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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 — 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.

Editor’s 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (3467) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Cloudy orange color with not much of a head. Light aroma of sour wheat, some orange and banana and grass. Doesn’t really smell like a normal hefe. Flavor is a lot of wheat, grass, straw, bananas and something really bitter. Alcohol is very detectable and the body is very thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Bottle courtesy of muzzlehatch. Pours hazy golden, with a disappointing white head that disappears. The bottle says that this is a hefewiezen, not a spice herb vegetable. Faint lemony aroma, but that’s it. Texture is very watery. There is definitely some spices in the flavor, but thats about it. No malt backbone, no sweetness. Bitter, soapy, and lemon finish. Probably the weakest beer from Magic Hat that I have had.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigrond (1475) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2006
this is a pretty good tasting beer. ’hey’ advertise it as a Hefeweiess - you say ’spice’ beer -who know for sure. I know it tastes pretty good and feels refreshing like any good hefe beer should,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Bottle. Pours a whitbier like hazy yellow with a flat head. Smells very lemony with hints of grapes and yogurt. Tastes metallic like licking chrome with hints of lemon and some weird citrussy notes. Forced and boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head. Slightly lemony aroma with hints of biscuity yeast. Fairly watered down tasting with a hint of lemony citrus. The bottle describes this as a Heffe and I agree. It’s a watery Heffe that’s easy to drink but just as easy to forget.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2006
As fans of hefeweizens, we were less than charmed by the Circus Boy act. What it does well is smell and look good. Unfortunately, those aren’t enough to mask the weak, neutral taste and less than desirable mouthfeel. It pours a cloudy medium yellow color with a hazy body, crowned by a nice, frothy head. Aromas are of lemon and soap. Where this beer falls is that the soap aroma carries into the taste, as it is lightly sweet at first, and finishes lightly acidic with a soap aftertaste. Light to medium on the mouth, it leaves an oily finish we were not overly pleased with from this style of beer. Metallic feel at the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2006
From Joe’s Garage sampler. Pours out a slightly cloudy golden color with a nice foamy white head. Aroma is of sweet malts and some spice. Taste is drinkable, but nothing too spectacular. Lemony flavor with some notes of hops and maybe another spice or two snuck in there, strange beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2006
From the Joe’s garage collection, pours golden with a decent sized white head, aroma of citrus, sweet malts, slight hoppy amroma. Flavor is sweet up font, lemony flavored with some hoppy bitterness and a dry finish, good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 12, 2006
12 oz bottle from the "Joe’s Garage" winter-spring 12-pack, drunk at cellar temperature from a tulip glass. Darkly translucent gold with a large frothy smooth white head that diminishes slowly and laces a bit....bit of banana in the nose but more lemon-lime, and lemongrass eventually, light sourdough bready yeastiness, a bit of milky lactic quality....on the tongue, surprisingly dry and rather devoid of flavor....faint metallic character throughout which doesn’t work well with the rather low-potency body, light lemongrass and a touch of coriander, tart lime and really not a whole lot else....malt is pretty weak and it’s too bitter and mineralic at the finish to provide much pleasure....at the very finish as it warms a touch of honey creeps in, but it’s too late for realy help, far too late. Rough and unlikeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 9, 2006
2006 bottle consumed on 2/24/06 and again shared with OldGrowth on 3/5/06
Bright, but lightly hazy golden-yellow body displays a frothy, fairly dense, white head atop it, that provides very minor lacing, and is retained at cover.
The nose is deceptive, first showing a light honey-grain pils malt like note, some moderate sweet fruitiness (pleuots, peaches, apricots) and even a soft hint of vanilla. At first, I even scoff at the notion that this was brewed with lemongrass. But as it warms, in marches the lemongrass, steadily, and in the end, forcefully. Not so much lemon, as it is grass. And not even a dry, crisp, golding or hallertauer grassiness, but a wet, soggy, plant-like grassiness. It eventually comes to dominate the aroma, with only light honey and minor fruits on the side.
The flavor is heavily spiced with lemongrass, displaying some minerals from the yeast, soft vanilla blossoms and light apples. Maybe even a touch of dill, but ultimately, zesty lemongrass. Carbonation is zippy, though the malt is a bit heavy at times (for a hefeweizen) and the finish watery, which all produce a rather disconcerting effect. No alcohol is apparent.

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