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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Photo of yamar68
1.25/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Pours a hazy soft golden with zero head. Looks like apple cider. Smells like moldy hay. Tastes like a crappy cider with a heap of metallic zest that bumps the roof of the mouth. No carbonation really. Overall a shitty, shitty beer. I don't know what the hell happened here. What am I suppose to do with the other 5?

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.03/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazed, pale straw gold appearance, copious carbonation, smallish head, especially for the style, drizzles down in no time.

Funky nose, but not fresh...stale clove and squashed banana...with a side order of plastic....not great. The aroma is usually what I like best in a wheat ale, so this holds little promise.

Taste: ew...not good. Plastic feeling continues in the flavor, as if something is seriously amiss...none of the special, sparkling associations one enjoys in a wheat are anywhere around. Dull, drab, listless, with a flaccid flavor, there's nothing to like here...in fact, it's terrible...yuk...and I've got four more of these to get through...yikes...poor me...

Nothing more to say. Big disappointment.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.1/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

i love wheat beers but this one has to be the worst wheat beer i ever tasted. it says ''with a hint of lemony-citrus'' but it's more than a hint and it pretty much ruins the beer.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.11/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The pour was golden yellow with a three quarter inch head that was gone as quickly as it appeared. As the head disappeared it left a white ring around the top. It showed alot of carbonation until it warmed slightly.

The smell was a strong citrus with a light malt overtone.

The drink started very watery and clean. The middle was an overpowering citrus with a light malt kick, just like the smell. The finish was an unpleasent lingering citrus.

I didn't enjoy the citrus tones this beer had to offer, I think without the lemon grass this would have been a good beer. I think I'll skip this one next time.

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Photo of aaronh
2.13/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Farily light goden color hazy beer topped by a moderate, but loosely formed, white head. The head fades rather quickly. A hint of yeast on the aroma gives way quickly to a wheat crispness and some citrus notes. The taste is rather light, exhibiting little yeast qualities. There is a substantial crispness to the beer, as well as a decent citrus note, presumably from the hops. The body is very thin, almost watery. Drinkability is poor, as the watery body and the citrus notes remind me more of lemonade than a wheat beer/ wheat ale. This is about as enjoyable as a kick in the groin after the Erdinger I had earlier.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.16/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up as a part of the Tommyknockers mixed 12 pack.

A: Poured a hazy gold with about half an inch of head that receded to a film. A couple clumps of lacing. A little more towards the yellow end as opposed to gold.

S: Uh...this smells like boiled vegetables, and that's it, like boiled broccoli, a faint hint of wheat malt tang in there, but wow, broccoli and booze as well, this is off to say the least. It somewhat smells like my running shoes, but not in a good belgian funk way. Yuck. This might be bad, but the label checks out. Smells somewhat of vomit even.

T: Initially very sweet, a hint of tangy wheat malt, and sure enough the boiled vegetable/running shoes/rot smell is followed over in the mouth, I don't think this is what lemongrass is supposed to taste and or smell like. The two are pretty much a terrible combination and are offsetting enough to almost condone a drain pour. I'll keep trucking though.

M: Almost no carbonation, smooth, somewhat thick, a little lingering feel in the mouth. Hits the wheat beer notion right on the head.

D: No way. This beer was a good sample, but is terrible. I'm very disappointed in it. Offsetting flavors and smells are just too overpowering. I would avoid this at all costs.

I don't mean to knock this beer so hard, cuz the idea is really neat, but something went wrong with the batch this one came from. I'd like to try it again on tap or from a new bottle. As it stands though, this one is not good at all.

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Photo of rowew
2.16/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, new style Tommyknocker labels. ABV, IBU, best by date all on the label.

Appearance: Clear golden color, average head fades quickly.

Smell: A bit sour, some lemon peel. As it warms there is a bit of wheat.

Taste: A bit of citrus, very light wheat flavor.

Overall impression: meh. Another overly filtered wheat with some citrus added. Definitely mediocre.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.18/5  rDev -35.7%
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 rodbeermunch
2.22/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Light tangerine appearance, similar in appearance to modern day ipas. Head under half an inch, aroma was like the sticky jam that stays in your fridge for a few years at a time.

Very unbeer dude, super carbonated selter fruit mineral water. Some clove got in here from some where. Wheat, barley, hops, yeast, not really discernable.

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Photo of wspscott
2.23/5  rDev -34.2%
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

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Photo of clvand0
2.3/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.31/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
2.34/5  rDev -31%
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 GilmooDaddy
2.36/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Norfolk, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours a very murky, golden orange in color that immediately bubbles into a finger width, white foam head. The appearance is very malty and viscous, like a light colored syrup filled with fruit residue and carbonation. Odd.

(Smell): Not strong, but not faint, the aroma is a mixture of fruity citrus and sweet tarts.

(Taste): I don't seem to be getting any of the lemon flavoring or sweetness that so many others suggest. It kind of tastes like carbonated water with a touch of lime, and by touch, I mean a very light touch. I enjoy a good wheat ale, but whatever flavoring this beer might have had is dominated by carbonation.

(Mouthfeel): Slightly malty and medium and body, but ridiculously dominated but carbonation in every area of the mouth.

(Drinkability): The high carbonation completely throws this one off. Assuming it doesn't ruin the drinking experience for you, the beer is relatively light and fairly low in ABV, so it could be a decent session beer. Unfortunately, it's not a beer that would make the session very enjoyable.

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Photo of TheDM
2.38/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a large head of fine and medium sized white bubbles with a cloudy straw yellow body. It has a mild bread-fruit aroma with a slight initial tingle then its fruit flavor and the lemon come on. Acceptable, but somehow I just don't care that ,much for the lemon flavoring.

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Photo of mntlover
2.46/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.51/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow hazy color with a half finger to finger head. The smell is of wheat and some fruity notes, but there is not much in the way of smell to be had. The taste is bland and kinda watery. The taste is wheat with a hint of maybe coriander. The mouthfeel is a little overly carbonated and it is slightly too watery. The overall drinkability of the beer is about average, the beer goes down smooth but there is too much water and not enough guts to this beer.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.56/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One fat finger of white crowns the orange juice beneath...IT says lemongrass on the bottle and that is what the nose delivers, that and a smidgen of old wet wheat. Hits the tongue with a strange lemon potpourri sort of mix, kind of like mild wet wipes and wheat. I the body is medium, as well as the suds within. I hate to say this but it was a novel attempt that makes me feel like I'm drinking watered down cleanser.

Overall, I would move on to another.

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Photo of brentk56
2.56/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy honey color with a rather modest head for the style; leaves a few shards behind, however

Smell: Bread and lemongrass

Taste: Bready, up front, but then the tart lemongrass flavor takes over and follows through into the finish; apple fruit undertones linger, as well, in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; rather aqueous

Taste: A real disappointment; the idea of lemongrass sounded interesting, but the beer lacks finesse; making it more in the style of a Wit might make it work better

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Photo of sabrills70
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Color is a cloudy medium gold, I poured the sediment in - after all it is a wheat beer. It poured with a medium head that disappeared rather quickly - nice lace though. Aroma is very subtle - by the third sniff I couldn't even smell it any more. Flavor is nothing special. Kind of lemony bitter with a touch of malt and hops. If this beer was clear it would almost be a macro - almost, but not quite that bland. Wheats were never my favorite, and this one is no exception. It's not a bad brew, it's just not my style.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.61/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of WhistlingBird
2.62/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'll be honest. I bought this beer because of the name, not because it was a style I like to drink or wanted to try. But after buing it I was really looking forward to it with the lemon grass and citrusy notes.

It had a nice aroma, one that really intriged me. However the aroma did not transalate into a great taste. The mouthfeel felt a little heavy for this style. To me it almost came across as sour. I've had beers with lemon grass before and I did not get that same taste/mouthfeel. I actually gave this beer 3 tries before rating it. I wanted to be able give it a good unbiased rating. I'm glad I tried it, but probably would not pick up another one.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.63/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of marc77
2.67/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Turbid pale golden in color, topped by a thin, spotty white head that leaves isolated aggregates of foam. Tart lemon grass and doughy, maltose like sweetness upfront in aroma, ensued by understated banana esters and token grainy wheat. Sticky, sucrose sweetness hits the palate at first, then is ceded by a brief snap of hop bitterness then mild notes of stale cracker and cracked wheat. Suggestions of cold, chunky cream of wheat drizzled with lemon and confectioners sugar. Decently proteinaceous mouthfeel. Finishes with notes of vanilla and soured cream. An odd, off balanced brew that approaches cloying in its sweetness. Not an improvement on the typical insipid American wheat. At least they're clean.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
2.67/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Straw golden yellow, very light with a very pleasing puffy-white head, about a finger thick, which then reduces to about less than half-an inch after first two sips, leaving some decent sticky lacing. OK retention.

Definitely picking up some grains, wheat and fruits here on the nose. A little pineapple, citrus, banana. Some graininess, no hops to detect here at all. Very pleasant and inviting olfaction.

The mouth is the major let-down here. While I can taste some of what my nose did, it is much more subdued than my other sense led me to believe. In fact, very minimal. Body is thin and watery.

I do like wheat ales, but this one is a major step down for me. There are absolutely much better ones out there.

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