Munsterfest | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3.78/5
763 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by frank4sail on 10-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,126
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
763
pDev:
11.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
97
Trade:
6
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Photo of KerryCummins1977
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BeerOps
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear light copper color with a small amount of tan head. Head dissipates quickly, and doesn't leave much lacing.

S -- Nice toasted malt, a bit of caramel and hints of banana.

T -- Similar to smell there is a nice amount of toasted malt with a bit of sweetness. The sweetness doesn't get too intense though. Again some mild banana notes.

M -- Medium mouthfeel with a slightly sweet finish.

O -- An enjoyable Oktoberfest, but not one of the top. Still, I would have this again.

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Photo of jhoban19
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a pint glass in two stages (22oz bottle). hazy orange color with a solid 1+ finger of foam, produced by a vigorous pour, which disappeared pretty quickly. lacing is non-existent. head on the second pour holding up a little longer and a slight lacing is present.

S: heavy malt, fresh biscuits, over-ripe banana, subtle hints of dark fruit and hops.

T: tastes like it smells- malty, a little biscuit, some fruit and a bit of hops.

M: rich and full bodied, refreshing. carbonation is just right. a fruity aftertaste lingers around the sides of the mouth.

D: I'm enjoying this one. I don't typically like many of the lager styles, but the Octoberfest beers are usually the exception and tis that time of year. The Munsterfest is not disappointing me. I only wish I had a giant pretzel or a bratwurst to go with it!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Three Floyds Pint glass.

A - Pours a dark orange with a touch of brown. A one finger tan head slowly fades. A netting of lacing is left on the glass.

S - Carmels, honey, malts.

T - A lightly sweet malt with a hing of honey and slight lemons.

D - Fells thin, but I would call it an average body, also feels lowly carbonated, but it appears fizzy on the glass.

O - A bit darker than expected, but I enjoyed that it wasn't overly sweet.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a pint glass. No dating info on bottle. Was a very hazy amber color with good carb streams. It had a small fizzy head that quickly dissipated to nothing. No lacing.

The aroma was good for the style with sweet malt, caramel malt, some fruit and slight spicy note. A bit sweeter than most marzens. The taste followed the aroma and opens with a very sweet bite with a bit of spice hitting at the end. A bit too sweet in the long run for me. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, a solid marzen that was just a bit too sweet for me. Still worth trying but by the end of the bottle it's a bit too much. Not avail here in TX so shipped back from my Indy trip. Rotation - would like to try again closer to the release and on-tap. Not my go to style but worth a bottle a season. [O;O]

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber. Poured a dark amber with a short fluffy white head that disappears very quickly. Smells of lager yeast, honey, and apricots as well as light malt. The taste is a little dissappointing. It is more reminiscent of an imperial pilsner or craft malt liquor than it is an Oktoberfest. Its very malty, very little hops in the front, fairly sweet in the middle as well as some apricot. The mouthfeel is nice and full and creamy, and very smooth. Very restrained carbonation. Not a bad beer, just a little bit odd interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Half liter boot

I can't help but notice written multiple times on the bottle is "Es ist nicht normal" directly translating into "It is not normal". I couldn't agree more Three Floyds. The beer pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber color with fleeting coarse bubbles. Everything but the cloudiness is typical to the style. The smell has the hints of malts and orange zest that is typical to the style, but I detect hints of banana and clove which I must say is unexpected for the style. The wheat aroma is also confusing, particularly why it is there. The taste comes on with an unreal smoothness but quickly punches you in the face with it's bitter undercurrents. The bitterness almost seems to come from a roasted malt flavor rather than the expected bitterness from hops. The mouthfeel takes some getting used to, smooth and bitter is a not often seen combo. The drinkability is fairly easy to handle and overall it's not bad, worth a try if you can get it for the right price and are a connoisseur of the style I say have at it. It's a different approach to the style.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/20/11 Tasting Notes. Split a bomber with my bro, while watching some football. Poured my portion into a snifter.

A) Amber color, pretty cloudy. A finger of head led to a thin dusting. No lacing noted.

S) A bit sweet. This really had a wine aroma, or like a white grape juice. I feel odd about saying that, but it's what I was smelling.

T) Malty sweetness, a little fruity, again I'm getting that green/white grape juice. Not much hops. A little booze.

M) Medium body, with not much carbonation. It is pretty smooth and has a nice finish and aftertaste.

O) I was pretty stoked about trying this brew. I typically really enjoy anything by Three Floyds, not to mention I had read this was the gold medal winner in the Marzen category at the 2011 GABF. Unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed. It wasn't bad, but I'll be sticking to the Wisconsin brewers and German imports for my Oktoberfest beers.

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Photo of BB1313
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber; huge fluffy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are very malty. Lots of caramel and butterscotch. Flavors are very syrupy and grainy. They're earthy, but remain sweet. Lots of toast. Some cherries and corn in the mix. More caramel malts. Subtle hints of toffee. Finishes with a light warmth. Mouthfeel is heavy, fluffy, creamy, syrupy and slick. There's moderate carbonation. Pretty filling.

This a lager that drinks more like an ale. It definitely has marzen characteristics, with a Three Floyds' twist. It's not exactly a traditional example of the style, but it's close enough and is still enjoyable. The craftsmanship is clearly there.

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Photo of SammyVndc
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Warsteiner mug. Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of foamy off-white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Slightly faint bready aromas with some caramel and vanilla as well. Taste is bready malts with a small amount of bitterness on this one. Very easy to drink, and the finish is fairly abrupt.

Overall: For a Three Floyds beer, this was fairly normal. It is a good Marzen, but I payed $9 for a bomber, and I could get a 6 pack of something just as good at the same price.

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Photo of LeeEvolved
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Reaper16
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served into a mason jar

Pours a darkish gold color, sort of SAC Amber meets Goldenrod. White head, not much of it in either head size or lace. Pretty clear body. You can see the streams of carbonation rise up to the top where they don't amount to anything.

Munsterfest has a sharper nose and flavor than I'm used to getting from a Marzen. The standard tastes are there: green apple, grassy noble hops, twangy malt. Only they are sharp to a degree that there is nearly some tart action going on. A bit of kiwi shows up on the palate. A bit of banana on the nose. It is intense and interesting, if not always "good."

Appropriate body and carbonation levels. It feels a bit wan in the mouth but finishes smoothly. Nothing remarkable about it (in a positive sense or negative). Drinkability is bolstered by how interestingly piquant this beer is for the style.

If you like Marzens then check out this beer. It is unique enough to hold the interest of even Oktoberfest skeptics.

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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Dimpled Mug.

Appearance: Slightly hazy reddish-amber with thin head.

Smell: Cherry, spicy noble hops and some light caramel and biscuit.

Taste: Fairly sweet caramel, cherry and biscuit. Slightly spicy hops on the finish with some lingering cherry and biscuit.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium lager body, slightly dry finish.

Overall: Pretty standard Marzen, and even a little on the sweet side. Expected more from Three Floyds, but nevertheless very well done.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at FFF.

A - Pours a golden/orange color, white frothy, head, thick cap.

S - Malty sweetness, bready, sweet potato, pumpkin.

T - Big bready malt sweetness, pumpkin, caramel, slight dark fruit.

M - Light, good carbonation, refreshing sweet malty finish.

O - A nice Octoberfest. Very light and enjoyable...perfect for the warmer months of fall/end of summer.

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Photo of ryanpalmier123
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MJSJr
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nuebs
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, clear amber color with a thin, 1-finger head that quickly dissipates. Very faint nose of fresh bread.

Nice traditional oktoberfest flavor of toasted malt, fresh bread, candy corn, and spice well-balanced with hops. In fact, this one seems to have a bit more ``zing'' than a few others I've had this year. One expects a beer from 3F to be anything but normal, but they seem to have minded their manners here and delivered a good, traditional oktoberfest beer. Like all good oktoberfest beers, this one is wonderfully smooth and drinkable. Pity about the price.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From My Notes:

A - Pours a very clear copper with a thin white head.

S - Caramel and sweet toasted malt with a bit of graininess to it.

T - Sweet toasted malt, caramel, bready with a bit of hop spiciness mixed in.

M - Moderate with light carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish.

D - A tasty Oktoberfest. I was expecting something a little bolder coming from 3 Floyd's.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed at the FFF Brewpub earlier today.

Appearance -- Deep orange with amber highlights and a 1/2" of sudsy white head. A sight to behold.

Smell -- Plum and nectarine, floral lager yeast, dry amber malts, earthy Noble hops.

Taste -- Follows the nose pretty well: plum, spring flowers, bready malt and a kiss of light brown sugar.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with moderate prickly carbonation. Pretty much on par with the style.

Drinkability -- While I enjoyed this beer, it's not my favorite of the style. I might have it again, but only for lack of better options.

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Photo of MeowTom
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty good look, pours a slight hazy amber color and a nice head that goes down to just a few splots.

S- Wonderful smell of fruits like a sangria. Probably the best part of this beer.

T- Mild malty taste. Typical of a lager.

M- Medium to heavy with some carbonation but nice.

O- Pretty average to the genre, not my favor but pretty good.

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 763 ratings
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