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RATINGS: 801   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.77   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).


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 Iíve never been a fan of imported beers or American beers based on foreign brewing methods, but Iím starting to come around on the hefeweizen style. This is such a great style of beer Iím surprised itís not more popular in the U.S. Most hefeweizens are smooth, tasty and medium-bodied at the heaviest. Such is the case of Magic Hatís hefeweizen, Circus Boy.

Hereís a beer thatís extremely easy to drink and absolutely delicious. Itís a bit heavier than most hefs, but I think itís a good beer overall.

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA

As is typical of most hefeweizens, Circus Boy pours extremely smooth out of the bottle into a glass. It forms a rather small, bright white head which doesnít linger for very long and leave zero lacing on the glass. Usually, this is a demerit, but Iíll make an exception in this case.

I like a beer that has a pleasant scent to it and thereís definitely a citrusy, sweet smell to this one. No single ingredient stands out in the nose, though, but a sweet scent is always a good thing.

TASTE AND FINISH

Thereís just such a great feeling you get when you drink a beer and it tastes nothing like a beer. Some people actually frown upon this - then again theyíre usually the types that drink anything made by Anheiser-Busch or Miller. Iím sorry, but why should I feel bad about enjoying a brew that tastes more like tropical fruit juice?

Hefeweizens, being wheat beers, donít usually taste like your typical lagers or even your run-of-the-mill ales. This particular beer is rather sweet but has no distinct flavoring I can detect. Some beers of this style have very significant banana and clove tastes to their palate, but Circus Boy seems like a mish-mash of sweeteners. In fact, the taste seems watery and a little flat in a way (hence 4 stars instead of 5).

At least the beer is ridiculously easy to drink. Some hefeweizens, as tasty as they are, tend to have a bit of bite to them. Circus Boy tastes like a drink you might have for breakfast Ė itís THAT smooth!

BODY

I think the reason hefeweizens arenít big-sellers is because they tend to be a little too heavy in body for the average drinker. Circus Boy is actually one of the lighter hefs I have encountered. It definitely has more weight to it than a lager, and isnít anywhere near as massive as a stout. But for a beer that is so tasty and easy to drink itís easy to picture someone going through a few bottles of these quite quickly, only to feel bloated by the time they finish their third.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Men take heed: if you want to get your wife or girlfriend into drinking ďrealĒ beer instead of generic ďlites,Ē introduce her to a hefeweizen. Magic Hat is a brand known for being easy to drink and very flavorful and Circus Boy can be enjoyed by anyone, not just beer connoisseurs.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ambrose (141) - East Aurora, New York, USA - MAR 29, 2007
Dah da da dah!!!! add a lemon and youre set. Good times in the woods in the middle of winter drinking this. trying to finish it before it froze in the bottle. mmm....lemony beer slushy.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2007
I love this beer and this brewery. Tied as my favorite between Dogfish Head and Magic Hat. Unfiltered Hefeweizen. I loved it. And still love it.

4.6
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CashisKing10 (1) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2008 does not count
awesome beer ...poured in a glass did the suggested twirl with quarter of the beer left in bottle delicious beer keep coming back a little less fruity then the secretive number nine but sweet and tangy nonetheless great stuff and the bottle graphic is creepy the eyes in the cage ...chills up the spine haha

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cjw163 (109) - hummelstown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2006
Bottle from joes garage.. Hefenwiesens are an aquired tasted and I loved it.. But a buddy of mine hated it... love the lemongrass flavor.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
rdietman (1) - - JUN 24, 2013 does not count
This is a GREAT summer beer. Pair this with a lemon, and youíve got yourself a treat. Very refreshing. Just the right amount of carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Mild flavor, easy drinking, not complex, good with food, good session beer.

4.2
   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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (958) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2006 Poured from bottle. A bit of sediment was at bottom of bottle. But no worries - this was a very pleasant surprise. Aroma of malt, spice and lemon. Spice, bread, lemon and rye flavors dance in your mouth ílike a monkey on barbed wireí. Just a tinge of metallic aftertaste, which disappears after a few sips. Yep, this circus boy steals the show.


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