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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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of izzyismyrott
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tylertut
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sheenisgod
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Indymom
4.69/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Indywiseguy
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Easy drinking with a great flavor

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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 SPLITGRIN
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of QuadriderMX
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of K_schrim
4.44/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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 kplooki
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Namtracxtra
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 edhizdeid
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mds1101
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 bcm75
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TravisMason
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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