Gorch Fock | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

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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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber off the ware house rack at DLD the liquid is pale yellow with a slight cloudiness and ok carbonation. The head is a good two fingers white and leaves a bit of lace.

The smell is strong and fruity, yeasty bread and a dash of spice.

The taste follows, Say 3F's nailed this one, I would order this if it was von fuss at HB. Generous Malt make this offering a winner, what a treat on such a Schone Tag. Hops are correct for the stlye but to be honest I was expecting a bit of flash there and might have liked it better but anyhow...Truly a very fine and well done a Helles too be sure.

The mouthfeel is good nice body maybe a bit thicker then the norm and the carbonation is good as well might need a more but that all evens out.

The drinkability is just great, Very well done.

Prost prost Kameraden Prost Prost. MK

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.56/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of dfillius
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields a dismal 1/4 finger of head. A thin ring of head sticks around. Hazy appearance - definitely not ideal in a lager. Very pale yellow, almost like a wit. I'd like darker.
S: A nice mellow malt with floral and grassy hop pop. Mmmmm.
T: Wow, not crazy hoppy as I was expecting from Three Floyds. This is a fair and balanced beer. I thoroughly enjoy the flavor. Nice bready malt with a spot on lager hop bite. I agree with katan about the honey and yeast finish. Delicious. It doesn't wow me, but a great session beer.
M: Very prickly and tingly. I'd like the carbonation to be more subdued.
D: Oh yeah! At 4.5%, this tasty bad boy will be enjoyable for quite a time.

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Photo of beerhan
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another winner from fff. A delicious lager that has a very clean finish. I can really only define this as how a macro lager shoud taste. A malty backbone compliments a hoppy finish. Overall real tASFY beer that ahpuld peobably become a year round brew

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a sam adams pint.

A- Badass bottle design, typical of floyds. Pours crystal clear gold with good visible carbonation. nice tight bubbles on a three finger white head.
S- Smells a lot like a pilsner or a Grolsch. Dry fruity grainy smell, not a crazy smell but pretty nice.
T- It blends so well and is so smooth its hard to pick out flavors. Its an amazing taste I can imagine myself drinking this every day. Deliciously smooth light malts and enough hops to balance it out. Carbonation makes it pop. The flavors arent too bold but its other qualities more then make up for it.
M- Good carbonation, Really light, smooth and easy to drink.
O- I wasnt sure on what to think of this beer because I wasn't too familiar with the style but Damn its good. Its super drinkable and has a great taste that's totally new for me. I really wish Floyds was cheaper because their/this beer is amazing, as always.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I bought a 22oz bottle at Kahn's in Indianapolis, $10. The beer's appearance was a little bit of a letdown, there was almost no head at all even with an aggressive pour. Below the beltline everything was all right, the beer was pale yellow and hazy, almost looked like a wit. The smell was good, light aromas of malts and a little grassy funk. The taste is very well balanced, light but tasty, semi-sweet malts and just a hint of hops bitterness, this could be right out of Bavaria. Light mouthfeel, correct for the style, keeps the drinkability about as high as possible.

I've had the pleasure of drinking many helles lagers in Munich so I was hoping that 3F would keep to the style with this. In my opinion they did an excellent job of not getting all hoppy on it, this was a very good helles lager.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As much as I love 3 Floyds usual offerings, this is a refreshing addition to their line-up.
Gorch Fock ( I just like saying the name, it almost sounds dirty ) pours a light gold in color with a solid white head that leaves an intricate lace.
A floral hop aroma greets the nose followed by a lightly toasted malt backing. There is a hint of spiciness too.
Crisp and clean with a great balance. Bready malts are complimented with a mildly spicy hop bite.
The light body and firm carbonation combine to make a really nice warm weather refresher.

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Photo of amidabha
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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 neonbrown82
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ahh. It's so refreshing to have a well constructed American lager. They are few and far between, outside of Germany. This is one of the best lagers I've had, period. Not a huge surprise with the quality of FFF, even though it's only the second lager I've had from them.

The beer pours to a very light and clear golden with a huge sparkling carbonation. A billowy white head caps the beer off, but it doesn't last more than a minute. I had hoped to see a little more head retention here, especially given the abundant carbonation to feed it. Subsequently no lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is fairly nondescript as well. Has the typical soft smells of a traditional German lager. Some dry pilsner malt with a light berry ester and a very slight vegetal aroma. Just enough hops to let you know they're there... and god knows it wouldn't be FFF without them.

The taste is simply delicious. Very crisp dryness up front with a bit of a doughy, biscuity pilsner malt flavor in the finish. Some flowers and berries in the finish, along with a sharp herbal hop. Not too bitter. The epitome of crisp, clean, and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and light in body. The flavors meld wonderfully over the palate. Subtlety is a beautiful thing. I could drink this beer all day. This 22oz. bottle will go down within the next 5 minutes, I reckon.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A light golden color that is extremely transparent. Small white head dissipated rather quickly leaving behind no stick.

S - A little bready, very sweet caramel malts, smells nice a lot more robust than the appearance would indicate.

T - Sweet malt, a lot of honey in this one, a little bit bready. Flavor is very full and rich for such a light looking beer. I am presently surprised at the depth of this. Great caramel malt is nice and smooth.

M - Light bodied, with the appropriate amount of carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable, very sessionable. This is probably one of the best lagers I've had in a long time. It's a hard style to make a good beer in, but FFF has done a great job on this one.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - More clear than spring water; tinted gold. Short-lived white head. It appears nearly as placid as the waters off the Swedish coastline did after the Battle of Jutland whence the cruiser Weisbaden sunk.

S - Continental hops, mineral aromas, Pils malt. Sturdy as a three masted barque.

T - I have to admit, this beer is pretty damn good. Of course it is not as exciting, say, Samurai Gazebo, or the novels 'Hamborger Janmaten' or 'Seefahrt ist Not!' by author Johann Wilhelm Kinau. Gorch Fock, the beer, is a safe bet, as surely as Gorch Fock, the training ship, was designed to be robust and safe against capsizing.

M - This is as faithful and inspired a creation as the Gorch Fock II of 1958 was relative to the Gorch Fock I of 1933. The guys at FFF may as well change their name to Blohm & Voss. Bright, pleasant, and smooth.

D - I like to envision the eponymous author sailing the eponymous ship in Valhalla when I drink this brew; it makes it even better.

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Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahh... been searching for this as "Gorch Fork." They might have written that up on the chalkboard at the bar, actually. Or I just might have been drunk. I mean, I was certainly drunk, but, oh--you know what I mean.

On tap at the Black Sparrow.

Pours lightly flat but very pretty dark orange.

When I first smelled it I thought it was a lightly hopped pale wheat, sort of like a Gumballhead for ladies. Nice, grassy maltiness, light German hops.

Then I tasted it and realized it was a Helles. An immensely flavorful Helles, but not particularly innovative. Still gorgeously brewed: big botanicals start things off with nodes of grass and pollen, moving into a dry hop middle and ending on sour hops and light flowers. Really nice, well done.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit bland looking, but otherwise, this is a great session lager in my opinion. It's a interesting stretch from Three Floyds. It shows more restraint and modesty then most of their beers. It reminded me a lot of Prima Pils from Victory and there is nothing wrong with that. The grassy hops flavor added to both the smell and the flavor. This is a summer beer, perfect for a picnic.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Beer School bar @ Sheffields, also Local Option.

Golden body with a lasting head of foam. Lacing works itself around the edges and down, as the beer is quaffed. Clean malty aroma, light breadiness.

Light apple-y yeast and mild bready malt flavor, very clean aftertaste, exceptionally easy to drink. This is a great summer session beer, possibly the most sessionable out of all the 3 Floyds beers.


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Photo of scruffwhor
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazey and very light beige mixed with light amber, and hay yellow. Not much head or foam period. Rich pilsner malt of mild toastiness in the aroma. Great grassy hop aroma gives the scent an earthy aire. Flavors of toasted malt overall, but also piney, grassy, and some faint unwashed strawberry from Jewel come through. Great malty, earthy, and semi-dry mouthfeel make this helles super sessionable.

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Photo of Slynger
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorch pours a deep, clear golden / bright orange hued color with a fuzzy cap of fine white.

Very nice feel to it. It's a solid creamy medium, lightly crisp, and lightly dry.

Real nice balance of lightly sweet, bready, pale malts and lightly toasted ones. Mix it with a solid amount of lemon and a perfect amount, though not the characteristic 3F hop bomb, of noble grassy-earthy hops with a bit of peppery spice.

Really a dead ringer for the style and a damn tasty lager, though I don't know if it's so good that I would pay another 9 bucks for a bomber. Never-the-less, really well done.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle of label. Wow, this is highly carbonated. No choice but to deal with huge 4+ finger white fluffly head that leaves plenty of scattered lacing along the glass. The body is a light golden color and slightly hazy. Looks good.

Light fruit dominates the aroma, apple and pear. Jus a hint of spicy noble hops and some sweet malt.

Sharp, tasty flavor blend that follows the aroma closely. A bit more spiciness in the flavor than in the aroma, which is a good thing. Well blended fruit, light hops, and sweet malt mix.

Crisp, light finish that drinks very easily. A superb beer that is a nice change of pace for 3Floyds.

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Photo of quinnsi
4.19/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Sheffield's beer school bar.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thin head of white foam.

Smell: Very interesting nose, with banana nut bread, and toasty bready fruity goodness jumping out of the glass at you

Taste: Very nice light malt flavors, with the bananas and yeast smells from the nose coming through in the mouth as well. Typical FFF hop flavors are all but nonexistent, with a subtle spiciness taking their place.

Mouthfeel:The beer coats your tongue and is very pleasant to drink.

Drink: Highly drinkable. Could happily session with this beer.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Yeahnatenelson for throwing this lovely extra my way.

Appearance: Incredibly clear, light gold. Almost looks like watered down apple juice. Head is thin, bright-white, and drops to a spotty head in short order. Solid carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Pale malts. Touches of hay, corn sweetness, fresh grass. Mild floral and citrus hit from the hops. A little earthy. Very clean. White bread crust. Apple and pear. Bright fruitiness.

Taste: Light fruit. Apples and pears mostly. Mild earthiness. A touch floral. Pale malts add a backing sweetness. Grass and some straw. Bready, almost cracker level dry. Delicate...yes, this is Three Floyds and I used that word.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a moderate to high carbonation. Clean, smooth, and oh so drinkable.

Overall: Three Floyds with a deft hand. This is awe.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber into a pils glass

Pours a deep golden/orange color, mostly clear, with a one inch off-white head that falls down to a skim quickly. No lacing left behind.

Aroma is dead on for the style. Huge malt back bone which is slightly sweet with a big toasty note and light noble hops coming across as spicy and herbal.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a big malt presence again slightly sweet with a bready, toasty quality. Noble hops come in the finish slightly spicy and herbal. Almost a very slight lemon touch as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, kind of coats the mouth though which is odd.

I'm not sure why I didn't try this one sooner, perhaps it's the $8.50 price tag for a Helles lager? It's actually as good or better than many authentic German versions. Great beer, though it would be way more appealing if it was available in six packs at a decent price. It would probably be my main session beer then.

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Photo of Bung
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at 3F.
Bright gold pour, finger of white head. Sticks just a bit.

Grassy hay and caramel, miniscule herbal hops.

Taste is malty caramel, toffee. Light spice, herbal hops finish it out nicely.

Lighter bodied, ample carbonation. Easy drinking, pretty much spot on.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" white head over the slightly cloudy bright golden brew. Head quickly recedes to a thin layer of bubbles, with little to no lacing. Aroma is balanced, with biscuity character. Taste is lightly sweet upfront, balanced in the middle, with a crisp, clean close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are superb. Could drink many of these, nice to see FFF does something besides the in-your-face brews we always hear about.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber (present from Stopbarking, thanks!!) into a weizen glass.

A. Cloudy yellow body with a 2 finger white head.

S. Strong malt smell with a wisp of grassy german hops.

T. Much as it smells. Sweet malt with a clean hop finish. I really like this example of the style.

M. Moderate carbonation with a clean finish.

D. Very drinkable. I could finish quite a few of these.

Definitely the best example of this style. Very impressive and from an American brewer!!

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