Munsterfest | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

762 Ratings

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

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Added by frank4sail on 10-18-2002

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Ratings: 762 |  Reviews: 230
Photo of farrago
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big fizz on the pour, crests close to three fingers then is like gone in a second to a clean surface, as one would thus expect, completely zero lacing too. Pronounced darkness to the amber orange to reddish brown liquid color, softly translucent, considerable amount of fat bubbles scattered throughout. Sugary nose of vanilla, molasses, baking spices, cola and soda bread, soft yeasty banana or bubblegum notes as well, curious absence of fruit scents, in fact it all suddenly goes to zero on you. Light to medium-bodied, not flat but the carbonation just has it at a simmer. Breadier here with quinine, mineral water and charcoal accents, a bit earthy. Fig and raisin make a showing, cherry to peach in smaller doses. The yeastiness seems more knit in, flavors less distinct. Brown sugar, molasses and cola but nowhere as near as sweet as the nose suggests. Polished mouth feel, however, it comes off overall as more or less evanescent. Have to wonder if 4-5 months post bottling puts it into an old age home, which would not be an ideal result.

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Photo of spointon
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into my tall pilsener glass.

A= This beer poured a clear reddish copper color with a 1" light tan head. The head quickly dropped to nothing and left zero lace on the glass.

A= I found aromas of caramel malts, bakery sweetness, and a slight spicy hop and alcohol note.

T= This was a very balanced fest bier. Filled with sweet and caramel malts initially, but followed by mild toasted grains and mild hop spice. The finish was an incredibly interesting mix of fruitiness and a slight alcohol bite.

MF= Medium body, moderate carbonation. Nice palate cleansing feel.

D= Very drinkable, probably the best fest bier I have had this year. Highly sessionable!

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz, 2013 vintage
Tulip glass

A: Very pretty amber color. High carbonation with lots of tiny bubbles streaming up the glass. Layer of off white light tan head. Sticks around a while.

S: Bready malts. Clean grassy grainy hops. Maybe a little lemon. A little nuttiness.

T: Really solid lager here. Nice light crisp hit of Euro hops up front. Again light citrus. Blends nicely into those bready malts. Softens the palate. Crushable. Clean dry finish.

M: Lighter side of medium. Clean sip.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Interesting spicey marzen lager. Spices, dried cherries, plums, but a bit too much. Good, but not great.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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 crossovert
2.47/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know it is old but I got it along with Alpha Klaus 2 for 8.50. 22 oz bomber.

It pours an orange/amberish gold with a large white head that quickly dissipates leaving some spotted lacing.

It does not smell like an Oktoberfest, it is months old, and it is still way too hoppy.

The taste has some Oktoberfest characteristics but overall it isn't an impressive representation of the style. It, like other American takes on German styles has sort of a "cat urine" flavor, I tasted the same thing in Prima Pils, I think it is the misuse of noble hops.

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Photo of NonicPanic
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of vrbulldog22
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
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 drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Docrock
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.39/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 10/21/11

Cloudy tobacco brown. Not much foam. No retention.

Smells... blah. Apple, pear and earthy hops with some caramel and grain. Smells plasticine. Buttery aroma, too. Dusty biscuit and yeast amid herbal, tea and leafy hops. Decent showing of bread with a spot of caramel. A hint of cocoa - huh? Finishes dry with a generic hop note. Medium body; dry feel. Nippy carbonation. Coating - almost waxy.

Not exactly terrible but pretty unremarkable. Meh.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle pours into my glass a clear deep orange/red harvest color with a nice half inch of creamy eggshell head and lots of active carbonation rising up. Aromas of deep caramel and a touch of nuttiness. A bit roasted, with an herbal, lightly spicy hop in the background. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a sturdy caramel malt upfront along with a nice roasted nutty aspect to it as well. Flows down with some herbal, floral, spicy hops. A touch grassy with a bit of fruity flavor on the finish. Light bitterness is present. A tasty, malty oktoberfest lager.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with ample carbonation. Goes down easy with a nice dry crispness on the finish. Quite an easy drinking oktoberfest. It doesn't really set itself apart from others in the style very much, but overall is a tasty, enjoyable oktoberfest that lives up to the style. As one of the Floyd's few bottled lagers, it's one I'd probably come back to again.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A-Poured a semi-hazed reddish golden copper color..almost like apple cider. One and a half finger tan head shows medium retention and leave sticky streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light toasted bready caramel malts dominate the aroma here. There is a light earthy hop to this along with something else spice like. There is a light sweetness to the ending aroma and alcohol is present.

T- A nice caramel toasted upfront on this beer. I mean big time...but in a good way. Some light apple notes in this one toward the front as well. There is a light earthy grassy touch to this as well in the middle to ending that cuts through some of the malts but a lingering sweetness is always there from the alcohol I would suspect.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Toasted malts left on the palate with some sweetness and grassy hops in the aftertaste. Crisp and clean...malt forward beer with a light hop flavor cutting the malts a little. Alcohol in the backing drys the palate lightly after each sip.

D- Ok this beer is highly drinkable to me. The beer itself is nothing like FFF beers per say. It's well crafted I think and this leads to the drinkability of it. The alcohol on this is low enough that a bomber plus some is a easy goal for me to obtain.

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Photo of ffshore545
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whitenads
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of peabody
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out couldy orange/yellow with amber tints.
Smell is fruity with granny smith skins with a caramel on top.
Taste is fruity like sour apple sauce that has been left out to sour.
Mouthfeel is good here. Smoothe lager. Mellow malt and cane sugars caress the mouth.
Drinkability is good and the abv is just right.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served chilled in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours a orange coloration. The head has a very light orange tone. The head is one finger high and quickly resolves.

Smell: The beers aroma is toasted maltyness up front. The beer has earthy and citrus notes.

Taste: Sweet citrus hoppyness blends into a well toasted malty flavor. A bit of grassy hop flavor helps break up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation works well with the beer to produce a slick feel. The beer was easy to drink and was what a beer geek would expect from FFF.

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Photo of tdmccarthy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of kodt
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of ajzy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MaximumYuks
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish golden with an ample head and decent lacing...

Toasted malts abound here and dominate throughout... There's a sweetness evident in the aroma as well...

Sweet fruity maltiness is the lead character here.... This is a tasty brew but falls a little short of an elite brew in this category...

I liked this beer and could drink it all night but only if an elite Marzen wasn't available..

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Photo of Zachtheporter
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 762 ratings
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