RATINGS: 837   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76/5   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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).

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (7549) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of urinal cake, kaffir leaf, and lemon zest. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Unnerving smell of a restaurant men’s room is hard to get past. The other aspects aren’t bad, but the lemongrass (which I normally like, e.g. Thai food)paired with something else makes it so urinal cakey that I just can’t get into it.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
12oz. Bottle: Smelled like bread, some lemon, and lemongrass. Aroma was not strong. Poured dark yellow color. Almost an amber. Big, rocky, off-white head. Head lasted. Opaque. Lots of particles. Great lacing. Flavor of lemon, grass, corriander, and some spice and herbs. Also a spicy hop note (maybe Amarillo). Lightly bitter. Medium body. Short, dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2006
Poured a dark orange with different shades throughout the the body which I love, it leaves a thick off white head that is frothy and bubbly. The aroma is terrible, sour, funky sour milk, my first thoughts is this could be a bad beer. The taste fantastic! Sweet malty honey upfront, nothing like the nose very strange this has never happened to me before where the nose is spoiled but the beer itself is great. To continue with the taste it has a strong wheat twang, that is balanced by again some sweetness of sun flowers, fruit, pale malt, and a the finish is brisk clean and lovely. The nose could be a fluke, but I would def buy this beer again I just wonder about the nose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUN 15, 2006
A pale yellow beer with a big white head. Slightly cloudy with lots of yeast dregs in the bottom of the bottle. Oh dear, there goes the head. It was light and dry and left an effervescent feel at the back of the mouth. The finish was slightly bitter. It meets all the criteria for a weizen. It went down well and quickly, it was a hot day and my tongue was swollen.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopdog (12083) - 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 (3038) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Wow, a MH and wheat fan here, but this was a flat out sucker of a beer.... and that’s 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 can’t sell better than that. Blah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3786) - 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 year’s 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, that’s right, my super-sensitive palate actually picked up the lemon from the lemon grass. Always gratifying to get the occasional confirmation that my palate isn’t 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 (2301) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2006
One of the most, if not THE most, disgusting "weizens" I’ve ever tasted (yes, I read the Editor’s 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 I’d have to give it low scores due to the off-flavors. On it’s own merits however, it is a pretty good beer.

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