acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to kramer17801. Pours clear light amber with moderate pure white sudsy head. I didn’t see any cloudiness, even with a roughly-handled bottle. Intense (well, for a wheat beer) aroma of hops. More complex in the mouth than I would have thought given the nose. Hops mix with more typical fruity wheat flavors at the start (though the hops definitely dominate) and then finishes moderately bitter. Clean and well-carbonated on the palate. A decent beer, but not as wheat-y as I like my wheats. I didn’t get hardly any bubblegum/banana/etc flavors.
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured a hazy light gold with bubbles rising slowly to form a thick white head that evolves into a thin film that leaves considerable lacing. Slightly hoppy aroma with a sweet typical wheat background. Sweet and lemony up front with a bit of bitterness to finish it off. The citrus makes it quite refreshing. The palate is smooth, but watery.
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not sure where to put this either. While this doesn’t knock me on my arse. The aroma is beautiful gumall banana with a hint of lemon. The taste is much of the same, almost like this is marketed for kids. Just a nice balance of wheat and fruit flavors. Pretty darn impressive in the catagory.
Boutip (5686) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a slightly hazy gold color beer with a huge bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of citrusy hops is overpowering and I could not discern any wheat. Taste is also totally dominated by the hops and leave very little place for the wheat. Not bad overall, I just don’t see were the American wheat fits in because I could not detect any presence of wheat in this beer.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold. Small, frothy, off white head. Nose is wheat and hops, grainy, piney, and citrusy. Smells like a wheat pale ale. Tastes like a wheat pale ale. Hoppy wheat ale- simple, refreshing, excellent. Medium/light body, very easy drinking. Great brew.
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep yellow color, lemony and hoppy. White head, bitter finish. Pretty carbonated. Not the beer I was hoping for, but still pretty good.
NachlamSie (3191) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2010 bottle. Gumballhead is a rather cloudy gold hue with a tall, bubbly white head. I don’t care very much for most beers of this style, but the aroma is making me feel better about this brew. It’s quite zesty, piny, and lemony like an IPA. The flavor is even better with plenty of bright lemon hoppiness balanced with a good caramel foundation. The wheat comes out in the finish with some bark and sweeter lemon notes which makes Gumballhead truly interesting. wow. Lots of very true lemon taste here. Easily my favorite American wheat or Hefeweizen thus far.
Six pack from the brewery. My latest visit to Chicago of course led to a good amount to consumption of FFF beers. I have to say, I was disappointed in Robert the Bruce and Alpha King. They didn’t seem to live up to what my memory served me. Gumballhead, however, is as solid as ever. Lots and lots of refreshing, zesty, citrusy hops and a light, juicy body make this a light bodied but highly flavorful and refreshing brew. Every time I had it it was spot on.
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Hazy yellow with foamy white head. Aroma of lemons and hops. Flavor of lemons and hops. Tasted more like an IPA than a wheat beer. Still quite drinkable.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2006 Hazy gold, collapsing white head that was a little disappointing for a wheat beer. Nonetheless, an inviting aroma of lemon and hay removes any concern. Medium body that is velvety smooth. Big hop flavors of lemon and orange over a sweet caramel malt backbone. For a beer with so much hop aroma and flavor, the lack fo bitterness came as a surprise. A lingering lightly sweet finish that is quite pleasing. Very drinkable, nicely balanced.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. thanks for sharing, Len! orange-golden body with a medium white head. the aroma is awesome and not like any other American Wheat I’ve had. orange hops galore come to no surprise. very APA-like flavour - grassy and citric hops and creamy yeast. a touch of bread sweetness but this concoction is mostly hops. I could see myself drinking more of this in the summer months especially with the low alcohol level. very drinkable.