Circus Boy Hefeweizen

Magic Hat Brewing

Crafted in: South Burlington, Vermont

HopShock Brew Review by KevMal

 

They Say:  

“Is he a who? Or a what? Or perhaps some of both? No one knows for sure as he only travels under heavy clouds of night… Away from his cage, he appears in the distance, causing mischief all around him.” (https://www.magichat.net/elixirs/circusboy/)

 

HopShock Snapshot:

Style: American Hefeweizen

ABV: 4.5%

IBU:  15

SRM: 6

Availability: Year Round

Global Untappd: 3.38/5

 

Looks Like:

Straight out of P.T. Barnum’s tent, Circus Boy shows off that golden straw color we love to see in classic American wheat beers. A touch of pale haze adds depth to the body while only a petite white head sits on top. Energetic carbonation rises consistently throughout the brew. 

 

Smells Like:

The aroma from Circus Boy was largely influenced by the yeast. That sweet and fruity rush seemed to have layers of banana and even some spice. The traditional Hefeweizen scent made this a very approachable yet interesting brew.

 

Tastes Like:  

Made from at least 50% malted wheat and fermented on a special yeast, this American brew boasts ripe banana and bubblegum flavor with a background of blended spices. While not bound by the German purity law (Reinheitsgebot), Circus Boy still has a traditional Hefeweizen taste to it. It was a beautifully refreshing balance between a modern American Wheat beer and an old style German brew.

 

When to Drink:  

HopShock does not condone early morning consumption of alcohol, BUT if you’re gonna start your day with a brew, make it a Hefeweizen. The Bavarian tradition known as Brotzeit (bread time) or second breakfast, typically consists of bread, cheese, and even sausage; and guess what drink pairs perfectly with all that..our boy the Hefeweizen. Second breakfasts are not as rare as you think either, as they are commonplace in the seven daily meals of Hobbits as well! Maybe they could use a Hefe after all that traveling they do. So grab a ring of power, head to Mordor, and drink up.

 

Revelations/Recommendations:

While I enjoyed Magic Hat’s American take on a German classic, it did not dazzle me. On the flip side, it is one of those versatile brews that can be appreciated by anyone during any time of the year. And for that, we thank you (Daniel Tosh voice). If you find yourself craving similar beers, I recommend a favorite from BJ’s Brewhouse: Harvest Hefeweizen. If you want something traditional, go for the original Hefeweizen: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. Whether it’s a classic German, or American twist, you will not regret pouring a pint of a wheat-filled Hefeweizen.

KevMal’s Rating:  3.75/5 – smooth, refreshing, and versatile

 

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