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.
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.