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Circus Boy - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
77
okay

1,451 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 72 | 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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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -70.5%

12-07-2012 16:21:30 | More by Travcofarms
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

1/5  rDev -70.5%

11-06-2012 19:20:31 | More by cfalovo97
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bmcduff2

Georgia

1/5  rDev -70.5%

02-03-2012 08:33:32 | More by bmcduff2
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bootsdomino

Wisconsin

1/5  rDev -70.5%

11-21-2011 17:26:23 | More by bootsdomino
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brodah

New York

1/5  rDev -70.5%

12-18-2011 00:01:06 | More by brodah
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corpseshredder

Pennsylvania

1.1/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Simply disgusting. The worst wheat I've ever had. Very strong chemical taste, resembles bar soap, the kind your mother would put in your mouth for drinking such an awful beer. Magic Hat usually makes an acceptable brew, but this is most certainly not one.

I got one in a mix and match pack. After a quarter of the beer I ended up dumping it out, which, anyone who knows me, would say is unbelievable.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 02:06:18 | More by corpseshredder
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

1.13/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- The color is a hazy golden yellow, minimal foam.

S- Thoroughly foul chemical odor, acetone. Repulsive smell.

T- Sour, foul chemical taste. Only on the finish is there the slightest hint that this was once a beer. Infected. Undrinkable.

M, D- Drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 00:58:32 | More by WhiteOak
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chefduff2

New York

1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

01-06-2013 23:43:23 | More by chefduff2
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Slipmthgoose

California

1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

07-14-2012 21:24:32 | More by Slipmthgoose
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Mitchster

Michigan

1.25/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

$1.70 for a 12 oz bottle at Jacks. Pours out to a brilliantly clear apricot, forming a modest white head with poor retention and no lacing. Moderately carbonated. The aroma is of lemon pledge, dust, and windex. Horrible nose. The mouthfeel is watery and limp with a light body. The taste is horrible as well...lemon pledge, windex, antique furniture, and dustbunnies. This beer doesn't even deserve my continuing.

Horrible, absolutely horrible. Down the drain. How can they sell this crap?

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 18:45:34 | More by Mitchster
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bboven

Texas

1.3/5  rDev -61.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

The appearance is a beautiful deep cloudy orange. The head is not as thick as I would like for this style, and the bubbles are small and rise quickly more like a macro brew. Decent lacing, though.

Smells of yeast autolysis and sour metal.

Huge sour flavor, tastes like an infected homebrew more than a commercial example of a wheat.

Mouth feel is creamy and bubbly, not grainy as I would expect, but not bad.

Awful, awful beer. I wouldn't even cook with this infected tasting beer. One of the worst beers I've ever paid good money for.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 19:52:35 | More by bboven
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PC740


1.36/5  rDev -59.9%
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
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Andragos

New York

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

09-18-2013 07:01:26 | More by Andragos
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Nikki


1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

03-04-2012 03:16:34 | More by Nikki
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Fernsuarez


1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

05-20-2012 01:27:19 | More by Fernsuarez
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

02-08-2012 22:58:07 | More by rusty3335
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cafelatte

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -55.8%

07-17-2013 22:01:53 | More by cafelatte
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tmd44

Massachusetts

1.55/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

magic hat is one of the greatest brewing companies known to the beer loving man. i have tasted many a good magic hat in my day. also, i am quite a fan of the hefeweizen style beer. i had this from the joe's garage variety pack( WOOP WOOP TO MY PEOPLE"S!), the appearance was amazing, the smell was quite deceiving, the taste remind me of death, the mouthfeel was terrible, the drinkability...there is no drinkability..it is non existent...i recommend all true magic hat drinkers to never touch this beer. it is absolutely horrendous. the worst magic hat on the market. do yourself a favor and drink a natural light before you drink this. unless you like chewing on salted rubber...no offense to magic hat. kudo's to an excellent brewing company. however, take the rest of your circus boy and pour it down the toilet drain.
from the 1810 crew...

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 04:06:48 | More by tmd44
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chippo33

Vermont

1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

03-13-2013 22:58:23 | More by chippo33
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sendbeer

Georgia

1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

12-03-2012 19:59:26 | More by sendbeer
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Stobin

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

07-27-2012 23:10:46 | More by Stobin
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jbdpsu82

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -48.4%

05-22-2013 17:47:15 | More by jbdpsu82
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Liquids

Connecticut

1.9/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Ultra cloudy, nectar-like consistency and appearance. Ugly, thin, pond scum head. Smells of yeast, more yeast, with a not-so-subtle aroma of epoxy. Yes, epoxy. Ah, and the epoxy aroma continues into the taste. Only a slight taste of wheat considering what it is. The taste, overall, is pungent and sick. Makes me lose my appetite. Finishes with a slightly piney tang. Mouthfeel is full and seems overcarbonated for the style, but overall has the typical heavy/slightly syrupy mouthfeel characteristic of wheat beers. On the whole, this was a drainpour. Magic Hat has lost some of my respect.

Update: Another review is in order - I tried a sample of this recently and it had none of the above negatives, and was actually rather good.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 11:09:27 | More by Liquids
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dacrza1

New Jersey

1.98/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Always a pleasure to try something "new" from the Burlington ladies and gents...pours fizzy to the point of oral effervescence, two-finger head in weizen glass...left no trace in a swift evaporation...an eerie tawny golden funnel cloud centered in its slightly opaque clarity....like its namesake, quite odd...lemony scent with some clove notes...six-month storage may have something to do with all this....but malty? flattened mouthfeel, straight to throat flow; thus, refreshing yet absent from any distinction...I bet a lemon or orange BlueMoons this into some summer fun... straight-up in May, this Magic Hat leaves me feeling ordinary...

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 14:21:06 | More by dacrza1
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Floydster

California

1.98/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle that was part of a Magic Hat mixed pack I received in a trade, split with a friend, poured into a pint glass

A-Super light orange with a yellow tint in the light, 1/3 inch white bubbly head, not much retention, no lacing at all

S-Wheat, bready malt, faint grassy hoppiness, pepper, lots of yeast, lemon, spices, and orange peel

T-Lots of wheat and chewiness, yeast, biscuits, bread, faint amount of spice, black pepper, slightly sweet malt in the finish, weird sourness caused by the oranges or lemons, some grains, more wheat in the aftertaste, too overpowering, no balance, weak taste overall

M-Medium body, taste does not last, small level of carbonation, watered down with not much bite, slightly tarty mouthfeel from the citrus

D-Could not drink many more ounces of this, heavier on the stomach than you would think, ABV is only 5%, not smooth

Another loser of the night in my opinion, my buddy did not like this one either, too sweet and unbalanced in my opinion, will never have this again by choice, not recommended to anybody

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 06:40:55 | More by Floydster
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Circus Boy from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.