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
Ratings:
1,678
Reviews:
661
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
17.25%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
275
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Dakin
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of brocktune
2.59/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of grahuba
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Walleybeer
4.38/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of jagada
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
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 -9.4%
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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Photo of IBUBrew
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of norinco
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of EMV
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Semi-opaque medium golden pour. 1.5 fingers of white head. Sparse lacing.

S: Yeast and bread... some spice and citrus notes. Lemony.

T/F: Somewhat citrusy lemon and malt sweetness to open. Not as spicy as I'd expect from a Hef... citrus and lemonade are the strongest flavors. Minimal hop bitterness at the finish to clean things up a bit but no strong hop flavors. The yeast flavor is fairly subdued.

O: Refreshing enough... pretty generic beer that drinks almost like a lemon shandy. I don't hate it. I wouldn't buy one again. Glad it was only part of a mix'a'6.

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Photo of dsshuck
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Vylo
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Urk1127
2.77/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of anthony-s
4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Manzanarescarrillo
4.92/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

great hefeweizen, light, smooth, taste great

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Photo of Lunchbox1015
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden cloudy look. Bold wheat smell. Crisp feel. Taste of light lemon/citrus. Goes down pretty smooth.Overall pretty good beer.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks nice, cloudy. Yea this is a wheat scented beer. Honestly if I had to pick a wheat beer scent, this is exactly it, meh. Wheat beer on the flavor with some lemon tones. Same on the finish, not much depth but decent anyway. Quite carbonated(burp) which helps this beer,crisp. Decent for a wheat.

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Photo of Jhfinn
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DerwinWentworth
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mikr
2/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Selinsgrove2015
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jsalz21
2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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