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 bluejacket74
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a golden/orange color with a pretty small head. Head retention is low, and not much lacing either. Aroma is light, but nice. It smells like bready malt, toffee, and some caramel. This brew tastes just like the aroma, malty and sweet. Good thing the taste is stronger compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's slick but the carbonation is a bit low. Drinkability is decent, it's not hard to drink at all. I realize that this bottle isn't exactly fresh, so I'll have to try this again in the future when a fresher batch comes out.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hurfer for this bottle. Poured from 22oz bottle into snifter glass. Pours a deep orange/amber color, light haze to it, with a foamy white head that quickly disspates. Aroma has a very sweet profile as a whole with a good amount of grainy malt nose, very strong noble hops profile with a combination of sweet grassy and spicy notes and finishes with a light soured malt note. Flavor starts off with a strong hay and light toasted malt note early (cereal) with noble hops grassy finish. Body is very light, which I suspect, is from the low carbonation present in the brew. Texture is kinda watery. Overall, a big disappointment as the nose is unimpressive and the texture of the brew really doesn't help the lackluster flavor. There are better Oktoberfest brews out there.

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Photo of taez555
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

This beer poured a clear orange/brown/tan body with a very small off-white head.

Nose has a simple fresh cut grain sort of smell to it. Little hints of sweet caramel, or biscuit and surprisingly that classic macro sort of corn smell as well.

Taste is medium bodied and very crisp with a mild graininess. Very light on the tastebuds without any strong overwhelming flavors. Subtle grain, some nice caramel and toasted malts, some fresh hearty bread and even very subtle hints of rye. Hop bitterness and taste shine through a bit more as it warms and actually start to dominate in the back end. Ends with a lingering bitterness and graininess.

A very simple American oktoberfest. A bit more of a hop bitterness than normal, but overall a very nice simple drinkable marzen.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 11-22-08
Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orange/amber color with a fizzy white, short-lasting head.

Smell is kind of bland, some light malt, slightly fruity and sweet.

Taste is sweet just like the smell, also fruity, with a definite earthy malt character.

Mouthfeel is just right for the style.

Drinkability suffers form the sweetness. Really builds the more you drink.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A slightly hazy golden/ copper color with a few streams of rising carbonation. There is very little head that forms and the retention is not that great.

S- Biscuity and a little fruity. Some malt. Pretty clean smelling, but most definetly not mind blowing.

T- Sweet and malty with some fruit highlights. A lot more fruity than the aroma would lead you to believe. Offers a nice and different aspect to the style.

M- Pretty smooth with a good carbonation.

D- A little sweet for my tastes. Definitely doesn't blow my doors off, but it gets the job done.

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Photo of DocJitsu
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent copper-amber color with a short-lived, a light caramel/eggshell colored head. The head disappears way to quickly. Bubbles constantly migrate from the bottom of the glass. Mouthfeel is slick and wet, with very little carbonation. So little, that I wonder if this bottle is old. Not much going on on the nose. The obligatory toffee, but on the very light side. Some notes of dark red fruit. Flavor is pretty lacking. Not bad, just not 3F. The flat flavor and the flat mouthfeel are certainly not complimentary. I'm so familiar with 3F, it's hard for me to believe that this bottle is not old.

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Photo of chicagoanbeerone
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not to much aroma to this beer which is surprsing for fff but it is a lager style beer. The color of the beer was really good and the tatste was good with a bit extra hops then a regular lager style beer very refreshing and crisp. it was very very smooth with a slit bitterness at the end. no water or alcohol taste good with small malt like tatse
overall one of the best lager style beers u can buy so try it

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Photo of mrand01
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared with nicoco. Poured into generic tulip glasses.

A: Hazy amber/brown. Pours with about 1/4" of off-white head that quickly dissipates. Decent amount of spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malts...smells like an Oktoberfest?

T: Cloves, roasted malts...but overall, kind of watery.

M: Thin, leaves much to be desired. Light carbonation, nothing too crazy.

O: It's an Oktoberfest, what can I say? I've never had one that was interesting or complex, but that's not really the purpose of the style. That said, I'd rather have a Spaten.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a 3F pint glass
A: Muddy copper color with a thin head that quickly dissipates
S: Pleasant malt and spice, along with hints of fruit and citrus zest
T: Mallt, apple, a hint of caramel. Not too much going on.
M: Fairly thin, crisp but average.
O: Probably my least favorite 3F thus far, but on the other hand better than many Oktoberfests I've had.

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Photo of grover37
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle picked up in Indiana. At least 3 months old by now. Poured into a becker.

Appearance (3.5): Ruby red with orange around the edges. A fat finger of off-white head reduces to a thick layer. Pretty clear too - a decent looking beer. No lacing and little head retention after the layer dies off.

Aroma (4.5): Biscuit and a medium caramel. A little faint but just how I would expect an Oktoberfest to smell.

Taste (2.5): Sweeter than it smells. Sweet, light caramel up front. Even sweeter through the middle with a bit of a toffee taste. Some butterscotch in the finish. Too sweet for the style although not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel (4): Medium-high carbonation and body on the full side of medium. A touch effervescent from the high carbonation which really brings out the malt flavors. A bit sticky through the middle and a lingering sweet finish.

Overall (3.5): I like everything about this beer except for the sweetness in the taste. Would drink again, but won't seek it out.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Month four in my Three Floyd’s beer-a-month venture, and it’s the perfect day for this one: Munsterfest. The changing leaves and slight chill on the breeze just screams Oktoberfest, and I’m more than ready. Prost!

A: Wonderfully clear burnt-orange color; a swell tribute to the German style. The head is just barely off-white, though I don’t get to see it for long – about a second of solid cream and it’s down to a fizz. Lacing’s decent, but nothing besides the color really sticks out.

S: I like these malts: bready caramel on one end, and grainy import on the other. Admittedly, the sweet creaminess is the bigger player, but that German lager smell is unmistakable. It finishes with nutty, spicy touch, mostly of honey, coriander, and hazelnut. A good and bready nose, though the grains can be more skunky than crisp at times.

T: Nice and smooth, there’s a nutty creaminess that sets over the whole palate. Decent malts, but nothing that is really superb. The grainy kick is never lost, though, and it shows as a fruity wheat taste. It loses its luster after half the bottle – comes off skunky now. No hops are evident, which is sad, because FFF does the bitter thing so well. Strange metallic tinge on the end, too. It doesn’t dominate the aftertaste, though – that’s reserved for a lemony skunk. I’m losing interest in this, and fast.

M: Pretty watery. I know an Oktoberfest is supposed to be drinkable, but this is just thin. Beef it up, FFF!

O: My least favorite Three Floyd’s beer so far. The skunkiness wasn’t enough to totally put me off, but the thin palate and even thinner body make this a beer I’m not planning on going back to. Oh well, I can’t stay mad at Three Floyd’s for that long – Broo Doo will be here in a week!

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Photo of EPseja
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle at between fridge and cellar temperature in my Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

A - Muted copper in appearance, and after a fairly vigorous pour, only a single finger of cream-colored head was created. It did manage to stick around for a little bit, which is good, but by the time I got to the tasting notes, it was gone, even with the glass etching to boost it. Lacing is almost non-existent.

S - For an Oktoberfest style, this beer ehxibits a very hop-forward nose. Of course the big, round caramel-driven malts are not far behind... Slightly metallic. The hoppiness I smell is of dried up hop cones; not very fresh.

T - A bit sweeter than most German Oktoberfests, and just about even with the sweetness of most American Oktoberfests. The malts aren't very roasty at all, and the hop bitterness only comes in at the very end, when the beer is just finished slipping down the throat. Thankfully, the residual drying helps to quell the sweetness a bit. Very interesting and unique with a bit more depth than I'm used to in an Oktoberfest beer.

M - A bit syrupy coming into the mouth -- a testament to the sweetness -- and only lightly carbonated which makes it easy to sip. Tingly on the tongue once it gets past the tip, and very creamy going down the gullet. Not your run of the mill mouthfeel here.

D - Indeed, this is a unqiue take on the Oktoberfest style, and considering the fact that the Reinheitsgebot has been adhered to in its creation, I'd have to say that I'm impressed. It drinks much more full-bodied than pretty much every other Oktoberfest beer I've had. It also feels a bit more "power packed" than pretty much every other Oktoberfest beer I've had... I wish the ABV was listed on the label.

Although this beer is a big thumbs up for it's originality in the style, I'd have to say that it's almost too big to enjoy as more than a one-off. For Oktoberfest celebrations, I'll stick to Hacker Pschorr, Spaten or Dinkel Acker.

Afterthought - I'm pretty sure that this bottle is a bit old and out of date, considering the low carbonation and lack of head. Oh, that and the fact that I'm reviewing an Oktoberfest beer in January. I have taken this into account in my ratings.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I can't say I've had too many session beer or lagers by these guys, so this should be new... Into the Warsteiner Mug...

A - Very light amber for a Fest style beer, with almost no head, that disappeared quickly.

S - The toastyness was nice, as was the light tobacco notes. But I also noted way to much metallic and anise aromas to fine this a really enjoyable aroma.

T - Mildly fruity and toasty in the entry (pear?). Gum like flavors show up at midpalate, along with smoke and just a bit of hops, Finish is nice, with nutty, smoky, more pear with some apple fruitiness, and a lingering alcohol bite. Sweet, but not cloying. Good, not quite as good as Ayinger, but impressed.

M - Quite crisp, but on par with most Oktoberfest.

D - Worth $9? Not quite, but still good, and made for an enjoyable night.

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Photo of MaxSpang
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.


This brew has the Oktoberfest look - caramel/rust colored and very translucent. There's just a little bit of bubbles coming up, collecting at a eggshell colored head. The head was about two fingers when first poured but disappated quickly to a sliver.


Once again, very characteristic of an Oktoberfest. Tons of malt in the nose, along with a fair amount of banana and that crisp lager smell. There's some dark fruit character, such as plums or raisins. There's even a bit of clove in there too, sort of like other traditional German lagers. This is an excellent example of the style in the nose.


After smelling this beer, the taste falls a bit short. Not that it is bad, but it's a little underwhelming. There is a lovely maltiness in this, which is to be expected. The banana is subtle, but still present. There's a good bit of caramel as well. That crisp lager taste doesn't appear to dominate this beer, and it drinks more like an ale. Overall, though, it tastes kind of watered down.


This has quite a bit of sweet body, but is in no way hard to drink. Like I said, it tastes watered down, but there is a decent amount of sweetness left. The carbonation is very minimal, which adds to the perceived body.


This is not my favorite example of the style. However, it is pretty tasty and is a very well-made beer. But overall, it's underwhelming and average at best. I love Three Floyds, but this one just doesn't rock my world. It was made under Bavarian Purity Law, which is slightly charming, but it doesn't make this beer any more interesting.


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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A seasonal offering from Three Floyds that I've yet to try. Expectations are in the average realm.

Poured into an over-sized wine glass.

A - Pours a light burnt orange color with maybe a bit of chestnut highlights here and there. One and a half fingers of off-white suds. Looks alright, for what it is.

S - Smell isn't what I usually tend to think of when I hear Oktoberfest, but it's still nice enough. Carbonated cola, brown sugar, banana, some cream, grain, and some bready malty pie crust.

T - Blah, this is not doing it for me at all. Unlike the nose, this beer is low on carbonation; a flat syrupy texture. The flavors that present themselves aren't bad, but something about this is just not working for me. Banana bread, lager yeast, corn & grains.

M - Feel is thick and syrupy. I guess this is more authentic and true to style, but it just makes the beer heavy bodied and bloating, in my opinion. Sticky and bready on the finish.

Overall, I suppose it is a more true to style example of an Oktoberfest, but it isn't one I would want to try again. Too thick and syrupy for my liking, but I can see where the appeal might lie.

Three Floyds Munsterfest ---3.5/5

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Photo of jokemon
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a deep copper brown from 22 oz bottle.

very minimal carbonation, which is disappointing. The head was minimal and disappeared quickly.

taste is octoberfestery as you would expect. I've been in the spirit of octoberfest lately so I've been having a lot of these beers and honestly I would choose the revolution octoberfest over this.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a "bomber" bottle into Sam Adams "bubble' glass.
Copper-gold in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt
Taste-Pale malt, toasted malt, spicy hop note. A decent interpretation of the style. A nice match for German potato salad or sausages.

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Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to rwinzing for providing this super solid extra.

Pours a cloudy light amber/cream color with a modest head that leaves minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with sweet bready malts with lesser but substantial caramel malts; a bit of fruity/doughy yeast aromas are also present with little to no discernable hop smells.

The tastes begin with the sweet bready and biscuity maltiness. Some cereal graininess and light caramel flavors play second fiddle to those initial breadiness. The fruitiness from either the yeast or underlying hops arrives as well with light apple, pear and a hint of citrus. Sweet bready malts just dominate all else here though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I would like a little more here to help liven up the flavors. Drinks a little too heavy for the style as the flavors aren't overwhelmingly complex and "bore" my palate before I can finish my 2 glasses worth.

Overall this is a better than average example of the style for an American brewery but fails a big short for me because it lacks the certain crisp and clean quality of the traditional German styles. Don't break your back to find it but it is worth a go if you stumble across it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper/orange with a thumb of pearl white head. Above average head retention & lacing, some what cloudy from the yeast

S: Pear notes, some metal

T: Pears, light caramel, metallic (slight) & leafy hops along with a touch of grassyness up front. Some maltyness as this warms, but mostly pear notes & a touch of dryness. Finishes dry, fruity & a touch of sulphur & grassyness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Decent drinker, but nothing special. Perhaps better when at relase, no freshness dating, so we will never know.. Would do better as a Keller bier IMO

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours out a hazy standard amber color with a single finger of foam that drops back to a ring in about a minute, leaving light amounts of lacing behind on the glass. Lighter side of medium body and medium carbonation levels, slightly crisp texture but not very significantly so.

Smells only lightly of citrus peel and nutmeg spiciness, but maintains a core aroma of bready caramel malts. The flavor follows suit mostly but has a somewhat higher citrus peel accent and a touch of nuttiness on the finish with a bit of earthy hopping. It's serviceable, but there are more exciting marzens out there on the market than this. Surprising mostly for how 'normal' this beer plays out for a brewery with the slogan of "it's not normal." I believe it may be the black sheep of their lineup in this regards.

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very solid, deep golden color-there is about 2 inches of fizzy/medium head here.
Smell is bready, spiced much like other of its style-a little zest with a yeasted profile.
Taste is mildly malted-a very well grained/barley with some like zest.
Finish is pretty quick and dirty- some malts and barley on the after-taste-small amounts of of some yeasts.
Drinks well here-a bit out of season but definitely refreshing.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger head, that disappears to a foam ring at the edges, no lacing. Body is a slightly hazy yellowy brown amber.

Smell - toasty malt, hint of apples, and hint of spicy hops.

Taste - like the smell. Toasty malt, with hint of apples, and some faint spicy hops, with faint lemon on the finish.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, quite fizzy.

Drinkability - this is good, but not great. Could be sessionable.

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

Pours an inch-thick head that vanishes quickly, transforming to a very thin skin on top and then just circling the glass. All this goes on above a murky burnt orange/brown color. Appropriately it's the color of autumn leaves.

Smell is pretty much to style, having a musty, basement-like damp character, some mild sweet/dessert spices, and a hint of pumpernickel.

Taste brings in the same, no surprises really, a bit fruitier than the nose hints, but still getting that mildly pie-spiced character and a very damp sort of vibe too. Slightly tart, and not much finish to speak of. Bready, musty, wet like autumn leaves, slightly herbal, with a slick yet well-carbonated tickle in the mouth. It's okay, but only okay.

"Es Ist Nicht Normal," eh? Well, despite Three Floyds being an absolute favorite brewery of mine, I have to scold them for putting this German-ized translation of their slogan on this bottle, because, well, this is pretty much as normal as it gets.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with minimal but a frothy khaki head.

Dark fruits, caramel, toasted nuts, and some cherry.

Heavy roasted malt character with a distinct taste of cherry/dark fruit. Lots of cereal notes as well.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich, but not quite there.

Overall, a modest brew from 3F, they should stick to what they're good at and that is not lager.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened by Andrewnations. Still Fall, but a break from the pumpkin.

Pours a light rusty brown with a bit of an off white head. Mode brings some slight caramel and toffee and a bunch of doughy malt. Taste is quite bready with a bit of sweetness in the background. Light to medium body and good carbonation. Drinks well, but nothig all that special about it.

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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