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.

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Photo of bwood06
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.94/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of vishneda
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
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".

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.57/5  rDev -31.3%
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 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 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 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 mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4/5  rDev +7%
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).

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of kaiyote
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
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 spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Whiteweasel
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

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

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden hue, mostly clear but with some particles, highly carbonated, with a moderate white head that reduces quickly.

S - Slightly funky, wheat and grass, malt sweetness.

T - Follows the nose, with crisp grains and fruit in the form of apples and pears, some spiciness, fading off to a subtly bitter end.

M - Crisp, clean, and drinkable, with great bubbly fizz.

O - An illustration of what a traditional brew would look like if done by 3 Floyds. Honestly, this kind of lager is not my go to drink, so while I thought it was well done, I probably would not opt for it again.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a slight haze to the golden color. Slight toasted bread scent. Great German style lager and easy to drink. Slightly low on the carbs. Overall it's a pretty good beer.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bomber poured into tulip cup

A- Pale straw yellow with good carbination and white head. No lacing
S- Many levels of maltyness
T- Classic pale German Lager taste. Layers of malt... sweet.. little bitter
M- Bit more on the wet than dry side for a lager. Good carbination.

O- Good for the german lager style. Not my go-to style, so I may be under-rating this beer.

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pale golden color, clear with foamy white head

S - Smells like a pilsner malt. A fruit ester

T - Light german hop flavor, crisp, and refreshing.

M- Nicely carbonated, crisp

The style is d efinitely not my favorite, but I think this was a nicely done Helles.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pale yellow it is supplemented by a thick white head.

The scent is very bready, albeit a touch weak, with wafer like cracker tones. Not very pronounced there is a malty presence that defines the style.

The taste is right on the scent with strong bread and cracker flavor. Ultra crisp on the tongue it is a fine example of the German style lager that have existed for so long.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Straw yellow with hints of orange. A BIG foamy bright white head.

S: Sour bread. Reminiscent of a pilsner malt. A fruit ester ( Almost like papaya). Spicy clove and cinnamon round this brew out.

T: More sourdough bread! Tart citrus with lemon grass and biscuits. very earthy.

M: Very crisp with alot of carbonation. A Nice clean citrus finish. Very, very refreshing.

O: Maybe because i was in the mood for a lager but i really enjoyed this. Wish it came in 6 packs because the drinkability is ridiculously high on the beer. Very clean and crisp. / 87

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Photo of roger617
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz on tap poured into pint glass

A: 3.5 light golden and clear with 1 finger of head that reduces quickly, leaving very little lacing
S: 3.75 no dominating aromas with this one. Pils backbone with a crisp hop aroma that doesn't hit hard.
T: 3.25 pils is the focus here, with a compliment of the noble hops along side. Very crisp, leaves your pallet fairly dry and ready for more.
M: 3.75 carbed well, fairly smooth, pretty light in texture.
O: 3.5 this is a refreshing beer for a hot day, but not one I would seek out.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Tenuta's, Kenosha, WI
Date: None on bottle, purchased September 2012
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Review from notes made last September.

Gorch Frock is a solid helles lager, malty, bready, clean, and Continental hops used in a balanced way (particularly for Three Floyds). Easily drinkable, would be easy to have a few of these over the course of any evening. Not sure I'd go out of my way to search for, then pay $6 for a 22oz bomber of this, though.

Pours a 1cm tall head of clean white bubbles, small and medium in size, with average retention. Lacing is above average, a mixure of thick lines and dots. The body is a toasted orange color, slightly hazy. Light turns the beer a bright, pale, yellow-orange. Carbonatoin is visible, substantial, rising from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is sweet, clean, malty, griany, bready with hints of lemongrass, verbena, and a bit flowery. Straightforward, but modestly complex and pleasing.

Tasting opens with light malty sweetness that has elements of bread and grain; some hop-influenced lemongrass and verbena, too. Mid-palate of balanced graininess and sweetness with Continental hop bitterness that is a bit flowery, but also lemongrass-like and slightly grapefruity. Back of palate finds an increase in lemon hop or yeast esters and bitterness, subduing the malt sweetness considerably. Aftertaste is of lingering mild bitterness and malt graininess.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with non-prickly medium-low levels of carbonation. The carbonatoin creates an initially fizzy, then smooth and cremay overall mouthfeel. Finishes dry, with just a little stickiness remaining on the lips.

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