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:
#30,644
Reviews:
195
Ratings:
643
pDev:
13.04%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
82
Trade:
2
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Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vishneda
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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 stickydankhop
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Honest on a hot summer day I prefer beer like this

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Jcrampton94
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BlakeAM
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of moysauce
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dexterk1
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lemmy187
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shirtless_mike
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of injectr
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of beb86
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoosier222002
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 AlpacaAlpaca
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
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 izzyismyrott
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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 BigRed10
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 Nunya
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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