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Munsterfest | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by frank4sail on 10-18-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
752
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
21.81%
 
 
Wants:
62
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95
For Trade:
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Reviews: 230 | Ratings: 752
Photo of jhoban19
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 bgreg3
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like your typical oktoberfest brew kind of goldish bronze , and the smell is reminiscent of sweet malt and yeast , strong yeast presence. The taste is strong on yeast and bavarian barely malt says the bottle. Also it says they used german noble hops. There is mild tart to this beer , its good though and has a medium finish with a good body , making this beer , drinkable.

horray for munster

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Photo of fastpass17
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber Bottle

A: Light copper in color. Strong carbonation through the glass, and three finger white head.

S: Roasted caramel, walnuts, faint notes of cream in the back, no noticeable hops.

T: Malt starts in the front followed by fruit and cream. Finishes with a slight tang.

M: The body that one expects out of classic German marzens.

D: I would enjoy a few glasses of this beer with some BBQ or pickled eggs.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Jammies
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a brownish gold with a think layer of foam that lingers and slowly recedes to the sides of the glass.

S- malty notes with some slight caramel hints

T- sweet and very slightly malty. well balanced and smooth

M- watery and a little bit thin

O- overall a great beer. A little bit sweeter than most Oktoberfests.

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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.

APPEARANCE

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.

SMELL

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.

TASTE

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.

MOUTHFEEL

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.

OVERALL

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.

Cheers.

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Photo of mentaltraveller
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stein glass at 3 floyds. Pours an almost amber with a good head. The retention is pretty amazing. This is a pretty solid tasting brew. It as an easy drinker but still has some substance. I am not extremely familiar with this style, but it tastes pretty good to me.

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Photo of beerfairy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber

A: Pours a light tan color. Nice head to start but then it completely disappears, no lacing in the glass because the head is gone.

S: Smells like biscuits and malt, fruity hints.

T: A touch of sweentess and light malt flavors

M: Very light carbonation, slick mouthfeel

D: Drinkable, not too heavy on the alcohol.

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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 balconybrew
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes...

Poured from a bomber into a stein. Liquid was amber with a white head. Aroma was of roasted malt, slightly sweet and minimal hops. Taste begins with sweet malt that fades to a dry (style-like) finish. Lacked the hops I was expecting from FFF. Very drinkable, like and o'fest should be.

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Photo of innersanctum
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Munsterfest is a nice and easy drinking lagger. Having said that, it isn't what readers here come to expect from a 3F. When I tackle a 3F which is new to me I feel as if I've got to get my game on as they tend to be big, tasty brews that challenge all of your senses. Au contraire Herr Munsterfest, after all this is their Octoberfest.

First impression contrasted this Marzen to a premier German of the same style and it just didn't stack up. It feels a bit rounder and fuller than similar German Octoberfests, but I kept thinking that this is one of the tastier American laggers around. It has a wonderful smell, yet suggary, and once you're headed toward the bottom of that bommer then that suggary mouthfeel is more evident.

If value is important to you, then consider the $9 entry fee for a bommer of Munsterfest, while Great Lakes Octoberfest 6 pack will set you back about $11.

Certainly if 3F ever wanted to make something for the masses then dropping this into cans would surely sell out, but if you're looking for their monthly edition of crazy in a bottle wait until November.

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Photo of MeowTom
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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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Photo of AndrewNations
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much to say about this one. Its a typical Marzen and is quite normal despite being from 3F. It had a nice caramel and bread type malt backbone with mid to low carbonation. Admittedly, this is not my favorite style but I do enjoy tasting and seeing how others differ. I think this one is a bit on the sweeter side and makes a bit less sessionable then some of the german oktoberfest.

All in all I think this is a good representation of the style but would appreciate a little more creativity from 3F as they tend to do.

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Photo of shortbus7
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very appealing dark red and orange colored beer that is very clear and without any haziness.

S: Very good. Hopps are definitely present with malt and some citrus fruits.

T: I get apple cider initially, very unexpected. Much like the smell, bread malt and some citrus and the hops make their appearance again.

M: A very good mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: A great beer and I love the direction FFF took with this style and beer. I will frequent this beer a few more times this season if I can find it.

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Photo of lbaker
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay, im in love with FFF (no matter how bad golden tickets piss me off) and oktoberfest...so I've been wanting this one for awhile! Lucky enough to find some bottles left over and Vine Table, lets go..

(a) Pours a traditional marzen color, dark amber/carmel color. Head almost dissapears immediately, good amount of carbonation, but would like to see a more marzen-esque head on this brew. (4/5)

(s) Great sniff. Tones of carmel, tons of malts. (3.5/5)

(t) Delicious, everything I want in an oktoberfest. Tastes like fall! Great amount and variety of malts make this brew very easy to gulp! (4/5)

(m) A little flat, looking for more bite on the pallete for this one. (3.5/5)

(d) I would like to see a higher abv% on this one, but then again it wouldnt be a traditional marzen...but then again FFF isnt a traditional brewery. Whats nice about this brew is that unlike other fests, I doubt it gets dumbed down every year. I will look forard to this one on draft this fall. (4/5)

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Photo of OHLRangers
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at the brewery and poured into standard pint glass.

Poured a burnt orange color, with a slight off-white head which quickly dissipated. Good amount of carbonation. My 13-year old said the color was "amazing".

Some grassiness in the aroma, but caramel is the prevailing smell.

The caramel maltiness comes through in the taste, but there is a gentle bite from the hops on the back of the tongue, too. Medium body, crisp in the mouth and highly drinkable.

A nice version of a favorite style of mine.

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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 vdoz3
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Satisfied New Yorker drinking Indianan beer thanks to a trade with brundo4. Thanks Ben! 22 oz bottle poured into my Coca Cola bell glass (it's shaped sorta like an imperial pint glass...)

I realize I rated 4.5 across the board, and will disclaim that part of that is Marzens are one of my favorite styles when done correctly...and this was definitely done correctly.

A - Deep orange brown, brighter around the edges. Hazy, not too cloudy but not crystal clear. Would like to see a bit more head, I suppose. Froth is always nice.

S - Rich, sweet roasted (caramel?) malts

T - Smooth beginning that leads to more of that sweet roasted malt. The taste ends on sweetness, leaving it on your tongue. The sweetness isn't cloying or too prevalent, it just tastes like delicious sweet bread.

M - Smooth and fulfilling.

D - Definitely one of the best American Oktoberfests I've come across.

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Photo of Jeebs
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy deep golden orange with a tiny off white head. The head dissipates almost instantly leaving nearly no lacing.

S: Smells biscuity with spiced malts, sweet with a bit of fruitiness.

T: Much like the smell, bready/biscuity sweetness with spiced malts.

M: Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. There isn't really anything that stand out with the mouth feel it's pretty bland and boring.

D: Drinkability is average at best, this beer is just too bland. This beer is not even close to being worth $8 a bomber.

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Photo of adamhdv
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright amberish orange with a thin fading head. Little lacing, if any after a few minutes...

Smells sweet. Malts and citrus upfront.

Taste of caramel and sweet bready citrus, slight metallic note.

Mouthful is alright, could use a little more carbonation...

Overall, very drinkable. Was hoping for a little more from FFF, but it's still a very legit brew. Could be a little darker and more bitter, then I would have been totally satisfied.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of sfreshnock
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into 20oz tumbler.

Beer pours near bronze with little to no head which dissipates immediately. The beer has a sweet smell that is soon overpowered by alcohol and corn, unpleasant. The corn taste dominates and sits in the back of your mouth. Tastes like a roided' out Budvar. I have so much faith in FFF but I will not be having another. Taking into consideration where I purchased this from it should be very fresh.

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Photo of SpoonMeForkMe
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep orange/brown. Decent head settled down to a thin veil over the top. Semi cloudy with decent carbonation.

S: I got honey, caramel and toffee all over this but the faintest bit of lemon grass or maybe something similar...

T: I'd say the nose correlates well with the palate here. I'm getting roasted malts, caramel, toffee, a little bit of bready/yeasty poking through. Creamy on the palate, coats nicely and lingers for a few moments. Just long enough to pick up that metal tinge another reviewer mentioned. Thin bodied but not wimpy by any stretch.

Over all I liked it. It's absolutely not what I was expecting out of 3 Floyds and it almost taste more like something made by Upland, which is not a bad thing in my book. Just not what I was expecting.

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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 fryman
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper. A tannish head forms and hangs on the glass nicely.

S-The nose is earthy and kind of grassy with notes of wet grain and a mild sweetness.

T-Clean malt sweetness is follwed by clean and mild hop bitterness. This beer is very straightforward and fairly simple, but very enjoyable. A little complexity comes from an acidic upturn at the finish and a faint raisin-like flavor.

M-This brew has a medium body that suits it well.

D-Quite drinkable, though it would be a hefty session beer.

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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