Jack Whacker Wheat Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

227 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.

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Photo of yamar68
1.25/5  rDev -63%
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 PorterLambic
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This filtered wheat pours clear and golden yellow. Good sized head with decent retention.
Smell is as expected with notes of citrus, banana and wheat to keep up with the malt. Balance is good.
Taste is tart first with a sharp bite of acidity and citrus dominating over the malt and wheat notes.
Medium bodied at best with a strong astringency and high effervescence. A lot of lemon in the aftertaste with some weaker malt. A decent beer, along the lines of a Blue Moon with an astringent streak.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.18/5  rDev -35.5%
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 happy4hoppybeer
2.67/5  rDev -21%
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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Photo of TheCondor
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer in a Tommyknocker sampler 12 pack. They changed the look of their bottles, I don't know if they offered the sampler before this but it was the first time I ever saw it. Maybe an advertising thing or something. Poured into a weizen glass from the bottle:

Appearance - Pours a nice medium gold which is difficult to see through, given the brew is unfiltered. A respectable head, nothing to have a palpitation over, but nice.

Smell - Gives off a nice wheaty scent with a touch of fruit, maybe a citrus or lemon. This would be understandable for the style and certainly for the fact it says "brewed with lemon grass" or something like that right on the front of the bottle.

Taste - Impressive! I enjoyed the taste of this beer! Fits right into the style at the upper level, not many American pale wheats are quite this good. A solid wheat taste with just a hint of lemon and fruit at the back end.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, clean finish. Lightweight beer, would be great for a hot summer day, working in the yard.

Overall - This is a good beer for any situation, and especially for the one described above. Ironically, although I don't typically do this with wheats and did not intend to, I let it get a little warmer before I finished it. In my opinion, the taste and aroma of this beer was accentuated by the raised temperature. I know that sounds more like an imperial or other stronger style, but I'm serious, I really think it was better at a warmer temp. I would recommend this beer, it's just as good as many of the American pale wheats I have had.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured unto a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy gold, head is thick but subtle was almost 1" upon the initial pour settled within a sip.

Smell: Comes off citrussy, easy to like. Honestly I don't think it's just me but I am smelling really feeling the banana aroma given off from this beer.

Taste: I get a hint of lemon and heavy wheat taste, taste is super smooth and easy to love.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, backwash of taste is just that good.

Overall: Don't know if this beer is marketed as a "summer ale" regardless if it isn't this might be your year round go to. Tastes great and flavor to carbonation is evenly distributed. Hope you all enjoy!

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Photo of tdm168
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin lacing of fizzy head that quickly fades away. The nose has aromas of lemon grass and wheat. The flavor is citrusy with notes of lemon and orange and something resembling apple juice. The mouthfeel is light and well carbonated.

This is a pretty standard light, simple wheat beer. The flavor is a little sweet and the apple juice notes aren't pleasing. I probably won't have this again.

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Photo of Kromes
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy pale straw color with a thin line of white bubbles on top.

S: A nice yeasty wheat aroma with some fruity pebbles.

T: Up front you definitely get a big wheat flavor that mixes with some lemon and strawberry-like fruit notes in the background.

M: Light and refreshing with medium-high carbonation. A little tingle to the feel and it is very smooth.

O: For some reason, I've had a hard time finding an American Wheat ale that I have liked. I definitely like this one. Flavors are really nice and stray away from the traditional over-citrusy ales.

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Photo of dankster
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with enjoy date notched.

A- hazy orange with small foamy head

S- strong lemongrass and biscit tones

T- taste is tart from the lemongrass and very bubbly on the tongue.

M- very carbonated and alive in the mouth all the down the hatch

O- I really like this beer. lemon taste is a touch strong so you need to like lemons to really enjoy. great warm weather beer or after any work at all.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (from Tommyknocker "Trail Mix" variety 6-pack) into a pint glass. This is never my ideal beer, especially with all of the winter seasonal beers out right now.

Pours the hazy dark orange color typical of wheat beers. Light passes through, but it is not transparent. The smell consists of that sour citrusy smell that is also typical of wheat beers, though it seems to be more faint in this one than some I have had.

The taste is just like the smell and the bottle label promises, with a lemon-citrusy flavor. It's not a bad flavor, though it seems to be a little watered down or faint than most wheat beers i have tried. I'm not sure if this is this particular beer, or how this style (American Pale Wheat Ale) is compared to the Hefeweizen style.

Overall, this beer is alright, but nothing special. I definitely won't buy it on its own. However, if this is the weak link in a variety 6-pack, I think I can deal with that.

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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 AlCaponeJunior
3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy and yellowish in color, head ain't bad and lace was pretty good.

Smell is a little lemony and sweet with a good wheaty backbone.

Oddly sweet but tart all at once, very wheaty in taste, a tad of spice with some lemongrass to finish.

Body is light but wheaty and easy to drink. Carbs are smooth and ample for the style.

This one's pretty good actually.

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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 rowew
2.16/5  rDev -36.1%
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 JoeAmerican77
2.56/5  rDev -24.3%
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 tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, gold in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, lemon, toasted malt, and sugar

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet

Overall: A good sessionable wheat ale. I love the maltiness in this one. This one is subtle but is one of Tommyknocker's better brews.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.69/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: clear light yellow; strong carb beads; moderate head; not any lacing
S: sweet, lemonade-like aroma; quite inviting (Max: the opposite of what the cat smells like)
T: very nice, light wheat ale; somewhat thin flavored, as I expect in wheat beers; lemon pronounced; the barren wheat taste appears at the end of the sip

Overall, pretty good for this style, but the style doesn't suit me

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Photo of jsprain1
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a shade darker than many in the APWA style. Solidly in the medium-light amber scale. Slightly hazy, but still pretty clear. One finger white head. Not as much lacing ore head retention as this style should display.
S- Crisp wheatyness with a mild, but nice citrus aroma.
T- It is a bit sweeter than I general like from this style. The spicy wheaty flavors are more understated, but it's kinda nice. There is an addition of lemongrass advertised on the glass. I guess that could be the reason behind the citrusy flavor.
M- Below standard carbonation here, but it worked. Maybe a little more would have helped, but it was ok. Body was light, but a little fuller than average for style.
O- This is a pretty decent wheat beer. I would enjoy this beer on any hot summer day.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -15.7%
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 DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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A - Pours a nice yellow with a bit of yeast floaties and a light bit of head that turns to a light yeast ring.

S - Slight biscuit malt and a little bit of hops. Not much detectable yeast on the nose.

T - Nice bit of wheat crispness with a touch of yeast and bit of grains. Has a very smooth lemon grassy taste. Yeast is kind of chalky.

M - Light to medium easy drink ability.

Overall not my favorite of the style since it is more yeast forward but I wouldn't turn it down if offered. Good enjoying two in a row so session able.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a DFH snifter. Best by January 2011. Oops. Not sure how long I had this in the fridge.

Pours a hazy pale orange color with a finger of foam. Not as highly carbonated as I would expect. Aroma is mostly sweet citrus... orange, lemon. Nice lacing.

First sip is... pretty subdued. Decent amount of residual sweetness, and you can certainly taste the lemongrass, but not a whole lot else is going on. Minimal contributions from the hops or the yeast, mostly just moderately sweet pale ale, with a crisp, lemony finish.

Overall, this beer is pretty good, but it just needs another layer of complexity to make it great. Hops, yeast, malt... it just needs a contribution from something else. Not bad by any stretch of the imagination.

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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 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 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 daliandragon
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one pours an odd fluorescent or neon straw, almost orange juice yellow color that is opaque to my straining eye. The nose is a zesty citrus tinged wheat. Other reviewers say lemon grass and it is unusual, even for the style.

Highly carbonated, which overpowers the taste straight off the bat. Wheat and citrus are obviously the keys here, with a touch of yeast and maybe that's white pepper spicing things up a touch. Shame about the overcarbonation, because the rest of it fits together pretty well.

Probably decent on a hot day but still not what it could have been had the brewer laid off the bubbles.

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Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
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