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Gorch Fock | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by cretemixer on 04-04-2005

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#31,428
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
646
pDev:
13.04%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 646 |  Reviews: 195
Reviews by AndrewK:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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Photo of farrago
3.79/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -30.2%
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)

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flower aromas and flavor meet grain in this bold rendition of a Munich Helles.

The beer begins with a heightened floral aroma of unmistakable German Saaz hops. A plethera of flowery aromas surround an aromatic structure of grain and honey.

Medium yellow/straw in color, the beer carries a medium haze and golden highlights. A medium sized head forms on the beer and slowly fades before vanishing midway through the session. No real lacing develops on the glass. All slightly off from great Helles.

Soft malt/honey flavors override grain flavors and are backed by the flowery, honeysuckle taste that rounds the beer out very well. Just enough bitterness in the finish to balance the beer. Light sulfurs and a minerally quality aids the hops in balance and complexity by giving a mild acidity to the beer.

Heavy textured for a light German lager but fine for a Bohemian lager because of the increased grain bill. As a result, the alcohols creap up and beyond the minty evaporative types and into the warming feel.

A tasty lightish lager that shines in it's hop fragrance but turns into a sweeter grainy taste otherwise. Breadiness returns in the aftertaste.

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Photo of malcontent
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shockingly pale with an active but soda water-ish, fizzy head.

Much better. Gentle sweetness backed by a sophisticated hop nose (Hallertauer?).

Typically German malt flavor (somewhere between a Munich Helles and a Kolsch) bolstered by the ever-present 3F's hyper-hopping.

Slightly lacking in vitality although the thickness seems about right. The taste is excellent however and my recent fling with German beer leaves me finding this a very welcome interpretation of the style. Think Gumballhead goes to Bavaria.

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Tastes of over sparging and shitty water. Instant drain pour.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mildly milky maize beneath a bright white, cumulus cloud crown. The cap is a mere two fingers in thickness (small given my typical pour) and doesn't have a world-class look about it. It's a little mealy and doesn't generate much lace. Only the color and the bottle-conditioned blurriness of the beer keep things respectable.

Yep, this is a Munich helles lager all right. The nose is reminiscent of most beer of this style. The fresh grain-like quality of the pale malt is balanced by a grassy German hoppiness that isn't nearly as powerful now as when the cap was first breached. I wasn't sure what to expect, but it's obvious that this isn't typical Three Floyds beer.

I'm somewhat surprised that the boys from Munster have been so faithful to what is anything but a gonzo style. To their credit (I guess), they've decided against pushing the envelope by breaking out their signature, gotta love it, 'balls to the wall' hoppiness. Forget what Gorch Fock isn't. What it is... is solid, well-constructed, enjoyable beer.

The key to the whole shootin' match is a generous amount of ingredients that are superbly balanced on a razor's edge. Any more pale malt and the beer would be too sweet and too flavor-deficient. Any more hops... well, I could stand a little more of the lemony, grassy, lightly spicy noble hoppiness that is teasing my taste buds with each mouthful. The finish lingers pleasantly rather than being clean.

The mouthfeel, while not immediately impressive, holds up well to intense scrutiny. Given the style and the ABV, it's medium at least and medium-full at most. In addition, the brewers have dialed in the precise amount of carbonation for maximum enjoyment and maximum quaffability.

Gorch Fock is one of the best Munich helles lagers that I've ever had. It proves the point (that didn't need proving) that Three Floyds is anything but a 'dump in a massive amount of hops and see what happens' kind of brewery. These guys are craftsmen, dammit. Forgetting the German origins of this beer for a moment, they're also one of the best brewers of 'American style' beer on the planet. Maybe *the* best.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap during the fabled Dark Lord release last weekend. I was excited to try my first 3 Floyd's lager. Arrives in my glass a crisp golden color with a small white head on top. Upon first sniff I get aromas of roasty pale malts and a spicy, herbal hoppiness. The hops lead the way and are an interesting depature from the normal huge citric hops.

First sip brings a clean maltiness along with a hefty dose of hops. Spicy, floral and just quite yummy. There are plenty of malts to give this lager a nice body with a bit of chewiness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Easy drinking and quite refreshing. A good change of pace from all the huge beers I was sampling earlier in the day. I look forward to some more interesting brews from the ever expanding Floyds. (Plus it's hard to resist telling your buddies to Gorch Fock off) :-)

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Photo of chip26
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of 77apm
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of kaiyote
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a chill hazed pale yellow body with a small and fleeting white head. Only a few flecks of lace are left on the glass. By far, the palest looking TF brew I've ever laid eyes on.

Simple aroma of grainy pale malts and floral and lemony hops.

Mouthfeel is light to light medium in body with a crisp carbonation.

Taste features grainy and crackery pale malts with a floral and spicy hop bitterness that softly kisses the palate with a finishing hint of lemon. Tastes more like a freshly brewed German kolsch than a helles.

What a change of pace for Three Floyds here. I really like this one, but as other reviewers point out it's a bit pricy. Very accessible and highly sessionable if the price wasn't so steep.

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Photo of amidabha
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the frosty head went away fairly quickly and left little lacing.

as someone who is not a fan of lagers in general this is what i expect when from one when i drink them. it is a clear, light golden brew with the perfect amount of carbonation for a zesty bite.

it smells like it tastes, crisp but not light or wimpy and just the perfect mouthfeel to encourage mass amounts of drinking which i did the first night we tapped it.

if i could buy this in six-packs i would keep more of this in the house during the summer.

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of Gvice13
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of tyleeis
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of BillMueller
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MyTBeerDrinker
2/5  rDev -45.7%

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

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear bright straw yellow body with a dense carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a thick film of snow-white head that last for a good bit and sticks to the glass for a few sips.

S- The smell of pale malt and lemon dish soap is interesting and not offensive. There is a nice green bitter hops smell in the finish but it is pretty soft.

T- This beer has a soft pale malt flavor with a light lemon tartness and a hint of biscuit malt comes in as it warms. There is a nice green hop note in the finish that increases as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a slight creamy texture in the finish.

D- This beer has a nice smooth flavor and with a slightly stronger taste of hops than malt. The flavor and aroma are both very light and there isn’t much depth to either of them and I don’t get that fresh malt and hops flavor that I like to see in lagers.

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Photo of pwoods
2.62/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shared with beachbum1975.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a pint.

A: Light yellow pour. No head or lacing.

S: A bit of oats. Oats? Grainy, a touch of sweetness. No hops. FFF?

T/M: It's a light beer. Or is that lite? There might be a touch of hops in there... lightly floral. Grainy and lightly sweet. I still think of oats. Light body is lowered carbonation.

D: It's light but not good enough to want to drink.

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Photo of Iparedman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mentaltraveller
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light straw color with a loose head. It smells grassy and clean. The taste is pleasant and refreshing and the mouthfeel accentuates these qualities. The finish is fast and clean. This beer is an easy drinker. Not one of my top lagers, but it is not bad.

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Photo of imbuckeye
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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