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Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub


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3,771 Ratings

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Ratings: 3771
Reviews: 1382
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.19%

Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
An American Wheat Ale, Gumballhead is named in honor of the underground comic book cat created by Rob Syers. Initially a seasonal summer beer, now brewed year round due to demand. This beer helped redefine American Wheat Beers. Brewed with Amarillo Hops and a generous portion of American red wheat, Gumballhead has a complex hop aroma with notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, marmalade and peach. These flavors combined with low bitterness make Gumballhead a refreshing American Wheat Beer that doesn’t suck.

35 IBU

(Beer added by: cretemixer on 04-17-2003)
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4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 4-1-14

A - Nice light orange body with clean white ~1.5" head

S - Fruity and hoppy. Citrus notes were more on the lemon and pomegranate side.

T - Hops and citrus up front. Sour and bitter finish.

M - Good carbonation provides a thick swallow.

O - Wheat and pale ale makes for an interesting and unique flavored beer. I would take a good pale ale or a good wheat beer over this combo, but it's still a good beer that is worth a try if you like either of those styles. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 21:29:02 | More by Bowers-Brew
Photo of sid240


4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was my first try at American Hoppy Wheat beers. Wow, what an eye opener. The appearance is a very clear pale orange/yellow color, small white head. The smell is all fruit: orange, peach and tangerine. I really like the fact that those flavors are not the only thing you get, this is a well integrated wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 14:07:36 | More by sid240
Photo of Damian


3.69/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank from a 12 fl oz/355 ml bottle acquired in a trade with mps
Bottled 02/13/14
Served in a pint glass

Nearly clear, light golden-amber appearance. Just a touch of yeast sneaked into the glass on the pour, clouding the liquid ever-so-slightly. The beer was topped by a tight, creamy and bubbly, off-white crown that slowly dropped to a clingy film. Rings of dippy lacing coated much of the glass.

The aroma was interesting. Hoppy yet somewhat subtle initially. The hops were fruity and citrusy. Good amount of tangerine and orange peel. Some white grapefruit as well. Touch of lemony tartness. Really pleasant overall, but I was hoping for a bit more punchiness. Subtle tropical fruit notes came out as the beer warmed. Mango and papaya were detectible. Some sweet malt notes appeared as well. Impressive.

The flavor profile was also very hop forward but, unlike the nose, it was much more dry and bitter. Orange peel led things off. Loads of white grapefruit. Super lemony and tart in the center. A pale malt base hardly managed to keep the hops in check. Lemony tartness and bitter grapefruit rind carried into the bone dry, resiny finish. Pithy, bitter hop notes lingered on my palate long after every sip.

The mouthfeel was solid. Medium bodied for the style. The liquid contained a crisp, lively effervescence that turned slick, creamy and smooth on the palate.

Gumballhead definitely pushes the limits of an American pale wheat ale. Although I typically love all types of extreme beers, I wish that this one had more wheat character and was truer to the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 03:19:15 | More by Damian
Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ


3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pale golden with slight haze with a small/medium pure white head
Hops and lots of fruity notes and grapefruit. Smells “light”
Malt note stronger in the palate than the malt note in the nose. Crisp and light, mild alcohol taste. Grassy, mild bitter element. Bitter finish
Its reffered to as a wheat beer but in my opinion this isn’t your average wheat beer- its much better . In my neck of the woods this stuff sells like no other beer and my local beer suppliers can attest to this. Why? I’m not sure.. Its good don’t get me wrong but its not “Holy shit it’s here!? I’ll take 5 cases!” good. Get it if you can though, very interesting and refreshing beer.


Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 14:09:51 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really don't care for wheat ales, but I will try any Three Floyds beer I can get my hands on. This is hands down the best wheat beer I've ever had. Nice and hoppy and it doesn't have that minty aroma/taste most wheat ales have. I would recommend this to anybody, but especially people like me who typically don't enjoy wheat ales. This one is truly a cut above the rest.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 20:13:09 | More by AC-Mivsek
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New Hampshire

4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - poured a hazy, golden yellow with a soft white, one finger width, frothy/soft head. Carbonation bubbles are visible as well.

Aroma - smells of wheat and delicious hops. Citrus fruits stand out the most; grapefruit, lemon, and orange.

Taste - a wonderful combination of wheat and citrus fruits and it leaves a nice lingering fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - light body, thin on the tongue and goes down smooth.

Overall - a delicious and refreshing wheat pale ale. Love FFF brews!!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 12:01:17 | More by ChrisL24481
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3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. The hype, as with all 3F beers, is not warranted. People act like this is the best beer in the world, and its not. Its just another beer people, get over it and drink something else. If its not on the shelf, we don't have any, so don't ask. And, yes, everyone will always be out because all you crazies are ridiculous. Don't call either, the answer is always no. Stores reward people that actually take the time to come in and potentially buy something.

80 Acre is not a bad beer, its almost the exact same beer. Buy that instead. Some people think its better even. It's always in stock, and cheaper.

3F only makes enough GH for bars to have on tap, and if that if you're lucky enough to find it not sold out on tap. Don't waste your time driving from store to store looking for it. Or do if you want to spend the whole day doing so. That being said,

Poured a light yellow color.
No head, zero.
Had a pleasant piney wheat smell, but not unlike other beers
Could taste the citrus and wheat notes
Moderate carbonation

Overall, an above average hoppy wheat beer, yes. Deserving of the ridiculous hype, absolutely not.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 22:17:14 | More by WettNutz
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a wheat beer fan, and was hesitant to get many of these, but I was quite surprised. 3F never disappoints. Really great beer, drinkable, and would like to try it once the weather gets a little warmer. The hop presence is there but not overwhelming. Will definitely look to get some more of these in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 15:34:01 | More by superstars11
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3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours bright golden with a white head that thins and stays. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of a hop-bomb. Citrus - grapefruit, orange/nectarine, some pineapple - with pine.

The taste is of hops - citric, with some pine. Just a touch of sweet wheat cracker backs it up - just enough to hold hops together.

Full-bodied for the style. Chewy.

Purposely imbalanced, this is a super hoppy wheat ale. Drinkable despite rawness.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 19:44:49 | More by jwc215
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4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I was gifted one of these about a years ago and I remember enjoying it immensely. I've kept an eye out for it but have yet to see it on the shelf. That is, until today, when I spotted a lone sixer sitting behind a couple packs of "Pride & Joy." Without hesitation I snatched it up. It's super fresh bottled less than two weeks ago...The artwork is sick...Looking forward to this one!

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow. Lots of carbonation, the fizzy bubbles persist. The head, is nearly snow white. unfortunately the head is nearly non existent and I don't get any lacing.

Smell: Being called gumballhead, I anticipated a hefe type sweet banana smell, with pronounced buble gum or candy esque smells. But I don't really get anything of the sort. Taking a whiff, it smells more like a ipa/apa. Juicy, citrusy, hoppy, with maybe a touch of spice. I wanted to smell bubblegum. But for what it's worth, it smells very good! It is rather faint however, the intensity level could have been raised a few notches.

Taste: Yep, tastes like an ipa/apa. I taste hops! Boatloads of them. Now I know what Amarillo hops taste like specifically. A hop bomb of a wheat beer. Not overly bitter. It does pack a little punch up front, but is smooth and refreshing on the back-end. The initial hop bite would lead me to guess the abv a percentage point or so higher than it is (5.6%) Still, this beer is extremely drinkable and a good choice to session with. Whatever wheat profile this beer has follows the hop intensity, proving the yang to the yin, the character mellows during part two. I do feel like the taste does lack a bit of complexity, which may seem a contradiction, considering I just pointed out the changing, two part nature of the taste profile. Hoppy, slightly bitter, grassy, a bit of spice, dry, fruity, citrus, grapefruit, lemon, i guess wheat? In short, this beer tastes satisfying.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat "oily," light to medium light, crisp and refreshing with a lot of bubbly carbonation, which I really dig with this beer. I'm almost reminded of a lager in the most endearing of ways. It makes me think "summertime." Ballgames, bbq, beaches, backyards, music fests, this beer says "session-able and intense.'

Overall: I am simultaneously impressed and ever so slightly let down. I think this beer is undoubtedly better than "good." I'm surprised the bros only gave it a 83. This beer is very good; great. arguably outstanding. TBH, i am slightly put off by these beers that seemed destined to hype from incarnation. Idk if FFF just doesn't have the resources meet their demand. It just sort of irritates me where breweries produce such a low volume of product so they can artificially jack up the price and the hype. This marketing strategy is nothing new or unique to this industry. My point is, if you can brew good shit, brew that shit for all to enjoy! Stop hoarding that shit like a blood diamond yo!
Anyway Gumballhead by Three Floyds. Very good, comes highly recommended by me. If you find yourself in the situation where you are able to procure, procure that shieet! You won't be disappointed, I guarantee it! Did I mention the sick artwork?

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 06:27:30 | More by LovingCup
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4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First off, blindpenguin needs a more refined palate (it's a joke).

A - Lemon-yellow and hazy.

S - Leaves me wanting. Not too much going on, subtle hop, light citrus.

T - Slight tartness, citric acid, lemon juice and zest, grapefruit, wheat, light hop aftertaste (not bitter).

M - Lush and easy.

O - Great beer. Glad I have access to FFF.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 22:50:39 | More by Trifecta1
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District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mjord23 for this one. Teku glass.

A: Pouts straw color, very good clarity, with a half finger of snow white head which recedes quickly to a persistent ring. Minimal lacing but pretty good retention.

S: Light malt, a little lemon zest. Not a whole lot going on.

T: A little wheat, and I’m really struggling to find anything else. Not a whole lot of flavor, but highly drinkable.

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: Overall, a solid if unexceptional wheat beer. What it lacks in flavor it makes up in sessionability.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 01:48:57 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of AdamThomas


4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crisp amber ale with a nice white snowcap head.

Smell: Beautiful. Full of hops with a sweet lingering aroma. The pine really is first on the nose followed by a plethora of fruity notes.

Taste: Good blend of malts and hops. Has a sweeter flavor than most American Wheats. Gumballhead has A LOT of fruity flavors that hit the tongue first. Very little bitterness to the bear.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated beer.

Overall: The beer is one of my favorites and hard to give an unbiased review. In the spirit of 3F's... It's not normal. It's unlike most wheat beers. Has a wonderful aroma and taste while lacking traditional bitterness. Another fantastic beer!

Serving type: Beer

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 17:17:43 | More by AdamThomas
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3.71/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a murky dark yellow in color with a one-finger white head with little retention. Smell is definitely hop forward with nice fruity grapefruit, orange, SLIGHTLY piny hops that make for a nice nose. Maybe this is just so well balanced but I have a hard time smelling the sweet malts but I have a feeling some of the nice aroma is some nice sweet caramel malts. Taste is definitely slightly more malty. Really seems well balanced between the malts and the hops but the hops are a little more forward. Slightly too hoppy for a wheat beer by style but it still tastes like a nice APA. Mouthfeel is nicely thick with some nice carbonation to support the beer. Overall this is a really good beer but it tastes more like an APA than a wheat beer. I love the beer but just rating by style.

After seeing the style is AP wheat ale I am rerating the numbers because that is more like I would have thought this beer is.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 00:55:36 | More by NeedBeerHere
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North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a FW tulip. 6 pack from brewery, $10. Bottled 4 days ago.

Pours a crisp golden color with a nice inch thick white head. Terrific lacing too. Slight grapefruit on the nose...some lemon. Smell isnt that strong. The taste is a different story though as i got a ton of Amarillo hops right away immediately followed by grapefruit and lemon zest. Finish is more lemon zest and really not any bitterness at all. Definitely not typical for the style...this is very enjoyable. Mild bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall doesnt taste anything like a traditional wheat beer. I really dig it. Obviously, the freshness helped!

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 02:38:34 | More by Axnjxn
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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours up golden, no lacing, small white head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon peel, a lil peach. Taste is same as nose, grassy hops up front, white pepper, a crisp hefeweizen yeast. Doesn't taste too traditional. Clean finish, non aggressive carbo, light leaning medium body. Very tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 18:17:25 | More by stumac
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4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 12/30/2013 Kudos to Three Floyds for starting to date!

Pours a Clear gold, half finger of white head

Smell lemon, grapefruit, grain, sweet sugar like sweetness (from the wheat possibly) Oranges, apricots

Taste is very good, lemon, grapefruit, bready malt, wheat, grassy hop, orange and orange peel, papaya, apricots, wow really good

Mouthfeel is medium, fine carbonation, wheat adds some body, finishes dry

Wow, IMO this is Three Floyds best beer, having had a bunch of them, none of them and that includes Zombie Dust an Alpha King hold a candle to this masterpiece of a beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 20:23:46 | More by nickapalooza86
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4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Straw golden pour with decent fluffy white head that stays around. Lacing spiders down the sides.

Smells like the inside of a bubblegum coin machine : ) Hop presence with with strains of wheat. Fragrant with citrus.

Tastes of grapefruit rind and pine. Grain malt bill noted. Exceptionally balanced.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side and has been sessionable for me. Crisp and refreshing.

This was my first FFF over three years ago. I still buy it in abundance to this day. The best wheat pale produced today. At one time I couldn't find Gumball Head and a store clerk told me to try a Lil Sumpin Sumpin-absolutely not the same and pales (excuse the pun) by comparison.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 23:27:44 | More by joeseppy
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South Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: hazy yellow with frothy white head

S: A little fruit and sweet wheat a slight bitterness

T: Sweet wheat with a fair amount of hops bitterness, nice clean flavor

M: Highly carbonated but give the beer a good dry finish

O: Good wheat beer, very good use of hops, I enjoyed this but wouldn't go out of my way to trade for it.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 07:13:24 | More by KTeamLSU
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District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at the brewery on Sun., 12/22, unknown bottling date, poured into a new (!) FFF Teku glass and drank several over a few hours.

A: 3/3 - yellow-golden coloration; impressive clarity for an American wheat (can both see and read through); off-white frothy head settles into a one finger glass lacing; moderate alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - lots of grapefruit and orange aroma supplied by the Amarillo; a subtle wheat and bready aroma arises as the beer warms; little alcohol or other malts

T: 17/20 - on the front of the tongue, there's a mild citrus bitterness that develops with some wheat flavors; in the middle of the mouth, the wheat opens up and reveals a more complex malt backbone; the aftertaste is dry and refreshing, making this eminently drinkable, especially on a warm Summer day; little alcohol flavors; no flawes detectable

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied, little alcohol, finishes dry (as noted)

O: 9/10 - an interesting hopped-up Americam wheat; this is really excellent use of Amarillo, but I wish that the hop aroma/flavors were more intense; however, it's balanced with high drinkability; recommended any time of the year but especially on a hot Summer day with BBQ.

TOTAL - 43/50

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 23:10:32 | More by MNishCT77
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4.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Nice color, with a very nice head

S - Fruity and the pine from the hops

T - Citrus, lemon and hoppy, a bit of sweetness

M - High carbonation, the finish is dry

O - Another fine offering from Three Floyds, maybe my favorite so far, very highly drinkable, almost a 5.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 03:05:13 | More by wiseguywood
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4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lovely color, with an extraordinary, full head with strong lacing.

S - Snappy fruit notes and hints of pine.

T - Lemon and other citrus is front, with pine undertones, a thread of sweetness, giving rise to a fairly full, bitter finish.

M - Strong carbonation, and a drying finish.

O - Another fine offering from Three Floyds. Bright, crisp, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 03:19:04 | More by Tsar_Riga
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New York

4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Got this bottle via online purchase

A - Amber pour with good clarity. Minimal carbonation. The thing that stands out is that the foam retention was like nothing I've ever seen. Retention was so great it held like an anthill in the middle of the glass. Lacing was in thick lines down the glass. Really a majestic looking beer.

S - Strong scent of lemongrass, tangerines, fresh wheat bread, a light aroma of oily hop resin. Hard to find anything wrong and the fact that this was a fresh bottle only increased my enjoyment.

T - Crisp and flavorful, this has a great balance between citrusy sweet fruit and light wheat notes. Finish is a mild hop bitterness.

M - Wickedly pleasant. I easily could down a sixer of this on my own. Leaves a slightly dry feel on the palate.

O - This is the best pale ale I can recall ever having. Love the citrus notes and the subdued hop taste. Proof that a beer does not need to be extreme to be incredible.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 00:24:56 | More by socon67
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4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally got my hands on this one thanks to Rebekah. Thanks!! Bottle pours a mostly clear golden or light orange with a massive fluffy white head on top. Lots of lacing on the glass as the head recedes. Aroma is sweet lemony, grassy hops, malt sweetness and honey, peaches, then some floral potpourri. This smells like hop candies. Flavor is big lemon hops with a lightly sweet malt backbone and some peachy character. This has a big time punch of flavor and the floral lemon flavors longer on the palate. Very light bodied, a bit of slickness, and high carbonation. I can see why people love this one. Super quaffable and lots of flavor. Nicely balanced between the hops and malts. Might be one of the best beers for drinking a 6-pack that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 00:42:18 | More by BMMillsy
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4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Light gold, thin head.
S- packs a full punch of citrus, grapefruit hops; hint of lemon.
T- Starts off with light lemon, then hits you with a smooth hoppy, citrus blast. Leaves behind very little bite.
M- Fresh out of the bottle it is quite carbonated for my taste; I prefer to let this beer die down for a couple minutes before enjoying.
O- I'm no great fan of IPAs and overly hopped beers, but this fine beer strikes a perfect balance of citrus hops and the overall smoothness of wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 03:28:02 | More by Dayman766
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Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 3,771 ratings.