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Jack Whacker Wheat Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Jack Whacker Wheat AleJack Whacker Wheat Ale

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344 Ratings

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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001)
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Photo of OgreSanchez


4.98/5  rDev +46.5%

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.

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

4.75/5  rDev +39.7%

12-18-2012 20:40:24 | More by msommer
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

08-25-2014 20:42:25 | More by jaredtp
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

10-26-2012 03:49:08 | More by Hacksaw34
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

08-11-2012 00:48:22 | More by onewitchymom
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

02-16-2012 21:30:18 | More by Jamstone714
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

12-29-2013 18:38:08 | More by bls949
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4.5/5  rDev +32.4%

07-14-2012 22:52:26 | More by ssjkyle
Photo of YouSkeete


4.45/5  rDev +30.9%

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!

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


4.43/5  rDev +30.3%

A - Starts with a wonderful head that leaves a thick lacing on the glass. Cloudy and orange-yellow, perhaps burnt sienna. Or like a beautiful autumn sunset. (Pardon my flourish.)

S - Earthy with a hint of bubblegum.

T - Mellow hop tones compliment the wheat very well. Not as overpowering as most wheat beers.

M - Fine carbonation, not too strong but still detectable. Creamy texture, but not as thick or cloying as some wheat beers are.

D - High. I could have two or three of these in a row without feeling weighed down, which I can't say for Blue Moon. While some wheat beers are complimented by a twist of orange I think this beer is best on its own. I can picture myself picking up a six pack of this for a party, or just to enjoy on my own.

03-06-2010 04:34:51 | More by glamphetamine
Photo of logmacschlog15


4.33/5  rDev +27.4%

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours two fingers of white creamy head that sticks around for a minute or so before dissapating. A beautiful hazy golden straw color with lots of lively carbonation streaming to feed the thin layer of foam still lingering.

S: Lots of bold lemon and grapefruit notes immediately flood the nose and dominate the aroma, but there is also a slight hint of grains/wheat.

T: This tastes terrific! Like in the nose, there is a lot of lemon and grapefruit going on in the taste. However, it is less of a citric and sour lemon and more of a sweet lemony flavor from the lemongrass that is very bold and delicious while at the same time is not overpowering. The great thing is it tastes natural, not like artificial syrups. The fresh lemon flavors cling to the tounge all the way through to the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth and it is very refreshing. The perfect amount of carbonation.

O: This is by far the best American Wheat I have ever had. I love the flavor that lemongrass brings to the drink and how refreshing this beer is. Perfect for chilling out during summer. Great beer!

06-30-2011 21:14:33 | More by logmacschlog15
Photo of brandoncox


4.3/5  rDev +26.5%

Hazy gold pour into Sam Adams perfect pint.

A definite lemony grassy scent.

The taste is very refreshing and grainy with all the included scents I noted.

Carbonated quite much and is thinner than I would it to feel, but overall it feels great sliding down the palate with a dry finish and lingering fruitiness.

This one is just so refreshing. A nice addition to my palate after a long day at work.

04-17-2011 17:52:23 | More by brandoncox
Photo of DrainBamage


4.3/5  rDev +26.5%

Pours a cloudy golden color with very little head. Smell has some fruity aromas. Goes down extremely smooth and is a little dry on the tongue. Taste is very malty with some hints of fruit. I'm not a fan of wheat beers but I really liked this one. I only expected a lot more head for a wheat beer. Regardless, this one should be given a try.

02-06-2008 06:24:22 | More by DrainBamage
Photo of WellDont

4.28/5  rDev +25.9%

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.

12-14-2012 06:00:59 | More by WellDont
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South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +25.9%

I bought this beer with the Trail Mix 6 pack and overall it was my favorite beer out of the group. There rest either had too much sweetness or had a harsh bitter taste.

A:It had a hazy brown color with an average sized white color head.
S:The aroma is very mild. There seemed to be some spice in the noise, but I wasn't able to pick out anything specific(but it might be the lemon grass that they put in it).
T:It had a very good flavor. There was a slight sweet aftertaste but it was still mild. I think the hint of spice might in part be from the lemon grass. There was a little hing of citrus. Also the wheat does give it a smooth taste.
MF:Light body.
D:I would love to drink this beer again. It has a very interesting taste and a light body.

01-22-2008 02:04:33 | More by abedenbaugh
Photo of gohawks1


4.28/5  rDev +25.9%

This was a recommendaton by the bartender during the summer. His presentation sparked my interest, but his serving of the beer was even more important. He put the pint glass upside down on top of the bottle, flip them around so the bottle was now upside down and poured slowly in a circular motion (for the wheat). Once finished, he spun the bottle back and forth (palms of hand on the bottle, Mr. Miyagi stlye) to collapse the wheat and pour the foamy head on top. Then, garnished with a slice of lemon. Do it this way to capture all the flavors and enjoy a great beer!

02-03-2010 03:37:23 | More by gohawks1
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4.25/5  rDev +25%

04-03-2012 14:01:22 | More by lcdawg
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4.25/5  rDev +25%

04-16-2013 17:40:26 | More by pcsnyder
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4.25/5  rDev +25%

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4.25/5  rDev +25%

12-01-2012 15:27:13 | More by dkw0063
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4.22/5  rDev +24.1%

Finally, a Tommyknocker beer that I like. It is a cloudy, orangish yellow color and had a foamy white head that disappeared in a hurry. It smell of lemons and has distinct wheat malt notes. If it wasn't for the lemon grass zing in the aroma it would be average, but the lemony aroma is very pleasing. The flavor is very tart... lemon and grassy, but very drinkable, especially on a hot day. This beer actually benefits from the thin body that all Tommyknocker beers seem to have. With so many good summer beers available it will be hard to revisit this beer.

11-16-2004 07:51:14 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of Cylinsier


4.22/5  rDev +24.1%

12 oz.

Pours a light golden cloudy wheat color with a white head, bit under an inch.

Smells citrusy and of fresh wheat malt.

Taste follows. The citrus notes are nuanced and the lemongrass peeks through just the right amount. The wheat malts are fresh tasting and overall very clean, good flavor.

Medium feel with a light tingle of carbonation.

Delicious and flavorful, a real winner and good session candidate. I could drink a ton of these on a hot summer day without complaint. The lemongrass is a great touch. Definitely worth trying.

07-22-2011 23:51:11 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of bennyfrank


4.18/5  rDev +22.9%

Poured out of the bottle nicely with a lemony/hoppy fragrance. Good head initially but failed to remain. Interesting lacing resembling various zoo animals (giraffes, hippopotamuses, etc.)

Initial lemon zing followed by hops bitterness results in a complex but balanced taste. This would be a great beer pool side.

03-24-2008 02:03:30 | More by bennyfrank
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +22.9%

A - Pours a very hazy golden copper colour, thin fim of head, no retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet citrus fruit; orange, lemon and grapefruit. Grassy wheat comes through nicely on the finish.

T - Very fruity, sweet grapefruit and lemon with a bit of melon and peach. Sweet lemon iced tea lingers on the tongue. Absolutely delicious!

M - Perfect carbonation levels, light feel, bubbly and goes down smooth.

D - The appearance was a little weak, but the rest came through, with an outstanding flavour coming as a great surprise. Highly recommended to any Wheat Ale fan, or anyone looking for a fruity twist to their bevy!

08-30-2010 01:26:04 | More by andrenaline
Photo of hustlesworth


4.15/5  rDev +22.1%

A- hazy golden with with lemon yellow and orange hues and a puffy white head. moderate retention with minuscule amounts of lace.

S- very fresh grainy aroma throughout, lightly toasty, like an herbed italian bread, with a faint creamy citronella type aroma in the background with meringue, white grape, and toasted coconut or macaroon cookies. something adds a sweet creaminess to the bouquet. some grassiness could be from hops or from the lemon grass, but this one has an inviting, sweet-n-mellow almost dessert smell to it.

T- smell is translated into the taste pretty well except for a quick zap of lemon juice on the tongue in the beginning. it sweetens out from there, with pale grains, rice, white bread, coconut cookies, pinot grigio, and meringue without the lemon. almost no bitterness, it is tough to say whether hops play a part here save for a bit of pepper spice and hay at the end.

MF- fizzy and crisp with a bit of juiciness to the body, leaves the palate with a thin coating of wheat protein but otherwise pretty clean.

D- lemon grass and wheat ale seems to be a winning combination. mild in character but with likable nuances, i could slam about a billion of these in the summertime.

03-04-2009 00:20:51 | More by hustlesworth
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Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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