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 NoYouDidnt
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark orange brown with a khaki tan head. Aroma, grassy hop, little lemon zesty note, kind of a smoked quality too. Melted butter. Aroma leads toward a bit more hop dominance. Taste, now this is just a nicely balanced taste. You're getting more of those common O-fest beer tastes- toasty malts, little caramel sweetness. Little of that grassy hop, and a bit of a cherry flavor, some peanuttiness. Not bitter. Mouthfeel is really velvety and smooth. Overall, this is really nicely done. And differs a bit from your standard American made fest beer. Dig it.

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Photo of Matt_Rouge
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drunk on 9/19/16 with a bottling date of 9/6/16. Fresh stuff. Nice golden color, decent head, moderate carbonation: I concur with other posters here about these qualities. I don't find this to be overhopped, though I would not call myself and Octoberfest expert. This beer is "in the zone." It is 3F handling a style with respect, IMHO. 3F is famed for its hop bombs, but they actually do a fairly big range of lagers quite well, hoppy and otherwise. Take Musterfest to a party, and people will pound these back and say, "Wow, that's a really great beer." If not a flavor monster, it's still a quality monster. Glad I picked up four bombers today.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rustic orange to a dark orange with a thin, creamy white head. Smells of a typical octoberfest big on Carmel malt. Wonderful tasting Marzen rich on malt and Carmel. Has a bit of hop that makes this one of m favorite US Marzen along with Sierra Nevada. I am big on Oftofests.

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Photo of Ri0
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 22oz bottle into a weizen glass. Lighter bronze with a nice 2.5 finger head. Leaves a collar and swaths of lacing around the glass. Aromas is grainy malty, and sweet bread with a touch of light earthy hops. Good amount of malts, grain, sweet bread and hints of caramel. Light earthy hops give it a bit more. On the lighter side with good carbonation, clean and crisp. Smooth and easy drinking even on a warm day. Pretty decent take on this style of beer.

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Photo of farrago
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Stevem68
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice Amber color. Has a Carmel malt aroma. Flavor is malty. A touch sweet and lightly toasted Carmel note. Finish is very smooth. Overall this is a nice Oktoberfest style beer but as a whole I find this as solid but nothing special

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Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 stephens101
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber with heap of fluffy tan froth and a nutty and caramel nose. Waves of caramel on the palate followed by nut and grain. A surprisingly tasty and exciting endeavor in a familiar land.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled September 24, 2015 and enjoyed October 18, 2015 in a Paulaner Munchen mug.

Look - Dark, murky amber/clay body with a decent light tan head. Head does stick around but blotchy spots on wide surface in the mug. Great lacing.

Smell - Honey. Caramel. Malt. Grass. Musty hop.

Taste - Honey. Caramel. Pine. Straw. Strawberry. Hops don't come through.

Feel - I fear lighter beers because of the carbonation that comes with them and this is not one to be afraid of. Smooth and medium bodied with no carbonation explosion.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After having Ayinger's Oktoberfest on tap Friday and New Glarus's Staghorn on tap Saturday, this Marzen rounds out my Oktoberfest weekend... I wouldn't rate this beer from 3F's quite as high as the other two, but still much better than a lot of the Marzens out there. Prost!

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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 emyers
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear medium amber color with a big, billowing off-while head. Great head retention.

Smell: Mix of biscuity malt and piney, floral hops along with some citrus, Definitely a much heavier hop presence than expected in a Marzen. It's kind of a bizarre presence actually, and the balance between malt and hops could definitely be better.

Taste: The same issues present in the aroma are present here - an awkward mix of what seems like could be an solid malt profile and an unbalanced hop profile that does little more than get in the way. Malt flavor is really the defining feature of the Marzen style, and the extent to which the hops overpower the malt in this beer is pretty disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the thin side of medium-bodied, with mid-level carbonation.

Overall: I know 3 Floyds loves to over-hop everything they do, and most of the time it works out really well. This is not a style for which that strategy works.

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Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a dark amber. Not much head. 1/2 finger at best. Caramel nose. Not much else. Caramel with large orange undertones. Not much presents of hops. Nice amount of carbonation. Clean mouth. I'm not a lager person, but this , I would recommend!

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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 offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Warsteiner mug. Pours a clear copper color with two fingers of foamy off-white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Slightly faint bready aromas with some caramel and vanilla as well. Taste is bready malts with a small amount of bitterness on this one. Very easy to drink, and the finish is fairly abrupt.

Overall: For a Three Floyds beer, this was fairly normal. It is a good Marzen, but I payed $9 for a bomber, and I could get a 6 pack of something just as good at the same price.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a "bomber" bottle into Sam Adams "bubble' glass.
Copper-gold in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt
Taste-Pale malt, toasted malt, spicy hop note. A decent interpretation of the style. A nice match for German potato salad or sausages.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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 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 CooperEllis
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

From CrushedVol in a BIF box, thanks again! 22 oz into a .3l tulip.

Chalk this one up in the 'don't read the reviews before you drink it'.

I did not find this thin, oily, syrupy, over-carb'd, under carb'd, orange, amber, red, copper, semi creamy or serviceable.

Not a fan of FFF typically. Have had some excellent selections and some that widely miss the mark. I found this to be spot on. Perhaps not the best example, but certainly

Gentle bread and malt aromas. Enjoyable, understand spice notes that run from the aroma through the taste. Mouthfeel is a touch light, more a late summer 'feel' than fitting the season. Clean and crisp without a single demerit.


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Photo of BitterBosh
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

At first, I really didn't like it, it seemed way overcarbonated & just way too thin & oily. But, after a while of drinking & letting the tulip glass sit, the alcohol smell & think taste broadened to a robust amber lager that I didn't think was coming at all. Let this brew sit for a while, it really opens up after a bit of warmth. The head will be gone by then, but it tastes so much fuller & organic this way. Right out of the fridge, its thin & oily. Must try some more Three Floyds offerings!

P.S.: I forgot to mention the hops...To me, the hops in this particular Oktoberfest lager taste far more citrusey (sp?) & biting than most other 'fests I've had. I like that about this brew, & with the sweetness added from letting it sit for a bit, this makes for an Oktoberfest that is in a league of it's own.

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Photo of falloutsnow
2.64/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle, purchased late September 2013
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Three Floyds' Munsterfest is an overly heavy, syrupy-sweet adaptation of the Marzen style that also features some strange yeast and ester flavors. While the beer is not awful, it's far below the easily drinkable and fairly complex German lagers that make up the tradition of the style. In general, another mediocre attempt at a Marzen from a US brewery: for $9, I would definitely not purchase this again.

Pours a 1.5cm head of beige-colored foam, made up of small bubbles that yield a frothy appearance, which fades in about two minutes to a thin ring around the glass and a tiny island of small foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is minimal, with a few small streaks and dots clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark amber brown hue, with light bringing out pale, dirty-dishwater orange-brown hues. Carbonation is visible through the hazy (20-30% opacity) body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is fairly muted, mostly consisting of light brown sugar, old banana, musty mushroom-like yeast, bland toasted brown bread, and slight graininess. Definitely veers away from the style, and not in a good way: far too sweet, not nearly bready enough, and strange esters with yeast.

Overall flavor is of toasted malt influences (light brown sugar, old toast), with mushroom-like yeast and old banana esters. Front of palate finds light brown sugar sweetness, old banana esters, bland toasted bread, and mushroom-like yeast. Mid-palate experiences continued light brown sugar sweetness with bland toasted bread, notably spicy and slightly woodsy hops, with the mushroom-like yeast pushed far into the background. Back of palate finds heavier brown sugar sweetness, slightly syrupy, with toasted bread and spicy hops filling out the background. Aftertaste of strong mushroom-like yeast with sweet, light brown sugar, toasted bread, and slight accents of grain.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a lightly foamy (1/4), but mostly smooth (3/4) mouthfeel. This gives the beer a bit too much of a syrupy, cloying feel on the palate that neither works well for this beer or matches expectations for the style. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness on the palate and lips.

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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 ISmith87
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/copper color, 1 finger of head that dissipates quick,no lacing. Smells like wheat, bread, slight pumpkin, corn, rice. Tastes basically like it smells, with some banana in there. Mouth feel is light to medium, alc is covered, and it has a lager aftertaste (bready. Banana).overall this is a great oktoberfest, one of the best of the style that ive had.

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Photo of Nunya
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a big fan of this style but this is probably my favorite. Not overly spicy, very smooth and easy to drink. Nice flavor, great smell. If you must have a Marzen then this is a really good choice.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
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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