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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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1,490 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,490
Hads: 5,508
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 934
Gots: 1,105 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale | 5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cretemixer on 04-17-2003

An American wheat beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.

35 IBU
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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow and clear with a somewhat fizzy head that dissipates after a bit and leave spotty lacing, but is otherwise not bad looking.

Smell is grainy with some yeastiness, earthiness, and zesty citrus.

Taste is pretty good, with a nice wheat/yeast combo and some citrus, hops, light spices and a touch of breadiness.

Feel is light and slick, easy to drink and refreshing.

Drinks pretty well. I like wheat beers for everyday drinking, especially for sporting events because they're light and easy to drink and of moderate alcohol. This one fits right in.

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Photo of modernartblues
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed From Notes

A: dark golden, billowy head, recedes to a minimal cape, some lacing

N: light floral and significant grapefruit kicker, I know this bottle isn't the freshest, but the beer has managed to hold up well

T: very little bitterness, wheat and estery in a pleasent way, wheat not overpowering, which I prefer in this style (as opposed to a huge wallop of wheat). This beer reminds me more of Nebco's Alpha-Weizen than it does of New Glarus's Dancing Man Wheat (in that its not exclusively wheat centric).

M: light and sunny on the palate, I can see this being a popular in the summertime.

O: this is a damn good beer and one I would go to consistently in the summer if I had the option.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a filtered clean golden color,1-finger head, minimal lacing.

S-Citrus hops all the way, grapefruit, lemon, and floral. No yeast or wheat in sight, or smell.
As it warms, the hops fade some to reveal a sweetness, maybe that's the wheat.

T- Citrus hop flavors, Bittersweet, like a halved grapefruit laced with sugar. I do not pick up the wheat.

M- Light and sweet, but this isn't coffee. It counters the sweetness with a hop finish. Easy drinking.

O- On its own, I enjoyed this beer. But a Pale Wheat Ale aka German-style hefe? Not IMO.
At just 28 ibu, the citrus hops dominate, which I like, although that trait doesn't marry with the style.

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Photo of bristol2120
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden, with a substantial head, that leaves about an inch of foam, and significant lacing. Aroma features an intense hops presence, with grapefruit/citrus notes very prominent. Taste features more hops/grapefruity intensity. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, and could benefit from more carbonation. The intensity of the hops in this beer is enjoyable, but it probably limits this beer's drinkability for those who prefer a more subtle approach.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light orangey-brown with a thin head and lots of carbonation. Nose is lightly hoppy, some light malty syrup, not really any hefeweizen or yeasty elements.

Taste is hoppy and grassy with toasty malts. Sharp hops up front, bitter and dry, not real sweet. Biscuity malt follows, supplying some sweetness to offset. Pine-resin flavors without the typical heavy, oily mouthfeel. Trace of lemon late on the palate, maybe some honey.

Mouthfeel is medium and clean, crisp, well-carbonated. Not a lot that would characterize this as a weizen, hefe or otherwise (maybe I've been misinformed). Good beer, but if I were tasting it blind, I'd call it a light pale ale. A refreshing summer beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of Pencible
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a slightly hazy bright gold with a bit of white head. It smelled like fresh peaches and persimmons, with some grassy hops and fresh wheat and wild onions. It tasted like unripe peaches, with wild onion and fresh wheat and honey. It was watery with some carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a strange beer. It didn't taste as sugary sweet as the name suggests. It was clean and mostly enjoyable, with decent body, so it was pretty easy to drink. This beer was fun to try once, but I have no real interest in ever having it again. And I really don't understand the hype over it - this is a B+ beer at best. If you want an exceptional American Wheat Ale, try Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.

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Photo of dherling
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale poured a light golden amber with a thin creamy head, with nice lacings. Nose is caramel, some wheat and nuttiness, with big grapefruit and piney hoppiness. The taste is one hoppy wheat beer, with more on the hops than the wheat. Good mouthfeel, well carbonated light bodied beer.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a highball shaker.

A - Pours a pale lemon yellow with a two-finger head of fluffy, almost sudsy eggshell-white foam that slowly collapses, leaving a thick, Swiss-cheese-like ring around the glass and a thin layer of foam across the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a muted lemon-lime color and somewhat cloudy.

S - Ruby red grapefruit with some citrus zest follow by juicy fruit notes like mango, peach, and pineapple. As it warms, there's marmalade on light toast in the background. Nose is on the subtle side, but luscious.

T - Lightly toasted wheat bread to start quickly followed by citrus hops featuring rind bitterness. That's followed first by some soft floral notes and then by peach in the finish that ends cleanly with hints of grapefruit - these start to linger toward the end of the glass. The wheat foundation has a pleasantly surprising presence and provides nice backing for the featured hops; there's just enough candy sugars in the profile to balance the hops without it being sweet.

M - Rather fizzy with medium carbonation. Body is somewhat light and moderately thin. Well-integrated, high-quality components. Crisp on the swallow with a short finish that's neutral-to-dry. Over time, the hop bitterness accumulates on the tongue, prolonging the finish.

O - A pretty taste-forward take on the American wheat style that provides enough foundation to balance the hops but still keep the beer on the lighter, refreshing side. A good summer beer for when flavor is most important rather than just quenching a thirst.

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Photo of bradford
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange appearamce with a lot of yeast residue floating in the glass
Smelled pretty good. Hoppy and malty
Taste: Hops, malt, crisp wheat taste
Mouthfeel was pretty decent. Crisp and smooth with a nice hop bite
Drinkability was ok. Not great, but pretty damn good for a normally bland style

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy shade of golden yellow with a thin, short-lived white head.

S: Very nice fruity hops over a strong pale malt smell. Strong banana and pear aromas.

T: Nice bitter pale malt and hop interplay mingled with wheat and some fruity yeast. The flavor starts out a little on the sweeter side and finishes with a bitter, bready snap.

M: Seems a little thin and under-carbonated, but this seems to be pretty typical of the style. Still, I can think of several with better body (esp. Oberon).

This is a good APWA and easy to drink. Still the combination of sweetness and thin body prevent me from rating it higher, despite it being one of the better options within the style.

Thanks to Drew for tossing this in!

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured into my alesmith pint glass. a rather aggressive pour produces a minimal half finger of off white fluffy head. the beer seems to glow a hazy pale gold. a moderate amount of lacing clings to the edges of my glass.

smell is solid. nice citrus nose. its hard for me to pin what im smelling with this but i like it. subtle sweetness. a slight whisper of hops.

taste is good. very smooth. i am picking up a subtle flavor of sweet/citrusy hops. lemon, some orange zest perhaps and to go completely cliche grapefruit. the flavor is balanced out well. the life of a wheat ale must be a good one.

mouth feel is ok. slightly overly carbonated. that would be my biggest gripe with this beer. my tongue is attacked by the fizziness. even near the bottom of the glass i can still conjure a half finger of head by giving it a bit of a spin.

overall this is a good beer. and i am not disappointed but im not sure this is what i was expecting the beer that i got. i would visit here again if i had the chance. maybe i just had a fizzy bottle. but other than that good job three floyds.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date. I really love the packaging on this one, very unique.

Poured a crystal clear, straw/light orange color. Nice 1/4 head with minimal lacing in my traditional pint glass.

I have had fresh Gumballhead off the tap at the FFF brewery, but I have reason to believe this bottle was older (6+ months old). I didn't get alot off the nose on this pour. Light hops and malts, but nothing too distinguishible.

Taste is light, dry and crisp with dried hops. Well balanced and very enjoyable. This is an amazing session beer for me. Goes down very easily.

Very unique and definitely worth a try (Though, preferrably very fresh).

Three Floyd's ROCK.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a straw golden color with a clingy head that starts at one finger and dissipates. Cloud is quite mild for a wheat.

Aroma is amarillos on the front. The hops dominate the aroma with no malt aromas present. Citrus hops really do dominate the nose.

Flavor opens with earthy hops. I say earthy because that is what I get from amarillo. Hop yield to citrus and grapefruit. Malt is lacking, there is nothing there for a wheat twang that I expect from a wheat beer. Lemon is the predominate flavor. Finishes sweet and hoppy, bitter and citrus.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with decent carbonation. Very refreshing with the lemony hop hit.

Overall a very refreshing hop forward beer that I would strain to call a wheat. That being said, it tastes good, and 3F has never been known for sticking to style.

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Photo of Soneast
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, golden color with a small, bubbly, white colored head, that disappears fairly rapidly leaving a large bubbled, sudsy ring. Not really any lacing and no visible carbonation.

A fairly potent aroma, strong in Amarillo hops, consisting mostly of citrus notes and a bit of pineapple, but there is also a touch of caramel and maybe a hint of sweet grain.

Flavor-wise, I had high hopes considering the amazing aroma, however the flavor is considerably toned down comparatively speaking. Once again the Amarillo shines through, bringing a bouquet of citrus and pineapple flavors. Additionally I pick up the sweet grainy flavors from the wheat. The hops flavor and aromas are abundant, however the bitterness is perfectly balanced.

Gumballhead is pretty light on the tongue with a slightly watery texture and very subdued carbonation. I felt the beer was a decent representation of an American Wheat, but honestly it doesn't hold a candle to NG's Crack'd Wheat (which I consider an American Wheat even though it's fermented with Hefe yeast). I don't think I'll pick up anymore, not when I have a tastier and easier to find American Wheat option right in my own backyard. Not to mention there is ABSOLUTELY NO REASON this should cost $11 a six-pack.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear gold pour with a small white head. Nice juicy mango and grapefruit aroma with some grassy wheat maltiness. Estery citrus flavor with a fair amount of piny hop bitterness on the finish and a note of clover honey. Medium-thin body with lots of tingly carbonation. What an awesome summertime beer. I wish I could buy it locally. I would drink the crap out of this stuff!

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Photo of KBHops
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Lovely yellow/orange color, looks a bit like apple juice. Poured three quarters of an inch of head that settled to thin layer on top with lacing on sides.

S: My first instinct is hoppier than I expected, but the more I smell, the more it seems to smell like sparkling grape juice (the non-alcoholic stuff), which I really like.

T: Starts with some citrus and then the wheat completely dominates, but as it lingers you get some of the orange like citrus back. Very nice.

M: Maybe a bit thin, but not water by any stretch

D: I could definitely drink a sixer. There is no alcohol taste anywhere. I almost can't help but down this thing in a few minutes. The flavor just completely dominates the palate and leaves you with an almost dry mouth that needs something to wet it, oh and look I've got a beer in front of me, I'll use this.

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Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rereview after almost three years. I'm still not a big fan of highly hopped wheats or American pale wheats, but here goes. From one of the new 12 oz bottles, this pours a hazy canary yellow body with over an inch of creamy white head. Good retention and extravagant lacing make for an excellent appearance. Bold aroma of pine cones, grapefruit, and a hint of yeast. Medium to light medium body with strong carbonation. Taste is aggressively hopped. Pine cone and citrus rind run amok. Black pepper and lemon hints underneath. Granted, the hops elevate this above its mundane style but the hop bitterness seems somehow out of place. Still, a good summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle:

A: The beer poured a hazy golden color with a nice thick white head. Nothing special, but the color was a bit darker than other Pale Wheat Ales I have tried.

S: A little lemon with some grain and hops noticeable.

T: Better than I expected. I am not a big fan of the Pale Wheat, but this one was surprising. Most Pale Wheat Ales I have tried to date lack any real flavor. This one had a really nice balance of the grapefruit/lemon, hops and some wheat. Very well done for the style.

M/D: The beer was light and easy to drink. Overall, I was very surprised and I enjoyed the beer. I may have to give it another shot just to see if it will grow on me. Very good beer.

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Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (thx ChicagoJohn) into a tulip. Pours a pale golden color w/ a frothy bright white head, moderate carbonation, good lacing.

Aroma is perfumy and a little musty, floral hops and perhaps a Belgian yeast strain? Can't be sure where this wet basement smell is coming from.

Taste is hoppy up front, balanced by the soft wheat malt. Brassy Amarillo hops give it a sharp bitter punch and then the neutral malt washes it down. Easy to drink but not especially interesting.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, watery.

Overall... eh. Maybe a good lawnmower beer but nothing I'd seek out again. Good for what it is I guess but I don't get how this made #45 on the top 100 "beers of fame" list. It just isn't all that great.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a weizen glass.

Many thanks to nisjer05 for picking this one up.
Very clear bright golden yellow color, with a one inch fluffy white head, that decipates quickly with lots of sticky lacing. Slight piney,citrusy smell with a hint of wheat and maybe lemon. This brew reminded me of lemon flavored ice tea, with a slight hopey bitterness at the end. A medium-light bodied feel with little carbonation.
I would consider this a good session brew. Low alcohol content and a light bodied feel makes for easy drinkin'. I will plan on heading to Toledo sometime soon to pick up some more of Three Floyds brews.

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Photo of tiger88
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow gold with an attractive white head. As the head dissipated, a small amount of sticky lace dotted the glass. The smell was that of sweet citrus fruits and mild hops. I really like the way this beer tastes...and I'm not a wheat beer fan. This is nothing like a wheat beer in my opinion. It's more like a hopped up, non-filtered pale ale. Very easy to drink, very easy to like. I would love to have this as a staple in my fridge but alas, FFF doesn't get this far south.

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Photo of sbennett22
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6-pack and poured the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Transparent gold in color. Thin foamy head that doesn't stick around very long.

S: I instantly smelled piney hops which was surprising since it's listed as a wheat beer. Slight smell of citrus too.

T: Pine was the dominant flavor, but the wheat and citrus also came through. Bitter at the tail end and not as wheat flavored as expected.

M: Very refreshing and drinkable. Leaves the mouth somewhat dry which may account for why I found myself drinking this beer very quickly.

O: Another quality beer from FFF. This beer is a good session beer. Refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of trevorwideman
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a weizen glass. Thanks to demcorhip for getting this one for me!

Pours a hazey, unfiltered golden straw colour with a massive full 2 inches of frothy head off a vigorous pour, a bit of fizzy wet lace sticks around a bit after the head recedes. Carbonation is very mellow, and unfortunately after a few sips this beer just ends up looking a bit on the flat side. Aroma is more muted than I expected, but there's some resiny hops. Pine, grapefruit overtop of more typical wheat aromas, bready with some banana, clove, and surprise, bubblegum. Oddly enough as well, a bit of mustiness.

Taste is straight up intriguing, a hearty and full flavoured mix of hops (grapefruit, pine, herbs (medicinal), pepper, and maybe some juniper?) with bready malt with some tasty yeast flavours, bubblegum sweetness with a bit of banana, apple, pear, and clove. Lighter body keeps this really drinkable though, carbonation isn't too obnoxious either, which is nice. Nice balance, full of flavour, and certainly better than most beers I've had in this style.

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Photo of AllDayIPA23
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from bottle into boulevard wheat glass.

Pours a translucent gold with mild carbonation visible. 1-finger/white head.

The nose contained lots of citrus, specifically lemon zestiness. I can pick up on the wheat as well. As some have said, I noticed some spiciness.

flavor goes along pretty well with the nose. Lots of lemon zest and the wheat comes through to balance. Its a pretty good, refreshing flavor, but not quite on par with the other FFF beers I have had.

Light bodied, with medium carbonation. Little spicy burn.

Above average beer. I would buy another 6-pack.

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Photo of denjen
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dennis: Three Floyd's is a very frustrating brewery for me. In many way I want to love them, but in other's they just exasperate me so much it's not funny. For example, I can get a bomber of Hog Heaven by Avery for $4.99, meanwhile I could drive to this brewery and I'm paying almost 6 bucks for this brew. That's the main reason we haven't tried so many of their other brands. That and, so far almost all of them have exhibited the same hop combination. Don't get me wrong, the first time I had dreadnaught or pride and joy I was exuberant, but i'm looking for a little diversity here. At 5%, this is a super, uber hoppy wheat beer. Tastes great, goes down super easy....but at the price I think it's just overrated.
Jen: From first whiff I knew that this was going to be different. I don't normally expect to smell hops, but that is all I could smell. Although shocked, I was looking forward to my first sip. All I could taste at first was the hops, but after I swallowed, I got a definite taste of wheat and a slight honey that was fun. This may be low in ABV, but it is definitely good. Light and crisp and it goes down smoothly.

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Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,490 ratings.