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

Beach Plum Gose

Beach Plum Gose by Blue Point Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Blue Point's Beach Plum Gose (judged as a category 29B, Fruit & Spice Beer, in the 2015 BJCP Guidelines) is an interesting and surprisingly approachable version of a challenging style, with solid basics and interesting flavors!

It pours medium-gold with a slight haze (OK for the style... Read More

Judges Rating:
96
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
20 / 20

Barleywines tend toward the extreme, and it's a wonderful treat to drink one that can do so without sacrificing the ability to kill an entire bomber by oneself. I'm happy (tipsy?) to say that this one does, and it is the kind of beer that restores the faith of session-beer lovers in high-gravity... Read More

Athena

Athena
Judges Rating:
87
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

As a common "gateway" sour, Berliner Weisse tends to be a little one-note, but it's usually a pretty good note! Athena follows that model, and is a good drinking sour even if it isn't a great example of a Berliner Weisse.

Pouring with a bit more haze than one would expect, even for a... Read More

Judges Rating:
91
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

The bar for Gueuze (or Geuze, as Brouwerij Boon spells it here) is pretty high, given that it's a blended (and therefore "created") beer. This one hits all the right notes for a blended Lambic, and the quibbles really only come from the choices made in creating the blend.

The beer pours... Read More

Hopstate NY 2016

Brewery Ommegang Hopstate NY 2016 beer
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This beer pours a clear gold color with a rocky white head, and the aroma has medium-low levels of citrus (lemon, orange) and a touch of pine, with a lot of bread in the background. It also showed a touch of papery oxidation, but I have no problem attributing that to shipment during the dog days... Read More

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

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