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Munsterfest - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 683
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 59
Gots: 72 | 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: beachbum1975 on 10-15-2006

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of BrewerB
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of jordanblaskey
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of jeonseh
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of suspect
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of ksimons
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of MaxSpang
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

APPEARANCE

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.

SMELL

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.

TASTE

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.

MOUTHFEEL

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.

OVERALL

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.

Cheers.

Photo of nataku00
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 683 ratings.