Munsterfest | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.78/5
761 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by frank4sail on 10-18-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,059
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
761
pDev:
11.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
98
Trade:
6
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Ratings: 761 |  Reviews: 230
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 oline73
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JimboHD2005
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of nsmartell
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of beesy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mcorwin
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of coz
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of scott2269
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of CBlack85
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 deadonhisfeet
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice, clear amber color with a thin, 1-finger head that quickly dissipates. Very faint nose of fresh bread.

Nice traditional oktoberfest flavor of toasted malt, fresh bread, candy corn, and spice well-balanced with hops. In fact, this one seems to have a bit more ``zing'' than a few others I've had this year. One expects a beer from 3F to be anything but normal, but they seem to have minded their manners here and delivered a good, traditional oktoberfest beer. Like all good oktoberfest beers, this one is wonderfully smooth and drinkable. Pity about the price.

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

22oz bottle into oversized glass mug

Pours a slightly cloudy caramel color with a one finger creamy light tan and hangs around forever.

Nose gives off a caramel roastiness, breadiness, and a slight hop zing.

Taste is very sweet, caramel-y, brown sugary, honey-like, and with a slight taste of coffee. Very faint hop presence.

Mouthfeel is sweet and somewhat slick with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is quite a delicious beer - perhaps a bit sweet (under attenuated?) for the style, but refreshing and quite drinkable. Will seek this out and drink it again.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dvelcich hooked me up with this beer in a recent trade. I'd sampled it during this year's GABF and am generally a fan of any beer FFF puts out. Dan - thanks again for the beer!

Pouring into a New Glarus stein. Pours a mostly clear, dark orange/copper with yellowing highlights and a thin off-white head that retained partially. Suspecting

Aroma offers up an inviting herbal/minty hop bouquet pairing with a toasty, caramel malt. Sweet, melanoidin-like scent also seems present.

Rich, toasted and bready maltiness with a sweeter caramel flavor also present. Red grape/melanoidin is also prominently featured. Hop flavor isn't taking center stage but enough bitterness here to keep this from being cloying. Short, dry finish leaves just a scant hint at malty sweet behind.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall this is a rich, malty and easy to drink lager. Exactly what you'd expect for a Marzen or Oktoberfest. Great malt complexity without being overly cloying, very drinkable.

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Photo of jordanblaskey
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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 jeonseh
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - copper color with hints of gold and orange. Definitely a bit hazy. Pour led to a slight head that quickly dissipated.

S - caramel malts with pronounced notes of lemon and orange. Fragrant nose that is neither strong nor weak

T - slightly sweet with maltiness really owning the flavor profile. Has the same hints of citrus that was in the nose and there is slight toffiness that comes on the end.

MF - slight stickiness to it with a medium body and some carbonation on the back end that gives it slightly more heft.

O - overall a good easy drinking offering from FFF. This one was good and pretty true to the style without too many of the normal FFF curve balls. I would definitely buy a couple for the fall season.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. Received in a trade with rfraga77.

A: Hazy copper color, mildly aggressive pour leads to a fluffy white head at 1 finger disappears pretty quickly. Lacing is spotty but present.

S: Yeast hits my nose first, very hefty bouquet for a Marzen with clove, cinnamon, and caramel malts. Very nice malt base. Hops are not very prominent.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. Nice bisquity flavor with the bready malts hitting first and foremost. Hops come through here slightly along with the clove that showed up in the nose.

M: Ample carbonation, medium low. Sticky malt mouthfeel leaves me wanting more.

O: A very very nice Oktoberfest. Probably the best Oktoberfest I've had. A really good drinking beer.

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Photo of ksimons
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-a hazy copper with a thin layer of white head

S-pale malts, more bitter hops than expected,and toffee

T-similar to the smell but not as hoppy as the smell implied, pale toasted malts, light toffee and caramel, and a touch of light hops

M-smooth, medium body, light to medium carbonation, excellent body

Overall a very easy to drink beer, good malt flavors, and great mouthfeel. A really nice beer for the style.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three Floyds is newly returned to Ohio, and I gotta say that I'm truly digging the label art. This may be my favorite I've seen thus far though; it looks like a couple of Kaisers swordfighting with a traditional blue and white diagonal checked background and the Three Floyd's hands creeping up with hops and barley.

I poured this into a 500 ml sized strange glass. The lager pours an amber gold, with a two finger head that reduces to a mere lid and very minor lacing.

A sweet toffee malt aroma overlays a grassy smell, with hints of hints of grapes and sweet fruit.

Lighter, fruitier and sweeter than other Oktoberfest/Märzen style brews I've had, this lager starts with a honey, fruity sweet, with hints of caramel malt, before transitioning to a mildly grassy middle and a slight kiss of hops to finish. Easily the least bitter TF I've had to date, I get hints of tangerine, apricot, peach, and creamsicle, before the sweet malt gives way to grassiness.

Light to light-medium in body, this is a super smooth and easy drinking beer.

Wow, I thought from the smell this would be kind of ho-hum, but the taste really impressed. Unfortunately, it didn't impress me as representative of the style; it is way too fruity. Still, tasty, easy drinking, and enjoyable, I'd definitley put another of these down if given the chance.

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Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Munsterfest is copper in color. There’s a light haze clouding the scene. Backlighting reveals some nice scarlet highlights. A cream colored head sits on top. It’s modest and stands less than a finger tall. Retention was very short. Lacing was on the light side.

The nose pretty good, but could use a little more strength. It smells a little sweet. A mix of caramel and toasted malts is noted. They seem to be present in equal proportions. Hops are definitely present. They feature citric orange and earthy notes. I have no idea what the hop profile is, but it seems a bit fruitier than you’d expect for the style. It’s not bad. Alcohol isn’t very noticeable. Not a big shock given its size.

The flavor is good. The malt base is a mix of caramel and toasted varieties. Toasted malts seem to be a little stronger. There’s a bit of caramel sweetness, but really not much. The hops definitely have a citrusy, orange flavor. It really is a bit novel for the style. I haven’t encountered it before. They also have an earthy, grassy flavor. There may be at least some noble hops. There’s a light bitter kick on the tail. Alcohol is very light and is mostly unnoticed. Finishes toasty with an orange twist.

Munsterfest has a medium body. Carbonation is light and the bubbles feel soft. It’s nice and smooth. Goes down very easy. This bomber’s disappearing quickly.

Munsterfest is an interesting beer from Three Floyds. Generally, their beer is pretty aggressive, full of flavor, and a little in your face. While Munsterfest is none of those, it is a pretty good Oktoberfest. It’s tasty and features a nice little twist with citric hops. All in all, it’s a pretty balanced, reserved effort from Three Floyds. Still good beer though. Definitely worth checking out.

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 761 ratings
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