Gumballhead
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #3
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,586
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 10.21%
Reviews:
1,645
Ratings:
6,246
From:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  953
Gots
  1,467
SCORE
94
Outstanding
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Notes: An American wheat beer with a refreshing, crisp citrus finish. This delicious session beer is brewed with boatloads of Amarillo hops.

35 IBU
Reviews: 1,645 | Ratings: 6,246 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Khocolate from Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

i had to drink several Gumballhead Beers, to really feel the effects, so for me, this was just an average Pale Ale (Wheat). After a couple beers, the taste was different in a good way. Just oaky.

Feb 16, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, thin ring of egg shell head. Nose is grapefruit, lemon, straw, spice, bazooka. Taste is light wheat sweetness, orange/grapefruit hop oils, moderate pine and dankness, finishes with citric sweetness. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Memorable, but certainly highlights hops over wheat.

Feb 07, 2021
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bigmike513 from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have a soft spot for hop forward American style wheat beers and this is one of the best I've had. It's finishes with a nice hoppy taste on the pallet. Refreshing on a hot summer day but I'll drink one anytime!

Jan 27, 2021
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: Pours an off yellow straw color with a one finger soapy white head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Right off the bat. . . where's the wheat? There's lots of yellow grapefruit and orange oil and a decent amount of bitter lemon, but where's the main component of the beer?

Taste: It's good, but not what I was expecting from a wheat beer. Very hop forward and bitter with minimal influence from the wheat. Drinks like an IPA. Follows the nose with big flavors of bitter lemon, pine sap and grapefruit oil. Wheat is nowhere to be found.

Feel: Bubbly. Medium body. Somewhat oily. Hardly any influence from the wheat. Really a shame.

Overall: Decent, but I was hoping for something a little bit more traditional and less Americanized. This is clunky and heavy handed with the amount of hops they're using. Unfortunately this offering wasn't for me. I would NOT consider this a wheat beer. This is an IPA with wheat added as an afterthought. I'm still glad I tried it though.

Jan 11, 2021
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a semi translucent light peach syrup color with a nice creamy/foamy head.Leaves lacing in the wheat beer glass. Smell is lemongrass, orange pith,some hop spiciness. Feels light bodied, just adequate carbonation(on the border). Almost a citrus tea like taste. Again, the bubbles seem a bit subdued. Finishes medium dry to juicy. Overall my specimen may have exceeded wheat beer longevity, almost 5 months old kept cold-

Dec 31, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

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

Light and fluffy, slightly juicy, very smooth, whiff of citrus on the nose with some pith and zest - melon and banana sweetness underscores the wheat and tang - very drinkable and refreshing...

Dec 21, 2020
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9/17/20

Back again with some 3 Floyd's action, I've had this one in the fridge for a few weeks now and it probably would have been best to drink it when I got it, seeing as it was canned 3 months ago. I can only imagine that their take on a pale wheat beer will be quite hoppy, and that should lead to some interesting results

Pours a mostly clear yellow gold with 2 fingers of white head that slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves decent lacing

The aroma brings forth notes of equally soft and spicy wheat, lemon peel, orange, grassy hops, and a soft doughy malt

The front end brings flavors of pillowy wheat, orange, banana, and a touch of pepper. On the swallow, things trend a tad spicier, with the grassy and somewhat oily hops matching the earthy wheat along with some cleanly bitter tart grapefruit

A light medium body pairs with effervescent carbonation for a very refreshing beer. Finishes mostly dry and with a nice balance between all elements

A damn good beer, certainly the best pale wheat I've ever had! 3F never lets me down, and I'm once again reminded how lucky I am that they start distributing to my area

Dec 19, 2020
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mycousinvinny from New York

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light yellow with a nice 1/2 inch head with great lacing
Smell of citrus orange and hint of melon
Tasted refreshing citrus orange and lemon
Nice beer not very heavy and not too light

Dec 12, 2020
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mickyge from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber big fluffy head with soapy lacing
Aroma is citrus rind and a hint of lemon. A bit of roasted wheat
Taste is citrus and lemon and a tad earthy
Mouth feel is crisp and clean, on the high side of medium carbonation. Fairly smooth a with a tickle of astringent feel on the tongue type of finish
Overall it’s a very refreshing easy drinking type of wheat beer.

Nov 13, 2020
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TerryMills from Tennessee

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

Super refreshing for a wheat beer , very fruity to brighten things up from the usual cereal flavor of wheat ... Crushable even tho its higher abv for a session style brew...

Just now getting three floyds at my shop in TN , will be trying all of them ✌

Nov 01, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the can, it pours a clear straw color. The head is quite large and retains well.

The nose opens with citrusy notes of orange and tangerine. Aromas of bubblegum pervade, supposedly reflecting the beers name. The malt aroma is bready and wheat like.

Soft and creamy wheat backbone supports hops and yeast flavors. Citrusy notes of grapefruit, orange and tangerine along with lots of bubblegum flavor. A malty sweet is contrasted with a light touch of earthy bitterness and lightly peppery flavors.

Medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is moderate to gentle.

A pleasant and easy to drink wheat beer. I will be having this again.

Oct 30, 2020
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pidus from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Too much carbonation. It sure does not feel like "boatloads" of hops. Most good wheat beers and hefes outdo this. Third one of this and same opinion - too much carbonation and too little happening. I prefer a good lager instead.

Oct 24, 2020
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brewme from Massachusetts

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

Picked-up up a six pack of cans at Empire Wine & Spirits in Kingston for i think about fourteen dollars (did not get a receipt). My third brew from these guys, who just started distributing to MA. Not my favorite style, but this beer is well done.

Oct 23, 2020
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale amber with a white frothy head that leaves trails of lace.

Fresh whole grain wheat toast with fruity hops - tropical and citrus.

Full whole grain wheat backed by fruit and citrus hops - mango, orange and lemon.

Oct 23, 2020
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a snifter.

A: Clear and bright amber/orange, trending toward sunny. Tiny-bubbled white head settles into a thin slip after a bit. Spotty and patchy lacing.

S: Bright nose features citrusy hop notes of lemon, lots of fresh orange zest, a touch of melon rind, and slight dank/catty and grassy undertones. Bit of a gummy bear impression too. Very soft toast and shredded wheat aromas coming from the grain bill.

T: Follows the nose. Gummy bears in a big way on the attack. Bright citrus zest notes of lemon and orange. Starfuit too. Very mild bitterness. Catty dankness and clipped grass on the mid-palate, but it’s pretty tame. Very mild toast and shredded wheat grain base. Long citrusy and grassy finish.

M: Medium-Light body. Fluffy and airy texture. Crisp and well carbonated. Very malt hop astringency.

O: Now THIS is a beer that’s built to drink, if you know what I mean. Light in body and not at all filling, crisp and easy. Quenching and quaffable. The dominant citrus and gummy fruit flavors are pleasant and easygoing too. Just a really tasty and fun beer to drink. I recommend you jump in at a twelve pack. You won’t regret it.

Oct 23, 2020
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Hops_with_Higgins from New York

3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear straw/honey color with a thin head. Sweet-peppery aroma with hints of a childhood candy I can't quite remember. Mouthfeel and taste are a bit watered down. There is a slight resemblance to gumballs, but it's not necessarily a sweet beer.

Oct 14, 2020
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Wheat, citrus, and floral notes up front along with some lighter bread and grain

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of citrus and floral hops and then picks up the wheat and some perfumey notes. Bitterness balances the malt sweetness. Finishes with lingering light bitterness and citrus peel

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid American pale wheat beer that is super easy to drink and fairly well balanced. Worth a drink

Oct 14, 2020
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost clear, golden to light amber, with a short-lived, dense, off-white head. The head becomes translucent as it settles to a thick, bubbly ring, leaving sticky lace on a PBGC Pub Pint glass.

The aroma opens with delicate grains, light nutmeg, and a touch of honey. Slight warmth reveals Juicy Fruit gum and caramel malt.

Light hop bitterness is overshadowed by malt. Caramel and sour dough bread are prominent. The finish is long and mild, with just a touch of astringency.

The body is medium to light, with a cotton texture and light carbonation. Alcohol is as expected.

Perhaps this beer needs to be consumed fresher than the four-week old can I had. Still, while nothing like my expectations, it is a tasty and enjoyable experience.

Oct 11, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear, just a touch hazy, golden yellow color, with a fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like lemon, wheat, grassy hop bitterness, and grapefruit.

This has always been considered one of the classic hoppy American wheat beers. You shouldn't go into this expecting a massive hop bomb, but you also shouldn't expect a traditional wheat beer. It doesn't quite have the creaminess of full bodied taste of a hefeweizen, more of just a light lemony and crisp wheatiness. There's some nice hop flavor laid on top here. Amarillo is a good choice, adding grapefruit, light orange, and a clean grassy hop bitterness.

This is light bodied, clean and crisp, with a good mouthfeel and drinkability.

This might have been some sort of revolutionary stuff when it came out over 15 years ago. As of now, it's just a solid little beer.

Oct 01, 2020
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

3rd from 3 Floyds which is now sold at WFM in 07701. 3 Floyds deservedly well loved.
a) Slight hazy golden body with a thick foam white head that lasts and laces.
s) Hop lemon zest flowers over yeasty wheat french bread.
t) Hops like IPA, lemon flowers and zest, some bubble gum, and french bread baking.
f) Tingly, clean, juicy, silky.
o) Sum greater than the parts, lovely easy summer drinker. Could be a regular.

Sep 19, 2020
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orcrist_cleaver from New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a bright canary gold from the can. Really attractive color and a quick forming, frothy white head. I wouldn't call it magnifying glass clear as there's a frosted like haze.

S: Clean citrus and floral hop aroma. Minimal Belgian yeastiness. Sweet buns, lemon poppy seed muffin.

M: Mild carbonation with a supersoft, pillowy body and a nice crisp finish makes it too easy to reach for the next sip.

T/O: Tangerine, orange peel, a hint of caramel and medium bready sweetness. Sweetened chamomile tea, lemon shortbread. Zebra fruit stripe gum. This beer has the taste of pure nostalgia for me.
Not the most complex beer with the most assertive flavor. But it is a very well-rounded beer in that I don't think I'd get tired of it drinking through a 6-pack. The color and mouthfeel are phenomenal. While the taste isn't world-shattering I might not have tasted better in this style, which is why I boost up the overall score.

Sep 13, 2020
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Neil_86 from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L - Golden clear with a white head and good retention.

S - Not a lot going on here, light, wheat, some sweetness in the background.

Taste - Very easy to drink, light wheat up front with a nice sweetness in the back.

Feel - Smooth in the mouth, refreshing and easy drinking.

Overall - One of the best wheat beers Ive tried, very relaxed and easy to drink. Refreshing and delicious.

Aug 29, 2020
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SmashAdams from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There doesn't seem to be a lot of beers in the hoppy wheat category but this is a nice one. Definitely hoppy and easy drinking but I don't love the aftertaste I get from wheaty beers like this. nb

Aug 28, 2020
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L:. Pours a clear straw gold yellow color with a medium white head and a few fingers of lacing on the glass.

S:. Fresh wheat bread notes of a strong citrus hop, and little bit of floral hops.

T:. Strong ripe citrus, a bit of pine, wheat and some floral hops. This is a hoppy wheat beer.

F:. Smooth carb, lighter body.

O:. This is a hoppy but easily drinkable wheat beer.

Aug 20, 2020
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Six-pack copped from Bottle King in Livingston. Pours a golden, straw-colored hue with moderate frothing. Very assertive aroma replete with notes of lemongrass and coriander. Similar overall flavor profile.

Aug 14, 2020
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