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Munsterfest | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Märzen / Oktoberfest

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of steveh
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A malt-forward beer style from a hop-forward brewery, we'll see how this goes and I hope it doesn't draw the ire of the 3F fan base.

From the label: "...one of the few that remain true to the tradition of fest beers..." Let's see.

A -- Nice clear, amber-orange color with a light tan head that settles rather quickly.

S -- Good balance of spicy hops and bready, yeasty malts. Some vague fruitiness from the hops back.

T -- Interesting spicy hops up front that blend nicely into sweet bready malts. There's some peppery alcohol hotness that hides itself in the dry finish, but it doesn't overpower. The toasted malts in this brew become more assertive as the beer goes down, making it quite tasty.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft up front but finishes very dry. Body is light-medium to medium.

O -- Other than the pretty wimpy head-retention, this is a pretty good take on the style. It's interesting that the noble hops are utilized in a way that gives them up-front prominence in such a balanced beer -- most traditional Oktos' hop character is back of the malt. The dryness could become fatiguing to some palates, but I think the bready malts save the day. A respectable offering of the style.

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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 PittBeerGirl
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz bomber of this at vintage last week.

A- Body is a slightly translucent caramel hue. Pours with a 1-2 finger foamy white head which fades to a thick collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Mild caramel malt is the prominent scent with faint hop overtones.

T- Taste is very similar to the smell-only a little bit crisper. Caramel malt is the main flavor all the way up until the finish when a very mild noble hop accent finishes it off.

M- Medium to high carbonation and a thin, drinkable, lager body.

O- This is a VERY nice, traditional octoberfest. Not something that I expected from FFF- seeing as most of their brews are unique or edgy. This is slightly sweet and very mildly hoppy. Well done overall.

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Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

A- Pours a light copper color with a thick white foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Light toasted bread and caramel malt coming through in the nose.

T- Very clean flavor with plenty of malt sweetness in the finish. A touch of toffee and caramel malt and some spice.

M- Medium bodied with the higher ABV but still light and crisp. Good carbonation.

O- A very solid representation of the style. Maybe a touch pricey at $8.99/22oz bomber though.

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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 MbpBugeye
2.51/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber purchased at Pace-High, poured into a Three Floyds pint.

It looks quite nice. The color and clarity are stunning. This is darker and redder than a lot of other Marzens. Its a burning coppery orange. Sporadic lacing.

Nothing out of the ordinary here, perhaps this label shouldn't be emblazoned with their tagline "It's not normal". A healthy dose of grassy hops and doughy malts.

Too sweet. This doesn't have enough balance. The flavors are way too sugary, doughy and just sweet. Grassy hops, spiked with lemon, try to help out but its simply not enough. Alcohol, while supposedly low, is being picked up and adding to the sweetness.

Heavy bodied with an alcoholic feel. Carbonation bites the tip of the tongue. The finish is slick.

There are some good qualities, but there are also just as many bad qualities to this beer. Not worth the money. I'll stick with GLBC and Sam Adams.

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Photo of fsvan
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Radiant copperish gold. Slightly murky. A finger and a half of light head.

S- This has an oktoberfest like aroma, except for, what is that? A strong dose of hops in a Three Floyd's brew? Yes it is. Hops are up front. Citrus, grapefruit, some orange peel, with the malty oktoberfest notes coming in next. As if warms, the dark bread like malts become more assertive.

T- Pretty much exactly what I expected from the nose. A split down the middle balance of bready malts, mixed with a balance of citrus/pine hops.

M- Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

O- If American takes on styles are like the classic Euro styles only more highly hopped, then this is an American oktoberfest.
Good, but at the going rate for Three Floyds beers, not one I'll revisit often.

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Photo of Florida9
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dank brownish orange in color. Forms a very small bubbly head that quickly reduces down to a thin surface coating. Leaves some very light lacing.

S: Sweet malts and a little honey. Some light caramel and some light grassy hops.

T: Some more caramel and some grainy malts. Light toffee-ish sweetness. Light to moderate sweetness. Very faint grassy hops.

M: Medium with appropriate carbonation, but the feel is a little slick or chewy.

O: A decent beer, but I was expecting this beer to pop much more than it did. A very restrained beer from FFF that is really quite average. The bottle proudly indicates: "Es ist nicht normal," but I'm not so sure I'd agree.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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 BarryMFBurton
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Month four in my Three Floyd’s beer-a-month venture, and it’s the perfect day for this one: Munsterfest. The changing leaves and slight chill on the breeze just screams Oktoberfest, and I’m more than ready. Prost!

A: Wonderfully clear burnt-orange color; a swell tribute to the German style. The head is just barely off-white, though I don’t get to see it for long – about a second of solid cream and it’s down to a fizz. Lacing’s decent, but nothing besides the color really sticks out.

S: I like these malts: bready caramel on one end, and grainy import on the other. Admittedly, the sweet creaminess is the bigger player, but that German lager smell is unmistakable. It finishes with nutty, spicy touch, mostly of honey, coriander, and hazelnut. A good and bready nose, though the grains can be more skunky than crisp at times.

T: Nice and smooth, there’s a nutty creaminess that sets over the whole palate. Decent malts, but nothing that is really superb. The grainy kick is never lost, though, and it shows as a fruity wheat taste. It loses its luster after half the bottle – comes off skunky now. No hops are evident, which is sad, because FFF does the bitter thing so well. Strange metallic tinge on the end, too. It doesn’t dominate the aftertaste, though – that’s reserved for a lemony skunk. I’m losing interest in this, and fast.

M: Pretty watery. I know an Oktoberfest is supposed to be drinkable, but this is just thin. Beef it up, FFF!

O: My least favorite Three Floyd’s beer so far. The skunkiness wasn’t enough to totally put me off, but the thin palate and even thinner body make this a beer I’m not planning on going back to. Oh well, I can’t stay mad at Three Floyd’s for that long – Broo Doo will be here in a week!

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Photo of KDawg
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a dark copper color with a nice foamy head

rich nose and pungent with copper, citrus tones, malty tones and hops. Fairly powerful aromatics with a good amount of punch to them

medium/full bodied with principally malts and citrus tones. The feel is also fairly rich but not too much

this was a very good domestic and enjoyable oktoberfest. Not super malty, but with more hops to it.

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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 Jaycase
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: copper color. opaque. thin head.

s: sweet malts, caramel presence lingers in the background.

t: Bready malts dominate. A bit of caramel comes through in the taste as well.

m: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation seems good

o: First time trying this FFF release. It's decent but nothing seems to stand out for me. Worth a try but not certain I would seek this out again, especially considering the price.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at FFF.

A - Pours a golden/orange color, white frothy, head, thick cap.

S - Malty sweetness, bready, sweet potato, pumpkin.

T - Big bready malt sweetness, pumpkin, caramel, slight dark fruit.

M - Light, good carbonation, refreshing sweet malty finish.

O - A nice Octoberfest. Very light and enjoyable...perfect for the warmer months of fall/end of summer.

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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 FanofHefe
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just saw this show up on the shelf of a excellent store that I frequent once a month; hopefully it's this year's version out early, but no dating to be found. Here goes, nonetheless.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Mostly clear orange body with some yellow hue. Small light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Heavy malt and yeast in the aroma. Bread, caramel, seems like some light pumpkin.

The flavor seems a little better. Again, heavy on the caramel malt and bread flavors, but also some light spiciness. Still, it seems like a touch of pumpkin or maybe yams, but I don't think that is added. Overall, definitely reminiscent of a good fall beer.

Medium mouthfeel. I would pick this over any pumpkin beer I've had in the fall, but I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers. Decent offering overall.

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Photo of zrab11
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden yellow color with a 1 1/2 finger head.

S- Has a bready yeast aroma, also getting hints of Caramel and malts

T- Has a nice sweet carmel bread flavor up front followed by some malty hearbalness in the middle and then finish's with a nice spice/hop taste

M-Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall for its style i was very impressed. Im kinda confused as on the bottle it says lager but on here it says its style is oktoberfest. But no matter which it is i think its very flavorful for the style and didn't exspect much of it when i picked up the bottle but thought it was quite tasty. I would def. get 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 Chaney
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm drinking this one Waaayyy out of season, but I found several bottles of this at a liquor store in Louisville, KY and couldn't resist. I'll revisit this one in the fall... or not?

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy, carrot orange, with a little bit of red mixed in for safe measure. The head was solid white, 1-2 fingers even, and the retention was to die for.

S: Bread, caramel, malt, and a tinge... and I truly mean a TINGE of honey.

T: Smooth and refreshing. This one makes me look forward to October... besides the fact that it's 90 degrees outside. Sweet nuts (almonds?), caramel, and malt. No FFF taste profile to be found.

M: Carbonation was perfect for this style, and the lacing: absolutely. fucking.insane! The sweeter elements were kept in check.

O: Prosit! I think FFF should sell 6-packs of this stuff and charge the same price I just paid for a 750ml. bottle. $10 for a bomber huh? This is the only real problem I found with this brew.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From My Notes:

A - Pours a very clear copper with a thin white head.

S - Caramel and sweet toasted malt with a bit of graininess to it.

T - Sweet toasted malt, caramel, bready with a bit of hop spiciness mixed in.

M - Moderate with light carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish.

D - A tasty Oktoberfest. I was expecting something a little bolder coming from 3 Floyd's.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hurfer for this bottle. Poured from 22oz bottle into snifter glass. Pours a deep orange/amber color, light haze to it, with a foamy white head that quickly disspates. Aroma has a very sweet profile as a whole with a good amount of grainy malt nose, very strong noble hops profile with a combination of sweet grassy and spicy notes and finishes with a light soured malt note. Flavor starts off with a strong hay and light toasted malt note early (cereal) with noble hops grassy finish. Body is very light, which I suspect, is from the low carbonation present in the brew. Texture is kinda watery. Overall, a big disappointment as the nose is unimpressive and the texture of the brew really doesn't help the lackluster flavor. There are better Oktoberfest brews out there.

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

Another solid offering from Three Floyds. Sturdy body with well-balanced malt notes. Caramel is predominant, but at an appropriate level. Perhaps a touch more hops than traditionally found in the style, but still well-within the traditional profile. A bit bigger and bolder than some, and that is good.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a pint glass. No dating info on bottle. Was a very hazy amber color with good carb streams. It had a small fizzy head that quickly dissipated to nothing. No lacing.

The aroma was good for the style with sweet malt, caramel malt, some fruit and slight spicy note. A bit sweeter than most marzens. The taste followed the aroma and opens with a very sweet bite with a bit of spice hitting at the end. A bit too sweet in the long run for me. Mouthfeel was medium with good carb and aftertaste.

Overall, a solid marzen that was just a bit too sweet for me. Still worth trying but by the end of the bottle it's a bit too much. Not avail here in TX so shipped back from my Indy trip. Rotation - would like to try again closer to the release and on-tap. Not my go to style but worth a bottle a season. [O;O]

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 12-11-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured a decent one finger of foam, copper tan color, lots of carbonation present

S - Sweet caramel, roasted malts, hints of hops present

T/M - Medium bodied, smooth crisp flavor, great blend of malts and hop bitterness

D - Very drinkable Oktoberfest, medium bodied, well balanced, I would for sure get this brew again. Another great brew from Three Floyds. I recommend this brew

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle with no freshness date. Poured into my Sam Adams pint glass in two parts.

Appearance: Deep golden yellow to light orange in color with a slight head. Not much retention here.

Aroma: Caramel and biscuit notes upfront. Nice smooth maltiness throughout. A touch of herbal notes in there as well.

Taste: Sweet caramel and breadiness throughout. The malt is really smooth and not at all overpowering. It is a really enjoyable flavor profile. Feels like there is almost a touch of spice here too, but mot much. Clean finish. Very limited hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth. Nice lively carbonation works well here.

Drinkability: This does not feel like 6% ABV at all. I found this really easy to drink with such smooth flavor and how clean it finished. I finished the bomber really quickly and definitely could have had another.

Overall, a nice marzen style beer I enjoyed way more than I expected to. I'm usually not the biggest fan of the style but the smooth malt flavors, clean finish, and high drinkability really impressed. I would definitely have this again if I had the chance.

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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