Jucundus - Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 11-05-2011)
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Photo of DoubleJ
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not weather associated with honey wheat ales, but I'm craving one tonight. Hess' version comes out of a 16 can. Pop the top, and on to the beer:

A wee paler than banana peel yellow, somewhat translucent, and topped with an inch of somewhat creamy head. Whisps of lace cling around the glass as the beer is consumed. From the start, you can smells the flesh of oranges. Oranges, orange peel, and a touch of wheat. Oranges done well.

Jucundus has hit the spot. It packs the favorable orange flavor found in Hangar 24's Orange Wheat, but has an additional zip of cream-like sweetness which makes this beer more than a pleasure. It's better than an orange creamsicle,. A whisker of alcohol is noticed, and Jucundus brings a medium sized body with relaxed carbonation and some creaminess. Easy drinking? You bet!

The simple honey wheat ale done better. If this is one of Hess' "worst" offerings, I'm going to be easily excited when I see other varieties available.

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

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3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.36/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of rawfish
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours straw colored with a touch of darker gold, mildly hazy. The white foamy head reaches about two fingers in height with average retention but it ends up depositing loads of chunky lace on the glass.

Pale cereal grains, soda crackers and zippy wheat. Raw honey, with some yeasty funk, vanilla instant cake batter, musty and sweet. Very odd.

This really needs to be defined as a wheat beer with orange blossom honey, there is no actual citrus in this beer, only very pervasive and very raw honey. Cereal grains are more integrated and less husky than the nose indicated, honey sweetness and then a soothing vanilla extract, sugar cookie dough/cake batter flavor. Finishes with a rough patch of straw, green herbs and metallic notes.

Medium carbonation with a sessionable body. Alcohol is kept way down with a drying yet metallic bitterness that while cleansing is not as refined as it could be.

Lacks the hops of a high scoring American wheat yet it has its own thing going for it. Vanilla cake blending with bright wheat and sweet, aggressive orange blossom honey is a delightful flavor that while short lived makes me want to endure the funky aroma and somewhat metallic finish of this beer. That and I just cannot say enough about how good these tall boy cans look.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Local Habit. Described as an "orange honey wheat," though I would be more specific-- an orange-blossom honey flavored beer. This just totally tastes like honey. I'd even have to describe it as honey-colored, but maybe that's the power of suggestion. Huge nose of orange blossoms and still more honey.

There is not much of a head but brew is adequately carbonated in the mouth. There is a pleasant tanginess that cuts some of the sweetness. A pleasant hoppy bitterness sneaks up after some sipping. Light bodied, but feels more substantial with all the flavors.

This is surprisingly drinkable. You just have to really like honey. One of the best honey-flavored beers I've had. It just needs a toastier taste to go with it.

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Jucundus from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
82 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.