igneous1 (1476) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
iím pretty sure this is the first wheat beer where the hops smack you immediately. color is orange/golden, head is thin, off-white, moderately lasting. hops are the first thing i detect, come off smelling like "fresh" perspiration, then mild notes of fresh asphalt, aroma finishes with a graininess. flavor is sweaty hops (strong but not overpowering), fair amount of citrus, bitter hoppy finish...this beer is truly unique.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours a light yellow-gold with only mild cloudiness and a small lasting head. Aroma is of wheat, hops, and a bit of lemon and sweetness. Taste is of hops with lemon and a sweet finish. Mouth feel is full and hearty with a dry, smooth finish. More hops than Iím used to for wheat beers, but it is excellent the way it is. A great beer.
aracauna (2932) - Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is both an excellent beer and a disappointment. With a name like Gumballhead, I was looking for huge esters, but instead I found a beer that proved to me that American hops donít clash hopelessly with wheat beers after all. The color is a slightly hazy (not very cloudy at all) dark gold topped by a moderately sized white head. The aroma pits slight esters against a moderate fresh Amarillo aroma over fresh-baked bread. The flavor is a good amount of crisp wheatiness livened up with some grapefruit/juniper hops, making a very crisp, very refreshing brew. This is imminently drinkable. I could probably drink a dozen of them and fall over dead. Itíd be interesting to see the same grain and hop recipe fermented on real Bavarian hefeweizen yeast instead of the yeast strain they used here.
heemer77 (5061) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2006 A beer I still return to occasionally. Always a pleasure. Absolutely delicious and refreshing. Has a nice small head that tops an orange and yellow body. The aroma is grass and orange peels with some pineapple. Lots of hops for a wheat beer. Gotta love the ingenuity of US brewers. This bursts on the tongue with lots of orange flavor. Tastes like biting an orange. Very light on the tongue. Similar to drinking orange flavor soda water. There is also a little tropical note of pineapple. I get a little bit of almonds. Absolutely delicious and a perfect summer beer.
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
poured hazy orandish color with a big off white head aroma grapefruit and lemon. flavor ruby red grapefruit with sugar on it, some sweet spices could tell what kind because of the grapefruit.this would be good for those hot days when you are just laying around doing nothing
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange color. Has an aroma of grapefruit, and a bit of cigarette, oddly (I was drinking this at home, nowhere near cigarette smoke, by the way). A very light and refreshing beer. Very hoppy for a wheat bear, but still very enjoyable.
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 7, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light clear amber with only a little head. Aroma is mild and of citrus, and a bit of fruity gum. Flavor is like a lot like alpha king with the sweet citrus hoppyness but with the addition of a bit of wheatyness and a small bit of gum in the finish.
skaughty (627) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2004 Re-Rate Multiple samples have increased my opinion, as the lemon tartness is very appealing. Just that touch of spice is welcome.
This is a wheat beer? The hops donít add much in the aroma, but fill out the flavor. Iíd consider this a mild pale ale, with some tart qualities.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting brew. Pours a cloudy orangey amber with an off white head. Aroma is very hoppy and grassy. Taste is mildly sweet and spicy with a lot of hops, lemon/citrus and some wheat. Light herbal and grassy brew with good malt backing. Imagine an IPA with a slight wheat beer feel. Mouthfeel is full, round and light without being watery. Aftertaste is very mildly bitter. Good stuff.
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Light copper, slight head. Fruity aroma of grapefruit, but faint. Grapefruit dominates the flavor, with the body barely keeping up. Interesting. More of an APA than a wheat in flavor profile. No real wheat character at all in fact.