Munsterfest | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

MunsterfestMunsterfest
BA SCORE
66.1%
Liked This Beer
3.78 w/ 759 ratings
MunsterfestMunsterfest
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:
#16,690
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
759
Liked:
502
Avg:
3.78/5
pDev:
11.9%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
99
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 759 |  Reviews: 230
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange peel toasted under a broiler. Multiple streams of rapidly rising bubbles maintain a large crown of exceptionally pale orange foam. Small pits and larger craters appear in the upper surface as it slowly loses altitude. This is a classic looking Oktoberfest.

The nose is less than explosive. It's well-balanced with a smidgen more hoppiness than the style dictates. Gently toasted malt combines with a hop profile that is both earthy and citric fruity. I'm guessing that something other than German nobles are present. Something from this side of the Atlantic perhaps?

Munsterfest doesn't taste like a Three Floyds beer. I've becomed accustomed to amazingly flavorful, hopped to the gills, over the top, envelope pushing ales from these guys, so it's surprising to be faced with a standard, no-frills Oktoberfest. To their credit, this is delicious beer and is a more than solid version of the style.

A modestly sweet, toasted Munich maltiness is the King of the Fest. He's accompanied by a wonderfully spicy hoppiness that I still believe is in the upper range for the style. The finish, especially, is pleasingly bitter and full of hop flavor. Although there may be a hint of bitter orange, I can't appreciate nearly as much fruitiness as I can in the nose.

The mouthfeel is exceptional when judged against other, relatively low ABV, Oktoberfests (the ABV is 5.5%). It's both firm and amazingly receptive at once. I love the lingering, lightly sticky, mouthcoating finish. A subtle, yet still invigorating, feel to the carbonation is the icing on the cake.

Three Floyds is proud of the 'it's not normal' nature of their beer (as they should be). For this German-style offering, they've amended their tagline to read 'es ist nicht normal'. Munsterfest is probably the most normal thing they brew, but it's still a damn fine example of the style and shows that these guys aren't just hop fanatics. What this beer has shown me is that 3F can be successful at whatever they set their minds to.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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 PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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 WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Trying the Munsterfest for a third time....but I now have a chance to write a review. Cracked a bottle open tonight and the beer pours a very nice clear amber (I left a heal in the bottle to avoid sediment). The head is thin and white and is leaving some lace. The scent is fairly faint....there are subtle bittering hops and slight burnt malt. The taste is a well balanced Marzen style and probably one of my favorites of this style. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall an excellent offering.

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Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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

A: pours a sunburst orange with a tiny head which leaves little lacing.

S: malt, toast, nutty w/ a slight pleasant sour funkiness

T: nicely balanced sweetness, subtle sourness, which is nice

M: crisp, clean, smooth

D: very easy to drink. I could easily have several more glasses.

Notes: at $8 for a 22 oz. bottle, I find this to be ridiculously overpriced for an Oktoberfest brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of krome
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ejimhof
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of imbibehour
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Bottled September 25th 2015.

Very bright body, clear and nearly crystal but with classic dark amber chestnut, a bit orange as well body color. Fine but sparse amounts of pinhead carbonation. Head is slightly large, a bit frothy and foamy, but manages to settle simply to a good light tan puck of a finger. Scattered lacing, small traces, and light touches.

Interesting nose. Lots of sticky malt, getting into a real candy smelling quality. Stuck caramel and a taffy like but almost crackling brown sugar but not as sweet quality. Dominant odd aroma with not much else to point out.

This is a real odd marzen I must say. The palate is quite clean, but also incredibly light, almost giving to a watery char and papery crispness. Light toffee and a very crackling toasted dark bread crust quality. Aftertaste has a strong bitterness but is tolerable if somewhat mild. Large amounts of crisp and crackery malt but almost has a dissolving vanishing flavor to it.

This is an odd marzen, it's kind of fun, but seems to be missing some classic marzen character for me.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 aasher
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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 IPAchris
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber courtesy of bauermj. Thanx bro

A: poured a golden yellow with a thin head that left a little lacing on the glass.

S: definitely some wheat aromas with very slight hop notes and mild malt presence along with hints of caramel.

T: lots of wheat punch the palate with a very faint hop pinch and caramel flavors showing their face with malt notes on the finish.

M: light gritty body with light carboantion that had a sweet wheat finish.

D: I thought it was a good lager that did the style some justice and really ever dissapointed on FFF offerings. I'm not big on lagers but this one makes the cut.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened at a recent tasting.

Beer is light brown with an off white head of small and medium bubbles with little staying power, ends up with a few dozen tiny bubbles stuck to the walls of the glass. No lacing carbonation moderate.

Beer smells like a nice lager, minimal caramel, minimal malts, well balanced, exactly what I expected.

Beer is pretty malty, nice bready mouthfeel. Forward flavors are slightly sweet. Finishes cleanly and not too dry. For a marzen, its quite good. The malt backbone is well thought out with good connectivity. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium amber hue with a one and a half finger pillowy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt with some honey sweetness. Some husky grain and noble hop as well.

The taste consisted of a sweet caramel malt with some wildflower honey. A juicy semi-ciric hop was detected.

The mouthfeel was clean but a bit on the thin side.

Overall a tasty oktoberfest. Very drinkable.

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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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of toffee and bready malts. The flavor is more complex with bread, caramel, toffee and grapes mixing together. Low bitterness from the hops. The beer tastes very clean. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 66.1% out of 100 with 759 ratings
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