Calumet Queen
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #208
ABV:
5%
Score:
83
Ranked #39,844
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 11.99%
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
516
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Calumet QueenCalumet Queen
Notes: 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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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with a bit of cloudiness. Mild aroma of, almost wheat like. Had a light crisp flavor with a touch of tropical fruit. Very light drink. Not bad overall but a little mild for my liking

Aug 30, 2015
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GbVDave from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Jul 03, 2008
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Chaney from District of Columbia

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.

Dec 28, 2012
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spointon from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Apr 10, 2009
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

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.

Dec 03, 2012
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alleykatking from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Jul 12, 2009
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brewtus from Ohio

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

Nov 14, 2013
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DocJitsu from Florida

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.

Jan 14, 2013
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
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-

Oct 14, 2015
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brandoman63 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

Nov 18, 2011
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TargaFlorio from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Dec 14, 2014
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KDawg from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -6%
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

Oct 11, 2012
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jaminjohnson from Canada

4/5  rDev +9%

Nov 18, 2012
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tekpneu from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Oct 03, 2012
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juicebox from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jul 13, 2016
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falloutsnow from Illinois

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.

Dec 12, 2013
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frankman71 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Nov 26, 2012
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aforbes10 from Iowa

2.65/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap this weekend at the brew pub. Orange and turbid. small head gone very fast. Mild odor, slightly spicy, some hops evident. Very diluted, watery tasting beer, like a tripel diluted 1:8. Some spice, not much else. My least favorite 3F so far.

Jul 17, 2006
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bdn72 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Nov 14, 2012
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VerticalLiturgical from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Sep 05, 2014
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nickfl from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Jan 13, 2013
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Stoutlad from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Aug 20, 2013
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Photekut from Tennessee

3/5  rDev -18.3%

May 18, 2013
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Jakethesnake503 from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Dec 09, 2013
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KJabo from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Oct 20, 2012
Calumet Queen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 516 ratings