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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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338 Ratings

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 216
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001)
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Photo of Natural510


3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The final bottle in my Tommyknocker mixed 12-pack.

This one looks better than the rest. It pours a cloudy golden color with thick, fluffy white head which retains fairly well in the glass.
Smells of barley and wheat; barley adds the predictable light malt effect. Lemon rind note rounds out the aroma.
Lemon, lemon, lemon. Not as lemonade but more like lemon Pledge. Tastes better than it sounds; the wheat creates a nice, crisp effect which goes light on the tongue and smooth in the mouth.
Solid choice for a thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 18:55:43 | More by Natural510
Photo of Beefeater57


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

A: Gold color, slight cloudiness. Carbonated, thin white head with little retention.

S: Lemon, other citrus notes like orange and lime. Some yeast in there as well.

T: Citrus right away, definitely getting lemon/lime flavors. Pretty fizzy, it is almost drinking like a Sprite. A very mellow malt character slips in, and not much going with the hops. Finishes a little dry with some acidity.

M: Fizzy, acidic on the tongue. Thin body, borderline watery.

D: For a wheat ale, not a bad one for a hot summer day. Gets better as it warms, more of the wheat malt come out. Easily drinkable if you like wheat ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 18:00:19 | More by Beefeater57
Photo of Tone


3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, pale malt, some citrus flavors (lemon), and some sweet malt. Fits the style an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is really smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation. Tastes of lemon up front, but not just lemon juice. It's more of a lemon with a zesty/earthy kick, probably from the lemon grass added. After the lemon comes some slight spice, and then finishes with a smooth sweet malt flavor. The initial zest on the tongue is intriguing and along with the smooth finish this beer is amazingly easy to drink. Overall, this is a really good brew that I could drink quite a few of - worth a try. On a bad note, it does not get better with warmth, actually quite the reverse.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 02:40:57 | More by Tone
Photo of donteatpoop


3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice honey-gold color with a cap of off-white head which retained quite well (much unlike the other TommyKnocker samples I've had)

Smells absolutely delicious, sweet and inviting, lemony and honey.

Nice sweet taste, very refreshing. The lemon-grass taste. The bitterness of the hops is very hidden. Perhaps a bit too lemony, the more I drink it the less I'm appreciating the lemon zest.

Great balanced feel on the palate, a bit watery. Goes down smooth with no unpleasant after taste. A very refreshing and drinkable brew, by far the best thing I've had from TommyKnocker.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 06:31:48 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog


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

Had this on-tap at the brewpub in Idaho Springs, CO.

Appearance was good with a nice golden glow, unfiltered yet still pretty clear with just the right amount of haze, a good looking wheat.

Smelled average with a hint of lemon-grass, a little bit more clove would have been great.

Mouthfeel was average with a light body.

The drinkability was pretty great and would be the perfect day to enjoy after a day on the mountain or on a hot summer day. I am usually a bigger fan of Belgian style wheat's but this has to be one of the best American wheat's I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2009 23:20:25 | More by SeattleBeerBlog
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4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 00:20:51 | More by hustlesworth
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3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. single - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazy, yellow-orange body with a thin, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, mildly grainy wheat malt initially in the scent, but juicy, fruity citrus follow close behind.

Taste: Sweetish maltiness with only a very mild grainy wheat bread character. Fruity tangerine juice alongside an addition of near-savory lemongrass. Sparse hop character and only a tiny touch of bitterness. Finishes dry and very crisp with a final touch of doughy malts. Slight lemon hints in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A slightly toned down carbonation would, for me, be appreciate. Otherwise, it's a fairly pleasant wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 01:02:48 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Haybeerman


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

A: Golden color with a very light haze. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head that dissipated to an even slim. Laced in thin, sticky rings. Decanted continually.

S: Lemon, orange peel and sweet tangy wheat malt. Hints of herbal hops.

T: Sweet wheat and barley malts up front. Sharp zing of lemon zest and citrus flavors. Finishes with gently bittering hops.

M: Light body. ample carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very drinkable beer in a drinkable style. Especially since its local, this will make a summer session beer for the back yard.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 20:27:35 | More by Haybeerman
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United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Poured into pint glass.

Thin white head that leaves little lacing. Very cloudy in appearance. Color is a pale yellow.

Aroma is of heavy banana and orange scents. There are some earthy hops present as well. Taste is a lot similar to the smell. There is also a lemon zest that I picked up at the end.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and somewhat smooth. It ends very crisp and clear.

Overall, this is a very easy to drink beer. I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to pick up this beer, but it could be a decent session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 01:07:03 | More by mothman
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3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a wheat ale, and true to type, this apparently uses a top fermenting yeast. Color is a cloudy honey. Lacings, as typical with this company, are plentiful. Great job.

Smell: Aroma is very thin. The aroma this is present is a flowers malt. Not bad, but certainly not full in presence.

Taste: This is a wheat beer, but citrus it the preliminary flavor character. The flavor curve is long with hops presence kicking in during sustain. The traditional sweet wheaty presence of a wheat beer is not present. Interesting, but rather forgetable.

Mouthfeel: This beer has an interesting flavor curve. The hops sustain is a great late flavor twang. The palate is not crouded by this brew. The flavor is a little more complex than a traditional wheat beer.

Drinkability: This beer is not filling for a wheat beer. The light flavor also give a "non-stuffing" feel. Rather good.


Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 21:08:09 | More by stockingcpl
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2.15/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up as a part of the Tommyknockers mixed 12 pack.

A: Poured a hazy gold with about half an inch of head that receded to a film. A couple clumps of lacing. A little more towards the yellow end as opposed to gold.

S: Uh...this smells like boiled vegetables, and that's it, like boiled broccoli, a faint hint of wheat malt tang in there, but wow, broccoli and booze as well, this is off to say the least. It somewhat smells like my running shoes, but not in a good belgian funk way. Yuck. This might be bad, but the label checks out. Smells somewhat of vomit even.

T: Initially very sweet, a hint of tangy wheat malt, and sure enough the boiled vegetable/running shoes/rot smell is followed over in the mouth, I don't think this is what lemongrass is supposed to taste and or smell like. The two are pretty much a terrible combination and are offsetting enough to almost condone a drain pour. I'll keep trucking though.

M: Almost no carbonation, smooth, somewhat thick, a little lingering feel in the mouth. Hits the wheat beer notion right on the head.

D: No way. This beer was a good sample, but is terrible. I'm very disappointed in it. Offsetting flavors and smells are just too overpowering. I would avoid this at all costs.

I don't mean to knock this beer so hard, cuz the idea is really neat, but something went wrong with the batch this one came from. I'd like to try it again on tap or from a new bottle. As it stands though, this one is not good at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 00:48:27 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of colts9016


3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A lightly tinted orange and cloudy, there is little to no head.
Nose is oranges, floral, wheat and some hints of malt.
Taste is a nice wheat with overtones of citrus little malt and a slight hint of esters and citrus. Overall it is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 01:57:53 | More by colts9016
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3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: In my brief experience with them, Tommyknocker beers either have a great head, or none at all. This one had the later. After a quick blip of seltzer fizz, I had nothing more than a thin ring around the edge of the beer. Beep gold color has good clarity and very active bubbles, however.

S: Smell is mostly lemon with a bit of raw wheat.

T: Quite mild and dry. Wheat is there with a baked bread quality. Hops provide a quick snap of lemon. Finishes with a light tartness.

M: Light body is a touch grainy. Carbonation level feels about right.

D: This beer just didn't excite me that much. Decent for a session, but not one I'm anxious to revisit. I'm still convinced that this style is meant to be a safe microbrew starting point for the macro drinker. My mom certainly liked it.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 16:26:07 | More by Rayek
Photo of argock


3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched on back label.

A: Hazy peach with 1-finger off-white head and only specks of lace.

S: Lemongrass smell is predominant with a touch of cereal graininess and wheaty tang

T: Flavor overall is muted with no fruitiness but straight grain and lemon citrus taste.

M: Reasonable body with low carbonation and light lemon aftertaste.

D: Fine for an American wheat ale, but nothing to write home about (like most of this style)

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 05:00:36 | More by argock
Photo of mikereaser


3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - pours a murky copper color with a thin head of foam

S - it had a flat wheat smell with yeast and citrus

T - as expected from the smell, it had a wheaty woody taste

M/D - to me, it was too much wheat to be drinkable for more than a few

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 01:52:30 | More by mikereaser
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3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one was sort of bland for me. A pretty high ABV for a pale wheat ale and is very drinkable, I could see myself having this on a nice hot day. As a beer though, it's a little boring aroma and taste wise and can definitely be improved. One of the better beers from this brewery though.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 23:42:23 | More by oriolesfan4
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3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

08 July 08. Is that a best-by date or a production date?

A: Pours a very murky straw yellow with a thick 2 finger head. Leaves a thin layer, lots of lacing.

S: Wheat malt, yeasty, citrusy, I think I smell the lemongrass in it.

T&M: Pretty thin and almost watery in mouthfeel, but tastes ok. Wheat and yeast, but with a tart lemony kick. Pretty dry on the finish. A fairly weak offering, this could and should be amplified 10X.

D: Very high. This beer goes down easy as water, but tastes much better. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 03:43:23 | More by PiecefulToker
Photo of happygnome


3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a hazy golden color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a slight ring of lacing towards the center of the beer
s: lemon sweet sour fruity wheat honey, i think id use all of these to describe the aroma, there is not one that really dominates
t: similar to the nose, a lot of flavors lemmon and grassy stand out but are not overpowering to the others at all
m: light to medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew i think ill look for it again, it was a decent price

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 02:26:39 | More by happygnome
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New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 20:55:36 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of matty


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

Cloudy gold colored ale with a slowly fading head.I got nothing on aroma.Taste is very weak and bland.I got some lemon and wheat but again not strong at all.I can't say that this is bad or good,there's not much to work with.Probably as average and boring as a beer can get.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 04:40:34 | More by matty
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3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light gold/yellow with a two-finger head that died quickly. A stronger sweet malt smell than most pale wheats, but real lemon and clove/spice come through. A light to medium body, a little slick for my taste, with an intense, almost overpowering lemon bite. Kind of reminded me of a wit for a second. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but i just thought the lemongrass overpowered the brew a little, taking away from the malts and the wheat.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 16:09:36 | More by clayrock81
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3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ten Penny Ale pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a haze of ruby orange highlights at the edges. A foamy two-finger head leaves weak lacing.

S: Smells of lemon zest, slight herbal hops and a sweet, tangy maltiness.

T: Taste is a little sweet up front with the flavor of barley malts and a zing of that lemon grass additive. The finish is clean and gently hopped, but still quite citrusy.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing and a little sour.

D: A great warm weather drinker and a decent pale wheat flavor. ABV is sessionable as is the flavor, even though there are more complex wheats out there.

The addition of lemon grass gives this brew its distinctive flavor. Without it, it'd be a really subpar wheat. Still, look to maybe Magic Hat's Hocus Pocus for a better example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 14:54:05 | More by Gambrinus1184
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4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy dark yellow with a frothy white head and no laciong residue on the glass.

Aroma - Light peach, orange, and lemon smells.

Mouthfeel - Very nice almost milky sensation up front that thins out quickly to a dry finish.

Taste - Just like it smells. Light peach, oranges, and Lemon. no flavor dominates or is overwhelming.

Overall - Excellent wheat beer. Very drinkable. Very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 19:32:50 | More by praufs01
Photo of sholland119


3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear, very light straw color with a thin white head. The head disappears quickly.

S-A little wheat, a little more lemon, not much else.

T-Better than expected based on the nose. A nice citrus tang throughout balanced by some nice crisp graininess.

M-Light and summery with carbonation a bit on the light side of moderate. The lemon hangs around a bit longer than I might like.

D-A decent rendition of the style. Yeah, I would have another of these.


Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 17:36:12 | More by sholland119
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3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - golden yellow with a small head that didn't stay around very long
S - wheat and malts...hints of lemon
T - banana, crisp lemon, and a little spicy.
MF - creamy
D - this is pretty good. Reminded me a bit of a hefeweizen instead of an american wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 04:23:53 | More by birchstick
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