Munsterfest
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Style:
Märzen
Ranked #107
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,080
Avg:
3.8 | pDev: 11.32%
Reviews:
266
Ratings:
611
Status:
Active
Rated:
Monday at 03:32 AM
Added:
Oct 18, 2002
Wants:
  68
Gots:
  104
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: A Märzen-style fest bier brewed with the finest German malted barley, aromatic Bavarian noble hops and traditional lager yeast. This rich, malty lager is one of the few that remain true to the tradition of fest beers originally brewed to honor the marriage of Prince Ludwig in 1810. We hope you enjoy this fall offering. Es ist nicht normal!
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Reviewed by dano213 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12oz bottle purchased from the fridge as a single for $1.99. "BOTTLED 07-21-22" is etched on the glass, so that makes this beer just over 4 months old.

Look: Pours an almost clear light to medium copper color. Initially, there was a decent khaki-colored head but it reduced to just a ring around the rim of the glass and a very thin glacier atop the surface. The beer appeared to be perfectly clear until pouring the last few ounces. After pouring the entire bottle into the glass, this beer has a mild, soft haze to it.

Smell: Malt-forward with notes of spice, apple orchards, caramel, and toffee. It has a nice rustic bready aroma. Peppery notes also.

Taste: It is balanced and pretty drinkable. Up front, it has nice bread crust flavors along with some caramel and apple flavors. The finish is very crisp and has a spicy bite to it with a touch of bitterness. The finish especially reminds me of apple-cinnamon and ginger herbal tea almost. If this didn't have all of the spicy notes on the finish, this would remind me of a JW Lee's Harvest Ale. It's good, just tastes like it's missing something though.

Feel: The body on this beer is a bit thin in my opinion for being a Marzen and 6.2% ABV. It also feels like it is slightly under-carbonated.

Overall: I'm pretty sure that this is my first lager from 3 Floyds. It's a solid Marzen offering from an American brewery. I have had better and I have had worse. Granted I am reviewing this beer at 4 months old; however, I don't think that it has suffered much due to age. I would try this again, but probably only as a single.
Monday at 03:32 AM
 
Rated: 4.08 by KensWorld from Florida

Nov 24, 2022
 
Rated: 3.93 by einman from Minnesota

Oct 23, 2022
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Reviewed by branko7 from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I normally think 3 Floyds beers are a bit too hoppy for me (though I do end up enjoying them). My preferred taste tends towards malty beers, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that here in this Marzen by them.

I love the mothfeel (very low carbonation), the beautiful orange color, and the drinkable maltiness of this refreshing beer. So glad I tried it on tap. The bartender made me try it first, because everyone was hating it! For shame! I loved it.
Oct 21, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Oct 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.76 by Budlum from Maryland

Oct 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.93 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Oct 11, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
This one pours a dark orange-ish color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like toasted bread, clean biscuity malt, and a semi out of vague sweetness.

Lagers aren’t exactly Three Floyds’ forte, and this isn’t going to change your mind on that if you hold that opinion. It’s not bad by any means, but it is a little bit too sweet, with not quite enough bite on the back end to balance that out.

This is lighter bodied, pretty drinkable, and relatively clean.

This is about what I expected it to be – I wanted it to be better, but it just didn’t hit me right.
Oct 11, 2022
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12FL OZ bottle
Served in a pint glass

This beer pours burnt orange with golden highlights and a slight haze. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

Light biscuit and toffee aromas

Toffee and caramel flavors with a little toast. A little sweeter than others

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

It's aiight.
Oct 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by selekt0r

Sep 28, 2022
 
Rated: 3.81 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Sep 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.44 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Sep 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.87 by Whyteboar from Michigan

Sep 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.97 by LXIXME from New Mexico

Sep 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

Sep 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.69 by Turbo from Minnesota

Sep 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Sep 14, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Pours a completely clear, medium but bright orange color with a strong white head. SRM of 10-12. (4.00)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of bread malts, toasted bread malts, some light, smooth caramel underneath. (4.00)

Flavor: Moderate flavors of smooth bread malt, caramel malt. A relatively dry finish.

Feel: A full mouthfeel, but a relatively lighter body and finishes dry. Strong carbonation.

Compared to Revolution Oktoberfest 9/14/22: Pours similar, stronger aromas. More

Compared to Great Lakes Oktoberfest 9/14/22: Pours slightly lighter, stronger aromas. More smooth caramel malt. Flatter, less bread, yeast, carbonation, and honey. Winner: Great Lakes

Overall: A pretty standard Oktoberfest here. Standard bready flavors, smooth caramel malt, Lower carbonation and yeast, but it finishes dry. Nothing out of the ordinary. (Rating: 3.70)
Sep 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by Taenim from New Jersey

Sep 14, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle. White head. Clear golden color.

Biscuit and toasted crackers. Bready malts. Grassy and zesty hops. Faint bitterness. Has a touch of honey. Slightly reminds me of a Maibock. Very smooth, easy drinking, and too style.
Sep 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.04 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland

Sep 07, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by rare_bird from Michigan

Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Attractive clear bronze body under an average size off white head, Baked bread aroma with light notes of floral hops. Taste starts sweet without being cloying and allowing only modest bitterness. Malts dominate through to the aftertaste. Finishes smooth over light carbonation. Well made and enjoyable.
Sep 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.21 by DougT from Ohio

Sep 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Nhb55840

Aug 30, 2022
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
There is a date that barely appears on the shoulder of the bottle. It seems like it is lightly etched in the glass. It is hard to read when there is beer in the bottle, but after it is poured out it is easier to see: "BOTTLED 07-28-22 4663"

Appearance: The body is a medium-to-dark shade of golden brown. It has very good clarity. The head is short with a slightly off-white color. The head slowly recedes leaving no lacing and only a thin film of bubbles with a small ring around the glass. The color of the beer is very nice.

Aroma: There isn't much aroma but there is a very faint scent of wet leaves.

Taste: Up front there is a mixture of coffee, bread crust, and toffee. Towards the middle these flavors intensify and the bread crust flavor expands the greatest on the palate. Towards the back of the palate there is a very light spicy and herbal character which gives the beer just a bit of bite at the end. The aftertaste is very pleasant with a light tea quality and it lends itself very good drinkability.

Mouthfeel: The body is just at the threshold between light and medium, where it has a presence on the palate but moves on and off the tongue very quickly without much traction. The beer is very drinkability and it has a mild earthy bitterness. It is a very pleasant beer to drink.

Overall: The beer doesn't have much aroma, but that is quickly forgotten when the flavor kicks in. The beer delivers a wonderful complement of flavors and the beer is still light enough that it remains very drinkable. It is an easy beer to have one and just move on to another one. Although the highlight of the beer would be the fantastic drinkability, another element that is very enjoyable is the bread crust flavor which has just a very light touch of sweetness that is balanced by an earthy quality. I would recommend it because although the beer doesn't have much aroma it still tastes great. I would buy it again.
Aug 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into shaker pint. Not much head, surprisingly. Amber color, medium.

Light sweet malt nose.

Taste follows. Sweet toasted caramel malt and a hint of spice. No surprises.

Feel however is verrrrry smooth. Little carb on this one.

Classically Märzen. A ton of beers like this, but that's true of most styles.
Aug 27, 2022
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Reviewed by damndirtyape from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle, no date, served in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear copper-amber. Thin white head that died back to a persistent ring with an occasional island of lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt, a little bit of noble hops, and a little bit of apple as well.

Taste: Rich toasted malt, noble hop bitterness for balance, crisp. Very nice in its simplicity.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, nice thickness, slick.

Overall / Drinkability: Very very drinkable. Went down really fast as a Marzen should. Simple, but deeply flavorful. Went well with mac and cheese and would pair well with a wide range of foods. I could easily have another one.
Aug 21, 2022
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Rated by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Looks, tastes, and feels like a marzen. I like it! Easy drinker!
Aug 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by D-Duvelicious from Illinois

Aug 14, 2022
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Rated by Manta200 from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Single bottle from Party Source
Aug 14, 2022
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a beautiful clear golden/amber with a smallish and short-lived white cap. Minimal spotty lacing. Aroma is bready with caramel and malt. Flavor is sweet and bready, minimally hoppy. Feel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Overall, a nice (American) Oktoberfest beer.
Aug 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Munsterfest from 3 Floyds. 12 oz bottle from Shangy’s, Emmaus, PA, from 18/09/21. $ 2.64 (including tax) ($ 0.220/oz). Stored at room temperature in store and at 40 degrees after purchase. Reviewed 15/03/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Etched on shoulder “BOTTLED 08-02-21”. Served at 41.1 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 47.3 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5
First pour – Deep Gold (SRM 6), clear.
Body – Pale Amber (SRM 9), opaque. When rear-lite, translucent, and chill haze apparent.
Head – Average (Maximum 1.3 cm, aggressive center pour), floral white, creamy with average retention, diminishing to a 0.3 to 0.4 cm undulating crown and thin partial cap.
Lacing – Poor – just a few random lumps of bubbles.
Aroma – 3.5 – Weak malty/caramel/toffee/fruit, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 3.25 – A bit sweet with some fruity/malty taste, maybe some caramel or toffee, weak hops, no flavors of yeast. No ethanol (6% ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma, no gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends slightly bitter.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.25 Meh. Another mediocre Festbier.
Mar 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jan 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.74 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Nov 25, 2021
 
Rated: 3.67 by chrishiker1409 from New York

Nov 12, 2021
 
Rated: 3.67 by BigIronH from Michigan

Nov 05, 2021
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pours a deep amber with a small creamy white head. Light clingy lacing.

S - Aroma is caramel, toasted biscuit, yeasty bread and floral hops.

T - The taste is caramel, toasted biscuit, white bread and floral hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy with a nice crisp finish.

O - Solid Marzen.
Nov 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.8 by Chilmer from Iowa

Oct 17, 2021
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