pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2005
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz bomber. Mike Schreffler brought this one to me from Indiana and I couldnít wait for a nice hot day to sit on the new porch and sample this one. I was sorely disappointed as this is an incredibly overrated beer. Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a big head that abandons with great haste, leaving odd spotted lace. I guess the look of the lace should have scared me. The nose is alarming... more hoppy than expected with very little spice or sweetness. More of a raw hop aroma than I anticipated. A little smell of lemon here too. Flavor has a biting bitterness immediately evident followed by a musty gritty dirty flavor - this is not a nice taste at all. It coats the tongue with a numbing bitter pasty taste and feel. Not impressive. The great lack of body and carbonation seals the deal on a crappy brew. They havenít even used a good wheat yeast. I would consider this to be more like a pilsner. I donít really like this one, if you havenít figured that out. I think that too many people fell in love with Three Floyds and thought that they had to rate this beer well. I donít, and I wonít. This is a pretty poor effort..... or I got a bad bottle.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bomber.
Pours a crystal clear orangey copper with a frothy snow white head. Quite lacy. Smells of citrusy hops and lightly of sweet wheat malt.
Taste is basic but does it well. Delivers crisp what malt followed by huge amount of hops (amarillo according to the bottle) and some lemony flavor throughout. Three great tastes that taste great together. Crisp and bright mouthfeel. Tasty. I can see why this has such a following, especially for a summer beer.
With the name, I thought this beer had captured the bubblegum flavor of a true hefe and thatís what they were pushing. Boy, was I wrong but still a great beer. Itís almost as if they thought to themselves, "Hey, itís hard for us American brewers to make a true German style wheat so letís not try. Letís do something original." And it is a true original.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2007 Bottle sampled with Beerded-one. Poured a hazy light amber with a small well retained off white head, smells of wheat, citrus, pine, and spice, the taste was hoppy, citrusy, a little sweetness, & bitterness. Excellent brew.
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I believe this beer is mislabled. It should be classified as an IPA. The label claims it is brewed with "boat loads of Amarillo hops." Yes, I concur. It is a very hoppy beer both in aroma and flavor. If anyone is expecting this to be a dry wheat beer, they will be disappointed as I was. Right out of the bottle, this one pours great - clear amber, lots of white head and decent lacing. However, the aromatic hops take over from there. There is a piney taste initially. I could hardly taste any citrus, except when the flavor of bitter hops began to subside. Even then, it was only a fleeting taste. This has a slightly oily taste, but medium body. Overall, its not a bad beer in any way, except I felt misled by the label. Caveat emptor, I guess.
biermensch (64) - USA - JUL 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Determined to find a way to drink wheat beer this summer - found that I enjoyed Widmerís American Wheat, and got a case of Gumballhead when it became available temporarily. Looks like a Floyds and smells like a Floyds, they know their hops! Big, lemony amarillo hops aroma. Not quite copper, more bronze in appearance. Light to medium bodied. Pleasantly hopped but not at all bitter. Very refreshing, no need to add fruit. A great beer for summer.
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pour was a hazy yellow/amber with a small rather well-retained head. Aroma was wheaty with a significant amount of 3Fís signature hoppiness. Citrus hops hit the tastebuds first... followed by some honey, more citrus hops, and light spices. Clean mouthfeel and finish. Very refreshing, and a nice twist (supa-hopped) on a style that I am not particularly fond of.
Suttree (5638) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice big foamy white head on top hazy yellow body. Big grapefruit hop aroma - really nice. Huge hop flavor, as one would expect from 3F. Very faint wheat flavor, too - mostly in the background. Dusty, dry finish. Interesting take on wheat beer. Thanks to Springslicker for this one!
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
How do you classify this great wheat beer? This poured with a thin white head that clung to the glass, with a pale yellow hue and some cloudiness. The Amarillo Hops jump out at you. The aroma is pure wheat. The first sip is all wheat, but then some subtle grapefruit is tasted. Not suggested for everyone, but it is for me!
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I donít have much to say about this beer: it is very refreshing, crisp, with grapefruit and other citrus flavors in both the flavor and in the aroma. Nice! Good balance, nice carbonation, nice looking.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíll make this simple: Go out and get as many of these as you can while you can! Mildly hazy amber/orange pour supporting a medium and creamy white head with plenty of lacing. Fruity aroma with plenty of sweet citrus, fresh biscuits and hops. Superbly balanced and inviting combination of flavors which open with an IPA profile and finish with just a kiss of spicey, yeasty wheat. Grapefruit, pine, malt, apricots, hops and a touch of spice. Mouthfeel was full and satisfying with a moderate carbonation bite. Finish was sweet, crisp, bitter and inviting of another long sip. Itís hard to call this a "wheat" ale because it lacks many of the hallmark notes of a traditional American Wheat but it also has much more flavor and complexity. Too bad this is only a seasonal brew because it would be a year-round tennent in my fridge otherwise!