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Munsterfest - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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85
very good

686 Ratings
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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 60
Gots: 72 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of aasher
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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....

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.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of koopa
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of crossovert
2.47/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of Cresant
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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.

Photo of lbaker
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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)

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.

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.

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

Photo of Jeebs
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of billab914
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Photo of Bighuge
2.62/5  rDev -30.7%
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...

Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.