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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 Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this one Waaayyy out of season, but I found several bottles of this at a liquor store in Louisville, KY and couldn't resist. I'll revisit this one in the fall... or not?

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy, carrot orange, with a little bit of red mixed in for safe measure. The head was solid white, 1-2 fingers even, and the retention was to die for.

S: Bread, caramel, malt, and a tinge... and I truly mean a TINGE of honey.

T: Smooth and refreshing. This one makes me look forward to October... besides the fact that it's 90 degrees outside. Sweet nuts (almonds?), caramel, and malt. No FFF taste profile to be found.

M: Carbonation was perfect for this style, and the lacing: absolutely. fucking.insane! The sweeter elements were kept in check.

O: Prosit! I think FFF should sell 6-packs of this stuff and charge the same price I just paid for a 750ml. bottle. $10 for a bomber huh? This is the only real problem I found with this brew.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From My Notes:

A - Pours a very clear copper with a thin white head.

S - Caramel and sweet toasted malt with a bit of graininess to it.

T - Sweet toasted malt, caramel, bready with a bit of hop spiciness mixed in.

M - Moderate with light carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish.

D - A tasty Oktoberfest. I was expecting something a little bolder coming from 3 Floyd's.

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

Thanks to hurfer for this bottle. Poured from 22oz bottle into snifter glass. Pours a deep orange/amber color, light haze to it, with a foamy white head that quickly disspates. Aroma has a very sweet profile as a whole with a good amount of grainy malt nose, very strong noble hops profile with a combination of sweet grassy and spicy notes and finishes with a light soured malt note. Flavor starts off with a strong hay and light toasted malt note early (cereal) with noble hops grassy finish. Body is very light, which I suspect, is from the low carbonation present in the brew. Texture is kinda watery. Overall, a big disappointment as the nose is unimpressive and the texture of the brew really doesn't help the lackluster flavor. There are better Oktoberfest brews out there.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from Three Floyds. Sturdy body with well-balanced malt notes. Caramel is predominant, but at an appropriate level. Perhaps a touch more hops than traditionally found in the style, but still well-within the traditional profile. A bit bigger and bolder than some, and that is good.

Photo of TexIndy
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a pint glass. No dating info on bottle. Was a very hazy amber color with good carb streams. It had a small fizzy head that quickly dissipated to nothing. No lacing.

The aroma was good for the style with sweet malt, caramel malt, some fruit and slight spicy note. A bit sweeter than most marzens. The taste followed the aroma and opens with a very sweet bite with a bit of spice hitting at the end. A bit too sweet in the long run for me. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, a solid marzen that was just a bit too sweet for me. Still worth trying but by the end of the bottle it's a bit too much. Not avail here in TX so shipped back from my Indy trip. Rotation - would like to try again closer to the release and on-tap. Not my go to style but worth a bottle a season. [O;O]

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 12-11-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a decent one finger of foam, copper tan color, lots of carbonation present

S - Sweet caramel, roasted malts, hints of hops present

T/M - Medium bodied, smooth crisp flavor, great blend of malts and hop bitterness

D - Very drinkable Oktoberfest, medium bodied, well balanced, I would for sure get this brew again. Another great brew from Three Floyds. I recommend this brew

Photo of Gosox8787
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle with no freshness date. Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass in two parts.

Appearance: Deep golden yellow to light orange in color with a slight head. Not much retention here.

Aroma: Caramel and biscuit notes upfront. Nice smooth maltiness throughout. A touch of herbal notes in there as well.

Taste: Sweet caramel and breadiness throughout. The malt is really smooth and not at all overpowering. It is a really enjoyable flavor profile. Feels like there is almost a touch of spice here too, but mot much. Clean finish. Very limited hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Nice lively carbonation works well here.

Drinkability: This does not feel like 6% ABV at all. I found this really easy to drink with such smooth flavor and how clean it finished. I finished the bomber really quickly and definitely could have had another.

Overall, a nice marzen style beer I enjoyed way more than I expected to. I'm usually not the biggest fan of the style but the smooth malt flavors, clean finish, and high drinkability really impressed. I would definitely have this again if I had the chance.

Photo of fastpass17
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber Bottle

A: Light copper in color. Strong carbonation through the glass, and three finger white head.

S: Roasted caramel, walnuts, faint notes of cream in the back, no noticeable hops.

T: Malt starts in the front followed by fruit and cream. Finishes with a slight tang.

M: The body that one expects out of classic German marzens.

D: I would enjoy a few glasses of this beer with some BBQ or pickled eggs.

Photo of peabody
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out couldy orange/yellow with amber tints.
Smell is fruity with granny smith skins with a caramel on top.
Taste is fruity like sour apple sauce that has been left out to sour.
Mouthfeel is good here. Smoothe lager. Mellow malt and cane sugars caress the mouth.
Drinkability is good and the abv is just right.

Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened at a recent tasting.

Beer is light brown with an off white head of small and medium bubbles with little staying power, ends up with a few dozen tiny bubbles stuck to the walls of the glass. No lacing carbonation moderate.

Beer smells like a nice lager, minimal caramel, minimal malts, well balanced, exactly what I expected.

Beer is pretty malty, nice bready mouthfeel. Forward flavors are slightly sweet. Finishes cleanly and not too dry. For a marzen, its quite good. The malt backbone is well thought out with good connectivity. I would definitely drink this again.

Photo of AndrewNations
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much to say about this one. Its a typical Marzen and is quite normal despite being from 3F. It had a nice caramel and bread type malt backbone with mid to low carbonation. Admittedly, this is not my favorite style but I do enjoy tasting and seeing how others differ. I think this one is a bit on the sweeter side and makes a bit less sessionable then some of the german oktoberfest.

All in all I think this is a good representation of the style but would appreciate a little more creativity from 3F as they tend to do.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened by Andrewnations. Still Fall, but a break from the pumpkin.

Pours a light rusty brown with a bit of an off white head. Mode brings some slight caramel and toffee and a bunch of doughy malt. Taste is quite bready with a bit of sweetness in the background. Light to medium body and good carbonation. Drinks well, but nothig all that special about it.

Photo of Reaper16
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served into a mason jar

Pours a darkish gold color, sort of SAC Amber meets Goldenrod. White head, not much of it in either head size or lace. Pretty clear body. You can see the streams of carbonation rise up to the top where they don't amount to anything.

Munsterfest has a sharper nose and flavor than I'm used to getting from a Marzen. The standard tastes are there: green apple, grassy noble hops, twangy malt. Only they are sharp to a degree that there is nearly some tart action going on. A bit of kiwi shows up on the palate. A bit of banana on the nose. It is intense and interesting, if not always "good."

Appropriate body and carbonation levels. It feels a bit wan in the mouth but finishes smoothly. Nothing remarkable about it (in a positive sense or negative). Drinkability is bolstered by how interestingly piquant this beer is for the style.

If you like Marzens then check out this beer. It is unique enough to hold the interest of even Oktoberfest skeptics.

Photo of alleykatking
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A-Poured a semi-hazed reddish golden copper color..almost like apple cider. One and a half finger tan head shows medium retention and leave sticky streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light toasted bready caramel malts dominate the aroma here. There is a light earthy hop to this along with something else spice like. There is a light sweetness to the ending aroma and alcohol is present.

T- A nice caramel toasted upfront on this beer. I mean big time...but in a good way. Some light apple notes in this one toward the front as well. There is a light earthy grassy touch to this as well in the middle to ending that cuts through some of the malts but a lingering sweetness is always there from the alcohol I would suspect.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Toasted malts left on the palate with some sweetness and grassy hops in the aftertaste. Crisp and clean...malt forward beer with a light hop flavor cutting the malts a little. Alcohol in the backing drys the palate lightly after each sip.

D- Ok this beer is highly drinkable to me. The beer itself is nothing like FFF beers per say. It's well crafted I think and this leads to the drinkability of it. The alcohol on this is low enough that a bomber plus some is a easy goal for me to obtain.

Photo of sandmaker
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking forward to this beer. I've been enjoying the Octoberfest and Harvest ales lately as a relief from the IPAs that I have barraged my palette with all summer. The color is just as pretty and red as the leaves that decorate the trees here in the midwest. The flavor is calm and smooth. Atypical of what FFF's usually prides themselves on. I think the calm and subtle flavors would start to disappear after more than a pint or two, which is disappointing. I can't say that its my favorite harvest ale, but FFF have continued to brew beers that I continue to enjoy and look forward to.

Photo of beerhan
1.89/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle, 10.12.10

Never have I ever been disappointed with three floyds but this was terrible. Octoberfests are fun for the most part and are very simple and drinkable. This however was a sloppy tart mess.

I was optimistic at first, pours a lovely amber with a nice juicy head. Looks like a crisps beer.

Smells like apple juice, sour fruit.

Tastes like an imperial killians if that could ever exist. I can't really describe the taste except that it was not pleasant. No real hops present but there is a very odd maltiness to this beer that is not good.

Tasting this makes me cringe in a bad way. Sours are a good cringe this is a what is in my mouth is it poisonous simple mammalian brain autonomic response type cringe. I considered this a semi drain pour because I poured some of my glass out when I just could not take the taste anymore. Also the price for this, $9 for an octoberfest! ridiculous!

I still love three floyds but I am going to never have this again. I love all their other stuff that I have had but alright so every brewery makes a black sheep. They tried to make a beer similar to a recipe from two hundred years ago and good. I am sure back then it was the greatest thing ever but this recipe could use an update.

Photo of fryman
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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..

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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Khazadum
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of innersanctum
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of BigBass
3.22/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Photo of generalnotsew
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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