Jack Whacker Wheat Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Jack Whacker Wheat AleJack Whacker Wheat Ale
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Jack Whacker Wheat AleJack Whacker Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Ratings: 425 |  Reviews: 228
Reviews by masterbruewer:
Photo of masterbruewer
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Zakk
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back label ... the "enjoy with the first four months of date" is cleary notched.

Appearance: Pale cloudy golden with a fluffy white head.

Smell: Aromas of lemon grass, wheat and barley grain.

Taste: Medium bodied with a crisp mouth feel, herbal and lemony from the additions of lemon grass. Undertones of grain, wheat and yeast. Low hopping though still help to balance. The end finished with a pushy lemon flavour that quickly fades.

Notes: Very drinkable and makes for a great hot weather brew ... nice addition of lemon grass in the brew to kick it up a notch.

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Photo of merlin48
2.34/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat and perfume. Not what I expected and not very good. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of flowers and perfume notes to go along with wheat and some grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one I wish to try again.

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Photo of E7taylor
4.4/5  rDev +29%

Photo of jmbraxton
2/5  rDev -41.3%

Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.18/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light orange appearance, looks like some decent ipas. Mild white head, 1/2". Aroma was reminiscient of some of those different fruity syrups they have at IHOP that are usually sticky from prior guests.

Certainly does not taste like a wheat beer. You just get lots of carbonation and that ihop fruit syrup sweetness. Some clove in there it seems, just really don't like any aspect of this taste, very little of it is what I associate with a good beer, or wheat beer, or fruit beer, or. . . you get the idea. Kind of a mess of a beer to me.

Just unimpressive all around, every thought I had comparitively was not a beer.

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Photo of ADR
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded apricot hue orange golden really with a large bubbled thicket of bright white head. Lacing is sporadic and finely speckled. Aroma has a nice citric note between the typical yeast character and the lemongrass adjuncts. Smell has a really nie bready wheat tone to it. Flavor really is nice brings an earthy grass feel with the citrus/bready wheat profile. Yeast gives a bit of chalky character amongst everything else going on slightly spicy finish this brew would pair nicely with some Thai food. Mouthfeel is spritzy with carbonation really cleans the palate with fine bubbles, sharp acidity does add a bit of dryness. A nice light bodied wheat ale, that does a good job of not being a boring bland pale wheat ale that I've come to expect with most American micros. Drinkability overall was solid especially after being outdoors for most of the early part of today, I needed something refreshing to go with my water.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Dface
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of RDW
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of scottblaze
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of lcdawg
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tommyknocker- Jack Whacker Wheat

A- Light golden orange with a small foamy head.
S- Light sweet honey wheat.
T- Sweet honey cherrio grains with a light touch of cherry.
M- Light and sweet throughout with a nice juicy fruity finish.

Overall- Light but quite tasty. Very good for a BBQ beer.

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of beerbrains
3/5  rDev -12%

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Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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