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Gumballhead - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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4,947 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,947
Reviews: 1,462
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 858
Gots: 793 | FT: 32
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

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 KFBR392
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Lacks the truly cloudy look of a traditional wheat beer. Head at most got slightly above a finger. Seemingly lacking head retention throughout. Carbonation at best was average throughout compared to elite wheat beers.

Smell: Wheat beer you say? Smells like a zesty IPA to me. Nice spiciness from the amarillo hops. Pine, lime, lemon, and some bright sugars. Some of the wheat accents cool off the IPA feelings toward the back end but are not a major player here. When you put aside your wheat beer expectations, this is a really wonderful aroma.

Taste: Spicy hops hit on the front end. The hops slowly subside and the body smoothes out with a very noticeable wheat flavored body. I was really surprised at how prevalent the wheat flavor was with the seeming lack of it in the aroma. A hop dryness is strongly felt on the palette after drinking.

Mouthfeel: a light to medium bodied brew which certainly carries its weight. Smooth mouthfeel going on which leaves its damage on the palette after drinking.

Overall: This beer shows the fundamental differences between American and European wheat beers. I had a Weinhenstephaner Hefeweissbier before this one and its hard to tell they are basically the same style. Hops are accented much more then the yeast in the European style. Easy to see why this is the flagship beer by Three Floyds, easily drinkable which gives it an overall commercial appeal.

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of bobhits
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is something so zombie dust about this beer. Sure it as best I know isn't a one top beer and I really doubt it is all Circa, but damn if it doesn't have that same citrus one hop like note. The difference being wheat and a lot less malt and alcohol feel.

Pours crystal clear as most american wheat beers do, minimal carbonation but it leave a good bit of lacing. Pretty lively carbonation, but nothing like the explosive Belgian and German beers do.

The aromas are hops and more hops, the malt is nearly gone. Still nothing to bite you or over power, just citrus juicy melons pineapples and grapefruit.

This one has citrus notes with a nice hop character from start to finish with late what drying effect that dies to the hop finish. To say this is the best American wheat beer is an understatement, this is actually good beer which no other American wheat I've had could ever dream of claiming.

Extremely drinkable though I personally like a touch more body. Still for a summer beer chaser look no further.

It isn't dreadnaught, panzer, alpha king, or zombie dust...it is lighter yet still packs such a wonderful hop profile and presence that I just can't say enough about what this beer does. I want to knock it for something but damn...just can't.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this from iconoklaztor! Your the man Don! Thanks again!

Poured into my Surly Tulip. Light golden body, with a two finger white head with great retention. Also has some nice lacing.

The nose is sweet with a nice lemon hop kick. Wheat definitely comes out. Sort of smells bubble gummy...not sure if my head is playing tricks on me or if this is in fact intentional. Really good smelling beer. Bready malts, wheat, citrus hops with a smooth finish.

The taste is very similar, but much smoother than the nose suggests. The wheat mellows this out, and there is a nice combination of wheat and citrus lemon hops. Excellent beer.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with a nice carbonation bite that is pretty appropriate. Drinkability is great.

I almost wish it was warm outside drinking this, I can see how this would be a great summer session beer. It's about 30 outside, and this is still doing it's job. A great beer, no matter the weather. Thanks Don for the chance!

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! What a beer. Why I passed this one up previously is beyond comprehension. Thanks to nlmartin for this bomber.

Pours a nice, clear color with about an inch and a half of bright white head. Head last for about half of the glass leaving some light specks of lacing.

The aroma is more than enough to satisfy. Hops are abundant, which is something that sets this beer apart. Citrus and some wheat, but as it warms I get some .... wait, maybe I just looked at the label too much .... no, it is bubble gum. Sweet, sticky and chewy bubble gum. Wow.

And the flavor .... ahhh, the flavor. All of the above and then some. Citrusy hops, nice wheat backbone, some sweet candied sugar in the back. Love it. I can't believe I didn't buy this when I could get it. I will not make that mistake again.

Exceptionally smooth medium body. Nicely carbonated. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste reminds you about the hops. Drinkability .... you're kidding, right? I could drink this beer all afternoon and night and into the early morning. Or at least until I see those little green fairies I was looking for when I had that Absinthe. Amazing beer. Great job 3F's.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of carln26
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color topped by a thick cream colored head. The aroma has a wonderful hop flower aroma up front followed by a light fig/date sweetness. Think Mojo. The citrus/grapefruit and hop flower taste hits the second the beer touches your mouth. Sharp, pleasant bitterness spreads through your mouth. It’s followed by a delicate sweetness, candy and fig that finishes nicely. The mouth feel has is slightly slick, but still has some fullness. Great drinakbility. This is what an American Wheat ale should be. A new favorite.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to younger35 for these beers in a trade. He included a second one because he's da man.

Pours a beautiful golden yellow into budweiser goblet recently purchased for 1.99 at the local thrift store.

Smells sweet, wheaty, lemon shavings, I wish tobacco dip smelled this good.

You can taste it before it hit your mouth. hoppy, sweet, wheat, like an alcoholic lemon head candy with hops.

What a fantastic beer, i'm saving the other one for a sunny day. Perfect beer for this style, stop reading this and go buy one...

Photo of RMelyon
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Abbbp
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of RedHaze
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mildly hazy orange with a fluffy two finger head that fades slowly to a very thin, spotty cap. The thin ring that's left behind leaves quite a bit more lace than I expected.

Smell; mmm....hops, and lots of them for a wheat beer. Pine and citrus smells come floating out of my glass, as well as some mild hints of caramel malts. But where is the wheat in this wheat beer?

Taste; those piney and citric hops are right there in your face, but I like it. The sweet malts definitely make a nice appearance, once you let this warm up a bit. The wheat is more felt than tasted, and lightly at that, which gives this a close to medium bodied mouthfeel. This reminds me more of an APA or IPA than it did of a wheat beer, but despite the lack of any wheat flavors, I still like this offering from Three Floyds. I just wish it felt and tasted more like a wheat beer.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev -5%

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5/5  rDev +18.8%

Photo of DbbC
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Fcolle2
4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4/5  rDev -5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of donnebaby
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I haven't had a wheat ale that tastes this good ever I don't think. A nice layer of mellow cereals and another of peachy (iced tea) sweetness add character, while the aftertaste is just awesome and unique, of toasted wheat and oats and cereals busting out with flavor and texture. Almost like eating a chocolate wheat bar, if that's possible. Good stuff. Some hop touches as well, not to be remiss.

Besides the taste, the looks are funky, slightly opaque rich amber body and bizarre ice crystal lacing and spotchy head are cool. Nose is weak I thought, but more or less normal for the style. Sweet, sharp malts, which developed into a citric tropical orange/grapefruit. Nice.

Mellow taste and addictive aftertaste, combined with the awesome body, make this brew exceptionally drinkable.

Photo of dedrinker
3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy straw color. Aroma of fresh hay and Pacific North-West hops. This beer tasted like a cross between an American Wheat beer and an American Pale Ale. There were some clean, light grainy flavors with some soft late addition hop character. Really nice spin on a wheat beer. Just enough extra hops to match the tartness of the wheat. Bell's Oberon meets Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. A little summer in the middle of January.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. It is a light golden color with medium head. Smell is very floral and fruity with hints of peach, grapefruit, and mango. Taste is again very fruity up front with a stronger hoppy finish. Excellent drinkability and crisp mouthfeel.

This is interestingly hoppy for a wheat beer. Very solid.

Gumballhead from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,947 ratings.