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Munsterfest - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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651 Ratings
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Ratings: 651
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 53
Gots: 64 | FT: 3
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 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
Photo of beerfairy
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber

A: Pours a light tan color. Nice head to start but then it completely disappears, no lacing in the glass because the head is gone.

S: Smells like biscuits and malt, fruity hints.

T: A touch of sweentess and light malt flavors

M: Very light carbonation, slick mouthfeel

D: Drinkable, not too heavy on the alcohol.

beerfairy, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very solid, deep golden color-there is about 2 inches of fizzy/medium head here.
Smell is bready, spiced much like other of its style-a little zest with a yeasted profile.
Taste is mildly malted-a very well grained/barley with some like zest.
Finish is pretty quick and dirty- some malts and barley on the after-taste-small amounts of of some yeasts.
Drinks well here-a bit out of season but definitely refreshing.

ThaBobfather, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear golden orange with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of bready malts and some earthy hops

taste is carmel malts and earthy grassy hops

mouthfeel - a medium to full body very creamy and smooth with good carbonation

drinkabiity is good - a heavy lager that would be better if lighter

jsh420, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of Jeebs
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy deep golden orange with a tiny off white head. The head dissipates almost instantly leaving nearly no lacing.

S: Smells biscuity with spiced malts, sweet with a bit of fruitiness.

T: Much like the smell, bready/biscuity sweetness with spiced malts.

M: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. There isn't really anything that stand out with the mouth feel it's pretty bland and boring.

D: Drinkability is average at best, this beer is just too bland. This beer is not even close to being worth $8 a bomber.

Jeebs, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours clear and light copper in color with a nice stream of carbonation rising from the bottom. Poured with a very thin head that left little lacing.

Aroma is malty and bready with a decent amount of sweet caramel malts coming through. The taste has a lot of caramel malts with a little sweetness to it. It's a pretty balanced beer though, the caramel comes through the most but it isn't too sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it was pretty easy to finish the bomber during the beginning of the Super Bowl this evening. It's lighter bodied and full flavored making it a very drinkable brew. I found it a pretty good representation of the style.

billab914, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a dirty golden color ale with a tiny foamy head with light retention and not much lacing. Aroma of overly sweet malt with some grainy cereal cereal is more or less interesting. Taste is also dominated by some grainy cereal with some overly sweet notes. Body has an oily texture with medium carbonation. Not sure I get what the goal was but I didn't enjoy this - lacking caramel malt.

Phyl21ca, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a sunburst orange with a tiny head which leaves little lacing.

S: malt, toast, nutty w/ a slight pleasant sour funkiness

T: nicely balanced sweetness, subtle sourness, which is nice

M: crisp, clean, smooth

D: very easy to drink. I could easily have several more glasses.

Notes: at $8 for a 22 oz. bottle, I find this to be ridiculously overpriced for an Oktoberfest brew.

Huhzubendah, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of jjayjaye
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy iced tea orange with a shallow loose off white head that's gone in a flash leaving negligible lacing. The smell is aggressive with a rich malty sweetness mixed with toffee apple notes. Adequately carbonated and tangy the mouth feel is full bodied and creamy. Full flavored, the malty caramel and harvest fruit taste is complimented nicely by the texture and lingers appropriately with a slightly salty character. One heck of a nice drinker. Tastes like a TON of quality ingredients. Quite sessionable, especially at 6% ABV. Really glad that i had the opportunity to consider this one...during the game...BEAT ARMY!

jjayjaye, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy deep golden. Thin dirty white head. Barely any lace. Malty aroma but not overly rich or thick. A little apple fruitiness as well on the nose. Pretty plain flavor. Just like the nose. It's malty, but not overly so. And there is definitely an apple like presence which is a little awkward. Body is pretty lifeless. Easily, the most unimpressive beer I've had from this brewery. I coulda had a sixer of Staghorn instead of this bomber. It is what it is...

Bighuge, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Lafayette Chumleys.

Regular marzen pour; maybe a little limp. An orange like a rusty old pumpkin made of steel. Translucent with a small head.

Smells nice. Rounded, zippy bock malt with hints of wax and cinnamon. Decent dry American hop presence, to boot.

Tastes a lot like it smells only the hops are a lot bigger and the cinnamon much bolder, almost at Spotted Cow levels. Starts for a marzen, big bouquet of spices and light flowers, moving into sweeter, bockier middle with dry American hops and ending on a long, lingering blend of hops, spice, and malt sweetness. Really nice.

mynie, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my glass the beer is a rosy orange brown color. A gentle pour produces little head which in turn leaves little lace. Not the beers fault i guess.

The aroma is super spiced up malt. Heavy grassy earthy tone is the main player. It reminds me of fresh vine rippened tomatoes straight from the garden.

The flavor is robust mix of wheat and corn. Caramel,spices maybe a touch of hops. A marzen on 11 if you will.

Medium body plenty of carbonation.

Overall a very nice fest beer. Per the usual recipe at three floyds a fest beer with some muscle.

beerwolf77, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty brew courtesy of the in-laws. Thanks Cindy!

Appearance: A clear bronze colored brew with about a 1/2 inch of fluffy white head. Retention isn't bad, but there isn't much lacing.

Smell: A very mild biscuity malty sweetness. I was hoping for a bit more here, but it isn't bad.

Taste: Like the smell and typical for the style, a mild bready/biscuity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Good full body for an Oktoberfest. Nice carbonation, goes down smooth.

Drinkability: A tasty Oktoberfest, and another fine offering from FFF.

krisandajt, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of katan
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color. Head formation is very light, dissipates quickly to a film. Very very bubbly. A slight amount of hazing. Appears slightly a bit light in color for the style.

S - An interesting sweet and spicy combination. Has a orangish sweet fruity note, combined with more spicy and bready yeast notes. Malts don't come through as much as I would hope.

T - Starts off very very sweet, malts dominate. The roasting and toffee notes from specialty malts are very hard to find. Mid-stream gets a bit of a dry finish, with a yeast coming up to create the balance. Hopping is minimal. Finishes with the caramel and nutty flavors I was hoping to get from a marzen.

M - Moderate body - clinging and cloying from all the strong sugars. Carbonation bite is light.

D - Very drinkable beer - abv is manageable. Flavors are solid and not overwhelming. Not filling, although certainly a noticeable body to it.

katan, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop-top with cool label...no freshness date to be seen

Appearance: Lightly-hazed light burnt orange beer with a decent ivory cap which soon fades to a thick film with decent retention

Smell: Mild, lightly toasted malt aromas, along with some sweet fruit. Some mild lager-yeast in here as well; overall, this is a bit subdued, actually.

Taste: Mirrors the aroma; some sweet/toasty malts, mild juicy (generic) sweet fruits, and a mild-moderate hop bitterness on the finish. Just the barest hint of minerality. More emphasis on the malt than the hops, but it's not as toasty and full as some other Oktoberfests.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: I was really looking forward to this (it's my first FFF beer) but I must say, while this is in no way bad, it was just underwhelming and not really worth the $8.00 a bomber IMHO.

BedetheVenerable, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a very light amber, especially for a marzen, very surprising color. The head is a weak white with little to no retention and lacing.

The aroma is very light you get some of sweet malts, a touch of hops, and almost a pumpkin seed smell.

The taste is very light and not spectacular at all. You don't taste much at all, its almost skunky. Hardly any after taste.

The mouthfeel is liight, not very drinkable.

jrallen34, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of jhoban19
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a pint glass in two stages (22oz bottle). hazy orange color with a solid 1+ finger of foam, produced by a vigorous pour, which disappeared pretty quickly. lacing is non-existent. head on the second pour holding up a little longer and a slight lacing is present.

S: heavy malt, fresh biscuits, over-ripe banana, subtle hints of dark fruit and hops.

T: tastes like it smells- malty, a little biscuit, some fruit and a bit of hops.

M: rich and full bodied, refreshing. carbonation is just right. a fruity aftertaste lingers around the sides of the mouth.

D: I'm enjoying this one. I don't typically like many of the lager styles, but the Octoberfest beers are usually the exception and tis that time of year. The Munsterfest is not disappointing me. I only wish I had a giant pretzel or a bratwurst to go with it!

jhoban19, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Contrary to the brewery motto, this may be the most "normal" FFF offering in that it's atypically true to style. This, in and of itself, may be a disappointmenmt to those who expect FFF to push the boundaries of style in every offering (usually with a generous supply of amarillo hops). However, dwelling on that kind of unreasonable standard would lead you away from what is a very solid Oktoberfest brew. Call it the "softer side" of Three Floyds.

This medium-veiled copper-hued lager pours with a rapidly dissipating head. The mouthfeel is very pleasant: it has the necessary heft for a beer that welcomes the arrival of Fall with just the right amount of carbonation (any less would signal Winter doldrums and any more would amount to Summer nostalgia).

The smell puts its bready malt foot forward with just a little bit of lemon peel and banana in the background. The taste follows suit, with a satisfying biscuit lead-in, a subtle taste of citrus in the middle and a measured bitter finish. While I'd love to see FFF take this style off the deep end, this beer shows that they can succeed at a more subtle task.

chicagobeerriot, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly light copper with very little head and barely any retention or lacing. not very marzen like.

sweet honey malts with a touch of floral hops

a slight bitterness and earthy flavor that calms down the sweet malt profile. a bit of a dry flavor in there. not overly sweet by any means. quite balanced.

tingly carbonation with a nice bite. considering there as no head in the pour, this is pretty spot on to the actual german counterparts.

a pretty decent fest bier. ayinger is STILL the best but this is actually a bit close to it in that its balanced. good stuff

hooliganlife, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

650mL bomber purchased FRESH from Friar Tucks in Peoria. The beer is hazy-translucent and dark orange color with an extremely thin wispy head. The aroma is sweet and malty, lots of fresh bread and I guess a hint of esters. This stuff is delicious, I think I've found my favorite Oktoberfest. Sweet and bready, a little grassland hops, pleasant overall. This is what Oktoberfests should taste like, definitive and near perfect.

TurdFurgison, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of bgreg3
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like your typical oktoberfest brew kind of goldish bronze , and the smell is reminiscent of sweet malt and yeast , strong yeast presence. The taste is strong on yeast and bavarian barely malt says the bottle. Also it says they used german noble hops. There is mild tart to this beer , its good though and has a medium finish with a good body , making this beer , drinkable.

horray for munster

bgreg3, Sep 08, 2009
Munsterfest from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 651 ratings.