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RATINGS: 820   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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Magic Hat Brewing Co. Elixirs Find... Brewery Tour Now Playing Shop Peep Show Get Social About Us Home Blog Circus Boy ó THE Hefeweizen Unfiltered and unfettered, Circus Boy is a unique and refreshing American-style Hefeweizen. Is he a who? Or a what? Or perhaps some of both? Be amazed by the flavorful haze of this wonderful wheat beer.

Editorís note: Yes, the bottle calls it a hefeweizen. The beer, however, is brewed with a (fairly hefty) portion of lemongrass, which contributes a significant aroma and flavor. Thus we have deemed it a Spice/herb/vegetable and not a German Hefeweizen, which should be free from adjuncts (other than hops).


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hershiser2 (1328) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Bottle. Pale yellow with chunks and a huge white head. Heavy lemony aroma and especially bitter flavor, with lots of grass as well. Um, not sure what to think about it... not crazy about it. Itís definitely odd, but not something Iíd seek out.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jason (1711) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Bottle. Odd beer. Ok aroma. If I wouldnít have read the description here I wouldnít have known that they used lemon grass. Itís not in the aroma but I could taste it near the end of the beer (and after when I burped some of it up). Flavor is just decent but mild with nothing outstanding going on in the beer.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2006
So hard to do this with a straight face when Ernest keeps talking about urnial cakes. Iíve never smelled a urinal cake... well, there was that one time... but I donít remember it really well... anywhoo. Iíll do my best to take this into my own, menís-room free frame of reference. ;) Beer is a slightly hazy, light yellow-orange color with a small. frothy, white, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is kind of pointy and challenging: Malty with moderate notes of toasted grain; Hoppy with moderate herb notes; Yeasty with a moderate note of damp basement, light note of dough, tiny notes of B vitamin/urine; Vibrant moderate notes of lemon grass. The flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic with an average-length, lightly sweet, lightly astringent finish. Heavy lemongrass, slight husky retros. The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6580) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of urinal cake, kaffir leaf, and lemon zest. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Unnerving smell of a restaurant menís room is hard to get past. The other aspects arenít bad, but the lemongrass (which I normally like, e.g. Thai food)paired with something else makes it so urinal cakey that I just canít get into it.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
12oz. Bottle: Smelled like bread, some lemon, and lemongrass. Aroma was not strong. Poured dark yellow color. Almost an amber. Big, rocky, off-white head. Head lasted. Opaque. Lots of particles. Great lacing. Flavor of lemon, grass, corriander, and some spice and herbs. Also a spicy hop note (maybe Amarillo). Lightly bitter. Medium body. Short, dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Poured a dark orange with different shades throughout the the body which I love, it leaves a thick off white head that is frothy and bubbly. The aroma is terrible, sour, funky sour milk, my first thoughts is this could be a bad beer. The taste fantastic! Sweet malty honey upfront, nothing like the nose very strange this has never happened to me before where the nose is spoiled but the beer itself is great. To continue with the taste it has a strong wheat twang, that is balanced by again some sweetness of sun flowers, fruit, pale malt, and a the finish is brisk clean and lovely. The nose could be a fluke, but I would def buy this beer again I just wonder about the nose.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2006
A pale yellow beer with a big white head. Slightly cloudy with lots of yeast dregs in the bottom of the bottle. Oh dear, there goes the head. It was light and dry and left an effervescent feel at the back of the mouth. The finish was slightly bitter. It meets all the criteria for a weizen. It went down well and quickly, it was a hot day and my tongue was swollen.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopdog (9588) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 12, 2006
12oz bottle notched before the end of July. Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of citrus, wheat, some spices, yeast and a little musty. Tastes of lemons, spices, grass, and wheat. Thinner body.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Wow, a MH and wheat fan here, but this was a flat out sucker of a beer.... and thatís after just having some horrid swill from Hondorus (ie. maybe this was worse than my review here, cuz anything coulda got inflated scores after that thing). The pour had a very nice initial head and the lacing was decent for an AmWheat. However, this thing, although "unfiltered," had to be filtered with something, as it was only "hazy" and there was nothing cloudy about it. Makes ya wonder what they used to brew it if this is unfiltered. The aroma was off, smelled like spring cleaning detergents, citrus, and wet sponges. The flavor was some sort of an Am Wheat base with citrus and spring flowers present. Lots of acidity in the mouthfeel, finishes somewhat tart and lemon-like, but nothing enjoyable about this one. A flat out terrible production by MH. Bring back the Humble Patience!!! This one certainly canít sell better than that. Blah.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3467) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Sampled at the River City Beer and Seafood festival, one of the lamest festivals going, as it has become more and more of a macro fest with frankly substandard seafood offerings over the years. This yearís festival was highlighted by our toddler abruptly puking like a drunken frat boy before I had even gotten through my second sample, prompting a hasty exit, and a delightful evening of taking care of a sick kid. Woohoo! Notes for this jotted hastily in between puking bouts. Thanks to Maniac and Starfireming for the paper. Light wheat aroma, hazy medium gold appearance, decent head faded. Flavor is light wheat, a bit of yeast, and a hint of lemon. Yeah, thatís right, my super-sensitive palate actually picked up the lemon from the lemon grass. Always gratifying to get the occasional confirmation that my palate isnít totally numb. So-so beer at a so-so festival. Getting harder to feel like wandering downtown for this each year.


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