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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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370 Ratings

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 9
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Photo of GilmooDaddy
2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Norfolk, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours a very murky, golden orange in color that immediately bubbles into a finger width, white foam head. The appearance is very malty and viscous, like a light colored syrup filled with fruit residue and carbonation. Odd.

(Smell): Not strong, but not faint, the aroma is a mixture of fruity citrus and sweet tarts.

(Taste): I don't seem to be getting any of the lemon flavoring or sweetness that so many others suggest. It kind of tastes like carbonated water with a touch of lime, and by touch, I mean a very light touch. I enjoy a good wheat ale, but whatever flavoring this beer might have had is dominated by carbonation.

(Mouthfeel): Slightly malty and medium and body, but ridiculously dominated but carbonation in every area of the mouth.

(Drinkability): The high carbonation completely throws this one off. Assuming it doesn't ruin the drinking experience for you, the beer is relatively light and fairly low in ABV, so it could be a decent session beer. Unfortunately, it's not a beer that would make the session very enjoyable.

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...

Photo of ism
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden yellow, topped with frothy 1-finger white head. Nice, dense rings of lacing as the head becomes a thin white layer nearly instantly. Nose of sweet bright berry and citrus, no characteristic wheat detected. Very thin body with a carbonation just active enough to be pleasant. Sweet, mellow berries with lemon peel. Quick blast of citrus and berry in the finish, but nothing lingers.

Pleasing and somewhat interesting, but not enough "oomph" to be memorable. On the other hand, very easygoing and easy to down, but the sweetness builds up too easily. Somewhat like a more restrained version of Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss crossed with a subdued Magic Hat Circus Boy.

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review #50
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a small white head that fades into near oblivion right away. Cloudy. Strong golden/bronze color.

S: Surprisingly doesn't smell like wheat and oranges. It smells like amber malt and hops. Not the usual for most American wheat beers.

T: Light wheat flavors, small hop presence. Noticeably missing are any extra-curricular flavors normally associated with this style. I wouldn't think I'd miss those flavors (coriander, orange, sweet) but this brew offer little as a substitute.

M: Heavy carbonation. Not much else.

D: Drinkable? Yes. Enjoyable? Not sure....

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

Look - Light amber in color, murky, with about 2 fingers of foam that dissipates fairly slowly.

Smell - Very fresh smelling due to the lemon grass, which in turn gives it a very floral scent.

Taste and Mouthfeel -Light citrusy feeling. But in general somewhat stale tasting, maybe a bad bottle. Good balance between malty and hopy, but slightly more on a bitter side. Some orange peel too perhaps. Texture is very much on the watery side

Drinkability - Interesting taste, but perhaps a bad bottle, I may come back and reevaluate my review when I can next find another bottle.

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

Appearance - pours a cloudy yellow with a bright white foamy head that disappears really quickly. small ring on sides of glass that cling

Smell - Biscuity and a light citrus smell, but more like lemon than orange & this really helped by the lemon grass used for it.

Taste- Lemon is noticeable on the back part of the taste and goes well with the bitter of the hops. Taste is exactly like the smell and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp really refreshing and has a great feel. you get the bite of the hops but so nicely balanced that it blends with the light carbonation that is left that you did not even realize was still there since the head is just about all gone.

Drinkability - Nice and would definitely drink this again. Just an over all good wheat, but there are ones that are better, but again all in all this is a good one and should be tried.

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

Fresh date clearly marked on bottle, poured at 50 degrees into a tall glass.

Decanted half the bottle without the sediment (the second half I will mix it in). Body is pale yellow and slightly cloudy. Head a pure white and laces a bit. A typical but unremarkable APWA.

Some slightly astringent wheat malts and pale malts make up the nose of this beer. With a little swirling and closer inspection I can detect a bit of banana. Rather bland smelling.

Very lightly toasted malt makes a huge showing here, with lots of grassy wheat and biscuit malt flavors. I don't detect much hop bitterness or much of anything else. Very little typical clove or banana yeast notes, which is acceptable for an American Pale Wheat Ale, although I think the examples of this style that include a more Hefe or Belgian yeast character are better. With the addition of the sediment from the bottle the flavor doesn't change much, except to smooth out a bit. There is something else in this flavor profile that almost reminds me of very mild citrus-hops, and I am assuming that this flavor is the lemongrass. EDIT- as I finished the bottle the lemongrass came out much louder and made an impression. I bumped up the flavor score because of this.

Light to medium bodied with carbonation where it should be. I expect a beer of this sort to be bubbly and on the higher side of carbonation without feeling at all like diet soda. Jack whacker does a fine job of keeping within the bounds here. Drinkability is good but not great. Some pale wheat ales just beg you to gulp them down. This beer is just doesn't have enough character to reach that level.

Conclusion: Nothing is wrong with this example of the style, but I can't find one thing about it to praise, however the lemongrass is interesting and if you like lemongrass you will probably enjoy this beer. I like Thai food and thus I like lemongrass..

Photo of andrenaline
4.14/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of LairdChisholm
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden In color with about a two finger head initially that has good retention. A little bit of lacing here , nothing spectacular though. A good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S - A surprisingly good nose. I get some wheat and yeast. Also mixed in there is some lemon, lime, grass, and a touch of alcohol. Just not as pungent as would be desired but not bad.

T - I really don't know what happened here. It doesn't taste bad, it just doesn't taste. It taste like carbonated water at first. There is really no initial taste. After that, there is a hint of lemon and maybe a little bit of lime. That's it

M - Mouth feel isn't bad. A good amount of carbonation makes up for a strong lack of taste.

D - Considering it doesn't really have a taste. It is real easy to drink, just not very enjoyable.

Photo of droomyster
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 300th review. Pours a cloudy gold with a small white head. Aromas are big on the sourdough bread dough and yeast, not nearly as wheaty as many wheat beers but definitely pleasant and interesting. Lots of carbonation on the palate that wasn't apparent on the head. Tastes like a buttered piece of sourdough bread with just a dab of honey. It's somewhat wheaty, but not nearly as much as many other wheat beers. I agree with the reviewers who said that it has a "chalky" element to its taste. The uniqueness of its flavor profile makes it fun to try but I wouldn't want another.

Photo of nukem5
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mischievous elves indeed...

A: Great amber color.Light head. Some light lacing.

S: Nice and light traces of the lemon grass really pick up the smell on this one.

T: Nice citrus from hops,then the lemon grass, and finally the sweet almost worty taste of grains.

M: Light in the front and move to medium body after swallow.

D: Could very well drink a few pints of these no preob.

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

The last of the TommyKnocke 12 pack sampler. I am not a big fan of wheat beers, usually too much yeast, but here goes.
Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow with an orange tint. Shows a copius white head that has decent retention and side lace.
Yeast is not heavy (good) Smell is fruity with lemon, from the leon grass dominating.
Has a tangy taste that reminds me of a summer type beverage.
Not bitter but tart and dry.
One of the more favorable wheats that I have had.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a chill haze, dusty gold with a decent white fluffy head -- gone fast, no lacing.

Some lemony scents and some grassy notes. Not a strong aroma.

Grassy tartness, some lemon, and some boiled grain. No real sweet wheat -- more on the dry grain side. Bitterness is like bitter grain husk -- almost as if they were trying to replicate a SA Summer Ale. Ok, but nothing overly original.

Thinner bodied, tons of carbonation.

You know, I could down this easy on a hot day. It's not hot today, and this is just pizza beer. OK.

Photo of SimplySinister
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Semi-transparent yellow-orange sunburst with adequate carbonation. Nice full snow white head with moderate lacing. Very pretty.

S - Lemon Grass and other citrus notes are apparent. Nice smell; not too weak and not too strong.

T - Wow. This is a great tasting pale wheat ale. This beer is not overpowering nor weak; it has more than enough character to be remembered fondly. Truthfully, this is not a complex beer- its simple and satisfing. Lemon grass stands at the forefront, blended with a hint of wheat. Amazing.

M - Clean, crisp, satisfing.

D - Extraordinary. I could drink more than several.

All in all, though there are a few great pale wheat brews, this brew defines the pale wheat genre for me. Personally, without a doubt, I think that this beer is an A beer.

Photo of Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden bodied brew, slight haze but mostly clear. Small white head doesnt last very long. Filtered wheat. Wheat grain nose, some citrus hints and a bit of banana. Wheat malt pretty much owns the taste, has a bit of the ole bubblegum thing going on. Not much in the way of malts. Kinda thin on the mouth, but overall pretty refreshing and tasty

Photo of glamphetamine
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Goliath
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a thin white head that quickly dissipates and leaves nothing behind.

The aroma is ok, but very familiar. There's some citrus and pale grain.

The taste is ok. There's some citrus again and some pale wheat. There's really not much else to say here.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very finely carbonated.

Drinkability is relatively high. The flavor profile is ok. The ABV is low making this sessionable. It's an ok drinking experience, but it wouldn't be my first choice for a wheat.

Photo of gohawks1
4.23/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of bismarksays
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single bottle of this looking for something different. It pours a near clear yellow, so my expectations for wheat flavor immediately lowered. The bouquet promised lemongrass, which was readily apparent upon first sip. However, that is all that was present in this thin beer. I could see how people would love it on a warm day as a session beer, but a single bottle, I didn't feel it was an attention grabber.

Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of lemons. Taste is also of lemons, tart, some malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not bad, but definatly nothing great.

Photo of tjd112
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Smith nonic. Hazy orange color dominates with finger white head leaving negligible lacing. Smell is of orange and coriander and taste is, unsurprisingly, orange and coriander. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and this is a sessionable yet average beer. The most disappointing out of the sampler.

Photo of scottbrew4u
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours from a 12oz. into a pint glass.
Golden color with some haze from the yeast, and a bubbly white head that settles and dissipates quickly.

S: Roasted grains and toasted wheat, tobacco and grapefruit and orangey citrus.

T: Grainy, from malt and wheat, almost straw like. Hops give a light citrus touch and a bit too weak.

M: Light body with crisp carbonation.

D: Nothing really flawed with this beer but nothing making it stand out and make me want another.

Photo of katan
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark gold to almost orange color. Very hazy. Light head formation, leaving behind a white film. Carbonation is light.

S - A very light nose - only the smallest hint of bready wheat. Truly hard to pull a scent out of this one.

T - Starts off with a very light malt sweetness - overall almost imperceptible. Builds with some wheat astringency mid-stream - no hopping detected. Some dry yeast notes. FInishes with an orangish sweetness which hangs on your tongue.

M - Moderate body for a wheat beer. Carbonation bite is present - stinging. Little aftertaste.

D - Moderate to high drinkability. The flavors are well, non-existent at times - avoid palette fatigue. Lightly filling. Drinkability in this occasion may not be a compliment.

Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.