Gorch Fock
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Lager - Helles
Ranked #120
Ranked #36,688
3.71 | pDev: 12.94%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
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Notes: A light golden colored Franconian style Helles Lager. With a slightly sweet malt body, a noble hop profile and a crisp finish this beer is as traditional as we’ll ever get.
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/20/19. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice transparency and has bubbles racing upwards; fluffy white head that falls leaving very nice retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are nice and basically what you would expect from a pilsener/lager. Some floral notes along with some mild hints of citrus. Some fresh bread. Some fresh grass. Grains and malts are there. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. Everything is very clean, crisp, sharp and refreshing. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing, but almost take a backseat. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light-bodied with active carbonation. It's sharp, crisp, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a great brew. It's not flashy, but the "simplicity" and craftsmanship is what takes this one over the top. It's a traditional example of the style and doesn't try to be something else. It basically has everything that you would want from a pilsener/lager. This is really enjoyable stuff.

Jul 12, 2019
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SaltofOH from Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle dated 6-20-19. Pilsner glass.

A: pours a surprisingly dark gold, with a finger and a half of foamy white head that lingers. Streams of carbonation flow upward. Lacing in rings as I drink down the glass.

S: wow! Really smells the part! This smells exactly like Weihenstephaner original. Sweet malt, kiss of honey, noble hop grassiness, and just a taste of sulfur. Excellent!

T: follows the smell. Sweet, bready malt, drizzle of honey, fine noble hops.

M: where the helles style stands out, and 3F showing off at this point. Creamy, rich, mouth filling malty texture but with lager crispness and attenuation.

O: some brewers get by on a gimmick. 3 Floyds could do that, given the hype that surrounds them. But this is a testament to pure brewing skill. This is a difficult style, and they have NAILED it. The craft brew newbies will talk trash because this is a lightly hopped lager. But this beer is nothing short of a work of art. It is a study in finesse and balance. Perfectly executed. If more lagers could be like this!

Jul 08, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 7/1/15; drank 7/25/15 @ the Palace.

Semi-opaque light orange appearance.

White head; minimal lace.

Corn & white rice notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Corn & white rice flavors up front; mild caramel notes on the finish.

Superior to a macro, but still forgettable.

Apr 01, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

8/4/18: $9 22 oz bottle poured in a flute glass. Heavy carbonation, golden orange pour, light white head. Strong and pleasant aroma, malt, bread and pepper. Strong taste, malt and hops the predominant flavors, light fruit balance. Carbonation holds, nice dry taste and finish. Overall excellent offering.

Aug 05, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light sunshine color that is a smidge hazy with a big, frothy white head. Fruity esters on the nose and some bread notes. The taste has the fruity notes from the hops, but the star of the show is the bready malt flavors. Just an excellent representation of the style, IMHO.

Jul 26, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

After having nothing but Bomb! vintages or variants everyday for the past two weeks. (Literally) So I am using this as a palette cleanser. And plus I could use an easy going Sunday. Pouring from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours out a PERFECTLY clear medium golden color. Forms a thin and audible white crown on top. Looks absolutely great for the style. The smell is somewhat muted but brings some sweetness to a corn element. The taste brings those same elements, with more strength than the nose. I am usually picky about the sweetness in some lagers, but this is enjoyable in this. The balance and flavor of it works. It's got that classic lager hop profile that makes this stay true to style. Overall, this is a very nice offering of the style.

Dec 10, 2017
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farrago from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Close to two fingers high head of dense white foam that craters in spots as it starts to dissipate, the lacing forms broad solid sheets before steadily sliding down into the glass. Somewhat clear in spite of the gauziness to the liquid, loosely aggregated medium sized bubbles steadily regenerate, quite pretty overall. Nose of corn syrup, honey, caramel and flowers, challah bread and a light peppery quality, the apple, peach fruit scents are faint and for the most part not especially missed. Medium-bodied, light on the palate with a gentle fluffiness. More of that corn, dough and sweet grains with soft orange like citrus tones, flowers and chamomile. Minimal grassiness without much bitterness. Malty finish with slightly more apricot, peach, apple fruit than found in the nose. Smooth while maintaining presence.

Sep 10, 2017
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BeerHunterr from Kentucky

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750mL bomber into a 16oz tulip

Look: A crisp golden hay color with a very foamy white head.

Smell: Malty wheat, sweet corn. fresh baked bread.

Taste: Sweet, honeyed malt up front, some more complex notes present from the hops. The finish is slightly tangy.

Feel: Rather highly carbonated, crisp

Overall a refreshing beer with some decent complexity to make it worth your while!

Aug 16, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some friends of my wife and myself were over just a few nights ago and decided to pick this bottle up from a local bottle shop since the NFL games were not going our way. We figured spending our time catching up and talking was more worthwhile than watching two NFL games that were not incredibly fun to watch.

This beer pours a cloudy golden hue with a slight amber tint to it with light carbonation easily visible. The head is white and frothy, dissipating a thin lacing that is retained for quite some time. 3.75/5 The aroma is chiefly of buttered white bread with an earthy/light spiciness that acts alongside a note of cracker and biscuit. The aroma is quite malty but not really sweet, rather steering towards grainy. 3.5/5 The flavor is grainy and bready in the beginning before a bit of butter and cracker comes through. There seems to be a good amount of pilsner malt that leads into grassy hops with the focus being chiefly on the hops here. Moderate bitterness comes through quite early and lingers for quite some time after swallowing. 3.5/5 The mouthfeel features a light carbonation burn up front with a light to medium body that leads into a moderate dryness that lingers for a very good while upon swallowing. 3.5/5 This beer just comes across as odd for the style with a too heavy emphasis being placed on the bitterness and grassy hops. Very unbalanced with the sweetness and graininess of the malt not really coming through. I do like this beer, but I would reach for several other Helles before this one. 3.5/5

Jan 24, 2017
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Gobearswalter34 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale loon-gold, with a hin, white head. Low carbonation.
Nice crisp, slight lemon smell backed by yeast.
The citrus hop is light up front, but the transition to the bread yeast finish is brisk and enjoyable. Slight hop bite in finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Could certainly drink many of these.
I am a sucker for a good, classic hells, but this is not your classic German Helles. FFF puts a nice twist on it with this very good offering.

Jul 30, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.94/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear sterling gold with a moderate, compact, soft white uniformly bubbly foam head.

Caramel corn, grass, hay, light wheat, and a hint of old school hops on the nose.

Taste is sweet corn, grass, bread, with light, floral, bittering hops.

Crisp, tangy, close to a Bud, slightly frothy, semi-dry finish.

Jul 29, 2016
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vishneda from Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Far better than a typical macro, but still not up to the standard of the German brewed offerings. Liked the beer and it's not a bad impression of the style, but the malt did not "pop" like the German beers do -- even when they have aged a bit. I bought this in Chicagoland and it was bottled within a month of drinking it... so freshness was not an issue. Again, good... not great... and kind of expensive for "just good".

Jul 11, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. Served in a Three Floyds pint glass.

Pours a light golden-straw yellow body, one finger thick effervescent head, good retention, bits of lacing. About right for the most part. Smells of clean biscuit, bread, a bit of mineral, sweet honey, touch of straw and hay as well as a very slight herbal hop aroma. Not bad. Flavour is quite nice, with a touch of sweet honey, freshly baked white bread, mineral, light straw, biscuit, with a light herbal and earthy bitterness rounding this out on the backend. It's a very nice helles style, with a bit of a fresh hop bite to it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit heavier than expected for the style, good carbonation, delicious and easy to drink. Refreshing, with a mild earthy and floral bitterness on the backend balancing out the lingering bready sweetness. It's solid, a bit heavy on the body, but I did enjoy drinking this one a fair amount.

Jul 07, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle. Light golden body. Clear. Smells bready and of light German hops. A little bit of fruitiness. Tastes equally bready. A little bit of fruity sweetness. Low hop bitterness. Could use a little more bite. Clean finish. Light body. Not a bad take, but I'm looking for something a bit more flavorful.

Dec 19, 2015
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.57/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

BOTTLE: Botted 07/01/15. Brown glass. Iconic neapolitan lime-green and pink branded crown cap. Loud obnoxious label art & design.1 pint 6 fl oz...an odd format for a helles lager. Acquired at a grocery store in South Bend, Indiana.

Expectations are below average given that it's a traditional German style and 3 Floyds brewed it. Served cold into a tulip. Reviewed live as a helles lager.

APPEARANCE: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Head: 2.5cm wide white colour head. Below average frothiness compared to traditional examples of the style. Middling thickness. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is poor - maybe 1 minute at most.

Body: Murky orange with gold and copper hues. Translucent but nontransparent. Not as clean and filtered as the style demands, but at least there's no visible yeast or sediment.

Appears undercarbonated. Overall, it's a lackluster appearance for the style.

AROMA: Unsurprisingly, the aroma suggests overhopping (at least by traditional standards). Plenty of grassy and floral character is present. Helles/Munich malts, a hint of spicy citrus, honey malts.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a helles lager with too much body, sweetness, and hop content. In short, it seems like any other American attempt at a traditional helles lager.

TASTE: Honey malts and Munich/caraMunich malts lend this a fair amount of sweetness, eclipsing the hop profile - which isn't as badly executed as I feared, but still brings too much to the table with its floral and grassy character. Not subtly hopped at all, save for a hint of spicy hop character. Has a clean German yeast profile, but the attenuation is off for some reason...too high, methinks - lending this an element of raw wort-like malt character.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Balance is off, but it's decently built for what it is. As an approximation of a traditional helles lager, it's not bad. Lacks the subtlety, nuance, and care in its execution seen in traditional style paragons.

TEXTURE: Overcarbonated, crisp, clean, smooth, wet, unrefreshing. It's overly full-bodied, lacking the light delicate feel of the best beers in the style.

This mouthfeel doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or help bring out the best in the flavour profile by accentuating specific notes, but presence on the palate could be worse (e.g. if it were oily, gushed, hot, or boozy).

OVERALL: Traditional German lagers aren't exactly in 3 Floyds' wheelhouse, but it's nice to see them try. I wish I had company to help me finish this inexplicably large bottle, which is kind of the opposite of what you're going for when you brew a helles lager. This should be so drinkable and light I'd be ready to kill a 6 pack, but instead it's just a mediocre brew with clumsy overhopping and a seeming lack of care for tradition. I wouldn't trifle with it again, but some 3 Floyds devotees will probably defend it. There's nothing here for the discerning drinker.

C- (2.57)

Oct 15, 2015
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buckslayer50 from Florida

4.56/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one caught me off guard, an extra from my first trade. As someone who still partakes in BMC macro lagers when theres no other options, this was like the best beer that those could ever hope to be. I am not very well versed in the Helles Lager style, but drinking it just felt like drinking something you would find in Germany, like what a Lager was always meant to be. I can't relay how impressed I was with this brew, Three Floyd's should be proud of this one, and it's something I would honestly trade for in the future, I loved everything about it.

Sep 15, 2015
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PhillyStyle from Georgia

4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL:

The beer was served in a Nonic-style glass, 16oz:
The beer appeared a clear golden color with a thinner than expected white head, but it was well retained throughout the beer.

The beer gave off a very nice, unexpected yeasty aroma, but lacked the normal hoppiness that the brewery usually provides it beer, which in my book, is a good thing. The aroma was full and lent itself well to the overall taste and experience of the beer.

The taste of the beer was really good. Malty without the over-powering hops. The beer was very smooth and extremely easy to drink. Overall, a very good beer.

Aug 17, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big malty bread aromas rise up from a hazy straw liquid topped by a thin white foam collar. Malty flavors dominate with traces of caramelly kettle sugars but receive ample support from a spicy, bitter hop accent. Its medium body and carbonation and very refreshing and drinkable. If they ever decide to distribute to Minnesota, my friends and I will buy a ton of this.

Aug 13, 2015
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, bottled on date is smeared away. A new one to me from Three Floyds, this one their Munich Helles Lager. No abv listed on the bottle anywhere.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Traditional golden body. Cloudy with lots of small yeast particulate visible. One finger of frothy bubbly white head. Some okay scattered fluffy lacing. Looks nice.

S - Typical of the style, a grainy / husky / corny aroma. Vague alcohol phenols, and some light florals noticeable.

T - Taste follows the nose: sweet, wheaty, grainy, husky, with some distinct berry-like fruitiness.

M - Smooth & creamy. An easy-drinking, sessionable lager from Three Floyds. Medium-bodied with excellent carb. Dry finish.

Overall, a nice traditional example of the style from Three Floyds. Very enjoyable and sessionable. Might go well in six packs. Recommended.

Three Floyds Gorch Fock -----4/5.

Aug 10, 2015
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madelfonatree from Ohio

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled July 1, 2015 enjoyed July 30, 2015 in a 22 oz glass.

Look - Light yellow. Stream out of bottle was almost clear. Even with an aggressive pour halfway through it not very much head. White head. Head did replenish itself, was never gone. What can I say, it looks like your dad's beer.

Smell - Yeast. Malt. Barley. Light sweetness. Faint fruit. What can I say, it smells like your dad's beer.

Taste - Light bubblegum but guess what, your dad's beer.

Feel - Little more than normal alcohol burn. Not bitter with hops. Carbonation is there. Light bodied.

Overall - Do you have those friends that drink Coors Light and gag at a stout or IPA and no matter how you tell them that they will come to love craft beer as they did regular beer, they drink Coors Light? Well, have them drink this. It will make them feel special. Good beer (I say this with a Coors Light inflatable over head).

Jul 30, 2015
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow body with a thin white cap. Aromas of yeast, light fruitiness, bready malts. German style lager. Light bodied and easy drinking. Pretty good.

Jul 25, 2015
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kaiyote from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a pilsner, smells like a pilsner, feels like a pilsner. The only thing that breaks this away from a pilsner is the flavor. While it has some of the same hop spiciness of a pilsner, it's got a little more to it, in my opinion. It has a nice herbal spiciness going on, with a subtle malt backbone. I rather enjoyed this beer.

Jul 24, 2015
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spacecake9 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I do not drink lagers much any more, but I like this one. Great flavor, very drinkable, and at the finish I taste a subtle blackberry flavor, which makes me want another sip. Not a style I expect from 3 Floyds, but they can be proud of this one. I will buy this again.

Jul 13, 2015
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Whiteweasel from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from a bomber, drank from a pint glass.

Appearance: Crystal clear, pale yellow body, with a very frothy but quickly deteriorating head. 4

Smell: Really bright noble hops, strongly flowery. Sweet and malty. 4

Taste: Sweet and malty like a homebrew. Just a little bitter. Not all that interesting, but not bad. 3.5

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Nice and 4.25

Overall: 3.8 Not bad, but nothing extremely special

Aug 22, 2014
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark golden yellow with a slight orange tint. Lightloy cloudy with a white and fluffy two finger head.

Roasted malt, wheat, herbal funkiness. Smells like the Midwest, not too great ;)

Roasted malts with a spicy herbal aspect that seems to linger a bit too long.

Mouthfeel is rather drab and mainly a slight funk malt smoothness with a crisp hop finish.

Overall it is clear that lagers are not a strong point for 3F's. They should stick to what they are good at IPAs, PAs, you get the idea.

Aug 15, 2014
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