Jack Whacker Wheat Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

228 Reviews
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 Wasatch
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice yellow/orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, yeasty, grassy. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, yeasty, grassy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of porters4life
3.62/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: I love the cloudy orange look to this beer and it had a decent head on it too. A great start for this beer.
S: Not much on the nose just a little bit of lemon/citrus scent to it but it is very faint.
T: I got applesauce and that's about it on this one. It's not terrible but it just is not what I was expecting and in this case that was not a good thing.
F: The feel is a little thin and watery but wasn't to bad.
Overall: This one is just ok it could be worse but it could have been a lot better too.

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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 Antg8989
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's important to rate this beer for what it is - a light crisp beer made for summer sessions. Initially I thought the taste was flavorless, but as I sipped the lemongrass really started to come through. There's nothing that really stands out about this beer besides its
drinkability. But at the end of the day, isn't drinkability what it's all about?

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours very hazy orange amber color with a small foamy white head. The head fades rather fast leaving a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a wheat smell mixed with a good deal of some lemon and orange. Along with these aromas comes some lighter smells of grain and a little bit of grassy and hay smell.

Taste- The taste begins a wheat bread taste mixed with some sweeter flavors of an orange citrus. These flavors create a base taste for the brew, with the orange citrus taste growing slightly stronger as the taste moves forward. Along with the orange, a lemon flavor really kicks its way into the taste. With some grassy and herbal taste coming at the end of the taste, one is left with a wheaty and more sour citrus taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel-The body of the brew is rather thick for a brew of only 4.7 % with a carbonation level that is rather low. The thickness is great for the wheat flavors of the brew creating a more chewy feel. A little higher carbonation level would have made the brew slightly more refreshing in nature and matched the sourness slightly better, but overall the feel was pretty good.

Overall – A rather decent brew overall. A little bit on the sour side, but not bad overall.

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Photo of tmryan21
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Pale, yellow, and cloudy like most lighter wheat beers.
Smell: Probably my least favorite part of this one - very weak with little to get excited about here.
Taste/Feel: A lot of lemon and grassiness. Very light and easy to drink.
Overall: Nice for the warmer weather, but not something I would want to have again.

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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 JamieDuncan
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Weak aroma and light mouthfeel but tasty, clean, smooth, and very easy to drink. This would be an all night beer without a doubt. Nice little wheat beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is rather hazy yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation with lots of large bubbles ascending near the sides of the glass. It poured with a two finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a large pillow of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with some notes of lemongrass and hints of grainy malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, but the flavors of lemongrass are stronger and just about as strong as those of the wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and the lemongrass helps to balance things out, cutting into the raw wheat and also lending some interesting flavors.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.42/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold, producing a somewhat lasting, foamy, white head that leaves slim motes, streaks & wisps of lace. Aroma is sweet wheat, lemony citrus & a hint of grass. Taste is a tug-of-war between wheat, lemon & mineral water prickly carbonation with hint of grain & grass. Tongue numbing mineral/carbonation bite in the finish blocks the flavors which reappear as mineral, wheat & lemon in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with intense carbonation, crisp, very prickly but creamy among the spice bite. This pale wheat ale screams Berliner Weissbier.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty typical wheat beer, though a bit heavier on the citrus than most. Not my favorite style, but certainly very drinkable. Tommyknocker sells a lot of this one but they make a bunch of better beers.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

I got in an unexpected visit at Country Garden 6-Pack yesterday on the way home from DC and when I saw this available as a single, I could not resist the odd bottle.

From the bottle: “Colorado Mountain Town Craft Beer”; “American Unfiltered Wheat with a Hint of Lemony-Citrus”; “Ale Fermented with Lemon Grass”; “Tommyknockers slipped into the moning camps of Idaho Springs in the 1800’s with the discovery of gold in our mountains and streams. These mischievous elves, though hardly ever seen, were often heard singing and working. They guided many fortunate miners from harm’s way and to the gold they sought.”

These wheat-based beers do not produce much in the way of lasting head. I initially had two fingers of fizzing, bone-white head before it simply fell to wisps. Color was a very cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5) and I will readily cop to agitating it to get the lees back into suspension. Nose had a very pleasant lemoniness to it and my mouth began to water at the thought. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. Taste had an immediate tartness on the tongue that slowly revealed itself as its inherent lemony flavor. Finish was dry and even slightly puckering with a lingering lip-smacking quality. Another perfect Summer beer that I wonder how it would fly during other times of the year.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Jack Whacker wheat is a nice beer. The beer poured a pale yellow with thin white head that is not lacing. The smell and the taste had hints of lemon citrus. The mouthfeel was light and crisp with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent wheat....maybe a touch too fruity for me....but not bad. Great on warmer days!

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.84/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Sounds like a euphemism for something... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light wheat, very light grass, and a decent smattering of watered-down lemonade. The taste brings in more of the same, with the lemonade definitely not watered-down anymore: it's in your face, together with a bit of orange rind for good measure. Things on the tongue just spiting the absolute hell out of the label for it's fallacious "hint of citrus" comment. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, just too much citrus for this stuff to work, especially considering the consequent lack of any other character.

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Photo of Chaney
3.71/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Magic Hat/Fox & Parrot pint glass that the owner gave me for the hell of it.

A: Poured a very saturated, peppery orange color, with only a slight haze for a head.

S: Got more orange juice than spice, with a candy-like flair overall. Nice.

T: A bit thin and one dimensional, but with a nice wheat bill. Not yeasty in any way.

M: The extremely low carbonation is a problem to my mind, as well as the sugar bill which detracts from its drinkability.

O: Overall, not a bad beer, but I like my wheats with a bit more velvet.

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Photo of WellDont
4.24/5  rDev +25.1%
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 YouSkeete
4.44/5  rDev +31%
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 StonedTrippin
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this is probably my least favorite beer from these guys so far. it pours a weighty looking, majorly cloudy, palen yellow color with a small white head. my glass wanst properly full, and there was a lemon wedge messing things up, so it didnt look like a winner to start with. the nose is very perfumy, with some lemon notes and a really really fruity yeast. the flavor is a little more spicy than the nose, but that perfume character overwhelms the wheat malt and any subtle fruit flavors that might be enjoyable. the feel is also too big in body for the style. there is so much sediment in this, maybe i got a bottom of the keg glass. ill have to try this in bottled form, but this one didnt do it for me.

edit: in bottled form this is a vastly superior to on tap. the lemon is balanced out, more of a lemongrass flavor, and its much cleaner to drink. don't write this off if the tap version turned you off too. im bumping up a few scores accordingly.

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Photo of KajII
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a hazy golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white frothy head that receded at a steady pace down to a thin film with a medium collar and had some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a straw malt and a moldy yeast with notes of wheat, lemon grass, a hint of candi sugar and a mild spiciness.

The taste was lightly sweet with a hint of candi sugar at first and then became rather yeasty with a touch of lemon grass and a bit of spice towards the finish. The flavor lasted only a short while being mostly of a citrusy wheat taste.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a nice mild carbonation.

Overall a light refreshing brew with a good sweet citrus presence, which matched well with the yeasty wheat flavor...


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Photo of Raime
2.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a lager glass. Pours a dark, Murky gold with absolutely no head. The smell was of light lemon and wheat. And that was it. The taste was once again of light lemon and wheat. The mouthfeel allowed no other flavors through, It actually lessened the flavors. I thought that this beer was decent for a wheat ale ( which is my thus far least favorite type of beer ), However after looking at the freshness date, Which was 07/06/2009, I could understand why it was as bland as it was. I was drinking it 3 years passed it's freshness date. Had it been fresh, It would have probably been my favorite wheat ale, but given what I was, It wasn't that impressive. Oh well, For a free bottle, I can't complain

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Photo of mwilbur
3.82/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Bottle opens with a loud "psssfft"...yes, this one is highly carbonated. Pours a pale greenish yellow with a ton of carbonation producing a 1/2 head, 1/2 beer situation in the glass even with a careful pour.
S: Candy sweet citrus, sour lemon (lemon grass), and a hint of mustiness.
T: Very pleasant soft lemon, soft and sweet citrus, and grainy wheat.
M: Aggressive carbonation tickles the palate. Nice pillow-soft wheat feel. Mildly sweet.
D: Extremely drinkable and refreshing. Perfect for a hot summer picnic by the lake or beach. A solid wheat beer. I like what the lemon grass imparts to this brew.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this at my local deli/take-out beer store. Pretty stoked to be tasting this brew.

Appearance: Pours a light golden, hazy, orangeish body with a thin, little lacing head. I really liked the coloring of this brew, looks very inviting.

Smell: Has a tone of grains, mostly wheat, and a lemon-like zest. Also a slight hunt of orange peel.

Taste: Has a sweet taste at first, which was a bit surprising and slightly took me off guard. It brings a nice front of hop characteristic and ends with a slight bitterness and the lemon flavoring is still there.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body. Medium carbonation that fit very nice with the flavor and type of beer.

Overall: Actually surprised that this wheat beer had this much flavor that was sweet and somewhat bitter. Liked it, but couldn't say I love it. Must say I would totally recommend it to a friend.

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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 OgreSanchez
4.97/5  rDev +46.6%
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 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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