Jack Whacker Wheat Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Jack Whacker Wheat AleJack Whacker Wheat Ale
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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 bismarksays
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single bottle of this looking for something different. It pours a near clear yellow, so my expectations for wheat flavor immediately lowered. The bouquet promised lemongrass, which was readily apparent upon first sip. However, that is all that was present in this thin beer. I could see how people would love it on a warm day as a session beer, but a single bottle, I didn't feel it was an attention grabber.

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Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of lemons. Taste is also of lemons, tart, some malts. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall not bad, but definatly nothing great.

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Photo of tjd112
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Sam Smith nonic. Hazy orange color dominates with finger white head leaving negligible lacing. Smell is of orange and coriander and taste is, unsurprisingly, orange and coriander. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and this is a sessionable yet average beer. The most disappointing out of the sampler.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
2.87/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours from a 12oz. into a pint glass.
Golden color with some haze from the yeast, and a bubbly white head that settles and dissipates quickly.

S: Roasted grains and toasted wheat, tobacco and grapefruit and orangey citrus.

T: Grainy, from malt and wheat, almost straw like. Hops give a light citrus touch and a bit too weak.

M: Light body with crisp carbonation.

D: Nothing really flawed with this beer but nothing making it stand out and make me want another.

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Photo of katan
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark gold to almost orange color. Very hazy. Light head formation, leaving behind a white film. Carbonation is light.

S - A very light nose - only the smallest hint of bready wheat. Truly hard to pull a scent out of this one.

T - Starts off with a very light malt sweetness - overall almost imperceptible. Builds with some wheat astringency mid-stream - no hopping detected. Some dry yeast notes. FInishes with an orangish sweetness which hangs on your tongue.

M - Moderate body for a wheat beer. Carbonation bite is present - stinging. Little aftertaste.

D - Moderate to high drinkability. The flavors are well, non-existent at times - avoid palette fatigue. Lightly filling. Drinkability in this occasion may not be a compliment.

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Photo of thirtysixbelow
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - golden color with a white fluffy head
s - wheat and some fruits
t - crisp lemon flavor with great sweetness. Just a hint of hops. Interesting flavor profile. I think the lemon grass is a homerun.
m - light and well carbonated
d - this is an easy drinker with just enough flavor to keep you intrigued. If I want a light wheat beer this is just what I'm looking for.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Very little head...diminishes very quickly, with no remaining foam. Burnt orange, copper color.

S- Some slight orange, maple, not much aroma that stands out.

T- Interesting...must be the lemon grass, has a definite citrus note...taste reminds me of a cross between alfalfa and an orange creamsicle.

M- Very low carbonation, smooth...slight tingle on back of mouth.

D- Drinkable, but a bit too sweet...not something I would drink too much of. I can think of more balanced wheat ales that I think are more complex that I would rather have. Interesting idea with the lemon grass, but nothing that makes it stand out.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.51/5  rDev -26.4%
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 CarlP2
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my test mug.

A- Pale yellow and cloudy. Little head, just a small fluffy layer on top.

S- Wheat and lemon, it's a weird smell to me, but it seems to be appropriate for the style according to BA and the BJCP websites.

T- More wheat and lemon. Pretty tart tasting, but not enough to be a turn off. Pretty balanced feel.

M- Light body, fizzy mouthfeel. Has more character here than most other beers.

D- Very refreshing. I could drink these all day.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small 2 finger white head. Body is a hazy golden orange color with a steady stream of bubbles. Head retention is good and lacing is above average

When i first smelled this beer i immediately thought i was smelling apple juice. Smell is a bit sweet and tart.

Taste is very light, almost watery. Kind of bland, can taste some malt and some coriander. Very underwhelming

Mouth feel is under carbonated. Almost burns the tongue. Its a bit watery too. Not very good

Drink ability is barely above average. It is session able but very boring. Glad i bought this for 99 cents, would not spend any more on it

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with about an inch and a half of bleach white head.
Smell has good notes of wheat, lemon, and rind.
Taste has the correct touches of zest and yeast.
The finish is fairly crisp and refreshing with a small after taste of fruit rind.
Goes down very smoothly.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into almost no lacing. Very disappointing for a wheat beer. The aroma has a faint wheaty tang to it, but really nothing else. The taste is has a more pronounced wheatiness than the arome, with the addition of some nice lemony citrus notes. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with carbonation that is a little too high. Overall, this is a decent American Wheat beer at best. I would be upset if I had to drink this again, but I would be excited either.

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Photo of Natural510
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The final bottle in my Tommyknocker mixed 12-pack.

This one looks better than the rest. It pours a cloudy golden color with thick, fluffy white head which retains fairly well in the glass.
Smells of barley and wheat; barley adds the predictable light malt effect. Lemon rind note rounds out the aroma.
Lemon, lemon, lemon. Not as lemonade but more like lemon Pledge. Tastes better than it sounds; the wheat creates a nice, crisp effect which goes light on the tongue and smooth in the mouth.
Solid choice for a thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Beefeater57
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gold color, slight cloudiness. Carbonated, thin white head with little retention.

S: Lemon, other citrus notes like orange and lime. Some yeast in there as well.

T: Citrus right away, definitely getting lemon/lime flavors. Pretty fizzy, it is almost drinking like a Sprite. A very mellow malt character slips in, and not much going with the hops. Finishes a little dry with some acidity.

M: Fizzy, acidic on the tongue. Thin body, borderline watery.

D: For a wheat ale, not a bad one for a hot summer day. Gets better as it warms, more of the wheat malt come out. Easily drinkable if you like wheat ales.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, pale malt, some citrus flavors (lemon), and some sweet malt. Fits the style an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is really smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation. Tastes of lemon up front, but not just lemon juice. It's more of a lemon with a zesty/earthy kick, probably from the lemon grass added. After the lemon comes some slight spice, and then finishes with a smooth sweet malt flavor. The initial zest on the tongue is intriguing and along with the smooth finish this beer is amazingly easy to drink. Overall, this is a really good brew that I could drink quite a few of - worth a try. On a bad note, it does not get better with warmth, actually quite the reverse.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice honey-gold color with a cap of off-white head which retained quite well (much unlike the other TommyKnocker samples I've had)

Smells absolutely delicious, sweet and inviting, lemony and honey.

Nice sweet taste, very refreshing. The lemon-grass taste. The bitterness of the hops is very hidden. Perhaps a bit too lemony, the more I drink it the less I'm appreciating the lemon zest.

Great balanced feel on the palate, a bit watery. Goes down smooth with no unpleasant after taste. A very refreshing and drinkable brew, by far the best thing I've had from TommyKnocker.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the brewpub in Idaho Springs, CO.

Appearance was good with a nice golden glow, unfiltered yet still pretty clear with just the right amount of haze, a good looking wheat.

Smelled average with a hint of lemon-grass, a little bit more clove would have been great.

Mouthfeel was average with a light body.

The drinkability was pretty great and would be the perfect day to enjoy after a day on the mountain or on a hot summer day. I am usually a bigger fan of Belgian style wheat's but this has to be one of the best American wheat's I have had.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.16/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy golden with with lemon yellow and orange hues and a puffy white head. moderate retention with minuscule amounts of lace.

S- very fresh grainy aroma throughout, lightly toasty, like an herbed italian bread, with a faint creamy citronella type aroma in the background with meringue, white grape, and toasted coconut or macaroon cookies. something adds a sweet creaminess to the bouquet. some grassiness could be from hops or from the lemon grass, but this one has an inviting, sweet-n-mellow almost dessert smell to it.

T- smell is translated into the taste pretty well except for a quick zap of lemon juice on the tongue in the beginning. it sweetens out from there, with pale grains, rice, white bread, coconut cookies, pinot grigio, and meringue without the lemon. almost no bitterness, it is tough to say whether hops play a part here save for a bit of pepper spice and hay at the end.

MF- fizzy and crisp with a bit of juiciness to the body, leaves the palate with a thin coating of wheat protein but otherwise pretty clean.

D- lemon grass and wheat ale seems to be a winning combination. mild in character but with likable nuances, i could slam about a billion of these in the summertime.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Haybeerman
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden color with a very light haze. Poured a 2 finger coarse white head that dissipated to an even slim. Laced in thin, sticky rings. Decanted continually.

S: Lemon, orange peel and sweet tangy wheat malt. Hints of herbal hops.

T: Sweet wheat and barley malts up front. Sharp zing of lemon zest and citrus flavors. Finishes with gently bittering hops.

M: Light body. ample carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very drinkable beer in a drinkable style. Especially since its local, this will make a summer session beer for the back yard.

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Photo of mothman
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
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 stockingcpl
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a wheat ale, and true to type, this apparently uses a top fermenting yeast. Color is a cloudy honey. Lacings, as typical with this company, are plentiful. Great job.

Smell: Aroma is very thin. The aroma this is present is a flowers malt. Not bad, but certainly not full in presence.

Taste: This is a wheat beer, but citrus it the preliminary flavor character. The flavor curve is long with hops presence kicking in during sustain. The traditional sweet wheaty presence of a wheat beer is not present. Interesting, but rather forgetable.

Mouthfeel: This beer has an interesting flavor curve. The hops sustain is a great late flavor twang. The palate is not crouded by this brew. The flavor is a little more complex than a traditional wheat beer.

Drinkability: This beer is not filling for a wheat beer. The light flavor also give a "non-stuffing" feel. Rather good.


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Photo of pokesbeerdude
2.16/5  rDev -36.7%
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 colts9016
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A lightly tinted orange and cloudy, there is little to no head.
Nose is oranges, floral, wheat and some hints of malt.
Taste is a nice wheat with overtones of citrus little malt and a slight hint of esters and citrus. Overall it is a good beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: In my brief experience with them, Tommyknocker beers either have a great head, or none at all. This one had the later. After a quick blip of seltzer fizz, I had nothing more than a thin ring around the edge of the beer. Beep gold color has good clarity and very active bubbles, however.

S: Smell is mostly lemon with a bit of raw wheat.

T: Quite mild and dry. Wheat is there with a baked bread quality. Hops provide a quick snap of lemon. Finishes with a light tartness.

M: Light body is a touch grainy. Carbonation level feels about right.

D: This beer just didn't excite me that much. Decent for a session, but not one I'm anxious to revisit. I'm still convinced that this style is meant to be a safe microbrew starting point for the macro drinker. My mom certainly liked it.

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