Calumet Queen - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 66
Hads: 429
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 21
Gots: 51 | 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 Neorebel
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
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 +4.1%
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 -4.1%
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 -12.5%
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 -14.4%
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%
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 -11.4%
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 -6.3%
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 -5.2%
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 +7.6%
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 -3.8%
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 +13.6%
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 +4.4%
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 +3%
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 -2.5%
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 -10.6%
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%
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)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium straw yellow in color with significant amounts of visible carbonation and just a hint of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy head that reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit malts with slightly heavier amounts of white grape. There is a light amount of honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with some light amounts of white grape and just a touch of toasted grain.There is a very light amount of honey sweetness. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers slightly.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: This is enjoyable and easy to drink but is not anything special. I would have preferred if this beer had a little less sweetness and a little more hop bitterness. (1,036 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that hardly died down.
S: Sweet aromas of bready malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is slightly sweet and has flavors of bready malts and white grapes with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has interesting flavors of grapes but seemed a little sweet for the style and could use more hop bitterness. (581 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Light yellow slightly hazy with a little bit of head that diminishes moderately fast.

Smell: Mildly sweet with a little bit of a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Slightly tart/citrus type flavor with a sweetness following up. For the most part this is fairly mild in taste but not bad, just not very complex. (361 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My first ever Kolsch style! Pours a gorgeous, light, slightly hazy, yellow golden color with a pure white, foamy head. The head has decent retention. An 1/8 inch white cap sits on top of the beer and is perpetuated by carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. Tart Czech Pilsener nose. A bit of green grape and some unripe banana peel. A pretty surprising mouthfeel given the appearance and the bouquet. One would expect something lighter and crisper. The mouthfeel is full and a bit thick, nearing chewy. Smooth on the finish. Really nice balance in the flavor. Sweetness and tartness work together nicely. Nothing obtrusive. It's a really good beer overall. However, it shouldn't be $7.99 a bomber. (702 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but purchased recently. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a foamy 1-2 finger bright white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, bread, honey, grass, floral, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Nice, pleasant, and well balanced aromas with decent strength; on par for the style. Taste of pear, apple, lemon, cracker, bready grain, grass, floral, herbal, and earthy spiciness. Light yeast tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, bready grain, grass, floral, herbal, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of flavors; with a typical flavor complexity for the style; and zero cloying flavors on the finish as expected. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Kolsch style! Nice balance of flavors with solid complexity; and extremely smooth and crisp to drink. Very enjoyable offering, and on par with the style as expected. (1,207 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review taken from notes: late summer 2012

1 pint 6 oz. brown bomber style bottle. Label is pretty sexy with what they claim to be Alpha King's girlfriend lol. I prefer this label to the older Calumet Queen who to me looked like Alpha King's sister. But anyway, this is more great art from FFF. Poured into a stange glass I dug out from behind my other glassware.

A - clear golden with a yellow tint to it. A few shades from crystal clear clarity. Very thin white head that vanishes very quickly leaving the smallest ring of lace. No real stick to note.

S - very pilsner like malt aroma but without the corn notes I get from a pils. Sour apples and a whiff of fruitiness. Some bready grains and even sourdough bread.

T - Somewhat lemony with the faintest of orange rind. Sour apple and a lager like yeast to it. Pretty crisp and clean flavor with almost no hop profile as expected from the style. Does have the FFF water source flavor like all of their brews and I suppose that
made it worth finishing.

M - Light bodied and as thin as it gets. It is crisp and refreshing and is enjoyable on this hot humid afternoon. 3F has a very unique water source that has a 1 of a kind flavor. You just know who it is and honestly this was the sole reason I could finish this. Then again, I'm just not big on this style.

O - FFF is my one of my 2-3 favorite breweries and I consider them the worlds best without question. While im not a kolsch fan at all it is a decent style for the summer. An ale with lager like characteristics. Hmm.. Idk.. while Calumet Queen wasn't horrible I can't say it's worthy of being Alpha King's girl friend or anything close to having a relationship for that matter. You are talking big time class in alpha and just so so with calumet. It was cool to get a not always released bottle from FFF and this experience will not stop the fact that I'll buy anything FFF if I see it, but this wasn't good enough for me to want again. But then again I don't think it's 3 Floyds, I think it's just the style. I mean in terms of this German style they hit it out of the park, but the kolsch ball park isn't all that big IMO. Worth a try, but nothing to get your hopes up on. This is one of my least favorite German styles and 3F did well with it.. But this just shows how hard it is to make a really good kolsch. But hey, that's just my tastebuds. I give them credit for doing it well, but how well can one do a kolsch? I doubt any better than Calumet. It shows how good FFF are, but in turn shows me how bad the Kolsch style is. (2,545 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm stoked! Been wanting to try this one for years!

Served in a shaped, see-through glass of some sort. Hell, I'm visiting non-craft beer peeps for the holidays and it's all they have.

A: Ever the slightest of chill haze on an overall clear, golden brew with mustard highlights. Tons of visible carbonation and one of the most massive white heads I've seen all year. Seriously, I had to wait for it to subside.

S: Actually, I did manage to get a bit of the delectable FFF hop profile, along with a good bit of sweet grains, barley, and sourdough bread.

T: Okay, perhaps the FFF profile was my overactive imagination, because I'm not getting it any more. Crisp, with the bitter finish played to perfection. Grains, but also a good amount of fresh filtered water in the middle. Great!

M: Cushiony and bubbly in spades, with suds staining the glass as I siphoned off the liquid. Not too bitter, not too sweet, just perfect!

O: FFF amazes me around every turn, and for them to turn out a hit from a style that in lesser hands tend to be bland, speaks volumes as to their talents. Now, if they could only do something about their poor attitude. (1,145 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear light gold/bright yellow. Head is small, bubbly, and drops to a small cap and loose collar. Lively carbonation. Very clean.

Smell: Toasted grains. Some bready malts. Lightly buttered toast. Some grass. Mild earthiness coupled with a light dusting of something akin to citrus. Some hay and lemon rind as well. Pale malts add a little sweetness. Touches of honey. Very light and clean. Earthy damp lemon.

Taste: Crisp toasted bread. Seriously, this is made of toast. Some edges of honey and lemon rind. Dustings of hay with a nice clean earthiness. Pale malts and some nice underlying sweetness. Vaguely soapy and floral. Grass and hay. Lingering earthiness. Biscuit and raw grain. Not pretty, but that's what makes it solid.

Mouthfeel: Clean with a moderate to light body. Missing some of the fuller edges I would expect. Nice and smooth.

Overall: A fitting match for Three Floyds King.

I'm not sure how Three Floyds does it, but they've managed to make yet another easy drinking, relatively light lager. Nothing aggressive or insane. This would be a fantastic beer in the dead heat of summer...or ever really. It's good. (1,153 characters)

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Calumet Queen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.