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Calumet Queen - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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83 Reviews
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Reviews: 83
Hads: 477
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 29.54%
Wants: 19
Gots: 66 | 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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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.

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Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a clear looking yellow color, very nice looking brew with a soapy white head on top. The smell of the beer is grainy and has some sweet corn aromas on the nose. The taste of the beer is very refreshing, it's clean and has some sweet grains and corn-like flavors in there. The mouthfeel is very light bodied with a good carbonation. Overall this beer is quite good for the style. I found it to be really impressive and I wouldn't probably drink it again.

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

The common criticism about Kolsch is the loss of finesse hop elements en route to our U.S. markets. The answer is to make them here; make them the right way so that they can get into my glass fresher. Enter Three Floyds Calumet Queen...

The Kolsch-style beer pours as is expected of most European lagers. It's brightly colored straw hues are crystal clear and prominantly displays the chains of champagne-like carbonation that pull form the bottom of the glass. But unlike those lagers, I had difficulty getting the sprite carbonation to build any meaningful foam stance, merely sparse islands of spritzy foam settle atop with lacking lace as well.

Floral, grassy, and sweet; the beer's aromas start with a bready base with slight honey"ish" scent. The scent folds in the floral and slightly hay-like aromas from hops to give impressions of honesuckle and mild cider. The residual grain also invites the aroma of corn for a richer and fatter nose than I'm used to in the style.

Grainy sweet flavors and starchy components from malt are the first impressions to introduce to the mouth. Freshly kilned grains, dry crackers, and light bread rise to the forefront just before the taste of corn on the cob broadens at mid palate. It's this point when the earthy taste of hops arrive with a mild grassy, herbal, and spicy bit. Both the hops and malt develop into the taste of straw and hay heading into finish. All the while undertones of sulfur acidity and light fruity esters combine for the light taste of apples, lemon zest, and green tea. Minerally late with a moderate hop bitter balance, the beer shares yeast, dough, and floral notes in aftertaste.

Despite the high effervescence of the beer, the malty weight lays the foundation for texture and gives a broad feel of bread dough and yeast. The beer expands at mid palate but fades evenly heading into finish because of its minty alcohol warmth, dry cracker maltiness, and fleeting corn flavor.

Three Floyds continues to demonstrate that they are much more than Dark Lords and Dreadnaughts by branching into, and largely succeeding outside of their comfort zones with Gorch Fock and Calumet Queen. But with its strong malt presence, firm malt-hop balance and minerally undertones, I'm more comfortable with this beer as a Dortmunder Export-style lager despite its yeast or temperature in brewing technique.

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Photo of emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moderately cloudy rich orangish gold beneath a small bone white head. The growler was filled to within an inch of the top and the 'pffft' on cap cracking was barely audible. I'm not surprised then that the head was a mere finger at its maximum and has fallen to a barely covering film in the few minutes since the pour. I like the look of the beer itself, but the nearly absent lid and the clean glass leave quite a bit to be desired.

The nose is pale malty and is lightly fruity sweet; apricots and apples primarily. Unlike most beer from this brewery, there's very little hoppiness emanating from the glass. I'd like a bit more power, but I'm sure that it has a lot to do with the lack of carbonation.

Given the fact that she's a Kolsch, Calumet Queen has a great deal of flavor. I expected no less from Floyd, Floyd and Floyd; in their hands, this is definitely not a mild, subtle style. The beer is primarily golden malty with a respectable amount of sticky sweetness, but is also lightly hopspicy. With a different yeast strain and a doubling of the alcohol, comparisons to a Belgian Tripel wouldn't be out of line.

The beer is more complex than it seemed initially, possibly having to do with the fact that it's losing the chill that it possessed during my first few mouthfuls. At times, it seems as though candi sugar has been added, but the sweetness that exists at the start of each mouthful decreases considerably on the finish. If limited to one sentence, I'd say that the flavor is reminiscent of spiced golden fruit in a light sugar syrup.

This has to be one of the bigger-bodied Kolschs in existence. I don't mind the mouthfeels on the classic versions, but I much prefer the full, almost viscous feel of this beer. Despite the lack of a head--and any visible bubbles at this point--the amount of carbonation noted in the mouth is just about perfect. It's far from busy, but there's enough effervesence to keep things moving along smartly.

Calumet Queen is not one of the beers responsible for Three Floyds's much deserved reputation as one of the best breweries in the world. That doesn't mean, however, that it isn't worth a purchase. I had my doubts about buying an entire growler, but I'm now glad that I did. It may not be a typical Kolsch and it may not occupy the same lofty perch as Dreadnaught, Dark Lord and Gumballhead, but it's still a delicious beer that will go well with the cookout that I'll be heading for in a few minutes.

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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 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 Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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. Taste...you 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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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.

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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 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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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.

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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 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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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of aasher
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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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 HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.8.12

A - Pours a hazy dark yellow-light orange with a few white bubbles that are gone instantly.

S - Wheat and lemons.

T - Lemon, wheat, sweet carmel malts.

D - Lower carbonation with a light body and a sweet finish.

O - Sweet, citrus, and light.

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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 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.

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

A - Golden beer, clear. Small white head that dissipated quickly and left just a slight ring around the glass.

S - Lager yeast, touch of honey, some sweet malts, grain.

T - Tastes like the nose with a grainy finish. It's a bit sweet with some pale malts coming through and a bit of honey.

M - Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Nice beer, easy to drink, very crisp and refreshing. Drank the bomber by myself pretty easily.

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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.

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