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Munsterfest - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
86
very good

671 Ratings
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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 57
Gots: 69 | FT: 4
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 fryman
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper. A tannish head forms and hangs on the glass nicely.

S-The nose is earthy and kind of grassy with notes of wet grain and a mild sweetness.

T-Clean malt sweetness is follwed by clean and mild hop bitterness. This beer is very straightforward and fairly simple, but very enjoyable. A little complexity comes from an acidic upturn at the finish and a faint raisin-like flavor.

M-This brew has a medium body that suits it well.

D-Quite drinkable, though it would be a hefty session beer.

fryman, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish golden with an ample head and decent lacing...

Toasted malts abound here and dominate throughout... There's a sweetness evident in the aroma as well...

Sweet fruity maltiness is the lead character here.... This is a tasty brew but falls a little short of an elite brew in this category...

I liked this beer and could drink it all night but only if an elite Marzen wasn't available..

Tilley4, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. This is a light caramel amber color.. fizzy with light head. Smell is rich caramel malts, graham cracker, and brown sugar. Taste is sweet with more brown sugar, caramel, and grain. Hops are very minimal. Alcohol presence is very low. This is a very drinkable and sweet oktoberfest.

webmanspidey, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold/copper color. Poured a thin off-white head with fair retention. Bubbles lazily rose to the top.

B: Lightly toasted bread. Hop spices; cinnamon and pepper. A hint of alcohol.

T: Like smell with green apple and caramel. Noble hops; earth and hay. Pretty fresh and clean.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Light dryness does well with the rich malts and earthy hops

D: Easily drinkable. Nice representation of the style.

Haybeerman, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Khazadum
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed as soon as I saw it hit shelves a few weeks ago. Poured into a pint glass from HopLeaf to house twelve ounces of liquid goodness.

A- Rusty copper liquid resides below the pond scum and thin collar of creamy froth. The original head was definitely lackluster, but did resemble what it attempted. Very creamy, but not enough consistency to last?

S- Apples, mild medicinal notes, solid malts, woody notes, possibly oak, and cherries.

T- Definitely the malt coming through, minor apple and bitter fruits, cherries faintly in the middle. Very low hop presence. Overall, tasty combination and amalgams.

M- Full, flavorful, and smooth. Low carbonation which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Clean throughout.

D- One of the best Marzens I've had as of yet. Truly enjoyable, and I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these at a bar some night.

Khazadum, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of innersanctum
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Munsterfest is a nice and easy drinking lagger. Having said that, it isn't what readers here come to expect from a 3F. When I tackle a 3F which is new to me I feel as if I've got to get my game on as they tend to be big, tasty brews that challenge all of your senses. Au contraire Herr Munsterfest, after all this is their Octoberfest.

First impression contrasted this Marzen to a premier German of the same style and it just didn't stack up. It feels a bit rounder and fuller than similar German Octoberfests, but I kept thinking that this is one of the tastier American laggers around. It has a wonderful smell, yet suggary, and once you're headed toward the bottom of that bommer then that suggary mouthfeel is more evident.

If value is important to you, then consider the $9 entry fee for a bommer of Munsterfest, while Great Lakes Octoberfest 6 pack will set you back about $11.

Certainly if 3F ever wanted to make something for the masses then dropping this into cans would surely sell out, but if you're looking for their monthly edition of crazy in a bottle wait until November.

innersanctum, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of BigBass
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love Marzen beir so I could not wait to get this in my hands fresh.

Pours a golden orange hue with a touch of champagne to it.

Alot of spices up front with all kinds of fruit. Im getting apple cider or juice right away, with a little malt character. Fresh baked bannana bread on the back end.

Wow, not what I expected at all. Alot of fruit, clove, and cider with malt character. Almost has that hefe twangg, sourness to it.

This has some wine-like quality for some reason. Carbonation is a little much for me and would like to see more body. I think they were going for high drinkability and missed.

BigBass, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of generalnotsew
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is mahogany and a bit on the orange side. Smell is woody and citris with a bit of a banana tone. A bit sweet upfront with a certain tartness following it. Kind of mellows out with the sweetness lingering a bit but there is very little aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy and nicely carbonated. Not overly aggressive. Very easy drinking beer and my first Marzen! I like it. Reminds me of a Hefeweizen if anything.

generalnotsew, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass.

Pours slightly hazy copper, nice color, thin off-white head without much retention. No real lacing either. It gets a 3.0 simply because of how overvalued appearance is.

Nose is quite nice - toasty bread, bit of alcohol, rich fruitcake with hints of almost cinnamon spiciness in there. Beautiful beer.

Taste follows the flavor. Over-ripe fruitiness wrapped in caramel, a bit of spicy alcohol, and an earthy noble hop presence that's never explicit - just a nice, subtle earthy underlying bitterness that never actually turns into a real flavor so much, always sitting underneath the malt notes.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, with a beautifully light dryness from the alcohol. Nicely drinkable, but not exceptionally so.

JohnQVegas, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Happen to have one of these bad boys in my fridge when I found out they made Bronze for Marzen lager at the 2010 GABF. Can't wait to try this one out on a cool almost autumn night.

Poured into a Willis glass. Pours with about a finger of off-white head, fizzy, and does not last, leaving a whisp of foam on the surface of a deep orange-red colored, perfectly clear brew. Points for color, points off for head retention.

Aromas of toasted malt, warm dark bread. No hops to speak of, very nice. Full points for aroma.

First sip malty, and ... fizzy? Very nice malt presence, but the carbonation level is a little high for the style. Overall good, but not great.

Mouthfeel is the low point for this beer. It feels a bit thin, watery, and has a higher than "stylistic" carbonic bite. Marzen should be smooth, and glide over your tongue. This is a little spritzy. Points off for "out of style" mouthfeel.

Drinkability is good, overall. Back off on the carbonation a little and boost the body to make it fuller, richer, and this is dead on and award worthy. As it is, it's good, but I've had other oktoberfest/marzen beers that are truer to style than this one.

JamnesCameron, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of JoePat
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light amber color with a thick white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bready and biscuty with a little hop presence.

The flavor is malty, bready and slightly sweet but balanced. A very clean and crisp flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and rolls off the tongue. It is a very drinkable beer that I can drink all day glass after glass.

JoePat, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Vdubb86
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Half liter boot

I can't help but notice written multiple times on the bottle is "Es ist nicht normal" directly translating into "It is not normal". I couldn't agree more Three Floyds. The beer pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber color with fleeting coarse bubbles. Everything but the cloudiness is typical to the style. The smell has the hints of malts and orange zest that is typical to the style, but I detect hints of banana and clove which I must say is unexpected for the style. The wheat aroma is also confusing, particularly why it is there. The taste comes on with an unreal smoothness but quickly punches you in the face with it's bitter undercurrents. The bitterness almost seems to come from a roasted malt flavor rather than the expected bitterness from hops. The mouthfeel takes some getting used to, smooth and bitter is a not often seen combo. The drinkability is fairly easy to handle and overall it's not bad, worth a try if you can get it for the right price and are a connoisseur of the style I say have at it. It's a different approach to the style.

Vdubb86, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious, albeit sweeter, Oktoberfest. For a brewery that specializes in "Not Normal", they show a lot of restraint and attention to tradition in this American-style Oktoberfest beers.

Munsterfest opens with a glowing orange-copper hue with a near-brilliant appearance. Froathy white head formation sticks to the glass and retains very well.

Caramel, sweet breads, and an ale-like fruitiness comes through in aroma. Malt aromas back up the sweetness and emphasizes the doughy/bready notes.

Sweet caramels also dominate the taste- its dominance masks the more elegant malt flavors and doesn't allow for the true Munich malt flavors to provide the complexity that classic Oktoberfest beers offer. Still, the odd fruity flavor rises as the beer warms- not typical of the style, I'm undecided on whether I prefer this flavor in this beer, but it reinforces the sweetness much like English ales do.

Richer and breadier in texture than most Marzens, the beer has a creamy-rich start and transitions nicely into a minty-malty dry finish. Very nice but again big for the style.

It goes without saying that this is a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer but the fruits, sweet caramel, and gravity gives this beer something that's definately "Not Normal" in traditional Oktoberfest beers.

BEERchitect, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of cetherid
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A.

pours a nice dark ice tea color with a small off-white head.

S.

nice sweet malts. a touch of hops in there as well.

T.

very malty...what I like in an Oktoberfest brew. there is hardly any bitterness at all however. I would've like at least "some" bitterness in there.

M.

A nice medium bodied beer. very smooth to drink but needs a bit more carbonation.

D.

alcohol isn't high so and it's not a full bodied beer so it goes down with ease. I think i would prefer to have this on tap next time however.

cetherid, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murkied golden brown with a heavy/dirty orange tint to its hazen body. Fully frothy and big bubbly head of yellowy off-white foam builds to about an inch into my 24oz mug of might. Not much lacing other then a few specks, but given what malt I smell it doesn't surprise me.

Aroma is a straight up solid O-fest nose. Semi nutty, malty breadyness, gooey melting toastyness, and a bit of old green apple.

Taste is just as solid and a straight up O-fest taster. Probably one of the only 3F brews that actually seems to stick to style that I've enjoyed. Perma-malted with lots of bready gooey smoothness slicked with some well rounded nuttyness and a touch of dull apple and even a breeze of chocolate towards the finish in some sips. Which was the only thing I found to be a bit more of the 3F attitude that is normally found in their brews.

Smooth mediuum body if not more so, but sure is slick and malty with a nice chewy side and hold on the tongue well with a rounded dull tang of bread dough and nuts.

Down it goes and goes down with ease! A solid O-fest and no real surprise from 3F that they can actually make a beer to a specific style that its suppose to be.

tavernjef, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at the FFF Brewpub earlier today.

Appearance -- Deep orange with amber highlights and a 1/2" of sudsy white head. A sight to behold.

Smell -- Plum and nectarine, floral lager yeast, dry amber malts, earthy Noble hops.

Taste -- Follows the nose pretty well: plum, spring flowers, bready malt and a kiss of light brown sugar.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with moderate prickly carbonation. Pretty much on par with the style.

Drinkability -- While I enjoyed this beer, it's not my favorite of the style. I might have it again, but only for lack of better options.

yeahnatenelson, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of aasher
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle from 2009 into a Guinness pint glass. It poured smoothly and a pumpkin pie burnt orange. It had a light cream colored head which dissipated within a minute. The smell isn't anything too special. It's definitely malty and has a light coffee, spicy aroma to it. The taste definitely makes up for the lack of aromas. It's a little sweet and definitely has that fall-time flavor. It's a little spicy and appealingly so. It makes me wish it were autumn already. The mouthfeel is light and smooth. The age on the bottle definitely killed the carbonation but gave it the mouthfeel similar to an aged DFH 750ml. This beer may now be one of my top three Oktoberfests. It's extremely drinkable and both tasty and thirst quenching. If only it were on tap....

aasher, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and bready malts. The flavor is more complex with bread, caramel, toffee and grapes mixing together. Low bitterness from the hops. The beer tastes very clean. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of bauermj. Thanx bro

A: poured a golden yellow with a thin head that left a little lacing on the glass.

S: definitely some wheat aromas with very slight hop notes and mild malt presence along with hints of caramel.

T: lots of wheat punch the palate with a very faint hop pinch and caramel flavors showing their face with malt notes on the finish.

M: light gritty body with light carboantion that had a sweet wheat finish.

D: I thought it was a good lager that did the style some justice and really ever dissapointed on FFF offerings. I'm not big on lagers but this one makes the cut.

Gobzilla, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of koopa
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber received as an extra from a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a radiant stratocaster orange sunburst with honey folds. The crown is 1 finger, white, shows minimal retention and minimal lace.

Smell: Toasted malt, slight orange citrus note, and noble hops.

Taste: Lightly sweet toasted malt dominates but a fair amount of spicy malt comes in a close second. This beer is almost coming together for me.

Mouthfeel: Thin and a bit bland.

Drinkability: I'd give it a 5.0 if the flavor profile and the mouthfeel were stronger.

I'm no aficionado of the style but I'm not digging this example very much.

koopa, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of crossovert
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know it is old but I got it along with Alpha Klaus 2 for 8.50. 22 oz bomber.

It pours an orange/amberish gold with a large white head that quickly dissipates leaving some spotted lacing.

It does not smell like an Oktoberfest, it is months old, and it is still way too hoppy.

The taste has some Oktoberfest characteristics but overall it isn't an impressive representation of the style. It, like other American takes on German styles has sort of a "cat urine" flavor, I tasted the same thing in Prima Pils, I think it is the misuse of noble hops.

crossovert, May 23, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden/orange color with a pretty small head. Head retention is low, and not much lacing either. Aroma is light, but nice. It smells like bready malt, toffee, and some caramel. This brew tastes just like the aroma, malty and sweet. Good thing the taste is stronger compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's slick but the carbonation is a bit low. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. I realize that this bottle isn't exactly fresh, so I'll have to try this again in the future when a fresher batch comes out.

bluejacket74, May 15, 2010
Photo of Cresant
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date, but "fall offering" is stated on the label. The body was a deep golden and clear. The disappointing head quickly faded to nothing. An additional hard pour created a little sustained head.

Smell was floral and earthy. Candy sweetness. The sourness blossomed on the second pour. Vegetal.

Taste was Sweet grainy malts. Vegetal. Nobel Hops spiciness. This is the least hoppy FFF beer I have had. Which is due to the style I presume. This one may have been better fresher.

Mouthfeel was full and smooth, slick even. Could use a little more carbonation it seems.

Cresant, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of vdoz3
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Satisfied New Yorker drinking Indianan beer thanks to a trade with brundo4. Thanks Ben! 22 oz bottle poured into my Coca Cola bell glass (it's shaped sorta like an imperial pint glass...)

I realize I rated 4.5 across the board, and will disclaim that part of that is Marzens are one of my favorite styles when done correctly...and this was definitely done correctly.

A - Deep orange brown, brighter around the edges. Hazy, not too cloudy but not crystal clear. Would like to see a bit more head, I suppose. Froth is always nice.

S - Rich, sweet roasted (caramel?) malts

T - Smooth beginning that leads to more of that sweet roasted malt. The taste ends on sweetness, leaving it on your tongue. The sweetness isn't cloying or too prevalent, it just tastes like delicious sweet bread.

M - Smooth and fulfilling.

D - Definitely one of the best American Oktoberfests I've come across.

vdoz3, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of lbaker
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, im in love with FFF (no matter how bad golden tickets piss me off) and oktoberfest...so I've been wanting this one for awhile! Lucky enough to find some bottles left over and Vine Table, lets go..

(a) Pours a traditional marzen color, dark amber/carmel color. Head almost dissapears immediately, good amount of carbonation, but would like to see a more marzen-esque head on this brew. (4/5)

(s) Great sniff. Tones of carmel, tons of malts. (3.5/5)

(t) Delicious, everything I want in an oktoberfest. Tastes like fall! Great amount and variety of malts make this brew very easy to gulp! (4/5)

(m) A little flat, looking for more bite on the pallete for this one. (3.5/5)

(d) I would like to see a higher abv% on this one, but then again it wouldnt be a traditional marzen...but then again FFF isnt a traditional brewery. Whats nice about this brew is that unlike other fests, I doubt it gets dumbed down every year. I will look forard to this one on draft this fall. (4/5)

lbaker, Mar 19, 2010
Munsterfest from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.