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 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 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 likes

mouthfeel: smooth, very smooth

drinkability: high

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

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into my tall pilsener glass.

A= This beer poured a clear reddish copper color with a 1" light tan head. The head quickly dropped to nothing and left zero lace on the glass.

A= I found aromas of caramel malts, bakery sweetness, and a slight spicy hop and alcohol note.

T= This was a very balanced fest bier. Filled with sweet and caramel malts initially, but followed by mild toasted grains and mild hop spice. The finish was an incredibly interesting mix of fruitiness and a slight alcohol bite.

MF= Medium body, moderate carbonation. Nice palate cleansing feel.

D= Very drinkable, probably the best fest bier I have had this year. Highly sessionable!

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Photo of roadhouse
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pilsener glass.

Appears a slightly hazy reddish orange amber with two inch creamy off-white head. Ends up leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma is caramelly with a bit of bready notes and a generous amount of some spicy hops.

Taste is nice and caramelly up front with toasted bread notes coming out midway through, finishing up with a nice clean, spicy hoppiness and a very light fruitiness. A bit more bitterness than typical Oktoberfest but that is to be expected with FFF.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Drinkable as it should be.

One of the better American versions of the Oktoberfest. I really enjoyed this one. Plus at only 5.59 it's probably the cheapest FFF bomber I've ever bought.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Map Room.

Reddish orange body, good clarity, a thin head stays around for a little while, swirling into a doppler hurricane pattern. Malty nose, nutty with a touch of fruit, pretty much a malt showcase.

Caramel flavors, malty, not much hop presence. Finishes kind of dry. Something in there reminds me of fall leaves. Light bodied, easy enough to quaff a pint. Not especially complex, but a nice way to usher in the fall season.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up in a trade a while back and had it sitting in the cellar for the last few months. This is a 2007 vintage bottle that has been kept well for the last year, and broken out just in time for this year's season. Twenty Two ounce bottle served cold, right out of the fridge and poured into a tall pilsner glass. Consumed on 09/03/2008.

The look was very nice with a rich dark amber color, with lots of ruby highlights to it. A slight haze in the suspended liquid gave it a heftier appearance then what I would have thought. Very nice head, maybe two inches in height rose up over the top and settled down gently, leaving behind a nice level about a quarter inch high and some nice lacing over the sides.

The aroma was very nice, very malty as one would expect. Rich notes of caramel, brown sugar, hints of earth grains as well. Some light hoppiness thrown in the back, but more of an accent then anything else. The flavor was much more of the same, super smooth, rich medium body here was a bit fuller then one might normally expect, but there will be no complaints about that here. The flavor was just as smooth, with a subtle sweetness that really allowed you t sit and let this warm. Nice flavors of caramel and toffee, hints of grain and a really nice, light pine edge to the finish. Very easy to drink, this bottle went by way too fast on me, leaving me looking for more almost immediately.

Overall I thought this was a very solid choice for sure. It was not as complex as most FFF brews tend to be, but in this case that is absolutely fine. A good, quality, session able beer the this time of year. I would have no issues with getting this one again.

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Photo of tpd975
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light brown hue with a nice solid head.

S: Lots of sweet caramel malt, sweet malt, and a touch of brown sugar.

T: Very malty (duh) with sweet caramel, toffee, and noble hops coming thru. Not much going on for a FFF beer, I expected a bit more.

M: Medium in body somewhat creamy.

D: Just so so.

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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 dreadnatty08
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, dark amber color with a short lasting half inch of off-white head. Aromas are mostly Munich and Vienna malts, toasty and bready, not really any biscuit. Quite a bit of noble hop notes including some floral and slightly spicy tones. Just a hint of caramel. On the palate, it hits incredibly smooth. The bready, caramel like malt character really dominates with just a touch of hop bitterness for balance. A very clean lager with a hint of diacetyl, no fruitiness. Very smooth and easy drinking. Nice to find an Oktoberfest this time of year (regardless of how old this bottle is).

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Photo of EPseja
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle at between fridge and cellar temperature in my Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

A - Muted copper in appearance, and after a fairly vigorous pour, only a single finger of cream-colored head was created. It did manage to stick around for a little bit, which is good, but by the time I got to the tasting notes, it was gone, even with the glass etching to boost it. Lacing is almost non-existent.

S - For an Oktoberfest style, this beer ehxibits a very hop-forward nose. Of course the big, round caramel-driven malts are not far behind... Slightly metallic. The hoppiness I smell is of dried up hop cones; not very fresh.

T - A bit sweeter than most German Oktoberfests, and just about even with the sweetness of most American Oktoberfests. The malts aren't very roasty at all, and the hop bitterness only comes in at the very end, when the beer is just finished slipping down the throat. Thankfully, the residual drying helps to quell the sweetness a bit. Very interesting and unique with a bit more depth than I'm used to in an Oktoberfest beer.

M - A bit syrupy coming into the mouth -- a testament to the sweetness -- and only lightly carbonated which makes it easy to sip. Tingly on the tongue once it gets past the tip, and very creamy going down the gullet. Not your run of the mill mouthfeel here.

D - Indeed, this is a unqiue take on the Oktoberfest style, and considering the fact that the Reinheitsgebot has been adhered to in its creation, I'd have to say that I'm impressed. It drinks much more full-bodied than pretty much every other Oktoberfest beer I've had. It also feels a bit more "power packed" than pretty much every other Oktoberfest beer I've had... I wish the ABV was listed on the label.

Although this beer is a big thumbs up for it's originality in the style, I'd have to say that it's almost too big to enjoy as more than a one-off. For Oktoberfest celebrations, I'll stick to Hacker Pschorr, Spaten or Dinkel Acker.

Afterthought - I'm pretty sure that this bottle is a bit old and out of date, considering the low carbonation and lack of head. Oh, that and the fact that I'm reviewing an Oktoberfest beer in January. I have taken this into account in my ratings.

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

A deep amber color with a small white head that forms, that quickly dissolves away. Th carbonation is strongly visible through the from top to bottom. The sweet scent of malt dominates the aroma, with touches of a light citrus fragrance at the end. The malt is the strength of the flavor, it solid all the way through. There is not much hop bitterness, a light citrus flavor at the end, but nothing to dominant, a surprise from Three Floyds. This is a very easy to drink beer, the carbonation does not deter from this very smooth medium bodied feel. I like this beer, though I am partial to Marzen, I was expecting somewhat of a hop kick, being from Three Floyds. That takes nothing away from this very good beer.

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

Amber appearance. Decent, white head that faded to almost nothing. Fairly light carbonation.

Aroma is clean and malty (especially for 3F's!) with slight roastiness and caramel.

Taste is similar and pretty standard for the style. Nothing really stood out to me, and a hint of alcohol heat was a bit of a downer.

Mouthfeel was fine, could have used a bit more carbonation and the alcohol was too strong for the style. Still, a quality beer. Not worth the money to me, though.

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Photo of younger35
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew from TheodorHerzl along with a couple other great ones. Loves me some Three Floyds. Drank from my generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a copper orange with a bit of chill haze and almost zero head. What head does form dies immediately and leaves no cap and a super thin collar. Zippo on the lacing.
Smell- Huh, this is Three Floyds? I was expecting a giant hop explosion on the nose but I’m faced with a nice sweet Märzen malt smell. Very raw and grainy with a touch of floral hop.
Taste- Starts with a nice grainy Euro malt that has a pleasant caramel sweetness. Perfectly toasty and sweet with a classic Märzen profile. Slightly zesty with a orange/lemon hop bitterness. Hops are there but nothing out of the ordinary.
Mouthfeel- Very full bodied with a raw grainy feel. Not much carbonation.
Drinkability- Hmmm… This isn’t what I’ve come to expect from FFF. This is a very balanced, normal brew that is right on for the style. It’s a terrific Oktoberfest that isn’t really a crazy American interpretation. Great job by FFF. Solid beer, great brewery. Much thanks to TheodorHerzl!

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

Three Floyd's Munsterfest is best served at cellar (40-45°F) temperatures from a tumbler or steinkrug. This traditional Märzen/Oktoberfest pours up nicely with a smallish cream colored head that sits atop a bright, deep copper-tawnish body. The rich malty aroma is filled with some toasty sweetbread & honeyish notes with a hint of floral & spicy Noble hops. The nourishing flavor starts almost biscuity with some chewy melaniodins then gives way to a balanced hop bitterness which takes over to deliver a clean, smooth, harmonious finish. FFF's Munsterfest delivers a delicious seasonal drop that would make one believe that they were drinking in Münster, Germany not Munster, Indiana. Es ist Nicht Normal!

PROST! Beertracker

Taster's Note: *Thanks to amatuerbeerguy for this one!

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Photo of kirok1999
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Again, thanks to Aljordan for bringing this one over. Pours a darker gold, slight off white head and slight lacing. Smell is a funky, lagery note, spicy hops, malt.
Tastes pretty nice but not what I expected for a Marzen. It has more pilsner notes. There's some nice hops, fruit, grass, wheat, and the brew is well carbonated. Feels slick and slightly creamy and is pretty easy to down on a chilly fall night.

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

22 oz bomber, tasted at Jerry's on Division.

My beer was served in a tulip glass and poured a light burnt-orange color with a foamy white head. The aroma is subtle, with soft tones of toasted malt.

This goes down smooth, with more toasted malts balanced by a nice bit of hops for an Oktoberfest. It isn't what I think of when I think Three Floyds, but that's ok -- much like the Prize Ale, they've again shown their talent with sublime subtle brews. They don't all have to have Alpha King's super-charged flavor. I like this. It's superbly drinkable and doesn't fizzle on the palate, either. Well done.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a mostly clear, radiant orange body with a small and fleeting beige head. Sticky fleck lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted grain, caramel, and spicy/herbal hops. Light medium body, good carbonation, and a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Taste is well balanced, with a toasty, nutty, and caramel maltiness that is complimented by a subtle spicy hop bitterness. Very well constructed lager that rivals some of the better German examples of the style.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I can't say I've had too many session beer or lagers by these guys, so this should be new... Into the Warsteiner Mug...

A - Very light amber for a Fest style beer, with almost no head, that disappeared quickly.

S - The toastyness was nice, as was the light tobacco notes. But I also noted way to much metallic and anise aromas to fine this a really enjoyable aroma.

T - Mildly fruity and toasty in the entry (pear?). Gum like flavors show up at midpalate, along with smoke and just a bit of hops, Finish is nice, with nutty, smoky, more pear with some apple fruitiness, and a lingering alcohol bite. Sweet, but not cloying. Good, not quite as good as Ayinger, but impressed.

M - Quite crisp, but on par with most Oktoberfest.

D - Worth $9? Not quite, but still good, and made for an enjoyable night.

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Photo of sfreshnock
2.77/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into 20oz tumbler.

Beer pours near bronze with little to no head which dissipates immediately. The beer has a sweet smell that is soon overpowered by alcohol and corn, unpleasant. The corn taste dominates and sits in the back of your mouth. Tastes like a roided' out Budvar. I have so much faith in FFF but I will not be having another. Taking into consideration where I purchased this from it should be very fresh.

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Photo of balconybrew
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes...

Poured from a bomber into a stein. Liquid was amber with a white head. Aroma was of roasted malt, slightly sweet and minimal hops. Taste begins with sweet malt that fades to a dry (style-like) finish. Lacked the hops I was expecting from FFF. Very drinkable, like and o'fest should be.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle pours into my glass a clear deep orange/red harvest color with a nice half inch of creamy eggshell head and lots of active carbonation rising up. Aromas of deep caramel and a touch of nuttiness. A bit roasted, with an herbal, lightly spicy hop in the background. Pretty nice.

First sip brings a sturdy caramel malt upfront along with a nice roasted nutty aspect to it as well. Flows down with some herbal, floral, spicy hops. A touch grassy with a bit of fruity flavor on the finish. Light bitterness is present. A tasty, malty oktoberfest lager.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with ample carbonation. Goes down easy with a nice dry crispness on the finish. Quite an easy drinking oktoberfest. It doesn't really set itself apart from others in the style very much, but overall is a tasty, enjoyable oktoberfest that lives up to the style. As one of the Floyd's few bottled lagers, it's one I'd probably come back to again.

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Photo of Vancer
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Greetings ! What a lovely shade of amber oak you are, and such a nice hat of ivory – tis a shame it left us so quickly. And that aroma you have, a very nice malty oak, it matches your taste quite nicely. The spices you added mix in well, I will enjoy your stay with me today. The hops round you out perfectly, and even push you over the edge, into a sassy finish that makes me look forward towards another encounter with you.

I’m so glad that orbitalr0x sent you my way in a good trade!

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

amusing label on this bomber. poured into a nonic, this was a hazy apricot/amber in color with a thin, off-white creamy head that dissipated rather quickly. but, for me, the head is one of the least important characteristics of a beer. smell of sweet caramel malts is prevelant before your nose gets near the glass. some faint vegetal notes are also detected upon further inspection. the taste and mouthfeel both present some interesting contrasts, as it starts out sweet and medium-bodied/viscous and quickly cleans out to dry, light, and spritzy. this may be the only 3f's beer i've ever had where the hops did not assume a prominent role. in this one, they only play to a light bitterness in the background and the aformentioned vegetal notes in the nose. i give this one high marks for it's complex mouthfeel and cleansing finish, it makes for a beer you'd want to drink a lot of. it should be noted that i'm pretty sure they make this for a fall release, and having bought it in june (they just put these out in a new section at the local binny's), i'm pretty sure this is past it's prime. but it was good nonetheless and did not seem light-struck. will definitely revisit this if a fresh batch is re-released this coming fall. not the clean malt profile of an ayinger oktoberfest but still tasty.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer proudly proclaims, "Nicht Normal!" on it, but I'm inclined to respond, "Voll Normaaal!"

Bah! No one got that. It does say, "Nicht Normal" on it, which just means "not normal" in German, whereas Voll Normal mean's "Totally Normal" but is also the title of a film.

Anyway. . . .

The beer pours, looks, tastes, and drinks like a regular Ofest. I mean that. It is a little lighter than the Spaten offering (I drank them side-by-side), but I think it is a little thicker than the Paulaner version (much less the Weihenstephaner!).

I mean, I really had a hard time grappling with the idea that this wasn't a German Maerzen. Good, rich, tasty malts (more vienna than munich) and also nice and dry with a great knacky dry finish at the end. The clean finish is definitely helped by some hops, but unlike any other FFF beer I've ever had, they hops played a very subtle, supporting role.

The beer is surprising in the same way that swapping out a Schwarzbier for a stout is surprising. I was expecting something else and FFF kept me on my toes by delivering something completely different.

This is a spot-on great Maerzen. Come fall, I will be (no doubt) shelling out way too much money for this overpriced bomber.

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Photo of Duster72
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This may have been an older bottle, but there is no date markings available that I can find.

Pours a cloudy amber with a two finger off white head. Decent retention and lacing. Aroma is roasty carmel malts. Taste is dissapointing, very malty with a little too much sweetness and not enough hops. Mouthfeel is average. Pretty drinkable but not something I would want to drink a lot of. I am hoping this was just an old bottle; I will get some fresh as soon as it's available.

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Munsterfest from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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