smeltfisher (45) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 24, 2014
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
"Circus Boy" is a whimsical name, and as one who judges books by covers and beers by name, I had high hopes. The appearance is nice and it heads up ok.
Speaking of books, the aroma of Circus Boy is like when you open up a cardboard box full of old books that has been sitting in an attic for 10 years. Except the box was originally used for some sort of fruit (lemons?) and one of the lemons was left inside. Musty, dusty.
Thankfully itís not too sweet - which is about the only nice thing that I can say about it. Notes of burning leaves with a fruity-tart, but not crisp finish.
(Wince. Shake head.)
Raesmama (23) - - MAY 23, 2014
1.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not my favorite Magic Hat.... Has a strange smell and not the usual Heffy flavor.... Would probably not get this one again.
rumproasts (3232) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. Hazy pale golden with small head. Weak sauce hefe with some lemon and pepper. Odd.
markwise (4543) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of the Tampa Crew. Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. Nose is wheat, grain, and pepper, with a bit of yeasty sweetness/ esters. Flavor is similar- wheat, grain, and pepper with yeasty esters. Light to medium in body and not bad overall.
Bulk_Carrier (2249) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 28, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a clear yellow/orange body with no head whatsoever, lacing is minimal and somewhat spotty and drips down the side of the glass. It leaves no rings and there isnít any visible carbonation rising.
The smell had a fresh sort of floral yet lemon aroma. However, I do note the black pepper that comes out pretty strong. There are some hops in the background.
The taste brings back the lemon and some malts come out. A slight wheatiness comes out in the taste. The black pepper comes in the taste closer to the end of the beer.
The palate sits fairly light with a heavier carbonation which leaves a crisp sort of feel. It leaves a slightly dry finish.
Overall, this is not a bad beer. I guess I found it interesting with the "black pepper" thing going on in an American Pale Wheat Ale. It may be something I just need to get used to, thatís all. Iím not sure if I would get this again, maybe on tap.
howlinwlf (26) - Ronkonkoma, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great cloudy golden straw color. Not much of a head. Great and sturdy flavor. Not too much citrus or lemon flavor to overpower the flavor. Iíd love a six pack of this on a summerís day, in the sun.
onceblind (4512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mostly clear gold with a small foam cap. The nose is really nice with some wheat and clove and a prominent lemony hop tone. The taste has that same lemony flavor but not in an acidic or twangy way, but as a sweet and mellow calming action, with a lot of wheat and clove and a good dose of banana throughout, particularly on the finish. I really liked sipping this very unique hefe.
mabel (6539) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[5302-20130429] Tap. Light wheat grass aroma. Clear, pale yellow orange body with a medium-lasting foamy head. Wheatgrass lemon flavour has a light sweet finish. Light body. Tasty. (6/3/7/3/12) 3.1
(@ brewery, South Burlington, VT)
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy golden color. Itís actually pretty damn clear until the yeast is poured in - and even after, itís still not that cloudy. The head isnít anything to write home about, either. It isnít even a finger high, has an off-white color, and very poor retention.
S: Smells like a generic wheat ale. The ester notes are very muted...and even worse, seem off somehow. Wheat malt is the most prevalent note I pick up, along with a twinge of candied sugar.
T: Thereís lots of wheat to start, along with a slight spiciness. And then after that...nothing. The finish is empty in flavor. I guess it isnít bad, but thatís only because itís so devoid of character.
M: Well, if I have to pick something I like about this one, then Iíll say I enjoy how soft it feels. Itís a pretty sweet brew, as well, lacking the vibrant carbonation of some examples.
O: BOOO-RING. The simple fact that itís just really dull instantly makes it better than the abomination that was Seance, at least. In a way, I hate these boring beers simply because they create dull reviews...just like this one.
ajnepple (2537) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from Tipsyís into a goblet. Pale, orange and clear with a fully diminished head, no lacing. Mild aroma of lemongrass, hay/straw, malts (pale, wheat), light citrus hops. Similar flavor, bland, lightly sweet and spiced. Light body with a thin feel. Not too good.