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Munsterfest - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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85
very good

588 Ratings
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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 49
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:
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(Beer added by: beachbum1975 on 10-15-2006)
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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

I can't say I've had too many session beer or lagers by these guys, so this should be new... Into the Warsteiner Mug...

A - Very light amber for a Fest style beer, with almost no head, that disappeared quickly.

S - The toastyness was nice, as was the light tobacco notes. But I also noted way to much metallic and anise aromas to fine this a really enjoyable aroma.

T - Mildly fruity and toasty in the entry (pear?). Gum like flavors show up at midpalate, along with smoke and just a bit of hops, Finish is nice, with nutty, smoky, more pear with some apple fruitiness, and a lingering alcohol bite. Sweet, but not cloying. Good, not quite as good as Ayinger, but impressed.

M - Quite crisp, but on par with most Oktoberfest.

D - Worth $9? Not quite, but still good, and made for an enjoyable night.

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of sfreshnock
2.73/5  rDev -27.8%

22oz bottle poured into 20oz tumbler.

Beer pours near bronze with little to no head which dissipates immediately. The beer has a sweet smell that is soon overpowered by alcohol and corn, unpleasant. The corn taste dominates and sits in the back of your mouth. Tastes like a roided' out Budvar. I have so much faith in FFF but I will not be having another. Taking into consideration where I purchased this from it should be very fresh.

sfreshnock, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of balconybrew
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%

Reviewed from notes...

Poured from a bomber into a stein. Liquid was amber with a white head. Aroma was of roasted malt, slightly sweet and minimal hops. Taste begins with sweet malt that fades to a dry (style-like) finish. Lacked the hops I was expecting from FFF. Very drinkable, like and o'fest should be.

balconybrew, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +5.8%

22oz bottle pours into my glass a clear deep orange/red harvest color with a nice half inch of creamy eggshell head and lots of active carbonation rising up. Aromas of deep caramel and a touch of nuttiness. A bit roasted, with an herbal, lightly spicy hop in the background. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a sturdy caramel malt upfront along with a nice roasted nutty aspect to it as well. Flows down with some herbal, floral, spicy hops. A touch grassy with a bit of fruity flavor on the finish. Light bitterness is present. A tasty, malty oktoberfest lager.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with ample carbonation. Goes down easy with a nice dry crispness on the finish. Quite an easy drinking oktoberfest. It doesn't really set itself apart from others in the style very much, but overall is a tasty, enjoyable oktoberfest that lives up to the style. As one of the Floyd's few bottled lagers, it's one I'd probably come back to again.

orbitalr0x, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

Greetings ! What a lovely shade of amber oak you are, and such a nice hat of ivory – tis a shame it left us so quickly. And that aroma you have, a very nice malty oak, it matches your taste quite nicely. The spices you added mix in well, I will enjoy your stay with me today. The hops round you out perfectly, and even push you over the edge, into a sassy finish that makes me look forward towards another encounter with you.

I’m so glad that orbitalr0x sent you my way in a good trade!

Vancer, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

amusing label on this bomber. poured into a nonic, this was a hazy apricot/amber in color with a thin, off-white creamy head that dissipated rather quickly. but, for me, the head is one of the least important characteristics of a beer. smell of sweet caramel malts is prevelant before your nose gets near the glass. some faint vegetal notes are also detected upon further inspection. the taste and mouthfeel both present some interesting contrasts, as it starts out sweet and medium-bodied/viscous and quickly cleans out to dry, light, and spritzy. this may be the only 3f's beer i've ever had where the hops did not assume a prominent role. in this one, they only play to a light bitterness in the background and the aformentioned vegetal notes in the nose. i give this one high marks for it's complex mouthfeel and cleansing finish, it makes for a beer you'd want to drink a lot of. it should be noted that i'm pretty sure they make this for a fall release, and having bought it in june (they just put these out in a new section at the local binny's), i'm pretty sure this is past it's prime. but it was good nonetheless and did not seem light-struck. will definitely revisit this if a fresh batch is re-released this coming fall. not the clean malt profile of an ayinger oktoberfest but still tasty.

MrMcGibblets, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of shbobdb
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

The beer proudly proclaims, "Nicht Normal!" on it, but I'm inclined to respond, "Voll Normaaal!"

Bah! No one got that. It does say, "Nicht Normal" on it, which just means "not normal" in German, whereas Voll Normal mean's "Totally Normal" but is also the title of a film.

Anyway. . . .

The beer pours, looks, tastes, and drinks like a regular Ofest. I mean that. It is a little lighter than the Spaten offering (I drank them side-by-side), but I think it is a little thicker than the Paulaner version (much less the Weihenstephaner!).

I mean, I really had a hard time grappling with the idea that this wasn't a German Maerzen. Good, rich, tasty malts (more vienna than munich) and also nice and dry with a great knacky dry finish at the end. The clean finish is definitely helped by some hops, but unlike any other FFF beer I've ever had, they hops played a very subtle, supporting role.

The beer is surprising in the same way that swapping out a Schwarzbier for a stout is surprising. I was expecting something else and FFF kept me on my toes by delivering something completely different.

This is a spot-on great Maerzen. Come fall, I will be (no doubt) shelling out way too much money for this overpriced bomber.

shbobdb, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

This may have been an older bottle, but there is no date markings available that I can find.

Pours a cloudy amber with a two finger off white head. Decent retention and lacing. Aroma is roasty carmel malts. Taste is dissapointing, very malty with a little too much sweetness and not enough hops. Mouthfeel is average. Pretty drinkable but not something I would want to drink a lot of. I am hoping this was just an old bottle; I will get some fresh as soon as it's available.

Duster72, May 14, 2007
Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured a cloudy medium amber hue with a one and a half finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt with some honey sweetness. Some husky grain and noble hop as well.

The taste consisted of a sweet caramel malt with some wildflower honey. A juicy semi-ciric hop was detected.

The mouthfeel was clean but a bit on the thin side.

Overall a tasty oktoberfest. Very drinkable.

plaid75, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%

Poured from a big bomber to a large glass mug the liquid is a cloudy copper color with good carbonation. The head is 1 finger off white and leaves some lace. It looks spot on for a traditional Marzen.

The small is very good Light roasted caramel malt.

The taste follows and does not disapoint. Great light roasty caramel taste. Just like back in the old country. Nice extra bit oh hops but not over done. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is very plaesent, better then medium bodyand good carbonation make this brew very good.

The drinkability is very good nothing not to like and a very smoth and easy drinking brew, savor it or chug it this is a very fine example of this traditional style.

Many thanks to JPK30 for getting me this beer.
Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of warriorsoul
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

A special thanks goes to goodbyeohio for snagging me this one...
Clear auburn with a half finger of off-white head...thin lacing.
One of the better aromas from the style...huge malt presence with floral notes, citrus, and a minty spice with a lingering nose.
Taste is fantastic...toasted, carmelized malt up front with a huge dose of bittering hops, more floral but some citrus in there too. The yeast flavors really add to the balance.
Finishes slightly sweet, but more bitter and dry, making the mouthfeel medium-bodied and very clean.
Not sure of the abv, but I'm guessing below 6% and very easy to consume....the bomber disappears way too quickly.
A great brew in the style from one of the best.

warriorsoul, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of Gaisgeil
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

The more beer I have from these guys, the more I'm endeared to them. This is a bit of a departure from the rest of their portfolio to be perfectly honest. This actually follows style guidelines to a large extent. Let there be no mistake about it though, there is a lot of flavor swirling in the deep amber of this bottle. I was really expecting a highly hopped version of the traditional Oktoberfest, but no! This is a impeccably well balanced affair with a great deal of general appeal. This isn't the modern intreptation of Oktoberfest, this one is old school, amber and malty, yet light enough to session but giving up nothing in flavor.

Pours a deep and clear amber in color with a slightly off-white fluffy head with great retention. Lots of lacing all throughout. The nose is very fruity, orange and nectaraine, sweet breads, a heavy scent of yeast. Taste is rich and sweet, but with great balance and certain toasted malt flavor, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium, though heavy for the stlye in general. This takes very little away from it as a whole though, if anything at all. I could and would drink copious amount of this. It's a bit pricey though and there are many worthy German brews that are very similar that cost much less. It's nice to see an American beer of this stlye that stands up alongside the German originals.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of karengarys
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%

This pours rich and crystal clear. It is a deep deep amber, leaving little head with my slow pour.

Smells malty with a nice hop to balance.

Tastes quite malty, a bit of molassis, some other dark flavorey spice, and a nice clean refreshing dry hop to balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and coarse at the same time.

The body seems somewhat light compared to what I am used to from this brewery, but it is fine for the style.

Finish is a bit wet - the creaminess dissipates on its way down. It ends with a wet spicy flavor.

I could drink this for days straight.

this is another great offering from the FFF brewery - Try it if you can find it!

karengarys, Mar 07, 2007
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3.08/5  rDev -18.5%

22oz. bottle.

Very light haze, light brown/orange in color. Modest off-white head.

Mild citrus aroma, some caramel (inappropriate for style). A bit of roast/toast character.

Fairly hoppy for style, but not overboard. Unpleasant bitterness in aftertaste. Some toast notes.

Light + in body. Carbonation is low. Fairly refreshing, dry at finish.

May be a bit past it's prime, so I will try again in the future. Easy to drink, but flavor is just a bit off.

, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

Bomber courtesy of Viggo- a great surprise and treat! Pours out a dark lager- right on style for an oktoberfest. Not much head or lacing, but no matter, this is a session beer. Excellent clean taste with the malty flavour I was expecting. Hop levels pretty moderate for three floyds. Carbonation was medium.

All and all - a solid lager. Had a nice tast profile, but yet very quaffable. Quite enjoyable.

oakbluff, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Orange peel toasted under a broiler. Multiple streams of rapidly rising bubbles maintain a large crown of exceptionally pale orange foam. Small pits and larger craters appear in the upper surface as it slowly loses altitude. This is a classic looking Oktoberfest.

The nose is less than explosive. It's well-balanced with a smidgen more hoppiness than the style dictates. Gently toasted malt combines with a hop profile that is both earthy and citric fruity. I'm guessing that something other than German nobles are present. Something from this side of the Atlantic perhaps?

Munsterfest doesn't taste like a Three Floyds beer. I've becomed accustomed to amazingly flavorful, hopped to the gills, over the top, envelope pushing ales from these guys, so it's surprising to be faced with a standard, no-frills Oktoberfest. To their credit, this is delicious beer and is a more than solid version of the style.

A modestly sweet, toasted Munich maltiness is the King of the Fest. He's accompanied by a wonderfully spicy hoppiness that I still believe is in the upper range for the style. The finish, especially, is pleasingly bitter and full of hop flavor. Although there may be a hint of bitter orange, I can't appreciate nearly as much fruitiness as I can in the nose.

The mouthfeel is exceptional when judged against other, relatively low ABV, Oktoberfests (the ABV is 5.5%). It's both firm and amazingly receptive at once. I love the lingering, lightly sticky, mouthcoating finish. A subtle, yet still invigorating, feel to the carbonation is the icing on the cake.

Three Floyds is proud of the 'it's not normal' nature of their beer (as they should be). For this German-style offering, they've amended their tagline to read 'es ist nicht normal'. Munsterfest is probably the most normal thing they brew, but it's still a damn fine example of the style and shows that these guys aren't just hop fanatics. What this beer has shown me is that 3F can be successful at whatever they set their minds to.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%

22oz bottle poured into my Dogfish Head pint glass.
Beer pours a dark brown reddish color. There is no head to speak of. Smells of an Octoberfest, but the trademark Three Floyds hops are not present in the nose. I was hoping for a hoppy attempt at an Octoberfest.
Taste is true to the style for an Octoberfest. I guess Three Floyds is falling to their reputation here. An incredible brewery that I love. This is a good, very true to form Octoberfest. However, I was expecting something special from FFF. I can get Christian Moerlein Octoberfest around here for $6/sixer and have the same experience.
Overall a good beer, just not something that demands the FFF premium.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of crayphish
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

Finally gave in and grabbed a Munsterfest off the shelf of the liquor store in town. The beer poured out of the 22 oz. bottle to a hazy orangish brown in my mug. Decent carbonation, but little head retention. Sweet earthy malt smell. Nothing that over powers though. Taste is the same with a bit of bitter hops in there. The hop bite starts and the sweet malt finishes as I swallow, which I enjoyed. Feels a bit thick and chewy, not over bearing in those regards. I put this on the same drinkability as Sam Adams Octoberfest. I could polish of a few bombers if I so desired.

crayphish, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of taez555
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%

22oz bomber.

This beer poured a clear orange/brown/tan body with a very small off-white head.

Nose has a simple fresh cut grain sort of smell to it. Little hints of sweet caramel, or biscuit and surprisingly that classic macro sort of corn smell as well.

Taste is medium bodied and very crisp with a mild graininess. Very light on the tastebuds without any strong overwhelming flavors. Subtle grain, some nice caramel and toasted malts, some fresh hearty bread and even very subtle hints of rye. Hop bitterness and taste shine through a bit more as it warms and actually start to dominate in the back end. Ends with a lingering bitterness and graininess.

A very simple American oktoberfest. A bit more of a hop bitterness than normal, but overall a very nice simple drinkable marzen.

taez555, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Poured a dark amber with a short fluffy white head that disappears very quickly. Smells of lager yeast, honey, and apricots as well as light malt. The taste is a little dissappointing. It is more reminiscent of an imperial pilsner or craft malt liquor than it is an Oktoberfest. Its very malty, very little hops in the front, fairly sweet in the middle as well as some apricot. The mouthfeel is nice and full and creamy, and very smooth. Very restrained carbonation. Not a bad beer, just a little bit odd interpretation of the style.

Georgiabeer, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of ppoitras
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal layer of beige bubbles over the cloudy dark amber brew. Head is down to a swirly film quickly, with average to good lacing. Aroma is lightly of nutty malt and fruitiness. Taste follows along with a nutty grain husk flavor upfront, and hopping to balance for the rest of the experience, with maybe a touch of fruitiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice, and even if they say it's "not normal", I'd be happy with this as my fest beverage...

ppoitras, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of DrJay
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%

Clear orange/reddish amber, but still fairly light, topped by an off-white head of fine bubbles. Some spotty lace. Sweet malt aroma with grassy and floral notes. Mild bitterness with some caramel, mild toastiness and light floral hops. Moderate carbonation, medium/light body, quite smooth with some dryness in the finish. Quite easy drinking. Thanks for sharing Viggo!

DrJay, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%

Oh my god, I think I just creamed my pants. A Three Floyds lager? Don't get me wrong, I love my ales to death, and a greater percentage of my favorite beers are ales, but there is really nothing better than a well done lager. This one fits the bill quite nicely, and it is quite hoppy to boot (it's Three Floyds afterall). I finally got a chance to try this after just having been out of my Oktoberfest kick for the past month, but now I'm ready to dive right back in after this one.

Pours with a monumental head and an intensely active carbonation to support it. Whew, it's not already too late after O'fest season. Despite the beautiful carbonation, the retention is actually fairly poor, and the lacing ceases to stick. It is also a fair bit hazy, though it has that beautiful clear coppery color that I drool over every October.

The aroma is quite enticing. Has a distinct vegetal lager smell to it, but also a ton of floral hops and some caramel maltiness. The taste is fairly similar. Sweet with caramel and biscuity malt flavors up front fading into a clean, crisp floral hops bitterness. Very clean finish. Only very faintly vegetal. A damn good lager, and an instant favorite for an O'fest.

The body is fairly thick and creamy for the style; and even though the carbonation appears to be intense, it is very soft on the palate. As I have said already, it is very clean with only a hint of caramel sweetness and floral hops bitterness in the finish.

As is the case with most well-done lagers, this beer is uber drinkable. I could drink it by the case if I could afford it and it was available.

neonbrown82, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of grub
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

pours a nice copper colour with a big fluffy tan head. the head drops slowly and leaves a little lace behind.

aroma is nice. biscuity malt. very fresh and nice.

taste is good. bready malt. light bitterness. bit of pepper. hint of alcohol. little nutty and toasty.

mouthfeel is good. nice body and good carbonation level.

drinkability is good. a well balanced and tasty beer.

grub, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

In the glass this is a slightly hazy orange amber colored beer with a disappointing tan head formation that does not last.

Smell is sweet with an edge of dark roasted malt to it. Unexpected whiff of coffee and chocolate in this. Smell is really closer to a brown ale.

Taste is mildly sweet and full of Nobel hops in the first taste. Noticeable flavors from the dark malts again, tastes like brown ale. Good solid Noble hop bitterness and flavor, mildly spicy in the mouth but not real complex.

Mouthfeel is good.

Easy to drink as all Three Floyds beers are. This doesn't really taste like an Oktoberfest but it does taste good. Flavor-wise this would be a real good schwartzbier but it isn't dark enough. Tasty but not to style.

Zorro, Dec 10, 2006
Munsterfest from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.