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Munsterfest - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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85
very good

681 Ratings
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Ratings: 681
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 57
Gots: 72 | 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:
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(Beer added by: beachbum1975 on 10-15-2006)
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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
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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
1.8/5  rDev -52.4%
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
3.88/5  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.

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
3.95/5  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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Munsterfest from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
85 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.