Magic Hat Circus Boy – Guest Review

Magic Hat Circus Boy

Editorial Note: Below is the latest in a series of guest-reviews that you’ll find on my blog. Many thanks to my guest-reviewer Sharon, who I met via, and whose my newest twitter beer-buddy!

I didn’t get the impression that it was more alcoholic than 4.4%. It sure is a brightly-colored beer when poured out – mostly orange in color and somewhat cloudy. The head is white with large bubbles and disappeared quickly. The aroma matched the color – slightly orangey and somewhat “bready,” which is, well, hefeweizen in nature.

I think I was expecting a more citrusy flavor given the smell and the fact that the label says it’s brewed with lemongrass. It feels smooth in the mouth and has very little carbonation, but I have to say I found it lacking in a lot of flavor. Funny though – I found that I enjoyed the aftertaste much more. It was pleasant and wheaty with no trace of bitterness.

Despite the underachieving flavor up front, I wouldn’t turn it down if it were offered to me at a picnic or backyard barbecue. It’s a good hot-weather beer (tried and true since I sampled this on a 90+ degree day). I’m not sure I’d rush out and buy a case of it to keep on hand, but it certainly isn’t the worst beer I’ve ever had. (Milwaukee’s Best – $4.99 a case when I was of college age).

I give it between 2 1/2 and 3 out of five stars.

Author: Joshua Dion

I write about beer in an un-intimidating way, welcoming beer lovers of all experience levels.