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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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374 Ratings

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.35%
Wants: 9
Gots: 20 | 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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Ratings: 374 | Reviews: 223
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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.

Photo of cubedbee
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best within 4 months of 6/27/06, pours a dark hazy yellow with a finger of bright white head that fades after a couple minutes, some slight lacing. Aroma is lemony and grassy, slight graininess, very subdued. Taste is similar, the lemongrass definitely dominating upfront, very light yeastiness, a bit of wheat, and a lingering lemon finish. Very different from an normal American Wheat, a little offputting on the first sip, but the taste grew on me and I found this to be a pretty refreshing beer. Light and crisp, this makes a good thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

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

12oz, part of a mix pack. For brewery fresh taste, enjoy within 4 months of date notched- 27 June 06, drank Aug 19, 06.
Pours a cloudy golden color. Thin head fades fast. Light citrus and grass clippings in the aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, with a significant bitter contribution compared to most wheats. Light to medium body. Aftertaste fades into a vegetal bitterness. Not very exciting, but not terrible either. Inoffensive and a bit different form standard American wheats.

Photo of dustylong
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate golden color, with a slight head and little retention (poured from a bottle into a weizen glass). Cloudy. Smells like LEMONS, followed by a hint of wheat. The taste is pretty muchy the same...a strong taste of lemon, as well as a taste of wheat. A moderate beer, with a nice, crisp finish. Perfect amount of carbonation. A fairly tasty beer.

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

Pours cloudy, but intense yellow-orange color. Head is large and frothy.

Smell is very lemony and a little sharp. Hints of spices.

Taste is strongly of grainy lemon. Herbal hop and spices really zing on the tongue. Mild sweet malt presence. Light fruitiness. Finish is clean with lingering pepper, clove and lemongrass.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Generous carbonation.

This is a pretty tasty brew. Maybe the best I've had from Tommyknockers. I rather enjoyed this one.

Photo of bashiba
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy light orange with a soapy head.

Smell was light bit of lemon.

Taste is very lemony, small hints of wheat and yeast, but pretty much the lemon grass flavor dominates, a bit sour.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Not terrible if you want something very lemony without any citrusy sweetness, good hot weather beer for sure.

Photo of Dithyramb
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow with more lacing than head. Very citrusy nose with some grassy highlights.
Flavor had a good wallop of lemongrass, not as bad as a streetside Thai soup, but more of a hint. Personally, I didn't care for it. Felt overly perfumy, then citrusy with some grassy chalky malts. Overall, not bad, interesting.

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

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving a little lace. Light cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and Light bodied. Sweet lemony nose. A little sweeter than a typical wheat, must be the lemon grass, slight lemon aftertaste. Good summer beer. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from Blue Max Liquor Burnsville, Mn.

Photo of lackenhauser
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of Drew966
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of Westsidethreat
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of benito
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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.

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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.

Photo of arguemaniac
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of ADR
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.