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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,535 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,535
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 22
Gots: 114 | 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:
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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Reviews by Dope:
Photo of Dope
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a a cloudy cross of lemonade and iced tea with a thinner white head that had no lasting power,at first the aromas struck me as unappetizing but after a minute it was better had like a wet grain element but the lemon and slight cloviness showed up after a minute.Wheat malt flavors are large here and toasted cereal grain with the lemon and clove taking a backseat although noticable mainly in the finish.You know its not half bad I am not a huge fan of American wheat ales but this has character a little rough around the edges but its worthy of having a few on warm spring day I think.

oberon, May 16, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.03/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dirty wheat with a muddy ivory and very clingy head fills my weizen glass. Very cloudy. Sweet malt aroma, some spice, mild citrus. Flavor is bland, harsh lemony yeast. Very poor. I found very little substance or character in this beer at all. Mouthfeel is chalky, medium bodied, highly carbonated, and grainy. Very disappointing and hardly drinkable.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of JMD71
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw color towards gold. Nice head, but recedes quickly which I am not used to in comparison to its European counterparts. Little carbonation evident.

Aroma: Bubblegum, fruits & candy. Some flowery scents but little in the way or traditional wheat aromas.

Taste: Very flowery! Reminiscent of violets. Perfumy, with some lemony hints. No traditional similarities to hefe's that I can find.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied & highly carbonated although not apparent. Smooth, crisp & clean on the palette.

Drinkability: Easy drinking. Refreshing although the perfumy flavor detracts from its overall attractiveness.

Comments: This was a bit out of the rnage of an American wheat from my point of view. The flowery, perfumy flavor made it a kind of anomaly in comparison. I would drink again if in a mix 12-pack, but wouldn't buy on its own merits.

JMD71, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of MikeC144
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +40.1%

markallmon, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -11.5%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of kevrob802
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

kevrob802, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The label says "unfiltered and unfettered". The unfiltered part I get, but I'm not sure about the unfettered part. The beer was a hazy yellow with a fairly small head that lingered. It had a sweet, grainy aroma. Taste-wise, it was mostly sweet, with a slight citrus flavor. Nothing too special. The bottles I had left a sour taste in my mouth, so mouthfeel was average. An OK , but not great, beer.

lordofthewiens, May 14, 2006
Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

csmartin6, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of TTripp725
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

TTripp725, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of generallee
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Circus Boy has a cloudy light golden color with a thin head that fades out to nothing. Its aroma is packed with wheat malts and has a pleasing citrus character. On the tongue you get lots of tasty wheat malts, neutral earthy yeast and a big shot of sweet, almost soapy, lemon flavor. The palate has a nice medium body and soft carbonation, giving it a fairly thick and smooth mouth feel. Overall as part of a mix pack I like it but I wouldn't look for it buy itself.

generallee, May 09, 2008
Photo of joedffl
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence - Clear, not traditional Hefeweizen.
Pour - thick head, quickly fades.
Flavor - Dominating lemon flavor.
Drinkablility - very easy.

Summary: I would buy his beer again but not if looking for a hefeweizen. Lookikng forward to other beers from Magic Hat.

joedffl, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of bishopdc0
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I must first note that I'm not a fan of wheats and this beer is very wheaty that said. An overwhelming wheat smell with a thick white head and cloudy pale yellow color. It has slightly spiciness that's not overwhelming. The beer starts sweet with a lot of carbonation and sweetness, and finishes spicy.

bishopdc0, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of squeakmeister
3/5  rDev -11.5%

squeakmeister, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of mverity
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

mverity, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Doomcifer
2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

Doomcifer, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of jmshulk
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

jmshulk, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a freshness date on the back label. Under the cap "Being Stronger means Living Longer"

A- Dirty dish water foam clings to the glass ... I know that sounds disgusting but that it is what it looks like. Pale beige orange clouded color from the yeast and pale malts.

S- Touch spicy, touch lemony. Dusty wheat malt flour. Nuetral but nutty yeast in the back.

T&M- Iced lemon herbal tea comes to mind with a spicy wheat kick. Roughness of the grain keeps an edge, muted yeast adds one more layer to the mix. A bit smoother than crisp, with a solid medium body. Finishes with a musty dryness.

D- This beer is as interesting as its name, a nice surprise coming from Magic Hat. One of the first American Wheat Ales that does not make me think "summer seasonal". They took a somewhat pedestrian style and added some flare to it, this one gets a thumbs up from me.

Jason, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of mtyrrell
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Poured a cloudy honey brown color with a small head and lacing

S-Banana, citrus, yeast

T-I was expecting a little more after the smell. Wheaty taste with lemon and a hint of banana. the taste follows the nose but not as strongly as you'd hope, tastes a little watered down and almost bland

M- Pretty sharp carbonation, light bodied, goes down smooth

D- drinkable beer, goes down smooth and easy, but not the best tasting. I had higher expectations, I'd take a sam adams hefe over this one

mtyrrell, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazy pale orange body with a small white head. Some patchy lace clings to the glass. Aroma is grassy and lemony with a hint of white pepper and wheat. Light medium body is well carbonated. Taste is tart and lemony. Some wheat cracker and yeast notes add some substance. Not bad for a mundane style.

merlin48, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of BlueHammer
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy hefeweizens - they are probably among my favorite types of beer. As hefeweizens go, I thought this one was commendable! I've been looking forward to Joe's Garage as soon as the people at the brewery mentioned Batch 373 was their mystery beer in their spring mix! But instead of heading for one I've already had, I went for something I hadn't tried yet - hence, Circus Boy.

Circus Boy poured a golden color that was NOT transparent. It smelled like a typical hefeweizen - that citrusy aroma. The head was initially thick and took a few minutes to disappear. The head left some decent lacing, as well.

The taste was also citrusy. It was a very crisp taste. It left something of a carbonated feeling in your mouth, even after you swallowed it. It goes down smoothly. Very enjoyable. I'm looking forward to the other two in the box!

BlueHammer, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer from the Joe's Garage box offering. label provides 'best to drink before dating" Pours cloudy, dull light orange, with a white head, lots of frothy lacing. Sour, soapy nose. This is a mish mosh of a wheat beer, some bananas, ginger, slight sourness picked up. Mouthfeel is a bit too thin and the flavors dont really come together. Not MH's best effort. C'mon MH, this is a crowd pleasing style, but this effort doesn't seem to have hit the mark.

Billolick, Mar 13, 2006
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Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 1,535 ratings.