Jack Whacker Wheat Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

423 Ratings
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 jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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 djrn2
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This one was sort of bland for me. A pretty high ABV for a pale wheat ale and is very drinkable, I could see myself having this on a nice hot day. As a beer though, it's a little boring aroma and taste wise and can definitely be improved. One of the better beers from this brewery though.

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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 BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev +3.8%
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 kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Beck's Tulip in Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Two finger head is devoid of cream and of limited thickness. Retention is bad. Colour is a clear copper.

Sm: Raspberry ester hops and slight wheat. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Raspberry ester hops, light wheat foundation, and a sort of extremely light off-sour ester buried in the climax. Decently built and balanced, but far from exemplary.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Slightly complements the flavours on the body.

Dr: Well priced and very drinkable, but of mundane quality. I'd have it again if it were well priced. Would likely be better on draught.

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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 oline73
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best Before May 08

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, foamy, white head. No lace.

S - It smelled of wehat and lemon, not much else.

T - The taste was a nice blend of wheat, lemon and a subtle spiciness.

M - It was crisp, smooth and somewhat sharp on the tongue. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice wheat. Great on a 100+ degree day.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of mothman
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Thin white head that leaves little lacing. Very cloudy in appearance. Color is a pale yellow.

Aroma is of heavy banana and orange scents. There are some earthy hops present as well. Taste is a lot similar to the smell. There is also a lemon zest that I picked up at the end.

Mouthfeel is very creamy and somewhat smooth. It ends very crisp and clear.

Overall, this is a very easy to drink beer. I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way to pick up this beer, but it could be a decent session beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its cloudy yellow-gold body is capped by a decent-sized head of creamy bright-white foam that holds really well and leaves some splashes of lace here and there about the glass. The nose is clean, and delivers the expected delicate tartness and grainy wheatiness of an American wheat beer along with a soft, bready sweetness and subtle note of lemon-grass. The lemon grass becomes more apparent as it warms and adds a unique and refreshing character. The body is distinctly medium; and it's nicely creamy and smooth in the mouth due to its very fine, natural carbonation. Lightly sweet and bready wheat malt dominates the palate with just a subtle accent of fruit (even banana?). And although it's sweetish, it's still fairly well-balanced and finishes nicely dry with just a mild, lightly acidic note of cookie-dough-like malt. The tartness suggested by the nose is just barely present in the flavor other than the finish; and the lemon grass doesn't seem to have left any significant contribution other than to help balance the doughy malt in the aftertaste. It's an interesting twist on an American wheat that takes the ball but just doesn't run with it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of russpowell
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. single - $1.49 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very slightly hazy, yellow-orange body with a thin, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Sweetish, mildly grainy wheat malt initially in the scent, but juicy, fruity citrus follow close behind.

Taste: Sweetish maltiness with only a very mild grainy wheat bread character. Fruity tangerine juice alongside an addition of near-savory lemongrass. Sparse hop character and only a tiny touch of bitterness. Finishes dry and very crisp with a final touch of doughy malts. Slight lemon hints in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A slightly toned down carbonation would, for me, be appreciate. Otherwise, it's a fairly pleasant wheat ale.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
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 paulish
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a very nice and hazy sediment filled bright yellow amber with a good amount of head on top. A nice sized three finger deep head of lace settled down to a film across the top but was able to leave behind more then adequate side glass lace and ample carbonation continued to bubble up throughout the session. A good amount of yeast could be found at the bottom when finished.

S – Aroma was light and full of wheat and light yeast smells. Some nice fresh grass was apparent as was a touch of cereal light grains. All of the aromas were rather light and a nice fruity vibe was percolating throughout.

T – The flavor was quick, light and to the point. A nice crisp flavor of wheat and yeast immediately rolled off the tongue. A slight note of peach and pear and a touch of a hop like finish rounded it out very nicely. Not the strongest wheat I have ever had, but decent none the less. Nice classic profile.

M – Very light bodied and smooth the carbonation kept this one very lively throughout. I was very impressed with the quality of the feel, very light yet a good depth to the profile kept it from feeling watered down.

D – Very nice, this was light enough and had enough flavor to just have some all day long. Could never really tire of it and made a good session choice or something for a hot day.

Overall a very strong offering from Tommy Knockers. I have had a couple off ones lately, but this seemed to restore my hope that they are putting out some quality products. Not the best I have ever had, but nowhere near the worst. I would grab for this one again without hesitation if it were around.

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Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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