Calumet Queen | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
512
Reviews:
87
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.16%
 
 
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19
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81
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2
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Ratings: 512 |  Reviews: 87
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
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 jaydoc
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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 nmann08
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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 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 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 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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of ZEB89
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Calumet Queen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 512 ratings.
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