Jucundus | Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar

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Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
California, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 11-05-2011

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 49
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

my first beer from these guys, and i really like it. honey is an easy ingredient to use to spike abv, but its a tough ingredient to get flavor to come through because the sugar contained in it is so readily fermentable by ale yeast. this is a remarkable beer because its super dry, but also has a great honey flavor to it, and its all in the finish, which is fantastic. pours a light hazy yellow without a ton of head on it, but looks lively enough in the glass. the nose is white wheat malt, lemongrass, a hint of generic citrus but i cant place oranges specifically, and then the honey, which is raw and wild and floral and summery and really attractive. in the flavor, the yeast is a little weird, it has a slight sort of tang to it which could also come from the citrus i suppose. makes it thin and almost sharp up front, but the honey more than makes up for it on the back end. its like clover and orange blossom honey together, pollenated and like fresh flowers, its great, but its also not very sweet. not sure how they did it, but it rules. carbonation is there, and while i would like a little more body to this, i also appreciate it being so easy drinking. great summer beer.

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Photo of Brewtality713
4.62/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really good beer. Very similar to a shock top or blue moon with orange garnish but with a very solid and smooth malt finish. Amazingly great tasting beer

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of rawfish
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hess Brewing Company in San Diego, CA.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy chunks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, wheat, orange, and tea. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of herbal bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but not something I would go after again.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


An orange honey wheat on tap at URGE. 

A: Hazy yellow with a small white head.

S: Grain and vanilla with faint citrus. A bready malt presence is apparent.

T: Sweet bread and a lot of coriander. Honey is pervasive. Orange melds with tangerine. I get some vanilla.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A beer for people who don't drink beer.

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Jucundus from Mike Hess Brewing - Miramar
3.6 out of 5 based on 49 ratings.
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