Gorch Fock | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.68/5
643 Ratings
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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,541
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
643
pDev:
13.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
82
Trade:
2
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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jon's bottle. A very good lager, so unfortunately not the best rating range. Cloudy yellow with a big white bubbly head. Fresh aroma. Very fresh tasting. Some lace lines. This starts with a slight, but cumulative building bitterness, that leaves orange. Munich malts, saaz hops. Niceley carbonated. Points on balance.
Had on tap 1.5 years later and not so great.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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 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 emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Prost!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of iconoklaztor: Poured a clear golden yellow color lager with a medium foamy head with limited retention and no lacing. Aroma of sweet lightly floral malt with limited hops presence which I the biggest surprise coming from a brewery renowned for hopping every beer to the maximum level. Taste is also dominated by some sweet and lightly floral notes with a minimal amount of crisp hops at the end. Full body with average carbonation. Good take on the style form a brewery not usually known for sticking to style.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger fluffy bright white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, grass, orange, cracker, bready grain, floral, pepper, and herbal hops. Damn nice aromas with good strength and balance of hop/malt notes. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, orange zest, apple, cracker, bready grain, grass, floral, and herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruit, pepper, cracker, bready grain, grass, floral, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance with good complexity; very hoppy but still has nice malt balance; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent helles lager! Great flavor balance with good complexity; extremely smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering as expected.

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

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, honey and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet with mild flavors of honey, caramel and a touch of citrus. The malt character is light but hearty and the hops presence is mild but complementary; both provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent sessionable lighter lager that is worth pounding down for a long time.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

So far I've loved every beer I've had from Three Floyds, with the exception being aged Behemoth (fresh was awesome). Another one in the lineup for me thanks to AndrewNations.

The beer pours a white fizzy head that rises to 3 fingers but fades pretty fast to about 1 finger before slowing. Lots of big bubbles popping around it. The beer is a hazy golden honey color with tons of bubbles rising up.

THe nose brings more of a saison like aroma, some light malts, a little wheat, toasty farmhouse like dry rustic aroma, light creamy malts, a slight sweetness, hints of a lacto like funky yeast, a bit of banana and clove, as well as citrus, and some lager yeast fruits.

Taste has lots of effervescence, slightly spicy with lots of malts, some wheat and barley, a slight farmhouse saison like flavor, a slight yeasty flavor, with hints of a Belgian wild yeast. Some fruits, banana, clove, and more lager yeast fruits, touch of pear, and a slight creamy feel. Hints of citrus as well. A slight crisp lager taste, some light toasty malts, semi sweet, but more like a Belgian saison than Munich Helles Lager. It finishes bone dry, almost ripping the moisture from my tongue. It also leaves a slight sticky feel, some citrus and fruits, and bit of the malts. It brings a slight bitterness as well, perhaps from some light hops as well as the yeast.

Mouth is medium to lighter bodied with butt-loads of carbonation, almost too much.

Drinkablity is so-so, with the super bone dry finish being too much, as well as overboard on carbonation. The slight sticky mouth feel also takes away a bit, but no real off flavors, and drinks well at 4.5%. Not my favorite of the Three Floyds beers.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderately dark yellow with a nice white head. Smell is doughy, sweet malt with traces of hops. Fairly simple but well executed. Taste is quite as clean. Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carbonation and nice body. Good drinkability but not my favorte Three Floyds beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with 2 foamy fingers of eggshell-white head. Retains with a thin filmy look, that leaves a very light smattering of lace behind. The aroma is mostly sweet, with some definite buttery biscuit action going on with it. Some floral hops and green smelling citrus character, adds a bit of a hoppy tang to the nose.

The taste is fairly well balanced, with that same malty mix of bread and light caramel (there's even a touch of butter thrown in for good measure) being evened by a sharp tingle of spicy bitterness that runs right up the middle of this. That same green citric feel from the aroma adds some tang to the sweetness. Hops carry into the finish, with more spicy dryness that hangs in there along with a splash of leftover malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp, yet smooth, feel the carbonation that gives this a nice firm presence in the mouth.

Well done version of a Helles, with a crisp yet easy feel and enough spicy hops to help balance a lot of that big sweetness. Nothing really abnormal here (per the usual M.O. of FFF), just a flavorful and nice drinking Lager.

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Photo of billab914
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a pale gold color with a few white bubbly spots on top. Didn't leave much for lacing on my glass. Would have liked a little more head and retention to it.

Aroma is crisp and malty with some grains and bread to it. It has a little spiciness to it when inhaled deep. The taste has a little citrus zest with some caramel malts and some grain. It's a nice crisp refreshing taste to it.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is pretty good, it's light crisp, refreshing and also pretty good tasting. It's not something I would buy very often, but it's a good representation of the style.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Kentucky...

Pours a slightly hazed honey color with 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Surreal head retention & nice lacing

S: Hay & bready notes, some perfumy notes once warm

T: Follows the nose, crackery & soapy notes as well up front. Dryness, soapy & lemon hops as this warms, bready sweetness as well. Finishes crisp with a slight white grape sweetness & much breadyness. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, crisp carbonation. grainyness as well. Good balance

A good helles, not world class by any means

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-gold body with a medium-sized, white head.

Smell: Lightly toasted malts, some hearty pils malt, and sweetish whiffs of honey and fruit.

Taste: Faintly toasted and pilsner malts with just a touch of sweet honey and slight grainy dough taste. Some apple and golden raisin fruitiness. Light, spicy Noble hop flavor and imparted bitterness. Smooth, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, surprisingly authentic helles. Pass the knockwurst and hot German potato salad, please!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head of which to speak. Color was a hazy golden-yellow. Nose smelled of Saaz hops. Lager? OK, but more like a German Pils. Mouthfeel was medium with a Saaz-hops flavor on the tongue. Finish was mild, banana-ish, Saaz-y, a little Hefeweizen. An interesting mix of a number of styles.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Gorch Fock from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 643 ratings
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