ChadPolenz (1821) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 I’ve never been a fan of imported beers or American beers based on foreign brewing methods, but I’m starting to come around on the hefeweizen style. This is such a great style of beer I’m surprised it’s not more popular in the U.S. Most hefeweizens are smooth, tasty and medium-bodied at the heaviest. Such is the case of Magic Hat’s hefeweizen, Circus Boy.
Triptych (2) - Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2015 does not count
Here’s a beer that’s extremely easy to drink and absolutely delicious. It’s a bit heavier than most hefs, but I think it’s 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 doesn’t linger for very long and leave zero lacing on the glass. Usually, this is a demerit, but I’ll make an exception in this case.
I like a beer that has a pleasant scent to it and there’s 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
There’s 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 they’re usually the types that drink anything made by Anheiser-Busch or Miller. I’m sorry, but why should I feel bad about enjoying a brew that tastes more like tropical fruit juice?
Hefeweizens, being wheat beers, don’t 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 – it’s THAT smooth!
I think the reason hefeweizens aren’t 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 isn’t anywhere near as massive as a stout. But for a beer that is so tasty and easy to drink it’s easy to picture someone going through a few bottles of these quite quickly, only to feel bloated by the time they finish their third.
Men take heed: if you want to get your wife or girlfriend into drinking “real” beer instead of generic “lites,” 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.
This is my favorite beer. I don’t like a lot of banana in my beer so that’s a plus to me. The citrus notes go well with the lemongrass. Its a lighter beer and I refer to it as a thirst quencher. 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. 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. 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. I’ll admit it looks a bit hazy after the pour, but the flavor is well worth it. One of my favorites.
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 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. rdietman (1) - - JUN 24, 2013 does not count
This is a GREAT summer beer. Pair this with a lemon, and you’ve got yourself a treat. Very refreshing. Just the right amount of carbonation. leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Mild flavor, easy drinking, not complex, good with food, good session beer. TheBeerLover (1027) - 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.