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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Circus BoyCircus Boy

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653 Reviews
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Reviews: 653
Hads: 1,625
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 27.49%
Wants: 26
Gots: 231 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-03-2006

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.

15 IBU
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Reviews: 653 | Hads: 1,625
Photo of dbl_delta
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a pale straw color with a thin, short-lived white head. Kind of thin, with an odd lemon-malt taste. Probably OK as a refreshing summer beer if there's nothing else at hand, but it's totally lacking in character.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this year's ago but the store was out of beers I haven't tried and I hadn't rated on this one yet so I grabbed it. Usually Magic Hat is too sweet for me so I slow poured this into a taste activation glass. Yellow color with decent carbonation and no head. Taste isn't bad but compared to other Hefeweizens, it tastes watered down and has a low ABV as well.

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Photo of 18CGL
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Love this beer. Its one of my summer favorites. Has an oddly cloudy appearance in the glass. Smell is of sweet corn and wheaty bread. Extremely balanced taste throughout the bottle. Taste was smooth and of slightly sweet cornbread. Mouthfeel is tremendously smooth with a little bite at the finish. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy pale yellow to orange, good fluffy white head, dissipates fast, little to no lacing

S: Mostly wheat malts, little yeast earthiness

T: Sweetness from the malts, earthiness with maybe a little bit of spice, little hop bitterness at the end

M: Plenty of carbonation, light to medium feel, very drinkable

O: Average beer, not much more. I like it but not overly impressed with it. Its good to have once but not gonna seek it out again.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer. I tend to really like Hefeweizens, but this doesn't strike me as a great hefe or even as something that could really be called a hefe at all. Drink something else if that's what you're looking for specifically, but Magic Hat tends to do silly things a lot and I think their beer has kind of fallen off in the last few years as a result.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A summer classic. Circus Boy pours a light golden color with a very fizzy head. The smell was mostly wheat with a little bit of citrus on the nose. I found the taste to be the exact opposite with a lot of lemon grass and orange flavors while not that much wheat. It was a little thin but for the summer I was pretty content with one. Overall it didn't blow me away or anything, but not a bad beer by any means either.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

The color a cloudy gold/yellow and of course is unfiltered since it is a Hefeweizen. The head is white and is less than a finger thick and leaves no lacing on the glass.

The smell is lemon peel with a yeast aroma that carries a slight bready aroma there toward the back.

The taste has more of that lemony twang that seems to mix well with the yeast that is prominent here as well. The lemon begins to taste a little sour toward the back with the ever so light bitterness that comes toward the end.

The feel of this beer is crisp with a really light drinkable feel. This beer goes down easy and is low in ABV and makes for a good session beer.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A hazy golden, almost orange-tinted body. A white head recedes quickly to a few patches of wisp. No lacing.

Aroma: Mold malt sweetness, faint orange citrus.

Taste: Begins with a malty backbone, with citrus and tanginess around it. Pretty bright finish, really tart.

Mouthfeel: Really bright and carbonated.

Overall: I liked this at the beginning but the longer I sipped on it the more harsh it became.

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Photo of budgood1
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

pours out a hazed gold colour with the addition of the dregs. little head with poor retention. the addition of lemongrass accentuates the overall already lemony aroma. definitely fruity. the taste is more of the same. while not a true hefe, there are some shared characteristics. underneath the lemony facade there is bits and pieces of hay and grass with some slight spicy notes. american pale wheat for sure, with a noticeable back end bitterness. this is a unique tasting beer. medium bodied with a coarse mouthfeel. drinkability is nice. would be really awesome to quench a thirst in the summertime.

overall, this is a twist on the american wheat style that leans heavily on the lemon quenching aspects. i picked this up on clearance for a really low price, and had it been summer, i would have bought multiple cases.

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Photo of digitalflood
3.46/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Circus Boy Hefeweizen (2013) - 4.5% ABV. Hazy unfiltered deep golden body. No head on pour. Decent lacing. Poor retention. Fairly active carbonation. Citrus, hay, and passion fruit aromas waft over maple syrup. Thick body. Very bright Orangina like nose. A little bread. Some bananas and apricots mid-palate. Hint of lager hops and barley back palate. Crisp but wet in mouthfeel. A little banana bread, gum, and slight hop note in the aftertaste. Very drinkable. Would go well on a hot day. Not overly complex. A fairly straight forward low citrus Hefenweizen. 3.5 out of 5. Good.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden in color, not hazy at all like most Wheat Ales( or other in that family)

Smell: Strong smell of cloves and grassy notes, some citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, light bodied. Taste strong of cloves and bananas. Some grassy taste as well.

Overall: Pretty good, I would drink this one again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.64/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. It's actually pretty damn clear until the yeast is poured in - and even after, it's still not that cloudy. The head isn't anything to write home about, either. It isn't even a finger high, has an off-white color, and very poor retention.

S: Smells like a generic wheat ale. The ester notes are very muted...and even worse, seem off somehow. Wheat malt is the most prevalent note I pick up, along with a twinge of candied sugar.

T: There's lots of wheat to start, along with a slight spiciness. And then after that...nothing. The finish is empty in flavor. I guess it isn't bad, but that's only because it's so devoid of character.

M: Well, if I have to pick something I like about this one, then I'll say I enjoy how soft it feels. It's a pretty sweet brew, as well, lacking the vibrant carbonation of some examples.

O: BOOO-RING. The simple fact that it's just really dull instantly makes it better than the abomination that was Seance, at least. In a way, I hate these boring beers simply because they create dull reviews...just like this one.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow and cloudy. Pours a thin head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Light smell with a hint of wheat, citrus like smell.

Taste: Matches the smell, very light, wheaty and a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and very light. Little carbonation.

Overall: One of Magic Hat's best. Light beer with a hint of wheat and citrus. Almost like lemonade. I would purchase again.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazed lightly tinted orange-amber color with a small one finger fizzy white head. The head fades quite quickly leaving a patchy film on the top of the brew and very little lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is super light overall with just a little bit of a wheaty smell and a small amount of yeast and grass.

Taste – The taste begins wheaty and bready with a light hint of yeast. It has a moderate sweetness upfront with some flavors of lemonade. As the flavor advances the sweet begins fading with the lemonade turning a bit more sour, taking on a more tart lemon flavor. Flavors of a grassy nature come to the tongue at the end leaving a rather pleasant, semi sweet, wheaty taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is very light with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Both are rather nice for the somewhat sweeter hefe flavors of the brew and make it quite easy to drink.

Overall – Not a flavor powerhouse, but rather easy drinking. A decent brew overall.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've never really had a bad wheat beer, but not really many that are great either. This beer is a little light, and the wheat flavor is subtle, there is also a bit of tange ib there. Definitely drinkable and as impressive as most other beers of its kind, but not more so.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a somewhat unique hefeweizen that has a low abv which lets you get at it all afternoon without having to slow down. There's an interesting smoky/malt flavor that I'm noted to getting up of similar beers, that doesn't sound good, but surprisingly was. Bit of citrus as well as you MIT expect. Not my favorite, but if you want to try something different, it's not a bad idea.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a few circus boys because I feel like even though its not great relative to other brews it's a must have at least once on a warm summer day. Nice medium carbonation with low ABV you can drink a 6 pack with ease and it goes down smooth. Limited twang or hops to it and mostly a light biscuit flavor with sour lemon lingering in the front and back of the mouth.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden body with an orange tint to it. Thin white head that leaves no lacing at all. Some light shines through, but the unfiltered body leaves no visibility.

S- Sweet malt, some wheat, sweet corn, light citrus, fresh grass.

T- A little more wheat comes through in the flavor than it does in the aroma. Still getting a lot of sweet malt. Grassy, citrusy flavors come through towards the end for a nice finish.

M- Rather light bodied with medium carbonation. Good for a drinkable summer beer.

O- Pretty good beer that would be a good candidate for a can. Drinkable, but not huge on flavor.

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Photo of ConsumerOfBeer
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Light golden color. Cloudy.

S- Citrusy, a bit skunky.

T- Large hints of lemon and orange peel. Ever so slightly bitter, which I really like about this. Extremely drinkable.

M- Lightly carbonated, refreshing, and clean. Overall very pleasant.

O- I really enjoyed this Circus Boy brew. Very refreshing on a warm spring day. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pale yellow-orange, with a very slight haziness. Head dies down rapidly, leaves some traces of lacing on the glass.

Smell - Sweet bread, honey, a little yeast,and unfortunately some oxidation. I am also picking up some citrusy hops in the aroma.

Taste - The first thing that jumps out at me is a white pepper/clove type of crisp spiciness, which may be a little too dominant. The wheat bread heart of the beer is actually quite nice, but it does not linger.

Finish - A dry and watery finish pops up quickly after sipping. A tad lemony and soapy as well.

Overall - Probably my least favorite beer from The Magic Hat brewery, but in all fairness, I am not the biggest fan of American style wheat beers in general. Give me a German style any day!

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Photo of DZiegler
2.31/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Typical hefeweizen appearance. Light golden color and hazy. Very thin head formed but dissipated within about 10 seconds leaving no lacing.

S: Definitely can smell the fruitiness of the beer. Hints of citrus and something else sweet, can't quite put a finger on it.

T: Very sweet tasting at first, but the aftertaste is pretty bad, i.e. watery and bland

M: Very light with little carbonation.

O: Overall, I can't say it was a bad beer, but it wasn't a great one either. I expected more from the beer as Magic Hat usually has a great product.

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Photo of GeorgiaBrewed
2.6/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured out of a bottle into a hefeweizen glass

A: Light and cloudy. It's about what you would expect from the style. It pours with a small head that disappears quickly

S: Citrusy aroma. I'm getting a little bit of honey as well, but maybe that's just me.

T: It starts sweet and citrusy, but the finish is just flat and bland.

M: Very light. It's almost watery.

O: I can't say that it's not worth a try, but there are better American wheats out there. I normally enjoy what Magic Hat has to offer, so I was a little disappointed with this one.

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Photo of socon67
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Orange hazy pour. No lacing and with slight bubbles of carbonation. Foam is active but settles quick.

S - Scents of wheat, lemon and banana come to the nose. Certianly has a strong citrus notes to go along with light grains.

T - Easy drinking wheat beer with a bit of lemon zest and spice. Kinda like those girl scout cookies.

M - Light feel, mild carbonation, and some tastness at the end. Enjoyable beer.

O - Not bad at all. The addition of lemongrass gave this some nice tartness. This would be nice on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer is hazy and yellow, as is typical of the style. Small white head that leaves a thick trail of lacing on the glass. The aroma offers lemons, malt, cleaning solution. More cleaning solution and artificial lemon in the flavor. Lacking body, character. Tastes gimmicky, cheap. Just not my thing. I would never choose this over any German hefe. Not a repeat.

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Photo of PC740
1.43/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This review has no intent of matching the highly descriptive jargon used on this site by more experienced professionals. It reflects the utter disappointment of picking up a six pack after a 14 hour day only to be let down in the worst way.

A light amber color - like apple cider - it pours with slight effervescence with only a half finger head appearing at the last 2 ounces. Yeast on the bottom clouds the pour. The immediate scent is an odd mix of dirty stagnant water and bleach. On sniffing the bottle, faint spices and fruit are detectable.

A hint of pepper appears on taste; carbonation up front, and a watery back end. The foul scent is confirmed. A cask strength scotch is necessary for proper cleansing.

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Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.