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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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368 Ratings

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 supercolter
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty decent all around brew. This style isnt my favorite, admittedly but it was rather interesting. I have found that a lot of these have a random spice that they kind of make dominate the beer. This beer chose lemon grass, and it was delicious. The smell has a lot of the lemony smell, but a bit earthier. In the taste, the earthiness is stronger than the lemon. However, I like both so I won't complain. A bit light on mouthfeel, but on par for the style.

Photo of bennyfrank
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chiefydawg
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starts to pour clear until you swirl the bottom sediment around. That makes it a nicely hazed wheat color. Head started off normal but faded. Thought I caught a faint phantom of a light violet color to the top of the fizz. Could use some lace.

I smell lemon grass. Yeah, I read it on the label; and I'm glad because not sure how I would have described it otherwise. Also a slightly wheaty sweetness there.

The lemon grass/wheat thing is still going on. Sweeter than I expected, as I had the assumption the lemon grass would provide tartness. It does, however counterpoint the sweetness a bit and the beer has an easy-drinking wheat smoothness to it. Not much hop or pop, but I appreciate what's going on here. Probably one of Tommyknocker's better offerings. I'd take some fishing or golfing. Would be good with a veggie/fruit tray.

Photo of rye726
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is by far one of the breweries best beers. Well balanced and a good example of the style. A glowing golden with a silky white head. Aromas of citrus fruits and light malts. Body is crisp and refreshing, yet still full on the palate. Taste is a nice blend of bready malts, floral hops and tart fruit.

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

Slightly light golden color with a fairly thin head atop. Smell is light, nice wheatiness along with some tart lemony note. Taste is also a touch tart, with a sweet honey wheat like kick to it as well. I tend to like american wheats although they're not generally a highly rated snobby beer, and I'd say this one was above average. I thought it was quite good, while slightly unique, for the style and would get it again.

Photo of scottblaze
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Relatively heavy pour gave about ¾" head. decent lacing, hazy straw yellow. When I first put a nose to this I swear it had the faint smell of bourbon that gave way to citrus, pineapple and malty notes. Pineapple and malt seem to be at the forefront of taste with little carbonic bite across the tongue, seems to finish a little thin. Decent mouthfeel and very good drinkability.

A very tasty and refreshing beer, could pass as a hefe...but no bubble gum. I could easily come back to this one, particulary this summer.

edit: After savoring another, I noticed aftertaste and finish going a little thin and lowered taste and drinkability #'s a notch, still a very nice beer though.

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

A - Poured a cloudy/hazy straw yellow, with little to no head. Very minimal lacing

S - Not much of an aroma..a little citrus smell from the lemon grass probably..

T - Nice citrus flavor and a good flavor from the wheat..a little fruity and mild..pretty good

M - Nice carbonation and a little thicker than most brews..good

D - I'm not usually a fan of wheats..just not much my style but this was a pretty darn good beer and I would've had another had this not been the last one

Photo of DrainBamage
4.26/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Mitchster
2.91/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Part of the Trail Mix 6 pack. Unfiltered. Evidently bottled 6/13/07 per the notching on the label. Pours out to a very clear deep golden, forming a creamy white head which has good retention and good lacing. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is rather nondistinct...definitely an American Wheat. Smells like a Pyramid product. Some suggestion of orange peel and corn. Oh, now I see it's brewed with Lemon grass. Mouthfeel is crisp and a little sizzly. Refreshingly light bodied and clean. Well, what's to say? It's a beer. There's not a whole lot of flavor going on. Some distant pale malts, crackers, some yeasty fruity esters, a little citrus. Finish is lightly sweet, and the aftertaste suggests adjuncts and a hint of metal. Best served ice cold, because as it warms, they all become more apparent. Nothing I would ever care to have again.

Photo of abedenbaugh
4.25/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BigRedN
2.61/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of a Trail Mix mixed six pack. Bottled on date notched Sep 07 with what think is the date of 26 (numbers 2 and 6 notched on the side of the label).

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy, dirty gold color. My pour produces only a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a solid cover on the beer.

Smell: Mostly citrus fruit aromas (predomniately lemon) with nothing real wheat or malty.

Taste: Sweet, citrusy, nothing bitter at all. Not really any wheat malt either. A bit bland.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, good carbonation with a crisp clean finish.

Drinkability: Probably ok on a warm summer day (not a cold winter night). Still, not real good, one is enough, and I will probably not seek this out again.

Photo of Budking
3.31/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.(part of a mix pack) poured into pint glass

A: murky, light brown, very thin head(seems to be common with Tommy brews), head dissipates quickly, little lacing as you drink it

S: wheat hop aroma with hint of lemon

T: citrus and wheat up front and a lemon grass aftertaste, little banana in there as well

M: light chalky feel, with a dry finish

Overall: one of my favorites from the mix pack, will definitly get again, probably on a nice summer day it would do well with me.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice and hazy sediment filled bright yellow amber with a good amount of head on top. A nice sized three finger deep head of lace settled down to a film across the top but was able to leave behind more then adequate side glass lace and ample carbonation continued to bubble up throughout the session. A good amount of yeast could be found at the bottom when finished.

S – Aroma was light and full of wheat and light yeast smells. Some nice fresh grass was apparent as was a touch of cereal light grains. All of the aromas were rather light and a nice fruity vibe was percolating throughout.

T – The flavor was quick, light and to the point. A nice crisp flavor of wheat and yeast immediately rolled off the tongue. A slight note of peach and pear and a touch of a hop like finish rounded it out very nicely. Not the strongest wheat I have ever had, but decent none the less. Nice classic profile.

M – Very light bodied and smooth the carbonation kept this one very lively throughout. I was very impressed with the quality of the feel, very light yet a good depth to the profile kept it from feeling watered down.

D – Very nice, this was light enough and had enough flavor to just have some all day long. Could never really tire of it and made a good session choice or something for a hot day.

Overall a very strong offering from Tommy Knockers. I have had a couple off ones lately, but this seemed to restore my hope that they are putting out some quality products. Not the best I have ever had, but nowhere near the worst. I would grab for this one again without hesitation if it were around.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours up golden with a thin white head

S - Citrusy hop aroma with a hint of lemon

T - very slight malt taste overpowered by light lemon/citrus flavor. Finishes slightly sweet.

M - A little thin, but refreshing

D - Very drinkable beer. Smooth and crisp. The aftertaste doesn't build up. A great session beer.

Photo of oelergud
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy translucent straw orange body. Big white head with a yellow tint consisting of up to medium bubbles. The head falls to a good float and leaves good lace..
Very faint and slightly lemony scent. As the beer warms it reveals wheat and subtle malt with abit of a biscuit note.
The taste is as mild as the scent but does not seem as complex.
Lemon is clearly noticed along with a buttery character and very faint spice. Malt is more apparent as the beer warms. The aftertaste is surprisingly hoppy and has good endurance.
Light to medium body with light coating and a somewhat dry finish.
Drinkable but preferred with a meal as it's too mild to be a beer to really stand alone. I could see this brew going great with summertime grilling.


Photo of bilyboy65
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall this was an average wheat beer. Nothing complex about the flavors, smell or look.

A: Only a lightly cloudy golden color. There was little to no head on the beer and the carbonation appeared to instantly be on the decline after the pour was finished.
S: Light lemony wheat scent fills the nostrils on this beer.
T: Citrus taste with a mild wheat flavor
M: Feels flat, especially toward the end of the glass. Goes down smooth none the less, but really lacked the body a wheat beer deserves
D: Falls below the medium in terms of a wheat beer

Photo of Pegasus
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color, with a small white head, which soon utterly collapses, leaving nothing but a fine collar in its wake. The carbonation is very slight.

Aroma: Classic wheat beer aroma, with a mild spiciness, and lemon zest.

Taste: Slightly tart wheat malt at the open, with a mild spiciness. Understated notes of clove are present throughout the taste. Some grainy notes appear midway through. The finish offers a mild bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, with slightly aggressive carbonation, and a touch thin.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and drinkable example, unspectacular, but pleasing, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of Backer2004
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed most of the Tommyknocker brews that I poured at the Charlotte Oktoberfest. However, the wheat was not to my fancy. Nothing spectacular, though a lot of the girls who needed something "light" enjoyed this. Medium straw color that looked mostly filtered, easy to consume. Good choice ona hot summer day.

Photo of hero27
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Ale brewed with lemon grass.
Unfiltered hazy gold color, not much for head.
Aroma of slightly sweet lemon, pale malt, wheat, and some citrus.
Flavor has some soft banana, wheat, and lemon qualities. Not a jumpstart to the tastebuds, but a pleasing wheat beer overall.
Chalky mouthfeel from the wheat. Refreshing & light bodied.

Apparently a "Jack Whacker" had the job of whipping the last mule to keep the supply train moving along in mining camps... I bought this beer thinking it was something completely different...damn marketing campaigns.

Photo of wspscott
2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Pours a hazy gold color with a white head
S: Not much going on here, a slight lemon smell
T: Again, not much here. Comes across as watery without any lemon or wheat flavor
M: Highly carbed, light on the tongue.
D: My BMC drinking neighbors would not have a problem with this and I don't mean that as a complement.
I try very hard to not slam a beer but, there is nothing going on with this one, this is better than BMC but not much. I am glad only only have 1 of these

Photo of HardTarget
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Notes use of lemon grass, Apr. 07 week 01 notched (sampled July 07),

Aroma: Mild maple note that might be me thinking about their other beers. Similar yeast strain, and a mild spice note.

Appearance: Slightly hazy glass of gold with little head to speak of.

Flavor: Bland. Mild dishwater malt with a mild spice note like nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Flat carbonation level, medium body.

Overall Impression: Bland. Produced by the Neutral Planet beige. Just didn’t excite or interest me at all.

Thanks to Pegasus for the karma point.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of allengarvin
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of gunnerman
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.