The Circus Boy Tap Handle
The Circus Boy Tap Handle

E ach year we Augustans are treated to a week long circus. aka “The Tournament.” Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the Masters. And to call it a circus once you actually step foot on the Augusta National Golf Club‘s grounds would be a very disrespectful. The circus stops outside their gates. It is the best run major event of any type in the World.

But outside the gates? That’s another thing. There’s money to be made and people try their best to do it.

I can’t fault any of the restaurants, even though some have “Masters pricing,” for trying to make money. What they make this weeks helps provide us with nice restaurants during the rest of the year. Mellow Mushroom is not one of those establishments that jacks up their prices during Masters Week. You can get a great pizza and some great beer without being crushed by people wearing golf shirts and sunburned faces while trying to impress people with wads of cash. (Mellow Mushroom does have a golf cart parked out front like 99% of the businesses this week. Did you know you have to pay EZ-Go or Club Car to get one put out front of your business!)

Tonight I witnessed a different type of Circus. I had a Magic Hat Circus Boy Hefeweizen. Oh, excuse me….THE Hefeweizen. (That’s what they call it on the bottle and on their website). Mrs. Dan joined me. I think she is one of the only people who actually came to work downtown this week.

They just got this on tap at Mellow Mushroom (at least at the one downtown). This is a nice clean crisp brew. They served it with a lemon. Typically I’ll use a orange slice with a Hefe or other wheat beers but this was a nice touch.

I’ve had a mixed history with Magic Hat going all the way back to the time I got a Winter Pack that had a bad date on it and we happened to start with an American Sour seasonal. We thought it was skunked and things went down hill. I can’t get Mark to even try a Magic Hat anymore.

But I’m tempted to sneak this one in on him. This Hefeweizen isn’t as sweet as some Hefeweizens I’ve had. The lemon slice was actually complementing the flavor. This brew has Apollo hops in it which can lend a grapefruit flavor. That’s why to my palate this has a slight citrus taste and not fruity. Its unfiltered so it definitely has a cloudy look.

The wheat gives it some nice body. The bitterness ranks at 15 according to their website. This is the kind of brew I would enjoy sitting out enjoying a warm breeze.

Here’s what they said about it on their website: “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.

They also use an American Hefeweizen yeast.

A wee bit cloudy (even if it is served in a Samuel Adams glass)

The waiter, who said he really likes craft brews, said he preferred the Paulaner Hefeweizen (which I think is what he said he served me one). The Paulaner has a lot more flavors going on. It has a fruity flavor that reminds me of some of the Christmas Ales. I think the unfiltered nature gives it a slight yeasty flavor (the website says “The unfiltered brewing method allows it to retain its natural authenticity along with the many vitamins, minerals and trace elements.” Ah. Health food!

I would like the Paulaner with a meal. I like the Magic Hat just sitting outside on a hot day. And I prefer this Circus Boy to the Circus along Washington Road. Only 3 days to go and the Circus moves out. In the meantime, I’ll think I’ll enjoy another beer.
From: South Burlington, Vermont
Brewery: Magic Hat

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