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Calumet Queen | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Calumet QueenCalumet Queen

Brewed by:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-23-2002

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.46/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

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Photo of aforbes10
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Split a bottle with the gf while watching football.

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

Aroma is grainy with some honey and sweet bread.

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

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

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

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Photo of chicagoanbeerone
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of aasher
3.06/5  rDev -17.3%
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 SierraFlight
3.14/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a nonic. This beer is clear, bright amber in color with a thin white head that settles to a ring. Aroma includes pale malt, grass/hay, honey, and corn. Taste is moderately sweet cracker, biscuit, honey, and grass, initially. There is a lightly hop bitterness on the swallow. Light bodied, moderate but assertive carbonation, smooth barely thick texture, dry, crisp finish.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Scent of mild grain and light bread. The taste is pretty much the same with a little bit of spicy hop flavor. An above average beer, but a waste of money.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into pint glass

A- Classic light lager apperance. Light straw yellow, with quick reducing head. No lacing.
S - Dare I say it, but smells like Bud heavy. Light malty sweetness, no hops to speak of
T- Tastes like a classic lager. Malty, earthy sweetness that hangs on.
M- Thin an bubbly. Bit of a lager "burn" in the mouth

O- Not my favorite style of beer. I would rather drink this than Bud, but only because it has a cooler label.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.27/5  rDev -11.6%
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 secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a heavy golden, with no lace.

Aroma is grainy, malty. Nothing outstanding.

Flavor is toasty grains. Very malt-forward. There's a hint of citrus towards the finish, as well as some fruit. Really a typical lager, nothing more and nothing less.

Overall, a solid kolsch, but unremarkable.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy yellow-gold with a large white foam head that dies to an asymmetrically thin layer with bubbly edges and creepy lace.

Smell is nutty and cheesy, almost like a non-salty/non-sour gose, with lightly bready, buttery, and grassy corn elements.

Taste is tangier than smell. Grassy and floral, with a slight astringent taste of something like iron, and grape skin. Corn and faint lemon are also present.

Crisp but fluid and smooth.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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 rhoadsrage
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
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 emerge077
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Strongarm81
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pretty golden color, looks like most pilsners. Light head.

S. Typical kölsh smell, crisp.

T. A hint of lemon and grapefruit, A hint of sweetness.

M. A bit of a bite, but great drinkability. Minimal after taste.

O. Refreshing, drinkable, but not incredibly memorable. Would drink again at the right price.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.44/5  rDev -7%
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 RickS95
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bomber

Pale golden in color, a partnership of clarity and haziness. Good carbonation. The head is very white and bright, and thick. Stopped mid-pour because it looked like the floor might get a drink had I continued. Two and a half fingers of tiny bubbles. Great retention. Foamy lace.

Malty, biscuity nose. Lemongrass and flowers. Green grape with a touch of pepper.

Tastes like a stronger version of a macro with an extra helping of citrus. A combination of pale and pilsner malts and savory Noble hops. Nothing to write home about. Maybe a style that shouldn't make a comeback.

Earthy, flowery feel. Very crisp. High carbonation to scrape the tongue dry after each sip. No alcohol presence. Light bodied. Sour, bitter finish. Acidic, citric finish.

Overall, it might be a good beer, but if it is, the style doesn't work for me. It was a hot day and I still didn't care for it. Tastes only slightly different than a run of the mill macro, only with more character. Not something I want again.

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Photo of KDawg
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

bottle picked up from the brew pub when i was there a month or two ago. enjoyed from a FFF teku.

a - brew poured a transparent straw yellow with some champagne like carbonation and a thin bubbly head.

s - nose has green grape and grain.

t - taste is fairly nice. rich green grape, soft lemon. pale malt and hay.

m - a bit syrupy and rich for a kolsch. still fairly fizzy, but full bodied.

o - overall, rich in flavor, bold in body...exactly what you'd expect from three floyds. hitting the spot right now.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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 BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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 ONUMello
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle dated 6/24/15 poured into a stange
A: Pale yellow with a vigorous head that quickly settles
S: Grain/bread/corn
T: Matches the nose. Light, mostly grain
M: Light-bodied, smooth
O: Interesting to see FFF's take on the style. I'm a fan of their hoppier beers and that's still the case. As others have said, definitely better values around for the money

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried on tap at Floyds, 18 Aug 2011. Served in an imperial pint.

Small beige head rapidly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Slightly hazy dark straw color. Very light aroma, a touch of malty fruitiness. A light maltiness to start, bready. Becomes a little dry through the middle and lightly fruity sour in the finish. Medium to light body. Moderate ethanol. Aftertaste is a light lingering fruity sourness.

Pretty light in flavor overall, easy to drink a few.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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 BradtheGreat7
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review taken from notes: late summer 2012

1 pint 6 oz. brown bomber style bottle. Label is pretty sexy with what they claim to be Alpha King's girlfriend lol. I prefer this label to the older Calumet Queen who to me looked like Alpha King's sister. But anyway, this is more great art from FFF. Poured into a stange glass I dug out from behind my other glassware.

A - clear golden with a yellow tint to it. A few shades from crystal clear clarity. Very thin white head that vanishes very quickly leaving the smallest ring of lace. No real stick to note.

S - very pilsner like malt aroma but without the corn notes I get from a pils. Sour apples and a whiff of fruitiness. Some bready grains and even sourdough bread.

T - Somewhat lemony with the faintest of orange rind. Sour apple and a lager like yeast to it. Pretty crisp and clean flavor with almost no hop profile as expected from the style. Does have the FFF water source flavor like all of their brews and I suppose that
made it worth finishing.

M - Light bodied and as thin as it gets. It is crisp and refreshing and is enjoyable on this hot humid afternoon. 3F has a very unique water source that has a 1 of a kind flavor. You just know who it is and honestly this was the sole reason I could finish this. Then again, I'm just not big on this style.

O - FFF is my one of my 2-3 favorite breweries and I consider them the worlds best without question. While im not a kolsch fan at all it is a decent style for the summer. An ale with lager like characteristics. Hmm.. Idk.. while Calumet Queen wasn't horrible I can't say it's worthy of being Alpha King's girl friend or anything close to having a relationship for that matter. You are talking big time class in alpha and just so so with calumet. It was cool to get a not always released bottle from FFF and this experience will not stop the fact that I'll buy anything FFF if I see it, but this wasn't good enough for me to want again. But then again I don't think it's 3 Floyds, I think it's just the style. I mean in terms of this German style they hit it out of the park, but the kolsch ball park isn't all that big IMO. Worth a try, but nothing to get your hopes up on. This is one of my least favorite German styles and 3F did well with it.. But this just shows how hard it is to make a really good kolsch. But hey, that's just my tastebuds. I give them credit for doing it well, but how well can one do a kolsch? I doubt any better than Calumet. It shows how good FFF are, but in turn shows me how bad the Kolsch style is.

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