JoKr Brewers Wheat As I Am

Wheat As I Am by JoKr Brewers, Wheat Ale, 5.8 % ABV, 29 IBU.

Ever since I got a bottle of Wheat As I Am in my beer cellar, a certain song has been churning in my head, refusing to let go. I figured the best way to make room for more useful stuff in my small brain was to get rid of the bottle as soon as possible, so here we go!

In this tainted soul, In this weak young heart, Am I too much for you?

“In this tainted soul,
In this weak young heart,
Am I too much for you?”

JoKr Brewers Wheat As I Am, batch 18. Looks good here, but the head collapses quickly.

JoKr Brewers Wheat As I Am, batch 18. Looks good here, but the head collapses quickly.

The body is cloudy, medium orange, and the head is large, frothy, egg white, fairly short-lived and leaves some lacing on the glass. Not an impressive sight, but doesn’t look bad either.

The aroma is pleasant, although not that strong. I get some nice spicy notes, yeast and there is a good deal of fruits present, e.g. hints of banana.

When it comes to the flavours this brew starts to collapse… Although the taste is ok, with a moderate to light sweetness and a quite short, light bitter finish, the flavours are both faint and not that pleasant. It’s quite unusual for a JoKr beer not to taste much, but this one doesn’t really taste much at all, apart from some totally out of style, stinging, very unpleasant, solvent-like notes of alcohol. Hm, haven’t I written about this before? In the back there are traces of spice, fruits and yeast, but these hints die out very quickly, leaving the aftertaste totally dominated by the harsh alcohol.

I think there is quite some residual sweetness in this one, both due to the rather sweet taste and the medium body. That’s about the only positive thing I can say about the mouthfeel: because of the alcohol this beer is pretty close to undrinkable.

Conclusion: nice aroma and ok taste, but the flavours and mouthfeel are ruined by the added nail polish remover. I couldn’t finish the 0.25 cl bottle.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      4/10
Palate:     2/5
Overall:    7/20
Ratebeer score: 2.2/5.0

JoKr Brewers Oatpremacy

Oatpremacy by JoKr Brewers, DIPA, 8.2% ABV, 92 IBU.

The day I received my previous beer delivery from ClubGonzo my dad was visiting, and he was so intrigued by the labels of the bottles that I had to offer him a taste of some Bergen homebrew. I decided to put his tastebuds up for a challenge, and got this DIPA that had stayed in my beer cellar for a few months.

JoKr Brewers Oatpremacy batch 17

JoKr Brewers Oatpremacy batch 17

The Oatpremacy pours a hazy, medium amber body with a small egg white head that ends up as a very thin but fully lasting layer. Virtually no foamy remnants are left on my glass.

The aroma is very strong and is a splendid mix of malty and hoppy notes. The hops take the lead, and deliver a very fruity feel with slightly overripe fruits, mainly grapefruit and tropical fruits like peach. I also get a whiff of alcohol. My dad didn’t get much, due to his near non-existent sense of smell.

The taste is very fitting for a DIPA: a moderate sweetness balances the heavy bitter and long-lasting finish very well. The flavours are quite strong, but I had expected more intensity due to the stunning aroma. I get tropical fruits with peach and hints of pineapple, grapefruit and resin. And then there is of course notes of alcohol that could have been better hidden. The bitterness was a bit over the top for my old man, but he finished the glass and claimed that he liked the flavours.

The beer feels rather full bodied and has a fairly oily texture. The carbonation is very soft, I find it too soft.

Conclusion: a nice DIPA, but the taste doesn’t quite live up to the standard set by the aroma. And it lacks the ClubGonzo craziness… Can be served to dads.

Aroma:      8/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     3/5
Overall:   12/20
Ratebeer score: 3.2/5.0

ClubGonzo’s Juiced

Juiced by ClubGonzo, Cider, 5.7% ABV.

So far I’ve tasted exclusive ciders made from handpicked apples from local apple orchards, this one is in another league. What happens if you buy the cheapest apple juice (from concentrate, of course) and add yeast? Can this simple approach yield a good result?

ClubGonzo's Juiced

ClubGonzo’s Juiced

The cheat-cider pours a clear pale golden colour with a fizzy head that disappears immediately. In the last glass, when I also get some sediments and the body turns out quite hazy, the fizzy head sticks around for quite some time. Interesting.

The aroma is less strong than for the other ciders from ClubGonzo, but it’s surprisingly nice! This is like smelling a sparkling wine with obvious apple notes. The apples feel ripe, with some slightly fermented notes in the back.

Finally a cider with some residual sweetness! There is also a light acidity present, but that one is nicely balanced by the light sweet taste. The flavours are not strong, but some nice apple notes are present.

The mouthfeel is too thin and watery, and the carbonation is too soft. In my opinion a cider should either be flat, or it should have a lively sparkling mouthfeel. This one is somewhere in between, and I don’t think the soft carbonation is that fitting. There is also an unpleasant banana peel astringency that reduces the drinkability. The finish is light to moderate dry.

Conclusion: surprisingly nice cider, considering the main ingredient juiced…ehrm… used for making the brew. It has a more pleasant taste with less acidity than the previous ClubGonzo ciders, but the aroma and flavours are too faint and the mouthfeel is not very pleasant. I would really like to taste a cider with the sweetness and pleasant acidity of this cider, but with as delicious and strong aroma and flavours as the previous ones.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     2/5
Overall:   10/20
Ratebeer score: 2.7/5.0