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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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340 Ratings

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Ratings: 340
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001)
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Photo of lackenhauser


2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Somewhat cloudy yellow color. Not a lot of aroma-the label says lemongrass but I cant find any thats for sure. Rubbery and plastic like flavor-makes me think of a new set of smeakers as a kid! Sort of crisp and dry but the plastic flavor really overpowers the whole deal. OK mouthfeel-neither up nor down. While not a wheat beer fan I have had many that were way more enjoyable. This one falls flat on all counts. A big miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 00:08:28 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Drew966


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Jack Whacker Wheat Ale pours a hazy yellow with a thin off white head. The aroma tends to the lemon side, not much else is noticeable. Tastes fairly good, the wheat is not really noticeable. Lemon is dominant, but not overpowering. A little bit of hops toward the end, but not much. Worth a try, it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 23:21:11 | More by Drew966
Photo of Westsidethreat


2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Medium gold color. Clean with scores of bubbles making their way to the surface. Head is medium sized bubbles and unimpressive. Beer shouldn't fizz like Sprite when you pour it.

S: Wet straw, American hops, fresh cut grass

T: Lightly floral with slight northwest hop profile. Minor amount of malt sweetness lingers on the tongue. Touch sour from the lemon grass. Wheaty aftertaste that stays for a while

M: Full bodied with a bit of crisp carbonation.

D: Eh. Whatever.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 21:57:24 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly cloudy yellowish amber with a few fine flecks slowly settling to the bottom of the glass. The ivory colored crown is moderate in size after a spirited pour and has enough firmness to last. Some bubbly lace is beginning to stick, although not a great deal.

I had my doubts about the whole lemongrass thing, but I'll be damned if this beer doesn't smell wonderfully citrusy and a whole lot better than most APWAs (which isn't hard to do). It smells more like slightly perfumy candied lemon than fresh lemon peel, but I like it just fine. I hope the beer tastes like it smells.

It does. It isn't often the case, but I think Jack Whacker Wheat would be better if consumed colder than the 50 degrees at which it was started for this review. The wheatiness is a little grainy at this temperature. A bit more chill should fix it up just fine, while still allowing one to appreciate the bolder than usual flavor.

I don't care for most APWAs because they lack the clove and banana 'flavor hook' of the German hefe weizens. Gumballhead solves that problem by using a boatload of hops. Jack Whacker solves it by using what tastes like an impressive quantity of lemongrass. The end result won't be to everyone's liking, but it is to mine.

The body/mouthfeel is medium-full (for the style) and is appropriately fluffysoft. No fizziness is a major positive as well. I'm glad the brewery didn't drop the ball in the mouthfeel department because that would have had less than desirable repercussions for flavor and drinkability.

The label explains that a jack whacker's role was to whip the last mule to keep the supply train moving along. In essence, he was an ass whipper. Jack Whacker Wheat Ale isn't quite an ass whipper of a beer, but it is a very good one considering the style. I could go for a few more of these this summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 12:58:55 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of benito


3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A golden brew with a small white head, the bouquet is full of lemon grass (as it should be; Tommknocker advertises the lemon grass addition all over the bottle and packaging of this offering). The result
tastewise is a smooth and creamy wheat ale with a nice dry finish and hints of citrus--again lemongrass throughout.

Though this is rather straigthforward in terms of overall character, I do like that it splits from many other American wheat ales and goes for creaminess rather than sweet fruitiness. This sends the drinkability through the roof, and I'd be glad to have these all day long. Along with
Sunshine Wheat and Pug Ryan's Morning Wood, this ranks as one of Colorado's most enjoyable light wheat beers.

A quality wheat brew from Tommyknocker.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 16:54:45 | More by benito
Photo of Brent


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

Poured a hazy, dull gold. A bit of lemon rind in the aroma. Nothing in the malt profile really set it out as a wheat ale, and there was a significant grainy note that blossoms toward the end. A lighter note from the lemongrass helps salvage the beer, and the finish is just barely tart. Pleasant enough, but nothing noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2006 15:08:42 | More by Brent
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

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

12 ounce bottle. Jack Whacker Wheat pours out a light golden brown color. The head is small and fades away quickly. Weak malty flavor with a sour fruitiness. The flavor starts off sweet. This beer is brewed with lemongrass. The flavor is quite noticable. It adds a tanginess to the finish, almost a minty flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Good drinkability. I enjoy some of the flavors in this beer, but it also has a stale wheat beer taste. Not a great beer, but certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 02:07:58 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of nlmartin


3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer was purchased at Jungle Jims as part of a mixed six pack. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a hazy cloudy straw yellow. The head was white with minimal retention.

Smell: The beer has a sweet malty lemon grassy smell.

Taste: The beer is pretty straight forward with a sweet malty taste. The hops combine with a faint lemon grass to break up the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is light bodied and well carbonated. This is a very easy to drink beer and I wouldnt turn it down again.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 12:32:41 | More by nlmartin
Photo of arguemaniac


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

Pours a hazy honey color with a slight orange hue and a wispy white head that leaves a sustaining lace. The aroma is mildly sweet, with hints of honey and lemon grass. The fairly light flavor features grassy notes, some slight citrus character, and a touch of sweetness nestled inside a moderate maltiness. The finish is grassy, but a bit weak. A light mouthfeel with mellow carbonation.

Not too crazy about this one, but as I’ve said before in other reviews, I’m not a huge fan of Pale Wheat ales. This particular example is a bit watery with a bland finish. Sure, it was quaffable enough but it didn’t really make me want to have another bottle either. Still, it wasn’t awful, so if you like the style more than I do, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 01:47:41 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of blitheringidiot


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

$5.99 for a sixer.

Pours with a cloudy golden hue topped with a frothy ivory headcap.

Bright sugary red apple fruity nose.

First swigs: Dull hard candy, red apple mix. A touch doughy with some citus notes. The fruitiness aspect really takes over here, followed by a sugary aftertaste and a surprisingly clean finish. Feel is medium with a soft restrained carbonation.

Light Swigs: As for a Pale Wheat, this is pretty much right on. Worth a shot if it falls in your lap. Appreciation for a less than abundant style.

Beer is good. Happy different beering.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 02:51:51 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of Vancer


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy lil amber yellow brew, small white head. Small aroma of wheaty malt, lemon and coriander. Delicate taste, just a marginal push of wheat and malt.

Not overpowering by any aspect, but a solid little wheat to drink in the summer heat, or if someone in the group is ready for a cross-over into brew with more taste and body. In fact, I knew the wifey would like these, she did, and I'll get some more the next time I spot these at the store.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 18:07:16 | More by Vancer
Photo of ADR


2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a six beer sample pack...

Uniformly translucent greenish gold appearance. Head is small and turns into patches very quickly. A couple of globs for lace, not much of anything. Aroma is not very satisfying, mostly Lemon Pledge without an accompanying estery sense. Light mouthfeel with more-or-less medium carbonation. Not very fun to drink for me, the lemongrass is somewhat like infused iced tea, with a brightening mid tone. Washes out a bit at the end with some off flavors that I pick up as stale water. Not much of a Wheat beer profile to help give more interest to the lemony flavor, what's here doesn't strike me as that good though it may appeal to some as refreshing during the warmer weather.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2006 02:16:36 | More by ADR
Photo of WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fruity banana/clove scent as well as a wheat malt aroma. It's light and yeasty. The taste is decent. It has a dry and slightly fruity wheat flavor. The yeast character isn't as pronounced in the flavor. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking wheat beer. It's pretty run of the mill, but it works.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2006 18:57:55 | More by WesWes
Photo of BEERchitect


3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprised of the low ratings from other BAers. Sure it's not as good as it could be, but the intentions, creativity, and execution went quite well. It has an obvious American Wheat base that would have been better with a German Hefeweizen yeast to accentuate the clove, citrus, and bananna characteristics. The addition of lemon grass adds a nice citric, earthy tone that dominates the, otherwise, bland wheat character. Very clean and refreshing in the finish with a light, minty-dryness. A true thirstquincher.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 16:48:52 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of mmmbeer


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

Saw a mixed 12-pack and I hadn't really heard of the brewery, so I picked it up. 12 oz., best within 4 months of Feb. '05.... hmm.... Anywho, it's my first American wheat, and after the pour, it sits in the weizen glass a hazy gold at the bottom and an opaque peach at the top, with 1 inch of white head and fairly active carbonation with bubbles that keep some of the sediment near the top of the glass. Near the end it is very dark and looks like cider with a bit of a head. It smells of toasty/grainy malts with sweet wheat, some fruitiness, citrus, and perhaps molasses - a combination I haven't met yet, but I like it. The flavor follows suit, but with a low bitterness, almost no hops detectable by taste, and a light body. I could drink a few of these in a row, but I imagine it's a better summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2005 01:10:32 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of russpowell


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice white fluffy head, but it didn't stick around long

Body was a murky gold, but that didn't detract too much

Smell: Malty with hints of cloves and pepper, with a hint of mown grass

Taste: Malt on the middle and back of tounge gives way to spicy lime test (the lemon grass??) and a grainy/grassy taste I liked

Mouth feel was light, but not too light with good carbination

This is an okay beer for a hot day or with some asian or hot/spicy food of what ever ilk.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2005 15:31:31 | More by russpowell
Photo of palliko


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

Appearance is a hazy yellow with a nice white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma has wheat and citrus. Initial taste is coriander and lemon with notes of yeast and some hops. The citrus in the middle dissipates tot a dry finish. Might be good with some foods.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2005 16:46:45 | More by palliko
Photo of Golden2wenty1


3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up at Woodman's West in Madison as part of the Tommyknocker Mother Lode sampler 12-pack.

Pours a cloudy amber/yellow with a small short-lived bubbly head. Nose is of citrus, grass, wheat, and hops. Taste follows suit - Very lemony (the front label says it's flavored with lemon grass) with a hoppy finish. Very refreshing in the humid Wisconsin summer. Not sure I could drink a ton of them as the lemon grass is rather overpowering, but one or two would be a refreshing start to a session. An interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 20:58:01 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of TastyTaste


2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark golden color, hazy bodt with little head. Smell is sweet, like artificial banana flavoring was added. Taste is more like a Engl;ish Pale ale than a wheat beer, murky underpowered hops, and slight fruity flavors are the only things going on in this one. As a pale wheat, not that good.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 23:18:06 | More by TastyTaste
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2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy yellow and orange mixture with a fizzy white head that falls kind of fast for a hefe and leaves no lace? Color looks good but head wierd for a wheat beer knock half a point off for the head.
Aroma is light citrus lemon some grassey hops wet hay smell but over all sudued for a wheat beer in my opinion, where are my banana's and cloves?
Taste is well like the smell tart some lemon flavor for sure lots of carbonation going on too fizzy some hay like hop flavors that leave a strange lingering sensation I can't make out.
Mouthfeel is to light over carbonated just to fizzy for my liking. Drinkability is well bad has to be the worst wheat beer I have had to date. Thanks go to merlin48 for the sample though just can't win them all.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2005 15:15:54 | More by mntlover
Photo of merlin48


2.3/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazed straw yellow body with a skimpy white head that disappears in seconds. No lacing.
Aroma has bready wheat, white pepper, and some earthy lemongrass spiciness.
Mouthfeel is light bodied, with an uncomfortably high carbonation.
Taste is dominated by the carbonation, which obscures any significant flavors that may be lurking underneath. Very little to taste here, other than some peppery lemongrass that fails to impart any citrus. Very lacking in character.
This one is crisp and refreshing, but so is carbonated water.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2005 00:13:00 | More by merlin48
Photo of RushLimbmalt


4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, a Tommyknocker beer that I like. It is a cloudy, orangish yellow color and had a foamy white head that disappeared in a hurry. It smell of lemons and has distinct wheat malt notes. If it wasn't for the lemon grass zing in the aroma it would be average, but the lemony aroma is very pleasing. The flavor is very tart... lemon and grassy, but very drinkable, especially on a hot day. This beer actually benefits from the thin body that all Tommyknocker beers seem to have. With so many good summer beers available it will be hard to revisit this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2004 07:51:14 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of clvand0


2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a light golden color with very little head and no lacing. The aroma was a little skunky. Nothing much more than that. The flavor had a lemon and grass taste. I really didn't enjoy this beer very much. I've not been terribly impressed with the beers from this company, and this falls into place. Not much else to say about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 19:13:42 | More by clvand0
Photo of kmpitz2


3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear golden color with less than a finger of head that falls quickly. The nose is mostly sweet wheat with a bit of a citrusy hop finish. The beer is light on flavor, with a sweet wheat flavor being most dominant. There's not much hop coming through. The beer is rather light in my mouth, not what I was expecting. It would be easy to sit down and drink many of these, but I wouldn't really want to have this beer again due to the lack of flavor and watered down taste, I would drink it again, but it's definately not the best wheat I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 01:02:29 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of masterbruewer


3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden brown with no head or lacing.

Not a good sign, as soon as the bottle was opened I smelled stagnant water smells. The smell is primarily that with a faint malt scent.

The flavor is interesting. The lemon grass they use in the brewing is the dominant flavor. There's not much other flavor there except that stagnant water flavor, which is very faint.

To be fair, I generally don't like wheat beers because they all tend to taste a little skunky to me, except wheat/fruit beers like Abita's Purple Haze and Sam Adam's Cherry Wheat. That said, this is probably one of the better tasting wheat beer I've had. I probably won't have another, but it is palatable.

The mouthfeel has a carbonation sting and the lemon grass bitterness leaves a short-lived aftertaste.

This is more drinkable than many wheat beers I've had.

Added the next day: After further review, it appears that skunky smell is from the tap water I used to rinse the soap residue off the glass. I guess I need to install my water filters.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 02:10:11 | More by masterbruewer
Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.