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Munsterfest - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 61
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: frank4sail on 10-18-2002

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Ratings: 687 | Reviews: 219
Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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.


Photo of nataku00
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Jesse13713
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of steveh
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
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: "...one 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.

Photo of SpoonMeForkMe
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of shortbus7
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.51/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

Photo of fsvan
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of Florida9
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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!

Photo of KDawg
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a dark copper color with a nice foamy head

rich nose and pungent with copper, citrus tones, malty tones and hops. Fairly powerful aromatics with a good amount of punch to them

medium/full bodied with principally malts and citrus tones. The feel is also fairly rich but not too much

this was a very good domestic and enjoyable oktoberfest. Not super malty, but with more hops to it.

Photo of mentaltraveller
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stein glass at 3 floyds. Pours an almost amber with a good head. The retention is pretty amazing. This is a pretty solid tasting brew. It as an easy drinker but still has some substance. I am not extremely familiar with this style, but it tastes pretty good to me.

Photo of Jaycase
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: copper color. opaque. thin head.

s: sweet malts, caramel presence lingers in the background.

t: Bready malts dominate. A bit of caramel comes through in the taste as well.

m: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation seems good

o: First time trying this FFF release. It's decent but nothing seems to stand out for me. Worth a try but not certain I would seek this out again, especially considering the price.

Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at FFF.

A - Pours a golden/orange color, white frothy, head, thick cap.

S - Malty sweetness, bready, sweet potato, pumpkin.

T - Big bready malt sweetness, pumpkin, caramel, slight dark fruit.

M - Light, good carbonation, refreshing sweet malty finish.

O - A nice Octoberfest. Very light and enjoyable...perfect for the warmer months of fall/end of summer.

Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to rwinzing for providing this super solid extra.

Pours a cloudy light amber/cream color with a modest head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with sweet bready malts with lesser but substantial caramel malts; a bit of fruity/doughy yeast aromas are also present with little to no discernable hop smells.

The tastes begin with the sweet bready and biscuity maltiness. Some cereal graininess and light caramel flavors play second fiddle to those initial breadiness. The fruitiness from either the yeast or underlying hops arrives as well with light apple, pear and a hint of citrus. Sweet bready malts just dominate all else here though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I would like a little more here to help liven up the flavors. Drinks a little too heavy for the style as the flavors aren't overwhelmingly complex and "bore" my palate before I can finish my 2 glasses worth.

Overall this is a better than average example of the style for an American brewery but fails a big short for me because it lacks the certain crisp and clean quality of the traditional German styles. Don't break your back to find it but it is worth a go if you stumble across it.

Photo of FanofHefe
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just saw this show up on the shelf of a excellent store that I frequent once a month; hopefully it's this year's version out early, but no dating to be found. Here goes, nonetheless.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Mostly clear orange body with some yellow hue. Small light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Heavy malt and yeast in the aroma. Bread, caramel, seems like some light pumpkin.

The flavor seems a little better. Again, heavy on the caramel malt and bread flavors, but also some light spiciness. Still, it seems like a touch of pumpkin or maybe yams, but I don't think that is added. Overall, definitely reminiscent of a good fall beer.

Medium mouthfeel. I would pick this over any pumpkin beer I've had in the fall, but I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers. Decent offering overall.

Photo of zrab11
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a 1 1/2 finger head.

S- Has a bready yeast aroma, also getting hints of Caramel and malts

T- Has a nice sweet carmel bread flavor up front followed by some malty hearbalness in the middle and then finish's with a nice spice/hop taste

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall for its style i was very impressed. Im kinda confused as on the bottle it says lager but on here it says its style is oktoberfest. But no matter which it is i think its very flavorful for the style and didn't exspect much of it when i picked up the bottle but thought it was quite tasty. I would def. get this again

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to enelson for this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger fizzy off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, brown sugar, pumpkin, and sweet potato. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, sweet potato, brown sugar, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew for the style. Got this one awhile back and found it while consolidating my cellar. Still had an excellent flavor and aroma going on here though. If you enjoy this style of beer you owe it to yourself to at least try this one once. You won't regret it...

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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