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Munsterfest | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of zrab11
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a 1 1/2 finger head.

S- Has a bready yeast aroma, also getting hints of Caramel and malts

T- Has a nice sweet carmel bread flavor up front followed by some malty hearbalness in the middle and then finish's with a nice spice/hop taste

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall for its style i was very impressed. Im kinda confused as on the bottle it says lager but on here it says its style is oktoberfest. But no matter which it is i think its very flavorful for the style and didn't exspect much of it when i picked up the bottle but thought it was quite tasty. I would def. get this again

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Photo of beer2day
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, hazy orange pour with scant head. No lacing. Almost hazy enough to appear grainy.

Nose is light roast malt. Brown bread more than biscuit. Light caramel under that.

Flavor is very nice. More bread malt with light roast tones, light burnt caramel, and a bitter tea finish. All the flavors mix well together.

Feel is thicker than expected, but well done as well. Melds well with the flavor profile.

Really glad I found this one.

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Photo of jordanblaskey
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, luscious golden caramel brown with an equally gorgeous mocha one-and-a-half finger head that quickly diminished into nothing.

Caramel, lemon, orange, banana, clove. Toasted biscuits and bread.

Bready malts coated in caramel with a garnish of lemon. Very fresh tasting. Hops bite you at the finish.

A very smooth, light brew. Perfect amount of carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

A very reserved beer from FFF, but extremely delicious nonetheless. Very glad I picked this up.

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Photo of aasher
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle from 2009 into a Guinness pint glass. It poured smoothly and a pumpkin pie burnt orange. It had a light cream colored head which dissipated within a minute. The smell isn't anything too special. It's definitely malty and has a light coffee, spicy aroma to it. The taste definitely makes up for the lack of aromas. It's a little sweet and definitely has that fall-time flavor. It's a little spicy and appealingly so. It makes me wish it were autumn already. The mouthfeel is light and smooth. The age on the bottle definitely killed the carbonation but gave it the mouthfeel similar to an aged DFH 750ml. This beer may now be one of my top three Oktoberfests. It's extremely drinkable and both tasty and thirst quenching. If only it were on tap....

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Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, picked up at binny's in chicago...popped while watching some steam college football action

appearance: nice 3F label art...poured into an imperial pint glass, clear amber body with a subtle beige cap

smell: nice malted aromas, sweet caramel, honeycrisp apple, a touch woody, lots of grain...just a touch of noble hops

taste: Unfortunately this beer is just too damn expensive because its a pretty solid and very drinkable seasonal from 3F...Toasted grain and malt shines with a sweet caramel and tart apple presence that fits in harmoniously. There is a touch of spicy noble hops and a big bready aftertaste...me likes

mouthfeel: smooth, very smooth

drinkability: high

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Garrett for getting this 22 oz. bottle (with no freshness date) from the bar at 3F's. He drove from Cincinnati to check the place out (That jerk!).

Appearance: Served into a traditional pint glass at around 45 degrees. It’s a thick, cloudy & unfiltered brownish-red brew with 1/4 inch light tan foam head. Good foam retention with thick lacing.
Smell: Earthiness, pumpkin, toasted malts and Belgium candies.
Taste: Non-typical, semi-dry (almost stale) and earthy beer. Medium-bodied brew with pumpkin being the most predominant flavor.
Drinkability: In a word, different. Hits you tongue dry and earthy with pumpkin and all-spice. Serious Earthy tones in the middle and finishes with candied sweets.

This one was hard to review – lots of things going on with it. I was expecting a rich Oktoberfest beer, but drinking it was completely different. I recommend trying it (if you can get it!)....

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Photo of nrbw23
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a nice tannish colored head. That recedes into a layer of tiny bubbles and leaves a little bit of those tiny bubbles onto the side of the glass.

S- Tons of malts here. Sweet caramel malts, touch of nuts, fruity notes as well maybe apples, and a touch of brown sugar here. I could also pick up some earthy hops but had to dig hard to find them.

T- Very solid here and a little bit sweeter than most of the Octoberfest that I've had. Has a nice bready malts to it, sweet and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

M- Creamy, medium in body and right on with the carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. Very solid brew.

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Photo of steveh
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A malt-forward beer style from a hop-forward brewery, we'll see how this goes and I hope it doesn't draw the ire of the 3F fan base.

From the label: "...one of the few that remain true to the tradition of fest beers..." Let's see.

A -- Nice clear, amber-orange color with a light tan head that settles rather quickly.

S -- Good balance of spicy hops and bready, yeasty malts. Some vague fruitiness from the hops back.

T -- Interesting spicy hops up front that blend nicely into sweet bready malts. There's some peppery alcohol hotness that hides itself in the dry finish, but it doesn't overpower. The toasted malts in this brew become more assertive as the beer goes down, making it quite tasty.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft up front but finishes very dry. Body is light-medium to medium.

O -- Other than the pretty wimpy head-retention, this is a pretty good take on the style. It's interesting that the noble hops are utilized in a way that gives them up-front prominence in such a balanced beer -- most traditional Oktos' hop character is back of the malt. The dryness could become fatiguing to some palates, but I think the bready malts save the day. A respectable offering of the style.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to enelson for this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger fizzy off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, brown sugar, pumpkin, and sweet potato. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, sweet potato, brown sugar, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew for the style. Got this one awhile back and found it while consolidating my cellar. Still had an excellent flavor and aroma going on here though. If you enjoy this style of beer you owe it to yourself to at least try this one once. You won't regret it...

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 650 mL bomber received as a Christmas present from my sister.

A: The festbier is a full amber color, dark but still translucent Darker sunset red colors appear at the wider points of the glass. A thin head arose of pour and sits gingerly atop the beer.

S: The lager has a full, sweet malty aroma is that is bready with fruit undertones. A subtle hop crispness is present as well.

T: Bready flavors abound, toasted and sweet. The malts dominate but a grassy hop flavor sits just behind the toasted grains. A nutty flavor emerges to match the toasted grains. A nice o-festbier.

M: A solid oktoberfest, the malty taste is the beer equivalent of comfort food. The smooth grainy flavor leaves a nice finish.

D: This is definitely one of FFF's most approachable beers, refreshing and clean. I wish I had another bottle to enjoy.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Map Room.

Reddish orange body, good clarity, a thin head stays around for a little while, swirling into a doppler hurricane pattern. Malty nose, nutty with a touch of fruit, pretty much a malt showcase.

Caramel flavors, malty, not much hop presence. Finishes kind of dry. Something in there reminds me of fall leaves. Light bodied, easy enough to quaff a pint. Not especially complex, but a nice way to usher in the fall season.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates to nothing.

S: Sweet, toasted malt nose. Maybe a tiny hint of apples?

T: After initial pour the taste was of sweet malt and mild hops. After warming for about 20min. more of the toasted malt flavors began to come out along with slightly fruity alcohol flavors

M: Medium body. Toasted malty finish that stays around.

D: This is a very drinkable Oktoberfest. Not my favorite style but I could see myself drinking a lot of this. All the flavors meld very well. It's malty without being too sweet and there's just enough hops to keep the malt in line. If only FFF would do a dry-hopped version of this!

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The more beer I have from these guys, the more I'm endeared to them. This is a bit of a departure from the rest of their portfolio to be perfectly honest. This actually follows style guidelines to a large extent. Let there be no mistake about it though, there is a lot of flavor swirling in the deep amber of this bottle. I was really expecting a highly hopped version of the traditional Oktoberfest, but no! This is a impeccably well balanced affair with a great deal of general appeal. This isn't the modern intreptation of Oktoberfest, this one is old school, amber and malty, yet light enough to session but giving up nothing in flavor.

Pours a deep and clear amber in color with a slightly off-white fluffy head with great retention. Lots of lacing all throughout. The nose is very fruity, orange and nectaraine, sweet breads, a heavy scent of yeast. Taste is rich and sweet, but with great balance and certain toasted malt flavor, very nice. Mouthfeel is medium, though heavy for the stlye in general. This takes very little away from it as a whole though, if anything at all. I could and would drink copious amount of this. It's a bit pricey though and there are many worthy German brews that are very similar that cost much less. It's nice to see an American beer of this stlye that stands up alongside the German originals.


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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub, served in a pint glass

A reddish/orange body sat below a thin, less than one finger bone white head. Decent retention with little to no lacing.

Sweet caramel malt, nuts, fruit (apples and pears). A malt lovers delight.

Wow, this beer is really clean. The flavors really shine, no off-flavors at all. A malt bomb. Caramel, apples, pears, nuts, and a touch of floral hops.

Dry finish, crisp. Medium-light body, perfect carbonation.

Highly sessionable and one of the best I have had this season.

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Photo of JoePat
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light amber color with a thick white head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is bready and biscuty with a little hop presence.

The flavor is malty, bready and slightly sweet but balanced. A very clean and crisp flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and rolls off the tongue. It is a very drinkable beer that I can drink all day glass after glass.

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Photo of webmanspidey
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. This is a light caramel amber color.. fizzy with light head. Smell is rich caramel malts, graham cracker, and brown sugar. Taste is sweet with more brown sugar, caramel, and grain. Hops are very minimal. Alcohol presence is very low. This is a very drinkable and sweet oktoberfest.

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Photo of RickS95
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks striking in the glass. A golden brown with slight orange hues sits below a brilliant white head, maybe a finger thick. The head doesn't last long so check it out quickly. Moderately opaque.

Very malty. Almost nothing else comes through. Not sure which hops they used but they're clearly German Noble, with their almost savory, borderline faint spicy scent.

Has good flavor and just the right combination of malt, lager yeast, and Noble hops. Together you get a slightly malt forward taste with a skosh of spice mid-sip and the faintest hop flavor to complete the drink.

Starts off sweet before changing to spicy, ultimately finishing with just enough hoppy bitter to let you know it's a beer. Medium-bodied, slight watery lager feel.

A great respresentation of the style, particularly from an American brewer. Simple ingredients in just the right ratios make this a beer the Germans would be proud of. Overall, a really, really good beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

I read on the label once that this was brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot and then did a double-take as I struggled with the thought of the Floyds brewing something so ordinary-sounding and historically "pure" (for lack of a better word). Figured I'd have to try it out. It pours a lightly hazy bronze-straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grass, cracked wheat, buttery biscuits,, light nutmeg, honey, light caramel, and a few scraps of grapefruit rind. The taste primarily follows the grainy path made from the elements above, but with a nice twinge of orange and grapefruit zests. The honey and caramel also pop in at various points, so as to ensure that everything isn't all grassy malt and whatnot. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and an appropriately grainy feel. Overall, a very nice O-Fest-like brew, nicely balanced and surprisingly refreshing. Right on.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a short lasting half inch of off-white head. Aromas are mostly Munich and Vienna malts, toasty and bready, not really any biscuit. Quite a bit of noble hop notes including some floral and slightly spicy tones. Just a hint of caramel. On the palate, it hits incredibly smooth. The bready, caramel like malt character really dominates with just a touch of hop bitterness for balance. A very clean lager with a hint of diacetyl, no fruitiness. Very smooth and easy drinking. Nice to find an Oktoberfest this time of year (regardless of how old this bottle is).

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Photo of Matt_Rouge
4.06/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a trade a while back and had it sitting in the cellar for the last few months. This is a 2007 vintage bottle that has been kept well for the last year, and broken out just in time for this year's season. Twenty Two ounce bottle served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a tall pilsner glass. Consumed on 09/03/2008.

The look was very nice with a rich dark amber color, with lots of ruby highlights to it. A slight haze in the suspended liquid gave it a heftier appearance then what I would have thought. Very nice head, maybe two inches in height rose up over the top and settled down gently, leaving behind a nice level about a quarter inch high and some nice lacing over the sides.

The aroma was very nice, very malty as one would expect. Rich notes of caramel, brown sugar, hints of earth grains as well. Some light hoppiness thrown in the back, but more of an accent then anything else. The flavor was much more of the same, super smooth, rich medium body here was a bit fuller then one might normally expect, but there will be no complaints about that here. The flavor was just as smooth, with a subtle sweetness that really allowed you t sit and let this warm. Nice flavors of caramel and toffee, hints of grain and a really nice, light pine edge to the finish. Very easy to drink, this bottle went by way too fast on me, leaving me looking for more almost immediately.

Overall I thought this was a very solid choice for sure. It was not as complex as most FFF brews tend to be, but in this case that is absolutely fine. A good, quality, session able beer the this time of year. I would have no issues with getting this one again.

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Photo of billab914
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Pours clear and light copper in color with a nice stream of carbonation rising from the bottom. Poured with a very thin head that left little lacing.

Aroma is malty and bready with a decent amount of sweet caramel malts coming through. The taste has a lot of caramel malts with a little sweetness to it. It's a pretty balanced beer though, the caramel comes through the most but it isn't too sweet.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, it was pretty easy to finish the bomber during the beginning of the Super Bowl this evening. It's lighter bodied and full flavored making it a very drinkable brew. I found it a pretty good representation of the style.

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Photo of fsvan
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Radiant copperish gold. Slightly murky. A finger and a half of light head.

S- This has an oktoberfest like aroma, except for, what is that? A strong dose of hops in a Three Floyd's brew? Yes it is. Hops are up front. Citrus, grapefruit, some orange peel, with the malty oktoberfest notes coming in next. As if warms, the dark bread like malts become more assertive.

T- Pretty much exactly what I expected from the nose. A split down the middle balance of bready malts, mixed with a balance of citrus/pine hops.

M- Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

O- If American takes on styles are like the classic Euro styles only more highly hopped, then this is an American oktoberfest.
Good, but at the going rate for Three Floyds beers, not one I'll revisit often.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a clear and very dark amber, almost brown, colored body; very well-carbonated; frothy one finger sized head formed after the pour; quality lacing formed on the side of the glass

S - Airy lager nose; apple and slightly fruity; rice and cool fermented yeast; smooth and crisp; touch of allspice or grains of paradise; faint hint of Noble hops

T - Toasted bread malt goodness; rice; interesting blend of spices, there has to be grains of paradise in here, leaves a very dry feel on the tongue; faint taste of hops, comes up at the end of the sip

M - Rinse and soapy; medium bodied beer; lingering lager airiness and taste turns very malty after a while, with a heavy dry aftertaste

D - Clean and pleasant taste; refreshing lager characteristics make this an enjoyable beer for anytime of the day, from dinner to summertime

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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