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 WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy dark yellow color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fruity banana/clove scent as well as a wheat malt aroma. It's light and yeasty. The taste is decent. It has a dry and slightly fruity wheat flavor. The yeast character isn't as pronounced in the flavor. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking wheat beer. It's pretty run of the mill, but it works.

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

Saw a mixed 12-pack and I hadn't really heard of the brewery, so I picked it up. 12 oz., best within 4 months of Feb. '05.... hmm.... Anywho, it's my first American wheat, and after the pour, it sits in the weizen glass a hazy gold at the bottom and an opaque peach at the top, with 1 inch of white head and fairly active carbonation with bubbles that keep some of the sediment near the top of the glass. Near the end it is very dark and looks like cider with a bit of a head. It smells of toasty/grainy malts with sweet wheat, some fruitiness, citrus, and perhaps molasses - a combination I haven't met yet, but I like it. The flavor follows suit, but with a low bitterness, almost no hops detectable by taste, and a light body. I could drink a few of these in a row, but I imagine it's a better summer beer.

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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 palliko
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a hazy yellow with a nice white head that quickly disappeared. Aroma has wheat and citrus. Initial taste is coriander and lemon with notes of yeast and some hops. The citrus in the middle dissipates tot a dry finish. Might be good with some foods.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up at Woodman's West in Madison as part of the Tommyknocker Mother Lode sampler 12-pack.

Pours a cloudy amber/yellow with a small short-lived bubbly head. Nose is of citrus, grass, wheat, and hops. Taste follows suit - Very lemony (the front label says it's flavored with lemon grass) with a hoppy finish. Very refreshing in the humid Wisconsin summer. Not sure I could drink a ton of them as the lemon grass is rather overpowering, but one or two would be a refreshing start to a session. An interesting brew.

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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 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 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 RushLimbmalt
4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
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 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 kmpitz2
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear golden color with less than a finger of head that falls quickly. The nose is mostly sweet wheat with a bit of a citrusy hop finish. The beer is light on flavor, with a sweet wheat flavor being most dominant. There's not much hop coming through. The beer is rather light in my mouth, not what I was expecting. It would be easy to sit down and drink many of these, but I wouldn't really want to have this beer again due to the lack of flavor and watered down taste, I would drink it again, but it's definately not the best wheat I've had.

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Photo of masterbruewer
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Semi-cloudy, off-yellow hue, thin fluffy paper white head. Has a decent citrus aroma, some apple peel detection. Crisp and tarty, a solid light ale. Becomes rather sweet, the palate is quickly grazed nicely with some fruit, banana and apple notes in the tasting; lemon grass notes later on, with a tender amount of hops. A quickly dissolving aftertaste; yet a lemony feel on the palate. Solid unfiltered ale, perhaps a bit under-rated on the scales, not as sour or as sweet as some beers, yet it's just a simple, laid back wheat. A solid offering here.

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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 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 Dogbrick
2.92/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky straw color with a thin white head. Quick lacing. Aroma is light hops and spice. Light bodied with flavors of citrus, floral hops and very little wheat. Finish is rather crisp and carbonated. This is a mediocre beer overall, but not bad on the scale of other American Wheats I have tried.

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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 hotstuff
3.12/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

When poured into my glass this brew had a large white frothy head with mostly fine bubbles. The body was cloudy and the hue was straw. It had a lemon aroma to it and a taste of lemon along with an acidic taste. This brew had good lacing. It tasted thin and a bit watery. This brew lacked character as nothing really special stood out with this particular American Wheat. It was on the flat side in my opinion.

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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 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 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 Gusler
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a lightly chill hazed golden orange color with the head adequate in size and the texture frothy with lots of fine lace to conceal the glass. The aroma of yeast, the typical “Bread Dough” description fits nicely, citrus crisp and fresh. Start is sweet with the top middling in feel, the finish sparsely hopped, moderately carbonated and the aftertaste typically dry. Drinkable beer, but overall quite plain and nothing separates it from a million other beers, so the average rating applies per my rating criteria.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer looks fairly viscous as it glugs into my glass. Very murky golden with shades of orange. No head. Just a rimming. Fairly light odor for a weizen, but there are some nice subtle notes of lemon, pepper and citrus. Body of this beer is between medium and medium-full. The taste begs for your attention. (I understand why this is in the herb and spice category now.) This doesn't taste like your typical hefe weizen. The lemon grass adds a nice touch though. A thirst quenching taste that makes you want to keep drinking more, and fast. Pretty decent beer here.

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Photo of ZAP
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jack Wacker.....cool name..even more interesting beer....Lemon grass eh??? Now that's unique...you can definitely taste it...the nose is pretty mellow but there are hints of citrus evident. I don't get the typical wheat flavor, but it is very drinkable and thirst quenching...very little carbonation...solid and unique...a good combo in my book...

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Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.39 out of 5 based on 419 ratings.
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