Calumet Queen - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 412
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 20
Gots: 45 | 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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Reviews by PorterLambic:
Photo of PorterLambic
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jeonseh
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into GI tulip

A - Golden, clear color that is slightly darker than champagne. Light carbonation trailing upwards. Small off white head sits on the top

S - Sweet slight honey, bready malt and straw come up from a fragrant nose.

T - Sweet and malty initally as you get slight honey and a sweeter, bready malt. As the beer goes on, there is hay and straw with a slightly bitter hopping that comes on near the finish

MF - Medium body with the malt giving it a nice thickness and creaminess. There is slight carbonation that gives it a slight pop near the finish

O - Nice, well balanced full flavored Kolsch from FFF. Definitely an easy drinking session beer that you could drink throughout the summer

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an Imperial pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy orange copper body with a thin wispy white head that last as a thin film.

S- The smell was very clean with a faint hint of pale malt that was a bit dry and almost earthy. As it warmed I got a stronger smell of yellow tomatoes, which was a little odd, but I like tomatoes.

T- The bright orange note on the first sip turns to a more dry honey note after it warms a bit. The pale malt follows that flavor which is then followed by a light bitter noble hop finish with some sulfur hints and a spicy hop hint.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel with a big fizz texture in the finish.

D- The hops are not that interesting and they hang on the tongue after each sip overpowering the malt. This is a tough style to pull off and I'm afraid they didn't do it.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear, bright yellow with a soft, white head that has great retention

S - faint yeast, a hint of fruit, lemon grass

T - grass, cereal grains, sweet, lemon

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a really nice, lighter offering that is enjoyable and highly drinkable. If I had one complaint it would be the cereal grains. At points they were intense enough that it came close to eating corn flakes. But on the whole it was balanced and well put together. If you like Kolschs you'll like this.

Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of RickS95
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.46/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Draft poured by Nick Floyd. Can this be? A 3F that’s not that great??! Well, maybe the tap was off because I tasted nothing that matched the style description or other reviews. I got a big off-flavor of raw grain. Mild citrus hop could not make up for it. I will have to re-sample sometime.

Photo of alleykatking
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had at Three Floyds

A- Came to me with a two finger off white head that stayed for a little bit leaving soapy lacing on the sides that clung for a little bit before falling down the sides. Good golden yellow-orange color that was crystal clear to me.

S- This smelled of sweet malts and some lighter fruits as well. Deeper sniffs produced some faint hops (earthy I think) and a slight rotten egg smell (sulpher) as well.

T- This beer although not my style is very enjoyable to say the least. A tinge of metallic taste to it but nothing to overwhelming. Light sweet grain taste to this with some lighter fruit undertones. Very light hop finsh to this that mingles with a light sulpher taste.

M- The is a very light mouthfeel. The carbonation seemed to be a little on the light side I thought for the style. It marched across the palate on it's tiptoes leaving a light and refreshing taste in the mouth. Nothing screamed out and it was nice to not have to think about what I was drinking.

D- This is a perfect summertime drinker. I would sip on this while I mowed the lawn or just having a good conversation with friends. Good beer to give to someone who is not into craft beers.

Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imperial pint at the brewpub.

Murky yellow, almost brown in the light. Poor clarity, odd for a Kölsch especially. Thin layer of creamy foam on the surface initially that dwindled after a few sips, leaving no head or lace soon after.

Wet grains, a little musty with a yeast derived aroma.

Clean flavor, simple combo of apple, grape, and husky graininess. Light to medium feel, with seemingly lower carbonation. Very light malt flavor, sort of ho-hum. Finishes somewhat dry, but not as crisp as better examples of the style. It was ok, glad I tried it and easily finished it. Not sure if it would hold the attention of beer geeks for long, but it appeals to the broader customer base at the brewpub.

Photo of KDawg
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle. Pours a clear yellow color with a small head.

Crisp aromas of crackers, biscuits, grains, and noble hops. Not as higher toned and crisp as I'd like.

Lighter bodied, but not extremely light. Balanced with a somewhat lacking feel and notes of crackers, noble hops, and grains.

Didn't seem fully like a kolsch. Instead it seemed more like a pilsner. Still, it's a solid beer that is easy to drink

Photo of jmarsh123
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Split a bottle with the gf while watching football.

Pours light straw with a small patchy white head fading into a ring. No lacing.

Aroma is grainy with some honey and sweet bread.

More biscuit in the flavor than I associate with a kolsch. Grainy and malty and not particularly crisp. Slight lemon.

Medium bodied and carbonation. Finishes a little sweet for my taste for the style.

Went down smooth, but really not much to write home about. Kolsch is a style that I don't always crave and when I do there are certainly better ones out there.

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, slight orange as well. not much carbonation or head either.

S-Bread and butter, slight toast notes, wee bit of grass as well.

T-Similar to the nose, sweet bread, mild toast, some grass. No bitterness.

M-Light, some carbonation and crisp.

O-Not a style I'm a fan off, easily the worst FFF beer I've had. Still decent, would be a nice summer drinker.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always excited to try a new Three Floyds beer that I've never had. This one was poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Appearance was pale yellow and very clear with a nice white head. I was half expecting an unfiltered beer from FFF, but it looks to be filtered, crystal-clear, and pretty authentic. There are some slight fruit notes on the nose (apples and pears mostly). There is also a bit of white wine character to the nose. I don't get much of the hops on the nose, but it smells like a good Kolsch.

Light body and nice firm mouthfeel. The flavor is very balanced with nice soft malt flavors and very subtle fruity sweetness. The fruit notes match the nose and show up as apples, pears, and some white grapes. There is a slight yeasty quality (like a dry, white salt-free cracker) that also lurks in the background and comes through on the finish. One thing noticeably missing is a little bit of tartness or hoppy dryness on the back of the palate. Still, this is a well-balanced, refreshing beer.

I don't have a lot of experience with this style and had to review the style guidelines before trying this beer, but it seems to match the description nearly perfectly. I never thought I would say this about a FFF beer, but I would like to taste and smell just a bit more hop character. Other than that, I can't find anything to detract. FFF stayed true to the style here and made a nice traditional Kolsch. That said, it might be fun to see what this brewer could do if they decided to go crazy with this style.

Photo of brewtus
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Photo of frank4sail
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw yellow color. Very clean looking. Nice white head. Not a ton of nose just a hint of nobleness in the smell. White lace on the glass. Malt sweetness in the taste with a clean slightly bitter finish. Nice smooth mouth. Refreshing brew.

Sampled on tap at the brewery and after from the growler I bought!

Photo of Etan
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Brooklyn snifter.

A: Pours a translucent light gold with a big head of coarse white bubbles.

S: Light grain with the usual floral and slightly fruity esters from the yeast.

T: Grain, touch of citric hoppiness, slightly buttery, mild apple and honey esters.

M: Light with tingly carbonation.

O: Not the most flavorful kolsch I've had, but it does the job.

Photo of chicagoanbeerone
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

smooth not bitter at all, it is light on flavor and texture and not to heavy on alcohol either reminds me of alagash more of a smooth refreshing crisp beer. not a heavy beer at all and had a good but funky light flavor
overall this beer is worth a try but noting that special i was a bit dissapointed would not buy again

Photo of GbVDave
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Three Floyds 7/1/08.

A: Served a slightly hazy & very pale yellow. Capping this is a creamy, bright-white, 1/2 finger head that does some impressive lacing, considering its' size.

S: Crisp aromas of lemon-y noble hops and lightly toasted bready malt. Very simple and uncluttered.

T: See above. The taste starts off with toasted bread crust and finishes with lemon-y citrus hops.

M: Crisp and very clean. I found the hops to be rather sticky and resinous but their flavor isn't over the top. Oily and subdued...that's a good thing!

D: They could bottle this as a summer seasonal and sell a lot of it. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

Photo of aasher
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a cloudy and bright gold in color with a white lacing. U smells of a faded Kolsch. Pale malt, light spice, and light funk. Strange from FFF. The taste too of light almost pilsner esque malts and light citrus. It sounds alright but for this one its weak. It drinks light in body and doesn't feature all that much flavor. I consider it weak for the style. It's ok, just ok. I expect better from the guys who make a great dortmunder lager in Jinx Proof.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If this really is named after Calumet City IN/IL (about 5 miles from Munster, site of Three Floyds), it’s the only recognition I’ve seen from this city. Here’s hoping for a good first impression.

A: Whoa, where’s the head? Pours like sparkling grape juice, shining golden with a bubbly body and almost no retention: just a spattering of light white soda fizz. Minimal stringy retention.

S: Light lager scents of doughy bread and husky grain, more like an American macro-brewed lager than I expected. Seems like quite the average beer. Quick dose of lemony, rindy hops (much less than Three Floyds brews typically have) and a little banana before it closes out.

T: Much better flavor here, thankfully: soapy, lemony hops present sweet floral hints of lavender, lemongrass, and orange peel, mixing with a clean malt sweetness of honey, banana, corn, and buttered toast. There’s a little vinous grape and peach flavor to it, a mild candi syrup character, and grain husk to boot. Finish is crisp yet sweet, a final exhibition of balance. Well done.

M: Light and thin, without that sustained lager chewiness that would go well with the palate. Feels clean, though, I guess you could say.

O: Chalk up another satisfying release to Three Floyds – lots of flavor for a seemingly limited style. I’d enjoy this as a year-round release, especially since nobody seems to be able to put out a nice, flavorful lager.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ray (baybum) for bringing this and many other FFF goodies to our Nov. '12 Philly 'burbs bottle share. It's good to have some non-wales from an otherwise wale-driven brewery.

I'm not a Kolsch/pils/light beer guy, it's no secret. But this one was not too bad, and worked good as an interlude between some of the heavier beers we tasted during the session.

Clearish straw-yellow pour, with a cap of foamy white head that settled to a thin layer of bubbles. Looked Kolschy. Thin aroma, toasted grains, light malt sweetness, grassy hops. Smelled Kolshy. guessed it: Kolschy. Toasted grains, light biscuit malt and honey sweetness, light notes of citrus and grass, with a bit of a metallic aftertaste. Pretty crisp and light-bodied, and good overall for the style.

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Calumet Queen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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