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Munsterfest - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
85
very good

590 Ratings
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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 51
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beachbum1975 on 10-15-2006)
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Photo of nlmartin
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served chilled in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours a orange coloration. The head has a very light orange tone. The head is one finger high and quickly resolves.

Smell: The beers aroma is toasted maltyness up front. The beer has earthy and citrus notes.

Taste: Sweet citrus hoppyness blends into a well toasted malty flavor. A bit of grassy hop flavor helps break up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation works well with the beer to produce a slick feel. The beer was easy to drink and was what a beer geek would expect from FFF.

nlmartin, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of RustyDiamond
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazed copper into my SA beer drinking glass. Nice 1 finger of fluffy near-white head. Sweetness detected on the aroma with some nuts thrown in. Sweet, toasted malt flavor with some caramel. Crisp in the body, somewhat nutty, with a balanced hop bitterness. Hoppier than most of it's German relatives. Spicy hop finish and pretty good overall.

RustyDiamond, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of pwoods
2.35/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. brown bomber poured into a pint. Quick notes.

A: Deep amber, clear. Short head and no lacing.

S: Roasty malts, a bit buttery. Very grainy. No hop presence.

T/M: Roasty malts with some harvest and pumpkin like tastes? Pretty sweet but very husky and grainy. Body is medium witha nice smoothness. Light body is decent carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but not tasty or interesting enough to want to.

pwoods, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of david131
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A slightly hazy golden/ copper color with a few streams of rising carbonation. There is very little head that forms and the retention is not that great.

S- Biscuity and a little fruity. Some malt. Pretty clean smelling, but most definetly not mind blowing.

T- Sweet and malty with some fruit highlights. A lot more fruity than the aroma would lead you to believe. Offers a nice and different aspect to the style.

M- Pretty smooth with a good carbonation.

D- A little sweet for my tastes. Definitely doesn't blow my doors off, but it gets the job done.

david131, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of OHLRangers
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at the brewery and poured into standard pint glass.

Poured a burnt orange color, with a slight off-white head which quickly dissipated. Good amount of carbonation. My 13-year old said the color was "amazing".

Some grassiness in the aroma, but caramel is the prevailing smell.

The caramel maltiness comes through in the taste, but there is a gentle bite from the hops on the back of the tongue, too. Medium body, crisp in the mouth and highly drinkable.

A nice version of a favorite style of mine.

OHLRangers, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again to SirSketch for the LIF win!

22 oz. bomber into a Dogfish Head off-centered pint.

The bottle, nearly filled to the brim, pours a cloudy, bright orange color and builds a half inch of head. The yellowed-paper foam recedes to patchy clumps of bubbles and a ring around the glass. Not much lacing or carbonation. The aroma is a nice interpretation of the style, with zesty, autumnal spices leading the way. A malty presence of slightly sweetened brown sugar, caramel, and biscuit balances well with pumpkin and other squash varieties.

Flavor starts off light and crisp, with a spicy bite hitting the sides of the tongue. Notes of light, peppery hops drop out of the middle, before the profile culminates in a finish of amber malt, nuts, spice, and some zesty yeastiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the medium-high carbonation level adds an invigorating feel to the beer that gives some pep to the more subtle spices. Overall, an excellent beer for the Oktoberfest style (not one of my favorite styles, but it's growing on me). What else do you expect from Three Floyd's?

wagenvolks, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a nice tannish colored head. That recedes into a layer of tiny bubbles and leaves a little bit of those tiny bubbles onto the side of the glass.

S- Tons of malts here. Sweet caramel malts, touch of nuts, fruity notes as well maybe apples, and a touch of brown sugar here. I could also pick up some earthy hops but had to dig hard to find them.

T- Very solid here and a little bit sweeter than most of the Octoberfest that I've had. Has a nice bready malts to it, sweet and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

M- Creamy, medium in body and right on with the carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. Very solid brew.

nrbw23, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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

brentk56, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a slightly hazy dark orange/amber. A thin off-white cover that reduces and holds at a partial cap and solid, bubbly crown. Loops and patches of thin lace.

Aroma - a bready, lightly toasted graininess. Fades some after a bit, but still maintains a pretty good sniff.

Taste - lots of bready, toasty flavor. Shows some caramel sweetness after some palate adjustment. Mild hoppiness combines to make an almost vegetal, spicy, dare I say pumpkiny flavor. A slight breath of alcohol with warming. This has potential as an ideal 'food brew'. A hearty stew, baked stuffed peppers, maybe some apple or pumpkin pie. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel - good smoothness and a subdued carbonation make for a solid but non-heavy body.

Drinkability - a worthy OFest to enjoy the ALCS Games 7 with. Great season BoSox, good luck Rays. Tasty beer, a close ballgame, life is good! Thanks to OHLRangers for providing this bomber courtesy of the LIF route, a process that is soon to appear in a city near you (provided you're lucky enough)...

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with jcjwebster, Thanks Jeff!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy yellow/orange color with a beige head that left spots of tiny bubble lacing.

S - sourdough bread, grainy aroma.

T - bready malt flavor starts this one off and ends with a light, dry bitterness.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - goes down easy and it isn't too filling.

JoeyBeerBelly, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub, served in a pint glass

A reddish/orange body sat below a thin, less than one finger bone white head. Decent retention with little to no lacing.

Sweet caramel malt, nuts, fruit (apples and pears). A malt lovers delight.

Wow, this beer is really clean. The flavors really shine, no off-flavors at all. A malt bomb. Caramel, apples, pears, nuts, and a touch of floral hops.

Dry finish, crisp. Medium-light body, perfect carbonation.

Highly sessionable and one of the best I have had this season.

ColForbinBC, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, picked up at binny's in chicago...popped while watching some steam college football action

appearance: nice 3F label art...poured into an imperial pint glass, clear amber body with a subtle beige cap

smell: nice malted aromas, sweet caramel, honeycrisp apple, a touch woody, lots of grain...just a touch of noble hops

taste: Unfortunately this beer is just too damn expensive because its a pretty solid and very drinkable seasonal from 3F...Toasted grain and malt shines with a sweet caramel and tart apple presence that fits in harmoniously. There is a touch of spicy noble hops and a big bready aftertaste...me likes

mouthfeel: smooth, very smooth

drinkability: high

dirtylou, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of spointon
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into my tall pilsener glass.

A= This beer poured a clear reddish copper color with a 1" light tan head. The head quickly dropped to nothing and left zero lace on the glass.

A= I found aromas of caramel malts, bakery sweetness, and a slight spicy hop and alcohol note.

T= This was a very balanced fest bier. Filled with sweet and caramel malts initially, but followed by mild toasted grains and mild hop spice. The finish was an incredibly interesting mix of fruitiness and a slight alcohol bite.

MF= Medium body, moderate carbonation. Nice palate cleansing feel.

D= Very drinkable, probably the best fest bier I have had this year. Highly sessionable!

spointon, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pilsener glass.

Appears a slightly hazy reddish orange amber with two inch creamy off-white head. Ends up leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is caramelly with a bit of bready notes and a generous amount of some spicy hops.

Taste is nice and caramelly up front with toasted bread notes coming out midway through, finishing up with a nice clean, spicy hoppiness and a very light fruitiness. A bit more bitterness than typical Oktoberfest but that is to be expected with FFF.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Drinkable as it should be.

One of the better American versions of the Oktoberfest. I really enjoyed this one. Plus at only 5.59 it's probably the cheapest FFF bomber I've ever bought.

roadhouse, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

emerge077, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

mikesgroove, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light brown hue with a nice solid head.

S: Lots of sweet caramel malt, sweet malt, and a touch of brown sugar.

T: Very malty (duh) with sweet caramel, toffee, and noble hops coming thru. Not much going on for a FFF beer, I expected a bit more.

M: Medium in body somewhat creamy.

D: Just so so.

tpd975, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's 90 degrees out and i'm craving something refreshing

A: Reddish-orange with a thin head that disappears to nothingness pretty fast. Lots of carbonation

S: Bready,mild caramel flavor. Nondescript. Possibly past its prime

T: Mild bready sweetness with a hint of caramel and toffee

M: Great carbonation

D: Fairly easy to drink but i'd like to try this fresh

DefenCorps, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a short lasting half inch of off-white head. Aromas are mostly Munich and Vienna malts, toasty and bready, not really any biscuit. Quite a bit of noble hop notes including some floral and slightly spicy tones. Just a hint of caramel. On the palate, it hits incredibly smooth. The bready, caramel like malt character really dominates with just a touch of hop bitterness for balance. A very clean lager with a hint of diacetyl, no fruitiness. Very smooth and easy drinking. Nice to find an Oktoberfest this time of year (regardless of how old this bottle is).

dreadnatty08, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of EPseja
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle at between fridge and cellar temperature in my Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

A - Muted copper in appearance, and after a fairly vigorous pour, only a single finger of cream-colored head was created. It did manage to stick around for a little bit, which is good, but by the time I got to the tasting notes, it was gone, even with the glass etching to boost it. Lacing is almost non-existent.

S - For an Oktoberfest style, this beer ehxibits a very hop-forward nose. Of course the big, round caramel-driven malts are not far behind... Slightly metallic. The hoppiness I smell is of dried up hop cones; not very fresh.

T - A bit sweeter than most German Oktoberfests, and just about even with the sweetness of most American Oktoberfests. The malts aren't very roasty at all, and the hop bitterness only comes in at the very end, when the beer is just finished slipping down the throat. Thankfully, the residual drying helps to quell the sweetness a bit. Very interesting and unique with a bit more depth than I'm used to in an Oktoberfest beer.

M - A bit syrupy coming into the mouth -- a testament to the sweetness -- and only lightly carbonated which makes it easy to sip. Tingly on the tongue once it gets past the tip, and very creamy going down the gullet. Not your run of the mill mouthfeel here.

D - Indeed, this is a unqiue take on the Oktoberfest style, and considering the fact that the Reinheitsgebot has been adhered to in its creation, I'd have to say that I'm impressed. It drinks much more full-bodied than pretty much every other Oktoberfest beer I've had. It also feels a bit more "power packed" than pretty much every other Oktoberfest beer I've had... I wish the ABV was listed on the label.

Although this beer is a big thumbs up for it's originality in the style, I'd have to say that it's almost too big to enjoy as more than a one-off. For Oktoberfest celebrations, I'll stick to Hacker Pschorr, Spaten or Dinkel Acker.

Afterthought - I'm pretty sure that this bottle is a bit old and out of date, considering the low carbonation and lack of head. Oh, that and the fact that I'm reviewing an Oktoberfest beer in January. I have taken this into account in my ratings.

EPseja, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of cameraman
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber color with a small white head that forms, that quickly dissolves away. Th carbonation is strongly visible through the from top to bottom. The sweet scent of malt dominates the aroma, with touches of a light citrus fragrance at the end. The malt is the strength of the flavor, it solid all the way through. There is not much hop bitterness, a light citrus flavor at the end, but nothing to dominant, a surprise from Three Floyds. This is a very easy to drink beer, the carbonation does not deter from this very smooth medium bodied feel. I like this beer, though I am partial to Marzen, I was expecting somewhat of a hop kick, being from Three Floyds. That takes nothing away from this very good beer.

cameraman, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber appearance. Decent, white head that faded to almost nothing. Fairly light carbonation.

Aroma is clean and malty (especially for 3F's!) with slight roastiness and caramel.

Taste is similar and pretty standard for the style. Nothing really stood out to me, and a hint of alcohol heat was a bit of a downer.

Mouthfeel was fine, could have used a bit more carbonation and the alcohol was too strong for the style. Still, a quality beer. Not worth the money to me, though.

AaronHomoya, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of younger35
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from TheodorHerzl along with a couple other great ones. Loves me some Three Floyds. Drank from my generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a copper orange with a bit of chill haze and almost zero head. What head does form dies immediately and leaves no cap and a super thin collar. Zippo on the lacing.
Smell- Huh, this is Three Floyds? I was expecting a giant hop explosion on the nose but I’m faced with a nice sweet Märzen malt smell. Very raw and grainy with a touch of floral hop.
Taste- Starts with a nice grainy Euro malt that has a pleasant caramel sweetness. Perfectly toasty and sweet with a classic Märzen profile. Slightly zesty with a orange/lemon hop bitterness. Hops are there but nothing out of the ordinary.
Mouthfeel- Very full bodied with a raw grainy feel. Not much carbonation.
Drinkability- Hmmm… This isn’t what I’ve come to expect from FFF. This is a very balanced, normal brew that is right on for the style. It’s a terrific Oktoberfest that isn’t really a crazy American interpretation. Great job by FFF. Solid beer, great brewery. Much thanks to TheodorHerzl!

younger35, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of Beertracker
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Floyd's Munsterfest is best served at cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a tumbler or steinkrug. This traditional Märzen/Oktoberfest pours up nicely with a smallish cream colored head that sits atop a bright, deep copper-tawnish body. The rich malty aroma is filled with some toasty sweetbread & honeyish notes with a hint of floral & spicy Noble hops. The nourishing flavor starts almost biscuity with some chewy melaniodins then gives way to a balanced hop bitterness which takes over to deliver a clean, smooth, harmonious finish. FFF's Munsterfest delivers a delicious seasonal drop that would make one believe that they were drinking in Münster, Germany not Munster, Indiana. Es ist Nicht Normal!

PROST! Beertracker

Taster's Note: *Thanks to amatuerbeerguy for this one!

Beertracker, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, thanks to Aljordan for bringing this one over. Pours a darker gold, slight off white head and slight lacing. Smell is a funky, lagery note, spicy hops, malt.
Tastes pretty nice but not what I expected for a Marzen. It has more pilsner notes. There's some nice hops, fruit, grass, wheat, and the brew is well carbonated. Feels slick and slightly creamy and is pretty easy to down on a chilly fall night.

kirok1999, Nov 05, 2007
Munsterfest from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.