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Calumet Queen - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 446
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 21
Gots: 57 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-23-2002

A crisp and refreshing lighter summer offering, this Kolsch-style beer is golden in color, light-bodied and a perfect remedy for hot weather.

20 IBU
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Photo of cjohns73
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a fairly fresh bomber into the closest thing I could get to my Google search for "Kolsch beer glass." Color is a fairly unappealing pale straw with a big big head made out of giant bubbles. Big gobs of lacing left over. Smell was refreshing, but with a hint of that Rolling Rock stinkiness that makes me worry. Luckily, that is extremely muted in the taste, which is light, kinda crisp, very refreshing. The feel is good, but coats everything in that dry stickiness that makes you long for more drink. I find myself taking big gulps of the beer to wash it away. Vicious cycle. At $5 per bomber, I should have bought a whole case to try to slake my unending thirst. Is it beer, or is it a marketing scheme? (717 characters)

Photo of Stevem68
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a bit of cloudiness. Mild aroma of, almost wheat like. Had a light crisp flavor with a touch of tropical fruit. Very light drink. Not bad overall but a little mild for my liking (209 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

8/24...pours gold color, clear, white fizzy foam. Clean grassy nose. Taste nails the Kolsch style. Can taste those midwest heartland grains in there. Light carbonation. Tasty and simple. (186 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kolsch with strong floral characteristics. Here goes.

A: Looks pretty appetizing. Pours a clear, effervescent yellow with a lingering head and good lacing.

S: Smell some fruity and sour scents (these are faint), but I also smell a lot of grassy, herbal hops. Not sure I'm digging this Kolsch interpretation. Seems more like one of FFF's pale ales.

T: Follows the nose, albeit the fruits are more prominent. Lots of esters, wheat, and hay. Also a far amount of grassy hops. Kind of funny for a Kolsch, but it does what it does well.

F: Good.

O: Good beer; definitely an interesting take on the style. However, I did find the hops somewhat odd. (660 characters)

Photo of KeithE
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this Kolsch. Very flavorfull and easy to drink. I would definitely recommend it as being a very good example of the style. Light carbonation makes this very satisfying on a hot day. Unfortunately many here will rate every iiPA they try higher than a Kolsch even if the Kolsch is a very good one and the iiPA is mediocre. (330 characters)

Photo of do_ob
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber split between two New Belgium snifters. Pours a light straw gold in color and settles a dark, vibrant gold in the glass. Moderately clear with a little haze. Great carbonation. 1 finger of dense, snow-white foam on top. Lots of bready malt and grass on the nose with accompanying wheat/hay and maybe some rye spice. Medium weight with a very lively and carbonated mouthfeel. Great mouthfeel for a kölch - plenty of carbonation but also a bit creamy. I like it. Floral and grassy notes up front with a strong presence of sweet, bready malt. Thickens as it warms on the palate. Finishes pretty smooth, but still a lot of carbonation on the back end. There's a quick kick-up of spice on the finish that took me by surprise, but was very much enjoyed. The aftertaste is exponentially sweeter than the beer itself with lots of floral notes - a treat in itself.

Overall, probably the best example of the style I've had. I would absoloutely love to see them can this year-round. (980 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Overall a pretty nice kolsch. Crisp and refreshing, pours a hazy bright yellow color with some bready malts, oat, floral notes, light fruity notes, earthly malts, and herbal notes.

Easy to drink for sure. Not my favorite style but good for a hot day. (251 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed in an Indians tulip/snifter August 12. Bottled June 24, 2015.

Look - Bright yellow but hazy. Finger of white head. Medium bubbles. Lacing.

Smell - Wheat. Grass. Light lemon.

Taste - Wheat. Grass. Hoppy but not bitter.

Feel - Carbonation bomb. Medium with a little cream.

Overall - Good beer to share with a light beer friend. (339 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty hard on Kolsch Beer from America, having traveled to Koln and tasted many Kolsch beers on premise at their respective breweries as my introduction to the style. That being said I have to give it to Three Floyds for recreating this style quite successfully. With a mellow, Euro-hop aroma, a bit of grape-like esters in the flavor and a pleasant grainy mouthfeel, it's just about on par with the true German hallmarks. Do try this one - you will not be disappointed, and it's not just for fans of German style beer. Impressive label artwork as always, too! (565 characters)

Photo of laketang
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

light straw is what I wanted, and got

tough to smell, grass and lemongrass notes

no bitter aftertaste, a little lemon and herbal taste , a tad of sweetness too

light, no bitterness

for a kolsch, I liked it , try it too. (223 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle dated 6/24/15 poured into a stange
A: Pale yellow with a vigorous head that quickly settles
S: Grain/bread/corn
T: Matches the nose. Light, mostly grain
M: Light-bodied, smooth
O: Interesting to see FFF's take on the style. I'm a fan of their hoppier beers and that's still the case. As others have said, definitely better values around for the money (362 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Scent of mild grain and light bread. The taste is pretty much the same with a little bit of spicy hop flavor. An above average beer, but a waste of money. (154 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.14/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a nonic. This beer is clear, bright amber in color with a thin white head that settles to a ring. Aroma includes pale malt, grass/hay, honey, and corn. Taste is moderately sweet cracker, biscuit, honey, and grass, initially. There is a lightly hop bitterness on the swallow. Light bodied, moderate but assertive carbonation, smooth barely thick texture, dry, crisp finish. (391 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a nonic pint.

A- Golden, and crystal clear. Doesn't hang around long.

S- Floral. A little grassy and grainy. A bit of an earthy hop aroma as well.

T- Grassy. A bit floral. Light in flavor. Very drinkable.

M- Light. Clean and a bit wet in the finish.

O- This one is pretty nice. Light in body and flavor. I really like the floral characteristics. (372 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into pint glass

A- Classic light lager apperance. Light straw yellow, with quick reducing head. No lacing.
S - Dare I say it, but smells like Bud heavy. Light malty sweetness, no hops to speak of
T- Tastes like a classic lager. Malty, earthy sweetness that hangs on.
M- Thin an bubbly. Bit of a lager "burn" in the mouth

O- Not my favorite style of beer. I would rather drink this than Bud, but only because it has a cooler label. (441 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Calumet Queen is a decent beer. The beer poured a pale yellow with no head and no lace. The scent had a slight lemon flare. The taste was crisp with a lemony finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this beer is decent and probably best drank in the summer. (293 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

bottle picked up from the brew pub when i was there a month or two ago. enjoyed from a FFF teku.

a - brew poured a transparent straw yellow with some champagne like carbonation and a thin bubbly head.

s - nose has green grape and grain.

t - taste is fairly nice. rich green grape, soft lemon. pale malt and hay.

m - a bit syrupy and rich for a kolsch. still fairly fizzy, but full bodied.

o - overall, rich in flavor, bold in body...exactly what you'd expect from three floyds. hitting the spot right now. (510 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Three Floyds Brewery, Munster, IN
Date: None on bottle, but purchased directly from brewery
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Calumet Queen is an easy-drinking beer in the Kolsch style, not obliterating the palate yet full of fairly accurate, German flavors. With its light sweetness and bread-like qualities joined to modest hay and lemon and grape-like hop character, this was enjoyable as a session beer or for just warming up to something else. At $5 per 22oz bottle, also one of Three Floyds' affordable options, one I'd probably pick up again if seen.

Pours a 2cm tall head of white-colored, small, medium, and large-sized bubbles, yielding a rather dish-soap like appearance. Retention is less than one minute, the head quickly fading to a thin ring of residual bubbles around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is present, but minimal; a few small dots and lines cling to the sides of the glass. Body is a light golden yellow color, with light bringing out brighter, pure yellow tones. Carbonation readily visible through the transparent body, medium in amount, but fairly active in movement.

Aroma of fresh-cut hay, light breadiness, graininess, yeast, and lemon. While not exceptionally forward with its bouquet, what is present is enticing and fairly true-to-style.

Flavor is quite good, noticeably German-inspired in terms of clean, lemony hops and fresh bread-like maltiness without going over-the-top, leading to a fairly true to style representation. Front of palate features slightly sweet white bread-like qualities, light lemon and grape, fresh cut hay, and mildly herbal hops. Mid-palate of pleasant hop character contributing a bit of lemon and grape, white bread sweetness, mild herbal and grapefruit bitterness. Back of palate finds increased bitterness (to moderate levels), continued lemon citrus and hints of grapefruit, much reduced malt character, as to be expected. Pleasant aftertaste of light lingering bitterness, pale malt graininess, and light breadiness: very much like a subdued Helles lager, as to be expected for the style.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-high intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is somewhat fizzy (1/3), then foamy (2/3): in essence fairly crisp. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate and lips. (2,323 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is crystal clear and pale yellow with an inch or so of white head. The aroma brings grain, corn, bread, sourdough yeast. A touch of fruity sweetness along with biscuit / grain character. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, finishing dry. Overall, a decent example of the style. (290 characters)

Photo of brewtus
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into tumbler. Pours straw yellow with a small white head. Smell is light, grains, some caramel. Taste is lots of light malt, straw grain, small amount of hop presence, some caramel, sourly dry. Carbonation is nice. Overall this is a refreshing nice representation of the style, very light, small hop bitterness and plenty of dryness from the grain. Glad I got to try it (376 characters)

Photo of guityler83
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A golden color ale with a moderate amount of haze in the 3F Teku. It poured a finger tall of bright white head made of tiny bubbles that quickly fell into the liquid, but left behind a ring on the edge of the glass.

S: Sweet and fruity esters are noticable at first. When swirled, notes of white bread and dough are noticable on the malt front. low amount of noble, spicey hop aromas.

T: Nice toasty, bread crust malt profile that gets mildy sweet in the after taste. A crisp fruity fermentation character that reminds me of apples and pears. Very low hop flavor and bitterness, mostly comes off as a noble flavor. A finishing taste that is grainy.

M: Very dry finish with a light body and moderate carbonation. The grainy aftertaste gives it a tad bit of astringency but its bearly noticable and actually makes it more interesting (in my opinion).

O: A crisp, refreshing kolsch with some nice toasty notes to keep it more interesting then many I've had. (961 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bomber bought 11 months ago.

Pours a nice, hazy straw color with a glass full of foam, white, fluffy foam. The head recedes soon enough but not if you want to finish pouring the glass in a few minutes.
Smell is tart, slightly fruity, yeasty, acidic. A good balance, I think, though I've had few of this style.
Taste is yeast, malt, citrus, acidic with a bit of an alcohol bloom. Good balance.
A little less than medium bodied, lightish effervescence. Drying, slight warming. Pretty darned good, if you ask me, and if you've read this far, you did. (559 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a light, almost watery glowing straw color, almost a neon hint. Light 2 finger white head with ok retention and decent lacing.

S - Lots lemongrass, white grape and biscuity aromas with a yeasty and musky orange type aroma as well.

T - Biscuity with a lemony citrus aroma, some pepper and white grape are dominant as well. Finish is minimally dry from white grapes with a sweet aftertaste.

M - Very light bodied, strong carbonation, super drinkable.

O - Coast 32/50 spoils me. Not bad, but I wouldnt lose sleep if I didn't have this again (551 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a heavy golden, with no lace.

Aroma is grainy, malty. Nothing outstanding.

Flavor is toasty grains. Very malt-forward. There's a hint of citrus towards the finish, as well as some fruit. Really a typical lager, nothing more and nothing less.

Overall, a solid kolsch, but unremarkable. (293 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bomber

Pale golden in color, a partnership of clarity and haziness. Good carbonation. The head is very white and bright, and thick. Stopped mid-pour because it looked like the floor might get a drink had I continued. Two and a half fingers of tiny bubbles. Great retention. Foamy lace.

Malty, biscuity nose. Lemongrass and flowers. Green grape with a touch of pepper.

Tastes like a stronger version of a macro with an extra helping of citrus. A combination of pale and pilsner malts and savory Noble hops. Nothing to write home about. Maybe a style that shouldn't make a comeback.

Earthy, flowery feel. Very crisp. High carbonation to scrape the tongue dry after each sip. No alcohol presence. Light bodied. Sour, bitter finish. Acidic, citric finish.

Overall, it might be a good beer, but if it is, the style doesn't work for me. It was a hot day and I still didn't care for it. Tastes only slightly different than a run of the mill macro, only with more character. Not something I want again. (1,010 characters)

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Calumet Queen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.