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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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11192) - Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2006
(12oz bottle, best by end of 7/06) Hazy straw body topped by a medium pillowy white head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal (lemongrass), lemon, some clove. Taste is medium sweet, tart lemon, some lemongrass, banana, herbal. Creamy light-medium body with some crispness. Guess Iím in the minority, but I enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - APR 23, 2006
Interesting and flavorful wheat beer that stylistically is a hefeweizen but with the addition of lemon grass. Pours to a hazy, pale yellow color, with a thick, tall, creamy, white head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose is intresting with aromas of lemon grass/cirtrus aroma, with hints of esters of banana, and clove. The palate is firm, with good, tart, malted wheat flavor, paired with esters of fruit, and some lemon grass/citrus flavor. This beer finishes with more wheat malt up front, then ends spicy with some notes of citrus/lemon grass that lingers. This is one of those, love it or hate it type of beers. Many beer lovers will find this beer to be a failure and hate it. I personally liked this one. I enjoyed the addition of lemon grass, and being a big fan of Thai food, I could see matching this beer up with a papaya salad, or with coconut lemon grass soup. Would also work well with pad thai, or red and green curries.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
VTHopHead (1505) - Barre, Vermont, USA - APR 20, 2006
Bottle - Poured a hazy yellow in color with a "hefty" bright white head. Aroma is slightly reminicient of what a hefe is supposed to be... clove/banana, yeasty... the lemon grass imparts a "fake" lemon taste that does not meet up to what a nice fresh lemon slice would be in a good hefe. Not as good as I hoped it would be... a pretty poor showing for this brewer...

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerbeer420 (4) - manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 19, 2006 does not count
its not worth saying anymore then smells realy bad i love most magic hat this sucks

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
bubbleflubber (1712) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 19, 2006
Large portions of collective yeast in this bottle. So much that it sticks to the side/bottom of the bottle, depending on how it lays. Pours with a nice retentive head, and has a lot of yeasty aromas intermingling with what smells like a permed hairdo. And this perm goes directly into the flavor. Man, if this is labeled a hefe, then it sucks.... there is nothing (other than the look) that is reminiscent of a hefe AT ALL. The editorís note is correct... this is a herb/veg/spice brew. Iím picking up some earthy vegetables (and that stupid perm) with a spiced-back medium finish. It feels like Iíve accidentally swallowed a bottle of perm solution (sorry, I just canít avoid it, as it predominates the ENTIRE brew). Iím not huge on veg/herb brews, but I would NEVER recommend this to a hefe seeker. This couldnít be further from one. Itís possible my bottle could have been bad, but since so many others make that same statement, Iím beginning to feel as if this is the best it gets.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JoeCanals (9) - USA - APR 17, 2006 does not count
God, I donít know what happened here. I thought I had a bad bottle, guess not. It really was a sewage like smell. Couldnít really get past that to focus on anything else. Somewhat lemon pledge type taste in the background. Maybe they brewed a few batches that spoiled? I canít believe they would put a beer this bad out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
IndiaDaleAle (35) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2006 Magic Hat offers an amazing hefeweizen with a twist. The lemongrass complements a summery-type flavor. Iíll admit it looks a bit hazy after the pour, but the flavor is well worth it. One of my favorites.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2006
This beer was not very good and I suspect that my bottle was bad. I would try this again in hopes of a fresh sample, but as of right now, this does not get a high rating.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2006
Not having read any of the previous reviews of this before i bought it, I thought that I was going to try a nice unfiltered hefeweizen, which I generally like. Upon first pour, the beer looked decent, hazy with a big white head. Promising. Then I smelled it. Sewage. It smelled like sewage. Should have stopped there, but i decided to drink it. Tasted nothing like a hefeweizen. Lousy, slightly citrus flavor, unpleasant bitterness, horrible finish that just lasts and lasts. This beer sucks ass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2006
Bottle. Light, cloudy straw on the pour with a short lived head. Spice on the nose. Flavors of ginger and some citrus. Definately not a Hefeweizen as described on the bottle. Another Magic Hat brew that wasnít very magical.

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