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

Festina Pêche

Dogfish Head Festina Peche Beer
Judges Rating:
92
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

When done well, fruit and Berliner Weisse go together like peas and carrots. Festina Pêche’s peach/sour combination definitely does it well!

The beer pours a pale straw color, with a scant white head that dissipates quickly. The haze is as expected for the style, but the head is a bit of... Read More

Rumpkin

Rumpkin by Avery Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
89
Appearance:
4 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Specialty beers often have a high-wire to walk. This one has three (wood aging, high alcohol, and spicing) and does a good job in two areas and a downright outstanding job on the third!  

To begin with, the beer pours orange and a bit hazy: not pretty, but forgivable in a fall beer, and... Read More

Prop Stopper

Prop Stopper by Blue Point Brewing Co.
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Blue Point's Prop Stopper Seaweed IPA (judged under BJCP Category 30A, Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer) is a good IPA dressed up as a specialty beer!  I don't know that the seaweed added anything of particular note, but there's a really solid IPA in there.

The beer pours a dark gold, brightly... Read More

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti

Espresso Oak Aged Yeti Great Divide Beer
Judges Rating:
97
Appearance:
6 / 6
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
39 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

Wow. Great Divide really parked this one. Not only is this beer a technical masterpiece with virtually no detectable flaws, it brings together a lot of unruly elements (oak, coffee, high alcohol, intense roast) and makes them all play well together. This is a beer you don't want to miss.

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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

Brooklyn Lager

Brooklyn Brewery Lager
Judges Rating:
90
Appearance:
5 / 6
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

There will always be a market for clean, flavorful lagers, and beers like this one will always hoover up that market. There's not much to ding here and nowhere for faults to hide.

The beer pours a clear pale copper with a thin white head. My sample had just a touch of haze that might've ... Read More

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