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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopdog (11196) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
eaglefan538 (3020) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3713) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
obxdude10 (2252) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2006
One of the most, if not THE most, disgusting "weizens" Iíve ever tasted (yes, I read the Editorís note about the style), vitrually no head, zero lacing, very little hefe-type notes in both the aroma and flavors, grassy aroma with a very slightly tone of wheat & spice in the nose, fizzy and watery body, very thin too, tastes like a Budweiser on steriods, very thin flavors with a very fizzy body & very little to offer in the flavor department, just a touch of wheat & light banana flavor, very sour finish & aftertaste, not a good beer at all, whether you call it a spice beer or a hefeweizen

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Deeply hazy, dull orange-straw body with unsightly muddy globs and a cottony white head. Unfiltered is good, but this is downright trubby. Muted aroma of carbonic spice, lemon, and musty yeast. Flavor has some prominent malt with a rich nutty aspect, some graininess, and a sweet impression, although counter-balanced by a firmer than expected hop character. A fair beer, but I would look elsewhere for a regular summer refresher.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 8, 2006
Pours cloudy with a good sized head. Aroma is of banana, and citrus. Flavor is lemon banana and a mild bitterness. If judged as a heffeweizen Iíd have to give it low scores due to the off-flavors. On itís own merits however, it is a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Bottle. Poured a bit hazy and golden with a pretty good head. Not dead, not overactive. Seeing as how the bottle is very proud of the fact itís unfilitered, Iíd have thought it would be cloudier. Eh. When this comes straight out of the fridge, itís pretty good and refreshing. The nose isnít much, mostly lemon and wheat, and it gets weaker as it warms. The lemongrass makes for a nice, refreshing mouthfeel when cold. Very citrusy and a slight bit of wheat. It really dulls out as it warms, though, and starts to taste like whole wheat bread. And, if theyíre going to call it a hefe, Iíd like some more spice in it. On a hot day, this would make a pretty good lawnmower beer, but thatís about it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2006
Pours hazy orange gold with a white head. It has a light wheat hop aroma. The flavor is of refreshing citrus with a zest of lemon. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with the sourness of citrus.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - MAY 27, 2006
good overall. a hazy brownish-yellow body with a white head. Citrus notes and a slight peppery aroma. Taste was mild with some citrus notes. hops seemed to be floral in a spice nature. smooth but a little too watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9704) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottle from State Line. Turbid off-gold pour, with 2-finger fizzy white head and a lot of floaties and sinkers. The aroma is very hopcitric, including orange zest, lemon, some clove, and soapy tangerines. The flavor is very citric, with a solid pale malt base, and some clovey hops.

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