Review: Circus Boy, Magic Hat


Circus Boy
Magic Hat Brewing Co. — South Burlington, VT

Stats:
  • Style:  Hefeweizen
  • Bitterness:  14 IBU
  • ABV: 4.5%
  • Malts:   Malted Wheat, Pale
  • Hops:  Amarillo
  • Yeast:  American Hefeweizen
  • Special Ingredients:  Lemongrass
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle
  • Price:  $9.99 (six-pack) at liquor store


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." — Magic Hat Brewing Co. 

Random thoughts:   It's a beautiful sunny 75 degree day in Whippany, NJ.  Perfect day for a hefeweizen! As luck would have it, I have one waiting for me in the fridge from my Four Weyerbachers and a Magic Hat series. I've heard a lot about Magic Hat.  It's not available in Oregon, and this will be my first taste of one of their beers.

The tasting:  Yellowish gold in color (very slightly hazy) with a white head that dissipated slowly.  Grassy and citrus aromas, with a bit of yeast.  The grass and citrus came through in flavor, along with grainy wheat and black pepper.  Light bodied, lightly carbonated, it had a flat mouth feel.  Circus Boy finished with grassy hop bitterness and peppery spice.  It was refreshing though, drinkable, and its low ABV content (4.5%) make it a good session beer.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.   Maybe I had high expectations, but I felt a bit let down by this beer.  The grassy aroma and flavor make Circus Boy unique. While I wasn't crazy about that flavor, I was less pleased with the flat mouth feel.  The bottle had a freshness date of April 30, 2011 and I bought it cold.  So I have no reason to believe it was a bad bottle.  Anyway, I'd still like to try more Magic Hat brews, and will do so whenever I can find them.

Have you tried Circus Boy?  What are your favorite Magic Hat beers?


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