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Josh Weikert

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Beer Judge

​Josh Weikert took up homebrewing in 2007 as a means of staying sane during graduate school, and even though school is over, the brewing continues! He is a founding member and past president of the Stoney Creek Homebrewers, has medaled in every BJCP beer style, is a BJCP Grand Master Judge and Certified Cicerone, and is a two-time Eastern Pennsylvania Homebrewer of the Year.  He is also the author of the Beer: Simple blog (beer-simple.com).

Josh is a professor and lecturer in political science, specializing in political communication and political psychology. He lives in Collegeville, PA with his wife, Barbara (also an award-winning brewer), and their dog Biscuit (who has yet to win any medals, but is remarkably happy to watch on brew days).

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My articles

The Origins of Pumpkin Beer
I don’t know that there’s a beer more pathologically, frequently and substantively misunderstood than pumpkin beer. I’m not talking about the...
Top Emerging Beer Styles for 2019
So much beer, so little time. It almost makes one nostalgic for the days when there were only a handful of craft breweries and even fewer that...
The Pros and Cons of Pumpkin Beer
If you were looking to start a craft beer bar brawl and could only ask one question, you could do a lot worse than, “So, how about those pumpkin...
What Determines the Color of Beer?
Did you know all beer is red? We don’t perceive all beer as red, of course, but deep down in its molecules, it is. Since all beer is red, what...
How to Host the Best Beer Tasting Party
There is arguably no better way for both new and veteran beer geeks to learn about beer than to host a beer tasting party. Not only does it provide...
The Difference Between Sour and Wild Ale
Sour and Wild Ales have become increasingly popular, both within The Beer Connoisseur community and without. While they have substantial differences...
A Primer on Bottle-Conditioned Beer
Beer is alive. Well, not all beer, and technically I suppose it isn’t the beer that’s alive but rather that there are living things in the beer, but...

My reviews

Hennepin

Hennepin Ommegang Brewery Saison
Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Some beers get it right right from the jump, and Hennepin is squarely in that category. From the first sniff to the last sip, it embodies what we think of in a Saison, with darn little to pick at.

It pours a beautiful gold with a rocky white head and a light haze. The aroma is rich with... Read More

Segal Ranch Session

Green Flash Segal Ranch Session Beer
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
14 / 20

Session IPAs are a curious (and, some would say, difficult) balance of aggressive hopping and lighter malts/lower ABVs, and they can come across, to some, as overly bitter hop water. This beer doesn't go that far, but there's certainly an argument to be made that it doesn't offer much beyond a... Read More

Blueberry Shandy

Ipswich Shandy
Judges Rating:
80
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
16 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Well, this one will be quick: It's a blueberry shandy.

In all seriousness, this is a decent beer. It pours a hazy gold with a sparse white head, and the aroma is all "blueberry." It's in quotes because it comes across as artificial.  

The flavor is all tart berries with a slight... Read More

Hazy Bastard

Hazy Bastard by Blue Point Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
76
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
17 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Hazy Bastard from Blue Point (evaluated under BJCP Category 21B, Specialty IPA - specifically as a New England IPA) is, per the brewery, a double-dry-hopped "juicy" IPA that seems to be lacking the bright, fruity hops character that we've come to expect from the style - though it is, admittedly... Read More

Three Philosophers

Three Philosophers
Judges Rating:
85
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Drinking this beer one gets the sense that it could be - and maybe should be - a bit more than what it is. While a tasty beer with a lot of character, it comes across like a great author who got a little too edited in the latest book. Certainly nothing to complain about, but not enough to keep... Read More

Judges Rating:
93
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
37 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

While Gose may be a bit of a trend, there’s no doubting the staying power of sour beers as an “advanced” beer drinker’s choice – and any sour beer fan would be happy with this one. However, many would also rightly note that this is much more sour than classic versions of the style, which creates... Read More

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