1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Gumballhead - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

4,309 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,309
Reviews: 1,409
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 788
Gots: 455 | FT: 24
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Gumballhead Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,309 | Reviews: 1,409 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Yabev15


4.25/5  rDev +1%

12-06-2012 16:48:45 | More by Yabev15
Photo of gueuzedreg


4.23/5  rDev +0.5%

Thanks Alex!!!

A- Light golden translucent throughout. Smallest of lacing with really great legs.

S- Has a great light honey smell to it. Nice wheat, very light and pleasant to smell.

T- Very mild, as most wheats are, but this is smoother tasting. That touch of honey in the smell comes off in same proportions in the taste. Very light and smooth. I really like this wheat beer. Last time I had this was last year in Bloomington, IN. I will be at that bar again one day.

M- Very light, nothing special here. Wheat beers are just this way, light, not harsh on any level; but this one is a bit smoother than other wheat

O- A great extra from Alex! I have been wanting this one for quite awhile!

06-10-2013 02:20:28 | More by gueuzedreg
Photo of ethanmc12


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

01-30-2014 04:10:58 | More by ethanmc12
Photo of jl28r1


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-19-2013 15:02:54 | More by jl28r1
Photo of RMelyon


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-06-2013 16:50:42 | More by RMelyon
Photo of Fcolle2


4.31/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours golden in color with a 1 finger head that has great retention.

Nose has really subtle straw malt with a big wheatbackbone and a fair amount of mango like hops. Smells pretty well balanced

Taste follows the nose, cracked wheat forward and is nice and bold followed by a sweet clean malt background. Hops also have a big presence are slightly fuity and balanced well. Very little bitterness, hops are all aroma and flavor.

Mouthfeel is great, hops leave this beer crisp clean and refreshing perfect summer beer. Remarkably smooth.

05-17-2013 00:46:44 | More by Fcolle2
Photo of RaulMondesi


4.19/5  rDev -0.5%

Raul is damn confounded. I mean, "American Pale Wheat Ale"... Those words harken Raul to some sorority party with hoochie's drinking beers with moons on the label. Regardless, Raul is straight doing this! What is going on here? There is just something so faint and delectable about this bad boi that it makes Raul want to think bad things! (In a good way, duh!).

Regardless, this thang is light, airy, juicy... (kind of like Raul's baby mama when he FIRST met her - but Raul won't go there!)


05-03-2013 01:31:03 | More by RaulMondesi
Photo of tlazaroff


4.18/5  rDev -0.7%

My first thought about the aroma was "Oh wow, thats.. interesting." It's sweet kind of like hard candy, with a few earthy, piney, and citrus notes that play nicely with each other.

Pale straw yellow with visible carbonation and a white head that disappears as quickly as it formed which leaves no speakable head.

Very interesting flavor! It begins with a nice cereal-like graininess to it, and breaks way into flowers, lemon, lime, and bread. The finish is a bit peppery, like rye was used in making this beer. Very interesting, and it hits on all points. It's has a nice body, more full than expected, with moderate, smooth carbonation. It is crisp, smooth, and satisfying.

11-24-2012 00:58:42 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of IAmHollywood13


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

06-05-2014 17:16:59 | More by IAmHollywood13
Photo of mgr78704


4/5  rDev -5%

05-07-2014 16:38:21 | More by mgr78704
Photo of dherling

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

11-12-2006 05:57:24 | More by dherling
Photo of dcguitar


4/5  rDev -5%

03-08-2013 21:27:37 | More by dcguitar


3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

02-16-2013 15:29:27 | More by ROBSTARR
Photo of Natural510


3.28/5  rDev -22.1%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a hefeweiss glass.
Incredible head, which retained somewhat. A very slightly cloudy golden color; much closer in appearance to a lager than hefeweizen.
Not much detectible scents, other than some wheat & lemon citrus.
Taste-wise, this was a typical wheat ale; wheat, lemon, yeast with a slightly sweet kick at the end...all very subtle.
No mouth twang or anything else of note.
Drinkable in a typical wheat-ale sense, I'm not quite sure why this beer is rated so highly. I find SA Summer Ale to be more interesting.
I was disappointed, given the label & brewery's reputation. And I certainly don't know why I paid $7 for the bomber when i could've had a slew of better beers for half that amount. Will be awhile before I give Three Floyd's another try.

04-15-2008 17:39:07 | More by Natural510
Photo of beerpirates


4/5  rDev -5%

A: Light, hazy gold, almost yellow with a thin, white head that dissipated.

S : Light nose of (citrusy) Amarillo hops and sweet malt.

T: Similar to the aroma. Some light citrus from the Amarillo hops with a forward wheat malt and a subdued sweetness. Floral hop flavor with moderate bitterness in the aftertaste.

M : Medium carbonation with a light, creamy body.

D : A pleasant take on an American wheat beer. God, light citrus and hop flavor plays well with the wheat malt. I really enjoy the use of Amarillo hops.

02-13-2011 21:06:07 | More by beerpirates
Photo of s1ckboy


4.25/5  rDev +1%

06-03-2013 23:32:45 | More by s1ckboy
Photo of dailyminefield

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

05-02-2014 22:03:04 | More by dailyminefield
Photo of OUJayhawk1799


4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

05-22-2013 11:15:47 | More by OUJayhawk1799
Photo of Phobicsquirrel


3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

05-24-2014 03:53:18 | More by Phobicsquirrel
Photo of santoslhalper


4.33/5  rDev +2.9%

Appearence: Pours a brilliant orange with a wonderfully placed white head.

Smell: This is possibly the best smelling beer I've had to date. The hops are perfect. Wow.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste has a suprising pilsener type quality to it at first. The hops really bite first and mellow out at the end. The bready maltiness really clings in the aftertaste. The taste is not as powerful and brilliant as the smell would make you think, but still a great tasting beer. The mouthfeel is full and firm.

Drinkability and Overall: This is an obvious summer beer, but I just happened to acquire one in a trade (thank you PatYoda!!). While this may not have been the freshest sample in the world, it was still excellent. The best part was the smell, but I'd have to say the initial hop bite is the only thing that turned me off.

02-16-2005 22:49:32 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of siradmiralnelson


4.2/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 1 finger pure white head. Nice retention. Moderate lacing. Nice cloudy orangeish yellow color.

S. Smell is very hoppy. Hops and spice and some citrus. Very nice smell. Grapefruit and Pineapple come out from the amarillo hops. Tropical fruit salad.

T. Taste is pale malt, hops. Nice bitterness. Somewhat sweet aftertaste. Wheat flavor. Lemon and grapefruit as it warms.

M. Has a nice mouthfeel. Low body. Good carbonation.

D. Probably the best hop smell of any beer that is not an IPA. I really like Amarillo hops and this beer is a fine showcase of their potential. This is a unique and tasty brew.

10-03-2010 20:20:53 | More by siradmiralnelson
Photo of WolfsbaneBloom


4.25/5  rDev +1%

01-25-2013 05:17:21 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
Photo of Higravity


4.38/5  rDev +4%

I have got to hand it to 3F for this one. A big beutiful light amber with a good head that leaves lots of lace. Smells wheaty with traces of honey nicely blended with the big citrus and slight pine smell of Amarillo. The taste is damn close to perfect as the full wheat flavor is a touch sweet and well meet by the hops. A great mouthfeel full and direct even at such a low alcohol content. Very drinkable, just sorry to see this go until next year as this was my last bottle.

12-14-2005 16:50:22 | More by Higravity
Photo of Thishops4u


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

01-13-2014 17:12:33 | More by Thishops4u
Photo of In_Control_Mike


4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

12-15-2013 17:30:52 | More by In_Control_Mike
Gumballhead from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
94 out of 100 based on 4,309 ratings.