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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Magic Hat Zirkus Boy

84 BA score on Beer Advocate. 3.49 out of 5 on Untappd. No official ratings on RateBeer as of this post. Based on three reviews (2 out 5, 2.8 out of 5 and 2.9 out of 5), it does have a mean average of 2.57 out of 5.

At first glance, Circus Boy’s German freund, Zirkus Boy, appears to be Circus Boy’s delicious doppelgänger - unfiltered, unfettered and unmatched in his liquid jest. However, upon further inspection, pronounced German Hefeweizen yeast esters of banana and clove are present as they swing over the slightest hint of lemongrass.

Brewed with Wheat, Pale Malts, Apollo Hops, German Yeast, and Organic Lemongrass.

4.5% ABV
15 IBU

Bought a split 6 pack of Circus Boy/Zirkus Boy for $9.99 at Savor Pint.

I was more interested in trying Zirkus Boy. It has a german strain of yeast to it.

Not a big fan of Hefeweizen beers. Something about wheat beers that I don't find that appealing.

Earned the Magic Hat Zirkus Boy Untappd badge.

Also earned the level 2 Heffenista badge on Untappd. It's for a grand total of 10 Hefeweizen beers that I've tried. 10 beers out of 1,150 unique beers. It works out to less than 1% of the beers.

While in Marysville, Ohio over the weekend, did stop at Amrine Cemetery

Historical markers in the cemetery.

Some revolutionary war veterans.

War of 1812 veteran.

Civil War veterans.

As stated in the review for Circus Boy, Zirkus Boy had three bottles in the 6 pack.

Not being a big fan of Hefeweizen beers, I was more interested in the german yeast used in this one. Wanted to see how much of a funk the yeast would bring to this wheat beer.

Zirkus Boy artwork is similar to that of Circus Boy. Like the box more than the label.

Poured with less head than what Circus Boy had. No lacing either. Aroma has banana and clove to it. Certainly overpowers the wheat funk. Like the smell of Zirkus Boy better than Circus Boy.

Taste does have banana and clove to it. Clove comes out first, followed by the banana. The odd wheat funk finishes the beer. That part is what I'm not a fan of. Clove and banana make this one much better in my eyes than Circus Boy. Did rate Zirkus Boy 3 out of 5 on Untappd. Could possibly be a 3.25 out of 5 for me. It wouldn't be one I would seek out again. But would not turn it away if offered. My favorite of the two beers in the 6 pack.

Magic Hat Circus Boy

78 BA and 87 Bros scores on Beer Advocate. 20 overall and 25 style scores on RateBeer. 3.37 out of 5 on Untappd.

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.

Brewed with Wheat, Pale Malts, Apollo Hops, and Organic Lemongrass.

4.5% ABV
15 IBU

Bought a split 6 pack of Magic Hat Circus Boy/Zirkus Boy at Savor Pint. $9.99 for the 6 pack.

Don't buy a whole lot of Magic Hat beers. Buy even fewer Hefeweizen beers.

Just something about wheat beers that I don't get.

Earned the Magic Hat Circus Boy badge on Untappd.

Went to Oakdale Cemetery in Marysville, Ohio over the weekend.

Cannon as part of the Soldier's Circle.

55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment

Noah Orr, the Ohio Giant.

Noah Orr with Lavinia Warren Stratton, wife of General Tom Thumb

General Tom Thumb

Guy Marks
Stabbed to death at Durango, Mexico.

James Robinson

Grandfather of Barbara Bush

Colonel Joseph Hawkins
Fell at the battle of Stones River

The 6 pack I bought had 3 bottles of Circus Boy and 3 bottles of Zirkus Boy. Zirkus Boy has a german strain of yeast in it.

Don't buy a lot of beers from Magic Hat. Two reasons for that. Don't see their beers a whole lot. Second is that the few I've hat, for the most part I was never impressed with them.

Plus both are Hefeweizen beers. Wheat beers have always had an odd smell to me. I tend to go for the more bitter beers as well. Circus Boy has an IBU of 15, which is much lower than I normally go for. Need a taste to beer that I drink and generally lower IBU beers don't fit that bill.

Poured with about a 1/4" of head that quickly disappeared. No lacing at all. Bit of lemongrass to it. Typical (to me) odd funk of a wheat beer. Aroma doesn't do anything for me.

Taste has that odd wheat beer taste to it. Malt is there. Only thing that saved it for me is the lemongrass taste to it. Lemongrass did give the beer a taste to somewhat tame the otherwise tasteless beer. Rated it 3 out of 5 on Untappd. Yes, I rated it somewhat high for a wheat beer. It's all due to the lemongrass. Wouldn't probably get this one again. Do have 2 more bottles of Circus Boy to guzzle down though.