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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 chicagobeerriot
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Contrary to the brewery motto, this may be the most "normal" FFF offering in that it's atypically true to style. This, in and of itself, may be a disappointmenmt to those who expect FFF to push the boundaries of style in every offering (usually with a generous supply of amarillo hops). However, dwelling on that kind of unreasonable standard would lead you away from what is a very solid Oktoberfest brew. Call it the "softer side" of Three Floyds.

This medium-veiled copper-hued lager pours with a rapidly dissipating head. The mouthfeel is very pleasant: it has the necessary heft for a beer that welcomes the arrival of Fall with just the right amount of carbonation (any less would signal Winter doldrums and any more would amount to Summer nostalgia).

The smell puts its bready malt foot forward with just a little bit of lemon peel and banana in the background. The taste follows suit, with a satisfying biscuit lead-in, a subtle taste of citrus in the middle and a measured bitter finish. While I'd love to see FFF take this style off the deep end, this beer shows that they can succeed at a more subtle task.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a slightly light copper with very little head and barely any retention or lacing. not very marzen like.

sweet honey malts with a touch of floral hops

a slight bitterness and earthy flavor that calms down the sweet malt profile. a bit of a dry flavor in there. not overly sweet by any means. quite balanced.

tingly carbonation with a nice bite. considering there as no head in the pour, this is pretty spot on to the actual german counterparts.

a pretty decent fest bier. ayinger is STILL the best but this is actually a bit close to it in that its balanced. good stuff

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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 bgreg3
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This looks like your typical oktoberfest brew kind of goldish bronze , and the smell is reminiscent of sweet malt and yeast , strong yeast presence. The taste is strong on yeast and bavarian barely malt says the bottle. Also it says they used german noble hops. There is mild tart to this beer , its good though and has a medium finish with a good body , making this beer , drinkable.

horray for munster

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Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Clear, dark golden brew with a nice off white head, good retention, some lacing.
Aroma is toasted malts, grassy hops, citric notes.
Medium bodied, earthy, bready and toasted notes dominate, caramel is in there too, with some citric, grassy hops to balance it somewhat.
Nicely crafted, went down easily on a hot summer day.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Good light copper look, crisp bubbly head that goes away fast, no lacing to speak of.

Heavy roasted malt, nice deep smell. Taste is strong as well, with bready, dark fruits, very high caramel flavoring that gives it a slight sweetness that lingers with the ending. Hops not really present.

The mouthfeel is off, this has too much tingly carbonation, like a soda pop, The body is good, but carbonation overpowers. Drinking it is very satisfying, overall a richness that gets over the carbonation problem.

Overall a flawed beer that has good things going for it, but needs more attention from the brewers if they make it again next fall season. I have enjoyed most of their lagers, and this one just needs a bit of improvement. The deep malt flavor almost saves it.

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

Pours a very nice semi-dark copper color, although with just a bit of initial head and no lacing to speak of. Deep malt aroma with a slight pepper nose and a bit of hoppiness. Nice deep malty scent, hints of pepper and clove (like a German wheat beer), and a good malt-hop finish. Goes down fine, if not the smoothest. A nice marzen, but not the best, and not 3F's best brew, either. Still, definitely good enough to drink if you're in the mood for an Oktoberfest.

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

Acquired from fogdog courtesy of the 2009 Secret Bunny BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, grain, some fruit, some spice and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and bready with sweet flavors of caramel and fruit. Then a strong hosp presence for the style comes in to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easy, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of nick76
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is definitely not normal with corn, caramel, grassy hops, and fruit. The appearance is amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is a bit thin but not too bad. Overall it's not great but it is interesting. I would have another.

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Photo of adamhdv
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours bright amberish orange with a thin fading head. Little lacing, if any after a few minutes...

Smells sweet. Malts and citrus upfront.

Taste of caramel and sweet bready citrus, slight metallic note.

Mouthful is alright, could use a little more carbonation...

Overall, very drinkable. Was hoping for a little more from FFF, but it's still a very legit brew. Could be a little darker and more bitter, then I would have been totally satisfied.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with no head and little life on the carbonation side. Very bland looking beer that dosn't get you too exicited. Smell kicks it up a notch. Toasty malts with some caramel and a little more hops that is normal for the style. Hops are earthy in nature. Taste is mostly sweet malts on the toasty/bready side of things. Clean, crisp finish. A real interesting departure for Three Floyds. Overall a nice brew that I'm glad i had a chance to try.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle an amber-orange color with quickly fading white head.

Malty aroma along with some citrus and caramel.

The taste is much like the aroma. Maltiness along with caramel, toasted grains, and nuts. Finishes clean.

Medium bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

A very easy to drink Oktoberfest beer from Three Floyds.

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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 blackie
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: into my Allagash wit glass, pours a moderate head that soon disappears, the beer is a medium honey-copper in color

s: candied toasty munich malts, caramel coated red apple, the style signature sour mash note, crisp noble hops somehow pierce through the full malt body, I like

m: carbonation rides the light-medium border, body is a fuller medium, a touch heavy, or at least in this case as it goes unchecked by the slight carbonation

t: big and malty marzen flavors, toasted-sweet munich seems dominant, light sour apple note after the swallow with some sweeter reds before, nutty finish with a moderate grassy noble bitterness, could clean up a bit better but the flavors are enjoyable

d: a heavy o'fest, still a well drinking beer

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Photo of BMoney575
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on 11-22-08
Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orange/amber color with a fizzy white, short-lasting head.

Smell is kind of bland, some light malt, slightly fruity and sweet.

Taste is sweet just like the smell, also fruity, with a definite earthy malt character.

Mouthfeel is just right for the style.

Drinkability suffers form the sweetness. Really builds the more you drink.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served chilled in an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours a orange coloration. The head has a very light orange tone. The head is one finger high and quickly resolves.

Smell: The beers aroma is toasted maltyness up front. The beer has earthy and citrus notes.

Taste: Sweet citrus hoppyness blends into a well toasted malty flavor. A bit of grassy hop flavor helps break up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The body of the beer is medium. The carbonation works well with the beer to produce a slick feel. The beer was easy to drink and was what a beer geek would expect from FFF.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazed copper into my SA beer drinking glass. Nice 1 finger of fluffy near-white head. Sweetness detected on the aroma with some nuts thrown in. Sweet, toasted malt flavor with some caramel. Crisp in the body, somewhat nutty, with a balanced hop bitterness. Hoppier than most of it's German relatives. Spicy hop finish and pretty good overall.

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Photo of pwoods
2.36/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. brown bomber poured into a pint. Quick notes.

A: Deep amber, clear. Short head and no lacing.

S: Roasty malts, a bit buttery. Very grainy. No hop presence.

T/M: Roasty malts with some harvest and pumpkin like tastes? Pretty sweet but very husky and grainy. Body is medium witha nice smoothness. Light body is decent carbonation.

D: Easy to drink but not tasty or interesting enough to want to.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A slightly hazy golden/ copper color with a few streams of rising carbonation. There is very little head that forms and the retention is not that great.

S- Biscuity and a little fruity. Some malt. Pretty clean smelling, but most definetly not mind blowing.

T- Sweet and malty with some fruit highlights. A lot more fruity than the aroma would lead you to believe. Offers a nice and different aspect to the style.

M- Pretty smooth with a good carbonation.

D- A little sweet for my tastes. Definitely doesn't blow my doors off, but it gets the job done.

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

22oz bomber purchased at the brewery and poured into standard pint glass.

Poured a burnt orange color, with a slight off-white head which quickly dissipated. Good amount of carbonation. My 13-year old said the color was "amazing".

Some grassiness in the aroma, but caramel is the prevailing smell.

The caramel maltiness comes through in the taste, but there is a gentle bite from the hops on the back of the tongue, too. Medium body, crisp in the mouth and highly drinkable.

A nice version of a favorite style of mine.

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

Thanks again to SirSketch for the LIF win!

22 oz. bomber into a Dogfish Head off-centered pint.

The bottle, nearly filled to the brim, pours a cloudy, bright orange color and builds a half inch of head. The yellowed-paper foam recedes to patchy clumps of bubbles and a ring around the glass. Not much lacing or carbonation. The aroma is a nice interpretation of the style, with zesty, autumnal spices leading the way. A malty presence of slightly sweetened brown sugar, caramel, and biscuit balances well with pumpkin and other squash varieties.

Flavor starts off light and crisp, with a spicy bite hitting the sides of the tongue. Notes of light, peppery hops drop out of the middle, before the profile culminates in a finish of amber malt, nuts, spice, and some zesty yeastiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the medium-high carbonation level adds an invigorating feel to the beer that gives some pep to the more subtle spices. Overall, an excellent beer for the Oktoberfest style (not one of my favorite styles, but it's growing on me). What else do you expect from Three Floyd's?

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Photo of nrbw23
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy golden amber color with a nice tannish colored head. That recedes into a layer of tiny bubbles and leaves a little bit of those tiny bubbles onto the side of the glass.

S- Tons of malts here. Sweet caramel malts, touch of nuts, fruity notes as well maybe apples, and a touch of brown sugar here. I could also pick up some earthy hops but had to dig hard to find them.

T- Very solid here and a little bit sweeter than most of the Octoberfest that I've had. Has a nice bready malts to it, sweet and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

M- Creamy, medium in body and right on with the carbonation.

D- Very easy to drink and very enjoyable. Very solid brew.

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Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a modest head that drops to a ringlet without leaving that much lace behind

Smell: Sweet bread with a lot of caramel malt; a bit of fruit underneath

Taste: Opens with the sweet bread and caramel flavors but the fruit arrives as well, with apples, pears and a hint of citrus; after the swallow, the beer returns to the Oktoberfest roots, with lots of caramel, sweet bread and malted milk elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: On a recent trip to Chicago, I stared at this bottle, but moved on to other things, debating whether to try a Three Floyds beer or pass on a style that is not one of my favorites; so, lo and behold, I wind up getting a bottle for Secret Halloween; glad to try it, and one of the better O'fests out there; fascinating to see what the Floyd brothers do with the style

Thanks, kirok1999, for the opportunity

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a slightly hazy dark orange/amber. A thin off-white cover that reduces and holds at a partial cap and solid, bubbly crown. Loops and patches of thin lace.

Aroma - a bready, lightly toasted graininess. Fades some after a bit, but still maintains a pretty good sniff.

Taste - lots of bready, toasty flavor. Shows some caramel sweetness after some palate adjustment. Mild hoppiness combines to make an almost vegetal, spicy, dare I say pumpkiny flavor. A slight breath of alcohol with warming. This has potential as an ideal 'food brew'. A hearty stew, baked stuffed peppers, maybe some apple or pumpkin pie. Good stuff!

Mouthfeel - good smoothness and a subdued carbonation make for a solid but non-heavy body.

Drinkability - a worthy OFest to enjoy the ALCS Games 7 with. Great season BoSox, good luck Rays. Tasty beer, a close ballgame, life is good! Thanks to OHLRangers for providing this bomber courtesy of the LIF route, a process that is soon to appear in a city near you (provided you're lucky enough)...

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with jcjwebster, Thanks Jeff!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - hazy yellow/orange color with a beige head that left spots of tiny bubble lacing.

S - sourdough bread, grainy aroma.

T - bready malt flavor starts this one off and ends with a light, dry bitterness.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - goes down easy and it isn't too filling.

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