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Jack Whacker Wheat Ale - Tommyknocker Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
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221 Reviews
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Reviews: 221
Hads: 387
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.93%
Wants: 11
Gots: 23 | 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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Reviews: 221 | Hads: 387
Photo of tdm168
3.22/5  rDev -5%
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. (424 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.97/5  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. (558 characters)

Photo of dankster
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.05/5  rDev -10%
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. (954 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +18%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy and yellowish in color, head ain't bad and lace was pretty good.

Smell is a little lemony and sweet with a good wheaty backbone.

Oddly sweet but tart all at once, very wheaty in taste, a tad of spice with some lemongrass to finish.

Body is light but wheaty and easy to drink. Carbs are smooth and ample for the style.

This one's pretty good actually. (371 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +18%
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. (1,140 characters)

Photo of rowew
2.16/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, new style Tommyknocker labels. ABV, IBU, best by date all on the label.

Appearance: Clear golden color, average head fades quickly.

Smell: A bit sour, some lemon peel. As it warms there is a bit of wheat.

Taste: A bit of citrus, very light wheat flavor.

Overall impression: meh. Another overly filtered wheat with some citrus added. Definitely mediocre. (387 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.56/5  rDev -24.5%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.69/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: clear light yellow; strong carb beads; moderate head; not any lacing
S: sweet, lemonade-like aroma; quite inviting (Max: the opposite of what the cat smells like)
T: very nice, light wheat ale; somewhat thin flavored, as I expect in wheat beers; lemon pronounced; the barren wheat taste appears at the end of the sip

Overall, pretty good for this style, but the style doesn't suit me (419 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a shade darker than many in the APWA style. Solidly in the medium-light amber scale. Slightly hazy, but still pretty clear. One finger white head. Not as much lacing ore head retention as this style should display.
S- Crisp wheatyness with a mild, but nice citrus aroma.
T- It is a bit sweeter than I general like from this style. The spicy wheaty flavors are more understated, but it's kinda nice. There is an addition of lemongrass advertised on the glass. I guess that could be the reason behind the citrusy flavor.
M- Below standard carbonation here, but it worked. Maybe a little more would have helped, but it was ok. Body was light, but a little fuller than average for style.
O- This is a pretty decent wheat beer. I would enjoy this beer on any hot summer day. (778 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Beck's Tulip in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head is devoid of cream and of limited thickness. Retention is bad. Colour is a clear copper.

Sm: Raspberry ester hops and slight wheat. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Raspberry ester hops, light wheat foundation, and a sort of extremely light off-sour ester buried in the climax. Decently built and balanced, but far from exemplary.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Slightly complements the flavours on the body.

Dr: Well priced and very drinkable, but of mundane quality. I'd have it again if it were well priced. Would likely be better on draught. (674 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brand new label baby so best by October 01, 2011

A - Pours a nice yellow with a bit of yeast floaties and a light bit of head that turns to a light yeast ring.

S - Slight biscuit malt and a little bit of hops. Not much detectable yeast on the nose.

T - Nice bit of wheat crispness with a touch of yeast and bit of grains. Has a very smooth lemon grassy taste. Yeast is kind of chalky.

M - Light to medium easy drink ability.

Overall not my favorite of the style since it is more yeast forward but I wouldn't turn it down if offered. Good enjoying two in a row so session able. (581 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter. Best by January 2011. Oops. Not sure how long I had this in the fridge.

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a finger of foam. Not as highly carbonated as I would expect. Aroma is mostly sweet citrus... orange, lemon. Nice lacing.

First sip is... pretty subdued. Decent amount of residual sweetness, and you can certainly taste the lemongrass, but not a whole lot else is going on. Minimal contributions from the hops or the yeast, mostly just moderately sweet pale ale, with a crisp, lemony finish.

Overall, this beer is pretty good, but it just needs another layer of complexity to make it great. Hops, yeast, malt... it just needs a contribution from something else. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination. (757 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (542 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.04/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, gold color with a thin head and no lacing. The aroma is mainly banana with hints of lemon and dough. The flavor is lemony with banana, cake, and some nutty notes. It has a light-medium mouthfeel, light, and very smooth. Tommyknocker Jack Whacker Wheat Ale is a very good beer, represents the style well, and is very enjoyable. Highly recommended. (371 characters)

Photo of logmacschlog15
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (1,116 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one pours an odd fluorescent or neon straw, almost orange juice yellow color that is opaque to my straining eye. The nose is a zesty citrus tinged wheat. Other reviewers say lemon grass and it is unusual, even for the style.

Highly carbonated, which overpowers the taste straight off the bat. Wheat and citrus are obviously the keys here, with a touch of yeast and maybe that's white pepper spicing things up a touch. Shame about the overcarbonation, because the rest of it fits together pretty well.

Probably decent on a hot day but still not what it could have been had the brewer laid off the bubbles. (613 characters)

Photo of brandoncox
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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. (404 characters)

Photo of 9InchNails
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice creamy white head with a hazy light yellow body. A lot of bubblage going on.

I smell nothing but wheat, grain, citrus and grass in this one. Not a bad nor a good smell.

I was kind of worried with the smell lacking but the taste is quite interesting at first. Mostly wheat right away but a honey citrus flavor comes in to give it a balanced taste. As I continued to drink it, the taste gets a little bland.

Light body, quite refreshing. Feels okay... A little watery.

This is average tasting at best. A summer beer for sure. This could be a session beer. I wouldn't mind having another one since it isn't horrible. (623 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a mixed six pack from Tommyknocker at the Lager Mill for $8.99. Even though it doesn't feel like spring yet, I was in the mood for a wheat ale so hopefully this will suit my needs. Bottled on February 18, 2011. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into weizen glass.

A- This label isn't as cheesy as some others, but I still don't care for it much. Jack Whacker poured a clear golden yellow color with a finger and a half of white head that died down to a thin ring.

S- I pick up a good amount of grains and wheat. I pick up a pretty strong citrus fruit aroma, mainly orange peel and lemon zest. The citrus fruits come off a little and tart, I like it, haven't come across a wheat ale before that had the tart aroma to it, I am not sure but it may have come from the lemon grass.

T- This tastes pretty different then most wheat beers I have had. The base of this beer is nice and the wheat imparts a nice grainy flavor that has a medium amount of sweetness to it. The flavor has a good amount of citrus to it but not as much as the aroma led me to believe and the tartness is mild and pleasant. The lemon grass imparted a nice unique flavor that really worked with this beer. There was a slight amount of grassy hops on the finish and no bitterness.

M- Medium light bodied, refreshing, and it could have used more carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty good beer. This was a very unique tasting beer, I haven't had a wheat beer that tasted similar to this. I feel like the addition of lemon grass is what made this beer stick out, I have never had a beer brewed with that before but I wouldn't mind checking out some more beers that utilize lemon grass, especially a wheat beer. I liked Jack Wacker and it ranks up there as one of the better ones from the six pack so far. I would buy this again, with all the citrus notes in this beer I think it would make a good summertime brew. I would recommend this people who like wheat beers that are heavy on the citrus. (1,981 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a thin white head that fades fast. No lace. Smells good. Wheat, grapes, and lemon. Sweeter than expected. Sweet pilsner malts, honey, and wheat with a background hint of citrus...probably the lemon grass. Not a faint beer, but nice and light. Refreshing, tasty and easy to drink. (302 characters)

Photo of roddwolff
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a bayern-weissbier glass. Look: Dull golden color, two finger of foam, with David the Gnome on the logo; Smell: Cirtus with some sweetness; Taste: Wheat, lemon peel, sugar; Mouthfeel: Refreshing and citrus, sometimes sweet, medium body and slight carbonation; Drinkability: Tasty and off thirst but something simple. (326 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with 1 finger of fluffy white head that disappears quickly.

The scent is of wheat, lemon, and grains.

The taste is of wheat, grape, lemon grass, and grains, with a light hop presence.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, moderate to high carbonation.

This was a very refreshing, easy to drink beer with good flavor. (345 characters)

Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.