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.
Darkmagus82 (1735) - - SEP 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-4-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance Ė The beer pours a hazed lightly tinted orange-amber color with a small one finger fizzy white head. The head fades quite quickly leaving a patchy film on the top of the brew and very little lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė The aroma is super light overall with just a little bit of a wheaty smell and a small amount of yeast and grass.
Taste Ė The taste begins wheaty and bready with a light hint of yeast. It has a moderate sweetness upfront with some flavors of lemonade. As the flavor advances the sweet begins fading with the lemonade turning a bit more sour, taking on a more tart lemon flavor. Flavors of a grassy nature come to the tongue at the end leaving a rather pleasant, semi sweet, wheaty taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel ĖThe body of the beer is very light with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are rather nice for the somewhat sweeter hefe flavors of the brew and make it quite easy to drink.
Overall Ė Not a flavor powerhouse, but rather easy drinking. A decent brew overall.
AdamJackson (2689) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
light yellow color 2 finger white headl. aroma of banana esters and wheat (pretty standard
served very cold but itís a very thin beer, wheat backbone, a bit of lemon and pineapple. standard
Bricks (611) - Delaware, USA - JUL 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Fairly neutral floral scent. Non-remarkable appearance. Neutral floral taste. This one is mediocre.
cazort (538) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Like other magic hat brews, this beer did an excellent job of masking the "unusual" ingredient or flavoring...I really did not notice the lemongrass until I read up about the beer later on. The overall character of this beer is like a lighter, crisper version of a hefeweizen. It does have a slight lemony aroma, when I pay attention and look for it. Flavor is muted, and this beer is considerably more astringent, especially in the finish, than a typical hefeweizen. Overall, very interesting, and very pleasant. I think I slightly prefer the traditional hefeweizens, but this was really worth trying and was well-executed and different, yet subtle and balanced.
ARH (481) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass. The initial aroma is a rather strong warm buttered toast aroma, more on the buttery sweet side than toast side. When that subsides not too long thereafter, a spicy lemongrass comes in to replace is with some banana and clove in the background. The beer is a slightly hazy, golden yellow with a fluffy white head that reduces slowly. It leaves behind an abundant, puffy lace with a good, puffy ring and some wisps on the surface. Itís a refreshing, light balance of sweet and bitter - maybe a bit more sweet than bitter. The beer is medium / medium-light in body with a creamy / oily texture and a light, prickly carbonation. It finishes dry and crisp, with kick of a spicy lemon zest and something resembling a coriander and/or clove mixture that disappears pretty quickly. The aftertaste is a light toasted grain, but it fades quickly.
jmcgavin12 (490) - Madison, USA - JUN 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a light cloudy golden with minimal head. Aroma is weak with light herbal and citrus notes. Flavor and body are both weak with average sweetness and a bit of citrus. Not a great hefeweizen
solidfunk (4174) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some coriander, bread yeast. Fruit finish and some candied malt aroma. Lemongrass makes this hefe cool. Bottle.
BOSSbrewer (1696) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 26, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours hazy golden yellow. Some head. Aroma is wheat and yeast. Some spices. Slight cardboard taste also. Somewhat odd. Overall fine.
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.