Calumet Queen | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Calumet QueenCalumet Queen

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 +22.2%
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 PhillyStyle
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge, Lisle, IL:

The beer appeared a very nice, clear, golden color that produced a very nice, thick white head that we well retained.

The beer gave off hints of bananas and maybe citrus hops.

The taste of the beer was very good. Malty goodness and lightly hopped. If it was any better, you would swear that it was made in Germany.

The beer had an excellent feel, it was clean, crisp, and very easy to drink. It was smooth and very refreshing. Overall, an exceptional beer.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
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!

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Photo of mynie
4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
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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Photo of roadhouse
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
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 DocJitsu
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of Nunya
4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber, bottled in June 2015. Very underrated style and this is a great example of it. Not surprising coming from 3F. A very clear, crisp and smooth beer. Would love to have this more often. Just as good if not better than many of the great German Kolsch beers.

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Photo of do_ob
4.18/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of brewtus
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
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

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +11.9%
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 spointon
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from homer bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy, yellow-gold with a bright white cap of foam.
Aroma-Pale malt, cracker, grain.
Taste-Pale malt,Flowery, soft earth noble hop note, cracker malt crispness. Refreshing and spot-on to the Kolsch style. A tailgate crowd-pleaser.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of KeithE
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of bwood06
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some friends of my wife and myself were over just a few nights ago and decided to pick this bottle up from a local bottle shop since the NFL games were not going our way. We figured spending our time catching up and talking was more worthwhile than watching two NFL games that were not incredibly fun to watch.

This beer pours a cloudy, light yellow/straw hue with a white frothy head that dissipates ultra slowly to a rocky layer with a neck. There is light carbonation easily visible despite the cloudiness. 4/5 The aroma is very simple and light with white bread, lemon fruit & peel, pilsner malt, and cracker really coming out nicely. A bit of yeastiness comes through as the beer warms as well that amps up the esters and breadiness a bit. 4/5 The flavor is every bit like the aroma with light caramel and cracker leading off before being back up by a fresh white bread note. A lemony sportiness with both lemon juice and peel really dominates throughout the length of the sip along with a bit of generic citrus peel backing up the lemon. The bitterness is moderate and more reminiscent of a pilsner, but it is pleasant and lingers moderately long on the finish. 4/5 This is a light-bodied beer with a light carbonation tickle up front that leads into a light drying that lingers for quite some time. 4/5 This is definitely a summer pleaser, or a beer for any time that a lighter option is desired. The focus here is very much on the lemon but it is not overpowering. 4/5

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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 cjohns73
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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?

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Viking
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of zerk
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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