Wacko is billed as “the liquid song of summer” and that, “Wacko is a delicious summer beer with a big malty aroma, a subdued hop bite and a clean, slightly sweet finish. ”
It pours a surprising red color and according to BeerAdvocate, it is made with beet sugar. I’m not sure if this is the source of the color or not, but I think the “heart” on the logo is also supposed to suggest the imagery of a beet, so it must be.
The aroma on this beer is EXACTLY the same, to me, as #9. It’s malty, clean and has a little fruitiness of some sort to it. Of course, I don’t have a #9 sitting here to compare, but my memory is telling me “hey, this is #9!” The beer weighs in at a sessionable 4.5%ABV and only 15 IBU’s (International Bitter Units).
My first impression of this beer is that it is pilsner-like. Boy, it really tastes like #9 to me, without the apricot undertone. Take the apricot out of #9 and I feel like you’re left with Wacko. I’d be curious to know if these are the same recipes with just the beet/apricot being the variable. The malt and hops bill for #9 contains everything, plus a little more, that Wacko does, hence the similarities.
The beer has a malt-forward, slightly sweet, flavor. There is a little hops in the finish and it does finish a little drier than I would expect it to. It’s a light, summer beer, exactly as billed. There is some fruitiness in the flavor, but nothing specific. Maybe some esters from the ale yeast? This is a nice, light, inoffensive, easy-drinking summer beer with a pretty low ABV, exactly what you want from a “lawnmower” beer!