Gorch Fock | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Gorch FockGorch Fock

Brewed by:
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 kmeves
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed pale golden with a small white. Aroma is medium sweet with some grass, light fruit and bread. Flavor is bread, fruit, light grass and light citrus. Light body, very clean texture. Something a little out of the normal for three floyds but altogether a good beer.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

From 1960-90 the Gorch Fock was on the 10 Deutsche Mark making it one of the most portrayed ships in the world. Um, ok pours a semi-hazy golden color with a soft white head. Needed a little help but did have some retention, though did not last through the full tasting.

The nose is light overall, but some stronger grainy notes with a touch of biscuit on the back end. Some minor nutty notes as well. Some noticeable yeasty notes with some lighter esters is off for style. Not big but some lighter figs and rose peddles. A light lemony finish which is off as well.

The taste is closer to style than the nose indicates. The malt is prominent with a great grain and malty backing. Some nice bready notes on the backend leaving a great backing. Some nice yeast notes as well, with a smooth finish. Some fruity esters come out which is off for style. Some wine and rose like notes that are good, but not for style. Some fusel like notes as well. There is a spicy hop note is a bit strong for style, but has that nice Saaz finish.

The body is light to moderate. A bit full for style. Overall, if I were to judge this I would say that it fermented to high with too much finishing hops and too much malt. As a consumer though, this is definitely pushing the style to more of an America character with more body and flavor.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a orange-ish/ copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, a grainy, small sweet malt. In the taste, a small sweet maltiness, and fresh. A smooth and medium mouthfeel, with a small semi dry to clean aftertaste. Very fresh, cleanand nice, with just a touch of fruit.

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from dashirey after our trip to FFF land!

A-Slighty hazed bright golden yellow body with a medium white head that diminished to a thin ring leaving spotty lacing.

S-Spciy grass hops with a pleasant aroma of bouncy fruit (white grape and apple). A bit of biscuity malt sneeks in at the end.

T-Peasant fruit flavour up front with a decent hop punch following up. Nicely balanced out with a good dose of biscuit malt.

M-Medium-light body with a good crsip smoothness and a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

D-A lager from FFF...and they do it up the FFF way with a bit more hops and character than is usual....and of course it works! A good beer overall, when added together, the sum is greater than the parts! Wish I would have bought more 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 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 mcallister
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored with a white head that leaves a foamy cap after a quick fizz out.

Nice biscuity malts with a noble hop aroma. Zesty with a scent of carbonation. Slight bit of cereal grains.

The descriptor for the aroma is nearly identical to the flavor. Cereal grains show through more however with a slight sweetness that really shines through on the finish. Lightly hopped to match the malt and give a hint of bitterness on the end. An unbelievably easy drinking helles bock showing good carbonation with a creamy middle.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber on 8/23/08.

A - Golden body with a slight haze and half a finger of creamy, white head that diminished into a thin ring of retention and left a bit of spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is fruity and spicy with hints of white grapes and some sour apple. Hops emit a light noble character with a bit of grass in the nose.

T - Fruity flavor up front with white grape and apple sweetness mixed with some mild grassy hops to provide a touch of bitterness. A spicy, bready malty character emerges in the finish.

M - Light to medium body with mild syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Smooth and sweet with minimal bitterness on the palate.

D - Nice drinkable Helles from FFF that's sweet, but not overbearing. Very nice sutble flavors in this brew all work together quite well.

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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 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 JamesS
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice golden yellow (straw-like) color, although with very little head, almost no lacing, and a lot of lasting carbonation. Nice scent, a very clean and malty aroma, although it is a very weak scent. Excellent taste, very clean and refreshing, very malty with just a little hint of peppery spiciness. Nice feel, quite smooth, with just a little roughness from the overcarbonation. A good beer, a nice Helles, but not 3F's best.

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Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a light doughy malt and a moderate noble hop.

The taste consisted of a soft graininess with a touch of honey sweetness. The subtle noble hop dried out the flavor.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a tasty and easy drinking lager. The sweetness was a bit annoying, but not too overpowering.

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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 BeerTruth
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to younger35 for this bottle in a recent trade.

22 oz. bomber poured into a pilsener glass.

Pours a somewhat foggy light golden hue with a one finger white head that quickly dies down to a whispy layer of foam. Lots of bubbles racing to the top of the glass with virtually no lacing left on the sides. Smell begins with faint grains, lemon, and honey. You really have to dig your nose deep just to get these aromas, so unfortunately this is about it. Taste starts off with a buttery biscuit like malt with a hint of lemon. Toasted grains some noble hops midway on the tongue. Aftertaste is moist with honey, fresh cut grass, a pinch of pepper. Light, smooth, and creamy in the mouth with a steady but subtle carbonation. Not a bad beer, but nothing I'd seek out again.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I missed the initial bottling and distribution of this late last year, but I had the opportunity to share this 22 oz bomber last night with pimpp, thanks again for sharing! No freshness date on this one.

I googled the name of this beer and learned via wikipedia that the "Gorch Fock" is a three masted barque (or old barge) commissioned to the German Navy in 1933. Currently, she serves as a museum ship. I guess the skeleton on the label of this beer is sorta nautical (?) - I love the label on this one, quite unique, (but I like all 3 Floyd's labels!).

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorch_Fock_%281933%29

A: Poured a bright, clear golden color with a small white, almost fizzy head that dissipated quickly, leaving a small white ring around the edges of my pint glass. Little to no lacing seen on my pour.

S: Very light breads mixed with light & tangy citrus. Not a whole lot on the nose.

T/M: Very light bodied, smooth and crisp. This one had a lightly toasted malt backbone with the slightest bit of citrus hops. Being a Three Floyd's beer and their slogan of "We're not normal", I was surprised it wasn't a thick, chewy and uber-hopped version of a "Light Helles Lager"! At any rate, the taste was true for it's style and quite well done.

D: Not my favorite style and it's nothing I would run out of my way to get, but for what it's worth, it's extremely easy to drink and enjoy. This is definitely a light and sessionable beer for most. On a side note, my wife's a Miller Lite fan and this is the first Three Floyd's beer she was actually able to "tolerate" ;) .

Thanks again, 3F's, for another fine interpretation of a beer style.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle while i was in Chicago for Dark Lord Day. Poured into my mini-stein

A: Pours a straw yellow with a thin white head that recedes quickly. Plenty of carbonation

S: Buttery, light malt sweetness, mild earthy hop character. Definitely more butteriness that i like

T: Buttery, light, crisp, mild noble hop flavor. Not really much going on that i can discern

M: This is one category where this beer does well with a nice light feel and pleasant carbonation

D: Why would i want another? I doubt that this style is as poor as this beer is - I'm going to have to look for another

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Photo of Rzzzzz
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a .5 liter Maisel's Weizen glass. Hazy yellow with a smallish head that all but vanishes within a few minutes. Nice malty nose with flavor to match. This is a very flavorful beer, medium to light bodied; a great thirst quencher. I would welcome an occasion when I (a) have an excuse to drink a lot of this, and (b) have a lot of it to drink.

By the way, if I'm the marketing director I start selling "Gorch Fock Yourself" T-shirts.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a smallish white head that leaves quickly. Aroma is mild malts some spicy and floral hops and a little diacetyl in there too. Taste is sweet and bready malts. Body is medium with a sharp carbonation tickle on the tongue. Not a bad brew, not my favorite as I think its a bit sweet.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
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 katan
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle, undated

A - Pours a light golden color - with a little bit of haze in it. Very little carbonation on the head, but some still in the bottle. Some interesting floaties in there that might represent an issue with me aging it so long.

S - Kind of a boring nose - nothing much there. If anything, I can detect something like a sweet malt - are almost a wheaty flavor. Although I'm not sure Helles are normally made w/ anything besides barley.

T - Initial flavor is underwhelming. no bitterness. Finishes with an interesting sweet taste - yeasty - almost of honey. Very light - doesn't beat your senses too bad. I guess there isn't much balance here - but perhaps thats not too far off on the style.

M - Very smooth - carbonation is light enough that it sits easily on your palette.

D - I could drink alot of these - although I think that I'd seek out more flavorful beers later in the session.

Glad I picked one of these up. If they were more readily available here, I could easily see drinking more.

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Photo of EPseja
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz. bomber in my SABL glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Golden pale yellow in color with only a hint of haze. Head is fleeting at best to start, and for the most part remains absent, and lacing is nowhere to be found. Might be an older bottle?

S - A very nice mixture of crisp European hops and mildly toasted malts. Some very faint notes of cooked veggies... Very unassuming, but refreshingly simple, coming from FFF. Nicely in-line for the style, but still average overall.

T - Medium sweetness on the front of the tongue, with a smooth transition towards the snappy hops at the back. Only mildly drying in the finish, with a very slight tartness in the aftertaste.

M - Carbonation seems to be on the lower side in the glass, but surprisingly, it puffs up to a creamy, satisfying mouthful. Tingly on the tongue with an ocean-foam swallow and finish. Excellent.

D - I must say, I'm surprised that FFF pulled in the reins so hard on one of their beers to keep in in-style at under 5% ABV instead of pushing the envelope like they normally do. This is highly drinkable and very well balanced.

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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 cameraman
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light golden to straw color, with a small white head forming, but it quickly dissolve away. There is strong visibility of carbonation. A slight grassy scent at first, followed by a strong bready, cracked grain aroma. That bready fragrance, is strong at the first taste. It quickly blends itself with mild bitterness of citrus and grassy flavors. A watery feel at first, carbonation does become prevalent halfway across the palate. It has the classic feel of a very good lager crisp, with a dry finish. A surprise from FFF, this beer sticks to the style very well, though a little thinner of a feel than expected. It is still a very good beer, would be good some steamed seafood.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Simple wheat copper color with some haze. Lots of slow moving bubbles drift to the surface to meet the faint off white film that remains atop.

S: Sweet peas, grass clippings, faint apple, yellow corn and breakfast flakes.

T: Starts with an interesting twang which I wasn’t expecting; somewhere between corn pops, yellow apples, waffles and cooked squash I suppose. The corn pops sweetness lingers with hints of pear, starfruit and discrete apple. Subcurrent of graininess is present but not alarming. Finishes with some basic sourdough bready malts and lingering minor hops.

M: Medium body with a soft water mouthfeel. Some prickly carbo sting too.

D: Nice flavor overall with good balance. This beer is anything but thrilling but makes for a decent beverage.

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