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RATINGS: 1676   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
An American Wheat Beer brewed with red wheat and boat loads of amarillo hops gives this summer brew a lemony finish. The slight haze in the bottle is from the bottle-conditioning, where yeast is added to the bottle for a secondary fermentation. Gumballhead is a Skingraft Comics hero. Check out Skingraft Comics and Records at www.skingraftrecords.com. Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2006
Bottle. Pours golden with a nice white head. Moderate lacing. Lemony hop aroma with some breadiness and yeast in the background. Very light wheat malt flavor without being watery with a spicy and fruity hop counterbalance. Bitter and lemony finish. A very crisp and refreshing wheat beer for the hophead. Although I am not a fan of the aspirin chalky characterics of the amarillo hop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 friend had a bomber over winter break, but i’ve had this a few times. probably my favorite wheat beer (though not a very characteristic wheat beer). very fruity, very hoppy; very tasty. definitely banana/bubblegum here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2006
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdouglas3 (31) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2006
Deep yellow color, lemony and hoppy. White head, bitter finish. Pretty carbonated. Not the beer I was hoping for, but still pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2006
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.
[March 2010]
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2006
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.

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