Jack Whacker Wheat Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Jack Whacker Wheat AleJack Whacker Wheat Ale

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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

An American-style wheat ale brewed with malted. Low hopping rates allow the refreshing aroma and citrus flavor of a late addition of lemon grass to dominate. This unfiltered beer retains all of its protein, flavor, and some of its yeast, resulting in a traditionally cloudy appearance.
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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back label ... the "enjoy with the first four months of date" is cleary notched.

Appearance: Pale cloudy golden with a fluffy white head.

Smell: Aromas of lemon grass, wheat and barley grain.

Taste: Medium bodied with a crisp mouth feel, herbal and lemony from the additions of lemon grass. Undertones of grain, wheat and yeast. Low hopping though still help to balance. The end finished with a pushy lemon flavour that quickly fades.

Notes: Very drinkable and makes for a great hot weather brew ... nice addition of lemon grass in the brew to kick it up a notch.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprised of the low ratings from other BAers. Sure it's not as good as it could be, but the intentions, creativity, and execution went quite well. It has an obvious American Wheat base that would have been better with a German Hefeweizen yeast to accentuate the clove, citrus, and bananna characteristics. The addition of lemon grass adds a nice citric, earthy tone that dominates the, otherwise, bland wheat character. Very clean and refreshing in the finish with a light, minty-dryness. A true thirstquincher.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an interesting wheat. You can definitely say that it is not bland, unlike most other American wheat beers. There is a lot of noticeable lemongrass and other seasonings added to it. The lingering aftertaste may be a bit disagreeable, but its not a huge deal. If it didnt have all the extra spices, etc added to it, it would be pretty boring, but at the very least this beer is worth a try out of curiosity.

Photo of merlin48
2.34/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow body with a skimpy white head that disappears in seconds. No lacing.
Aroma has bready wheat, white pepper, and some earthy lemongrass spiciness.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, with an uncomfortably high carbonation.
Taste is dominated by the carbonation, which obscures any significant flavors that may be lurking underneath. Very little to taste here, other than some peppery lemongrass that fails to impart any citrus. Very lacking in character.
This one is crisp and refreshing, but so is carbonated water.

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, gold in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, lemon, toasted malt, and sugar

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet

Overall: A good sessionable wheat ale. I love the maltiness in this one. This one is subtle but is one of Tommyknocker's better brews.

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat and perfume. Not what I expected and not very good. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of flowers and perfume notes to go along with wheat and some grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one I wish to try again.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.18/5  rDev -35.9%
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.

Photo of ADR
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a six beer sample pack...

Uniformly translucent greenish gold appearance. Head is small and turns into patches very quickly. A couple of globs for lace, not much of anything. Aroma is not very satisfying, mostly Lemon Pledge without an accompanying estery sense. Light mouthfeel with more-or-less medium carbonation. Not very fun to drink for me, the lemongrass is somewhat like infused iced tea, with a brightening mid tone. Washes out a bit at the end with some off flavors that I pick up as stale water. Not much of a Wheat beer profile to help give more interest to the lemony flavor, what's here doesn't strike me as that good though it may appeal to some as refreshing during the warmer weather.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded apricot hue orange golden really with a large bubbled thicket of bright white head. Lacing is sporadic and finely speckled. Aroma has a nice citric note between the typical yeast character and the lemongrass adjuncts. Smell has a really nie bready wheat tone to it. Flavor really is nice brings an earthy grass feel with the citrus/bready wheat profile. Yeast gives a bit of chalky character amongst everything else going on slightly spicy finish this brew would pair nicely with some Thai food. Mouthfeel is spritzy with carbonation really cleans the palate with fine bubbles, sharp acidity does add a bit of dryness. A nice light bodied wheat ale, that does a good job of not being a boring bland pale wheat ale that I've come to expect with most American micros. Drinkability overall was solid especially after being outdoors for most of the early part of today, I needed something refreshing to go with my water.

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

This interestingly named brew is a cloudy light gold with a deeper gold tone in the depth. A white head starts just over a finger tall and looks a little spritzy at first but also creamy, and against initially appearances keeps a thick, tight foam together when it recedes that leaves pretty thick lacing.
This is a strudy aroma, particularly for what tends to be a weaker style, and the lemongrass is well used. It balances a yeasty sort of sweetness together with the wheat and, unlike many APWAs, hops aren't neglected. The hops bitterness is certainly not heavy, but it offers enough of a citrus and grassy element to set in complement to the wheat and malts. As it comes together, just a bit of citrus peel comes out as well.
Hops and malts are evenly balanced without letting the drinker forget that this is a wheat beer. It also proves that a lighter style doesn't have to be a flavorless style. Lemongrass, with its particular mildly herbal, grassy and gently lemony flavor, only serves to add depth.
The body of this beer is on the light side of medium, with more heft and depth than most APWAs. It's gently crisp and a bit smooth.

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

Relatively heavy pour gave about ¾" head. decent lacing, hazy straw yellow. When I first put a nose to this I swear it had the faint smell of bourbon that gave way to citrus, pineapple and malty notes. Pineapple and malt seem to be at the forefront of taste with little carbonic bite across the tongue, seems to finish a little thin. Decent mouthfeel and very good drinkability.

A very tasty and refreshing beer, could pass as a hefe...but no bubble gum. I could easily come back to this one, particulary this summer.

edit: After savoring another, I noticed aftertaste and finish going a little thin and lowered taste and drinkability #'s a notch, still a very nice beer though.

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

Tommyknocker- Jack Whacker Wheat

A- Light golden orange with a small foamy head.
S- Light sweet honey wheat.
T- Sweet honey cherrio grains with a light touch of cherry.
M- Light and sweet throughout with a nice juicy fruity finish.

Overall- Light but quite tasty. Very good for a BBQ beer.

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange-gold with a big long-lasting white head. Lots of foamy lace stuck to the glass, and the body of this beer looks dense and thick.

S - Orange, lemon, and sweet glazed donuts. This smells really yeasty and funky in a way that I really like.

T - Follows the nose. Fruity, a little bit twangy, and really yeasty. this is basically a hefe in how it tastes, I think it's listed under American Wheat Ale just because it's from Colorado. I would have guessed hefeweizen in a blind taste test.

M - Thick and chewy, but acidic and tart enough to keep it refreshing.

D - A really solid wheat beer. Excellent on a hot summer day! I like it.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up at Woodman's West in Madison as part of the Tommyknocker Mother Lode sampler 12-pack.

Pours a cloudy amber/yellow with a small short-lived bubbly head. Nose is of citrus, grass, wheat, and hops. Taste follows suit - Very lemony (the front label says it's flavored with lemon grass) with a hoppy finish. Very refreshing in the humid Wisconsin summer. Not sure I could drink a ton of them as the lemon grass is rather overpowering, but one or two would be a refreshing start to a session. An interesting brew.

Photo of tdm168
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One fat finger of white crowns the orange juice beneath...IT says lemongrass on the bottle and that is what the nose delivers, that and a smidgen of old wet wheat. Hits the tongue with a strange lemon potpourri sort of mix, kind of like mild wet wipes and wheat. I the body is medium, as well as the suds within. I hate to say this but it was a novel attempt that makes me feel like I'm drinking watered down cleanser.

Overall, I would move on to another.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its cloudy yellow-gold body is capped by a decent-sized head of creamy bright-white foam that holds really well and leaves some splashes of lace here and there about the glass. The nose is clean, and delivers the expected delicate tartness and grainy wheatiness of an American wheat beer along with a soft, bready sweetness and subtle note of lemon-grass. The lemon grass becomes more apparent as it warms and adds a unique and refreshing character. The body is distinctly medium; and it's nicely creamy and smooth in the mouth due to its very fine, natural carbonation. Lightly sweet and bready wheat malt dominates the palate with just a subtle accent of fruit (even banana?). And although it's sweetish, it's still fairly well-balanced and finishes nicely dry with just a mild, lightly acidic note of cookie-dough-like malt. The tartness suggested by the nose is just barely present in the flavor other than the finish; and the lemon grass doesn't seem to have left any significant contribution other than to help balance the doughy malt in the aftertaste. It's an interesting twist on an American wheat that takes the ball but just doesn't run with it.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.57/5  rDev +5%
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!

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice white fluffy head, but it didn't stick around long

Body was a murky gold, but that didn't detract too much

Smell: Malty with hints of cloves and pepper, with a hint of mown grass

Taste: Malt on the middle and back of tounge gives way to spicy lime test (the lemon grass??) and a grainy/grassy taste I liked

Mouth feel was light, but not too light with good carbination

This is an okay beer for a hot day or with some asian or hot/spicy food of what ever ilk.

Photo of Backer2004
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed most of the Tommyknocker brews that I poured at the Charlotte Oktoberfest. However, the wheat was not to my fancy. Nothing spectacular, though a lot of the girls who needed something "light" enjoyed this. Medium straw color that looked mostly filtered, easy to consume. Good choice ona hot summer day.

Photo of bashiba
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light orange with a soapy head.

Smell was light bit of lemon.

Taste is very lemony, small hints of wheat and yeast, but pretty much the lemon grass flavor dominates, a bit sour.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Not terrible if you want something very lemony without any citrusy sweetness, good hot weather beer for sure.

Photo of wspscott
2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Pours a hazy gold color with a white head
S: Not much going on here, a slight lemon smell
T: Again, not much here. Comes across as watery without any lemon or wheat flavor
M: Highly carbed, light on the tongue.
D: My BMC drinking neighbors would not have a problem with this and I don't mean that as a complement.
I try very hard to not slam a beer but, there is nothing going on with this one, this is better than BMC but not much. I am glad only only have 1 of these

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi-cloudy, off-yellow hue, thin fluffy paper white head. Has a decent citrus aroma, some apple peel detection. Crisp and tarty, a solid light ale. Becomes rather sweet, the palate is quickly grazed nicely with some fruit, banana and apple notes in the tasting; lemon grass notes later on, with a tender amount of hops. A quickly dissolving aftertaste; yet a lemony feel on the palate. Solid unfiltered ale, perhaps a bit under-rated on the scales, not as sour or as sweet as some beers, yet it's just a simple, laid back wheat. A solid offering here.

Photo of BeerMeInMS
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking Date: 1/21/11
Date on Back: October 23 2010 (don't know if that's bottled on or best by)

Glassware: Hefeweizen glass

Appearance: Pale yellow color. The beer is hazy but has some transparency, which unlike many wheat beers. Thick white head that retained surprising well.

Smell: Strong, refreshing smell. Very fruity; both sweet and tart in the aroma.

Taste: Unique flavor which I assume is due to the lemongrass addition. Kind of sweet with low bitterness. The taste was like a mix between the mild flavor of a quality pilsner (low hops, high carbonation, refreshing) and a standard hefeweizen (lots of fruity flavors, and more body).

Mouthfeel: Pretty much light-bodied. good bit of carbonation. Finishes clean.

Drinkability: I could drink a bunch of these. They are light on the palate but the taste stays interesting, making this a good beer too enjoy multiple times.

Notes: This beer does not remind me of any other beer I have ever had; it really sticks out as unique. I was put off by the goofy label on the bottle, but I am glad I tried it. Tastes great on draft as well. Recommended...

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Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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