Munsterfest - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 62
Gots: 73 | FT: 4
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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 falloutsnow
2.64/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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

Photo of ISmith87
4/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of brewtus
4.5/5  rDev +19%
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.

Photo of BB1313
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of Fcolle2
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of Coltalenaven
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of DocJitsu
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of chicagoanbeerone
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
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

Photo of MeowTom
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
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

Photo of jokemon
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of JackieTH
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little late in the season, but here we go. A really solid amber color with orange hues, Off white tight head made of small bubbles. It smells like a good German Oktoberfest should. lots of caramel sweetness with some sweet toffee as well. Nice corn syrup presence as well.

The taste isnt as sweet as I wanted it to be. Light body and balanced. Toasted corn somewhere in the middle. Caramel and alot more toffee than other Oktoberfests. Its like a nutty toffee. Slight metallic taste late.

I like the different flavors, but it just needed a bit more oopmf.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber style brown bottle with FFF Bavarian style label. Poured into a 12 oz tall mug.

A - Body is on the orange side of copper with a slightly darker than white head that settles into a thin ring of lace. A touch of stick to the glass, but nothing special.

S - bready malts. Somewhat grainy with a nice German style yeast. Sweet malts with light caramel and brown sugar. Fantastic addition of spices within.

T - Clean lager taste of grain up front. Pure sweetness with a bread like character. Buttered brown sugar with notes of caramel. Sweet and delicious. sweetness really takes the load with a touch of hops and spice with little bitterness. Crisp, clean finish.

M - medium bodied and smooth. Just the right thickness and easy to drink. Finish is clean and refreshing.

O - let me start by saying that Munsterfest is now #2 behind the GLBC Oktoberfest in my marzen ranking. I was expecting a totally different brew from FFF, but this hits the marzen/Oktoberfest style with perfection. Just a tasty lager meant for the festive autumn season. Great flavor and a bottle full of sweetness.

Photo of spdyfire83
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

180th Review
Proper pint
On-draft in Munster at Three Floyd's Taproom!

From notes.

A: Dull copper. Quarter (off-white) fingernail head.

S: Caramel, wheat, nectar, faint nutiness, and dried-out malt. Not much else here which I find boring.

T: Malt sweetness upfront followed by smooth nutiness with touch of honey, cracked wheat, and biscuit malt. Hint of fruitiness and spice (beautifully balanced) near back is a nice change of pace for the style. Enjoyable and tasty - not boring at all!

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: A nice beer for sure! I was a bit taken back by the lack of nose on this, but the taste and mouthfeel came to the rescue! Well done for the style, easy and smooth to drink, and overall solid.

Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Copper tan/brown, nice thick creamy 1 inch head, decent lacing.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, yeast, grainy, pale malts, brown sugars and added spices.

Taste - Very caramel and brown sugar with sweet nutty/buttery malts. Malts are grainy, sweet and very smooth. Hops add some grapefruit and pine flavors but nothing to strong. Lemon and toffee comes in at the end.

Mouthfeel - Actually fairly light and rela smooth and easy to drink. Malts hit mouth with sweetness. Tounge and palette get more malts, some hops and sugars. Aftertaste is thin, malty and smooth.

Overall - Nice, tasty and smooth. Alcohol is masked well, malts are the featured flavor. Everything you want in a octoberfest, maybe a little more hoppy then most but its solid and actually a safer/normal beer from 3 floyds, and that i feel makes most not enjoy this as much as they want to admit. Worth a drink for sure.

Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with no freshness date. This is obviously a September release, but FFF should still start dating their bottles. A brewery that does SO many hoppy beers, and doesn't bottle date!?

Pours copper-orange in color and has a slight haze to it. Head is white in color and has settled to a thin and spotty lace after about 5 minutes. Plenty of carbonation bubbles floating up towards the head. Pretty good head retention, but the lacing eventually makes it's way back down the glass.

Smell is malty, bready, and grain heavy. I'm also detecting some sweetness. On point for the style.

Taste: Malt and grain up front accompanied by a touch of sweetness. Hops provide a little bitterness, but not much. Maybe they're more prominent when fresh? Finish is smooth, rounded and quite clean.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

A nice Oktoberfest overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: This is only my 2nd beer from Three Floyds, and it's definitely a good representation of the style. I'm not sure why, but as good as it is, I was expecting a bit more. Still not too far behind Great Lakes and Barktoberfest.

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Weizen glass.

A- Dark orange, very hazy. Good off white head with decent retention.
S- Smells like grains and light malts, some German style yeast. Not a whole lot to the smell of this beer.
T- A good grain profile. A mix somewhere between light and dark malts. Not much bitterness or hops that really stand out but its all about the malts here and they're pretty decent. Some alcohol taste.
M- This beer is an easy drinker, very sessionable. A silky creamy mouth feel. Lots of carbonation, lots of burps to follow.
O- This is a beer anybody could drink and be happy with but I was honestly expecting more out of three floyds. This one is good but it doesnt live up to the brewery's reputation or the price tag.

Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.