3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Lager - Märzen / Oktoberfest
Ranked #55
Ranked #25,764
3.81 | pDev: 11.55%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Very Good
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, ruby-tinted, slim white head.

In the nose: malt-forward, slightly sweet, herbal, earthy.

In the mouth: Taosty, malty, rich. Slight caramel malt flavor, noble hops, clean and delicious. Medium bodied, easy-drinking. Juicy, sweet. Lightly hopped, bread-y, nice and tasty. Good old o'fest-style. And you can drink it.

Oct 17, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a clear copper color with a one-finger foamy white head that has good retention

S- smells of caramel, toasted grains, bread crust, biscuits and dried leaves

T- tastes of caramel and biscuit malt, floral and peppery hops, doughy and caramel finish with more floral hops on the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a slightly chewy finish

O- solid Oktoberfest with a creamy finish

Oct 17, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
bottled on 08/12/20
L: a thin beige head fades quickly atop a clear caramel colored bier
S: caramel, toasted grain, herbal hops
T: balanced flavors; caramel, toffee, toasted malt; spicy & herbal hops
F: medium body, lower carbonation, balanced semi-dry finish
O: pretty good Märzen; I expected a bit more from this one

Oct 16, 2020
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CDBeerDisappear from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Copper colored, clear, ton of foamy head with good retention, visible carbonation
Aroma: Caramel, toffee, biscuit malt, earthy herbs.
Taste: Sweetish on the tip of the tongue then a mixture of bitterness and a bit of sourness. The slight sourness only lasted a short while. As the beer warmed it faded into just the Noble hop bitterness.
Flavor: Follows the nose, there is toasty biscuit supplemented by caramel and toffee malt with earthy and floral herbs. Very nicely blended.
Feel: Medium full mouthfeel, soft carbonation, sweet dry finish.
Overall: I have been trying a number of Oktoberfest beers this year and the balance and blend of flavors of this are among the best that I have tried. I would look for this beer.

Sep 30, 2020
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cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A typical American Marzen O-fest beer. But It's a good one, just doesn't standout in anyway.
Toasted bread, sweet caramel, But does have a herbal/floral hop spice towards the finish. Maybe a hint of grass too

Sep 21, 2020
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DDiFran from Ohio

3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very meh. Looks fine. Rich amber. Not much head though. Lots of malt Carmel and oats on the noise. Taste is surprisingly mild and mouthfeel is a bit thin. Rare miss for this brewer

Sep 12, 2020
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this beer on tap at the brewery. This was a nice malty beer where the the malt was the main player. The smell was of sweet bread and the taste had some caramel with a nice little bit from the hops at the end.

Oct 06, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, bottled on 08-16-19 2802 ; purchased cold single at Monde... poured into a 14 oz mug)

L: orange-amber liquid, topped with inch-high, relatively compact sponge of off-white foam... broad, bubbly collar retains; only a few boogers and thin strands of lace

S: spiced, stewed apple; mildly-toasty caramel; inviting intensity... marginal perfumy overtone; very little booze present

T: grassy-herbal bitter hop bite up front; dry, doughy, caramel malt finish; lightly-toasty bread crust aftertaste... gets a bit more caramel and cereal-like as it goes, later vaguely floral and peppery in the aftertaste; bitterness keeps prickling the front half of the tongue... lovely attack, but perhaps lacks some lasting character; too clipped?

F: smooth drinking, silky plump roll to its body, dropping off remarkably dry in the finish, with a bit of glowing warmth building at the back of the palate... after each sip, the degree of dryness surprises

O: edges out some of the others as one of the better Ok'fest beers I've tried (for the first time) this season... relatively bold flavors, comfortably-tailored richness to its body, suave drop to its finish... had I known, I might've grabbed another bottle or two - right in my wheelhouse (1536)

Oct 02, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two year old bottle. Poured into a stein. A bit faded, but still a very strong example of the style. Really dark, thick creamy head. Strong malt presence, caramel and clove still there. Big body and thick for the style. Will buy again and drink fresh this time.

Sep 22, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 8/8/19; drank 9/7/19 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dark amber appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice eggshell head; strong lace.

Caramel, corn & faint clove notes in the nose.

Sticky medium mouthfeel.

Caramel & corn flavors; spring water & faint clove notes on the finish.

A nice take on the style.

Sep 08, 2019
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Stellar flavor that encompasses the spectrum of Oktoberfest flavors from biscuit and cracker to caramel and toffee. Only thing I fault it on is the body is too thin for my liking.

If it were heftier this would arguably be one of the top oktoberfests I've had.

Aug 23, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a husky amber with vivacious carbonation & just the right amount of head. Aroma is clean & simple - if unexciting - with bready German malt and a dash of floral noble hops. Taste does a nice job of straddling between some of the more amber style marzens and a lighter, german malt-forward style. Hop addition adds a dry bitterness for dimension without being too pushy and running over the malt. Body is crisp. One of the better Oktoberfests out there IMO

Sep 27, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottled 8/22/18 (21 days ago) poured into a 500mL krug at fridge temp, no ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours bright orange amber in color with khaki head. The head recedes to a few bubbles and a pencil thin ring. The aroma is semisweet toasted bread along with some light caramel and yeast. The taste is semisweet bready toasty malts finished with grassy and floral hops. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Balance is very good with the malty start offset by the closing dry bitterness of the noble hops. Overall, very good. I would buy this in 6 pack form even at 3F pricing, but a $9 bomber is simply overpriced.

Sep 12, 2018
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark orange brown with a khaki tan head. Aroma, grassy hop, little lemon zesty note, kind of a smoked quality too. Melted butter. Aroma leads toward a bit more hop dominance. Taste, now this is just a nicely balanced taste. You're getting more of those common O-fest beer tastes- toasty malts, little caramel sweetness. Little of that grassy hop, and a bit of a cherry flavor, some peanuttiness. Not bitter. Mouthfeel is really velvety and smooth. Overall, this is really nicely done. And differs a bit from your standard American made fest beer. Dig it.

Oct 17, 2016
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Matt_Rouge from Indiana

4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drunk on 9/19/16 with a bottling date of 9/6/16. Fresh stuff. Nice golden color, decent head, moderate carbonation: I concur with other posters here about these qualities. I don't find this to be overhopped, though I would not call myself and Octoberfest expert. This beer is "in the zone." It is 3F handling a style with respect, IMHO. 3F is famed for its hop bombs, but they actually do a fairly big range of lagers quite well, hoppy and otherwise. Take Musterfest to a party, and people will pound these back and say, "Wow, that's a really great beer." If not a flavor monster, it's still a quality monster. Glad I picked up four bombers today.

Sep 20, 2016
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GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rustic orange to a dark orange with a thin, creamy white head. Smells of a typical octoberfest big on Carmel malt. Wonderful tasting Marzen rich on malt and Carmel. Has a bit of hop that makes this one of m favorite US Marzen along with Sierra Nevada. I am big on Oftofests.

Jun 19, 2016
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 22oz bottle into a weizen glass. Lighter bronze with a nice 2.5 finger head. Leaves a collar and swaths of lacing around the glass. Aromas is grainy malty, and sweet bread with a touch of light earthy hops. Good amount of malts, grain, sweet bread and hints of caramel. Light earthy hops give it a bit more. On the lighter side with good carbonation, clean and crisp. Smooth and easy drinking even on a warm day. Pretty decent take on this style of beer.

Mar 04, 2016
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farrago from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big fizz on the pour, crests close to three fingers then is like gone in a second to a clean surface, as one would thus expect, completely zero lacing too. Pronounced darkness to the amber orange to reddish brown liquid color, softly translucent, considerable amount of fat bubbles scattered throughout. Sugary nose of vanilla, molasses, baking spices, cola and soda bread, soft yeasty banana or bubblegum notes as well, curious absence of fruit scents, in fact it all suddenly goes to zero on you. Light to medium-bodied, not flat but the carbonation just has it at a simmer. Breadier here with quinine, mineral water and charcoal accents, a bit earthy. Fig and raisin make a showing, cherry to peach in smaller doses. The yeastiness seems more knit in, flavors less distinct. Brown sugar, molasses and cola but nowhere as near as sweet as the nose suggests. Polished mouth feel, however, it comes off overall as more or less evanescent. Have to wonder if 4-5 months post bottling puts it into an old age home, which would not be an ideal result.

Jan 03, 2016
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice Amber color. Has a Carmel malt aroma. Flavor is malty. A touch sweet and lightly toasted Carmel note. Finish is very smooth. Overall this is a nice Oktoberfest style beer but as a whole I find this as solid but nothing special

Nov 03, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Bottled September 25th 2015.

Very bright body, clear and nearly crystal but with classic dark amber chestnut, a bit orange as well body color. Fine but sparse amounts of pinhead carbonation. Head is slightly large, a bit frothy and foamy, but manages to settle simply to a good light tan puck of a finger. Scattered lacing, small traces, and light touches.

Interesting nose. Lots of sticky malt, getting into a real candy smelling quality. Stuck caramel and a taffy like but almost crackling brown sugar but not as sweet quality. Dominant odd aroma with not much else to point out.

This is a real odd marzen I must say. The palate is quite clean, but also incredibly light, almost giving to a watery char and papery crispness. Light toffee and a very crackling toasted dark bread crust quality. Aftertaste has a strong bitterness but is tolerable if somewhat mild. Large amounts of crisp and crackery malt but almost has a dissolving vanishing flavor to it.

This is an odd marzen, it's kind of fun, but seems to be missing some classic marzen character for me.

Oct 30, 2015
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber with heap of fluffy tan froth and a nutty and caramel nose. Waves of caramel on the palate followed by nut and grain. A surprisingly tasty and exciting endeavor in a familiar land.

Oct 21, 2015
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madelfonatree from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled September 24, 2015 and enjoyed October 18, 2015 in a Paulaner Munchen mug.

Look - Dark, murky amber/clay body with a decent light tan head. Head does stick around but blotchy spots on wide surface in the mug. Great lacing.

Smell - Honey. Caramel. Malt. Grass. Musty hop.

Taste - Honey. Caramel. Pine. Straw. Strawberry. Hops don't come through.

Feel - I fear lighter beers because of the carbonation that comes with them and this is not one to be afraid of. Smooth and medium bodied with no carbonation explosion.

Oct 18, 2015
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Bowers-Brew from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After having Ayinger's Oktoberfest on tap Friday and New Glarus's Staghorn on tap Saturday, this Marzen rounds out my Oktoberfest weekend... I wouldn't rate this beer from 3F's quite as high as the other two, but still much better than a lot of the Marzens out there. Prost!

Sep 27, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours brilliant orange tinted amber under a 1” cream to white foam collar that recedes moderately fast. Big rich malt dominates the aromas and flavor with a trace of DMS seasoning fresh baked bread and spicy malt. The body is medium full while the carbonation is on the low side. I have to drive 30 miles to another state to get these – I should have bought more.

Aug 13, 2015
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emyers from Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a big, billowing off-while head. Great head retention.

Smell: Mix of biscuity malt and piney, floral hops along with some citrus, Definitely a much heavier hop presence than expected in a Marzen. It's kind of a bizarre presence actually, and the balance between malt and hops could definitely be better.

Taste: The same issues present in the aroma are present here - an awkward mix of what seems like could be an solid malt profile and an unbalanced hop profile that does little more than get in the way. Malt flavor is really the defining feature of the Marzen style, and the extent to which the hops overpower the malt in this beer is pretty disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the thin side of medium-bodied, with mid-level carbonation.

Overall: I know 3 Floyds loves to over-hop everything they do, and most of the time it works out really well. This is not a style for which that strategy works.

Jan 10, 2015
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