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Jack Whacker Wheat Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

Jack Whacker Wheat AleJack Whacker Wheat Ale

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333 Ratings

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.35%

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001)
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Photo of WoodBrew


3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Jack Whacker wheat is a nice beer. The beer poured a pale yellow with thin white head that is not lacing. The smell and the taste had hints of lemon citrus. The mouthfeel was light and crisp with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent wheat....maybe a touch too fruity for me....but not bad. Great on warmer days!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 23:43:02 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of TMoney2591


2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Sounds like a euphemism for something... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, very light grass, and a decent smattering of watered-down lemonade. The taste brings in more of the same, with the lemonade definitely not watered-down anymore: it's in your face, together with a bit of orange rind for good measure. Things on the tongue just spiting the absolute hell out of the label for it's fallacious "hint of citrus" comment. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, just too much citrus for this stuff to work, especially considering the consequent lack of any other character.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 21:36:24 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Magic Hat/Fox & Parrot pint glass that the owner gave me for the hell of it.

A: Poured a very saturated, peppery orange color, with only a slight haze for a head.

S: Got more orange juice than spice, with a candy-like flair overall. Nice.

T: A bit thin and one dimensional, but with a nice wheat bill. Not yeasty in any way.

M: The extremely low carbonation is a problem to my mind, as well as the sugar bill which detracts from its drinkability.

O: Overall, not a bad beer, but I like my wheats with a bit more velvet.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 23:55:13 | More by Chaney
Photo of WellDont

4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm a biased Colorado resident, but I do enjoy this beer quite a bit. Not the best Hefe but still an enjoyable beer.

Pour: Light Yellow/golden. Looks like a disgusting macro lager

Smell: Lemon and wheat, that's about it.

Taste: Sweet, slight lemon flavor with a strong wheat flavor. Perfect on a nice summer day, or in my case, a few beers in front of a Monday night football game.

Mouthfeel: Very light and refreshing

Overall it's not a complex flavorful brew, but a nice refreshing option none the less. Tommy Knocker makes some solid beers for sure. If you are a Hefeweizen lover then it's definitely worth a try. Personally I prefer Swetty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer Company.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 06:00:59 | More by WellDont
Photo of YouSkeete


4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mildly cloudy golden yellow with a pure white frothy head. Citrus fruits, lemon zest, wheat grass, creamy malts and molasses in the aroma. Sweet citrus uplift and buttery malts on the first sip. Rich, milky mouthfeel with fresh hops, thick malts and lemongrass with a lingering soft citrus blend. Sweet, citrusy finish. A really wonderful beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 22:25:25 | More by YouSkeete
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this is probably my least favorite beer from these guys so far. it pours a weighty looking, majorly cloudy, palen yellow color with a small white head. my glass wanst properly full, and there was a lemon wedge messing things up, so it didnt look like a winner to start with. the nose is very perfumy, with some lemon notes and a really really fruity yeast. the flavor is a little more spicy than the nose, but that perfume character overwhelms the wheat malt and any subtle fruit flavors that might be enjoyable. the feel is also too big in body for the style. there is so much sediment in this, maybe i got a bottom of the keg glass. ill have to try this in bottled form, but this one didnt do it for me.

edit: in bottled form this is a vastly superior to on tap. the lemon is balanced out, more of a lemongrass flavor, and its much cleaner to drink. don't write this off if the tap version turned you off too. im bumping up a few scores accordingly.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2012 18:27:10 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a hazy golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that receded at a steady pace down to a thin film with a medium collar and had some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a straw malt and a moldy yeast with notes of wheat, lemon grass, a hint of candi sugar and a mild spiciness.

The taste was lightly sweet with a hint of candi sugar at first and then became rather yeasty with a touch of lemon grass and a bit of spice towards the finish. The flavor lasted only a short while being mostly of a citrusy wheat taste.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a nice mild carbonation.

Overall a light refreshing brew with a good sweet citrus presence, which matched well with the yeasty wheat flavor...


Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 18:48:44 | More by KajII
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a lager glass. Pours a dark, Murky gold with absolutely no head. The smell was of light lemon and wheat. And that was it. The taste was once again of light lemon and wheat. The mouthfeel allowed no other flavors through, It actually lessened the flavors. I thought that this beer was decent for a wheat ale ( which is my thus far least favorite type of beer ), However after looking at the freshness date, Which was 07/06/2009, I could understand why it was as bland as it was. I was drinking it 3 years passed it's freshness date. Had it been fresh, It would have probably been my favorite wheat ale, but given what I was, It wasn't that impressive. Oh well, For a free bottle, I can't complain

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 05:27:21 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of mwilbur


3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Bottle opens with a loud "psssfft"...yes, this one is highly carbonated. Pours a pale greenish yellow with a ton of carbonation producing a 1/2 head, 1/2 beer situation in the glass even with a careful pour.
S: Candy sweet citrus, sour lemon (lemon grass), and a hint of mustiness.
T: Very pleasant soft lemon, soft and sweet citrus, and grainy wheat.
M: Aggressive carbonation tickles the palate. Nice pillow-soft wheat feel. Mildly sweet.
D: Extremely drinkable and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer picnic by the lake or beach. A solid wheat beer. I like what the lemon grass imparts to this brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 03:22:41 | More by mwilbur
Photo of DMXLOX22


3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this at my local deli/take-out beer store. Pretty stoked to be tasting this brew.

Appearance: Pours a light golden, hazy, orangeish body with a thin, little lacing head. I really liked the coloring of this brew, looks very inviting.

Smell: Has a tone of grains, mostly wheat, and a lemon-like zest. Also a slight hunt of orange peel.

Taste: Has a sweet taste at first, which was a bit surprising and slightly took me off guard. It brings a nice front of hop characteristic and ends with a slight bitterness and the lemon flavoring is still there.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body. Medium carbonation that fit very nice with the flavor and type of beer.

Overall: Actually surprised that this wheat beer had this much flavor that was sweet and somewhat bitter. Liked it, but couldn't say I love it. Must say I would totally recommend it to a friend.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 00:20:01 | More by DMXLOX22
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North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy honey color with a rather modest head for the style; leaves a few shards behind, however

Smell: Bread and lemongrass

Taste: Bready, up front, but then the tart lemongrass flavor takes over and follows through into the finish; apple fruit undertones linger, as well, in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; rather aqueous

Taste: A real disappointment; the idea of lemongrass sounded interesting, but the beer lacks finesse; making it more in the style of a Wit might make it work better

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 03:38:33 | More by brentk56
Photo of OgreSanchez


4.98/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I personally really liked this beer. I was thoroughly impressed with the BrewPub in Idaho Springs; the food was good and the beer was fresh. I'm not much for the appearance or smell of beer, all I care about is whether or not a beer tastes goood. At the end of the day, this is a solid wheat ale; I really enjoy the lemon peel taste that they add.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2012 20:27:35 | More by OgreSanchez
Photo of WhistlingBird


2.55/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'll be honest. I bought this beer because of the name, not because it was a style I like to drink or wanted to try. But after buing it I was really looking forward to it with the lemon grass and citrusy notes.

It had a nice aroma, one that really intriged me. However the aroma did not transalate into a great taste. The mouthfeel felt a little heavy for this style. To me it almost came across as sour. I've had beers with lemon grass before and I did not get that same taste/mouthfeel. I actually gave this beer 3 tries before rating it. I wanted to be able give it a good unbiased rating. I'm glad I tried it, but probably would not pick up another one.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 12:33:04 | More by WhistlingBird
Photo of phishsihq


2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tommyknocker Brewing has been in existence since 1859, and has continuously produced a variety of soft drinks including sodas (root beer), bottled water, and beers.

Jack Whacker Wheat is a Pale Wheat Ale that pours a hazy, soft golden color with a BIG fluffy white head that provides spotty lacing. Lemon and wheat dominate the nose, hints of grass and clove tease the senses. A very good blend of wheat, lemon, and some spiciness make up the flavor profile. Moderate carbonation cuts through the medium-light body. Very refreshing on an 84 degree day like today!


Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 02:01:10 | More by phishsihq
Photo of yamar68


1.28/5  rDev -62.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a hazy soft golden with zero head. Looks like apple cider. Smells like moldy hay. Tastes like a crappy cider with a heap of metallic zest that bumps the roof of the mouth. No carbonation really. Overall a shitty, shitty beer. I don't know what the hell happened here. What am I suppose to do with the other 5?

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 03:23:05 | More by yamar68
Photo of PorterLambic


3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This filtered wheat pours clear and golden yellow. Good sized head with decent retention.
Smell is as expected with notes of citrus, banana and wheat to keep up with the malt. Balance is good.
Taste is tart first with a sharp bite of acidity and citrus dominating over the malt and wheat notes.
Medium bodied at best with a strong astringency and high effervescence. A lot of lemon in the aftertaste with some weaker malt. A decent beer, along the lines of a Blue Moon with an astringent streak.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 00:33:34 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light orange appearance, looks like some decent ipas. Mild white head, 1/2". Aroma was reminiscient of some of those different fruity syrups they have at IHOP that are usually sticky from prior guests.

Certainly does not taste like a wheat beer. You just get lots of carbonation and that ihop fruit syrup sweetness. Some clove in there it seems, just really don't like any aspect of this taste, very little of it is what I associate with a good beer, or wheat beer, or fruit beer, or. . . you get the idea. Kind of a mess of a beer to me.

Just unimpressive all around, every thought I had comparitively was not a beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 18:37:24 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of happy4hoppybeer


2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Straw golden yellow, very light with a very pleasing puffy-white head, about a finger thick, which then reduces to about less than half-an inch after first two sips, leaving some decent sticky lacing. OK retention.

Definitely picking up some grains, wheat and fruits here on the nose. A little pineapple, citrus, banana. Some graininess, no hops to detect here at all. Very pleasant and inviting olfaction.

The mouth is the major let-down here. While I can taste some of what my nose did, it is much more subdued than my other sense led me to believe. In fact, very minimal. Body is thin and watery.

I do like wheat ales, but this one is a major step down for me. There are absolutely much better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 21:51:26 | More by happy4hoppybeer
Photo of TheCondor


3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a Tommyknocker sampler 12 pack. They changed the look of their bottles, I don't know if they offered the sampler before this but it was the first time I ever saw it. Maybe an advertising thing or something. Poured into a weizen glass from the bottle:

Appearance - Pours a nice medium gold which is difficult to see through, given the brew is unfiltered. A respectable head, nothing to have a palpitation over, but nice.

Smell - Gives off a nice wheaty scent with a touch of fruit, maybe a citrus or lemon. This would be understandable for the style and certainly for the fact it says "brewed with lemon grass" or something like that right on the front of the bottle.

Taste - Impressive! I enjoyed the taste of this beer! Fits right into the style at the upper level, not many American pale wheats are quite this good. A solid wheat taste with just a hint of lemon and fruit at the back end.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, clean finish. Lightweight beer, would be great for a hot summer day, working in the yard.

Overall - This is a good beer for any situation, and especially for the one described above. Ironically, although I don't typically do this with wheats and did not intend to, I let it get a little warmer before I finished it. In my opinion, the taste and aroma of this beer was accentuated by the raised temperature. I know that sounds more like an imperial or other stronger style, but I'm serious, I really think it was better at a warmer temp. I would recommend this beer, it's just as good as many of the American pale wheats I have had.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 01:52:22 | More by TheCondor
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured unto a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold, head is thick but subtle was almost 1" upon the initial pour settled within a sip.

Smell: Comes off citrussy, easy to like. Honestly I don't think it's just me but I am smelling really feeling the banana aroma given off from this beer.

Taste: I get a hint of lemon and heavy wheat taste, taste is super smooth and easy to love.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, backwash of taste is just that good.

Overall: Don't know if this beer is marketed as a "summer ale" regardless if it isn't this might be your year round go to. Tastes great and flavor to carbonation is evenly distributed. Hope you all enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 21:18:34 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin lacing of fizzy head that quickly fades away. The nose has aromas of lemon grass and wheat. The flavor is citrusy with notes of lemon and orange and something resembling apple juice. The mouthfeel is light and well carbonated.

This is a pretty standard light, simple wheat beer. The flavor is a little sweet and the apple juice notes aren't pleasing. I probably won't have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 22:47:01 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kromes


3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy pale straw color with a thin line of white bubbles on top.

S: A nice yeasty wheat aroma with some fruity pebbles.

T: Up front you definitely get a big wheat flavor that mixes with some lemon and strawberry-like fruit notes in the background.

M: Light and refreshing with medium-high carbonation. A little tingle to the feel and it is very smooth.

O: For some reason, I've had a hard time finding an American Wheat ale that I have liked. I definitely like this one. Flavors are really nice and stray away from the traditional over-citrusy ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 22:27:14 | More by Kromes
Photo of dankster


3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with enjoy date notched.

A- hazy orange with small foamy head

S- strong lemongrass and biscit tones

T- taste is tart from the lemongrass and very bubbly on the tongue.

M- very carbonated and alive in the mouth all the down the hatch

O- I really like this beer. lemon taste is a touch strong so you need to like lemons to really enjoy. great warm weather beer or after any work at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 16:48:01 | More by dankster
Photo of BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (from Tommyknocker "Trail Mix" variety 6-pack) into a pint glass. This is never my ideal beer, especially with all of the winter seasonal beers out right now.

Pours the hazy dark orange color typical of wheat beers. Light passes through, but it is not transparent. The smell consists of that sour citrusy smell that is also typical of wheat beers, though it seems to be more faint in this one than some I have had.

The taste is just like the smell and the bottle label promises, with a lemon-citrusy flavor. It's not a bad flavor, though it seems to be a little watered down or faint than most wheat beers i have tried. I'm not sure if this is this particular beer, or how this style (American Pale Wheat Ale) is compared to the Hefeweizen style.

Overall, this beer is alright, but nothing special. I definitely won't buy it on its own. However, if this is the weak link in a variety 6-pack, I think I can deal with that.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 23:34:49 | More by BeerNoobNC
Photo of GilGarp


4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

I picked up a mixed six pack of Tommyknocker beers a couple of months ago but finally decided to try this one after a glowing review in the local newspaper recently.

Appearance is a hazy golden yellow color. I swirled a bit of the settled yeast into glass at the end. Head is short and settles quickly.

Aroma is mild but enjoyable with a hint of citrus.

Flavor is actually really nice. It's sweet but not overly so thanks to a bit of lemon and hops. It's crisp and refreshing - two words I don't normally associate with the beers I drink.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely balanced.

Overall a nice wheat ale. Worth a try but I probably wouldn't pick up a sixer until next summer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 01:57:25 | More by GilGarp
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Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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