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 BarryMFBurton
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If this really is named after Calumet City IN/IL (about 5 miles from Munster, site of Three Floyds), it’s the only recognition I’ve seen from this city. Here’s hoping for a good first impression.

A: Whoa, where’s the head? Pours like sparkling grape juice, shining golden with a bubbly body and almost no retention: just a spattering of light white soda fizz. Minimal stringy retention.

S: Light lager scents of doughy bread and husky grain, more like an American macro-brewed lager than I expected. Seems like quite the average beer. Quick dose of lemony, rindy hops (much less than Three Floyds brews typically have) and a little banana before it closes out.

T: Much better flavor here, thankfully: soapy, lemony hops present sweet floral hints of lavender, lemongrass, and orange peel, mixing with a clean malt sweetness of honey, banana, corn, and buttered toast. There’s a little vinous grape and peach flavor to it, a mild candi syrup character, and grain husk to boot. Finish is crisp yet sweet, a final exhibition of balance. Well done.

M: Light and thin, without that sustained lager chewiness that would go well with the palate. Feels clean, though, I guess you could say.

O: Chalk up another satisfying release to Three Floyds – lots of flavor for a seemingly limited style. I’d enjoy this as a year-round release, especially since nobody seems to be able to put out a nice, flavorful lager.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.8.12

A - Pours a hazy dark yellow-light orange with a few white bubbles that are gone instantly.

S - Wheat and lemons.

T - Lemon, wheat, sweet carmel malts.

D - Lower carbonation with a light body and a sweet finish.

O - Sweet, citrus, and light.

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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 chanokokoro
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds branded imperial pint glass

Pours a glimmering gold with a two finger bright white head. Light pale malt, grass and flora, accents of apple and pear on the nose. Opens with grassy hops joined by apple peel with a touch of bitterness, a touch of honey, toasted grain, and some light citric notes. Finishes fairly dry and crisp. Light body with bubbly carbonation that tickles the inside of the mouth. Overall, a very solid kolsch.

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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 Treebs
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber served in a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear gold color with a pure white head forming on the pour. Recedes quickly to a thin film. Pretty standard.

S: Pretty typical kolsch smell. Light pale malts, some mineral qualities with a light grassy hop note. Sweet, lagery yeast as well.

T: Pretty much lines up with the nose. Pale malt sweetness, some slightly ester yeast component. A grassy hop profile is somewhat assertive here, but the malty sweetness really brings it home on the finish.

M: Light bodied with a medium high carbonation level. Has a malty sweet finish with a high drinkability.

O: Pretty solid flavor profile for a kolsch and it had a little more hop bite than normal which is on par with FFF. It's a little too cold in Chicago now for this guy, but on a hat summer day this would be great. Seasonal summer six packs would be good.

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Photo of Etan
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Brooklyn snifter.

A: Pours a translucent light gold with a big head of coarse white bubbles.

S: Light grain with the usual floral and slightly fruity esters from the yeast.

T: Grain, touch of citric hoppiness, slightly buttery, mild apple and honey esters.

M: Light with tingly carbonation.

O: Not the most flavorful kolsch I've had, but it does the job.

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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 Florida9
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear light yellow color. Forms a large foamy head on an aggressive pour, but it eventually settles to thin surface coating with moderate ring around the edge. Some light lacing.

S: A mix of grains and lightly toasted white bread. A bit of honey and a little green apple.

T: Toasty grains, cracker, and summer fruits: grapes, green apple, and pear. A little bit of a honey sweetness. Glycerin finish.

M: Thinner body, moderate carbonation with a pleasant brightness to it. Virtually no bitterness, but the finish is so dry it gives the impression of bitterness.

O: Tastes like a Kölsch. A well made Kölsch, but its not exactly the most exciting of beer styles. That said, I do wish FFF would have put this into distribution at the beginning of summer instead of the beginning of fall, but I guess that's FFF for you.

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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 MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason. Served in a tulip of some sort. I've had this beer on-tap but I've never bothered to review it.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and minimal lace. Transparent straw body. Looks like a Kölsch.

S - White grapes, sharp grains, a dab of honey. Pretty clean and crisp aroma, but somewhat understated.

T - The taste has more in the way of honey sweetness and biscuity malts. Some lightly toasted grains, fruity notes, and a clean and refreshing finish.

M - Medium body, with pleasant carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. Very easy to drink.

D - Not as musty or grapey as some German examples I've tried, but still pretty authentic as most German offerings are from 3 Floyds.. If you like Kölsch, you'll like this as it's a good American take on the style. Jason and I finished the bomber in roughly 10 minutes, so it's definitely a lawnmower sort of beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always excited to try a new Three Floyds beer that I've never had. This one was poured from a bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Appearance was pale yellow and very clear with a nice white head. I was half expecting an unfiltered beer from FFF, but it looks to be filtered, crystal-clear, and pretty authentic. There are some slight fruit notes on the nose (apples and pears mostly). There is also a bit of white wine character to the nose. I don't get much of the hops on the nose, but it smells like a good Kolsch.

Light body and nice firm mouthfeel. The flavor is very balanced with nice soft malt flavors and very subtle fruity sweetness. The fruit notes match the nose and show up as apples, pears, and some white grapes. There is a slight yeasty quality (like a dry, white salt-free cracker) that also lurks in the background and comes through on the finish. One thing noticeably missing is a little bit of tartness or hoppy dryness on the back of the palate. Still, this is a well-balanced, refreshing beer.

I don't have a lot of experience with this style and had to review the style guidelines before trying this beer, but it seems to match the description nearly perfectly. I never thought I would say this about a FFF beer, but I would like to taste and smell just a bit more hop character. Other than that, I can't find anything to detract. FFF stayed true to the style here and made a nice traditional Kolsch. That said, it might be fun to see what this brewer could do if they decided to go crazy with this style.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden beer, clear. Small white head that dissipated quickly and left just a slight ring around the glass.

S - Lager yeast, touch of honey, some sweet malts, grain.

T - Tastes like the nose with a grainy finish. It's a bit sweet with some pale malts coming through and a bit of honey.

M - Lighter bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Nice beer, easy to drink, very crisp and refreshing. Drank the bomber by myself pretty easily.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into GI tulip

A - Golden, clear color that is slightly darker than champagne. Light carbonation trailing upwards. Small off white head sits on the top

S - Sweet slight honey, bready malt and straw come up from a fragrant nose.

T - Sweet and malty initally as you get slight honey and a sweeter, bready malt. As the beer goes on, there is hay and straw with a slightly bitter hopping that comes on near the finish

MF - Medium body with the malt giving it a nice thickness and creaminess. There is slight carbonation that gives it a slight pop near the finish

O - Nice, well balanced full flavored Kolsch from FFF. Definitely an easy drinking session beer that you could drink throughout the summer

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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 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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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz bottle poured into a SA pint glass

A- Pours crystal clear light golden yellow. A two finger white head. One of the lightest clearest beers I have ever seen.

S- Lager yeast. A crisp bitterness. A light wheatyness. A slight lemon zest. A bit tart. Slightly grainy smelling. Very clean smelling beer.

T- A big grainy bill up front. A big wheat flavor. Back of the tongue is some lemon zest and an earthy onion like flavor. Some herbal notes and spices. Flowery. This may be the only three floyds beer with a weak hop presence. Dry grainy finish.

M- This beer is incredibly light and easy drinking. It has a certain quality feel to it. Not too thin like an adjunct. Dry puckering finish. A little tart and sour but extremely refreshing.

O- This is a pretty good beer. Im not extremely familiar with the Kolsch style quite yet but this one is solid. It feels and tastes like quality. Its simple and light but refreshing and smooth. I prefer their other two lagers I have tried (Jinx and Gorch Fock) but this isn't far off.

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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 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 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 AleWatcher
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF.
served in an imperial nonic.

Two finger head is all but gone after 2 sips, leaving behind a fizzy collar and some spots like bacterial colonies on an Agar plate. The body is a little hazy, but has a nice golden color to it. Decent coverage from the legs, but no lace remains anywhere on my glass.

Smells of light grainy malt that almost, but not quite, reminds me of a sourmashed wort. There is almost none of the light fruit notes that I like to come across with a Kolsch. I enjoy the hints of pears, green apple, and apricot that I've found in some others, though I'm not sure it is a necessity to hit the style-guidelines....

The flavor is lightly sweet up front, but that disappears into a dry grainy malt profile and a dry bitter finish. A little earthy quality lingers that reminds me in an odd way of a French white wine.

The body is light and bubbly. Plenty of carbonation here.

Overall-- I tend to enjoy a good Kolsch on a hot day, and while this certainly meets the requirement for a refreshing drink, it doesn't wow me. I'd actually prefer a Krankshaft Kolsch by Metropolitan Brewing... But this is certainly worth trying and enjoyable in its own right.

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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 Wadsey
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Calumet Queen, on tap at Three Floyds on 8-17-11

Served in Imperial Pint

A: Appears clear pale gold with minimal head and some solid if sporadic lacing. Light effervescence. 

S: Quite grainy, with biscuity notes dominating. I will add lemony zest. Really subtle nose.

T: The malts, again, do all the heavy lifting, bringing flavors of grain, biscuit, and toasted bread.  There is some of the vinous quality that is occasionally used to describe the kolsch style. Light bitterness.  Finish is crisp. 

M: Light body with medium carbonation. Light and zippy on palate.  

O: In Calumet Queen, Three Floyds aimed to brew a "crisp and refreshing lighter summer offering" and hit the target.  In addition, I find the vinous maltiness enchanting.  

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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 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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Calumet Queen from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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