Munsterfest
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
Lager - Märzen
Ranked #60
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Ranked #28,153
Avg:
3.81 | pDev: 11.55%
Reviews:
252
Ratings:
838
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
86
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brief Review:

O: Been about 7 years since I’ve had this one, back again with the new Michigan distro. I forgot how much on the sweet and malty side this beer is, was expecting more of a hoppy crispness. But I do like this, pretty good balance and very drinkable as a good Oktoberfest should be.

Recommendation: Maybe not a classic rendering by most standards, but this is a nice-drinking Oktoberfest for the season.

Oct 07, 2021
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JayQue from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 12 oz bottle at Half Time Distributors in Poughkeepsie NY. Poured into a pint glass, this beer shows a beautiful copper color, almost crystal clear. The head is slightly off-white, medium size with average to slightly better than average retention. lacing is minimal. Aroma is fairly faint, malty and a little spicy/toffee. Taste is better, I have had more impressive Marzens, but this one is pretty good. Malty, slightly floral with some toffee and spices with a bit of underlying bitterness. Mouthfeel is fairly light but not watery. Three Floyds often nails a style better, but this one is pretty good!!!

Oct 07, 2021
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber color. Semi clear. The head is 1 finger, it is decent lasting, but has minimal lacing on the glass.
The nose is pretty light, actually. I get a faint malt/caramel aroma, but nothing too strong.
Taste - This beer has a good deal of caramel in it, and it kicks in on the back. Up front is a buttery, bread, biscuit flavor.
The body is somewhat creamy feeling. A bit bubbly. Smooth.
Not bad. Glad I bought it to try.

Oct 03, 2021
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear, light copper in color with one quarter inch head. Taste is fresh brown bread and dry wheat bread. Medium body and carbonation, slightly sweet. Solid Marzen but it is missing something. Decent but I prefer the German classics.

Sep 27, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully clear deep amber just shy of acorn brown with a tall khaki foam head slowly collapsing in fits and starts to a lumpy, sparse blanket.

Exceptionally malty, toasty, and fairly bitter, there's even unexpected hints of phenolic spice. This is certainly a unique Oktoberfest, somewhat like pumpernickel verging into gingerbread, but not quite.

No, it's not a holiday beer. It's not a pumpkin spice beer. But iT's NoT nOrMaL.

It's bolder than your average marzen, in several directions.

Sep 24, 2021
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SWOhio-aquifer from Ohio

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

Disclaimer. Not my favorite style. But its a lager! Octs always seem to sweet. And they are high abv often. This has some of a aforementioned. But bbn leens full lager and is refreshing ice cold. Low carbonation which is ideal for this style. Paring with indian food and it should work.

Sep 22, 2021
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witster18 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Before I start, let me say this beer makes me happy. First of all, all these American o-fests have done what Americanized versions always do, and that is take the basic profiles of a style and turn all the flavors up wayyyy too high and nothing is as drinkable or balanced anymore. On that note...

Munsterfest is everything I want in an ofest. A poundable lager with malty and warm flavors, a whispy head, and beautiful color. You have to pour this vigorously to get the foamy head and lacing.. it might be ever-so-slightly under-carb’d, but that actually lends to the drinkability AND the flavors of this ofest. It has a little red ale in the nose, slightly metallic but not too off-putting, so at first, before the sip, I wasn’t sure. TheN this glorious ofest elixir hit my tongue, and wowza!!!!!

This beer tastes great. Cold, warm, no matter, but i think its better colder than some other versions of this style. Thats not necessarily a bad thing tho.. it slight lack of carbonation and the silkiness that makes it unique. Its very smooth and creamy in the taste despite the low carb and thinner body.. its a thin oil slick of ofest greatness. You have the big flavor spins like Sams or Great Lakes, and I love them both in their own way, but if i wanna pound a great ofest in massive seasion manner, give me Munsterfest. Im putting behind a classic like Ayinger, but for an American ofest, its originality, poundability, and viscosity, make it a bright shining star!!! This beer is fan-freaking-tastic, and more than any ofest in years, has me going back for more and more.. that night.. each week.. until they are available no more..

Sep 17, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a finger of head. The nose is grainy and herbal. The flavor profile has some caramel and some nuttiness. The finish is clean and the body is spot on for the style.

Sep 15, 2021
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

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

Orangish/Red in color, possibly mahogany in color as that sounds more sophisticated. Nothing to mention about the head. Nose is a typical lager. Taste has a slight bitterness with a cola aftertaste. Good beer.

Aug 19, 2021
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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 Pennsylvania

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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