Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,601 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,601
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 24
Gots: 205 | 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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Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.03/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Photo of JMD71
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of generallee
3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of joedffl
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Jcorn
2.76/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Did not like this. Kinda licoricey like an Allagash, which I thoroughly dislike.

Photo of bishopdc0
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of mtyrrell
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Photo of merlin48
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of BlueHammer
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
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!

Photo of Billolick
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of mrquartetman
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer bills itself as a - no - THE hefeweizen.

As a certain rental car company's ads used to say, not exactly.

A: It looks sorta like a hefeweizen: straw-colored, hazy, wheaty. It poured with a promising head which dissipated fairly quickly.
S: The aroma is grassy and rather malty, but not the strong malt you might expect with a true hefe. It has some citrus notes, though they are not pronounced.
T: This is where the disappointment is greatest. If this is The Hefeweizen, I want it to have a fruity, malty backbone with yeast in the profile. But this beer tastes a bit too much like an average pub wheat ale.
M: None of the chewy character, the malt and yeast tastiness one wants in such a beer. Too thin.
D: About as drinkable as a normal pub wheat ale is drinkable.

Photo of tigg924
3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: wheat and honey

Taste: wheat, bran, honey, and hops at the end

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with a bitter middle spike at the end

Overall: A nice, smooth, sessionable wheat ale. I do like the taste of honey in this. I will look for this again.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a golden orange color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some grain notes as well as a little bit of pepper. The flavor is heavy on the lemons, oranges and wheat with some pepper notes. Easy to drink and actually quite enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the better Magic Hat beers.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

served into a tall Blue Moon wheat glass from a 12oz.brown long neck bottle with crimped cap.

Cloudy,Yellow/orange color,a 2" thick head very fluffy looking,lively looking lot of streams of bubbles tightly knitted together, chunks of yeast some dark particles?
Curtians of lace down the glass.

Clean,very light aromas fruity tartness,grassy,slight hints of bannana and some light spiceness. The aroma was a bit on the faint side overall,but pleasing.

Clean,delicate,a bit weak taste.Citrus is the predominate taste followed by a good fruity tartness,grassy/leafy tastes. Lemon rind finish good light citrusy feel to it. A very slight bannana taste,no clove at all,a different wheat beer The taste was very pleasing with no offensive tastes what so ever.

Very light mouthfeel ,very easy drinking,refreshing,execellent session beer. A great starter wheat.Lacks a little flavor but enough to make a great summer beer. Could drink this all of a summer day.

Photo of jondeelee
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells malty and sugary, with an underlying citrus current.

On the tongue, the citrus flavors come out strongly, though not overwhelmingly so. Especially present in the first stages of the mouthful are apple and apricot notes, as well as a slight hint of lemongrass--a citrus flavor that has to be tried to be truly understood. You can usually find stalks of it in well-stocked (especially Asian and Indian) supermarkets; pick one up and give a sniff. Sort of, eponymously, like a cross between grass and lemons. In this beer it's mostly the lemon citrus that comes across, though lightly so. It's paired well with a nice backing of malts, the wheat coming through particularly strongly to provide an earthy grain taste. In the latter stages of the mouthful the lemongrass comes across with greater strength, and the "grass" part even makes a brief appearance.

Don't let that drive you away, though; if you didn't know what lemongrass was, and didn't know it was in the beer, you'd never suspect anything. Instead, you would assume that you were just drinking a particularly nice, light, crisp summer beer. Because this is a good beer, and well-worth trying.

Photo of Osiris9588
4.07/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, marked best before end of July. Pours hazy yellow with an orange hue. The white head is rather thin, never really stiffening up, leaving no lace.

The musty aroma is an interesting blend of yeast, grain, wet cardboard, and lemon, not unlike DFH's Midas Touch. The flavor follows, with a sizzling berry characteristic snapping off on the finish.

The mouth is light and bright, it snaps, crackles, and pops along the palate. It's very drinkable and shows more character than most of the Wheat beers I've sampled--they are not one of my favorite styles. But this one I look forward to revisiting.

Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy apricot colored with an eggshell white head that settles quickly, but leaves legs of lace rising up. Faint aroma of yeastiness and some florally hops, perhaps some honey and lemon. Flavor seems muted upfront, a bit of yeast perhaps, and seems to rise up toward the finish as some peppery spiciness kicks up, followed by some bubblegum, band-aid phenols, and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is full and round, perhaps too much for the style, I was expecting it to be a little drier and crisp.

Photo of Gunnz
3.83/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Circus Boy pours a nice light amber color and slightly cloudy, typical of the Hefewiezen style. It has a beautiful and long lasting cream colored head.

This beer has a very nice floral and hoppy aroma with hints of a sweet malty smell.

Very delightful, slightly hoppy taste and very malty and slightly sweet. Very nicey balanced and well built but does not have a clear lasting aftertaste. It does, however, fit its style.

Medium bodied beer with a medium smoothness and nicely balanced carbonation.

I found this beer to be quite enjoyable and I would recommend it to others but it would not be on my list of top unfiltered wheat beers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a heavily clouded orange blossom honey hue with a large off white head at least two fingers deep leaves uneven bands of lacing with each sip. Aromatics slightly tart accents from the wheat additions here absent today are all of the yeast highlights of banana clove and vanilla from the typical hefeweizen definitely seems more of an American Wheat. Touch of citrus in the nose with some bready doughy yeast and malt tones not so much sweet in smell but gristy and bread like. Flavors sharp wheat with powdered yeast doughy notes and finishes with citrus and herbal hop tones nothing overpowers here all aspects of the beer are blended well. Kind of a let down if your expecting a tasty hefe but nonetheless a solid American Wheat pretty satisfying. Mouthfeel prickly carbonation tickles the throat body is light not watery has some substantial protein body here from the wheat. Drinkability is decent like I said seems bland to me but better than most American wheats with any fruit additions out there, definitely refreshing.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a one finger head that diminishes into a ring around the glass. Decent lacing.

Smells grassy. There's also some sweetness in there, slightly fruity.

Tastes good. Again, it's grassy, and the sweet fruits shine through. Not citrusy, but like a really sweet banana.

Mouthfeel is good. Has a good thickness to it, and the carbonation is good. Could be just a little thicker.

Very drinkable. It's refreshing and is a good summer/spring beer.

Recommend it if you can get a hold of it, but don't go out of your way.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.01/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy golden body that turns murky after the last pour of yeast goes in the glass. The white creamy head has some giant bubbles resting on top. There is a huge carbonation of tiny bubbles racing through this body.

S- The light sweet field corn note comes through with the Wonder bread aroma. No real smell of yeast, fruit or spices at all.

T- The soft tart wheat flavor has notes of field corn and a hint of pale malt in the background. There is a light soapy taste to the malt aswell. The finish has a hint of spice from hops and a grapefruit zest hint with a slight alcohol taste. As it warms there is a note of tart fruit perhaps apricots in with the malt.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight dry finish.

D- This reminds me of just another Pale American Wheat Ale with note of light lager in there. Not much going on in this beer.

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Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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