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Calumet Queen - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 477
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 29.54%
Wants: 19
Gots: 67 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 83 | Hads: 477
Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 8-10-2015. Served in a Kölsch/stange style glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy gold color with a couple inch frothy white head. Head retention and lacing is both pretty good. The brew smells like grainy/bready malt, floral hops, lemon peel and some white pepper. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some grassiness noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit coating, but it's also refreshing and easy to drink. Lots of carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, certainly worth picking up if you've never had it before. Hopefully next time I'll get to try this one fresher. $8.99 a bomber.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel stange glass. Bottled August 10th 2015.

Deep gold with a bit of cloudy quality, but also some good vibrant classic lemon yellow. Lots of fine carbonation barely can make it out, it seemingly so small, all rising to a big frothy booming three finger head. Excellent retention and pill like lacing to match, with a nice creamy top and some island puck like appearances, but also a bit aggressive on the head.

Real nice aroma. Light grains a hint of whispy dry quality, and a nice mild herbality with some green like sharp herbality to it. Spritzy and clean. More examining brings some real nice nearly juiced quality as well, but far more herbal on the hop angle. Slight sweet malt presence as well.

Palate is nearly gangbusters but not quite. Very excellent and vibrant finish, deep white bakery bread notes mixing more with an almost orange zest like oily herbal hop angle. Mid palate is a bit watery on first sip, but the flavors still punch through. Quenching body for easy drinking, a nice malt backbone with a hint of very subtle sweetness. Great contrast of flavors of bread, hop oils herbality which is nicely not overkilled, and excellent small malt sweetness. Fruity esters pretty much held aside.

Very nice compact and memorable Kolsch.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this bomber chilled in a stange shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is a very hazed golden with pillowy white head and very fine bead with thick lace that sticks.
The smell has a fragrant floral odor with slight fruity yeast ester and light malt with slight toasted smell almost like granola. The feel has a good amount of balance with malt and yeast with mild sweetness and meidum carbonation with low bitterness and mostly dry finish.

This is tasty with good malt flavor with light floral hop complimentary taste with a mild yeast that adds a light fruity taste and slight mineral accent with a dry quality and mild noble hop type aspect in a lager-like yeast finish which supports the malt well. I liked this a lot -top notch example of the style wonderfully drinkable hybrid ale/lager but more like a helles in its flavorful simplicity w/ subtle refined taste.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Purchased at a supermarket in Indiana. Brown glass. Iconic pink & green branded crown cap. Loud label art.

Served cold into a tulip. Expectations are above average given the brewery.

1 pint 6 fl oz.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: About 5cm wide.White colour. Decent thickness. Decent consistency. Compexion is alright. Coating. Leaves a sticky ring of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is quite good - about 6-7 minutes.

BODY: Murky yellow-copper of average vibrance. No yeast is visible within. Not the clean filtered body you'd expect in a good Kolsch, but it's not hazy or cloudy at least.

It's unconventional for its style, but generally appealing. More of a clean crisp appearance and an obviously filtered body would be ideal, as would a livelier frothier head.

AROMA: Soapy floral hops, clean pilsner malts. Lemon zest. White pepper. Doughy yeast. Grains.

I'm missing the one-two punch of Noble hops and pilsner malts that is the fundament of the style, but it nails the subtle ale yeast-redolent esters.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests an overly sweet beer that veers well away from traditional style conventions. I'm open-minded, but this doesn't promise a great Kolsch.

TASTE: Has a clean taste in keeping with the best Kolsch style beers I've tried. Clean grains and crisp pilsner malts lend the beer its backbone, and high sweetness for the style - though it's not cloying. Doughy yeast fades into the background as prickles of lemon zest and white pepper emerge. Hop presence is way too pungent for the style, bringing heavy handed notes of floral hop and grassy hop character. I wish 3 Floyds had resisted the now-cliche American brewery urge to dump more hops than necessary in a traditional European style, but in spite of that flaw this beer is quite enjoyable.

Flavour duration is long for the style. Flavour intensity is similarly high - some might even say overwhelming. Depth of flavour is merely average. This is a cohesive build for a Kolsch, but the beer isn't gestalt. Could use more subtlety in its execution, but the lemon zest and doughy yeast are nice touches as-is; they just feel more in line with a saison or Belgian pale than a Kolsch. Attenuation is odd.

TEXTURE: Crisp, overcarbonated (almost to the point of coming off biting), smooth, wet, light to medium-bodied, and somewhat refreshing. It should be lighter still, and effortessly drinkable, but the use of too many hops necessitated a higher than average malt bill - which led to too much body. If you're after a delicate light summer Kolsch, look elsewhere - this is overbearing for the style, bringing a clumsy American pale ale-redolent body to a style that isn't broken and didn't need any fixing.

Luckily, it's not oily, gushed, astringent, hot, boozy, rough, or scratchy. But it doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, nor is it to style.

OVERALL: Discerning drinkers are best off sticking to tried and true traditional German offerings, but I have no doubts this will find its market in the U.S. As clumsy and flagrantly overhopped an (ostensible) attempt at a Kolsch this is, if one regards it outside of style conventions it's an enjoyable brew. A Kolsch for American pale ale drinkers, Calumet Queen will please American drinkers who don't normally appreciate the nuances of the style, and enrage German drinkers who do. I wouldn't buy it again, especially in the cash-grab bomber format (seriously, name a respected Kolsch that comes in 500+ml format), but I'm glad I tried it once, and maybe this will encourage those less familiar with the style to seek out proper paragons.

Low B-

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Photo of Nunya
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber, bottled in June 2015. Very underrated style and this is a great example of it. Not surprising coming from 3F. A very clear, crisp and smooth beer. Would love to have this more often. Just as good if not better than many of the great German Kolsch beers.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy golden color with 2 fingers of head that never completely go away.
S - Grassy and a little sour.
T - A little lemon, a little grassy.
M - Light, crisp and refreshing.
O - I've found that I really like the Kolsch style, much more than a typical lager. And this one is very good. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Teku glass from a 1 pt 6 fl oz bottle on September 14, 2015. Look is cloudy gold, thick head that dissipates to a thin ring and some lingering lacing. Smell is grassy and herbal with faint sour citrus notes. Taste is similar to the nose with the addition of some wheat flavor. Feel is light in body and crisp in the finish.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kolsch: Most find it boring, some defend it like it is their child. I'm fairly new to the style, but I appreciated this beer despite not finding it to be incredibly complex. Smells and tastes somewhat sour, and there's a good balance of malt and hops, with a dry finish and some lemon and grass flavors. Mouthfeel is nice--nicely carbonated and with that Three Floyds mouthfeel that is easily recognizable regardless of the style (someone else described it as coating the tongue, and I like that description). Overall, probably a nice representation of the style but unlike most Three Floyds' offerings, not something I'd seek out again. The "overall" score is a bit lower due to the high cost of $9 for the bomber (too high for this one).

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

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL:

The beer appeared a very nice, clear, golden color that produced a very nice, thick white head that we well retained.

The beer gave off hints of bananas and maybe citrus hops.

The taste of the beer was very good. Malty goodness and lightly hopped. If it was any better, you would swear that it was made in Germany.

The beer had an excellent feel, it was clean, crisp, and very easy to drink. It was smooth and very refreshing. Overall, an exceptional beer.

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Calumet Queen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.