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Munsterfest - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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225 Reviews
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Reviews: 225
Hads: 727
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 21.81%
Wants: 62
Gots: 85 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 225 | Hads: 727
Photo of hosehead83
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a "bomber" bottle into Sam Adams "bubble' glass.
Copper-gold in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt
Taste-Pale malt, toasted malt, spicy hop note. A decent interpretation of the style. A nice match for German potato salad or sausages.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trying the Munsterfest for a third time....but I now have a chance to write a review. Cracked a bottle open tonight and the beer pours a very nice clear amber (I left a heal in the bottle to avoid sediment). The head is thin and white and is leaving some lace. The scent is fairly faint....there are subtle bittering hops and slight burnt malt. The taste is a well balanced Marzen style and probably one of my favorites of this style. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall an excellent offering.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy deep amber, not much carbonation, one finger off white head.

S-Caramel, toffee, malty, some rye as well. Earthy.

T-Rather malty, caramel, bread, but then a spicyness/rye comes over to give it a good flavor.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and tad spicyness.

O-Easily the most normal beer by FFF. Though it lingers on shelves for a reason as it doesn't do anything to distinguish itself from other oktoberfests.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From CrushedVol in a BIF box, thanks again! 22 oz into a .3l tulip.

Chalk this one up in the 'don't read the reviews before you drink it'.

I did not find this thin, oily, syrupy, over-carb'd, under carb'd, orange, amber, red, copper, semi creamy or serviceable.

Not a fan of FFF typically. Have had some excellent selections and some that widely miss the mark. I found this to be spot on. Perhaps not the best example, but certainly

Gentle bread and malt aromas. Enjoyable, understand spice notes that run from the aroma through the taste. Mouthfeel is a touch light, more a late summer 'feel' than fitting the season. Clean and crisp without a single demerit.


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Photo of BitterBosh
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

At first, I really didn't like it, it seemed way overcarbonated & just way too thin & oily. But, after a while of drinking & letting the tulip glass sit, the alcohol smell & think taste broadened to a robust amber lager that I didn't think was coming at all. Let this brew sit for a while, it really opens up after a bit of warmth. The head will be gone by then, but it tastes so much fuller & organic this way. Right out of the fridge, its thin & oily. Must try some more Three Floyds offerings!

P.S.: I forgot to mention the hops...To me, the hops in this particular Oktoberfest lager taste far more citrusey (sp?) & biting than most other 'fests I've had. I like that about this brew, & with the sweetness added from letting it sit for a bit, this makes for an Oktoberfest that is in a league of it's own.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle, purchased late September 2013
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Three Floyds' Munsterfest is an overly heavy, syrupy-sweet adaptation of the Marzen style that also features some strange yeast and ester flavors. While the beer is not awful, it's far below the easily drinkable and fairly complex German lagers that make up the tradition of the style. In general, another mediocre attempt at a Marzen from a US brewery: for $9, I would definitely not purchase this again.

Pours a 1.5cm head of beige-colored foam, made up of small bubbles that yield a frothy appearance, which fades in about two minutes to a thin ring around the glass and a tiny island of small foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is minimal, with a few small streaks and dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber brown hue, with light bringing out pale, dirty-dishwater orange-brown hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (20-30% opacity) body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is fairly muted, mostly consisting of light brown sugar, old banana, musty mushroom-like yeast, bland toasted brown bread, and slight graininess. Definitely veers away from the style, and not in a good way: far too sweet, not nearly bready enough, and strange esters with yeast.

Overall flavor is of toasted malt influences (light brown sugar, old toast), with mushroom-like yeast and old banana esters. Front of palate finds light brown sugar sweetness, old banana esters, bland toasted bread, and mushroom-like yeast. Mid-palate experiences continued light brown sugar sweetness with bland toasted bread, notably spicy and slightly woodsy hops, with the mushroom-like yeast pushed far into the background. Back of palate finds heavier brown sugar sweetness, slightly syrupy, with toasted bread and spicy hops filling out the background. Aftertaste of strong mushroom-like yeast with sweet, light brown sugar, toasted bread, and slight accents of grain.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy (1/4), but mostly smooth (3/4) mouthfeel. This gives the beer a bit too much of a syrupy, cloying feel on the palate that neither works well for this beer or matches expectations for the style. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A seasonal offering from Three Floyds that I've yet to try. Expectations are in the average realm.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a light burnt orange color with maybe a bit of chestnut highlights here and there. One and a half fingers of off-white suds. Looks alright, for what it is.

S - Smell isn't what I usually tend to think of when I hear Oktoberfest, but it's still nice enough. Carbonated cola, brown sugar, banana, some cream, grain, and some bready malty pie crust.

T - Blah, this is not doing it for me at all. Unlike the nose, this beer is low on carbonation; a flat syrupy texture. The flavors that present themselves aren't bad, but something about this is just not working for me. Banana bread, lager yeast, corn & grains.

M - Feel is thick and syrupy. I guess this is more authentic and true to style, but it just makes the beer heavy bodied and bloating, in my opinion. Sticky and bready on the finish.

Overall, I suppose it is a more true to style example of an Oktoberfest, but it isn't one I would want to try again. Too thick and syrupy for my liking, but I can see where the appeal might lie.

Three Floyds Munsterfest ---3.5/5

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Photo of ISmith87
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/copper color, 1 finger of head that dissipates quick,no lacing. Smells like wheat, bread, slight pumpkin, corn, rice. Tastes basically like it smells, with some banana in there. Mouth feel is light to medium, alc is covered, and it has a lager aftertaste (bready. Banana).overall this is a great oktoberfest, one of the best of the style that ive had.

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Photo of Nunya
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of this style but this is probably my favorite. Not overly spicy, very smooth and easy to drink. Nice flavor, great smell. If you must have a Marzen then this is a really good choice.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz, 2013 vintage
Tulip glass

A: Very pretty amber color. High carbonation with lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the glass. Layer of off white light tan head. Sticks around a while.

S: Bready malts. Clean grassy grainy hops. Maybe a little lemon. A little nuttiness.

T: Really solid lager here. Nice light crisp hit of Euro hops up front. Again light citrus. Blends nicely into those bready malts. Softens the palate. Crushable. Clean dry finish.

M: Lighter side of medium. Clean sip.

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Photo of brewtus
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into teku

A- pours clear dark orange with a single finger white head
S-sweet malts, grainy, slightly roasty,
T- starts with sweet malts, nice brown sugar taste, plenty of grain without being dry, some carmel flavor, very subtle hop presence
M- nice texture, coats the tongue more than you would think
O- I'm really impressed by this, I don't usually like their style because it's usually very malty and too grainy. This is so well balanced, great texture, nice sweet flavor, not too thick in texture. I'm glad I got to try this, the best Oktoberfest I've had personally.

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Photo of BB1313
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber; huge fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are very malty. Lots of caramel and butterscotch. Flavors are very syrupy and grainy. They're earthy, but remain sweet. Lots of toast. Some cherries and corn in the mix. More caramel malts. Subtle hints of toffee. Finishes with a light warmth. Mouthfeel is heavy, fluffy, creamy, syrupy and slick. There's moderate carbonation. Pretty filling.

This a lager that drinks more like an ale. It definitely has marzen characteristics, with a Three Floyds' twist. It's not exactly a traditional example of the style, but it's close enough and is still enjoyable. The craftsmanship is clearly there.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber in color with slight hues of red. Light Tan 1 finger head retains nicely.

Smell has some clean slightly lemony yeast notes that suit the medium complexity grainy malt back end nicely. Hops are very light and have slightly herbal spice notes.

Malt is forward in the taste and has some biscuit flavors before the slightly toasted lager yeast flavors come through. No off fruity flavors are present and sweetness is low with a very little herbal hop but a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp clean and has a very dry finish.

Overall it was a decent Octoberfest, nothing to rave about but that tends to be the case for me with this style it very rarely wows me if at all.

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Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but it is from the 2012 release. Pours very hazy orange copper color with a fairly dense 2 finger off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers for a bit. Minimal lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, caramel, brown bread, toasted grain, brown sugar, light pepper, floral, slight nuttiness, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and strength of fruity and malty notes with light hops. Taste of pear, apple, grape, caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, toasted grain, light pepper, floral, light nuttiness, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, brown bread, brown sugar, toasted grain, floral, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of fruity and malty flavors; solid complexity with good robustness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Oktoberfest style. Nice balance and robustness of fruity and malty flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Coltalenaven
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stopped by FFF in Munster, IN and picked up a few assorted bombers. Nice to obtain a fresh bottle of this Oktoberfest I've never sampled.
Pours a dark amber brew with a 3 finger semi creamy head. Quickly settles down to a thin film with no mentionable lacing.
Aroma is malty sweetness and the taste is the same.
A really smooth lager with a pretty abundant malt quality. Very similar to many of the American Oktoberfest beers I've sampled but a solid example and a pretty high quality beer in general as are all the FFF beers.
Overall a high rated beer in my opinion and something I would pick up every season.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent copper-amber color with a short-lived, a light caramel/eggshell colored head. The head disappears way to quickly. Bubbles constantly migrate from the bottom of the glass. Mouthfeel is slick and wet, with very little carbonation. So little, that I wonder if this bottle is old. Not much going on on the nose. The obligatory toffee, but on the very light side. Some notes of dark red fruit. Flavor is pretty lacking. Not bad, just not 3F. The flat flavor and the flat mouthfeel are certainly not complimentary. I'm so familiar with 3F, it's hard for me to believe that this bottle is not old.

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Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, hazy orange pour with scant head. No lacing. Almost hazy enough to appear grainy.

Nose is light roast malt. Brown bread more than biscuit. Light caramel under that.

Flavor is very nice. More bread malt with light roast tones, light burnt caramel, and a bitter tea finish. All the flavors mix well together.

Feel is thicker than expected, but well done as well. Melds well with the flavor profile.

Really glad I found this one.

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Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks striking in the glass. A golden brown with slight orange hues sits below a brilliant white head, maybe a finger thick. The head doesn't last long so check it out quickly. Moderately opaque.

Very malty. Almost nothing else comes through. Not sure which hops they used but they're clearly German Noble, with their almost savory, borderline faint spicy scent.

Has good flavor and just the right combination of malt, lager yeast, and Noble hops. Together you get a slightly malt forward taste with a skosh of spice mid-sip and the faintest hop flavor to complete the drink.

Starts off sweet before changing to spicy, ultimately finishing with just enough hoppy bitter to let you know it's a beer. Medium-bodied, slight watery lager feel.

A great respresentation of the style, particularly from an American brewer. Simple ingredients in just the right ratios make this a beer the Germans would be proud of. Overall, a really, really good beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ray (baybum) for bringing this and other under-the-radar Three Floyds items to the Nov. '12 Philly burbs bottle share.

Poured a hazy darker amber color, with a small white head that quickly sank to a ringlet. Bready malts on the nose, caramel, light fruits, light hops. No surprises here. Similar taste, bready malts, caramel, notes of pear and apple skins, a touch of citrus pith bitterness. Light-medium body, fairly drinkable, an good average marzen.

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Photo of chicagoanbeerone
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not to much aroma to this beer which is surprsing for fff but it is a lager style beer. The color of the beer was really good and the tatste was good with a bit extra hops then a regular lager style beer very refreshing and crisp. it was very very smooth with a slit bitterness at the end. no water or alcohol taste good with small malt like tatse
overall one of the best lager style beers u can buy so try it

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Photo of MeowTom
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty good look, pours a slight hazy amber color and a nice head that goes down to just a few splots.

S- Wonderful smell of fruits like a sangria. Probably the best part of this beer.

T- Mild malty taste. Typical of a lager.

M- Medium to heavy with some carbonation but nice.

O- Pretty average to the genre, not my favor but pretty good.

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy dark amber color with 2 finger white head.

S- Smell is caramely and bready. A bit of burnt sugar.

T- Coyingly sweet. Very caramely and finishes with a very breach taste.

M- Thick and syrupy a little undercarbonated

Overall- Not bad. A little underwhelming, but a standard Marzen here

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Photo of jokemon
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep copper brown from 22 oz bottle.

very minimal carbonation, which is disappointing. The head was minimal and disappeared quickly.

taste is octoberfestery as you would expect. I've been in the spirit of octoberfest lately so I've been having a lot of these beers and honestly I would choose the revolution octoberfest over this.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a hazy standard amber color with a single finger of foam that drops back to a ring in about a minute, leaving light amounts of lacing behind on the glass. Lighter side of medium body and medium carbonation levels, slightly crisp texture but not very significantly so.

Smells only lightly of citrus peel and nutmeg spiciness, but maintains a core aroma of bready caramel malts. The flavor follows suit mostly but has a somewhat higher citrus peel accent and a touch of nuttiness on the finish with a bit of earthy hopping. It's serviceable, but there are more exciting marzens out there on the market than this. Surprising mostly for how 'normal' this beer plays out for a brewery with the slogan of "it's not normal." I believe it may be the black sheep of their lineup in this regards.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber orange hue with an inch of creamy white foam leaves spots of lace. Smell is malty, caramel. Tastes similar to smell with notes of caramel and malt, citric bitterness is noticeable and not as sweet as I'd like to see for the style. Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Decent brew, but not a fantastic marzen.

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.