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 reviews

Sublime Citrus Wit

Sublime Citrus Wit by Starr Hill Brewery
Judges Rating:
84
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
19 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Sublime Citrus Wit by Starr Hill is a Belgian Witbier (BJCP category 24A) that touches on the core flavors of the classic Belgian style but doesn't venture too far from them.  Despite its name, this beer lacks any particular citrus punch, and actually overperforms in scoring a bit simply because... Read More

Caramel Apple Tripel

Caramel Apple Tripel by Sun King Brewing
Judges Rating:
88
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Sun King Brewery's unique Caramel Apple Tripel (judged under BJCP category 29C, Specialty Fruit Beer) is a curious fusion of styles, methods, and ingredients that work surprisingly well together!

The beer pours medium-gold, with low, dense, off-white head.  The apple hits your nose... Read More

DESTIHL Quadrupel

Destihl Brewery Quadrupel Beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

It’s hard to know what to expect out of a Belgian Quad, but whatever your definition, this beer will probably satisfy it!

The beer pours a fairly clear medium-amber color with a scant, off-white head. The aroma is quite the smorgasbord, with medium plum and pit fruit characters, low spicy... Read More

Backyahd

Foolproof Beer Backyahd IPA
Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

A so-so IPA doesn't cut it in the marketplace today, and this beer comes across as very one-note -- and not a great note at that.

The beer pours a hazy gold with scant white head, and the initial aromas are not promised: low levels of pine and orange, with a low background mustiness and a... Read More

Schwarzschild Porter

Schwarzschild Porter by Southern Sky Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
78
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
18 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
7 / 10
Overall Impression:
15 / 20

Southern Sky's interpretation on an English Porter, Schwarzschild is a good, basic entry into the style but lacks complexity.  It was evaluated as an English Porter, BJCP Category 13C.

The beer pours a clear dark brown with a thin but dense tan head.  The aroma is dry and roasty, like... Read More

Judges Rating:
79
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
30 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
12 / 20

This beer had one of the nicest aromas I've put my nose into in quite a while, which made the come-down in the flavor all the more disappointing.  

First things first, though – this is a very pretty beer. It pours a quite clear, rich, red-brown mahogany color with a moderate, tan head... Read More

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