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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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BA SCORE
78
okay

347 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 7
Gots: 9 | 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 SaCkErZ9
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%

These Tommyknocker beers are really letting me down. I am going to be short and sweet and to the point on this one.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is hazy yellow with little to no head. Aroma is dirty diaper and slight cloves. Flavor mimics the aroma; soiled underpants with slight lemon and citrus flavors. Average mouthfeel, not really drinkable. Another dud from Tommyknocker.

SaCkErZ9, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of Frozensoul327
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%

A: Slightly hazed golden yellow color with a small and short lived head of white foam. No lacing, and a lower level of carbonation when poured into the glass (standard pint).

S: Some mild notes of wheat and grain. A touch of flour and malty biscuit. Slightly sweet note of honey.

T: Mild flavors of wheat, grain caramel and buttery malts. Steady grassy flavors fill in the gaps. Not bad, but very lackluster and boring.

M: Smooth and slightly chalkey, this one was way too low on the bubbles and needed a solid kick up in the carbonation dept. Otherwise, it was flat and medium/light bodied.

D: Not quite up to par. There are better APWA's to be had. One and done for me

Frozensoul327, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of allengarvin
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%

Hazy golden grain-colored beer. Very grainy wheat malt nose, no noticible fruitiness or hops. Flavor is completely bland: a touch of wheat, but otherwise just neutral graininess. Not a hint of yeast character. Low bitterness, no hop flavor. Body is watery and flat.

This is a beer that has no reason to exist.

allengarvin, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of gunnerman
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured into a wehat glass, pours a pale yellow with a bit of a head that doesn't hang around to long, little yeast particles float around. Smell is slight citrusy with sweet amber in there as well also a bit of wheat. The taste is pretty good nice and smooth and goes down extremly well, taste of slight bitterness, lemon twang also a bit of lime in there. This is a pretty good offering and the drinkability is amazing you could littlerly go through a bunch of these in no time.

gunnerman, May 28, 2007
Photo of sulldaddy
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%

The beer pours a bright clear gold color with a few small yeast chunks floating. A fizzy bleached white head foams up 1 cm and fades quickly to a thin surface layer. Aroma is some lemon zest and tangy wheat with also a bit of general sugar sweetness. The first sip reveals a light crisp body with fine tingly carbonation. Flavor is similar to nose with light sweetness, some mild wheat twang, and a bit of lemon. Overall mild and crisp good for a hot day, but not overly interesting in terms of flavor. No hint of 5.5% ABV so could be easily sessionable.

sulldaddy, May 08, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.03/5  rDev -40.3%

Hazed, pale straw gold appearance, copious carbonation, smallish head, especially for the style, drizzles down in no time.

Funky nose, but not fresh...stale clove and squashed banana...with a side order of plastic....not great. The aroma is usually what I like best in a wheat ale, so this holds little promise.

Taste: ew...not good. Plastic feeling continues in the flavor, as if something is seriously amiss...none of the special, sparkling associations one enjoys in a wheat are anywhere around. Dull, drab, listless, with a flaccid flavor, there's nothing to like here...in fact, it's terrible...yuk...and I've got four more of these to get through...yikes...poor me...

Nothing more to say. Big disappointment.

feloniousmonk, Apr 21, 2007
Photo of kimcgolf
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%

Poured to a clear golden orange, not hazy like I expected, with virutally no head or lacing. Aroma was very slight, though I picked out a slight citrusy fruit smell. Unfortunately, no spice or dough smell. Flavor was pleasant, again with hints of fruit. Mouthfeel was fairly flat, and finish just so-so.

Not a bad drinking beer, just not much of a wheat beer.

kimcgolf, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of briman
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a hazy pale straw color. About a 1/4 inch white head. Little to no retention. Not much lace.

Aroma is light wheat, with some lemon.

Flavor is a light grainy wheat, with farily prevalent lemony backbone. The lemon follows you all the way to the end. Finish is a little grainy,but doesn't have any real bitterness.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Crisp & light, with reasonable balance, but overall not a lot of flavor really. Drinkability would be good on a hot day, but I don't think there is really enough here to make me want to try another.

briman, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Features freshness date.

Appearance: Pour hazy straw in color with a great 3 finger head that last throughout. Some noticeable protein flocculation but nothing unattractive.

Smell: Sweet lemon zest, that very distance smell of wheat malt, yum!

Taste: Typical American wheat ale, nice wheat malt characteristics mild bittering hops probably hallertau. But…They have put the lemon right in the beer. The taste of lemon grass is extremely apparent. Just the right touch for this style beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body. Carbonation kind of lacks.

Drinkability: Good, I found that after a couple the lemony taste starts to were on you, all an all a good beer.

BadRockBeer, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%

A nice wheat beer with whispers of citrus thanks to the addition of lemon grass. Color is cloudy amber, so you know it hasn't been filtered. Aroma has a hint of lemon, as does the taste, which is typical of a wheat beer. Pleasant and uncomplex, it has just a little bit of a hoppy bite. Good for spring or summer outings.

Cyberkedi, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of Redrover
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%

12 oz brown longneck with clear freshness dating.

The beer is a slightly cloudy gold. With a quickly disappearing bone white head.

The beer has some lemon notes which I’m guessing come from the lemon grass its brewed with. The lemon almost smells like lemon scented dish soap (Joy). There is also some faint grain aroma.

The weird lemon thing carries over to the taste. I like citrus flavors, but this one seems artificial. It overpowers any other flavors. Only in the after taste do you gets some cracker and grass notes.

The mouth is very low carbonation which also hurts this beer. Drinability suffers from the beer's flaws. Not a beer I will be searching for.

Redrover, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of meadhead
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

A primarily mild Lemon
Flowery wheat
with some corriander spice
and a hint of tart yeast

Pours a mild hazy yellow

a light floral lemon smell-
probably its high point
but its mild and hard to tell

The Taste finishes
with a nice bitter ease
and that subtle floral undertone
like a wild lavender leave

Mouthfeel is good
carbonated to a
zing

The drinkability is easy:
this is semi-weak offering

Nonetheless for its attempt
to use lemongrass and spice
its mild and refreshing
and goes down nice

meadhead, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of mjc410
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%

The pour into my Blanche De Chambly glass raises a 1.5 finger head over a hazy yellow gold body, looking much like the Pils I had earlier. The head, though, doesn't last long, especially for a wheat beer. It falls after a minute or two to surface lacing, but manages to leave some nice tracks on the glass's sides. The nose has a lemon-pepper smell to it, but is quite mild in all categories. The lemon is very noticeable, and actually adds a very interesting dimension to this beer. There's a lot of sweetness too, but not anything usually associated with wheat beers. Still, it's a fun departure. The mouth is light, with a mellow carbonation. I think the lower carbonation helps the soft lemon flavor come through more clearly. A fun and refreshing beer, which would be even better in warm weather.

mjc410, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Tommyknocker Jack Whacker Wheat
12 oz brown bottle
January 07 clearly notched on the side label
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a deep mustard yellow with an orange tint. The appearance is cloudy and looks unfiltered. Decent head leaving little spots of lace.

Whiffs of grain, lemon zest and wheat crackers.

Lightly carbonated mouthfeel with flavors of dry wheat and crisp grains. A hint of lemon citrus provides a twangy finish. Rather clean and somewhat refreshing.

A nice option when the weather warms, but nothing special here.

Hibernator, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of billybob
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%

pours a very cloudy golden color with a white three finger head that held for a short time then settled to a ring on the glass with a fair amount of lacing. smell is of fruit and citrus. lemon grass comes right out but can't pick anything else out of the taste. mouthfeel is light and clean slight lemon after taste. i would buy it again as a summer refresher.

billybob, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

Again from the "Motherlode" 12 pack mix. Poured a hazy yellow (gray?) in the glass with a soft cream-colored head that disappeared quickly. Clean smelling. I guess I expected more lemon (seeing "lemongrass" on the label as an ingredient). But the lemon taste was very subdued, almost smooth in its subtlety. Obvious wheat taste with a nice mouthfeel (again thanks to the wheat); but surprisingly drinkable and tasty. I find that if I enjoy every sip, looking forward to the next all the way to the bottom of the glass, I give the beer a thumbs up. This was not all that complex in flavor, but everything was so well balanced that it was a refreshing change of pace. Like Tommyknocker's Glacier Lager, I would buy this for the summer barbeque.

tugdriver7, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of mynie
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%

Dark, very hazy gold and a nice white head that dies quickly.

Smells of elder fruit along with some very distinct floral nodes and a nice lemony spice. Lemongrass? Maybe. Only taste will tell.

Tastes of big fruit, not at all expired, moving into a highly carbonated middle punctuated by strong floral lemon spice and ending on a very nice bready yeast and a lingering node of flowers. Surprisingly complex, and quite refreshing.

Another solid beer from Tommyknocker.

mynie, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance - the requisite unfiltered straw/golden color on the pour. Plenty of foam to start with, a light to moderate bead feeding it from below. It pulls back to a thin cover, lacing very little along the way.

Aroma - light grain and yeast aroma, just a little more discernable from a standard American pale lager. A bit of cracker comes out late, but this is either very delicate or an under-achiever, however you want to slice it.

Taste - soft grain, fruity yeast, a light, almost flowery flavor. A touch of non-bitter finish on the swallow, thanks to the addition of lemon grass.Different. It's a nice twist that enhances an already tasty beer. Not necessarily inspiring, but it's pleasant.

Mouthfeel - softly carbonated, very smooth, couldn't be better.

Drinkability - easy session pick but it's on the pricy side at close to $8 a sixer.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of CWiggins
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%

Pours a nice straw-yellow into my Duvel glass. A substantial head of at least a quarter-inch formed, but it didn't last long. I always like the view of sediment swirling at the bottom of any beer! The aroma is of fruity citrus and lemongrass, but it's very light overall. I found the initial flavor to be quite enjoyable; it was crisp and bright, with lemon, wheat, and light summer fruit dominating. The mouthfeel was nice as well, with a subtle cloying effect followed by a warm sensation that outlasted the aftertaste. The only negative aspect to this beer is that it weakened in flavor over the 45 minutes I sipped it. By the end, almost no big flavor characteristic stood out and the aftertaste vanished. Not bad. Interesting to try.

CWiggins, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%

12 oz bottle, notched June 06, poured into a weissen glass

A—pours hazy honey yellow with small chunks of sediment that swirl, then sink to the bottom, no head, no lacing

S—sweet citrus, lemon grass, wheat, mild spice and some butter notes , too

T—wheat with some autumn spice flavors, interesting, no the normal wheat beer taste to me

M—sharp, light bodied, medium carbonation

D—not bad, but not what I was expecting…it’s more like a spiced ale to me, I have another, but probably not a sessionable beer.

hanco005, Oct 09, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%

Yellow cloudy wheat beer, with a tiny head.

Smells very sweet and fruity.

It tastes pretty good. In the past I've enjoyed some foreign wheat beers, so I'm impressed with this American one. There's a lot going on with all the spices.

It was a foamy mouth, but that was to be expected.

Overall it was decent.

terrabyte, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured a cloudy light apricot color with massive white puffy head. Smell is very light, with only a mild fruity sweetness to be found. Taste is also very mild, with a bit of sweetness from the lemon grass, and a moderate tartness to balance it. Finish is nice and full in the mouth and very refreshing. A nice beer for a warm eary autumn afternoon,

tgbljb, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%

12oz bottle from aracauna via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" off-white head above the almost clear golden amber brew. Head fades gradually, with frothy lacing. Aroma is lightly flowery wheat. Taste follows along, slightly floral, almost sickly sweet wheat flavor, with a chalky close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but this is not something I would search out again.

ppoitras, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The Liquid is a pale yellow very nice carbonation, The head is white and 2 fingers tall.

The Smell is fresh and fruity, lemon, apricot and pear.

The taste follows a very nice apricot taste along with some lemon notes and a light sour dough bread taste.

The mouthfeel is ok, nothing bad a solid American wheat.

The drinkability is good. I like the taste, I will add this is no German Hefe but they don't say it is. This is a very good American Wheat, better then most. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

chOAKbarrell, Aug 30, 2006
Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.