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 brandoncox
4.25/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy gold pour into Sam Adams perfect pint.

A definite lemony grassy scent.

The taste is very refreshing and grainy with all the included scents I noted.

Carbonated quite much and is thinner than I would it to feel, but overall it feels great sliding down the palate with a dry finish and lingering fruitiness.

This one is just so refreshing. A nice addition to my palate after a long day at work.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice creamy white head with a hazy light yellow body. A lot of bubblage going on.

I smell nothing but wheat, grain, citrus and grass in this one. Not a bad nor a good smell.

I was kind of worried with the smell lacking but the taste is quite interesting at first. Mostly wheat right away but a honey citrus flavor comes in to give it a balanced taste. As I continued to drink it, the taste gets a little bland.

Light body, quite refreshing. Feels okay... A little watery.

This is average tasting at best. A summer beer for sure. This could be a session beer. I wouldn't mind having another one since it isn't horrible.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.09/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this beer in a mixed six pack from Tommyknocker at the Lager Mill for $8.99. Even though it doesn't feel like spring yet, I was in the mood for a wheat ale so hopefully this will suit my needs. Bottled on February 18, 2011. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into weizen glass.

A- This label isn't as cheesy as some others, but I still don't care for it much. Jack Whacker poured a clear golden yellow color with a finger and a half of white head that died down to a thin ring.

S- I pick up a good amount of grains and wheat. I pick up a pretty strong citrus fruit aroma, mainly orange peel and lemon zest. The citrus fruits come off a little and tart, I like it, haven't come across a wheat ale before that had the tart aroma to it, I am not sure but it may have come from the lemon grass.

T- This tastes pretty different then most wheat beers I have had. The base of this beer is nice and the wheat imparts a nice grainy flavor that has a medium amount of sweetness to it. The flavor has a good amount of citrus to it but not as much as the aroma led me to believe and the tartness is mild and pleasant. The lemon grass imparted a nice unique flavor that really worked with this beer. There was a slight amount of grassy hops on the finish and no bitterness.

M- Medium light bodied, refreshing, and it could have used more carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty good beer. This was a very unique tasting beer, I haven't had a wheat beer that tasted similar to this. I feel like the addition of lemon grass is what made this beer stick out, I have never had a beer brewed with that before but I wouldn't mind checking out some more beers that utilize lemon grass, especially a wheat beer. I liked Jack Wacker and it ranks up there as one of the better ones from the six pack so far. I would buy this again, with all the citrus notes in this beer I think it would make a good summertime brew. I would recommend this people who like wheat beers that are heavy on the citrus.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a thin white head that fades fast. No lace. Smells good. Wheat, grapes, and lemon. Sweeter than expected. Sweet pilsner malts, honey, and wheat with a background hint of citrus...probably the lemon grass. Not a faint beer, but nice and light. Refreshing, tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of roddwolff
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a bayern-weissbier glass. Look: Dull golden color, two finger of foam, with David the Gnome on the logo; Smell: Cirtus with some sweetness; Taste: Wheat, lemon peel, sugar; Mouthfeel: Refreshing and citrus, sometimes sweet, medium body and slight carbonation; Drinkability: Tasty and off thirst but something simple.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with 1 finger of fluffy white head that disappears quickly.

The scent is of wheat, lemon, and grains.

The taste is of wheat, grape, lemon grass, and grains, with a light hop presence.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, moderate to high carbonation.

This was a very refreshing, easy to drink beer with good flavor.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Tommyknocker Jack Whacker Wheat Ale was golden in color and very hazy with fine particles floating about. It had a large off-white head with good retention and decent lacing. The smell was mainly lemons. The taste was lemony as well with some light malt, wheat and a dry, lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel was good with a medium-light body and medium carbonation. The drinkability was above average. This is a good wheat beer and worth a try.

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Photo of GilmooDaddy
2.36/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12 oz bottle. Purchased from Total Wine in Norfolk, Virginia.

(Appearance): Pours a very murky, golden orange in color that immediately bubbles into a finger width, white foam head. The appearance is very malty and viscous, like a light colored syrup filled with fruit residue and carbonation. Odd.

(Smell): Not strong, but not faint, the aroma is a mixture of fruity citrus and sweet tarts.

(Taste): I don't seem to be getting any of the lemon flavoring or sweetness that so many others suggest. It kind of tastes like carbonated water with a touch of lime, and by touch, I mean a very light touch. I enjoy a good wheat ale, but whatever flavoring this beer might have had is dominated by carbonation.

(Mouthfeel): Slightly malty and medium and body, but ridiculously dominated but carbonation in every area of the mouth.

(Drinkability): The high carbonation completely throws this one off. Assuming it doesn't ruin the drinking experience for you, the beer is relatively light and fairly low in ABV, so it could be a decent session beer. Unfortunately, it's not a beer that would make the session very enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerMeInMS
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking Date: 1/21/11
Date on Back: October 23 2010 (don't know if that's bottled on or best by)

Glassware: Hefeweizen glass

Appearance: Pale yellow color. The beer is hazy but has some transparency, which unlike many wheat beers. Thick white head that retained surprising well.

Smell: Strong, refreshing smell. Very fruity; both sweet and tart in the aroma.

Taste: Unique flavor which I assume is due to the lemongrass addition. Kind of sweet with low bitterness. The taste was like a mix between the mild flavor of a quality pilsner (low hops, high carbonation, refreshing) and a standard hefeweizen (lots of fruity flavors, and more body).

Mouthfeel: Pretty much light-bodied. good bit of carbonation. Finishes clean.

Drinkability: I could drink a bunch of these. They are light on the palate but the taste stays interesting, making this a good beer too enjoy multiple times.

Notes: This beer does not remind me of any other beer I have ever had; it really sticks out as unique. I was put off by the goofy label on the bottle, but I am glad I tried it. Tastes great on draft as well. Recommended...

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Photo of ism
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden yellow, topped with frothy 1-finger white head. Nice, dense rings of lacing as the head becomes a thin white layer nearly instantly. Nose of sweet bright berry and citrus, no characteristic wheat detected. Very thin body with a carbonation just active enough to be pleasant. Sweet, mellow berries with lemon peel. Quick blast of citrus and berry in the finish, but nothing lingers.

Pleasing and somewhat interesting, but not enough "oomph" to be memorable. On the other hand, very easygoing and easy to down, but the sweetness builds up too easily. Somewhat like a more restrained version of Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss crossed with a subdued Magic Hat Circus Boy.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Review #50
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a small white head that fades into near oblivion right away. Cloudy. Strong golden/bronze color.

S: Surprisingly doesn't smell like wheat and oranges. It smells like amber malt and hops. Not the usual for most American wheat beers.

T: Light wheat flavors, small hop presence. Noticeably missing are any extra-curricular flavors normally associated with this style. I wouldn't think I'd miss those flavors (coriander, orange, sweet) but this brew offer little as a substitute.

M: Heavy carbonation. Not much else.

D: Drinkable? Yes. Enjoyable? Not sure....

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look - Light amber in color, murky, with about 2 fingers of foam that dissipates fairly slowly.

Smell - Very fresh smelling due to the lemon grass, which in turn gives it a very floral scent.

Taste and Mouthfeel -Light citrusy feeling. But in general somewhat stale tasting, maybe a bad bottle. Good balance between malty and hopy, but slightly more on a bitter side. Some orange peel too perhaps. Texture is very much on the watery side

Drinkability - Interesting taste, but perhaps a bad bottle, I may come back and reevaluate my review when I can next find another bottle.

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Photo of Krishob
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a cloudy yellow with a bright white foamy head that disappears really quickly. small ring on sides of glass that cling

Smell - Biscuity and a light citrus smell, but more like lemon than orange & this really helped by the lemon grass used for it.

Taste- Lemon is noticeable on the back part of the taste and goes well with the bitter of the hops. Taste is exactly like the smell and well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp really refreshing and has a great feel. you get the bite of the hops but so nicely balanced that it blends with the light carbonation that is left that you did not even realize was still there since the head is just about all gone.

Drinkability - Nice and would definitely drink this again. Just an over all good wheat, but there are ones that are better, but again all in all this is a good one and should be tried.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh date clearly marked on bottle, poured at 50 degrees into a tall glass.

Decanted half the bottle without the sediment (the second half I will mix it in). Body is pale yellow and slightly cloudy. Head a pure white and laces a bit. A typical but unremarkable APWA.

Some slightly astringent wheat malts and pale malts make up the nose of this beer. With a little swirling and closer inspection I can detect a bit of banana. Rather bland smelling.

Very lightly toasted malt makes a huge showing here, with lots of grassy wheat and biscuit malt flavors. I don't detect much hop bitterness or much of anything else. Very little typical clove or banana yeast notes, which is acceptable for an American Pale Wheat Ale, although I think the examples of this style that include a more Hefe or Belgian yeast character are better. With the addition of the sediment from the bottle the flavor doesn't change much, except to smooth out a bit. There is something else in this flavor profile that almost reminds me of very mild citrus-hops, and I am assuming that this flavor is the lemongrass. EDIT- as I finished the bottle the lemongrass came out much louder and made an impression. I bumped up the flavor score because of this.

Light to medium bodied with carbonation where it should be. I expect a beer of this sort to be bubbly and on the higher side of carbonation without feeling at all like diet soda. Jack whacker does a fine job of keeping within the bounds here. Drinkability is good but not great. Some pale wheat ales just beg you to gulp them down. This beer is just doesn't have enough character to reach that level.

Conclusion: Nothing is wrong with this example of the style, but I can't find one thing about it to praise, however the lemongrass is interesting and if you like lemongrass you will probably enjoy this beer. I like Thai food and thus I like lemongrass..

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Photo of andrenaline
4.14/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy golden copper colour, thin fim of head, no retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet citrus fruit; orange, lemon and grapefruit. Grassy wheat comes through nicely on the finish.

T - Very fruity, sweet grapefruit and lemon with a bit of melon and peach. Sweet lemon iced tea lingers on the tongue. Absolutely delicious!

M - Perfect carbonation levels, light feel, bubbly and goes down smooth.

D - The appearance was a little weak, but the rest came through, with an outstanding flavour coming as a great surprise. Highly recommended to any Wheat Ale fan, or anyone looking for a fruity twist to their bevy!

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Photo of LairdChisholm
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden In color with about a two finger head initially that has good retention. A little bit of lacing here , nothing spectacular though. A good amount of carbonation bubbles.

S - A surprisingly good nose. I get some wheat and yeast. Also mixed in there is some lemon, lime, grass, and a touch of alcohol. Just not as pungent as would be desired but not bad.

T - I really don't know what happened here. It doesn't taste bad, it just doesn't taste. It taste like carbonated water at first. There is really no initial taste. After that, there is a hint of lemon and maybe a little bit of lime. That's it

M - Mouth feel isn't bad. A good amount of carbonation makes up for a strong lack of taste.

D - Considering it doesn't really have a taste. It is real easy to drink, just not very enjoyable.

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Photo of droomyster
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My 300th review. Pours a cloudy gold with a small white head. Aromas are big on the sourdough bread dough and yeast, not nearly as wheaty as many wheat beers but definitely pleasant and interesting. Lots of carbonation on the palate that wasn't apparent on the head. Tastes like a buttered piece of sourdough bread with just a dab of honey. It's somewhat wheaty, but not nearly as much as many other wheat beers. I agree with the reviewers who said that it has a "chalky" element to its taste. The uniqueness of its flavor profile makes it fun to try but I wouldn't want another.

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Photo of nukem5
3.62/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mischievous elves indeed...

A: Great amber color.Light head. Some light lacing.

S: Nice and light traces of the lemon grass really pick up the smell on this one.

T: Nice citrus from hops,then the lemon grass, and finally the sweet almost worty taste of grains.

M: Light in the front and move to medium body after swallow.

D: Could very well drink a few pints of these no preob.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded apricot hue orange golden really with a large bubbled thicket of bright white head. Lacing is sporadic and finely speckled. Aroma has a nice citric note between the typical yeast character and the lemongrass adjuncts. Smell has a really nie bready wheat tone to it. Flavor really is nice brings an earthy grass feel with the citrus/bready wheat profile. Yeast gives a bit of chalky character amongst everything else going on slightly spicy finish this brew would pair nicely with some Thai food. Mouthfeel is spritzy with carbonation really cleans the palate with fine bubbles, sharp acidity does add a bit of dryness. A nice light bodied wheat ale, that does a good job of not being a boring bland pale wheat ale that I've come to expect with most American micros. Drinkability overall was solid especially after being outdoors for most of the early part of today, I needed something refreshing to go with my water.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat and perfume. Not what I expected and not very good. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of flowers and perfume notes to go along with wheat and some grassy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one I wish to try again.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The last of the TommyKnocke 12 pack sampler. I am not a big fan of wheat beers, usually too much yeast, but here goes.
Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow with an orange tint. Shows a copius white head that has decent retention and side lace.
Yeast is not heavy (good) Smell is fruity with lemon, from the leon grass dominating.
Has a tangy taste that reminds me of a summer type beverage.
Not bitter but tart and dry.
One of the more favorable wheats that I have had.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a chill haze, dusty gold with a decent white fluffy head -- gone fast, no lacing.

Some lemony scents and some grassy notes. Not a strong aroma.

Grassy tartness, some lemon, and some boiled grain. No real sweet wheat -- more on the dry grain side. Bitterness is like bitter grain husk -- almost as if they were trying to replicate a SA Summer Ale. Ok, but nothing overly original.

Thinner bodied, tons of carbonation.

You know, I could down this easy on a hot day. It's not hot today, and this is just pizza beer. OK.

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Photo of SimplySinister
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Semi-transparent yellow-orange sunburst with adequate carbonation. Nice full snow white head with moderate lacing. Very pretty.

S - Lemon Grass and other citrus notes are apparent. Nice smell; not too weak and not too strong.

T - Wow. This is a great tasting pale wheat ale. This beer is not overpowering nor weak; it has more than enough character to be remembered fondly. Truthfully, this is not a complex beer- its simple and satisfing. Lemon grass stands at the forefront, blended with a hint of wheat. Amazing.

M - Clean, crisp, satisfing.

D - Extraordinary. I could drink more than several.

All in all, though there are a few great pale wheat brews, this brew defines the pale wheat genre for me. Personally, without a doubt, I think that this beer is an A beer.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden bodied brew, slight haze but mostly clear. Small white head doesnt last very long. Filtered wheat. Wheat grain nose, some citrus hints and a bit of banana. Wheat malt pretty much owns the taste, has a bit of the ole bubblegum thing going on. Not much in the way of malts. Kinda thin on the mouth, but overall pretty refreshing and tasty

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Photo of glamphetamine
4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Starts with a wonderful head that leaves a thick lacing on the glass. Cloudy and orange-yellow, perhaps burnt sienna. Or like a beautiful autumn sunset. (Pardon my flourish.)

S - Earthy with a hint of bubblegum.

T - Mellow hop tones compliment the wheat very well. Not as overpowering as most wheat beers.

M - Fine carbonation, not too strong but still detectable. Creamy texture, but not as thick or cloying as some wheat beers are.

D - High. I could have two or three of these in a row without feeling weighed down, which I can't say for Blue Moon. While some wheat beers are complimented by a twist of orange I think this beer is best on its own. I can picture myself picking up a six pack of this for a party, or just to enjoy on my own.

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Jack Whacker Wheat Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.38 out of 5 based on 418 ratings.
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