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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: 56 | 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 TurdFurgison
4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at DLD 2009. Kolsch style doesn't get much respect but I enjoy its subtlety and I've wanted to try this one for a while. It was served in about a 12oz plastic cup. The beer was a little murky, bright orange color, thin white foam. The smell is classic, light and malty, a little fruity funk like Fruh or Reissdorf. Same with the taste, addictive and sweet, very mild, easy to drink a lot of. I would definitely buy a lot of this if it was available in bottles, a great summer deck beer. (504 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 mynie
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Imperial Pint at the brewpub.

Pours a murky off red, pretty with a medium-sized and retentive head. Darker than your average Kolsch but whatever.

Smells nicely metallic and floral. Big pale malts--surprising for the style--combined with the more traditional fruit nodes and light weediness. Remarkably complex, for the style.

Tastes, again, very complex for a Kolsch but still Koslchy enough to be a proper example of the style--Three Floyds is always good at this, taking bland or played out styles and amping them up in an appropriate way. Many other brewers just pour on the hops or add some unwelcome flavoring and then act as if they've just invented the wheel. Not the Floyds.

Anyhow--jesus what was I saying--um, the beer. It's good. There's a certain dryness to Kolsh's that tastes like *something* but I've never been able to accurately describe what. Here, that something is much, much more intense than it's been in any other Koslch I've had, and that's actually a very good thing. The strong malt hits you hard up front, moving into a sweeter middle and some very faint hops near the end.

This is a crisp, big-bodied and full-flavored beer that is also immensely refreshing and quaffable. (1,207 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap 4/5 at the brewpub in an imperial pint glass.

Appeared a clear golden color with a one inch white head on top. It retained a cap the whole time and left some moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma was grainy overall with a sweet touch, some fruitiness akin to pears and red apples, a bit of a lemon, some herbal hop notes and a very faint sulfur note.

Taste had an initial sweet grainy taste with a light toasty quality to it, mild fruitiness in the middle just like the aroma. Finishes with a nice crisp bite of herbal hops and a mild lemony citrus zing.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. A very nice crispness to it that makes it very drinkable.

I had two pints of this at the pub but I could have easily had about six of them. Very good example of a Kolsch, I wish they had this one more often. (812 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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)

Photo of DocJitsu
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
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 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 alleykatking
4.17/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,182 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 spointon
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on tap at the FFF Brewpub a few days ago. From my notes:

A= This beer poured a very clear deep gold color with a 3/4" snow white head. The head quickly dropped to a cap, but retained that cap all the way down the glass. Spotty lacing at best.

S= A decent sulfur note appropriate to the style, with some grainy sweetness and a hint of orchard fruit in there too. Grassy hints near the end.

T= Followed the nose, with a sweet grain flavor up front and very mild esters through the middle. The hops were fairly well hidden with just a hint of bitterness that was accented nicely by the sulfur note. Dry finish.

MF= Light bodied with a crisp palate cleansing feel.

D= Damn drinkable and easily sessionable. A good one to have with food or to just kick back with. (781 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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 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 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 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 Viking
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden and slightly hazy, nice white head. Herbal aroma, with a bit of the 'new mown hay' smell, but not strong. Taste is clean and crisp. Fairly spicy, but not overwhelming. Really seemed like a beer truer to the style than I've come to expect from Three Floyd's ("They're not normal!"). Still, a good brew. Light flavor and low abv make this a solid beer for the summertime. (387 characters)

Photo of zerk
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold / straw color, with a thin head... leaves some lace on the glass. Aroma is slightly grainy, with a fairly strong herbal character... a lot of noble hops in there. Flavor begins cracker-like, the becomes herbal, spicy, and finally bitter. It's very heavily hopped... more than I'd normally expect for a Kölsch... then again, this is Three Floyds... "It's not normal." With a crisp taste, and light body... it's quite refreshing. (439 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 3 Floyd's pint glass. Appearance is clear gold with a small dense layer of white head. Tons of lacing in this one. Aroma features significant dry grainy notes paired with lemon zest. Notes of wheat come in next with a touch of lemon on the end. Taste is malty up frot with dry bready grainy notes, just like the nose. Lemon and citrus are heavy in the mid palate with a zesty finish. Lots of flavor packed into this with a nice and refreshing balance. Mouthfeel is crisp with high carbonation an light body. Overall, solid take on the style, not bad. (562 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: Single finger head with excellent lacing on a clear bright golden body.

S: grains and malts with a hint of sweet corn. Simple aroma as expected.

T: begins with grains and pale malts up front moving to a peppery, herbal and bready finish. There is some bitterness which lingers deep into the finish.

M: light body and high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: a nice kolsch. Usually not a very exciting style but this one is full flavored and creamy providing both good tasting and a refreshing brew. (538 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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Wadsey
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Calumet Queen, on tap at Three Floyds on 8-17-11

Served in Imperial Pint

A: Appears clear pale gold with minimal head and some solid if sporadic lacing. Light effervescence. 

S: Quite grainy, with biscuity notes dominating. I will add lemony zest. Really subtle nose.

T: The malts, again, do all the heavy lifting, bringing flavors of grain, biscuit, and toasted bread.  There is some of the vinous quality that is occasionally used to describe the kolsch style. Light bitterness.  Finish is crisp. 

M: Light body with medium carbonation. Light and zippy on palate.  

O: In Calumet Queen, Three Floyds aimed to brew a "crisp and refreshing lighter summer offering" and hit the target.  In addition, I find the vinous maltiness enchanting.   (753 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason. Served in a tulip of some sort. I've had this beer on-tap but I've never bothered to review it.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and minimal lace. Transparent straw body. Looks like a Kölsch.

S - White grapes, sharp grains, a dab of honey. Pretty clean and crisp aroma, but somewhat understated.

T - The taste has more in the way of honey sweetness and biscuity malts. Some lightly toasted grains, fruity notes, and a clean and refreshing finish.

M - Medium body, with pleasant carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. Very easy to drink.

D - Not as musty or grapey as some German examples I've tried, but still pretty authentic as most German offerings are from 3 Floyds.. If you like Kölsch, you'll like this as it's a good American take on the style. Jason and I finished the bomber in roughly 10 minutes, so it's definitely a lawnmower sort of beer. (895 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light yellow color. Forms a large foamy head on an aggressive pour, but it eventually settles to thin surface coating with moderate ring around the edge. Some light lacing.

S: A mix of grains and lightly toasted white bread. A bit of honey and a little green apple.

T: Toasty grains, cracker, and summer fruits: grapes, green apple, and pear. A little bit of a honey sweetness. Glycerin finish.

M: Thinner body, moderate carbonation with a pleasant brightness to it. Virtually no bitterness, but the finish is so dry it gives the impression of bitterness.

O: Tastes like a Kölsch. A well made Kölsch, but its not exactly the most exciting of beer styles. That said, I do wish FFF would have put this into distribution at the beginning of summer instead of the beginning of fall, but I guess that's FFF for you. (829 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (378 characters)

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Calumet Queen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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