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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
Gots:
95
For Trade:
6
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Reviews: 230 | Ratings: 752
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer has a thick but soapy head that sits on a orangish-deep copper body that is crystal clear. There are tiny strands of bubbles leading up to the surface from the base of the mug. The head last for a good long time.

S- This beer has a light caramel malt note with a hint of sweetness and a toasted malt smell that has a hint of dry fresh grain note to it. Even though the smell is soft the slight sweetness and dryness is very nice.

T- The taste of toasted malt has a faint pot caramel note but it is a good pot caramel note. There is a faint biscuit or dry light toasted note in the malt aswell. The floral hop finish really balances the malt flavors perfectly. The bitter hops flavor doesn't last long in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full body with a tight fizz finish that is a bit crisp.

D- This beer has good malt depth with a very nice balance of malt and hops. I think this is the first Oktoberfest beer that I could drink by the liter and not get tired of drinking. Of course, I have never been to O-fest in German. With the soft malt and hops I will have to find this on cask and I think it must be consumed fresh.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 650 mL bomber received as a Christmas present from my sister.

A: The festbier is a full amber color, dark but still translucent Darker sunset red colors appear at the wider points of the glass. A thin head arose of pour and sits gingerly atop the beer.

S: The lager has a full, sweet malty aroma is that is bready with fruit undertones. A subtle hop crispness is present as well.

T: Bready flavors abound, toasted and sweet. The malts dominate but a grassy hop flavor sits just behind the toasted grains. A nutty flavor emerges to match the toasted grains. A nice o-festbier.

M: A solid oktoberfest, the malty taste is the beer equivalent of comfort food. The smooth grainy flavor leaves a nice finish.

D: This is definitely one of FFF's most approachable beers, refreshing and clean. I wish I had another bottle to enjoy.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy gold/copper color. Poured a thin off-white head with fair retention. Bubbles lazily rose to the top.

B: Lightly toasted bread. Hop spices; cinnamon and pepper. A hint of alcohol.

T: Like smell with green apple and caramel. Noble hops; earth and hay. Pretty fresh and clean.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Light dryness does well with the rich malts and earthy hops

D: Easily drinkable. Nice representation of the style.

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Photo of pat61
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours brilliant orange tinted amber under a 1” cream to white foam collar that recedes moderately fast. Big rich malt dominates the aromas and flavor with a trace of DMS seasoning fresh baked bread and spicy malt. The body is medium full while the carbonation is on the low side. I have to drive 30 miles to another state to get these – I should have bought more.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a minimal layer of beige bubbles over the cloudy dark amber brew. Head is down to a swirly film quickly, with average to good lacing. Aroma is lightly of nutty malt and fruitiness. Taste follows along with a nutty grain husk flavor upfront, and hopping to balance for the rest of the experience, with maybe a touch of fruitiness. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very nice, and even if they say it's "not normal", I'd be happy with this as my fest beverage...

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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 scruffwhor
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pors that simple yet clear grainy amber that is spot on with the real deal oktoberfest beers. Thick yet snappy head that leaves a small foam throughout the whole mug of beer (22oz). Smell of some syrupy straight up malty sweetness. Authentic. The taste is like sweeter pretzel bread fresh from the oven. Leaves a little aftertaste. Goiod on the drinkability for its clear sweetness, but tastes a little like runny syrup.

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

Clear orange/reddish amber, but still fairly light, topped by an off-white head of fine bubbles. Some spotty lace. Sweet malt aroma with grassy and floral notes. Mild bitterness with some caramel, mild toastiness and light floral hops. Moderate carbonation, medium/light body, quite smooth with some dryness in the finish. Quite easy drinking. Thanks for sharing Viggo!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub, served in a pint glass

A reddish/orange body sat below a thin, less than one finger bone white head. Decent retention with little to no lacing.

Sweet caramel malt, nuts, fruit (apples and pears). A malt lovers delight.

Wow, this beer is really clean. The flavors really shine, no off-flavors at all. A malt bomb. Caramel, apples, pears, nuts, and a touch of floral hops.

Dry finish, crisp. Medium-light body, perfect carbonation.

Highly sessionable and one of the best I have had this season.

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

It's 90 degrees out and i'm craving something refreshing

A: Reddish-orange with a thin head that disappears to nothingness pretty fast. Lots of carbonation

S: Bready,mild caramel flavor. Nondescript. Possibly past its prime

T: Mild bready sweetness with a hint of caramel and toffee

M: Great carbonation

D: Fairly easy to drink but i'd like to try this fresh

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange, big off white head forms, settles down to a thin layer, some lace spots, decent retention. Smell is sweet and malty, some citrus, bread and yeast, bit of funk, smells okay. Taste is sweet and malty, yeast, orange/citrus, little bit of sourness and some zest, bit of jasmine, weak finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very smooth. Never thought I'd see an Oktoberfest from 3F. Not bad, not up to their quality, but a decent brew.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.62/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy deep golden. Thin dirty white head. Barely any lace. Malty aroma but not overly rich or thick. A little apple fruitiness as well on the nose. Pretty plain flavor. Just like the nose. It's malty, but not overly so. And there is definitely an apple like presence which is a little awkward. Body is pretty lifeless. Easily, the most unimpressive beer I've had from this brewery. I coulda had a sixer of Staghorn instead of this bomber. It is what it is...

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 jrallen34
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

It pours a very light amber, especially for a marzen, very surprising color. The head is a weak white with little to no retention and lacing.

The aroma is very light you get some of sweet malts, a touch of hops, and almost a pumpkin seed smell.

The taste is very light and not spectacular at all. You don't taste much at all, its almost skunky. Hardly any after taste.

The mouthfeel is liight, not very drinkable.

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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 TurdFurgison
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

650mL bomber purchased FRESH from Friar Tucks in Peoria. The beer is hazy-translucent and dark orange color with an extremely thin wispy head. The aroma is sweet and malty, lots of fresh bread and I guess a hint of esters. This stuff is delicious, I think I've found my favorite Oktoberfest. Sweet and bready, a little grassland hops, pleasant overall. This is what Oktoberfests should taste like, definitive and near perfect.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Cloudy deep amber, not much carbonation, one finger off white head.

S-Caramel, toffee, malty, some rye as well. Earthy.

T-Rather malty, caramel, bread, but then a spicyness/rye comes over to give it a good flavor.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and tad spicyness.

O-Easily the most normal beer by FFF. Though it lingers on shelves for a reason as it doesn't do anything to distinguish itself from other oktoberfests.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, picked up at binny's in chicago...popped while watching some steam college football action

appearance: nice 3F label art...poured into an imperial pint glass, clear amber body with a subtle beige cap

smell: nice malted aromas, sweet caramel, honeycrisp apple, a touch woody, lots of grain...just a touch of noble hops

taste: Unfortunately this beer is just too damn expensive because its a pretty solid and very drinkable seasonal from 3F...Toasted grain and malt shines with a sweet caramel and tart apple presence that fits in harmoniously. There is a touch of spicy noble hops and a big bready aftertaste...me likes

mouthfeel: smooth, very smooth

drinkability: high

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to florida9 for sending this in a BIF. enjoyed out of brooklyn snifter.

a - poured a semi transparent orange brown with a thin fizzy head that bubbled away relatively quickly. lacing was very slippery but swirling the glass rebuilt the fizzy head.

s - brown sugar, some lagery pilsner earthiness. all malt, but not as seasoned and pot pouri as i've come to love about the style.

t - flavor is much nicer than the smell and classic marzen. caramel malts and toffee. some brown sugar.

m - medium to light bodied. good carbonation that adds a lot to the beer. easy drinker.

o - i've come to really dig this style. munsterfest has a really nice flavor and feel and an oktoberfest i'd be happy to drink every fall.

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Photo of mynie
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Lafayette Chumleys.

Regular marzen pour; maybe a little limp. An orange like a rusty old pumpkin made of steel. Translucent with a small head.

Smells nice. Rounded, zippy bock malt with hints of wax and cinnamon. Decent dry American hop presence, to boot.

Tastes a lot like it smells only the hops are a lot bigger and the cinnamon much bolder, almost at Spotted Cow levels. Starts for a marzen, big bouquet of spices and light flowers, moving into sweeter, bockier middle with dry American hops and ending on a long, lingering blend of hops, spice, and malt sweetness. Really nice.

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Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to enelson for this one in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a two finger fizzy off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, brown sugar, pumpkin, and sweet potato. The flavor was of sweet malt, pumpkin, sweet potato, brown sugar, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty tasty brew for the style. Got this one awhile back and found it while consolidating my cellar. Still had an excellent flavor and aroma going on here though. If you enjoy this style of beer you owe it to yourself to at least try this one once. You won't regret it...

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Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murkied golden brown with a heavy/dirty orange tint to its hazen body. Fully frothy and big bubbly head of yellowy off-white foam builds to about an inch into my 24oz mug of might. Not much lacing other then a few specks, but given what malt I smell it doesn't surprise me.

Aroma is a straight up solid O-fest nose. Semi nutty, malty breadyness, gooey melting toastyness, and a bit of old green apple.

Taste is just as solid and a straight up O-fest taster. Probably one of the only 3F brews that actually seems to stick to style that I've enjoyed. Perma-malted with lots of bready gooey smoothness slicked with some well rounded nuttyness and a touch of dull apple and even a breeze of chocolate towards the finish in some sips. Which was the only thing I found to be a bit more of the 3F attitude that is normally found in their brews.

Smooth mediuum body if not more so, but sure is slick and malty with a nice chewy side and hold on the tongue well with a rounded dull tang of bread dough and nuts.

Down it goes and goes down with ease! A solid O-fest and no real surprise from 3F that they can actually make a beer to a specific style that its suppose to be.

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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 jsh420
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear golden orange with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of bready malts and some earthy hops

taste is carmel malts and earthy grassy hops

mouthfeel - a medium to full body very creamy and smooth with good carbonation

drinkabiity is good - a heavy lager that would be better if lighter

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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