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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Circus BoyCircus Boy

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1,377 Ratings
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Ratings: 1377
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%

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:
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

(Beer added by: Jason on 02-22-2006)
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Photo of JuicesFlowing


3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 14:14:45 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of budgood1


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 21:34:20 | More by budgood1
Photo of digitalflood

New York

3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 02:16:15 | More by digitalflood
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 18:34:33 | More by Cavanaghty
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.63/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 22:22:16 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of bgillespie

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 07:31:41 | More by bgillespie
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 01:03:54 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of SteveB24

New York

3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 06:48:52 | More by SteveB24
Photo of MarkQ617


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 23:27:03 | More by MarkQ617
Photo of alaimoa


3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:30:45 | More by alaimoa
Photo of stephenjmoore


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 00:26:16 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of ConsumerOfBeer


3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 23:55:12 | More by ConsumerOfBeer
Photo of Neorebel

New Jersey

3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 02:25:03 | More by Neorebel
Photo of DZiegler


2.28/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 16:57:22 | More by DZiegler
Photo of GeorgiaBrewed


2.54/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 03:00:40 | More by GeorgiaBrewed
Photo of socon67

New York

3.54/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 23:30:05 | More by socon67
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 07:50:48 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of PC740

1.36/5  rDev -60%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 04:07:01 | More by PC740
Photo of ColdWaffles


3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith's tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an appropriately hazy dark yellow color with a weak white head that dies pretty quickly.

Smell: Citrusy with wheat and may hints of corn. I'm picking up plenty of it, but it's not really wonderful. It doesn't offend though.

Taste: Much the same. Citrusy, with wheat and a tiny bit of zest... and water. Very watery. Pretty unimpressive and pretty one dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Wheat and water. Light with decent carbonation. Not great.

If this were the only example I had for the style, I'd be bummed.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 22:16:28 | More by ColdWaffles
Photo of DannyHartman

3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a 1-2" thick head appears atop a hazy yellowish/gold brew.... The head dissolves quickly.... There's decent retention and minimal lacing.... There's also a few noticeable bubbles rising throughout the drink.

I take a whiff, and I get mostly lemon and bready malt.... That's about it.

The taste is pretty similar.... Lots of lemon and bread.... There's also a bit of spice like pepper.

This is a light to medium-bodied brew that is well carbonated.... Pretty crisp for a "hefeweizen".... Leaves a zesty lemon aftertaste.

Overall, I'm not too impressed with this brew for what it's supposed to be.... It has a decent taste, but it's almost too easy of a drink (if you know what I mean).

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 20:21:51 | More by DannyHartman
Photo of axeman9182

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, served into my Bruery tulip.

Circus Boy pours a mostly hazy tangerine, with a decent amount of goldenrod highlights. Only half a finger or so of white foam tops the beer, and both head retention and lacing are basically nonexistent. The nose is entirely too weak. There's a bit of grainy wheat, and a trace of lemon, but that's it. The flavor profile is better, but just barely. The same wheatiness greets me first with each sip, but here it's followed by a light sprinkling of black pepper. A muted lemon zest note provides the finish. The body is a little full, and the carbonation a little lackluster, but still the mouthfeel is probably this beer's best quality. Circus Boy tastes like it's a bit past it's prime (not that there's any bottle dating present), but I don't think even in peak condition it's much more than an alright wheat beer (and for the love of God, don't call it a hefeweizen).

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 03:51:29 | More by axeman9182
Photo of TMoney2591


2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

I feel dirty drinking out of this glass, but it's what they have here, so c'est la vie indeed. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises wheat, corn syrup, and very light lettuce. There's a palpable sweetness pervading. The taste holds notes of light funky wheat, old lemon peel, and a pinch of black pepper. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a surprisingly very dry finish. Overall, a pretty sad hefe. The yeast character is nil, the wheat is funky, and things just seemed generally off.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 10:31:09 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of allforbetterbeer


3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

Pours clear and golden light with a white fluffy head. After mixing in the dregs, it is cloudy and soft looking with plentiful bubbles. rising.

Smells of light citrus zest, light active yeast, white toast, light cracked malt. Smells dry and fresh.

The flavor is slightly yeasty with a tiny citrus note (from yeast and hops) and malt taking center stage. The malty flavors are relegated to the light side of the spectrum, and with crackery dry saltine and white toast notes. No banana or coriander type flavors to be found in this American version. Too bad the label says "hefeweizen"

The mouthfeel is lighter and well carbonated.

Conclusion: Not a bad beer, but really not special either. There isn't much to set this apart from other APWAs, but the malt flavors are clean and textured. I suppose this is meant to be enjoyed with a lemon wedge. I would never turn this down, and if there were not so many fantastic local alternatives, I can't find any reason why I wouldn't want some stocked in my fridge, especially during the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 19:55:42 | More by allforbetterbeer
Photo of CequalsBsharp

3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy golden-yellow color with decent head. Left a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

S- Pretty nice aroma. Definitely had a fresh lemon and wheat smell to it.

T- More of the lemon and wheat maybe a bit a spice. Kinda soapy at times.

M- Pretty crisp and refreshing.

O- Would make a much better summer beer. Not my favorite beer in the genre, but still a nice pour.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 18:53:52 | More by CequalsBsharp
Photo of MsJessie

3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Circus Boy is my Gateway beer. Despite the fact that it has fallen into the bottom rungs of my most wanted beer list.

When poured properly, it forms a decent head (1.5 to 2 fingers in size), and it golden in color with an ivory/white head.

It has a lemon and floral aroma, and you can absolutely catch the lemongrass on the finishing edge that is almost overwhelming. I feel that for me, it is reminiscent of lemon cleaning products. Other than that it is wonderful.

The body is light and drinks very easily. Perfect for hot days. Very refreshing.

Beer is available (PA) in:

12oz Bottles (cases and six packs)
Draft (16 to 24oz pours, Growlers)

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 02:19:18 | More by MsJessie
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Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,377 ratings.