
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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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Reviews: 220 | Hads: 703
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dvelcich hooked me up with this beer in a recent trade. I'd sampled it during this year's GABF and am generally a fan of any beer FFF puts out. Dan - thanks again for the beer!

Pouring into a New Glarus stein. Pours a mostly clear, dark orange/copper with yellowing highlights and a thin off-white head that retained partially. Suspecting

Aroma offers up an inviting herbal/minty hop bouquet pairing with a toasty, caramel malt. Sweet, melanoidin-like scent also seems present.

Rich, toasted and bready maltiness with a sweeter caramel flavor also present. Red grape/melanoidin is also prominently featured. Hop flavor isn't taking center stage but enough bitterness here to keep this from being cloying. Short, dry finish leaves just a scant hint at malty sweet behind.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall this is a rich, malty and easy to drink lager. Exactly what you'd expect for a Marzen or Oktoberfest. Great malt complexity without being overly cloying, very drinkable.

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Photo of jordanblaskey
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, luscious golden caramel brown with an equally gorgeous mocha one-and-a-half finger head that quickly diminished into nothing.

Caramel, lemon, orange, banana, clove. Toasted biscuits and bread.

Bready malts coated in caramel with a garnish of lemon. Very fresh tasting. Hops bite you at the finish.

A very smooth, light brew. Perfect amount of carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

A very reserved beer from FFF, but extremely delicious nonetheless. Very glad I picked this up.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - copper color with hints of gold and orange. Definitely a bit hazy. Pour led to a slight head that quickly dissipated.

S - caramel malts with pronounced notes of lemon and orange. Fragrant nose that is neither strong nor weak

T - slightly sweet with maltiness really owning the flavor profile. Has the same hints of citrus that was in the nose and there is slight toffiness that comes on the end.

MF - slight stickiness to it with a medium body and some carbonation on the back end that gives it slightly more heft.

O - overall a good easy drinking offering from FFF. This one was good and pretty true to the style without too many of the normal FFF curve balls. I would definitely buy a couple for the fall season.

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Photo of suspect
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. Received in a trade with rfraga77.

A: Hazy copper color, mildly aggressive pour leads to a fluffy white head at 1 finger disappears pretty quickly. Lacing is spotty but present.

S: Yeast hits my nose first, very hefty bouquet for a Marzen with clove, cinnamon, and caramel malts. Very nice malt base. Hops are not very prominent.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. Nice bisquity flavor with the bready malts hitting first and foremost. Hops come through here slightly along with the clove that showed up in the nose.

M: Ample carbonation, medium low. Sticky malt mouthfeel leaves me wanting more.

O: A very very nice Oktoberfest. Probably the best Oktoberfest I've had. A really good drinking beer.

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Photo of ksimons
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-a hazy copper with a thin layer of white head

S-pale malts, more bitter hops than expected,and toffee

T-similar to the smell but not as hoppy as the smell implied, pale toasted malts, light toffee and caramel, and a touch of light hops

M-smooth, medium body, light to medium carbonation, excellent body

Overall a very easy to drink beer, good malt flavors, and great mouthfeel. A really nice beer for the style.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floyds is newly returned to Ohio, and I gotta say that I'm truly digging the label art. This may be my favorite I've seen thus far though; it looks like a couple of Kaisers swordfighting with a traditional blue and white diagonal checked background and the Three Floyd's hands creeping up with hops and barley.

I poured this into a 500 ml sized strange glass. The lager pours an amber gold, with a two finger head that reduces to a mere lid and very minor lacing.

A sweet toffee malt aroma overlays a grassy smell, with hints of hints of grapes and sweet fruit.

Lighter, fruitier and sweeter than other Oktoberfest/Märzen style brews I've had, this lager starts with a honey, fruity sweet, with hints of caramel malt, before transitioning to a mildly grassy middle and a slight kiss of hops to finish. Easily the least bitter TF I've had to date, I get hints of tangerine, apricot, peach, and creamsicle, before the sweet malt gives way to grassiness.

Light to light-medium in body, this is a super smooth and easy drinking beer.

Wow, I thought from the smell this would be kind of ho-hum, but the taste really impressed. Unfortunately, it didn't impress me as representative of the style; it is way too fruity. Still, tasty, easy drinking, and enjoyable, I'd definitley put another of these down if given the chance.

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Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Munsterfest is copper in color. There’s a light haze clouding the scene. Backlighting reveals some nice scarlet highlights. A cream colored head sits on top. It’s modest and stands less than a finger tall. Retention was very short. Lacing was on the light side.

The nose pretty good, but could use a little more strength. It smells a little sweet. A mix of caramel and toasted malts is noted. They seem to be present in equal proportions. Hops are definitely present. They feature citric orange and earthy notes. I have no idea what the hop profile is, but it seems a bit fruitier than you’d expect for the style. It’s not bad. Alcohol isn’t very noticeable. Not a big shock given its size.

The flavor is good. The malt base is a mix of caramel and toasted varieties. Toasted malts seem to be a little stronger. There’s a bit of caramel sweetness, but really not much. The hops definitely have a citrusy, orange flavor. It really is a bit novel for the style. I haven’t encountered it before. They also have an earthy, grassy flavor. There may be at least some noble hops. There’s a light bitter kick on the tail. Alcohol is very light and is mostly unnoticed. Finishes toasty with an orange twist.

Munsterfest has a medium body. Carbonation is light and the bubbles feel soft. It’s nice and smooth. Goes down very easy. This bomber’s disappearing quickly.

Munsterfest is an interesting beer from Three Floyds. Generally, their beer is pretty aggressive, full of flavor, and a little in your face. While Munsterfest is none of those, it is a pretty good Oktoberfest. It’s tasty and features a nice little twist with citric hops. All in all, it’s a pretty balanced, reserved effort from Three Floyds. Still good beer though. Definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear light copper color with a small amount of tan head. Head dissipates quickly, and doesn't leave much lacing.

S -- Nice toasted malt, a bit of caramel and hints of banana.

T -- Similar to smell there is a nice amount of toasted malt with a bit of sweetness. The sweetness doesn't get too intense though. Again some mild banana notes.

M -- Medium mouthfeel with a slightly sweet finish.

O -- An enjoyable Oktoberfest, but not one of the top. Still, I would have this again.

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Photo of MaxSpang
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.


This brew has the Oktoberfest look - caramel/rust colored and very translucent. There's just a little bit of bubbles coming up, collecting at a eggshell colored head. The head was about two fingers when first poured but disappated quickly to a sliver.


Once again, very characteristic of an Oktoberfest. Tons of malt in the nose, along with a fair amount of banana and that crisp lager smell. There's some dark fruit character, such as plums or raisins. There's even a bit of clove in there too, sort of like other traditional German lagers. This is an excellent example of the style in the nose.


After smelling this beer, the taste falls a bit short. Not that it is bad, but it's a little underwhelming. There is a lovely maltiness in this, which is to be expected. The banana is subtle, but still present. There's a good bit of caramel as well. That crisp lager taste doesn't appear to dominate this beer, and it drinks more like an ale. Overall, though, it tastes kind of watered down.


This has quite a bit of sweet body, but is in no way hard to drink. Like I said, it tastes watered down, but there is a decent amount of sweetness left. The carbonation is very minimal, which adds to the perceived body.


This is not my favorite example of the style. However, it is pretty tasty and is a very well-made beer. But overall, it's underwhelming and average at best. I love Three Floyds, but this one just doesn't rock my world. It was made under Bavarian Purity Law, which is slightly charming, but it doesn't make this beer any more interesting.


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Photo of nataku00
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip. Beer pours a very hazy dark amber with a finger of off white foamy head. Head dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing. Fairly easy to swirl up a finger of head though. Some carbonation visible at the edge of the glass, rising quickly from the bottom.

Nose is malty, caramel and bread, with a good floral hop complementing it. Not the most aromatic of beers, but pretty typical for a marzen.

Pretty good flavor, plenty of maltiness, with toasted bread, caramel, biscuit flavors, and a lighter floral hop near the back of the tongue. A medium finish, with some residual sweetness.

Light to medium body with good carbonation, very easy to drink. Need a big stein glass so I can pour the entire bomber into it and give a hearty Prost! to my neighbor.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearaence – An almost uncontrollable head that erupts like a volcano. Heavily frothed and whipped head on this one. The beer is an opaque murky brown. Not much else can be said about its appearance, actually. It looks average for an Oktoberfest.

Smell – Oh hi buddy. There’s quite a noticeable slew of hop presence here. There is also definitely some sweetened amber-like malt. And you of course have your other traditional fall/autumn Oktoberfest notes. Smells a bit like dry leaves.

Taste – This is definitely one of the better Oktoberfests I’ve had. Three Floyds never ceases to amaze me with their unique lineup of beers. Delicious, earthy malts all throughout the delicious taste of this lager. A bit of a hop presence that was stronger on the nose. A bit of sweet maple and honey blended with light hops, malt, and light bready grains.

Mouthfeel and Overall – Definitely a dry beer. Crisp and refreshing, though I did crave water as I drank it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inch-thick head that vanishes quickly, transforming to a very thin skin on top and then just circling the glass. All this goes on above a murky burnt orange/brown color. Appropriately it's the color of autumn leaves.

Smell is pretty much to style, having a musty, basement-like damp character, some mild sweet/dessert spices, and a hint of pumpernickel.

Taste brings in the same, no surprises really, a bit fruitier than the nose hints, but still getting that mildly pie-spiced character and a very damp sort of vibe too. Slightly tart, and not much finish to speak of. Bready, musty, wet like autumn leaves, slightly herbal, with a slick yet well-carbonated tickle in the mouth. It's okay, but only okay.

"Es Ist Nicht Normal," eh? Well, despite Three Floyds being an absolute favorite brewery of mine, I have to scold them for putting this German-ized translation of their slogan on this bottle, because, well, this is pretty much as normal as it gets.

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Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A malt-forward beer style from a hop-forward brewery, we'll see how this goes and I hope it doesn't draw the ire of the 3F fan base.

From the label: " of the few that remain true to the tradition of fest beers..." Let's see.

A -- Nice clear, amber-orange color with a light tan head that settles rather quickly.

S -- Good balance of spicy hops and bready, yeasty malts. Some vague fruitiness from the hops back.

T -- Interesting spicy hops up front that blend nicely into sweet bready malts. There's some peppery alcohol hotness that hides itself in the dry finish, but it doesn't overpower. The toasted malts in this brew become more assertive as the beer goes down, making it quite tasty.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft up front but finishes very dry. Body is light-medium to medium.

O -- Other than the pretty wimpy head-retention, this is a pretty good take on the style. It's interesting that the noble hops are utilized in a way that gives them up-front prominence in such a balanced beer -- most traditional Oktos' hop character is back of the malt. The dryness could become fatiguing to some palates, but I think the bready malts save the day. A respectable offering of the style.

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Photo of SpoonMeForkMe
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep orange/brown. Decent head settled down to a thin veil over the top. Semi cloudy with decent carbonation.

S: I got honey, caramel and toffee all over this but the faintest bit of lemon grass or maybe something similar...

T: I'd say the nose correlates well with the palate here. I'm getting roasted malts, caramel, toffee, a little bit of bready/yeasty poking through. Creamy on the palate, coats nicely and lingers for a few moments. Just long enough to pick up that metal tinge another reviewer mentioned. Thin bodied but not wimpy by any stretch.

Over all I liked it. It's absolutely not what I was expecting out of 3 Floyds and it almost taste more like something made by Upland, which is not a bad thing in my book. Just not what I was expecting.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz bomber of this at vintage last week.

A- Body is a slightly translucent caramel hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy white head which fades to a thick collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Mild caramel malt is the prominent scent with faint hop overtones.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell-only a little bit crisper. Caramel malt is the main flavor all the way up until the finish when a very mild noble hop accent finishes it off.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a thin, drinkable, lager body.

O- This is a VERY nice, traditional octoberfest. Not something that I expected from FFF- seeing as most of their brews are unique or edgy. This is slightly sweet and very mildly hoppy. Well done overall.

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Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

A- Pours a light copper color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Light toasted bread and caramel malt coming through in the nose.

T- Very clean flavor with plenty of malt sweetness in the finish. A touch of toffee and caramel malt and some spice.

M- Medium bodied with the higher ABV but still light and crisp. Good carbonation.

O- A very solid representation of the style. Maybe a touch pricey at $8.99/22oz bomber though.

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Photo of shortbus7
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very appealing dark red and orange colored beer that is very clear and without any haziness.

S: Very good. Hopps are definitely present with malt and some citrus fruits.

T: I get apple cider initially, very unexpected. Much like the smell, bread malt and some citrus and the hops make their appearance again.

M: A very good mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: A great beer and I love the direction FFF took with this style and beer. I will frequent this beer a few more times this season if I can find it.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.51/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber purchased at Pace-High, poured into a Three Floyds pint.

It looks quite nice. The color and clarity are stunning. This is darker and redder than a lot of other Marzens. Its a burning coppery orange. Sporadic lacing.

Nothing out of the ordinary here, perhaps this label shouldn't be emblazoned with their tagline "It's not normal". A healthy dose of grassy hops and doughy malts.

Too sweet. This doesn't have enough balance. The flavors are way too sugary, doughy and just sweet. Grassy hops, spiked with lemon, try to help out but its simply not enough. Alcohol, while supposedly low, is being picked up and adding to the sweetness.

Heavy bodied with an alcoholic feel. Carbonation bites the tip of the tongue. The finish is slick.

There are some good qualities, but there are also just as many bad qualities to this beer. Not worth the money. I'll stick with GLBC and Sam Adams.

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Photo of fsvan
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Radiant copperish gold. Slightly murky. A finger and a half of light head.

S- This has an oktoberfest like aroma, except for, what is that? A strong dose of hops in a Three Floyd's brew? Yes it is. Hops are up front. Citrus, grapefruit, some orange peel, with the malty oktoberfest notes coming in next. As if warms, the dark bread like malts become more assertive.

T- Pretty much exactly what I expected from the nose. A split down the middle balance of bready malts, mixed with a balance of citrus/pine hops.

M- Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

O- If American takes on styles are like the classic Euro styles only more highly hopped, then this is an American oktoberfest.
Good, but at the going rate for Three Floyds beers, not one I'll revisit often.

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Photo of Florida9
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dank brownish orange in color. Forms a very small bubbly head that quickly reduces down to a thin surface coating. Leaves some very light lacing.

S: Sweet malts and a little honey. Some light caramel and some light grassy hops.

T: Some more caramel and some grainy malts. Light toffee-ish sweetness. Light to moderate sweetness. Very faint grassy hops.

M: Medium with appropriate carbonation, but the feel is a little slick or chewy.

O: A decent beer, but I was expecting this beer to pop much more than it did. A very restrained beer from FFF that is really quite average. The bottle proudly indicates: "Es ist nicht normal," but I'm not so sure I'd agree.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Month four in my Three Floyd’s beer-a-month venture, and it’s the perfect day for this one: Munsterfest. The changing leaves and slight chill on the breeze just screams Oktoberfest, and I’m more than ready. Prost!

A: Wonderfully clear burnt-orange color; a swell tribute to the German style. The head is just barely off-white, though I don’t get to see it for long – about a second of solid cream and it’s down to a fizz. Lacing’s decent, but nothing besides the color really sticks out.

S: I like these malts: bready caramel on one end, and grainy import on the other. Admittedly, the sweet creaminess is the bigger player, but that German lager smell is unmistakable. It finishes with nutty, spicy touch, mostly of honey, coriander, and hazelnut. A good and bready nose, though the grains can be more skunky than crisp at times.

T: Nice and smooth, there’s a nutty creaminess that sets over the whole palate. Decent malts, but nothing that is really superb. The grainy kick is never lost, though, and it shows as a fruity wheat taste. It loses its luster after half the bottle – comes off skunky now. No hops are evident, which is sad, because FFF does the bitter thing so well. Strange metallic tinge on the end, too. It doesn’t dominate the aftertaste, though – that’s reserved for a lemony skunk. I’m losing interest in this, and fast.

M: Pretty watery. I know an Oktoberfest is supposed to be drinkable, but this is just thin. Beef it up, FFF!

O: My least favorite Three Floyd’s beer so far. The skunkiness wasn’t enough to totally put me off, but the thin palate and even thinner body make this a beer I’m not planning on going back to. Oh well, I can’t stay mad at Three Floyd’s for that long – Broo Doo will be here in a week!

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.