Jack Whacker Wheat Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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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.

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Photo of OgreSanchez
4.97/5  rDev +47%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I personally really liked this beer. I was thoroughly impressed with the BrewPub in Idaho Springs; the food was good and the beer was fresh. I'm not much for the appearance or smell of beer, all I care about is whether or not a beer tastes goood. At the end of the day, this is a solid wheat ale; I really enjoy the lemon peel taste that they add.

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Photo of YouSkeete
4.44/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mildly cloudy golden yellow with a pure white frothy head. Citrus fruits, lemon zest, wheat grass, creamy malts and molasses in the aroma. Sweet citrus uplift and buttery malts on the first sip. Rich, milky mouthfeel with fresh hops, thick malts and lemongrass with a lingering soft citrus blend. Sweet, citrusy finish. A really wonderful beer!

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Photo of glamphetamine
4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Starts with a wonderful head that leaves a thick lacing on the glass. Cloudy and orange-yellow, perhaps burnt sienna. Or like a beautiful autumn sunset. (Pardon my flourish.)

S - Earthy with a hint of bubblegum.

T - Mellow hop tones compliment the wheat very well. Not as overpowering as most wheat beers.

M - Fine carbonation, not too strong but still detectable. Creamy texture, but not as thick or cloying as some wheat beers are.

D - High. I could have two or three of these in a row without feeling weighed down, which I can't say for Blue Moon. While some wheat beers are complimented by a twist of orange I think this beer is best on its own. I can picture myself picking up a six pack of this for a party, or just to enjoy on my own.

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Photo of logmacschlog15
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours two fingers of white creamy head that sticks around for a minute or so before dissapating. A beautiful hazy golden straw color with lots of lively carbonation streaming to feed the thin layer of foam still lingering.

S: Lots of bold lemon and grapefruit notes immediately flood the nose and dominate the aroma, but there is also a slight hint of grains/wheat.

T: This tastes terrific! Like in the nose, there is a lot of lemon and grapefruit going on in the taste. However, it is less of a citric and sour lemon and more of a sweet lemony flavor from the lemongrass that is very bold and delicious while at the same time is not overpowering. The great thing is it tastes natural, not like artificial syrups. The fresh lemon flavors cling to the tounge all the way through to the finish.

M: The mouthfeel is very smooth and it is very refreshing. The perfect amount of carbonation.

O: This is by far the best American Wheat I have ever had. I love the flavor that lemongrass brings to the drink and how refreshing this beer is. Perfect for chilling out during summer. Great beer!

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.26/5  rDev +26%
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.

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Photo of abedenbaugh
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of brandoncox
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold pour into Sam Adams perfect pint.

A definite lemony grassy scent.

The taste is very refreshing and grainy with all the included scents I noted.

Carbonated quite much and is thinner than I would it to feel, but overall it feels great sliding down the palate with a dry finish and lingering fruitiness.

This one is just so refreshing. A nice addition to my palate after a long day at work.

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Photo of WellDont
4.24/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm a biased Colorado resident, but I do enjoy this beer quite a bit. Not the best Hefe but still an enjoyable beer.

Pour: Light Yellow/golden. Looks like a disgusting macro lager

Smell: Lemon and wheat, that's about it.

Taste: Sweet, slight lemon flavor with a strong wheat flavor. Perfect on a nice summer day, or in my case, a few beers in front of a Monday night football game.

Mouthfeel: Very light and refreshing

Overall it's not a complex flavorful brew, but a nice refreshing option none the less. Tommy Knocker makes some solid beers for sure. If you are a Hefeweizen lover then it's definitely worth a try. Personally I prefer Swetty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer Company.

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Photo of gohawks1
4.23/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a recommendaton by the bartender during the summer. His presentation sparked my interest, but his serving of the beer was even more important. He put the pint glass upside down on top of the bottle, flip them around so the bottle was now upside down and poured slowly in a circular motion (for the wheat). Once finished, he spun the bottle back and forth (palms of hand on the bottle, Mr. Miyagi stlye) to collapse the wheat and pour the foamy head on top. Then, garnished with a slice of lemon. Do it this way to capture all the flavors and enjoy a great beer!

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a light golden cloudy wheat color with a white head, bit under an inch.

Smells citrusy and of fresh wheat malt.

Taste follows. The citrus notes are nuanced and the lemongrass peeks through just the right amount. The wheat malts are fresh tasting and overall very clean, good flavor.

Medium feel with a light tingle of carbonation.

Delicious and flavorful, a real winner and good session candidate. I could drink a ton of these on a hot summer day without complaint. The lemongrass is a great touch. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.16/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy golden with with lemon yellow and orange hues and a puffy white head. moderate retention with minuscule amounts of lace.

S- very fresh grainy aroma throughout, lightly toasty, like an herbed italian bread, with a faint creamy citronella type aroma in the background with meringue, white grape, and toasted coconut or macaroon cookies. something adds a sweet creaminess to the bouquet. some grassiness could be from hops or from the lemon grass, but this one has an inviting, sweet-n-mellow almost dessert smell to it.

T- smell is translated into the taste pretty well except for a quick zap of lemon juice on the tongue in the beginning. it sweetens out from there, with pale grains, rice, white bread, coconut cookies, pinot grigio, and meringue without the lemon. almost no bitterness, it is tough to say whether hops play a part here save for a bit of pepper spice and hay at the end.

MF- fizzy and crisp with a bit of juiciness to the body, leaves the palate with a thin coating of wheat protein but otherwise pretty clean.

D- lemon grass and wheat ale seems to be a winning combination. mild in character but with likable nuances, i could slam about a billion of these in the summertime.

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Photo of bennyfrank
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of praufs01
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy dark yellow with a frothy white head and no laciong residue on the glass.

Aroma - Light peach, orange, and lemon smells.

Mouthfeel - Very nice almost milky sensation up front that thins out quickly to a dry finish.

Taste - Just like it smells. Light peach, oranges, and Lemon. no flavor dominates or is overwhelming.

Overall - Excellent wheat beer. Very drinkable. Very well balanced.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.14/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy golden copper colour, thin fim of head, no retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet citrus fruit; orange, lemon and grapefruit. Grassy wheat comes through nicely on the finish.

T - Very fruity, sweet grapefruit and lemon with a bit of melon and peach. Sweet lemon iced tea lingers on the tongue. Absolutely delicious!

M - Perfect carbonation levels, light feel, bubbly and goes down smooth.

D - The appearance was a little weak, but the rest came through, with an outstanding flavour coming as a great surprise. Highly recommended to any Wheat Ale fan, or anyone looking for a fruity twist to their bevy!

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Photo of BeerMeInMS
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking Date: 1/21/11
Date on Back: October 23 2010 (don't know if that's bottled on or best by)

Glassware: Hefeweizen glass

Appearance: Pale yellow color. The beer is hazy but has some transparency, which unlike many wheat beers. Thick white head that retained surprising well.

Smell: Strong, refreshing smell. Very fruity; both sweet and tart in the aroma.

Taste: Unique flavor which I assume is due to the lemongrass addition. Kind of sweet with low bitterness. The taste was like a mix between the mild flavor of a quality pilsner (low hops, high carbonation, refreshing) and a standard hefeweizen (lots of fruity flavors, and more body).

Mouthfeel: Pretty much light-bodied. good bit of carbonation. Finishes clean.

Drinkability: I could drink a bunch of these. They are light on the palate but the taste stays interesting, making this a good beer too enjoy multiple times.

Notes: This beer does not remind me of any other beer I have ever had; it really sticks out as unique. I was put off by the goofy label on the bottle, but I am glad I tried it. Tastes great on draft as well. Recommended...

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.09/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a mixed six pack from Tommyknocker at the Lager Mill for $8.99. Even though it doesn't feel like spring yet, I was in the mood for a wheat ale so hopefully this will suit my needs. Bottled on February 18, 2011. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into weizen glass.

A- This label isn't as cheesy as some others, but I still don't care for it much. Jack Whacker poured a clear golden yellow color with a finger and a half of white head that died down to a thin ring.

S- I pick up a good amount of grains and wheat. I pick up a pretty strong citrus fruit aroma, mainly orange peel and lemon zest. The citrus fruits come off a little and tart, I like it, haven't come across a wheat ale before that had the tart aroma to it, I am not sure but it may have come from the lemon grass.

T- This tastes pretty different then most wheat beers I have had. The base of this beer is nice and the wheat imparts a nice grainy flavor that has a medium amount of sweetness to it. The flavor has a good amount of citrus to it but not as much as the aroma led me to believe and the tartness is mild and pleasant. The lemon grass imparted a nice unique flavor that really worked with this beer. There was a slight amount of grassy hops on the finish and no bitterness.

M- Medium light bodied, refreshing, and it could have used more carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty good beer. This was a very unique tasting beer, I haven't had a wheat beer that tasted similar to this. I feel like the addition of lemon grass is what made this beer stick out, I have never had a beer brewed with that before but I wouldn't mind checking out some more beers that utilize lemon grass, especially a wheat beer. I liked Jack Wacker and it ranks up there as one of the better ones from the six pack so far. I would buy this again, with all the citrus notes in this beer I think it would make a good summertime brew. I would recommend this people who like wheat beers that are heavy on the citrus.

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Photo of SimplySinister
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Semi-transparent yellow-orange sunburst with adequate carbonation. Nice full snow white head with moderate lacing. Very pretty.

S - Lemon Grass and other citrus notes are apparent. Nice smell; not too weak and not too strong.

T - Wow. This is a great tasting pale wheat ale. This beer is not overpowering nor weak; it has more than enough character to be remembered fondly. Truthfully, this is not a complex beer- its simple and satisfing. Lemon grass stands at the forefront, blended with a hint of wheat. Amazing.

M - Clean, crisp, satisfing.

D - Extraordinary. I could drink more than several.

All in all, though there are a few great pale wheat brews, this brew defines the pale wheat genre for me. Personally, without a doubt, I think that this beer is an A beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
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 BeerCon5
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with 1 finger of fluffy white head that disappears quickly.

The scent is of wheat, lemon, and grains.

The taste is of wheat, grape, lemon grass, and grains, with a light hop presence.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, moderate to high carbonation.

This was a very refreshing, easy to drink beer with good flavor.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear, gold color with a thin head and no lacing. The aroma is mainly banana with hints of lemon and dough. The flavor is lemony with banana, cake, and some nutty notes. It has a light-medium mouthfeel, light, and very smooth. Tommyknocker Jack Whacker Wheat Ale is a very good beer, represents the style well, and is very enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I've had from Tommyknocker, Jack Whacker Wheat is a pleasant surprise. The presentation is mediocre, with a thin layer of white head leaving town way too fast over a yellow-golden body. Very nice aroma, with some fruitiness and a decent hop load. I'm impressed with the taste, more hopped than I expected, but balanced by tasty fruit--orange, lemon especially. Creamy smooth, this is a terrific accompaniment to a warm weekend day. Delicious, one I'll be sure to grab again as the weather warms.

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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 GilGarp
4/5  rDev +18.3%
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 thirtysixbelow
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - golden color with a white fluffy head
s - wheat and some fruits
t - crisp lemon flavor with great sweetness. Just a hint of hops. Interesting flavor profile. I think the lemon grass is a homerun.
m - light and well carbonated
d - this is an easy drinker with just enough flavor to keep you intrigued. If I want a light wheat beer this is just what I'm looking for.

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