Jack Whacker Wheat Ale | Tommyknocker Brewery

424 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.

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Ratings: 424 |  Reviews: 228
Photo of mikereaser
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A - pours a murky copper color with a thin head of foam

S - it had a flat wheat smell with yeast and citrus

T - as expected from the smell, it had a wheaty woody taste

M/D - to me, it was too much wheat to be drinkable for more than a few

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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 PiecefulToker
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

08 July 08. Is that a best-by date or a production date?

A: Pours a very murky straw yellow with a thick 2 finger head. Leaves a thin layer, lots of lacing.

S: Wheat malt, yeasty, citrusy, I think I smell the lemongrass in it.

T&M: Pretty thin and almost watery in mouthfeel, but tastes ok. Wheat and yeast, but with a tart lemony kick. Pretty dry on the finish. A fairly weak offering, this could and should be amplified 10X.

D: Very high. This beer goes down easy as water, but tastes much better. Very refreshing.

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Photo of happygnome
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a hazy golden color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a slight ring of lacing towards the center of the beer
s: lemon sweet sour fruity wheat honey, i think id use all of these to describe the aroma, there is not one that really dominates
t: similar to the nose, a lot of flavors lemmon and grassy stand out but are not overpowering to the others at all
m: light to medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this brew i think ill look for it again, it was a decent price

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

Tommyknocker- Jack Whacker Wheat

A- Light golden orange with a small foamy head.
S- Light sweet honey wheat.
T- Sweet honey cherrio grains with a light touch of cherry.
M- Light and sweet throughout with a nice juicy fruity finish.

Overall- Light but quite tasty. Very good for a BBQ beer.

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Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold colored ale with a slowly fading head.I got nothing on aroma.Taste is very weak and bland.I got some lemon and wheat but again not strong at all.I can't say that this is bad or good,there's not much to work with.Probably as average and boring as a beer can get.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light gold/yellow with a two-finger head that died quickly. A stronger sweet malt smell than most pale wheats, but real lemon and clove/spice come through. A light to medium body, a little slick for my taste, with an intense, almost overpowering lemon bite. Kind of reminded me of a wit for a second. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but i just thought the lemongrass overpowered the brew a little, taking away from the malts and the wheat.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ten Penny Ale pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a haze of ruby orange highlights at the edges. A foamy two-finger head leaves weak lacing.

S: Smells of lemon zest, slight herbal hops and a sweet, tangy maltiness.

T: Taste is a little sweet up front with the flavor of barley malts and a zing of that lemon grass additive. The finish is clean and gently hopped, but still quite citrusy.

M: Mouthfeel is crisp, refreshing and a little sour.

D: A great warm weather drinker and a decent pale wheat flavor. ABV is sessionable as is the flavor, even though there are more complex wheats out there.

The addition of lemon grass gives this brew its distinctive flavor. Without it, it'd be a really subpar wheat. Still, look to maybe Magic Hat's Hocus Pocus for a better example of the style.

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Photo of praufs01
4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy dark yellow with a frothy white head and no laciong residue on the glass.

Aroma - Light peach, orange, and lemon smells.

Mouthfeel - Very nice almost milky sensation up front that thins out quickly to a dry finish.

Taste - Just like it smells. Light peach, oranges, and Lemon. no flavor dominates or is overwhelming.

Overall - Excellent wheat beer. Very drinkable. Very well balanced.

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Photo of sholland119
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear, very light straw color with a thin white head. The head disappears quickly.

S-A little wheat, a little more lemon, not much else.

T-Better than expected based on the nose. A nice citrus tang throughout balanced by some nice crisp graininess.

M-Light and summery with carbonation a bit on the light side of moderate. The lemon hangs around a bit longer than I might like.

D-A decent rendition of the style. Yeah, I would have another of these.


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

A - golden yellow with a small head that didn't stay around very long
S - wheat and malts...hints of lemon
T - banana, crisp lemon, and a little spicy.
MF - creamy
D - this is pretty good. Reminded me a bit of a hefeweizen instead of an american wheat ale.

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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 BradLikesBrew
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Hazy golden yellow body with a thin head.

s: Honey, hay, some floral notes.

t: bready, strong wheat, grain, touch of granny smith apple tartness.

m: light, refreshing, fuller body than most wheats.

d: goes down easy, strong wheat flavor. meh, its alright.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured, swirled, and poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy golden body with burnt-orange highlights capped with a finger of white foam that recedes to a creamy sheet and leaves fat wisps of lacing on the glass.

Smell is crisp and lemony with tangy wheat undertones.

Taste is crisp and tangy with plenty of rich wheat nicely accented by a fine lemony zing.

The carbonation is lively and appropriate and the drink soft and flavorful with good drinkability.

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

Poured into weizen glass from bottle

A: Light golden amber, very little head, high carbonation.

S: Fruity, wheaty on the nose. Quite pleasant.

T & M: Quite strong lemony tones in the flavor which I did enjoy but could see that some people might be turned off. I would say that the lemon slightly overwhelms the brew making it a little off-balance. Mouthfeel is tart due to the lemon.

D: Drinkable, but the lemon textures might get a little old after a few. Could definitely put down a few on a hot summer day though.

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Photo of sevopie
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy orange with a finger of white head.

Smell - Slightly lemony and Wheaty, very light on the smells.

Taste - This one surprised me. I generally have not been a fan of wheats as of late, but I like this one. Has a slightly sour wheat and citrus taste with a mild spice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat thick and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability - I kinda like this one, and it drinks real easy. Might pick it up again in the future.

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Photo of ibashmuck
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Medium foamy head on a lovely cloudy body. Lemon comes through in initial sniffs, wheat not so much. Rather faint. There's a funk to the smell as well, can't put my finger on it. Taste is about the same, minus the funk, which was a good thing. Again, the wheat was a tad underwhelming. Thickness was also a tad low, at least as far a wheats go. A good beer, not among the greats, but certainly drinkable. Very pleased they got lemon balanced just right.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a nice white head. In the aroma, banana and small hints of citrus. In the taste, dry banana, small clove presence and just a small bitterness. A nice bitterness and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry clove and citrusy aftertaste. A nice balance, good flavor, a really nice wheat.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P- Beer Zoo variety pack

A- Pours a dull bland wheat yellow. No head and not much lacing if any. quite cloudy as well.

S- earthy lemon zest aroma. slight malt and not much of an alcohol smell.

T- taste is quite very much lemon just like the bottle says. A grassy earth type of taste as well. It has that bland tone but with a zest kick. light on the grain.

M- citrusy and acidic. A nice lil punch of the citrus could be too much for some. Alcohol is well hidden.

D- i think the lemon is a lil bit overkill with this brew but it is still decent. I think it is just a tad too much acidic but that could just be my thoughts. I could only do two or three of these before my stomach would be turning knots.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow color with zero head and therefore no lace. Not looking very good but the smell holds some promise. Fresh, clean smell. The bottle says lemon grass is added and you can easily pick it up along with a light grainyness. Taste matches the smell but is a little underwhelming. Mouth is clean but somehow manages to not be watery. A nice summer brew which is what I think they set out to make, so I'll give it a thumbs up. Worth a try on a hot summer day.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz bottle from Dave of western beverage. Thanks bud!

A- Cloudy golden with little head and not much lacing

S- Can really pick up on the lemon grass, citrus, grain, not an real strong aroma, but it is there.

T- Crisp, lemon grass notes, more pronounced grain than usual.

M- Eh, could be me but it seems like most of the tommyknocker brews are a tad short on gas, although this is pretty crisp without added CO2 burn so maybe extra gas would take away from this one.

D- Good, a nice session wheat beer worth keeping a six pack around for a warm day.

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

Pours a 3/4 finger head with some decent retention.

Faint lemony twang with lemon grass. Lemon grass is the dominant smell on the nose.

Nice lemon grass flavor that mixes well with the wheat malt profile to provide a light and very refreshing beer.

Kind of a weak mouthfeel. Somewhat crisp, but finishes a tiny bit watery.

Very easy to drink. Sor tof a weak mouthfeel, but definetely nice on a summer day. A little bit more crispness and fullness of flavor might make the beer more drinkability.

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Photo of Drewcifer
3.67/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, slightly cloudy, with a big white head to it. Head drops fairly quickly.

Aroma of wheat and lemon, fairly light.

Taste is wheat, yeast, with a definite lemon twang. Light, but not watered down.

Light, leaning towards medium body. A bit more carbonation than should be, and the feel is a little bit watery, but that's something to be expected with the lighter wheat ales.

Overall, well drinkable. I'm not a fan of wheat ales, but this is pretty solid and something that I would consider drinking more often, especially as a summertime brew.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy orange-gold with a big long-lasting white head. Lots of foamy lace stuck to the glass, and the body of this beer looks dense and thick.

S - Orange, lemon, and sweet glazed donuts. This smells really yeasty and funky in a way that I really like.

T - Follows the nose. Fruity, a little bit twangy, and really yeasty. this is basically a hefe in how it tastes, I think it's listed under American Wheat Ale just because it's from Colorado. I would have guessed hefeweizen in a blind taste test.

M - Thick and chewy, but acidic and tart enough to keep it refreshing.

D - A really solid wheat beer. Excellent on a hot summer day! I like it.

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Photo of MmmIPA
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Typical looking Wheat beer.Cloudy yellow body with a one finger white that fizzled away.It left a white ring.

I smell clove and yeast.

I taste clove and some banana.There is a citrusy taste in the aftertaste.It is also a bit sweet.

The mouthful is pleasent and dry.

Not a bad beer but I like them less sweet.

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Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.39 out of 5 based on 424 ratings.
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