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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!Circus Boy The Hefeweizen!
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

15 IBU

Added by Jason on 02-03-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,115
Reviews:
665
Ratings:
1,694
pDev:
17.46%
Bros Score:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
284
Trade:
0
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Photo of Culinary_Brewer
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look - Light copper color, high head retention and carbonation, slightly hazy from particles.

Smell - Citrus, lemongrass (which is not a surprise since this beer is brewed with organic lemongrass), bitterness from grapefruit, undertones of resin and pine.

Taste - Surprisingly smooth finish, not bitter. The beer's bitterness is well balanced by the sharpness of the lemongrass. Bitter at first with the lemongrass finish.

Feel - Soft mouthfeel, no drying (low tannins). Low to medium carbonation.

Conclusion - This is a very complex beer that I would pair with white fish. I would even make a lemon-based sauce to complement.

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Photo of MasterRigger
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zotzot
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Lightly hazy golden hue with a thin creamy ring of 1/2 finger.

Aromas of bread and yeast. Slight lemon rind. Very quiet, very plain.

Flavor is much of the same, mostly white bread and crust, some saaz hop, lemon rind, and a very faint suggestion of banana bubble gum.

Feel is crisp and smooth, though not exactly clean; has a slight chalky residue on the finish.

Overall to describe this beer in one word would be "boring". It's more of a straight wheat with some lemony Saaz influence. It's very plain, there's just nothing here that's remarkable or even good. Not sure if I'm gonna waste the calories finishing it or just move on to the next one.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bogdawg
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Tcsox
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 2/3/2017. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, white bread dough, herbal, and grass; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and solid complexity of fruity/light spicy yeast, lemongrass, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, white bread dough, herbal, and grass; with lighter notes of banana, bubblegum, pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/grassy bitterness, yeast spiciness, and wheat tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, white bread dough, herbal, grass, light banana/pepper/clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness, balance, and solid complexity of fruity/light spicy yeast, lemongrass, and pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Clean finishing. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly crisp, and slightly sticky/tangy mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice American wheat/Hefeweizen hybrid style. All around nice robustness, balance, and solid complexity of fruity/light spicy yeast, lemongrass, and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/spicy finish. Feels like a mix of American/German wheat yeasts, which have nice fruity character presence and solid complexity. Not overdone on the Lemongrass spice, and nice malt presence/balance for the low ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering, and pretty unique brew.

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Photo of DaveCash
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of trocketsauced
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VILJ
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of YoungMtn52
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy, golden appearance with mild carbonation and lemony finish. OK, but kind of bland, even for a Hefe, for what I would expect from Magic Hat...

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a custom shaped grip glass: color is straw, but transparent (?), even after an aggravated pour; head is off white with fine bubbles and presents 1/4 inch thick, no lacing on the glass.

Smell is light wheat, some toast, light lemongrass - no phenolics, no banana, no clove.

Taste is lightly sweet, more lemongrass and citrus flavor than aroma, not much wheat, and no hefe-yeast taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp, more than moderate carbonation, light bitterness.

Overall an okay american wheat beer, but out of style as a hefe.

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Photo of DareOfTheHog
3.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ela
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Yeldarb92
2.82/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dakin
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of brocktune
2.59/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of grahuba
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Walleybeer
4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rdc67
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jagada
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

I drank one of these out in town recently, but when this & its counterpart, Zircus Boy, came available as singles at the FGBS, I jumped on the opportunity to do a side-by-side. Yeah, it doesn't further the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody, but it excites my jaded self!

From the bottle: "Rouse gently and ... Be amazed by our flavorful haze!"; "Circus Boy is an unfiltered American-style Hefeweizen whose prolific American Hefeweizen yeast swings among the bubbles, creating a mysterious haze. Just below the surface of his light malt body lies a mischievous addition of lemongrass and a subtle citrusy finish."

I really agitated the bottle upon returning home, then set it in the reefer to calm so as not to get a gushing spray after the Pop! of the cap. I have a great hefeweizen glass, so I upended the bottle into it. Two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head & some breath-holding later, I was set. Color was a lightly-hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Hazy?!? Not cloudy? WTF? You have two choices: a cloudy Hefeweizen OR a Krystalweizen. No Mr. In-Between. Grr. Nose smelled of bananas and cloves, but middle-of-the-road and more of Mr. In-Between. Mouthfeel was light, soft, kind of watery and thin. Grr. The taste was like Hefeweizen-light with notes of clove and banana, but neither asserting itself, resulting in a perfume-y kind of sweetness. Ugh. Finish was more of a chore than a pleasant time. I do not generally like Hefeweizens as a style as a rule, but I do like the clove ester-driven ones. What I really dislike is one that tries to straddle the fence, as in this case. Boo!

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Photo of hophugger
3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Straw yellow in color, almost clear. Lot of carbonation rising to the top, although head is minimal and no lacing. Aroma is of hay, some grass, malt and very light bit of lemon and other assorted citrus. Taste is light, lemony, malty with a small bit of funk. Finish is light

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Circus Boy The Hefeweizen! from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 1,694 ratings
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